Brookland Celebration of Lights (Trolley Tour) Tickets Go On Sale Today!

If we are lucky Santa will make an appearance again!
If we are lucky Santa will make an appearance again!

The 22nd annual “Celebration of Lights” will be Sunday, December 11th. From 5:00–8:00 pm there will be trolley tours, driving past Brookland’s best and most elaborate light and decoration displays. (Check out the photos we took on the tour in 2014.) This is always a super fun neighborhood event and in recent years the trolley runs have sold out very quickly, so we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance. The trolley tours will depart from the Mekiti Group Plaza at 3401 8th Street NE.  Check out the Celebration of Lights website for more info and the link to purchase tickets. From the website:

Come early or stay after your tour to enjoy the community reception courtesy of the great Brookland restaurants and businesses.

Trolley tours depart at the following times: 5:00 PM, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and an adults-only trolley at 8:30 PM (Last-Call Trolley tickets are $5.00 each)

NOMINATE YOUR NEIGHBORS to be included on this year’s tour map. Each person who nominates a neighbor or has their home nominated will be entered to win fun prizes! Washington Capitals tickets, movie passes, etc.

Tickets are $3.00 each (Last-Call Trolley $5) and will go on sale at 9:30 AM on DECEMBER 1, 2016.

Trader Joe’s Supermarket Coming To NE DC, Near Union Market

TomatoBrooklanders love to discuss grocery options in the area, or rather, the lack thereof. From time to time there will even be a petition passed around urging a grocer to locate in or near Brookland, and there are the occasional unsubstantiated rumors of one coming. So, we suspect fans of Trader Joe’s will be delighted to hear that one is planned in nearby Trinidad, close to Union Market. From an article in DCist:

The company announced today that it has signed a lease for a new location at 1240 4th Street NE, and it is slated to open in the second half of 2017. The store will occupy 15,000 square feet in the ground floor of a mixed-use project called The Edison…It will be Trader Joe’s third or fourth store in D.C.

Our household is divided in our enthusiasm. Personally, I miss the old Burger King that was once there. Perhaps I would be more excited if it were actually coming to Brookland. After all, this location isn’t much closer than my favorite supermarket, the Harris Teeter on M and 1st NE. But the other (better) half of the Brookland Bridge is SO SO SO excited for the new TJ’s, because it is her go-to grocer, and now it will only be a short drive away as compared to the TJ locations she frequents.  What do you think? Are you excited or meh?

Annual Christmas Concert for Charity This Friday

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having it’s annual Christmas concert for Charity on Friday night December 2nd at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 27th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Sounds like a fantastic concert!  Check out more information here. The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and Harewood Rd. NE.

5th Annual Brookland Toys For Tots At Smith Public Trust Friday

Neighbors Mike and Patrick have been hosting a toy drive benefiting Toys for Tots that has grown into a neighborhood tradition. Now in its fifth year, the event grows larger each year. Once again the event will be at Brookland hot spot Smith Public Trust, this Friday December 2nd from 8:00 pm – midnight. Check out the flyer below for more details.

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French Restaurant And Wine Bar, Primrose, Planned At Former Silvestre’s Location

3000 12th Street NE (future site of Primrose)
3000 12th Street NE (future site of Primrose)

From 2010 – 2014 Silvestre’s restaurant was located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets). Since it closed the building has undergone renovations and we recently learned that the plan for the space includes a French restaurant called Primrose. From the liquor license application:

A neighborhood bar serving French cuisine with a strong wine focus. Seating capacity of 66 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 97. Summer Garden with 26 seats.

Sitting on a patio eating French food and sipping wine, uhhh, YES PLEASE! We stopped by recently and the brick wall that divided the former restaurant has been removed creating an open dining room space, the window spaces that were boarded up or had metal bars on them are now large floor to ceiling windows and a tasteful storefront marquee now wraps around the building. Currently there is scaffolding surrounding the exterior, so we are assuming they are sprucing up the brick facade. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Tree Lighting At Monroe Street Market Friday – Music, Pics With Santa, Activities

msm-tree-lightingThis Friday December 2nd, there will be a free holiday tree lighting event. From the event page:

Join Monroe Street Market for the first ever community tree lighting event on Friday, December 2nd!

Enjoy festive musical performances, free kids activities including face painting and crafts, food & drink offerings, photos with Santa and more. (You can even bring your pets for photos with Santa!)

Schedule of Entertainment:
6:00 PM: Performance from Only Make Believe
6:30 PM: Catholic University’s Take Note Acapella
7:00 PM: Musical performance from Word of Mouth

Event will be held on the Cornerstone Plaza, near Busboys & Poets.

Beeswax Candle And Advent Centerpiece Making Workshops Saturday At The Monastery

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery. Photo courtesy of RANdom Walkway Tumblr.

We thought readers would like to know about these fun workshops this Saturday from our good neighbors at the Monastery. From the event page:

Join us for two new workshops planned for Nov. 19, 2016:

  • Beeswax candle making, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Advent centerpiece making, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Each workshop is $25, which includes everything you need – and you get to take your creation home! Reserve your space by emailing gardenguild@gmail.com. The workshops will be held in the Greenhouse meeting room behind the Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017.

Indigo Indian Restaurant Plans To Open A Location In Brookland

We recently posted that the location where Serendipity coffeehouse used to be might become a bbq restaurant. We followed up with the management of Brookland’s Finest and learned that those plans for the location fell through. Soon afterwards though, we noticed that the “For Lease” sign in the Serendipity window was gone, so we kept hope alive that something good would be coming soon. Then yesterday we got the great news that Indian restaurant Indigo is planning to open a location here in Brookland. Judging by the pictures, it looks a lot like it will be at the old Serendipity location. Check out Indigo’s Facebook post below with the announcement.

The current Indigo location in NoMa near Union Market seems to be popular – it has 4.5 stars out of 5 on Yelp. From the Indigo website:

Indigo is more than just your average Indian restaurant. Gone is sea of fat and excess salt usually found at other Indian restaurants. In it’s place are well-sized portions of flavorful, pleasantly spicy, fresh ingredients. Our kitchen prepares food in the way our mother, grandmother and the entire Tandon lineage has done before; simply put, good food and good family lead to a happy life.

Assuming this comes through, we are very excited by the news! Welcome to the neighborhood, Indigo. The Serendipity location is 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St).

Here Are Your Recently Elected ANC Commissioners, Brookland

When Brooklanders headed to the polls last Tuesday, ANC Commissioners from the 5 Single Member Districts that make up Brookland and the immediate surrounidng area, 5B, were on the ballot. Thanks to Ward 5 Commissioner McDuffie for tweeting out the ANC election results. Congrats to the winners. To see where you live in the ANC 5B boundaries, see the map below.

ANC 5B Boundries 2013
ANC 5B Boundries