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[By Steven Luo | 28 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Kittens and puppies up for adoption from the San Francisco SPCA are on display at Macy's Union Square during the holiday shopping season. (Steven Luo/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Puppies and kittens are striking a pose for holiday shoppers at Macy’s Union Square during the holiday shopping season as part of the San Francisco SPCA’s adoption event to find homes for the shelter’s cats and dogs.

As predicted when this year’s window display was unveiled earlier this month, it’s another big hit.

Bay Area Snapshots, San Francisco »

[By Steven Luo | 26 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Large crowds watched the lighting of Macy's Christmas Tree at San Francisco Union Square Friday. (Steven Luo/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

The sights and spirit of the holiday season greeted thousands of people who watched Macy’s 2012 Christmas tree light up Friday evening at San Francisco’s Union Square.

The 83-foot tree has been decorated with 33,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs from top to bottom. The tree itself isn’t real — it’s reusable.

Political Beat, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

(11/18) — 1155 PST UPDATE — SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. — Approximately 100 Pro-Palestinian protesters marched through streets around Union Square Saturday evening in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine over the disputed Gaza Strip.

Traffic was stopped along Powell and Geary Streets near Macy’s Union Square and down Market Street while marchers walked through lanes of traffic shouting, “while you’re shopping, bombs are dropping.” 

Bay Area Snapshots, San Francisco »

[By Andrew Leonard | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT

Like the Christmas tree in the center of Union Square or the lights at Embarcadero Center, the sight of adorable puppies and kittens has become synonymous with the holiday spirit in San Francisco.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown did the honors to unveil this year’s SPCA holiday pet adoption display at the Macy’s department store Friday afternoon in front of a crowd of spectators who wanted to be among the first to say hello to the animals. 

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[By Beat News Service | 15 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

A prominent display that will hopefully find homes for San Francisco’s homeless cats and dogs this holiday season will be unveiled Friday.

Macy’s and the San Francisco SPCA will pull back the curtains on its 2012 holiday windows display at the department store chain’s Union Square location during a 5 p.m. ceremony at the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets. 

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[By Beat News Service | 5 May 2011 | No Comments]

A construction crew working in the area of Stockton and Bush Streets north of San Francisco’s Union Square punctured an underground gas line Thursday afternoon forcing the closure of area streets, a fire dispatcher said.

Pacific Gas and Electric repair crews capped the gas leak at 7 p.m., but as a precaution, emergency responders closed area streets to pedestrians and cars. 

San Francisco, Traffic & Transit »

[By Beat News Service | 1 Feb 2011 | No Comments]
Courtesy San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

An effort to relocate underground utilities along a portion of Stockton Street along San Francisco’s Union Square could tie up traffic in the area for months to come, project managers are warning.

A three-block portion of the street, from Post to Ellis Streets, is being dug up by contractors in phases to relocate below-street utility boxes and other equipment away from the path of subway tunnels and an underground station at Union Square.

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[By Beat News Service | 29 Nov 2010 | No Comments]

Kittens purring and puppies barking can be grouped into the sounds of the holiday season at San Francisco’s Macy’s store. The annual display of pets up for adoption from the city’s SPCA is stopping brisk-walking holiday shoppers and drawing them to window displays featuring the animals who are in need of a home along Stockton and O’Farrell Streets.

This season’s display is the 24th annual campaign at the San Francisco Macy’s store to raise money for the SPCA and find homes for dogs and cats every year.

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[By Steven Luo | 27 Nov 2010 | No Comments]
The Christmas tree at Union Square in San Francisco. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Thousands braved freezing temperatures and packed San Francisco’s Union Square Friday evening for the traditional tree-lighting ceremony marking the start of the holiday season.

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[By California Beat | 23 Jul 2010 | One Comment]
A courageous rappel artist scales the Grand Hyatt San Francisco hotel Friday afternoon. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Look up, San Francisco.

Or else you’ll miss the dozens of courageous charitable superheros who will spend Saturday morning rappelling off the 38-story facade of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco’s Union Square.