23rd Annual Bigelow Block Sale Returns June 4th

Each year, neighbors and friends can find all kinds of unique clothing, gifts and housewares from the block sale that happens on Bigelow Avenue North. Just a quick, 7-block walk east of Queen Anne Avenue North, Bigelow has some beautiful historic neighborhood homes and condo buildings. For the past 22 years, its residents have thrown a huge block sale as they clean out their closets for spring, offer some unique treasures to find, and engage the community in a fun neighborhood event.

The 23rd Annual Bigelow Block Sale is on Saturday, June 4th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It sprawls from Prospect Street all the way up past Lynn Street along Bigelow Ave N, and its side streets. Participants include residents of homes along Bigelow and its side streets. You can register here if that includes you!

Approximately 50 homes participate each year, and each must pay a $25 fee to do so. This fee goes to the Queen Anne Helpline to support their efforts providing emergency housing, food, and basic needs assistance to struggling families and individuals. So each year, the Bigelow Block Sale offers an opportunity to support our local nonprofit in addition to finding some great treasures!

This sale comes just two days after the seasonal opening of the Queen Anne Farmers Market! Lots to look forward to in the neighborhood this month.

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SIFF Kicks Off Tomorrow!

It’s the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival! Events kick off for SIFF 2016 tomorrow, May 19th, with the Opening Night Gala and showing of “Cafe Society” at McCaw Hall at 7 p.m.

“Cafe Society” is the latest film directed by Woody Allen, and is a romance set in the 1930s. Jesse Eisenberg stars in the film, which is set in New York and Hollywood. Supporting actors include Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott. According to SIFF, “The film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.”

After the screening, the opening night gala continues with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts at the McCaw Hall Exhibition Hall. Purchase Premium Tickets to gain early entry to the screening and an open bar at the post-screening party.

Starting Friday, May 20th, SIFF continues with film screenings at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Lincoln Square Cinemas, AMC Pacific Place, Majestic Bay Theater, SIFF Cinema Uptown, and the SIFF Film Center. Click here to view the festival calendar, and browse the film guide here.

Seattle Light Power Control Center Nominated to Become a Seattle City Landmark

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Looking southwest from Roy Street.

The Landmarks Preservation Board in Seattle voted unanimously to nominate both the exterior and interior of the former Seattle Light Power Control Center, located at 157 Roy Street, to become a city landmark. If the Seattle Light Power Control Center, which is now functions as a homeless shelter, becomes an official Seattle city landmark, the building will be provided with a level of protection against out-of-character alterations. A Certificate of Approval, granted by the Landmarks Preservation Board, would be required to make any exterior and interior changes.

Designed by Harmon, Pray & Detrich, the Seattle Light Power Control Center was completed in 1963. Stepped in the vocabulary of post-war modernism, the futuristic form of the Seattle Light Power Control Center echoes the optimistic sentiment of American scientific progress promulgated by Seattle’s Century 21 Exposition, which was held just a few blocks south of the building. The octagonal western half of the building was designed to house a large semicircular “pin board” diagram of the city’s entire electric system, which kept operating personnel informed of the distribution of electricity in Seattle at all times. Attached to this via a small hyphen, the eastern half of the building was devoted to offices and is a hexagonal pavilion cantilevered over eight concrete pilotis.

Interior view in 1968.

Interior view in 1968.



SWAT Standoff with Robbery Suspect Closes Queen Anne Streets for Hours


Since early this morning, several Queen Anne streets have been closed due to a standoff between SWAT officers and a neighborhood resident. The standoff occurred after unsuccessful attempts to serve an arrest warrant to a robbery suspect. SPD initially tried to serve the warrant at about 6 a.m. this morning, but the suspect barricaded himself inside and refused to come out of the basement apartment at W Galer Street and 4th Avenue West. He also claimed to have a handgun.

The standoff ended after almost 9 hours, when SPD set off three flash-bangs. After sending in a camera to check on the suspect, a SWAT team entered the unit and found the suspect down with a gunshot wound. The extent of his injuries is unknown, but he was brought out on a gurney at approximately 2:20 p.m. and transported to Harborview Medical Center.

After the standoff began, SPD blocked off several streets around the home as negotiators attempted to convince the suspect to surrender. He allowed his adult son to leave the home at about 8 a.m., who exited the house without injury.

“In my sleep, I heard police say, ‘Come out with your hands up.’ I heard a grenade — an explosion. They (police) told me it was a stun grenade,” Antoaneta Georgieva, a neighbor who was awoken from the commotion, told the Seattle Times.

More than eight hours passed since SPD’s initial attempt to serve the warrant and arrest the suspect. Police used several flash-bangs and called to the suspect with a megaphone, and used neighbors’ apartments for vantage points to keep visual contact with the suspect.

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West Galer Street was closed between Third and Fifth Avenues West. Due to the street closures, several buses were rerouted. According to King County Metro, bus commuters were advised to use Route 13 or Route 1 instead of Route 2 to get downtown, and Route 29 had been diverted.

Featured photo source: Evan Bush for the Seattle Times.