Category Archives: Neighborhood Topics

Dance Place Seeks Public Art Works For Arts Park

Dance Place Open House 004Back in January we wrote about a project by Dance Place 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. Now that they have gathered neighborhood feedback, they are moving forward with the project. From a community notice:

Dance Place is seeking artists to create semi-permanent (2-5 years) public art works for an Arts Park that will be in the public space between Dance Place and the Brookland Artspace Lofts. The Park is scheduled to open in September 2016, with construction on the Park in Winter/Spring 2016. Installation of selected public art works is anticipated for May-June or August 2016.

Learn more and download the RFP here.


Happy Independence Day! Pics From Around The Neighborhood

Hi neighbors – as we were driving through the neighborhood the other day, we were happy to see so many neighbors flying Old Glory. Brooklanders are a patriotic bunch! So, we decided to post photos of houses around the neighborhood flying the flag, hope you enjoy the pics.

However you spend today, we hope you are enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

All the best, Shani and Astrid

Upcoming 901 Evarts Development Meetings

Last month we posted about a planned 370 unit apartment building at 901 Evarts St. NE.  The developer’s representative presented their plans for a ten story apartment building at the ANC 5B04 Single Member District meeting on June 8th.  Recently ANC Commissioner Barrios informed constituents that the developers have elected to host their own meetings going forward rather than present at ANC meetings. There will be two meetings to discuss the development:  today, Thursday July 2nd and Thursday July 16th, 6:30pm-8:00pm, at the Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. Family Life Community Center Multipurpose Room, 605 Rhode Island Avenue NE. See the flyer below for more information.

901 Evarts Flyer

Brookland Area Writers And Artists Hosts Poetry Reading Tonight

Brookland Area Writers And Artists (BAWA) is a neighborhood-based arts group, founded in 2003. The purpose of the group is to promote creativity and expression in the Brookland area. BAWA hosts a monthly themed poetry reading on the first Wednesday of every month. This Wednesday, July 1st, the poetry night theme is Breaking Away/Independence.

Check out their ongoing calendar of events here. Poetry readings are held at the Center for Poetic Thought,  at the Monroe Street Market Artswalk, Studio #25. (716 Monroe Street, NE).  Contact BAWA at or at their website.

Mayor Bowser To Attend Senior Housing Groundbreaking In Brookland

Senior Housing on Girard
Rendering courtesy of the Menkiti Group

Back in May we wrote about an affordable senior housing building called The Girard Street Senior Residences, planned for an empty lot at the corner of 16th and Girard. We recently learned that the groundbreaking will be today and that  Mayor Muriel Bowser will be on hand to support the project. From the press release:

On June 30th, local developers Dantes Partners and The Menkiti Group, will break ground at the Girard Street Senior Apartments project in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will participate in the ceremony and deliver opening remarks. The new building is a modern, 100% luxury affordable senior housing community, featuring 25 apartments that provide economic advantages to residents and contributes to the vibrant character of the neighborhood. The anticipated construction period is 12 months.

WHO:               Mayor Muriel Bowser, Polly Donaldson (Director, DHCD), Adrianne Todman (Director, DC Housing Authority), and others

WHAT:              Groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Girard Street Senior Apartments, a joint venture of local developers Dantes Partners and The Menkiti Group

WHERE:          1545 Girard St. NE, Washington DC 20018 (Brookland neighborhood); Event entrance on 16th St. NE side

WHEN:            11:00am ET, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ward 5 Happy Hour Thursday At Bloomingdale’s Pub And The People

Brookland Happy Hour NE Washington DC
Ward 5 Happy Hour. Always a good time.

The next Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be held this Thursday. From an email:

Join your fellow Ward 5 Residents for our July Happy Hour!
Join us at the newest bar in Bloomingdale!
Thursday, July 2, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm
 The Pub and the People
1648 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Their usual happy hour is from 5-7p, but they’ll extend HH specials until 8p for our group. Make sure you have a name tag on!
Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors! For more information contact us via email at,
find us on Facebook ‘Ward 5 Community Happy Hour’ or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour.
Hope to see you there!

Right Proper Brewery Gets Permit To Move Forward In Brookland

right proper logoBack in May we were happy to report that that Right Proper brewing is planning to open their much anticipated location at 920 Girard St NE by late summer.  Recently we learned that they were granted permits to move forward with the brewery. From an article in the Washington Business Journal:

920 Girard St. NE: A 15-barrel production brewery and tasting room, Right Proper Brewing Co., will be installed in this former auto repair shop in Brookland. The brewery will seat 17, with a maximum occupancy of 42. Right Proper, whose existing home is 624 T St. NW, was created by “beer guru” Thor Cheston, head brewer Nathan Zeender and John Snedden, founder and owner of Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co.

We will let you know when we learn anything new. Keep up with Right Proper at their Facebook page or their Twittter feed.

Nido Opens On Rhode Island Ave, Offers New Upscale Dining Option In NE DC

The area’s newest restaurant, Nido, opened it’s doors this week and of course we couldn’t resist attending the grand opening. After the pics below we list our favorite things about this great new dining option, just around the corner in Woodridge.

  • Thoughtful decor – Those of us who patronized Lace, the nightclub that preceded Nido, can appreciate what a radical transformation the Nido team has made. Bravo! The upstairs has a clean, bright, sunny, modern, and inviting vibe, while the downstairs has a romantic, candle-lit, private feel to it.  In other words, upstairs for meeting friends for happy hour and downstairs for date night.
  • Yummy food – We sampled a number of items including smashed chickpeas (had a punch of garlic), marinated olives, braised pork with patas bravas (potatoes cooked nicely, very homey and comfort foody, nice sized portion for a “small plate”),  Chicken thighs (very tender, liked the lemon zest) and our favorite, the Pappardelle (homemade pasta cooked till al dente, with tender pork sugo, it was rustic and delicious). Mostly, we are glad to have some much needed variety to the local dining scene.
  • Professionalism- Even though we went on the opening day, Nido had the feel of a restaurant that has been open for a while, despite being pretty packed. Kudos to the Nido management team for obviously training up the staff and being ready to roll on day one!

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

Brookland LGBT Celebration Tonight At Smith Public Trust

Brookland Home Festooned For LGBT Pride
Brookland Home Festooned For LGBT Pride

You would probably have to be living under a rock to not know that the Supreme Court ruled today in favor of the legalization of gay marriage nation-wide. Hooooray! Thirsty LGBT members of the Brookland and surrounding community are going to gather at Smith Public Trust tonight to celebrate. All are welcome, look for the folks with the gay flag. Many thanks to Smith Public Trust for hosting the group at a moments notice. Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street, NE. See you there!