As North Beach Goes, So Could Go New York

Caffe Trieste is an institution in North Beach with deep ties to San Francisco's literary and counterculture. When Aaron Peskin, the once, and perhaps future, supervisor from that district proposed meeting there and then proceeded to give me directions, I laughed and told him that I may have moved away from San Francisco decades ago, but I could still find my way to the Trieste. Mr. Peskin is running for supervisor in San Francisco's third district that includes: North Beach, a neighborhood once home to legendary figures ranging from Jack Kerouac to the DiMaggio brothers, and whose Italian American and beatnik roots are still visible, Chinatown, the City's booming financial district, the Fisherman's Wharf area and even parts of the Tenderloin, an area that includes some of the City's most crime ridden streets (Because San Francisco is both a city and county it has a Board of Supervisors rather than a City Council).