Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Charles Allen announces outstanding inaugural Council staff team

Ward 6 Councilmember-Elect Charles Allen Announces Council Staff Appointments
Ward 6 Councilmember-Elect Charles Allen takes office on January 2, 2015, and has announced the appointment of his inaugural Council staff.  We know most of the team he's hired and are thrilled to have such a terrific group contributing to the well-being of Ward 6 and the District. 
Laura Marks, who served with distinction as Chair of Allen’s Council campaign, will be his Chief of Staff.  Marks previously worked for Democratic political media consulting firm Struble Eichenbaum and Democratic polling firm The Mellman Group.  A graduate of Smith College, she lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and two children.  Marks has long been active in neighborhood activities including the local DC public schools, parks, and pedestrian safety issues.  She was an inspired choice to serve as the campaign's chair and is an outstanding hire to help lead the office.  Look for her to be especially involved in Allen's activities on the Council's Committee on Education among others related to schools, parks, and government facilities.
Anne Phelps will serve as Legislative Director. Phelps is an alum of Tommy Wells office and recently served as Committee Director for the Council's Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, Committee Director for the Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation, and Planning, and General Counsel for the Transportation and Public Works Committee.  Her prior service on the Transportation Committee will be especially helpful to Allen and all of us as he joins the Committee this year.  She holds a JD from Cornell Law School and lives in Ward 6 with her husband and daughter.  She previously served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner on ANC6C.  She's held is great regard inside the Wilson building and around Ward 6, including here on H Street.  No doubt, she had a number of opportunities available to her and her decision to stay at the Wilson building and to run Allen's legislative operation will help him effect policy far beyond that which might typically be expected of a first term member of the body.  
Nichole Opkins was appointed General Counsel.  She most recently served with great effect as a an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner on ANC6B, and was a key player on Allen’s Council campaign where she held the title of Volunteer Coordinator.  Opkins was born in the District and lives in Hill East with her husband and daughter.
Jamaal Jordan will serve as the Director of Constituent Services.  He previously served in a similar capacity for At-large Councilmember David A. Catania.  We haven't worked with him previously, but hear great things and his prior experience addressing constituent needs on the Council positions him well to be a great asset to Allen and to Ward 6. 
Naomi Mitchell will continuing in her role as Ward 6 Community Liaison following eight years on Councilmember Wells staff.  Mitchell brings an extensive knowledge of various Ward 6 neighborhoods and initiatives.  She is a longtime Ward 6 resident and has been a fixture at community meetings throughout the Ward. 
Myisha Atchison will also continue on from Councilmember Wells’ office as Allen’s Scheduler and Administrative Assistant.  Atchison is a thirteen-year veteran of the Council and Allen will be the third Ward 6 Councilmember for whom she has worked.  

“I know first-hand the importance of a strong Council staff and I’m excited to welcome aboard this outstanding team.  They bring a wealth of experience and relationships, both at the Council and in our Ward 6 neighborhoods.  I know this team is as ready as I am to get to work improving our public schools, building age-friendly neighborhoods, helping create and preserve family-based affordable housing, and supporting our small businesses,” said Allen.
Allen and his staff will host an Inaugural Open House on Friday, January 2, 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm, at his new Council office, Suite 406 in the John A. Wilson Building.  More information can be found at http://www.charlesallenward6.com/openhouse

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1115H condos coming online starting in mid $300,000s

Mixed-Use Condos at 1115 H St. Near Completion
Urban Pace Now Selling 16 “Starter” Condos

Construction is nearing completion at 1115 H Street, NE and residents will soon be moving into 16 newly constructed condominium homes there.  Wall Development is nearing completion of  its five-story mixed-use development on the site. Urban Pace is now taking reservations from prospective buyers.

1115H is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. Its energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features will include a green roof, triple-glazed windows, wiring for potential electric car charging stations, covered bicycle storage, and a one-year “transit package” for new residents. Square 134 of Washington, DC is the project architect.
“The new condos at 1115H will offer more District residents the opportunity to purchase their own homes in the hip H Street corridor for less than the cost of renting comparably sized apartments in many DC neighborhoods,” said Lynn Hackney, President of Urban Pace. “Living in a green building that’s located in a transit corridor will help residents save money on transportation and utility costs, while they enjoy the shopping, dining, and entertainment options available all along H Street.”
Developer Stan Wall explained that condos are the perfect use for the 16,000 square foot building, which will include have about 3,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.  Homes at 1115H will be priced from the mid $300,000’s.
For more information, visit www.1115H.com 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Toyland After Hours: a night club of holiday spectacular 12/17 @ Rock n Roll Hotel

Toyland After Hours: a night club of holiday spectacular

Rock and Roll Hotel
1353 H St. NE 20002
$10 advance/$12 door

Doors: 8:30pm
Show: 9:00pm

Join toymaker Mab Just Mab as she takes you to Toyland After Hours: A night club of holiday spectacular! Come see what happens once the children are in bed and the toys stretch their legs. What do we have under the tree at Toyland After Hours? Burlesque, Sideshow, Vaudeville and a few surprise for those who are naughty and Nice. Presented by Palace Productions and Buster Britches Stage Show.

Each person who brings an unwrapped toy or/and a non perishable food item gets a special thank you gift.

*This event is 18+*

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Foie La La returns to H Street 12/15-25


For the second consecutive year, several H Street restaurants are celebrating the holiday season by featuring one of the finer things in life, foie gras. Starting on Monday, December 15, nine restaurants along the H Street corridor will participate in the 2nd annual Foie La La competition by offering a special foie gras dish on their menus through December 25th. Diners can then vote for their favorite online at www.foielala.com.

"There is nothing quite like foie gras when it comes to indulgence," says Chef Brad Walker, co-owner of Boundary Road who came up with the idea for the Foie La La competition. "It's rich, unctuous, forbidden, luxurious, and the most delicious substance on earth. This time of year we celebrate and feast. It's more fun to celebrate with our neighbors."

In addition to Boundary Road, Foie La La participants include Granville Moore’s (1238 H), Ocopa (1320 H), The Big Board (421 H), Le Grenier (504 H), Liberty Tree (1016 H), DC Harvest (517 H), Driftwood Kitchen (400 H) and Micho’s (500 H). The restaurant with the most votes at the end of the friendly competition wins the elusive golden duck trophy and bragging rights up and down H. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

5th Annual FreshFarm food drive at H Street FreshFarm Market this Saturday, Nov 22

FreshFarm food drives are different than most, in that they focus on collecting FRESH food for donation.  They do this by collecting tax-deductible monetary donations from market shoppers and spending the money with their farmers on fresh foods, which all go to their gleaning partners.  These food drives are a great way to help farmers (who need every sale as the season winds down), help those in need, and connect shoppers with the FRESHFARM Markets philanthropic mission.

For the past five years the H Street NE FRESHFARM has worked with First Church of Christ, Holiness, which services needy families in Brookland.  Last year, with our donations, the market gave out 50 holiday baskets (complete with turkeys) and this year First Church wants to distribute 75 baskets!  FRESHFRESH is committed to purchasing 50 of these 75 turkeys from two H Street farmers, Full Cellar Farm and Garden Path farm and needs the community to pay for the turkeys.   

Every year our little H Street NE FRESHFARM market raises more at our food drive than at the food drives at any other FFM market, including the huge Dupont market!  Let's be sure to make this trend continue this Saturday!

Make your donation at the yellow tent at the entrance to the Market as you wait for Frenchie's or buy fresh produce to donate and drop it as you leave.  

Additional details are available here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mushroom, cheese and beer pairings next week at Boundary Road

Who doesn't like a good mushroom, cheese and beer pairing?  Especially amidst cold weather like today's...

Next week, from Tuesday the 18th thru Sunday the 23rd, Boundary Road (414 H St) will offer 3 distinct "Funky, Foraged & Fermented" pairings at the bar and in the dining room. You will have the option to do one of the mushroom & cheese pairings for $9 each or add a 5 oz pour of the paired beer for $3 more. A full board of all 3 pairings of mushrooms, cheese and beers will be available for $30.  Pairings include:

Mushroom: Shaved Porcini Mushrooms with Parsely Root and Cold-Pressed Olive Oil
Cheese: Sainte Nectaire, Tommes (Auvergne, France)
Beer: Bayerischer Bahnhof Gose, Gasthaus and Gosebrauerei (Leipziger, Germany)
Mushroom: Braised Chanterelles in Demi Glace with Rosemary Oil
Cheese: Buttermilk Bleu (Monroe, WI)
Beer: Terrapin Guano Loco (Athens, GA)
Mushroom: Grilled Lobster Mushrooms with Salsa Verde
Cheese: Cabra La Mancha, Washed Rind (Accident, MD)
Beer: Cisco Gray Lady (Nantucket, MA)

Offerings start at 5:30pm nightly during the promotion.  No reservations required.

Story time activities at Rosedale Library (1701 Gales St NE)

Rosedale Library (1701 Gales Street NE) has a full slate of programs for children and teens this month, including celebrations of everyone's favorite childhood friend, the Teddy Bear!  Plus Chess Club, movie nights, sign-alongs and special birthday events for Curious George and Mickey Mouse.  

Rosedale Library is also collecting coats, hats, gloves and other warm accessories for children and teens in Ward 6 and at the DC General Shelter.  Drop off items for the "Give a Child a Coat, Share the Warmth" drive now through November 20th

Story time: Every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. -- Children ages birth-5 with their caretakers can enjoy a story time that includes songs, stories, action rhymes, and fun!

"Big Chair Chess Club": Every Monday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. — Children and teens get to learn how to play from an experienced instructor, Mr. Norman, and participate in friendly games against each other. 

Teddy Bear Storytime: Friday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. -- In honor of National Teddy Bear Day, bring your favorite friend to Rosedale Library for a teddy-themed story time, with songs, poems a snack and a photo with the two of you!

Curious George Day: Saturday, November 15 beginning at 11:00 a.m. — Rosedale will be having a special Curious George Day, filled with all sorts of fun, including a story time, film, and crafts.  

Mickey Mouse Day: Tuesday, November 18 beginning at 4 p.m. -- In honor of Mickey Mouse's birthday in 1928, children will enjoy a Mickey-themed story time, make their own Mickey (or Minnie!) mouse ears to take home, and see a few Mickey Mouse Playhouse episodes. 

Reel Reading Book Club: Tuesday, November 25 at 5 p.m. — Join Rosedale's Reel Reading Book Club! Kids read a book and then on the last Tuesday of each month they watch the movie that the book inspired, or the movie that inspired the book. Kids can enjoy a brief group discussion as well! November's book selection is Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which inspired several movies! 

For more information, visit the website at: http://dclibrary.org/rosedale; call 202-727-5012 or email rosedalelibrary@dc.gov

Posted by the Friends of the Rosedale Library

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween on west end of H @ Boundary Road, the Big Board, Micho's, Driftwood Kitchen, le Grenier, Metro Mutts, DC Harvest & Cirque du Rouge

A host of your favorite spots along the western half of H Street have banded together to pass out candy to our young trick or treaters.  The following H Street businesses will also have specials for the little trick or treaters' adult chaperones.  

Driftwood Kitchen (400 H St)
Boundary Road  (414 H St)
Cirque du Rouge  (416 H St)
Big Board (421 H St)
Micho's (500 H St)
Le Grenier (502 H St)
Metro Mutts (508 H St)
D.C. Harvest (517 H St)

Kudos to these neighborhood businesses for getting in the holiday spirit and welcoming neighbors of all ages!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Support local DCPS Miner Elementary (15th & F) by visiting Star & Shamrock (1341 H St) tonight & next Tuesday

Miner Elementary (located at 15th & F Streets NE) and Star & Shamrock (1341 H St) are teaming up to hold Miner Night out tonight, Tuesday, October 21, and next, Tuesday, October 28, from 5:00 pm, onward.  Miner, a Title 1 school, is the in-bounds school for the east-side of H Street running east of 12th Street NE.  Come out and support Miner students! Simply tell your server that you are there to support Miner Elementary and 10% of your bill will go to the school to support classrooms, special programs, and unique opportunities for the kids.  
Organized by the Miner Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Announcing the 2014 H Street Festival this Saturday, September 20

Announcing the 2014 H Street Festival
The 2014 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This will be the biggest Festival ever, spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE and featuring over 200 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and merchants. Come down and enjoy great food, drinks, music, contests, kids’ activities and more!


The annual celebration highlights the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses. The event is one of the District’s most popular festivals, and has been named Washington, DC’s best neighborhood festival by Washington City Paper for the last four years. In a city that boasts so many wonderful neighborhoods, the H Street NE Corridor has become one of the most diverse and exciting neighborhoods to live in, shop, eat and hang out.


This year’s Festival will offer more entertainment than ever before, featuring more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays.


For those who come hungry or thirsty, the Festival will feature over 70 food vendors, food trucks and restaurants serving up meals from all corners of the world. Festivalgoers can also visit the beverage gardens located along the festival route to sample the many available libations.


Other attractions at this year’s Festival, include:


-       Washington Nationals Presidents – The Presidents will race down part of the Festival route from the 8th Street Stage (8 and H) following the singing of the national anthem at noon. The Presidents will also be available for pictures with festivalgoers at 3 p.m. at the Zone 9 parking lot (9 and H).

-       DC Streetcar Open House - Visitors will be able to get an up close look at the exterior and interior of the DC Streetcars, which are set to begin running later this year (5 and H, 8 and H and 13 and H).

-       Grand Opening of Gallery on O – The H Street Festival will celebrate the grand opening to the public of the Gallery on O, showcasing the 50th anniversary of Washington Informer photography (13 and H).

-       Kids Zone – The Festival will have a special “kid’s zone,” featuring GolfZilla, a Godzilla-themed inflatable target that kids can hit golf balls at, multiple appearances by Callaloo the puppet, face painting, a giant slide and other family-friendly activities (9 and H).

-       Interactive Art Displays – Festivalgoers will be able to get an up close look at a number of art cars (13 and H), as well as watch artists paint an H Street-themed bus from start to finish and build custom bikes from scratch (5 and H).

-       Contests and Competitions – Attendees are invited to compete in or watch the annual pie, chili and burrito eating contests, a bad tattoo competition (10 and H) and an arm wrestling competition (9 and H).

-       District Fashion Week – The Fashion Stage will kick off the annual District Fashion Week celebration with area designers (10 and H).

-       Pedicabs – Pedicabs will offer weary festivalgoers transportation at a special festival rate parallel to the festival route on G and I Streets.

-       And much more!
Sponsors of the event include, Auto Zone, DC50-TV, Fisher Brothers, Giant, H Street Community Development Corporation, H Street Connection, Insight Property Group, Property Group Partners, Stewart Investment, Uber, Walmart and Washington City Paper.

Festival hours are from noon – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Festival will take place between the 400 and 1300 blocks of H Street NE.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Neighborhood exhibit oepning at Batter Bowl (403 H St) Friday, September 19, 7 pm

MOTH Family Fest: this Sunday, September 14, 1:30-4:30 pm at Garfield Park (3rd & G SE)

Annual community event includes face painters, live music, and raffle

The Moms On The Hill (MOTH) Family Fest will be held Sunday, September 14th, in Garfield Park at 3rd & G Streets SE, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hill families are invited to join in this annual celebration and enjoy food, games, and other child-friendly activities. Entertainment will include moonbounces, balloon animals, face painting, Turley the Magician, a performance from Tippi Toes, and live music from Mr. Skip, Meadowlark, and Most Wanted. Additional activities for families will be provided by Little Loft, fibre space, Relay Foods, Labyrinth Game Shop, the National Postal Museum, Breathing Space Yoga, and Vida Fitness. A limited supply of food will be provided by local vendors; families are welcome to bring picnics.

The event will also feature a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, including Metro Mutts, Hill Rag, and Boogie Babes. T-shirts in adult and child sizes will also be for sale. A portion of all event proceeds will go towards the purchase of uniforms for DCPS students through the Homeless Children's Playtime Project.

MOTH Family Fest will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Additional information can be found at www.mothfamilyfest.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/events/307475592748636/.

About MOTH
MOTH is a virtual and real-world community for parents living in the Capitol Hill. To join, send an email to mothinvites@yahoo.com with your name, email address, Hill address, and parent or parent-to-be status.



LUNA MOTH ($3,000+)

GYPSY MoTH ($1,000+)
Au Pair in America * www.aupairinamerica.com *
Lee Murphy, Washington Fine Properties * www.leemurphy.net *
Meg Shapiro & George Olson RE/MAX Allegiance * megandgeorge.com *
National Capital Bank * www.nationalcapitalbank.com *

MOTH ($500 - $999)
AtlasVet * www.atlasvetdc.com *
COVE * www.cove.is *
fibre space * www.fibrespace.com *
John C. Formant Real Estate * www.johncformant.com *
Polar Bear Air Conditioning * http://www.polarbearairconditioning.com *
Traditions Contracting * www.traditionscontracting.com *
South Capitol Smile * www.SouthCapitolSmileCenter.com *

CATERPILLAR ($250 - $499)
Grubb's CARE Pharmacy * www.grubbscare.com *
H&Pizza *  andpizza.com *
Dr. Tawann Jackson, DDS *
Judi Seiden, GRI, Associate Broker * www.judiseiden.com *
Johnson Law Group * www.johnsonlawgroupintl.com *

FRIEND of MoTH ($100 - $249)
Capitol Hill Yoga * www.capitolhillyoga.com *
Schneider’s of Capitol Hill * cellar.com *
Union Veterinary Clinic * unionvetclinic.com *

Saturday, August 30, 2014

T-minus three weeks until H Street Festival: Save the date and the entire day for Saturday, September 20

The H Street Festival returns on Saturday, September 20.  It's going to be bigger and better than ever before and you're not going to want to miss it.  The Festival runs from noon until 7 pm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DC Harvest to open at 517 H Street on September 2

DC Harvest opens at 517 H Street on Tuesday, September 2 

Restaurant front and back-of-the-house veterans Jared & Arthur Ringel are set to open DC Harvest (517 H St) on September 2nd.  Jared, will manage the restaurant, and his brother Arthur, the chef and veteran of local kitchens including Vermillion, Vidalia and Hank’s Oyster Bar will provide the food.
The restaurant will feature all local products in a menu that will change seasonally based solely on local products from the foodstuffs to the beers, wines and libations.   Look for local beers including DC Brau, Port City, Three Stars, and Flying Dog, libations like those of Catoctin Creek and Don Ciccio & Figli and a variety of local wines as well.  
Open beer selections include DC's Three Stars, Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, Virginia's Port City and Starr Hill and Maryland's Flying Dog

The menu will change frequently and feature homemade pastas as well as livestock, fish and produce from local seas and area farms.  Brunch will also be served beginning September 13.  Among the dishes that will be included on the opening menu are: half dozen local oysters on the half shell with watermelon mignonette ($14); Virginia Fluke crudo with marinated cucumber, celery, Maine Uni and chili ($11); ricotta kale Agnolotti with confit yellow tomatoes, eggplant and marjoram ($10/$18); fresh spelt linguine with house-made spicy lamb sausage, Swiss chard and garlic bread crumbs ($11/$19);  Zataƕ roasted turkey breast with Swiss chard, kamut and shitake mushroom ($21);  Crispy Quinoa Cakes with broccoli rabe, shitake mushrooms, confit yellow tomatoes and Allegheny Chevre ($19); and pan-roasted scallops with beans, corn cherry tomatoes, garlic chive and chili ($25). 
“We can't wait to share DC Harvest with everyone, Jared says.  “Both Arthur and I look forward to opening and being a part of the H Street neighborhood and look forward to getting to serving our area friends and their families who we hope will become regulars." “Our ambiance is casual and family friendly.  We'll have a kids' menu and are always happy to accommodate special requests."
Chef Arthur said: “I am so excited to get into my new kitchen and get cooking. The quality of the local products coming from our area farmers and fishermen is at its peak right now. It’s going to be a lot of fun cooking with these ingredients for all of our customers." 
DC Harvest’s ‘modern farmhouse’ ambiance was designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense and features a 10 seat, Carrera marble-topped wooden bar on the ground floor and 50 table seats over two levels with an open kitchen on the second floor.  The ceilings boast wooden beams, some original to the venue, with walls are adorned with earthy textured wall coverings and whitewashed original brick.   

1st floor marble bar area featuring all local beers on tap and a variety of local wines and spirits

DC Harvest is located at 517 H Street NE and is open for dinner 7 days a week at 5pm and Brunch - Saturday & Sunday 11-2:30 pm beginning September 13.  Reservations are available through Open Table, by phone 202-629-3296 or via their website http://www.dc-harvest.com/.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heal H Street documentary short film playing at 11th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival next month

Heal H Street is a short documentary film on the neighborhood and its history from neighborhood resident Craig Corl and is running at the DC Shorts Film Festival this year.  The Festival runs September 11-21.  Heal H Street will be shown at the E Street Cinema on September 14 and 17 and will also have showings at the Navy Memorial and Angelika Film Center in Fairfax.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bardo Brewpub (1200 Bladensburg Rd) releases first two specialty brews

In case you missed it, Bardo (1200 Bladensburg Rd) is now serving their own beers.  We haven't had a chance to try them, but these guys have been making their own beers for decades and have been known to make some very good stuff.  A press release about their release of their first two specialty beers, which will be tapped tomorrow evening follows.  If you haven't been to Bardo yet, a chance to try some of their brews for $3.45 a pint seems like great excuse to stop by and check them out.  Bardo is open Tuesday through Friday starting at 6 pm and weekends starting at 1 pm. 

Bardo Brewpub releases first two specialty brews.
Just two weeks after the debut of their first five beers, Bardo is now introducing two cask conditioned specialty brews. A chestnut oak aged stout and a dry hopped pale ale will be tapped Wednesday, August 20th.

Bardo Rodeo operated in the 90's as the largest brewpub in the country. The 22000 sq. ft. former car dealership included 900 indoor & 700 outdoor seats as well as a 25-barrel brewhouse. As one of the first bars in the Clarendon neighborhood in Arlington VA, Bardo brewed 4000 kegs a year and enjoyed thousands of visitors each weekend. 
The decision to put the brewery in storage for more than a decade proved a fortuitous one. Bardo head man, Bill Stewart, had been living overseas for years when his brother, Andrew, convinced him to come back stateside a start making beer again. "I didn't know craft brewing had become cool again. We rode the last wave, we decided to jump on this wave." Bill stated.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first brew, Bardo is pricing all beers like it's 1994. For a limited time, you can enjoy $3.45 pints, $9.91 pitchers and $14.11 growler fills of Bardo brew. 
Bardo Brewpub is the largest beer garden in the city. A newly renovated interior boasts one hundred year old pine floors, brick walls and early century, tin, press plate ceilings. A wide variety of GABF award winning house brews are available in pints and pitchers as well as growlers. Bardo is 100% dog friendly every day with 15,000 square feet in our beer garden to roam off leash. Located at 1200 Bladensburg rd NE, Bardo has cornhole, outdoor movie screenings/sports and is available for private parties/fundraisers, large and small, with no charge for the space.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Meeting to discuss reuse of recently shuttered Gibbs Elementary School (500 19th St NE) September 9, 6:30 pm at Rosedale Rec Center

This meeting may be of interest to Rosedale neighbors, local developers, and those with interest in our public schools.  

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will hold a community meeting on the reuse of Gibbs School located at 500 19th St NE.  The meeting will take place at 6:30 pm on Sept. 9, 2014 at the Rosedale Recreation Center at 1701 Gales St NE.
Comments on the re-purposing of the school can be sent to Althea Holford at althea.holford@dc.gov.
Nick Alberti
Chair, ANC 6A

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Streetcar stroll and roll this Saturday and next up and down H

H Street Celebrates Streetcar Line With Upcoming Stroll and Roll Events

Pedicabs to give the public free rides along future streetcar route; participants encouraged to visit H Street Corridor businesses, restaurants and bars

H Street Main Street, in conjunction with H Street Corridor businesses, will host “Streetcar Stroll and Roll” events on Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 23 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. to promote the upcoming launch of the District’s first streetcar line and highlight the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses.

A number of streetcar style decorated pedicabs will provide the public with free rides along the H Street Corridor from the Union Station to Maryland Ave. NE—the route of the upcoming H/Benning DC Streetcar line. While enjoying the pedicab rides, participants are encouraged to visit H Street NE businesses, restaurants and bars, enjoy displays from local artists that will be featured along the corridor and experience the neighborhood’s unique atmosphere.

“The H Street Corridor has really undergone a dramatic transformation over the last decade and we’re excited the streetcar line will open soon, making travel to H Street NE even easier for District-area residents and tourists,” said Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street. “H Street NE has so much to offer—exceptional food, shopping and entertainment—and we hope that the public will take advantage of these events and explore the area.”

The H/Benning line will be the first segment of the DC Streetcar system running 2.4 miles along H Street NE and serving residents, businesses, commuters and visitors between Union Station on the west and the Anacostia River on the east. Eventually, the H/Benning segment will be just one piece of the overall One City Line that will cross the city east to west from beyond the Anacostia River all the way to the Georgetown waterfront and facilitate easy travel to the H Street Corridor and other areas of the District.

In addition to celebrating the upcoming launch of the streetcars and the evolution of the H Street Corridor, the July 26 Streetcar Stroll and Roll will mark the grand opening of seven new H Street NE businesses:

·      Art By The Glazz, 407 H Street, NE
·      Halftime Sports Bar, 1427 H Street NE  
·      H Street Organic Market, 806 H Street, NE (Great Streets Grant Recipient)
·      Island Dyes, 331 H Street NE
·      Micho's Lebanese Grill , 500 H Street, NE
·      Po Boy Jim, 709 H Street, NE
·      The Pursuit - Wine Bar & Grill , 1421 H Street NE

The events will take place on Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. along the route of the upcoming DC Streetcar line. The cabs will take passengers from Union Station to Maryland Ave. NE and back at no charge.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Streetcar Construction on 12th between H & Linden today

DC Streetcar
DC Streetcar Construction Update

Traffic Delays: Intersection Work at 12th and H Street Tomorrow

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the DC Streetcar team will mill, overlay and restripe the roadway at the intersection of 12th and H Street NE, and on 12th Street NE between H and Linden Place NE; weather permitting. The work will take place from 7:00am-3:30pm; expect delays.

Flaggers will be on site to guide motorists traveling southbound and northbound on 12thStreet NE through the work zone.

“No Parking” signs will be posted near the intersection on H Street NE and along the work zone on 12th Street NE. There will be no impacts to the WMATA bus stop in the eastbound 1200 block of H Street NE. Minor impacts to pedestrian movements are expected.
We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at construction@dcstreetcar.com or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thai Cuisine & Bab: Korean Fusion restaurants coming to 1300 block of H Street

1387 H Street has been vacant for several years.  It was supposed to house a pizza spot and underwent renovations for it off and on for a few years before that frequently renamed concept petered out.  A couple weeks back new signs were posted saying that Bab Korean Fusion was coming soon.  This is the building at the SE corner of 14th & H Street.

Has anyone heard anything more about Bab?  
There's also a sign posted for "Thai Cuisine" at 1360 H Street, which was home to a short lived Pho restaurant.  This is next door to Impala. 

Photo of 1360 H posted to twitter by @DCVet

Thai Cuisine has been on our short list for places that should really open on H Street for as long as we've lived here, so we're pretty excited to see a Thai spot finally coming to fruition.  Between the new wine bar and this Thai place coming soon, we're going to have update our list of what H Street needs to have open soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Emporiyum with Momofuku Milk Bar, Bryan Voltaggio, Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde & more to Dock5 @ UnionMarket 11/15-16


NOVEMBER 15-16, 2014

The Emporiyum, an event designed to introduce people with a passion for food to a selection of artisans from the Mid-Atlantic region and around the country is coming to Dock5 at Union Market on November 15 and 16. The two-day marketplace brings together a remarkable lineup of food and beverage purveyors. Meet the people behind the brands, taste and learn about their products, and wow friends and family for the holidays with unique edible gifts.
Local area favorites such as Erik Bruner-Yang (Toki Underground, Maketto), Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen), Bryan Voltaggio (Volt), and Luke’s Lobster welcome a roster of visitors including Paul Qui (Qui, East Side King), Momofuku Milk Bar, Mast Brothers Chocolate, Black Seed Bagels, Bittermilk, Quin Candy, Butter & Scotch, Bellocq Tea, will be on hand. The full list of participants is being updated regularly on The Emporiyum’s website.
VIP ($40) and General Admission ($20) tickets may be purchased online at: www.theemporiyum.com.  There's no charge for bringing kids under 12.