Seattle Will Have a Brand New Skyline in Just 4 Years

Whether your daily commute takes you through South Lake Union, or you come through the neighborhood on a less regular basis, you’ve probably noticed the huge changes. With the Mercer Corridor project nearing completion, and all of the new towers going up in SLU and Downtown, the Seattle Skyline is going to look very different in just four years.

As depicted in a recent video showing a simulated flyover of the city, our skyline in 2020 will look radically different than it does today. The flyover showed 20 projects for 30- and 40-story towers that are either currently under construction or scheduled for breaking ground in the next year.

“We are going to witness one of the most explosive growth cycles in downtown Seattle history,” said Dean Jones, a local realtor. “Much like Manhattan, I think in downtown Seattle we are going to feel like we are living on an island.”

But the growth is not without controversy, as some argue that the growth is not sustainable and Seattle is falling behind on supply for the demand associated with this continued rapid growth. “(Washington) was a leader in growth management for 20 years,” said Peter Orser, director of the University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate, “I’m fearful the growth curve is going to be greater than what we’ve been planning for.”

KEXP Shows Off New Home with Grand Opening Celebration

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After years of fundraising, months of planning, and plenty of local hype, KEXP’s New Home will officially open to the public this weekend. On Saturday, April 16th from noon to 9pm, KEXP will host a grand opening celebration for its new home at Seattle Center on the corner of Republican and 1st. This event is free, all-ages, and open to the public.

Bands will perform throughout the day in the public gathering space and courtyard, which will be broadcasted live on KEXP 90.3 FM and online at kexp.org. There will be complimentary tours of the new space every 15 minutes, an interactive installation powered by Microsoft, food trucks, beer garden, limited edition merchandise, and special events at neighboring businesses/organizations including the Vera Project, SIFF and Pacific Science Center.

The new space will allow visitors to watch in-studio performances and observe the live broadcast from a public gathering space. This is the first time in the station’s history that this has been possible. The new home also contains more space for bands and staff, up-to-date equipment, and closer proximity to partners such as the Vera Project and Seattle Center.

Click here for the New Home Grand Opening lineup. RSVP to the Facebook event here. Follow along with the festivities at @KEXPNewHome / #KEXPnewhome and by tuning in to 90.3 FM!

Featured photo via KEXP Facebook event.

Lake Union Events: Things to do in April

A yoga party, collaborative beer festival, and fresh dressed jam are a few Lake Union events coming up in April.

April 14: Black Raven Brewing Game Night
7pm | Art Marble 21
The Black Raven Brewing Game Night at Art Marble 21 will feature drafts by the Redmond brewery and an evening of games to win swag, beers and more.

April 15: Friday Night Yoga Party
7:15 – 9pm | Be Luminous Yoga
Be Luminous Yoga is hosting the healthiest party imaginable. This Friday Night Yoga Party will include a flow class, live DJ, giveaways and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Deaf Blind Services— click here to purchase tickets.

April 22-23: Washington Beer Collaboration Festival
4:30-8:30pm, 12-6pm | South Lake Union Discovery Center
The first Washington Beer Collaboration Festival will feature 25 unique collaboration beers from 50 in-state breweries. Sip, sample, and meet the brewers at the South Lake Union Discover Center’s lawn. Click here to purchase tickets. 

April 30: Fresh Dressed Jam
8-11pm | MOHAI
The last night of the Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit calls for a party. Come dressed to impress at the MOHAI’s Fresh Dressed Jam, featuring performances by Seattle stylists, artists, dancers, designers and fashionistas. Enjoy music, drinks and snacks during your last chance to view the hip hop exhibit. Click here to purchase tickets.

Featured photo via washingtonbeer.com.

Dinner with a View: Lake Union Wine & Dinner Cruise

It’s Washington Wine Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than raising a glass with the Seattle skyline as your backdrop. Waterways Cruises is hosting a Wine Tasting Cruise aboard one of its luxury yachts, featuring wines from Canoe Ridge Vineyard, on Friday, March 18th.

Enjoy dinner and wine with a view during this special cruise. The boat will depart from Waterways Home Port (2441 N. Northlake Way) at 7:00 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Cruise around Lake Union and Lake Washington while taking in the view from your own private table with the captain’s narrations of the scenery. Guests will have a guided tasting of wines with tasting notes and a history of the vineyard—four limited edition Canoe Ridge blends will accompany dinner and an open bar will be available for extra glasses and other beverages.

Tickets are $79 per person for boat admission, dinner and wine pairings—click here to book.

Cheers to Washington wines and Lake Union views!

 

Featured photo via waterwayscruises.com.

St. Patrick Lands on Lake Union

The Irish are coming, the Irish are coming!

On Friday, March 11th at 6:00 p.m., Saint Patrick will arrive to the Emerald City via Lake Union. He will land in South Lake Union at the waterfront near the MOHAI aboard shop with the Pirates of the Emerald Isle. Around 400 A.D., St. Patrick was brought to Ireland by Irish Pirates and will now arrive to Seattle aboard a local pirate ship.

This event is free and open to the public, kids and families are encouraged to attend! Passengers can climb aboard a Ride the Ducks boat at 5:00 p.m. at FX McRory’s for the ride to South Lake Union. The boat will then return to McRory’s by 6:30 p.m. for the Green Stripe Laying on 4th Avenue. This mini-parade marks the way for the Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Parade the following day.

Don’t forget to wear green!

 

Featured photo via irishclub.org.