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Upon moving to Brookland about 3 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 is also the unofficial coordinator of Brookland's LGBT monthly activities. You can often find Shani and her wife Astrid watering the trees on 12th St. and walking their dog Frida around the neighborhood. Shani is an artist, owner of SCH Fine Arts, and an IT professional.

Eyesore Building At 12th And Girard For Sale

Property for sale at 2900 12th St NE – corner of Girard

FYI – this post has been updated with a new, increased sale price.

We have been following the changes at 2900 12th Street NE for a number of years (the corner of 12th and Girard NE). A re-cap: in March 2015 we wrote about how longtime Brookland business M&S Barber Services re-located because of what was supposed to be impending development. In May 2015 construction fencing went up around the property, a dumpster arrived, and internal demolition permits were posted in the window. As far as we know, no other permits were obtained. Eventually the construction fencing came down and over time the building has become covered in a patchwork of painted over graffiti.

We recently found out that the property is for sale for $1,825,000. The real estate listing simply states:

Opportunity: lot with plans for 14 units in the heart of hot hot Brookland! the existing building will need to be removed.

I would be pretty surprised if it sold at that price, but stranger things have happened. This sideshow shows the selling developer’s plans for a three story residential-only apartment building. Of course, a purchaser could always go with something else. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

 

Build-Out Of Indigo Indian Restaurant Moves Forward

Former Serendipity and future Indigo location.

Back in November we found out that Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant in NoMa is planning to open a second location here in Brookland. We haven’t seen much activity at 3301 12th Street, the site of the new restaurant (and former Serendipity location), but recently we noticed a dumpster at the curb. There are also now signs in the windows from the owners of Indigo with the following message:

This is Chapter 2

Indigo – Indian food on the go!

Bringing authentic Indian food to your neighborhood. Indigo chooses Brookland to be its new home. We are proud, yet humbled to be here.

Most importantly, there are recent demolition and building permits in the window, for the kind of things you would expect – plumbing, electrical, walls, flooring, seating, etc. We will keep our eyes open and let you know when we learn anything new.

Free Women In Science Event Monday – Making Sense Of Our Senses

Neighbors have seemed really excited by the Women in Science series taking place monthly at local jazz club AJACS. So, we figured we wold continue spreading the word about it . The next event is coming up this Monday and will feature biomedical engineering professor Sahana N. Kukke, PH.D. The interactive discussion will center around the concept of senses, particularly touch. All ages are welcome and no background knowledge is needed.

The event will take place at AJACS, 2813 12th Street NE on Monday March 13th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Free Comedy Show At Right Proper Brewing Tonight

We thought neighbors would be interested in a free stand up comedy show tonight from the Power of Positive Drinking, an  interactive open-mic comedy concept which combines stand-up and drinking games. From the event page:

No more games. It’s time to get real with you guys. There’s a lot of f*ckbois and f*ckgirls out there who still haven’t recognized that their shenanigans do have consequences. Luckily, we at the Power of Positive Drinking appreciate the patience and talent it takes to discretely but unequivocally tell these clowns to go eat the appropriate amount of horse feces. So we’d like to gather our favorite comedians together to honor everything from side eye to slight, awkward laughter. Come join us for a night craft beer and laughter at those who are beneath us. And remember: never let anyone get away unscathed.

Doors Open: 5pm
Comedy Show: 7:30pm

Right Proper Brewing Company Production House and Tasting Room is located at 920 Girard Street NE.

Brookland Gets Another Capital Bikeshare Station At 18th And Monroe

We were happy to learn that Brookland got another Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) station at the corner of 18th and Monroe NE near Burroughs School. It seems like a great location, connecting the Metro and 12th Street with those  deeper in our neighborhood and in Woodridge. Time to get a CaBi membership if you don’t have one already.

Smith Public Trust’s ‘Brookland Zoo’ Event Combines Local Brew And Hip Hop

We thought Brookland beer and music lovers would be interested in this event which combines the two, Thursday March 9th from 7 – 11pm at Smith Public Trust. Entry to the event, which features beer from DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works,  is free with an RSVP.  DJ Jahsonic will be spinning tunes from the  golden-era hip-hop. From the event page:

DJ JAHSONIC
FLASH FREQUENCY
EL LAMBERT
+ THE EXPERIENCE

3 STARS BREWING CO.
ATLAS BREW WORKS
DC BRAU BREWING CO.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF #DCBREWS MEETS THE GOLDEN AGE OF HIP HOP


Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE.

Art Enables Hosts Wine And Paint Friday. $25 For Materials And 2 Glasses Of Wine

Art Enables Interior

Here is a great deal for those looking to check out a ‘paint and sip’ event. From the event page:

 On March 3rd, join us for Art Enables’ first ever paint-and-wine night in the Studio Gallery! Local artist Alice Park will be leading a cherry-blossom themed acrylic painting workshop. Your $25/$30 ticket includes paint, a canvas, and two drink tickets (additional wine is available for purchase.) Aprons/smocks/casual clothes are highly encouraged. Doors open at 6, with the workshop running 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Get your tickets here. Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at  2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.

Urban Turf Updates Their Brookland Neighborhood Profile

Brookland Boy Scouts at Brookland’s 125th Anniversary parade in 2012.

When we heard our good friend and fellow Brooklander Zak was writing a neighborhood profile on Brookland for the real estate website Urban Turf, we were all in. You can check out the story here. The article discusses, among other things, the balance between the ‘traditional neighborhood feel’ and the recent changes that development has brought. Let us know what you think about the article and Brookland’s constant evolution.

RIA Porchfest Returns – Save The Date And Open Call For Performers

Porch Fest is an annual event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. The event transforms neighborhood porches and stoops into stages for an afternoon of free performances and community based fun. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place Saturday April 15 from 2-6 pm . If  you are, or know of any performers, they are currently lining up participants. From the open call page, where performers can find application details:

We are seeking musicians + singers of all genres, dancers, poets + spoken word artists, etc. to perform at this lively, well-attended annual event.