Category Archives: Neighborhood Topics

CUA Public Interest Law Mardi Gras Masquerade Friday

We thought readers would be interested in this annual event for a good cause. From an email:

Each year our Public Interest Law group holds an auction to raise money for students who take unpaid legal jobs in the community. Last year, we raised $100,000 and were able to provide 15 students with summer stipends. There are several ways you can be apart of this year’s auction,  which will be held on February 12th, and help more students get involved in the public interest career sector.


Provide Your Input – Crosstown Multimodal Interactive Map

road closure brookland monroe Street MarketA few weeks ago we wrote about DDOT’s  Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study Public Workshop. If you missed it and would like to provide your thoughts on short- and long-term transportation needs for the DC Crosstown Corridor (the east-west connections along Wards 1 and 5), check out this interactive map. On the map you can add suggested improvements, like biking, pedestrian and public spaces. The purpose of the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study is to identify improvements that will  optimize mobility and operations, and improve efficiency for all modes along the corridor.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Winter Carnaval Edition

Here is your weekend artsy round up thanks to the good folks at East City Art.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Winter Carnaval Edition

Are You Being Served by Stephen Towns. Courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.
Are You Being Served by Stephen Towns. Courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.


East City Art’s annual production EMULSION 2016 returns to Gallery O on H this spring. Submit your work for consideration by February 15.  Details about EMULSION found here.

Friday, February 5

Pepco Edison Place Gallery – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Carnaval: Celebrations of the African Diaspora is an exhibition that focuses on the diversity of culture within the African Diaspora. Curated by Carol R. Dyson and Carolyn Goodridge, the exhibition showcases the work of over eighty artists. For more information, click here. Pepco Edison Place Gallery is located at 702 Eighth St. NW.

HEMPHILL – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PLAKOOKEE is a collaboration between artists Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas which explores the aesthetic history of science fiction films through an installation titled Cosmic Modules. For more details, click here. The gallery is located at 1700 L St. NW.

Touchstone – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Touchstone Gallery presents: At the Heart of the Matter in Gallery A and artwork by guest artist Dee Levinson and John Blee in Galleries B and C. For more information, click here. Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW.

CHACC – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center opens Deborah Browder’s exhibition Squaring the Circle: An Artful Meditation on the Alchemy of Love. For more information, click here. CHACC is located at 3200 MLK Jr. Ave. SE.

Saturday, February 6

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 1 p.m.

The All-Screened Video Fest hosted by the Brentwood Arts Exchange invites visitors to an afternoon of independent shorts by local artists. For more information, click here. Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Montpelier Arts Center – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Montpelier Arts Center features two new exhibitions this February: Re-Invention by Winston Harris and Narratives in Black Identity by Antonio McAfee, Stephen Towns, and Tiffany Jones. For more details, click here. Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD.

Gallery NK – 6 p.m.

Gallery NK exhibits the works of award winning photographers, Thomas Dodd and Steffen Faisst. For more information, click here. Gallery NK is located at 321 K St. NE.

39th Street Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The University of Maryland Art Honors Program presents seven of their students at the 39th Street Gallery. For more details, click here. 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Sunday, February 7

Anacostia Community Museum – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Anacostia Community Museum hosts docent-led tours of the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington. For more information, click here. Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

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PUD And Zoning 101 Presentation This Saturday

St. Josephs Seminary
St. Joseph’s Seminary

Ever been curious about regulatory processes around developments such as Planned Unit Development (PUD) and Zoning changes?  The Neighbors of St. Joseph’s Seminary is hosting a presentation  for community members – “PUD and Zoning 101”. The presentation will occur Saturday, February 6, 2016, starting at 3 PM, in the Ground Floor Lecture Hall of Providence Hospital.  The goal of the presentation is to educate residents about the PUD and zoning process in DC. Check out the flyer below and their website for more information. On a related note, this story in the Washingtonian is making the rounds in the neighborhood, it is about the multiple developments in the Brookland area taking place on properties affiliated with the Catholic Church.

Neighbors of St. Joseph's Seminary

Arts Walk To Welcome Collaborative Artist HiJAC

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

We recently learned that the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market will welcome HiJAC, a unique architecture, art, and technology collaboration to Studio 17. From a press release:

HiJAC is a trans-disciplinary collaborative working between architecture, art, and technology. The team creates artistic spaces, objects, and moments that are driven by an interest in experimenting with how humans interact with both physical and virtual environments.

HiJAC will use the studio at the Arts Walk as an incubation space to generate and test ideas for new artistic interventions, with a focus on how people interact with space and how this interaction can be more playful and more human.  In addition to open-studio activities, HiJAC will work in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects DC Technology Committee to offer community workshops in interactive digital technologies and computational modeling.

HiJAC was founded by Hiroshi Jacobs, AIA, an artist and architect living and working in Washington, DC. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture & Planning, and an architect with STUDIOS Architecture. His designs and artwork have appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, including Surface Magazine, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, DC Modern Luxury, DesCours New Orleans, La Biennale di Venezia, (e)Merge Art Festival, and the Harvard Arts First Festival.

Welcome to the neighborhood, HiJAC!

Excel Pilates Open House + Vote For A “Best Of” Repeat

For over 15 years, Excel Pilates DC has been helping Brookland area residents get and stay in shape. The studio underwent a complete renovation in 2013 and remains, as always, dedicated to a personalized classic Pilates practice.  They offer a variety of classes, including yoga. Check them out for yourself at their open house on Sunday February 7th from 12:00 -1:00 pm (flyer below).

Last year Excel was voted Best Pilates Studio in The Washington City Paper’s  readers poll . Let’s give them a hand and vote for them again in this years poll – and vote for other Brookland -area businesses too! Excel Pilates is located at 3407 8th St. NE.

Excel Pilates open house

Ward 5 Happy Hour Thursday – Wardman Wine Tasting And Brookland Pint

Brookland Pint Dining Room
Brookland Pint Dining Room

The February the Ward 5 Happy Hour will host two events, a pre-Happy Hour wine tasting at the newly opened Wardman Wines, and a happy hour across the street at Brookland Pint. From an email:

Wardman Wines is offering our group its own wine tasting. About the wine tasting: For just $5 you will have the opportunity to taste up to 10 wines, split between the public tasting bar and a private tasting table in the back classroom set up just for us. In addition, participants would get a 10% discount on their purchases that evening. Can’t get there right at 5p? That’s okay! The tasting is set up to accommodate you whenever you arrive. After the tasting come on over to Brookland Pint for more libations, delicious eats and of course, the company of good friends and neighbors.
 Event 1: Wine Tasting
Date:      Thursday, February 4
Time:      5-6:30 p.m.
Cost:      $5 for up to 10 wine tastings and 10% discount on purchases that night
Place:     Wardman Wines
               625 Monroe Street, NE
Event 2:  February Happy Hour
Date:      Thursday, February 4
Time:      6-8 p.m.
Cost:       Whatever you spend!
Place:     Brookland Pint
               716 Monroe Street, NE
Meet your neighbors, support local business, share a few laughs! Hope to see you at one or both of these great events!

Brookland’s Finest Pairs Up With Denizen’s Brewing Co

Brookland's Finest LogoWe thought our beer loving readers would like to know that  Brookland’s Finest will partner with Denizens Brewing Co. on a series of four beer dinners every Wednesday throughout the month of February, starting Wednesday, February 3rd, and continuing during regular dinner service on February 10th, 17th and 24th. From a press release:

Chef/co-owner Shannan Troncoso will prepare a $35 prix fixe, three-course menu with Denizens pairings, including new seasonal releases, which will change each week. A sample menu is below and includes hearty seasonal dishes such as mussels with house chorizo sausage and ale broth, and porter-braised beef short ribs.

Brookland’s Finest and Denizens Brewery Paired Beer Dinner Sample Menu

$35 for Three Courses


Mussels with House Chorizo Sausage, Ale Broth

Paired with Big Red Norm Red Ale 6.8% ABV


Ponch’s Braised Beef Ribs, Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Spicy Greens, Porter Demi Glace

Paired with Ponch’s Porter 7.2% ABV

THIRD COURSE            

Junk in the Dunk Float with Hickory Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream, Dunkel Dessert Sauce

Paired with Junk in the Dunk Munich-Style Dunkel 6.3% ABV $35

Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.

12th And Allison Development: Upcoming Meeting Schedule

St. Josephs SeminaryOur recent blog post about the proposed 12th and Allison development at St. Joseph’s Seminary generated a lot of interest from our readers. We recently saw a notice about the meeting schedule for residents interested in providing feedback and learning more, so we thought we would pass the information along. From the notice from developer EYA:

We wanted to invite you to a follow up community meeting in regards to the planning and design of the 12th and Allison development at the St. Joseph Seminary.  In addition, below is a list of upcoming meetings with various neighborhoods and community organizations…We are very  excited to share the progress we have made at these meetings and to continue the dialogue we have had to date.

Michigan Park Citizens Association Meeting
Date: February 2, 2016
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: Auditorium at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Elementary School, 3700 Oakview Terrace NE

Description: EYA will attend the regularly scheduled Michigan Park Citizens Association meeting in February.We will give a presentation providing background on our firm and general information about the 12th and Allison development. We will also respond to questions and comments from the community in advance of sharing the more detailed updated plan on February 18th.

Queens Chapel Civic Association Meeting
Date: February 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Avenue NE (side entrance)

Description: EYA will attend the regularly scheduled Queens Chapel Civic Association meeting in February. We will give a presentation providing background on our firm and information on our plan for the St. Joseph Seminary. We will also respond to questions and comments from the community in advance of sharing the more detailed updated plan on February 18th.

EYA-Hosted Community Focus Group
Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Ground Floor Lecture Hall at Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street NE

Description: EYA is hosting this meeting as a follow up to the ANC 5A03 meeting we attended in December. We will present an updated more detailed plan and seek input from community members on the design of the project, park space amenities, street network, and community benefits.

Tour of Chancellor’s Row
Date: February 20, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Chancellor’s Row (near Regent Place NE and Chancellor’s Way NE)

Description: Chancellor’s Row is a 237-unit EYA project completed in 2014 in the Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood about one mile south of the seminary. Please join us for a tour of the community to get a closer look at a nearby EYA project. We will return to the St. Joseph Seminary after the tour where we will answer questions from 11:30– 1:30 and discuss 12th and Allison with any neighbors and community members who would like to stop by or were unable to attend the tour. Coffee and snacks will be served. For the tour, please RSVP to and we will  send more details closer to the tour date.

Coffee at the St. Joseph Seminary
Date: February 20, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM –1:30 PM
Location: 1200 Varnum Street NE

Description: EYA will return to the St.Joseph Seminary after the Chancellor’s Row tour where we will answer questions and discuss 12th and Allison with any neighbors and community members who would like to stop by or were unable to attend the tour. Coffee and snacks will be served.

North Michigan Park Civic Association Meeting
Date: March 2, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Community Room 2 at North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson Street NE

Description: EYA will attend the regularly scheduled North Michigan Park Civic Association meeting in March. We will give a presentation providing background on our firm and information on our plan for the St. Joseph Seminary. We will also respond to questions and comments from the community.

RIA Red Chili Fundraiser Today AT The Public Option

Back in October we wrote about the opening of The Public Option, a new brewpub on Rhode Island Ave. Today they are kicking off a new series of events, and this one is for a good cause. From the Public Option website:

In the first of what we intend to be a series of guest chef appearances, Kyle Todd (Director of Rhode Island Main Streets, Austin Texas native, and chili chef extraordinaire) has agreed to prepare a batch of his renowned chili here at the Public Option.  (He’s making corn bread too!)  Kyle will be on hand from 5:00 – 9:00 on Saturday.  A  portion of all sales made during the event will benefit Rhode Island Avenue Main Streets.

Sounds like a fun event, and a great reason to check this neighborhood gem out. Check out more information at the event page here.  The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE.