Photographer's Note

North beach is the Italian quarter of San Francisco, and it runs into chinatown. This is the famous corner of Broadway and Columbus.
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"No history of North Beach would be complete without the place that made titillating history in the 1960s and launched a young waitress like a sputnik into the topless night skies of San Francisco legend.

Carol Doda gave topless dancing a bouncing start by turning her 34s into an ample pair of 44s. In June of 1964, Carol Doda launched her 44 attack by wearing a topless bathing suit designed by the legendary Rudi Genreich, and danced her way into infamy. A part of Carol's act called for her to gyrate while descending to the dance floor atop a piano that was powered by hydraulics. As the piano began its slow erotic descent, Carol moved suggestively, powered by her own inner hydraulics, perched on the piano like a bouncing candelabra for an invisible Liberace. There never was a show like it.

Carol retired from the Condor in the 1980's and today she is proprietress of Carol Doda's Champaign and Lace Lingerie Boutique.
There is another piece of Condor lore that's worth bearing in mind. One night after closing, one of the bouncers of the club, along with one of the dancers, decided to make beautiful music together while lying atop the hydraulic piano. At some point during this symphony, the switch was hit and the piano began its slow rise to the ceiling. In time, the bouncer and the dancer were pinned to the ceiling, the dancer cushioned protectively by the bouncer who lay atop her, both of them squeezed between the ceiling and the piano like a bartender squeezing a lemon. The dancer was discovered alive in the morning by a janitor. The bouncer wasn't quite as lucky.

"North Beach in San Francisco may be best known as home to the Beat Generation. Alan Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Neal Cassady — who inspired the writing style Kerouac adopted for his successful book ‘On The Road’ and later served as the driver of the psychedelic bus 'Furthur,' with Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters chronicled in Tom Wolfe's 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' — and many other Beatnik poets and writers who lived and performed their live readings here.
ruth weiss — beat poet and friend of Kerouac and Cassady — continued to give live performances in North Beach long after many of the other beat poets had left or died.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded City Lights Bookstore in the North Beach neighborhood in 1953. The bookstore has served for forty-eight years as a meeting place for writers, artists, and intellectuals.

A statue of Benjamin Franklin, donated to the city in 1879 by Dr. Henry Cogswell – can be found in North Beach's Washington Square.
The Church of Saints Peter and Paul is on the north side of Washington Square park with Columbus Avenue to the west and Broadway to the south."

Big Al's is in referce to Al Capone. Joe diMaggio grew up around here.

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