by October 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm 1,061 0

17th Street NW at the 2008 High Heel Race. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

17th Street NW: 2007 High Heel Race. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

The annual Halloween High Heel Race, the original creation of JR’s Bar and Grill, is next Tuesday, October 28. I have lived in DC for almost 16 years and remember when this was mostly a neighborhood event. Not so anymore.

In fact, my partner and I sometimes don’t go because the crowds are simply too big and it is almost impossible to navigate your way through the thousands of revelers on 17th Street NW between Church and R, let alone see the costumes or the actual race. (Or perhaps I have just become a middle-aged old poop.) Still, it’s a good time and we are hoping for nice weather for next Tuesday evening.

You KNOW that what was formerly an event for the neighborhood and DC’s gay community has gone truly mainstream when the Washington Post lists the event in its City Guide of things-to-do. If you need more proof, this year’s sponsor is the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program, the beneficiary of this year’s proceeds, according to the Washington City Paper.

If the weather is bad on Tuesday evening and you don’t feel like fighting the crowds, here are some video clips from previous years on YouTube–here and here.

Here’s the Post listing for 2008:

Traditionally held on the Tuesday before Halloween, this annual neighborhood event features elaborately costumed drag queens racing down 17th Street (from Q to Church streets) and attracts a large crowd eager to cheer them on.

The race begins at 9, but the real fun takes place before the main event, as the contestants parade up and down the race course showing off their outfits.

To get a street-side seat at an on-course cafe like JR’s or the Fox & Hounds, stake out your spot by 6. (There’s plenty of space along the sidewalk, though crowds often block the view.) The informal block party continues long after the last Mary Jane (size 13 EE) crosses the finish line.

by October 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm 1,051 0

The Police Service Area (PSA) 208 held its monthly meeting Tuesday last night, October 21, at the 3rd District headquarters on V Street NW. The meeting was led by Sgt. John MacDonald, PSA 208. Below is a quick summary of the major topics of discussion.


  • Lt. Roland Hoyle, PSA 208
  • Officer Stephen Fletcher, PSA 208 Community Outreach Officer; E-mail to [email protected]
  • Rob Halligan, community safety activist
  • Sol Levine, Neighborhood Network 208 Administrator
  • Phil Conradt, Senior Engagement Manager, Roam Secure (DC Police Alert system)
  • Community members

Crime Statistics

  • Overall crime in PSA 208 was down 9% from the same month last year.
  • Overall violent crime in PSA 208 was down 24% from the same moth last year.
  • 21 of 39 Robberies in MPD’s Second District took place in PSA 208; 10 of those were in Borderstan.
  • Robbery Excluding Gun in PSA 208; 8 took place in Borderstan.
  • Robbery with Gun in PSA 208; 2 took place in Borderstan.

Community Outreach Officer

A newly created position, Community Outreach Officer, has been filled by Officer Steven Fletcher. Prior to his police career, he worked in the communication field for a bank. Fletcher is available to answer questions and provide community safety training and education.

General Information

The annual High Heel Race this Tuesday, October 28, on 17th Street NW, will have 22 extra officers detailed to help with crowd control.

by October 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm 0

Image from Guardian Angels Web site.

Image from Guardian Angels Web site.

It appears that they Guardian Angels have or are doing some work in Adams Morgan. I saw this post on Monday on Yahoo! Groups Dupont Forum list. There have been several (highly publicized) incidents of violent crime in the Adams Morgan area recently, many or most of them not 18th Street during the crowded weekend nights. Here it the posting from the Guardian Angels:

Posted by: “John Unique Ayala”

Please join us for our weekly walk around the neighborhood of Adams Morgan. We patrol all alleys and dark spots surrounding (Mozart, Champlain, 17th, Ontario, Euclid, etc.) as well as 18th St. & Columbia Rd. Bring a neighbor! All you need is a smile, flashlight, pen & pad. Join old friends or make new ones.

If you have an orange hat please bring it. We encourage any and everyone 16 years old and older to patrol with us. The Guardian Angels walk With the people in the community. We must have at least 5 community members from the scheduled neighborhood or the walk will be cancelled. Please join us Monday 20, 2008 from 7 PM to 9 pm We meet in front of Sun Trust bank & the Police Substation on 18th street and Columbia Road. EXCEPT AS NOTED.

To start a weekly patrol in your community with the Guardian Angels please contract John Ayala.

by October 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm 1,414 0


Steam Cafe is on the northwest corner of 17th and R Streets NW. Best croissants EVER. Get there early in the morning. Plain, chocolate and maple-pecan. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Steam Cafe at northwest corner of 17th and R Streets NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

As readers probably know, I don’t do restaurant reviews–news about food and restuarants, yes, but not restaurant reviews. I will say this, though, about Steam Cafe at the northwest corner of 17th and R Streets NW: best croissants I can find in D.C.

They make the croissants themselves in the morning in three varieties: plain, chocolate and a pecan/maple syrup gooey one. Sometimes the croissants go fast, so they may not have any left if you go later in the morning.

by October 25, 2008 at 10:12 am 1,407 2 Comments

This is a very cool application on the DC Government’s Web site–the DC Guide, which is powered by the DC Geographic Information System. It is a mapping tool that allows you to search in four categories:

  1. Find It – This is for general searches. You can tell the search engine to find post offices, hospitals, recreation centers, etc.
  2. Get There – Get directions to places in the city or find out where a particular place of interest is located.
  3. Where You Live Get Administrative, Economic, Education, Environment, Planning, Public Safety and Recreation information for your area/neighborhood. For example, you can find out which Advisory Neighborhood Commission or police district serves you.
  4. Real Property – Find out what your neighbor’s condo sold for, if it is the searachable years range, or who owns a property on your block, etc. You can also see how your property assessment compares to other properties.

by October 21, 2008 at 6:56 am 0

In-person absentee voting started yesterday in D.C. for the November 4 general election. You can vote in-person at Judiciary Square at 441 4th Street NW, at the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE). You can get there by Metro; the Judiciary Square Metro stop on the Red Line is at 4th and E NW. This release from DCBOEE:

The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics reminds all eligible voters in the District that in-person absentee voting begins on Monday, October 20, 2008. DC BOEE Acting Executive Director Sylvia Goldsberry-Adams stated, “The Board hopes that all citizens who will be unable to come to their assigned polling location on November 4th will be able to cast an absentee ballot either in person or by mail.”

Registered voters wishing to vote an absentee ballot may request a ballot by mail or vote in-person at the Board’s office at One Judiciary Square (441 4th Street, NW Suite 205-North).  Mail in requests must be received by Tuesday, October 28th.

Voters wishing to vote in-person absentee at the Board’s office may do so from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. between Monday, October 20, and Monday, November 3 (including Saturdays but not Sundays). 

For more information on absentee voting or any other election-related matter, the public is invited to visit the Board’s website at or call (202) 727-2525 (TDD 202-639-8916).

by October 20, 2008 at 4:53 pm 1,476 3 Comments

This Borderstan dog is getting ready for the new dog park at 11th and R Streets NW. The park could open as soon as early November.

This Borderstan dog is getting ready for the new dog park at 11th and R Streets NW. The park could open as soon as early November.

Great news, dog owners of Borderstan. The new dog park that is under construction at 11th and R will be fully enclosed, according to Jesse Rounds of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Moreover, Rounds told today that DPR is hoping to open the park in early November. Rounds said:

“Entry into the dog park (both for small dogs and big dogs) will be through double gates on the 11th Street side of the park. The fence will enclose a rather large area with approximately 2,000 square feet for small dogs and over 12,000 square feet for larger dogs. We’re looking forward to opening this park soon so that both dog owners and non-dog owners can enjoy the park while feeling safe.”

The dog park will be located on the soccer field near Shaw Junior High School.

by October 19, 2008 at 9:44 am 0

MPD's Second Police District (click on image to enlarge).

MPD’s Second District. PSA 208 is in the lower right side of the map.

The monthly community meeting of MPD’s Police Service Area (PSA) 208 is this Tuesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. Location is the Third District Police Station (even though PSA 208 is part of the MPD’s Second District) at 1620 V Street NW. Meetings usually run 90 minutes to two hours. These monthly meetings are helpful for residents and police alike, giving everyone a chance to talk about public safety concerns, pass along information and get to know one another. West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is part of PSA 208. However, East Borderstanians (PSA 307) are VERY welcome to attend. In fact, your participation is encouraged.

by October 19, 2008 at 9:24 am 1,099 0

The Wilson Building is home to the D.C. City Council. (Photo from D.C. Council Web site.)

The Wilson Building is home to the D.C. City Council. (Photo from D.C. Council Web site.)


Candidates for two At-Large seats on the D.C. City Council will debate this Monday, October 20, at the Dupont Circle Candidates’s Forum.

Two of the four At-Large seats are being filled this year. The other two seats, plus the Council Chairman slot, are up for election in 2010.

When and Where

Monday, October 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Powell Room at the Cosmos Club at 2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Participating Candidates

Click on the candidate’s name to go to his or her campaign Web site.


The debiate is co-hosted by Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Dupont Circle/2B.

Submit Debate Questions

You can post questions for the debate online at ANC 2B/Dupont Circle–just click here to submit your questions.


  1. All candidates for the two seats appear on the ballot together. The two candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the two At-Large seats.
  2. At least one of the winning candidates on November 4 for the At-Large seats must be an Indpendent or from a party other than the majority party (the Democratic Party).

by October 19, 2008 at 8:33 am 0

Western view of the U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph a Day.)

Esquire magazine has made its own list of the “10 Worst Members of Congress” and “10 Best Members of Congress.” 

I’m posting these links because we live in Washington and… well, many of us in Borderstan are political geeks even if we don’t work on The Hill or for lobbying firms.

But, not to worry: is NOT going into political advocacy. There are plenty of Democrats and Republicans on both lists.

by October 19, 2008 at 8:14 am 0

Check out DCBlogs (it’s now linked in the right column under “News Aggregators”). Blogs are listed here by in 24–YES, 24–different categories. Here’s a blurb about DCBlogs the FAQ section from the editors:

The main page is a news site. It reports on topics raised by bloggers, changes in the DC blogging community, as well as bring new blogs to the attention of readers. We’re always on the hunt for interesting content and suggestions are encouraged — let us know about your work or the work of other writers that you think we should be making a note of. Just write [email protected] If you would like to join the ranks of regular contributors.

by October 19, 2008 at 7:54 am 0

The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is housed in this 1902 Beaux-Arts building. It also houses the Kiplinger Research Library and National Music Center.

Mount Vernon Square, 801 K Street NW: The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is housed in this 1902 Beaux-Arts building. It also houses the Kiplinger Research Library and National Music Center.

From Dupont Forum on Yahoo! Groups… here is a look at events this week at the The Historical Society of Washington, DC(HSW).

This Week at The Historical Society

  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, noon: “Me and Martha,” traditional folk music of the Shenandoah Valley.
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m.: “Create a Halloween Mask,” fun for the family.
  • Sunday, Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m.: lecture and discussion, Breena Clarke on her novel, “Stand the Storm,” a story of slavery.

More Information

  • The HSWS is located at 801 K St. NW at Mt. Vernon Square.
  • The HSW is 2 blocks south of the Mount Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center Metro Station (Yellow and Green lines) and 2 blocks north of the Gallery Pacel-Chinatown Metro station (Red, Yellow, and Green lines).
  • All events are free unless otherwise indicated.
  • For more information, call (202) 383-1850 or visit the Historical Society’s Web site.
  • The Historical Society has online calendar with a list of events.

by October 18, 2008 at 9:01 am 0

"Honey Brown Eyes" opens October 22 at the JCC's Theater J at 16th and Q Streets NW. (Image from Theater J Web site.)

“Honey Brown Eyes” opens October 22 at the JCC’s Theater J. (Image from Theater J Web site.)

You can attend the theater without ever leaving Borderstan at The JCC’s Theater J at 16th and Q Streets NW. “Honey Brown Eyes” opens October 22 and runs through November 30. Details below, from Theater J’s Web page.



  • The Show: “Honey Brown Eyes”
  • When: October 22 through November 30, 2008.
  • Who: A World Premiere by Stefanie Zadravec; directed by Jessica Lefkow. Featuring Theater J Artistic Associate In Residence Alexander Strain (Helen Hayes Nomination for Pangs of the Messiah).
  • Tickets: Information about tickets here.
  • About the Performance: “Bosnia 1992. In two kitchens, two soldiers recover a little of what they’ve lost during the war. A Serbian paramilitary must face the consequences of his own brutality, while a Bosnian resistance fighter, crippled by the limits of his own courage, seeks refuge with a kindred soul. Unlikely partnerships emerge in this play of horror, humanity, and stunning relevance.”



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