Hunters Point Boulevard and Hawes Street
The sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed. There is still a whiff of the city's long-gone maritime past here, where the city's drydock and boatbuilding industries had their epicenters, and where the docks' predecessors — the Bay wetlands — are making a comeback along the maritime relics. Seventy five species of birds have been seen flocking here thanks to the restored tidal salt marsh at the gates of the under-development SF Shipyard. Watch them soar along the shore, and then peek at the recently acquired 19th-century boatbuilders' cottage, also to become part of the city's permanent ecosystem thanks to a neighborhood restoration effort.