Right Proper’s ‘Geeks Rejoice’ Event Featuring South American Street Food

This Friday June 2nd, local micro brewer Right Proper will be introducing a new beer and having a pop up from  Project Milanesa which will be serving up the “Milanesa Sandwich…King of South American street food”. From the event page:

We secretly brewed a beer with Jester King, Fonta Flora and Scratch during CBC week. From 4-7pm geek out at our Brookland Production House and sip on Spirits Rejoice, a soulful, gin-inspired beer, along with other beers from the collaborating breweries. Project Milanesa and Milk Cult will also be at there to fill your bellies with tasty treats. Head directly to Savor from Right Proper. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Right Proper Brewing Company Production House and Tasting Room is located at 920 Girard Street NE.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Returns To Steel Plate Thursday

The Ward 5 Happy Hour will return to Brookland’s Steel Plate this Thursday June 1st. From an email:

Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be
upstairs at Steel Plate for our June Happy Hour.
Come enjoy delicious drinks and dinner
with your friends and neighbors, old and new!
Happy hour specials on food and beverages until 7pm.
Beverage specials will be extended just for us until 8pm.

Check out more information on the event page. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.

City Kabob Indian/Pakistani Restaurant Is Open And Delicious

Back in April we wrote about a restaurant called City Kabob. that was opening in the space Spice of Bukhara occupied, across from Trinity University. By now, City Kabob is up and running, so we thought we would gather some friends, order a bunch of food and give them a try. (You need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here.)

Joining us for dinner were four other friends, one of which is originally from India, and his partner who has traveled India extensively, who we relied upon for our “authenticity factor”.  (Generally speaking, they said that the food, despite being delicious, was very Americanized, like pretty much all Indian restaurants here. Ok, so much for that.) We gave City Kabob a call ahead of time to see what the delivery and pick up options are. Of course, dining in the restaurant is also an option. The friendly person who answered the phone informed us that we could order delivery through UberEATS  now and that they would be delivering as well in a matter of weeks. So we opened our UberEATS app and ordered the following (all are photographed in the slideshow above):

  • Kachumber Salad – Cucumber salad: very crisp, fresh and crunchy. We would get this again for sure.
  • Vegetable Korma – Veggies sauteed in a yogurt sauce. One friend said “if all vegetables tasted like this, I would eat them more often.”
  • Yellow Daal – This lentil dish scored very high for the authenticity factor
  • Naan – We ordered a few orders, at $1.95 each, it is a great way to sop up the yummy sauces. They came hot and fresh, wrapped in foil and we enjoyed the left over Naan for breakfast the next day.
  • Lamb Kabob – This was Astrid’s favorite dish. She said that she could tell the meat was of high quality. I enjoyed the spiciness of the meat, a little unexpected.
  • Chickpeas side dish – This was a surprise hit. They were very flavorful, with a hint of heat. One friend said “those chickpeas are amazing…who knew…”
  • Shrimp Masala – This was my favorite dish of the night. The sauce was rich and silky. I was craving it again the next day.
  • Butter Chicken – The chicken was super tender and the sauce was very yummy.

All in all, I could see us ordering from City Kabob again  in the near future, as could all of our guests. City Kabob is located  at 204 Michigan Avenue NE, in the small strip mall across from Trinity Washington University, and near the Basilica.

The Day Tajon Got Shot – Book Launch Event At Busboys And Poets Tuesday

Smart and beautiful young ladies, and now published authors.

We recently learned about Shout Mouse Press, a nonprofit writing program and publishing house for those from marginalized backgrounds to tell their own stories in their own voices. They will be having an event at nearby Busboys and Poets, to mark  the publication of a book, The Day Tajon Got Shot, written by ten teen girls.  From the event page:

Join us to learn more about this ambitious project, and be the first ones to get your hands on the powerful new book!

  • Meet the teen authors and hear about how and why they wrote.
  • Hear dramatic readings of scenes from the book by professional actors.
  • Discuss the role of teen voices in the new civil rights movement with all book contributors, including a poet from Split This Rock and teen photographer from Critical Exposure.

Book Sales:

  • Books will be on-sale at the event.
  • If you can’t make it that evening, you can always pre-order copies online through Shout Mouse Press, to be shipped after book launch.
  • For bulk orders and educator/nonprofit discounts, contact kathy@shoutmousepress.org

Complimentary appetizers will be provided, and the full menu at Busboys and Poets will be available for individual order.

Busboys and Poets is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.

Pepco Green Wall On 12th Street Finally Completed

Long time readers know that building DC’s largest green wall in Brookland has been an ongoing project of ours. The idea started back on January 15, 2013, the day I first contacted Pepco. I had the crazy idea to ask if they would be willing to invest in beautifying the 12th Street substation #133. The bare brick wall of the substation stretches along 3/4 on the west side of the 3100 block of 12th Street NE (between Irving and Jackson Streets, NE). Those who are familiar with the wall know it is not a pretty site for the residents across the street and for all neighbors who walk up and down the street.

Finally, on Friday May 19, 2017 the project was finally completed when the native vine, Carolina Jessamine  (which were recommended by the Greater Brookland Garden Club) were planted in the new, recently expanded cut outs alongside the substation wall. Here is slide show of photos which document the transition of the wall from 2013 until today. (You need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here.)

Four years and four months of careful negotiating, meetings. research and lobbying for support in the local community required a lot of patience and waiting. Many of you will remember when I called out for support with a petition here on the blog to support our project. The overwhelming response from the community for sure made it much easier to make a strong case talking to Pepco.  With that said, I need to mention 2 key players in this process, without whom this project would have never succeeded:

Casey Trees

Mark Buscaino, Executive Director of Casey Trees, stood with our efforts unequivocally from the very beginning. He provided the (sometimes necessary) weight and pull of his well respected non-profit organization, as well as his experience in negotiating with large corporations like Pepco. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner than Casey Trees. After all, their mission is to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of our nation’s capital.

 Donna Cooper, Pepco Region President, learned about our request and agreed to meet to learn more about our ideas. The nature and size of our inquiry is clearly not within her usual realm of responsibilities. We owe Ms. Cooper a lot of gratitude in that she spend quite a bit of her valuable time on this project. Unfortunately, we experienced some delays in the process with the team she delegated the project to. But every time we contacted Ms. Cooper she was extremely helpful and made sure the  work on the project was kicked back into gear.

Shani and I have committed to ensure the plants get watered, especially through the hot summer months. Neighbors have asked me, if there is anything they can do to help. There are a few things that could help the “Green Wall” to thrive and become a beautiful feature in our Brookland neighborhood – it will be the collective little things, that will make the difference. First, ever since the first planter boxes were created, we noticed that they tend to “attract” litter. If you are passing by and see any trash in or around the boxes it would be great if you  picked it up. Also weeds need to be pulled whenever they pop up. The more of us keep an eye on the space alongside the trellis, the less effort it is for each individually to keep the space clean, appealing and flourishing.

Rhode Island/Brentwood Metro Stop Closed For Memorial Day Weekend

If you planned on getting around by Metro rail this holiday weekend, you may want to re-think your transportation plans. Thanks for Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie for spreading the word that the Rhode Island Metro will be closed, see the flyer below for more info.

Memorial Day Wreath Laying And Cemetery Tours At Lincoln’s Cottage/Old Soldiers Home

Lincoln cottage old soldiers home memorial day flagHere is a great way to commemorate Memorial Day- that’s just around the corner from Brookland. Sign up here for guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery and experience a wreath laying ceremony. The cemetery was visited by President Abraham Lincoln, and is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868. Both the tours and the wreath laying are free.

  • The wreath laying ceremony will be at John Logan Mausoleum at 10:00 am.
  • The cemetery tours will be at 10:45 am and 12:30 pm and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes

From the event page:

Registrants are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln’s Cottage 30 minutes prior to each scheduled event, so that Cottage staff can lead them over to the nearby Soldiers’ Home Cemetery.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

Plan For 2 Acre Park Along The Met Branch Trail Is Finalized

Image by NoMa Parks Foundation. via Greater Greater Washington.

We are always happy when we see green spaces preserved or created here in Ward 5. We have been hearing about a park from the  NoMa Parks Foundation coming to the Eckington area along the Met Branch Trail for a couple of years now, and recently learned that the park design is finalized. Brooklanders who use the MBT will be happy to know that the portion near R Street NE will be realigned to soften the sharp curve and eliminate the blind turn. The new park will be located  at Third Street and L Street NE and will have a playground and dog park. For additional details check out this article in Greater Greater Washington. From  the article:

The NoMa Parks Foundation will build the just over two-acre park on the southern half of the empty field next to the MBT, just to the north of New York Avenue NE. The foundation acquired the land from Pepco in early 2016 and hired Nelson Byrd Woltz to design the space that fall.

Thanks to community input in the time since, the lawn, playground, and dog park spaces will be bit bigger than initially planned. The MBT where it passes the park will be wider as well.

The park is expected to open later this year.

Ward 5 Tech Community Conversation – Bridging The Digital Divide

On Tuesday, June 6th there will be a community discussion geared for the Brookland, Brentwood and Langdon neighborhoods about how to enable technology use by under-served populations in Ward 5. From the event page:

We are inviting residents and community leaders to share their thoughts about how they currently use technology and provide feedback on ways to get more people in their neighborhoods online. This community conversation will also give participants an opportunity to ask the Connect.DC team questions about current programs and join our efforts to bring tech training and access to all DC residents.

The event will be from 6:30 PM – 8:00 and you can RSVP here. The event will be held at the Woodridge Neighborhood Library 1801 Hamlin Street NE.

Free Tours Of The Monastery Gardens Underway Now Through September

Now that spring is under way, one of our activities is back – guided tours of the Franciscan Monastery gardens and grounds. If you haven’t been to this neighborhood treasure, it is definitely worth a visit. The Franciscan Monastery has existed for over 100 years and the beautiful gardens and grottos have been in place for over 80 years.  

While walk-ins are welcome at the Monastery gardens daily from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm, the guided tour provides a wealth of information. For example, the Garden Guild docents explain the history and significance of the statues and shrines, the architecture of Monastery buildings, and of course, all the amazing plants, trees and flowers in the gardens. Guided tours are Saturdays at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Check out the Monastery’s Garden Guild event page for more information, or you can schedule a tour by calling 202-526-6800.   

The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE and tours are given from April through September. Here is a video describing the tour, it’s a few years old, so not all the information is up to date, but its a very good overview: