Heavy downpours and possible thunderstorms are expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain to the D.C. area late tonight and tomorrow, and that might mean more flooding for some in Shaw.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for D.C. and the surrounding areas starting around 2 a.m. tomorrow morning and lasting through 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
Last week, several P Street NW residents spoke their concerns regarding recent flooding in Shaw.
Tom Lisle, a spokesperson for D.C. Water, said heavy downpours are more likely to tax the city’s “undersized” sewer system.
“The sewers, for really intense rainstorms, don’t have enough capacity,” Lisle said last week.
A fix is on the way, said Lisle, but not until 2022 when the planned Northeast Boundary Tunnel is completed.
ANC 2F is expected to address flooding concerns at its monthly meeting in Thomas Circle next Wednesday.
Residents who experience flooding or see standing water and clogged storm drains are asked to call D.C. Water’s 24-hour command center at 202-612-3400.
A woman was left injured and taken to the hospital after being choked during a daylight robbery in Shaw yesterday afternoon.
Police say the victim was walking along the sidewalk on the 1800 block of 5th Street NW around 2:24 p.m. when a man began arguing with her.
The argument escalated when the man pushed the woman to the ground, then started choking her. The man also struck the woman in the leg with an unspecified object during the assault.
The man then grabbed some of the woman’s personal belongings and fled the scene, police say.
After the assault, the woman was taken to the hospital for treatment. Authorities would not provide the condition of the victim or whether she has since left the hospital.
Police are currently on the lookout for the suspect, who is described as a male in his 20s with a thin build.
Europub — It looks like The Airedale, a new “Europub and beer garden” is coming to the Mad Momo’s space at 3605 14th Street NW. [New Columbia Heights]
Shaw Flooding — Some Shaw residents are worried after Sunday’s heavy rainstorm caused their drains to overflow with sewage for the second time in the past year. [Borderstan]
History in Parking — Kent Boese at Park View DC looks into the history of the garages in the neighborhood. Yes, it appears the garages themselves are much older than one might expect. [Park View DC]
Salvadoran Dish — Shrine of the Sacred Heart is hosting a Pupusa Festival all day on Sunday, June 21 near 16th Street NW and Park Road NW. “Come to eat! Stay to learn how to make pupusas,” a poster reads. [Popville]
Symphony in DC Major — A photographic essay of the unveiling of the sculpture “Symphony in DC Major” by Zachary Oxman, located on P Street between 7th and 8th streets NW. [Badwolf DC]
Doughnuts. More Doughnuts. — A new Dunkin’ Donuts opened yesterday at 19th and L streets NW, next to the Chop’t and City Sports. [Borderstan]
Cooling Off — The city has spruced up Banneker pool at 2500 Georgia Ave with a snack bar and some canopies for shade. [New Columbia Heights]
McMillan Update — The District is looking for a contractor to oversee the McMillan Sand Filtration Plan development, which will transform a 25-acre parcel of land near the Children’s National Medical Center on Michigan Avenue into a brand new neighborhood with 146 townhomes, 531 apartments, a grocery store, more than 1 million square feet of medical office development, and that’s just to start. [Washington Business Journal]
The city is growing and that means the offerings for various tastes are becoming more varied. Example: Shaw gets the only sherry bar in the city. Inspired by Spanish bars, Mockingbird Hill — Ham and Sherry Bar — opened last week at 1843 7th Street NW. It is a take on the intimate crowded bars from Europe by Derek Brown and wife Chantal Tseng. Brown comes from The Passenger and Columbia Room’s and Tseng from the Tabard Inn.
Tseng created a selection of 54 varieties of sherry that will have small bites to go along and enhance the experience – walnuts, manzanilla olives, peanuts and chocolate- are some of them. Four different types of local hams will be on the menu as well as some small plates.
If you want to learn more about sherry, Brown plans to offer sherry classes at Mockingbird Hill every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
You’ve read the book and you’ve seen the movie(s), so now it’s time to “Get Your Gatsby On” with the Shaw Main Streets Roaring 20’s Bar Crawl. Happening this Saturday, June 8, from 1 to 7 pm, this is a fun way to explore your local bars and restaurants while also supporting the preservation and restoration of the Shaw neighborhood.
Organized by Shaw Main Streets, they promise “an afternoon of cocktails, friends, and fun, Gatsby-style.” This is the third bar crawl that Shaw Main Streets has put together and given the theme of the crawl, they encourage period costumes, though they are definitely not required.
Where To Be And What To Expect
There are six different locations participating in this event, all located in lower central Shaw. Each will have on hand signature drinks, cocktails and food specials. There will also be raffled prizes at each stop along the way.
The venues/arrival times are:
- 1 – 2 pm: Bar 7, 1015-1/2 7th Street, NW
- 2 – 3 pm: Queen of Sheba, 1503 9th Street, NW
- 3 – 4 pm: Old Dominion Brewhouse, 1219 9th Street, NW
- 4 – 5 pm: A&D, 1314 9th Street, NW
- 5 – 6 pm: The Passenger, 1021 7th Street, NW
- 6 – 7 pm: Penthouse 9, 1318 9th Street, NW
Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the event.
Purchase tickets for the bar crawl here.
See more photos from Saturday’s UHOP Parade as it made its way around Logan Circle.
On Saturday, we were lucky to enjoy what has become a neighborhood tradition during Memorial Day weekend — the annual United House of Prayer for All People, always on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Starting from UHOP’s main location at 6th and M Streets NW, the parade of marchers and marching bands wound its way through the Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods.
The parade reached Logan Circle around noon, and the location has become a gathering spot for residents in the neighborhood to watch the parade. At the Circle many neighbors gathered with lawn chairs while kids played and dogs sat beneath the shade trees. The parade took almost two hours to go around Logan Circle, while the bands and congregants marched their way back to UHOP.
“Sweet Daddy” Grace (photo above), the founder of the denomination lived at 11 Logan Circle NW and the church still owns the house; Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house.
The deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development (PED) has selected the developer for Parcel 42 — a plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW, and a rectangular lot at 7th and R Streets.
Several bidders met the qualifications of the previously solicited Request for Expressions of Interest, but PED selected Shaw 42 Developers, LLC, a joint venture between TenSquare and the Chapman Development Group.
The planned development includes a 105-unit residential building with ground floor retail, according to a previous profile from Urban Turf. The development will consist of studio, one-and-two-bedroom units, with room for retail.
ANC 6E-02 Commissioner Kevin Chapple says the proposal from Shaw 42 Developers was most attractive to the city because the group offers the city a 99-year ground lease. This means that after 99 years, the land and the building on Parcel 42 will revert back to the ownership and control of the city government, unless otherwise negotiated.
Savor the flavors of Shaw on Thursday, April 18, at the 2013 Shaw Main Streets Gala. The event, “Savour Shaw,” will take place at 7 pm at Long View Gallery (1234 9th Street NW). It will highlight the food, drink and music of the neighborhood to support the Shaw Main Streets‘ Commercial Revitalization and Historic Preservation programs.
- Derek Brown, The Passenger
- R.J. Cooper, Rogue 24
- Frederik de Pue, Table
- Daniel O’Brien, Seasonal Pantry
- Tom Power-Corduroy and Ron Tanaka, Thally
Tickets are $75 and include small bites and a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, live jazz music, a silent auction and admission to the gala’s after party. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.
The 9th Street corridor NW has become a new destination for restauranteurs and retail as the city continues to grow and develop.
Seasonal Pantry’s soon-to-be new neighbor will bring contemporary American cuisine to Shaw. Maple barman Sherman Golden and New Heights chef Ron Tanaka are joining together to bring a new restaurant venture to 1316 9th Street NW, Washingtonian reports. The restaurant, named Thally, is scheduled to open this spring.
“The idea is to create a neighborhood restaurant — like a bistro, but not with French food — that also has a great bar scene with a constantly changing selection of wines and beers on tap and in bottles,” reports Washingtonian.
Thally’s menu will change seasonally and will include locally sourced ingredients. There is no set opening date, as of yet.
A juvenile male with a knife approached a woman as she was entering her car around shortly before 4 pm Monday on the 900 block of T Street NW. He demanded her car, but fled after she called the police. The attempted carjacking occurred near the woman’s house, according to DC Police.
Police units were in the area and arrested the suspect nearby on the 1100 block of French Street NW. The woman was not injured and her car was not taken, according to DC Police.
From DC Police Alerts: “Police Alert – Armed Carjacking, UNIT 3052 CONFIRMED A Carjacking in the 900blk of T St. NW. Case closed with (1) arrest. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130122764, Sent on: 03/18 19:46.”
From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Carjacking in the 900blk of T St. NW. Case closed with (1) arrest. 6972.”
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There are street closings on Sunday, March 17, for the Shaw’s Tavern St. Patrick’s Day Neighborhood Festival and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Parade: For the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the parade will form on the National Mall and proceed westbound on Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street NW, where it will disband. 7th Street will be closed between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW from approximately 9 am to 3 pm. Streets leading to Constitution Avenue NW will be closed during this time period.
From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.
Looking for a good place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the neighborhood? This Sunday, check out the first annual Shaw’s Community St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival.
The festival, sponsored by Shaw’s Tavern, will take place on March 17 from 11 am to 5 pm on 6th Street NW between Florida Avenue and S Streets.
The festival will include an extended beer garden, including green beer and traditional Irish fare.
Entertainment will include live music by local bluegrass, Irish and jazz combos King Street Bluegrass, DC Swing! and Superior Cling, as well as Irish Step dancers from the Boyle School of Irish dancing. Check back for a schedule of events.
Bring the kids and let them explore a fun house and a rock climbing wall. A face painter, airbrush tattoo artist and balloon artist will also be on hand to amuse the little ones.
The festival is free of charge and will be held rain or shine!
A city-owned plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW — dubbed Parcel 42 — is one step closer to being the neighborhood’s next big development project.
In November 2012, the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced that six bidders met the qualifications of the Request for Expressions of Interest. Now that pool has been narrowed down to three bidding developers.
Urban Turf reports the three candidates include a a 102-suite hotel from Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners, an eight-story residential building from Neighborhood Development Company and a 105-unit residential building from TenSquare Group and Chapman Development.
Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners
After ANC 2C/Shaw voted 2-1 in favor of bringing Dantes Partners’ vision to Parcel 42, the developer gave us the details on the proposed plan. The hotel will have 102 hotel suites and will feature a rooftop pool with green space, parking spaces for residents and hotel guests and a Milk and Honey grocer/market on the ground floor. Additionally, the project will include 22 subsidized housing units and will create 65 to 75 long-term jobs.
Neighborhood Development Company
Similar to Dantes Partners’ plan, the eight-story building from Neighborhood Development also features parking and a food/grocery space for ground-floor retail. Urban Turf reports that the development company submitted two plans: one with 81 one-and-two-bedroom units and another with 99 residential units. Neighborhood Development Company says the ground-floor retail (a 9,500 square-foot space) will most likely be Yes! Organic Market with outdoor seating and dining.
TenSquare Group and Chapman Development
While the plan for this team’s 105-unit residential building does call call for a specific retailer to occupy the building’s ground floor retail space, the developers say the retailer could also be a grocery or pharmacy. The team of developers say they plan to make the top floors contemporary and made from recycled materials. The seven-floor building will also include 21 units dedicated to affordable housing. The developers estimate the project will create around 15 long-term jobs.
From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
A victim was shot in the 1500 block of 7th Street NW just before 5:00pm Wednesday evening, according a tweet from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
NBC 4’s Jackie Benson tweeted that the shooting appeared to take place in front of Bread for the City, which is located at 1525 7th Street NW.
Police Service Area 307 Lieutenant Jeffery Carroll said the victim was transported to the hospital for treatment.
No information was immediately available about the suspect. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact MPD at 202-727-9099.
The DC Police Alert: “UNIT 3081 CONFIRMED A Shooting at 7th & Q St. NW. No lookout given. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130068728, Sent on: 02/13 17:04″