Brookland In Photos – Awesome Van Edition

 Brookland Artspace Lofts Brookland NE Washington DC

Anyone who passes by the Brookland Artspace Lofts on a regular basis has spotted this very cool van. The name “Quest Skinner” appears in various places on the van, so I googled it and found out that Quest Skinner is a (surprise!) really accomplished DC artist. I am so glad the Lofts came to our neck of the woods, it really has enriched the presence of the arts here.

Our Favorite Brookland Houses – Tropical Bungalow Edition

Bunglalow Front Porch Brookand NE Washington DC

The amount of color all around this classic Brookland bungalow just makes me smile and brings thoughts of the Caribbean or Latin America. The couple who lives here have cultivated a garden that is varied and gorgeous – fig trees, vegetables, and the beautiful dogwood in front. There is a lovely shed in the back (and we all know how I am a sucker for those). The hammock on the front porch is the finishing touch  to this tropical oasis in the middle of Brookland!

New Restaurant, Le Table DC, Is Coming To Rhode Island Avenue In January

 The Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider has an informative post on a new restaurant coming to Rhode Island Avenue, right around the corner in Woodridge. The restaurant, Le Table DC, is slated for a soft opening in January 2013, and will offer limited seating and only be open three days a week – at first. The restaurant has an interesting concept. Currently, it operates kind of like a catering company, serving eight course tasting menus to groups of 12 people in private homes for a set price. They plan on bringing that same concept to the restaurant, which will be located at 2212 Rhode Island Ave NE. After checking out the Le Table DC website, it looks like it will be intimate dining, small plates and pretty pricey. This tidbit from the Insider post will be of special interest to Brooklanders:

Can’t wait to try his food? Well, if his planned January 2013 soft opening doesn’t happen, Oliver is trying to plan a popup restaurant for one or two days in January at Silvestre Cafe in Brookland (12th Street).

We wish Le Table DC the best of luck, it is great to see an entrepreneur setting up shop on the avenue.

Brookland’s Historic Round House Hits The Market With Informative Website

Historic Home NE Washington DCThere has been much speculation and anticipation surrounding one of Brookland’s iconic structures – the beloved Round House. We covered the renovation of this gem here. Now word comes that the house is staged and ready for its open house this Sunday, October 21st from 1 – 4 pm. The house now has its own website where you can check out great photos and learn about the history and renovation of the house. Kudos to realtors Jake Abbott and Shemaya Klar for putting together such an informative, impressive website!

Ward 5 Playgrounds To Benefit From City-Wide Renovation Project

Noyes “Playground” As It Is Today

On October 12th, Mayor Gray’s Office issued a press release announcing the largest playground improvement project in DC history. This is from the press release:

As part of his Playground Improvement Project, Mayor Gray tasked DPR with identifying the playgrounds across the city most in need of renovations. Initially this project was to be a multi-year endeavor as the District worked to improve all of the playgrounds in DPR’s inventory. However, Mayor Gray prioritized this initiative and worked with his budget team to identify additional end-of-year capital funds to both add additional playgrounds to the project and accelerate the pace of renovations. As a result, a total of 32 playgrounds will now be renovated in Fiscal Year 2013.

These are the parks that are slated for improvement in Ward 5:
• Harry Thomas Sr. Playground, 1743 Lincoln Road NE
• Turkey Thicket Playground, 1100 Michigan Avenue NW
• Brentwood Playground, 2311 14th Street NE

The press release also notes that the overhaul to Brookland’s Noyes Playground (2725 10th Street NE) is already past the design phase. Speaking of which, it would be great to know how that project is coming along. Last I heard, months ago, proposals had been submitted in response to the RFP, but there has been no activity. If my memory serves me, the over-haul should have been completed by now.

Family Fun At The First Church Of Washington DC Block Party

Yesterday was a perfect day for fellowship and family fun, and boy, does the First Church of Washington know how to throw a block party! I spoke with Reverend Yolanda who explained that this annual event is part of the Church’s Appreciation Day festivities. The congregation was welcoming to one all, and there was something for everyone, including free lunch! I was partial to the moon bounce, police horses and the fire truck, myself. There was also free blood pressure screening, flea market items, representatives from the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the Church’s missionary ministry. I had an interesting conversation with them about the ministry’s works in Honduras. I also learned that the Church will be offering free Zumba classes on Saturdays, starting November 10th, and they will be open to the public. Contact the Church to sign up. The First Church of Washington is located at 1219 Hamlin Street NE in Brookland.

Many Thanks To BNCA And FoRIA For Cleaning Up Around Brookland!

 

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE (FoRIA) teamed up for a cleanup effort this Saturday. They focused on the area between 12th Street and the Red Line tracks on RIA. They cleaned up a lot of debris as well as did some gardening around the Brookland sign at the corner of 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NE. A BIG THANKS to these organizations for making a difference in our community!