A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Possible coyote sighting in the neighborhood

November 14th, 2014 by Doree

Angela tells us that at least twice now she’s seen what looks like a coyote running through the streets of Phinney Ridge. Early this morning she saw it running up North 64th Street, then north on Fremont Avenue toward North 65th Street. She says her neighbor also saw it. Angela says the coyote didn’t pay any attention to her, but her dog was barking like crazy.

Has anyone else seen it?

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Summer Streets promo signs go up

July 25th, 2010 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation has put up four signs in our neighborhood, promoting the Summer Streets event on Aug. 13. Here’s one sign on the side of The Chocolate Shoebox at 7410 Greenwood Ave. N. The sign reads “It’s everybody’s street. Imagine the possibilities. Friday, August 13.”

Last year’s inaugural Summer Streets program in April closed down Greenwood Avenue so that people could stroll down the street, enjoying the BubbleMan, chalk art, a whiffleball game, and more, in conjunction with the monthly artwalk.

The signs were posted with the business owners’ permission, and are stuck on with wheatpaste, a liquid adhesive using vegetable starch and water. Someone apparently pulled off the poster outside Francine Seders Gallery, at 6701 Greenwood Ave. N.

Summer Streets is a joint project of the city and the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce. To see the other two signs, at Rosewood Guitar and Naked City, see SDOT’s blog post.

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Movie ‘Grassroots’ filming on Phinney Ridge

July 14th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

A crew is filming a movie at the Phinney Neighborhood Association building.

We saw actor Jason Biggs, best known from “American Pie.” The movie is called “Grassroots,” and which is about a newly unemployed journalist who agrees to help his oddball friend campaign for the Seattle City Council.

If that sounds familiar, it’s based on the true story of Phil Campbell (who used to work for The Stranger before becoming campaign manager) and Grant Cogswell, who ran for city council here in Seattle in 2001. Campbell wrote a book, “Zioncheck for President: A True Story of Idealism and Madness in American Politics,” which was adapted for “Grassroots.”

Other actors slated for the film include Cobie Smulders, Tom Arnold, DC Pierson and Cedric the Entertainer. Grassroots is directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, father of Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Phinney Avenue becomes ‘Sullivan St’

March 17th, 2010 by Doree

If you were walking or driving down Phinney Avenue at North 62nd Street this morning, you may have noticed that the street sign in front of Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon has been changed.

I called Sully’s this morning and spoke to Owner/Proprietor Timothy Patrick Sullivan (“Sully”), who said he had no idea who changed the sign.

“Must have been some prankster,” Sully said. “It was probably a leprechaun.”

Thanks to Marina for the tip and photo!

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Piper Village sign now finished

October 23rd, 2009 by Doree

They’ve been working on it since last week, now the new Piper Village sign in front of Blockbuster and Bartell Drugs is finished. Here’s what it looked like Thursday afternoon just as work crews were finishing up.

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Cougar sighted in Magnolia, and possibly Phinney/Greenwood

September 1st, 2009 by Doree

Our sister site, Magnolia Voice, reports on a number of cougar sightings in their neighborhood in the last few days. And KING 5 just reported on their 5 p.m. newscast that someone also reported a cougar in our neck of the woods, near Hwy. 99 and Linden Avenue, earlier today.

Has anyone seen a cougar in the neighborhood?

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Diva Espresso turning red – not pink

August 25th, 2009 by Doree

Nearly everyone who walked into Diva Espresso on the corner of Greenwood and 80th yesterday asked the baristas why in the world they were painting the outside Pepto Bismol pink. The answer? They weren’t, that was just the primer.

Here’s what Diva looks like today, as they were finishing up the first coat of red paint on the front.

The currently red doors will be painted gold, the window sills will be black suede, and a few things will be highlighted in slate (read gray). It’ll take about two weeks to finish all the painting.

Thanks to Becca and Hilary for the tips!

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Unusual Phinney pets

August 20th, 2009 by Doree

Dru sent us these photos of two beautiful birds out for a walk with their owners in Lower Phinney last night. Thanks for the bit of sunshine, Dru!

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Are you missing a golden pheasant?

August 7th, 2009 by Doree

Celeste sent us these pictures this morning of a golden pheasant that showed up outside her office window at the Woodland Park Zoo.

This morning when I opened my office blinds I was shocked to discover a very large, golden bird perching in the tree outside my window. I naturally assumed it was one of our birds that managed to escape the aviary. Our animal management staff came to investigate and determined that this bird, a golden pheasant, is not ours and came to be here either by escape or abandonment.

The bird is banded on its right foot with a red band.

Update from Celeste: We put food and water down for the bird and after an hour or so he came down and ate. We let him rest and then caught him with a net and put him in a kennel and transferred him to our animal hospital where he’ll be examined and put into quarantine until we’re able to find a good home for him. He’s underweight and molting.

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Seafair Clowns visit Phinney Ridge

July 12th, 2009 by Dale

Artman1951 sent us a couple great photos of the Seafair Clowns, who stopped by the Phinney Market at about 4 p.m. Saturday.

My favorite was this cheeky one:

You’ll have a chance to see more of the Seafair Clowns July 22 during the Greenwood Seafair Parade. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at 95th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, heading south to North 85th, where it turns right and heads west on 85th to 6th Avenue NW.

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Basket weaving across from Farmers Market

July 3rd, 2009 by Doree

As we were walking to the Phinney Farmers Market tonight, we came across Tunji Alao creating beautiful baskets on the sidewalk across the street from the PNA.

Tunji owns Masai Imports on Broadway on Capitol Hill and also sets up outside each Seattle farmers market. He has a wide range of sizes and styles, including a handled one that’s perfect for holding fresh produce from the market – and we saw a number of people at the market with them.

Tunji told me he came here from Ghana 35 years ago and got his masters degree in broadcast journalism from the UW. When he couldn’t find a job, his family back home sent him a bunch of hand-woven baskets to sell. He sold out immediately and his new career was born. His family continues to send him baskets and he makes his own as well, sending money back home to his family.

Here are some of his bigger baskets.

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Whimsical traffic circle seating

June 23rd, 2009 by Doree

Dru sent us this photo of a great traffic circle at 68th & Fremont yesterday.

The chalkboard says: “Round-a-bout Reclaimation. Love wins. Please write.”

Anyone know who put this up?

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