Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

Save The Date – Greater Brookland LGBT Holiday Party On Saturday December 15th

Every year the greater Brookland (yes, including Edgewood, North Michigan Park, Eckington, etc.) LGBT  community throws an AMAZING holiday party. Everybody is welcome. This year the party will be on Saturday December 15th, starting around 7:00 pm. The address is 2110 3rd St NE

Snacks will be served. Please bring a drink to share. Questions? Ask via our contact page.

Hope to see you there!

Casey Trees Honors Veterans With Tree Planting At Ft. Myer

I had the pleasure of participating in yet another Tree Planting event organized by Brookland’s own Casey Trees. Last Friday, just after Veterans Day, dozens of volunteers met at the parking lot in front of the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer to plant 21 trees. As always, breakfast was provided and hot coffee and tea helped to fight the cold morning hour temperatures. We didn’t have to wait long to be reminded of the special location where we were. The Old Post Chapel is the location of many funerals for those interred at Arlington National Cemetery.  Just after 9:00 am the first funeral procession left the Chapel and passed us at a distance of just a few feet. It was a very humbling experience to see the horses and carriage carrying a casket draped with the US flag heading towards the burial site. We stopped our work a second time and silently witnessed a procession half way into the tree planting event. Representatives of Fort Myer shared with us that each week the chapel is the site for about 80 funeral services. This is why we were there, to help give the green space that faces the Old Post Chapel a more dignified and defined look. One special aspect of the treescape design was a row of Cherry Trees, which have been grown from cuttings taken from some of the original Washington DC cherry trees. I am sure this will look quite beautiful once the trees are in bloom.

The pictures show that it didn’t take much digging and moving around for some layers of clothes to come of. The sunshine did it’s part and it turned out to be the perfect day for a tree planting event. After all trees were planted and their watering bags were filled, the volunteers and the Casey Trees Team enjoyed a wonderful lunch, which is always provided after a planting event.

The planting season is almost over, but if you are interested in participating in a Casey Trees planting in the future, or learning about trees at one of the classes, workshops or online chats, keep checking out the calendar on the website. Here are some more pictures from this great event at Fort Myer:

Monroe Street Market/Catholic U Development Clears The Way For A Stretch Of The Met Branch Trail

Brookland Met Branch Trail NE Washington DCLast week, the vegetation between the “C” block building of the Monroe Street Market (Catholic U) development and the Metro tracks was cleared. While normally I am not a fan of clear cutting in the name of development, a lot of it was overgrown shrubs and vines, and with the exception of two smaller evergreens,  I don’t think there were any true viable trees in the bunch. The good news is that this area will become a stretch of the Met Branch Trail and will connect with a part of the MBT that exists now, which is routed along a sidepath of John McCormack Road on Catholic U’s campus. This will bring the trail one small step closer to being a completely off-road trail. I am hoping/assuming that there will be quite a bit of re-planting once the trail is complete, as the renderings of the development show a line of trees along the border of the property and the Metro tracks. I am not sure when this stretch of the MBT will be complete, but since the C block is slated to be delivered by June/July 2013, I am assuming it will be ready by then or sooner. So, as a reminder, here is how the MBT is supposed to look when complete (lower left of the rendering below).

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Monroe Street Market C Block/Artswalk Rendering Courtesy of The Bozzuto Group.

Brookland History Lives! Lois Mailou Jones House

Brookland Historic homes NE Washington DCBrookland NE Washington DCLois Mailou Jones (November 3, 1905 – June 9, 1998) was a world renowned artist who made Brookland her home. She lived at 1220 Quincy St. NE, and for a time in the 1940s, she even used the home as a venue for an artists collective called the “Little Paris Studio”. Although she is most often associated with her contribution to the Harlem Renaissance, she had a long remarkable career, producing art well into her nineties. Jones worked in mask making, graphic design, textiles, oils, watercolor, and drawing and taught at Howard University for nearly 50 years. In 1937, she traveled to Paris for a year, on sabbatical from Howard. That year proved to be both prolific and formative for her. She produced one of her best known works, “Les Fetiches” , her first to combine African and Western influences. (The piece is now owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.)  Paris also put wind her sails by making her feel liberated from the racial discrimination she often faced in the American arts scene. Later in her career, and after marrying Haitian artist Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noel, her work was influenced by Haitian culture and style. Jones was honored with many awards during her career, including honorary degrees and an award for outstanding achievements in the arts from President Jimmy Carter. For a great rundown of the highlights of Jones’ life check out her official webpage. Her paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Portrait GalleryBoston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Palace in Haiti, and the National Museum of Afro-American Artists and many others. Bill and Hillary Clinton added one of her paintings to their collection when living in the White House. However, according to Wikipedia, she “…felt that her greatest contribution to the art world was “proof of the talent of black artists.” The African-American artist is important in the history of art and I have demonstrated it by working and painting here and all over the world.” But her fondest wish was to be known as an “artist” — without labels like black artist, or woman artist.” 

Textile Design. Photo Courtesy of Chapman Pharmaceutical Consulting.
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La Route à Spéracédès, Photo Courtesy of Chapman Pharmaceutical Consulting.

Brookland’s Menomale Feaured On Nonstop Foodies: DC on NBC 4 Washington!

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MMmm MMmm Menomale

Seems like our amazing little neighborhood pizza joint is getting more and more positive exposure across the city all the time. On Friday camera crews from NBC 4 were at Menomale to film this short spot narrated by Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema. According to Menomale’s Facebook page, it ran on Friday night’s NBC 4 broadcast of Nonstop Foodies: DC. Awesome! Click here to view the video. (Menomale is located at 2711 12th St. NE.)

Real Estate Watch – Renovated 12th St. Row House $439,999 (3 Beds, 2.5 Baths)

Brookland NE Washington DC Real estate marketWe have been watching the rowhouse at 2816 12th St NE undergo a complete renovation for a few months now. It looked like a complete gut job, as confirmed by the listing.  We are really digging the exposed brick and high ceilings. One of the big perks about this location is its close proximity to Menomale. Obviously, the realtors have realized this too, since they promise pizza at the open house, tomorrow, Sunday 11/18 from 1 – 4 pm.

Catching Up With Marc, Chancellor’s Row Homeowner

This is part 3 of a story following Marc, a new Brookland resident, as his home at the EYA Chancellor’s Row development is being constructed.

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The last time we caught up with Marc,  in mid October, his home was starting to really take shape. We did a walk through a little while back and were able to get an idea of how his new home is going to be laid out. (By now, the drywall is up, pics of that to come.) As you can see, the external brick work has been completed. Looking good Marc! The big highlight for me was the awesome top level with a two sided indoor/outdoor fireplace. Marc also has amazing views if the Basilica and, on a clear day, you can spot the monuments downtown – niiiiice.

So, right now, our friend Marc is a busy bee! There are lots of decisions to be made, for example, whether to list or rent his condo. Ultimately,  he decided to sell. Which meant a few weekends of hard work to get the place ready. He had an open house for his condo last weekend, and we are keeping our fingers crossed for him. He is also saving his pennies to furnish his new Chancellor’s Row digs, which includes commissioning some art work from a local Brookland artist. Since moving to his temporary pad here in Brookland, he has also been busy checking out the neighborhood’s amenities including Menomale, B’Cafe and the occasional “Kingdom Lord Pizza” from Pizza Kingdom. He was also excited to spread the word about Little Ricky’s to friends who live outside the area. So far he says he loving the genuine neighborhood feel of Brookland.