Oh, hell, I don’t know if there is going to be a chef-wanna-be in the cast of The Real World:DC. But, Luis and I did notice this rather extensive herb garden planted on the 20th Street NW side of the RWDC house. It has mint, rosemary, basil and parsley. There’s a fair number of the plants, too… and they are conveniently located near that BBQ grille that was delivered a couple of weeks ago.
Rice at 1608 14th Street, NW is always a favorite in the neighborhood. The food is delicious, a combination of classic Thai dishes and other Asian offering. (A favorite of ours; it’s always very good.)
Eatonville, at 2121 14th Street, NW. A newcomer to the neighborhood… from the owner of Busboys and Poets. They have a menu inspired by New Orleans. Perfect for a late a lunch outdoors and very reasonable priced. (We ate lunch there earlier this week; the Po-Boys and cole slaw are excellent.)
Source Festival 2009 at 1835 14th Street, NW. This weekend… 18 short plays selected from 500 submissions; directed by DC’s top freelance directors. (See earlier posting.) The festival runs through July 12.
“Fever Dream” is presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW. Based on Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, the show “becomes a very intelligent reflection giving us a lot to laugh about.”
No Soul For Sale at The Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW. “The exhibition brings together the most exciting, creative and respected not-for-profit centers, alternative institutions, artists’ collectives and independent enterprises from around the world that contribute to the international art scene by inventing new strategies for the distribution of information and by supporting a diverse cultural program.”
So, the weekend approaches and you are ready to go… to get out of Borderstan (lovely though our little autonomous region may be). New York City awaits. The trip to Gotham takes about four to five hours, depending on traffic. We’ve haven’t taken Megabus (pictured) yet, but the double decker is appealing; we hope to check it out soon. Anyone have Megabus experiences to share?
But once in New York, it’s just as important to know what NOT to do as is what not to miss. So, we bring this write up from MSNBC.com of “Ten things not to do in New York City” (with alternative recommendations), so you can make the best of that weekend in New York City. Reader feedback is greatly appreciated: Do you like the warnings? Have more things to NOT do in NYC you’d like to add?
The forum panel consists of four DC mayors: Barry, Pratt, Williams and Fenty. The forum title is “Conversations on Great Streets with the 4 Living Mayor’s of Washington.”
The Community Development Committee of ANC 2F/Logan Circle meets tomorrow night (June 24) at 7 p.m. at The Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Remember that East Borderstan (east of 15th) is in ANC 2F. Get more information about ANC 2F and the Community Development committee online.
- Meeting Agenda
- Approval of Agenda
- 942 P Street, NW–driveway and parking spot
- Public space permit renewal for The Park on Fourteenth
What happened in Dupont Circle yesterday? Was there a bomb threat that caused the U.S. Park Police to clear the park? According to a participant of the 16th Annual Pride of Pets dog show, the park was cleared for about 30 minutes during the event.
Another eyewitness reported that around 4:30 p.m., the Park Police suddenly blocked off streets leading to Dupont Circle and then forced everyone to leave:
“Moments ago, US Park Police cleared Dupont Circle of all persons, announcing the move was ‘for everyone’s safety.’ Meanwhile, DCMPD and Fire/EMS had a heavy presence in front of the CVS, including no passage for pedestrians or vehicles. I don’t see anything on the news or blogs yet.”
Anyone know anything?
Three crime alerts from last night/early this morning, all from eastern Logan or western Shaw… between the Convention Center and Logan Circle. You can sign up for different types of alerts at Alert DC.
- Robbery Hold-Up Gun_0125 hours_1000 Block of N Street NW_ L/O for 1 B/M 6’1″ white tee shirt blue jeans bald head S-2 B/M 5’8″ 150 lbs. dark tee shirt blue jeans armed with a gun DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #120090331273
- Robbery Fear_2330 hours_1300 10th Street NW_LOF 3 B/M juveniles and 1 B/F juvenile DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090330987
- Robbery Knife_2357_1200 11th Street NW_LOF H/M White Shirt with knife in hand subject outside bar across from a super market DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20090330914
Why? I wanted to see if the increases in crime for the area took place mostly in the first four months of the year–and to see whether the stats were looking better for May. More specifically, I wanted to see if the trend that is evident in the stats for the first five months of the year were true for the most recent month.
Here is what I found. (more…)
The violent crime rate for the first five months of the year in the Dupont-Kalorama area of DC is up 24.7% since 2007, according to statistics from the MPD’s crime database for Police Service Area (PSA) 208.
The most disturbing statistics relate to the rise in robberies and gun crimes. Robberies (with and without a gun) are up 42.8% in two years for the January-May period. Gun crimes (assaults and robberies with a gun) have increased 50% in two years–85% since last year alone.
Property crime is up 6.6% for the January-May reporting period since 2007. Overall, total crime is up 8.5% for the first five months of the year since 2007 in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood.
A more detailed analysis and chart are below the fold. (more…)
Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Rasmuson Theater in The National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW. A tribute to Heitor Villa-Lobos, a Brazilian composer regarded as one of the most influential figures in Brazilian music who has become one of the most well known composers in Latin America.
Good morning, Borderstan. A few things from other blogs and online that caught my eye… as I sat around drinking coffee at my mom’s house.
- Free in DC has info on The Sacred Festival this Sunday to celebrate the
Summer Solstice… “Festivities from 10:30am – 7:30pm in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park between 16th and 15th at Euclid and inside of the Josephine Butler Parks Center from 10:30am – 5:00pm.” The group’s Web site is Sacred DC.
- dcist has more information on the double shooting outside the Columbia Heights Metro station yesterday. CP’s City Desk blog has photos.
- The Washington City Paper has the “Young & Hungry’s 50 Best Restaurants.” The list is interesting… and I need to get out more; I won’t even tell you how many I recognize, let alone how many I have tried.
- 14th & You notes that two Borderstan establishments were in the Washington Post guide to eateries (a word I just love).
- Speaking of 14th & You, this blog’s posting earlier this week about the brouhaha over Cafe Saint-Ex on 14th Street NW– “Partner of ANC Commissioner Attempts to Scuttle Saint-Ex Agreement; Goes After Policy Employees,”–got so many comments that comments are now closed!
- The Triangle has an update on the Level Lounge, which is slated for 315 H Street NW.
There have been trucks and cranes and “No Parking” signs all over this part of the city today. Yesterday the signs appeared in Borderstan and today there were orange cones on 15th Street between R and Corcoran Streets NW.
Tonight we finally know why: a movie production company is filming in Borderstan. Trucks and crews are all around… setting up lighting or just putting down equipment. We don’t really know much about the movie yet, but a good guess is that it’s the Reese Witherspoon-Paul Rudd-Owen Wilson movie that was doing production in Adams Morgan today.