by August 31, 2011 at 11:00 am 2,097 1 Comment

Cole Haan’s Air Colton Saddle Shoe. (Khelan on Polyvore)

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB.

At right: Cole Haan Air Colton Saddle – Men’s Shoes:, $198.

Greetings, Borderstanis. Hope you all made it through last week’s earthquake relatively unscathed.

A natural disaster is usually a great way to end a season and begin a new one. While we’re a few weeks away from summer’s last hurrah, it’s definitely time to start thinking about our fall wardrobes. As an aside, isn’t autumn wonderful?

It’s by far my favorite season. Maybe it’s because of my stunted adolescence, but, for me, fall always harkens back to new beginnings and new opportunities; and not to mention corduroys, cardigans, argyle socks, scarves and all that lovely layering.

Since the best. Season. EVER! is almost upon us, I’m going to spend the next several weeks recommending a handful of autumn essentials, starting from the bottom up. (Oh, I totally hear you snickering back there, BTW).

Today, we’re going to focus on the must-have footwear for the upcoming crisp weather. You may remember, months ago, I endorsed this pair of oxfords for the spring and summer. While the oxford is traditionally a shoe for the warmer months, Cole Haan has come out with the perfect version for fall:

The shoes’ dusty black color with the subtly stylish plaid make them perfect for pairing with your gray flannel suit, a pair of brown cords or dark denim. And since Cole Haan partners with Nike on a significant amount of footwear, the Air Colton Saddle shoes are as comfortable as they are fashionable.

That’s it for me this week, folks. See you next time as I work my way up to the ideal autumn wardrobe.

by August 31, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,306 0

17th Street Festival, Dupont Circle, Borderstan

This year’s 17th Street Festival is Saturday afternoon, September 24.

Check out photos and wrap up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. is proud to be one of the Festival sponsors again this year. Check out the entire list of 2011 Festival sponsors at the bottom of this story.

The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival is a little more than three weeks away and the organizers are planning for a bigger festival with more sponsors. The Festival takes place Saturday, September 24 on the 17th Street NW corridor — along 17th Street between P and Riggs and on R Street between 17th and New Hampshire Avenue NW.

“We are very excited that the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program has come aboard as a partner and is helping us plan the Festival,” said Lee Granados. “They have been tremendously helpful with business outreach.” Granados is festival co-chair, co-founder and president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance, which organizes the event.

To date the Festival has 23 sponsors in the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. Two additional major sponsors have recently come on board: the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (Gold) is sponsoring the Art Show; and Dupont Circle ANC 2B has signed on as a Gold sponsor. Both organizations doubled their sponsorship levels from 2010.

Festival Events

Among the events at the 2011 Festival:

  • JR’s Bar & Grill will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by bringing back last year’s popular beer garden at 17th and Church Streets.
  • Ross Elementary PTA and the DC Jewish Community Center will sponsor the Kids’ Zone, which will be held in front of Ross School on the 1700 block of R Street NW.
  • The entertainment stage will be located in front of Safeway and the Red Bull MXT will play host to a DJ in between sets. The Rutstein Group, a realtor with Caldwell Banker, is sponsoring the stage while Level One/30 Degrees is sponsoring the DJs and entertainment.
  • The Pet Zone will be located between R Street NW and Riggs Place NW. In addition to other activities, MPD will be doing a K9 demonstration.

Artists, Vendor Apps Due September 9

Artist Applications. Any local artist, particularly from the Dupont neighborhood, wishing to participate in this year’s Festival should fill out an artist application at by Friday, September 9.

A limited number of slots will be available to artists, and applying artists will be juried to ensure the broadest range of artwork from the broadest network of artists is on display. Priority will be given to artists residing in and in proximity to Dupont Circle. Artists will be able to sell their artwork during the show.

Vendor Applications. Businesses and organizations wishing to participate in this year’s Festival are also encouraged to fill out a vendor application by Friday, September 9.

To ensure that the 17th Street Festival remains a locally-focused event benefiting residents in proximity to 17th Street, the Festival reserves the right to deny applications for vendors that would compete with existing businesses in the 17th Street NW business corridor.

Vendors can apply to participate in the Kids’ Zone, Pet Zone or General Vendor Area.

The cost for a tent is $100, a table and 2 chairs is $50, and a half table (to be shared with another organization or business) is $25. Additional chairs can be reserved at $2 each.


Platinum: Urban Neighborhood Alliance, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program, DC Department of Small & Local Business Development, Washington Blade.

Gold: JR’s Bar & Grill, Dupont Circle ANC 2B, Cobalt, Level One, The Rutstein Group, Coldwell Banker Dupont, Dupont Circle Citizens Association.

Silver: TB Bank, PEPCO, Carlyle Suites/Twist Restaurant, Victory Fund, DC Jewish Community Center, Ross Elementary PTA, BaseCamp.

Bronze:, Whitman-Walker Health, Jack Evans, Salon Rouge, VIDA Fitness.

by August 31, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,557 2 Comments

Republic of Congo, 16th Street NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Work is underway on the Toutorsky Mansion at 16th and Riggs NW. The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) is converting it into an embassy. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and  tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at [email protected].

Back to Life, Back to Reality

School is back in session for area children. While it brings back (to me, anyways) memories of Soul II Soul, this year brings a new reality to D.C. public schools. Harry Jaffe is back in the Washington Examiner with the surprising news that schools that have been predominantly African-American are seeing many more Caucasian classmates this year. DCPS reports that the 2011 enrollment percentage of white kids may have broken double digits. Credit population changes, credit Michelle Rhee or are the two related? Talk away in the comments.

Salute Your Shorts!

The D.C. Shorts Festival is nearly here again, and this year they have a blog! The Film Festival features 145 short movies from 23 countries and begins September 8 – 18. The Festival is in its eighth year in the District. When you think of D.C. and movies, maybe all you think of is Bumblebee hitting a car while Transformers was shooting here awhile ago. It’s time to change your perspective — the festival has been ranked in the top 20 festivals worth the entry fee. If you are still being a stick in the mud and hate movies, maybe you can still support them by boozing and partying at one of their ‘epic events.’

Wanna Go to the Coffee Shop?

Filter in Dupont Circle was rated “DC’s Best Coffeehouse” by Washington City Paper this year. Now, NBC Washington reports they are opening a second location in Foggy Bottom. It seems those flat whites and lattes will be shared with non-Borderstanis in about four to six months.

Speaking of Coffee Shops…

The Guardian features a gorgeous piece by George Pelecanos, creator of The Wire and D.C. native. He describes his formative years working in his father’s diner, the Jefferson Coffee Shop on 19th Street. You may have known about his local roots as he lovingly chronicled and derided Baltimore in his TV show, but now you can feel his love for his dad and a greasy spoon in Dupont. Anyone know what the current incarnation is on 19th? I’m going to go stalk, I mean wait for, Pelecanos to come wandering back home.

Amnesty for Egg Stealers

Eater and other blogs have talked to restaurant owners to find out “shit people steal” with often hilarious results before, but this installment involves a Dupont eatery styled after Grandma’s cooking. And people are still stealing! The hot commodity are fake eggs in a display at Casa Nonna. So they are offering amnesty for anyone that returns an egg and rewarding their change of heart with a free scoop of gelato. I am dying to hear an update on how many are being returned, how many fake “return eggs” have been gifted and if the DMV will add ice cream to the ticket amnesty program.

Attack of the Tomato

It’s a little out of the Borderstan area (or a lot depending on if you are planning on walking) but it’s worth checking out Ripple’s ‘Tomatina’ Festival if today’s morning chill made you mourn the end of summer. Get your tomato fix at their interpretation of Spain’s tomato throwing festival. It’s in Cleveland Park, tickets are $65 for five courses of tomatoes, performance artists and a showing of the cult favorite (?) “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”. Check out Metrocurean for more details, as I am unclear if this also includes tomato tossing.

by August 31, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,293 0

“Library” is by Mike in DC from 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, “Library,” was taken by Mike in DC on August 22. He took this one at the Scottish Rite Temple on 16th Street NW. The temple is “Home of The Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction.

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 August 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,413 1 Comment

Lebodome, Borderstan, Scott Leibowitz

An unusual end to the summer:  An earthquake, a hurricane and the best baseball game Lebodome has ever attended. (Scott Leibowitz)

From Scott Leibowitz. Find him @Lebodome on Twitter or email him at [email protected].

Maybe we were all having too much fun at happy hours. Maybe it was penance for complaining about the awful heat of July that made it unbearable to take a walk without craving a slurpee. Or maybe, just maybe, as Michelle Bachman joked, it’s because our own District can’t seem to remember the classic kindergarten lesson of “play nice together” (I don’t for a second endorse this. That woman is batsh*t). What the heck happened to our summer and how did it end like this?

For me, my end of summer was so out of whack that I am not sure what kind of adjectives should be used. But like most people, it can be told through the medium of the natural disasters (don’t love that term) we have had recently.

Earthquake: One a perfectly normal Tuesday, I made plans to enjoy some outdoor lunch with fellow Borderstan writer Laura. We grab our lunch and find a quiet seat behind McFadden’s around 25th and K Streets NW. In the midst of a great catch-up session, Laura turns to me and asks if our bench is shaking or if is she going crazy. I noticed that yes, it is a bit, but I blame it on either a metro under us (the Metro doesn’t go to Gtown so not that), squirrels (nope) or a moving truck (nah).

About 15 minutes later someone randomly asks us if we are ok from the earthquake, and we both think he is drunk. We then hit the twitter waves and see that we laughed through a 5.8-er. Of course, we then noticed everyone has cleared the offices and traffic is gridlocked. I almost feel bad — I didn’t notice a freakin’ earthquake. What’s wrong with me?

Irene: So I go home to New Jersey (yeah yeah, insert your comment) last week, and on the Thursday before the storm, I attend easily the best baseball game I have ever seen. The New York Yankees hit 3 grand slams, a feat that has never been done in the history of professional sports. How could life get any better?

I’ll tell you!! Some pissed off woman named Irene showed up and decided she had enough of Jersey and forced me and my extended family to stay in the house and enjoy the best hurricane the state has seen in a century. I will say my small suburb was spared from flooding, power outages and water sports, but it ruined my plans for an amazing live fantasy football draft (it was done online, not the same). Plenty of Jersey is still recovering; luckily we put our pool furniture back outside Monday, but I still don’t have power.

Earthquakes. Hurricanes. What a way to end the summer.  At least we got my favorite season coming up: fall. What’s not to love about playoff baseball, beginning of the NFL and maybe some college football that will be declared ineligible in a few years. Hopefully it doesn’t snow anytime soon.

Thoughts of the Week: What are ya’ll up to for Labor Day? I hope it’s a BBQ…

Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!

  • The greatest sporting event comes to NYC this week, the US Open.
  • If you are a fan of “The Wire”, enjoy this.
  • United States children are better than Japanese children… at baseball.

by August 30, 2011 at 10:57 am 2,321 1 Comment

The 14th Street corridor, clockwise from top left: a residential building is planned, The Pig is coming, Miss Pixie may move, and Irvine Contemporary is gone. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.

The fast pace of residential development continues in the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods. A few recently announced projects are working their way through regulatory and neighborhood approval.

Dupont Parking Lot To Become Residential Building

At the southeast corner of 17th and O Streets NW, on what is now a parking lot, the First Baptist Church is seeking approval for a 228-unit apartment building. The developer is Keener-Squire, which manages a number of properties in the Dupont Circle area. The Architect is Eric Colbert, also a well-known name in the neighborhood. The project must obtain approval from the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B and the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), as well as receive a variance from the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).

At the August 10 ANC meeting, a few commissioners voiced support for the design elements of the project. Several attendees, who mostly identified themselves as residents of the neighboring Richmond and Boston House condominiums, were opposed to many aspects of the project, including design, scale and amenities. The ANC’s Zoning, Preservation & Development Committee will meet September 6 to discuss the project in detail.

More Residential Developments Coming to Logan Circle

In Logan Circle, the Community Development Committee of ANC 2F heard the proposal for a 55-unit residential project at 1328 14th Street NW. This parcel is a few doors south of the 7-11 at 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. The architect for the project is Torti Gallas, who designed The Ellington in the 1300 block of U Street NW and several new residential building around the Columbia Heights metro station. According to Urban Turf, the design includes mostly studios and one bedrooms — a trend in many of the projects up and down 14th Street NW — with a mostly glass facade and ground floor retail. This project is also subject to HPRB and BZA review.

Just around the corner, Abdo Development announced plans to construct a 70-unit residential building on vacant land at 1427 Rhode Island Avenue NW. This plot is the last vacant property on the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue and will complete the transformation of the block that began a decade ago. Abdo had maintained an office at 1402 14th Street and rumors circulated last year that the space would become an Italian restaurant. However, Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (D) recently leased the space as his campaign office in advance of the April 2012 primary and September general election.

Pigs, Pixie’s and Pedicures

Lots of activity on the commercial front as well. Eatwell DC — owners of Logan Tavern, Commissary, Grillfish and The Heights — have announced a new venture in Logan Circle at 1320 14th Street NW. The restaurant will be called The Pig, and, as the name implies, will focus on pork. According to their press release, the restaurant will have just 72 seats and a target opening in Spring 2012.

Washington Examiner piece by neighborhood resident and journalist Harry Jaffe on how 14th Street NW is being transformed broke the news that Miss Pixie’s would be moving in March 2012. Miss Pixie’s is the landmark antique furniture store with the pink awning that has operated at 1626 14th Street NW since 2008. Borderstan editors contacted Pixie Windsor to confirm the details. Windsor said she holds some small hope of remaining in her current space beyond March 2012, especially if no new tenant is found. In the meantime, she is looking for other retail space and said she would like to remain in the area if possible.

It seems like nail salons open up faster than CVS drugstores in D.C., and Logan Circle is getting their own. Construction is underway for a nail salon at 1410 P Street, a small storefront in one of the few historic buildings that remain on the commercial strip. The other tenants in the building are a barbershop and Mac Dee Cleaners, and is across the alley from Logan Hardware.

Irvine Contemporary Closes

After five years at 1412 14th Street NW, Irvine Contemporary closed over the weekend. Earlier this summer the owner cited rising rents as the reason for closing. Not a good sign, especially since the the gallery is at the heart of the recently branded DC Arts District. The gallery is next door to the space that previously held the Mar de Plata restaurant, which has remained vacant since the restaurant relocated in 2009.

by August 30, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,232 5 Comments

WMATA, DC METRO, Luis Gomez Photos

Of course there are etiquette rules for riding the Metro. Why wouldn’t there be? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Email him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Here’s a story I think everyone can relate to.

I left work and motored my way to the metro. It took longer than expected, since I had to weave in and out of pedestrians who blocked the entire path and left me almost no way to get around them. I finally got to the Gallery Place-Chinatown station only to find that the red line was suffering from minor delays (which, I’ll admit, is par for the course these days). The Metro arrived and people pushed their way in, holding the door open for their friends despite repeated requests not to do so.

We pulled out of the station and somehow made it through to Metro Center and then to Farragut North. Despite little room for the growing number of passengers, the angry riders shoved through, preventing the doors from closing until we heard the dreaded phrase from the conductor: “Customers we are offboarding this train.” What should have been a 15- to 20-minute easy metro ride turned into an hour of horror.

I threw a temper tantrum in my head. And swore under my breath. Loudly. A lot.

If you’ve never had something like that happen to you, congratulations! You’re either a liar or I’ll be riding the metro exclusively with you from now on.

There is something about taking public transportation that makes people even more insane than they usual are. Let’s try and curb that with some metro advice:

  • Buy a SmarTrip card. Seriously. You’re a resident of Borderstan, so you have no excuse to continue to use paper cards. The only exception to this one is if you have a weekly pass that only comes in the paper format (in which case your responsibility is to write to WMATA and petition them to change it).
  • Don’t hold the metro doors. Yes, your stupid friend didn’t get a metro card in advance, but you can either leave him behind or wait for the next train. Holding the doors will tell the computers there’s a mechanical malfunction, and after everyone gets booted off the train, you’ll be universally hated for making others wait.
  • Move into the center of the car. There is only so much room, and when you won’t let people move in, they hold the doors like I said not to above. And then you’ll get pissed when you have to get off.
  • Hold the pole with your hand and only your hand. It’s bad enough we have to pack in like sardines, but don’t make it worse by forcing me to touch your ass as you press your entire backside into the pole.
  • Let me off the train before you get on. I promise, the train isn’t going to leave you. What will prevent you from getting on is the fact that I walked into you because you crowded the doors rather than standing to the side like a patient person.
  • Walk left, stand right. This is escalator etiquette, but I’m throwing it in. This is D.C., folks. Everyone is incredibly important, so they have to get where they’re going in a hurry. Don’t stand in their way.

Thanks for the suggestions on last week’s post. You better believe I’ll be putting out the word about them in future columns. Have any other metro tips for our District? Anything else driving you crazy lately? Let me know in the comments.

by August 30, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,207 0

“17th Street and Butterfly” is by Missouri 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, “17th Street and Butterfly,” was taken by Missouri, August 24 at 17th and P Streets 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 August 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,638 0

Theater J, Imagining Madoff, Borderstan

“Imagining Madoff” opens Wednesday night at Theater J, 16th and Q Streets NW. (Image courtesy Theater J)

The fall theater season in Borderstan kicks off Wednesday night at Theater J with Imagining Madoff. On Wednesday and Thursday night, the box office opens at 6 pm for a “Pay What You Can” preview of the show; limit of two tickets per person.

Theater J says of their first show of the 2011-2012 season:

“The much anticipated premiere by OBIE Award  winner, Deb Margolin. Unrepentant Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff sets the record straight from his prison cell, recounting an all-night study session with Holocaust survivor, poet and investment client, Solomon Galkin. With testimony from Madoff’s personal secretary before the Securities and Exchange Commission, we delve into the minds of two towering men, as their mutual will to confide and confess accelerates through the night.”

Imagining Madoff runs through September 25 with shows on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights, plus Sunday matinees (and two performances next week on Monday and Tuesday). Tickets are $45 — $15 if you are age 35 or under (based on availability) and $41 for people over age 65.

At the Source, 1835 14th Street NW: Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater. Shows are at 10 pm and are free.

Studio Theatre. At 14th Street’s Studio Theatre, The Habit of Art opens Wednedsay, September 7 and runs through October 16. It’s the latest play from the author of The History Boys and it “examines creativity, desire and the tenacity of the artistic spirit.”

Keegan Theatre at Church Street. Arthur Miller’s famous play, The Crucible opens October 22 and runs through November 19. It is set in the context of the witch trials of 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts.

Source. Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater. Shows are at 10 pm and are free. “Each week is a demonstration, celebration and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. It starts with an audience suggestion and explores whatever themes emerge through a series of scenes. All of the action is brought to life by WIT’s own Harold Teams right before your eyes.” (Source)

Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold:


by August 29, 2011 at 11:00 am 2,260 0

1905 Restaurant, Chef Matthew Richardson, Luis Gomez Photos

Chef Matthew Richardson of 1905  Restaurant. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita or at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Email her at [email protected]

You know his lobster meat balls and tuna tartar with wasabi whip. He’s the man who makes steak melt in your mouth at 1905 on 9th Street NW.

Name: Matthew Richardson
Age: 36
Hometown: Mathews County, Virginia
Current Residence (neighborhood): Columbia Heights
Tattoo Count: 0

Borderstan: What brought you to DC?  How long have you been here?
Matthew Richardson: To play guitar in a band and get out of the restaurant biz.

B: Favorite dish on your menu?
MR: Toss up. Lobster Meatballs and Spanakopita

B: Favorite dish on someone you admire’s menu?
MR: I love squash blossoms at Tabard Inn. I love Chef Daniel’s Frisée aux Lardons at Bistrot La Bonne

B: First thing you cooked that made you be like, “damn, I could be a chef”?
MR: Crispy cod in Duvel batter with crispy leeks. Came up with that about 17 years ago when I first discovered Belgian beer.

B: Favorite season to cook during? What ingredient gets you fired up?
MR: Late spring : soft shell crabs and shad roe.  Summer: tomatoes.  Autumn:  oyster stews

B: Advice for home cooks or folks who are afraid to get into the kitchen?
MR: Loosen up. Have a drink and experiment after reading an inspiring recipe. Use recipes for inspiration and go on your own.

B: Worst injury-still have a scar? Pics welcome.
MR: No scar anymore but stupidly decided to dip my finger into boiling butterscotch when I was about 21.

B: Are you a yeller in the kitchen?
MR: No. That’s such a sign of weakness to me. Have to keep things in perspective. Its food, not heart surgery.

B: Favorite place to eat in Borderstan (other than your own restaurant)?
MR: Bistrot La Bonne is my regular eat spot and hangout.

B: Favorite joint to get a drink?
MR: L’Enfant.

B: You have a whole day off-what do you do?
MR: Poetry and falconry.

B: What’s your comfort food?
MR: Braised falcon.

by August 29, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,336 0

Hurricane Irene, 14th Street NW, Logan Circle, Borderstan

14th and R NW: Other than water from Saturday’s heavy rains, local construction sites and most everything else in the Borderstan area appeared undamaged from Hurricane Irene. 

From Mike Kohn. Email him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Way to go team Borderstan! You made it through not one, but two natural disasters this week. You deserve a medal. Or a cookie. Have any crazy stories from your week of horror? Did anyone actually go outside late last night? What did you do to pass the time during Irene? Let us know in the comments — and feel free to throw any photos you might have taken in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Cop Drama

An off-duty cop was involved in a slight altercation at the intersection of 1st and Pierce Streets NW. After driving drunk, the cop shot at the five people in the car, hitting one three times and hitting one other once. It would be bad enough, but two of the people in the car were trans, outraging the LGBT community and calling for Chief Kathy Lanier’s involvement. From the DC Trans Coalition: “This incident is just another in a long line of systemic violence that trans women, and particularly trans women of color, face on a daily basis.” Read more from DCist.

Hurricane Irene, Borderstan, Vermont Avenue NW, Zurga DC, Flickr

Block of 1300 Vermont Avenue NW: There were some downed trees from Hurricane Irene in the area, but not as many as in Upper Northwest. (Zurga DC in Borderstan Flickr pool)

Metro Ups and Downs

Apparently WMATA is intalling some new lighting on the platforms! Seems like a good thing for the dark, dingy waiting areas, but the DCist reader who called it seemed to think it might actually be too bright for the platform. What do you think? Adding to the potential Metro woes, TBD reports on a potential protest from MetroAccess drivers. Apparently the drivers of those small buses that help people with disabilities feel that they work too many hours in unsafe conditions. Just another day in the life of WMATA, right?

Where Has All the Surface Parking Gone?

Sure, it does seem like there are an incredible amount of apartments around here, but what’s even more incredible is that good ones are still always in demand. That’s why the First Baptist Church of Washington is proposing a 9-story 228-unit apartment build at the corner of 17th and O Streets NW. The site is currently surface parking, and between that and the height (yes, we all know how D.C. loves its shorter buildings), the Church may see some opposition. Greater Greater Washington has the full scoop.

Networking for a Cause

In case you’re looking for a networking event that has a cool idea behind, check out the Young Professionals CANstruction Event at the National Building Museum tonight at 6:30. I had the privilege of participating over the weekend in CANstruction, an annual event where architecture firms build structures out of cans to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, and I’ll be there tomorrow to talk about it. Come check out all the structures and bring some canned good to help the hungry!

by August 29, 2011 at 7:02 am 1,165 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

In cased you missed some of them, here are the stories that ran Monday, August 22 through Friday, August 26 on on

Photo of the Day


Arts & Entertainment


Food & Drink

by August 29, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,259 0

“Fleur de Lis” is by Lauren PM from 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, “Fleur de Lis,” was taken byLauren PM, August 25, in Logan Circle. Wikipedia says, “It remains an enduring symbol of France that appears on French postage stamps, although it has never been adopted officially by any of the French republics. According to French historian Georges Duby, the three leaves represent the medieval social classes: those who worked, those who fought and those who prayed.” The literal meaning is Lily or Iris flower.

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 August 26, 2011 at 10:20 am 2,190 5 Comments

DC State Fair,, Columbia Heights Day

Organizers of the DC State Fair and Columbia Heights Day were forced to postpone or cancel Saturday’s events. (Photo from Bryan at

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at [email protected]

It seems like we all have two options this weekend:

  1. Give in to earthquaccaneapocalypse and plan to wait out the storm (Come on, Irene) with lots of bottled water, candles and movies, or
  2. Brave the storm, get up and go this weekend, because there are still a ton of things going on.

Of course please be safe if Hurricane Irene lives up to all the hype, but I’d encourage you to grab your slicker and get on this weekend lineup:

Friday, August 26

  • Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration for the ages Celebrate MJ at 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW) presented by DJ Dredd. Doors at 9, tickets $15. Go prepared to
  • You could also go check out weekly Friday Night Frights at Black Cat (1811 14 Street NW) and stick around for the Modern Man show at 9 pm, with openers Harper Blynn (really good) and The Dustys.

Saturday, August 27

  • UPDATE: Organizers were forced to cancel Columbia Heights Day. The good news is that the DC State Fair has only been postponed and entries for DC State Fair have been reopened. Columbia Heights Day and the DC State Fair are on todayrain or shine. Head uphill to C-Heights to celebrate the neighborhood festival featuring live music, vendors, a petting zoo (if that’s your thing?), and lots and lots of food trucks. Last year, my friend was crowned “King of Columbia Heights” and we stole his scepter later in the night. Good times, good times. Follow @ColHeightsDay for more info. Location for both events is 11th and Kenyon Streets NW on the Harriet Tubman Elementary School Field.
  • At night , it’s a pretty fair toss up between two reliably awesome dance parties: Bliss at U Street Music Hall (1115A U Street NW), or On and On at Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW).

Sunday, August 28

  • Artjamz also wraps up its summer residency at the Corcoran this weekend, so stop by and check it out. Plus, museums are always a good rainy day activity.

There you have it. What are YOU doing this weekend, Borderstan? Let us know what we missed, and stay dry out there.

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Shaw Dog Park, Luis Gomez Photos

Renovations to the Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW got underway this week. Treeboxes and benches went in along with new paved entryways. The park received an $85,000 Neighborhood Improvement Fund grant last fall. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and  tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at [email protected].

Come On, Irene…

In case you missed it, we are slated to get one heck of a storm this weekend. Hurricane Irene is flirting with an upgrade to a Category 4 storm sometime Saturday morning. Try to prepare and be safe — we’re talking bottled water, non-perishable food and flashlights. Hopefully you don’t need those, though. Washington Business Journal reports that local power companies are preparing for the onslaught to keep your lights on for the weekend.

One Little Piggy Goes to Market

If you ignore my advice and develop a bad case of cabin fever, go check out another pig roast at Local 16 on the 28th. We went to the first and man, that was some tasty pork! Need to feel better about your gluttony? We’ve got you covered. Check out Deals for Deeds to get your $10 tickets and do some good by stuffing your piehole.

Boozy Thursday Hits You Missed

While we were being paranoid survivalists (or working late and hitting the bar, that’s survival too), we and you probably missed two great booze events. Gina Chersevani of PS7 and Elli Benchimol of Chef Geoff’s held a course last night on using garden herbs and produce to make cocktails as part of a learn, sip and taste seminar (details at The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide). Also last night was a Dog Days of Summer event at the Kennedy Center featuring grilled sausages, local beers and music on the roof. Given the weather, it may have been a bit dicey, but the roof deck overlooking the river is one of our favorite things. See what you missed at Brightest Young Things.

New Developments in the Neighborhood

Urban Turf has the dirt on a new development on 14th Street. The project, called The Irwin, would be six stories and 55 units of mostly studios or one-bedrooms. The ANC directed the developers to rework their glass design and talk to more neighbors, so no clue when this will actually break ground. A project in another vacant lot has less support, however. Greater Greater Washington reports on the neighborhood opposition to the development of a condo building at 17th Street and O Street. Several other steps, such as ANC approval, approval by the Historic Preservation Review Board and a zoning variance, will need to be taken before the project can move forward, so stay tuned.

Zoning, ANC’s and Ice Water at Shaw’s Tavern

It’s hard to not be a little sad while reading the Washington City Paper’s story on Shaw’s Tavern and the trials they are enduring in an attempt to get their liquor license. It appears mistakes were made initially and they are paying the (in this writer’s opinion) excessive price for those missteps. Please, alcohol gods at the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, give them a break. This area could actually use some decent food places and really, we all deserve a cold one.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now

Not talking about evacuations, but an interesting story in the Washington Times discussing the equation that directs you to buy a condo or continue renting. It’s not groundbreaking stuff, but it’s a good reminder that the changes in the market post-bubble bursting are lasting. If you are having to explain to your mother why it’s okay to rent for a long time like me, it’s a good rationalization read.


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