Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Help beautify 8th & K St NE pocket park on Sunday, Sept. 30

A neighbor has been converting the abandoned public space at the southeast corner of 8th and K into a garden: clearing it, removing weeds and rocks, putting in planters and soil for flowers there and is now ready to begin planting bulbs for next Spring/Fall.
He bought over 800 bulbs (tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, anemones, etc) and would like to  have help planting them this weekend, Sunday, 9/30/12.  Anyone who wants to show up, ready to get dirty and help plant bulbs, is welcome 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (or last bulb planted).
Folks can contact Craig at if interested or just show up with a gardening trowel.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Atlas Room offers Monday dinner, Granville Moore's adds weekdaylunch & Toki Underground drops Sunday service, but offers daily takeout

Atlas Room is now open Mondays for dinner.  We had our first meal there in quite some time and the place has not missed a beat.  Crab fritters with a spicy slaw and tomato zucchini gratin were both terrific new additions to the menu.

Granville Moore's is now open for weekday lunch with $1 off all drafts.  Everyone knows how great Granville Moore's is for moule frites, for Belgian brews, for other gastropub fare, so those who wish it was easier to get into without a wait should be sure to take advantage of the new weekday lunch offerings. 

Toki Underground is no longer open on Sundays, but is now offering take out full-time.  I view that as a win for the neighborhood.  I'll celebrate even more when we can grab Chef Erik's terrific specials to go.  Maybe one day at Toki or at least when Maketto opens.  In the meantime, know that Toki's specials are almost always just that and are highly recommended.  We especially enjoy the dan dan mien, the shrimp head add ons,  and the abura tsukemen though Erik has been pulling lots of interesting stuff at the H St Freshfarm market and mixing it up with new dishes a lot lately.  While we always order ramen here, we also try at least one special on each visit. 

Walk to School from Lincoln Park Wed. Oct. 2 via CHPSPO

Monday, September 24, 2012

Okoberfest kicks off at Boundary Road tonight

 Boundary Road is having an Oktoberfest Menu Kick-Off event tonight (9/24) starting at 5pm. Info is below.

"THIS COMING MONDAY starting @ 5pm... Come help us kick off the Boundary Road Oktoberfest menu. German-inspired fall dishes (house-made sausage and pretzels, schnitzel, kraut, pork belly, spaetzle, and lots more...) and Oktoberfest and seasonal beers on tap and in bottles. No tickets are required. The Oktoberfest menu will run for about two weeks after the kick-off."

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Part time dog walking opportunities available via Metro Mutts

Love dogs? Enjoy the outdoors? Looking for a long term part-time job? METRO MUTTS is looking for you!
We are in need of dog walkers who live in or around Capitol Hill/H Street and can work every day M-F 11 am - 3 pm. If you are a physically fit animal lover you might be a good fit for our team.  

Dog walkers will earn $8 per 30 minute walk for one dog and $10.50 for two dogs. Extra pet sitting work caring for both dogs & cats is also available for team members who can work AM, PM & weekends in addition to the required M-F midday hours. Staff also receive a 10% discount in the Metro Mutts store.


* Can commit to a position for a minimum of 6 months
* Possess reliable transportation (car or bike) and a cell phone with daily access to the internet
* Comfortable walking dogs of different sizes/breeds and an interest in learning about dog behavior
* Currently own a dog or have experience caring for dogs in either a professional or volunteer capacity
* Can communicate effectively with customers and other staff
* Have good references and be able to pass a criminal background check

TO APPLY: Email a response including ALL of the following information to

* Your name, address, phone number and email
* Detailed information about your current schedule/availability and how long you can commit to the position
* Why you are interested in becoming a dog walker for Metro Mutts and your specific qualifications

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Help Save School Libraries w/ Toki Underground at thw H St Festival

Toki Underground Pop Up Library

Toki Underground will be hosting a pop up library this Saturday during the H Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant is teaming up with the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization to raise awareness about the importance of having librarians in D.C. schools.  With funding cut over thesummer, 16,000 students and 57 schools are without a librarian this semester.

Toki Underground will be accepting book donations on Wednesday evening (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), all day Friday (9 a.m. to 9p.m.), as well as on the day of the event. For every two gently used books donated, donators will receive a $1 coupon to Toki Underground.

Please donate all books at this address:
1244 Wylie Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Toki Underground will not be serving foodduring the pop up library and will reopen for service at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Join Fundrise at the H Street Festival at their new building at 906 H Street

Fundrise is participating in the H Street Festival this Saturday.  Fundrise is the D.C. based, crowd-equity/real estate investment platform that is offering D.C. and Virginia residents the opportunity to purchase equity in Fundrise 1351 H Street, LLC, which will be the future home of Maketto, a hybrid food and fashion market by the teams behind the restaurant Toki Underground and DURKL, a D.C.-based streetwear company.

Fundrise is hosting the Build a Better City Exhibit, which will focus on art and neighborhood development.

Fundrise is hosting our Build a Better City Exhibit at the H Street NE Street Festival!
WHAT: Check out art from local graffiti artist Kelly Towles (he created a large scale mural installation on our building, found here), take part in live art with urban graphic artist Juan Pineda (he will be painting objects and themes on the inside walls of our building based off of what he hears from our exhibit visitors), jump in our photo booth, and join Fundrise for beer, an outdoor beer garden and live music.

WHEN: At the H Street NE Festival, September 15, from noon to seven o’clock.
WHERE: 906 H Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.
AND: You can view the latest event information at

300 L St development Aria delivering December 2012

We've talked before about the development at 300 L Street NE, which comes to us via Valor Development and friends.  There have been a few changes to the plans for the building, which is now 100 percent residential and named Aria.

Aria will be eighty percent one-bedrooms and twenty percent two-bedrooms.  Residents will have access to a parking garage, secure bike storage, fitness center, and penthouse resident lounge.  Each apartment home will have high end finishes including two-tone cabinets, stainless steel appliances, silestone countertops and washers and dryers in every home. WC Smith will be managing the lease-up and ongoing operations of Aria.

In the meantime, you can find more information about the building at

H Street Festival is this Saturday, noon til 7 pm; lots to see and do at DC's best Festival

H STREET FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE LINE UPS: Chuchito Valdés Featured Headliner

The 2012 H Street Festival, produced by H Street Main Street, released today the lineup for the Festival’s two main stages, located at 8th and H and 14th and H, NE. The H Street Festival is September 15, 2012 from 12-7pm on H Street, NE from 8th to 14th.

11:45-12:00pm IZZY – National Anthem/Festival Opening
12:00-12:45pm Sharp Music
1:00-1:30pm Michelle Raymond Band
1:45-2:00pm Bikram Yoga Demo
2:00-2:45pm Samba Trovao
3:00-3:45pm 50 Man Machine
4:00-4:45pm Band Caribe
5:00-5:45pm Garrison Hawk
6:00-7:00pm Chuchito Valdés
14TH STREET STAGE LINE UP | Sponsored by Gallery OonH
12:00-12:30pm Opening Ceremony with Cultural Tourism DC Ribbon Cutting of H Street NE Cultural Heritage Trail
12:35-1:20pm DDP’s own Rodney Henry & the Glenmont Popes

1:35 – 2:20pm Little Red & The Renegades
2:40-3:40pm Alma Tropicalia
4:00-5:15pm The Dance Party
5:45-7pm Suttle Thoughts
In addition to the Festival Main Stages, the H Street Festival will feature the following additional performance stages: Kids & Family Stage, Gospel Stage, Joy of Motion Dance Floor, Baltimore Rock Opera Society, Gallaudet University Stage, Homegrown Bluegrass Stage, Fashion Stage and the Joy of Motion Outdoor Dance Floor.


The H Street Festival’s Family Stage will be located in the Family & Kids’ Activity Zone in the H Street Connection parking lot located on H Street between 8th and 10th Streets, NE. In addition to full stage line up, The Family & Kids’ Zone will feature activities such as blow-up jump zones, face painting, carnival games and more.


12:00 – 12:45pm Mr. Gabe – The Pied Piper of Takoma Park
12:50 – 1:15pm Full of Drama Theater Company
1:15 – 1:30pm Stage Activities – Pyramid Game
1:30 – 1:55pm Izzy
1:55 – 2:0pm Stage Activities – Name That Tune
2:05 – 2:35pm KidsBop with CapKids
2:35 – 2:55pm Workout 4 Kids
2:55 – 3:40pm H Street’s Got Talent – Kids Edition
3:40 – 4:15pm Northeast Performing Arts Group – Performance/Demonstration
4:15 – 5:15pm Caribbean music/dance + workshop
5:15 – 5:45pm Dance Along
5:45 – 6:00pm Closer with CapKids

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

FreshFarm H St NE Market will be open for H Street Festival; moving just around the corner from usual 13th & H location

Attention friends of the H Street FRESHFARM Market

Due to the H Street Festival, the market is moving next weekend to the grassy parking lot behind the R.L. Christian Library (1300 H St NE). All the usual farmers will be in attendance and the hours will be the same (9 am to noon).

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DC Bocce League H Street division coming this fall to the Sherwood Recreation Center

The DC Bocce League is opening an H Street division this fall with games to be held on the newly refurbished grounds at the Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St NE).  Games will be held on Saturday afternoons.  Registration is available via the DC Bocce League website.  You can start your own team, join an existing one, or sign up and let them place you with a group.