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by Borderstan.com May 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

"Music Player"

Live jazz in Dupont Circle, June 3 at 2 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

Dupont Circle is ready for summer. The fountain is finally on, the grass is green and live events are scheduled throughout the season!

So pack your blankets, gather your friends and head to the Circle on Sunday, June 3 for a free outdoor jazz concert.

The afternoon concert, which starts at 2 pm, is part of DC Jazz Festival‘s “Jazz in the Hood” series. The Airmen of Note, the United States Air Force’s world-renowned band, will be providing the tunes for the general public and neighborhood residents.

For more information, visit the Dupont Festival website. We hope to see you there!

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by Borderstan.com May 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

"Borderstan""Galleries"

Borderstan Galleries (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Summer is here and so is some great local art!

Exhibitions Opening this Weekend

Exhibitions Closing this Weekend

Get more details on the 13 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Check the website for updated information.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW

  • “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women” runs June 7 through September 2.
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

[email protected] at 1830 14th Street NW

  • Frederic Kellogg’s “Appearances” is on exhibit.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • Hedieh Javanshir Ilch’s “I’m Coming Home” is currently on exhibit through June 16.
  • Gallery Hours: Call the gallery for hours (202) 730-5037.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • An Architect’s Dream” runs May 26 through June 30.
  • Overview: “Curated by Todd Levin. Artists include: Joseph Cornell, Rashid Johnson, Pipilotti Rist, Haim Steinbach.” (Curator’s Office)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Works by Michael D. Crossett” runs May 16 through June 17. Opening Reception Saturday, May 19, 6 to 8 pm
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • Call + Response opens June 2 through June 16.
  • Overview: Call + Response is an annual art show pairing writers and artists to create new works with a twist. Five writers each contribute a call-a short piece of fiction or poetry-and five artists each create a new installation piece in response to one call. For the first time, this year’s writers will view the artworks prior to the show’s opening and respond in some way, possibly through creation, revision, or reflection, to the responses.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

harmon art lab at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Ruth Trevarrow and Mark Harris, runs through June 12.
  • Overview: “Ruth has turned her attention to trees. Over the last many months, she has drawn trees from her neighborhood and the environment around her workplace. She brings a life-size silhouette of one of these to our gallery space for the month of May. Mark Harris has drawn animals and Native Americans from his childhood. With time, his intricate pen-and-ink drawings have taken on a contemporary flair. For his project space installation he will hang, salon-style, a large number of these drawings, along with taxidermied animals. Together, these two installations pay homage to our environment and history in a show that is sure to inspire.” (harmon art lab)
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • William Willis’ “Keeping It Alive” runs June 8 through July 28
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • “Erin Bernard: Rolled Dice and Flicked Matches″ opens May 4 and runs through May 26.
  • Overview: “Rolled dice are like flicked matches: there’s a risk that bridges may be burned and stacked card house ignited. But there’s also the chance that from the ashes a fortune phoenix is born.” (Hillyer Art Space)
  • “Greg Schmigel: Imperfect Strangers–An Exhibit of Mobile Street Photography” Opens May 4 and runs through May 26.
  • Overview: For Greg Schmigel, there’s something very special and unique about capturing street photography. According to Schmigel, “It’s real, it’s true slices of life as we see it — and many times, slices of life as the rest of us miss them.” (Hillyer Art Space)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 12 am to 6 pm; Saturday and Monday, 12 am to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • FLUID: Rhythms, Transitions, & Connections” features the works of Francie Hester, Lisa Hill and Rebecca Kamen, in collaboration with Susan Alexjander, runs through June 9.
  • Overview: “We sometimes forget how truly complex human life is and that we are intimately connected to nature and each other.  In this multifaceted exhibition Francie Hester, Lisa Hill, and Rebecca Kamen tackle the oft-unexplored complexities of human existence and visually ponder questions relating to loss, memory, and our connections to nature and one another. ” (Joan Hisaoka Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • Eve Stockton, June 14 through July 15, opening reception Thursday, June 15, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Overview: “Stockton’s multi-layered wood block prints represent a unique approach to a traditional process. Her studies in science and love of nature combine to create a contemporary and unexpected result. The scale of these works is mesmerizing, a true testament to her mastery of this art form.” (Long View Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • Foon Sham runs through June 16.
  • Overview: “This exhibition brings together man-made byproducts of nature sawdust, salt, and tea, with mountainous cones, canyon like vessels, and cast organic forms to explore themes of diligence and survival.).” (Project 4)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • Sean Lynch: Bandits in the Ruins, opens June 9 through July 7.
  • Overview: “Sean will be presenting video, photography and more at Transformer’s project space investigating and reflecting upon the methods, understandings and representations involved in dealing with contents of history.” (Transformer)
  • Gallery Hours: Check website.

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by Borderstan.com May 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

"Agora Restaurant" "17 Street"

Agora at 1527, 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Borderstan welcomes new contributor Sarah Lipman. You can email her at sarah[AT]@borderstan.com.

After walking past Agora time after time, I finally paid my first visit to the lively restaurant on Sunday. It certainly lived up to my expectations.

On Sunday nights at Agora, $24.99 will afford you a four-course dinner featuring their signature Turkish/Greek mezes. Add $12.99 to that and you can help yourself to unlimited house alcohol, including red and white wine, vodka, gin, tequila, rum and martinis. My boyfriend and I went for the deal.

Our hearts were set on eating outside on the patio, so we put our name in and started our night at the bar. The weathered red brick and wood throughout the restaurant gives the interior a homey, neighborhood feel, and the bar is bright and exposed.

We began the evening with a Greek red wine and the creamy cured roe spread, served with piping hot pita bread and complimentary olive tapenade served in olive oil.

On the whole, the dishes were high on flavor, and the best of the bunch showcased pine nuts and hints of lemon. Can’t-miss dishes included:

  • Kibbeh, slightly sweet beef and lamb dumplings
  • Veal sweetbreads in a creamy sauce
  • Eggplant covered in ground beef and lamb
  • Zuchinni pancakes
  • The flaky baklava filled with pistachios

After small plate-style dining, I sometimes find myself heading to my neighborhood pizza joint for a quick slice, but after my dinner at Agora, I was beyond stuffed.

Located on 17th Street NW between Church and Q Streets, the patio is a prime spot for people watching, and you’ll certainly see people of all types and all walks of life. Needless to say, I’ll be back.

Agora

  • Where am I going: 1527 17th Street NW, between Church and Q Streets.
  • When am I going: Dinner is served 5 to 11 pm, Sunday through Wednesday, and 5 pm to midnight, Thursday through Saturday. Lunch is served 11 am to 3 pm, weekdays. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. The Happy Hour menu is available weekdays, 3 to 7 pm.
  • Paycheck pain:  The four-course Sunday special is $24.99, and each small plate runs from $5 to $14.
  • What you’ll be eating: Mediterranean fusion small plates, including Turkish and Greek flavors

by Borderstan.com May 31, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

"Kid Playing"

Jack Jacobson hosts Kiddy Happy Hour at Century 21 Redwood Realty on Friday evening. ( Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

On Friday, June 1, Jack Jacobson, candidate for the Ward 2 State Board of Education seat, will host a Kiddy Happy Hour to discuss concerns and share ideas on how to improve schools in Ward 2 and across the city.

This event – which will take place at Century 21 Redwood Realty (1701 Q Street NW) from 5 to 8 pm – is open to all parents and community members involved, and invested, in the neighborhood school system. Free childcare will be provided so that attendees can participate as much as possible!

Jacobson announced his candidacy against incumbent Mary Lord in March. He is a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B/Dupont, representing District 4. The school board elections are non-partisan; election day is November 6.

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by Borderstan.com May 31, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"Cady North"

Cady North will perform with the Congressional Chorus this Saturday at the National City Christian Church. (Valerie Russell)

From Cecile Oreste of danceDC. You can follower her on Twitter @dance_DC or email her at cecile[AT]borderstan.com.

Logan Circle resident Cady North is a senior finance policy analyst for Bloomberg Government. She writes research on how government regulations impact industry groups, which is featured on BGOV.com as well as on various media platforms including television and radio. In addition to working at Bloomberg Government, she is also a member of the Congressional Chorus, the only chorus in the DC area dedicated to performing American choral music. (See Congressional Chorus Celebrates 25 Years at Thomas Circle Church.)

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Congressional Chorus communicates the spirit, diversity and power of American music. They perform a wide variety of American choral music — everything from folk songs to classical, spirituals to jazz and patriotic anthems to Broadway hits. Over the years, Congressional Chorus, directed by David Simmons, has performed at the White House, Presidential Inaugurations, the U.S. Capitol Building, the Kennedy Center and numerous receptions and galas.

Borderstan: In regards to the upcoming concert, which song are you most excited to perform and why? What draws you to being part of the Congressional Chorus?

North: I’m thrilled to perform “The Awakening” by Joseph Martin. The version we are singing was commissioned in my home state of Texas. It’s nostalgic for me because I performed it ages ago back in Texas and loved it then. The piece also shares the name of one of my favorite DC sculptures. I’m also excited to perform and debut two commissioned pieces, “Be It Therefore Resolved” by Joan Szymko and “Dreams” by Christopher Urquiaga. It’s a real honor to debut such beautiful and dynamic pieces. It’s even more special that one of the composers, Chris is serving as our very talented pianist for the show.

Borderstan: How long have you been with the Congressional Chorus? How did you get involved?

North: I’ve been part of the chorus since January 2012. Performing the Chorus’ 1950s style Cabaret Concert in March “Shake Rattle and Roll” was a fantastic experience. It has been great getting back into singing after having been away from it for years. Life is much more fulfilling when you can have a creative outlet like singing. I now find myself singing to myself more when I’m working, biking or doing other random things in the area. It makes me happy.

Borderstan: What do you enjoy doing? Interests, hobbies other than singing? Favorite places to go in the Borderstan area?

North: I play tennis in the area and I also enjoy biking. Some of my favorite places and activities are reading on a sunny day in Logan Circle, grabbing Ethiopian during the Sunday coffee ceremony at Dukem, checking out Peregrine Espresso’s coffee special of the week or having evening drinks on the rooftop at El Centro D.F.

This Saturday, June 2, Congressional Chorus gives its Silver Anniversary Concert at the National City Christian Church in Thomas Circle. General admission tickets are $25 and available online, by calling (202) 399-7993, ext. 182 or at the door.

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by Borderstan.com May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

Second Annual Drag Kickball tournament is at Stead Park on Sunday evening, June 3. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

It’s time to determine who the Queens of the Ball really are…

Will our beautiful kickball players in drag clench the coveted title? Or will the winners-of-wonder be our beloved queens in uniform?

It’s all up-for-grabs at Capital Pride’s Second Annual Drag Kickball Game. Come cheer on the competition and root for your favorite team this Sunday, June 3, from 3 pm until 5 pm at Stead Park, 17th and Church Streets NW. (See pics from last year’s event: Pics! Pride 2011 Drag Kickball at Stead Field.)

Learn more about the DC Stonewall Kickball on their Facebook page.

For more information on this event and others throughout the festival, visit the Capital Pride event calendarBorderstan.com is proud to be among the sponsors of Capital Pride 2012.

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by Borderstan.com May 31, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"R Street NW"

"From Above" is by anokarina from the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “From Above” was taken by anokarina on May 20 on R 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.

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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm 0

"Movie Night"

Enjoy "Screen on the Green" at Stead Park this Saturday, June 2. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

Few things in life are better than heading to a nearby park on a summer evening with a blanket, a wedge of cheese, a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine in-tow.

Now imagine that state of bliss paired with an outdoor screening of an independent film.

Yes, it’s really happening – and it’s all at this year’s “Screen on the Green.” The event, which is part of the annual Capital Pride festival, will take place at Stead Park (17th and Church Streets NW) on Saturday, June 2. The picnic begins at 6 pm, the film (“READY? OK!”) will start at dusk and Team DC will be on-hand to host pre-show antics and games.

For more information on this event and others throughout the festival, visit the Capital Pride event calendarBorderstan.com is proud to be among the sponsors of Capital Pride 2012. Find an entire list of this year’s events, as well as details on each event, on Capital Pride’s website calendar.

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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

"Kickball Players"

Stead Park Field on P Street NW: Let's all play kickball. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome. Email him at scott[AT]borderstan.com.

Since moving back to the district in my post collegiate life a few years ago, I have been either officially or loosely affiliated with kickball. When I first moved back, it was the vehicle to enter a social circle I had lost touch with and while that team no longer plays, I still consider them some of my closest friends in the city (you know who you are SMK).

Since that first season of wondering how to make the best mixed drink for gameday, I have drifted a bit here and there, to different teams, random assortments, changed leagues and slew of other experiences where I can say (with shame and some fact) I am a veteran of the DC kickball circuit.

One of the first articles I wrote for Borderstan was about the general sort of people that play in kickball leagues. To gloat a little, I think I pretty much nailed it. A year since writing that article, it has only been proven correct time and time again. It humors me that the archetype for kickball players can be narrowly categorized into five generic categories.

Still though, friends of mine in DC laugh at me when they hear I am heading to kickball. Well scoff’ers, here are just a few of things you are all missing.

An Automatic Happy Hour. I think everyone overlooks this. HHs come and go with the trends and the weather. But in a kickball league, there is always a bar linked to the league, where by wearing your brightly colored t-shirt, there are always great deals. Also how many HHs at Local 16 have flip cup, slap cup, or pretty much any other game you and your friends want to play? Exactly.

Beware of the Regulars. If you see your opponent with a printed lineup card, giving actual game strategy, or their average age is around 32, AVOID and don’t antagonize! In my last season I came up against a serious team from the WAKA League (known for taking the actual game seriously, a well known downer in kickball) and our game almost ended in a fight. I kid you not, watching a 38 year old man knock down a girl catcher on a play at the plate was the worst instance of this I have ever seen.

Fun in the Sun As strongly as I encourage running, biking or any other type of physical activity, it is nice for a change of pace. The reserved time in the day to leisurely play an elementary school playground game is a nice spot to look to in a busy work week. Don’t expect to burn off calories, but it’s a nice break from the cubicle.

There are lots of leagues to choose from that can be judged on how the actual games are played. I strongly recommend the ones where the game is leisurely and the focus is the time at the bar with your friends. It’s definitely worth a season and if you haven’t already played, grab a few friends and join a random team; even if after a game or two it’s not for you, there is no harm in walking away with a shirt.

What’s on the Hopper

JUNE! The best sports month ever. NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, French Open, Wimbledon, mid-way baseball, Olympics, and even some horse racing. It doesn’t get better.

Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!

  • Anyone in Borderstan got an RGIII jersey yet?
  • I want this coffee table.
  • If you are not an Aziz Ansari fan, please start now.

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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,861 22 Comments

"Borderstan"

The intersection of 14th and U Streets NW. What does the future hold for one of the city's most desirable locations? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Matty Rhoades. You can email him at matty[AT]borderstan.com.

Borderstan first learned earlier this spring that a new neighborhood organization was being formed, one whose mission was to change the course of the rapid pace of development along the 14th and U corridor — including a possible push for a liquor license moratorium. (For another view, see Online Petition Opposing Liquor License Moratorium Draws Support.) Moreover, changes are being considered to DC’s zoning laws as recently noted in the City Paper’s Housing Complex blog.

The new Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance (SDCA) held its first meeting May 21. The boundaries for membership in SDCA are from 12th to 15th Streets and from S to U Streets NW. Joan Sterling is president of the board of directors and some of the other names on the board are familiar to people who follow neighborhood politics and community organizations — Elwyn Ferris (partner of ANC 2B09 Commissioner Ramon Estrada) is secretary, and Doug Johnson and Craig Brownstein of U Street Dirt are on the board of directors.

The entire 14th and U corridor has been undergoing rapid change in the past decade, with numerous residential-retail complexes still under construction, from S Street past Florida Avenue NW; the strip of 14th below S Street saw the first wave of new construction on empty lots earlier in the decade. One such complex just getting underway is the Lous at 14th and U Streets NW (see Plans Unveiled for the Louis at 14th/U; Will Remake Famous Corner.) Another project, spanning 14th from S to Swann Streets is expected to be completed this fall. Demolition work will soon begin on the project at the southeast corner of 14th and Wallach NW. And there are more projects under construction or on the drawing board (13th and U NW, for example).

Not surprisingly, not everyone in the area views the changes — or the trajectory of the development — in quite the same way.

SDCA Organization’s Message Points

The membership application for SDCA is quite blunt in terms of the message points it drives home to potential members, with the following Q&A on the membership applicaton:

Q: Finding it increasingly difficult to park?
A: Local developers are being granted variances from the required parking regulations!

Q: Is late night noise and disturbance increasing?
A: New establishments are requesting operating hours till 4 and 5 AM!

Q: Are you concerned about the drastic increase in street crime?
A: Three stabbings of local restaurant patrons in the past year!

Q:  Did you know that new development almost caused us the permanent loss of our Post Office.
A: A vocal group of citizens (our members, and our neighbors, just like you) fought it, and saved it!

Q: Are you aware that new legislation could strip away the legal standing residents have in alcohol licensing?
A: The right to negotiate a reasonable Voluntary Agreement may be permanently eliminated!

Interview with SDCA President

Borderstan asked SDCA President Joan Sterling about the new organization, its priorities — and why its members felt the need to form the organization instead of working through three neighborhood organizations in or near the 14th and U corridor.

Borderstan: What is your organization’s top priority as of now?

Sterling: Shaw-Dupont Citizens Alliance (SDCA) views this neighborhood as a residential community, a historic treasure, an educational center, and a vital component of the District of Columbia’s retail and tourism economy. The association seeks to maintain a unique mix of missions for the community, while seeing that the views and interests of residents and homeowners are well represented in the neighborhood’s continuing evolution. DSCA’s mission is to preserve the historic character, quality of life, and aesthetic values of this area with a particular eye toward protecting the interests of the neighborhood’s residents and homeowners. We all welcome the new businesses and the exciting development. At the same time we also have some concerns about the impact of that growth on the quality of life in the neighborhood.

As a newly incorporated organization we are very busy with membership and organizing our committees in a way that will reflect the varied interests of the members. We have had a lot of feedback regarding things such as parking, new development, new retail, improved daytime activity in the neighborhood, and concerns related to the significant late night activity that borders the residential areas.

Borderstan: Are you actively pushing the DC Government for a liquor license moratorium in the 14th and U area?

Sterling: That is one of the options that the members have discussed as a possibility to get a little ‘breathing space’ while trying to find a way to improve the implementation of the ARTS Overlay and Comprehensive Plan for the neighborhood. We hope to work with both Councilmember Graham [D-Ward 1] and Councilmember Evans [D-Ward 2], along with the Office of Planning, BZA [Board of Zoning Adjustment], ABRA [Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Administration], DCRA, DDOT and the other agencies that all have a piece of the puzzle. We are interested in having a vibrant and safe community during both the daytime and the evening hours. (Editor’s note: The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) lists five moratorium actions in DC. The neighborhoods with liquor license moratoriums are Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Glover Park, Dupont West and Dupont East (17th Street NW).

Borderstan: How would you respond to Bryan Martin Firvida’s claim that liquor license moratoriums are ineffective?

Sterling: It’s an interesting position to take considering Mr. Firvida provides no data that supports that opinion – the petition language is long on hyperbole, but short on facts. Existing Moratoria have been renewed which would indicate that, in the areas that have them, the residents are happy with the results. Moratorium zones as defined by ABRA can only be in a radius of 600 feet, 1,200 feet or 1,800 feet. Implying that because online petition signatories are in a particular zip code means that they live in a moratorium zone is far from accurate. It does not correctly reflect the very small sizes of ABRA defined zones compared to the much larger areas covered by zip codes.

Signatures of approximately 600 DC residents is just not reflective of those residents that are directly impacted by the current over-concentration of licenses in this particular small area. We are very interested in all ideas that can actually be implemented to help alleviate the problems that residents are experiencing and are eagerly awaiting Mr. Firvida’s alternate suggestions. We are aware that Mr. Firvida has authored other online petitions such as D.C. Council and the D.C. Taxicab Commission: Make “Red” the standard color for Taxicabs in Washington, D.C.

(Editor’s note: Martin Firvida is a past president of the U Street Neighborhood Association (USNA), elected president four times, 2002 to 2004 and again in 2010. He also served as chair of USNA’s Business Development and ABC Committee and served on the USNA Board of Directors. Martin Firvida also spent four years as a Special Assistant in the Executive Office of the Mayor and the Office of the City Administrator working on neighborhood issues. )

Borderstan: Why did you decided to form a new organization instead of working through existing community associations, such as the U Street Neighborhood Association, the Logan Circle Community Association and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association?

Sterling: We felt that we needed a residents association to address the things that are of interest to our neighborhood. Because the area straddles two different ANCs and two Wards it made sense to start an organization that could represent the neighborhood in a more cohesive way. Both the Dupont Circle Citizens Association and the Logan Circle Community Association represent residents in different areas than SDCA. The residents in those areas are clearly ably represented by their associations and we hope to follow their examples.

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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,692 0

"Borderstan""1905"

Rooftop: “The Garden” at 1905  Restaurant is open. Click above to see more images. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens.

You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Follow her on Twitter at @frijolita and email her at alejandra[AT]borderstan.com.

Spring and summer practically beg for a rooftop high enough to enjoy a whisp of a breeze that can cool you down. A view of something other than the black top of another rooftop is a bonus, not necessary but a bonus!

So where’s a gal to go? Well, there’s no dearth of patios, rooftops and beautiful views in Borderstan, but something new, something special? That’s where 1905‘s rooftop comes in.

I’m an unabashed fan of 1905 – especially the lamb sandwich – and their rooftop has only enhanced my love for the place. To the south you see the Washington monument. To the north you see dappled skies and the outline of apartment buildings. It’s up high enough for that breeze I mentioned earlier, and with a bar to service just the higher up crowd you won’t be lacking for a cocktail or glass of wine to go with it.

If I had to tell you one thing, it would be go, go now! And consider it your premier 4th of July spot because with views like this you won’t be missing a thing! Like the name says, the restaurant is at 1905 9th Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2012 at 10:00 am 10,969 2 Comments

"Borderstan""Borderstan Map"

Where is DC's gay neighborhood? The Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods combined got 60% of the votes.

Last week we asked Borderstan readers, “Where’s the Gay Neighborhood in DC”, and for the third consecutive year Logan Circle was the winner. Once again, it was not even close, with 38% saying Logan Circle, followed by Dupont Circle with 13% and 9% for U Street and 9% for Shaw.

Actually, the choice of “Everywhere and Nowhere” finished second with 18% of survey respondents — probably one more sign that members of the LGBT community are spreading out further across the city.

“This is such a 1970s question” got 7% of the votes — you have to figure there is a tie-in to the “Everywhere and Nowhere” attitude of an increasing number of both DC’s gay and non-gay community. Interestingly, the number of readers who those two options this year (26%) was down from 39% in the 2011 reader poll.

Big Jump for Shaw

The noticeable jumps were for Logan Circle and Shaw, especially Shaw. Logan Circle went from 34% last year to 38% in 2011 (back to the 2010 number) while the percentage of readers who picked Shaw more than doubled from 4% in 2011 to 9% this year (it was just 2% in 2010).

Dupont Circle Remains Steady

Dupont Circle, once the center of DC’s LGBT community, has gotten almost exactly the same results in the last three years — 13% in 2012, 12% in 2011 and 14% in 2010.

Note: Columbia Heights was a new option in the 2012 reader poll on DC’s gay neighborhood and 3% of survey respondents picked it. One might ask, though, “Where is the dividing line these days between Columbia Heights and the 14th and U corridor? Is it still Florida Avenue NW?”

Here’s how Borderstan voters responded, with results for 2011 and 2010 thrown in for comparison.

 
Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood?
 Neighborhood 2012
Reader Poll
2011
Reader Poll
2010
Reader Poll
 Logan Circle 38% 34% 38%
 Everywhere and Nowhere 18% 22%  21%
 Dupont Circle 13% 12% 14%
Shaw  9%  4%  2%
 U Street  9%  8% 6%
 This is such a 1970s question  8%  17% 18%
 Columbia Heights 3% Not asked Not asked
Other  2%   3% 1%


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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

"Fathom Creative"

National Trust for Historic Preservation will celebrate 25 years on June 6 with special presentations at Fathom Creative on 14th Street NW.(Luis Gomez Photos)

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting an event on June 6 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the its annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. In addition to announcing its 2012 list of endangered places, the event will include an interactive video and photo exhibit exploring a quarter-century of inspiring preservation stories.

Perhaps of most interest to Borderstan readers, the event will feature “micro talks” by preservationists from across DC, including reps from Dupont Underground, Rainbow History Project, Popularise, CAS Riegler Development Company and Capital Pixel, all of whom will discuss how they’re getting people to see underappreciated places in a new light.

“Preserving Nation,” which will take place at Fathom Creative on 14th Street, is sold out, but keep an eye out the following week for a write-up of the event.

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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"Smile"

"Smile" is by ekelly80 taken from the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Smile” was taken by ekelly80 on May 20  at Van Ness 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.

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by Borderstan.com May 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,139 0

"DC Noodles" "Stem"

On July 1, DC Noodles will close for one year while work gets underway on JBG's Louis residential-commercial complex at 14th and U Streets NW. When owner Sak Pollert reopens he will use the space occupied by Stem to increase the size of the restaurant. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

The popular U Street eatery DC Noodles will close for one year on July 1 as construction on the huge JBG Cos. project, the Louis, takes off at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW. According to DC Noodles owner Sak Pollert, the restaurant has a tentative reopening date of July 1, 2013. Pollert also owns the next-door boutique, Stem, which will not reopen next year. (See Plans Unveiled for the Louis at 14th/U; Will Remake Famous Corner.)

“We will use the Stem space to increase the size of DC Noodles,” Pollert said. He also owns Rice Restaurant on 14th Street NW. Pollert said Stem’s closing sale begins Tuesday, with 40% to 60% off all merchandise. The two businesses are at 1412 U Street NW.

Utopia has already temporarily closed their doors due to construction work on the Louis. The 24/7 coffee shop has relocated to the northwest corner of 15th and U Streets NW under the name Mediterranean (former site of Love Cafe). However, Coppi’s Organic Restaurant will be able to stay open during the work. Certain buildings with historic facades, including the former El Paraiso restaurant building on 14th, the McDonald’s at the corner, and the stretch of buildings on U Street — the former 24/7, DC Noodles/Stem, Coppi’s Organic and Utopia — are being preserved and incorporated into the Louis complex.

DC Noodles Menu at Rice

Pollert said that beginning July 1 the DC Noodles menu will be available at selected times at Rice, 1608 14th Street NW. “The DC Noodles menu will be available at Rice every day for lunch, and Sunday through Thursday for dinner,” said Pollert.

“We are looking forward to reopening DC Noodles next year. We love being a part of the U Street community,” said Pollert.

The Louis will have nine floors (seven floors on the southern end of the 14th Street side) and 268 rental units, with a mix of floor plans that includes studio apartments up to two-bedroom units –and several penthouse units on the top floor. The three-level underground parking garage will have 40 spaces for retail customers and 110 units for tenants of the rental building.

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