This is great news–huge news, in fact–for the 14th and U corridor. The real estate and development blog, DC Metrocentric, reported yesterday that the Utopia project slated for the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW will happen: financing is available and groundbreaking is scheduled for winter of 2011.
This comes on the heels of a report (noted here on Tuesday) that the status of the Utopia project seemed to be uncertain due to project financing, according to DC Mud, another real estate blog.
As DC Mud explains, the Utopia project will have 220 residential units and 20,000 square feet of retail space. It will run from T to U Street on 14th and then along U Street all the way to the the Extra Space Storage building at 1420 U Street NW.
Another large project, on 14th Street NW, gets underway in September. The west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets will be demolished–except for the former Whitman Walker building at S Street–and JBG will construct condominiums with ground-level retail space. Whitman Walker sold and vacated the building in 2008 and the former laundromat at 14th and Swann Streets has been closed for several months.
Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Fourth of July weekend is a big holiday in DC. We get lots of visitors. Some are locals from the suburbs who come into the city for a day. Others are tourists who stay longer and bless us with their dollars at hotels and local businesses.
For the coming weekend, there are many reasons to stay in the city, as well as reasons to leave. I am firm believer that traveling on three-day weekends is usually stressful and an overall bad idea, so we will be here in Borderstan. Here are some tips for newcomers–and reminders for longtime residents.
Why to Stay in DC
- You avoid the traffic on the I-95 corridor along the east coast. You avoid the crowded buses and trains headed for NY.
- You don’t have to navigate the traffic to get to Eastern Shore and the beaches. Not to mention, you won’t have to deal with the multitudes who think it’s fun to travel on three-day weekends.
- The streets are delightfully quiet at this point in early summer.
- You can get a table at a trendy restaurant and quickly get inside a popular club.
- Staying in town is probably cheaper unless you really take advantage of point #4 in a big way.
If You Stay in DC
There are risks to staying in town: Lots of people come to DC for the Fourth of July festivities. Some are locals from the suburbs while others are tourists. So, you do need to know what to expect, what to avoid and what precautions to take. Of course, there are lots of reasons to stay home and take in the events this weekend.
- The website-calendar, What’s On Washington, has a regularly updated listing of events in the DC area. It’s quite good and I recommend it for this weekend’s festivities. Some other listsings… check out the July 4th roundup at washingtonian.com… while the post is from last year, locations don’t change and the Going Out Gurus at The Washington Post have a great map of places to watch the fireworks on the National Mall on Sunday night… the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, an annual event, is happening on the National Mall and closes Monday.
- Road closures: Lots of them downtown and around the National Mall–but not in the Borderstan area. DC Department of Transportation put out its list of road closures for this weekend.
- Transportation: Whevever possible, walk or take the bus. The Metro will get crazy this weekend. Driving around the hood is fine–but avoid downtown (see DDOT’s road closings).
- Events on the National Mall. The National Park Service has a listing. If you want to go for the festivities, check the the list.
- The official Parade is Sunday, July 4, beginning at 11:45 a.m. It goes westward on Constitution Avenue NW from 7th to 17th Street.
- There are concerts on the Capitol grounds and at the Washington Monument.
- There are fireworks on the National Mall. They begin at 9:10 pm on Sunday night, and the launch site is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
A final word about the concerts and fireworks and crowds on the National Mall: I go every 10 years, rain or shine.
It’s the Fourth of July weekend, with an extra night to relax. Check out the live music listings for Thursday, July 1, through Sunday, July 4… always plenty of to hear at clubs in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.
Music in Dupont-Logan-U Street
|Islands, Active Child, Steel Phantoms
|Cryfest: The Cure Vs. The Smiths Dance Party w/ DJs Steve EP, Missguided, Killa K, Krasty McNasty
Price: $10DCRight Round: 80s Alt-Pop Dance Night w/ DJ lil’e
|The Shirks, Nobunny, Deathrats
Price: $10Wag: 60s Garage and Soul
|Red Room, Food For Thought
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $10 Adv/$15 Door
|Earcandie.com Launch Party
|Liberation Dance Party
|Jazz Jam Sessions
Time: 830pm – midnight
|Jazz Jam Sessions
815 V St. NW
|WP Presents Victor Wooten
|Delta Spirit w/ Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, The Romany Rye
1344 U St. NW
Time: 9pm, 11pm
|Greg Glassman Quintet
Time: 8pm, 10pm
1115 U St. NW
|Worthy (Dirtybird, SF) Starks + Nacey, Jubilee Mo, Brian Billion
|Red Fridays: Lazaro Casanova, Soviet Panda, Meistro
Price: Free with Facebook RVSP or $10
|Bersa Discos presents: Tormenta Tropical DC – Dave Nada Birthday Edition
Time: 10 pm
|“The Big Boom” w/ Fort Knox Five, See-I, Nappy Riddem
915 U St. NW
|Animal Genital, Young and High, Afuche, Animal Tropical
|The Ash Lovelies and friends + Downstairs DJs Goldman, Big Vic and Honestlee
|The Sound of Machines, Railsplitter, Sharkopath + Downstairs Big Bad City w/ Soul Called Paul
Mayor Adrian Fenty is holding a LGBT Pride Month celebration and meet-and-greet tonight from 7 to 9 pm at Mova (formerly Halo) at 1435 P Street NW. The mayor’s office says it is not a fundraiser or campaign event: “This event is not a fundraiser but an opportunity to celebrate our many accomplishments and to hear the Mayor’s vision for the future.”
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B holds its July meeting at 7 pm at the Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets NW. On the agenda is a 10-minute slot for Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large).
Among the crimes of note in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area in the past week were three stolen autos, all of which were nabbed in the U Street corridor area. There were also four burglaries or attempts and all were in the 14th and 15th Streets area.
- Saturday, June 26, 1:40 am, 1100 block of U Street NW-pocketbook snatch.
- Sunday, June 27, Florida Avenue and V Street NW-with knife.
- Monday, June 28, 11:43 pm, 13th and T Streets NW-attempt.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Thursday, June 24, 2000 block of 13th Street NW.
- Friday, June 25, 10th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW-with knife.
- Wednesday, June 23, 3:15 to 7:15 pm, 1600 block of 15th Street NW.
- Saturday, June 26 to Monday, June 28, 1400 block of R Street NW.
- Sunday, June 27, after midnight, 1300 block of 14th Street NW-restaurant.
- Sunday, June 27, 1400 block of Swann Street NW.
- Saturday, June 26, 11:50 pm to 1:30 am, 14th and T Streets NW.
- Saturday, June 26, after 7 pm, 14th and U Streets NW-parking garage.
- Saturday, June 26, after 3:25 am, 1900 block of 9th Street NW.
It’s Week 3 at the Source Festival with the final performances on Saturday. At the Studio Legends has been extended another week, through July 11. At the Lincoln Theatre, no more shows until October.
Full details for below the fold.
Staying in town this 4th of July weekend? Don’t feel like sitting on I-95 or going bumper-to-bumper on the approach to the Bay Bridge? Perhaps walking from home to an art gallery is a better option. Three new exhibits opened last week at Borderstan-area galleries:
- At gallery plan b on 14th Street, see Steed Taylor’s “Portrait of a Road Tattoo.”
- At the Joan Hisaoka Gallery on U Street, take in “Through Their Eyes: Haitian Artists’ Visions of Home” plus photos from National Geographic’s Maggie Steberith.
- At Transformer Gallery on P Street, go see “E7: Tetrad.”
Thursday is the last day to see Anna U. Davis: “The Dance before the Kill” at the Long View Gallery on 9th Street NW.
See what else is on exhibit at Dupont-Logan-U Street galleries–below the fold.
In case you were without contact with the outside world today, then you might have missed the acquittals of the three defendants in the Robert Wone conspiracy trial today at DC’s Moultrie Courthouse.
The website Who Murdered Robert Wone (WMRW)–and most other DC media outlets–have details. The WMRW website actually crashed this afternoon as the site was hit with more traffic than the server could handle.
In a nutshell: The three defendants were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice in the murder of Robert Wone on August 2, 2006. Wone was murdered at 1509 Swann Street NW, where all three defendants lived and were on the night of the murder. (No one has been charged with murder to date.) Today, the presiding judge acquitted all three defendants of all charges; the defendants have waived their right to trial by jury.
WMRW has an analysis of the trial and the verdict, along with a link to Judge Lynn Leibovtiz’s verdict. Be sure to read the excerpts from the judge’s verdict on the most recent post at WMRW: they are some real jaw-droppers regarding he defendants Joseph Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky.
The word is that the Wone family will be bringing a civil suit against the defendants for wrongful death.
From Tom Hay
Afternoon update: A spokesperson for Estadio said today they hope to open the restaurant before mid-July, but do not have a set date yet.
It appears that Estadio at 1520 14th Street NW (at the corner of Church Street) is set to open very soon. During trips by the store over the weekend workmen were moving fixtures and heavy, dark Spanish-style furniture into the space. While it would appear there is much work yet to be done, it also looks like everything is now inside the store. We were unable to get a firm opening date from Estadio’s publicist.
The restaurant is owned by Mark Kuller, who also owns the very popular Proof over in the Penn Quarter at 8th and G NW. The cuisine will be contemporary Spanish, with a focus on northern Spain. The menu lists small snacks, or pintxos as they are known in the Basque region, priced from $3 to $6; traditional tapas, priced from $5 to $11; and small entrees or racions, priced from $12 to $19.
Along the lines of Proof, Estadio will have an extensive selection of wine. Most of the wines will come from Spain and bottles will be in the $20 to $75 price range, with many by the glass for under $10.
Initially the restaurant will open for dinner only. Plans then call for it to expand to brunch service in the fall, followed by weekday lunch next year. The restaurant will seat 115 and will include communal tables and a private dining room for up to 24.
If you’ve managed to get a peek through the door during construction like I did, you will notice the extensive use of reclaimed Spanish tile, wood and iron. Based on the reputation of Proof I am convinced this will be a hit right away.
The restaurant space was formerly occupied by Garden District’s indoor plant store, which consolidated operations with the outdoor garden center at 1740 14th Street NW.
We ceased posting our weekly roundup of stuff you really should have read somewhere following the redesign of Borderstan. But, we ourselves missed it, so it’s back. Here are some newsworthy items in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.
Utopia project at 14th and U receives extension. The real estate blog DC Mud reported Saturday that the developer behind the huge residential and commercial project at the southwest corner of 14th and U NW received a two-year extension for its plans from the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). UrbanMud explains that the zoning variance extension was granted to the developer because funding has not been secured and thus work has not commenced. DC Mud reported in April that it appeared the project might get underway soon. DC Mud has more details about the delay as well as information on the mixed-use project and an artist’s drawing of the project.
Wone conspiracy trial verdict expected Tuesday. The presiding judge in the conspiracy case against the Swann Street Three is scheduled to deliver her verdict tomorrow (Tuesday). Remember that the defendants all waived their right to trial by jury; the judge will decide their guilt or innocence on all charges. There are on trial for charges related to conspiracy to obstruct justice in the Wone murder–no one has been charged with Wone’s murder. The guys over at Who Murdered Robert Wone have been posting furiously and will have updates tomorrow–you can bet on it. Robert Wone was murdered at 1509 Swann Street NW late on the night of August 2, 2006.
New editor takes over at dcist. The new dcist editor is Aaron Morrissey, who moves up from a writer position at dcist. Sommer Mathis departed dcist earlier this month, and is now an editor at TBD.com, which will launch later this summer.
Update on O Street Market Project. 14th & You has a great update on the status of the O Street Market project over in Shaw: “Over on O Street, it looks like the earth may finally start moving there this September, when developer Roadside Development undertakes efforts to stabilize the structure.”
Borderstan joins TBD.com network. Speaking of TBD.com, Borderstan joined the network last week–along with increasing numbers of other local blogs. Some of the other local blog names you may recognize who have joined the new, local online news operation are U Street Girl, ReadysetDC, Prince of Petworth, Unsuck DC Metro, Bitches Who Brunch (love the name), Metrocurean, We Love DC and a bunch more. Not yet familiar with TBD.com? Check out their blog.
MidCity Dog Days is August 7-8 on 14th and U. The annual Dog Days of August sidewalk sale (I call it a “near festival”) is Saturday and Sunday, August 7-8. It is sponsored by the MidCity Business Association and is a good time in the hood. MidCity businesses on the 14th and U Streets corridor participate, bringing their goods onto the sidewalk for a nice, hot summer sale. Check out what’s already planned.
DC Center for LGBT Community now on U Street NW. DC’s lesban, gay, bisexual and transgendered community center moved to 1318 U Street earlier this month from its 14th Street location. This location, like the previous one, is temporary, while The Center looks for a permanent home. The full name, BTW, is The DC Center for the LGBT community. The old location on the 1800 block of 14th Street NW, will demolished in September to make way for a new residential and commercial development that will stretch from S to Swann Street on the west side of 14th.
Lypsinka’s Legends at Studio Theatre through July 11. I don’t normally plug indiviudal shows, but I’m told that Legends with Lypsinka the Studio Theatre is quite amusing. The show was just extended through July 11.
Businesses coming to 14th and U corridor. Check out U Street Girl’s listing.
From Tom Hay
Over in LeDroit Park Shaw, plans to rehabilitate the long abandoned Howard Theatre at 620 T Street NW appear to be moving forward. Just in time for its 100th anniversary, the theatre will be undergoing an extensive restoration. According to their web site, it will take an estimated $28 million to fully renovate and endow The Howard Theatre. The District of Columbia has already contributed $8 million.
The developer of the project is Ellis Development Group. The developer envisions the renovated Howard to be a mixed-use entertainment venue. The centerpiece of which will be a 600- person hall used primarily for live music events. In their development plan Ellis says, the restored theatre will be “Symbiotic but not competitive with the other stars in the constellation of Washington theatres, venues such as its sister stage, The Lincoln Theatre” (at 1215 U Street NW). Ellis will also be developing the adjacent United Negro College Fund project at 7th and S, above the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.
Of course everyone is wondering how the Howard will fare. It seems like the Lincoln has not found much momentum lately and the Howard could face competition from other popular live music venues such as the 9:30 Club at 815 V Street NW and the U Street Music Hall at 1115 U Street NW.
Among the notable performers at the historic Howard at the height of its popularity were Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey. The Theatre closed after the riots in April 1968 and efforts to revive it in the 1970s were short-lived.
From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time
Filter Coffeehouse opened in March and had gone largely unnoticed by me until I was taking a round about way home one day. I was walkin’, jammin’ out to Taio Cruz… there’s The Real World house… wonder what they’re doing with… hey! What’s THAT!
That… was Filter Coffeehouse. I told my boyfriend we needed to stop by sometime and deviate from the usual Starbucks routine. But, we didn’t go until my friend, Adventures in Shaw, was enthusiastically tweeting about Flat Whites one day. What is a Flat White? Adventures In Shaw says it best:
A flat white is an espresso based drink that originated in New Zealand and Australia. Steamed milk (apparently pulled from the bottom of a steaming pitcher… no, I don’t know what that means either) is poured over either a single or a double shot of espresso and handed over to an unsuspecting person to drink.
Done! I was there in a jiffy! I really love coffee. I’m not a connoisseur, more of a junkie.
Their coffee was great, the price point was just right (see below) and frankly, I think Dupont needs more indie coffeehouses. I’m thankful for places like Afterwords Cafe at Kramer Books, but this, this is a coffeehouse. What do you guys think? Are there coffeehouses in or near the Circle I am woefully missing?
Where Am I Going: Just a bit north of Dupont Circle at 1726 20th NW (20th and S Streets).
When Am I Going: Monday-Thursday 7 am-7 pm; Friday 7 am-9 pm; Saturday 8 am-9 pm; and Sunday 8 am-6 pm. Pretty much whenever you need coffee the most.
Paycheck Pain: Espresso? $2.25! Flat White? $3.00! Plain coffee? $2.75 for a large! Pretty much the most “expensive” thing on the menu is the $5 mocha. HA! Treat and snacks are equally pocket-friendly.
Say What?: Really quiet. Almost… awkwardly quiet? At the time I was in there, Sunday late afternoon, there wasn’t much hustle and bustle or raucous goings ons. Anyone have a different experience?
What You’ll Be Eating: The usual croissant or scone action.
Happy Hour: It’s caffeine… isn’t every hour a happy hour when you’re drinking coffee?
From Cecile Oreste
The third and final week of this year’s Source Festival is under way at 14th and T Street NW, with three new full-length plays. The first week of the festival featured 18 10-minute plays from the District’s most promising new theatre artists, veterans and national playwrights. Last week kicked off with a talent show on June 21 and presented four ‘Artistic Blind Dates,’ grouping artists from a variety of backgrounds. The Festival closes this Saturday, July 3.
I volunteered on Thursday, June 24, and was able to observe ‘It’s Me You Should Blame,’ a collaboration featuring dancer and choreographer Angella Foster, playwright James Helsa and jazz vocalist L’Tanya Mari. The work explored the idea of confessions using an interesting combination of text, music, movement and video.
The performers even created a box for audience members to share their confessions which may later be posted on the Source Festival blog. After the production, the three main artists sat down for a brief discussion moderated by Associate Producer Rachel Grossman. Each artist shared their respective backgrounds and what it was like to work on the project together.
Three new full-length plays will bring the festival to a close starting today. Be sure not to miss these productions which ‘explore who really owns hip-hop, whether a toothpick sculpture can fix a broken world and what happens when an astronaut takes your drink order.
The Saturday temperature in Dupont Circle was relatively pleasant for the 17th Annual Pride of Pets Dog Show, but it was still a Dog Day Afternoon. The dog show raised approximately $1,500 for PETS-DC, according to the group’s director, Chip Wells. Owners-guardians-servants of 55 dogs paid a registration fee to enter their dogs in one or more of 15 categories.
The winners of the 15 categories (see listing below of all winners with 2nd- and 3rd-place finishers) were then eligible for the Peoples Choice Best of Show. The Peoples Choice award goes to the dog who receives the most support and applause from the spectators.
This year’s Peoples Choice winner was Bella, a Shih Tzu puppy, with second place going to Harley and third place to Lani.
Bella won two categories to get to the finals: Most Affectionate-Small Dog Division and Best Puppy. Harley’s ticket to the finals was a win in the Most Mysterious Heritage category, while Lani got there with a 1st Place in the Most Obedient category.
Pets-DC always accepts donations and you can get information at their website on how to make a donation. The nonprofit helps care for the companion animals of people with disabling illnesses.
Note: Borderstan’s photographer, Luis, is away on business so we do not have an event photo album on Flickr. However, MetroWeekly will have extensive photographs later this week. We will let you know when they have them online.
Peoples Choice Best of Show
- Best of Show: Bella (Mark Myers)
- 1st Runner-up: Harley (Elizabeth Siddell)
- 2nd Runner-up: Lani (Bernie Delia)
Best Tail Wagging
- 1st: Tuxx (David Bronder)
- 2nd: Lumumba (Latissa Mitchell)
- 3rd: Lilly (Murray Smith)
Most Affectionate- Large Dog Division
- 1st: Lupe (Matthew Rhoades)
- 2nd: Bailee (Robert Fry)
- 3rd: Lola (Susan Able)
Most Affectionate – Small Dog Division
- 1st: Bella (Mark Myers)
- 2nd: Bella (Dani Rovenger)
- 3rd: Charlie (Elizabeth Rosendorf)
Best Mirror Image
- 1st: Simba (Stuart Selis)
- 2nd: Charlie (Elizabeth Rosendorf)
- 3rd: Penny (Gautam Raghavau)
- 1st: Lani (Bernie Delila)
- 2nd: Lola (Susan Able)
- 3rd: Moose (Bob Rogan)
Most Original Costume
- 1st tie: Bruce Wayne (Susan Johnson)
- 1st tie: Frank (Che Rudell-Tabisola)
- 3rd: Sherman (Greg Butler)
- 1st: Penny (Gautam Raghavau)
- 2nd: Sherman (Greg Butler)
- 3rd tie: Pierre (Lou Nayman)
- 3rd tie: Foxie (Sue Elliott)
Most Mysterious Heritage
- 1st: Harley (Elizabeth Siddell)
- 2nd: Foxie (Sue Elliott)
- 3rd: Scout (Lisa Fredrich)
- 1st: Pablo (Carlos Barillo)
- 2nd: Foxie (Sue Elliott)
- 3rd: Zeus (Buck and Keith)
- 1st tie: Bella (Mark Myers)
- 1st tie: Zeus (Buck and Keith)
Best Senior Dog
- 1st: Zoom (Alexandre Picard)
- 2nd: Moose (Bob Rogan
- 3rd: Bailee (Robert Fry)
- 1st: Sidney and Nestor (Jan Burchett)
- 2nd: Tuxx and Marty (David Bronder)
- 3rd: Diesel (Ann Trupo)
- 1st: Diesel (Andre Dentello)
- 2nd: Katya (Lance Salonia)
- 3rd: Lola (Susan Able)
Best Vocal Performance
- 1st: Moose (Bob Rogan)
- 2nd: Lupe (Matthew Rhoades)
- 3rd: Katya (Lance Salonia)
- 1st: Henri (Judy Grobstein)
- 2nd: Zoe (Barbara McGrath)
- 3rd: Lumumba (Latissa Mitchell)
PETS-DC is dedicated to improving the health and well being of people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion pets. We provide public health education, exercise, pet food, veterinary care, grooming, foster care, and adoptions services at no cost to individuals in the Metropolitan Washington area.
DC Police are looking for information about a shooting that occurred at 2:32 this morning (Sunday) in Adams Morgan. It happened in the 2400 block of 17th Street NW, which is between Kalorama Road and Euclid Street and very close to the Harris Teeter grocery store.
MPD Third District Commander Jacob Kishter says anyone with information is asked to contact MPD at 202-727-9099 or through the anonymous tip line at 1-888-919-CRIME or text to 50411.
Here is the Police Alert that went out at 2:47 am, with details on the two suspects, “S-1” and “S-2.”
Police Alert-Shooting: Shooting 0232 hours 2500 2400 Block of 17th St NW, LOF: (2) B/M, S-1: 6′, white tank shirt, blue jeans, dreads; S-2: all dark clothing DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20100342621. Sent on: 06/27 02:47