Funky Fernwood attracts Big Apple media spotlight

Victoria neighbourhood featured in New York Times print, online versions

Victorians think of it as their own local funky ’hood, but Fernwood has hit the world stage.

A photo montage and writeup of the community was featured in the New York Times’ travel section, released Sunday. Fernwood “has been the best place to explore the city’s blossoming alternative culture,” wrote freelance writer Erica Gies, based in San Francisco.

“It intrigued me because it is different from the perception I’d had previously of Victoria as a bit more conservative and traditional,” she wrote in an email to the News.

Included in the web version, but not the hard copy, is a picture of Fernwood’s famous bubbleman, Terry Wilson.

“I ran around and bought about the last copy in Victoria,” he said. “Bolen Books was sold out after about an hour and a half.”

He gifted his copy to the owner of Stage Small Plates Wine Bar on Gladstone Avenue, which is also featured. But not before he made 30 coloured photocopies. “I’ve been taking them around the neighbourhood,” he said.

Wilson got a kick out the whole experience.

“I just love that they think we’re a quaint hippy outpost.”

Check it out at http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/07/08/travel/20120708_SURFACING-6.html.

rholmen@vicnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Rain Walk returns Saturday to raise funds for cancer support

Rain Walk group Team Teal indebted to Inspire Health

Motion for Saanich to stand with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in pipeline debate postponed

One week delay provides more time to build community support, councillor says

UPDATED: Pat Bay Highway blockade ends three hours later

About 80 people from four major Peninsula First Nations blocking major highway

Central Saanich Police prepared for afternoon shut-down of Highway 17

Sgt. Paul Brailey questions efficacy of protest

B.C. residents in Wet’suwet’en territory have right to police presence: Public Safety Minister

Nevertheless, Bill Blair said officials remain ‘very anxious’ for the barricades to come down

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

UPDATE: Boy, 5, will donate organs after crash that killed father, son on B.C. highway

Mike Cochlin and sons Liam and Quinn were travelling on Highway 5A

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to meet today with federal and B.C. governments

Nationwide rail and road blockades have been popping up for weeks

Chinatowns across Canada report drop in business due to new coronavirus fears

Around the world, about 81,000 people have become ill with the virus

Endangered butterfly species to be reintroduced to Hornby Island

Hornby Island is about to play a major role in the saving… Continue reading

Prepare for new coronavirus like an emergency, health minister advises

About 81,000 people around the world have now become ill with COVID-19

Winnipeg police investigating graffiti on RCMP and other buildings

Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen denounced the vandalism

Most Read