Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lost shark at 11th and Park: have you seen it?

Have you seen this shark? Spotted this at 11th and Park the other day, outside Meridian Pint. Unfortunately, however, the contact information for the person who lost the shark is ripped off, so I guess if you find him you'll just have to let him swim in your bathtub or something.

Love seeing funny stuff like this.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New gym coming to 14th and Clifton: Elevate

There's a new gym coming to southern Columbia Heights: Elevate, located in the Capitol View building next to Love & Faith, the new coffee and ice cream spot.

Their website describes it as a "different kind of gym," it sounds like a cross between a personal training gym and group classes, with lots of monitoring your fitness. One of the links talks about training for Spartan, one of those extreme runs with obstacles, so it sounds like it's for the serious exerciser.

Sounds interesting. It's located at 2428 14th Street NW.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New coffee and ice cream shop at 14th and Belmont, Love n' Faith Community Cafe

Caffeine and ice cream lovers rejoice: there's a new coffee shop and ice creamery at 2424 14th Street NW, between Belmont and Chapin: Love n' Faith Community Cafe, which advertises coffee, liquid nitrogen ice cream (more on that later) fresh baked goods and smoothies.

The spot opened about a month ago and is nice and bright inside, with about a dozen seats. They're open every day both mornings and night, so it's a nice spot to go get an early morning coffee and pastry or late night ice cream. (The hours are below.)

I bumped into a buddy on the street while I was checking it out, and he said he really liked it, so there's an early review.

So, the liquid nitrogen ice cream -- I forgot to ask about it, but some research reveals it's a way to make ice cream on  the spot when you order it, so if somebody asks for a scoop they can just whip it up. They means it's fresher tasting and only requires a few (also fresh) ingredients. Sounds pretty tasty.

Here's their Facebook page.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Awesome dish: Kangaroo Boxing Club's "F--k It Bucket"

A couple of weekends ago I was at Kangaroo Boxing Club with some friends, having a few drinks. It got late and we got hungry, and we noticed something on the late night menu, served from 11pm-1:30am Friday and Saturday: the "F--k It Bucket," listed as "$10 bowl of awesome, no take backsies." Basically, it's whatever food they choose to put in a big bowl. So of course we got it, and it was pretty great (as drunk food goes.)

The bucket's contents vary, depending on the whims of the staff, but in this case it was ground beef with gravy, fries, and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets (not on the menu, just a funny thing to put in there, we guessed) all topped with macaroni and cheese -- sort of a weird version of poutine, basically. It was also enormous, a ton of food for $10. Another version that a City Paper writer tried included a duck egg, pulled pork pizza, fries, tomatoes, jalapenos and more. Fries are always involved, beyond that it's anybody's guess (they'll also do a vegetarian or vegan version if you want that.)

I tried taking a picture, but it didn't look appetizing, despite completely hitting the spot on our need for food. But take my word for it, if you're hungry after a few drinks, it's well worth it. (The rest of the late night menu is pretty good too.)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Barnes & Noble bookstore open on Georgia Avenue!

This is great news for book lovers -- today I was going down Georgia Avenue and saw some workers putting up a sign for Barnes & Noble at the Howard University Bookstore. It's at 2225 Georgia Avenue NW, near W and Bryant Streets. 

The bookstore already has a website and is replacing the previous HUB Bookstore as the official campus bookstore.

I've seen these type of combined university and Barnes and Noble, and they have a wide selection -- not just textbooks. They're open Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays.

Pretty great to see a proper bookstore in the area, I plan to check it out soon. In fact, a bookstore was one of the things mentioned in a previous "What We're Missing" post. (See all the What We're Missing posts here.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Give feedback on the redevelopment of 1125 Spring Rd NW; affordable housing? Market rate? Something else?

Old Jewish Home on Spring Rd As you may recall, the big, vacant Washington Hebrew Home building at 1125 Spring Road has some development plans -- the city wants to fix it up with about 80 affordable housing units. Some local residents have expressed concern, and the city is asking for your feedback.

The survey asks what kinds of housing do you think it should be used for -- affordable, market-rate, senior, workforce (as is for teachers, police officers, firemen, etc.,) for transitional housing for formerly homeless people, or for the mentally disabled.

Read on and fill it out! It's due by Friday, and the information in it will be used at the upcoming ANC meeting. (The percentages don't add up to 100%, I guess they'll average them.)
Knowing that the future of the former Hebrew Home for the Aged property at 1125 Spring Road is of great importance to many, I wanted to share the email and links it contains with you as quickly as possible. Also, the information below includes a survey, as suggested at the June 17th meeting, found here: 
I will continue to share information and updates as they become available. 
Kent C. Boese | Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A | Single Member District (SMD) 1A08
608 Rock Creek Church Road, NW | Washington, DC 20010
202-525-7682 | | Twitter: @KentBoeseDC

Do you live in the 14th & Shaw neighborhood? No, because it's a dumb name


The other day I was getting a sandwich at Taylor Gourmet at 14th and T, and spotted a newsletter called D/CITY about local style and arts. It's a nicely designed little paper, with photos of allegedly fashionable dudes (apparently straw hats and highwater pants are cool) but what I noticed was that they described the area as the "14th & Shaw neighborhood" -- as in "in the words of the immortal James Brown, this is man's world -- and the neighborhood of 14th & Shaw might as well be the center of the universe." It also claims to be the "14th & Shaw neighborhood report."

While it doesn't say specifically who makes the paper, the only advertisers are two new residential buildings from the JBG Companies.

Sorry, JBG, you can't just invent a neighborhood name, let alone a stupid one. Of course, creating new neighborhood names from scratch isn't new, as in the NoMa area, but I'm still opposed to it. Let's not call it that. You can't pull a fast one over on us.

(And I realize I'm giving it more publicity by writing about it, but I thought it was dumb enough to write about anyway. I also felt the same way about "the GaP," allegedly the area between Georgia Ave and Petworth. Thankfully that died.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Warning: pattern of thefts from auto around Spring/Perry; some tips

If you live near Spring Road or Perry Place (or just have a car) be careful -- somebody is targeting cars in the area. ANC commissioner Daniel Kornfield posted this to the Spring/Perry listserve.

It's helpful information whether you live there or not, or even have guests visiting with cars (my friend had her car broken into when she visited me a while ago -- not a fun way to hang out.)
Dear neighbors,

There has been a recent pattern of several people's cars being broken into in the neighborhood and items stolen, both from the seat area and from the trunk.  

Please do two things:
1. Do NOT leave valuables in your car, even if seemingly "secure" in the trunk.
2. DO call 911 and write to this list (or just write to me, if you are more comfortable with that) if you have any incidents or see any suspicious activity, such as someone walking around looking into cars and testing for unlocked doors.  Also please take a picture of suspicious individuals if you feel like you safely can.  You can also reach our local police lieutenant, Lt. Augustine, at to provide information or ask questions about frequency of patrol in the area.

Kind regards,