Taking A Break, Be Back Soon

No Sleep Till Brookland NE Washington DC Street ArtHi Readers,

To announce to regular/daily readers that I am taking a break for the summer is a bit “after that fact” since I haven’t had a blog post in about a month.  After 1,479 blog posts since August 2012,  I just hit a wall. I rarely post about my/our personal life. Over the last 4 years, my wonderful wife (and sometime co-blogger) Astrid and I  have powered through the loss of loved ones, crazy work schedules and other challenges to deliver the latest happenings in and around Brookland.

This summer has presented another confluence of events – personal, national, and local that have drawn our attention and time away from blogging. Rest assured that we aren’t going anywhere, we just need some time to get refreshed and get back on our feet. Expect to see more blog posts starting September. Until then, enjoy the rest of summer and be good to your neighbors.

Best,

Shani (and Astrid)

Dance Place Hosts Jack Ya Body Dance Makers Showcase This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Dance Place
Photo courtesy of Dance Place

Here is great local event taking place this Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 8pm. From the event page:

Going into its 16th year, Dance Place hosts five emerging hip-hop dance artists as part of Hi-ARTS’s annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Artists Charise Pinkston, Christopher Law, Briana Stuart, Makeda Abraham and AwE connect words with dance through this year’s theme: “Word is Bond.”

Founded as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2000, the HiARTS mission is to support hip-hop as a vibrant urban art and culture movement. HiARTS invigorates the arts and culture field by nurturing the creation of innovative work within the hip-hop aesthetic; presenting and touring artists whose work addresses the socio-political issues relevant to the hip-hop generation; and serving young, urban communities through outreach and education.

Get your tickets here. Dance Place is located at 3225 8th Street NE.

Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Location Issue: Petition And Upcoming BNCA Meeting

1700 Rhode Island Ave. NE
1700 Rhode Island Ave NE,the proposed site of the Ward 5 homeless shelter

The location of the future Ward 5 homeless shelter has been a hot topic ever since Mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans to replace DC General Family Shelter with homeless shelters in each Ward of DC. In February we wrote about issues a lot of folks had about the original  shelter location proposed for Ward 5, because of its proximity to a trash transfer station, bus lots, a strip club, a night club, and limited access to mass transportation and amenities like a grocery store. Then Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie held a town hall meeting to discuss proposed locations on Friday, May 27, although it was announced that he supported the former MPD Building at 1700 Rhode Island Avenue, NE as the site for the shelter prior to the meeting. On the heels of that meeting, on May 31st, the DC City Council approved the 17th and RIA Ward 5 location, along with the other city-wide locations.

Now some residents are raising concerns about the location and are circulating a petition to ask for a hearing. You can view the petition here. Among the concerns are that the proposed homeless shelter is for 40 families, but the lot size is only 12,000 square feet, which would not house that many people. This is also a historic building, (check out some cool old pics here) and although there has been city-wide discussions about shelter locations for many months, neighbors who were not plugged in/aware to the hearings and meetings have been caught off guard. CM McDuffie’s meeting unfortunately was announced with only a few days’ notice, and held on the Friday evening before Memorial Day weekend, so not exactly ideal timing.

This topic will be discussed at this month’s Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  meeting on Tuesday, July 19th at 7 pm at Brooks Mansion. Representatives from CM McDuffie’s office and DC Department of Human Services will be in attendance to talk more about the proposed homeless shelter, the general process, and what to expect next.

The meeting will cover a number of hot neighborhood topics  in addition to the shelter, like the proposed alley closure at 901 Evarts and the Howard University  Divinity School development.  Brooks Mansion is located at 901 Newton St NE.

 

‘The Violet’ Apartment Building To Replace Longtime Eyesore On Rhode Island Ave

The Before & The Future #theviolet #the #violet #dc #dcrealtor #dcrealestate

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We recently learned that the vacant shell of a building at 1515 Rhode Island Ave NE will be transformed into a new apartment building called “The Violet”.  We have been following the tweets of the development company carrying out the project, The Jocelyn Group, and by now demolition is complete and they are getting ready to lay the concrete foundation. The 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath units will rent for $2,400.00. From the development’s website:

Beautiful brand new luxury apartment units, most with private outdoor space to be completed end of 2016. Units will feature high end finishes with a modern look. Hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances…Garage parking available…Large common roof deck using native plants giving the property a positive environmental impact and green feel.

Art in the Park(ing lot) Events Begin This Weekend – Art, Dance, Music And More

Beginning this weekend, ReCreative Spaces, the team that brought the community the (Up)Rising Festival 2016, will host free, weekly events called Art in the Park(ing lot).  From their website:

To make the space feel more inviting, beautiful, and comfortable, we’ll be adding benches, shaded areas, artwork, and so much more – and we want YOU to be a part of it all!

Check out the website here and the flyer below.

ReCreative Space Art in the park(ing) Lot

The event will take place at 1301 Rhode Island Avenue NE in the parking lot of what is formerly known as Brentwood Village Shopping Center.

Salumeria 2703 To Have Grand Opening July 27th

Last month we wrote about the soft opening of Salumeria 2703, Brookland’s new  Italian deli is from the owners of Menomale.  Now we are happy to see that after a short break they are opening their doors again for their grand opening on Wednesday July 27th.

The store sells products imported from Italy such as cheeses, cured meats, and prepared food like fresh made pastas and meals to go made at the deli on site. Salumeria 2703 is located at 2703 12th St. NE, just a few doors down from Menomale.  Check out their Facebook page here and on Twitter here.

12th & Allison Townhouse Development Update And Open House Tonight

EYA developers will unveil their latest updates to the proposed 12th & Allison NE townhouse development a community open house tonight. Readers may remember that this is the proposed development on the grounds surrounding the St. Joseph’s Seminary that we wrote about here and here.

According to a recent community announcement,  the number of proposed homes was reduced from 150 to 82,  3 acres of publicly accessible open space will  remain, historic preservation will be sought of the St. Joseph’s Seminary building, and  community amenities will include a Capital Bikeshare station, park areas with climbable art and sculpture for kids, and public art.

The meeting will be tonight, Tuesday July 12 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Seminary (1200 Varnum Street NE). Check out the flyer below for more info. If you can’t make it tonight, EYA will be giving presentations at upcoming Michigan Park Citizens Association, North Michigan Park Civic Association, Queens Chapel Civic Association, Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, and ANC 5A meetings. You can also sign up to receive updates about this project here.  We will let you know when we hear of other significant updates.

12th and Allison Development

Holy Land Festival – Middle Eastern Food, Arts, Crafts, Music At The Monastery

The third annual Holy Land Festival at the Franciscan Monastery will be on Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From the event page:

The festival will feature authentic Middle Eastern food, arts, crafts and music throughout the day. Gifts available for sale will benefit Palestinian Christians. These will include olive-wood carvings from the Holy Land. In our new conference center, special presentations and panel discussions held throughout the day will offer an opportunity to learn about the people, issues and current situation in the Holy Land and elsewhere in the Middle East…Free tours of the Monastery church and gardens will be available, as well.

Check out the video about the event below:

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE.

Outdoor Movie Night – Star Wars With Complimentary Popcorn, Glow Sticks & Light Sabers

The outdoor movies series in  Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group continues this Thursday, July 21st with a showing of Star Wars. The movie will be shown at the DCTV campus at Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE). The movie will begin at 8:30 pm and don’t forget your blankets or lawn chairs, any snacks or picnic items, some bug spray and flashlights. Check out the tweet below for more info.