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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.

Brookland’s Wolhfarth Galleries To Host November’s Ward 5 Community Happy Hour

Brookland NE Washington DC
Wolhfarth Gallery Photo Courtesy of the Ward 5 Happy Hour

How about some post-frankenstorm good times? November’s Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place Thursday, November 1st at Brookland’s Wolhfarth Art Gallery. The gallery is donating its space and some very light apps, so please bring a bottle of wine and/or beer and a light snack item. The Happy Hour will be from 6 – 8 pm and the Wolhfarth Gallery is located at 3418 9th Street Northeast.

The Ward 5 HH is a great way to meet friends and neighbors, and Thursday’s should be a blast. For more info check out the Ward 5 HH Facebook Page. Please do pass this along to neighbors and help spread the word!

A Roundup Of Hurricane Emergency Contacts And Information

We certainly hope you don’t wind up needing this info, but if you do, here it is:

  • Emergency shelter for Ward 5 has been moved from Turkey Thicket to The North Michigan Park Recreation Center located at 1333 Emerson Street NE, 202 541 3522
  • 24 hour Power Outage Line 1-877-737-2662 (1-877-PEPCO- 62)
  • Downed wires  202-872-3432
  • Downed Trees – public space, and non emergencies like debris removal, call 311
  • Downed Trees – private property, call your homeowners insurance company before starting the removal process
  • Report clogged storm drains, or other water or sewer emergencies to DC Water before or after a storm  202-612-3400
  • Direct threats to your safety, Call 911
  • DPW Services Suspended, so no trash/recycling collection, bulk trash collection, street sweeping, transfer station services for the public, meter enforcement, RPP enforcement, and rush hour enforcement. The impoundment lot will also be closed. Official word for Tuesday is pending, but it will probably be suspended then too
  • CM McDuffie’s Constituent Services Team will be out in Ward 5 assessing damages and reporting issues. Should you need to reach someone in his office contact Jeannette Mobley 202-294-2638 cell 202-441-0200 alternative cell or Tim Clark 202-257-8318 cell 202-277-6386 alternative cell
  • Announcements from the Mayor’s Office:
    http://www.dc. gov
    http://twitter. com/mayorvincegr ay (Mayor Vincent Gray)
  • PEPCO Storm Preparation Handbook
    http://www.pepco. com/_res/ documents/ PepcoStormPrepar ationHandbook. pdf
  • DC Gov’t Text Alerts (rapid text notification and update information during a major crisis or emergency sent to a range of devices, including smartphones)
    https://textalert. index.php? CCheck=1
  • For up-to-date information on Hurricane Sandy, check Washington DC’s  Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency website at

Be safe out there Brookland and here’s hoping we don’t sustain much damage!

Monroe St. Market / Catholic U Development Update – Lots of Progress! External Brick Work!

Ok folks, since you are stuck at home, waiting for Sandy’s wrath, how about a Monroe Street Market/Catholic University development update with lots of pics to cheer you up? Probably the most exciting news to report is that the brick exterior started going up on the north side of  the “C Block” of Monroe St. Market’s Artwalk (the buildings that will house artist studios, retail and apartments) here are some pics of how the brick work is turning out. Also, balcomies are starting to go in on the top floors. Looks pretty great to me!













So that’s what’s going on outside. On the inside of the C Block  buildings, rough ins continue and insulation and drywall have already begun in some areas. Just for fun, here are some before, during and “after”/rendering pics. Here is the north side of the C Block before construction began:






Artswalk/Monroe Street Market Rendering courtesy of Abdo/Buzzuto Group


Here is the south side of the C Block before, during and “after”/rendering pics.  Before:





Artswalk/Monroe Street Market Rendering Courtesy of ABDO/The Buzzuto Group


Taking at look at the other blocks, it is amazing to see how fast these other buildings are going up. Here are some pics of the “B Block”.  As you can see, a lot of the concrete structural work has been done, so we should be seeing masonry stair towers and then wood framing soon.  When the B Block is completed it is going to be six stories tall (!). I tried to line up the “before and after angles” on top of one another:
















B Block Rendering Courtesy of ABDO/The Buzzuto Group

Every time I pass by the “A Block” there is an army of construction workers getting it done. I can’t believe how much progress is made everytime I pass by. The underground garage has been carved out and concrete laid, and now they are making progress on laying the ground level deck. Here’s how it looks now:










A Block Rendering Courtesy of ABDO/The Buzzuto Group

Lastly, I noticed something interesting under the Drew bridge. A cherry picker, and some kind of barrier. I am guessing some kind of work/beautification/cleaning is being done on the bridge. Who knows? I’ll keep my eye on it, as lingering around construction sites seems to be my new pastime.

Brookland In Photos – Things Are Getting Spoooooky!

With Halloween right around the corner, the neighborhood is starting to take on a frightening look! I am not sure if these decorations will make it through the Frankenstorm, but there was a lot of partying and merriment in Brookland over the weekend.

Brookland’s True Value Hardware Store Has Special Sunday Frankenstorm Hours

Hardware Store Supplies NE Washington DCJust in case you need batteries, flash lights, and the like to prepare for the coming “frankenstorm”, our neighborhood True Value store will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm this Sunday. (Normally they are closed on Sundays.) The store is located on the corner of Monroe and 12th Streets, NE. Thanks True Value!!

Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy Supplies NE Washington DC

Early Voting Begins Today At Turkey Thicket – Avoid The Lines On Election Day!

Community Center Brookland NE Washington DC
Turkey Thicket Exterior Photo Courtesy of DC Dept. of Public Works

Election Day is coming up on November 6, 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 at 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE.  Early voting is going on from Saturday, October 27  through Saturday, November 3, and there will be no voting on Sunday October 28th. Voting hours are 8:30a.m. – 7:00 p.m

There will be a general election for the following positions:

  • Electors of President and Vice President of the United States
  • Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
  • At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia (two to be elected)
  • Ward 2, 4, 7 and 8 Members of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • At-Large Member of the State Board of Education
  • Ward 2, 4, 7 and 8 Members of the State Board of Education
  • United States Senator (Shadow Senator)
  • United States Representative (Shadow Representative)
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (296 to be elected)

There will be a special election for Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia.

The following changes to the DC City Council will be decided by vote:

For information like your polling place, etc. check the Board of Elections website.

For Pitbull Awareness Month – Brookland Pet Of The Week – Pepita

The Brookland Bridge is featuring pitbulls for our “Pet Of The Week” this October because it is Pitbull Awareness Month. This week, the last of the month, we are featuring a loveable pit bull in need of a home. Introducing Pepita.

Brookland Dogs Pets NE Washington DC
Photo Courtesy of The Washington Humane Society

Pepita is in a foster home and up for adoption through the good folks at the Washington Humane Society.  From their website:

Miss Peppy is such a love! She is fantastic in a home environment and has beautiful house manners – she is totally trustworthy at home alone, is housebroken, and doesn’t chew anything…she doesn’t even beg! Although she is thrilled to see you when you get home, she doesn’t jump up and she settles very quickly. She is very happy to lay on the floor with you for a tummy rub, or curl up at your feet while you watch a movie or have a lazy Saturday. She is also good on the leash, and she knows sit, go lie down, and to wait nicely for her food. She has a big heart and lots of love to give the world, and will give you dog kisses all day if you’ll take them. She is such a darling, and continues to win over the hearts of everyone she meets!

Won’t you consider giving an adorable dog like Pepita a forever home? If so, here is the info you need:

District of Columbia Animal Care and Control Facility
1201 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002, 202-576-6664

Adoption Hours
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesdays, Closed for adoptions
Sat & Sun, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Non-Profit Org, First Time Computers, Is Leaving Brookland For Lower Rent

Brookland NonProfit NE Washington DC

Washington DC NE Non Profit OrganizationsWe were saddened to hear First Time Computers is leaving Brookland in search of cheaper rents, probably relocating in South East or South West DC. Located at the corner of 12th and Irving, they currently occupy the commercial space at  3101 12th Street NE. During the time we got to know them over the last 3 years, they have been great neighbors. For example, they have helped with neighborhood tree plantings, signed petitions to help get stop signs, and always take the time to say hello when you pass by. Their cause, to “empower low-income residents by building their computer resources and facilitating their Internet access” is one we believe in. It was great to see the positive, young people coming and going from their office. We wish them the best of luck at their new location!