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Upon moving to Brookland about 8 years ago, Shani jumped into civic life, having been treasurer for the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and lending her web development skills to the Greater Brookland Garden Club. Shani was also the unofficial coordinator of Brookland's LGBT monthly activities for 6 years. You can often find Shani and her wife Astrid watering the trees on 12th St. NE and walking their dog Frida around the neighborhood. Shani is an artist, owner of SCH Fine Arts, and an IT professional.

Bluebird Sky Yoga To Offer Massage Service Through July 3rd

Bluebird Sky Yoga

This is good news for neighbors with sore muscles. From an email:

JUNE 19 – JULY 3
This summer, indulge in self-care with a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute massage at the studio. Select from the following options:

Signature Massge
Swedish Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Neck, Back, and Shoulders
Après Yoga Sports Massage
Reflexology

Schedule your massage and get more info here. Bluebird Sky yoga studio is located at 3101 12th St NE.

Wardman Wines And Zeke’s Team Up For Coffee And Cocktails – Free Tasting Friday

Two of our favorite  area businesses are teaming up for a free tasting this Friday. From Wardman Wine’s event page:

You don’t have to give up coffee just because it’s hot outside! Brandon stops in from our favorite coffee roaster, Zeke’s. Zeke’s roasts in small batches, focuses on single origin arabica beans, and creates custom blends. He’s bringing their cold brew, made with beans roasted in a One-Eight Distilling whiskey and talks about how to do iced coffee. Eric will show us a DIY coffee liqueur you can make and makes a few iced coffee cocktails to keep cool this summer!

Sounds great! Wardman Wines is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.

Dew Drop Inn’s Second Anniversary Party Featuring A Pig Roast And A DJ

The Dew Drop Inn

Popular neighborhood watering hole The Dew Drop Inn will be celebrating their second anniversary this Sunday June 25th, staring at 3:00 pm. My how times flies! The party will include a pig roast and a DJ. From the event page:

Come celebrate the Dew Drop Inn’s 2nd Year! We’ll be kicking off the day with a pig roast starting at 3pm. DJ the Question will be spinning and of course we’ll have happy hour all night

Join us in saying thank you to all the fantastic customers and staff as we explode into our next year!!!

Do drop in!

The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.

DC Books To Prisons Bake Sale Saturday At The Arts Walk Farmer’s Market

DC Books to Prisons  is a volunteer organization that sends 15,000 books a year to prisoners in over 600 US prisons. This coming Saturday, June 24 they will have a fund raising bake sale from 10 AM – 1 PM at the Farmer’s Market at Monroe Street Market’s Arts Walk. From the event page:

Stop by for a wide variety of treats, including homemade cookies, brownies, and sweet and savory quick breads. Dogs are welcome at the market and there will be homemade dog biscuits available for purchase as well.

All proceeds go to DC Books to Prisons so they can continue their work to provide free books to individual prisoners in over 600 institutions across the United States.

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Assn. Takes On Neighborhood Traffic Issues

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) is making a push to address on going traffic issues in the neighborhood. Check out the link to a letter sent to the mayor and DDOT below, as well as info about their upcoming June meeting.  If you’re looking for ways to get involved in the Brookland community, the BNCA is a great way to do it.  From an email:

…here is our agenda for our June meeting, next Tuesday, June 20, at 7 pm at Brooks Mansion (701 Newton St. NE). I have invited Mayor Muriel Bowser and DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo to our meeting to discuss the serious truck and other traffic concerns that many in Brookland are being affected by. So far I have not received word that they will be able to attend. If they do not, we will use that time to have a community discussion about these problems and next steps for BNCA to address them.

You can see the letter I sent to the Mayor and DDOT Director last week here, which provides an overview of several ways in which DDOT has not been meeting our community’s needs….

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Treasurer’s Report and Membership Report
3. Information about the Saturday Monroe Street Farmer’s Market – Nick Stavely (Community Foodworks)
4. Update on the Transition Town Network – Diane Roche (Stuart Center)
5. Truck/Traffic Issues In and Around Brookland –
– Mayor Muriel Bowser (invited)
– DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo (invited)
6. Community Concerns and Announcements
– MRP Development at 4th and Rhode Island
– BNCA  Comments on Comprehensive Plan
– BNCA – Solar Solution promo through the Summer!
– Others?
7. Adjourn

You can check out the BNCA website here, the BNCA Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter.

Brookland’s Finest Brings Back Tuesday Crab Boils All Summer

We thought local-crab-loving neighbors would appreciate this ongoing special from Brookland’s Finest. From their Instagram post:

Our crab boils are back! We are serving MD Crab with andouille sausage (we can leave it out if you’re so inclined), roasted potatoes, sweet corn and @dcbrau Pride Pils for $30! It will be our dinner special tonight and every Tuesday this summer at 5 PM!


Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.

Massive Rhode Island Ave Development Changes Approach

Rendering courtesy of MRP Realty

We have been following the massive proposed development next to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop for over a year now. The 13 acre development will cover about 6 blocks and is planned for the current strip mall anchored by Save-A-Lot, Big Lots and Foreman Mills. In December the development created a lot of buzz when it was announced that Alamo Drafthouse Cinema would join other amenities such as a supermarket and gym.

The developer, MRP Reality has spent 18 months and quite a bit of money navigating the planned-unit development (PUD) process, and received approval for the PUD from the Zoning  Commission in October 2016. That’s why we were surprised to read from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the developer is switching tracks, and pursuing a matter of right development approach, and forgoing the PUD process. From the (pay-walled) article:

With by-right, MRP will not have to return to the commission every time it wants to make a change, as it might have through the PUD process. And it will be largely free of legal challenges…

While building as a matter of right will allow more flexibility, according to the article, the plans for the nine building, 1,550 residential unit mixed use development are not changing (including the Alamo Drafthouse lease). The development will completed in multiple phases spanning 10 years, and is planned to begin summer 2018.

Pop Up Event Featuring West African Food, Music, Dancing At Mess Hall This Saturday

Interested in exploring food and culture? Then, this event is for you. Located at nearby Mess Hall (703 Edgewood St, NE) this pop up from West Tribes looks great. See the flyer, link, and details below.

From the event page:

Have you got your tickets yet? This is going to be the party of the season. Featuring the Gaelle Force Dance Company food from #Ghana #Nigeria #Liberia #WestAfricanfood #Senegal June 17th Mess Hall. The menu will include:

  • Kelewele (Ghana), sweet plantain diced and spiced with West African spices and deep-fried

  • Suya (Nigeria–West African beef kebab)-thin sliced beef marinated in spicy peanut butter sauce and fire roasted

  • Jollof Rice (Liberia)–rice cooked in savory tomato sauce with spices and vegetables

  • Waakye (Ghana-West African rice and beans)–rice and beans cooked with West African spices and herbs

  • Yassa Chicken (Senegal)–chicken marinated in lemon juice and sautéed in peanut oil with onions, chili peppers & cabbage

  • Goat Pepper Soup & fufu (West Tribes) goat meat seasoned with exotic blend of West African herbs and spices, and cooked in savory vegetable soup with pepper, served with fufu.

  • Cassava Leaves (Liberia)–fresh cassava/yucca leaves sautéed in red palm oil with West African spices

Brookland Community Picnic At The Monastery – Food, Music, Moonbounce, And More

The Third Annual Brookland Community Picnic will take place at The Franciscan Monastery  this Saturday June 17th  from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. There will be a dunk tank, face painting, lawn games, magic shows, food, music and of course, a moon bounce. Checkout the flyer below. Rumor has it that a certain Brookland blogger will take her turn in the dunk tank! Thanks to local real estate team Abbott Klar for hosting. The rain date is Sunday June 18th. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE.

Third Thursday Returns With A Carnival Theme – Games, Funnel Cake, Moon Bounce And More

Arts Walk Event At Night

Another Third Thursday event is coming up this week at the Arts Walk, looks like fun. From the event page:

Our Third Thursdays in Brookland event series continues on June 15th. Join us on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market every third Thursday through September from 5-8 PM for family-friendly activities.

June 15th is our Carnival Theme featuring:
– Carnival games (donations benefiting Only Make Believe)
– Live music from Rumba Club (Latin Jazz), courtesy of Dance Place
– Cardinal Kids Storytime from Barnes & Noble (5:40-6:00)
– Performance from Only Make Believe (6:45-7:15)
– Open artist studios and pop up in-studio events
– Grab a bite from Brookland Pint and enjoy dining outdoors on our Arts Walk picnic tables
– Moon bounce
– Pop up vendor, Reba’s Funnel Cake
– & more!