Spring Fling At The Old Soldier’s Home This Saturday – Family Fun, Food Trucks And More

Looking for something local and fun to do this weekend? Check out the Spring Fling at the nearby Old Soldier’s/Armed Forces Retirement Home this Saturday, May 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is hosted by Friends of the Soldier’s Home and will feature lots of activities including: live music, food trucks, and children’s games and activities. Check out the event flyer below for more information.

old soldiers spring fling

Amplify Brookland! Live Jazz Series Comes To San Antonio B&G Through June

San Antonio bar and grill WOOKA new live music series called Amplify Brookland! is coming to San Antonio Bar and Grill.  For six weeks, WOOK, an online streaming radio station, will be hosting a series of live jazz and soul performances that will take place at 8:00 p.m., onThursdays and Saturdays through June 6th. Here is the run down from the WOOK website here:

Saturday, April 25 – Manny Kellough Trio
Thursday, April 30 – TBA
Saturday, May 2 – George V. Johnson
Thursday, May 7 – The Light
Saturday, May 9 – Copper Rose & Bone
Thursday, May 14 – Ida Campbell
Saturday, May 16 – Ebony Khan
Thursday, May 21 – Bliss feat. Why Not Me?
Thursday, May 28 – TBA
Saturday, May 30 – Ebony Khan
Thursday, June 4 – Chuck Holden
Saturday, June 6 – Coneice Washington

A donation of $10 is requested. San Antonio Bar & Grill is located at 3908 12th St NE.

Brookland Area Writers And Artists Pay Tribute To Sterling Brown Wednesday

The Brookland Area Writers And Artists (BAWA) is a neighborhood-based arts group, founded in 2003. The purpose of the group is to promote creativity and expression in the Brookland area. BAWA hosts a monthly themed poetry reading on the first Wednesday of every month. This Wednesday, May 6th BAWA will host a tribute Brooklander Sterling Brown. Check out this tweet from BAWA:

Back in 2012 we wrote about the Sterling Brown house at 1222 Kearney St. NE where he lived in from 1935 till his death in 1989. Some of his notable students include Toni Morrison, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Kwame Nkrumah, Thomas Sowell, Ossie Davis, Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) and Ralph Bunche – a fellow Brookland resident.

Check out BAWA’s ongoing calendar of event shere. Poetry readings are held at the Center for Poetic Thought,  at the Monroe Street Market Artswalk, Studio #25. (716 Monroe Street, NE).  Contact BAWA at contact@brooklandarts.org or at their website.

Congrats To Excel Pilates And Monroe St. Market For Earning City Paper’s Best of DC

So, we are a little late on this one,  but we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that Excel Pilates and Monroe Street Market were recently recognized by the Washington City Paper‘s Best of DC poll! Way to go!!

Photo courtesy of Excel Pilates
Photo courtesy of Excel Pilates

For over 15 years, Excel Pilates DC has been helping Brookland area residents get and stay in shape. The studio underwent a complete renovation in 2013 and remains, as always, dedicated to a personalized classic Pilates practice, It should be no surprise then that Excel won the readers poll for Best Pilates Studio 2015Excel Pilates is located at 3407 8th St. NE.

Brookland Development NE Washington DCMonroe Street Market won Best Up-and-Coming Arts Neighborhood in the staff picks. The write up notes the:

clever mix of apartments, restaurants, and 27 artists’ studios (otherwise known as the Arts Walk) right next to the Brookland-CUA Metro stop. It’s worth a stroll through this neighborhood to get a feel for this new arts scene that includes photography, painting, leather work, and printmaking.

Monroe Street Market is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.

Pepco Green Wall For 12th Street Finally Confirmed

Mark Buscaino announcing the green wall last night
Mark Buscaino announcing the green wall last night

Many readers may remember our petition to bring a “green wall”  to the Pepco Substation 133 building on the 3100 block of 12th Street, NE (between Irving and Jackson). Well,  we have great news to share! Last night at the Canopy Awards, hosted by Casey Trees, Executive Director Mark Buscaino announced that we should see a “Green Wall” trellis structure along the entire length of the  Substation wall, and cut out planter beds to hold the vines, installed by mid July. According to Mr. Buscaino, it will be the largest green wall in Washington DC. Pepco will install the structure and plant the vines, and overall, the end product is going to be better than what we originally asked for.

Help us turn this wall into a unique green space!
Current Pepco wall

I would like to give the biggest credit and many thanks to Mark, who didn’t hesitate to represent the Brookland community, offering his expertise and using the influence of his organization,  Casey Trees, which added more weight to our case.

Along with Mark, another key person who made this project possible was Donna Cooper, President of Pepco. Donna heard our request to beautify the building in early 2013, listened to our case, and met with us on multiple occasions. All this despite her busy schedule and obviously, much larger tasks and issues she has to deal with, and in the end, she approved the plan.

It has been a long process, which started two years ago when I approached Pepco and suggested that the huge brick wall along their substation needs some green beautification. It was obvious that it would improve the appearance of the building, but also act as a noise buffer and reduce the storm water run off. I reached out to the local community here on the blog and received overwhelming support for this idea, which encouraged me to not give up on this plan, and of course showed Pepco that DC residents pay attention to what large corporations like Pepco give back to the community.

The negotiations went back and forth often with months of delay in between. Design, maintenance plans, plant choice and permits were just a few of the aspects that had to be agreed on and taken care of.

Lastly, I would like to mention two other people who were instrumental in making this project possible.

Joe Barrios and CM McDuffie at a 2013 Brookland event.
Joe Barrios and CM McDuffie at a 2013 Brookland event.

Joe Barrios, ANC 5B04 Commissioner. When we began this process, Joe wasn’t Commissioner yet, but he was an involved and engaged neighbor. Joe’s legal expertise and advice helped us greatly at the negotiations table.

Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Councilmember. Mr. McDuffie was the catalyst in the very beginning of this process. He hosted the first meeting with myself, Shani and Donna Cooper and her team. He requested updates on a regular basis and nudged Pepco here and there to add some very helpful official pushes in the right direction.

This is the most recent design plan provided by Pepco:

Pepco Green Wall Design Plan

We hope to have more plans and updates as the project moves forward this summer. We are so excited that this win-win concept will be brought to bear for our neighborhood.

Brookland Spring Celebration This Sunday – Music, Dance, Poetry And More

This Sunday April 26 there will be a spring celebration at  the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market (8th & Monroe St NE) from 3-6pm. The event promises an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry featuring:

  • Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn Malachi
  • International slam poetry champions DC Youth Slam Team
  • Rock/soul band The CooLots
  • Afro-Caribbean dance with Mesi Walton of Diaspora Dance

This event is free. For  more information, check out the flyer below.

brookland spring celebration dance place

Steel Plate And Busboys And Poets Participate In Dining Out For Life Thursday

steel plate dining out for lifeDining Out For Life is an annual nationwide dining fundraising event raising money for AIDS service organizations. DC’s event supports Food and Friends,  the only DC charity providing daily, home-delivered, specialized meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to individuals who are battling HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Astrid and I are so excited that this year we don’t have to  leave the neighborhood to dine at a participating restaurant. Hats off to Steel Plate has and Busboys and Poets for signing up and donating 25% and 35% of their sales for the night respectively.

The event, now in its 19th year, will take place Thursday, April 23rd, and we encourage everyone to go out and support! Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE and Busboys and Poets is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.

CUA Field Day Welcomes Brookland Families This Sunday

Catholic U invites the Brookland & CUA community families to participate in a Field Day, which  is a free afternoon of sports and fun. Kids can learn a new sport, play games, and enjoy some exercise! Prizes and snacks will be provided. The field day will be Sunday, April 26th 2015 from 12:00-2:00 pm at DuFour Field, Catholic University. For more information check out the flyer below and to register click here.

cua field day

Monastery Herb And Plant Sale Coming Up This Weekend

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DCThe Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild Annual Herb & Plant Sale has evolved into a very popular neighborhood event. This year the sale will take place on  Saturday, April 25, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 26, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The sale is located at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, at 1400 Quincy St., N.E. For more information, check out the  Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s website here.  From their website:

Plants include:

  • Herbs and vegetables
  • Roses, annuals and perennials
  • Shrubs and fruit trees
  • Camellias and azaleas
  • Monastery-grown plants

Plus food and craft vendors – and more!

Questions or interested in volunteering to set up/take down? Email us.

Brookland In Photos: Laminated Street Art Is Back

Last October we wrote about some cool street art near the Metro, but then it disappeared. We were happy to see two new pieces in the pictures below, that appear to be from the same artist, since they are also coated in plastic and screwed to street sign poles. One is on Monroe Street and 8th Streets NE, near the entrance to the Arts Walk, the other is on Monroe Street between 9th and 10th Streets NE along side the 901 Monroe development site. If you are on Monroe street anytime soon, check out them out.

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