Thursday, September 21, 2017

Department of Health cracks down on dogs on the patio at Midlands, Wonderland; doggie sit-in Sept. 23


This is lame. The city's Department of Health visited Wonderland and Midlands recently, telling both that dogs aren't allowed on their patios (or inside.) Washingtonian has the story, where apparently someone complained to DOH about the pooches.

Midlands posted on Facebook about it, as they have a dog in residence on the patio, Andy Pants, who has a doghouse, and folks sometimes bring their dogs to hang out while they hang out. Wonderland sometimes has customers bring pooches to their patio too. To me, I don't see the problem -- these are pretty big outdoor places and the dogs aren't inside or near the food prep areas. It's a nice thing to see too. Dogs are nice. There has been a law banning dogs for some time but it was rarely enforced. Washingtonian said DOH showed up after receiving a complaint.

But Midlands isn't taking this laying down or rolling over (get it) -- they posted a message asking people to contact their councilmembers and the relevant government officials, and Ward 1 Councilember Nadeau posted this recently on her Facebook page: "Lots of frustrated folks have been contacting my office about a recent city crackdown on dogs on restaurant patios. Working on it!"

Midlands has also organized a doggie sit-in and "PETition signing" on Saturday, Sept. 23 urging people to bring their dogs and sit on the patio in protest.

Here's the Facebook post from Midlands:
Dear Friends, Neighbors and Dog Parents,

We deeply regret having to make this statement, but Washington DC’s Dept. of Health just paid us a visit and told us we are NO LONGER ALLOWED TO HAVE DOGS on the property until further notice. This means all dogs including Andy Pants. We are very sorry for this awful change, but we have no control over it. Write your council member, we are.

Ward 1 CM Brianne Nadeau (bnadeau@dccouncil.us) since both Midlands and Wonderland are both in her district,

Health Committee Chair Vincent Gray (vgray@dccouncil.us) and his committee director egoulet@dccouncil.us 
Dept. of Health Director LaQuandra.Nesbitt@dc.gov (cc: doh@dc.gov).
Just put it all in the same email👍🏼
Midlands & Andy
Photo of Andy Pants by Midlands 

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