Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Georgia Avenue Main Streets program announced: run by District Bridges and Georgia Ave Thrive

This is neat: yesterday the mayor announced the award of a new DC Main Streets program for Georgia Avenue. It went to a partnership between District Bridges, which runs the Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant Main Street program, and Georgia Avenue Thrive, the local nonprofit that runs First Fridays on Georgia Avenue and lots of other neat projects.

The city calls the DC Main Streets "neighborhood revitalization programs" which work with local businesses, community development professionals and volunteers "to promote economic development, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for all residents."

District Bridges was formerly known as the Columbia Heights Initiative. The new Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street will be led by Jennifer Kuiper of Georgia Avenue Thrive.

Here's a tweet from District Bridges and more from the mayor, who announced it on Monday at Walls of Books:
And from the mayor's office:

On Monday, October 16, at 3 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser will launch the neighborhood revitalization program in Lower Georgia Avenue, designating the area as the newest Main Street in the DC Main Streets program, an initiative that promotes the revitalization of traditional business districts that has generated more than 2,000 jobs in the last two years. DC Main Streets are organized and led by local volunteers and community development professionals – who lead sustainable, community-driven efforts – to promote economic development, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for all residents.
Mayor Bowser will also be joined by Administration officials to participate in a community walk in Ward 1. During the walk, the Mayor will address neighborhood concerns and hear from DC residents and business owners in the Parkview neighborhood. Starting location of the walk will begin at Wall of Books, 3325 Georgia Avenue, NW.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pretty funny: PBR doing Totino's frozen pizza contest at area bars: Midlands, Wonderland, Lyman's, LGL, Good Silver

This is amusing. Pabst Blue Ribbon is doing what they're calling a "pizza crush," which is a competition by local bars to dress up a Totino's frozen pizza.

The bars will dress up the pizzas with toppings of their choice, and if you buy a PBR, you get a slice. I assume there will also be freebies and such.

They're doing the event around the city, with a number of the participants in our area: Midlands on Friday, followed by, Wonderland, Lyman's, Looking Glass Lounge, and the Good Silver (the spot that was formerly Kangaroo Boxing Club.) Other spots around the city include Dew Drop Inn, Solly's, Ivy & Coney, Smoke & Barrel and the Pug.

There's more on the local PBR Instagram.

(H/T to Randy for spotting this)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

City expands recyclable items: pizza boxes, to-go containers, plastic plates, deli containers and more

This is cool: the city is expanding their list of recyclable items to include a lot more: pizza boxes; paper and plastic plates, cups, lids and to-go containers; and plastic produce, deli/bakery containers and trays. You still need to clean the food out, though.

The idea is to help more trash avoid landfills and to increase the city's 28% recycling rate, well below Prince George's and Montgomery Counties, which are around 60%

The new items will be recyclable starting Jan. 1, so don't start putting your Domino's boxes in the recycling just yet.

They also made a handy chart with all the items that can be recycled, above. (Click it for the full version.) Print it out and put it above your home's bin!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ward 1 council race heats up: three candidates oppose incumbent Nadeau

The Ward 1 Council race is getting interesting: there are three candidates who have filed to run against incumbent councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau: current ANC1A chair Kent Boese (who also writes the Park View DC blog), former DC judge Lori E. Parker, and newcomer Sheika Reid, a 26 year-old architectural drafter.

Nadeau, as you may recall, upset longtime Ward 1 council member Jim Graham in 2014. Graham recently passed away.

Nadeau and her challengers are registered for the Democratic primary scheduled for June 18, 2018, but in a city as heavily Democratic as ours, the primary winner will most likely take the general election too.

I've already started getting mailers from Nadeau, which are technically updates about her work in council but which a few folks on twitter have said look like campaign flyers.

Should be an interesting race! I'll be doing interviews with the candidates in the coming months.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Taste of Columbia Heights restaurant fest fundraiser for CentroNia on Oct. 18

This sounds pretty neat: CentroNia, a local early childhood nonprofit, is hosting Buen Provecho: A Taste of Columbia Heights where you buy a ticket and get two tastes at each participating restaurant. It's a cool way to try a bunch of restaurants in the area and also help out a local nonprofit. There are 11 spots currently participating, with more to come. Here's more info!

CentroNía is excited to present Buen Provecho: A Taste of Columbia Heights in partnership with District Bridges. Buen Provecho, our first annual celebration of the amazing food and culture of Columbia Heights, will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6:00-9:00pm at individual restaurants along 14th Street, Irving Street, Park Road, and the 11th Street corridor in Columbia Heights.

¡Buen Provecho! will bring together CentroNía friends, foodies, and young professionals to neighborhood restaurants, showcasing each restaurant’s unique cuisine and celebrating the community. Guests will pre-purchase tickets allocating two tastes at each restaurant. All funds raised from ticket sales and sponsorships will support the more than 2,400 children and families who benefit from CentroNía’s programs and services each year.
How It Works:
  1. Purchase your ticket and you're off to explore the cuisine of Columbia Heights! Tickets are valid for 2 tastes at each participating restaurant.
  2. Start exploring once you pick up your ¡Buen Provecho! Map & Tasting Guide and swag bag at Tynan Coffee & Tea.
  3. Want something extra special? Purchase a VIP ticket! Good for 2 tastes at all participating restaurants, 5 EXTRA taste tickets, and entry to the after party.
¡Buen Provecho! Map & Tasting Guides with a map of all participating restaurants and the dishes offered will be handed out at check-in to guide you on your trip around Columbia Heights. From there, explore, taste, and enjoy at your own leisure!
If you're interested in learning about sponsorships, advertising opportunities, or other ways to get involved, please contact Alice Sadler at asadler@centronia.org
Participating Restaurants & Businesses include (...and more to come!):

Thursday, October 5, 2017

First Friday on Georgia Avenue is tomorrow! Lots of deals, freebies, arts, kids' games and more

First Friday, the celebration of local businesses on Georgia Avenue organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, is back again! This month's has a lot going on, with deals, discount, freebies, events, arts, music and more. If you haven't been it's a lot of fun: a way to explore small businesses, meet your neighbors and get some good deals.

This month's seems to have the most going on, so read on! My favorite is the free glass of wine at Walls of Books, but there are lots of other great ones.
Celebrate another great First Friday with the neighborhood small businesses on Georgia Ave NW in Park View & Petworth. Drink, food and retail specials, live music, art and more. Or as others would say, this will be epic... And as always we are partnering with our friends from Petworth Arts Collaborative. 
We will have bubbles, chalk and for kids at the Old Murry's Parking Lot at Morton & Georgia Avenue (across the street from Midlands). 
SPECIAL EVENTS:- Live music by Judge Smith on The Old Murray's Parking Lot (corner of Morton & Georgia Ave)- Scavenger Hunt with Teaching for Change (starts at Old Murray's Parking Lot) - Prizes for first three - Reading by local author Scott Jackson at: Walls of Books - Washington, DC - http://bit.ly/2whHBDE
- Drop off for Halloween Costume Drive for Park Morton Kids - http://bit.ly/2h0WqEx

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

Participating businesses:
♣ Bravo Bar : BoGo & First Friday cocktail
♣ Colony Club: Happy Hour (5-7), Three Man Soul Machine from 8-10pm
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: Smoothies and Milk Cult ice-cream (at the parking lot)
♣ District Dogs:
- Dog kissing booth (yes!!!)
- 20% dog bandanas & bow ties
- Dog water bowls at Georgia Avenue businesses
- Drop off spot for Halloween Costume Drive for the kids of Park Morton: http://bit.ly/2h0WqEx
♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC: $6 Allspice Old Fashioned
♣ Ana's restaurante: $1 chicken taco, $8 chicken soup
♣ Walls of Books - Washington, DC:
- A complimentary glass of wine
- Local author Scott Jackson will do a book reading & signing at 6:30 pm: http://bit.ly/2whHBDE
- BoGo for up to 5 books 
- 20% off all Melissa & Doug toys
- Drop off spot for Halloween Costume Drive for the kids of Park Morton: http://bit.ly/2h0WqEx
♣ Story District: FREE Story Telling Crash Course @ 7pm Register for FREE: http://bit.ly/2fNZTqe
♣ The Midlands: TBD
♣ Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering: Carimañolas (yuca balls) stuffed with either ground beef, ground turkey, ground soy (veggie) served with a tamarind dipping sauce.
♣ Yoga Heights: 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 Lounge: $2 off each drink
♣ DC Reynolds: BoGo
♣ Walters Sports Bar: 50% off all drinks
♣ Reliable Tavern: $6 Punch
♣ Ten Tigers Parlour: $5 Old Fashioned
The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant(Sherman Ave): $5 Chacho Mojito

El Rinconcito II back open after fire last year!

This is good news: the other day I walked by El Rinconcito II, the Salvadoran/Mexican spot on Park Road across from Giant, and saw it was back open. On another walk by I saw a bunch of folks enjoying a meal out on their patio. The place caught fire in October of last year, so it's great to see it back in business.

If you haven't been, the spot is a local favorite and has been around for quite some time. Worth a visit. And it's got 4 stars on Yelp.

They're at 1326 Park Rd NW.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Target has hilarious Halloween animal heads you can wear

The other day I was in Target and spotted a whole bunch of giant, whole head masks: a black cat, unicorn, fox, Beast from Beauty and the Beast (I think), a panda and other various creatures. They're $30, which isn't too bad for pretty Halloween big masks. They're mostly adult-sized but there are also some for kids.

Pretty funny/terrifying. I think the weird cat is my favorite.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Outdoor movie this Friday at Tubman field: Mean Girls!

You can sit with us on Friday, Sept. 29: District Bridges (formerly the Columbia Heights Initiative) in sponsoring a showing of Mean Girls starting at 7pm at the Tubman School field, but there will be free popcorn and a yoga class in Spanish starting at 6:30pm.

Sounds fun! Here's the info from District Bridges:
We are back hosting Movie Nights in the Heights held at the Harriet Tubman Elementary School Field.

Join us Friday, September 29th as we watch Mean Girls. The evening is free and open to the public and will be an opportunity for you to enjoy some fun with your family and community.

The movie will start as soon as it gets dark- at around 7 p.m. but you are more than welcome to come early to get a great seat and hang out with us while also enjoying some premovie fun! 
This week the amazing people over at Yoga District are going to be providing a FREE mini yoga class to all attendees so come early!!

Yoga en Español con Zeus will begin at 6:30 pm. ¿What better month and way to celebrate the beautiful Latin and Hispanic culture than through doing yoga in Spanish during Hispanic Heritage month? 
Encounter Church DC will also be there with free popcorn for everyone!
We love bringing our community together for #MovieNightsInTheHeights! We hope you come out to spend an evening with us and enjoy the movie. 
Thank you to everyone who voted and helped us choose the movies we will be showing in September. For a full list of the September movie series, visit us at www.districtbridges.org.
Enter Harriet Tubman through the gates on Irving Street near 11th Street.
In case of rain, wind, or a wet field, the movie will be moved to the Salvation Army at 3335 Sherman Ave NW. 
As always, per DCPS rules unfortunately no pets are allowed on the field.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Here's how you can volunteer for Democrats in Virginia: phone bank in our area or canvass to get out the vote

 Here's some opportunities to get involved in local politics. You might say "Local? In Virginia?" but I'd argue it affects us.

In 2017, less than 50 days away, Virginia has elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state house. All of these have ramifications for us in DC, as they have the power to redistrict the state's Congressional and state house districts. Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country, with aggressive attempts to change vote totals or move the borders social current elected officials are out of their districts. That also affects policies in the state.

Right now, there are 4 Democrats and 7 Republicans in the Congress from Virginia, despite the total vote being split nearly 50-50 -- and that's an improvement on 2012 and 2014, when it was 3 and 8. Thanks to gerrymandering, in the state house there are 34 Democrats and 66 Republicans, despite the state going for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

And as we have discovered, Republican members of Congress love to interfere in DC's affairs: they've previously tried (and sometimes succeeded) from trying to stop DC from spending money medical marijuana, decriminalized marijuana, women's health, LGBT issues, abortion services, and many other things DC taxpayers have voted for and want. And that's not to mention Congress dealing with issues that affect the country as a whole, like foreign policy, federal jobs, the environment and more.

To me, this volunteering also a way to affect change in an important place that's near us. DC is very Democratic, but just across the border it's much more competitive. You can be active in the city and also help out next door and have a big impact.

There are a number of events coming up that anyone can participate in: Check them out. Phone banking is a way to encourage voters to get out and vote, to make sure they know their polling places, and more, and canvassing does the same but in person. (I've done both a few times, they're actually kind of fun!)
  • 09/25 [Monday] – Women's National Democratic Club's Virginia Call to Action  
    • 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the WNDC (1526 New Hampshire Ave NW)
    • Many progressive groups including the Democratic National Committee will have booths where you can learn more about different ways to get involved in Virginia. There will also be phone banking & training!
    • Event Link HERE
  • 09/27 [Wednesday] – Phone Bank at the DNC
  • 09/28 [Thursday] – Phone Bank at the DNC hosted by DC for Progress
  • 09/30-10/01 [Saturday – Sunday] – Canvassing Weekend of Action!
There will be more events too after this!

Fall Fun Fest this Sunday at Old Soldiers Home: food trucks, music, antique cars, kids' games, bourbon tasting, beer and more

This sounds like an awesome event for adults and kids alike: the Friends of the Soldiers Home have their annual Fall Fun Fest this Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Soldiers Home (just east of Park View.) It runs from 9am-5pm with all kinds of events, vendors, crafts and performances, including a military drill team, antique cars, and more.

Personally I'm interested in the bourbon tasting and beer. There are also lots of kids events like games, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, moon bounce and others.

They're also looking for volunteers, so if you want to help out and meet some neighbors, go here!

If you haven't been, the Old Soldiers Home (technically the Armed Forces Retirement Home) is a really nice campus with lots of grass, rolling hills and trees. The Friends of the Soldiers Home hosts events for the public and also does a lot with the retirees at the home.

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

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

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?

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.)