Category Archives: Neighborhood Topics

Friends Of Edgewood Hosts Outdoor Movie Night On The MBT Thursday

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCThe Friends of Edgewood are hosting an Outdoor Movie Night series, the first of which will be Thursday, July 30th. The movie shown will be the Princess Bride. The movie begins at dusk but folks can come early and picnic. The movie will located on the Met Branch Trail under the Rhode Island Ave Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge. The event is free thanks to sponsors Boundary Stone, Rustik, Smith Public Trust and neighbors who have been raising funds for the last three years to make this happen.

Longtime Business, Petals Ribbons And Beyond, Seeks Your Input Ahead Of Re-Opening

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One of our favorite local businesses is  Petals Ribbons & Beyond. For readers who have not visited this longtime Brookland location, the store has been a combination florist and gift shop/card store for over 15 years.

We recently learned that Sara Lucas, the store owner, is in the process of updating both the store itself and her merchandise. I spoke with the team helping to spruce the place up and they said that Sara is soliciting input on the types of things neighbors would like to buy, so she can re-stock the store.

Please share your thoughts here so that collectively, we can help Petals Ribbons & Beyond remain a successful business. While I love our local restaurants and bars, I think our neighborhood still lacks  walkability and the types of retail that will keep our dollars in the neighborhood. If you feel the same way, here is your chance to ask for the types of things you would like to buy.

As for the next steps, right now, there is a sidewalk sale going on at Petals, so Sara can make room for the new inventory, and make room for the renovations to come. After some fresh coats of paint, store rearranging,  landscaping, and new merchandise ordering, the store will have a re-grand opening this fall.

Petals, Ribbons and Beyond is located at 3906 12th Street NE (near Quincy Street, next to San Antonio Bar and Grill). We will follow up with more information as Sara moves ahead with her re-boot!

Brookland Hardware’s Legacy To Live On At Annie’s Ace Hardware

Hardware Store Supplies NE Washington DCYesterday we received a press release regarding the closing of Brookland Hardware and the opening of  Annie’s Ace Hardware.

Fans of Brookland Hardware will be happy to hear that owner Howard Politzer will be joining Annie’s Ace Hardware as a Senior Adviser and Annie’s Ace will be hiring Howard’s employees to honor the deep connections they have to the neighborhood. Also, according to the release:

An event is planned for Saturday, August 1 from 11am-1pm at Brookland True Value Hardware to celebrate and honor Howard Politzer’s legacy… Invited guests include Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and John Feeley, Jr. and Rosie Dempsey, authors of Brookland (Images of America) (2011, Arcadia Publishing).

Annie’s Ace Hardware is slated to open in Fall 2015 and will be will be the second location for the popular neighborhood hardware store. Annie’s will be located at 3405 8th Street, NE.

Update – Brookland LGBT Happy Hour Saturday At The Dew Drop Inn

The Dew Drop Inn
The Dew Drop Inn

Earlier today we wrote about the July party for the Brookland area LGBT group. We now have an update that the event will be a Happy Hour at the area’s newest hot spot, the Dew Drop Inn. There will be Happy Hour specials until 7:30 pm as well as an all night wine special. (The date and time is still the same – Saturday night July 25th starting at 6:00 pm.) The Dew Drop Inn is located at located at 2801 8th St. NE, near the entrance to the Met Branch Trail.

Brookland Neighbrhood LGBT Party This Saturday Night

Good times!
Good times!

Every month the LGBT community from the greater Brookland area (and Edgewood, Michigan Park, etc.) gets together for fun, community building and general neighborly good times. This time around, the party will be Saturday night July 25th starting at 6:00 pm. If interested, hit us up on our contact page and we will send you the address. All are welcome. (Please bring a dish or drink to share.)

Brookland True Value Hardware Store To Close After 40 Years

Letter sent to Brookland residents.
Letter sent to Brookland residents.

Many Brookland residents received unwelcome news in their mailboxes yesterday – longtime neighborhood business, Brookland Hardware is closing after more than 40 years.

According to the letter, the store’s owner, Howard, is retiring and will be liquidating the store’s inventory via a “retirement – store closing sale” from Thursday July 23 – Wednesday July 29th. So with that, Brookland loses another major landmark and cornerstone.

We will let you know when we hear of what will become of this space at the heart of our neighborhood.

Brookland Artspace Lofts To Host Charity Concert Featuring Ryan Amador

Here is an interesting music event happening in the neighborhood soon. From the Facebook event page:

Singer-songwriter, Ryan Amador, is hitting the road to visit Washington, D.C.! He will perform his songs at the intimate Brookland Artspace Lofts. Admission is free, and donations are accepted with 50% going to benefit Casa Ruby. The performance will be held on July 20th at 7:30 PM, with doors opening at 7:00 PM.

Ryan Amador will perform a medley of songs from his music career at the Brookland Artspace Lofts in Washington, D.C. This one night only performance will allow audiences to get up close and personal with Ryan and enjoy complimentary beverages and light fare throughout the evening. While admission is free, 50% of donations collected are to benefit Casa Ruby, a bilingual, multi-cultural, LGBT organization dedicated to providing lifesaving services and programs for members of the LGBT community.

Come enjoy an evening of soulful, inspiring music in support of an important cause!
Ryan Amador eFlyer

Brookland Artspace Lofts is located at 3305 8th Street NE.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: New Beginnings 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.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: New Beginnings Edition

Gallery OnH FREE Music in the Courtyard Series:

  • Hot, Cajun Hot and Cajun Red Hot | Friday, July 17: Li’l Red & the Renegades 9-11pm
  • Reggae so good you’ll think you’re in the Islands! | Saturday, July 18: LUCKY Dub 9-11pm

Gallery OonH is located at 1354 H Street NE | Details here

Friday, July 17

CHAW – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join CHAW for Friday ARTnights. CHAW will host Drop-In Figure Drawing facilitated by artist Will Fleishell and Clay and Cabernet with teaching artist Clay Hollenkamp. For details, click here. CHAW is located at 545 7th St. SE.

Saturday, July 17

A new beginning--Art Works Now breaks ground on their new home at 4800 Rhode Island Avenue in the Gateway Arts District.  Rendering courtesy McInturff Architects and Art Works Now
A new beginning–Art Works Now breaks ground on their new home at 4800 Rhode Island Avenue in the Gateway Arts District. Rendering courtesy McInturff Architects and Art Works Now

Art Works Now – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join Art Works Now for the groundbreaking ceremony of their new home. Together with Pizzeria Paradiso, Art Works Now will breathe new life into a long neglected corner in the Gateway Arts District. Following the groundbreaking with state and county officials in attendance, the public is encouraged to participate in art activities. For details and to RSVP, click here. The event is located at 4800 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery – 3:30 p.m.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery invites guests to meet the curator and artists of Sanctuary. Visitors will be able to attend a casual reception following the artists’ talk and have the opportunity to mingle with the artists. For more information, click here. The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U St. NW.

Otis Street Arts Project – 5 p.m. to 7p.m.

CONVERGENCE is an exhibition featuring wood sculpture and mixed media furniture by Andrew Christenberry. For more information, click here. Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis St., Mount Rainier, MD.

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Update: Mess Hall’s BBQ World Postponed – Rescheduled For August 2nd

A couple of days ago we posted about Mess Hall’s BBQ World event. We received word today via this Tweet that the event has been postponed till Sunday August 2nd. Congrats to Joe at Sloppy Mama’s!!