For those of you that just love a classic bungalow, be prepared to swoon. This gem at 1508 Lawrence St. NE just hit the market. Built in 1919, it boasts original pine hardwood floors, a fenced yard, updated baths and kitchen and a two car garage. There will be an open house Sunday, September 16 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
The first subdivision of the Brooks Estate was recorded with the District of Columbia Surveyor in 1887, which means 2012 marks the 125th Anniversary of the neighborhood of Brookland. The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) , The Greater Brookland Garden Club, The Greater Brookland Business Association and the The Michigan Park Citizens Association are teaming up to celebrate this milestone on Saturday, September 29th from 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center Playground (1100 Michigan Avenue, N.E.)
Festivities will include walking tours of Brookland places of note, a parade, moonbounce and a community picnic. More information to come. If you would like to volunteer or participate, attend the next meeting BNCA meeting on Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00 PM, at the Howard University School of Divinity, 1400 Shepherd Street, N.E. Here is a flyer for the Brookland Community Picnic.
I just adore gardens that move beyond the expected and incorporate art and sculpture. This Brookland home showcases a creative “tree sculpture”. Instead of uprooting and removing a dead tree, its limbs are adorned with very cool blue glass bottles and tiles. I think it is just fabulous. Also pictured is a sculpture lying amid a pretty ground cover. I just love the contrasts in color and texture.
I first noticed this house when it was a part of the Great Brookland Yard Sale two years ago. Every time I look at it, I feel transported to the mediterranean. I just love the mature trees that frame this gem as well. I applaud the owners for their bold color choices – fantastic!
Wandering the streets of Brookland lately, I have noticed a good number of fig trees thriving and starting to produce some nice sized figs. Here are a handful of fig trees from Newton, Otis, Irving, and 12th Streets, as well as a tiny alley dweller.
A few years ago my wife and I had a tapas party. The hit of the night was figs stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in bacon. I know it may sound a bit crazy, but they were delicious! Here is the recipe:
Ingredients: Ripe figs, mild goat cheese (the creamy, spreadable kind), bacon
Directions: Cut off the fig stem. Slice the side of each fig and stuff with goat cheese. Wrap bacon around each fig. Overlap the end of the bacon strips and make sure the goat cheese is covered so it doesn’t ooze out. Bake the figs at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. We like our bacon extra crispy so we finished them off by broiling for another minute or two. Warm, sweet savory ooey-gooey goodness awaits! They are a bit messy so factor that into your plans.
I recently found out that the bridge I have been referring to as the “Michigan Avenue Bridge” is actually called the Charles Richard Drew Memorial Bridge. A DC native and surgeon, Dr. Drew was the first African-American to graduate from Columbia University’s medical school with a Doctor of Medical Science degree. Most notably, Drew pioneered techniques for preserving blood plasma that saved countless lives during World War II. I spoke with long-time area resident Ralph Bucksell, who vividly remembers when the bridge was dedicated in Dr. Drew’s name. He told me about the bridge’s marker so I decided to check it out. I took the photo below of the marker. It is mounted at the west end of the bridge across the street from Catholic U. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t recommend checking it for yourself unless you enjoy playing in traffic. It is very easy to miss, and is situated facing traffic. So your moment of private reflection better be limited to the seconds it takes for the light to change, and be prepared to speed-read. As I left the bridge and headed home, I pondered a few things. Why didn’t they at least place the marker facing the pedestrian walkway on the other side of the bridge? Why isn’t the bridge’s true name more widely used? What can be done to bring more awareness to the bridge’s true name? With the millions being poured into the Catholic U development, just steps away from the marker, wouldn’t it be great to overhaul the whole concept? I, for one, will be referring to it as the Drew Bridge from here on forward. The marker says the following:
Dr. Charles Richard Drew, 1904-1950
District of Columbia
athlete, scholar, surgeon, and
scientist whose discoveries in
blood preservation saved
thousands of lives.
Solar Thermal incentives are based on a flat rate percentage of installed system cost:
- Solar Thermal (water heating) system 20% of total installed cost up to $5,000
- Solar Thermal (space heating) system 20% of total installed cost up to $2,000
- Solar Thermal (combination) system 20% of total installed cost up to $5,000
Rebates for solar thermal systems are capped at a maximum of $5,000 for residential and $7,000 for nonresidential. Only one REIP rebate may be requested per unique installation address, per program year.
Photovoltaic incentives are based on the combined system rating in kilowatts of Direct Current (DC) output:
- $1.50 for each of the first 3,000 installed watts of capacity
- $1.00 for each of the next 7,000 installed watts of capacity
- $0.50 for each of the next 10,000 installed watts of capacity
Rebates for all systems are capped at a maximum of $16,500 (at 20 kilowatts capacity or greater) for each applicant site per program year.
Cadbury is a very spoiled little Chihuahua living on 12th St. His owner says he is the Indiana Jones of the little dogs because there is no crevice he won’t creep into, as a very curious little rascal who is not afraid to explore the world. We think he is too cute for words! If you would like your pet featured here, contact us!
We spoke with Lola and Chase, owners of Little Ricky’s, a Cuban-American restaurant coming to 3522 12th St NE. Like with most new restaurants in the District, the various bureaucratic hurdles have made it difficult to predict an exact opening date. When pressed, they said to expect a hard announcement in the coming weeks, with a probable opening date in late September or early October. What we know for sure is that it will be a sit-down restaurant and that they will initially be open Friday through Sunday; till the kinks are worked out and they are able to establish their optimal hours of operation. One of the more exciting aspects of the restaurant is their commitment to bringing the artwork of established Cuban and Cuban-American artists to their space. The first artist featured will be Ahmed Gomez. His website describes his works as:
“An ongoing relationship between my personal history, the formation of my early years in an environment surrounded by art influenced by Social Realism and the iconic illustrations of the 1920’s-50’s. They are a juxtaposition of pictorial layers, coexisting with several realities, a dialogue between the ideas of the vanguards and the Pulps Comics & Pin-Ups. They connect in an intertwining game. I want these ideas to trigger new reference points, and stimulate critical commentary on the painting as either an element of value or a visual interpretation of cultural representation.”
One thing is for sure – this is a great indication of Brookland’s promising future. Many Brooklanders are clamoring for a variety of options in dining, so we are sure the restaurant will be well supported. We will keep you updated as we get closer to Little Ricky’s grand opening!
Tonight the Menkiti Group hosted over 50 Ward 5 neighbors and friends for a joint Ward 5 Happy Hour and Art Enables event. A good time was had by all. Some of our favorite pieces of work are pictured below. The fabulous art will remain on display for some time, so stop by the Menkiti offices at 2600 12th Street, NE and support a great cause.