Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

Brookland’s Right Proper Brewing Company Goes Solar

We already love Right Proper’s delicious beer, but now there is even more reason to raise a glass. We recently found out that the Brookland based brewery is now run completely on solar power. Way to go guys! Check out this tweet below:

Right proper is located at 920 Girard Street NE.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Returns To Brookland’s Finest Thursday

The organizers of the Ward 5 Happy Hour arebringing their next event to Brookland’s Finest. The happy hour is taking place Thursday September 7th  between 6-8pm. These events are a great chance to connect or reconnect with friends and neighbors. Here are the details about the event from an email or you can visit the Ward 5 Happy Hour facebook page. See you there!

The September Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be
held at Brookland’s Finest! !

Come enjoy food and drinks
with your friends and neighbors, old and new on the patio!

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Brookland’s Finest
3126 12th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 636-0050
6pm-8 pm

There is some street parking on and around 12th Street. There are several nearby bus lines in addition to close proximity of both Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland Metro stations. Capital bike share and Uber or Lyft are other travel options.

Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors!
For more information contact us via
email at ward5communityhappyhour@gma
find us on Facebook Ward 5 Community Happy Hour or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour

Catholic University Rolls Out Fall 2017 Drama And Music Events

The popular Washington International Piano Series returns to Catholic University this fall. Image courtesy of CUA’s School of Music.

From time to time we try to post about the cultural goings on at Catholic University. It really is a great source of nearby entertainment at super-reasonable prices.  This fall the university will present a program of events with something for everyone from opera and musicals to plays, orchestra recitals and Holiday concerts. From the CUA website:

The Catholic University of America will present a full line-up of arts events this fall. The Department of Drama will bring two productions to the stage, tackling themes of identity and the dangers of revenge. Students from the Benjamin T. School of Music will also have much to offer, including the fall musical Kiss Me, Kate and the opera double bill The Old Maid and the Thief and Doctor Miracle, as well as performances from the CUA Symphony Orchestra, the wind ensemble, and guests pianists.

Check out the full line up of events here.

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.

DCist Features Local Micro Brewpub The Public Option

Loyal readers know that The Public Option is one of our favorite home grown local businesses.  That’s why we were happy to see a long form write up about the business from the DCist. If you are interested in this local brewpub, we suggest you check it out. From the article:

Bill Perry opened The Public Option with his wife, Cathy Huben, in October 2015 with the idea of creating a neighborhood hangout with fresh beer. In a city full of new and expanding independent breweries, The Public Option continues to fulfill an important role as a small neighborhood bar that serves its own product.

While other breweries in D.C. boast larger, modern taprooms and distribute to neighboring states, The Public Option feels more like a homebrewer’s living room than a brewery. This isn’t a place for young professional happy hours; it’s a place people come to read and play board games. The walls are decorated with local art, black and white photographs of the neighborhood, and a Japanese boat flag gifted to Perry. There’s a couch that looks like it was bought from Goodwill. Outside there are four patio tables with umbrellas; inside is a one room-bar with casual seating and eight taps of small-batch traditional beers.

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

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!

Langdon Park ANC Sues Over Lack Of Notification On Industrial City Projects

2424 Evarts Street  NE, one of the proposed sites, is about one block away from Langdon Park

We thought neighbors would be interested in a dispute going on between residents of nearby Langdon Park and the city. Legally, the city must notify the respective Councilmembers and ANC Commissioners 30 days prior to changing the usage of a city property or leasing/buying a property. In the case of a number of industrial projects in this area, the city admittedly failed to do so, resulting in lawsuits against Mayor Bowser, the Department of General Service and its director, and the owner of one of the properties. DCist did a thorough write up of the projects  and the anticipated impacts, such as an increase in traffic from trucks and other heavy industrial vehicles in a residential neighborhood. From the DCist article:

Ward 5, and Langdon Park specifically, is home to much of the city’s remaining industrial land, including warehouses, marijuana cultivation centers, parking lots, junkyards, and two trash transfer stations interspersed among blocks of primarily single-family homes. The city quietly planned to add a fleet yard and offices for the Department of Parks and Recreation, a training center and parking for the D.C. Department of Corrections, and a facility D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to the mix.

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.

Michigan Liquor Reopens After Renovations

Back April in we wrote about Michigan Liquors closing for a renovation. We are pleased to write that they reopened Friday August 25th. We stopped by and spoke with store owner Neale Goodman and took the following pictures. The renovation was a complete overhaul of the store and its layout. Now the store is bright, well organized and stocked and has been modernized in crisp white and black tones. (You need flash to see the pictures.If you can’t see them, click here.)

Neale wanted us to convey that  they are “so proud to open the store in the wonderful Brookland neighborhood” and be a part of the community. He explained that a parent company bought the store and building more than a year ago and brought him on board because of his 40 plus years in all facets of the liquor sales business.
Neale clearly loves the business he is in. He spoke passionately about making people happy, which he plans to achieve via his 3 principles 1) “bend over backwards” customer service 2) great selection and 3) reasonable prices.

We also spoke with Justin, the General Manager of the store. He explained that while the store carries everything from wine, beer, hard liquor, cordials, mixers and ice, his focus will be providing curated experiences for customers interested in wines. However, they were clear to point out that the store is very approachable and that they are definitely not “wine snobs”.

Currently the store is interested in hearing what Brooklanders would like them to order and stock. They have already begun taking orders from neighbors and  adding more inventory. They are also working on getting a lottery licence and are seeking permission from ABRA to host wines tastings on Saturdays. They are also working on getting their website and social media accounts up and running. Store hours will be 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 12:00 – 6:00 pm Sundays. Michigan Liquors is located at 3934 12TH Street NE.