My Favorite Corner of SF

A sidewalk view of Torgsyn Jewelry and Moscow & Tbilisi Bakery Store on Geary Street. Photo: Aida Agayeva

This article is part of My Favorite Corner of SF, a feature series that pays homage to a special place in the city.

New York has Brighton Beach. Chicago has Devon Avenue. But San Francisco’s Little Russia in the Richmond District is perhaps the most intriguing of them all.

My…


Community members paint a mural on 14th Street between Clay and Jefferson Streets in Downtown Oakland on October 29, 2020. The finished mural spelled out, ‘Choose Democracy Stop a Coup,’ and was organized by the East Point Peace Academy. Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

This year held so many surprising hardships — the pandemic, wildfires, deaths, racial injustices, climate change, wars, and much more. It was such an incredibly strenuous and heavy year, and it was so difficult to tear ourselves away from the doomscrolling, that it was easy to miss the positive moments…


Inside a bookstore with balconies and a large stained glass window. Customers look around.
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Winter is finally approaching, making the idea of cozying up with some hot chocolate and a great read sound enticing. Knowing that there’s no better company than a good book, make your shopping habits more ethical by supporting independent bookstores and authors during the gift-giving season.

The independent and local…


“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” — Neil Gaiman

The wall has been broken when it comes to sending risky texts and there’s no one but ourselves to thank for that. …


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There were only a few places I considered to be a safe haven. My car and the local coffee shops were the main two I relied on.

As I grew up, I made it a mission to go to every coffee shop in the East Bay Area. Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut…


As the comedy business shifted to online standup specials and comic relief through virtual platforms, it begs the question of whether or not comedy will change in the future. The concept of entertaining in this age has changed immensely. …


Photo: Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen

Now is the time to carefully consider the products you’re using, the restaurants you’re supporting, and the businesses you frequent. Money is political, and so is who you choose to support with your dollars.

To support the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s imperative now more than ever to focus attention…

Aida Agayeva

Writer. Journalist. Content Creator.

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