City Lights at 60: Peter DeLucca recalls when City Lights first opened!


Life-long North Beach resident Peter DeLucca reminisced about his memories of the actual opening of City Lights Bookstore!

Born in 1940 at his family’s North Beach house, Peter’s first job was at his aunt’s restaurant, the original Rose Pistola’s, then located at 1707 Powell Street.  At age 8 he helped out in the kitchen.  At age 12 he tended bar.  In the years that followed, Peter worked at a number of neighborhood establishments including Powell’s Bar and Grill and the Washington Square Bar and Grill .  Aside from a couple of detours to Australia and Fiji, Peter’s home base has remained in North Beach.  These days, you’ll find Peter, now 73, tending bar at Cafe Zoetrope, where he’s happily worked for the past 11 years.  Thanks to Peter for sharing his memories and for being one of the people that make the neighborhood a beautiful place to be.

Join us for our 60th birthday party on Sunday, June 23rd! Details here.

We’ll also have an ongoing anniversary events series throughout the year. Details here.

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