Best of the Bay 2011: BEST SLICE OF POSTAPOCALYPTIC PARADISE

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Maybe it's the late summer evenings we've spent here drinking cheap wine on a slab of concrete while looking out over the San Francisco Bay. Maybe it's the graffiti-adorned rocks or the handmade concrete hut, evocative of Dr. Seuss creation. Maybe it's the bizarre formations of twisted rebar and spinning bike parts that can be found dotting the landscape amid tall, scraggly weeds. Maybe because it's the prettiest former landfill we've ever explored. Whatever the source of its charm, there will always be a special place in our hearts for the Albany Bulb, which makes a great dog park but is also great for anyone who needs to get off their leash and run around. To get to the park, head bay-ward from Golden Gate Fields in Albany.