Sunday, April 29, 2012

Waterfront happenings

Goslings are cute! 

 Construction on the east side of the river, light rail project (South Waterfront in the background):
 New OHSU building on Moody Ave - foundation is in:

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Grimm Episode 18 Portland filming locations

Hawthorne Bridge during filming - courtesy Sally Filler
Grimm Episode 18: "Cat and Mouse"  
This week: "Nick discovers that the suspect in his latest case is a freedom fighter trying desperately to escape the clutches of a creature bounty hunter."
Aired: April 20

Opening Shot - Hawthorne Bridge
It's always nice to see one of our bridges open up the show. the show finishes with up with a body being dumped there, by Monroe.

Aunt Marie's Trailer - Per usual, Nick spends some time searching the wonders inside AMT, finding old video footage and an old school projector on which to watch this footage...Hitler...

The freedom fighter back story this week arrives via DC & St. Louis.
  • Washington DC - I think this was Grimm's first foray outside of Oregon... a little intrigue and bad guy antics in our nation's capital. HOWEVER... the scene was actually filmed in Portland! It is said to be filmed right around this general area on Naito Parkway
  • St. Louis, MO - Short stop in St. Louis, with a view of the Arch from a dirty hotel room where a creature guy is murdered. CGI? Anyone know?

Union Station stars on Grimm Ep 18
(photo courtesy of Sally Filler)
Union Station
There was a lot of action at Portland's Union Station throughout this week's episode. A leader of "the resistance" (Ian) arrives in Portland, at Union Station to be exact, and makes a beeline to Rosalee and The Spice Shop. It turns out, Rosalee's family has been a part of "the resistance" for years, and she and Ian seem to have some kind of creature bond (which Monroe does not appreciate).
     Q: Did the freedom fighter creature take a bus from St. Louis?! (Union Station to Union Station?)

    Capt. Renard's Condo 
    Renard's condo first appeared in Episode 13, filmed at The Encore. Great view from the top floor.
    Renard's condo -
    The Encore from
    Q: Did you catch the Renaissance painting on the wall? Has anyone identified it?
    Renard's condo & painting -

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

    Grimm Episode 17 Portland filming locations

    Brasserie is back!
    Grimm Episode 17: "Love Sick" AKA "The Key or Hank" AKA "Grimm vs Hexenbeist" AKA "The one where Nick kisses the Hexenbeist to death" AKA "Poor Adalind..."

    This week: "Nick and Juliette join Hank for dinner, where Nick discovers Hank's mystery date is the same Hexenbiest who tried to kill Aunt Marie."
    Aired: April 13

    Opener @ Aunt Marie's Trailer - Nick thrashes around the trailer with his special key, spills some ink, and discovers a clue.

    Near the Dockside Bar, Thurman St
    Tweet yesterday via @EBrock1972
    Another Parking Garage
    Capt. Renard is kidnapped...from The Encore parking garage (I believe). We first saw Renard's condo in Episode 13.

    Old Warehouse-type place
    The Swiss Family Kidnappers take Renard here, but he ends up turning on some major league fighting skills and killing all of them.
     As for the warehouse location, this may be the same locale in Linnton where the Episode 12 "Last Grimm Standing" scenes were filmed... anyone recognize it?

    The Brasserie Montmartre is back!
    Making its 2nd appearance in 2 weeks, the Brasserie is getting some serious primetime footage.

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Romeo, I mean Nick, & Juliette

    Thank you Grimm fans!  Several readers have sent me information on the location of Nick & Juliette's house on Grimm. Some of you have even scouted it out in person.

    The house is located in NE Portland's King neighborhood. The current owners purchased the home in February 2011, and they were contacted by Grimm regarding filming shortly thereafter.

    Ep 15 -
    Nick & Juliette's relationship has hit a few bumps in recent weeks. Most recently, Nick failed to get a "yes" to his proposal in Episode 16.

    Recalling the story of Romeo & Juliet: "Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families."

    Any thoughts?

    SWF Heated Storage Specials

    Do you need a storage unit?

    One of our newest neighborhood businesses, "South Waterfront Heated Storage", is offering a special right now:

    "We have a great move-in special of 50% off your 1st 2 months rent and a FREE lock!"

    They are located at 0680 SW Bancroft, sharing a building with the charter school.  Check out their site for more details: South Waterfront Heated Storage

    You may be able to swing an even better deal. I notice they also offer the following:
    Military Discounts 
    Student Discounts 
    Refer a Friend and receive $25 off your next months rent, see manager for details.


    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Cute little Car2Go

    Have you seen these little guys parked around the neighborhood this week?
    After seeing about 4 of them, I was curious and had to check out the website listed on the back of the car:

    They are calling it "car sharing 2.0". It's a little crazy! After you become a Car2Go member, you can find a car anywhere and return it anywhere*. Here is a map of their Portland locations.
    Here's how it works: "Once you hold the car2go Member Card up to the card reader on the windshield, the vehicle opens..." You enter a pin, and they bill you for the minutes you use the car.

    "Park at any City of Portland controlled metered or pay station parking space that is not restricted, without paying meter fees."

    Luckily these little go-cars are tiny, or I think folks would be a little annoyed about their free parking status. I haven't seen any of them move yet, but look forward to seeing if people start using the service. If you have any experience with Car2Go, or decide to try it out, I'd love to hear from you!

    * Details on 'Where and Where Note to Park' are listed on their site.

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    Grimm Episode 16 Portland filming locations

    Love is in the air -
    Grimm Episode 16: "The Thing With Feathers"
    Summary: "Nick pulls out all the stops to plan a romantic getaway for Juliette, but his duties as a Grimm get in the way when he meets some unsettling neighbors."

    Whispering Pines - 
    Where is this Whispering Pines you speak of???

    Nick & Juliette have a romantic getaway to... Damascus! This town is east of Happy Valley, west of Boring (for reals), which happens to also be a good description for Nick & Juliette's situation.  Juliette doesn't seem to be very into the getaway spot, due to some creepy domestic abuse next door, nor is she digging the marriage proposal, due to Nick hiding pretty much everything about his life from her. 

    The spectacular cabin and red farmhouse are located at: 18815 SE 197th Ave, Damascus, OR
    (Location-spotting and photos courtesy of OldeSaultie.)
    photo from OldeSaultie
    photo from OldeSaultie
    Adalind's Condo - "2507 NW Everett" is the address Hank-the-Hexed pulled up on his super-cop computer while cookie-induced stalking of Adalind.
    Hank stalking Adalind?
    Scenes were actually filmed at The Sitka apartments @ 1115 Northrup St.

    Things turn ugly when Hank physically threatens a gentleman leaving condo #2507.
    Note: In Episode 3, Adalind made an appearance in the Fox Tower downtown.

    Grocery Store "in Whispering Pines"
    This was shot at the Food Front Coop @ 2375 NW Thurman St
    Food Front Co-op on

    The Spice Shop
    returns - from Episode 10 and 15
    Brasserie Montmarte Portland
    Brasserie Montmartre - Hank & Adalind have what looks like a cozy little date #2 at this classic Portland restaurant.
    626 SW Park Ave

    For you local fans:
    Next Friday, April 13, the Brasserie will be hosting a Grimm screening at 9:00.

    My previous Grimm locations posts:
    Find out more, and watch full episodes at

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

    Improvement to Slippery Walkways

    The treacherous Elizabeth Caruthers Park walkways which I wrote about in November have been given a surface-roughening treatment. I did a test this week and found the slip-factor greatly improved.

    E.C. Park - November 2011
    If you look closely, you can see the marks where the wood has been roughened to offer more traction and grip.
    E.C. Park - April 2012
    E.C. Park - April 2012
    This seems to be very effective in the wet, rainy conditions. Please continue to be cautious, especially if there is frost and ice.

    Hurray for the Portland Parks crew for addressing this issue!

    Sunday, April 1, 2012

    Waterfront trail is flooded

    I guess I have not been ventured south of the South Waterfront in a week or so. About 1.26 miles into my run yesterday (testing out the Runkeeper App*), I ran into this:

    No signs, no warnings, no "word on the street" from neighbors - just an impasse between runner and river, as the Willamette eventually took over the entire path.

    Consider this a friendly heads-up!

    *As for Runkeeper for Android, it worked well for a trial run. I didn't require an account setup, so I could just turn it on and go. I chose the no-coaching option. It gives real-time current pace (min/mi), as well as average pace. Surprisingly, I liked the audio updates. Best of all, it allows for opening the camera and snapping photos from within the app.