My City: Stunning views, tasty ice cream, squirrels 

Faves and raves by Adam Kennedy

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AGE: 18
YEARS IN THE CITY: 18
NEIGHBORHOOD: Glen Park
OCCUPATION: High school senior
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Lead editor of the Balboa High School yearbook, avid photographer and filmmaker. To see his work, visit theadamkennedy.blogspot.com.

FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE PHOTOS
Alemany Flea Market
WHERE: 100 Alemany Blvd.
WHEN: Sundays
WHAT: A giant suitcase of marbles, an array of old pocket watches, each telling a different time
INFO: (415) 647-2043

Almost anything can be found there, and there are so many different things to photograph. It’s one of the only places where you can find photo subjects like a motorcade of vintage matchbox cars.

FAVORITE PLACE TO ENJOY NATURE
San Francisco Botanical Garden
WHERE: 1199 Ninth Ave., at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park
WHAT: Peaceful and isolated; friendly squirrels
INFO: (415) 661-1316 or www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

One notable thing about this park is the nature of its inhabitants. Without having seen a car or an angry pedestrian in its lifetime, an average squirrel in the Botanical Garden is interested in the peaceful human visitors.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM JOINT

Mitchell’s Ice Cream
WHERE: 688 San Jose Ave., between Valley and 29th streets
WHAT: Pistachio, Mexican chocolate and even Thai iced tea ice creams
INFO: (415) 648-2300, www.mitchellsicecream.com

Mitchell’s is one of the most famous family-owned businesses in The City. Their ice cream is unique. The authenticity of the flavors and the freshness of the ice cream is what makes it amazing.

FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE A WALK
Stow Lake
WHERE: 50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park
WHAT: Waterfall, gazebo and a photogenic stone bridge
INFO: (415) 752-0347

The lake is just far enough from the freeway so that the street sounds don’t interfere with your walk, but it’s close enough so that you don’t need to trek too far to get to there if you drove. The boathouse rents out boats seating two to four people, so you can cruise around.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOOT A FILM

Mount Davidson
WHERE: Dalewood and Myra ways
WHAT: One of the most epic locations in The City

With a clear view of at least 70 percent of San Francisco and lots of room to move around, it’s the perfect place to film a character’s inner monologue, a scene of a starving artist gaining inspiration or perhaps a duel between two dark wizards. The only setback is significant wind interference on bad days.

FAVORITE MUSEUM
Cartoon Art Museum
WHERE: 655 Mission St., between Annie and New Montgomery streets
WHAT: The City’s only museum dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art
INFO: (415) 227-8666 or www.cartoonart.org

With curator Andrew Farago at the helm of their exhibitions, this museum is always showcasing different comics of a vast array of genres of nearly every age.

FAVORITE MINIATURE PARK
Sunnyside Conservatory
WHERE: 236 Monterey Blvd., between Baden and Congo streets
WHAT: Restored 100-year-old conservatory
INFO: www.sfnpc.org/sunnysideconservhistory

This building was left in half-ruin for years until recently a budget was appropriated to restore it. With some neighborly cooperation and our tax dollars, we were able to bring its surroundings back to life as a peaceful neighborhood spot.

FAVORITE CHEAP-EATS RESTAURANT
Roxie Food Center
WHERE: 1901 San Jose Ave., between Havelock Street and Santa Ynez Avenue
WHAT: One of the best-tasting, least-advertised sandwich delis in The City
INFO: (415) 587-2345

The subs taste like no other. Although the place is rather small, the authenticity of the sandwiches can’t be rivaled by any chain restaurant.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT BREAKFAST

Tyger’s   
WHERE: 2798 Diamond St., at Chenery Street
WHAT: Homemade, friendly attitude
INFO: (415) 239-4060

Tyger’s brings me a certain nostalgia — walking there from my house, remembering the same faces I used to see every Saturday. It’s a medium-size restaurant, not so big that you can’t hear yourself think and not so small that you can’t get a table. It’s situated on a corner looking out upon Glen Park village, and its front reminds one of a retro diner.

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