If you work in downtown SF and you’re not lucky enough to have catered meals appear in your office, finding interesting, cheap, and quick lunch options can be a hassle. Luckybolt solves that problem with bicycles and delicious, locally-produced food (two of Connie’s favorite things).
Each day, Luckybolt features two neighborhood restaurants (favorite spots from around the city that are too far away for a midweek lunch run) and allows customers to pre-order and pay for their lunches. The food gets delivered downtown via a specially-equipped trailer bike, and is available for a quick and easy midday pickup. Luckybolt recently introduced a second location in Mission Bay, we well as a few “meal kit” options for a DIY dinner. Now, if only they’d introduce an on-demand mobile bar…
Featured Passenger: Kelly Hoffer
What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection?
I grew up in NJ, about an hour outside of NY. Since my grandmother lived in Brooklyn, we would drive in see her - an odyssey that meant holding your breath through parts of Staten Island, swaying dangerously on the Verrazano bridge, getting stuck in 3 hours of traffic on the Belt parkway and eventually winding up in her 21st floor studio apartment. Several times the car got broken into while we were visiting and my brother and I would have to sit on towels for the drive home because of the broken glass on the seats. This seemed somehow perfectly normal… I convinced my mother to let me go to a summer photography program at Parsons when I was 17 which included sneaking into Limelight (a nightclub then) and being pulled into the Pride parade with the gay synagogue playing a techno version of Hava Nagila on repeat. I ended up at NYU, which was no surprise to anyone and stayed in NY until late 2008.
I never thought I would leave New York but the wind brought me to San Francisco and I fell in love with this quirky, light jacket requiring city.
Describe your experience in NYC.
I moved to NY in 1997 for college and thought I would never leave. I thought Lou Reed was right, that places outside of NY were scary, filled with bears and people that didn’t understand the importance of 24-hour everything. I lived all over the city; the village, downtown, Long Island City in Queens, Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, Van Vorst Park in Jersey City.
What was the biggest challenge of moving from NYC to SF?
The lack of seasons; I still have a hard time distinguishing April from October. I miss thunderstorms, so much so that I will readily agree to visiting my parents in Florida to experience one.
The differences in public transportation; in ten years in NYC, I took maybe 5 buses. I didn’t realize you could actually successfully travel above ground in a city…
How early things happen in SF; dinner here seems “late” after 8.
The lack of urgency. New Yorkers have somewhere to be, that is why they have left their homes. If you are standing in the middle of the sidewalk in NY, you are disrupting the flow of sidewalk traffic and will be appropriately scoffed at and hints of “tourist” will be heard by those muttering while trying to avoid you. Here in SF, if you stop in the middle of sidewalk people will mosey around you not terribly fussed by the inconvenience. I still find myself caught between these two reactions.
How can NYC and SF best engage with each other?
I’m not sure. I think they are good foils for each other. When you need a break from one, head to the other. I loved being in Brooklyn recently. I had been thinking maybe it was time to move back, but when my plane landed at SFO and I felt relieved to be “home” I knew I wasn’t ready to go back east yet.
My advice is try to find what you love in each city. Try not to constantly compare, but love each for what they offer and are best at. It’s a struggle (not to compare), but worth it.
Favorite SF secret spot
The Presidio. I lived there for 2 years and it is one of the most beautiful places in the city. It’s like living in a secret garden with a Yoda sculpture.
Favorite NYC secret spot
Veselka, though it’s definitely not a secret. Cheese perogies fried with apple sauce. Even lactose intolerance will not stop me from consuming these.
If you were not at Salesforce, what would you be doing?
When I was little, I wanted to be a marine biologist or a rock star. Both of those still seem like decent options, but I’ve got some grown up dreams too. I’m passionate about fighting for women’s reproductive rights, coming up with better/more ways to organize all the digital content we are amassing, and I still think I would like to be involved in something biology-driven…
Inflight Entertainment: tell us what song/album, TV show, podcast, or web videos you’ve been watching lately.
I’ve been listening to Beach House and the National, and not reading enough of anything, unfortunately.
Regardless of which coast you’re on this week, here are our hand-picked, can’t miss events:
Selected Stories from Capitol New York: Tuesday July 2nd, 7-8:30pm
Housing Works, 126 Crosby St.
Join Capital New York editors and writers at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe to celebrate the release of their first e-book, Making the City: A selection of stories from Capitol New York. Hear from Capital co-founder Tom McGeveran, This American Life contributor Starlee Kine, MSNBC host Steve Kornacki, playwright Sheila O’Malley, writer Steven Boone, and more, hosted by Capital public editor Gillian Reagan.
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AMPLIFY GOOD happy hour: Tuesday July 2nd, 6:30-8pm
Slate, 54 W. 21st
AMPLIFY GOOD is a growing community of people in “amplifying” professions (e.g., marketing, advertising, branding, public relations, social media) who want to connect with a greater sense of purpose in their work. Come to their first non-traditional happy hour (their founder Aviva is bicoastal, after all!).
Free // RSVP
Big Gay Birthday: Friday, June 28, 8pm
The Old Mint, Mint Plaza
San Francisco is turning 237 years young, and with this week’s SCOTUS ruling and Pride Weekend rocking the town, there’s no better time to celebrate. Our friends at the Bold Italic have assembled some of SF’s finest DJs, drag queens, bartenders and more to entertain you.
Tickets: $20 // More info
Score! Swap SF: Saturday, June 29, 1-4pm
1564 MKRT, 1564 Market St.
Clean out your closet, pick up some new finds, and help a few local charities, all in one fell swoop. What could be better? Score some good karma and a couple free beers, too - this mega swap event is also friendly to gently used records, books and household items, so…bring it!
Tickets: $5 // More info
Born in the USA vs. Party in the USA: Friday, July 5, 8pm
The Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St.
American Tripps, best known for their Berlin-style ping pong parties, is showing its patriotic streak. They’ll be spinning USA-centric sets all night long, packed with classic rock and new dance tunes. All the better to work of all the BBQ you’ll be eating this weekend.
Tickets: $5 at door // More info
Matter Info Session: Tuesday, July 9, 6:30-8pm
Matter., 421 Bryant St.
The Matter Accelerator supports media entrepreneurs building a more informed, connected, and empowered society through their start-up accelerator (that both Erica and Connie have seen IRL!) in SOMA. Learn more about Matter, have your questions answered and get to know the leadership team.
Free // RSVP
Trip 005 has ended. Ciao for now! Have a wonderful 4th of July, no matter where in the world you are celebrating.
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