Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting – Food, Giveaways And Clothing Drive

We thought readers would like to know about this fun way to start off the Holiday season. From the event page:

Join friends and neighbors to kick off the holiday season at the annual Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting! Enjoy live performances from District Dance Arts and Nelly’s Echo, festive food and drink, and free giveaways for kids before helping us count down to the tree lighting at 7:00.

Join us early and enjoy games and giveaways at the WPGC 95.5 coat drive outside Carolina Kitchen! From 10AM-6PM, help spread some holiday cheer to local families in need by donating cold weather clothing and accessories (including coats, hats, gloves, and scarves).

Sounds like a great event!

Long Awaited Rhode Island Ave. Restaurant, Provost, Applies For A Liquor License

Provost with liquor license application placards in the window

Provost, a restaurant that has been in the works for a few years on the 2100 block of Rhode Island Ave NE has applied for a liquor license. We first heard about Provost from this Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider post  back in 2013. At the time, the concept was a health conscious menu with vegetarian options and a rooftop deck.  The last news we heard about it was April 2015 when it was a topic at an ANC 5C 07 meeting. Hopefully things are finally moving forward. From the liquor license application:

A new restaurant serving traditional American cuisine. Seating capacity of 87 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 100. Roof Top Summer Garden with 48 seats. The License will include an
Entertainment Endorsement for the inside of the premises only.

The application requests liquor sales and permission for live entertainment Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am 3 am for the indoors and liquor sales Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am 3 am on the rooftop deck. Provost will be located at 2129 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.

Catholic U Offers Puerto Rican College Students A Tuition-Free Spring Semester

Puerto Rican Flag flying in front of a Brookland home

From an article in The Tower, CUA’s student newspaper:

The Catholic University of America will waive tuition and other student fees to welcome up to 40 students currently enrolled in degree programs in colleges and universities in Puerto Rico to support them in the wake of damage done by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Students are now eligible to apply to be enrolled in the spring semester.

We think that is just awesome, way to go CUA!

9 Months Of Lane Closures Begin Today On Monroe Street Bridge As Part Of Bridge Construction

Monroe Street Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT

We have been writing about the reconstruction of the Monroe Street Bridge for a while now. We thought readers would like a heads up to expect at least 9 months of slow-going as the project picks up steam. From the project’s website:

…the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will shift the traffic pattern on the Monroe Street NE Bridge between 7th Street NE and 10th Street NE beginning on or about Friday, November 17, 2017; weather permitting.

Westbound lanes will be closed and traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes with a single lane in each direction. The sidewalk on the north side of the bridge will be closed. All pedestrian traffic will be directed to the south side. Bicyclists will use the full lane to travel through the construction zone, sharing with motorists during this phase.

This phase of work is expected to last approximately 9 months,..

First Look: Potential Retail Space Concept At 12th And Franklin

We recently posted that the shipping container condo development originally planned for 1201 Franklin Street NE is probably not happening.Now, we have a better idea of what might be coming to the corner of 12th and Franklin via these renderings from the agent managing the property for Rosenthal Associates. Looks like the parking spaces remain, it will remain one floor, and the building will have lots of front facing windows. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

12th Street Gallery – Art Pop Up And Holiday Open House Party Featuring Local Artists

We thought neighbors would like to know about a pop-up art Gallery at 3510 12th Street NE (next to Smith Public Trust). The space is owned by Miller Development who has allowed the temporary gallery since the space was empty. The gallery will close on December 31st. From an email:

The 12th Street Gallery features 9 local artists, Enoch Chan, Marsha Stein, Tim Kime, Peter Lewis, Ryan and Taty Martinez, Carla Perlo, Daniel Perez and Eddie Johnson.

We will have an open house holiday party on Thursday night November 30 from 6-9 and everyone is welcome to join us for an evening of art, music by DJ Glowstick, dancing, food and friends.

Check out the flyer below for more info – sounds like a cool event!

Shipping Container Condo Project At 12th And Franklin Appears To Be Scrapped

About a year ago, we wrote about a planned development that included retail and condos made of shipping containers. Since then, there has been no activity at the location, 1201 Franklin Street NE (next to Menomale). We noticed that recently a sign that says “Space for Lease” went up, so we are guessing that plans for the development are not happening as of now. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

A Chat with Meredith Sheperd of Love & Carrots

Meredith Sheperd (photo credit: Hannah Colclazier)

Chances are, you’ve seen them scattered around Brookland and across the city: plots of garden space stamped with the words Love & Carrots. You’ve see the vines of peppers and tomatoes, the bushes of herbs and bursts of flowers, the raised beds and metal containers in front yards and on the roof decks of popular restaurants.

Small or large, they’re all the brainchild of Brooklander Meredith Sheperd and the organization she started in 2011. Sheperd and her team have made it their mission to “expose as many people as possible to sustainable practices and smart growing, so they can use that knowledge themselves and continue to share it with others.”

We sat down for a brief chat with Sheperd about her business and her love of the neighborhood she calls home.

Where did your passion for gardening and local food come from?

I grew up in rural Vermont on a beautiful historic farm. My parents gardened endlessly –flowers, beans, pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb, and more. They instilled in me a deep love and appreciation of nature that I thank them for. After college at Notre Dame, where I earned a degree in environmental science, I became interested in the local food movement. I worked as a small-scale organic farmer in Virginia, Maryland, and around the world before eventually managing an organic farm that grew directly for D.C. restaurants.

Where did the idea for Love & Carrots come from?

Love & Carrots was born out of my own lack of garden space! I was living on New Jersey Avenue at the time and was frustrated with my shady, postage-stamp yard. I’d just returned from teaching agriculture at an orphanage in Guatemala and was applying to urban agriculture jobs in D.C. In Guatemala, the growing conditions were difficult, but I gained an appreciation for food production on any scale. Biking around D.C. for interviews, I marveled at all the sunny production potential in the city. Even the house next door had a sunny corner lot and the people were never home. The experience made me realize D.C.’s potential for transformation.

What makes Brookland ripe for urban gardening?

We’ve installed about a dozen garden spaces in Brookland and actively maintain five of them. Big, sunny yards are ideal for gardening, and our neighborhood has much larger yards than others in the city! Our homes are also more spread out, which means there’s typically more sunlight – and so more options for designing great gardens in front yards, back yards, or even side yards.

What’s next for Love & Carrots?

We just completed a 5,200-square-foot urban farm for The Pearl, an apartment building in Silver Spring, where residents can sign up to get a weekly basket of produce at low cost. In addition to our friends at Brookland’s Finest, we’re also maintaining production and/or display gardens for other popular D.C. restaurants, including Rose’s Luxury, Pineapple & Pearl, The Columbia Room, Timber Pizza, and Belle Haven DRP. We’ll also soon be company-owned. My goal is to create jobs in urban agriculture that can become long-term careers. Teaching people how to grow food is so important that we need to have people in this field not just for several years but for decades. That’s how we’ll create real experts.

Are there still opportunities for Brooklanders to garden in the fall and winter?

We install garden infrastructure until the ground is frozen and covered in snow – sometimes, that means year-round! In my opinion, it’s better to get your garden installed in the fall and winter, while things are quiet. That way your soil has time to settle, and you can be ready to plant right away in early March. (Peas and spinach can go in as early as February, even if there’s still snow on the ground!)

What do you like about life here in Brookland?

My partner and I now joke with our friends that once you move to Brookland, all you want to talk about is how awesome Brookland is. Before we moved here, we used to take long bike rides through the neighborhood to admire all the adorable houses. After searching for about a year, our dream home popped up in late 2014: a little bungalow that’s close to Brookland’s Finest. I love that I have windows on all sides of our house. I love that we love all our neighbors. I love strolling over to “the Finest” or to Right Proper or to Dew Drop Inn. I love that you hear crickets at night instead of sirens. It’s relaxed here.

Howard Divinity School Development Moves Forward And ANC Meeting To Discuss It

Rumblings about development at Howard University’s 23 acre School of Divinity property have gone on for years.  The last time we wrote about it,  in June 2016, the University was engaging community stakeholders about the potential development. We recently learned through this article in the Washington Business Journal that the University has selected a developer to oversee the project. From the article:

D.C.-based FLGA LLC Real Estate Group and Orlando-based ZOM Living will immediately begin their due diligence and master planning activities for Howard’s East Campus, the university announced. The property, at 1400 Shepherd St. NE, is largely vacant land with three existing structures, two of which are historic and will be retained. The divinity school operated there until 2015.

On Wednesday November 15 there will be an ANC5B Meeting from  6:30 – 8:30 pm at John Burroughs Elementary (1800 Block of Newton Street NE). Howard University guests will discuss latest steps in development of Howard Divinity Campus.

The Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) is located at 1400 Shepherd Street, NE. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Primrose, Brookland’s New French Wine Bar, Could Open As Early As Next Week

We have been keeping an eye on the progress at Primrose, a French wine bar coming to Brookland. We took these photos recently and were delighted to hear that they are likely opening very soon.  From the Washington Post’s food critic Tom Sietsema’s weekly chat session:

…Restaurant veteran Sebastian Zutant and his wife, architect Lauren Winter, are adding something special to the dining scene with a 50-seat, wine-themed bistro called Primrose, expected to open the week before Thanksgiving (knock on wood) at 3000 12th St. NE.

Zutant, a partner in the popular All-Purpose Pizzeria in Shaw and Red Hen in Bloomingdale, plans to highlight natural wines from France, part of the new restaurant’s Gallic focus. “The French do everything better than anyone else: pinot blanc, cheese, fashion,” says Zutant. Primrose will focus on classic French comfort food — steak frites, coq au vin — prepared by chef Eric Schlemmer, previously with Sovereign in Georgetown…