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Number 6 Cider Pub opens this Friday on Elliott Ave

March 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Number 6 CiderFirst craft beer, now craft cider – Interbay is becoming a hub for local beverage creations. Number 6 Cider Pub is opening at 945 Elliott Ave W this Friday, March 27th, serving the ciders you may know from local retail spots (Met Market, PCC, QFC, and Total Wine all sell their ciders) as well as bars and restaurants.

Now, you can taste their wares and seasonal specialties without having to travel far from home. Owners Tom Todaro and Don Broyals founded Number 6 Cider after looking for a new business venture. They source the cider from Yakima apples, a mix of 5 different varieties that are definitely fresh – according to Number 6 Cider “squeezed and delivered to our door in a 5000-pound tank within 5 hours.”

Number 6 Cider Pub gets its name from the neighboring railroad tracks that run alongside its new Interbay location – Number 6 was one of the most dangerous railroad tunnels that connected the lines from East to West. You can learn even more about how our newest business got their name (Number 6) in their Facebook video:

Number 6 video

According to co-founder/co-owner Tom Todaro, “we are psyched to open the pub so that people can come together and try an extended range of seasonal ciders” – and you can do so every day at the new pub, weekdays 3-9pm, Saturdays noon-9pm, and Sundays 3pm-9pm.

They’ll also be serving tasty bites with the cider with a selection of breads, cheeses, and Salumi charcuterie. And, if you lean toward the grape or the hop, they’ll have local wine and beer too.

Number 6 growlersThe rotating cider taps will pour six varieties of Number 6 Cider including:

  • True
  • Honey-Ginger
  • Pomegranate
  • Spice Box
  • Juniper
  • Smoked Jalapeño

They’ll also be filling growlers to go, and have rotating seasonal ciders on the menu.

Stop by on Friday (and beyond) to welcome Number 6 Cider Pub to the neighborhood, and enjoy the local menu of ciders, beers, wines, and bites.

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Learn more about historic Queen Anne apartments this Thursday at a free QAHS talk

March 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Victoria AptsThe Queen Anne Historical Society continues its series of free presentations and lectures on historic Queen Anne apartment buildings this Thursday, March 26th. If you have an interest in the history of our neighborhood or how apartments helped shape it, be sure to mark your calendar for this week’s talk.

The meeting will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church (1411 1st Ave W) at 7pm and features Kim Myran, one of the co-authors of the QAHS book, “Queen Anne: Community on the Hill” – a must-read for Queen Anne residents and history buffs alike.

QAHS bookMyran will delve into the “Apartments and Development on the Hill” chapter that focuses on multifamily housing development from 1890 to 1940 – specifically speaking to the building changes, additions, and disappearances since the book’s 1993 publication date.

The book has a variety of essays and chapters on various elements of Queen Anne history. You can order a copy online from the QAHS web site. Highly recommended reading!

Join the QAHS on Thursday, March 26th at 7pm to learn more about the buildings that help shape the character of Queen Anne, both today and through the years. Parking is available in the church lot at W Galer & 1st Ave W or in the St. Anne School’s lot at 101 W. Lee St.

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New Queen Anne Little Free Library is number 25

March 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

LFL 3rd Ave W and SmithIf you’re looking for a creative group walk or bike ride this Spring, consider a Queen Anne Little Free Library tour – we now have 25 Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne, and pretty much whatever part of the neighborhood you find yourself in, you’re not too far from an LFL.

I spotted the newest Little Free Library on a sunny walk yesterday. It’s at the corner of Smith and 3rd Ave W, and as I was documenting it (aka photographing it while keeping my dog patiently waiting), a patron stopped by and took a book as she walked down the hill toward SPU. It has a pretty robust selection of contemporary fiction and sits along a high-traffic walking route for SPU students and residents alike.

The current map is below, and photos of all 25 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

Queen Anne LFL Map March 2015

If you have an organization or group that puts together a tour de LFLs, let us know. And, as always, if you if you spot a Little Free Library that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! Happy reading!

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Traffic Alert: Part of Dexter Ave N closed until Sunday; lane closures through late April

March 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Dexter Closure March 21So many traffic and event announcements this week, this Dexter Ave N closure (between Aloha and Mercer) got away from us. The closure started this morning at 6am and runs through 8am tomorrow, Sunday morning. Plus, starting on Monday, Dexter Ave N will have nightly lane closures between 8pm and 5apm, Mondays through Thursdays, until late April.

Here’s the rundown from SDOT:

Dexter Avenue N will be fully closed between Aloha and Mercer streets beginning 6am Saturday, March 21 through 8am Sunday, March 22.

  • Vehicles and bicycles will be detoured to Ninth Avenue N.
  • Pedestrians may use the east side of Dexter Avenue N between Roy and Republican streets.
  • Westbound Mercer Street will be reduced to one lane between Ninth Avenue N and SR 99. One lane will remain open at all times.
  • All lanes on eastbound Mercer Street will be open.

Nighttime lane restrictions on Dexter Avenue N begin March 23

Dexter Avenue N will be fully closed between Aloha and Mercer streets nightly between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday. This closure will begin Monday, March 23 and is expected to continue weekly through late April. Travelers may expect the following during the closures:

  • Vehicles and bicycles will be detoured to Ninth Avenue N.
  • Pedestrians may continue to use the east side of Dexter Avenue N between Roy and Republican streets.
  • All lanes on Mercer Street will be open.

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KING5 report on Key Arena making a profit

March 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In good news for the city, the Seattle Center, and Queen Anne, KING5 profiles the turnaround of Key Arena. After the Sonics left, many thought it doomed, but Key Arena is now thriving. And, it’s got a bit of the national spotlight this weekend as a March Madness venue.

Click the photo below to check out KING5′s video report on Key Arena to learn more about its success story:

KING5 Key Arena video

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March Madness takes over Key Arena starting Friday

March 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Key Arena NCAAThis year, Key Arena is hosting the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship second and third rounds (you can check out their new floor decor to the right).

That means March Madness comes to Seattle, and to our Lower Queen Anne streets. 14,000 people are expected at each game, so prepare for traffic and parking challenges.

The games kick off tomorrow, Friday, March 20th. Four games are scheduled for Friday, two for Sunday (times TBD for those games):

Friday, March 20

  • Northern Iowa vs. Wyoming at 10:40am
  • Louisville vs. UC Irvine at 1:10pm
  • Iowa vs. Davidson at 4:20pm
  • Gonzaga vs. North Dakota State at 6:50pm

Sunday, March 22

  • Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
  • Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Keep in mind that while these games will snarl traffic, they also bring in business. Key Arena gets a big nod, and local restaurants will surely benefit too. Just plan your travels accordingly, and get ready for March Madness!

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Traffic Alert: Starbucks shareholder meeting at McCaw Hall on Wednesday morning

March 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Mercer St GarageHeads up for traffic impacts tomorrow morning around Lower Queen Anne. The Starbucks Annual Shareholders Meeting is being held at McCaw Hall on Wednesday, March 18th from 10am to noon.

Doors will open at 8am, so expect traffic volumes to be higher than usual heading into and around Lower Queen Anne. Plus, traffic heading out of our neighborhood around noon-2pm.

Starbucks expects approximately 2,500 people to attend the meeting. Plan ahead if your commute takes you by McCaw Hall or the garage across the street (Starbucks is advising shareholders use the Mercer Street Garage for parking).

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Remember to thank your Metro Bus driver on Wednesday (and every other day too)

March 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Transit Driver Appreciation DayNot to hammer home mom’s advice, but please and thank you go a long way – and tomorrow is your chance to join in on a King County-wide initiative to thank the hard-working Metro Bus drivers that get us to and from our destinations and navigate the mess that is Seattle traffic.

Wednesday, March 18th is Transit Driver Appreciation Day, and it’s easy to participate. How? Just say “thank you” to your Metro Bus drivers. It’s that simple.

Maybe you want to go the extra mile? Do you have a driver on one of our Queen Anne routes that goes above and beyond for passengers? There’s a way to give Metro the heads up on these drivers via an online commendation form.

Or, just say “thanks” tomorrow when you take the bus. It’s just that easy!

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Queen Anne Community Council reviews two new multi-story Uptown developments tonight

March 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

The Queen Anne Community Council Land Use committee (LURC) meets tonight, March 16th, at 7pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). This particular Land Use meeting will focus on two Uptown developments, so if you’re interested in Uptown’s rapid growth, this is the meeting for you.

One project is a 6-story mixed use building at Denny Way and Warren Ave N, the other is a 5-story apartment complex at 19 W Harrison. Representatives will provide presentations and answer questions from the QACC and people in attendance.

Here’s the agenda with brief descriptions of the two new developments:

124 Denny Way7:00pm – 8:00pm: 124 Denny Way  (NW corner of Denny Way and Warren Ave N)
John Teutsch

Land Use Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 75 residential units over 2,550 sq. ft. of commercial and six live/work units. Parking for 50 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. A preliminary design package is available online. 

19 W Harrison8:00pm – 9:00pm 19 West Harrison  (SE corner of 1st Ave W and Harrison)
Maria Barrientos

Land Use Application to allow a 5-story structure with 71 residential units above 685 sq. ft. of retail space. Project also includes 4 live/work units and parking for 45 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. A preliminary design package is available online.

The QACC meeting is open to all, so if you want to see what’s on tap for Uptown in the near future, or have comments/questions, plan on attending tonight’s meeting.

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Assault at Little Howe Park on Saturday night

March 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Little Howe mapA reader wrote us this morning to let us know about an assault that occurred at 9:45pm last night (Saturday, March 14th) at Little Howe Park, aka East Queen Anne Playfield. A 19 year-old woman was assaulted in the northeast part of the park, near the basketball court.

The reader heard her screams, called 911, and assisted the victim. The SPD report has no narrative, only the basic facts (time, location, type of crime). We’ve contacted our West Precinct coordinator, and will update the post if we get any additional information.

Here’s the information from the Good Samaritan neighbor:

“At 9:45pm a 19 year old woman was assaulted by a fleeing black male screaming obscenities in Little Howe Park. Another white, young male showed up after the assault who was intending to be part of the meeting. After hearing screams, we called 911, QA Fire responded within about 5 minutes, SPD was there within 10 minutes. An ambulance responded as well. The woman was treated for her injuries. The park was completely unlit with overgrown hedges.

The police officer who came was from Pike and Pine, and reported that they are short-staffed tonight.  This appeared to be a drug deal gone wrong.”

While scary, this incident is also a reminder that our safe neighborhood can still be dangerous at night. Last year, another woman was mugged near the park while walking her dog at 10:30pm. Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t walk alone at night – especially through city Parks, which close at dusk for safety reasons.

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St Patrick’s Day Dash is Sunday

March 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

St Pats 2015 RouteTomorrow, Sunday March 15th, is the annual St Patrick’s Day Dash and kids’ run, both starting at the Seattle Center. As with other road races that start and/or finish at Seattle Center, the Dash will impact local streets in the morning hours.

SDOT estimates that 13,000 people will attend tomorrow’s race, with staging on Mercer St between 1st Ave N and 4th Ave N. The Race starts in four 10-minute interval waves beginning at 8:30am. The staging area will be closed from 6am to 11am, and expect road closures along the mapped route.

Also, watch out for kids around the Seattle Center as the Kids Dash starts at the same Mercer staging area and finishes near the Seattle Children’s Museum:

St Pats Kids 2015

The Irish Festival finishes up tomorrow at Seattle Center, so wear your green to cheer on the runners and catch some Irish culture too – free admission, runs from 10am to 6pm. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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The 5 Spot is celebrating 25 years on Queen Anne and giving back to the community again

March 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

5 Spot John HayThe 5 Spot is truly a Queen Anne neighborhood institution, serving food to locals and visitors alike, and supporting the neighborhood with fundraisers and events. It’s now been at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St for 25 years. That milestone alone is a good reason to stop by the 5 Spot this month – but there’s more.

This Monday, March 16th, if you dine at the 5 Spot, you can help out one of our local elementary schools at the same time. The 5 Spot is hosting “Dining Out for John Hay” to help showcase the school’s upcoming online auction and raise money for the school’s Arts program.

For all food sales between 8:30am and 10pm, the 5 Spot is donating 25% of the proceeds to John Hay. It’s an easy way to support both a local business and Queen Anne students at the same time.

Thanks to the 5 Spot for its continuing neighborhood support, and happy 25th anniversary!

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