by October 21, 2011 at 6:00 am 0

“1716” is by Lauren PM from the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “1716” was taken by Lauren PM on October 8: “Funky front entrance to 1716 14th Street NW.”  The location houses various artists studios, including Joren Lindholm, Dave Peterson and Thomas Drymon as well as the new harmon art lab.

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 October 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm 1,423 6 Comments

"Borderstan""14th Street NW""Pulp"

PULP’s miracle maker: Tony Boykins in front of PULP on Monday afternoon. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The good news came late last Friday: PULP will not be closing November 23. The staff of the popular neighborhood gift store got the good news from owner Paul Hempel, who had been searching for a new buyer.

On Saturday, the signs announcing the store’s closing were gone, replaced by “It’s a Miracle on 14th Street.” What was known was that a DC-area businessman had purchased PULP.

It turns out that Tony Boykins is the miracle maker. Boykins is a DC resident who lives on Capitol Hill, and used to work in the telecommunications industry. According to store management, Boykins was one of three interested parties who expressed interest in buying the store after the initial November closing was announced.

A year ago Boykins was interested in purchasing the store, but the time wasn’t right. Boykins said his wife was the inspiration for him to buy the store. “She thought it would be wonderful to own a business like PULP,” said Boykins.

Boykins said he is “very exited” to join the 14th Street neighborhood and business community. He sees the city, overall, coming into its own and wants to help shape this transition. For now Boykins doesn’t see big changes for PULP. He said he wants to hear from the customers and get their feedback. Bev Jones will remain as store manager and Raven Bradburn as assistant store manager.

“I want PULP to remain a partner in the growth of the community,” said Boykins.

Jones said they are working to replenish the store’s offerings: “We’re working as fast as we can to replenish our merchandise inventory — please be patient, it’s taking time. Our lovely shoppers will soon see new and wonderful cards and gifts.”

There will be a store “re-opening party” on Saturday, October 29 from 11 am to 2 pm: “PULP – The Next Generation.”

by October 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm 0

Click for the spread: J.Crew Fairport Trench by khelan on

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

Hello, Borderstanis (he says with a sheepish grin). So the original plan was to get myself back on a weekly track with the September Issue(s) series, but much like Jil Sander’s Spring 2012 Menswear collection, it was full of good intentions, but a flawed execution. My bad.

Anyways, with the quasi-mea culpas out of the way, let’s get down to business. So, here we are with “The September Issue(s) Vol. 5: Outerwear” (Or “When the F*@K Does September End?”) As you probably recall, we started with shoes, worked our way to bottoms, then, quite obviously, tops and, in our last conversation, layers.

Click for the spread: Paul Smith Pea Coat by khelan on polyvore.

This being the fifth and final edition of my Fall recommendations, we’re going to go out with a bang. Well, as much as a bang outerwear can pack (though, if you do it correctly, it should make as much of a statement as the rest of your outfit. It needn’t just be a utilitarian effort to protect you from mother nature).

So speaking of mother nature, I found myself caught in the monsoon last Thursday on the way to meet some friends. Instead of being sensible and wearing a proper raincoat, I almost ruined a bespoke suit blazer in the torrential rainstorm. I kinda wish I had this number:

J.Crew Fairport Trench by khelan on Being a sartorial traditionalist, I highly recommend everyone have a khaki trench coat. But a black one is a very chic alternative that goes with… well… everything, like this Fairport Trench from J.Crew (upper right pic, click here for the full spread).

Click for the spread: APC Duffle Coat by khelan featuring wool coats on polyvore.

Paul Smith Pea Coat by khelan featuring a cotton coat. The tricky thing about autumn is that the temperature can drop anytime, without any advance warning. And like Ned Stark said before he was physically unable to wear fedoras, “Winter is Coming.” (Yes, yes, I’m a nerd. Game of Thrones, anyone?)

So as the weather begins to become slightly unforgiving, what’s better than having a peacoat to shield you from the elements? And what’s better than this peacoat by Paul Smith…? Not very much, that’s what (upper left pic, click here for the full spread).

APC Duffle Coat by khelan featuring wool coats on polyvore. The only thing I love more than a peacoat is cropped jacket with toggles, like this whimsical, yet fashionable number from APC (at right, click here for the full spread).

by October 20, 2011 at 10:00 am 0

Church Street NW

Thefts from autos are the second most common type of crime in the area after thefts. There were 54 reported "smash and grabs" in September in PSA 208, which covers the Dupont-Kalorma area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Matty Rhoades. Email Matty at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @mattyrhoades

The total number of crimes in September’s Police Service Area (PSA) 208 report shows a 17% decline from the previous year. Last month there were 162 crimes in the PSA that covers the Dupont-Kalorama area — compared to 195 in September 2010. Fewer robberies and burglaries were major factors in the decline. All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database.

Dupont Circle, PSA 208, September 2011 burglaries, MPD Crime Database

There were 12 burglaries in the Dupont-Kalorama area in September, down from 26 the previous September. (MPD Crime Database)

The news was particularly good in that there were year-over-year (YOY) declines in both violent and property crimes. There were 19 violent crimes last month in the Dupont area compared to 27 the previous September, a 30% drop. Property crimes — which account for the vast majority of crimes — declined by 15%. There were 143 property crimes in PSA 208 last month compared to 168 in September 2010.

Notable Numbers

The major decrease in violent crime was in robberies: there were only 10 last month compared to 20 in September last year. The number of assaults was essentially unchanged; 8 last month compared to 7 the previous September.

In September, the noticeable decreases in property crime were in burglaries (down from 26 to 12) and thefts (down from 82 to 69). However, the number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) was up slightly on a YOY basis: there were 54 last month compared to 49 in September 2010. Thefts from autos are consistently one of the two most common types of crimes in the Dupont area.

Three-Year Trend: 2008 to 2011

What does the three-year trend (2008-2011) for the month of September in PSA 208 show? Violent crime has decreased 23% while property crime is down 7%. Total crime — property and violent crime — has decreased by 11% for the three-year trend. Detailed numbers are in the chart below.

Crime in Police Service Area 208: September 1-30
Crime Type 2008 2009 2010 2011 % Change 2010 to 2011 % Change 2008 to 2011
Homicide 2 0 0 1 N.A. Down 50%
Sex Abuse 1 1 0 0 N.A. Down 100%
Robbery without Gun 17 12 19 7 Down 63% Down 59%
Robbery with Gun 5 3 1 3 Up 200% Down 40%
Assault with Dangerous Weapon (no gun) 5 5 7 8 Up 14% Up 60%
Assault with Dangerous Weapon (with gun) 0 0 0 0 N.A. N.A.
Total Violent Crime 29 21 27 19 Down 30% Down 23%
Burglary 18 14 26 12 Down 54% Down 33%
Theft 67 104 82 69 Down 16% Up 3%
Theft from Auto 53 90 49 54 Up 10% Up 2%
Stolen Auto 14 8 11 8 Down 27% Down 43%
Arson 1 0 0 0 N.A. Down 100%
Total Property Crime 153 216 168 143 Down 15% Down 7%
TOTAL CRIME 182 237 195 162

Down 17%

Down 11%

by October 20, 2011 at 7:40 am 1,745 0

Alejandra Owens

On tap: “State of the Brewnion,” DC Wine Week, Wine Riot, Bar Dupont’s Oktoberfest. (Photo: Alejandra Owens)

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]

Oh, hello, Borderstan. It’s been a while, so I have to let you know how excited I am to be back in DC for a weekend.*Finally* I trust that weekends have still been, you know, happening in my absence. But I have an extra special round up of weekend picks for ya this week, just in case you’ve missed me. So here’s whats up in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Hint: a lot of this has to do with wine or beer…

Thursday, October 20

  • Head over to Bier Barron (1523 22nd Street NW)  tonight to hear about the “State of the Brewnion.” The event, hosted by Washington City Paper, will feature a panel of local experts discussing everything from DC’s burgeoning craft beer culture, to home brewing, local beer menus and where to find the good stuff. Complimentary tastings, snacks, beer trivia and prizes. 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Friday, October 21

  • Get in your FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS at BlackCat (Halloween is next week, people, so go while you can). Two episodes of Tales From the Crpyt and drink specials. Entry is freeee! Doors at 7 pm.
  • Then, dance your way over to DC9 for their weekly Liberation Dance Party (Fatback is in Baltimore this weekend-womp womp), which will double as The Wombats’ official after-party after their 930 Club show. Doors at 9 pm. Rail drinks open bar from 9 to 10:30. The Wombats will swing by later on in the evening for a special guest DJ set. Nice.

Saturday, October 22

  • Grey DC is back! (Curious what this is? Read about their stop in Borderstan earlier this Summer) Swing by the pop-up market this Saturday between 3 to 7 pm at 1365 Kennedy Street NW. Sign up and more info here.
  • It’s also DC Wine Week! The schedule is packed, so be sure to check out the full list of events happening all week long across the city, but the closing event “The Wine Down” this Saturday night at One Lounge (1606 20th Street NW) is not to be missed. RSVP here. Time is 6 to 9 pm.
  • If you REALLY want to be an oenophile (or just drink a lot of wine) this weekend, check out Wine Riot, a “non-pretentious wine tasting event” created with the 21-35ishhhh crowd in mind. After staging three ridiculously successful events in Boston, Wine Riot hit the road and stops in DC this weekend, just in time to wrap up DC Wine Week. Wine Riot will run on Friday from 7 to 11pm and on Saturday from 1 to 5 pm and 7 to 11 pm. Guests will get to try more than 250 wines, learn a thing or too about wine tasting, and enjoy music, food, photo booths and more… tickets and more info here.

Sunday, October 23

  • Get into that fall festive mode by checking out out Bar Dupont’s Oktoberfest Beer Festival on their patio (1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW) this Sunday from 11 am to 10:30 pm (it’s on Saturday from 11 am to 2 am, too!). They’ll be blasting German music and have German and American draught beers, including a special Oktoberfest menu, on specia. $5 mugs and $10 pitchers.
  • Then later, consult Borderstan’s own Lebodome’s reviews of local sports bars as you’re deciding where to watch the game. I’m not really much of a football fan (this may have something to do with the fact that I’m in near last place in my league), but his bar picks have been adding to my otherwise lazy Sunday afternoons this Fall.

Freebie Alert

  • A FREEBIE ALERT! Dunkin’ Donuts (recently) opened at 14th and U Streets NW and they’re giving away free medium-sized coffees to celebrate. Valid until October 30. You’re welcome.

Save the Date

And save the date for two great concerts coming up:

  • Thursday, October 27: Suckers and Rewards are playing DC9 to benefit Common Good City Farm. Good music AND a good cause.
  • Saturday, November 5: The Congressional Chorus AND the American Youth Chorus kick off their season with “American Tapestry,” celebrating American history through song. The show’s local at the National City Christian Church in Thomas Circle and proceeds will go toward youth arts education. Tickets and more info here.

Enjoy the weekend, Borderstanis. Let us know what YOU’RE doing this weekend. And I’ll see you next week for a spooky, scary special edition Halloween weekend round up.

by October 20, 2011 at 6:00 am 0

“U Street Moonbow” is by kilohoku 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, “U Street Moonbow,” was taken by kilohoku on October 10 on U Street NW. kilohoku says: “Somewhat overexposed to highlight the uniformity of the clouds.”

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 October 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm 1,252 0

Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, ANC 1B02

Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling. (photo from Lewin-Zwerdling)

From Tom Hay. Send him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann

A rainy night and a short two-hour voting period did not deter residents from Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B02 to turn out for Wednesday night’s special election. Candidate Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling easily won, defeating fellow Wallach Street NW resident Stanley Mayes by a vote of 80-22.

A quorum of Commissioners from ANC 1B was pulled together shortly after the votes were counted, and a resolution was passed certifying the vote. The special election was held to fill the seat after Commissioner Aaron Spencer moved out of the district.

Commissioner-elect Lewin-Zwerdling will be the community voice for residents east of the 14th and U Street intersection on such matters as liquor licenses and development.

Previous Stories on the Special Election

by October 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1,012 2 Comments

Following are major crimes in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area from DC Police reports.

Monday, October 17

  • Burglary, 1900 block of 11th Street NW
  • Robbery, 6:15 am, 1700 block of 13th Street NW
  • Stolen Auto, 1400 block of 11th Street NW

by October 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,585 0

Eat Well DC, Give Well DC,

Give Well is seeking applications from local charities and organizations for future benefit events. (Image courtesy Give Well DC)

From Matty Rhoades

GiveWell DC is seeking community organizations and charities as potential beneficiaries for future Dine Out events. The quarterly fundraisers, hosted at EatWell’s four local restaurants, give 10% of the dinner proceeds on a given night to a selected charity or organization.

GiveWell DC is the charitable arm of EatWell DC, which is the parent company of three restaurants in the Dupont/Logan area: Commissary, Logan Tavern and Grillfish, plus The Heights in Columbia Heights. A fifth restaurant, The Pig, will open on 14th Street NW in Logan Circle in the spring.

According to Andy Phan of EatWell DC, “GiveWell DC chooses beneficiary partners based on two main criteria: a connection with our neighborhoods and guests, and a desire and ability to participate in the promotion of the event. GiveWell DC welcomes all interested neighborhood and charitable organizations to submit letters of interest for all future Dine Out Nights.”

An estimated $10,000 has been raised for local organizations since the Dine Out nights began a year ago. Past participating charities have been The Myositis Association, The Trevor Project, Food & Friends as well as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The next event is scheduled for this December.

“There is no limit on how much a selected organization can receive, so the key to success for the partner charity is to actively participate by getting their network to dine in the restaurants on the selected evening, help promote the event and have ambassadors at the restaurants on the night of the event to inform the diners of the organizations’ cause and solicit additional donations,” explained Phan.

If you are a local charity or organization interested in becoming part of EatWell DC’s Dine Out Nights, contact Phan at [email protected].

by October 19, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,149 0

"Borderstan""Room & Board""14th Street NW"

October 20-23 at Room & Board on 14th Street NW are 16 pieces from from four Mid City Artists. From left, “DeLuxe” by Charlie Gaynor, “Red Candied Apples” by Gary Fisher, “Monterey” by Charlie Jones  and “Indian Head Nickel” by Glenn Fry. The exhibition coincides with this weekend’s Fall Open Studios by Mid City Artists. (Images courtesy of artists)

From Tom Hay. Send him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann

Four local artists, all members of Mid City Artists, will be part of an exhibition at the Room & Board furniture store at 14th and T Streets NW. Works by Gary Fisher, Glenn Fry, Charlie Gaynor and Charlie Jones will be featured in the exhibition, “A Neighborhood of Art and Home Furnishings,” from October 20-23. Sixteen pieces of artwork, four from each artist, will be displayed throughout the store to compliment furniture groupings on each floor. An opening reception is scheduled at Room & Board on Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 8 pm.

The exhibition coincides with the Mid City Artists Fall Open Studios which runs from 12 to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23. There are a total of 21 artists at 15 locations —download the map! The Fall and Spring Open Studios have been a popular weekend event for a number of years.

Artist Charlie Jones explained how the collaboration between the retailer and the artists came about. “I visited the store early on when it first opened and met Scott Jussila, a leadership associate with Room & Board. Scott and I had an instant rapport and as I learned about his role at Room & Board developing local public outreach efforts, I mentioned Mid City Artists… and how cool it would be to combine Room & Board furnishings with our art for an exhibit — especially given how spectacular the space and light is.”

The landmark Room & Board store opened in June 2010 after an extensive renovation of the historic building. Built in 1919, the location was once a showroom for the Ford Motor Company and was known as the R.L. Taylor building. The renovation preserved the open floor plan and large windows of the original building which now give the showroom a loft-like gallery feel.

The artists practice in different mediums, including photography and silk screen on wood. Included in the exhibition are “Indian Head Nickel” by Glenn Fry, “Red Candied Apples” by Gary Fisher, “Monterey” by Charlie Jones and “DeLuxe” by Charlie Gaynor.

Mid City Artists Open Studios This Weekend

The exhibition coincides with the Mid City Artists Fall Open Studios which runs from 12 to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23. There are a total of 21 artists at 15 locations. The Fall and Spring Open Studios have been a popular weekend event for a number of years.

Like Borderstan, the Mid City Artists area encompasses several neighborhoods, including Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and U Street. Member artists work have been featured in exhibitions at Borderstan area galleries including gallery plan B on 14th Street NW and Long View Gallery on 9th Street.

Late last year the Mid City neighborhood was in the midst of a branding effort to give a new name and identity to what was officially known as the Uptown Arts District. Funded with D.C. Neighborhood Investment Fund grant money the design and marketing effort saw lots of heated discussion during the public forums over naming of the district. Eventually the process led to the name DC Arts District and the installation of banners on light poles on the major streets in the area.

Mid City Artists Profiled on Borderstan

by October 19, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,166 0

Wonder Bread, P Street NW, Logan Circle

1400 block of P Street NW. We’ll assume the plates were not expired and the driver had not been taken away by police. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected]

DC Forgives Your Expired Registration, Sort Of

That’s right — my fellow procrastinators need not worry about getting ‘cuffed for expired tags. DCist reports that fines will replace arrests for expired registrations, thanks to emergency legislation passed by the City Council. The Council will have 90 days to discuss the change and make it permanent (or not). It’s nice to know that the City Council can move quickly when enough hysterical media headlines mount into something that resembles public outcry.

Transforming (Not Gentrifying) Georgia Avenue

The Washington Post has a pretty interesting piece outlining some of the resident groups that have formed to take some decision-making power back for themselves as Georgia Avenue NW is developed and redeveloped. The Georgia Avenue Community Development Taskforce is doing some pretty cool things on the Avenue, including art installations in abandoned storefronts. The community pride and focus on improving their community, without rolling over to gentrification, is not a new concept in the district, and it will be interesting to see how the Taskforce does in meeting their goals. We’re rooting for you!

How to Survive U Street During Howard Homecoming

The Post has a a fair number of blogs within its coverage, and one of those is the Root DC, a blog aimed at African-American audiences. A Howard alumna penned a blog post which I found rather amusing about how to survive Howard’s homecoming. When someone writes this, ” If you remember when the U Street area was extra cracky, you should not attend any events where rappers (born after 1975) are scheduled to perform. Doing so means you’re the old man or woman at the club,” I cannot help but be entertained.

Spotting Suicidal Metro Jumpers

Our friends out on the Orange Line will not soon forget the aftermath of an alleged suicide attempt last week. Neither will Metro, as they are planning to train workers on identification and intervention. It is a program long in the making, reports Washington Examiner. The paper also reports the man who jumped in front of the train last week passed away from his injuries just moments after writing this round up, which seems to indicate the program should start immediately. The man was the 11th jumper in 2011.

I Predict a (Wine) Riot

What to do with your Saturday? How does tasting 200 wines sound? If you don’t like that, well, I don’t like you either. If you do, check out the post at We Love DC. Look for unique sips, some food from Luke’s Lobster and bottomless refills for your approximately $60 ticket. It coincides nicely with the events of  DC’s Wine Week, founded by the delightful @DCEventJunkie and @VanessaFrench. Some of those are happening in Borderstan, so get your terroir on in the hood if you missed last night’s event at Kramerbooks.

by October 19, 2011 at 6:00 am 0

“Borderstan Alley” 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, “Borderstan Alley,” was taken by Mike in DC on October 4. Mike in DC says: “Shot looking west from 14th St in alley by Gallery Plan B.”.

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 October 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1,286 0

Single Member District 02 in ANC 1B is in the heart of the U Street area. (DC Citizen Atlas)

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

The special election for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seat in 1B02 will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Thurgood Marshall Center at 1816 12th Street NW. Voters must either present their voter ID card indicating that they live within 1B02 boundaries and/or be listed on the DC Board of Elections and Ethics voter registration list.

The ANC includes many blocks east of the intersection of 14th and U Streets, NW. Check the ANC map to see if you live within the boundaries of ANC 1B02. The candidates are Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling and Stanley Mayes.

Previous Stories on the Special Election

by October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm 0

Pay attention to your surroundings and your behavior when you are out and about on the streets — especially on weekends. The weekends are prime time for criminals. Lots of visitors from the suburbs and other neighborhoods visit the Borderstan area. This means extra people on the street with credit cards and cash (with “beverages” thrown into the mix), which equals opportunity for robbers.

Yes, this is a “safe neighborhood.” It’s also the downtown area of a big city. Pay attention.

Following are major crimes from the past weekend in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area as reported by the DC Police.

ADW = Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Friday, October 14

  • ADW, 2:50 am, 1900 block of 19th Street NW (street)
  • ADW, 2:50 am, 14th and Corcoran Streets NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, 5 pm, 800 block of T Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Robbery, 12:30 am, 1600 block of S Street NW (sidewalk)

Saturday, October 15

  • ADW, 8:20 pm, 1300 block of U Street NW (street)
  • ADW, 11:09 pm, 2100 block of P Street NW (nightclub)
  • Robbery, 2:58 am, 2000 block of 10th Street NW (government building)
  • Robbery, 10:22 pm, Connecticut Avenue and N Street NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, 9:40 pm, 1500 block of U Street NW (sidewalk)
  • Stolen Auto, 9:20 pm, 1300 block of 11th Street NW (street)

Sunday, October 16

  • Burglary, 2 to 7 pm, 2200 block of 11th Street NW (residence)
  • Burglary, 2 to 2:30 pm, 1100 block of W Street NW (residence)
  • Robbery, 2 am, 1800 block of 7th Street NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, noon, 2000 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW (sidewalk)
  • Robbery, 9:20 pm, 1100 block of V Street NW (restaurant)

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