Back in January we wrote about a project by Dance Place to turn the currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Now that they have gathered neighborhood feedback, they are moving forward with the project. From a community notice:
Dance Place is seeking artists to create semi-permanent (2-5 years) public art works for an Arts Park that will be in the public space between Dance Place and the Brookland Artspace Lofts. The Park is scheduled to open in September 2016, with construction on the Park in Winter/Spring 2016. Installation of selected public art works is anticipated for May-June or August 2016.
Hi neighbors – as we were driving through the neighborhood the other day, we were happy to see so many neighbors flying Old Glory. Brooklanders are a patriotic bunch! So, we decided to post photos of houses around the neighborhood flying the flag, hope you enjoy the pics.
However you spend today, we hope you are enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!
Looking for something local and fun to do for the Independence Day holiday? Check out the celebration at the nearby Old Soldier’s/Armed Forces Retirement Home this Saturday, July 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The festival is hosted by Friends of the Soldier’s Homeand will feature lots of activities including: music, softball, food trucks, beer, and children’s activities and of course, fireworks. Check out the event flyer below for more information.
For those who prefer to spend their holiday indoors, check out this event at Brookland Pint -they will be smoking a whole pig! The event will be from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and will be a fundraiser for Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in D.C.
Last month we posted about a planned 370 unit apartment building at 901 Evarts St. NE. The developer’s representative presented their plans for a ten story apartment building at the ANC 5B04 Single Member District meeting on June 8th. Recently ANC Commissioner Barrios informed constituents that the developers have elected to host their own meetings going forward rather than present at ANC meetings. There will be two meetings to discuss the development: today, Thursday July 2nd and Thursday July 16th, 6:30pm-8:00pm, at the Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. Family Life Community Center Multipurpose Room, 605 Rhode Island Avenue NE. See the flyer below for more information.
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, July 1st, the poetry night theme is Breaking Away/Independence.
Check out their ongoing calendar of events here. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at their website.
Back in May we wrote about an affordable senior housing building called The Girard Street Senior Residences, planned for an empty lot at the corner of 16th and Girard. We recently learned that the groundbreaking will be today and that Mayor Muriel Bowser will be on hand to support the project. From the press release:
On June 30th, local developers Dantes Partners and The Menkiti Group, will break ground at the Girard Street Senior Apartments project in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will participate in the ceremony and deliver opening remarks. The new building is a modern, 100% luxury affordable senior housing community, featuring 25 apartments that provide economic advantages to residents and contributes to the vibrant character of the neighborhood. The anticipated construction period is 12 months.
WHO: Mayor Muriel Bowser, Polly Donaldson (Director, DHCD), Adrianne Todman (Director, DC Housing Authority), and others
WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Girard Street Senior Apartments, a joint venture of local developers Dantes Partners and The Menkiti Group
WHERE: 1545 Girard St. NE, Washington DC 20018 (Brookland neighborhood); Event entrance on 16th St. NE side
Back in May we were happy to report that that Right Proper brewing is planning to open their much anticipated location at 920 Girard St NE by late summer. Recently we learned that they were granted permits to move forward with the brewery. From an article in the Washington Business Journal:
920 Girard St. NE: A 15-barrel production brewery and tasting room, Right Proper Brewing Co., will be installed in this former auto repair shop in Brookland. The brewery will seat 17, with a maximum occupancy of 42. Right Proper, whose existing home is 624 T St. NW, was created by “beer guru” Thor Cheston, head brewer Nathan Zeender and John Snedden, founder and owner of Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co.
The area’s newest restaurant, Nido, opened it’s doors this week and of course we couldn’t resist attending the grand opening. After the pics below we list our favorite things about this great new dining option, just around the corner in Woodridge.
Thoughtful decor – Those of us who patronized Lace, the nightclub that preceded Nido, can appreciate what a radical transformation the Nido team has made. Bravo! The upstairs has a clean, bright, sunny, modern, and inviting vibe, while the downstairs has a romantic, candle-lit, private feel to it. In other words, upstairs for meeting friends for happy hour and downstairs for date night.
Yummy food – We sampled a number of items including smashed chickpeas (had a punch of garlic), marinated olives, braised pork with patas bravas (potatoes cooked nicely, very homey and comfort foody, nice sized portion for a “small plate”), Chicken thighs (very tender, liked the lemon zest) and our favorite, the Pappardelle (homemade pasta cooked till al dente, with tender pork sugo, it was rustic and delicious). Mostly, we are glad to have some much needed variety to the local dining scene.
Professionalism- Even though we went on the opening day, Nido had the feel of a restaurant that has been open for a while, despite being pretty packed. Kudos to the Nido management team for obviously training up the staff and being ready to roll on day one!
Nido is located at is located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE, their Facebook page is here, and there website is here.
Heads up folks, the Brookland area LGBT Party we wrote about here, has been postponed till tomorrow, Sunday June 28th at 5:00 pm, due to the rainy forecast. Sorry for any inconvenience. If you need the address, hit us up via the contact page.
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