When I moved to Bernal Heights in 2013, one of the best resources for my finger on the pulse of our wonderful neighborhood was Bernalwood. Whether it was a new restaurant opening, a reminder of a local event, or even a map of the best ski runs of Bernal Hill, Bernalwood was a staple for my discovery of all our humble little hood bad to offer.
About 18 months ago, Bernalwood went dark. I checked back every day hoping that I wouldn’t see the same news of BagelMacher at the top of the site, but it seemed that Todd and his local blog had rolled their last post on that fateful 4/20.
I went through the five stages of grief, but as I approached “Acceptance” I realized that there’s something better than simply dealing with the loss of a central neighborhood news outlet. There’s doing something about it.
And here we are! I’m starting Bernal Hype with the hopes of becoming the go-to single source of what’s happening in our little foothill community. For the most part, I’ll be focused on the area flanked by 280 on the south, San Jose/Dolores on the west, Cesar Chavez on the north, and 101 on the east:
That said, if there are big openings or events in nearby neighborhoods like the Mission, Glen Park, Noe, Bayview, or Portola that I think are of interest to fellow Bernalites, I’ll post those here as well.
I’ve set up a twitter account at twitter.com/bernalhype where I’ll be posting more often, so definitely follow there for the timeliest updates.
Lastly, much like any neighborhood, Bernal Hype gets better the more the community participates. Have an upcoming event or scoop on a new opening? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have an incredible neighborhood secret or story that needs to be told? Tell me. Want to help write or take photos or brainstorm article ideas? I’m looking to grow this from my little blog to our little blog.
Bernal Heights has given me a wonderful place to call home for the last 6+ years, and Bernal Hype is my small way of paying it forward to residents and visitors new and old.