The Daily San Francisco | Part I

San Francisco is another amazing place, much beloved to many just like Portsmouth.  I’m lucky to be spending a week with my older brother and sister in-law (and the their new addition – baby Norah) at their apartment in the city, which overlooks the infamous Alcatraz and the beautiful Coit Tower.

The shots above capture the view from the back of their place…always changing with the daylight and the fog. More to follow throughout the week, I hope you’ll humor me by visiting – even though it’s not quite The Daily Portsmouth.

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The Daily San Francisco | Part I

San Francisco is another amazing place, much beloved to many just like Portsmouth.  I’m lucky to be spending a week with my older brother and sister in-law (and the their new addition – baby Norah) at their apartment in the city, which overlooks the infamous Alcatraz and the beautiful Coit Tower.

The shots above capture the view from the back of their place…always changing with the daylight and the fog. More to follow throughout the week, I hope you’ll humor me by visiting – even though it’s not quite The Daily Portsmouth.

Ceres Street Beautification Project

Work has recently begun on the beautification of the Ceres Street corridor, which will continue to improve the city’s appeal to (residents and) tourists and make it a little less rugged in the alleyway that accesses the decks.  As I’ve written before – Poco’s deck will no longer be in its current spot, however it’s actually going to be moved against the building and is said to feature TWO stories, an upper level and a lower level….stay tuned, should be a cool improvement (though no longer on the water).

The notorious dumpster will be moved, drainage in the area improved, and new walkways will adorn the rowhouses on Ceres Street.  I’ll post progress shots as the project continues through the rest of the year.  While the beloved decks will be changing, it should only continue to enhance the desirability of the destination.  I’ve also heard that there will be a walkway along the exterior of the decks….we’ll soon find out!

The Portsmouth Herald opined on the project on September 28th, which can be read HERE.

Prescott Park Fountain By Day | By Night

The fountain in Prescott Park with the spear fisherman is an often overlooked feature in the city’s park by the water (see update below for some history on the fountain’s origin).  The view of the Naval Shipyard across the river along along with the boat traffic and beautiful gardens prove to be excellent distractions.  Today’s post highlights the contrast of the scene in daylight and with its intimate lighting early evening.

UPDATE: Portsmouth resident Pepsie Jabrie shared that:  “When I was a kid this fountain statue was on the corner of State street and Pleasant. The post office was where Sakura restaurant is. It was one of the very few places in Portsmouth that had an elevator. My trips there with my Mother were always fun because we took a ride on that elevator. This fountain was a public drinking fountain at that time.”

Share your stories of Portsmouth too in the comments section!

Prescott Park Fountain By Day | By Night

The fountain in Prescott Park with the spear fisherman is an often overlooked feature in the city’s park by the water (see update below for some history on the fountain’s origin).  The view of the Naval Shipyard across the river along along with the boat traffic and beautiful gardens prove to be excellent distractions.  Today’s post highlights the contrast of the scene in daylight and with its intimate lighting early evening.

UPDATE: Portsmouth resident Pepsie Jabrie shared that:  “When I was a kid this fountain statue was on the corner of State street and Pleasant. The post office was where Sakura restaurant is. It was one of the very few places in Portsmouth that had an elevator. My trips there with my Mother were always fun because we took a ride on that elevator. This fountain was a public drinking fountain at that time.”

Share your stories of Portsmouth too in the comments section!

The River House Deck

The River House is the newest addition among Portsmouth’s Decks, replacing the former Stockpot. This is a late evening summer scene with a freighter docked at the Portsmouth pier and the tugboats in the background as well.  I love the various dynamics of the people having dinner, etc. here – hope you do too.  A shot of the front of the building from Bow Street here: RIVER HOUSE and a view of the deck from across the water here:  RIVER HOUSE DECK.

I know that there are plenty of mixed emotions around town about The Stockpot’s exit and how it came about – but at the end of the day, the River House is the new tenant on the waterfront, it still has a beautiful view.

*UPDATE: 2009 was an excellent year for The River House, I became somewhat of a regular for the delicious menu, the beautiful view, the good service, and the cozy atmosphere. Looking forward to the return of warm weather in 2010 and the improvements made to the alley that accesses the decks of the waterfront.

The Doors of Portsmouth | 93 Pleasant Street

Another idea for a new series to go along with the Streets of the South End and Portsmouth By Day | Portsmouth By Night.  The Doors of Portsmouth will be a nice addition to the site, highlighting the historic flavor of the city.

A gigantic old brick building tucked away on Pleasant Street downtown.