Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

Smith Public Trust’s Beats By Dre Event- Featuring Local Beer And Old School Hip Hop

Smith Public Trust continues to host events that bring beer and music lovers together. This time, on Thursday April 20th from 7 – 11pm they will be having an event called Beats By Dre. Entry to the event, which features beer from Right Proper, DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works,  is free with an RSVP.  DJ Jahsonic will be spinning tunes from the  golden-era hip-hop. From the event page:




Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE.

Brookland In Photos: Spring Has (Finally) Sprung

This spring’s up and down weather has made it hard to know when winter was finally behind us. I think it is safe to say that by now spring is in full swing abound the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the daffodils and many tulips are done for the season. Still, many trees and flowers are just now strutting their stuff. We took these pictures from 10th – 14th Streets and Franklin, Gerard, Hamlin, and Irving Streets, NE. (You need flash to view the photos, if you cannot see them go here to view.)

BGR The Burger Joint Is Coming To Monroe Street Market

Monroe Street Market continues to add to its line up of fast-casual dining  chains. We recently learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the BGR the Burger Joint will join Chipotle, &pizza, and Potbelly. From the article:

The local chain has signed on to Monroe Street Market, according to a broker for the space.

BGR will open in 1,476-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Portland Flats apartment building on Michigan Avenue NE.

Portland Flats is the triangular shaped building with the Starbucks, so it looks like BGR will be taking the spot that was once occupied by Hälsa. We will let you when we hear anything new.

Afrovelvet And Catalyst Present A Photo Show Celebrating Black Women Entrepreneurs

We thought readers would be interested in this upcoming art show exploring the roles and identities Black women entrepreneurs play in society.  From the event page:

C A T A L Y S T was created in an effort to shatter the glass around the roles women have been assigned in contemporary society; who they can be, what they can wear and how they choose to carry themselves.

The  opening reception will be April 16th  from 4:00 -8:00 PM. Go here to RSVP.  A Creative DC: Brookland is located  on the Arts Walk, Studio 8 (716 Monroe Street NE).

Porchfest This Saturday – Free Music, Dance And Poetry

Porch Fest is an annual free event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place this Saturday April 15  2:00 -6:00 pm. From the event page:

Local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression!

Maps will be available in person at each Porch location during Porch Fest or you can download the map HERE…Check out Facebook for performer details and other insider scoops HERE

Registration Now Open For The Met Branch Trail 5K

Runners in the 2012 MBT 5K. Photo courtesy of cvonspie’s Picassa Album.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings the community together and raises greater awareness to this fantastic resource.  From an email:

Registration is now open for the 7th annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5k! Join DC Road Runners, and your neigbors from NOMA, Brookland, Eckington, Edgewood, Brentwood, and the other neigborhoods surrounding the Met Branch Trail for this great race up and down the trail.

WHERE:  The start/finish is at the trail entrance at the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center (near the Metro Station and 4th Street, NE).  Race course is along the off-road portion of the MBT.

WHEN:  April 29, race start is 9:00 a.m.  Race day registration and Packet Pickup starts at 7:30 a.m.

COURSE: Flat and fast USATF certified 5K up and down the Met Branch Trail.

Save $10 by registering now for the 5th Annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K Walk/Run, to be held this Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m. (on race day registration increases to $35).  Race proceeds benefit the community with activities along the trail, like free yoga and fitness classes.  We could also use a few more volunteers on race day.

The MBT is an 8-mile trail that runs  alongside the Metro’s Red Line.

Brookland Pint Hosts Craft Brewer’s Conference Daily Events April 10 – 13

Here is a great series of events for beer lovers. From the Brookland Pint Facebook page:

We are your home for the Craft Brewer’s Conference. Join us for our week long events celebrating the Art of American Craft Beer as brewers from around the country come to DC for CBC.

Check out their event page for the daily events and beer lists. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Zoning Approved For Proposed Ward 5 Homeless Shelter

1700 Rhode Island Ave NE,the proposed site of the Ward 5 homeless shelter.

In January we wrote that the DC government submitted a zoning application in order to move forward with the proposed Ward 5 homeless shelter. The proposed shelter location is the former MPD Building at 1700 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.  We recently learned from this WAMU story that the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA)  approved the zoning changes requested, paving the way for the shelter to move forward, and a step closer to the closing of DC General, which has housed up to 270 families at a time. From the WAMU story:

At a 13-hour hearing last month on whether the city should be granted a zoning waiver to go ahead with construction, critics that argued that the proposed buildings would be too tall and would create additional traffic in surrounding neighborhoods. They also took issue with how the sites for the shelters were selected, saying the nearby residents had not been properly consulted.

On Wednesday morning, zoning board members shot down those arguments.

You can see the Zoning request here. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Brookland’s New French Wine Bar, Primrose, To Open In Late Summer

Primrose – coming late summer 2017

In November we wrote about Primrose, a French wine bar coming to Brookland. We recently learned more details from this Citi Paper story. From the article:

The wine bar with an anticipated opening date of late summer will have a feminine, French feel. [co-owners] Zutant and Winter went on a research trip to Paris, where Winter says she fell in love with the easy-going bistros. She’ll carry out the design of the wine bar.

“We want to be just a French neighborhood wine bar slash bistro,” Winter says. “We don’t want it to look like it was plucked out of France and put here, want to have our own touches, but there are a few nods to France.”

Primrose will seat 94, including an outdoor patio and will be located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets).

Noyes Park Community Meeting And Park Clean-up Saturday

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. Now that spring has sprung, it is time for a clean-up. From the Friends of Noyes Park Facebook page:

Live in the Brookland neighborhood? Want to share thoughts on how to improve Noyes Park? Come join us at our Community Meeting & Park Clean-up April 8th @ 10 am and share your thoughts! We’ll be serving coffee and donuts and officially opening up our community garden.

The park is located on Franklin Street in between 10th and 12th Streets NE. You can keep up with and contact the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook page,  and Twitter feed.