Brooklanders love to discuss grocery options in the area, or rather, the lack thereof. From time to time there will even be a petition passed around urging a grocer to locate in or near Brookland, and there are the occasional unsubstantiated rumors of one coming. So, we suspect fans of Trader Joe’s will be delighted to hear that one is planned in nearby Trinidad, close to Union Market. From an article in DCist:
The company announced today that it has signed a lease for a new location at 1240 4th Street NE, and it is slated to open in the second half of 2017. The store will occupy 15,000 square feet in the ground floor of a mixed-use project called The Edison…It will be Trader Joe’s third or fourth store in D.C.
Our household is divided in our enthusiasm. Personally, I miss the old Burger King that was once there. Perhaps I would be more excited if it were actually coming to Brookland. After all, this location isn’t much closer than my favorite supermarket, the Harris Teeter on M and 1st NE. But the other (better) half of the Brookland Bridge is SO SO SO excited for the new TJ’s, because it is her go-to grocer, and now it will only be a short drive away as compared to the TJ locations she frequents. What do you think? Are you excited or meh?
We thought readers would appreciate this Valentine’s date idea from the folks at Righteous Cheese, located at nearby Union Market. From the event page:
February is not just for lovers, it’s for Cheese Lovers! And what pairs better with cheese than elegant, bubbly wine? For our annual soirée, we’re opening up some extra-special, extra-fancy bottles of Champagne that you just can’t find by the glass anywhere else. Paired with unique, artisanal cheeses & chocolates – including handmade chocolate truffles from CoCo Sala, hand-dipped chocolate figs and more – this line-up is an extraordinary way to spend Valentine’s Day and makes a great gift. It’s a sure-fire way to warm up your February!
Spend an evening with Righteous Cheese in an intimate class discovering and savoring seasonal, artisanal cheeses. We’ll explore the world of cheese pairing by tasting 4 cheeses and 4 unique Champagnes along with a bounty of chocolate accompaniments. Fromager Carolyn Stromberg will delve into the story behind each cheese, as well as give advice about selecting, serving, pairing, and more.
The partnership is hosting a series of pop-up classes at Union Market’s Dock5 on January 22, 23, and 24th. The free classes will take place at 8 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 12 PM, with two evening rides at 5 PM and 6 PM and 40 open bikes per class. The sign ups go live on Friday, January 15, at 3 PM on the SoulCycle website.
We thought our food loving readers would like to know about an upcoming event called Emporiyum at nearby Union Market. The concept is a food and drink marketplace with over 50 vendors and entertainment by a DJ. Emporiyum will run from November 14-15 and Union Market is located at 1309 5th St NE. Checkout the website here and puchase tickets here.
The wildly popular DC Scoop competition is returning to nearby Union Market this Saturday, July 18th from 1pm-4pm. The event will feature treats from many ice cream shops and local food trucks. By the end of the day, one of the creameries will be award the title of Best Ice Cream. Check out more information at the event page
The event will be held in Dock 5 and the alley behind the market. It is free to attend and there will be ice cream available to sample and purchase. Union Market is located at 1309 5th St NE.
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.
This Thursday, April 2nd the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be at Bidwell Restaurant at Union Market. This is a make-up event from last months happy hour, which was cancelled due to the snow storm. 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 Bidwell Restaurant!
Thursday, April 2, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm
1309 5th ST NE
Washington, DC 20002
Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors!
On December 11th, Edens, the development company that owns nearby Union Market, submitted an updated design to DC’s Zoning Commission for their planned addition to the market. Originally the project called for topping Union Market with the Angelika Film Center and four floors of office space. The proposed changes are a more industrial looking design and the developer is requesting the option of using the space above the theater for residential units. The Zoning Commission will have a hearing on the project on January 5th. Check out this article from the Washington Business Journal for more details.
In June, the Angelika “pop up’ theater sprang into action near Union Market. We thought readers who are unaware of this local venue would be interested in checking it out. The three screen ‘micro cinema’ has been a huge ht in New York City and now it brings its mix of specialty film programming and unique events to North East DC. The pop up location will be running independent movies while the permanent Angelika Film Center is built, which is expected to open in late 2015, also near Union Market. Check out movie listings and get additional information at the Angelika website. The Angelika Union Market page is also worth a look for discounts in conjunction with Union Market eateries. Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market is located at 550 Penn Street NE, Unit E (between 5th and 6th Streets NE, next to Gallaudet University and Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab).
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