Brookland Based Potomac Pastry Continues To Grow – Your Chance To Support

Photo courtesy of Potomac Pastry's Facebook Page.
Photo courtesy of Potomac Pastry’s Facebook Page.

Readers may remember our interview last summer with Jamila Minniks, Brooklander, and owner of Potomac Pastry. We recently caught up with her again and she tells us:

we have grown so much that we are outgrowing even Union Kitchen!  We are in the initial stages of finding space, and will be moving to a more individualized kitchen space in the new Union Kitchen space to accommodate our growth!
That’s not surprising. Anyone who has purchased her baked goods, sold through a number of wholesalers, at Zeke’s on Rhode Island or at the Brookland Tuesday farmers market, knows that her high quality pastries are delicious!
Now Jamila is reaching out to the community and supporters though her  Kiva Zip website.  (Kiva Zip is a non profit organization that enables 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs.) With the loan she will be able to buy the equipment she needs to grow, including a 60-qt stand mixer and a double stack convection oven.  Her goal is to earn enough money to open a brick and mortar store and she says:
it would help us bring our little pastry shop to Brookland a little faster!
If you are interested in helping this neighborhood entrepreneur grow, consider lending  to her goal here, loan amounts start as low as $5.
You can place orders for her pastries and desserts via phone, email or through her website.  Keep up with Potomac Pastry though Facebook, Twitter, and their website.
Phone: 202.864.9627
Email: jamila(at)potomacpastry(dot)com

Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists For Off Rhode Studio Show In July

Art Enables Iterior
Art Enables Iterior

Are you a Ward 5 artist or do you know one? If so, check out Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists. The submission deadline is Friday May 29th for those who want to display their artwork at an Off Rhode Studio show in July. Those of us who follow the Ward 5 arts scene know that Art Enables has a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and 60% of revenue from sales. However, Art Enables also has interesting and engaging art shows as part of its “Off Rhode Studio” shows.

Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at  2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and open on weekends for special events. Go Ward 5!

Metro Seeks Developers For Two Brookland Land Parcels

Photo courtesy of City Paper
Photo courtesy of City Paper

Yesterday we learned from this City Paper article that Metro is soliciting bids for two small parcels of land it owns on 9th Street NE, along the Metro tracks.

One parcel, just over 21,000 square feet, is north of the INLE Development at 9th and Lawrence which is a commercial office building that is nearly complete (we wrote about it here.). The other parcel, which is over 16,000 square feet, is south of the townhome development at 9th and Kearny NE, that we wrote about here in March. Both parcels are currently grassy areas. Development proposals are due to Metro by June 19. We will let you know when we hear anything new.


Construction To Start On Senior Housing Development At 16th And Girard NE

Senior Housing on Girard
Rendering courtesy of Menkiti Group

Last March we wrote about an affordable senior housing building called The Girard Street Senior Residences, planned for an empty lot at the corner of 16th and Girard. We recently learned from this posting at Elevation Media DC that construction will start soon and that the 4 story, 25 unit building will be completed about a year from now. According to the story:

The building will have mostly one-bedroom units, a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, an exercise/yoga studio, walking trails in a garden and a few parking spots. District agencies will determine rents, eligibility and tenant selection.

We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Franciscan Monastery Annual Photo Contest Is Back

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery. Photo courtesy of RANdom Walkway Tumblr.

The 2015 Franciscan Monastery annual photo contest is  underway. Amateur photographers are invited to submit up to 3 photos of the Monastery, shrines or gardens.  Submissions are due by June 30th in order to be in running for the grand prize, and of course, bragging rights.  Check out the Monastery website for more details and additional rules of entry. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE.

Photos: Great Brookland Yard Sale And Garden Club Plant Sale Yesterday

Yesterday the 8th annual Great Brookland Yard Sale  was held. The event, organized by by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) saw over 80 household participate and lots of neighbors out and about bargain hunting. The Greater Brookland Garden Club also hosted its 8th annual plant sale with a wide variety of plants, trees, and flowers. Check out the photos of the day below.

Union Market Area To See 8 Development Projects In The Coming Years

Union Market rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates
Union Market rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates

In December we wrote about a development coming soon on top of nearby Union Market. Although it is not in Brookland, we thought readers would be interested in knowing that the development we wrote about is really only the beginning of a development frenzy about to take place around Union Market.

According to this article in the Washingtonian, there is going to be a boom of eight new housing, retail and green space developments in the next five years, which will include:

  • The Edison residences at 340 Florida Ave NE will be the first residential development in the Union Market area and will have ground-floor retail. The 187 rental units will resemble lofts and feature wide, nine-paneled windows.
  • Another residential development on Fourth Street, NE, may have up to 500 apartments, and will incorporate an existing 1950s warehouse.
  • The expansion of Union Market at 1309 Fifth St. NE which will top Union Market  with the Angelika Film Center and four floors of office or residential space.
  • The Highline, an 315 rental unit development at 320 Florida Avenue will replace the  Burger King near the Metro tracks and  expects to break ground by July 2016.
  • Another apartment building, Elevation is replacing a vacant lot. The developer, Level 2, is hoping to get the city of DC to convert property next to development into a park with a pedestrian walkway that leads to Union Market.
  • A three-block pedestrian promenade, called the NoMa Meander is planned that will include green areas and water features,.
  • Underground parks featuring artwork beneath four underpasses created by Metro and Amtrak tracks should begin by the end of 2015.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2015 Gateway Open Studio Tour Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2015 Gateway Open Studio Tour Edition

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The 2015 Gateway Open Studio Tour is Saturday, May 9 from 12-5 p.m. with an after-party from 5-8 p.m. at the 39th Street Gallery. Details Here

Thursday, May 7

Washington Project for the Arts – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join Washington Project for the Arts as they open two new Hothouse projects. Hothouse Video: Amy Finkelstein and Hothouse: ImPRINT are featured this May. For details, click here. Both openings will be at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (Eye) St. SW.

Cove – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join the Cove community for the opening of Hester Ohbi’s solo exhibition in Capitol Hill. Ohbi’s colorful works are reminiscent of her childhood summers in Pennsylvania. For more information, click here. cove Capitol Hill is located at 611 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 

The Galleries at Takoma Park – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

STEAM…when science intersects art features works by Leda Black, Martin Levin, Cleve Overton, and the Bridges Organization. For more information about the exhibition, click here. The Galleries at Takoma Park are located at 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park.

Friday, May 8

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Cave, acrylic & ceramic tile adhesive on canvas, 2014 by Rush Baker.  See Baker's Under Pressure at Honfleur Gallery Friday Night.
The Cave, acrylic & ceramic tile adhesive on canvas, 2014 by Rush Baker. See Baker’s Under Pressure at Honfleur Gallery Friday Night.

Honfleur Gallery presents Under Pressure, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Rush Baker. Vivid Solutions Gallery presents 3 Millimeters, the work of Greg Kahn. For more details about Rush Baker, click here. For more details about Greg Kahn, click here. Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE.

Long View Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jason Wright’s solo exhibition V E R S U S strives to bring life to sometimes overlooked and forgotten places. Wright is inspired by the everyday and encourages views to really examine the areas surrounding them. For details, click here. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St. NW.

Saturday, May 9

The 2015 Gateway Open Studio Tour Noon to 5 p.m.

The 11th annual Gateway Open Studio Tour is the largest visual arts event of the DC region.  See well over 100 artists in their native habitat—the studio—and seven art exhibitions.  Then join the 39th Street Gallery for an opening reception of Kyujin Lee’s Dreaming Impossible Dreams and after-party featuring Korean food.  Full listings and downloadable map here.

Open Studio dc – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Open Studio dc and the Corcoran College of Art + Design for the opening of Deceptively Obvious. This exhibition features a unique collaboration between screenprinters and poets. For more information, click here. Open Studio dc is located at 1135 Okie St., NE.

Transformer – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Interspatial is a group show curated by Quota opening at Transformer. The exhibition challenges viewers to examine multiple interpretations of space through the question “Do we try to fit in or redefine what these spaces are?” For details, click here. Transformer is located at 1404 P St. NW.

The Fridge – 6 p.m. 10 p.m.

Join The Fridge for the opening of Apoptosis a sculptural exhibit by Peter Krsko. Krsko’s large-scale sculptures are created through repurposed lumber collected throughout the metro area. For more information, click here. The Fridge is located in the alley off of 8th St. SE, Barracks Row

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Great Brookland Yard Sale And Garden Club Plant Sale This Saturday

GBYS 2013This Saturday will see the neighborhood buzzing with activity.  The Great Brookland Yard Sale will take place from 10:00 am-2:00 pm [individual sales hours may differ].  The GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales and is popular event that brings neighbors together. The GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and a sales location map will be available HERE .

The Greater Brookland Garden Club will host its 8th annual plant sale on Saturday from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm. The sale is located at 3500 12th Street NE (12th and Newton) and they sell a wide variety of plants (Annuals, Perennials, Natives, Vegetables, Herbs, and Tropicals).

84,000 Sq. Foot Property At 13th And Rhode Island For Sale/Development

Since at least 2007, the vacant lot at 1300 Rhode Island Ave NE has had a sign asking us if we were “Hot Enough?” because $75 million mixed use development “Brookland Square” was coming.  Well, not really, the funding for the Brookland Square development fell through many years ago. Then the property hit the market again in 2011, but the “Brookland Square” sign stayed up, fading a little more with each passing year. Yesterday, we were  interested to see that MAC Realty Advisors (who listed the property back in 2011) replaced the sign with a new “for sale” sign. It didn’t take much imagination to expect that this 84,856 square foot, commercially zoned  property would see some movement towards development, being that it is directly across the street from one of the biggest development projects in DC, Brentwood Village. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Land Sale Sign at 13th and Rhode Island, NE
Land Sale Sign at 13th and Rhode Island, NE