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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.

Popular Rhode Island Ave Restaurant, Nido, To Close Next Week

Since they opened in June 2015, Nido has been one of our favorite places to dine in the area, whether it was for a date night or entertaining out of town guests. We had been hearing rumors of their closing and now, unfortunately, it has been confirmed by a posting on their Facebook page. From the posting:

As many of you already know, our last night of service will be Friday, December 22nd.

We want to take a moment to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who has stopped in to share a meal with us. It has been a pleasure to serve you, and we are so grateful for your friendship and support.

We also want to let you know that we are committed to continuing our relationship with this wonderful community. We have been working diligently to find a new tenant who will bring something unique to the neighborhood, and we will let you know more about what will be opening in our building as soon as we’ve found the right fit.

We wish the Nido team all the best and thank them for the years of delicious food and drink. Nido is located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Christmas Caroling Saturday, Continuing Over 50 Years Of Tradition

Christmas Carolers Gather Before Hitting The Streets (2011 Event)

For well over 50 years, Brooklanders have organized to serenade friends and neighbors with Christmas carols. I have participated in the annual event in previous years and have had fantastic time and met so many warm, friendly neighbors. If you don’t know a lot of carols by heart, don’t worry, sheet music will be provided. If you don’t sing well, again don’t worry, it’s all about the community spirit. From a community announcement:

Come Christmas Caroling through the neighborhood this Saturday, December 16. Everyone looking to spread Christmas cheer and best wishes for 2018 is invited to meet at Rosary House, 1201 Monroe Street, NE, Saturday, December 16, at 6:30pm. We will travel through central Brookland for about an hour and a half and finish at 1026 Newton Street for a potluck dinner, 8pm. Come and share your holiday spirit with Engine company 17, shoppers at CVS and various households as we move from block to block singing.

It is so great to see the looks of happiness, appreciation and surprise on people’s faces as you passed them on the street and when they came out of their houses and businesses. All are welcome to join in for as long as you want. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.

National Symphony Orchestra’s ‘NSO In Your Neighborhood’ Program Coming To Brookland Area Venues

We thought neighbors would be excited to hear that free world class NSO performances are coming to our neighborhood in the new year. From the program’s website:

NSO In Your Neighborhood is an initiative that provides free performances and educational activities by the National Symphony Orchestra in neighborhoods throughout the Washington DC area.

Here is a rundown of the events in our area. All of these concerts are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating (though note: some may require RSVP, as indicted below). For more information, check the NSO in your Neighborhood schedule here.

  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018 7:00 p.m.
    Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America,1400 Quincy St., NE. NSO members Marissa Regni, violin; Rachel Young, cello; Paul Cigan, clarinet; and Lisa Emenheiser, piano perform an evening chamber music. Free and open to the public.
  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 6:30 p.m.
    Woodridge Neighborhood Library, 1801 Hamlin St., NE
    This 60-minute chamber performance takes place in the library’s Rotunda. Local musicians Brittney Allen (flute) and Herman Burney (cello and bass) are joined by NSO musicians Deanna Lee Bien and Claudia Chudacoff (violins); Eric deWaardt (viola); and Eugena Chang (cello). Free and open to the public.
  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018 8:00 p.m.
    Israel Manor, Inc., 1251 Saratoga Ave., NE
    This 60-minute performance will take place in the church’s Capitol City Hall of Distinction and features NSO musicians Lisa-Beth Lambert, violin; Jennifer Mondie, viola; Eugena Chang, cello; and Nicholas Stovall, oboe. Free and open to the public.
  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018 8:00 p.m.
    Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St NE
    This 60-minute performance will be shared by NSO violinist Glenn Donnellan and a local hip-hop artist. Free and open to the public.
  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018 11:30 a.m.
    Woodridge Neighborhood Library, 1801 Hamlin St., NE
    NSO musicians Heather LeDoux Green (violin) and Paul DeNola (bass) give a performance for families.
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018 6:00 p.m.
    Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St., NE
    NSO musicians and friends Ricardo Cyncynates and Jae-Yeon Kim, violins; Tsuna Sakamoto, viola; Eugena Chang, cello; and Claire Eichhorn, clarinet — will collaborate with local poets for this 2-hour performance. Free and open to the public.
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018 6:30 p.m.
    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
    400 Michigan Ave., NE
    An hour long concert of chamber music by members of the NSO horn section— Abel Pereira, Robert Rearden, James Nickel, and Markus Osterlund, horn, and pianist Lisa Emenheiser — will be performed in the Crypt Church. Free and open to the public.
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 7:00 p.m.
    Dance Place, 3225 8th St., NE
    This hour-long chamber music concert by an NSO string quartet — Jane Bowyer Stewart, violin; Susan Midkiff, violin; Denise Wilkinson, viola; and Kerry van Laanen, cello — will be performed in Dance Place’s Black Box Theatre. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at

Eckington Park Details Emerge – Public Art, Dog Park, Amphitheater And More

Image courtesy of NoMa Parks Foundation (NPF) via Urban Turf

Back in May we wrote about a two acre park planned in nearby Eckington along the Met Branch Trail. We figured readers would be interested in an update even though this is beyond Brookland – the plans look great! We recently learned more details from this article in Urban Turf including playgrounds for various age groups from  2 to 5+ years of age, and an amphitheater with food kiosks and an event lawn. Sounds like a promising resource for the greater area. We will keep an eye on park progress and let you know of any news.

Annual Brookland Bird Count This Saturday

Look out for the Wood Thrush – the DC State Bird!

Every December Brooklanders take part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.  This year, the count will take place on Saturday morning, December 16th.  To sign up contact wonderful Brookland neighbor Anne Anderson at mobileanne (at) comcast (dot) net. From a community notice:

Every year since 1901, Counting Circles spread out over the country have gone out to identify and count the birds in their area, making this one of the most effective citizen-scientist efforts that has lasted for 116 years. We go out in the winter because all the birds have migrated by then, so everyone across the continent can count what they see and we know where the birds are at that time. This year we will be out again, and you are invited to join us here in Brookland. We are part of the Washington, DC area counting circle and will be sending our results in to be compiled with other sectors in our circle.

The Brookland area count takes place on the Catholic University grounds, at the McMillan Reservoir and the Armed Forces Retirement Home grounds. We start at 8 AM on the East side of the Shrine in the parking lot and have a route we have used for many years now. We finish around 2 PM, but you are welcome to come for a shorter time if you can’t stay the whole time. (Just please plan to stay with us for at least an hour since we need to document the number of counters by the hour.) We welcome newcomers and young people. You don’t have to be an expert at identifying birds, just willing to help us look 360 degrees so we don’t miss any birds flying by.

If you would like to come out on Saturday morning, Dec. 16th, please let me know so that I can send you updates as the date gets closer. And, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Just reply to

11 Unit “Pop Up” Development, The Brookland, May Be Coming To 12th Street

The Brookland at 3614 12th Street NE., rendering courtesy of Lock 7 Development

You’ve seen them in other neighborhoods, and now Brookland too – “pop up” developments – that add a number of floors to a building and in the process dwarf their surrounding homes/buildings.  The practice has become so common, and extreme in some cases, that DC’s Zoning Commission issued new rules  a couple of years ago to bring some order to the situation.

So, we thought neighbors would be interested in knowing about The Brookland, an 11 unit residential development planned for 3614-16 12th Street (within the row houses along the western side of 12th Street between Newton and Otis).  Right now, the rowhouses are not residential, they are all current or former businesses. We spoke to a business owner within that row of buildings and all he would offer up is that the project is “slow going”.

The developer is Lock 7, which also built the sold out Brooks Row development at 12th and Franklin. Coincidentally, just after we drafted this post, the buildings hit the market for $2 Million, from the listing:

Prime Brookland development site for sale. Over 3000 SF of MU-4 zoned land. Two adjacent parcels have been combined and plans convey for an 11-unit condo building with three parking spaces.

So, who knows what will actually happen? According to the project page, the development will be a mixture of one, two and three bedroom units. While it may be aesthetically jarring, there is no doubt that DC needs more housing, particularly close to the Metro. Also, we need more density on or near 12th Street if we want a vibrant main street. So, what do you think? We will keep an eye on this development and let you know when we learn anything new.

Italian/Austrian Pop Up Restaurant Coming To District Space Dec. 14 – 17th

We recently wrote about District Space, a new culinary pop-up destination on 12th Street. Neighbors interested in checking out the new venue will have their chance next week during a 4 day pop up from Johanna’s Table,  featuring Chef Johanna Hellrigl cooking northern Italian fare.

From the event page:

For her fourth pop-up, Chef Johanna is going home. She is excited to share the food and wine of Alto-Adige, an autonomous province in Northern Italy, and birthplace of her father. Over countless visits to spend time with her family in Südtirol—as it’s known locally—Johanna developed an admiration for the cuisine’s unique marriage of Italian and Austrian flavors.

Sounds delicious! Make your reservation here (requires a $20 per person deposit). To keep up to date on future pop up events at District Space, don’t forget to follow their Twitter feed and Facebook page. District Space is located at 3522 12th Street NE.


3rd Annual Procrastinator’s Market – Arts, Crafts, Vendors, Santa, Food And More

The Annual  Procrastinators Holiday Market, a free event organized by the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street, is coming up on December 16.  From the event page:

Featuring local arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, holiday card and crafts tent courtesy of Plaza Art, photos with Santa, food + beverages and more!
This is a RAIN or SHINE event, with activities for the entire family.

The market is free and will be held from 10:00 am -8:00 pm at 1300 Rhode Island Avenue NE between Brentwood Road and Montana Avenue.