I love the sky. Living in Seattle often gets me down, because the large, compressed buildings—and the incessant gray blanket cloaking the sun—impede my ability to fully see and appreciate nature’s ultimate canvas.
However, this was not the case during last weekend’s storm. Patches in the stormy sky occasionally gave way to distorted, beautiful sunlight, and the violent winds made the waters surrounding our city twist and warp, creating an image almost as enjoyable as the one overhead.
Big news for fans of the historic Eitel Building at Pike Street and Second Avenue downtown: The long-vacant, seven-story tower has been purchased for $5.35 million by local urban real estate firm Lake Union Partners. The 45,000-square-foot building, built in 1904, fell into disrepair after most tenants (with the exception of ground-floor retail including the dubious teriyaki joint) vacated in the 1970s.
Devastating storm continues to affect Washingtonians. We experienced clear skies and sunshine yesterday, but many throughout the state are still recuperating from this weekend's severe windstorm that caused power outages for more than 300,000 Washington residents, major river flooding, mudslides and road closures. However, far more tragic were the three deaths that resulted from the storm.
Amazon.com announces eight days of holiday deals to begin November 20 with new deals added as frequently as every five minutes. Amazon Prime members will be delighted to know they will be given 30 minutes of early access to the majority of Amazon’s lightening deals. This year the online retailer is offering services such as “Watch a Deal,” which will allow customers to pick the deals they’re most excited about and receive a notification to their mobile device when the deal is live.
Cool yule havers take note: It's time to ooh and ahh at the glorious exterior illumination, halls decked to the brim and other jingle bells and whistles Seattle has to offer. Below, we've listed 38 joyful, jolly and downright merry events happening around town at which you can get your holiday on.
Good tidings, indeed.
On the cusp of turning 30, emerging local composer Angelique Poteat has already had work commissioned and performed by the Seattle Symphony. And this month she presents the world premiere of Listen to the Girls, a new choral piece she wrote to convey the issues young women struggle with every day. Poteat spoke with Brangien Davis, former arts and culture editor at Seattle magazine, about how the piece came about.
Brangien Davis: Why create a choral composition for tween and teen girls?
The city is changing, affordability is worse than ever, and longtime communities are “hollowing out,” as Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant has described a Central District that is no longer an African-American enclave. And then there’s Ballard, where you can’t buy “fresh” lutefisk anymore.
Entering Sunday’s Seahawks game there were a lot of questions surrounding the team. After the game, we had our answers. Sort of. For a contest that had more ups and downs than a Six Flags coaster, more heartache than a hospital ward and more tweets per minute than a bird cage, we were left with a lot to talk about.
When the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and Mayor Ed Murray’s office rolled out the 9 1/2 Block Strategy to clean up crime in a chunk of downtown last April, the city cheered. After all, for years Seattle’s unsavory elements had turned those areas between Westlake Park and Pike Place Market and between Union and Stewart streets into what looked, to tourists, residents and nearby business owners, like a meeting place for petty criminals and drug traffickers.
Local Chipotles Are Back in Service: 43 Washington and Oregon Chipotles reopened their doors yesterday following an E. coli outbreak that affected 49 people. Health officials are still unable to locate the outbreak's source, but, unfortunately, this is not uncommon with foodborne-illnesses. In the time it takes to trace an illness, the tainted perishable food is likely already gone.
Since its construction in 1962 the Space Needle has been an icon of the future and technology in Seattle. According to CBS News Correspondent Ben Tracy, our city’s beloved landmark is getting a much needed upgrade into the modern era. Visitors can now login to a 20 foot long digital guestbook or take a selfie with a 3-D image of the Space Needle.
When Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) announced its adieu to the Kent Stowell/Maurice Sendak version of The Nutcracker last year, many of us—and by “us” I mean those rare individuals who have lived in Seattle for more than a few years—reacted with a plaintive groan or a whiny, toddler-esque chorus of Noooo!