Cara Leopard


fireworks.pngThe holiday season is upon us! Wether you are new to seattle or you’ve seen Lake Union’s festive celebrations for years, it’s that time again. Luckily for residents of Lake union, just about every place, besides the lake itself that is fantastic for viewing the show is just a a few minutes away from the neighborhood. If you don’t want to go too far,  Argosy Cruises plan to count down to 2016 by offering spectacular boat rides in one of the most prime locations for watching the fireworks display that happen annually at the Space Needle; on the water. Gather with loved ones and usher in the new year with city skylines and fabulous views of the sound and lake union. With a New Year’s Eve party that allows sailing and dancing the night away, you are sure to have a great night!

If you are worried about crowds or prices, there are plenty of places to view the fireworks from all over the city. With Kerry Park being a superb spot for photos and a romantic view, get there first to snag a good spot to see the amazing show. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

Another top location to enjoy the night is Alki Beach where you can sit by the water. Be sure to bundle up and bring a blanket. There is sure to be a bit more room for larger parties to sit on the comfy sand and watch the display.

Though all of these areas are going to be fantastic spots to celebrate, you will find that it might be the most crowded yet the most magical — at the city’s center, the Space Needle itself. Being that close to the fireworks will get the feels going as the view of the show is right over your head. Arrive early and maybe even bring some ear plugs, still, it is safe to say this location is a top spot for a night that won’t be forgotten!

Apodments: Coming Soon to East Lake Union

EastlakeResidentialCommunity_bigThe new Apodment style communities in Seattle are making city living affordable for many but at a price to others. Much like micro-housing, an Apodment is a large complex that caters to low-income families, students and single residents.

Thanks to the dorm style living, residents are able to rent out a room with a private bathroom while sharing a kitchen and living space with many others who also enjoy lower monthly rent. While these structures are great for developers and students many people who are seeing them built in their home neighborhoods are not as welcoming. Most of the residents that feel these developments are intrusive voice problems with an existing parking situation that is sure to worsen. Many of these new structures do not offer any parking whatsoever.

After demolishing a 100 year old single family home and a duplex, two lots will be used to house 115 units at 2820 Eastlake Ave. This is a much higher density than what residents are used to on Eastlake according to a letter written to the city council. The letter expresses many of these local concerns in depth including the lack in ability for locals to comment on these developments and that these types of properties are not sustainable housing choices.

On the bright side, the developer of the property, Kelten Johnson, says he plans on offering “an efficient, clean, safe and affordable housing alternative to Seattle students and the workforce community” at prices ranging between $500 and $600 a month. These are significantly lower than an individual apartment in the area.

The new apodments are sure to bring changes for all in the Eastlake area and throughout Seattle. It is apparent this compact style housing is growing in popularity, with permits already issued for another handful of these complexes. Only time will reveal the true pros and cons of these apodments from a social, economical and sustainable point of view.



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Come out and experience the “Shipwrecked Pirate Party” this Saturday! Epiphany Events is hosting this event in South Lake Union. Now 21+ Seattleites have a way to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day! (Sat Sept 19th). The Islander is moored on Lake Union along Fairview Ave. Address: 1611 Fairview Ave E Seattle, Washington 98102

One ticket includes a 3-hour Boat Cruise, Pirate Booty and One Drink Ticket (spirits, beer or wine)!  Among the festivities, be prepared to sing sea shanties, hunt for buried treasure and indulge in many other pirate shenanigans. Wear your best pirate costume and dance the night away to DJ EPop as you cruise!

Disclaimer: Anyone who buys a ticket and shows up dressed as a landlubber will not be granted access to our ship. YOU MUST BE DRESSED AS A PIRATE!

Purchase tickets online HERE!

The ship will start boarding at 7:00pm. The cruise departs at 8 PM SHARP and returns at 11 PM. Please be aware that you will not receive a refund if you miss the boat. There is very little free parking in the area, but you might think about arriving via taxi, Uber or Lyft.

Please bring a photo ID (must be 21+). Credit card or cash to buy drinks at the No Host Bar (and to tip your awesome bartenders). Limited food menu (bar food) also available for purchase.