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  1. People mocked me too when I said that if a naked man rode a bike down Crown St, his only problem would be if he was not wearing a helmet and the police booked him. These blokes were in Riley St and NOBODY noticed, except me, ever the 'tourist' even in my own 'burb. Maybe they weren't 'blue spidermen' after all though? Wasn't there a commercial for British Gas or something where they all dressed up like that?
  2. I went for a walk to Resevoir St first to check an address, passed so many restaurants and cafes, some part of pubs, then up to Crown St, where there are even more cafes and shops and all full of people. Loads of people going in pubs like The Trinity (packed) and The Dophin for the rugby.
  3. Nearly 5 to 1 for an appt at 130 and still not showered which is entirely typical of me. Lovely day and did not get up until after noon. I like Leichhardt which is about 5k from here - Cleveland St, turn right into City Road, left into Parra Road then continue on past Sydney Uni thru Camperdown, Annandale until I turn right into Norton St - THE street in Leichhardt - full of cafes, restaurants, shops. The only UN-cool thing about the place is the low flying jets from Mascot. There's a big Italian community there. Just hope the lights are on my side - usually check the clock on the old Grace Bros tower at the corner of Broadway/Parra Rd/City Road. I usually vary my route back either via Annandale and Glebe or via the Anzac Bridge - fantastic views over the City skyline and of the Harbour Bridge - really brings home just how BIG Sydney is!
  4. I posted this article on a thread about the new series of Underbelly but it's such a good description of Surry Hills (well, I think it is) I thought I'd put it here too. Am I allowed to do that? Crime czars haunt the Hills Frank Crook From: The Daily Telegraph April 11, 2008 12:00AM [/url] Squalor ... urchins in Hart St, Surry Hills, in the early 1900s. Source: The Daily Telegraph TODAY the only trace of Frog Hollow is a pretty little park that stands as a reminder of the toughest suburb in Sydney writes Frank Crook. There was once a place in Sydney called Frog Hollow, where no respectable citizen would ever enter. It was Sydney's worst slum, of narrow lanes and dank ramshackle houses with little ventilation and defective drains and sewers. Disease and poverty was rife in Frog Hollow, where criminals flourished. Prostitution was conducted in the open; sly grog shops plied a nightly trade; gangs of toughs lingered in alleyways preying on the unwary. Kate Leigh, the legendary crime queen, once held court in Frog Hollow before going on to bigger if not necessarily better things in the sly grog, cocaine and prostitution business. Frog Hollow, demolished in the 1920s, was in the heart of Surry Hills, then the toughest suburb in Sydney. Today the only trace of Frog Hollow that remains is a pretty little park called Frog Hollow Reserve that sits primly on the corner of Albion and Riley streets. It is marked by trees, lighting and landscaped gardens. It stands as a reminder of the early, deprived days of Surry Hills, along with old sepia-toned photographs of dingy tenements and barefoot children. There the poor of Sydney lived and were forgotten as the metropolis grew around them. The transformation of Surry Hills began in the 1960s, when artists, writers and students moved in to the area, bunkering down in its terraces and decayed mansions. It brought a touch of bohemia to an area that was still a no-go area for many citizens of Sydney. The changing face of the area was completed in the 1980s when many of the suburb's terraces were restored and the newly-affluent discovered the convenience of inner-city living. Tomorrow sees the start of the ninth annual Surry Hills Festival, held in Prince Alfred Park. It has markets, bars, fashion parades, dog shows and entertainment for young and old. It is a celebration of a suburb and a far cry from the desperate early days of Surry Hills, when gangs such as the 40 Thieves and the Big Seven roamed its narrow streets. Today the area is studded with bars and restaurants, antique dealers, fashion outlets and art galleries. Its pubs, including the Dolphin, Clock, White Horse and the Trinity all in Crown St, and the Norfolk in Cleveland St, are elegant and civilised watering holes. Walk down Crown, Oxford, Fitzroy, Devonshire and Cleveland streets and visitors can take their pick from modern Australian, Italian, Japanese, French, Indian and Thai cuisines. Few newly-arrived tourists would have an inkling of the area's grubby and violent past. But Surry Hills was not always the down-at-heel area it became. In the early days of the colony it was mostly farmland, owned by Major Joseph Foveaux, after whom Foveaux St is named. It was known as Surry Hills Farm, named after Surrey Hills in England, with an alteration to its spelling. Terrace houses and workers' cottages were built in the 1850s to cater for those who laboured on the wharves and later the factories, foundries and light industry that sprang up in the area. In the days before public transport, it was important for workers to live near their workplaces. With the coming of the railways, the more affluent citizens moved from the inner-city to the newly-established suburbs. So Surry Hills became a working-class suburb, home to generations of Irish immigrants depicted so vividly by the author Ruth Park in her novels chronicling the life and times of the Darcy family, impoverished exiles from the bush. Park and her novelist husband D'Arcy Niland, author of The Shiralee, lived in Surry Hills, where she wrote The Harp In The South in 1948 and Poor Man's Orange the following year. They were not the only notables to make their home there. The great cricketer Victor Trumper learned the game in the streets of Surry Hills. John Norton, the newspaper tycoon who founded Truth newspaper, was the state member for the area between 1904-6. Eddie Ward, a Labor man with a reputation as a doughty battler for the workers, was once president of the Surry Hills branch of the Labor Party, before holding the federal seat of East Sydney from 1932 until he died in 1963. Ward served with and often fought against Labor prime ministers Jim Scullin, John Curtin and Ben Chifley. Cyril Angles, who, along with Ken Howard was Sydney's leading race caller, was a Surry Hills boy, while Arthur Stace, who gained fame as the man who wrote the word ``Eternity'' in crayon on the pavements of Sydney, lived in Surry Hills in the 1920s. He held down a job as cockatoo or lookout for a two-up school and also worked carrying liquor from pubs to local brothels, one of them run by his sister, before he reformed. In later years, when the area gained some respectability, the artist Brett Whiteley bought an old warehouse and converted it into a studio and exhibition space. He lived there from 1988 until his death in 1992. People can still visit Whiteley's studio in Raper St and inspect his unfinished paintings, art equipment, photographs, furniture and sketchbooks. A number of houses, terraces and other buildings in Surry Hills have been registered with the National Estate, including the original premises of Cleveland St Public School, St Michael's Church in Albion St and the former police station in Bourke St. Leigh's legacy remains today. The premises of her old sly-grog shop still stands in Devonshire St, where thirsty customers, locked out of pubs at 6pm, queued to buy beer at outrageous prices. The running battles between Leigh and her arch enemy Tilly Devine still form part of the suburb's folklore, along with the razor gangs of the 1920s and criminals such as Frank ``The Little Gunman'' Green and the violent Guido Calletti. There were also the glamour girls of the street, such as Nellie Cameron, who had Green as her pimp, and Dulcie Markham - blonde and gorgeous, whose gallery of male protectors all came to sudden and violent ends. Leigh and Devine were both portrayed by Ruth Park as a single character in The Harp In The South and Poor Man's Orange. Park described the suburb where she once made her home as ``clinging to the proud skirts of Sydney like a ragged, dirty-nosed child''. The flash of the razor has long departed the streets of Surry Hills and the old lags who once populated the area have been swallowed up by history. Restaurants such as Long Grain, Billy Kwong, the Bentley and Jazushi usher well-dressed patrons through their doors. Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine would never recognise the place
  5. What, When and Where: Next Market Saturday, 3 September 2011 The Surry Hills Markets are an essential fundraiser for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, specialising in handmade, second-hand and recycled goods. The Markets are held from 7:00am to 4:00pm on the first Saturday of every month, at the corner of Crown and Collins Sts, Surry Hills, in Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills, regardless of weather. In wet weather, the market may be restricted to the paved area. Over Christmas and New Year, the normal schedule is maintained. Come and enjoy!
  6. Hi everyone! Just wondered if there are any groups or meet ups that go on in the Sydney CBD/ Surry hills or city area. Most of the people seeking friends on this site seem to be in the suburbs, am I the only one in this area seeking friends, I am convinced there must be others that need friends in the area?! ( surely I can't be the only one)? I am in my early 30's and although enjoy a laugh, a girly chat, giggles and laughs I am not really massively into the pub/club scene much anymore ( although on occasion still dabble)! I am much more likely to be found pondering art, vintage shopping, sipping lattes or enjoying the sun and outside. I am currently not working and so have plenty of spare time ( that is both good and bad) I am child orientated ( That's what I do for work, when at work) so I'm not put off by people who have kids- as some are! Any one in the same boat, looking for friendly chat and whittling the hours away, drop a line, I look forward to hearing from you Tara
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  8. twinkle

    Surry hills ?!

    Hi there, hubby has a job offer for Sydney, Surry hills, we are really eager to live and work in the same area.Having done this in Hong Kong it improved our lifestyle no end. Can anyone tell me what this area is like to live in? Is it feasible to live there ( regardless of the cost) Is it a nice area (as you can get in any big city?) Any thoughts appreciated