Top 10 San Francisco Instagram Accounts to Follow

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Filter of Choice? San Francisco
Instagram has a lot of pretty pictures floating around. And we mean a lot: about 16 billion have been captured on the photo sharing social network since March of this year.

With over 150 million active users worldwide, it can be difficult to sort through Instagram accounts worth following. And even though we may be entertained by the entries under hashtags like #Iwokeuplikethis,#igersSF, and #SanFrancisco, we get exhausted of sifting through photos of blurry selfies, sepia-toned filters applied on food, and typical black and whites of our municipal monuments.

So we did some of the work for you and picked out our 10 favorite San Francisco-based accounts.

With that in mind, we picked out 10 of our favorite San Francisco-based accounts. These users, listed in no particular order, bring fresh angles to the city we call home and depict neighborhoods, or their workplaces, in a way that is endearing and fascinating. These user profiles, at one point or another, made us think and exclaim: "That's so San Francisco." These smartphone photographers' use of filters and subjects make San Francisco more magical and ethereal than it already is to all of us.

Let us know if we left any other users that are worth following. Happy scrolling!

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Tourism for Locals: Tuning into San Francisco's T.V. History

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Tuning into San Francisco history.

While you've been spotting what San Francisco sites were featured on the season premiere of HBO's Looking this past Sunday, we were checking out a local landmark that will probably never be featured on the show, but nonetheless, is key to this drama -- and every other television program in history.

Sitting at 202 Green is a small, historical plaque marking the spot of where television was created.

Yes, t.v. was created right here in San Francisco. It was invented by a man that is probably the most famous inventor you've never heard of: Philo T Farnsworth.

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Tourism for Locals: Recycled New Stands Become Kiosk Museums

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Hidden Museums in the Sidewalks.

San Francisco is known for being the greenest city in America and we locals sure love to recycle everything: paper, clothing, and ideas.

We also do love our art scene and; rightfully so, we are one of the most cultural and artistic cities in the country as well.

Now there is a new, art cultural attraction that creates a cute and quirky fusion of the two: the Kiosk Museum.

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Stencils in the Shadows: Two Artists on a Mission


The house on San Jose Avenue was perfect. There was plenty of sidewalk out front, and enough light to see clearly from the streetlamps overhead. With a couple of quick glances up and down the block, the pair set to work. They laid their handmade outlines down on the sidewalk, adjusted them to assure proper alignment, and then pulled out a spray can. The stencils were painted with a few quick hisses, and everything was packed back up in less than a minute.

Three messages now looked up from the sidewalk. "Tu Casa es Mi Casa," "The New Mission: Haute yet Edgy!" and "Tenants Here Forced Out."

The house wasn't chosen because of its ample sidewalks, but because of the occupants. It was the home of René Yañez, a Mission district artist known for his work at Galería de la Raza, and for bringing the famed Dia de los Muertos celebration to San Francisco. Yañez is currently facing an Ellis Act eviction.

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Tourism for Locals: L.I.Z. Educates and Entertains Pedestrians

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Taking sound and science to the streets.
Market Street has been getting a lot of attention lately, and not necessarily in a bad way.

Recent efforts by San Francisco city officials and agencies have focused on beautifying and improving this long stretch -- through real estate development (hello, Twitter) to commissioning a New Yoker artist to create Market Street posters for the area.

Now, the Mayor's office has collaborated with the Exploratorium to create the first of a series of areas called Living Innovation Zones. This week, Tourism for Locals is highlighting one of their new the interactive science displays called Whispering Dishes, which was erected this past weekend.

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Tourism for Locals: Leave your He(art)s in San Francisco

Tony Bennett's heart that started it all
As tired as we San Franciscans may be of the turn of phrases and puns with Tony Bennett's anthem to our city, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" in advertisements (and this series), it can be universally agreed upon that the crooner's ballad has registered its mark here.

Even if you aren't a fan of this song, we are pretty certain you will begin to heart it after this post -- because it's charitable association and contributions will warm your heart.

This week's "Tourism for Locals" will take you all over the city and turn you into cupid or a hopeless romantic seeking hearts throughout the city -- more specifically the 128 hearts.

The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation's Annual "Hearts in San Francisco" Charity campaign has spread love throughout the city with massive, jumbo-sized heart sculptures in different areas of our city.

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Tourism for Locals: Brian Goggin's Art as Unofficial Monuments of San Francisco

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Flung furniture welcomes the sane to our City's crazy.
San Franciscans are one of a kind. Many of us claim to be an artist, of sorts, and thriving in edgy art scenes -- ones infused with elements reflecting our diverse population. Everyone has their niche and personal preferences, and while public art may universally be considered low-brow on the arts spectrum, one artist has thrown those notions out the window and made the form takeoff in flight -- literally.

This week's "Tourism for Locals" presents the art of Brian Goggin, a San Francisco based artist who has created public art pieces that reflect our city's quirky and crazy character. It is difficult to limit this entry to just one piece from the local man that crafts his high-flying pieces to fuse with existing edifices and structures, so we'll highlight two installations: Defenestration and Language of the Birds.

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Tourism for Locals: Mondrian House Rivals Painted Ladies in Visual Creativity

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Move over Painted Ladies! There's a new damsel in town.
The Painted Ladies at Alamo Square might be a hot tourist attraction, but there's another house on the San Francisco market that is a better bargain with gorgeous beachfront views and nestled in a quiet neighborhood.

Along Ocean Beach's Great Highway, between Quintara and Rivera streets, there is a little house that -- instead of blending in with all the other box-shaped houses decorated with opaque shades of taupe, olive green, and periwinkle blue -- is a burst of color in a neighborhood surrounded by dull grey fog.

The Piet Mondrian-inspired house's exterior is painted in the signature style of the Dutch artist: solid horizontal and vertical black lines against a white canvas creating asymmetrical square regions accented with three regions filled with the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue.

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Tourism for Locals: Diego Rivera Mural Satisfies the Eyes and Wallet

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Top Half Panorama of Diego Rivera's SF Mural: "Pan American Unity"
Want to experience the vibrancy of museum-worthy visual art but live on a street art budget?

In this week's "Tourism for Locals" entry, we bring you a massive piece of modern art that was commissioned specifically for San Francisco by one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century: Diego Rivera.

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Tourism for Locals: Forget Lombard Street, Try These Steps Instead

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The Artsy Step Climber

It is an absolute truth that we, people who live in San Francisco, detest tourists attractions with a passion. We avoid Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge unless we are obligated to go because of pestering friends and relatives who want to see the "real" San Francisco.

We groan at the thought of seeing and participating in an activity that is so plastic and commercial and always mutter in hushed whispers, "that's not my San Francisco" or something along those lines.

So in an effort to curtail those dreaded visits to Pier 39, Alcatraz, and everything else we don't already hate, SF Weekly will present weekly posts for the next couple months of local attractions that are easy on our patience and wallets with the added benefit of displaying the City by the Bay in a more colorful and diverse manner.

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