Sometimes the best decorative elements aren’t found in stores, but in nature. I love these pieces of wood, gracing three Brookland homes. Their simple beauty lends an earthy quality, movement, contrast and depth to their surroundings.
I was meandering around today when I came upon a house that I have admired ever since I have moved to Brookland. The thing I love the best is the killer patio, plus I have always been a sucker for outdoor curtains. Because this house is set up high from the street it creates an a feeling of privacy and stature. I just love those huge first floor windows. The property is very nicely and crisply landscaped, not too much, not too little.
One of our goals here at here at the Brookland Bridge is to discover and celebrate Brookland’s rich history. This is the first installment in a series of stories focusing on our neighborhood’s history.
At 1222 Kearney St. NE you can find the home Sterling Brown lived in from 1935 till his death in 1989. The Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities placed this sign at the home to commemorate this famous poet, author and professor. Brown was a professor at Howard University for over 40 years. Although he spent the majority of his life here in Brookland, he is considered part of the Harlem Renaissance artistic movement. Brown’s academic and literary focus was African-American folk life, culture, and language. His 1932 book, Southern Road, produced the poem “Strong Men,” a groundbreaking poem about the Middle Passage of slavery, that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit during such horrid circumstances. Brown, and fellow authors/poets/folk life academics Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston are credited with elevating and revolutionizing how African-American “folk speech” is regarded. By moving beyond stereotypes to understand people and culture he infused his writings with a full, nuanced, reality-based folk aesthetic. Some of his notable students include Toni Morrison, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Kwame Nkrumah, Thomas Sowell, Ossie Davis, Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) and Ralph Bunche – a fellow Brookland resident.
This is for those of us stuck in town for the labor day weekend. From the WMATA website:
Red Line trains will single track between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten to allow for platform reconstruction. Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 15 minutes in each direction. On Saturday and Sunday, between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., additional trains will operate between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations, providing service an average of every 7-8 minutes between these stations. Red Line customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.
We are starting a new photo series here at the bridge – Brookland Pet of the Week! Meet Duncan, he was adopted from an animal shelter in North Carolina, six years ago, and became a city dog immediately! He loves running through Brookland and sitting on the front steps, greeting the neighbors. If you would like to see your pet featured here, email us on the Contact page.
We heard from a Catholic U student tonight that Barnes and Noble will be taking over the university’s bookstore and will have a community-facing bookstore as part of the CUA/Abdo development. We checked it out and this B&N announcement confirms it, Barnes and Noble is coming to our town. As part of a 5 year contract, a Barnes and Noble “superstore” and Starbucks will open in 18 – 24 months as part of the larger Abdo development.
Our photo series of Brookland sheds continues with this whimsical one near Girard and 10th NE.
This nicely renovated rowhouse came with two parking spaces and a basement ready to rent. The home was purchased in January 2012 for a mere $130,000 and sold Wednesday for $444,000.
Last night over 50 Ward 5 business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders met at San Antonio Bar and Grill in Brookland. The meeting was organized by Coucilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s office to offer a platform for networking, mingling and idea sharing. CM McDuffie gave a short speech in which he stated that small businesses are a top priority for him. He stressed the importance of striking a balance between helping sustain old businesses while attracting new ones as well, and helping small businesses benefit from new developments across the ward. Mc Duffie noted the need to diversify Ward 5 business offerings in order to stop dollars from flowing across DC borders to Maryland and Virginia. He also made a point to acknowledge major retail corridors such as Rhode Island Avenue and North Capitol Street as targeted areas to focus resources on. Lastly, he stated that the DC government needs to change the dynamic of disproportionately supporting big developments over small businesses. There were several guest speakers, notably, a representative from the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (GWHCCF). Their Small Business Assistance Program offers small grants and funding for small business, one-on-one assistance and workshops. This meeting will likely be the first of a series of meetings for small business owners.