Chowchilla Memories

Gate 6 ½ resident Claudia Cowan is a senior correspondent for Fox News, and recently produced a podcast recognizing the 45th anniversary of a shocking kidnapping in Chowchilla, CA, in 1976. On July 15, 1976, a school bus carrying 26 schoolchildren ages 5 to 14 and their driver vanished without...

A Dock Comings and Goings

Former 25-year San Franciscan Mira Pickett crossed the Bridge to explore life on this side a year ago. Originally renting on Yellow Ferry Harbor, Mira knew that that would be a temporary move as the owner occupied his home for a good chunk of each year. A furnished rental became...

Working Waterfront Film Screening Mar 11

A new documentary entitled ‘A Tour of Sausalito’s Marinship’ will be screened as part of a special program at the Sausalito Library at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11. A previous screening of this film was announced at the FHA Annual Meeting, and for those who didn’t get to see...

Straight Outa’ Brooklyn

They departed corporate New York and the ultra-cool Brooklyn scene directly to our floating homes lifestyle—they jumped right into purchasing their East Pier home before even testing their 3000–mile leap by renting! Tracy Corbin and her husband Scott knew that they had made the right move to live waterside.  Not...

A Bit of North Beach on West Pier

“When I walk home down the pier, I am walking away from a noisy, hectic world, away from the dirty sidewalks of San Francisco. I am walking above the water, by the birds, seeing the weather approach me, towards my view of Mt. Tam—to quiet and peace.” Running a restaurant...

Strumming Along on Gate 6 1/2

Filmmaker Helen Vandeman of Gate 6 ½ has posted a 32–minute video of her neighbor, legendary banjo virtuoso Carl Lunsford, reminiscing about this musical career and his move to the floating homes community in 1974. Self–taught as a boy, Carl became a mainstay of many great traditional jazz bands, including...

Historic Waterfront Photos at Bay Model

The Bay Model will exhibit photos from Catherine Lyons-Labate’s book SAUSALITO once upon a waterfront from February 15—March 26. These photos tell a story of people from all walks of life who came together on the waters of Sausalito and created a community like no other. Catherine hitchhiked to the...

Dry Docks: Icon or Eyesore?

Long before Forbes Kiddoo’s man–made island gained fame in the 1980s, a set of dry docks became a major landmark in Richardson’s Bay. In a two–part series for Marinscope, Annie Sutter wrote about the four drydocks, “the many tons of wood, iron and granite ballast that were deposited in Richardson...

A Commune Floats in Amsterdam

Seeking a more sustainable lifestyle, a Dutch reality TV director discovered an empty river basin in the Buiksloterham neighborhood of Amsterdam and decided to establish a commune for herself and a few select friends. Thanks to Joe Novitski of East Pier for sending along a Washington Post report on the...

Mystery Santa Returns

For the second holiday season, a mysterious Santa Claus has been zipping around Gate 6 on a one–reindeer–powered trike. In addition to scooting through the parking lots, he spins an occasional brodie in the Bridgeway intersection, then rides off into the night without so much as a Ho-Ho-Ho. Let’s wish...