The main shopping area in Bernal Heights is Cortland Avenue, with a variety of storefronts that include a health food store, a community center, a yoga studio, bars, bakeries, and restaurants.Many of the quaint, hilly streets in the neighborhood are so narrow that two cars cannot pass in opposite directions without one car pulling over to the side of the road.Despite its diversity, residents have a long history of coming together to create change and protect neighborhood assets.
Hunters Point Shipyard, a former Super-Fund site, and a polluting power plant have been focal points for environmental activists.
Elders remember when, during the civil rights era, the neighborhood was one of the most highly organized, led by social justice advocates such as Julia Commer, Osceola Washington, Ruth Williams, Rosie Williams and Eloise Westbrook, Essie Webb, Espanola Jackson, Shirley Jones, Alex Pitcher, and many others.
The Buena Vista neighborhood surrounds Buena Vista Park, south of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
Market Street is to the south, and Corona Heights Park and neighborhood is to the east.
Paul of the Shipwreck Church and the Maltese American Social Club, both on Oakdale Ave.
The area is served by the T-Third light rail line, and is home to the Bayview Opera House and City College Evans and Southeast Campus.
These five broad districts, counterclockwise are: Central/downtown, Richmond, Sunset, Upper Market and beyond (south central) and Bernal Heights/Bayview and beyond (southeast).
Within each of these five districts are located major neighborhoods, and again there is considerable fluidity seen in the sources.
It is characterized by Victorian architecture that was left largely untouched by the urban renewal projects in other parts of the Western Addition.
On a clear day, the Transamerica Pyramid building and the tops of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge can be seen from the park's center.
San Francisco's City Hall can be seen directly down Fulton Street.