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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.

Sneak Peek Of Little Ricky’s, Brookland’s New Restaurant

On Saturday night the owners of Little Ricky’s hosted a private art show and sneak peek of what’s to come. It was an evening of fantastic food, warm hospitality, great art and live music. I have to confess, by the time my wife and I left, we were downright giddy.

This place is a fantastic. Here’s what separates it from most of the Latin restaurants in DC  – it has a crisp, clear point of view – decidedly Cuban. Many places offer a hodge-podge of Latin dishes spanning South, Central and North America and the Caribbean. Not this place. The music, art, decor, and most importantly, the food, stays true to a distinctly Cuban heritage. Notably, the tostones (fried slices of green/unripe plantains) are not something you can find in most catch-all Latin restaurants, and they were scrumptious. My wife was blown away by the heavenly croquettas  with their crunchy outside and soft delicious fillings inside. The other striking thing about this place is how high-end everything is. From the fine artwork by Cuban artist Ahmed Gomez to the smallest details,  the owners have clearly taken a lot of time and effort to create a wonderful ambiance that is a step above anything we have seen in the immediate area.

Ok, already! So when do they open? The owners, Lola and Chase are planning on a soft opening in early October, so they can work out the kinks first. The next steps are hiring the wait staff and other last minute details. At first, they will only be open Friday though Sunday, including brunch service.  Little Ricky’s is located at 3522 12th St. NE. If you would like to keep up with their developments, we recommend liking their Facebook Page or stay tuned here.

Brookland Pet Of The Week – Portland!

Brookland Pet Of The Week NE Washington DC

Check out Portland chillin’ on this chair! A 5-year-old, Portland lives on 12th St. and is a protector, vigilant and alert, and always on the defense. But once he no longer feels someone is a threat, he becomes the cutest and lovable tender pup. His owner says Portland is a mix, with some Chihuahua, but added – who knows! If you would like your pet featured here, contact us.

Real Estate Watch – Two Big Beautiful Brookland Homes Hit The Market For $625,000 & $569,900

Got plans for Sunday afternoon (besides football)? If not, you may want to check out the open houses for these beauties.

Brookland Victorian Homes NE Washington DC
Victorian at 1254 Irving St. NE

This home at 1254 Irving is going for $625,000. I know from first-hand experience that this house is impeccable, superbly cared for and the finishings are very high-end. (Full disclosure, I am friends with the owners.) You can’t really see it from the photos, but the wood floors are spectacular!

Federal Style Homes Brookland NE Washington DC
Federal Style Home at 1805 Monroe St. NE

This federal style home at 1805 Monroe St. NE  is dripping with charm and on the market for $569,900. Not only is this a huge home and property, but I just love all those hardwood floors and wood trim.

Turkey Thicket Hosts Open House – Something For Everyone

Recreation Center Brookland NE Washington DC
Open House Sign

On Wednesday night, Brookland’s Turkey Thicket Recreation Center hosted an open house to inform the community about its fall programs. The event was well attended with residents of all age groups enjoying music and a  myriad of activities from table tennis to dance instruction. A plethora of classes will be offered this fall including Double Dutch, Chess, Flag Football, Senior Tennis, Senior Walking Club, Senior Chair Exercise, Dance Explosion, Fitness Boot Camp, Zumba, Soccer with DC United, Youth Tennis, Hand Dancing, Basketball, Volleyball, Water Aerobics, Adult, Senior and Children Swimming Classes, and Senior Aerobics. Most classes are free and some (mostly the aquatic classes) have a small fee for residents. The Turkey Thicket website does not offer much in the way of class information, so you are better off going to the center, picking up a flyer about the class you are interested in or speaking to one of the helpful staff. Turkey Thicket is located at 1100 Michigan Ave, NE and is open Monday – Friday from 6:30 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm and is closed Sundays.

Brookland Cub Scout Sign Up And Orientation This Thursday

Cub Scout Pack 96 Brookland NE Washington DC
Cub Scouts logo credit: Boy Scouts of America

Brookland’s own Pack 98, a Cub Scout group will be starting up soon! The scout group is for boys in grades 1-5. There will be an orientation night for interested boys and their parents on Thursday, September 20, 6:30 p.m., St. Anthony’s School cafeteria (across from the Post office on 12th Street). For more information check out Pack 98’s website or email  pack98dc@gmail. com

The following information was posted on Brookland’s listserv:

We meet one evening per week during the school year, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at St. Anthony’s School. Scouts meet in dens that are grouped by grade. We also have a number of special fun events that usually occur on the weekend, including Pinewood Derby, Genius Kit Night, overnight camping trips (2 times/year), day hikes, and community service activities. Pack 98 parents are encouraged to be active, by serving as den leaders or assistants, helping with administrative functions, and attending camping trips and other weekend events.
Pack 98 is a welcoming pack and does not discriminate against any potential scout, family, or leader, including based on sexual orientation. Anyone who is committed to the goals of scouting — creating a space where boys can interact positively with other boys, teaching appreciation and respect for nature, and promoting other character values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and the importance of community service — is encouraged to join.

Brookland Sites Featured In ASLA Landscape Architect’s Guide To DC

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently launched the Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. The guide is online, free,  and mobile-friendly. The purpose of the guide is to help visitors and locals explore historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in the D.C. Metro area. Brookland has 3 sites listed in the guide:

Although I am not sure I consider the McMillan Site part of Brookland, it is great to see our neighborhood recognized in this guide.