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Re: “The Real Brooklyn by the Bay

James Buskirk Larue was my 3rd great grandfather! Hes buried in the family plot in Mountain View Cemetery.

Posted by David Larue on 02/22/2019 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Celebrating East Bay Literary History for the Oakland Book Festival

Interestingly, several of these authors are inspired by cannabis (or may have been): Jack London…; Gertrude Stein…; Robert Louis Stevenson…; Amy Tan…. Perhaps it's no mystery why Oakland is nicknamed Oaksterdam.

Posted by Ellen Komp on 05/13/2016 at 11:30 AM

Re: “A City for the Dead — and the Living

My family and I loved the docent tour.

Posted by Bob Sommer on 03/15/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “A City for the Dead — and the Living

I've been an artist in residence in the cemetery for several years and am continuously inspired by the vibrant life of this generous parkland. Our project, Walking in Witness, is an ongoing community dance celebration of the cemetery:…
The pubic is invited to join our umbrella dance at the main fountain for Dance Anywhere Day, Friday, March 18, 1pm. Bring a colorful umbrella. Rain or shine.
Further info:…… --Greacian Goeke

Posted by Greacian Goeke on 03/10/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The Real Brooklyn by the Bay

I've lived in both Brooklyn, NY and Oakland, CA. I know some people don't like it and it's a cliché at this point...but the similarities in the two are incredible. They're both wonderful places where incredible things are happening.

Posted by Jack Fitz on 02/03/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “The Real Brooklyn by the Bay

Yes. Familiar with the area formerly known as Brooklyn. BUT... NO and I MEAN NO self respecting Oaklander (before 1999 I suppose) would EVER compare thee to another burg. F' Ess Eff, F' Brooklyn, F' El Eh ( ask the Crips and Bloods). Oakland has always done her own thing.
... like Brooklyn my arse. :)

Posted by Anthony Moore on 02/03/2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The Real Brooklyn by the Bay

Brilliant article. Thank you for bringing to light the rich history of our area. Parts of Trestle Glen were also included in Brooklyn as well

Posted by Steve Kopff on 02/03/2016 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Why the Curtain Fell

A lost footnote to this story is a fact about east bay movie theaters in Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland told to me by my grandfather. My grandfather, like thousands of other African American men, came to Oakland in the 1940's from Texas, seeking jobs at east bay shipyards and a better life, away from discrimination, racism and terror in the south. The story he told was that although there were jobs to be had, there was not adequate housing for the men who came here to fill them. According to him, many men who had no place to live, spent many nights sleeping in the back of movie theaters. They would then wash up and have breakfast at a restaurant along San Pablo or Shattuck Ave before going to work. The men got paid on Friday and many went to SF and got hotel rooms in the city for weekend partying. Some survived for months in this routine until they could find more stable housing situations. If it were not for these movie theaters, who knows how these men would have made it.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/17/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Why the Curtain Fell

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Posted by Editor on 12/16/2015 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Why the Curtain Fell

A nicely done story, Laurel! And thanks for the photos. Despite looking at hundreds of old Oakland theatre photos I hadn't seen either of them. -- Bill Counter

Posted by Bill Counter on 12/15/2015 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Secret Staircases to the Past

To the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association and Oakland Urban Paths can be added the new kid on the steps - El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. This volunteer group is making El Cerrito 'path friendly' with its myriad of new additions.

A list and maps of the paths can be found on their website:

Check it out!

Posted by Bee Montigue on 11/03/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Secret Staircases to the Past

I used to use a group of these stairs to get to car pooling on Park from Crocker-Highlands. Mostly falling apart but effective. Now, at least in Crocker-Highlands some paths have railings and repaired stairs.

Posted by charlton holland on 10/28/2015 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Secret Staircases to the Past

While I wish they had the money to move faster, the city repaired the Bonham Way steps and did a major update to the Davidson Way steps, both off of Grand Avenue.

Posted by Gene Anderson on 10/28/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Secret Staircases to the Past

Every decade or so someone writes about our staircase heritage but it's been very long since Oakland has done anything to prevent them from deteriorating more.
The city tried to close some on my street, as they are admittedly in bad shape, but since more houses are being built on our narrow little street, we demanded they be kept open.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 10/27/2015 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Sausal Creek: An Oakland Watershed Reborn

Fixed, Michelle Kreig. Thanks.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 09/17/2015 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Sausal Creek: An Oakland Watershed Reborn

Great article! Please note that the Friends of Sausal Creek Native Plant Sale is on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH.

Posted by Michelle Krieg on 09/16/2015 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Sausal Creek: An Oakland Watershed Reborn

Nice job, Laurel! I'll be looking forward to your future articles in the Express which promise to boost appreciation of Oakland by revealing what makes it special.

Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 09/16/2015 at 3:42 PM

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