Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Multi-family, multi-block yard sale on Monroe Street this Saturday


This sounds awesome: a reader sent me the poster advertising the Junk and Jam multifamily yard sale on Monroe Street from 16th to Sherman, taking place this Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10am-2pm. There's a followup concert and community event at 4pm on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza. Looks like fun!

There's also a spot to sign up if you want to sell some treasures. They're also raising money for Harriet Tubman Elementary School, so another good reason to come out!

Monday, September 18, 2017

DC Reynolds has been open for 2,000 consecutive days; pig roast Sept. 30 to celebrate


This is awesome: local bar and restaurant DC Reynolds has been open for 2,000 consecutive days, through snowstorms, hurricanes and more. And they're celebrating with a pig roast on Sept. 30, which sounds great.

The spot does their best to be open through thick and thin and be a good neighbor and help out during tough times: I remember seeing owner Jeremy Gifford out on Georgia Avenue one blizzardy morning using a snowblower to clear the entire block. He said he bought it that day to help out. They also offer a free dinner on Thanksgiving for anybody, as well as being open holidays in case local folks need a drink or aren't going home. A lot of the staff lives nearby. They offer good food and are open at lunchtime because neighborhood folks asked for it.

If you haven't been, they're famous for their buy one-get one free happy hour as well as really good food -- big fan of the pork belly sandwich.

Here's what they have to say about it. Tickets are $30 for all you can eat and a free first drink, or $35 day of. There will be Absolutely Vodka and Black Hog beer specials, plus BOGO starting an hour early.
In September we will pass our 2,000th consecutive day being open and we're having a pig roast. Though Snowstorms, Hurricanes, Holidays, and Government shutdowns, we have opened for lunch or dinner every day since March 2012. Grab a ticket and enjoy an extra hour of BOGO on us. We see you Cal Ripken and we're coming for you.
Here's more about Reynolds and other local spots focused on good food and being good neighbors.


DC Reynolds is at 3628 Georgia Avenue NW.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Halloween costume drive for Park Morton: drop off your costumes until Oct. 14


Here's a fun way to help out local kids: Georgia Avenue Thrive and the local Salvation Army chapter have organized a Halloween costume drive for the children at Park Morton, the public housing in Park View just east of Georgia.

You can drop off new or gently used costumes until Saturday, Oct. 14 at Yoga Heights, Walls of Books or at First Friday on October 6 at the old Murry's parking lot, Georgia and Morton.

Here's more from the First Friday organizers:
We are working on the next First Friday and are also doing a Halloween costume drive. Park Morton has 50+ kids and have a Halloween party scheduled at the Salvation Army at the end of October. Many of the kids do not have Halloween costumes so we offered our support soliciting donations of new/gently used Halloween costumes for kids aged 1 to 12. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Design your own Metro system with this DIY tool: pretty fun


This is fun: DCist writes about a tool developed by coder Shannon Turner that lets you create your own Metro system -- maybe you want to add some stations, make a new line, or completely redesign it.

It took a minute to get the hang of (you have to draw the lines first, then add stations on top) but I spent some time goofing around and having fun. I made a new line that runs across town through Columbia Heights, since it can be a pain to go east-west from our area using transit.

My dream line runs from Mt. Rainier in Maryland to Langdon Park (mainly so I can go to Public Option, an awesome brewery, and the cool shops on Rhode Island Ave NE) then to Ivy City, H Street, Union Station, a new Bloomingdale station, to Columbia Heights, then actual Adams Morgan (18th and Columbia) and then on to Dupont and Georgetown, ending in Rosslyn. I suppose you could send it into central Arlington and beyond but I don't know much about that area.

Of course, it's purely theoretical as I assume this would be pretty expensive and difficult, especially making new transfer stations at Union Station, Columbia Heights and Dupont -- but hey, we can dream, right?

I also added a few other little things, like an extension of the Yellow line across the river to National Harbor and an infill station at Potomac Yards. I thought about an extra DC United stadium station but couldn't think of a good way to get there.

Give it a shot, and let us know what you did. Maybe more stations in NE and Prince George's County?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sad news: Taqueria Distrito Federal has closed due to a rent hike; still open on Kennedy Street


This stinks. Taqueria Distrito Federal, the beloved taco spot at 3463 14th Street NW, has closed due to a rent hike according to PoP. Their Yelp page also shows them as closed.

TDF was one of the first taco spots in the area, if not the city, and was delicious and reasonably priced -- predating the taqueria explosion around the city and just being a great spot for tacos, Mexican food and more. A few years ago I called our area the taco-iest in the city.

The neighborhood has a ton of other taco spots now, like my fave Taqueria Habanero at 14th and Spring, Mezcalero next door to that, Taqueria del Barrio on Upshur, and more, but TDF was the original.

The other Taqueria Distrito Federal location at 805 Kennedy Street NW in Petworth is still open, so fans can hop on a bus or bike up there. That strip is really starting to heat up too, with a location of Anxo cider and more.

I understand that building owners want to maximize their profits, but this kind of thing always seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face -- raising rent so much a popular neighborhood institution has to close. I hope something cool comes in to replace it, and I hope the Kennedy Street location thrives.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Vacant property meeting tonight at Park View Rec Center; Councilmember Silverman going too

If you live in the eastern part of Columbia Heights, Park View or Pleasant Plains, there's a meeting tonight at the Park View Rec Center (Warder and Otis, a block east of Georgia) about vacant properties. Councilmember Elissa Silverman, who has been working on the issue, will also attend.

It seems like there are fewer vacant properties in our area, but it's still definitely an issue. They are often havens for crime, stashing stolen stuff, and just generally looking crappy. They also mean those properties aren't contributing taxes or being used productively.

Here's more from the the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition, who are putting the meeting on.
Wed. 9/6, 7 pm - Park View United Neighborhood Coalition meeting re. vacant propertiesPlease join the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition (UNC) for our September monthly meeting on Wed. 9/6 from 7-8 p.m. at the Park View Rec Center (corner of Warder and Otis). The main topic of our meeting will be vacant properties. We are honored to be joined by City Councilmember Elissa Silverman, who has championed a number of bills in recent years to address vacant property issues in the District. She will brief us on the problems that led her to work on this issue in the Council, and we'll discuss how we can address vacant property issues in Park View. We will also be joined by representatives from MPD to provide a monthly update on police activity in the neighborhood. We'll also hear an update on the recent meeting of the UNC's new Public Safety Working Group and the latest on the upcoming neighborhood block party. Please join us Wed. 9/6 at 7 p.m. at the rec center! Elanor Elanor StarmerSecretary and Board Member, Park View UNC

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Georgia Avenue cleanup moves to Sunday, Sept. 3 at 10am



Due to the rain, the cleanup on Georgia Avenue that was originally scheduled for today has moved to Sunday. Meet at the Murry's parking lot at Georgia and Morton, and there will be free chips and lemonade.

Friday, September 1, 2017

First Friday today on Georgia Avenue: lots of deals at local businesses (happy hour!)

September's First Friday is upon us, where local businesses on Georgia Avenue open their doors and offer deals and specials. It's a neat way to explore the street and see what businesses there are, as well as meet your neighbors. I've been a few times before and it's a lot of fun.

One of my favorites is the free glass of wine and buy one, get one books at Walls of Books. There are also some new participants, like Ten Tigers Parlour, the awesome Reliable Tavern, and more.

This month's also has events and snacks for kids at the former Murry's parking lot at Georgia and Morton.

Here's the Facebook invite, and the full list of participating businesses is below:

Celebrate another great First Friday with the small, neighborhood businesses on Georgia Avenue NW in Park View & Petworth. Drink, food and retail specials, live music, art and more. "The last days of summer" have to be celebrated appropriately. Mark those calandars and stay tuned for specials and special events. And, as always we are partnering with our friends from Petworth of the Petworth Arts Collaborative

We will have free lemonade, bubbles, chalk and outdoor games for kids at the Old Murry's Parking Lot at Morton & Georgia Avenue (across the street from Midlands).

A map of all the businesses for easy reference: http://bit.ly/2vhh3VR

Participating businesses: 
♣ Bravo Bar: BoGo
♣ Colony Club: Happy hour
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: TBD
♣ District Dogs: Dog water bowls at Georgia Avenue businesses
♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC: TBD
♣ Ana's Restaurante: Any taco f $2.50; caldo de pollo (chicken soup) $9
♣ Walls of Books - Washington, DC: A complimentary glass of wine; Buy 1, Get 1 on all books PLUS: Featuring art on display
♣ The Midlands: BoGo coupon for Monday
♣ Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering: Hurricane Harvey fundraiser: 10% of revenue and 100% of tips are donated to the victims of Hurricane Harvey
♣ Yoga Heightsts: Rooftop Yoga @ The Swift (3828 Georgia Ave) @6:15pm. (Sign up via App or on website)
♣ Mom 'N Pop Antiques: 20% off & live piano music
♣ The Looking Glass Loungege: $2 off drink specials
♣ DC Reynoldsolds: BoGo
♣ Walters Sports Bars Bar: 50% off all drinks
♣ Reliable Tavern: $6 First Friday Punch
♣ Ten Tigers Parlour: $5 First Friday "Mystery Drink" (hmmm)
♣ The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant (Sherman Ave): TBD

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

DC Reynolds, Looking Glass, Good Silver, Walters and more donating to Harvey relief on Sat., Sept. 2


Hurricane Harvey has had a massive impact on Texas and Louisiana, and local bars, restaurants and breweries are getting on board to help. Eater writes of an effort headed by DC Brau and Boundary Stone asking local spots to donate a portion of their sales on Saturday, Sept. 2 to hurricane relief. Eater has the full story.

So far local spots like DC Reynolds, Looking Glass Lounge, Walters Sports Bar and the Good Silver have signed on, as have lots of other spots around the city. Here's the full list. You can also donate directly. Their goal is to raise $25,000.

A nice way to help out people affected while enjoying your local establishments.

Photo by Texas National Guard

Want to talk to the Mayor? She'll be at the Petworth Action Committee on Thursday

If you're interested in hearing from the mayor or seeing what she's up to, here's an opportunity in our area -- she'll be attending the Petworth Action Committee meeting, a local neighborhood group, on Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm at EL Haynes Public Charter School, 4501 Kansas Ave NW.

Here's the link to the Petworth Action Committee. They describe themselves as "an organization comprised of residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the Petworth community."

Amusingly, the mayor's rep spelled her name wrong, as "Bower". Here's the press release from the Mayor's rep:
Please join Mayor Bowser at this upcoming Petworth Action Committee Meeting this Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 6:30pm.

Mayor Bower wants to heat from you!

Jasmin Benab

Executive Office of the Mayor
202.340.7059

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Meditation park" coming to 13th/Quincy/Kansas triangle, but some folks aren't happy


This is interesting -- Petworth News reported that a "meditation garden-style" park will be coming to the grassy triangle bordered by 13th, Quincy and Kansas Avenue NW. The triangle is currently just grass. I used to live near there and it was mostly not used, aside from occasional dog-walking or folks playing sports.

Petworth News writes that some people aren't happy about it because they haven't been involved in the design process. The park was first presented at an ANC meeting in June 2016 and residents liked it and wanted to be involved, but residents say they haven't been heard from since. Seemingly the city's Department of Parks and Recreation was told they had no comments.

The full plans are here, which includes about half of the area remaining grassy, plus a central plaza area with various kinds of pavers, seats, trees and shrubs plus trash cans, bike racks and a drinking fountain. Might be a nice spot for hanging out, enjoying a coffee or the like. There will still be grass, but if folks want to play on fields, there's the Raymond Rec Center a block east or the fields at Upshur and 14th.

The park will be presented at a future ANC meeting, but ANC4's site still says the upcoming one is in July, so not sure about when.

What do you think -- nice idea?



Friday, August 25, 2017

Block party at Columbia Heights Village on Saturday: music, free school supplies for kids, food and more


This sounds like a neat activity at Columbia Heights Village, the complex at 14th and Harvard: a number of local sponsors are giving away free backpacks for kids, food and more. Check it out!

Georgia Avenue cleanup Saturday, Sept 2: free chips and dip from Cava, plus lemonade


Here's a great opportunity to meet some neighbors and help clean up the area: the monthly cleanup hosted by Georgia Avenue Thrive is Saturday, Sept 2. This month there will be free snacks and drinks. They're meeting at the old Murry's store at 3400 Georgia, where the Park View mural is.

The event starts at 10am and they'll provide bags, gloves and other equipment. Here's more!
We'll gather at the corner of Georgia and Morton. Immediately following, volunteers will gather at the Murry's parking lot for free chips and dips from Cava, plus free lemonade from our great neighbor Peter Fortner, who is also a Sotheby’s realtor.

Thanks so much for your help in promoting Thrive's cleanups! Your generous sharing of our flyer has a positive impact on our community.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Good Silver offering weekend brunch starting Aug 19

The Good Silver, the replacement for the Kangaroo Boxing Club on 11th near Park, has just announced they're starting to serve brunch beginning this Saturday.

The spot offers southern-style food and cocktails, and the brunch menu sounds pretty good: chicken and waffles, skillets, healthy stuff like salads and yogurt, cocktails, shrubs (for cocktails or on their own), plus a liter of punch for four with rum, brandy and more in it. The full menu is below (click for bigger images), as is their press release.

I wrote about The Good Silver's opening a few months ago but haven't made it there yet. Anybody else go?





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Good Silver Starts Brunch August 19th
Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4PM

The Good Silver, Columbia Heights’ neighborhood cocktail bar and restaurant, is pleased to announce the addition of weekend brunch. Guests can expect the familiar, such as housemade Bloody Marys and Chicken and Waffles, and the addition of Shrubmosas and hearty foods such as the Pastrami Fleetwood Hash. All of this can be enjoyed in our comfortable bar under the careful watch of the Head Knight of the Knights Who Say Ni, who will judge you if you don’t finish your breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

The cocktail list to brush off that hangover from the night before includes The Penicillin, featuring Del Bac Smoked Whiskey, honey, lemon and ginger; Corpse Reviver #2 featuring Checkerbark Gin; And Mimosas available by the glass or the carafe.

The food menu runs the gamut including the Monte Cristo Casserole with maple syrup cream cheese; Fleetwood Hash Skillet with housemade pastrami, hash browns, feta, mushrooms, tomatoes, a poached egg and toasted baguette; American Breakfast with housemade bacon or stuffed portobello, eggs, hash browns and toasted baguette; And on the lighter side, a farm-style Panzanella Salad with local vegetables, baguette croutons, a cold poached egg and red wine vinaigrette.

Brunch will be served from 11AM-4PM every Saturday and Sunday. Compass Coffee will be served in single serving and shareable French presses to wake you up and keep you going. Wheelbarrows are unavailable if you get too full, but all are welcome to linger and enjoy a chill afternoon at our home away from home.

The full menu can be found here: http://www.goodsilverdc.com/menus

Tibetan pop-up hosted by former monk at Thip Thai, Aug. 22


This sounds pretty awesome: Thip Khao, the tasty Laotian restaurant at 3462 14th, is hosting a Tibetan pop-up with Chef Dorjee, a former Buddhist monk and refugee in Nepal and India.

It's a three-course, family style meal with meat and vegan items. Sounds pretty awesome.

You can get tickets here, and there's a discount code: MOMOSQUAD22.

Here's more from the restaurant:
Join Chef Dorjee, a former Buddhist monk, for an evening of savory, spicy, and tart Himalayan dishes inspired by his childhood as a nomad in Tibet and his experiences as a refugee in Nepal and India. Read more about Chef Dorjee in this article from The Washington Post Express.
Our pop-ups are an intimate and exciting dinner party where you can try new flavors and have a great evening with friends. You will be greeted with a welcome cocktail, and can expect a variety of surprising tastes from generous family-style dishes in 3 set courses of at least 6 dishes, including both meat-based and vegan dishes. Additional cocktails, wine, and beer are available a la carte from Thip Khao. We'll send guests an introductory email before the event to showcase several of the dishes you can expect and the stories behind them, and get to know you better! We look forward to serving you.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Himitsu, Timber Pizza on Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants list; Himitsu also on Eater's Top 12


Wow, our area is getting some more love from critics. Bon Appetit, which named Bad Saint the #2 best new restaurant in the country last year, has given some plaudits to two spots on Upshur this year: Timber Pizza Co. and Himitsu. They put both among the 50 best new restaurants in the country, along with other DC spot Pineapple and Pearls on Barracks Row.

Himistu also made Eater.com's 12 Best New Restaurants list, along with spots in San Francisco, Knoxville, TN and more.

Himitsu is a Japanese spot where Cappy's Crabs and Crane & Turtle were before at 828 Upshur Street NW, and Timber Pizza Co. is a former food truck with a wood-fired oven at 809 Upshur, which was formerly a small church.

Pretty awesome to see this kind of praise for more local spots. In a few weeks Bon Appetit will announce what the top restaurants are from the list.

Any favorite dishes at either spot?


Photos from their Facebook pages

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bar and restaurant maybe in the works at 3124 Georgia




The other day I walked past 3124 Georgia Ave NW, just south of Kenyon, and it looks like a bar/resturant is going in. This place was originally planned to be Hush Restaurant and Lounge, but their liquor license was denied when the ANC thought it sounded more like a club.

There's a new permit on the window extending an earlier permit to enlarge the windows and doors for a restaurant/bar on the first floor with an office upstairs. The building is owned by the same LLC as applied for Hush's permit, so it may be the same thing.

The building is two doors down from Colony Club and the space itself is pretty big and open (though without a back door) and there looks to be a bar built.

I talked with someone who works nearby and they said the building has been under construction for some time, so maybe that work was done a while ago, but the new permit may mean progress has restarted.

This building, if you recall is a two-story building that previously had a banner on it asking people to rent it for a restaurant or bar. (See below from Google.)





First Friday on Georgia Avenue, this Friday: check out local businesses, get free wine!


First Friday on Georgia Avenue is right around the corner, this Friday, August 4. The event, organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, features all kinds of deals at local businesses, including my favorite, a free glass of wine plus BOGO books at Walls of Books. And it's beach themed -- I like it. Here's the Facebook invite, and read on for more!
It's hot out there! Enjoy another great First Friday on Georgia Avenue, #Beachinthecity edition! We will again have almost 20 businesses (see list below) Georgia Avenue NW in Park View & Petworth. Drink, food and retail specials, live music, art and more. Mark those calendars, get into a relaxed brach mindset and stay tuned for the specials and special events for the August one. And, as always, we are partnering with our friends in Petworth Petworth Arts Collaborative. Happy Friday! 
Add your favorite "summer strut" songs to our First Friday summer playlist on Spotify by "following" the playlist and then adding them: bit.ly/2uAtLiB 
Participating businesses: ♣ Bravo Bar: TBD♣ Colony Club: Screening and ping pong tournament with a professional ping pong player, and a filmmaker who's making a documentary about him
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: TBD
♣ District Dogs: Water bowls along Georgia Avenue, 15% off retail
♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC: $5 Painkiller (coconut & dark rum cocktail)
♣ Ana's Restaurante: TBD
♣ Walls of Books - Washington, DC: A complimentary glass of wine and + Buy 1, Get 1 on all books +buy any T-shirt (crew, v-neck, racerback, kids) and get a book free PLUS: Featuring art on display
♣ The Midlands: BoGo coupon for Monday
♣ Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering
♣ Yoga Heights: Rooftop Yoga @ The Swift (3828 Georgia Ave) @6:15pm. (Sign up via App or on website)
♣ Mom 'N Pop Antiques [NEW]: 20% off & live piano music
♣ The Looking Glass Lounge: TBD
♣ DC Reynolds: BoGo
♣ Walters Sports Bar: 50% off all drinks
♣ Reliable Tavern: $6 First Friday Beach Punch
♣ Ten Tigers Parlour [NEW]: $5 Classic Daiquiri
♣ The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant (Sherman Ave): Sex On the Beach Cocktail
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: TBD♣ District Dogs: Water bowls along Georgia Avenue, 15% off retail♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC: $5 Painkiller (coconut & dark rum cocktail)♣ Ana's Restaurante: TBD ♣ Walls of Books - Washington, DC: A complimentary glass of wine and + Buy 1, Get 1 on all books +buy any T-shirt (crew, v-neck, racerback, kids) and get a book free PLUS: Featuring art on display ♣ The Midlands: BoGo coupon for Monday♣ Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering♣ Yoga Heights: Rooftop Yoga @ The Swift (3828 Georgia Ave) @6:15pm. (Sign up via App or on website) ♣ Mom 'N Pop Antiques [NEW]: 20% off & live piano music♣ The Looking Glass Lounge: TBD ♣ DC Reynolds: BoGo♣ Walters Sports Bar: 50% off all drinks♣ Reliable Tavern: $6 First Friday Beach Punch♣ Ten Tigers Parlour [NEW]: $5 Classic Daiquiri ♣ The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant (Sherman Ave): Sex On the Beach Cocktail 
Beach "activities" on The old Murry's parking lot

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Two meetings on 16th Street bus lanes today: 16th and U, 16th and Irving



If you're a frequent bus rider, you may be excited to hear that DDOT is looking into adding bus lanes to 16th Street. They're holding two events today from 4:30-7pm at 16th and Irving and 16th and U to present the project and get feedback. The events are drop-in, so no need to be there at the start.

There's also an online "open house" where you can submit feedback at 16thStreetNWBus.com.

Here's more from DDOT:
Public Events Today! 
16th Street Bus Lanes Project - Design Phase 
Upcoming Events
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will kick-off a series of public events for the Design Phase of the 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project. The purpose of the project is to improve bus service and reliability on the 16th Street NW corridor. At the events, DDOT will provide an overview of the project, present roadway layouts, and gather public feedback. 
Engagement Events 
Tuesday, August 1st
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm 
Two Locations:
16th and Irving Street NW
16th and U Street NW 
Online Open House
July 27 - September 1
16thStreetNWBus.com  
In April 2016, DDOT released the 16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study, which resulted in a set of recommendations to be advanced to the design phase. The recommendations included peak-hour, peak direction bus lanes, bus service changes, bus stop improvements, and transit priority infrastructure. The design phase of the 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project will use this set of recommendations to begin environmental documentation and develop preliminary engineering designs. 
The public has three opportunities to give input on this phase of the project: a public meeting, an on-site engagement event at two locations, and an online open house. All events will cover the same material and provide an opportunity for public feedback. The public meeting will be open-house style with an opportunity for participants to listen to a presentation, review the roadway layouts, and provide feedback. The engagement events will be held at two high ridership bus stops: 16th and Irving Street NW and 16th and U Street NW. The online open house will include a narrated presentation. The comment period for this phase will end on September 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm. All comments can be submitted on the website, by mail, or email. 
If you have any other questions or comments, please contact Spring Worth at spring.worth@dc.gov or 202-673-1736.
Visit the Website

Monday, July 31, 2017

New marijuana smoke shop open on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan, Grass&Co.


Maybe a little out of our area, but is close enough that it applies to Columbia Heights residents: this past weekend I spotted a new marijuana dispensary at 1730 Columbia Road NW called Grass&Co.

I can't really find much out about the place from their Facebook but they seem to sell various strands of marijuana and apparently other things too -- I would assume pipes and maybe hemp or marijuana themed items.

They previously operated as a pop-up shop with various marijuana tastings and the like.

Here's more from their Facebook:
Greetings all! Its been a long time since you guys have heard from Grass&Co. We were humbled by the outpouring of warm messages and new friends we've made at each event. But we're back! In fact, our official Grass&Co. community smoke shop opens this Saturday the 29th (tomorrow) and we're having a huge grand opening party. No tickets, no payment. Just a whole lot of fun and 25% off most products. The Adams Morgan community has shown us a lot of love and we're hoping to extend that love to the rest of DC. Stop by and say hello! 
Where: 1730 Columbia Rd. NW, DC 20009 
When: We open at 9AM and the grand opening party is from 5-8PM.

Here's the flyer from their grand opening on the 29th.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Free yoga classes every Monday at Georgia and Morton, and fitness coach this Saturday


Want to get in shape? Local yoga studio Yoga Heights and Georgia Avenue Thrive, the local nonprofit that does a lot around the avenue, has organized free workout classes every Monday in the parking lot at the former Murry's store on the corner of Georgia and Morton (where the Park View mural is.)

The Monday events are at 6:30pm with free yoga, and this coming Saturday there are two sessions with a fitness coach and free food samples. See more below:
You still have a chance to get your fitness groove on! Join Coach G. for a blockbuster fitness work out 10-12 pm, Saturday, July 29th! At 3400 Georgia Avenue (old Murry’s Parking Lot). You'll have not one, but two opportunities!

Work Out 1: 10:15 am
Work Out 2: 11:15 am

Come and get fit with a live DJ, food samples from Sweetgreen, and more!

For more info, go to: SWEATDC.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Alfie's lease has ended, workers there the other day; owner McCoy also opening Upshur Street, Adams Morgan spots


I wrote a while ago about the impending move of Alfie's/Tchoup's at 3301 Georgia, and now I hear from owner Alex McCoy that the lease has ended. I pinged him the other day because I saw a bunch of guys in business casual and hardhats milling around the other day checking it out, and was wondering if McCoy had some plans. The "Po' Boys" sign is also down. 

McCoy confirmed the lease is up but wasn't sure what was happening there next. 

Given the business casual hardhat guys, it sounds like the owners, ZG 3301 LLC, which is short for Zuckerman Gravely, are looking at what might come next. I hope it's something cool. The Zuckerman family owns a number of properties in the area, including Colony Club, the old Murry's location that was a mushroom farm, and I believe the shopping center where Walls of Books and the Midlands is.

McCoy is busy lately -- he's also working on two other places: a British pub and sandwich shop at 845 Upshur Street NW, the old China American Inn (see above), and a brick and mortar location in Adams Morgan for Lucky Buns, the burger popup they ran for a time at Tchoup's. He said it should be September for Lucky Buns. (See a photo below. I've heard good things.) 

Petworth News has a preview of the British spot, which is still under construction. There's a massive backyard area too.


The 845 Upshur space was originally planned to be the new Alfie's location, but the space didn't fit, so he's looking for another maybe downtown. 

I'm looking into what might be coming next to 3301 Georgia. Best of luck to McCoy, we will miss his spot in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

NPR writes about Howard U.: the changing neighborhood and connecting with neighbors


NPR has an interesting article today about Howard University about the changing neighborhood and the university's relations with the community. The article, "When A Historically Black University's Neighborhood Turns White" talks about rising property values in the area, the increase in white residents, the decrease in crime, and more.

It also talks about the university re-connecting with the neighborhood -- for many years it was more inward-focused, but lately they've been trying to engage the community more with events and others. They're also interested in connecting with Georgia Avenue from a planning and development side as well -- physically being part of the street.

Last year, for example, I attended the Georgia Avenue Community Review, where officials from Howard talked about how they wanted to make Georgia Avenue more of a focus for the university. Currently, the university has a lot of blank walls on the street and is separated from it. Howard officials mention this in the NPR article too, saying they were more insular. The officials at the community review event talked about making it more of a main street for campus, especially as more shops and restaurants have gone in. Did you know there's a Barnes and Noble there, as well as Potbelly and lots of other food?

The NPR article also talks about Howard's land holdings in the area, a number of which were bought in the 1970s and 1980s, and many of which are vacant. A number of residents have complained about this, and at the community review, a number of locals said something similar (as did I.) In many cases though, Howard is working on redeveloping them, such as the vacant and burned apartment building on Georgia near Fairmont. That building is currently going through a request for proposals. 

Another example is the large vacant warehouse complex on the west side of Georgia across from the hospital. Last I heard redevelopment was held up by a dispute with the purported developers. 

They also discuss the increasing land values, but not in depth. 

One thing I've had a tough time with is finding out about events at Howard -- I'm sure there are talks, performances and such at the campus that would be of interest to local residents, but the calendar page isn't too detailed. (Then again, it's the summer.) If anybody is reading from Howard, I'd be happy to write about events there! Let me know!

Photo by Ted Eytan

Friday, July 14, 2017

Metro now testing homes near Petworth Metro for damage from shaking caused by new trains


Many residents near the Petworth Metro are worried about their homes shaking due to the new, heavier 7000-series Metro trains. A number of reports have talked about it over the past few months, with Metro first saying it wasn't related, but now they're hiring contractors to study the issue.

I've written before about the issue, and WUSA-9 recently did a story where they measured shaking in a house near the station and found that each shake was exactly timed when a new train arrived at the station. Now they're reporting that Metro has hired a contractor for at least one person's house to see if the shaking might cause structural damage.

Let's hope there won't be damage -- I know I'd be worried if I lived near the station. Anyone else notice this?

Photo: a 7000 series car at PG Plaza, from Wikipedia

Hear from MPD's Third District commander on Saturday


If you're interested in learning more about safety in our area or sharing your opinion, MPD's Third District Commander, Stuart Emerman, will be speaking at the Luray-Warder Neighborhood Association meeting on Saturday. It's at the Park View Rec Center, 693 Otis Pl NW, at 11 am.

The Third District covers Columbia Heights up to Monroe Street, plus Park View, U Street, Howard University and parts of Ledroit Park, Adams Morgan and Logan Circle and part of 16th Street. Click the map for a bigger version. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Possibly unpopular opinion: I don't think Sundevich is that great


A few months ago, folks in the neighborhood were thrilled when Small Fry at 3212 Georgia started serving Sundevich sandwiches along with their usual barbecue. The same folks own both spots, as well as the awesome Union Drinkery next door plus A&D in Shaw.

And after trying a lot of the sandwiches there, I've come to a conclusion -- I don't think they're that great. By my count I've probably had 10 different sandwiches in order to give them a chance with a full sample size and most have been... fine. Not great, not bad, but just kind of bland.

The ingredients are decent quality, the bread is ok and they're made as they're described, but just fall flat for me. Nothing extraordinary. And I like Small Fry pretty well; they have solid BBQ, good mac and cheese and a great fried chicken sandwiches. (Just avoid the smoked vegetables.)

So I don't quite get it -- am I missing something about Sundevich? I've never been, so was I jaded by the universally positive reviews for the original Shaw location and expecting something awesome -- or is the original location just better?

Image from the Sundevich Twitter.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jenkins Capital BBQ opening July 4th, soft opening today; check out the menu


It's BBQ time! Jenkins Capital BBQ at the old Ruby Tuesday spot (14th and Monroe) is opening officially on July 4th with a soft opening today, July 3rd, according to a tipster.

The tipster also sent along the full menu, which seems a bit smaller than we saw before, but still very large. Might be worth a shot for your 4th of July party. (Click the image above for a bigger view.)

Nice to see something come to this space, which has been empty for a few years, and I wish them luck! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Here's where you can buy fireworks in DC! Two stands in our area

The 4th of July is upon us, and that means cookouts, hot weather, and fireworks -- fireworks everywhere, not just on the Mall.

It's my opinion that a rooftop in Columbia Heights is the best place in the world to see 4th of July fireworks, because you can see the main display, displays at towns around the area, and a ton of DIY displays all around our neighborhood. Anywhere you look you'll see something going on -- it's fun, it's communal, and it's explosive.

You can buy some fireworks in DC, though not the ones that shoot in the area and explode, and I contacted DCRA to get the list of where they are -- see below.

In our area that's 3700 New Hampshire (corner of Georgia, at the Petworth Metro) and 4140 Georgia (at Upshur). Here's the full list below:

UPDATE: there are two stands not listed: 14th and Otis and Georgia and Newton.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Save $15 from Ecoverde Maids, a green, local small business

 

This is a sponsored post for our advertiser Ecoverde Maids, a great small local business that's been a longtime supporter of the site. Check them out!

This year Ecoverde Maids is turning 5 years old! Through competitive pricing, attractive service plans and friendly customer service, Ecoverde has created a strong residential client base serving Columbia Heights and Petworth. Today we'd like to introduce you to Carolina Rodriguez, the owner. Since they receive all lot of bookings from the surrounding area, they have decided to sponsor this blog. They have created a $15 off promo code that you can use by clicking on their banner on the top of the blog.

Ecoverde founder Carolina Rodriguez moved from Spain to Washington DC in 2005 to work for the Spanish government. In her free time after work she took a course from the Latino Economic Development Center on how to start a small business—more specifically, how to start a cleaning business. The training lasted for six weeks on Tuesday nights and she learned everything about starting a business, from how to do taxes, to becoming an LLC, to all the legal and administrative aspects. In 2012 she launched Ecoverde Maids in the Washington, DC Metro area and is currently working on launching another branch in Boston. 

While she is focused on running a successful business, she does find time for other activities. “Honestly, I am so passionate about so many things in life!” she said. She’s raising a two year old daughter, studying for a Masters in Secondary Education at George Washington University (she’ll graduate this summer), does morning meditation, goes to yoga class, Facetimes with family in Spain, enjoys watching movies, catches up with friends over coffee… and is running a highly successful cleaning business as well.
Carolina originally studied social work in Spain, but has come to love running her own business. “I like handling the online marketing and entrepreneurship,” she said. While Ecoverde Maids focuses on eco-friendly cleaning, the service offers both green cleaning and conventional cleaning depending on the client’s request. “Green cleaning is very important. We need to be aware of the environment and how we relate to it with the products we consume,” Carolina said. Seventh Generation products are a favorite brand that the team uses to clean without toxic chemicals.

When she first started out, Carolina was out in the field doing cleaning with her staff, but now she focuses solely on the administrative aspects and on growing the business. She felt it was important to get exposure to the actual cleaning process, in order to know exactly what her customers were experiencing. “When you’re selling a product, you need to know what you’re selling,” she said. She doesn’t miss being out in the field, though, and feels that her main focus should be on taking Ecoverde Maids to the next level. To that end, she has a staff of ten people who are helping to handle the day-to-day cleaning services.

Despite the challenges, she finds the work to be fulfilling. “I started the business four years ago and it’s been evolving. I like trying new things and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I alter my systems accordingly. The best part is to see something that I created with my own hands grow and become a success.”

One of the secrets to her success is the personal touch she has the team leave after each client’s home is cleaned. “We want the client to have a feeling of coming home to a clean and fresh house, so we leave mints on top of our company business card.” Another critical component is soliciting feedback from her customers frequently. “The same day of the cleaning our clients get an email asking them to rate the team. Their response goes to us and to the cleaning teams. This is how we do quality control and to make sure clients are happy with this team. Customer satisfaction is very important.” 

From her many years of success, she offers some words of advice for someone looking to start their own cleaning business. “You’ve got to have patience most of all. There’s a lot of work out there, many people who are busy and who need their homes cleaned. In the beginning it will be slow going but put yourself out there and advertise. An online presence is one of the most important pieces. You have to keep a good online reputation with good views and a positive image of your brand and business. That will bring long term success.” 

If you’re in the Washington DC or Boston area, you can book Ecoverde Maids for a high-quality green cleaning service today.