Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

Urban Turf Updates Their Brookland Neighborhood Profile

Brookland Boy Scouts at Brookland’s 125th Anniversary parade in 2012.

When we heard our good friend and fellow Brooklander Zak was writing a neighborhood profile on Brookland for the real estate website Urban Turf, we were all in. You can check out the story here. The article discusses, among other things, the balance between the ‘traditional neighborhood feel’ and the recent changes that development has brought. Let us know what you think about the article and Brookland’s constant evolution.

RIA Porchfest Returns – Save The Date And Open Call For Performers

Porch Fest is an annual event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. The event transforms neighborhood porches and stoops into stages for an afternoon of free performances and community based fun. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place Saturday April 15 from 2-6 pm . If  you are, or know of any performers, they are currently lining up participants. From the open call page, where performers can find application details:

We are seeking musicians + singers of all genres, dancers, poets + spoken word artists, etc. to perform at this lively, well-attended annual event.

Wardman Wines Guided Tasting Of American Rhône Wines And Booksigning Tonight

We thought wine loving Brooklanders would be interested in this event tonight. From the event page:

Wardman Wines, in partnership with the Rhône Rangers, is excited and honored to host Patrick Comiskey for a guided tasting of American Rhône wines. Patrick is the author of the new book, American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink. The book has been hailed as “a compelling, impeccably researched tale of the band of misfits and renegades who saw an alternate path for California and elsewhere…Essential reading for Rhône lovers!”

As our loyal customers are aware, we at Wardman Wines are incapable of self-control when it comes to getting Rhône wines for the store. So the goal of this tasting is not simply to hear a fascinating story, try some iconic wines, and perhaps gain some converts to our cause. No, the real goal is to prove that we are not crazy and there are whole books and organizations just as gaga over Rhône wines as we are.

Come out and join us!

Details:
The event is Thursday, February 23rd, at 7PM.
Tickets are $20, and can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the door.

Check out the wines here and get your tickets here. Special pricing on the wines will be available as well as copies of Patrick’s book for signing.  Wardwan Wines is located at is located at 625 Monroe Street NE, Suite A7 between Barnes and Noble and Chipotle. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.

Friends Of Noyes Park Are Seeking Board Of Director Members

Kids enjoying Noyes Park

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. FoNP launched shortly after the new park was opened in summer 2013. They work closely with the community and the Department of Parks and Recreation to keep the park clean and the the communal garden plots thriving. FoNP  is seeking new volunteers to serve (unpaid) on their Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for those interested in giving back to the community without a burdensome time commitment. From the application page:

Directors are appointed for a calendar-year term, and are eligible for reappointment each December. Directors are expected to attend monthly meetings (first Monday of the month), attend park clean ups and other programmatic activities of the Board, and assist with other ongoing efforts of the Board (e.g., fundraising, attending community meetings, community outreach, etc.).

Interested parties can apply here. You can keep up with and contact the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook page,  and Twitter feed. Noyes Park is located at 10th and Franklin Streets, NE.

The Warehouse Brings An Eclectic Mix Of Vintage Home Furnishings To Rhode Island Ave NE

If you blink while driving down Rhode Island Ave NE between the McDonalds and the Metro Overpass, then you will probably miss The Warehouse – a funky furniture shop – which is actually huge, about 5000 square feet, once you find it. (The slide show below requires flash. If you cannot see it, go here to open the photos.)

We checked out the The Warehouse over the weekend. With the warm weather it  was easy to spot because they had brought out a good amount of merchandise to their parking lot. Once you find the place, at the top of a nondescript staircase, you need to take your time to parse through the wide variety of items from different eras and styles.  As you can see from the pictures, retro light fixtures, birdcages, trunks, furniture, musical instruments, mirrors, clocks, rugs, and all sorts of collectibles are side by side and on top of each other. If you are looking for that unique piece to complete a living space or just enjoy collectibles and antiques, this is the place for you. A bit of advice -the place is pretty packed full of crystal, china, and such so you probably want to leave small kids, and things like bulky purses and backpacks behind.

The Warehouse is located at 604 Rhode Island Avenue NE (on the second floor above DB transmissions). They are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM and 5 PM. Check out their Facebook page here.

Free CUA Symphony Orchestra Concert Featuring Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

We thought Brookland music lovers would be interested in this free concert featuring Anthony McGill, principal clarinet New York Philharmonic performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The concert will take place Monday, February 27 from 7:30 to 10:00 PM at
Ward Recital Hall . The event is free but tickets are required, limit 4 per person. Reserve yours here.

Byte Back To Relocate From Brookland To NoMa

Byte Back logo courtesy of Byte Back

Byte Back is a local non-profit that addresses the growing digital divide between low-income, disadvantaged people and those with the benefit of higher education. We recently learned that the organization, located in Brookland since 1997, is moving onward and upward to a larger and modern location. From an email:

Why? 
In the past 20 years, Byte Back has grown. This new facility will give students the space they need to learn and thrive. Everyone in the Byte Back community will feel comfortable, safe, and proud in the state-of-the-art classrooms and offices.

Where? 
We’ll be two blocks from Union Station, in NoMa, easily accessible from anywhere in DC.

Tell Me More!
Byte Back’s new location is 6,226 sq. ft., and will include offices, four classrooms, and our first-ever video production studio and virtual classroom!
What’s Next?
We’re currently working with a team of architects and engineers to design the interior. They’ll be working through the spring to prepare the space for our summer move. Byte Back will continue to partner to offer courses at locations throughout the Washington, DC metro area.
How Can I Help?
Now’s the time to get involved to make sure Byte Back has the facilities and equipment to help our students succeed. See opportunities to get involved below or contact development associate Chris Wallace at cwallace@byteback.org or (202) 803-2863 for more information.
Byte Back will make its move this summer and they are currently located directly across from the Brookland Metro at 815 Monroe Street NE.  While we will be sad to see them go, we are happy to see this great organization grow and provide even more services. Best of luck, Byte Back!

City Paper ‘Best Of’ Ballot – Consider Voting For Brookland Businesses

We thought readers might want to consider supporting Brookland area businesses by voting for them in the latest DC City Paper “Best Of” competition. The poll closes March 5th. If you fill out the ballot, you may want to consider the following Brookland and nearby businesses. Let us know if we left anything out. You can fill out your ballot here.

  • Best Dance Company: Dance Place
  • Best Jazz/Blues Venue: Jazz & Cultural Society (JACS)
  • Best Bike Shop: The Bike Rack
  • Best Hardware Store: Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland
  • Best Pilates Studio: Excel Pilates Brookland
  • Best Place to Buy Wine: Wardman Wines
  • Best Vet: District Vet
  • Best Yoga Studio: Bluebird Sky Yoga
  • Best Neighborhood To Live In: Brookland (of course!)
  • Best Bakery:  The Bakers’ Lounge
  • Best Bar: Brookland’s Finest/Steel Plate/Smith Public Trust/Dew Drop Inn/Brookland PInt
  • Best Brew Pub: Public Option
  • Best Coffee Shop: Zeke’s Coffee of DC
  • Best Craft Beer Selection: Brookland Pint
  • Best Dive Bar: The Dew Drop Inn DC
  • Best Ethiopian Restaurant: Askale Cafe
  • Best Local Brewery: Right Proper
  • Best Neighborhood Bar: Brookland’s Finest/Steel Plate/Smith Public Trust/Dew Drop Inn/Brookland PInt
  • Best Pho: Pho 12
  • Best Pizza: Menomalé Pizza Napoletana
  • Best Sandwich: MGM Roast Beef

Best of luck to Brookland area businesses!

Brookland Area Restaurants Showing Solidarity For Day Without Immigrants

Today is the Day Without Immigrants protest, and several of our local businesses are taking a stand in solidarity with their immigrant staff. We thought readers would like to know which restaurants are closed or offering limited menus so that their employees may attend the protest. This list is being updated as we get new information. Way to go guys!

  • From Brookland’s Finest:  We’re closed on Thursday in support of our staff who’ll participate in #ADayWithoutImmigrants protest
  • From Brookland Pint: As a Latino business owner I stand in solidarity with all of my immigrant staff. Therefore, we will close our kitchen this Thursday in support of our immigrant staff’s desire and right to protest the evolving state of immigration policies in our country. Our bars will remain open and our guests are welcome to BYOF (bring your own food.) -John Andrade, owner
  • From Busboys and Poets: Our founder @andyshallal is an immigrant in solidarity #ADayWithoutImmigrants. We will be closed on Thurs. Immigrants make America great!
  • According to a story in the Washingtonian, The Dew Drop Inn will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.
  • Although not in Brookland, the District Fishwife, located in Union Market, is  owned by a Brooklander: The District Fishwife is an immigrant-owned business and stands by our team. We will be closing our kitchen all day…
  • From Nido, around the corner in Woodridge: We will be closed tomorrow in solidarity with our staff. Immigrants are the backbone of the restaurant industry and without them Nido would not exist. We invite you to join us on Monday to raise funds for Ayuda and show your support and appreciation for the individuals and families who work and sacrifice to serve our community every day.
  • Steel Plate will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.

Washingtonian Article Compares CUA ‘Town And Gown’ Dynamic To Other DC Campuses

Photo Courtesy of Monroe Street Market’s Facebook Page

We thought readers would be interested in a recent article in the Washingtonian about the relationships between DC Universities and their respective neighborhoods. The article is especially favorable towards our neighbor Catholic University, with passages such as this one:

Catholic, for instance, intentionally tried to nurture a student-friendly atmosphere around its campus, working with developers and nonprofits to build entirely new space for businesses and art studios. But it’s the exception. Around AU, as at most of the area’s campuses, neighborhood politics and zoning rules make it seem as if Washington wants students seen but not heard.

Much of the article compares CUA to American University, and as someone who attended AU (ok, a long time ago, but still) I would say that the characterization is spot on. I think it would be great to increase the “college town” vibe in our neighborhood even further. What do you think?