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Does Nielsen really know Queen Anne residents?

July 25th, 2014 by Laura

Consumer research company Nielsen has been using PRIZM since the 1990s to categorize US consumers. PRIZM segments US consumers into 66 different types based on demographics and behaviors.

Today, the Seattle Times published an interactive map of the city that you can hover over to see how Seattle neighborhoods fall into of Nielsen’s segmentation.

According to Nielsen’s data, Queen Anne is home to 3 types:

Bohemian Mix (blue):  A collection of young, mobile urbanites, Bohemian Mix represents the nation’s most liberal lifestyles. Its residents are a progressive mix of young singles and couples, students and professionals, Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans and whites. In their funky rowhouses and apartments, Bohemian Mixers are the early adopters who are quick to check out the latest movie, nightclub, laptop and microbrew.

Young Digerati (violet):  Young Digerati are the nation’s tech-savvy singles and couples living in fashionable neighborhoods on the urban fringe. Affluent, highly educated and ethnically mixed, Young Digerati communities are typically filled with trendy apartments and condos, fitness clubs and clothing boutiques, casual restaurants and all types of bars-from juice to coffee to microbrew.

Money & Brains (tan):  The residents of Money & Brains seem to have it all: high incomes, advanced degrees and sophisticated tastes to match their credentials. Many of these citydwellers, predominantly white with a high concentration of Asian Americans, are married couples with few children who live in fashionable homes on small, manicured lots.

Check out the interactive map by clicking on the image below:

Nielsen map

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Drone flown around Space Needle results in SPD visit

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: the full Space Needle drone video is back on YouTube (for now):

The Space Needle has hit a lot of web sites this evening, thanks to a “drone strike” reported on the SPD Blotter. From their write up:

Space Needle Still Standing After Reported Drone Strike
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Seattle’s famous sky-high tourist attraction is still standing after police received reports of a drone crash Tuesday at the Space Needle.

Space Needle security called police just before 8:30 PM after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window. Witnesses then saw the drone—described as a white, quad-propeller unmanned aerial vehicle, equipped with a camera—glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Needle, where it landed inside a fifth floor room.

Police found no signs of damage to the top of the Space Needle.

Security staff pointed out the fifth floor hotel room where the drone had landed, and officers went and contacted a man inside. The man told police he’d just flown his drone past the Needle, but disputed he’d struck anything.

He then showed officers video he’d captured during the drone’s flight, which showed it hovering over the Space Needle’s observation deck as tourists waved. Nothing on the video indicated the drone had hit the Needle.

The man told police he was an employee visiting from out of state, and had recently purchased the drone at a hobby shop. Officers then gave the man a crash course on some of Seattle’s recent drone-related controversies, and he agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town.

The video footage the drone captured was posted to YouTube, but has since been removed. However, many images still hit online articles and Buzzfeed has short video images embedded in their site. You can see people on the observation deck waving to the camera, as well as shots of the city and the Seattle Center:

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FOUND – Missing 13 year-old last seen on Queen Anne found near Green Lake, back at home

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

Just received an update from SPD via Twitter – 13 year-old Steven Miller has been found.

Thanks to everyone who shared, retweeted, and reposted the information.

Missing 13 year old Found

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Today’s lineup at the Queen Anne Farmers Market

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

2014PosterQAFMEDIT: I spoke/wrote too soon… it’s raining. But, it’s not pouring and the Queen Anne Farmers Market goes on, rain or shine! Plus, and update to the live music – rather fittingly, Right as Rain is performing from 5pm-7pm.

It may still be grey outside, but it’s not raining – so head over to Crockett St for the Queen Anne Farmers Market! Here’s today’s lineup, courtesy of the QAFM:

Live Music, Picnic Lawn
3:00-4:30 – Seattle Suzuki Cello: Peter Williams & his talented cello students perform their favorite music.

5:00-7:00 – Right as Rain: Band that features two Queen Anne residents!

Event Tent: Michael Gifford, How to Cook a Wolf
5:30pm - We’re so fortunate in Seattle to have such a rich food & wine culture. Among the restaurants putting the city on the map is How to Cook A Wolf. Please join Chef, Michael Gifford, for a great cooking demonstration that will elevate your experience with fresh market produce.

Featured Winery: Lopez Island Winery
Rotating Food Trucks: BunsHow Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Anchorhead Coffee

All regular vendors will be at the market as well, get out and enjoy the cooler weather before we rise back into the 80s!

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Missing 13 year old – last seen 900 block of W McGraw St

July 23rd, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE 7.25.14: Missing 13 year old has been found.

No other details available, but please call 911 if you see Steven Miller, missing 13 year-old. Last seen near 900 block of W McGraw St.

SPD Missing 13 year old

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Fire at Broad Street substation takes out power around Seattle Center

July 23rd, 2014 by Laura

At 10:05am today a fire broke out at Seattle City Light’s Broad Street substation. The fire knocked out power in areas around the Seattle Center. 325 customers are without power due to the fire, including the Space Needle, EMP, Key Arena and Seattle Center.

According to Seattle City Light: “Fire happened in a capacitor bank, which regulates the quality of power flow.”

Here’s the current outage map:

SCL Broad St outage

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Green Stage’s Backyard Bard returns to Rodgers Park with free Shakespeare

July 21st, 2014 by Laura

Nothing says summer like Shakespeare in the park – or, even better, Shakespeare in a Queen Anne park!

Green Stage BB castGreen Stage’s Backyard Bard performances brought Shakespeare comedies to David Rodgers Park last summer, playing to a full lawn of adults, kids, and even dogs. This year, they’re back with two plays at Rodgers Park.

The theatrical spectacle begins this Saturday with a double feature of All’s Well That Ends Well and The Comedy of Errors. Then, on Saturday, August 9th, the troupe returns for an encore performance of The Comedy of Errors. Each performance is about 45 minutes long and four actors perform all the roles. Hilarity ensues!

Green Stage BB fightGreen Stage is performing across Seattle through August 16th. Last year’s performances were a lot of fun, so grab a blanket or chair, a picnic or snacks, and head to Rodgers park this Saturday or August 9th.

Performances begin at 7pm both dates and are free to all!

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Check out the Seattle Center piano in the park and enter to win a Concerts at the Mural performance

July 20th, 2014 by Laura

Earlier this week, the City of Seattle and King County Parks launched Pianos in the Parks, a summer campaign that runs from July 17 to August 17. Twenty pianos that were nearing the end of their lives have been refurbished and made into works of art by the Gage Academy of Art faculty, students and friends.

Seattle Center piano

Seattle Center piano, courtesy of Pianos in the Parks

Fifteen Seattle parks and public locations each got a piano as part of the program.

According to Mayor Ed Murray, “We are delighted to host the pianos at 13 city parks, Seattle Center and City Hall plaza. Pianos in the Parks will enliven our parks and engage communities through the power of art and music.”

Each piano is open to the public and play is encouraged! Plus, to invigorate a sense of competition, KEXP has joined in to sweeten the pot with a Facebook contest. All you have to do is play the Seattle Center piano (or any of the other pianos outside of our neighborhood), upload your performance to the Facebook page, and wait for the “likes” to pour in.

Your music selection must be original music or a piece from the public domain, and you have to be ready to perform! The 5 most-liked videos will be judged by a community panel and the winner will have a feature performance at the August 22nd Concerts at the Mural event.

At the end of the summer program, the pianos featured in the parks will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds will benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, Seattle Symphony, KEXP and Gage Academy of Art.

Check out the Seattle Center piano at the Mural Amphitheatre or discover other pianos in the program, and enter to win your 15 minutes of fame!

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Today’s lineup at the Queen Anne Farmers Market

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

2014PosterQAFMIt’s market day! The Queen Anne Farmers Market promises all the usual great eats, fruits/veggies, music, and more today.

Plus, you can help out the market by purchasing a leaf, a bird, a heart or a wise owl for the Big Tree. The fundraising effort demonstrates the community support behind the market! Plus, t-shirts, posters, and totes are available at the Information Tent, with all proceeds benefitting the market.

Here’s today’s line-up to help plan your trip to the market:

Kid’s Story Time

4pm-5pm: Join us for some farmers market-themed stories for the littles followed by an open hour of art creations for kids of all ages. A delightful way for kids to participate in their community market.

Live Music On the Picnic Lawn
3:00-4:30pm: David Guilbault: Seattle-based singer-songwriter David Guilbault performs soulful music to get your market day started off beautifully.

5:00-7:00pm: Phil Hansen: Continue your afternoon on the lawn with the rag-time blues music of Phil Hansen.

The list of regular vendors is available online, and in addition to featured winery Wilridge Winery, the regular food trucks will be joined by rotating trucks My Sweet Lil Cakes and Fish Basket.

Get out and enjoy the market today, along with some cooler summer weather!

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Book Bindery to be relaunched as Hommage in August

July 16th, 2014 by Laura

Book Bindery closedOn June 28th a tweet from The Book Bindery said farewell after 4 years. The French-inspired restaurant near the Ship Canal closed up shop as its owners, Michael and Sumi Almquist, decided to move on to another venture. They’re retaining ownership and have brought chef Nico Borzee on board for a new restaurant concept, Hommage.

The restaurant is now undergoing renovations as Borzee prepares to open Hommage in August.

According to a profile of Borzee published today by Eater Seattle, he’s planning to open a restaurant with a broad-ranging Mediterranean influence – from Italy to North Africa to Greece – that focuses on using local ingredients.

Previously at Artusi, Borzee started cooking at age 15 and has an impressive resume. With Hommage, he’s working with the Almquists to bring a new dining experience to the Book Bindery location.

According to Borzee, “The menu will change regularly. It will rotate, but we will probably have the same bases so we’re not changing it completely. But yes, I think it will change a lot. Maybe every week, some dishes every day.”

You can read more about Hommage in Eater’s interview with Borzee online.

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Free movies at the Mural start next weekend

July 15th, 2014 by Laura

Movies at the MuralThe Seattle Center is getting ready to kick off its free summer movie program! Starting next Saturday, July 26th, you can catch a movie at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre through August 23rd.

The outdoor Movies at the Mural experience includes a giant screen and the striking backdrop of the Space Needle against the summer sky. Movies begin at dusk (around 9pm) and seating is first-come, first-served.

Here’s this year’s line-up:

Saturday July 26: The Princess Bride (PG)

Saturday August 2: Gravity (PG-13)

Saturday August 9: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)

Saturday August 16: The Great Gatsby (PG-13)

Saturday August 23: Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)

Here are some tips from the Seattle Center to enhance your viewing pleasure:

  • The Seattle Center recommends that you bring low back chairs, blankets or bean bags. You may be directed toward the back of the lawn if you bring high backed chairs.
  • Due to the limited number of seats and the abundance of food in the seating area, we would prefer that movie-goers leave pets at home (except for legal guidance animals).
  • No giant coolers/ice chests, open flames/cooking, umbrellas, video or audio recorders. Like any theater, during the movie we ask people to TURN OFF their cellphones and pagers.
  • Food and beverages are available in the Seattle Center Armory and at food carts on grounds.
  • Alcohol is not for sale at the Mural, but is available at select locations in the Armory.

Grab a blanket or chair, some friends, and head to the Seattle Center on summer Saturdays!

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Pet alert: Foxtail on Queen Anne can cause problems for your pets

July 13th, 2014 by Laura

Foxtail Homegrown

Foxtail: Boston St by Homegrown

A reader has alerted us to batches of foxtail on Queen Anne that can cause problems for dogs. She even sent us the accompanying photos so you can see where Foxtail is along Queen Anne Ave N – and be able to identify it on neighboring streets as well.

According to

“Foxtail plants can be risky for your dog. The barbed seed heads of the foxtail plant can work their way into any part of your dog or cat, from the nose to between the toes and inside the ears, eyes, and mouth. They can even simply dig themselves directly into a patch of skin. 

The danger of foxtails goes beyond simple irritation. Because these tough seeds don’t break down inside the body, an embedded foxtail can lead to serious infection for your dog. It can even lead to death if left untreated. The seeds can be hard to find in your dog’s fur.”

Foxtail Emmer

Foxtail: QA Ave N, old Emmer & Rye

The reader who wrote in has her own story with foxtail. Her dog got a foxtail barb in his ear several years ago, sending him to emergency vet to have it removed under anesthesia.

Note that the patches of Foxtail tend to crop up in unkempt parking strips. The photos show that several businesses have patches of it in front of their storefronts.

Perhaps the businesses are unaware of the danger to our 4-legged friends, and if they were aware, would have the foxtail removed.

Foxtail Thai Kitchen

Foxtail: QA Ave N, Dyna Architecture

You can read more about keeping your dog safe from foxtail online – but really, the best prevention is to avoid it. Sadly, it’s hard to avoid it when it’s cropping up along some of our busiest streets.

Watch out for it as you walk your dog along Queen Anne Ave N and keep an eye out for it in the neighborhood.

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