Free Walking Tour Of Brookland This Saturday

by Shani on October 31, 2014

Caroline helping to clean up the neighborhood

Caroline helping to clean up the neighborhood

Passing along this info from friend and neighbor, Caroline Petti:

New to the community?  Or just want to know more about one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods?  Join civic activist, amateur historian, and long-time resident Caroline Petti for a walking tour of Brookland.  The tour will cover historic, cultural, and architectural neighborhood highlights.

The tour will take place next Saturday, November 1st from 10 AM to Noon.  We’ll start at the Brooks Mansion at 901 Newton Street, N.E. adjacent to the Brookland/CUA Metro Station.  We’ll end at the new Monroe Street Market Arts Walk where you can stroll the artist studios and shops, partake in a Farmers Market and/or get something to eat and drink at one of many eateries. Free!  Y’all come!  For more information, call 529-0953.


Zeke's Coffee Rhode IslandMany thanks to John from Zeke’s Coffee DC, for letting us know about the following events they will be hosting. For those of you who haven’t checked it out, Zeke’s is a small batch coffee roastery on Rhode Island Avenue NE near Brookland in Woodridge. Congrats Zeke’s!  Here is what they have going on:

One Year Anniversary
We will be celebrating one year on Rhode Island Avenue on Saturday, November 1. A lot has happened in the first year, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with our friends and neighbors. Come by for coffee and donuts!

Upcoming events:
November 8th: Coffee Bike Crawl: Local roaster edition. Ride and get wired.
November 15th, 10am-12pm: Coffee: Four ways. Taste and compare the differences in brewing methods. Tickets $10.
November 29th: Single Origin Tasting. Taste and compare the impact of various coffee growing regions.
December 13th: Holiday Coffee Tasting. Sample Zeke’s holiday roasts, past and present.

Zeke’s is located at 2300 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.


Yes, these are your neighbors!

Yes, these are your neighbors!

The Greater Brookland  LGBT community is having their annual Halloween party on Friday night October 31st. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Guests are asked to please bring a food item or drink to share. For the location, email us via our contact page. This party is sure to be a howling good time!


ANC 5B Boundries 2013

ANC 5B Boundaries

We had the pleasure of meeting Anita Hairston the other night and were happy to hear that she has launched a write-in campaign for the soon-to-be-vacant ANC 5B05 seat. As we posted back in August, current 5B05 Commissioner Jenese L. Jones is not running again and until now, no one else has declared a candidacy to fill the seat. We would like to thank Commissioner Jones for her service and are excited about the prospect of having this part of the neighborhood, near Turkey Thicket and the Metro represented after all. We caught up with Ms. Hairston and asked her a few questions about her campaign. If you live within 5B05 (see boundaries below and to the right), we encourage you to write her name in when you vote.

1) Why are you conducting the write-in campaign?

I am conducting a write-in campaign for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of Single Member District (SMD) 5B05 because I would like to be a voice for the aspirations and concerns of my neighbors.  The current ANC 5B05 Commissioner, Jenese Jones, is not running in this election, and has endorsed me.  A write-in campaign requires initiative on my part to make sure that my neighbors in 5B05 have information about the upcoming election, about me, and how to vote for me.  The write-in campaign requires initiative on the part of 5B05 voters as well.  The ballot for this election does not include any names for the position of Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of Single Member District 5B05.  Voters filling out a paper ballot will need to locate the section of the ballot for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, fill in the “write-in” bubble on their paper ballot, and then write in my name, Anita Hairston. Voters filling out an electronic ballot will need to locate the screen for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, select the “write-in” check box, and then key in my name, Anita Hairston.

2) Tell us a little bit about your background

Public service and civic engagement have been a driving force of my career as a public policy professional.  During my time working for PolicyLink and DC Office of Planning, I have played a role in shaping policies that revitalize neighborhoods and foster strong and inclusive communities.  Through that work, I have developed a deep appreciation of the role of authentic community voice in how priorities are set for cities and neighborhoods.   My public service / civic engagement activities include: Ward 5 representative for the DC Pedestrian Advisory Committee, member of the MoveDC transportation plan committee, and member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board Citizens Advisory Committee.  I am currently active with Neighbors United for DC Statehood, which began as an initiative of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association.

3) If elected, what issues will you focus  on in your SMD?

I will focus on community safety, particularly pedestrian safety.  Our residents need to be able to travel safely and easily to Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, the Brookland/CUA Metro station, businesses on 12th Street NE, local schools, and other important destinations.  Additional attention to this issue by the city, particularly the District Department of Transportation could make these trips safer.  Given the expected development in the SMD and adjacent to it, I will focus on how residents can influence the development process to ensure that there are positive benefits to our community.  In addition, I will focus on community engagement, getting a broad range of residents to connect with one another and share information that will make sure we maintain a strong quality of life for all of us.  I will also look to pursue other priorities that 5B05 residents identify as important concerns during SMD meetings and neighborhood walk-throughs.

4) What do you love about Brookland?

When I moved to DC in 2003, I recall taking a walk down 12th Street NE and saying that this is a neighborhood where I would love to live.  It took me a few years before I could settle in the neighborhood, but since I moved to Brookland 7 years ago, I have felt so “at home”.  There are so many things that I love about Brookland.  I love that the people of Brookland are so diverse, and that we say “hello” to one another as we pass each other on the street.  I also love that once I step outside my front door I am a short walk from Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, the Franciscan Monastery, a grocery store, a hardware store, farmers markets, locally-owned restaurants, and the Brookland/CUA Metro.

5B05has the following boundaries – the railroad tracks to the west, Varnum and Taylor Streets NE to the north, 13th Street NE to the east and Otis Street NE to the south, see the map above.

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Michael Morrison, the ANC Commissioner for Single Member District 5B03 reached out to us and asked that we spread the word about his next meeting. Check out the flyer below. The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 29 at the Mary McLeod Bethune Public Charter School (MMB PCS – 1404 Jackson Street, NE) at 6:30 pm. The agenda for the meeting is safety concerns in regard to the Brentwood Road and Rhode Island Avenue Northeast intersection. MPD leaders and other District representatives will be in attendance. The entrance to the MMB PCS is on the 14th Street side of the campus between Irving and Jackson Streets, up the steps, through the courtyard, and via the purple doors. The meeting will be held in the school auditorium.


Community Center Brookland NE Washington DC

Turkey Thicket Exterior Photo Courtesy of DC Dept. of Public Works

Election Day is coming up on Tuesday November 4, 2012. The DC Board of Elections allows early voting, so why not save yourself some time and hassle and get it done now? There is one early voting site for each of DC’s 8 Wards. The Ward 5 early voting location is Turkey Thicket, located here in Brookland at 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE.  Early voting is going on from Saturday, October 25  through Saturday, November 1 (except Sunday). Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. You can even check the wait time at early voting places at this website to best plan your trip.

The general election is the following positions:

  • Delegate to the US House of Representatives
  • Mayor of the District of Columbia
  • Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • Ward 1, 3, 5 and 6 Members of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • United States (“Shadow”) Representative
  • United States (“Shadow”) Senator
  • Ward 1, 3, 5 and 6 Members of the State Board of Education
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Offices
  • Initiative 71 – “Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014″

For information on our local ANC races, check out out earlier post on the topic here.


Weekend East City Event Round Up: Artist Collectives and Fever Edition

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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! […]

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Old Soldiers Home Is Soliciting Developers For 80 Acres On AFRH Campus

October 23, 2014

The Washington Business Journal reported on Monday, that the Armed Forces Retirement Home just north of Irving and west of North Capital Street initiated another attempt to solicit developers for about a third of their 272 acre campus. AFRH set up a website to provide more detailed information as well as a promotion video for […]

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Halloween Events In Brookland For The Kiddies

October 22, 2014

Those of you with little ghosts and goblins might be interested in the following Brookland area events for kids: Brookland Kids Halloween Parade: From the Brookland Kids Facebook page: When: Saturday, October 25th, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (rain date Saturday, November 1) Where: Meet at the Arts Walk at 2:00 pm for the parade, which will […]

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Brookland In Photos: Street Art Edition 15, Metro Laminates

October 21, 2014

It has been a looooong time since we posted cool street art from around the neighborhood. If you are near the Brookland/CUA Metro anytime soon, check out these gems at the corner of Monroe and 9th, NE, where the Col. Brooks’ Mansion property meets the bus loop. I am not exactly sure what they are […]

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