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

Lincoln cottage old soldiers home memorial day flagHere is a great way to commemorate Memorial Day- and 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.

Huge Development, Eckington Yards, Coming To NE DC

Rough Boundaries of the development
Rough Boundaries of the development

Based on the positive feedback we have gotten on our blog posts about development projects happening in other parts of Ward 5, we figured we would keep them coming. After all, these developments, although not in Brookland, will have impacts, positive and negative, on our quality of life.

We recently learned about a huge development planned for nearby Eckington, that runs close to the MBT/MetroTracks, bordered by Q Street NE, Eckington Place NE, and Harry Thomas Way NE, (close to the New York and Florida Avenue NE intersection) . We thought neighbors would appreciate an overhead shot of where this would be so we created the above pic (yes, we know it’s not great, LOL). According to this story in the Washington Business Journal, the 3 acre development, called Eckington Yards:

… is proposed to include 695 residential units in four connected buildings, up to 77,184 square feet of retail (with an optional mezzanine level), 331 underground vehicle parking spaces and 237 bicycle parking spaces.

You can see renderings of the development here. The proposed development will:

  • Target “craft” businesses like distilleries and artists/artisans
  • Feature green roofs and roof top pools
  • Have a pedestrian walkway/central plaza through the whole development

So  far, we don’t know if the residential units will be apartments or condos. We will follow up with updates when we hear anything big.

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.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Visits El Camino In Bloomingdale This Thursday

Image courtesy of El Camino restaurant in Bloomingdale

This Thursday, February 5th the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will visit Bloomingdale’s newest hot spot, El Camino. 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 Happy Hour at El Camino!
Thursday, February 5, 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm
El Camino
108 Rhode Island AVE NW
Washington, DC 20001
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.

More Big Box Stores Coming To Nearby Dakota Crossing Near Costco

Rendering of Dakota Crossing

We normally only write about things happening in and around Brookland, but we know many neighbors enjoy shopping at the Costco at the nearby Dakota Crossing development in Fort Lincoln. So, we thought folks would be interested in knowing that more retail options are scheduled to open there, including Marshall’s  and Lowe’s. We have also read that Dick’s Sporting Goods and PetSmart may also be on the way. Once these large retail anchors are in place, the development will be rounded out with smaller retail stores geared towards nearby residents like dry cleaners, and restaurants. Look for the bigger box stores to open sometime between summer and fall of this year.

One Eight Distilling Opens In Nearby Ivy City, Get Local Vodka, Gin and Whisky

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Image courtesy of One Eight Distilling

Although this is outside Brookland, we thought readers would like to know about One Eight Distilling, which opened January 10th in nearby Ivy City.  From their website:

We distill sophisticated, handcrafted spirits in small batches from grain to glass all in our distillery located in the nation’s capital.  Our custom designed stills from Holland and Germany use cutting edge technology that gives us an unparalleled degree of precision and control over the distilling process. If we’re not busy distilling Rock Creek Whiskey, Ivy City Gin, or District Made Vodka, we’re experimenting with new mash bills and spirits, so please check back with us and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for limited releases sold only from our tasting room.

Visitors are encouraged to drop in on Saturdays from 1:00 -4:00 pm for tours, samples, and sales, and there will be food trucks on hand. One Eight Distilling is located at 1135 Okie Street NE.