(Corrected at 1:47 p.m. on June 29) Adams Morgan’s ANC 1C is asking for online feedback on two proposals to modernize the Marie Reed Elementary School at 2201 18th Street NW.
The 2016 D.C. budget will allow the school to undergo a complete modernization over the next two years.
In the first proposal, the existing building would be reused and expanded for additional recreational space and health services.
In the second, only the eastern half of the existing building would be reused and expanded, and a new school and recreation center would be constructed on the southern end of the campus.
Residents can choose between the two concepts by voting online.
ANC 1C commissioners will tally the community votes and take final community comments at the commission’s next meeting on Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW.
For $7, patrons can order a color-coded cone in three boozy flavors: Baltimore Lemon Stick, Strawberry and Bing Cherry.
Non-alcoholic versions of the flavors will also be sold for $3.
Between July 1 and 7, $1 from each snow cone sold will be donated to Brainfood, a local nonprofit dedicated to teaching youths food production skills.
Photo via Facebook.com/PopsSeaBar
D.C. Police are seeking three suspects after a brawl erupted in an unspecified restaurant’s “customer area” on the 2200 block of 18th Street NW early this morning.
According to police, two groups of three people got into an argument at approximately 1:14 a.m. this morning. The argument “escalated quickly” into violence when a suspect from the first group punched a victim in the second group.
When one of the friends of the victim attempted to intervene, that person was also punched and struck by one of the suspects with an unspecified object.
Police say the fight then devolved into the three suspects repeatedly punching the three victims before fleeing the scene in a silver car.
Police say one victim was taken to the hospital and released shortly thereafter.
Though police couldn’t say at which restaurant the fight occurred, a quick Google search turns up several possibilities.
No arrests were made in connection with the fight, and police have not identified the suspects.
Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will meet with members of the community at The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Rd NW) in Adams Morgan next Monday.
Nadeau will drop by the coffee shop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to chat with locals one-on-one, take questions and meet those interested in just saying hello.
The event is part of Nadeau’s Brianne on Your Block series, which are monthly public appearances aimed at letting Ward 1 residents meet Nadeau while supporting neighborhood businesses.
(Updated at 3:29 p.m.) Popular Adams Morgan bar Madam’s Organ was fined $500 yesterday for leaving its windows open while a live band played there one year ago.
The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said in an order released yesterday that the 18th Street NW hangout was being fined specifically for violating a settlement agreement brokered in 2008.
“The doors and windows of the establishment will remain closed from 12:30 a.m. until closing when live music is being played,” reads the original settlement agreement, which is also included in the order.
According to the report, an Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) inspector personally observed a live band playing “directly in front of one of the establishment’s ground floor windows” between 1:30 and 1:33 a.m. on June 22, 2014.
In April, Madam’s Organ General Manager Carlos Wilcox testified at an ABRA hearing that he “personally closed the windows during the performers’ first break of the night,” and that the band’s drummer “needed air and cracked a window.”
Madams Morgan owner Bill Duggan admits the drummer did crack open the window slightly. Why?
“He opened the window to let [a] fart out,” says Duggan. “He cracked it open for five minutes, then the inspector showed up.”
“Twenty f—–g years with not one violation and this is what they came up with,” Duggan says. “People get stabbed and shot in these other establishments. In ours, someone farts and cracks a window and they spend a year on it.”
According to the order, Madam’s Organ has 30 days to pay the fine, but Duggan says an appeal may be in the works.
Photo via Flickr/Adam Fagen
K-9 Tragedy — Romo, the beloved bull mastiff/pit bull mix and unofficial mascot of Adams Morgan, is leaving the neighborhood for Arlington. [NBC Washington]
Red Onion Revival — Sadly, Romo wasn’t the only loss for the 18th Street area. Red Onion Records is leaving too; luckily, the popular record store is moving close by on U Street NW. [Borderstan]
Cool Map Bro — A couple of adventures in D.C. mapping today. First, a look at all the D.C. outdoor art projects throughout the city. [Bad Wolf DC]
Housing Legacy of Segregation — Our next map is more academic, and it’s worth a read. It focuses on the efforts of historians Sarah Shoenfeld and Mara Cherkasky as they document, block by block, the historical ramifications of segregation in the district. [Park View DC]
D.C. Police are seeking two persons of interest related to a theft that occurred March 30 on the 2400 block of 20th Street NW.
In a video released by police today, two men can be seen entering a residential building and walking out with several FedEx packages.
Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the text tip line by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a robbery committed in the District of Columbia.
Video via MPD
Two weeks ago, local nerds dressed up for Awesome Con. This weekend at DC Arts Center, they’ll be taking the costumes off.
Naked Girls Reading’s D.C. chapter will perform its monthly nude reading tonight at 10 p.m. The theme: All things nerd.
Performers Gigi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and special guest Lucy Flawless will dress, then undress, as mutants, superheroes, and probably at least one character from Doctor Who. Along the way, they’ll read excerpts of nerdy literature in the nude.
Attendees are highly encouraged to show up dressed in their favorite nerd-themed costume and compete in the Nerdette costume contest.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $25.
The proprietors behind Adams Morgan ice pop eatery Pleasant Pops opened their second store today.
The shop is located downtown at 733 15th Street NW and sells an assortment of frozen juice pops in flavors such as strawberry, ginger lemonade, cookies and cream, and orange chai.
The new location also serves coffee drinks and pastries.
“I think on the weekend we’ll have a lot of tourist traffic, fingers crossed,” said Hannah Smith, general manager of the 15th Street location. “I think we’ve been well-received and anticipated by our neighbors.”
Each weekend this month, one of the theater’s five improv ensembles will perform two shows per night on Friday and Saturday. The first show starts at 7:30 p.m., and the second show starts at 10 p.m.
The shows will be driven by audience prompts and improv games, says WIT artistic director Mark Chalfant. But don’t worry about being snatched from your seat and taken onstage, he adds.
“We’re not looking to embarrass anybody,” says Chalfant.
There will also be guest performances by an all-gay improv team, Ugh, as well as one of D.C.’s longest-running improv teams, The Lodge.
(Update 12:00 p.m.) The Harris Teeter at 1631 Kalorama Road NW temporarily closed after a reported fire this morning at about 8:50 a.m.
The store reopened today around 11:45 a.m.
At 9 a.m. this morning, D.C. Fire and EMS said the reported fire was extinguished, but that the nature of the damage was not yet known.
A visit by Borderstan to the site of the reported fire revealed no exterior damage.
Traffic Advisory/Building Fire reported in the 1600 blk of Kalorama Rd NW/Street Closures on Kalorama Rd NW btwn 16th & 17th St NW/
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) June 5, 2015
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 5, 2015
Bourbon, the whiskey-soaked Adams Morgan hangout, wants patrons to bring their kids along for happy hour.
Each Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., the bar opens its upstairs space to grown-ups and kids alike during “kiddy happy hours.” The idea is simple: Drinks for the adults, cartoons, music and coloring for the kids.
Jessica Dallesasse, Bourbon’s general manager, says the bar started its kid-friendly happy hours about six months ago when a patron complained they had nowhere to take her kids during happy hour.
Now, Dallesasse says the event attracts up to 20 parents each week, and even more during the school year.
“Parents don’t often get to go out to eat or drink with their friends,” says Dallesasse. “So they just all bring their kids to a bar. The kids don’t get bored and the parents don’t get bored.”
While parents buy drinks and food at happy hour prices, kids can munch on chicken nuggets, french fries and mac and cheese from the bar’s kitchen.
And even though kids can roam the upstairs bar freely, they’re always within view of their parents, Dallesasse says. “It’s not like they just drop them off and walk away,” she adds.
Are the kids well-behaved? Dallesasse says, mostly. “There’s never been any temper tantrums or anything,” she says. “The only thing that can get loud is all the kids running around.”
Photo courtesy of Bourbon
Tonight’s Adams Morgan Movie Nights showing of “The Bicycle Thief” has been cancelled due to wet conditions on Marie Reed School’s field at 18th and California streets, NW.
The film, along with a planned bike ride to the showing, has been rescheduled for June 23.
The next two Adams Morgan Movie Night showings are “Rich Hill” and “Whiplash,” which will occur on June 9 and June 16, respectively.
Photo via Adams Morgan Movie Nights
From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com.
What’s on your list of must haves when looking for a new apartment in DC?
Well, the new Citadel Apartments in Adams Morgan (1631 Kalorama Road NW) might have everything you desire.
Modern design? Check. Within walking distance of Mt. Pleasant and U Street? Check. Close proximity to a supermarket? Double check. Windows? Well, about that …
Urban Turf reports that Washington DC based developer Douglas Development plans to build 39 apartments in the space above Harris Teeter that once held the old Kalorama skating rink and bowling alley.
In order to maximize space in the unique domed, circular layout of the old skating rink, architects designed an outside ring of 31 apartments and an inside block of eight apartments.
An unusual quirk of those eight center apartments – no windows. Without access to the perimeter windows of the dome, the architects decided to incorporate skylights into the layout to allow for natural light.
Having lived in a few basement apartments in the District, I know how important natural light can be for the human psyche. Windows provide a connection to the outside world, a fresh breeze on a sunny day, and most importantly, an emergency exit in case of a fire.
And maybe it’s just me, but DC needs fewer windowless apartments and more roller skating rinks.
The apartments will be delivered sometime this spring.
DC will celebrate Mardi Gras this Tuesday, February 12, with a celebration in Adams Morgan. From 6:30 until 10 pm, there will be marching bands, dancing and other festivities throughout the neighborhood.
Three live bands — including LaRue Horns, ZeZe Brasil Samba School and Alafia Dancers & Drummers — will perform at five different venues along 18th Street and Columbia Road. If the weather holds, music will also be performed on the street to highlight the neighborhood’s new streetscape design.
The five hosts for the Mardi Gras celebration are:
- Bossa DC, 2463 18th Street NW
- Chief Ikes Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Road NW
- The Grill From Ipanema, 1858 Columbia Road NW
- Rumba Café, 2443 18th Street NW
- Jack Rose, 2007 18th Street NW