Distillations The paradox of Mannys the watering hole that exposes San Francisco

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Manny’s, on 16th and Valencia, isn’t technically a bar – but it serves cheap drinks, which for many of us is close enough.But more than that, Manny’s is being talked about: an attempt to create a space that resists San Francisco’s gentrification, which itself ended up being a flashpoint in the gentrification wars. It is both a café and a reminder that, even in a progressive city, no good deed goes unpunished.The result has been a storm of local and even international attention. I’d say that’s the kind of publicity in this town that money can’t buy, but really it can – you just have to open a café.And perhaps that’s the most paradoxical thing about Manny’s: It’s much more interesting and distinctive as a metaphor than it is as a place. As a place … it’s a three-part space with a conventional small café set-up in the front, boasting a long counter with copper paneling and a pastry selection. The drink lists are on one wall, food menu on another. Aside from the local sourcing of the food, the only thing that distinguishes any of the offerings is their price points: Coffee starts at under $2, and is mostly in the $3 range. Cans of Tecate also start the beer prices low, at just $2, and most of the booze is in the $6-$9 range. Cocktails are limited to the “sparkling” variety, but, whatever. Nobody’s coming here to drink hard. The second room, really more of a connecting hallway, is a lovely small bookstore provided by local business Dog Eared Books. Heavy on politics, light on literature, it looks like it was lifted directly out of the apartment of a particularly stern graduate student, with sections on “Immigration & Migration,” “Trans Rights & History,” “Race,” “Disability Studies,” and “Theory.”The larger back room is the venue area, and has a space for presenters and a living room vibe, with an emphasis on couches and group seating.Put it all together and it’s … well, honestly, it’s exactly the kind of café you’ll find in every college town across the Midwest. Spacious, cheap, a local venue for community groups, going out of its way to proclaim itself a diverse space … there are a hundred places like Manny’s in Ohio alone, and maybe even just Oberlin. But there’s a desperate lack of places like this in San Francisco, so Manny’s stands out. And good for Manny’s! But as a cafe what’s interesting about it is that it’s an endangered species. Manny Yekutiel in his 16th and Valencia space, prior to the arrival of weekly protest groups. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.As a metaphor, though, it is uniquely delicious, both a savory vegan broth and a spicy meatball. The fact that to create this this space, Manny Yekutiel had to undergo a grueling ordeal of consultations with community groups and non-profits perfectly symbolizes the way in which San Francisco makes it as difficult as possible to create something that everybody says they want. And the fact that, even after going through all that and doing everything right, a progressive anti-gentrification cafe is still getting picketed over allegations of Zionism – Zionism! – and that all those organizations Manny had gone out of his way to consult and appease decided not to leap to his defense but adopted a “wait and see” attitude on whether the café they always wanted might have to close because Israel might not have a right to exist …… Well, you decide what that’s a metaphor of, but whatever it is, it’s perfect. Evocative, informative – it’s a 10-karat symbol of this city.But that’s what Manny’s is a symbol of now: The question is what it will be a symbol of in another year.For two dollars plain…There was still space when I arrived at Manny’s in the afternoon, but there was no food. The barista explained to me that there were no meals on Mondays, because the kitchen staff needed a day off. Which … okay … sure … no meals on Mondays. Why not? I ordered a tea and a chocolate croissant and sat at an open table in the front section. Around me was a sea of laptops and people with Bluetooth attachments set in their ears. At a table next to me, two people were conducting a job interview about Salesforce pipeline management. Not long after, two women sat down at another table near me and had a conversation that might have been an informational interview and might have been a first date. I was shocked, in that moment, at how hard it was to tell the difference. After a few minutes of what might have been flirting or might have been networking, their conversation shifted to a long discussion about a tech solution to solve homelessness. You see, upon meeting a homeless person, you can use your phone to … ah, screw it, it doesn’t matter. Nothing past the words “use your phone” ever really matters when talking about entrenched social problems. It could be anything. If you’ve talked to literally anyone with a start-up, you know this conversation.A third nearby table, meanwhile, was also engaged in a conversation that could have been networking, activism, or meeting an old family friend. Literally every conversation I eavesdropped on in Manny’s went like that. And it seemed, sitting there, that we have managed to collapse all the different kinds of conversations into one data stream. Dating has interfaced with networking which has become philanthropy which seamlessly turns into job interviews which syncs to your political debates and updates your catching up with friends. Tech – as an industry, a set of tools, a lifestyle, a culture – crushes everything into this compact ur-form. Your whole emotional range in 280 characters or fewer. One emoji to rule them all.And maybe I was just at Manny’s on an off day, but, the fact that this was happening here, in a space explicitly set up to be responsive to everything tech is gentrifying out of San Francisco, was as baffling as the collapsed conversations themselves. One could say that what’s happening here is that Manny’s is becoming a neutral zone – a place where techies and activists and the marginalized and the politicos can all meet together, something they can have in common. And … maybe that’s so.Hilary Ronen in conversation with Manny Yekutiel at Manny’s. “I never faced this type of misogyny that I faced in becoming an elected official,” Ronen told the standing-room-only crowd. Illustration by Lola Noguer.Or maybe it’s something else. Much in the way that marginalized communities and bohemians once created great affordable neighborhoods that tech folks wanted to live in too, they have created a great Midwestern café that tech folks now want to inhabit, precisely because of the low prices, the spacious interior, the cache of cultural programming, and the pleasantness of a diverse staff. And so Manny’s is becoming a microcosm of the very conflict that it was designed to help alleviate. That’s my take, anyway. We’ll see where it’s at in a year.While I was mulling on that, a group arrived from the Canadian consulate. Manny Yekutiel met them, as he occasionally does with customers, and showed them around. Apparently they might want to do events here. Which would be great for Manny’s. Assuming, of course, that Canada has a right to exist. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Traffic impacts during Veterans Day Parade in downtown Wilmington

first_imgAARP Veterans Day Celebration at Battleship Park (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On Saturday, the New Hanover County Veterans Council will hold their first annual Veterans Day parade. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the following streets will be closed:Front Street between Brunswick and Orange streetsHanover Street between 2nd and Nutt streetsOrange Street between South Front and 2nd streetsEastbound Market Street between Water Street and the parking deck entrance/exitWestbound Market Street between Water and Front streetsSouthbound lane of 2nd Street between Dock and Orange streetsSaturday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day Parade, downtown Wilmington, 9 a.m. Streets are expected to re-open by 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Groundbreaking held for Ocean Gate Plaza in Leland

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Construction is now underway on a new shopping center in Leland.Today, a groundbreaking took place on Ocean Gate Plaza on New Pointe Boulevard.- Advertisement – The businesses that have announced they are coming include Bridgewater Wines, Dunkin Donuts, and Hibachi Bistro.Ocean Gate Plaza developer and Hibachi Bistro owner Yu Hang Wang says this is a great chance for businesses to expand in the area.“It’s a good opportunity for us. This area is expanding. It’s probably the fastest in NC right now,” said Wang. “And it’s a good opportunity to be here first, before I guess everything else starts. And it’s a good opportunity for us to bring in a Hibachi Bistro to let people know what we’re about.”Related Article: Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or notWong says there will be a total of six spaces at the plaza. He hopes they can get more tenants to sign leases.The stores that are coming are expected to open by May.last_img read more

Fill up at a Circle K and support a local school

first_imgPumping gas into a car (Photo: Pixabay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You can fill up your gas tank today while also helping a local school. It’s a part of the Fueling Our Schools campaign at Circle K convenience stores.At participating locations, 10 cents of every gallon of fuel purchased Thursday will be donated to a local school.- Advertisement – Schools will use their donations toward different areas of need, such as technology, resources, teacher incentives and more.Year-round, 1 cent per gallon of fuel purchased on a specially marked pump is donated to schools (up to $2,000 per school).To date, Fueling Our Schools campaign has raised nearly $900,000 for local schools.Related Article: Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years youngerMore than 350 Circle K stores across North America participated in the fundraising campaign in 2017. In Wilmington, participating locations include:Circle K: 3053 Castle Hayne Rd, WilmingtonBeneficiary school: Wrightsboro ElementaryCircle K: 6759 Carolina Beach Rd, WilmingtonBeneficiary school: Edwin A. Anderson Elementary SchoolCircle K: 6648 Gordon Rd, WilmingtonBeneficiary school: Eaton Elementarylast_img read more

WWAY begins broadcasting from new home in Leland

first_img Scott Dean, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Randy Aldridge and Dustin Dorsey anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Scott Dean, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Randy Aldridge and Dustin Dorsey anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) – The future is finally here for WWAY.More than a year after announcing station owner Morris Multimedia had purchased the former Thunder Alley building in Leland, southeastern North Carolina’s ABC, CBS and CW affiliate is now broadcasting from its new home.- Advertisement – 1 of 15 Amanda Fitzpatrick and Randy Aldridge anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Amanda Fitzpatrick and Randy Aldridge anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Operations Manager Kevin Helton (left) directs the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Stephanie Waldref, Hannah Patrick and Jeff Rivenbark anchor Good Morning Carolina on April 30, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Wills Maxwell, Matt Bennett and Anna Hogelin working behind the scenes during the first newscast from WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Amanda Fitzpatrick and Randy Aldridge anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Stephanie Waldref, Hannah Patrick and Jeff Rivenbark anchor Good Morning Carolina on April 30, 2018. (Photo: WWAY)center_img Hannah Patrick, Jeff Rivenbark and Stephanie Waldref anchor Good Morning Carolina on April 30, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Operations Manager Kevin Helton (left) directs the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland as J.R. Quitman assists on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Members of the WWAY news, production and engineering staff celebrate the first newcast in the Leland studio on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) “Simply put, it means the ability to offer our viewers an even higher quality of news and programming,” WWAY General Manager Andy Combs said. “Our old studio on Front Street was built in the ’60s. The design of the station fit for that era, but things have changed significantly over the last several decades. Areas where you used to need a lot of room you no longer do, and areas that used to be small now need to be much larger. Our new facility is designed around making sure the space not only fits our needs today, but has the ability to fit what we might need to do in the future.”Business and administrative staff moved into the Leland building earlier this month, but the on-air switch officially happened around midnight Saturday. WWAY’s first newscast from the state-of-the-art facility at the entrance to Magnolia Greens off US 17 aired Sunday at 6 p.m. on WWAY ABC and WWAY CBS.The building includes a new news set. Gone is the virtual set with green chromakey screens WWAY has used for the past five years. In its place is a modern studio with multiple sets, including two video walls that will add flexibility to the set-up.Related Article: Veterans services tour coming to Brunswick County“It’s really nice to get back to doing television in the traditional way,” Operations Manager Kevin Helton said. “But at the same time we’ve upgraded our equipment significantly to keep us ahead of the curve when it comes to technological advancements in broadcasting.”Helton, Chief Engineer Marty Doty and News Director Kevin Wuzzardo worked for months with designers and builders to get the set just right. Their design pays tribute to some very familiar features around the Cape Fear.“The look of the main news set includes weathered brick and steel, which evokes the historic look of so many of our downtowns, like Wilmington, Whiteville, Southport, Burgaw and Elizabethtown,” Wuzzardo said. “Across the room is our interview set, which feels a lot like a beach house, including a nice view. But beach houses typically have one view. We can have as many as we want thanks to technology and creativity power the video wall.”Of course the studio is not the only feature of WWAY’s new home. Months of work turned the old bowling alley into a modern workspace.Doty, Helton and Assistant Chief Engineer Randy Gray, with help from engineers from WWAY’s sister stations, have spent months running miles of cables to feed the technology for the building’s business and broadcasting needs.But that’s not all. The station also includes a conference and event space, including a commercial kitchen, that can be rented out by the public.“We are very fortunate to have an owner in Charles H. Morris who believes in investing back into the businesses he owns,” Combs said. “He is always thinking about the future and believes that the station should be a big part of the community both on and off the air. His idea of incorporating a 3,000-square-foot event space for the general public as part of the design is a great example of that.”Morris and other company leaders will be the first guests in the new space when they host a meeting with the top executives from Morris Multimedia’s six TV stations this week.It caps an exciting month of transition and a new chapter in the history of WWAY and its employees.“We have the greatest team of employees a station could have. Our staff truly takes a lot of pride in what they do,” Combs said. “To see the look in their eyes when they walk into the new 21,000-square-foot building the first time is priceless. It’s like being a child again on Christmas morning.” Stephanie Waldref, Hannah Patrick and Jeff Rivenbark anchor Good Morning Carolina on April 30, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Scott Dean, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Randy Aldridge and Dustin Dorsey anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Amanda Fitzpatrick and Randy Aldridge anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Scott Dean, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Randy Aldridge and Dustin Dorsey anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY)last_img read more

Volunteer Center needs help to aid those displaced by Florence storm damage

first_img “Many residents are in shock and need help moving their possessions,” said Annie Anthony with the volunteer center.If you can help move boxes and furniture, this project is for you. The center recommends that volunteers be able to lift 25 pounds.Here’s where you can go to sign up.Related Article: NC woman may face charges for sheltering pets in unregistered shelterCape Fear Volunteer Center will be at The Glenn from 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M. daily to meet and support volunteers and residents.When you arrive ask for Annie Anthony.Also the center is asking volunteers who may have a truck or SUV to bring that to aid in the move outs.Authorities tell center organizers that residents have until October 22nd to move out. The Glen Apartments are emptying as more residents evacuate. (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY). WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  The Cape Fear Volunteer Center says Wilmington has 7 apartment complexes that have been declared unsafe to live in.Residents of Market Street North apartment complex need help moving out according to center leaders.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Cooper announces grant program for community college students in need

first_img “Hurricane Florence was a gut punch to our state, causing unforeseen damages to families across the state, and the Finish Line Grants program is more important now than ever,” said Gov. Cooper. “This program will help students across the state and in hurricane affected areas finish their training and get a good paying job to support themselves and their families.”Finish Line Grants funding has been awarded to more than 30 community colleges across the state. Funding is awarded after community colleges and workforce development boards jointly apply for funding. Community college students may receive a maximum of $1,000 per semester by contacting their community colleges’ financial aid office or their local NCWorks Career Center to apply.“Finish Line Grants are enabling community college students to stay on track to finish their studies,” said Peter Hans, president of the North Carolina Community College System. “Many of our students are of modest means and often from first-generation college-going families. This support provides them the opportunity to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams.”Related Article: Defense contractor to expand in North Carolina, add 200 jobs“The new Finish Line Grants program is instrumental in helping a wider range of students get the support they need,” said Dr. John D. Hauser, president of Carteret Community College. “This program is a key element in building our workforce. Our commitment to develop and maintain a strong workforce helps attract companies to Carteret County. Recently, we have identified students who need financial help in order to complete their degrees. Especially after Hurricane Florence, the Finish Line Grants program is imperative in helping these students achieve their educational goals.”So far, Finish Line Grants have been awarded to:Alamance Community CollegeCollege of the AlbemarleAsheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeBladen Community CollegeBlue Ridge Community CollegeBeaufort Community CollegeCaldwell Community CollegeCarteret Community CollegeCatawba Valley Community CollegeCentral Carolina Community CollegeCentral Piedmont Community CollegeCoastal Carolina Community CollegeCraven Community CollegeDavidson County Community CollegeFayetteville Technical Community CollegeGuilford Technical Community CollegeHaywood Community CollegeJames Sprunt Community CollegeJohnston Community CollegeLenoir Community CollegeMartin Community CollegeMayland Community CollegePamlico Community CollegePitt Community CollegeRichmond Community CollegeRoanoke-Chowan Community CollegeRobeson Community CollegeSampson Community CollegeSandhills Community CollegeSouthwestern Community CollegeTri-County Community CollegeWayne Community CollegeWake Technical Community CollegeWestern Piedmont Community CollegeWilkes Community CollegeIn his most recent budget, Gov. Cooper proposed $20 million for Finish Line Grants to be made available for four-year college and university students, in addition to community college students, but the General Assembly did not include it in the budget. The funding for this iteration of the program will come from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Bladen Community College (Photo: NC Association of Community Colleges) MOREHEAD CITY, NC (Press Release) — In a visit to Carteret Community College today, Governor Roy Cooper announced the state has distributed more than $1.8 million in Finish Line Grants funding to community colleges across the state.In July, Gov. Cooper announced the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students who face unforeseen financial emergencies to complete their training. The program uses $7 million in federal funds to help students pay for transportation, housing, medical needs, dependent care or other financial emergencies that students face through no fault of their own.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Steeple repaired on church after being damaged in Hurricane Florence

first_imgWINNABOW, NC (WWAY) — It has been four months since Hurricane Florence and neighbors are still helping neighbors recover. One man stepped up to help repair a church that lost it’s steeple.Fred Osborne built the first steeple at Christian Chapel AME Zion Church in Winnabow more than 10 years ago, but strong winds from Florence knocked the cross right off the steeple’s top.- Advertisement – Osborne recently drove by the church, saw how it was broken and wanted to repair it. Days later, the new steeple hails on top of the church.“I built the steeple probably about 15 years ago and it blew off during the storm and I stopped by and put a note on their door to put it back for them,” said Osborne.Christian Chapel AME Zion Church has worshiped in the Winnabow community for more than 50 years.Related Article: Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s DayAside from the steeple damage, the church also had a broken window. The church continues to repair.last_img read more

State requiring towns to manage emerging compounds in wastewater

first_img Emerging compounds, such as 1,4 dioxane and PFAS, do not currently have federal water quality standards.Data reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has indicated elevated concentrations of these compounds in drinking water that originated from the Cape Fear River Basin. In addition, monitoring performed by the state DWR has confirmed the presence of these compounds in surface waters within the Cape Fear River Basin.1,4-dioxane is a clear liquid that is highly miscible in water. It has historically been used as a solvent stabilizer and is currently used for a wide variety of industrial and manufacturing purposes.Related Article: Brunswick Co. woman to testify before Congress about GenXThe compound can be found in industrial solvents, paint strippers, and varnishes and is often produced as a by-product of chemical processes to manufacture soaps, plastics, and other consumer products.PFAS compounds are most often associated with nonstick coatings, plating operations, firefighting foams, and stain- and water-resistant treatments for clothing, furniture and carpeting.For more information, click here. Cape Fear River (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — State environmental officials are requiring towns with pretreatment programs in the Cape Fear River Basin to monitor for a set of emerging compounds starting this summer.The N.C. Division of Water Resources recently sent a letter to 25 municipalities requiring monitoring for 1,4 dioxane and per- and  substances, known as PFAS, for three consecutive months starting in June. This effort is part of an ongoing management strategy to address some of these compounds in surface water and biosolids.- Advertisement – last_img read more

The Little Prince leaves Juventus after 25 years

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint MILAN, ITALY – MAY 16: Claudio Marchisio of Juventus FC celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 16, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)MILAN, ITALY – MAY 16: Claudio Marchisio of Juventus FC celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 16, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images) Claudio Marchisio has left the reigning Serie A champions after his contract was terminated by mutual agreement. In 2016 the 32-year-old sustained a serious knee injury which hindered his performance throughout the past two seasons.The former Italy international, capped 55 times by his nation, played 389 matches for the Bianconeri and scored 37 goals. Marchisio, nicknamed “The Little Prince” won seven Serie A titles and four Italian Cups during his spell with Juventus. The midfielder is unlikely to play for another Italian club and has been linked with a move to the Major League Soccer.WhatsApplast_img read more