I simply adore the balconies on this Victorian stunner. I don’t know what the ornamental details underneath the balconies are called, but they are such a great touch. Great detail on the front porch as well, plus points for the rain barrel. Simply beautiful.
The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) will be holding its monthly meeting next Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Howard University School of Divinity, 1400 Shepherd Street, NE. The meeting time is 7:00 PM.
The main topic will be a discussion with Brother John Sebastian about recent Franciscan Monastery plans and activities, as well as other neighborhood news and information. For more information, contact the BNCA at BrooklandCivic@yahoo.com or go to www.BrooklandCivic.org.
People keep telling me that when we post “before and after” photos of the Catholic University / Monroe Street Market development, it helps them to visualize what is to come. For previous posts along these lines, check here and here. Today, we will take a look at how a portion of Monroe St. NE will be transformed. The first photo is how Monroe St. NE looks today when looking west on the corner of 7th St. NE. The second is a rendering of how that same stretch will look when completed. Notice what is missing? Power lines! We were told at a meeting in August that the power lines along the Monroe Street NE portion of the development would be buried, and that my friends, is good news.
The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE are teaming up for a cleanup effort. They will focus on the area between 12th Street and the Red Line tracks on RIA. I am excited because they plan on doing some cleanup and gardening around the Brookland sign at the corner of 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NE. Come on out and make a difference in the community and meet some neighbors.
WHEN: October 13, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the NE corner of 12th and RIA
WHAT: General trash pick-up and some light gardening
They will have a limited amount of tools and bags so bring work gloves, and wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes. If you have any questions contact: email@example.com More info at www.friendsofria.org
We may have jumped the gun with our fall photos; as it seems the warm weather has extended the life of many of Brookland’s flower gardens. None though, are as impressive to me as the wonderful hibiscuses I spotted on Saturday afternoon. These beauties were found on 12th, Otis, and Jackson Streets.
The “heart” of Brookland – the intersection of 12th and Monroe Streets, NE – was abuzz with activities this Saturday morning. First off, the Woodridge Warriors football team kicked off their homecoming parade in front of St. Anthony of Padua church. Founded in 1963, The Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization has a long history and tradition in the community. After cheering the football players and cheerleaders on, attention was turned to finding a great bargain just steps away at the St. Anthony thrift sale. There were lots of great finds from snacks like gluten-free popcorn, cakes, and candied apples to clothing and home decor. I picked up a super-nice pair of sandals for $10 that were hand-made in Senegal. Seeing traditions handed down from one generation to the next, families of all types building memories together and community pride is what Brookland is about, and it makes me proud to call it home.
This home at 1514 Kearney NE is for the Bungalow lover in you. I can’t help it, I am a sucker for the original pine floors and wood trim – especially around the windows. The 15oo block of Kearney is one of my favorite Brookland streets because of its gorgeous mature trees.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was born in this Brookland home at 1221 Newton St. NE in 1896. Her parents were Arthur Frank Kinnan, an attorney for the US Patent Office, and Ida May Traphagen Kinnan. Rawlings grew up here in Brookland until she went off to college at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. A writer, Rawlings is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Yearling,” and her memoir, “Cross Creek.” In 1938, The Yearling was the best-selling novel in America and is considered a classic of American popular fiction. Her body of work includes short stories, novels and nonfiction works about life in the backwoods of Florida, where she lived as an adult. Ms. Rawlings has a Historic State Park named after her in Florida where she lived when she wrote The Yearling. In 2008 The United States Postal Service released a commemorative stamp in honor of Rawlings.
I met sweet, adorable Nelly last night at the happy hour. Which makes sense since she is quite the social butterfly – she has so many buddies dropping by her yard, that she barely needs to go to the dog park! We hear that she has one special friend though, her handsome boyfriend “George the beagle” at 15th and Hamlin. If you would like your pet featured here, contact us using the contact page.