Crosswalk and Light Added to Much-Used Pedestrian Spot on Denny

by Christine Clarridge

Some brazen South Lake Union pedestrians who have felt the urge to cross Denny Way in the middle of a perilous block have a small but significant reason to celebrate.

The installation of a new traffic light and crosswalk was completed Tuesday morning (August 15th) at Terry Avenue North, meaning pedestrians will no longer have the temptation to take their lives in their hands to cross an unprotected intersection on Denny Way between Boren and Westlake avenues.

Many people would cross the intersection, which separates much of the South Lake Union workforce from public-transit options just to the south, mid-block to avoid walking down to Westlake or up to Fairview.

People so used to crossing the unprotected intersection didn’t seem to even notice the new traffic feature as they loped across Denny, just feet away from the white crosswalk lines, according to Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) spokeswoman Mafara Hobson. But those who noticed have been pleased, she said.

“Everybody has been saying ‘Thank God you did it,’” Hobson said, moments after the traffic light — a project costing the city about $100,000 — was turned on for the first time.

The impetus for the new crossing came from the state’s former secretary of transportation, Douglas MacDonald, who has been on a personal mission to walk many of the city’s streets looking for improvements, according to SDOT Director Scott Kubly. MacDonald reported to the city in January what many South Lake Union employees have been privately griping about for a few years, as the volume of pedestrian traffic in the area has increased dramatically in the booming neighborhood home to Amazon’s urban campus.

Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen said he’s pleased and relieved by the new crosswalk, which can be seen from the company’s newsroom windows just up the hill.

“I’m shocked we haven’t had an employee that’s been hurt because it’s just too enticing to cross without going up or down the hill,” he said. “This just makes a lot of sense.”
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Man Climbs Aurora Bridge to Snap Selfies with July 4th Fireworks over Lake Union

By Scott Greenstone

In an apparent quest for an exclusive view of the July Fourth fireworks show, one man was arrested on investigation of criminal trespassing Tuesday night after scaling the underbelly of the Aurora Bridge, police said.

A little after 9 p.m., Dutch tourist Justin van Schaick saw someone climbing on the girders under the Aurora Bridge, which is more than 160 feet above Lake Union.

“He was carefully sliding from beam to beam and then finally stopped when he was far enough to be able to see the fireworks and took some selfies,” van Schaick said in an email recounting the incident.

Van Schaick snapped photos of the man as he climbed the 160-foot-high steel underbelly of the bridge, illuminated by the sky nearing dusk.

Photo credit: Justin van Schaick

The Seattle Fire Department and police arrived soon after and told the man to come down. According to van Schaick, the man asked authorities whether he could wait until after the fireworks show to come down.

They said no.

“He yelled down to the police at some point: ‘Could you please not make a scene?’ ” van Schaick said, “which was very funny because he was the very reason they were here.”

Upon reaching the ground, the man was arrested and booked into King County Jail on investigation of criminal trespassing, police said. He was released about midnight.

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Urban Craft Uprising

Just a few of the makers at the Uprising, left to right: Dolcetta Artisan Sweets, Good and Well Supply Co., Paper Parasol Press, Haute Under The Collar, Estrella Soap Co., Dotted Line Jewelry, Lincoln Hobbs, and Lyonhart Bag Co.

The summer version of the Urban Craft Uprising (there’s a winter show, too) is happening on Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th this year. It’s being held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 11 am to 5 pm, and at the time of this writing, there are currently around 146 indie vendors showcasing their handmade wares at this event.

Tripper Dungan, one of the artists at Urban Craft Uprising

For those who aren’t familiar with this, the Urban Craft Uprising supports independent artists and makers and their creations, by hosting Seattle’s largest craft show of its kind. In the summer, this juried show tends to be a bit quieter than the winter show (perhaps seeking out unique Christmas gifts then), so a good time to check out the event.

Crafts fall under different categories:
art ˖ accessories ˖ baby/kid stuff ˖ bags ˖ candles ˖ bath & body ˖ ceramics ˖ clothing ˖ fiber ˖ food (packaged) ˖ housewares ˖ jewelry ˖ kits & supplies ˖ paper goods ˖ pets ˖ toys

Between shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts, there are eating options as well.  Five different food trucks will be available on the premises.

Urban Craft Uprising
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

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Take a Family Adventure in South Lake Union

by Kate Calamusa

STROLLER ALONG

In my humble opinion, South Lake Union is best toured by the Seattle Streetcar. Pick up the cheery little trolley at the Westlake Avenue and Olive Way stop in Downtown Seattle and then hop on and hop off as you please. Stops of note include the Westlake Avenue North and Denny Way, which will drop you in front of Tutta Bella (see below), where you can enjoy some pizza on the deck if it’s a sunny day. Another is at the intersection of Terry Avenue North and Harrison Street. There you’ll find Ping Pong Plaza, outfitted with an outdoor bronze-and-steel Ping-Pong table for all to enjoy; plan ahead and BYOP (bring your own paddlesand balls). End your streetcar trip at Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave. N; 206-684-4075), a lovely spot to hang after your ride. It offers an expansive lakefront lawn to roam, plus a spray pad to cool off in during the summer months.

SNACK BREAK

Time to cast your vote. Breakfast means making a tough choice between a stacked biscuit sammich from chef Tom Douglas’s Serious Pie and Biscuit (401 Westlake Ave. N; 206-436-0050) or the fully loaded toppings barstocked with fresh fruit, whipped cream, and syrups for your waffle or pancakesat Portage Bay Cafe (391 Terry Ave. N; 206-462-6400). Whichever side loses the breakfast battle can pick between LunchBox Laboratory (1253 Thomas St.; 206-621-1090) and Blue Moon Burgers (920 Republican St.; 206-652-0400) later in the day; both eateries offer up big beefy burgers and creative toppings. 

PLAY DATE

Kids can wiggle, giggle, dance, and jiggle at PlayDate SEA (1275 Mercer St.; 206-623-7529), an 8,000-square-foot indoor play space in this hood. With slides and tunnels,plus a dancing area, toddler section, laser tag, and even puppet shows, this spot is nice for parents too,with a café that offers Stumptown coffee and free Wi-Fi.

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
2200 Westlake Ave., Suite 112
206-624-4422
$$$

Specializing in authentic Naples-style pizzas, Tutta Bella immediately offers parents a helping hand by handing pizza dough to little ones to play with in addition to Wikki Stix or crayons and coloring pages.Kids will also get a kick out of their own personal-size Bambino pizza ($6), arriving crisp and lightly charred from the wood-burning oven, with melted provolone and mozzarella cheeses. Psstwith the exception of the Bellevue location, the pizzerias all boast beautiful patios for alfresco dining.

*(c)2017 by Kate Calamusa. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Seattle Family Adventures by permission of Sasquatch Books.

The Grilled Cheese Experience Opens Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in SLU

By Megan Hill

Hoping to capitalize on the still-booming South Lake Union scene, The Grilled Cheese Experience food truck has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant to complement its melty mobile operations.

The restaurant landed last month at 434A Yale Ave N, near REI and the frenzied Amazonia construction zone. Owner Mark Amatangelo says he’s long looked to set down roots for his business born on wheels, and South Lake Union was a natural fit given its explosive growth, workday lunch crowd, and the success of other truck-to-restaurant concepts in the area, like Skillet and Marination.

The Grilled Cheese Experience serves — you guessed it — tricked-out grilled cheese sandwiches with additions like house-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and sunny side up eggs. The truck will continue to operate; on any given day, it offers just a handful of sandwiches from a master menu of about 12 to 14. The restaurant provides Amatangelo the opportunity to sell almost his entire repertoire at once, save for the seasonal creations. You may see some specials rotate through, too.

Amatangelo is waiting on a liquor license, so he’ll soon be able to serve beer and wine alongside the sandwiches. At that point he’ll also extend his hours, which currently run only Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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