Category Archives: Neighborhood Topics

Dance Place Seeks Feedback In Development Of New Arts Park

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Drawing by Rajan Sedelia from Arts Park Community Meeting. Image courtesy of Dance Place.

Dance Place  is seeking to turn the  currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Some of the proposed ideas for the space on the Dance Place site thus far include:

interactive programming for all ages, including (but not limited to) games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more.

To contribute your ideas for the Arts Park, take this survey. Also, Dance Place will be presenting their concept for the Arts Park at Wednesday’s ANC meeting and collecting feedback then. Sounds like a cool new asset for the community! The Grand Opening of the park is expected to be in September 2015.

One Eight Distilling Opens In Nearby Ivy City, Get Local Vodka, Gin and Whisky

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Image courtesy of One Eight Distilling

Although this is outside Brookland, we thought readers would like to know about One Eight Distilling, which opened January 10th in nearby Ivy City.  From their website:

We distill sophisticated, handcrafted spirits in small batches from grain to glass all in our distillery located in the nation’s capital.  Our custom designed stills from Holland and Germany use cutting edge technology that gives us an unparalleled degree of precision and control over the distilling process. If we’re not busy distilling Rock Creek Whiskey, Ivy City Gin, or District Made Vodka, we’re experimenting with new mash bills and spirits, so please check back with us and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for limited releases sold only from our tasting room.

Visitors are encouraged to drop in on Saturdays from 1:00 -4:00 pm for tours, samples, and sales, and there will be food trucks on hand. One Eight Distilling is located at 1135 Okie Street NE.

Polar Bear Plunge, Benefitting The Special Olympics, Returns To CUA

Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.
Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.

The Polar Plunge is  a charity event in support of  Special Olympics D.C. The event will take place at Catholic University’s  DuFour Athletic Center and at Cardinal Stadium from Thursday, Feb. 6 to Saturday, Feb. 8 2015. Sounds like a fun event for a great cause! From the Catholic University Department of Athletics website:

In order to participate in the plunge, individuals must raise a minimum of $50.00 to plunge with contributions going directly to Special Olympics D.C….The three-day event begins on Thursday, Feb. 6 with the corporate plunge, followed by the high school and university plunges on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8.

On Friday, the CUA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will host the university plunge from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Several Cardinals athletics teams have signed up to participate and raise money for Special Olympics D.C. and for their specific team.

Along with the chilly plunge, there will be music, food, beverages, and indoor game of unified bocce with Special Olympic athletes.  All plungers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a digital photo of their momentous jump into the pool.

To find out more information and to sign up, click here.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: January Super Saturday Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Saturday, January 24

artdc Gallery6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join artdc for #WeTweetArt V3.0 the third version of their social media connected show. Viewers are welcome to visit the gallery or go online to connect with artists. The DC area artists involved in this show are working to connect with the whole world via social media so spread the word. For more information, click here.

artdc Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Transformer at the Katzen Arts Center – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Locally Sourced highlights over 200 works in a variety of media from six regionally focused Community Supported Art programs. The programs featured in this exhibit are Artist Curated Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (Brooklyn, NY), Cannonball (Miami, FL), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans), Threewalls (Chicago), and Transformer (DC). For details, click here.

The Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

American University at the Katzen Arts Center 

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Plattner: Chronicles of War/Saints and Martyrs (the one with the Goya Third of May) 2007. Oil and Gold Leaf on Linen on Panel 40”x50” Courtesy of American University.

Join the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center for the openings of Identidad, Locally Sourced, Gods of War!, Photoworks: Presence of Place, and Building Without Shadows. The winter exhibits run through March 15. 

The Katzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Jess Oros is East City Art’s Events Editor. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Meeting Tonight, Looking Forward To 2015

FoRIA BNCA Cleanup 007The next meeting of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) will be this Tuesday, January 20th at 7pm at the Brooks Mansion (10th and Monroe NE).
This month’s meeting will feature:

  • Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
  • ANC 5B Commissioners,
  • discussion of the Dance Place Arts Park
  • A look ahead at BNCA in 2015

Also, right now is membership renewal time for the BNCA, consider renewing or joining this great organization at the next meeting!

Good Food Markets Opens – Offers A New Local Grocery Option

Yesterday Good Food Markets in Woodridge opened for business. We stopped by to check it out and posted the photos below. The store is compact but offers a lot in the way of grocery staples, and offers a selection of prepared foods for those on the run. We liked that they had a balance of higher end products (organic, etc.) and main stream brands and products. The prices seemed on par with larger grocery chains and the owners are open to stocking items at the request of neighborhood patrons. Notably, we didn’t see any beer or wine, but we understand that will be coming soon. The store will have a grand opening on Saturday, January 24th. Good Food Market is located at 2006 Rhode Island Avenue NE and will be open from 9 am- 9 pm everyday.

Coffee House And Bike Shop Combo From Filter/Bike Rack Coming Soon!

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Storefront that will soon house Filter and Bike Rack

The prospect of a combination coffeehouse  by  Filter  and bike shop by the Bike Rack coming to the South East corner of Monroe Street Markets’s Artswalk has been in the works for quite some time.  We first learned about the combo concept in April 2013. According to this story from PR Web the wait is over and the two will:

open a shared space on the Arts Walk, directly across from Brookland Pint. The Bike Rack’s second shop in the District will offer a wide variety of cycling needs including repairs, a diverse bicycle inventory, riding events, and active involvement in cycling advocacy. Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will create a unique atmosphere for bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike, providing a daily assortment of coffee, teas, and pastries.

According to the story, the location will  open in February.We will let you know when we hear more.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2015 Keeps Getting Better Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Friday, January 16

Detail of a piece by Wayson Jones on view at the Glen Echo Park Stone Tower Gallery.  Image courtesy of the artist.
Detail of a piece by Wayson Jones on view at the Glen Echo Park Stone Tower Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

Washington Project for the Arts – on view 24 hours

 Hothouse Video: Marina Zurkow featured six video animations, which form a narrative commenting on man’s interactions in the environment. The 144-hour video cycles continuously so viewers never see the same hand-drawn images twice. For details, click here.

 The show will be at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (Eye) Street SW.

 Flashpoint Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 Lulled Land is the second solo exhibition of Tai Hwa Goh at Flashpoint Gallery. Her art mixes hand-waxing and traditional printmaking techniques to create layered pieces that represent the layers of memories we all have. For more information, click here.

 Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW.

 Upshur Street Books – 7 p.m.

 Pleasant Plains Workshop starts off the New Year with an exhibition focused on prints at Upshur Street Books. Resident artists will display their hand-pulled prints with multiples available for sale. For more information about the sale and exhibition, click here.

 Upshur Street Books is located at 827 Upshur Street NW. 


Saturday, January 17

 DC GlassWorks – 10 a.m.

 Sally Resnik Rockriver visits DC GlassWorks to demonstrate her unique style of glassblowing. Rockriver’s conceptual approach stems from her self-taught techniques. For more information about the demonstration, click here.

 DC Glassworks is located at 5366 46th Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

 Glen Echo Park Partnership – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 Wayson Jones explores the properties of acrylic paints and gel media in his solo exhibition Jewels at the Stone Tower Gallery. Jones plays with perspective in his collages to encourage viewers to question the world around them. For more details about the exhibition, click here.

 The Stone Tower Gallery is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.

 doris-mae Studio Gallery – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 Portraits of Self as Others features the works of Luke Alexander Atkinson, Kanchan Balse, Laura Elkins, Amanda Kates, Joren A. Lindholm and Paul Pietsc. Thomas Drymon’s goal in curating this exhibit was to find artists who showed “individual viewpoints within the context of the work.” For details, click here.

 Studio Gallery is located at 2108 R Street NW.

 CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 Personally Speaking…is a small-works exhibit featuring the works of thirteen CHAL artists being displayed at CHAW. Juror Ellen Cornett will give a brief talk about the exhibit during the opening reception. For more information, click here.

 CHAW is located at 545 7th Street SE.

 Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 Ellyn Weiss, Pat Goslee, and Sally Resnick Rockriver display their works in Unmapped. The collective works examine the spaces between the common and known aspects of the world. For more details, click here.

 Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

 HEMPHILL – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 The new exhibition at HEMPHILL celebrates the works of artist William de Looper and showcases his works from 1964-1970. Visitors can see how de Looper infused his canvases with color to create each piece. For more information, click here.

 HEMPHILL is located at 1515 14th Street NW.

 Adah Rose Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 Jim Condron and Kristen Liu display their works at Adah Rose Gallery – for the first time – in Your Memories, Your Sentiments, Your Wishes, Your Secrets. Both artists explore the strange and unusual through their own styles. For more information about the artists, click here.

 Adah Rose Gallery is located at 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

New Italian Restaurant, Masseria, To Open Near Union Market This Spring

union market dc opening 090912 1We were excited to read in this City Paper article that Masseria, a new Italian restaurant at 1344 4th St. NE will be opening this spring.From the article:

Former Bibiana chef Nicholas Stefanelli is breaking out on his own to open an Italian restaurant with influences from southern regions like Puglia and Sicily, where his family comes from. But that doesn’t mean the place will be seafood-centric: “Burrata is from Puglia. There’s a lot of salumi that’s from down south that most people don’t usually see here because they’re not the big famous ones,” Stefanelli says. The menu will have three-, five-, and eight-course options where diners can mix and match which appetizers, pastas, or fish and meat they want to include in their prix-fixe meal. “If you want three courses of pasta, you can have three courses of pasta,” he says. The bar will offer dishes a la carte. Located in an old produce market near Union Market, Masseria will have a large garden, a covered atrium, and an indoor-outdoor bar serving Italian aperitifs and wine. Stefanelli is heading to Italy in January for a research trip that will help guide the menu. Stay tuned for pop-ups when he gets back.

CM McDuffie’s Statement On Proposed Auto Body Spray Paint Booths

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CM McDuffies greets Ward 5 Business Leaders at a Brookland event.

Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s Office reached out to us to share this message about two potential auto body paint spray booths nearby.

Dear Residents,

Last night, I joined community leaders and residents at the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to testify against two proposed air quality permits to operate auto body paint spray booths in Ward 5’s Brookland and Woodridge neighborhoods. The first permit, #6963, to T&W Auto Company, Inc., is to locate at 1736 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, and the second, #6962, to SMART Automotive, is to locate at 2615 Evarts Street, NE.

As I mentioned in my testimony, I have submitted seven letters opposing the issuance of paint spray booth permits in Ward 5 since taking office in 2012. In the letters, I speak to the environmental and health effects of the volatile organic compounds emitted by paint spray booths. Air quality has been a major policy focus of mine. I have successfully authored two laws, the “Air Quality Amendment Act of 2014” and the “Solid Waste Facility Permit Amendment Act of 2014”, in an effort to improve air quality for Ward 5 residents through the enhanced enforcement of existing laws, particularly with regard to emissions from industrial businesses. Even with our efforts through the legislative process, violators consider paying the new fines as part of the cost of doing business. This is why I am opposing the permit applications for these two businesses.

I am very concerned about the consequential effects of adding any additional spray booths to our ward. These businesses operate without the proper buffers, and given their proximity to residences, negatively impact the quality of air, water, and soil. Equally disturbing, the clustering of these types of businesses creates an unknown harm to associated neighborhoods with unidentified long-term effects. We all recognize the need for industrial-zoned businesses to sustain the development of our growing city; however, we must seek a balanced approach that does not jeopardize the safety of our residents who are most impacted by the location of these businesses.

I want to thank DDOE for its diligence in responding to residents’ complaints and citing bad actors. Above all, I want to recognize and give special thanks to Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Debbie Smith-Steiner, Nolan Treadway, Walter Deleon, and Michael Morrison, Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association President Tom Bridge, Woodridge South Civic Association President Carlos Davis, and all of the residents who came out to testify against the proposed permits.

Although we have laws on the books to address environmental nuisances, we must remain vigilant when similar cases arise. I look forward to working with you to improve the quality of life for every neighborhood in Ward 5 and across the District of Columbia.

In Service,

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5

Chairman Pro Tempore

Chair, Committee on the Judiciary

1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 506

Washington, DC 20004