There Be Dragons on the Lake! The Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club

Dragon Boats. Perhaps you’ve seen them cruising or flashing by on Lake Union where Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club practices more than 200 times a year, year-round. Dragon boat racing is the oldest continuously practiced team sport in the world, dating back 2,400 years in China where it continues at that country’s national sport. […]

Amazon expands (again) in South Lake Union

With its lease of the Troy Block, Amazon could reportedly end up filling 10 million square feet of Seattle office space.

And while Amazon employees already swarm South Lake Union, the company will have room for many thousands more

The Beat’s First Annual Bad Santa Stories.

This new column skewers our own Christmas stories The Original Version is here Ten Decembers ago I came across an elderly woman sitting alone at a Starbucks. Nothing in particular struck me about her except it seemed she was peeing down her leg. There was a pool of something anyway. […]

New Beat Hits the Stands

Our latest print issue is here! We’re in over 200 locations in all of the neighborhoods surrounding the lake, with most copies stacked in hotels, coffee houses, pubs, cafes, groceries, banks, bakeries etc. Of course, we don’t print nearly as many copies as the big alternatives in town do, so if your […]

Seattle Named Best City For Hipsters

I moved to Seattle at age eleven so grew up thinking this eclectic mashup stuff was just how many Seattle people dressed and looked, never thought of it as a specific fashion really. Same with grunge and all that twenty years ago. It was just another example of what we wore up […]

Why I am voting for Obama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was going to call this piece “Why I am Democratic,” since those reasons seem pretty etched in my soul. I grew up in the seventies and from a young age I’ve been exposed to, even part of, American groups of people under very […]

Revisiting the Amazon Am-Holes Debate Six Months Later

Last January after mysterious (and hilarious) posters appeared around South Lake Union, the city and neighborhood briefly debated the meaning of it all. We thought the debate was just kind of funny, since our take as native Seattleites is that some of the more .. um … earthy locals, often have their own am-holishness about  them. We […]

Memories of Mike Wang – Stories from those who knew him

(Do you have a Mike Wang story to share? Please email editor@lakeunionbeat.com)

They’d ask me why the people in my photos weren’t smiling.  I’d tell them it’s ‘cause they’re not happy.  I just got the picture.

–  Mike Wang; on colleagues’ responses to some of his documentary photography work

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A Seattle Thanksgiving Memory

I was thirteen when my parents went through a horrific divorce in the 70s. Of course that meant my siblings and I went through that divorce too, there were six of us. My Mom took to drinking in grand fashion, to the point where she ultimately ended up in a hospital for years, after […]

Occupy South Lake Union begins Movement!

We’re not talking bowel movement here either! These Occupy South Lake Union Protesters have hunkered down at South Lake Union Park in protest. According to their spokesdog,Eddy, 99 percent of dogs in Seattle can claim some place outdoors to run and exercise, while these canines are relegated to condo hallways, playing lame versions of […]