Rhode Island Fall Fair 2013

Rhode Island Fall Fair 2013

The good folks of the  Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street will be holding their third annual Fall Fest Saturday. Fall Fest grows every year, and includes live entertainment, local businesses & vendors. Check out the website here. From the website:

For the last 3 years, the Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest has showcased our beautiful tree-lined commercial district in one of the hottest real estate markets in DC, and has attracted hundreds of visitors for a day full of shopping, food, and entertainment for the whole family. Fall Fest 2014 promises to be bigger and better – more music, more art, more food, and more fun!

The event will run along Rhode Island Ave. NE, between 20th and 24th Streets NE on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Monroe Street Market Grand OpeningAlthough many of us have been enjoying the Monroe Street Market development for a while now, it has actually been a work in progress since 2011 and is now mostly complete. So, its time for a Grand Opening party. From the Monroe Street Market Facebook page:

Now that all three buildings of Monroe Street Market are open, and our fabulous artist and retailers are now open, we thought it was about time to have a party! Join us for our grand opening starting on Thursday Oct 2nd for some live music, food, and beer garden by Brookland Pint. But come back for more on Friday and Saturday with more live entertainment and an extra special farmer’s market. Check out our poster for all the details!

The press release for the event lists Mayor Gray and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie among others as speakers at the Thursday ribbon-cutting and tower lighting event.


The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place Thursday, October 2nd, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This time around the Happy Hour will visit one of  Brookland’s new hot spots, Steel Plate. These events are always lots of fun. Come on out, check out this new establishment and meet some neighbors. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street, NE . As the Ward 5 Happy Hour folks say: Meet Your Neighbors – Support Local – Share a Few Laughs – Why Not? For more information, check out the Ward 5 Happy Hour Facebook event page.


We recently learned that a pretty large property that runs along the Metro tracks near the Brookland/CUA Metro station is available for lease. I am guessing that the neighborhood is looking at the very real potential for another large development on that site.  Brookland Bridge readers are aware that there is another development already in the works for the WMATA owned property at the metro, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that nearby landholders would seek to capitalize on that development. According to this commercial property website, right now the 173,369 square foot property consists of  parking spaces and “a 5,750 sq ft garage, a 4,400 sq ft warehouse, 8,082 sq ft of office space, and a 1,000 square foot storage shed.”  For more info, see the marketing flyer below. The address of the property is 816 – 818 Michigan Avenue, NE. We will keep our eyes on things and let know when we learn anything new.

Douglas Property

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We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in January, 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in the Northeast and Southeast quadrants of the city. Congrats to East City Art for winning City Paper’s Best Arts Blog of 2014!

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Art All Night Edition

Shaw Library at prior Art All Night festival. Photo Credit: Dakota Fine.

Shaw Library at prior Art All Night festival. Photo Credit: Dakota Fine.

Saturday, September 27

Red Dirt Studio – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join Red Dirt Studio as they celebrate their new space at the old Mount Rainier firehouse. Events will consist of activities for children followed by a new composition by InnerLoop and a reserved keg of Franklin’s limited edition special brew for adults. To learn more about the fundraiser, click here.

The Old Mt. Rainier firehouse is located at 4051 34th Street, Mt. Rainier, MD.

Art All Night DC - 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC has expanded across the city this year. The festival gives residents the chance to meet local artist through live painting, performances, poetry readings, and exterior lighting displays. For more information about the festival, click here.

The event takes place at Dupont Circle, North Capitol Street, H Street NE, Congress Heights, and Shaw.

Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28

FIGMENT DC - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This free event will transform Anacostia Park into “artist playground.” Make sure to come with fun outfits or costumes and food for a picnic. FIGMENT DC 2014 will have a variety of interactive games and projects for children of all ages to enjoy. For details about the event, click here.

FIGMENT will be at Anacostia Park – Section E on the eastern bank of the river

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.


DCBIA CID 2014 Volunteer Flyer Projects2Volunteers are needed to help spruce up the Dwight A. Mosley Sports Complex at the 22nd Annual Community Improvement Day this Saturday, September 27, from 7am – 5pm. (The back-up date is Saturday, October 11.) Volunteer activities include planting, painting, installing, landscaping, site clean-up, registration & food service support. Students (Middle/High School) can earn community service credit. Ribbon cutting, lunch & T-shirt provided for all volunteers. Volunteers are especially needed during the afternoon/clean-up shifts. For more information or volunteer sign-up click here or call (202) 966-8665. Dwight A. Mosley Sports Complex is located at 20th & Otis Streets, NE.


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First Annual Freedom 5K XC At President Lincoln’s Cottage This Saturday

September 25, 2014

Thanks to reader Peter, who passed along info about a cross country 5K happening right around the corner from our neighborhood this Saturday, September 27th. From President Lincoln’s Cottage website: The Freedom 5K XC, a unique cross country event open to the general public, provides a rare opportunity for runners and walkers alike to race on […]

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Trinity Washington University Breaks Ground On New Academic Center

September 24, 2014

About a year ago we posted about Trinity Washington University‘s, plans for the construction of the Trinity Academic Center, a $40 million, 80,000-square foot building that will feature state-of-the-art science and health labs and classrooms. Recently, on Wednesday, September 10, over 100 students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the start of construction of the new Center. Once […]

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LGBT Happy Hour This Thursday At Smith Public Trust

September 23, 2014

After a little bit of a summer break the Brookland and Ward 5 LGBT Happy Hour is back. Hopefully we will see a great turn out on Thursday September 25. We will meet at Smith Public Trust from 6-8pm (or longer). Many thanks to Phil Peters, the General Manager of the restaurant, who offers us […]

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Optimism, Brookland Bar And Lounge, Closes With Little Fanfare

September 22, 2014

The restaurant located at 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St) has gone through many incarnations over the years. When we moved here 6 years ago, it was a take-out barbecue joint called “Bobby’s Q”. Before that, it changed hands and names several times, including “Nate’s Comfort Zone.” From what we have […]

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