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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.

Community Cleanup This Saturday Near Turkey Thicket As Part Of SWEEP Program

We thought neighbors would be interested in knowing about this cleanup and outreach effort going on in the neighborhood Saturday. From an email:

This Saturday, August 12, from 9am to 5pm, the DC Department of Public Works and DC Superior Court’s Community Court program will have a joint project just north of Turkey Thicket. It will be a clean-up and canvassing project by ~15 people who have a community service requirement as part of a sentence or part of getting their case dismissed. DPW will be assigning the tasks (as they usually do with those who perform their court community service at a DPW site or on a DPW project). Volunteers will be cleaning up or canvassing the neighborhood, giving out information on DPW’s Solid Waste Education & Enforcement Program (SWEEP). The Court will have a table and tent at the corner of 10th St and Perry, with information about court programs and to answer any questions area residents may have.

ANC 5B04 Meeting Thursday To Discuss New Indian Restaurant, Indigo

The exterior of Indigo Chapter 2 was painted in early June

There will be a meeting of Single Member District ANC 5B04 this Thursday, August 10th at 7pm at Indigo, Brookland’s newest restaurant, opening soon (3301 12th Street, NE). From the community announcement:

ANC5B04 Meeting at new Indego Indian Restaurant (old Serendipity Jazz)

Restaurant Discussion
Community Concerns

I would urge all the folks out there who support new neighborhood businesses to attend and let the owners know that you appreciate them investing in our community.

More Mixed Use Development Could Be Coming To The Rhode Island Metro

802-810 Rhode Island Avenue NE is the blue building in center at the corner.

Development near the Rhode Island Metro stop has been picking up serious steam recently. Brookland Press, a recently completed apartment building with about 300 units recently started leasing and a planned 13 acre mixed use development will break ground next summer next to the Metro stop. To add to it, we recently learned from this article in Urban Turf:

The owners of 802-810 Rhode Island Avenue NE have applied for a zoning map amendment that would rezone the block from PDR (Production, Distribution and Repair) to MU-6, changing the matter-of-right usage from commercial and industrial to allow for medium-density commercial mixed with high-density residential.

Those familiar with the building know that it is a part of the Mt. Calvary group of buildings at the Metro. We will keep an eye on this re-zoning request and let you know when we learn anything new.

Friends Of Noyes Park Summer Meeting And Fundraiser At Right Proper Brewing Monday

Kids enjoying Noyes Park

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. This Monday they will have a public board meeting and fundraiser at local microbrewery Right Proper. From the event page:

Please join us on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 7–9 pm for our Mid-Summer Community Meeting and Fundraiser, hosted by the Right Proper Brewing Company.

Right Proper is located at  920 Girard Street NE.

DC Lottery Scratchers Series Feature Brookland (And Other Neighborhoods)

The DC Lottery has a series of instant scratch-off game cards featuring DC neighborhoods, including Brookland. Of course we had to get our hands on one. So, we found ours at the DC Lottery store at Union Station. The ticket, featuring nearby performance venue  Dance Place was a bit pricier than we expected at $10, but also bigger and nicer looking than expected as well. We are now even thinking about framing it.  Even if you aren’t interested in the tickets, check out the advertisement for the Brookland lottery scratch-off ticket below, featuring shots from around the neighborhood:

DCist Article Explores 10 Aspects Of Brookland

So, we are a little late in posting this, but we thought Brooklander’s who hadn’t seen it, would appreciate this article from the DCist that explores some of little and better known facts about our neighborhood. I like that the article looked beyond the obvious (oooh new restaurants!) and did some nice background work. From the article:

“…relatively far away from downtown corridors, giving it the feel of a small town enclaved in the big city—a feeling residents are trying strenuously to preserve. Not all (or maybe any) of its residents would call this a disadvantage, but Brookland is not an overly well-known neighborhood outside its function as the cradle of Catholic U. So let’s shine some light on these city blocks, with 10 things you may not know about Brookland.”



Sistine Chapel Choir To Perform At The Basilica This September

We are posting this a little early since we assume this will be a well attended event, so you may want to make your plans now. On Wednesday, September 20  the Sistine Chapel Choir will perform at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 6:00 p.m. From the event page:

For the first time in more than three decades, the Sistine Chapel Choir returns to the U.S. to perform.

This highly-accomplished group of 30 boys and 22 men sings for the Holy Father’s liturgies under the direction of Maestro Massimo Palomba. Officially called the Cappella Musicale Pontifica Sistina and affectionately known as the “Pope’s Choir,” this group is considered the most prominent and oldest choir in the world, dating back to the seventh century.

While this special event is free and open to the public, we encourage you to consider sponsorship opportunities. Become a part of the Papal Choir’s historic visit to the capital of the U.S.

There is more information about sponsorship levels on the event page. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE.

Shuttered Ivy City Nightclub, Love, To Become A Wine Bar And Concert Venue


We used the Independence Day Holiday as a catch-up time to write up some blog posts about area news we didn’t have a chance to write about earlier. This was one bit of development news we thought Brooklanders would be interested in since Ivy City is just around the corner.

Love nightclub was the largest nightclub in the city before closing in 2013. It was a fun place to go back in the day, I used to go frequently when it was called Dream. One of my favorite memories is seeing LL Cool J perform there and dancing the night away in the early 2000’s. Ahhhhh, youth. Anyway, the Washington Business Journal reported back in May that the club is slated for another incarnation:

City Winery, as we reported, is expected to include a 300- to 350-seat concert venue, winemaking operation, restaurant, bar, private event spaces, and rooftop bar. It is scheduled to open in late 2017, bringing concerts, food and wine classes, private events and dining with it…City Winery tends to book singer-songwriters, jazz musicians and other acts looking for “a listening crowd,” Dorf said previously. Upcoming acts at the New York outpost include Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Mullins and 10,000 Maniacs.

Hmmmmm….doesn’t sound like LL will be back. City Winery will be located at 1350 Okie St. NE.

Mess Hall Presents “Sip. Taste. Play.” – Event With Summer Boardwalk Carnival Theme

We thought neighbors would be interested in this local event, sounds like fun. Details below.

From the event page:

Sip. Taste. Play.

Join us Friday July 21st for a night @ the dock – Mess Hall’s reimagined loading dock. This summer boardwalk carnival party sets the tone to celebrate the launch of XII by Johanna’s Table; a once monthly pop up dinner series scattered throughout the District.

With the help of some amazing industry friends and local vendors, we are excited to treat you to unlimited flavors and fun ranging from Sommelier Michael Rovezzi’s kegged Cotton & Reed cocktails, frosé sno cones & DC Brau beer to an oyster raw bar “bathtub,” popcorn with a twist, an eight foot cheese & charcuterie presentation, an old fashioned pig roast and over a dozen eclectic passed bites inspired by global flavors.

Tickets are $59 dollars and can be purchased here.  Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St, NE.

Politics And Prose Bookstore To Open Another Location Near Union Market

This is another “catch up” story, but for those Brooklanders who are avid readers and didn’t know, this is big news. This spring websites like Urban Turf shared that super-popular independent DC-based bookstore Politics and Prose will be opening another location nearby.  From the article:

The bookstore announced this morning that the new store will open near Union Market, but did not specify the store’s exact location…The release goes on to say that there will be event space attached to the store and that it will use the Dock 5 event space attached to Union Market for larger events and readings.

The new location is planned to open this coming fall.