Car-Free Tip: Nature, Art, and Views… In a Former Dump
By: Suzanne Russo
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It’s both surprising and not that Albany Bulb started out as a dump in the early ‘60s. Jutting out into the Bay from Albany’s eastern shore, “The Bulb,” as it is known, is now a lovely spot to watch the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge, but it still maintains that eclectic spirit.
After ceasing to be a dump in the late ‘80s, it was adopted by artists and eccentrics, who have squatted there for decades and made The Bulb into something beautiful. Literally. In addition to the views and wildlife, quirky artworks dot the area, from driftwood sculptures to Mad Mark’s Castle (a structure so beloved it’s earned a dot on Google’s map).
The details: Views and “other-worldly” a quality make The Bulb a great day escape, and the rugged terrain and anything-goes spirit make it a favorite haunt of pets and their people. Either way, it’s a short jaunt on BART (take a Richmond-bound train to El Cerrito Plaza).
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