Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Meeting Tonight, Looking Forward To 2015

FoRIA BNCA Cleanup 007The next meeting of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) will be this Tuesday, January 20th at 7pm at the Brooks Mansion (10th and Monroe NE).
This month’s meeting will feature:

  • Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
  • ANC 5B Commissioners,
  • discussion of the Dance Place Arts Park
  • A look ahead at BNCA in 2015

Also, right now is membership renewal time for the BNCA, consider renewing or joining this great organization at the next meeting!

Good Food Markets Opens – Offers A New Local Grocery Option

Yesterday Good Food Markets in Woodridge opened for business. We stopped by to check it out and posted the photos below. The store is compact but offers a lot in the way of grocery staples, and offers a selection of prepared foods for those on the run. We liked that they had a balance of higher end products (organic, etc.) and main stream brands and products. The prices seemed on par with larger grocery chains and the owners are open to stocking items at the request of neighborhood patrons. Notably, we didn’t see any beer or wine, but we understand that will be coming soon. The store will have a grand opening on Saturday, January 24th. Good Food Market is located at 2006 Rhode Island Avenue NE and will be open from 9 am- 9 pm everyday.

Coffee House And Bike Shop Combo From Filter/Bike Rack Coming Soon!

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Storefront that will soon house Filter and Bike Rack

The prospect of a combination coffeehouse  by  Filter  and bike shop by the Bike Rack coming to the South East corner of Monroe Street Markets’s Artswalk has been in the works for quite some time.  We first learned about the combo concept in April 2013. According to this story from PR Web the wait is over and the two will:

open a shared space on the Arts Walk, directly across from Brookland Pint. The Bike Rack’s second shop in the District will offer a wide variety of cycling needs including repairs, a diverse bicycle inventory, riding events, and active involvement in cycling advocacy. Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will create a unique atmosphere for bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike, providing a daily assortment of coffee, teas, and pastries.

According to the story, the location will  open in February.We will let you know when we hear more.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2015 Keeps Getting Better 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.

Friday, January 16

Detail of a piece by Wayson Jones on view at the Glen Echo Park Stone Tower Gallery.  Image courtesy of the artist.
Detail of a piece by Wayson Jones on view at the Glen Echo Park Stone Tower Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

Washington Project for the Arts – on view 24 hours

 Hothouse Video: Marina Zurkow featured six video animations, which form a narrative commenting on man’s interactions in the environment. The 144-hour video cycles continuously so viewers never see the same hand-drawn images twice. For details, click here.

 The show will be at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (Eye) Street SW.

 Flashpoint Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 Lulled Land is the second solo exhibition of Tai Hwa Goh at Flashpoint Gallery. Her art mixes hand-waxing and traditional printmaking techniques to create layered pieces that represent the layers of memories we all have. For more information, click here.

 Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW.

 Upshur Street Books – 7 p.m.

 Pleasant Plains Workshop starts off the New Year with an exhibition focused on prints at Upshur Street Books. Resident artists will display their hand-pulled prints with multiples available for sale. For more information about the sale and exhibition, click here.

 Upshur Street Books is located at 827 Upshur Street NW. 


Saturday, January 17

 DC GlassWorks – 10 a.m.

 Sally Resnik Rockriver visits DC GlassWorks to demonstrate her unique style of glassblowing. Rockriver’s conceptual approach stems from her self-taught techniques. For more information about the demonstration, click here.

 DC Glassworks is located at 5366 46th Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

 Glen Echo Park Partnership – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 Wayson Jones explores the properties of acrylic paints and gel media in his solo exhibition Jewels at the Stone Tower Gallery. Jones plays with perspective in his collages to encourage viewers to question the world around them. For more details about the exhibition, click here.

 The Stone Tower Gallery is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.

 doris-mae Studio Gallery – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 Portraits of Self as Others features the works of Luke Alexander Atkinson, Kanchan Balse, Laura Elkins, Amanda Kates, Joren A. Lindholm and Paul Pietsc. Thomas Drymon’s goal in curating this exhibit was to find artists who showed “individual viewpoints within the context of the work.” For details, click here.

 Studio Gallery is located at 2108 R Street NW.

 CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 Personally Speaking…is a small-works exhibit featuring the works of thirteen CHAL artists being displayed at CHAW. Juror Ellen Cornett will give a brief talk about the exhibit during the opening reception. For more information, click here.

 CHAW is located at 545 7th Street SE.

 Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 Ellyn Weiss, Pat Goslee, and Sally Resnick Rockriver display their works in Unmapped. The collective works examine the spaces between the common and known aspects of the world. For more details, click here.

 Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

 HEMPHILL – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 The new exhibition at HEMPHILL celebrates the works of artist William de Looper and showcases his works from 1964-1970. Visitors can see how de Looper infused his canvases with color to create each piece. For more information, click here.

 HEMPHILL is located at 1515 14th Street NW.

 Adah Rose Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 Jim Condron and Kristen Liu display their works at Adah Rose Gallery – for the first time – in Your Memories, Your Sentiments, Your Wishes, Your Secrets. Both artists explore the strange and unusual through their own styles. For more information about the artists, click here.

 Adah Rose Gallery is located at 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD.

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New Italian Restaurant, Masseria, To Open Near Union Market This Spring

union market dc opening 090912 1We were excited to read in this City Paper article that Masseria, a new Italian restaurant at 1344 4th St. NE will be opening this spring.From the article:

Former Bibiana chef Nicholas Stefanelli is breaking out on his own to open an Italian restaurant with influences from southern regions like Puglia and Sicily, where his family comes from. But that doesn’t mean the place will be seafood-centric: “Burrata is from Puglia. There’s a lot of salumi that’s from down south that most people don’t usually see here because they’re not the big famous ones,” Stefanelli says. The menu will have three-, five-, and eight-course options where diners can mix and match which appetizers, pastas, or fish and meat they want to include in their prix-fixe meal. “If you want three courses of pasta, you can have three courses of pasta,” he says. The bar will offer dishes a la carte. Located in an old produce market near Union Market, Masseria will have a large garden, a covered atrium, and an indoor-outdoor bar serving Italian aperitifs and wine. Stefanelli is heading to Italy in January for a research trip that will help guide the menu. Stay tuned for pop-ups when he gets back.

CM McDuffie’s Statement On Proposed Auto Body Spray Paint Booths

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CM McDuffies greets Ward 5 Business Leaders at a Brookland event.

Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s Office reached out to us to share this message about two potential auto body paint spray booths nearby.

Dear Residents,

Last night, I joined community leaders and residents at the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to testify against two proposed air quality permits to operate auto body paint spray booths in Ward 5’s Brookland and Woodridge neighborhoods. The first permit, #6963, to T&W Auto Company, Inc., is to locate at 1736 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, and the second, #6962, to SMART Automotive, is to locate at 2615 Evarts Street, NE.

As I mentioned in my testimony, I have submitted seven letters opposing the issuance of paint spray booth permits in Ward 5 since taking office in 2012. In the letters, I speak to the environmental and health effects of the volatile organic compounds emitted by paint spray booths. Air quality has been a major policy focus of mine. I have successfully authored two laws, the “Air Quality Amendment Act of 2014” and the “Solid Waste Facility Permit Amendment Act of 2014”, in an effort to improve air quality for Ward 5 residents through the enhanced enforcement of existing laws, particularly with regard to emissions from industrial businesses. Even with our efforts through the legislative process, violators consider paying the new fines as part of the cost of doing business. This is why I am opposing the permit applications for these two businesses.

I am very concerned about the consequential effects of adding any additional spray booths to our ward. These businesses operate without the proper buffers, and given their proximity to residences, negatively impact the quality of air, water, and soil. Equally disturbing, the clustering of these types of businesses creates an unknown harm to associated neighborhoods with unidentified long-term effects. We all recognize the need for industrial-zoned businesses to sustain the development of our growing city; however, we must seek a balanced approach that does not jeopardize the safety of our residents who are most impacted by the location of these businesses.

I want to thank DDOE for its diligence in responding to residents’ complaints and citing bad actors. Above all, I want to recognize and give special thanks to Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Debbie Smith-Steiner, Nolan Treadway, Walter Deleon, and Michael Morrison, Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association President Tom Bridge, Woodridge South Civic Association President Carlos Davis, and all of the residents who came out to testify against the proposed permits.

Although we have laws on the books to address environmental nuisances, we must remain vigilant when similar cases arise. I look forward to working with you to improve the quality of life for every neighborhood in Ward 5 and across the District of Columbia.

In Service,

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5

Chairman Pro Tempore

Chair, Committee on the Judiciary

1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 506

Washington, DC 20004

Healthy Fast Food Restaurant, Hälsa, Opens Today At Monroe Street Market

In October we wrote about Hälsa, a healthy fast food dining concept coming to Monroe Street Market. We are happy to report that they are opening today. Check out this Tweet from the restaurant and this write up from the Washington Post.

From the Washington Post article:

The building block of the restaurant is the “market plate,” a dish that ranges from $12 to $16, and gives you your choice of protein (fish, chicken, pork or vegetarian), grain, seasonal side and greens.

Hälsa is located at 655 Michigan Ave., NE. Best of luck to this new business!

Brookland Middle School Meeting Tuesday – Help Select The Principle

Many thanks to Andrew from the Department of Public  Schools for letting us know about a community meeting on Tuesday, January 13th at Lamond-Riggs Library at 6:30 to help select the principal of Brookland Middle School. Community members will be able read candidate responses to interview questions and provide their input to a principal selection committee. For more information, check out the Brookland Middle School blog here and the flyer below.

Ppal Selection Flyer

Brookland/CUA Metro Development Update

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Rendering courtesy of MRP

In August, we posted that WMATA selected a developer,  MRP Realty, for the property east of the Brookland Metro Station. In November, the Developer and WMATA representatives presented high level plans at the Michigan Park Citizens Association meeting for  approximately 280 apartments between two buildings with ground-floor retail with the possibility of a grocery store. At that time, the developer and WMATA were negotiating lease terms (term sheet) which was then taken to the WMATA Board of Directors and recently approved.  We recently learned from a Washington Business Journal article that the development may not break ground until late 2019 or 2020. The next steps for the development include presenting legal contractual documents to the WMATA Board for approval, and going through DC’s Zoning Commission’s Planned Unit Development process, which may take up to four years.


Ward 5 Happy Hour Visits Costa Brava In Bloomingdale Thursday

Previous Ward 5 Happy Hour at Menomale.
Previous Ward 5 Happy Hour at Menomale.

This Thursday, January 8th the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will visit Bloomingdale’s newest hot spot, Costa Brava. Here is the info from a recent email:

Meet your neighbors — Support local — Share some laughs, Why not? Join your fellow Ward 5 Residents for the 1st Happy Hour of the New Year!
We’ll be at the new restaurant Costa Brava! Look for us UPSTAIRS

Thursday, January 8, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Costa Brava
1837 1st St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 680-8090

Their usual happy hour is from 5-7p, but they’ll extend HH specials until 8p for our group. You’ll find us upstairs!
Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors!
For more information contact us via email at, find us on Facebook ‘Ward 5 Community Happy Hour’ or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour.