Today I came across a new business called Zamo’s that just opened in Brookland. The owner of the shop is an artist named Michael, and he intends to use the space at 3619 12th St. NE, formerly a Century 21 office, as his studio and a quirky art and antique shop. We are really happy to see some signs of life on that stretch of 12th St. NE. Since Cafe Sureia closed in early summer, things have been pretty quiet over there. For now the store will be open on the weekends, as Michael works to transform the space, which is pretty raw right now, into a productive studio space. This is the type of place I am hoping takes root on 12th St. – we need homegrown, unique establishments to balance the influx of new development that will no doubt bring chain stores. Wouldn’t it be cool if Brookland develops a row of funky, hip, artsy, independent stores? One can dream. We hope a lot of folks come out to support this new spot. Good luck Michael!
I found the description for this new listing hilarious. For example – ‘So big the bedrooms have bedrooms. Moon-Bounce back yard. Rockwellian.” Rockwellian? OK. Anyway, this home at 1843 Monroe St. NE looks very nice to me. I like that it has kept defined living/dining rooms, while having some openness. Nice floors, huge backyard, and the all important off-street parking. Open house tomorrow.
Be a part of one of Brookland’s holiday traditions, the Annual “Celebration of Lights” on Sunday, December 16. From 6:00–9:00 pm there will be trolley tours, driving past Brookland’s best and most elaborate light and decoration displays. While waiting for the trolley enjoy holiday music, a bonfire, hot chocolate and cider, and other home made holiday treats. Even if you are not interested in the trolley ride, all are welcome to stop by and enjoy the Holiday community spirit.
There will be five trolley runs, the first trolley leaves at 6:10 PM, and they return every 35 minutes. RSVPs are accepted starting today, December 1, for all trolleys run. RSVP by sending an email to brooklandcommunitydevelopment( at) yahoo (dot) com or by phone: 202-297-1125. Line up for the trolley at Wohlfarth Galleries – 3418 9th Street NE (9th and Monroe Street NE).
Snacks, Holiday Treats, Apple Cider, and Hot Food all donated from our local restaurants, and Yes Organic Market.
We thought this was an interesting little nugget…the first Catholic U football game was played on November 30, 1905. It was an informal game between students and a team from Brookland, which resulted in a tie. More tidbits of CUA history in this article from the CUA Tower.
A couple of weeks ago we posted about a meeting to discuss the overhaul of the Turkey Thicket playground. If you weren’t able to attend Monday’s meeting, it isn’t too late to let your opinion be heard. There will be a follow up meeting on Monday, December 17th at 6:00 pm at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave NE. You can also submit feedback through an online survey provided by the Departmet of Parks and Recreation. The survey will be closed on Saturday, December 1. For more information on the Play DC Project, the largest playground improvement project in DC history, contact PlayDC (at) dc (dot) gov or call (202) 391-9204.
There will be a Town Hall meeting to share affordable housing success stories and learn about how to advocate for more within Ward 5. The meeting is sponsored by Open Arms Housing, the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, and MANNA. The goals of these organizations are to encourage first-time homeownership, assist tenants in purchasing their current homes, and support residents with special needs. The Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Refreshments, Spanish translation and childcare will be provided upon request. For more information, contact Elizabeth Falcon at (202) 745-0902 ex 205.
This lovely home at 1254 Irving St. NE sold yesterday foe $610,000. Built in 1900, it was completely updated and then some. How about that front porch? So inviting…