911 | Police investigate ‘last call’ gunfire at Harvard and Pike

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of Friday morning's police response

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of Friday morning’s police response

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  • Pike/Harvard gunfire: Police found shell casings in the street but no victims following a “last call” gunfire incident early Friday morning. According to East Precinct radio dispatches and a security bulletin, police rushed to the area near the intersection of Pike and Harvard after multiple reports of gunshots around 1:45 AM as sidewalks in the area began to crowd with patrons exiting area bars and clubs. Witnesses outside 95 Slide reported seeing a male open fire in an incident possibly involving a vehicle just north of Pike on Harvard near the Harvard Market upper parking lot. The suspect, described only as a heavyset black male wearing a grey hoodie and dark jeans, was seen leaving the area walking east on E Pike but the man could not be located by police. A busy rush of police calls around the same time made for several active crime scenes and medical responses in the area including an assault suspect pinned down by security outside Q and a report of a fight involving an employee at the Unicorn but nobody was reported injured by the gunfire. In August, CHS reported on a string of “last call” shootings in the area including one in the Harvard Market parking lot in which a woman in her 20s survived being shot in the chest. The shopping center’s owners said they would work with the East Precinct to address safety concerns around the parking lot.


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  • Montlake house fire: Seattle Fire battled a stubborn basement fire Thursday night in a two-story house on East Montlake Place E across from the Montlake Blvd Market near 520. Flames shot from the small house as firefighters struggled to control the blaze after arriving to the call just after 9:30 PM to find the house “fully involved.” Seattle Fire has not announced what caused the fire or the damage estimate but said that the home’s occupants had made it out safely. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for evaluation due to exertion.

CHS Pics | Harvest time at 11th and Pike

(Image: @rmfox via Twitter)

(Image: @rmfox via Twitter)

Many interesting things happen at 11th and Pike — especially the semi-annual paring of the shoes. Fall brings the Capitol Hill shoe farmers out of their humble luxury apartments to cut back the latest crop of kicks hanging from the Pike/Pine utility wires where they are grown. The area at 11th is extremely fertile thanks to the presence of 35th North and Bait which supply many growers with fresh pairs allowing the harvesters to replant their old sneakers. The end of Value Village on the block led many to believe the days of shoe harvests on the street might be over. On the contrary, farmers CHS spoke with employed by Centurylink say the yields are now higher than ever.

11th Ave ‘streetscape’ tweaked as ‘final’ Value Village redevelopment and preservation designs pounded out

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-4-29-49-pmAfter years of shifting plans to meet the demands of city boards and community groups, architects behind the preservation development of the former Value Village building are honing in on the final vision for their office project.

On Monday, architects from Ankrom Moison presented their latest designs for the Kelly Springfield building to the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council, including how designs have been tweaked to address concerns from their last East Design Review Board meeting this summer. Continue reading

With staff wearing night vision goggles, Capitol Hill store plans ‘lights out’ Halloween shopping experience

The latest Nube fashion (Image: Air Force)

The latest Nube fashion (Image: United States Air Force)

There has been plenty of brain time burned on the future of local retail as online shopping changes the way we buy. But what if instead of shopping for things we can’t touch and feel, we shopped for things we could only touch and feel?

Don’t think too hard about it. Starting Halloween night, you can visit Capitol Hill’s Nube in the northeast corner of the Odd Fellows building at 10th and Pine for a special “Sense Up” pop-up shop where the goods are on display in a pitch black room: Continue reading

The Naftalys opening ‘soup-centric’ Marmite and sibling bar Spirit in the Bottle in Chophouse Row

The Chop Shop space will  only be a year and a half old by the time Marmite and Spirit in the Bottle put it back into motion (Image: CHS)

The Chop Shop space will only be a year and a half old by the time Marmite and Spirit in the Bottle put it back into motion (Image: CHS)

A major hole in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row will be filled with a new restaurant and bar project from Bruce and Sara Naftaly. Perfect for our upcoming months of soggy wet days, much of that hole will be filled with soup.

“This sort of fell into our lap,” Bruce Naftaly told CHS Monday morning as word of the new project spread. “It made so much sense. In one building, you’ll have Almandine, Matt’s place, and then Kurt’s in the back. We’re all people who share a philosophical outlook on food.”

Marmite, named for the lidded French crockery essential to any good soup-y journey to your table, and its sibling bar Spirit in the Bottle will open this December in the space left empty in the 11th Ave office and retail project from Capitol Hill developer Liz Dunn when centerpiece restaurant project Chop Shop suddenly went out of business this summer. The closure has been one of the highest profile food and drink meltdowns in what has mostly been a wave of successful new openings across the Hill. Continue reading

City says legendary ad space at 12th and Pine needs to come down

img_9163A legendary Pike/Pine street corner is set to lose some of its commercial color. The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has issued a sign code violation to the Richmark Label Company for the Alaska Airlines advertisement that was added to the building in September in a space that has become notorious for its usually incongruous marketing messages targeting drinkers of Jager, travelers to Portland, and, now, airline flyers.

Richmark has until November 3rd to remove the billboard or risk $150 per day fines for the first 10 days of noncompliance, $500 per day after. A Richmark representative has not yet returned our call about the notice. Continue reading

Artistic director and Egyptian Theater-saving master leaving SIFF

Carl Spence, SIFF artistic director

Carl Spence, SIFF artistic director

During the past 23 years, Carl Spence has been instrumental in transforming the Seattle International Film Festival from an annual event to a year-round organization and saving the Uptown Theatre and Capitol Hill’s Egyptian Theatre while he’s at it.

Six months from now Spence, who serves as SIFF’s artistic director, will be saying goodbye as he leaves for new adventures with his family and in his work life.

Spence was hired in 1994 on a three-month contract for the festival to do marketing work, which wasn’t what he wanted. He was interested in programming. But it was the organization he wanted to be with.

“It’s like the best place anyone could imagine to get a job,” he said. Continue reading

After Stranger report, former Pike/Pine regular Matt Hickey charged with rape

The work of Stranger reporter Sydney Brownstone has led to charges of rape against former Capitol Hill resident Matt Hickey. Prosecutors and police say the Seattle writer and photographer Hickey sexually assaulted incapacitated victims including preying on a woman he met in a Capitol Hill bar.

Brownstone broke the news Thursday after a series of articles this summer that included the first public allegations against Hickey:

That piece, “The Audition,” detailed stories from six women who said Hickey told them he was working with a female porn recruiter, and asked them to audition for them. Three of the six women told The Stranger that Hickey then had them have sex with him under the guise of auditioning for a porn shoot. They never received work as a result, and later discovered that the online profile of the female porn recruiter had actually been a fake composite of identities stolen from two other women.

In the court documents, Detective Michelle Gallegos writes that nine women reported that Hickey had sex or attempted to have sex “under false pretenses or stated Hickey had sex with them when they were too intoxicated to give consent.” The investigation was bolstered by Brownstone’s reporting, the detective writes: Continue reading

CHS Pics | From Capitol Hill drag queens to the Clinton-Trump campaign trail

Gowdy in front of the Comet earlier this week (Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Gowdy in front of the Comet earlier this week (Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

The 2016 presidential election has us all questioning what we see and hear. Through the sometimes bizarre race, Seattle photographer Nate Gowdy’s starkly contrasted images of the candidates have found a wide audience. What truths can we find in the lines of Donald Trump’s face that we can’t find in his words? How deep of a sympathetic response can we form from the turn in Hillary Clinton’s lips? Thursday night, a new exhibition of Gowdy’s works will go on display inside E Pike’s Retail Therapy as part of the storm-defying October Capitol Hill Art Walk. CHS talked with Gowdy about his start chasing drag queens and documenting gay events and culture in the neighborhood while trying to pay the bills as a working photographer. Stop though to see the images in person and buy a Gowdy photo mug or two to help keep the close-ups coming.

Any experiences shooting around Capitol Hill prepare you for your experiences with the campaigns? Yeah, definitely. I learned photography in this neighborhood. I got in with Seattle Gay News as staff photographer at the start of 2011. As a straight cisgender man from Indiana, Seattle’s LGBTQ scene was so new and different for me. I didn’t see anyone else documenting it passionately, and so it was under-represented at an important time, when marriage equality was just beginning to make the rounds across the country. I regret not having the means to cover the movement beyond Seattle, so I focused on developing my style and aesthetic here and, in doing so, was able to create a niche and community for myself. Continue reading

Start of three-storm weather wave might wash out Pike People Street — UPDATE: Postponed

The threat of historically high winds and torrential rain has Seattle Department of Transportation officials hitting refresh on the latest weather reports Wednesday to determine if the next edition of the Pike People Street test should go on Thursday night with city crews closing off streets and setting up tables and chairs.

“People wanting to sit in a chair and utilize public space might be pretty low,” said SDOT’s Seth Geiser.


The National Weather Service says to get your galoshes ready:


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Late night closure goes off without a hitch as new round of Pike People Street testing begins


On one block of E Pike Friday night, cars were replaced with people eating slices from Big Mario’s Pizza, riding bikes, and having after-show smokes. It was the start of the second round of the Pike People Street, which saw car traffic blocked off on E Pike between 10th and 11th from 11 PM to 3 AM.

Seattle Department of Transportation public space specialist Seth Geiser, who was out in the street Friday night, said the “late night” test run was a success from the city’s perspective — people spilled out into the street to relieve sidewalk pressure and there were no cars towed from the closed parking areas.

The response from people on the street who spoke with CHS was also overwhelmingly positive. “It seems super safe and super fun. I wish more people joined to make it more of a party,” one woman told CHS. Another said she wished the city spread the word more widely to bring more people out into the street. A man visiting Seattle from Tennessee said it reminded him of going out in Memphis. Continue reading

Pike People Street tests begin again this week: Friday ‘late-night’ edition

This child, now 8, was conceived at the first Pike People Street community meeting (Image: CHS)

This child, now 8, was conceived at the first Pike People Street community meeting (Image: CHS)

Hey Pike/Pine kids, make sure to take a disco nap Friday and get your scooters ready. 11 PM brings the first of three test events for the Pike People Street project. Test 1 is the late night edition:

FRIDAY OCTOBER 7, 11 PM – 3 AM Full closure of E Pike St between 10th Ave and 11th Ave. This expanded pedestrian space will relieve pressure on the limited sidewalk space during nightlife hours.

CHS reported here on the series of three October test dates the Seattle Department of Transportation came up with to find a compromise solution for a program popular with late night businesses and police but with critics who felt the pedestrian-oriented street closures were too nightlife oriented. Continue reading