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CHS Pics | A summer of murals across Capitol Hill

(Image: Richmark Label)

(Image: Richmark Label)

Last summer, Capitol Hill added a block of Pike/Pine to its already impressive roster of murals large and small. Summer of 2016 has brought a new crop to the area on and around Capitol Hill — including an ambitious expansion of the street art gallery that E Pine’s Richmark Label building has become. Here is a look at some of the new works. Let us know about anything we’ve missed.

RICHMARK LABEL — 11th and Pine — Denial, Bisco Smith, and Josh Doll
The highest profile of the new works fills in the label factory’s northwest walls with works from street artists painted in the run up to the Seattle Art Fair. Treason Gallery in collaboration with Urban Artworks and Richmark Label made it happen with help and supplies from Art Primo:

Canadian artist Denial will kick off the mural project beginning on Monday August 1st. Denial has participated in a number of mural festivals around the world as well as Detroit’s “Murals in the Market” which transformed Detroit’s Eastern Market district with over fifty murals last September. Continue reading

Sound Transit light rail cell service rollout begins with downtown-Capitol Hill-UW tunnels

Your three minute and change light rail rides through the tunnels to downtown and UW via Capitol Hill Station might seem a little longer. Tuesday, the switch was flipped to turn on the neutral host 4G LTE cell network — a multi-carrier network with data — built to eventually service all of Sound Transit’s underground light rail stations and tunnels.

Wireless infrastructure provider Mobilitie built and runs the network and is working with Sound Transit to roll out the service segment by segment, carrier by carrier. Anybody annoying you this week by grunting “uh huh” over and over again is a T-Mobile customer. Soon, Verizon and AT&T “uh huh” grunters will follow. Seattle Transit Blog reports Sprint has yet to sign a contract to be part of the early service deployment.

There have already been a few early adopters, of course: Continue reading

Police arrest two, seize handgun after Broadway robberies, pistol whipping

SPD says it captured two robbery suspects armed “with a handgun and a backpack full of narcotics” early Tuesday morning after two robberies along Broadway near Cal Anderson Park:

vgveOfficers Jamison Maehler and Christopher Couet were walking a foot patrol near Broadway and East Howell Street just before 5 AM when they heard a man shouting for police. Officers raced to the man’s aid, and learned two suspects had offered him drugs and then tried to rob him at gunpoint.

The victim pointed out the two suspects, who were walking south on Broadway.

Officers Maehler and Couet chased after the suspects, who split up and took off in different directions. Police were able to chase down and arrest both men, who are 20 and 22 years old.

Police discovered the 20-year-old was carrying a pistol, along with a backpack containing 8 grams cocaine, 7 grams heroin, 8 grams of heroin and a variety of pills, marijuana and a small scale. He is also convicted felon unable to legally possess firearms.

As officers were investigating at the scene, police received another report that the same two suspects had robbed another man in the same area a short time earlier.

Police booked both suspects into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

Seattle Fire also responded to the 400 block of Broadway E to treat one robbery victim who was pistol whipped in the head, according to radio dispatches.

Starbucks Capitol Hill Station planned for Broadway and Denny

Almost the original Starbucks logo...

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 3.02.59 PMWe look ahead in Capitol Hill food+drink from time to time but it’s pretty unusual for CHS to find a new project in motion when there is little more than a construction pit. Coffee giant Starbucks does things differently — CHS has learned the company is planning a new cafe across the street from the Capitol Hill Station light rail and development site.

Plans are in motion for a Broadway-facing cafe in the six-story apartment building just beginning construction at Broadway and Denny. The corner was the longtime home of the US Post Office before the feds moved their snail mail operation up the street. Demolition revealed the corner’s auto row past. It now has a caffeinated future. Continue reading

Deemed a flight risk, Peaches McFly taken into custody on Capitol Hill

Busted (Image: peachmcfly via Instagram)

Busted (Image: peachmcfly via Instagram)

Free-range Central Seattle cockatoo Peaches McFly has an Instagram account. Now Peaches also has an arrest record.

Monday night, SPD took the bird into custody after a series of sightings across Capitol Hill: Continue reading

What it’s like being in the same bar as Real World: Seattle

(Image: @uhluviuh via Twitter)

(Image: @uhluviuh via Twitter)

What is it like having the Real World: Seattle cast living and playing in the neighborhood? Ask Capitol Hill resident Julia Aaker about her recent brush with the production inside a Pike/Pine bar over the weekend.

“That’s what made me mad!” she tells CHS of the moment when an apparent Real World producer intervened to stop a bouncer from removing a foul-mouthed bigot from the bar Aaker and friends were in Saturday night. Aaker says the producer wanted to keep the creep in the scene for the reality TV shoot. Continue reading

Seattle Acoustic Festival quietly grows to three days at Broadway’s All Pilgrims

The Seattle Acoustic Festival returns to Capitol Hill this week with pay what you can pricing, a gloriously underrated musical venue in Broadway’s All Pilgrims, and an expanded three days of performances.

“We wanted it to stay small and focused but we’ve decided to let it grow a little bit,” organizer and musician Elijah Dhawan tells CHS.

The 2016 festival starts Friday and runs through the weekend across three stages at All Pilgrims, 500 Broadway E. This is the third year Dhawan and co-organizer Paul Mauer have held the festival. The two also organize an annual acoustic festival in Olympia. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Channeling Jimi. Seattle, WA. August 2016.

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 32,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.
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Police search for possible hit-and-run driver after man found seriously injured in Capitol Hill parking garage

Police are searching for a driver who may have hit and seriously injured a man found late Thursday night “at the bottom of a parking garage ramp” on Summit between Pike and Pine:

Detectives Investigating Possible Hit and Run Injury to Pedestrian on Capitol Hill
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives are investigating a possible hit and run collision that left a man with life-threatening injuries overnight on Capitol Hill.

On August 18th, shortly after 11:00 pm, a man was found at the bottom of a parking garage ramp in the 1500 block of Summit Avenue. Officers believe the man was been struck and drug by a vehicle. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate any witnesses.

Seattle Fire Department Medics arrived and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene and are investigating what lead up to the man’s injuries.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Det. Aaron Parker at (206) 233-0059

Police and Seattle Fire were first called to the scene around 11:05 PM for what was believed to be a man who had been assaulted inside the parking garage of The Summit building.

If you have information to assist SPD with the investigation, call (206) 233-0059 to speak with detectives.

UPDATE 8/22/2016 10:15 AM: Police say the man’s condition has improved and his injuries are no longer considered life-threatening. Detectives continue to investigate the case.

Capitol Hill food+drink | Ooink and 12+ new places still to come in 2016

After a ripple of summer closings, here is a reminder that the Capitol Hill food+drink economy (probably) isn’t crashing. There are still a lot of projects slated to come in 2016 — and, we’re pretty sure, several more we don’t know about… yet.

One of the Capitol Hill “coming soons” we haven’t told you about is Ooink, a Japanese-style ramen shop with a Malaysian chef slated to open in coming weeks above Broadway and Pike.

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.34.23 AM“This one is our first restaurant,” Jiaxin Wang tells CHS about the project set to showcase the creations of her husband, chef Chong Boon Ooi. “He’s been working for other people but now we can be on our own.”

With pork bone-based broth, chef Ooi’s Ooink will open in the space left empty by the departure of Russian dumpling house Vostok next to Marination Station in the Harvard Market shopping center. Vostok’s demise leaves the couple unfazed. The exit presented them with a relative bargain of a set-up to move into. Marination, on the other hand, provides inspiration with its ongoing success above Broadway and Pike. Continue reading

SFD battles fire in Melrose Ave Crest Apartments — UPDATE

Thanks to reader Joe for the picture

Thanks to reader Joe for the picture

Seattle Fire battled a blaze in the first floor of the Crest Apartments in the 1700 block of Melrose Ave Tuesday night.

Smoke was reported throughout the building just after 8:20 PM.

Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and were working to search the building and begin the cleanup process.

We do not know of any reported injuries.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire reports that pets were rescued during the response. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental but no further information about what started the blaze was available, according to a SFD spokesperson. Damage was estimated to be $70,000 including $60,000 of damage to the building.

UPDATE 8/18/2016: A friend has let us know about this effort to raise donations for victims of the Crest fire:

On tuesday Aug 16th Greg and Joe moved in to their new apartment on Capitol Hill. That evening they left to go buy a new shower curtain for their new place and were only gone for 20 mins, when they returned they found their new home in flames. Their dogs Gus and Jake were rescued out of the fire, but they are in very critical condition at the animal hospital. Their cat was rescued as well, she was already released from the vet and is doing well. Greg and Joe lost everything they owned in this devastating fire and need our help! Currently they are staying with Greg’s mom in Bellingham until they can figure out whats next. The vet bills are racking up and the outcome of Gus and Jake is still unknown at this time. They are being transported to a vet hospital up north in attempt to save their lives. Any contribution to help Greg and Joe in this very trying time is GREATLY appreciated. I will post updates as i get them. The funds will be going towards helping save Gus and Jake’s lives, and also the costs to start over from scracth with a home.