Category Archives: Beyond Brookland

Celebrate Valentines Day With Cheese, Chocolate And Champagne

union market dc opening 090912 1We thought readers would appreciate this Valentine’s date idea from the folks at Righteous Cheese, located at nearby Union Market. From the event page:

February is not just for lovers, it’s for Cheese Lovers! And what pairs better with cheese than elegant, bubbly wine? For our annual soirée, we’re opening up some extra-special, extra-fancy bottles of Champagne that you just can’t find by the glass anywhere else. Paired with unique, artisanal cheeses & chocolates – including handmade chocolate truffles from CoCo Sala, hand-dipped chocolate figs and more – this line-up is an extraordinary way to spend Valentine’s Day and makes a great gift. It’s a sure-fire way to warm up your February!

Spend an evening with Righteous Cheese in an intimate class discovering and savoring seasonal, artisanal cheeses. We’ll explore the world of cheese pairing by tasting 4 cheeses and 4 unique Champagnes along with a bounty of chocolate accompaniments. Fromager Carolyn Stromberg will delve into the story behind each cheese, as well as give advice about selecting, serving, pairing, and more.

Tickets are $74/person. Class requires advance ticket purchase, as seating is limited to 30 attendees.

Free SoulCycle Classes At Nearby Union Market

We spotted this interesting tidbit from the Washingtonian Twitter feed, and thought neighbors would be interested in trying these free classes from this SoulCycle, Target and Union Market partnership.

From the Washingtonian story:

The partnership is hosting a series of pop-up classes at Union Market’s Dock5 on January 22, 23, and 24th. The free classes will take place at 8 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 12 PM, with two evening rides at 5 PM and 6 PM and 40 open bikes per class. The sign ups go live on Friday, January 15, at 3 PM on the SoulCycle website.

Sign up for the classes here at the event page.

Harper Macaw Chocolate Factory To Open In NE DC

Harper Macaw
Photo courtesy of Harper Macaw via Washington City Paper.

We recently learned from this Washington City Paper article that a chocolate factory and retailer named  Harper Macaw will be opening its doors near us soon. Harper Macaw is located at 3160 Bladensburg Road NE between N Eastern Avenue and  N Fort Lincoln Drive (and happens to be next door to DC Brau to boot).  From the article:

Harper Macaw’s factory will host its grand opening on Dec. 12 from 12 to 6 p.m. with tours and tastings. (They’ve yet to decide if they will charge a nominal fee for tours.) The factory, open only on Saturdays for now, will sell chocolate plus baked goods made out of its products, including salted caramel brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate-covered coconut macaroons. There will also be various drinking chocolates, including peppermint and chai flavors. The Hartmans are considering whether they’ll host classes going forward, but they will offer private events and tastings upon request.

Sounds great. We also like that they buy their beans from sustainable cacao farms, and a percentage of chocolate bar sales go to a non-profit that acquires deforested and threatened land in the Amazon rain forest.

Lab 1750 Pop Up Offers Locally Made Crafts And Gifts

If you are looking for unique gift giving options this holiday season, check out Lab 1750, a pop up marketplace near Union Market. We stopped by and took the pictures below. Items for sale included motorcycle accessories, framed art, women’s clothes, cocktail tools, greeting cards, table linens, children’s clothing, exercise wear, and jewelry. There is also a kombucha bar in case all the shopping wears you down. Vendors include Ann Mashburn CapsuleCraft KombuchaDunn Lewis MCLisa ShirkLiving ThreadsMaster WilliamsNiko+AvaRon DavidS3 ActiveSouth BlockThursday Boots, and Time Off, among others.

Lab 1270 will also present events like dinners, yoga classes and more in the coming months. The Lab is  open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and is located at 1270 5th Street, NE

7th Installment Of Art In The Alley Tonight – Art, Food, Music

Art in the Alley Oct. 2013
Art in the Alley Oct. 2013

Art in the Alley is a reoccurring home-grown art event taking place tonight, Friday, October 16th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm in nearby Trinidad. This community arts festival provides guests with an opportunity to see local art and enjoy music and refreshments. Check out the Facebook event page for more information. The event will take place in the alley between the 1200 blocks of Florida Ave. and Morse St. NE.

Community Forklift Hosts “This Old Warehouse” Fall Festival This Saturday

The Warehouse
The Warehouse

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 still post about it from time to time, since it’s not too far and is a great destination! We thought readers would like to know about this free upcoming event. From a notice:

On Sat. Sept. 12th, join us for “This Old Warehouse” a fall festival to celebrate old homes and the folks who love them. You can meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antique appraisal advice, and attend free workshops on topics like wood window restoration and electrical systems in old homes. You can also browse our wide selection of antique tools and hardware (normally sold only online). We’ll have live music from local bands, cider and baked goods, and lunch from the Urban Bumpkin BBQ food truck.

10am – 3pm, September 12, 2015 Bring your friends, your family, and your (friendly, leashed) pets for:

Live Bands:
Enjoy old-timey music from Jacob Panic, Sweet Back Papas, Rodeo Motel, and DJ Right.

Great Grub:
Urban Bumpkin BBQ is a modern rolling cuisine that combines Asian, Native Alaskan and Russian dishes with American smoking traditions and unique bang’n flavors. They say, “Some may call it the identity crisis menu, but it’s definitely the epitome of melting pot ‘Murica!”

Meet the Experts:
Learn about preservation grants, rebates, local restoration companies, and more. We’ll have a ton of folks here to share useful info, including:
Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
Preservation Maryland
Historic Roofing Company
Wagner Roofing
Prince George’s County Office of Historic Preservation
The Prince George’s Memory Project

Appraisal Advice:
Ever wonder whether Grandma’s knick-knack is worth anything? Sarah Reeder, a specialist at the Potomack Company, will be here to offer advice about antique appraisal. Her particular areas of expertise are mid-century modern design and decorative arts. Individuals with items outside of Ms. Reeder’s areas of expertise are welcome to bring their items and she will document them to be evaluated later by her colleagues.

Free Workshops:
10am- Understanding Your Electrical System
by Steve Palmer of Stephen Palmer Electric, Inc.
Familiar with all types of wiring, dating back to the late 19th century, Steve will be sharing tips to troubleshoot and assess electrical safety in old homes.

12pm- Capturing Our Legacy With Home Movies and Photographs
by The Prince George’s Memory Project
Makarah and Matt will explain the Memory Project and give an overview about collecting and preserving home movies and photographs. They will also show clips from some of their collected historic materials.

1pm- Harvest Farm Tour
by Deb Wren, Head Farmer at ECO City Farms Edmonston
Join us for a crisp neighborhood walk and a fall harvest tour of ECO City Farms. See the autumn setting in on the farm and enjoy some fresh air and nature right in the heart of the Port Towns.

2pm- Restoring Historic Windows
by Stephen Ortado of Historic Structures
An expert in conserving, restoring and reproducing period window styles from the early eighteenth century to the early twentieth, Stephen will introduce you to basic maintenance and repair techniques for your old windows.

Thanks to our Sponsor:
Thanks to the National Association of Remodeling Industries Metro DC Chapter for making this event possible!


Community Forklift  is located at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 2078

Friends Of Edgewood, MBT 5K Host Outdoor Movie Night On The MBT Thursday

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCThe Friends of Edgewood and the Met Branch Trail 5K 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.

Community Forklift First Friday: Kid Activities, Craft Beer, Live Music, Pho Wheels And More

huge old doors
Now get your reclaimed wood with a side of beer!

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 still post about it from time to time, since it’s not too far and is a great destination! Anyone working to maintain the original character of their home or simply fond of antique and re-purposed items would enjoy a visit.

We thought readers would like to know about this  free monthly event. From a notice:

Forklift 1st Friday’s are Here! Ever wonder what it’s like here in the Community Forklift warehouse after 6pm… Come join us to find out! Come on by every First Friday between May and September for lively entertainment, food, beer and wine!

This Friday, June 5th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm they will have the following:

  • Dance and jump rope activities for kids and parents
  • Indie Folk group The Iris Bell will perform
  • $3.50 craft beer and wine
  • Vietnamese food from Pho Wheels
  • Three local Hyattsville artists displaying & selling their art

Check out the event page here for  more information. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Community Forklift  is located at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 2078

Union Market Area To See 8 Development Projects In The Coming Years

Union Market rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates
Union Market rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates

In December we wrote about a development coming soon on top of nearby Union Market. Although it is not in Brookland, we thought readers would be interested in knowing that the development we wrote about is really only the beginning of a development frenzy about to take place around Union Market.

According to this article in the Washingtonian, there is going to be a boom of eight new housing, retail and green space developments in the next five years, which will include:

  • The Edison residences at 340 Florida Ave NE will be the first residential development in the Union Market area and will have ground-floor retail. The 187 rental units will resemble lofts and feature wide, nine-paneled windows.
  • Another residential development on Fourth Street, NE, may have up to 500 apartments, and will incorporate an existing 1950s warehouse.
  • The expansion of Union Market at 1309 Fifth St. NE which will top Union Market  with the Angelika Film Center and four floors of office or residential space.
  • The Highline, an 315 rental unit development at 320 Florida Avenue will replace the  Burger King near the Metro tracks and  expects to break ground by July 2016.
  • Another apartment building, Elevation is replacing a vacant lot. The developer, Level 2, is hoping to get the city of DC to convert property next to development into a park with a pedestrian walkway that leads to Union Market.
  • A three-block pedestrian promenade, called the NoMa Meander is planned that will include green areas and water features,.
  • Underground parks featuring artwork beneath four underpasses created by Metro and Amtrak tracks should begin by the end of 2015.

Spring Fling At The Old Soldier’s Home This Saturday – Family Fun, Food Trucks And More

Looking for something local and fun to do this weekend? Check out the Spring Fling at the nearby Old Soldier’s/Armed Forces Retirement Home this Saturday, May 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is hosted by Friends of the Soldier’s Home and will feature lots of activities including: live music, food trucks, and children’s games and activities. Check out the event flyer below for more information.

old soldiers spring fling