Category Archives: Beyond Brookland

Large Development Projects Moving Forward In Nearby NoMa

Market Terminal development, image courtesy of R2L Architects

We thought neighbors would appreciate an update on some of the large development projects happening in the nearby NoMa neighborhood. We recently learned from an article in the Washington Business Journal that the recent purchase of a 98,000-square-foot warehouse property for $56.5 million will clear the way for the Market Terminal development. The land purchased is a couple of blocks west of Union Market and bordered by the Metro tracks, Florida Avenue NE and Morse Street NE. From the article:

Market Terminal is approved for more than 1,100 multifamily units, 52,000 square feet of retail, office and a hotel.

In another Washington Business Journal article, we learned that another large NoMa development has chosen a hotel and that construction will begin this year:

The 204-room boutique hotel will be only the fourth to carry The James brand. It will serve as the hotel component of the 780,000-square-foot Armature Works project, a mixed-use development to include a 465-unit apartment building, a 170-unit condominium building, outdoor public spaces and 42,000 square feet of street-level retail. 

Between these and other developments in the NoMa area, it seems like we will barely recognize the place in a few years.

What’s New In Hyattsville And Mt. Rainier’s Restaurant And Brew/Distiller Scene

Singer Building development project in Mount Rainier, image courtesy of the Menkiti Group

Sometimes, yes, you actually have to leave Brookland. And if you have recently gone eastbound down Rhode Island Avenue and into Maryland, it is hard not to notice a flurry of new activity, including arts, restaurants, shops and large residential buildings under construction. One example is the Singer Building at the traffic circle in Mount Rainier which will bring new retail, restaurant, and residential space. While many of us already know about long time businesses such as Franklins and some of the newer stores like the Yes! Organics, we thought readers would appreciate a rundown of some of the new restaurants and breweries/distilleries open or planned for the nearby Rt.1/Rhode Island Avenue corridor.  Also, big shout out to the Hyattsville Wire, a blog that covers  the happenings up and down the Route 1  corridor, check them out if you want to keep up with what is going on.

  • Pizza Paradiso opened in Hyattsville over the summer. This the fourth location in the DC area for this small local chain. It seats 60 inside and has a nice outdoor patio for 18 outside.  I have heard that the pizza is really good from a few people and that there is a nice selection of draft beers. (4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville, MD.)
  • Sangfroid Distilling is a distillery coming to downtown Hyattsville sometime this year. They will make fruit brandies, whiskey and the classic Dutch version of gin, called genever. They will offer samples several days a week in their tasting room, which will feature a garage-style door for those nice weather days. Check out more details in this Hyattsville Wire post.
  • Streetcar 82 Brewing Company is a Belgian-inspired brewery coming to Hyattsville, very close to the Pizza Paradiso. Owned by three graduates of Gallaudet University who have been home brewing for years, a primary focus of theirs is to foster and contribute to the tight-knit communities around them. They signed their lease over the summer and in November their build out plans were approved, so hopefully they will open soon. (4824 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD.)
  • Maryland Meadworks plans to “produce and sell the highest-quality, best-tasting mead (honey-wine) possible utilizing natural processes and local ingredients”. They plan to offer mead tastings onsite as well as for sale at local retailers and on tap at local bars and restaurants. They should be opening in a few months. For more info, check out this interview the Hyattsville Wire did with Ken Carter, owner of Maryland Meadworks. (Located next to Shortcake Bakery at 4700 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville MD.)
  • Pennyroyal Station restaurant will bring a 1940’s inspired vintage vibe combined with modern touches and will be located in Mount Rainier’s Singer Building development mentioned above. The restaurant is from the same folks behind popular DC spots Bar Pilar and Cafe Saint-Ex, and was listed as one the DC area’s most anticipated restaurants by EaterDC. Hopefully the restaurant will open soon, they recently hosted a 3-course sneak peek event. (3310 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, Md.)

Giving Tuesday Happy Hour At Steel Plate To Benefit President Lincoln’s Cottage

Most people know that Lincoln’s Cottage, just outside of Brookland, is a gem worth checking out. While it is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life, did you know that it is the only National Monument that doesn’t receive federal funding? That means it must rely on supporters to keep their doors open, and continue their award-winning education programs and preservation efforts. From an email:

Join us from 5pm-9pm at Steel Plate on Tuesday, November 28th. There’ll be drink specials, a raffle with fabulous prizes from local businesses, and Steel Plate is generously donating 10% of the night’s sales to the Cottage.

Check out more information at the event page. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.

Homecoming at President Lincoln’s Cottage – Pony Rides, Arts And Crafts, And More

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. This Homecoming event is a fun free event this Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. From the event page:

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:

  • 9 AM- The day kicks off with our annual Freedom 5K race. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and more details about the race. **Please note you must register for the race separately.

  • 10 AM- Tot Dash: 100-yard Tot Dash for FREE following the 5k race. Register the morning of Saturday, September 16.

  • 10 AM- 3 PM: Homecoming continues with Family Day activities, FREE for all:

  • Explore a Civil War Encampent: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards

  • Pony Rides: It’s no secret Tad Lincoln loved keeping pets on the ground. Don’t let this chance slip by to ride a pony on Lincoln’s front lawn!

  • Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans, your family tree, and create your own top hat!

  • Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn.

  • Story hour, music, and more!

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

4th Annual Freedom 5K At President Lincoln’s Cottage – Register Now

Check this out, Brookland runners. The Freedom 5K is a rare chance to race through the 250-acre grounds of the nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home. The race will take place on Saturday September 16th . From the event page:

Traverse a pastoral landscape that winds past ponds, fields, historic buildings, and vistas on this breath-taking course. The run culminates on the foot of the lawn at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where a ceremony will take place…Registration fee: $35 until online registration closes on September 14 at 8:00 pm, then will be $40 through race day.

Check out more information here. The entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage is through the Eagle Gate, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW.

DC Eater Article Highlights Dining Options In Langdon And Woodridge

We thought neighbors would be interested in exploring some eats in the Woodridge/Langdon area that perhaps they haven’t had a chance to check out yet, or weren’t aware of. This article in DC Eater came out a few months ago, so forgive us for taking so long to post about it, but we think it is worth checking out. The piece has write ups for the following places:

  • The Public Option
  • Good Food Market
  • Subbs by Carl
  • Nido
  • Zeke’s Coffee of DC
  • Rita’s Italian Ice
  • Deli City
  • Mason Dixie Biscuit Company
  • Harper Macaw Factory
  • DC Brau Brewing Company

It’s great to see these great establishments getting some coverage. Happy eating!

Community Forklift First Friday – Live Music, Magician, Art, Food And Home Improvement

The Warehouse at Community Forklift

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! The First Friday event on September 1st  is the last of the year and will feature fun activities for the whole family. From the event page:

When: Friday, September 1st, 6pm-8pm
Where: Community Forklift – 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 (5 min. outside NE DC in the Port Towns neighborhood, near Hyattsville)
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.

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.

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.