24 Hours in Oakland


24 Hours in Oakland

April 25-26, 2010. We sent ten reporters out with their cameras, and invited community members to help us capture images of a day in the life of the city. Work and play, rest and motion: Just an ordinary 24 hours in Oakland. There will never be another one exactly like it.

11AM-2PM

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An array of images shot with an iPhone. Locations include Downtown Oakland, Jack London Square and Oakland Chinatown. Photos by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Father Aiden McAleenan with the newest member of St. Columba’s Church in the Golden Gate. Photo by Melanie Mason

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Cleaning away the remnants of the meal at Lois the Pie Queen. Photo by Melanie Mason

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Sunday Morning at Lois the Pie Queen. Photo by Melanie Mason

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Sunday Morning at Lois the Pie Queen. Photo by Melanie Mason

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Sunday Morning at Lois the Pie Queen. Photo by Melanie Mason

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Sunday Morning at Lois the Pie Queen. Photo by Melanie Mason

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Bikes parked while their owners stand in line at Mariscos Sinaloa. Photo by Kara Platoni

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A worker wipes down the outdoor tables during the lunch rush at Mariscos Sinaloa. Photo by Kara Platoni

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Picking up an order at the Mariscos Sinaloa taco truck at International and 22nd Avenue. Photo by Kara Platoni

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Tostada de ceviche, tacos de camaron, tacos de pescado. Photo by Kara Platoni

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(L to R) Neighbor J washes her car. Lap swim at Temescal pool. California poppies at Temescal pool. Photo by jjreview and MSmithWriter

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All taken during the Bay-Friendly Garden tour. Photos by Kirstyn Russell

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Various scenes from the Fruitvale District. Photos by Richard Koci Hernandez

2PM-5PM

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Welcoming customers at Fenton’s Creamery. Photo by Kara Platoni

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A furniture sale sign along Hwy 880 and lunch at JJ’s on Piedmont Ave. Photos by Richard Koci Hernandez


Oakland Fire Station 1, Video by Ayako Mie

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Frozen yogurt and window shopping along Piedmont Ave. Right, Oakland Chinatown. Photos by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Jonathan Nakagawa unloads fresh green beans at Piedmont Grocery. Photo by Kara Platoni

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Bike parts, fabric swatches, and a chew toy for the Montano Velo shop dog. Photo by Kara Platoni

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Fred Montano holds down the front counter at Montano Velo. Photo by Kara Platoni

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Afternoon chess game outside of Starbucks on Piedmont Avenue. Photo by Kara Platoni

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Strolling minstrels on Telegraph at 63rd Street Group calls itself “Drunken New Lost Catfish Ramblers”. They are hitching around the country, and stopped in Oakland, earning enough to buy a harmonica. (Bottom) Crossing the street at Alcatraz and Shattuck. Photos by jjreview and MSmithWriter

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Graffiti near Temescal Pool gates. (Right) Julian Kitty takes a Sunday afternoon nap on the deck. Photos by jjreview and MSmithWriter

5PM-8PM

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A man plays the trumpet alongside Lake Merritt. Photo by Elise Craig

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A car decorated with shells, beads and toys–among other things–sits parked along Lake Merrit. Photo by Elise Craig

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The Grand Lake Theater. Photo by Elise Craig

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Shots from along Broadway in Downtown Oakland. Photos by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Lake Merritt. Photo by Elise Craig

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A little girl chases the bubbles blown by a friend at a birthday party at Lake Merritt. Photo by Elise Craig

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Adofo Williams watches his friend play with a remote-controlled helicopter from the shade of a sculpture at Lake Merritt. Photo by Elise Craig

8PM-11PM

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Lake Merritt lights. Photo by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Sunset as pictured from the Oakland Hills. (Right) A slow camera shutter creates light streaks along Hwy 13 near Piedmont. Photos by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Hip-Hop and R&B group So Timeless. Photo by Ryan Phillips

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SiairaShawn singing and Kyle on the guitar at the Oakland Renaissance show at the New Parrish in downtown Oakland. Photo by Ryan Phillips

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Rapper Michelangelo performs at the Oakland Renaissance show at the New Parrish in downtown Oakland. (Right) The brass section of the Co-Lab house band. Photo by Ryan Phillips

11PM-2AM

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A slow camera shutter creates light streaks along 35 Ave. Photo by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Scenes from the Kona Club. Photos by Allison Davis

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Ryan doesn’t own a T.V., so instead has become a Sunday night regular at Kona Club. Photo by Allison Davis

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Welcome to the Kona Club. If you want to see the volcano in action, ask Rob the Bouncer. Photo by Allison Davis

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The pool table was occupied the entire three hours. Kona Club is a favorite place for restaurant workers in the area to come after closing on Sundays. Photo by Allison Davis

2AM-5AM

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Fred Amare parks his taxi in front of the well-lit Greyhound bus station around 3:15am, not to pick up a passenger, but to eat a fresh, hot McDonald’s breakfast. (Right) Coffee was a popular option for folks coming through Colonial Donuts. Photos by Lillian Mongeau

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Advantage Laundry is reputed to be the only laundromat in Oakland that is open 24 hours. At 2:45am only the night manager was inside. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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A women who did not want her face or name to be used starts a wash cycle around 2:45am. She said her choices were to do her laundry now or before she picked her niece up for school in the morning and it was easier, she said, to stay up than to get up. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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Ben Jones, 67, was born in Arkansas but said he “grew up in the marines.” Now he keeps Advantage Laundry clean with military precision. “Mr. Ben,” one customer said, “is one of the good ones.” Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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By 3:00am Mr. Ben is done with the mopping. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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Zain Syed, a senior at Cal in interdisciplinary studies, carries his finished laundry out of Advantage Laundre on 50th and Broadway around 2:30am. Syed said the all-night laundromat was a good place to work. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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Empty diner stools wait for the morning rush of truck drivers stopping for a bite at Nikko’s Diner off the Nimitz freeway in East Oakland. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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A reminder to customers that neither the food, nor the service, is free at Nikko’s. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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Though everyone working and eating there referred to him as Allen, the late-night manager at Nikko’s Diner off the Nimitz freeway in East Oakland said the name he preferred was his Vietnamese name, Ly Hung. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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This street cleaning van raced along San Pablo Ave at 3:25am, swerving expertly out of the way of an illegally parked car and back again to the curb. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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Colonial Donuts on Lakeshore Drive. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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People, like this customer, who come to Colonial Donuts around 2am tend to stay all night, explained Viseth Han, 32, who was working the donut counter at 3:45am. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

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The sky lightens over the hills behind downtown Oakland at 5:25am. Photo by Lillian Mongeau

5AM-8AM

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Workers unload pears at Oakland’s wholesale produce market. Photo by Will Jason

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Antonio Gutierrez unloads tomatillos and other ingredients for tamales he hopes to sell to raise money for his church. Photo by Will Jason

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A produce buyer has a laugh after placing an order at Oakland’s wholesale produce market. Photo by Will Jason

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Students from Oakland Technical High School prepare for a 7 a.m. hockey class at the Oakland Ice Center. Photo by Will Jason

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Kyle Kaley during a hockey class at the Oakland Ice Center. Photo by Will Jason

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Jamier Malone during a hockey class at the Oakland Ice Center. Photo by Will Jason

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(left to right) Andy Wenzel, Lydia Greenburg, Ryan Babbit, and Jazmin Brown, students from Oakland Technical High School prepare for a 7 a.m. hockey class at the Oakland Ice Center. Photo by Will Jason

8AM-11AM

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Early morning dew on a car windshield creates a painterly effect. (Right) A commuter emerges from the Downtown Oakland BART station. Photo by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Moisture on the driver’s side window frames this view along Hwy 580 and Park blvd. Photo by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Early morning light along Broadway in Downtown Oakland creates silhouettes and casts long shadows. Photos by Richard Koci Hernandez

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A crowed BART train. A little girl swings in the shade at the Mosswood Park playground. (Right) The milkman knocks on a customer’s back door, carting the day’s delivery. Photos by Mary Flynn

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Downtown Oakland, a fried egg and a bird as pictured through the AC Transit bus stop glass. Photos by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Pedestrians in Downtown Oakland. Photos by Richard Koci Hernandez

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Just another day at the office for this shopkeeper of a tiny gas station convenience store at the corner of Piedmont Ave and MacArthur Blvd. Photo by Mary Flynn

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Both the train and its passengers race onward after dropping a stop at the 12th St. Oakland City Center. Photo by Mary Flynn

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Commuters arrive at the MacArthur BART station. Photo by Mary Flynn

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PG&E Workers crack jokes while working a job along Broadway in Downtown Oakland. Photo by Mary Flynn

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A musician serenades the trees with his saxophone in Mosswood Park. Photo by Mary Flynn

2 Comments

  1. Ahhh…perfect photo rendition of the Necklace of Lights around the lake. Warm COO summer evenings are even better with a spin around the lake in the car or on a bike, the lights beckon softly and allow you to glimpse one of the jewels of the City of Oakland, Lake Merritt and the surrounding parklands, at perfect peace in the middle of the city (not every time but usually….)
    Everyone loves “The Lake”

  2. hbv

    Great Show! Nice to see Oakland’s vibrancy.

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