Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Link roundup

DCStyleisReal has a write up on HR-57 (816 H St).

Washington Flier has this piece by David Hagedorn (who writes a monthly feature in the WP Food Section) touting Smith Commons (1245 H St) as one of the best "out of the way" places to visit in Washington.  We think Hagedorn captures Smith Commons well saying: "The space is ultra-chill: three levels of exposed brick, hardwood floors, cascading duck curtains, loungy areas commingled with dining spots, a fireplace here, a patio there, an upper-level view onto the goings-on below.  The crowd matches the d├ęcor, a nice mix of not-overly-young professionals obviously thrilled to have a neighborhood place suitable for sophisticated adults."

Smith Commons also announced that they are hosting a DC Food Bloggers happy hour tonight and that they are now open on Mondays in the upstairs Public House where it is happy hour all night with the usual bar menu and happy hour specials as well as $1 oysters.

What the Hill has this nice write up on the Art for Life Studio just north of H Street at 931 11th Street NE. 

The Argonaut (1433 H St) posted some photos and explained their patio garden & beautification project.  It looks great and we're looking forward to tasting some of it soon!

The Wilson Quarterly (from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) has this piece from Rosedale resident Sarah L. Coureau on her experience living in Rosedale for the past year and getting to know her neighbors.

The Rosedale Citizens' Alliance launched a "Hands off Ward 6" campaign and asked residents to sign a petition to support keeping the Rosedale neighborhood with Capitol Hill within Ward 6 after Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander expressed interest in having the neighborhood added to Ward 7 as part of DC's redrawing of its ward lines.

Curbed has this post about Engine House (1341 Maryland Ave) and The Station  (525 9th St) two new condo developments in a former Fire Engine House and a former Police SubStation just south of H Street.  It looks like Engine House is ready to hit the market, but the Station appears to be a few weeks behind with interior work ongoing.  Both projects look terrific from the street and the Curbed piece has some nice interior photos showing that these projects involving suplussed DC property will add great vibrancy and beauty to their immediate surroundings.  We'd like to see more of these repurposings of vacant DC buildings around town that restores the historic beauty of some of the old buildings. 

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