A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Balconies and windows needed for holiday monkeys

October 19th, 2015 by Doree

Last year, 200 lighted monkeys hung around in local businesses and public spaces like the library as a way to promote our neighborhood business district. Even more monkeys are planned for this year.


Businesses and community members can “foster” a monkey from Thanksgiving through New Year’s for just $25. The first 75 household sponsors will receive a pair of tickets to Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights preview night on Nov. 24.

New this year, community members living along Phinney-Greenwood avenues from North 59th to 87th streets or on 85th Street can hang a monkey in their window or from their upper balcony if it faces Phinney Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, or 85th Street.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group dreamed up the monkeys as a way to tie in with WildLights, to draw even more visitors to the neighborhood and generate funds to maintain the monkeys and support other community activities, from the GloCone lighting to Summer Streets.

If you’d like to foster a monkey, all you need is $25, a guardrail to which a monkey can be attached with plastic ties, and an electrical receptacle – monkeys stay lit 24/7 but each draws less than two watts of power. In return, you’ll receive two complimentary tickets to the zoo’s WildLights preview on Monday, November 23.

Interested? Please email biz@phinneycenter.org or call 206.783.2244.

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Monkey ‘strippers’ needed to help light up Phinney-Greenwood

November 7th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The second work party on Tuesday has been cancelled because Sunday’s volunteers completed all the work! (Photo of work party, below, by Mike V.)


Earlier: Volunteers are needed to help attach light strips on metal monkey frames that will hang from businesses, awnings and light poles all over Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this holiday season.

“Monkey Strippers,” as organizer Mike Veitenhans is calling them, can come to a work party from 1-5 p.m. this Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 6; or a second work party from 12-4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 5.


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New monkey holiday lights to be featured in Seattle Magazine

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

Mike Veitenhans sent us photos of Seattle Magazine photographer Andrew Vanesse taking photos of a bunch of LED-lit monkeys hanging around Red Mill and Starbucks on Tuesday night. Vanesse’s photos will appear in the magazine’s December issue.


About 150 monkeys will hang from storefronts and trees along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from the zoo to North 87th Street between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, “part of the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group’s efforts to bring a little offbeat cheer to the neighborhood!” Veitenhans says.

Another part of the holiday lighting project will be a 17-foot-tall, 20-spoked, 6,000-LED-light “Glow Cone” that will hang from the old air raid tower at North 67th Street in front of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. It will be lit on Saturday, Nov. 29.

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PNA survey on neighborhood Trick or Treat event

February 12th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group, which replaced the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce, is considering changing the neighborhood’s annual – and very popular – Safe Trick or Treat event, set for 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

They’re considering whether to ask trick-or-treaters to purchase event bags for $2 in order to participate, with all proceeds from sales of the bags going to the Greenwood Food Bank. The idea behind the change is to tie the business give-away event to giving back to the community.

But they’d like to hear the community’s thoughts first (business owners and residents). Complete this short survey by Tuesday, Feb. 19. We’ll post the results the following week.

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