Bryant


Bryant is a small community just northeast of the University of Washington, bordered by Laurelhurst and University Village to the south, Sand Point and Windermere to the east, Ravenna to the west and Wedgwood to the north. The neighborhood is sometimes known as Ravenna-Bryant, due to its proximity to Ravenna Park.

The Burke-Gilman Trail runs along the southern and eastern margins of the neighborhood, and is a popular recreational trail for walkers, runners, cyclists, and skaters.

Bryant Elementary School was named after William Cullen Bryant. Every fall, Bryant School hosts a family fundraising event called the Bryant Blast, offering old-fashioned family fun such as games, cake walks, and raffles. The community of Bryant hosts an annual Fourth of July block party featuring a parade led by local firefighters, trailed by kids, pets, grownups dressed as historical figures, and the traditional Statue of Liberty lady.

The neighborhood is also home to the Nathan Eckstein Middle School, which offers one of the best music and jazz programs in the region. The North East branch of the Seattle Public Library, one of the busiest in the system, is located at 35th Avenue NE and NE 68th Street. Bryant Elementary School, the Nathan Eckstein Middle School, and the North East Library all have status as Seattle city landmarks, as does Fire Station #38 at 5503 33rd Avenue N.E.

Bryant is also the home to Assumption Catholic Church, University Unitarian Church, Ravenna Methodist, which houses a local preschool cooperative, and three synagogues: Emmanuel Congregation (Modern Orthodox), Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative), and Congregation Shaarei Tefilah–Lubavitch (Orthodox). The University Village QFC features an impressive selection of kosher groceries.

The main commercial district in Bryant is centered on Northeast 55th Street between 25th and 35th Avenues Northeast. The original location of the local burger chain, Kidd Valley, is at the west end. To the east toward Cavalry Cemetery is the Duchess Tavern, a college bar for students and non-students that dates back to the repeal of the Prohibition. The cavernous Duchess is a popular place for locals to watch the Husky game. Other favorites on 55th are the elegant Queen Mary English teahouse, Planet Happy toy shop, Frank’s Oyster House & Champagne Parlor, Acorn Street Yarns, and Bob’s Homebrew Supplies.