December 19th, 2011
Given the time of year, we thought we’d call attention to St. Olaf’s, the only skyway-connected church in Minneapolis. Regardless of your religious affiliation, if you need a quiet place to think and reflect, this is probably the most quiet and beautiful place on the skyway.
Located on the corner of Second Avenue South and Eighth Street, St. Olaf is the third church built on this site. The first was a Protestant church, The Church of the Redeemer, built in 1876. But, just twelve years after being built, it was destroyed by fire. A second Church of the Redeemer was built in 1889 (pictured). It served as home for the Universalist Society until 1941 when it was sold to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for $112,500. After extensive remodeling, it was dedicated as St. Olaf Catholic church on June 1, 1941. The name, St. Olaf, commemorating the eleventh century warrior-saint, was chosen because of the city’s large Scandinavian population.
Twelve years later, disaster struck again and the building was destroyed by fire on February 18, 1953. Thorshov and Cerny were commissioned to build the new church. Their modernist design features Mankato-Kasota stone enclosing an elongated hexagon with high windows illuminating the nave.
The most dramatic feature from the outside is the bell tower with its nine bells, founded in 1882 by Meeneley Bell Works (link to an old video of bell making at Meenely) of Troy, New York, which survived the two fires. After each fire, they were replaced in their new steeple.
The most dramatic feature on the inside is the leaded glass windows. Starting in 1972, stained glass windows were installed throughout the Church. Designed by Robert Leader, from the University of Notre Dame, and fabricated by Reinarts Art Glass Studios in Winona.
October 31st, 2011
Taste Twin Cities Food Tours has opened up a new food tour starting in November. Where? If it wasn’t in the skyways would we care? (I guess I would, I love food). The Minneapolis Skyway Food Tour is three hours long, on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:30pm. It includes five stops, beginning at LaSalle Plaza and ending at Metro Building. More details on the website, check it out, sign up and let us know what you thought of the tour.
August 3rd, 2011
If you’re on our mailing list, you know that we’ve finally made good on our claim of finding and sharing skyway-specific deals and coupons. SkywayMyWay is happy to announce partnerships with DealStork and ReservePerks, offering daily deals in the Twin Cities! Last week, we sent out a 50% off deal at Rock Bottom to the SkywayMyWay mailing list, and we’ve got more deals coming down the pike. Because they’re limited-time offers we wanted to make sure and share them with all of our daily visitors to the site as well, so we’ve incorporated these into our map. There won’t be a skyway deal every single day, but often enough that it’ll be worth keeping an eye out. If you’re not a daily SkywayMyWay user, be sure to sign up for our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss these skyway deals!
July 27th, 2011
Similar to Facebook’s “Like” button, Google’s +1 button lets everyone know “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.” Okay, I took that definition from here.
We’ve incorporated the +1 button into all the locations in the skyway map. (except for Parking and markers in the Miscellaneous category- but let us know if you think if that’s a mistake) Clicking the button will simply update your Google+ profile to show that you +1′d that particular business/thing/whatever in the skyway.
So far it seems to work much better for us than the “Like” button, plus we’re really digging Google+ and the ability to limit content to specific Circles seamlessly.
So go start +1ing all your favorite places in the skyway!
July 12th, 2011
A favorite of the SkywayMyWay team, the Aquatennial Plaza Tennis Classic is downtown once again (has it been a year already?!) We enjoy grabbing a Potbelly sandwich for lunch and eating it out in the plaza while watching the matches.
If you don’t get a chance to watch the action in person, you can watch it via a live streaming feed this year!
Check out the tennis schedule for more info, and see what other Aquatennial events are happening as well.
June 7th, 2011
It’s that time of year again, music and entertainment over in Peavey Plaza weekdays from Monday, June 6th through Friday, June 24th. (Downtown Council calendar)
Take your lunch down to the plaza for Land O’ Lakes Tunes at Noon (11:00am – 1:00pm) or go out for happy hour during Alive After 5 (5:00pm – 9:00pm). Enjoy!
May 21st, 2011
We’ve added another new feature- a quick and easy way to make a reservation online at your favorite restaurant via OpenTable! Wherever you see a ‘Reserve Now’ link associated with a restaurant’s details (many in the ‘Gourmet’ category), simply click to be taken to it’s OpenTable page, and make your reservation. Cheers!
May 11th, 2011
It was a simple thing really, and we’re not sure why we didn’t release this feature sooner, but here it is at any rate- Skyway directions in our map now show you the approximate distance measured in feet, and also the time it takes to walk it!
By approximate distance, we mean that our algorithm calculated it for us. So, if you take your measuring wheel through the skyways, don’t expect our distances to match too closely. For approximate travel time, we used 4-5 feet per second (after some Googling to find average walking speeds) to calculate the value. Be sure to tack on a minute or two for elevator time though if you’re heading to an appointment you don’t want to miss!
Anyway, user feedback is to thank. SkywayMyWay user Mike, over in Butler Square, was one to request this feature with the given use cases: “When do I have to leave to make it to my 1:30 eye appointment at Target Optical”? and “If I want to walk a half-mile over lunch, how far do I have to go?”
We couldn’t have promoted a new feature better ourselves! Thanks again to everyone who uses the site, and keep the feedback coming.
May 5th, 2011
Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone out there hoping that we will see some sun and warmth in 2011 sometime. Argghhh!!!
Today, a group of nine here in One Financial Plaza chose Barrio Tequila Bar for lunch to celebrate Mexico’s victory over the French. The $10 lunch this week included two shrimp tacos and chips with a pile of guac. Not sure how productive I’ll be this afternoon after two Trinity margaritas, but oh well, the 5th of May comes but once a year.
Anyone else have any fun plans to celebrate this holiday?
April 17th, 2011
It’s Twins baseball time! Watching my first game this Spring (from the nose-bleeds) during a noon game, (gotta love taking the day off from work though) the sun was out but the big clouds were rolling in. It happened to work out that the weather started to turn sour just as the game was finishing up, so instead of walking outside to Hell’s Kitchen for dinner afterward we took to the skyways!
The quickest access is via Target Plaza. (stadium gate #34) Although, if you were to exit out of gates #3 or #6 near the light rail station you could jump into the entrance underneath the Transit Center.
No pesky cold wind or spitting rain could bother us on this day. (would’ve been nice if the Twins had won the game though) Thank you skyway!