Category Archives: Neighborhood Topics

CUA Field Day Welcomes Brookland Families This Sunday

Catholic U invites the Brookland & CUA community families to participate in a Field Day, which  is a free afternoon of sports and fun. Kids can learn a new sport, play games, and enjoy some exercise! Prizes and snacks will be provided. The field day will be Sunday, April 26th 2015 from 12:00-2:00 pm at DuFour Field, Catholic University. For more information check out the flyer below and to register click here.

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Monastery Herb And Plant Sale Coming Up This Weekend

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DCThe Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild Annual Herb & Plant Sale has evolved into a very popular neighborhood event. This year the sale will take place on  Saturday, April 25, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 26, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The sale is located at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, at 1400 Quincy St., N.E. For more information, check out the  Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s website here.  From their website:

Plants include:

  • Herbs and vegetables
  • Roses, annuals and perennials
  • Shrubs and fruit trees
  • Camellias and azaleas
  • Monastery-grown plants

Plus food and craft vendors – and more!

Questions or interested in volunteering to set up/take down? Email us.

Brookland In Photos: Laminated Street Art Is Back

Last October we wrote about some cool street art near the Metro, but then it disappeared. We were happy to see two new pieces in the pictures below, that appear to be from the same artist, since they are also coated in plastic and screwed to street sign poles. One is on Monroe Street and 8th Streets NE, near the entrance to the Arts Walk, the other is on Monroe Street between 9th and 10th Streets NE along side the 901 Monroe development site. If you are on Monroe street anytime soon, check out them out.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Harmonicas 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: Harmonicas Edition

Cheryl D Edwards’ Studio 

PRISM features the works of Cheryl Edwards, Lisa Farrell, Lisa Rosenstein, and Lynn Slyvester. The artists’ works are reminiscent of a dispersive prism’s reflection and splitting of light into components. For more information, click here. Cheryl D Edwards’ Studio is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Friday, April 17

Gallery O on H – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

See harmonicas in a completely new light at Gallery OonH this Friday. Artist Bob "Hof" Hoffman, the Harmonica Man will give a presentation at 8pm. Image credit: Amanda HoffmanBob Hoffman, designer and collector of the world’s largest collection of handcrafted Harmonica Cases, showcases his works at Gallery O on H. Hoffman has commissioned artists from around the world to create his 500 designs. For more information, click here. Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE.

Saturday, April 18

CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

What’s Poppin is CHAW’s spring exhibition juried by Mary Ellen Vehlow. The exhibition features fifteen artists representing a wide range of media. For more information, click here. CHAW is located at 7th & G Streets SE.

Jess Oros is the Events Editor 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.

BNCA To Sponsor Bunker Hill Cleanup Saturday

Fort Bunket Hill Park. Image Courtesy of Brookland Avenue Blog.
Fort Bunket Hill Park. Image Courtesy of Brookland Avenue Blog.

One of our favorite neighborhood resources is Fort Bunker Hill Park. When our dog was younger, we used to love to climb to the top with her.  Unfortunately, it is not very welled maintained. The last time I walked through, some of the paths were blocked by fallen branches and in the summer there is often a lot of poison ivy. That’s why I was really happy to learn that the The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  will be sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 18. From the BNCA announcement:

This event is a result of a new partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the lands and waters of Rock Creek and other federal parks in the District. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and those of you who visit it know that it’s in need of some local stewardship.

Our April event will focus primarily on cleaning up trash and removing ivy and vines from the trees. We’ll meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 9:00 am. Rock Creek Conservancy will be providing trash bags, gloves, and other tools as necessary, though feel free to bring your own. Children are welcome to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

Please be sure to register so that we can get an accurate head count. Registration and additional information is available at

If you have any questions, please contact me at or 571-334-6326.


Sneak Peek – The Bakers’ Lounge – Brookland’s New Bakery Opens Soon

A few weeks ago we posted a story about The Bakers’ Lounge, a new bakery coming to the corner of 12th and Evarts Streets, NE. Yesterday we got a sneak peek of what is to come via their soft launch event. Catherine Cotay, the Director of The Bakers’ Lounge told us that there is still work to do to get the store ready to be open on a daily basis, which she thinks it is only a matter of weeks away. So for now, enjoy the photos we took of the yummy treats we sampled. Our favorite sampling was the creme puffs – heaven on a plate! Other stand outs were the lemon bars -not too sweet, with just the right touch of tartness and the super moist cake balls. There was also a wide variety of yummy cupcake flavors. Warning, for future customers, my dinner appetite was definitely ruined, LOL. Also included in the slideshow are the menus of the products to be offered and info on high tea and party packages.

Clearly the space has been completely transformed from the previous tenant, and features high ceilings and bright white walls. But, there is still a lot to be seen, as a large wall in the bakery that currently creates a hallway will be coming down to open up the space in a big way. Still, you can see the ascetic they are going for- bright, modern and welcoming, with a punch of British flair.

Lastly, Ms. Cotay let us know that she is listening to Brooklanders – namely yes(!), the store is already wifi enabled, coffee will be served, as well as non-sweets like breads and bagels. We will let you know when the bakery opens its doors. The Bakers’ Lounge is located at 2701 12th Street NE. Keep in touch with the latest on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest sites.

ReCreative Spaces Presents: (Up)Rising Festival 2015

Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces
Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces

Back in March we wrote about how ReCreative Spaces  transformed a vacant commercial space on Rhode Island Ave NE into an artist studio and artistic exhibition space. Now the organization is preparing to present a free arts festival, (Up)Rising that will include curated visual and performing arts programming along the 1600-2400 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE.  Some of the venues will be vacant spaces, some will be businesses. The arts festival will take place Sunday May 24th and Monday May 25.  You can check our more details at the event page here and check out this cool video about the festival.

Putting on such an ambitious and free  festival is not cheap or easy, so the folks at ReCreative Spaces have set up a crowdfunding site in hopes of raising the funds necessary to pull off the festival, perhaps you will consider donating today.

Askale Cafe Seeks Beer And Wine License

Askale Cafe Liquor License Askale and Asratie, owners of Askale Cafe, Brookland’s Ethiopian eatery, posted ABRA placards in the cafe’s windows yesterday. The cafe is seeking to re-establish the beer and wine license associated with location that expired before they took over. Hopefully all will go well and there will be no issues at their ABRA public hearing.  We were happy to hear from Asratie that their application has the support of ANC Commissioner Higgins. They are seeking a stipulated license, which means they may be able to serve during the hearing period if approved. Askale Café is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Join FoNP For A Noyes Park Clean Up This Saturday

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
Kids enjoying Noyes Park

Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) will be conducting a Noyes Park Community Clean-up on Saturday, April 11th from 10 AM to 1 PM. Last year, the event was a smashing success and attracted over 40+ neighborhood volunteers. The objective of this clean-up is to remove litter and weeds and prepare the garden plots for planting. Tools, gloves, and trash bags will be provided. Help ensure Noyes Park remains a pleasant place for residents of all ages to enjoy. Keep up with the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook pageTwitter feed,  Call/Text Message: 202-524-0547 or Email: friendsofnoyespark (at)gmail(dot)com. Noyes park is located at 10th and Franklin, NE.

DDOT Presents Options To Extend Met Branch Trail

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCBack in 2012 we wrote about frustrations with delays in  completing the Met Branch Trail, specifically,  connecting the portions that run along the Brookland/CUA Metro with Silver Spring as originally planned. We were excited to learn that DDOT recently hosted a presentation of preliminary designs for the MBT’s remaining sections in DC. For more information, check out this super-detailed story from WashCycle, a cycling advocacy blog. Construction is planned for 2017.