Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Explore these cool animated maps of traffic in Columbia Heights

This is pretty neat: put together a series of animated maps showing traffic in Columbia Heights during evening rush hour over the week. It's interesting to see that it's really never too good around the 14th and Irving area, then gets almost totally red towards 6 pm -- I've definitely experienced that.

The site is founded by local residents Kate and Jeff Howard, who help folks find hotels near the Metro, as the name suggests. Good idea, especially for out of towers.

Might be a good reminder to use something other than a car -- Metro, bus, bike or walk if you can.

(The videos say Columbia Heights, VA, but that's definitely us!)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Taqueria del Barrio opens Thursday on Upshur Street

Mexican time! Just got a press release that Taqueria del Barrio at 821 Upshur Street NW is opening this Thursday, March 30th.

They have "house-made regional Mexican dishes and drinks in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest DC. Diners can choose from 14 types of tacos served on tortillas made in-house, three specialty ‘torta’ sandwiches, and additional traditional Mexican foods, served in a modern, casual dining room and bar." They'll also have a kids menu.

The location was formerly Domku, and the spot will have entrees from $11-$15 and drinks from $6-$14, and will seat 92 people, or 140 for a standing reception. The owners also run the DC Empanadas food truck and Union Market stand, and food will include lots of tacos, elote (street corn), chiles rellenos, mole and more, plus lots of cocktails and margaritas.

Here's more from the press release:

Taqueria del Barrio’s menu was developed by Chef and Owner Anna Bran-Leis and General Manager Mikey Torres, and is centered around $3 tacos in classic styles like carne asada, pescado, and al pastor varieties served alongside less-familiar options like nopales – grilled cactus paddle served with melted Oaxacan cheese. Appetizers include elote with a chili-lime aioli and cotija cheese, and beef albondigas cooked in a smoky chipotle salsa. EntrĂ©es range from $12 to $15 and include traditional Mexican dishes like chile relleno –poblano peppers stuffed with barbacoa, tomatoes, onions, and queso freso; and mole con pollo with made-from-scratch mole, blended with nuts, chiles, and a subtle hint of chocolate. While Taqueria del Barrio is opening with a lunch and dinner menu, a unique brunch menu is expected to roll out in the coming months.

Taqueria del Barrio occupies a 2,200-square foot space designed to evoke the taquerias of Mexico City. Mixed textiles like reclaimed wood, rope, and materials like weathered steel reinforce the restaurant’s no-nonsense focus on quality ingredients and authentic flavors. Subtle touches evocative of Mexico City, including a full-wall mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe by local artist Matthew McMillan, are brightened with turquoise and bright yellow, warming the space to convey a sense of welcome. A central three-sided bar acts as the hub of the restaurant.
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Saturday – 11am – 12am; bar closes 1amSunday
Sunday – 11am – 9pm; bar closes 10pm
Tuesday through Thursday – 4pm – 11pm; bar closes 12am
Friday – 4pm – 12am; bar closes 1am

GALA Theatre wants your opinion -- you could win theatre tickets!

GALA Hispanic Theatre, the theatre in the Tivoli building at 14th and Park that puts on English and Spanish language plays and performances for adults and kids, wants to hear from you! They have an online survey asking your opinion and background on theatre-going and more, and everyone who responds will be entered in a drawing for $100 in tickets to any of 50 local theaters.

If you haven't been, GALA is pretty neat -- it's a nice space with a lot of interesting performances, many of which are in Spanish with English surtitles. The theater was founded in 1976 and has won a number of awards for performances, gender equality (more than 50% of plays many years are written by women) and more.

Here's the info from GALA:

Do You Love GALA? Share your Opinion to Win Free Tickets
We want to learn more about our audience at GALA. Please help us by completing this brief survey and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize of $100 in TheatreWashington TixCertificates -- valid at GALA and 50 other local theaters. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Meet other Petworth residents today at Homestead for happy hour

This is a neat idea, a few Petworth residents have organized a regular happy hour to meet other neighbors. This month's will be at Homestead, the Southern/American place at 3911 Georgia. They have good food and drinks. Here's more from the Petworth list serve.
People of Petworth! 
Please join us this Friday (3/24) at 9pm for a monthly Friday evening gathering of neighbors and friends. The location will rotate, first up is Homestead on Ga Ave, head to the third floor, password is "the more the merrier".
An idea born out of a few neighbors having a few drinks and meeting a few more neighbors who were doing the same, and inspired by the Grant Circle Social, Sherman Circle Social, First Fridays, and others. 
In case there was any doubt, Petworth is social crazy, let's keep it up!
It's pretty simple really, we usually just need an excuse to get out and have some fun. Well this is that excuse. Handle your dinner and kid's bedtime duties (if you have them) and then come out and have some drinks and meet some new folks. Trade off with your partner, or get a sitter, it's worth it! 
We will try to schedule this every month, and if we really get our act together will create a fb page. There may be name tags involved. 
Oh, and we need a name for this "event". This will be our first and hopefully last agenda item. 
Join us, bring a neighbor and tell a friend!
*Where*: Homestead Roof Deck <
*When*: Friday, March 24th, 9pm to close 
Your neighborly host committee,
Romain Nkoue, Sean Griffin, Tom Pipkin

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Metro finds possible reason for Green line trains shaking nearby houses: broken rail fasteners

For a few months, local residents have been complaining that the Green line trains are shaking their houses. Neighbors were worried it may be affecting their homes' structural integrity and thought it was related to the new, larger 7000 series trains. Metro at first said it was no problem, and then pledged to investigate. And now, federal inspectors found what may be causing the issue: broken rail clips which are meant to dampen vibrations.

CBS and WTOP report on the issue, where the inspectors from the Federal Transit Administration found that the fasteners could be breaking due to the heavier 7000 series trains. They found numerous clips broken in a 1,300 foot stretch of track near the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro.

Here's more from the WTOP article:
Over a stretch about 1,300 feet long, the inspector found “numerous” clips, which were supposed to hold the rails in place, broken off of the fastener bases. 
When working correctly, the fasteners that had these clips reduce the vibrations going into the tunnel and the neighborhood above. 
On one of the tracks in the area, the inspector noted that even recently replaced clips had already snapped off.
The FTA suggests that the increasing use of more new trains in the Metro system, which are heavier than older models, could be contributing to increased vibrations and pressure on the fasteners. 
This is exacerbated by the location of the stretch just outside of the Georgia Avenue station because trains put more force on the tracks when braking or accelerating. 
Metro has not yet reached any final conclusions on what may be causing the vibrations, spokesman Dan Stessel said.
Nice to hear that they found a possible cause of the issue. I've also noticed my house vibrating and I'm not too far from there, but hard to say if that's the issue or something else.

The issue also seems to be happening in North Michigan Park and Southwest Waterfront.

Photo by Elvert Barnes

Neighborhood cleanup on Apr. 1, volunteers get free coffee and donuts and 25% off at District Dogs

Georgia Avenue Thrive's latest neighborhood cleanup will be on Georgia Avenue, meeting at District Dogs, the new pet store/dog walker/doggie day care spot at 3210 Georgia. And folks who help get free coffee and donuts, plus a discount!

A good way to meet your neighbors and help make your area look nicer.
Hi neighbors — Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next cleanup Saturday April 1 at 10 a.m. outside District Dogs. (3210 Georgia Ave.) 
We’ll be partnering with District Dogs, which will provide free coffee and doughnuts and 25% off retail purchases for volunteers. 
We had a record 40+ volunteers last month. Please join us, meet some great neighbors and help us set a new record! 
Questions — Email

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Park Morton/Bruce Monroe development meeting on Thursday

If you'd like to learn more about the plans for the Park Morton housing complex and the Bruce Monroe Park site, the city is hosting a public meeting on Thursday at the Park View Rec Center, 693 Otis.

The plan is to demolish the old and troubled Park Morton and move residents to a new site at the Bruce Monroe Park as well as mixed-income and market-rate units, plus retail, and also keep some of the park land. Here's more on the plan.

Here's more from the city:
Good Morning Community Residents and Partners,This is a reminder that on this Thursday, March 23, 2017 the Park Morton Steering Committee meeting will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 
The meeting will held be at the Parkview Community Center’s community room from 6:30-8:00pm at 693 Otis Pl NW, Washington, DC 20010. Please invite your neighbors, constituents and community stakeholders. We will discuss the following: 
1. Park Morton and Bruce Monroe PUD process and status to date

2. Receive an update from the Park Morton Relocation and Re-occupancy sub-committee

3. Upcoming Bruce Monroe park planning process

If you have any question or concerns please contact Andre Gould , DCHA Development Project Manager at 202.627.9162. 
Thanks For your continued interest in this project!! See you Thursday.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ten Tigers Parlour announces $3 happy hour during the week and weekend

Deal time! Ten Tigers, the pan-Asian spot at 3813 Georgia, the old Chez Billy spot, just announced an awesome happy hour: $3 drafts, drinks and wine from 5-7pm weekdays and 2-5pm on weekends.

Sounds like a good spot for afternoon weekend drinks.

They also host events and are open during the day with coffee and pastries. I stopped by a while ago, nice interior and tasty Vietnamese coffee. I haven't eaten dinner there but have heard good things.

Friends of Petworth Library happy hour at Petworth Citizen on Tuesday: Councilmember Todd, others to read

This is neat: the Friends at the Petworth Library are hosing a fundraiser happy hour at Petworth Citizen on Tuesday, where 10% of all alcohol sales will go to the group, and they're also raffling off books. Here are the details:

Join the Friends at Petworth Library (FaPL) for Happy Hour on March 21st from 5-7pm at Petworth Citizen.  We will be celebrating authors who were born in March by raffling off copies of their books.  A few of Petworth's very own will be reading excerpts from their favorite artists throughout the evening.  Petworth Citizen will be donating 10% of all alcohol sales during the happy hour to the FaPL, so drink up (responsibly).

Our Readers for the evening:

Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Council member, reading Ralph Ellison

Drew Schneider, Petworth News, reading John Updike

Jonny Grave,  Jonny Grave and the Tombstones, reading Jack Kerouac

Kristen Barden, FaPL and Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District, reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez

George Morgan, Petworth resident extraordinaire, reading John McPhee

More to follow....

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5  Books to win include:
Ezra Jack Keats- Louie 
Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)- Green Eggs and Ham
Douglas Adams- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
John McPhee- Coming Into Country
Gabriel Garcia Marquez- El Ontono del Patriarca 
Robert frost - Various poems
Tom Wolfe - The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flaked Streamline Baby
John Updike- Rabbit, Run
Elizabeth Barrett Browning- Various poems
Ralph Ellison - Invisible man
Jack Kerouac- On the Road

For more information and updates find us on Facebook or email us at

See you at Petworth Citizen

Friday, March 17, 2017

Check out these cool old photos of the Old Soldiers' Home

I was browsing the Streets of Washington Flickr page, a collection of historical photos and postcards, and found some cool ones of the Old Soldiers' Home, now called the Armed Forces Retirement Home just east of our area.

The photos show Scott Hall, now called the Sherman Building, the old main building. It was finished in 1857. Pretty neat! Here's more about the Soldiers Home.

The one with two photos is from a stereopticon, a kind of 3D imaging tool like a Viewfinder.

And here it is in 2012, from Google Maps

March Madness is upon us: here's where to watch in the area

It's my favorite sports time of year, March Madness -- the NCAA tournament with tons of basketball. There are a lot of good options for watching in our area, and here are my suggestions. If you have your own, let everybody know in the comments!

  • Lou's City Bar, naturally. Tons of TVs and they're also doing shooter specials
  • Meridian Pint, especially downstairs. Lots of TVs plus tasty grub and American craft brew
  • The Pitch, the sports bar up at 4105 Georgia Avenue also has lots of TVs on two floors, and plenty of space
  • Walter's, the sports bar from the DC Reynolds and Looking Glass crew at 3632 Georgia
  • If you wanted less of a sporty-vibe but still a few TVs, the aforementioned DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge next to Walters
  • The Pinch, the dive bar at 3548 14th has a few TVs, as does Zeba at 3423 14th. Both food for more relaxed vibes.
  • Bravo Bar at 2917 Georgia has three or four TVs and lots of good happy hour deals
  • The Airedale at 14th and Spring has lots of TVs and awesome German and British food. A cool spot if you haven't been before.
Who've you got this year? Any other recommendations?