Brookland Bridge’s 2016 Year In Review

Wow neighbors was 2016 bonkers or what? Lucky for many of us, our neighborhood community provided respite for the craziness going on out in the world. For the blog, we had some ups and downs. Notably, we took a much needed ‘blogging break’ from late summer through early fall. But still, we grew to almost  2,500 Twitter and over 1,100 Facebook followers. Most important to us was that despite posting a bit less than in 2015, we didn’t lose the 350 – 400 of you that check in daily on a consistent basis -thank you so much! Running into neighbors who appreciate the blog, and the comments left here and on Twitter and Facebook has pushed us to keep going. Thank you readers!

As we all know, Brookland is constantly evolving, so we thought readers would appreciate a run down of our most popular stories and the big events that shaped life in our neighborhood in 2016:

  • The year started out with Snowzilla! Remember that? We took a bunch of pics of the big Brookland dig out.
  • As usual, our stories about new restaurants and watering holes got the most hits. Far and away our most popular post was about
    Primrose – coming 2017

    the new French restaurant, Primrose, coming to the corner of 12th and Hamlin in 2017. The openings of Vietnamese restaurant Pho 12, Indian/Afghani Restaurant, Spice of Bukhara, and Huacatay, a Peruvian chicken spot brought much needed diversity to the local dining scene. Other 2016 openings were Salumeria 2703, Brookland’s new Italian deli from the owners of Menomale, Chipotle and the huge stand alone Starbucks at Monroe Street Market. Brooklanders were also excited to learn that NoMa Indian favorite, Indigo, will be opening a location here in 2017. Conversely, the neighborhood also said goodbye to popular chicken spot Silvestre’s, Serendipity coffee house/jazz bar and healthy fast food restaurant, Hälsa. Lastly, we were happy to see that San Antonio’s finally got their patio seating approved by the city.

  • Lots of other big box stores will join Lowe’s at Dakota Crossing

    After restaurants, development stories were next most popular with posts about NewCityDC,  RIA NE,  and The Violet. Even further beyond Brookland, readers were also excited about  the Trader Joe’s coming to nearby Trinidad, the development at Dakota Crossing and the massive Eckington Yards development.

  • This March we were heartened by the outpouring of neighborhood support for a young family who needed a helping hand during a tough time, the neighborhood response was remarkable.
  • Real estate prices keep going up in 2016 to no surprise. As we
    Monroe Street Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT

    noted in our recent real estate update a home sold for $1,405,000 recently. Yikes!

  • We welcomed Brookland’s first yoga studio, Bluebird Sky, DDOT unveiled their plans to re-do the Monroe Street bridge, and who could forget when Michelle Obama and Ban Ki-moon came to the neighborhood?

So here’s to 2017! We look forward to supporting our longstanding businesses and welcoming new ones and new neighbors. Mostly, we hope to keep enjoying and supporting the fabulous neighborhood camaraderie that makes Brookland special.

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