Dew Drop Inn 2nd Annual Thrift Store Formal This Sunday

The Dew Drop Inn

This Sunday from 6 pm – midnight, The Dew Drop Inn will be having its Second Annual Thrift Store Formal. From the Facebook event page:

Along with our weekend long Thank You Obama festivities please- Join us for the 2nd Annual Thrift Store Formal. Dig in your attic or your local thrift and find that outfit to make your old high school ex jealous!

We’re raising money this year for City Blossoms DC — City Blossoms is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces in DC www.cityblossoms.org

Pie and Punch will be served along with delicious cocktails
Drink Specials all night!

Dancing all night featured by the one and only – DJ the Question!!!

The Dew Drop Inn is located at  2801 8th Street NE.

DC City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson Brings ‘Meet up with Mendo’ To Brookland

Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!

We thought Brooklanders would be interested in this opportunity to meet DC City Council Chairman, Phil Mendelson and discuss any concerns. From a community announcement from Chairman Mendelson’s Constituent Service:

Chairman Phil Mendelson
Invites You to Ward 5 for…
Meet up with Mendo
Share your Questions, Comments and Concerns with the DC Council Chairman at…
Askale Café-3629 12th Street, NE (In Brookland)
January 14th, 2017
10AM-12PM

Smith Public Trust’s No Sleep Til Brookland Event Combines Hip-Hop And DC Brews

We thought Brookland beer and music lovers would be interested in this event which combines the two, this Thursday January 12th from 7 – 11pm at Smith Public Trust. Entry to the event, which features beer from DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works,  is free with an RSVP.  DJ Jahsonic will be spinning tunes from the  golden-era hip-hop. From the Event Page and Smith Public Trust’s Twitter feed:

DJ JAHSONIC

3 STARS BREWING CO.
ATLAS BREW WORKS
DC BRAU BREWING CO.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF #DCBREWS MEETS THE GOLDEN AGE OF HIP HOP

Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE.

The Public Option Serves Up Vinyl Night This Sunday

Getting a little bit of cabin fever? Here is an event that sounds worth coming out of the house for. Local micro brewpub the Public Option will be hosting one of their Vinyl Night events tomorrow, Sunday January 8th, starting at 7:30 pm. From the Public Options’s Facebook event page:

The Vinyl Knights return! If you have some vinyl records, bring them by. MC Joey Abrams will have his turn table and be ready to spin some discs. The theme for the night is geography. But that’s just a starting point..

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave, NE.

Christmas Tree Collection Details Here

We thought neighbors would appreciate some info on the pick up of Christmas trees. The Department of Public Works is now picking up trees and wreaths and will re-purpose them into compost until Friday January 27th. Additional info from DPW:

  • Remove all ornaments

  • Place the greenery where you place your trash and recycling for collection, next to curb (treebox area) for collection

  • Do not put the trees in plastic or cloth bags

If you aren’t able to get your tree out by the 27th, it will be collected as regular garbage is, as space is available in trash trucks in the weeks following. If you are like us, and normally put your trash in an alley, not a tree box, I would go with the tree box in front of your house anyway. We have done that for years and tree has always been picked up.

Noyes Park Community Garden Plot Registration Begins Soon

Interested in meeting neighbors and growing your own garden? Consider signing up for one of the community garden plots at Noyes Park. Registration for the 2017 growing season will begin on January 15, 2016.

From their plot registration webpage:

The Noyes Community Garden has twenty 8’x4’ plots. At least two of these plots will be reserved for public use and planted in conjunction with local youth and school children, and the remaining will be available for individuals or groups within the community. All DC residents who are not already tending a garden plot in a DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) garden are eligible to sign up for a garden plot. There is a $30 yearly fee to use the plots in Noyes Park.

Registration for the 2017 growing season will begin on January 15, 2017. The open registration period will be held between January 15 and January 31. Should the number of registrants exceed the number of available plots, we will use a lottery system to assign plots. If there are still spaces available after January 31, registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for a plot, fill out the online registration form which will become available on our website (friendsofnoyespark.org) beginning January 15. You may also register by sending your name, street address, phone number, and email address to the Friends of Noyes Park (2718 10th St NE, Washington DC 20018) after January 15. Any registrations received prior to January 15 will be disregarded.

Questions or comments regarding the community garden should be directed to garden(at)friendsofnoyespark(dot)org  or 202 524-0547.  Noyes Park is located at 10th and Franklin Streets, NE.

Brookland Bridge’s 2016 Year In Review

Wow neighbors was 2016 bonkers or what? Lucky for many of us, our neighborhood community provided respite for the craziness going on out in the world. For the blog, we had some ups and downs. Notably, we took a much needed ‘blogging break’ from late summer through early fall. But still, we grew to almost  2,500 Twitter and over 1,100 Facebook followers. Most important to us was that despite posting a bit less than in 2015, we didn’t lose the 350 – 400 of you that check in daily on a consistent basis -thank you so much! Running into neighbors who appreciate the blog, and the comments left here and on Twitter and Facebook has pushed us to keep going. Thank you readers!

As we all know, Brookland is constantly evolving, so we thought readers would appreciate a run down of our most popular stories and the big events that shaped life in our neighborhood in 2016:

  • The year started out with Snowzilla! Remember that? We took a bunch of pics of the big Brookland dig out.
  • As usual, our stories about new restaurants and watering holes got the most hits. Far and away our most popular post was about
    Primrose – coming 2017

    the new French restaurant, Primrose, coming to the corner of 12th and Hamlin in 2017. The openings of Vietnamese restaurant Pho 12, Indian/Afghani Restaurant, Spice of Bukhara, and Huacatay, a Peruvian chicken spot brought much needed diversity to the local dining scene. Other 2016 openings were Salumeria 2703, Brookland’s new Italian deli from the owners of Menomale, Chipotle and the huge stand alone Starbucks at Monroe Street Market. Brooklanders were also excited to learn that NoMa Indian favorite, Indigo, will be opening a location here in 2017. Conversely, the neighborhood also said goodbye to popular chicken spot Silvestre’s, Serendipity coffee house/jazz bar and healthy fast food restaurant, Hälsa. Lastly, we were happy to see that San Antonio’s finally got their patio seating approved by the city.

  • Lots of other big box stores will join Lowe’s at Dakota Crossing

    After restaurants, development stories were next most popular with posts about NewCityDC,  RIA NE,  and The Violet. Even further beyond Brookland, readers were also excited about  the Trader Joe’s coming to nearby Trinidad, the development at Dakota Crossing and the massive Eckington Yards development.

  • This March we were heartened by the outpouring of neighborhood support for a young family who needed a helping hand during a tough time, the neighborhood response was remarkable.
  • Real estate prices keep going up in 2016 to no surprise. As we
    Monroe Street Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT

    noted in our recent real estate update a home sold for $1,405,000 recently. Yikes!

  • We welcomed Brookland’s first yoga studio, Bluebird Sky, DDOT unveiled their plans to re-do the Monroe Street bridge, and who could forget when Michelle Obama and Ban Ki-moon came to the neighborhood?

So here’s to 2017! We look forward to supporting our longstanding businesses and welcoming new ones and new neighbors. Mostly, we hope to keep enjoying and supporting the fabulous neighborhood camaraderie that makes Brookland special.

Streetlight Upgrade Approved For Met Branch Trail

Take the MBT right to the REI storeHi Readers. News has been pretty sparse going into the new year. But we thought local Met Branch Trail users would be excited by this recent permit approval. From this article in the Washington Business Journal:

Welcome news here for pedestrians and cyclists alike, as a streetlight upgrade is planned for the MBT between Florida Avenue and Franklin Street NE.

Hope all is well and that you and yours enjoy the New Year!

Your New Years Eve Rundown Of Local Events

When we moved here seven years ago, there really wasn’t anything in the way of New Year’s Eve celebration offerings. Now every year seems to bring more and fun events and a wider array of choices.  Here is a rundown of NYE events for those who want to stay local. Cheers!

  • Brookland’s Finest will offer a fixed price, 3 course dinner that includes shrimp cocktail, Surf and Turf,  and dessert. The dinner costs $35 per person and there will be a champagne toast for guests in the restaurant when midnight rolls around. Brookland’s Finest is located at 3126 12th St NE.
  • Brookland Pint  will have a special menu that will be served Saturday evening. For $50 guests will get a special paired tasting menu. Make reservations by calling 202.758. 2757 or emailing info@brooklandpint.com. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.
  • Dew Drop Inn is offering up a New Years Eve dance party with a DJ from 7:00 pm – 2:00 am. From their Facebook page: “Come ring in 2017 with The Dew Drop Inn. Will be having an all night dance party with tunes by Ameer Dyson and No Cover & Midnight Toast.” The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
  • Nido is having a special four-course Spanish-inspired dinner for $85 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. There will be three seatings, 5:30pm, 7:30pm and 10:00pm. There will also be an optional $45 wine pairing. Check out more details on their Facebook event page and purchase tickets here. Nido is located at 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
  • Smith Public Trust‘s NYE Space Camp dance party returns this year. The event starts at 7:00 pm with a handful of DJ’s through the night. The event is free but you have to RSVP here to get in.  Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12TH Street NE.
  • Steel Plate is hosting a New Years Eve party, starting at 9:00 pm.  Purchase tickets at their event page for $15. Because they are looking to have a pleasant, non-crowded environment, tickets sales will be limited to a reasonable number. There will be two DJs, champagne toast at midnight and snacks like sliders and grilled cheese after midnight. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.

We hope everyone has a fantastic New Years no matter what your plans!

Monastery’s Seven Nights Of Lights Underway

We thought readers would be interested in this longstanding Brookland annual tradition, that kicked off on Christmas Eve. The friars at the Monastery lit over 1,000 candles dedicated to individuals for whom prayers are offered, and the candles will stay lit through through New Year’s Eve. All are welcome – even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights during the 7 nights provides a peaceful respite from the holiday hustle-bustle. Below are some pictures we took of the luminarias Saturday night – each luminaria bears the name of a loved one for whom it is dedicated. The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE 20017. (You need flash to see the photos, if you cannot see them, click here.)