Continuing Cannery Row Caboose Updates

Said to be open in January 2020


Ed Ciliberti purchased the caboose in April 2018 with plans to redo it and open it as a gift shop and a display for railroad memorabilia. To get ready for it to open, Ciliberti had the railcar’s roof replaced and fumigation done. He also obtained a lease from the City of Monterey so he could keep the 45-foot-long car on Cannery Row. “It will be open in January with railroad memorabilia for sale and a museum highlighting the history of the railcar,” including before it was converted to a caboose in the 1940s and came to Cannery Row in 1968,

Continuing Cannery Row Caboose Updates

You And Me Baby Ain’t Nothin’ But Mammals

Lobster onesie

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is hosting its first-ever adult sleepover, which means the kids are going to grandma and grandpa’s house.

The aquarium is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a 1980s themed slumber party. It’s called “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Seaweed): An ’80s Sleepover Party,” a nod to the 1983 Eurythmics song, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” according to The San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Tickets cost $175 for non-members and $150 for aquarium members. They’re on the high-end but it includes a build-your-own-taco dinner, an ice cream sundae bar, alcohol, and breakfast in the morning.

You And Me Baby Ain’t Nothin’ But Mammals

Motorcycle Race Celebrations – Guard Your Bikes

The crowds on Cannery Row are often victims of motorcycle thefts when the event is in town.

The 22nd edition of Race Night on the Row will start at 4 p.m., with Cannery Row closed to cars until 10 p.m. as motorcycles park along the street. The event is billed as the area’s most popular afterparty for the FIM Superbike World Championship, which will be making its only U.S. stop at Laguna Seca with races Friday through Sunday.

Motorcycle Race Celebrations – Guard Your Bikes

Big Advertising Is Watching You

Probably the NSA and Illuminati too.


A technology being deployed along Cannery Row is able to tell businesses how many people are walking down the sidewalk in front of their stores at any particular time of the day and even what gender the pedestrians are.

The device and software, called ViMo, is a vision-based sensor with AI analytics that can, for example, tell a business that 200 men of an average age walk past the store on Tuesdays between noon and 1 p.m. A retailer could then adjust its marketing to target that particular customer base.

The software does not use facial recognition.

Big Advertising Is Watching You

Swimmer Cross Bay With Proper Teatime

English Channel Rules – Must stop for tea.

The 36-year-old swimmer and his brother Joe Zemaitis set off from Santa Cruz around 7 p.m. on Tuesday hoping to become the first men to complete the 25.1 mile swim across the bay using “English Channel” rules. Those rules state that the swimmer must be unassisted and cannot wear a wet suit.

Only John was able to complete the swim. His older brother, Joe, had to be pulled from the water after showing signs of hypothermia about a mile offshore from Monterey.

Swimmer Cross Bay With Proper Teatime

Michael Balesteri, Monterey’s Master Criminal

Michael Balesteri

Stolen cars, drugs, counterfeit money, hit and run, running from police. Still got caught.

On March 27, detectives spotted Balesteri in Monterey driving another Acura sedan that was stolen out of Seaside.

Baleseteri was contacted after parking the car and was arrested without incident.

Police found tools used to commit vehicle thefts, methamphetamine, and counterfeit U.S. currency on Balesteri.

Police searched his home on the 800 block of Belden in Monterey found evidence he was creating counterfeit currency including a computer, printer, specialized paper, and additional counterfeit currency.

They also found property stolen from the Acura involved in the vehicle pursuit and crash on March 17, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine.

Michael Balesteri, Master Criminal

Flora’s To Reopen

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A building that was at one time the second biggest bordello on Cannery Row will be getting a face lift that will feature a residential unit above a restaurant.

In reality the building of the 1930s could also be considered mixed use. The bottom floor was a restaurant, bar and kitchen while the top floor served as a brothel from the early to mid-1930s until 1941 when California’s attorney general closed all brothels in the state, according to several books provided by the National Steinbeck Center’s archivist, Lisa Josephs.

Flora’s To Reopen