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Bengal cat sighting 😺

Our waterfront is one of those places it’s easy to think you know. But what if instead of going straight to the ferry, or the aquarium, or that place with the crab bibs, you just … walked around?

We asked the (anonymous!) artist behind the popular Instagram account SeattleWalkReport to find out. She doesn’t usually draw walk reports about the more well-traveled paths in our city. But like us, she’s pretty sure even our touristy spots have their hidden charms.

Here are three easy to miss waterfront gems Seattle Walk Report found on a stroll there last month:

  • “Undercurrents” art piece in Myrtle Edwards Park (3130 Alaskan Way): “This art piece, which was designed to cover the vault for the Denny Way/Lake Union Combined Sewer Overflow Regulator Outfall (say that three times fast!) is tucked away in walker-friendly Myrtle Edwards Park. I was mesmerized by the reflective pipes, which mirror back a distorted view of the beautiful environment surrounding you. Bonus: Maybe while you’re there you’ll see a pet Bengal cat hanging out nearby like I did!”
  • Bell Street Pier and Observation Deck (2225 Alaskan Way): “I had no idea that this was here, and apparently neither did anyone else — it was totally empty when I found it! A 20-minute walk north of the more bustling waterfront area around the Seattle Aquarium, this quiet rooftop deck is full of benches to sit and enjoy the scenic views of the Sound. If you go on a clear day, Mt. Rainier will be there to greet you.”
  • Pier 54 behind the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (1001 Alaskan Way): “A small viewpoint at the end of the Pier that is home to Ivar’s and the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. I was struck by how quiet and secluded it felt even in the midst of all the activity on the Waterfront. A great place for ferry-watching and tourist-watching.”

Our waterfront has a big year ahead. A big new waterfront park is coming up after the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down in early 2019. There are some big plans (check out the virtual tour from Friends of Waterfront Seattle) and some big debates (waterfront property owners are being asked to pay for a big chunk of the work). So stay tuned…

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Argosy Ship Canal Tours. Try welding or pilot a tug. Music, food trucks and more. 11am-4 pm Saturday, May 12 @ Ballard’s Seattle Maritime Academy. Learn More ».
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Worth it. If you thought the line was long enough at Junebaby, our uber-celebrated southern-style restaurant in Ravenna, get this. Chef Edouardo Jordan just clinched two big prizes the food world was pretty sure he had coming — the James Beard Awards for Best New Restaurant and Best Chef: Northwest. That means on top of big props from Food & Wine and Curbed and a rave review in The New York Times, Edouardo just took home the Oscars of the food industry. Who’s hungry? (Eater Seattle)

Scared of earthquakes? Don’t forget the volcanoes! We’ve got nine in the Northwest that could erupt within our lifetimes, and five of those are in Washington. No need to panic, of course. Our volcanoes aren’t as active as, say, Kilauea, the Hawaiian volcano that’s swallowed 35 buildings since it started spewing last week. But still. Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Glacier Peak, Mount Baker and Mount Adams — be nice? 🌋 (The Seattle Times)

Lucky dog. Seattle is crazy about canines. We’ve got more dogs than kids here, and if you want to pamper ‘em, you can — with a doggy sundae from Swell Gelato, the heated concrete floors at pup-friendly Optimism Brewing Co. in Capitol Hill, and fancy hotel “Muttmixers.” (Seattle Magazine)

Vote for Corinne! Corinne Manning is nine years old and up for a big prize: She’s Washington state’s finalist in the national Doodle 4 Google competition. You know how Google’s search page sometimes twists the Google logo into some funky art or animation? If Corinne’s super cute entry goes all the way, she’ll get a $30,000 scholarship and her school, McDonald International Elementary School in Green Lake, gets a $50,000 Google grant. Want to help? Go vote! → (Doodle 4 Google)

Go behind the scenes of Ballard’s working waterfront. Tour the Ship Canal by boat, race in a survival suit, build your own boat, and learn to weld. Learn More ».
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Things to do

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⚓️ Seattle Maritime Festival: May 12 Go behind the scenes of Ballard’s working waterfront. Tour the Ship Canal by boat, race in a survival suit, build your own boat, and learn to weld.


🎙 TODAY: Get tips on how volunteering can accelerate your career at the next Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🐟  Saturday: Put the “sea” in Seattle with the whole family at the Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival (Lawton Park)

🍻  May 14: Hang out with fellow readers and the fine folks at South Seattle Emerald at our next Evergrey Meetup (Rainier Beach)

Want to partner on your event with us? Here’s how.



🎈 Bike to school with your kiddos (All over)
🎶 Listen to live classical music at the library (Downtown)
🗣 Hear how we can fulfill Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy (U-District)
💪 Learn how volunteering can help you with Impact Hub at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)


🗣 Hear from women storytellers about #MeToo (Capitol Hill)
🍺 Kick off Seattle Beer Week with other brew nerds – through May 20 (All over)
👋 Celebrate PNW tech rock stars at the GeekWire Awards (Queen Anne)
🗣 Listen to bawdy stories from your neighbors (Belltown)


🎟 See some dark puppet comedy (Green Lake)
🎟 Watch a drag tribute to the cartoon characters of Steven Universe (Belltown)
🎶 Dance to live Guinean music (Rainier Valley)
🏞 Paddle out on the lake  (Sammamish)


🎨 Get a behind-the-seams look at 1940s fashion (South Lake Union)
🍴 Nom on savory and sweet pierogi (Capitol Hill)
👋 Welcome Seattle’s new social justice library (Beacon Hill)
👋 Check out your neighbors’ garage treasures (West Seattle)
🎈 Go sssssee snakes and lizards at the Reptile Expo (Monroe)
🎈 Hang with the fishes at the Seattle Maritime Festival, an Evergrey partner event (Lawton Park)


🎶 Hear lullabies by moms struggling with homelessness (Downtown)
🎈 See bonsai trees with the family (Federal Way)
🎈 Run or walk a half-marathon with your kiddos (Kirkland)
🎟 Take mom to a comedy show about the “joys and horrors” of parenthood (Downtown)
🎨  Paint cherry blossoms for mom at this art class (Pioneer Square) — use code EVERGREY to join the class for $25. Thanks, Anjl Rodee! 🆕

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership.


Today would be an interesting day for it. Our city council’s Finance and Neighborhoods Committee is having not one but two public meetings about the head tax. That’s the idea for a per-employee tax on large local companies that’s stirring up a lot of debate and a ton of tension.

Got questions about the tax idea or what it could mean for your city? Send ‘em our way by 10 a.m. We’ve gotten some great ones so far (thank you!), and we’ll answer ‘em as best we can tomorrow.

Have a good one. — The Evergrey

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