Support Local Businesses At Shop The Hill This Weekend

Shop the HillIf you are brave enough to hit the stores on Black Friday this year, consider staying a little closer to home and doing your holiday shopping at Capitol Hill’s many independent merchants. More than 50 shops will be running discounts and giveaways on Black Friday, November 28, as part of the “Shop the Hill” event, and on November 29 and 30 to celebrate Small Business Saturday and Sunday.

Capitol Hill’s wide range of shops means you will likely be able to find a gift for everyone on your list, from kids to grandparents. Head to The Red Balloon Company on 15th Avenue East for 15-20 percent off select toys; enjoy 10 percent off all blankets, candles, and housewares at NuBe Green for the home decorators in your life; storewide discounts at Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty; 20 percent off 5-class cards at 8 Limbs Yoga Boutique; 25 percent off any one item at LTD Art Gallery; and many, many more (click here for a full list of participating shops). While you’re at it, get yourself the gift of 50 percent off all nail services at Bang! salons.

If you’re looking for unique gifts for your loved ones and you want to avoid the crowds and overflowing parking garages you’re sure to find downtown, make a day of walking around the Hill and visiting the shops that give our neighborhood its character. Happy shopping!

Gymnastics Coach Needed At Garfield High School

garfieldDo you have gymnastics skills and knowledge that you would like to share with Garfield High School’s gymnastics team? The school is in need of a head coach for its program, and without one the program may have to be canceled. Garfield’s team also runs a gymnastics summer camp, which could be in jeopardy, as well. If you or anyone you know is interested in the position, apply online here, or contact the Seattle School District Athletic Director Mike Scott at (206) 252-4911 or mjscott@seattleschools.org. Spread the word so Garfield doesn’t lose its team!

Get In The Halloween Spirit With Events This Weekend

Halloween is quickly approaching and there are several events happening this weekend on Capitol Hill to get you in the Halloween state of mind before the 31st. DCF 1.0

  • If you’re feeling like a big spender, a $100 ticket will get you in to the Haunted Halloween Party at the rumored-to-be-haunted Stimson-Green Mansion this Saturday, October 25. The ticket price gets you admission to the party, signature cocktails, appetizers, sweet treats, and entertainment including a DJ and a live burlesque performance. Costumes are required! Buy tickets here.
  • If that’s a little too rich for your blood, the Halloween Pub Crawl on 15th Avenue East is also happening on the Saturday the 25th. The crawl kicks off at Smith at 5:00 p.m. and will also visit Coastal Kitchen, the Hopvine, Liberty, Harry’s Bar (at Olympia Pizza), and wraps up with a costume contest at The Canterbury.
  • For the little ones, Hilloween is Capitol Hill’s kid-friendly event, taking place at Cal Anderson Park on Saturday the 25th. Get there at noon for carnival games,entertainment, and face painting; followed by a costume parade at 3:30; and trick-or-treating on Broadway from 4:00-7:00. Kids in costume will also get a free pizza slice from Pagliacci! RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.

Historical Ghost Tour Of Capitol Hill Tomorrow 10/18!

DCF 1.0Get yourself in the Halloween spirit and learn about the spooky side of Capitol Hill on the 9th annual Capitol Hill Historical Ghost Tour, tomorrow October 18. This is first of three tours (Saturday, October 25, and Friday, October 31 are the other two dates), and begins at Elliott Bay Books at 5:00 p.m.

For approximately an hour and a half, you’ll take a guided walking tour of the Pike/Pine area and head up Broadway, ending at the Harvard Exit Theatre, which is considered one of the most haunted theaters in the Northwest. Hear spooky stories of famous Seattle residents (and their ghosts), including Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix.

There is a suggested $5 donation, and tour organizers recommend calling ahead to make sure there is room, especially for large groups (206-523-6348).

Halloween Pub Crawl On 15th Next Saturday 10/25!

15th Ave Pub CrawlThink of next Saturday’s 1st Annual 15th Avenue Halloween Pub Crawl as trick-or-treating for grown ups, except instead of candy you’ll be collecting delicious beers and prizes at bars and restaurants up and down 15th.

Put on your costume and start the night off at Smith at 5:00 p.m. After that, the crawl will move every 45 minutes, starting with Coastal Kitchen (don’t forget to eat a few oysters…or a dozen), followed by stops at the Hopvine, Liberty, Harry’s Bar/Olympia Pizza, and the Canterbury. The person with the best costume will get a special prize, so make sure to stick around until the end!

Seattle Police Report on Interlaken Attack

policeIf you have not heard there was an attack last Thursday in broad daylight on a woman jogger on the section of Interlaken that is closed to traffic.  The news has shocked Capitol Hill residents as well as others in Seattle.  The first reports did not give a huge amount of information on the motive of the attack and unfortunately there are still unanswered questions.  Here is the police report:

15 INITIAL INCIDENT DESCRIPTION / NARRATIVE:     {On 10/9/2014 I responded to an assault at Interlaken Park.  I arrived and contacted V/ at 21 Ave E & E Interlaken Blvd.  stated she was jogging on the roadway that runs through Interlake Park. The roadway is closed of to vehicular traffic.   was jogging eastbound through the park when an unknown black male attacked her from behind.  The suspect grabbed  in a carotid choke hold from behind.  struggled with the suspect and they both fell to the ground.  continued to struggle.   and the suspect rolled down an embankment. was still in the suspect chokehold and went unconscious. said she was unconscious for a few seconds.  regained consciousness and the suspect was gone.   climbed up the embankment to the roadway.  observed a black male walking very fast westbound on the SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT GENERAL OFFENSE HARDCOPY WEB RELEASE – SOME REDACTIONS PER RCW 42.56.240 GO# 2014-338190 INACTIVE 1306-0 ASSLT-AGG-BODYFORCE For: 5306      Printed On: Oct-13-2014  (Mon.) Page 4 of 5 roadway.  believed it was the suspect that choked her out. described the suspect and a black male, 5’10″ tall, medium muscular build, wearing an maroon hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. also stated there was a black male standing on the other side of the roadway starring at her.   did not know if the second person was involved in the attack.  described the second person and a light skin black male, 5’8′ tall, thin build wearing a orange hooded sweatshirt.   ran westbound on the roadway yelling for assistance. came to the corner of 21st Av E & Interlaken Blvd, flagged down a passerby and used his cell phone to call 911.                said the suspect did not make any statements during the attack. did not know the suspects motivation.   did not have any property on her person at the time of the attack.  I asked  if she thought the attack had a sexual motivated.  said she did not think it was sexual.  had punched and grabbed the suspect’s genitalia during the altercation.  said the suspect did not appear to be sexually aroused.  clothing was intact.  skin and clothing was soiled with dirt from the struggle.   had no visible signs of injury.  I requested SFD respond to the scene.  SFD E6 responded and rendered aid to                Officer Laina, Officer Williams and Officer Bolton checked the area for the suspect(s) with negative results.   took me to the area the assault occurred.  could not pinpoint the exact area but she was able to point out the general location. I scoured the area for evidence.  I found nothing in the area of evidentiary value.               Sgt Visaya responded to the scene.               I gave  my business card with SPD case number and SFD run Officer Bolton transported  to her residence. –>} I hereby declare (certify) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Washington that this report is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief (RCW 9A.72.085) Electronically signed: KNOX, KURT E         Date: Oct-09-2014       Place: Seattle, WA

Capitol Hill Real Estate: Steady as She Goes

Capitol Hill SeattleCapitol Hill Real Estate is pretty steady as compared to last year.  This July there was 51 sales, the average days on market for a Capitol Hill property was 35 days, and the average sales price was just over $500,000.  Comparing this to last July there was 57 sales, the average was 32 days on market, and the average sales price was slightly over $525,000.  All the numbers are very similar to the previous year.  For example, the above pictured North Capitol Hill home sold twice in the past year and half.  Both times the home sold for essentially the same price indicating the market has been relatively steady over that time.

Capitol Hill real estate market has a small sample size so the statistics have to be tempered because a few sales can make a huge difference.  Looking at both residential and condo sales in the Central Seattle real estate market (east of I-5 to the lake; south of the Montlake Cut to I-90) the number of sales increased (last July 146 sales vs 153 sales this July) but the average sales price decreased slightly from $650,977 to $644,454.

While numbers were gathered from the Northwest Multiple listing Service; Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Feel free to contact me if you want a complimentary price opinion of your home:  Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark Real Estate.

SDOT Wants Your Input On The Central Area Greenway Project

greenwayAs one of the main arterials for car traffic that runs the length of the eastern edge of Capitol Hill and through the Central District, 23rd Avenue is not the most welcoming street for pedestrians or cyclists. But the Seattle Department of Transportation is hoping to give residents and commuters a calmer, safer north-south route by creating a greenway parallel to 23rd that will stretch from Roanoke Park at the north end to Rainier Avenue at the south end. The 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project will bring a redesign of the street, but it will not include a dedicated bike lane, so the greenway will provide a much-needed lower speed limit alternative to the heavily trafficked 23rd. The final route will most likely follow both 21st and 25th avenues, and could include features such as new pavement markings; improved pedestrian and cyclist crossings; new signage; and traffic features such as flashing beacons, islands and speed bumps.

The project is being carried out in three phases, with phase 1 covering East John to South Jackson, phase 2 covering South Jackson to Rainier Avenue South, and phase 3 covering East Roanoke to East John. The design for phase 1 has been finalized, but SDOT is looking for neighbors’ input on the proposed routes for phases 2 and 3, and is hosting two drop-in planning sessions next week. The session for phase 2 will be held on Tuesday, July 15 at the St. Mary’s Church school house (611 20th Ave. S) from 4:30-7:00 p.m., and the session for phase 3 will take place on Thursday, July 17 at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E) from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

There are six existing greenways in the city, six more set for implementation in 2014, and eight in the planning stages that will add up to 17.9 miles toward the city’s ultimate goal of 250 miles of connected greenways. When it is complete, the 23rd Avenue greenway will be one of the longest in the city at 3.9 miles. Visit the Seattle greenways site for more info on all of the projects, and don’t forget to attend one or both of the meetings next week to give SDOT your feedback!

 

A Look Back On the Installation of the Black Sun

Have you ever wondered what the story is behind that big black sculpture in Volunteer Park? The Black Sun sculpture, (not to be confused with the Changing Form steel sculpture in Kerry Park) has often been the centerpiece for iconic Seattle photography, as the view from the sculpture overlooks the Space Needle, the Olympics, Elliott Bay and beyond. It’s inspired generations of onlookers, including Seattle’s own Sound Garden, (remember Black Hole Sun, won’t you come, won’t you come?). But did you know it’s been displayed in the neighborhood since 1969? Internationally renowned artist Isamu Noguchi had a vision to create a fluid and timelessly constructed piece that would appear to move as the sun does, creating a steadfast relationship between the actual sun, and the artwork itself.

Courtesy of the City of Seattle Archives, Installation circa 1969

Courtesy of the City of Seattle Archives, Installation circa 1969

Black Sun was a gift donated to the City of Seattle from the Seattle Foundation, with funding support from National Endowment for the Arts. Noguchi etched the stone to capture the organic forms found in nature, and the sculpture is made out of Brazilian granite form materials, measuring 9ft in diameter. Installation took place in 1969, and has been drawing crowds of tourists and locals alike ever since. If you haven’t been to the park in a while, take advantage of this beautiful weather and snap a shot of the skyline through the hole of the sculpture, or put your headphones in and zone out with Chris Cornell.

Sneak Peek Of The New Canterbury Space

There’s a rumor floating around that the reincarnation of the Canterbury Ale House will at long last be opening tomorrow (check their Facebook page for the official word), but in the meantime check out these photos we took at last night’s soft opening. Although the space retains its medieval influence with the inclusion of lots of wood and metalwork; murals featuring dueling knights; and a stained glass window depicting a sword and shield, it bears little resemblance (in a good way, we think) to Ye Canterbury of Olde.

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The medieval theme continues with decorative murals.

Ceilings have been raised creating a much more open feel.

Ceilings have been raised creating a much more open feel.

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A stained glass window

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Another view of the bar area and very medieval-looking chandelier.

A look at the seating.

Seating and wood paneling.