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2017 – What A Year! Your Brookland Annual Review/Roundup

For a  few years now, we have have been doing a year-end round up of the good, the bad, and comings and goings in the greater Brookland area. For us, we took a much needed  break from late summer through early fall. But otherwise, we posted almost daily, and grew to over 2,770 Twitter and 1,570 Facebook followers. Most importantly we are so happy to have a few hundred readers that check in daily on a consistent basis -thank you so much daily readers! Seeing the constant evolution of this neighborhood we love and meeting neighbors who appreciate the blog, and the comments left here and on Twitter and Facebook has pushed us to keep going.

While 2017 may go down as one of the most surreal years for your average Washingtonian, things in Brookland proper were pretty good…

The year started out with Brookland restaurants reacting to events on the national stage, from Steel Plate’s ACLU and Planned Parenthood fund raisers, to Nido’s Nasty Woman’s Brunch and Brookland’s Finest Inauguration weekend brunch to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The Brookland at 3614 12th Street NE., rendering courtesy of Lock 7 Development

In previous years, restaurant openings were our most popular posts, but this year, three of the five most popular stories were about development projects. Our 2017 post with the most views was this one about a development that may combine 8 retail storefronts on 12th Street -stay tuned though – we are hearing this may not be happening. Our third most popular post, while not in Brookland, was about the 13 acre development next to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro and how they are going with a matter-of-right development approach. Folks were really interested in our story about the potential 11 unit pop-up condo development on 12th Street, as well as the change in plans for the development at 12th and Franklin, which will now be a strip mall, of sorts. Stories about some of the large developments across Ward 5, such as Dakota Crossing and NewCityDC were also pretty popular.

Retro finds at the Warehouse

We were surprised to find that our second most popular 2017 post was about The Warehouse, a funky 5000 square foot vintage furniture shop nearby. The recent unfortunate fire at the John T. Rhines Funeral Home also got a lot of hits. We just saw a sign on the building that says they are still in business, so that’s great news. Other area notable business news was the renovation and re-opening of Michigan Liquors and Pepco finally finishing the 12th Street Green Wall, DC’s largest green wall project.

Huacatay chicken – Yum Yum Yum!

Along with development, our stories about new restaurants got a large share of hits. Tastemakers, still not fully open yet, got the most interest, although new French restaurant, Primrose’s opening was not far behind. Truly though, 2017 neighborhood buzz was all about Indigo, Indigo, Indigo: supposed to open in late summer, and now going to be called Masala Story, we hear it should be opening TODAY at 3:00 pm! Speaking of Indian food, remember when Spice of Bukhara closed – only to be replaced by City Kabob? We welcomed newcomer Fox Loves Taco, said goodbye to Nido and quickly said hi to Momo Yakitori. Huacatay’s delicious and affordable chicken gave us life, while District Space re-revitalized the old Little Ricky’s spot. Lastly, we have been eagerly awaiting any news about BGR’s at Monroe Street Market, will they ever open? We will see what 2018 brings…

Check out Zak’s story about Brookland Jazz club JACS

A 2017 highlight for the blog was having neighbor, friend, and freelance writer Zak M. Salih do some in-depth posts for us. Some of his popular posts covered Brookland’s Little Free Libraries, The Monastery’s Hermitage, Menomale’s 5 year anniversary, and a profile of Brookland-based business Love and Carrots. Thanks Zak!

Another great neighborhood tradition, Luminarias at the Monastery

Lastly, we want to give a shout out to the great annual events and organizations that keep Brookland connected like the BNCA and the Greater Brookland Garden Club. We are so appreciative of the longstanding traditions and fun gatherings that bring us together – annual events like the Great Brookland Yard Sale, the Brookland House and Garden Tour, and the Brookland Community Picnic where I may or may not have been dunked a few hundred times in the dunk tank.

So here’s to 2018! We look forward to supporting our longstanding businesses, welcoming new ones and new neighbors and documenting all the changes and goings on. Mostly, we hope to keep enjoying and supporting the fabulous neighborhood camaraderie that makes Brookland so special. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE and never miss a blog post!

Subscribe To The Brookland Bridge And Never Miss A Blog Post

A bit of blog housekeeping today. Readers sometimes ask me for ways to keep up with the Brookland Bridge besides having to remember to go and check the blog regularly. One way is to subscribe to the blog. By signing up, you will get an email every time we publish a blog post. Simply go to any blog post,  such as this one, scroll down to the comment form and 1) enter something in the comment field 2) enter your name 3) enter your email address 4) check the box that says “Notify Me of New Posts by Email” and 5) click “Submit Comment”.  Easy Peasy! We will not publish your email address. Thanks again for reading and we will get back to the regular posts tomorrow.

Brookland Bridge’s 2016 Year In Review

Wow neighbors was 2016 bonkers or what? Lucky for many of us, our neighborhood community provided respite for the craziness going on out in the world. For the blog, we had some ups and downs. Notably, we took a much needed ‘blogging break’ from late summer through early fall. But still, we grew to almost  2,500 Twitter and over 1,100 Facebook followers. Most important to us was that despite posting a bit less than in 2015, we didn’t lose the 350 – 400 of you that check in daily on a consistent basis -thank you so much! Running into neighbors who appreciate the blog, and the comments left here and on Twitter and Facebook has pushed us to keep going. Thank you readers!

As we all know, Brookland is constantly evolving, so we thought readers would appreciate a run down of our most popular stories and the big events that shaped life in our neighborhood in 2016:

  • The year started out with Snowzilla! Remember that? We took a bunch of pics of the big Brookland dig out.
  • As usual, our stories about new restaurants and watering holes got the most hits. Far and away our most popular post was about
    Primrose – coming 2017

    the new French restaurant, Primrose, coming to the corner of 12th and Hamlin in 2017. The openings of Vietnamese restaurant Pho 12, Indian/Afghani Restaurant, Spice of Bukhara, and Huacatay, a Peruvian chicken spot brought much needed diversity to the local dining scene. Other 2016 openings were Salumeria 2703, Brookland’s new Italian deli from the owners of Menomale, Chipotle and the huge stand alone Starbucks at Monroe Street Market. Brooklanders were also excited to learn that NoMa Indian favorite, Indigo, will be opening a location here in 2017. Conversely, the neighborhood also said goodbye to popular chicken spot Silvestre’s, Serendipity coffee house/jazz bar and healthy fast food restaurant, Hälsa. Lastly, we were happy to see that San Antonio’s finally got their patio seating approved by the city.

  • Lots of other big box stores will join Lowe’s at Dakota Crossing

    After restaurants, development stories were next most popular with posts about NewCityDC,  RIA NE,  and The Violet. Even further beyond Brookland, readers were also excited about  the Trader Joe’s coming to nearby Trinidad, the development at Dakota Crossing and the massive Eckington Yards development.

  • This March we were heartened by the outpouring of neighborhood support for a young family who needed a helping hand during a tough time, the neighborhood response was remarkable.
  • Real estate prices keep going up in 2016 to no surprise. As we
    Monroe Street Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT

    noted in our recent real estate update a home sold for $1,405,000 recently. Yikes!

  • We welcomed Brookland’s first yoga studio, Bluebird Sky, DDOT unveiled their plans to re-do the Monroe Street bridge, and who could forget when Michelle Obama and Ban Ki-moon came to the neighborhood?

So here’s to 2017! We look forward to supporting our longstanding businesses and welcoming new ones and new neighbors. Mostly, we hope to keep enjoying and supporting the fabulous neighborhood camaraderie that makes Brookland special.

The Break Is Over – We Are Back To Blogging!

cropped-IMG_3471.jpgHi Neighbors and daily readers! It has been a while since we have posted, and a lot has happened since then. We have been to all kinds of places and seen all kinds of things, from European capitals to the poorest pockets of America. And now we are back. Maybe not exactly the same as we were before, but still committed to bringing you, our neighbors, the latest scoop on what is going on in Brookland and the immediate area. So, bear with us as we post some stories some of you may already know about, but maybe some of you don’t, as we get caught up.  In any case, we are grateful to call Brookland our home, and you, our neighbors. Let’s do this! We love Brookland!

Taking A Break, Be Back Soon

No Sleep Till Brookland NE Washington DC Street ArtHi Readers,

To announce to regular/daily readers that I am taking a break for the summer is a bit “after that fact” since I haven’t had a blog post in about a month.  After 1,479 blog posts since August 2012,  I just hit a wall. I rarely post about my/our personal life. Over the last 4 years, my wonderful wife (and sometime co-blogger) Astrid and I  have powered through the loss of loved ones, crazy work schedules and other challenges to deliver the latest happenings in and around Brookland.

This summer has presented another confluence of events – personal, national, and local that have drawn our attention and time away from blogging. Rest assured that we aren’t going anywhere, we just need some time to get refreshed and get back on our feet. Expect to see more blog posts starting September. Until then, enjoy the rest of summer and be good to your neighbors.

Best,

Shani (and Astrid)

Brookland Bridge – 2015 Year In Review

No Sleep Till Brookland NE Washington DC Street ArtWell neighbors, we made it through another year. For the blog, it was a year of milestones. We hit over 2,000 Twitter and over 700 Facebook followers. More importantly, we have upped our average daily hits by about 20%, with roughly 400 readers checking in daily on a consistent basis -awesome! Running into random neighbors who appreciate the blog has pushed us to stick with our goal of posting one story a day. Thank you readers!

As was to be expected, Brookland continued to see a lot of change in 2015.  We thought readers would appreciate a run down of our most popular stories and the big events that shaped life in our neighborhood.

Sometimes it is difficult to keep things going, but we are committed to the blog and sharing  neighborhood news. One note on crime – yes, we know…the 2015 spike in crime really sucks. We have thought about this for years, and even tried to organize to make a difference. We have come realized there are no easy answers, and periodic public meetings and temporary stepped up neighborhood patrols haven’t accomplished much – so sorry to all who have urged us to write about it more.

So here’s to 2016! We look forward to supporting our longstanding businesses and welcoming new ones and new neighbors. Mostly, we hope to keep enjoying and supporting the fabulous neighborhood camaraderie that makes Brookland special.