Help Out The Friends Of Noyes Park By Completing This Simple Form

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
Kids enjoying Noyes Park

We recently heard from our friend, Friends of Noyes Park President Carlos Pinto. He is asking that Brooklanders take a moment to complete this form in order to demonstrate to the ANC 5B commissioners that the FoNP is supported by the community. Filling out the form will take you about 30 seconds and here is an explanation why you should do it:

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is seeking to be designated by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) as the official organization charged with supporting Noyes Park.

At present, the FoNP has been an extremely active DPR-recognized “Adopt-a-Park” group and its primary responsibilities have been to advocate for and assisting in ensuring that Noyes Park remains a clean and safe place for children, adults, and seniors of all ages to enjoy.

This is and will always continue to be the FoNP’s primary objective. However, if DPR permits the FoNP to graduate from an “Adopt-a-Park” group to a

“Friends of” group the FONP will also be permitted to:

  1. host fundraisers at Noyes Park, which in turn will,
  2. allow the FoNP to purchase and/or receive donations of equipment needed to make park improvements, and
  3. allow the FoNP to conduct community events and programs that enrich the community’s residents.

To obtain the “Friends of” designation, the FoNP is required to:

  • demonstrate support from the community that the FoNP is the appropriate group to steward Noyes Park, and
  • receive a letter from support from the ANC 5B.

The FoNP will be seeking the ANC 5B’s letter of support shortly after they resume meetings after the summer recess. In the meantime, however, the FoNP is urging all residents who visit the park to take a moment and complete this brief form.

The FoNP’s development director, Christina Macken (christina(at)friendsofnoyespark(dot)org) is available to provide responses to all questions/comments/concerns received.

Chipotle Is Coming To Monroe Street Market

Monroe Street Market Brookland NE  Washington DCWe recently learned from this story in the Washington Business Journal that fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle was granted a permit to build out a location at nearby Monroe Street Market. From the story:

2,518 square feet on the first floor of the Monroe Street Market. Work will include replacement of storefront doors, new walls, new floors and new ceilings. The restaurant will seat 56, with a total occupancy of 99.

As someone whose life was sustained by at east one burrito a week while in undergraduate school, I would think that this location will be wildly popular with the CUA crowd. We will let you know when we learn of anything new.

Mess Hall’s BBQ World Happening This Sunday

Mess Hall logo courtesy of Mess Hall.
Mess Hall logo courtesy of Mess Hall.

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about cool food event for charity called BBQ World. The event was postponed,but now it is back on for this Sunday. Here is the info:

Nearby culinary incubator, Mess Hall, is a food community where DC-based food entrepreneurs come together to cook, share and collaborate. This Sunday, August 2nd,  from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, they will team up with local vendors for an all-you-can-eat event called BBQ World, which will raise funds for Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in D.C. Highlights include:

Tickets range from $60 – $80. For more information, and to purchase tickets, check out the event page here. Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St. NE.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Canicule 2015 Edition

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 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Canicule 2015 Edition

Thursday, July 30

Long View Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Long View Gallery presents New Year/New Artists featuring the works of Rebecca Coles, Joelle Dietrick, Georgia Nassikas, Robert Ochs, Sarah Stockstill and Casey Vogt. For more information, click here. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St. NW.

Friday, July 31

Plaza Artist Materials – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Artist Tony Zatzick will lead a demonstration of techniques using a new line of Liquitex spray paints and paint markers. For more details, click herePlaza Artist Materials is located at 1990 K St. NW.

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1103, 2003 (image from ArtsManager, LLC). Courtesy of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1103, 2003 (image from ArtsManager, LLC). Courtesy of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – 6:30 p.m.

Visitors are invited to schedule free tours of the museum led by managing curator Joan Oshinsky but are asked to RSVP ahead of time. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center houses the largest public art collection in DC outside of a museum. For more information, click here. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located at 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW.

Saturday, August 1

NoMa – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join CHAW for a family-oriented event at Wunder Garten, a pop-up beer garden in NoMa. Art activities will be available for children while those 21 and can enjoy a wide selection of beer. For more information, click here. Wunder Garten is located at 150 M St. NE.

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Honor Howard Politzer Day Celebrates 40 Years Of Brookland Hardware Saturday

We recently wrote about Brookland True Value Hardware store closing after being open for over 40 years. Since that time, the Washington Post has picked up on the story, and WJLA broadcasted this story. Also, don’t  miss this super informative blog post from Bygone Brookland about the history of the location and store.  We stopped by and took the photos below of the liquidation sale that is going on till everything is gone.

An event is planned for Saturday, August 1 from 11am-1pm at the store to celebrate and honor Howard Politzer’s legacy and contribution to the neighborhood. Invited guests include Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. Brookland True Value Hardware is located at 3501 12th Street NE.

Nido To Start Serving Weekend Brunch – Here’s Your Sneak Peek

Back in June, we wrote about the area’s newest restaurant, Nido,  just around the corner in Woodridge. We really love that their rustic Mediterranean style fare has brought some much needed variety to the local dining scene. That’s why we were delighted to get a sneak peek of their upcoming brunch menu and cocktails, and we weren’t disappointed.  We tried seven dishes and each one was delicious in its own way. Check out the pictures below.

One of the standouts was the Tortilla Espanola, which was a light yet filling combination of eggs and tender potato slices that came with a delicious aioli and a perfect salad with just the right acidity to cut through the richness.  We also loved the Heirloom Tomato Tartine, which combined simple fresh ingredients like goat cheese, basil and olives that together came together in rustic yumminess. Lastly, we really loved the Blueberry Upside-down Cake, which came out warm, with fresh berries and whipped cream. Overall, you could really taste the love in all of these well thought out dishes and cocktails.

Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am -2:30 pm, starting this weekend. Nido is located at is located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NEtheir Facebook page is here, and there website is here.


Friends Of Edgewood, MBT 5K Host Outdoor Movie Night On The MBT Thursday

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCThe Friends of Edgewood and the Met Branch Trail 5K are hosting an Outdoor Movie Night series, the first of which will be Thursday, July 30th. The movie shown will be the Princess Bride. The movie begins at dusk but folks can come early and picnic. The movie will located on the Met Branch Trail under the Rhode Island Ave Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge. The event is free thanks to sponsors Boundary Stone, Rustik, Smith Public Trust and neighbors who have been raising funds for the last three years to make this happen.

Longtime Business, Petals Ribbons And Beyond, Seeks Your Input Ahead Of Re-Opening

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Photo courtesy of

One of our favorite local businesses is  Petals Ribbons & Beyond. For readers who have not visited this longtime Brookland location, the store has been a combination florist and gift shop/card store for over 15 years.

We recently learned that Sara Lucas, the store owner, is in the process of updating both the store itself and her merchandise. I spoke with the team helping to spruce the place up and they said that Sara is soliciting input on the types of things neighbors would like to buy, so she can re-stock the store.

Please share your thoughts here so that collectively, we can help Petals Ribbons & Beyond remain a successful business. While I love our local restaurants and bars, I think our neighborhood still lacks  walkability and the types of retail that will keep our dollars in the neighborhood. If you feel the same way, here is your chance to ask for the types of things you would like to buy.

As for the next steps, right now, there is a sidewalk sale going on at Petals, so Sara can make room for the new inventory, and make room for the renovations to come. After some fresh coats of paint, store rearranging,  landscaping, and new merchandise ordering, the store will have a re-grand opening this fall.

Petals, Ribbons and Beyond is located at 3906 12th Street NE (near Quincy Street, next to San Antonio Bar and Grill). We will follow up with more information as Sara moves ahead with her re-boot!

Brookland Hardware’s Legacy To Live On At Annie’s Ace Hardware

Hardware Store Supplies NE Washington DCYesterday we received a press release regarding the closing of Brookland Hardware and the opening of  Annie’s Ace Hardware.

Fans of Brookland Hardware will be happy to hear that owner Howard Politzer will be joining Annie’s Ace Hardware as a Senior Adviser and Annie’s Ace will be hiring Howard’s employees to honor the deep connections they have to the neighborhood. Also, according to the release:

An event is planned for Saturday, August 1 from 11am-1pm at Brookland True Value Hardware to celebrate and honor Howard Politzer’s legacy… Invited guests include Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and John Feeley, Jr. and Rosie Dempsey, authors of Brookland (Images of America) (2011, Arcadia Publishing).

Annie’s Ace Hardware is slated to open in Fall 2015 and will be will be the second location for the popular neighborhood hardware store. Annie’s will be located at 3405 8th Street, NE.