Tens of thousands of people took advantage of a car-free Shattuck Avenue on Sunday at the fourth annual Sunday Streets Berkeley. Cars were banned on the 2-mile stretch from Haste Street to Rose Street, and it was filled instead with musicians, face painters, bubble makers, civic organizations, food booths, yoga classes and more. Berkeleyside contributing photographers Nancy Rubin, Ted Friedman and William Newton visited and shot these photos, which give a taste of the day.
Citing safety concerns, the city of Berkeley wants to move the North Berkeley farmers market to a few hundred feet south-east of its current site on Shattuck Avenue.
The Jewish deli has applied for a permit to build a parklet, which would be the third approved under a Berkeley pilot program launched last year.
After five years of sitting empty marked with a “For Lease” sign, the former Black Oak Books on Shattuck Avenue in North Berkeley will soon open its doors as a new business.
It's taken a while, but the Gourmet Ghetto should soon welcome too parklets for noshers and passers-by.
Many local businesses, including Chez Panisse, took part in A Taste of North Berkeley, a fundraiser for BUSD's gardening and cooking program.
THE FICKLE BAG The handbag and accessory store The Fickle Bag has shut its doors at 1885 Solano Ave. A note on the store’s website announcing the closure of the 3-year-old business does not provide details regarding why it closed. However, owner Jua Park also operates a Fickle Bag location in the San Francisco International Airport, which will remain open. (Hat tip: Jane Tierney)
Off The Grid, the food truck fest that has been a fixture on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto every Wednesday evening since June last year, had its last day in that location yesterday.
More than a mile of Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue will be open to pedestrians, cyclists, roller-skaters, dancers, and kids on Sunday Oct. 14 — but not cars — as the city holds its first Sunday Streets event from 11 am through 4 pm.
Gourmet Ghetto businesses want to build parklets in their neighborhood but the city doesn't have an approval process in place as yet to review applications for these slivers of open space designed to enhance urban neighborhoods.
[Update, 8:50 pm: Watch a video of Off The Grid, at foot of story.]
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