Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

(Up)Rising Festival 2016 Returns This Sunday

The (Up)Rising Festival 2016 returns to the neighborhood on June 26 from 12-6:00 pm. Here is some info on this free festival from the event page:

An arts-focused festival that weaves its way through Rhode Island Avenue businesses, open areas, and vacant properties. This year, we explore the theme of creative collaborations – innovative and artistic ways to solve complex problems. The day includes performing and visual arts elements, hands-on activities, local food, drink, and retail vendors, as well as a chance to hang out with your Rhode Island Avenue small business owners and employees!

Participating artists share a revolutionary vision and engage festival-goers through heart, mind and body.

Check out this video about last years’ event:

The festival is organized by ReCreative Spaces, a non-profit that transforms vacant commercial space into artist studio and exhibition space.


Pretty Paint ‘N Pillow Talk Event At bartered Threads This Sunday

We thought readers would be interested in this fun event happening  this Sunday, June 26 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Bartered Threads thrift boutique, now is a great time! This event includes brunch, wine, and pillow painting for a cost of $30. Check out more information at the event page and the Tweet below.

Bartered Threads is located at 3924 12th Street NE.

Howard University School Of Divinity Development Moves Forward

HUSD Howard University School of Divinity
HUSD building

The roughly 20 acres of grounds surrounding the Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD), located at 1400 Shepherd Street, NE have been rumored to be developed for years. Now several recent community meetings have shed some light on the planned development and the process moving forward. As for the HUSD building itself, it closed last summer and needs renovations estimated at over more than  $20 million.

Howard University has partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to engage community stakeholders about the development which has already included interviews with community stakeholders and residents. As part of their outreach, the community is invited to take this survey to give feedback on what they would like.  Thanks to the commenter below who let us know that the community survey is now closed.

The property is located in the 5B-02 Single Member District of ANC 5B of which Commissioner Ursula Higgins is the single member district commissioner. If you would like to get on her email list about the development sign up at

We will let you know when we here anything new.

Artist And Craftsman Supply Opened In Nearby Brentwood

If you have an interest in arts or crafts then you should know about Artist and Craftsman Supply, which recently opened near Brookland at 1201-1203 Brentwood Road NE (in the shopping center behind the Giant and Home Depot). We recently checked out the store, which has been open for about four weeks, and we were blown away by the size, selection and variety of products.  Here are a bunch of photos we took of the store. (You need flash to see the photos .If you cannot see them, click here to open the album on Flikr.)

There is something for pretty much anyone, from paint, canvas,  and brushes, to decorative paper, stamps, stickers and games to knitting supplies and glitter. Check out their Facebook page here. Welcome to the area and good luck!

Nido One Year Anniversary – 4 Days Of Events Starting Sunday

Nido, a nearby restaurant on Rhode Island Avenue is celebrating their one year anniversary starting this Sunday. It has been a great year for them, which included being named one of the 100 Best Restaurants in DC by Washingtonian Magazine. Check out their line up of events below.

Nido is located in Woodridge at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NEtheir Facebook page is here, and there website is here.

Italian Deli, Salumeria 2703, From Owners Of Menomale Soft Opened Yesterday

After months of waiting we were happy to see Salumeria 2703 have its soft opening yesterday. The Italian deli is from the owners of Menomale, Ettore and Maria Rusciano, who converted a former Brookland office space into a retail grocery store with prepared food and a deli on site. The focus will be ingredients imported from Italy such as cheeses, cured meats, combined with fresh made pastas and breads so that patrons can make authentic Italian meals at home. There are also prepared foods to take away. We tried the meat lasagna and it was so, so good. We also got the chance to see pasta being made with their pasta machine, which was imported from Verona, Italy. Check out the pictures we took below. (Flash is required to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here to open them in Flikr.)

Maria told us that the soft opening means that they aren’t 100% stocked right now and will work out some kinks before having a grand opening and operating at full steam. Salumeria 2703 is located at 2703 12th St. NE, just a few doors down from Menomale.  Check out their Facebook page here and on Twitter here.

3rd Annual Brookland Bar Crawl This Saturday

Photo courtesy of the Brookland Bar Crawl Facebook page
Photo courtesy of the Brookland Bar Crawl Facebook page

Grab your walking shoes and get ready to crawl. The 3rd Annual Greater Brookland Bar Crawl is happening this Saturday June 18. From a community announcement:

Just as in the two previous years the crawl is a family event. As you know the Brookland restaurants/ bars have become the place to eat, drink and have a good time. So come on out and meet your neighbors and support local businesses in our community. We’ll continue with the “Crazy Hat” this year as well. Cyclist feel free to join in on the fun as well by riding your bikes from point to point.Nothing fancy here. Just a good ole neighborhood event we can all be a part of.

Here is the line up:

  1. 4pm @ Menomale, 2711 12th St NE (starting location)
  2. Right Proper Brewing Company, 920 Girard St NE
  3. Brooklands Finest Bar & Kitchen, 3126 12th St NE
  4. Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse, 12th St NE
  5. Brookland Pint, 716 Monroe St NE
  6. Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St NE
  7. Steel Plate, 3523 12th St NE
  8. Wrap-up: Returning to Right Proper Brewing Company

Check out the event page on Facebook for more information or Contact Chris at 202/241.5060 if you have any questions.

Mayor Bowser To Attend Girard Street Senior Residences Ribbon Cutting Thursday

Senior Housing on GirardWe have been following the affordable senior housing building called The Girard Street Senior Residences from initial discussions through the groundbreaking last summer. The building is located at 1545 Girard Street NE and consists of 25 one bedroom apartment homes specifically designed for seniors. The building was developed via a partnership between local development firms the Menkiti Group and Dantes Partners and financed by utilizing a combination of 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), gap financing from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and private first trust debt.  From a press release:

Each apartment home offers a generous open floor plan and energy-efficient, individually-controlled heating and cooling systems. Unit kitchens are equipped with energy efficient appliances and granite countertops. Residents will have access to a wide variety of amenities including a large community lounge featuring a sun room and library. A wellness area provides recreational space for exercise and yoga. The lobby level features multi-functional seating areas for gathering and relaxing as well as free WiFi connectivity. A landscaped courtyard provides opportunities to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the comforts of home. The Girard Street Apartments’ location adjacent to the Rhode Island Avenue NE commercial corridor places public transportation, shopping and dining options all within easy reach.

The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the Girard Street Senior Apartments will be Thursday, June 16 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and will be attended by government officials like Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and others.

If you are interested in the apartments contact Dantes Partners at (202) 536-5777.

Tuesday Brookland Farmer’s Market Returns For The Season

Farmers Market Washington DC
Brooklanders Enjoying The Farmers Market

The team from Licking Creek Bend Farm is back for this year’s season of the Farmers Market at the open space under the Drew (Michigan Avenue) Bridge. The market started Tuesday June 7th and will continue on following Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:00 pm through the fall, rain or shine. Also, don’t forget to bring your bike, and our buddy  Lucky will tune it up for you and teach you how to take care of your bike. From a community message:

We’re glad to be back for the 2016 season!

The weather has been quite odd – too wet, too dry, too warm, too cold, but our amazing staff has been persistent and we’ll have early farm produce, especially RHUBARB, RED and GREEN SWEET SCALLIONS and plenty of individual HERB bunches – MINT, OREGANO, SAGE, TARRAGON, CHIVES, SORREL.

don’t forget to bring BAGS for you and the market.

We’ll have some really delicious STRAWBERRIES. We’re afraid the season will be short but these VARIETIES are wonderful, sweet, and juicy. They are so fresh and local, they won’t keep well in the refrigerator. They are grown to be eaten quickly (or you can freeze them).

We’ll also have some amazing MUSHROOMS – GOLD AND BLUE OYSTER MUSHROOMS along with SHIITAKES – registered as ORGANICALLY GROWN.

Believe it or not, we’ll have some early PEACHES in baskets and in quarts.

and possibly some BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES
and plenty of plants for your garden
…and other early seasonal goodies.

All our own crops are grown beyond organic standards.

Chris and his amazing breads, Ester’s Granola and Lucky will be back. Don’t forget to bring your bikes for their tuneups!

We look forward to a productive season together.

Dew Drop Inn First Anniversary Party This Sunday

The Dew Drop Inn
The Dew Drop Inn

Popular neighborhood watering hole The Dew Drop Inn will be celebrating their one year anniversary this Sunday June 12th, staring at 4:00 pm. My how times flies! The party will include a pig roast and live music. From the event page:

Space Gilly would like to invite you in celebrating The Dew Drop Inn’s 1st birthday! Party starts at 4pm with music, food & trains all night. Do help us celebrate by droppin in & raising a glass.

The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.