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Entries from July 2009

Biotech firm moves into former P-I space

July 31st, 2009 by Heidi

Dendreon Corp., a Seattle-based biotechnology company focused on cancer research is subleasing the second and third floors of the building that formerly housed the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on lower Queen Anne.  According to CoStar Group, Dendreon will use the two floors of the five-story building for expansion as they search for permanent headquarters.  The P-I closed up shop on its print division earlier this year and now exists online only.

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Entrepreneur sells QA home for $4.3 million

July 31st, 2009 by Cory Bergman

Martin Tobias, the man behind quite a few Seattle startups, has sold one of Queen Anne’s most beautiful homes. Here’s the view from the living room:

The four bedroom, 3.5 bath house on West Prospect Street was featured in a recent Pacific Northwest magazine spread. Tech blogger Brian Dudley says Tobias sold the home for $4.3 million, down from the initial listing price last summer of $5.9 million. A former Microsoft employee, Tobias started Loudeye Techologies and recently started a site called

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Weekend traffic alert on Elliott Ave

July 31st, 2009 by Heidi

The 600 block of Elliott Ave W will be restricted to one southbound lane and two northbound lanes on Saturday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Work is being done on a private building requiring cranes, so expect heavy traffic.

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‘Night Out’ registration extended

July 31st, 2009 by Cory Bergman

The registration period for the “Night Out Against Crime” has been extended.

You now have until 9 a.m. Monday to register your block for Tuesday’s event. Not every block is throwing a party. If your block is hosting a Night Out celebration, post details in comments below.

Update: One party is planned for Counterbalance Park, 4-7 p.m.

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Not even heat keeps people from the market

July 31st, 2009 by Heidi

Temperatures are much cooler today (phew!) but another record-breaking hot weather day didn’t stop people from strolling through the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market yesterday.  We snapped a few photos…

We spotted the most AMAZING looking tomatoes here.  A single tomato cost one shopper $4 but she swears they’re the sweetest she’s ever tasted. 

Not surprisingly, gelatto from Poco Carretto was a big hit, as was the debut of Parfait Ice Cream truck.

The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market happens every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. on W. Crockett St. and Queen Anne Ave. N. through October 1.

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Magnolia’s Summerfest parade on Saturday

July 31st, 2009 by Cory Bergman

For 30 years, Magnolia’s Summerfest parade has drawn big crowds, including many folks from right here on Queen Anne. The event begins today with an art show, crafts and a beer garden. Then on Saturday, the kids parade gets underway at 10:30 a.m. followed by the full parade at 11 a.m.

MagnoliaVoice is covering the event and has more details and photos.

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Library closes early for 2nd day

July 30th, 2009 by Heidi

The Queen Anne Library closed at 4 p.m. Thursday because the temperature inside hit 90 degrees.  Greenlake, Fremont, Columbia, West Seattle, University and Northeast will also close early.  None of the seven libraries have air conditioning.  Click here for a list of libraries that do have a/c.

This is the second day the library closed early. (Photo from Jeff Hanway)

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Queen Anne businesses crowned Seattle’s best

July 29th, 2009 by Heidi

Seattle Weekly’s annual “Best of Seattle” list came out today.  Congratulations to Queen Anne winners listed below!

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Queen Anne Library closes due to heat

July 29th, 2009 by Heidi

Five branches of the Seattle Public Library without air conditioning closed at 1pm today because internal temperatures reached 90 degrees inside.  In addition to Queen Anne, the other branches closed are Green Lake, Fremont, Columbia and Northeast.  17 other library locations do have air conditioning and are open until 8pm.

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The Blue Angels are back!

July 29th, 2009 by Heidi

Love the sight or hate the sound, you just can’t ignore them.  The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are buzzing into town this week to wow spectators with their aerial stunts for the 60th annual Seafair

A good place on Queen Anne where you may be able to spot the planes is from Kerry Park (2nd Ave W. and W. Highland Dr).  With weather cooling off to the 90s, it’s going to be a good weekend to watch an air show.  Here is a list of their scheduled fly-bys to help you plan for (or avoid) the spectacle in the sky.

Thurs, July 30  10am-noon (circle and arrival); 1:30-2:30pm (practice show)

Fri, July 31  1:30-2:30pm (practice show)

Sat, Aug 1  1:30-2:30pm (full show)

Sun, Aug 2  1:30-2:30pm (full show)

Traffic will be jammed as I-90 closes at various times throughout the weekend starting on Thursday.  If you must cross Lake Washington via I-90, the DOT recommends giving yourself an hour before closure times.  The SR-520 floating bridge is open all weekend but closed to marine traffic during I-90 closures. 

Know any other great places to catch a glimpse of the Blue Angels?  Share it with us at

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Keeping cool on Queen Anne

July 28th, 2009 by Heidi

With temperatures pushing triple digits this week, there are many places on Queen Anne where you can retreat to find a little comfort and coolness.  Here are a few favorites we discovered:

  • For a smaller crowd, there’s the Fountain of Creation, a wading pool and fountain we found tucked away near Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms. 
  • The Center House (305 Harrison St) at Seattle Center is air conditioned inside and is open from 7am-9pm. 

  • The East Queen Anne Playground Wading Pool (1912 Warren Ave N) is open from noon-7pm.
  • The Queen Anne Community Center does not have air conditioning, but you can swim indoors at the Queen Anne Pool (1920 1st Ave W). 
  • Catch a movie at the AMC Loews Uptown 3 Cinemas.  See what’s playing.
  • There are 17 branches of the Seattle Public Library that have air conditioning.  Unfortunately, the QA branch is not one of them but you can click here to find the next closest one. 
  • Stay cool and get fit at the same time by trying Standup Paddle Surfing on Lake Union (my personal favorite!)  You can rent boards by the hour at Northwest Outdoor Center (2100 Westlake Ave N).  Special tip: call to reserve in advance to guarantee a board! 

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Queen Anne Cafe closes due to heat

July 28th, 2009 by Heidi

There are a number of restaurants and bars where you can both cool off and quench your thirst.  Sadly, the Queen Anne Cafe is not one of them.  We spotted this sign posted on the door earlier Tuesday.

Temps are supposed to reach 101 so we’re not sure if they’ll re-open Wednesday. We’ll check and let you know…

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