a portfolio, perhaps

Hi, my name is Nikki. 🙋🏻‍♀️ I work in Product Communications at FareHarbor by day and am a freelance writer and classic rock fangirl the rest of the time. This webpage, tacked onto a 14-year-old blog that has gone by various names over the years, is a place for me to share some of the work I’m most proud of.


For Hoodline, a San Francisco-based publication, I’ve contributed over 80 articles. I’ve covered the effect of Japanese American internment on Japantown during WWII, the struggles and successes of small business owners, and the colorful life of Chinatown nightclub dancer Coby Yee. My favorite stories are the ones that spotlight the offbeat and hyperlocal threads of a neighborhood, like a beloved jeans store in the Richmond District or a DIY art gallery organized by Bernal Heights residents.

For The San Franciscan, a local indie print magazine, I’ve written about San Francisco’s window workers, inspired by my dad’s profession as a window installer, the rise of the rock ballroom in the 1960s, and how human and natural history shaped the city’s urban forest.

For fun, I like to write blog posts about my favorite things, like underrated Beatles albums (yes, they do exist), Twin Peaks pilgrimages, and early 2000s Internet nostalgia. If you enjoy similar topics and don’t mind the occasional broken YouTube link, you may enjoy browsing the archives.