Posts Tagged ‘ Kids ’

Union Point Park on the Estuary

March 24, 2011
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  Situated on the “Oakland Riviera” between Coast Guard Island and Alameda’s Park Street Bridge, Union Point Park offers a relaxing waterfront oasis in a traditionally industrial zone of the city. Opened in 2005, the park in its early days was an easy place to score a BBQ pit on the weekend, but word’s got […]


Half Price Books in Berkeley

March 3, 2011
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Here is a great place to buy books. Yes there are a great many independent booksellers in the Oakland area, but Half Price Books is notable for being simply a great shopping experience. Not only are there great book finds new & used, but also divination decks, used CDs & records, software & games, and […]


Alameda Point Antiques Faire — Largest Antiques Market in Northern California

February 9, 2011
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Most of the month, the old runways of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda are a desolate stretch of bird sanctuary where the endangered California Lease Terns can thrive in their semi-traditional environment. But every first Sunday, an amazing phenomenon takes place. From practically nothing, an outdoor marketplace is built housing over 800 ‘shops’ and […]


Chinese Junk Boat at Lincoln Neighborhood Center

January 27, 2011
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Since 1969, the Junk Boat at Lincoln Square Recreation Center has been a delightful playground structure for neighborhood kids in Oakland’s Chinatown. oaktownman’s grandmother used to bring him there to play when he was little. A junk boat was apparently another one of china’s innovations made famous by Italians. There was gunpowder, spaghetti, and in […]


Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe

November 8, 2010
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Where to get dinner at midnight, and $1 PBR and Olympia cans to boot? Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe across from Emeryville City Hall (and Pixar HQ) is open till 1am every night of the week. You can’t go wrong with the comfort food they serve at this quaint diner. They offer mouth-watering specials daily and […]


Los Pericos Market & Taqueria

October 26, 2010
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Years ago, the City of Oaktown changed the name of E. 14th Street to International Blvd, as indeed it runs through one of the most ethnically diverse residential areas in the world. The funny thing is, E. 14th St was the only numbered “street” that ever made it through East Oakland to the San Leandro […]


Arrowhead Marsh at the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park

October 13, 2010
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Sitting in between the Colosseum and the Airport, the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline is a stretch of parkland that surrounds what used to be known as the San Leandro Bay. This scenic park has some interesting features both manmade and natural. The Arrowhead Marsh is a short walk from the main parking lot […]


Lucky Goldfish UPDATE: Closed for business

October 7, 2010
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            UPDATE: Unfortunately this shop has closed permanently. Since 1986, Lucky Goldfish has provided Oaktowners with an outlet for exotic pets and pet supplies for fish, birds, and reptiles. The staff is very nice and helpful and the store is spaciously laid out making it very easy to find what […]


Ice Skating Downtown at Oakland Ice Center

September 27, 2010
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Oakland Ice Center is a world-class ice rink, actually two ice rinks, located right between downtown and uptown close to the Fox Theater. Anytime of year you can come here to relax, gliding around on the ice during their public skating hours. Seems like a great place to host a birthday party or other fun […]


Merritt Bakery & Eastlake Lucky’s

September 27, 2010
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Did you know there’s a Lucky’s just east of Lake Merritt? It’s a great supermarket with a local flavor that caters to the local clientele. And next door is the longtime Oakland institution the Merritt Bakery. One of the only old-school diners left in Oakland, Merritt Bakery is a walk into the past. Their food […]


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