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by Tim Regan — July 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm 138 0

Georgia Avenue and V Street NW, Photo via Google Street View

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in front of Howard University Hospital this afternoon at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and V Street NW.

D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted about the incident around 3:19 p.m.

Nine minutes later, authorities tweeted that the pedestrian was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

D.C. Fire and EMS officials were not immediately available to comment on the situation when contacted at 3:26 p.m. this afternoon.

by Jared Holt — July 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm 111 0

Dupont Yoga Teacher via www.facebook.com/events/1646929882192656/

Dupont residents can find inner peace for free tonight in Dupont Circle.

Amy Rizzotto, founder of MOARfit and co-founder yoga studio Yoga Heights, will lead an all-levels yoga class tonight at 6 p.m. in the park that surrounds the fountain.

“Every teacher lends their own style to these classes,” Rizzotto says. “I typically teach a pretty powerful class, but I can’t let people get away without some hard work.

Attendees should expect yoga poses, stretching and some meditation.

Though participants are encouraged to bring their own mats, Rizzotto says having one isn’t required.

“If you don’t have one on hand, you can still come and do the standing balances. It’s also just a fun place to hang out,” she says. “Don’t let a mat stop you.”

Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own water because drinking from the fountain is definitely not encouraged.

Photo via Event’s Facebook Page

by Jared Holt — July 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Pie Fest (Via the Brixton)
Four local businesses are teaming up to stuff Borderstan residents full of pie.

Satellite Room, located at 2047 9th St. NW, will serve unlimited slices of pie from bakery Whisked and food truck Sage City alongside “jumbo personal pizzas” from Timber Pizza during its Fourth of July Pie Fest.

During the event, which lasts from 2 to 6 p.m., attendees will be able to watch films “Grease” and “Hairspray” on the patio while chowing down.

Pie Fest was hosted by U Street bar The Brixton last year.

“Pie is a very American food and we want to create a picnic environment for people to come out to,” said Alyssa Moody director of promotions for The Brixton.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $15 and $25 at the door.

Photo Courtesy of The Brixton

by Tim Regan — July 1, 2015 at 11:45 am 209 0

Nationals_Park_Willis_Scroll_BorderstanWard 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is seeking volunteers to join her in escorting senior citizens to and from Nationals Park for a baseball game next Tuesday, July 7.

All volunteers will receive a free ticket to the 7:05 p.m. game, during which the Nationals will face off against the Cincinnati Reds.

Volunteers will meet at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza at the corner of of 14th Street and Park Road NW  for a quick orientation at 5:00pm before heading to the Georgia Avenue, Columbia Heights, U Street or Shaw Metro stations to pick up a senior.

“We’re telling seniors that they can come to any of those Metro stops,” says Tom Fazzini, spokesperson for Nadeau’s office. “They will be able to meet a volunteer of ours there, and then the volunteer will escort them to the ballpark.”

After the game is over, volunteers will lead the seniors back home.

Nadeau’s office is urging those who want to volunteer or seniors who want to attend the game to sign up online.

by Tim Regan — July 1, 2015 at 10:10 am 1,140 1 Comment

Books-A-Million, Photo via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Books-A-Millon/

Books-A-Million near Dupont Circle will close on July 18, said assistant store manager Karen Sickles.

Sickles confirmed by phone this morning that the store lost its lease, but couldn’t say anything more about the situation.

“We’ve been here a long time,” Sickles says. “We’re sad to go.”

Sickles added the store, located at 11 Dupont Circle NW, is selling all of its remaining inventory at a 20 to 50 percent discount.

“This is our bye-to-D.C. sale,” she says.

Photo via Facebook/pages/Books-A-Millon

by Jared Holt — July 1, 2015 at 9:30 am 105 0

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Pope Alert! — In September, Pope Francis will visit St. Matthew’s Cathedral as part of his North America travel. Church officials say they’re preparing to host approximately 25,000 visitors. [Borderstan]

Holiday Metro Prep — On Independence Day, Metro will run near rush-hour service levels from 2 p.m. until after the fireworks. Parking will be free and off-peak fares will be offered. [ABC7]

Park View Robbery — Last Saturday, two men robbed and destroyed much of the interior of the 77 Market at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW. ANC1A commissioner Kent Boese to look into what he says is a “serious crime trend in the area.” [Park View DC]

Sinkhole Warning — The 4800 block of 7th Street NW in Petworth closed yesterday after a sinkhole opened in the middle of the street. [NBC]

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm 0

Police CarANC 2F will will host a crime prevention meeting on July 9 at the Marriott Marquis, located at 901 Massachusetts Ave NW.

The meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is intended for D.C. residents in Logan Circle, Thomas Circle, Blagden Alley, Franklin Square and parts of Shaw.

Speakers will include D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, Third District D.C. Police Commander Jacob Kishter, Marc Silverman from security company Kastle Systems, and ANC 2F Public Safety Committee Chair Charlie Bengel.

During the meeting, attendees will learn tips on preventing robberies, bike thefts and auto thefts, as well as hear advice related to installing security cameras.

The meeting will conclude with a Q&A.

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm 335 1 Comment

16 and K Protestors

Six transgender rights protestors were arrested today after shutting down the intersection of 16th and K Streets.

The demonstrators were chanting slogans and carrying signs in English and Spanish to protest the deportation of trans people in the U.S.

The protest was organized by United We Dream, an organization that advocates “for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.”

Police cleared the intersection of K and 16th Streets around 4:26 p.m.

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm 663 1 Comment

(Updated at 5:16 p.m.) The FBI is seeking an armed man who allegedly robbed the SunTrust bank at 1250 U Street around 12:30 today.

Authorities say a man entered the bank, approached a teller and passed a note
that demanded money. He then exited the bank and fled on foot.

Authorities are on the lookout for a tall man–roughly 6’5” feet tall–wielding a gun and wearing a lime green construction vest with an “H” on the back, a dark-colored long-sleeved jacket, light-colored blue jeans, a khaki-colored fisherman’s hat with a black and gold band and white gloves.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the bank robber.

SunTrust bank employees confirmed the branch will be closed for at least the rest of today. The SunTrust ATM adjacent to the building remains open.

The FBI/MPD Violent Crimes Task Force is investigating this robbery and requests that anyone with information call the FBI at 202-278-2000 or MPD’s tip line at 202-727-9099.

Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the police department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. 

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact your local FBI Office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit a tip at: tips.fbi.gov

by Jared Holt — June 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Audiophiles who crave the warm sound of vinyl records with their coffee at Songbyrd Record Cafe have a new place to roost during the evening.

Songbyrd’s new bar and restaurant, Songbyrd Music House, located adjacent to the cafe at 2477 18th St. NW, opens tonight at 5 p.m.

The new bar will feature an exposed brick wall, wood paneling and a long bar that stretches through much of the space.

The Music House will be open until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. Like the cafe, the bar will be closed on Monday.

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 11:20 am 186 0

Pope Francis will visit St. Matthew’s Cathedral in September, announced the Vatican today.

Pope Francis will arrive in D.C. on September 22. The next day, the pope will visit with President Obama at the White House at 9 a.m., then visit St. Matthew’s by 11:30 a.m.

At a press conference held earlier this morning, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said the historic Dupont church, located at 1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW, would prepare to host roughly 25,000 people during the pope’s visit.

Wuerl added that tickets to the event would be distributed through D.C.’s Catholic parishes.

And there will be a surprise visit by the Popemobile, confirmed Wuerl.

This is the pope’s first U.S. visit since succeeding Pope Benedict XVI in 2013.

View Pope Francis’ full U.S. itinerary here.

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

D.C. Police are on the lookout for a man filmed in connection with a pair of burglaries that occurred in Columbia Heights roughly two weeks apart.

According to a police report, a man robbed a home on the 900 block of Monroe Street between 11 p.m. May 28 and 7 a.m May 29. Though the victims of the crime were present, they did not wake up during the burglary.

The same burglar was caught in the act on June 12 when the person he was burglarizing woke up and saw him standing in their home around 1:26 a.m., police say.

When spotted, police say the suspect exited the house and ran eastbound on Monroe Street NW.

Police believe the two robberies are related, and allege that the man in the video is connected to the crime.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Bryan Doyle — June 30, 2015 at 9:00 am 140 0

Madam's Organ, photo via flickr/Adam FagenAdams Morgan Day Cancelled — The popular street festival won’t happen this year. Business owners and board members blame problems of leadership within the sponsoring organization. [WAMU]

Verizon Wireless Store Coming to Tivoli Building — The Verizon Wireless Zone, which is a reseller, will soon open its doors at the Tivoli Building in Columbia Heights. [New Columbia Heights]

New Restaurants in LeDroit — Two new eateries are coming to Ledroit Park — LeDroit Royal, a coffee shop during the day that will serve Colombian and Guatemalan fare at night, and Rito Loco, the brick-and-morter incarnation of the popular burrito truck. [Left for Ledroit]

Underground Update — Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave NW) will host Dupont Underground‘s board of directors for an informational community meeting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. While there are encouraging signs, Borderstan has learned that the operation will be delayed. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 8:30 am 0

Godiva on Connecticut Avenue NW

The Godiva Chocolatier at 1143 Connecticut Avenue NW permanently closed yesterday.

Paper now covers its storefront windows, and a sign on the door reads:

“This Godiva location is now closed for business. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please visit our Georgetown location (3242 M Street NW) for all of your future chocolate needs. Godiva and the team at the Connecticut Avenue location would like to thank you for your patronage!”

In May, the Washington Business Journal reported that women’s apparel store Francesca was moving into the space.

by Tim Regan — June 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of The ChickeryDupont Circle residents salivating over anticipated new eatery The Chickery might have to wait a little longer for their chicken fix.

Canadian chicken franchise The Chickery told Borderstan today it aimed to open its location at 1300 Connecticut Avenue NW in October.

The Chickery is a fast casual roasted chicken restaurant headquartered in Toronto. The company has no U.S. locations open for business, but it says its Dupont Circle location will serve as a starting point for additional U.S. expansion.

As noted in the Washington Post, the space’s previous tenant was Black & Orange, a burger restaurant that closed after a neighboring law firm sued it for wafting and irritating cooking odors.

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