Sometimes the best decorative elements aren’t found in stores, but in nature. I love these pieces of wood, gracing three Brookland homes. Their simple beauty lends an earthy quality, movement, contrast and depth to their surroundings.
I was meandering around today when I came upon a house that I have admired ever since I have moved to Brookland. The thing I love the best is the killer patio, plus I have always been a sucker for outdoor curtains. Because this house is set up high from the street it creates an a feeling of privacy and stature. I just love those huge first floor windows. The property is very nicely and crisply landscaped, not too much, not too little.
One of our goals here at here at the Brookland Bridge is to discover and celebrate Brookland’s rich history. This is the first installment in a series of stories focusing on our neighborhood’s history.
At 1222 Kearney St. NE you can find the home Sterling Brown lived in from 1935 till his death in 1989. The Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities placed this sign at the home to commemorate this famous poet, author and professor. Brown was a professor at Howard University for over 40 years. Although he spent the majority of his life here in Brookland, he is considered part of the Harlem Renaissance artistic movement. Brown’s academic and literary focus was African-American folk life, culture, and language. His 1932 book, Southern Road, produced the poem “Strong Men,” a groundbreaking poem about the Middle Passage of slavery, that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit during such horrid circumstances. Brown, and fellow authors/poets/folk life academics Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston are credited with elevating and revolutionizing how African-American “folk speech” is regarded. By moving beyond stereotypes to understand people and culture he infused his writings with a full, nuanced, reality-based folk aesthetic. Some of his notable students include Toni Morrison, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Kwame Nkrumah, Thomas Sowell, Ossie Davis, Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) and Ralph Bunche – a fellow Brookland resident.
This is for those of us stuck in town for the labor day weekend. From the WMATA website:
Red Line trains will single track between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten to allow for platform reconstruction. Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 15 minutes in each direction. On Saturday and Sunday, between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., additional trains will operate between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations, providing service an average of every 7-8 minutes between these stations. Red Line customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.
We are starting a new photo series here at the bridge – Brookland Pet of the Week! Meet Duncan, he was adopted from an animal shelter in North Carolina, six years ago, and became a city dog immediately! He loves running through Brookland and sitting on the front steps, greeting the neighbors. If you would like to see your pet featured here, email us on the Contact page.
We heard from a Catholic U student tonight that Barnes and Noble will be taking over the university’s bookstore and will have a community-facing bookstore as part of the CUA/Abdo development. We checked it out and this B&N announcement confirms it, Barnes and Noble is coming to our town. As part of a 5 year contract, a Barnes and Noble “superstore” and Starbucks will open in 18 – 24 months as part of the larger Abdo development.
Our photo series of Brookland sheds continues with this whimsical one near Girard and 10th NE.
NBC 4 reports that a Catholic University student was beaten and robbed last Monday August 27th at around 11 AM on the 700 block of Lawrence Street, NE. The student was leaving her car when someone grabbed her by the neck and smashed her head against the car. He continued assaulting her as she lay injured on the ground and he took several of her personal belongings (car keys, cell phone, cash, etc.) He then fled in the direction of the CUA Metro stop.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 5’7, average build, mid 20’s. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Metropolitan Police Department, just dial 911.
This nicely renovated rowhouse came with two parking spaces and a basement ready to rent. The home was purchased in January 2012 for a mere $130,000 and sold Wednesday for $444,000.
The Friends of Rhode Island Avenue, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development are hosting their first Fall Fest celebration on Saturday, September 22nd, noon-4pm, on Rhode Island Avenue NE between South Dakota Avenue NE and 20th St NE.
The celebration will be an annual event to bring together residents and local businesses and showcase the great potential of Rhode Island Avenue NE as a great small business destination. Several local businesses are already signed up to sponsor the party including Art Enables, Rita’s, DC Brau, and Lace.
This celebration is a short walk for Brooklanders and has a lot of significance for the neighborhood, as business development along Rhode Island Avenue NE will directly improve the retail and amenity establishments available.
(Hat tip to Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider for the story.)