by June 22, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,189 0

The Aston, 14th Street NW, Logan Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

Work is underway on The Aston at the southwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW. The building is slated to have 31 condo units plus ground-level retail. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.

U Street Gets Upgraded Sidewalks…

While it may create some havoc, the project to repair some of the sidewalks and pedestrian areas along U Street is still welcomed by area residents. Greater Greater Washington has a good timeline of the project and some DDOT designs in their detailed piece today. Pay particular attention to that 16th Street, U Street and New Hampshire Avenue redesign — as someone that used to play Frogger on that particular intersection, I particularly enjoy the idea of ‘plazas’ to avoid getting stuck in the middle of the road.


by June 22, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

Borderstan, U Street, Flickr,

“MLK at Ben’s Chili Bowl” is from Lauren PM in the Borderstan Flickr Pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “MLK at Ben’s Chili Bowl,” was taken byLauren PM, June 4 on the north alley side of Ben’s at 1213 U Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by June 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

Mary Burgan, Borderstan Movie FanFrom Mary Burgan

Woody Allen has at last stopped casting himself in the role of the hero of his films, and that makes for a gain — and a loss. He was never all that convincing as the romantic lead, and indeed his effort to be the lover in his earlier movies made some of us uneasy. But Allen’s presence in those movies also gave an ironic undertone to his romanticism. When the narrative took off into meditations on the everlastingness of love, there was always the bespectacled little nerd saying, “Yes, but what about death?” That was the charm of a Woody Allen movie.

Lacking that small nugget of perversity, Midnight in Paris is a light, diverting fantasy, just in time for summer. In the film a gifted writer, Gil Pender, burdened by his own Hollywood success and a beautiful but lame-brained fiancée, finds freedom in associating with the artists of 1920s Paris. They become available to him only if he manages to get free from his girlfriend’s loud and careless experience of Paris every night at midnight. Finding himself in an atelier like Gertrude Stein’s apartment, he meets another enchanted romantic, in the person of Adriana, a Parisian artist’s model played by Marion Cotillard. Of course, he falls into an impossible romance about her.


by June 21, 2011 at 11:22 am 0

From Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program:

Create your own progressive dinner with $5 individual tasting tickets redeemed at any one of the participating dining establishments, many of which will have special priced cocktails or wines paired with your tasting. 6 to 10 pm. $5 for each individual tasting, or a five tasting ticket package for just $20! Larger ticket packages also available for groups! Tickets will be sold beginning at 5:00 at the Dupont Resource Center at 9 Dupont Circle (west side, between P Street and Mass Ave). Will Call tickets also at this location!

Here’s a great Google Map with the participating restaurants.


by June 21, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,619 0

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB. He lives in the U Street area and writes about style for Borderstan.

Preppy chic: David in pink gingham shirt and navy shorts from J.Crew.

Hi there, Borderstanis. I know it’s been a while since we’ve chatted. That’s totally on me; I promise to be in touch more often. The last time we spoke, Alejandra Owens and I gave some tips on how to pack for the beach. But what about dress in the city? Since today’s officially the first day of summer, I’m gonna offer advice on what to wear if you happen to find yourself in the city over the weekend.

See Khelan’s column, Sun of a Beach (Or, What to Pack for the Holiday Weekend)

David’s outfit includes a Chicago Cubs belt from Vineyard Vines.

Traditionally, summer’s the most casual season. But casual doesn’t have to mean schlumpy, frumpy or dumpy. In other words, it’s time to retire those cargo shorts from the late 90s, the flip-flops (which really ought to just be worn at the beach) and the college tee with the pit stains.

Here are a few looks that are equally chic as they are comfortable in the balmy weather. BTW, just like the Beatles, I get by with a little help from my friends:

First up, meet David: embodiment of the preppy chic look. He wears a pink gingham shirt, J. Crew navy shorts, a Vineyard Vines Chicago Cubs belt, a Timex watch and Ray-Ban wayfarers.


by June 21, 2011 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

DC Police, U Street NW, PSA 305 violent crime

Click to enlarge. There were 28 violent crimes in PSA 305 in May. The PSA includes much of the U Street corridor. Much of the northern boundary is Florida Avenue NW while the southern boundary is S Street. (MPD Crime Database)

From Matty Rhoades

Last month in Police Service Area (PSA) 305 violent crime rose but property crime declined. The numbers are on a year-over-year (YOY) basis, comparing May 2011 to May 2010. There were 28 violent crimes last month in the PSA — which includes much of the U Street corridor — compared to 21 in May 2010.

However, property crime declined noticeably on a YOY basis: 62 property crimes in May compared to 87 the previous May. When you combine violent and property crimes, total crime was down 17% on a YOY basis last month. There were 90 total crimes in the area compared to 108 in May 2010.

The biggest increase was in assaults with a slight increase in robberies. Gun crimes — any crime committed with a gun — were also up. Burglaries, thefts and stolen autos were down dramatically last month on a YOY basis. Specific numbers are below.

Borderstan compares crime statistics on a year-over-year basis by month; this helps account for seasonal differences in crime. All numbers are from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Crime Database.

Trendline Since 2008

Looking at the number of crimes in May in PSA 305 shows 88 total crimes in 2008, a spike to 137 in 2009, 108 in 2010 and 90 last month.


by June 21, 2011 at 6:30 am 1,058 1 Comment

Borderstan, Logan Circle, Flickr

“Logan Circle” is from Zurga DC in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Logan Circle,” is from Zurga DC and was taken on April 15  in Logan Circle. From the National Park Service page: “Nos. 1 and 2 Logan Circle is a double house designed in the Second Empire style and constructed around 1880, which aggressively occupies the prominent southwest position on the circle. In its heyday, the circle was a fashionable address, the home of prominent businessmen and statesmen. By the mid-1890s, the wealthy were beginning to build their mansions further west toward Dupont Circle. Today, Logan Circle is the focus of renewed restoration and preservation activity”.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group and submit up to five photos per day in the pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by June 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm 1,120 0

Whitman-Walker Health will mark the 17th annual National HIV Testing Day June 27 with expanded free HIV testing from Wednesday, June 22 through Monday, June 27. In addition to other locations (get more information at WWH website), there are expanded hours for HIV testing at the WWH Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center at 14th and R Streets NW:

  • Wednesday, June 22: 9 am-6 pm
  • Thursday, June 23: 9 am-6 pm
  • Friday, June 24: 9 am-5 pm
  • Monday, June 27: 9 am-7 pm

by June 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm 1,185 0

Pride of Pets, Dupont Circle

Click for more photos! Saturday in Dupont Circle: Sasha won the 2011 Pride of Pets People’s Choice Best of Show Award. An Ibizan Hound, Sasha is shown with proud dad Tarcisio. (Luis Gomez Photos)

We’ve got photos from the Pride of Pets Dog Show in Dupont Circle.

A crowd of several hundred people relaxed on the grass of Dupont Circle on a relatively cool Saturday afternoon to take in the 18th Annual Pride of Pets Fun Dog Show.

For a little more than two hours, locals enjoyed the spectacle of Washingtonians (and a handful of suburbanites) showing off 68 of their beloved dogs in 15 fun categories. Categories include Best Tail Wagging, Most Original Costume, Most Glamorous and Most Mysterious Heritage — not your standard dog show categories (winners listed below).

The People’s Choice Best of Show Award went to Sasha, an Ibizan Hound (and dad Tarcisio). Second Place went to Tooshy (and dad Skyler), a Brussels Griffon, while Third Place went to Winnie, a Chow-Golden Retriever Mix (and mom Lauren). “Winnie is a rescue dog,” Lauren said.

All proceeds from the annual event go to PETS-DC (additional donations are always welcome): “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.”

PETS-DC director Dr. Chip Wells said the organization of volunteers currently has 136 clients. “Right now we need help in Alexandria. We need 30 volunteer dog walkers to help in the Potomac Yards area,” Wells said. Visit their website or call (202) 234-7387 to volunteer.

The Winners

In each category First, Second and Third Place prizes were awarded. The final category, People’s Choice Best of Show Award, brought back the winners of the 14 earlier categories. The crowd then helped the judges select the People’s Choice winner with a “clap-off” involving a handful of dogs selected by the judges.

  • Best Tail Wagging — 1st Tennyson, 2nd Madison, 3rd, Lumumba.
  • Most Affectionate — 1st Zoe, 2nd Linus, 3rd Ritchie.
  • Best Mirror Image — 1st Roxie, 2nd Nigel, 3rd Cody.
  • Most Obedient — 1st Tootsie, 2nd Lonnie, 3rd Dallas.
  • Most Original Costume — 1st Sasha, 2nd & 3rd to the pair of Mottzy & Swiss.
  • Least Obedient— 1st Merlin, 2nd Fozzie, 3rd Teddy.
  • Most Mysterious Heritage — 1st Norah, 2nd Daphne, 3rd Gypsy.
  • Terrific Pet Tricks — 1st Winnie, 2nd Mottzy, 3rd Hoshi.
  • Best Puppy — 1st Boo, 2nd Jazzie, 3rd Baxter.
  • Best Senior Dog — 1st Fuzzy Bear, 2nd Zoom, 3rd Maya.
  • Best Pairs — 1st Swan & Chelsea, 2nd Linus Baxter & Cosby, 3rd Madison & Wilson.
  • Most Glamorous — 1st Sasha, 2nd Jolle Etienne, 3rd Pasha.
  • Best Vocal Performance — 1st Tooshy, 2nd Swiss, 3rd Madison.
  • Most Adorable
    • Small Dog — 1st Ninja, 2nd Hoshi, 3rd Miss Celie.
    • Larger Dog — 1st Tie between Sammy and Mocha, 2nd Klouffie, 3rd Rocky.
  • People’s Choice Best of Show Award — 1st Sasha, 2nd Tooshy, 3rd Winnie.

by June 20, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,244 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

More Mexico in our Midst?

Apparently the opening of El Centro DF wasn’t enough for our neighborhood. A tip from U Street Girl tells us that we’re soon to have a taco stand nearby at 9th and U Streets NW. Set to be called “El Rey,” expect a garden and a place large enough to hold about 150 people. Not a whole lot of news on the new place, but hey, having new restaurants seems like a good idea, sí?

Jury Deliberating for Dupont Trial

The jury will soon decide the fate of Jorida Davidson, who stands on trial after being accused of voluntary manslaughter as part of a hit-and-run. According to DCist, Davidson hit Kiela Ryan with her SUV in Dupont Circle and then fled the scene last October. Ryan had been celebrating her 25th birthday and was trying to get out of her own car when Davidson struck her. While prosecutors claim Davidson was just plain drunk, the defense holds that her post-traumatic stress disorder from growing up in war-torn Albania flared up just after hitting Ryan and caused her to run. We’ll see what the jury says about this one.


by June 20, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

Borderstan, Pride Parade

“Capital Pride 2011” is from tedeytan in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Capital Pride 2011,” is from tedeytan and was taken on June 11 at the corner of P and 17th Streets NW. “Capital Pride is the annual celebration of the LGBT community in the Nation’s capital. Traditionally held the over the first full week of June each year, the Capital Pride program serves residents and visitors to the Washington DC metropolitan area.”

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group and submit up to five photos per day in the pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by June 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm 1,567 0

Dupont Festival is back with a summer event: Cinema in the Circle. On Friday, June 24, the they will show E.T. in Circle at sundown. The film is being sponsored by The Dupont Circle Hotel and Swank Audio Visuals. Showtime is sundown/9:15 pm.

Dupont Festival is organized by Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B and Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets. Previous events have included FotoWeek NightVisions, Police Night Out, Soccer in the Circle and Green in the Circle.

by June 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,706 0

Borderstan, Longview Gallery, 9th Street NW

“Artist of the Washington Glass School” closes this Saturday, June 18, at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW.

From Jana Petersen

There are three galleries closing their current exhibits this weekend: Gallery plan b, Hamiltonian and Long View. See descriptions below to devise your divide and conquer plans.

Gallery plan b, “Works by Gordon Binder, Works by Tanja Bos, Works by Beverly Ryan”: Each artist in this exhibit chooses a different way to paint his/her environment. While Gordon Binder captures the world around him through natural landscapes and cityscapes, Tanja Bos uses ink and paper to create ethereal scenes “that seem to glow from within” (Gallery plan b) and Beverly Ryan’s “narrative paintings are populated with soul-searching figures amongst decorative and colorful patterns” (gallery plan b).

Hamiltonian Gallery, “Concurrent Exhibitions by Three Hamiltonian Fellows: Ryan Hoover, Jessica van Brakle, and Linda Vargas de la Hoz”: In this exhibit, each artists explores the notion of physical objects and space to paint a convergence that is not normally seen — a tent made out of a clothes jacket? What about furniture implanted with micro-controllers?

Long View Gallery: Find out how students and teachers at the Washington Glass School have taken glass sculpture outside of its traditional form.

Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.


by June 17, 2011 at 10:30 am 1,860 0

Alejandra Owens, cherries, Dupont Farmers' Market, Borderstan

Sweet Cherries at the Dupont Farmers’ Market. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens. Check out her food and cooking blog, One Bite At A Time, and follow her on Twitter @frijolita.

Last weekend at the farmers’ market, cherries made their first appearance. These deep-red orbs are quickly going to replace the ruby red strawberries we were all gushing over the last few weekends. So if you have a soft spot, or a recipe, for strawberries now’s the time to buy them up!

While we’re on the subject of cherries, though, lets talk about how you really need to take advantage of their abundance. Think of all the things you can make with them!

Maybe you’re not of the sweet tooth variety — tomatoes and Persian cucumbers have been looking quite nice at the market lately too. While we have some great weather right now, it’s been too hot to cook, and frankly I’ve been too lazy to turn on the stove at all.

Grab a bunch of tomatoes and cucumbers along with a loaf of bread from Atwaters at Dupont Circle Farmers Market and make fattoush or a grilled panzanella.

This is the time of the year I pretty much only want to be grilling — but buying meat at the markets can be expensive. Can I make a suggestion? Buy a whole chicken. Just pony up for the whole shabang. In the end you’ll have enough meat for a whole week’s worth of meals. Then, you’re going to take your computer/iPad/iPhone to the kitchen and you’re going to cut it up while watching this video showing you how. Or you can spatchcock it and grill it whole. Fringe benefit? Your chicken was local and lived a happy head-bobbing life.

Enjoy! What are you guys cooking this weekend?

by June 17, 2011 at 8:30 am 1,525 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Duplex Diner Being Sold

The owner of the 18th and U Streets NW Duplex Diner has decided to sell this little slice of diner heaven.  But don’t cry into your biscuits and gravy! He’s selling to longtime bartender, Kevin Lee, who will be briefly closing the doors to make some renovations. Check out the heartfelt announcement and the information about their renovation festivities going on June 20 to 27.

Waterfront Safeway, the Gay Slur and an Apology

DCist has the update on the saga of Waterfront Safeway’s handling of a cashier using a gay slur as customers checked out of the store. The cashier has now apologized, sort of. Can we all agree that if someone is demanding an apology, you should NOT say that, “I’m sorry if I offended you.” If people are writing about it this much, you clearly did offend them. What happened to just apologizing? And for that matter, what happened to basic decency and not resorting to hate and name calling? Also, Washington City Paper has more information and reports that Safeway says they have attempted to contact the couple directly to apologize to them.



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