Neighborhoods / Russian Hill
The San Francisco of movies
You may think you know all there is to know about Russian Hill; you don’t. You may know that the cable car still runs down Hyde Street before turning left at Washington, that Steve McQueen tore down Taylor Street in his Mustang during the climactic chase scene of the 1968 movie “Bullitt” or that Anna Madrigal’s “Barbary Lane” was actually a fictionalized Macondray Lane, but you still don’t know everything.You may even have found out where Neal Cassady lived on Russell Street. There’s still more to know about one of San Francisco’s most famous neighborhoods. Russian Hill is where you’ll find hordes of tourists taking pictures of the “Crookedest Street in the World,” and where you can pause — from almost anywhere — and drink in panoramic views of San Francisco, the bay, Marin County and the East Bay. It’s also a complex maze of steep streets, apartment buildings, mansions, Edwardian flats and one street (Polk) teeming with restaurants, bars and shops. You may think you know Russian Hill, but even natives know there’s always more to learn about what may be San Francisco’s most famous — and most picturesque — neighborhood.