Category Archives: Beyond Brookland

3rd Annual Chuck Brown Day This Saturday At Langdon Park

We thought neighbors would like to know that Chuck Brown Day is returning to Langdon Park this Saturday, August 19th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. From the event page:

FREE ! The 3rd Annual Chuck Brown Day at Chuck Brown Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a full afternoon of entertainment celebrating DC and the Godfather with The Chuck Brown Band, along with EU feat. Sugar Bear and We Are One Tribute Band. Hosted by Chris Paul. You can’t get any more DC than this. Limited Free Parking on the field at 24th and Franklin NE.

Sounds like fun!

Shuttered Ivy City Nightclub, Love, To Become A Wine Bar And Concert Venue

Cheers!

We used the Independence Day Holiday as a catch-up time to write up some blog posts about area news we didn’t have a chance to write about earlier. This was one bit of development news we thought Brooklanders would be interested in since Ivy City is just around the corner.

Love nightclub was the largest nightclub in the city before closing in 2013. It was a fun place to go back in the day, I used to go frequently when it was called Dream. One of my favorite memories is seeing LL Cool J perform there and dancing the night away in the early 2000’s. Ahhhhh, youth. Anyway, the Washington Business Journal reported back in May that the club is slated for another incarnation:

City Winery, as we reported, is expected to include a 300- to 350-seat concert venue, winemaking operation, restaurant, bar, private event spaces, and rooftop bar. It is scheduled to open in late 2017, bringing concerts, food and wine classes, private events and dining with it…City Winery tends to book singer-songwriters, jazz musicians and other acts looking for “a listening crowd,” Dorf said previously. Upcoming acts at the New York outpost include Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Mullins and 10,000 Maniacs.

Hmmmmm….doesn’t sound like LL will be back. City Winery will be located at 1350 Okie St. NE.

Politics And Prose Bookstore To Open Another Location Near Union Market

This is another “catch up” story, but for those Brooklanders who are avid readers and didn’t know, this is big news. This spring websites like Urban Turf shared that super-popular independent DC-based bookstore Politics and Prose will be opening another location nearby.  From the article:

The bookstore announced this morning that the new store will open near Union Market, but did not specify the store’s exact location…The release goes on to say that there will be event space attached to the store and that it will use the Dock 5 event space attached to Union Market for larger events and readings.

The new location is planned to open this coming fall.

Community Forklift First Friday – Empanadas, Beer/Wine, Music And Home Improvement

One of our favorite home improvement destinations is Community Forklift, located near Hyattsville MD. Community Forklift is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to reduce landfill waste by salvaging building materials. While it is not in Brookland, let alone DC, we thought their summertime First Friday events would be of interest to readers since it’s not too far and sounds like a lot of fun! First Fridays will be running through September and will feature fun activities for the whole family. From the event page for the upcoming first Friday (July 7th):

Join us on the evening of July 7th as we stay open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live music, local art, a local food truck, and craft beer & wine.

WHEN: Friday, July 7th, 6pm-8pm
WHERE: Community Forklift – 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 (5 minutes outside NE DC near the Hyattsville Arts District)
WHO: You!!! …and your friends, family, kids, neighbors, coworkers, and (friendly, leashed) dogs.
COST: Free to attend – but you can support your local artists and businesses by purchasing their wares and tipping the band.

Come on by to catch our awesome lineup!

The event will include live music, a food truck, a strolling magician, local artists, a pop  up bar, and of course, the warehouse full of great recycled items for your home.

Memorial Day Wreath Laying And Cemetery Tours At Lincoln’s Cottage/Old Soldiers Home

Lincoln cottage old soldiers home memorial day flagHere is a great way to commemorate Memorial Day- that’s just around the corner from Brookland. Sign up here for guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery and experience a wreath laying ceremony. The cemetery was visited by President Abraham Lincoln, and is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868. Both the tours and the wreath laying are free.

  • The wreath laying ceremony will be at John Logan Mausoleum at 10:00 am.
  • The cemetery tours will be at 10:45 am and 12:30 pm and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes

From the event page:

Registrants are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln’s Cottage 30 minutes prior to each scheduled event, so that Cottage staff can lead them over to the nearby Soldiers’ Home Cemetery.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

End Of An Era – After 37 Years, BET Closing Its Nearby Headquarters

BET Headquarters Building in Brentwood

As if anyone needed a reminder that DC is losing its status as Chocolate City,  this news is another blow. We learned from this story in the DCist that the headquarters of BET Networks, the parent company of the Black Entertainment Television network will close up shop this summer and move to New York. The headquarters has been a landmark in the area, located nearby at 1235 W St. NE in Brentwood.  From the story:

…the cable network’s central operations are moving to Viacom’s new hub in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The D.C. office is slated to shutter on July 7.

Former CEO Bob Johnson launched BET in the District in 1980. After becoming the top black-focused cable network in the country, Johnson sold it for more than $2.3 billion in stock to Viacom two decades later.

The closure of the D.C. office impacts about 20 full-time salaried staffers and 40 freelancers, who don’t know yet if they’ll transition to New York or Los Angeles or lose their jobs with the company…

We will keep our eyes on the location to see what will happen to it next.

Nearby NewCityDC Development Moves Forward With $66 Million Land Acquisition

NewCityDC Site Plan courtesy of Antunovich Associates/Douglas Development via Washington Business Journal

We like to keep an eye on major developments going on in the neighborhoods near Brookland, since the they will impact us in one way or another. We first wrote about NewCityDC in February 2016. At that time we were just getting the first look at the 15 acre development which borders New York Avenue, Bladensburg Road and Montana Avenue NE. We recently learned about a major investment in the development, via this story in the Washington Business Journal. Douglas Development recently acquired 9 parcels of land for $66 million to complete the development site (they spent  $8.25 million already acquiring other parcels). From the article:

Within the triangle, the developer intends to build NewCityDC, a 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use project just down the road from its Hecht Warehouse District. According to Douglas’ marketing materials, the vision for NewCityDC includes 422 apartments, 18 townhomes, 550,000 square feet of retail, 156 hotel rooms and 2,900 parking spaces.

The site plan includes a 130,000-square-foot grocery store, a separate 100,000-square-foot retailer, a five-story hotel, a host of restaurants and junior anchors and a movie theater.

We will continue to follow this development and let you know when we learn anything major.

Upcoming Events This Winter And Spring At President Lincoln’s Cottage

Although not in Brookland, one of our local gems worth checking out is nearby President Lincoln’s Cottage. The Cottage is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life. Lincoln lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency at the Cottage, where he visited wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated former slaves, and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. From their latest newsletter, here are some upcoming events that neighbors may find interesting:

  • On Friday, February 24th at 1:30 PM, join President Lincoln’s Cottage for the annual Black History Month Commemoration Program at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, featuring Cosby Hunt. Mr. Hunt is the Senior Teaching & Learning Officer at the Center for Inspired Teaching, and is also the course creator and instructor for Real World History . CLICK HERE for more information and to register for this free program.

  • On Thursday, April 13th, we’ll be hosting the 2017 Lincoln Ideas Forum. Stay tuned for event and speaker details.

  • On Thursday, April 20th, join us as author Jonathan White and Michael Bishop of the George Washington University’s National Churchill Library, discuss White’s book, Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams During the Civil War. CLICK HERE for more info on the program and how to RSVP.
  • Save the date – Sunday May 7th- Bourbon and Bluegrass event.Stay tuned for details and information about tickets.

President Lincoln’s  Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. You can follow them on Facebook and on Twitter.

Development Update: Dakota Crossing – Big Box Anchors Open, Smaller Shops Coming

It’s been a while since we checked in on the Dakota Crossing development (the development with the Costco), so we thought

Dakota Crossing under construction, view from New York Ave/Rt 50

neighbors would like an update. By now, all the big box anchors, Costco, Lowe’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and PetSmart are open.

According to this story in the Washington Business Journal:

The latest tenants to sign long-term leases at The Shops at Dakota Crossing are Starbucks, Five Below, Vitamin Shoppe, Panda Express and T-Mobile, making the development nearly 90 percent leased, according to its owner.

Smaller shops under construction. View fro the Costco parking lot.

These stores should open by early 2017. We haven’t heard any more info on the “upscale” TGIFridays that was supposed to be in the works about a year ago, but one full-service family friendly restaurant and a few other eateries are expected in any case. We will keep an eye on things and let you know when we learn anything new.

Trader Joe’s Supermarket Coming To NE DC, Near Union Market

TomatoBrooklanders love to discuss grocery options in the area, or rather, the lack thereof. From time to time there will even be a petition passed around urging a grocer to locate in or near Brookland, and there are the occasional unsubstantiated rumors of one coming. So, we suspect fans of Trader Joe’s will be delighted to hear that one is planned in nearby Trinidad, close to Union Market. From an article in DCist:

The company announced today that it has signed a lease for a new location at 1240 4th Street NE, and it is slated to open in the second half of 2017. The store will occupy 15,000 square feet in the ground floor of a mixed-use project called The Edison…It will be Trader Joe’s third or fourth store in D.C.

Our household is divided in our enthusiasm. Personally, I miss the old Burger King that was once there. Perhaps I would be more excited if it were actually coming to Brookland. After all, this location isn’t much closer than my favorite supermarket, the Harris Teeter on M and 1st NE. But the other (better) half of the Brookland Bridge is SO SO SO excited for the new TJ’s, because it is her go-to grocer, and now it will only be a short drive away as compared to the TJ locations she frequents.  What do you think? Are you excited or meh?