Artist Rajan Sedalia Teaches Graffiti Art In Brookland

Last night, Brookland artist Rajan Sedalia taught a class on the basics of graffiti art next to the Artspace Lofts. I thought – why not? So I jumped in and learned something new. It was a lot of fun, I met some new folks, and got a greater appreciation for how graffiti is made. Rajan plans to offer more classes on graffiti and other arts as well. If you are interested, visit his Meetup page and sign up for alerts. A follow-up graffiti class is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:30 – 7:30. The cost is $10 per person and all supplies are provided.

Photos From FoRIA’s Fabulous Fall Fest

On Saturday the Friends of RIA (FoRIA) held their first annual Fall Fest. The concept was to showcase and celebrate Rhode Island Avenue. Most of the activities took place between South Dakota and 20th Streets, NE. It was great to see neighbors of all ages and backgrounds come together in the spirit of neighborhood pride. Some of the highlights of the day included a food drive, several flea markets, free HIV/AIDS testing, RIA history talks, demonstrations at Art Enables, and a discussion by Neighbors United for DC Statehood at Lace restaurant featuring beer from DC Brau. We are looking forward to next years fair, which I am sure will be even bigger and better. Great job FoRIA!

Sneak Peek Of Little Ricky’s, Brookland’s New Restaurant

On Saturday night the owners of Little Ricky’s hosted a private art show and sneak peek of what’s to come. It was an evening of fantastic food, warm hospitality, great art and live music. I have to confess, by the time my wife and I left, we were downright giddy.

This place is a fantastic. Here’s what separates it from most of the Latin restaurants in DC  – it has a crisp, clear point of view – decidedly Cuban. Many places offer a hodge-podge of Latin dishes spanning South, Central and North America and the Caribbean. Not this place. The music, art, decor, and most importantly, the food, stays true to a distinctly Cuban heritage. Notably, the tostones (fried slices of green/unripe plantains) are not something you can find in most catch-all Latin restaurants, and they were scrumptious. My wife was blown away by the heavenly croquettas  with their crunchy outside and soft delicious fillings inside. The other striking thing about this place is how high-end everything is. From the fine artwork by Cuban artist Ahmed Gomez to the smallest details,  the owners have clearly taken a lot of time and effort to create a wonderful ambiance that is a step above anything we have seen in the immediate area.

Ok, already! So when do they open? The owners, Lola and Chase are planning on a soft opening in early October, so they can work out the kinks first. The next steps are hiring the wait staff and other last minute details. At first, they will only be open Friday though Sunday, including brunch service.  Little Ricky’s is located at 3522 12th St. NE. If you would like to keep up with their developments, we recommend liking their Facebook Page or stay tuned here.

Brookland Garden Of The Month, September 2012 Edition

September brings blissful reprieve from August’s harshness, and pulls us back into our gardens. Most flowers have bloomed and are done, and it gets increasingly challenging to maintain fall colors unless you go with plants like mums. But the skilled gardener can do so much more.

This stunner of a garden is at 3012 16th Street NE. Devoted almost entirely to roses, the gardener takes advantage of the fact that these shrub roses love the cooler weather and recent rains to burst back into bloom after going dormant in the heat of high summer. They are meticulously kept, with hardly a spent rose in sight.  The scene from the front is absolutely beautiful, especially in combination with the short yellow flowers in front (I don’t know what they are), a touch of red geraniums, and a birdbath that together surely make this space a joy to behold from the front porch. The home itself is a gorgeous American Foursquare popular at the turn of the 20th century.

Congratulations to 3012 16th Street NE for being the Brookland Garden of the Month for September!



Fall Tree Care Tips From Casey Trees

A hot summer is coming to an end, but the work isn’t done! Our trees need our continued attention and TLC.

Check out the Casey Trees Autumn Almanac, in which they encourage residents to:

  • Continue watering through September. Practice 25 to Stay Alive — 25 gallons of water per tree per week in times of little or no rainfall — on warm days through the month of September. Do not water after the ground freezes.
  • Remove slow-release watering bags in October. Tree trunks and the tree flare need to be exposed to air, so once October arrives, remove any watering devices and store them until next spring.
  • Check the mulch. Refresh mulch by adding two to three inches in a ring around the trunk. Be sure to practice the 3-3-3 rule — three inches of mulch in a three-foot ring with a three-inch space around the tree trunk. Avoid volcano mulching.

Brookland Pet Of The Week – Portland!

Brookland Pet Of The Week NE Washington DC

Check out Portland chillin’ on this chair! A 5-year-old, Portland lives on 12th St. and is a protector, vigilant and alert, and always on the defense. But once he no longer feels someone is a threat, he becomes the cutest and lovable tender pup. His owner says Portland is a mix, with some Chihuahua, but added – who knows! If you would like your pet featured here, contact us.