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New Restaurant Coming To Green Lake This Summer

June 19, 2019 9:33pm

The mystery of what will go into the restaurant space previously held by Lucia Kitchen + Bar has been solved. Eater Seattle reports that Eight Row will be opening in August at 7102 Woodlawn Ave NE. The restaurant is owned by Chef David Nicols who hails from Queen Anne Beer Hall and Rider.

According to Eater Seattle, “The restaurant’s name is borrowed from a term referring to large cherry size. The menu will take influence from the growing seasons and cultures of Central Washington, where Nichols grew up, as well as his family traditions.”

Nicols told Eater that the restaurant plans to be open daily and will include a happy hour, weekend brunch and a expansive wine list.

This opening is just one of two new restaurants slated for Green Lake Village this summer. Just across the courtyard from Eight Row, Little Big Burger is expected to open soon, possibly this week.

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Lucia Kitchen + Bar Closes in Green Lake

June 19, 2019 11:48am

Sad news to share. Green Lake’s Lucia Kitchen + Bar has closed. 
The Italian restaurant opened in 2014 to the then brand new Green Lake Village complex. 

On Monday night they posted this to their Facebook page: 
“Thank you Green Lake! Regretfully, after 5 wonderful years, Lucia Italian Kitchen closed its doors on Sunday, June 16th. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the years. Thank you for your support!” 

No word on future tenants.

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Summer Binge Reading List From Third Place Books

June 19, 2019 11:44am

We recently announced that Seattle Greenlaker is launching a binge worthy Summer Reading List  based on picks from local experts. Two weeks ago we chatted with Green Lake Branch librarian Andrea Gough about her picks. This week we give you Sam Kaas’ picks from Third Place Books, one of Green Lake’s closest independent bookstores. Happy reading!

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer ( 978194822619, Catapult)At nineteen years old, bored and unsure where to direct her energies, Lara Prior-Palmer learned about the Mongolian Derby – a 1000-kilometer endurance horse race across the Mongolian Steppe – and, largely on a whim, entered. With limited experience and virtually no training, she simply hoped to finish, but she ended up becoming the youngest competitor – and the first woman – ever to win.  Rough Magic is her raw, windswept, day-by-day account of the race, but it’s also a near-magical paean to the strange pleasures of solitude and restlessness, and to the pull of the unknown. You’ll only want to put this down long enough to go enter an extreme endurance race of your own.
https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9781948226196

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patirck Radden Keefe (9780385521314, Doubleday)
This intimate and fastidiously-researched history of the IRA – told through the lense of a still-partially-unsolved disappearance in Belfast in 1972, at the height of The Troubles – was the first book this year I stayed up into the wee hours to finish. Those interested in the history of Northern Ireland will appreciate Keefe’s careful, engaging reporting, and those who are looking for their next great True Crime read will want to set aside a full day to tear into this gripping story.
https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9780385521314

Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch ( 9780374268121, Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux)***AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW; publishes July 9, 2019***Madeline Ffitch’s characters – bombastic, tragic, triumphant, flawed, hopeful, insufferable, and hilarious – had become like family to me before I really knew what was happening, and her crackling live-wire of a debut is a loud, proud rallying cry for love and freedom in all forms. Full of joy and pain, humor and vitriol, and a cast of unforgettable personalities, Stay and Fight may be one of the summer’s must-read novels.
https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9780374268121

The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith ( 9780374146856, Sarah Crichton Books)From the Paris exhibitons of the Lumiere brothers to the early film studios of New Jersey, from the trenches of WWI to the eccentric glory of 1960s Hollywood, Dominic Smith’s sweeping historical novel questions, again and again, how love and truth and creative vision play out in 24 frames per second. If you loved Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, this book is your next summertime read.
https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9780374146856

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Repaving Continues On Aurora Bridge

June 14, 2019 8:30pm
Courtesy of SDOT

Repaving the Aurora Bridge continues this weekend and will be followed by 8 additional weekends of paving and partial lane closures. WSDOT is warning of long delays and asks that people avoid that area if possible. WSDOT posted a few of the times but says it may need 10 to get the job done. Weekend work will occur from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, the weekends of:

June 14-17
June 28-July 1
July 12-15
Aug. 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26

For more on this project, go to the WSDOT website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/news/2019/05/28/sr-99-seattle-down-one-lane-each-direction-repaving-june-1-2.

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Phinney Farmers Market Opens Today

June 7, 2019 9:16am

It’s official! Farmers Market Season has begun. From now until Sep 27, grab fresh produce, locally-raised meat, flowers, and more.
The market is open from 3:30pm – 7:30pm every Friday. Located at N 67th St & Phinney Ave N, in upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood Center. Parking is free.
For more information about the seasonal events happening at the market, check out their website.

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Summer Reading List Picks From Green Lake Librarian Andrea Gough

June 5, 2019 7:34am

We recently announced that Seattle Greenlaker is launching a binge worthy Summer Reading List.  We asked local experts to weigh in on their favorite summer reads. And this week we asked Green Lake Branch Librarian, Andrea Gough for five of her favorites. She kindly shared her recommendations and gave us a bonus read from last summer as you will see below.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
Frannie stands accused of murdering her employer and his wife in a crime that roils 1820s London. In prison, Frannie writes the story of her life, from enslavement on a Jamaican plantation to her quest for autonomy in London. What drew me in and didn’t let me go was Frannie’s voice – urgent, unique, compelling.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
After a flood has wiped out much of Earth’s lowlands, the Navajo Nation has survived largely unscathed, protected by their high altitude location and by a wall that encircles them. However, the gods and monsters of legend have returned to walk the land. Maggie Hoskie, drawing upon her clan powers, is a monster-slayer who begins to work with an unconventional medicine man when dark witchcraft comes calling. 

The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair 
In post-World War II London, Iris Sparks (perhaps a wartime spy) and Gwendolyn Bainbridge (a society widow) have teamed up to matchmake singles with The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. When one client is accused of murdering another, Iris and Gwendolyn decide the police have the wrong man and start investigating. This novel has such a light touch that it was a breeze to read, but I also learned interesting things about post-war England and the avenues that were open to women. In that sense, it’s similar to one of my favorite reads from last summer, Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
In the 1980s, Yale is a young gay man living in Chicago, pursuing a career as development director for an art gallery, and watching as the carnage of the AIDS epidemic rolls through his friend group. One of the first to die is his friend Nico; 30 years later Nico’s sister Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter, and must do her own reckoning with the way the AIDS crisis impacted her life. Makkai is masterful at bringing these places and times to life, and I felt so invested in Yale and Fiona that I couldn’t stop reading.

The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper
For a little chill in you summer, try this atmospheric horror novel set at an isolated PNW lodge. Aaron, his sisters, and his mother have all been called to the lodge for the reading of his father’s will, where they learn that they’ll inherit millions but only if they stay inside the grounds for 30 days with no access to the outside. With the trees pressing in from all sides, they start to see strange things in the forest that suggest they’re not alone. I found this creepy without being gruesome, and read it in a single day.

Green Lake Branch Library (7364 E Green Lake Drive North)
Open: Monday and Tuesday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.



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Spice Shop Mystery Book and Events This Week

June 3, 2019 2:09pm

You may have seen that we are starting a Seattle Greenlaker Summer Reading List where we ask local experts to tell us their top picks for summer page turners. We will be posting about those recommendations later this week. In the meantime, I recently heard of a book and accompanying events that I knew would be on my summer reading list. The book is called Chai Another Day by Leslie Budewitz. The book is the fourth book of her Spice Shop Mystery Series, and is due out next week. The mystery is set at a spice shop in Pike Place Market and involves an interesting cast of characters, murder investigation and seems like the perfect suspense/murder mystery.

To kick off her June 11th launch she is having two events this week:

Launch Event at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park
Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.
17171 Bothell Way NE

Event Details: https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/event/leslie-budewitz-chai-another-day

Author Signing at World Spice Market
Saturday, June 8 from 1-3 p.m.
World Spice Market: Western Ave in Pike Place Market

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Seattle Greenlaker’s Summer Reading List

June 3, 2019 1:50pm
Photo via Time.com

Remember when you were a kid and the summer reading programs always came with a reward? Read a library book a week and get a free book. Or, my favorite, read 10 books and at the end of the summer your teacher will drive you and a few of your fourth grade sidekicks (yes, in their personal car!) to Pizza Hut and you can eat all the pizza and drink all the pop that you want. Kid, you earned it! (Weren’t the 90s great!?)
Why do those book awards go away when you become an adult? I’d like to argue that they don’t. On nights that I read before bed, I sleep better, longer and wake up more refreshed. It’s no deep dish pizza, but it is even more rewarding to my 30-something body.
I recently read this story about binge reading in the The New York Times that really stuck with me. Why don’t I devour books like I would a new Netflix series? I think part of the reason is people don’t tend to talk about books like they do the shows they are watching. “Did you see Game of Thrones last night?” So I’ve decided to refresh my summer reading list and I thought you, fellow Greenlakers, might like to be part of it. Over the coming weeks I will be posting about books recommended by local experts – from authors to bookstore owners and our lovely librarians right here in Green Lake. And if you have a recommendation, please share it here.

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Aurora Bridge Repaving Starts This Weekend

May 30, 2019 10:43am
Photo via WSDOT

If you have driven over the Aurora Avenue Bridge in the past few days, you’ve likely noticed the large bumps where part of the roadway has been scraped away. Repaving for the 88-year-old bridge starts this weekend and will be followed by 10 weekends of paving and partial lane closures. WSDOT is warning of long delays and asks that people avoid that area if possible. So let’s go ahead and add these weekends to our calendars right now, okay? WSDOT posted 7 times but says it may need 10 to get the job done. Weekend work will occur from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, the weekends of:

  • May 31 – June 3
  • June 14-17
  • June 28-July 1
  • July 12-15
  • Aug. 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26

For more on this project, go to the WSDOT website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/news/2019/05/28/sr-99-seattle-down-one-lane-each-direction-repaving-june-1-2.

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Green Lake Paving Project Update

May 29, 2019 10:24am
Courtesy of SDOT

We just received this update from Seattle Department of Transportation about the paving project that will affect Green Lake Way, specifically Green Lake Way N, N 50th St, and Stone Way N intersection.

After our engineers analyzed 8 different design options at this intersection, they found that the only way to make operational improvements would be to close one “leg” of the 5-way intersection and establish a 4-way intersection. This design change would require real estate acquisitions, significant increases to project funding, and at least 1 to 2 additional years of design and community engagement work. Unfortunately, these realities are beyond the scope, budget, and schedule of the current project. 

We’ll continue to look for future opportunities to improve safety and operations at this intersection that are within our scope and budget. This includes:

  • Adding curb bulbs and upgrading curb ramps for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility
  • Adjusting crosswalks to make it safer for people walking and biking across the intersection
  • Making minor adjustments to improve visibility and sightlines
  1. N 40th St bike connections
    In an effort to provide better bike connections around N 40th St, we’re looking at additional safety treatments and have identified three potential intersections.  Project budget is limited, but the team will consider community feedback in implementing as many of the alternatives as possible.
  • 40th and Wallingford Ave N – Traffic Signal Updates
    The proposed plan is to update and re-time the traffic signal to provide a Leading Pedestrian Interval for all crossings. A leading pedestrian interval gives pedestrians a head start at traffic signals by turning on the pedestrian signal 3-7 seconds before parallel vehicles are given the green light. This improves the visibility of pedestrians and can reduce vehicle-pedestrian collisions by up to 60%.
  • 40th and Latona Ave NE – Rapid Flashing Beacons
    We’re considering the installation of rapid flashing beacons. This treatment alerts drivers to the presence of a pedestrian or bicyclist and increases yield rates at crosswalks.
  • NE Pacific St and Latona – Rapid Flashing Beacons (see above)

    Opportunities for input: Now through June 30, submit your feedback on these alternatives through the online survey. These options will also be presented at the Wallingford Community Council meeting on Wednesday June 5th, 7pm at the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.
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