by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm 0

PorchFest (Photo courtesy of Nathan Ackerman)

Music will be in the air around Adams Morgan this weekend.

PorchFest, Adams Morgan’s annual fall music festival, is returning with three dozen free concerts in front of a dozen homes and businesses in the neighborhood Saturday.

It might drizzle Saturday, but the sun should make an appearance, helping the temperature rise to the upper 70s, according to the National Weather Service. On Sunday, the sun is expected to be out in full force, bringing the temperature up to the high 70s.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:


by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

900 block of 5th Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man picked up a knife from two would-be thieves and scared them away after they tried to rob him near the H Street corridor last night, police said.

The attempted robbery happened on the 900 block of 5th Street NE about 11 p.m. Thursday.

The victim was walking up to his door about a block north of H Street NE when a man and another person came up to him, according to authorities. The man then flashed a hunting knife and ordered the victim to hand over his wallet.


by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Shaw Yoga (Photo via Instagram/Shaw Yoga)

A yoga studio is set to have a new place to do cobra, grasshopper and tree poses in Shaw in the coming days.

Shaw Yoga is slated to move less than a black away from its temporary home at 1240 9th St. NW to a permanent location at 907 N St. NW next week, according to an email from the studio today. The entrance will be across from Sundevich in the Naylor Court alley.

The studio has to announce when exactly it will open its new location. But it intends to tell its customers about the opening date Monday.

Until the move, Shaw Yoga will continue to have classes on 9th Street.

Since it opened last year, Shaw Yoga has shared its space with the Beyond Collective photo studio above the Lost & Found bar.

“We have loved our time in the White Room, sharing space with Beyond Collective,” Shaw Yoga’s email says. “The practice space has been beautiful and serene and transformative. Nevertheless, we are bursting with joy for what our new space will mean and allow.”

Photo via Instagram/Shaw Yoga

by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Future home of J. Crew Men's Shop at 1618 14th St. NW (Photo courtesy of Luis Gomez Photos)

(Updated at 4:05 p.m.) J. Crew is scheduled to start selling men’s clothing in an infamous Logan Circle building in the coming months.

The retailer’s Men’s Shop is slated to open at 1618 14th St. NW in November, according to signs spotted on the forthcoming store’s windows today. The 14th Street building once was known for its “men’s parties” sex club events, which came to an end after a man died there in 2009.

The new signage features a man with a suit and a tie hammering a nail near text that says, “Caution: Gentlemen at Work.”

The clothing chain announced last October it would open a shop in Logan Circle. It started to look for people to work there in March.

J. Crew also is planning to put in a Madewell women’s clothing store on 14th Street. It isn’t clear when or exactly where that store will open.

A J. Crew representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Photo courtesy of Luis Gomez Photos

by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Salt & Sundry plants (Photo via Instagram/Salt & Sundry)

A new shop specializing in cacti, succulents and stationary is set to replace Salt & Sundry near the 14th Street corridor in the coming months.

Little Leaf from Salt & Sundry owner Amanda McClements is slated to land at 1401 S St. NW this winter, according to an online announcement. Salt & Sundry, which has occupied the storefront since 2014, is scheduled to move to a larger space in The Mission building at 1625 14th St. NW when Little Leaf arrives.

“Salt & Sundry’s little sister will give us more space to share the things we love — cacti and succulents, great quality stationery, desk accessories, handcrafted ceramics and more,” the announcement says. “We’re excited to grow and continue supporting makers and artists — both in DC and beyond.”

Salt & Sundry, which sells candles, bar supplies, dishes and other home goods, has one other store in Union Market. That location opened in 2012.

Photo via Instagram/Salt & Sundry

by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 9:50 am 0

Ice Cream Jubilee

(Updated at 10:20 a.m.) Ice Cream Jubilee is slated to arrive near the 14th Street corridor with complimentary Banana Bourbon Caramel, MarionBerry and other frozen treats tomorrow.

Ice Cream Jubilee is set to open at 1407 T St. NW at noon Saturday. The store will share the space with local bakery BakeHouse, which closed the retail portion of its business in May.

A news release adds:


by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

The Line construction in Adams Morgan

Developer of Line Hotel in Adams Morgan May Lose Tax Deal — The District’s chief financial officer seems ready to rescind a $46 million tax break for the developer of the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan if the company doesn’t show it followed legislation that required it to hire 342 D.C. residents to construct the building. [Washington City Paper]

Cops Nab Man Wanted in Armed Robberies Near H Street Corridor — Police this week arrested 24-year-old Avery Kinney of Northeast D.C. and charged him with armed robbery in connection with crimes on the 1100 block of 5th Street NE on Sept. 9 and near 11th and I streets NE on Sept. 11. [MPD]

D.C. Historic Preservation Panel Approves Plans for Mount Vernon Triangle Condo Building — A 40-unit condo building at 925 5th St. NW received the endorsement of the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board yesterday. [UrbanTurf]

New York’s Apollo Theater to Have Open Auditions at Howard — Local comedians, singers and other artists can head to Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium tomorrow to try out for the opportunity to perform at New York’s Apollo Theater. [DCist]

by Andrew Ramonas September 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

Police car lightTwo thieves with a knife stole a pickup truck from a man in Columbia Heights yesterday afternoon, police said.

The armed carjacking occurred on the 3500 block of 13th Street NW about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim was hopping out of his truck to open a gate when a van pulled up to him, according to authorities. Two men got out of the van soon after and headed toward the truck, which was still running.


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I remember the first time I saw a D.C. flag tattoo. I was working out at Results (now Vida) on U Street, and there was a guy with it tattooed on his calf. This was probably in about 1999, and I thought it was the coolest thing. I had never seen something like that before.

Flash forward to 2016 and the D.C. flag tattoo is everywhere. It seems like every other 20 to 30 something has one. There are even variants of it. The variants usually involve changing the three stars to other symbols. I’ve seen the stars replaced by maple leaves, marijuana leaves, dachshunds, plain circles and more.

I was wondering recently what this means for the future of real estate in D.C.

People like repeating myths about D.C., like that it was built on a swamp (maybe a few areas around the Mall/Foggy Bottom were, but not much else) and that D.C. is a transient city (ignoring the fact that D.C. is more than just NW).

Does the fact that so many young professionals have taken the step to have the flag of the city they live in tattooed on their bodies bode well for the long term growth of D.C. and the real estate market overall? Are they more likely to stay in D.C., and eventually buy real estate and settle here long-term? I’d be interested in your thoughts.

This time of year, people invariably ask if the election means a busy time for me. Their thinking is that because there are new Congress people and senators, along with their staffs, that there’s a big bump in sales.

Unfortunately, I’ve never seen a correlation between the general election and increased volume in D.C. There are only 100 senators, and only a third are up for election per cycle. More representatives are up for election but the combined number of senators and Congress people is relatively low.

I haven’t read any figures on this topic, but most members of the House of Representatives likely don’t buy in D.C., since they are up for reelection every two years. They have families and a house in their home district already, and D.C. is expensive. Senators are here for longer, but there are relatively few of them.

The Republican senators likely live in places like McLean and other Virginia suburbs. Democratic senators are more likely to live in D.C., but again, there aren’t very many senators. Their staffs will probably find it hard to afford D.C. on a congressional salary.


by September 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm 1 Comment

Rat (Photo via Flickr / JansCanon)Watch out, rats. The D.C. Department of Health and the National Park Service are gunning for you.

The District and federal agencies plan to launch a citywide offensive against rodents occupying NPS territory this Saturday.

“The National Park Service is committed to ensuring safe, positive experiences for visitors in all of our parks, and this agreement with the D.C. Department of Health provides us better tools to control the rodent population,” NPS National Capital regional director Robert Vogel said in a statement.

The partnership will help ensure parks see rat-abatement crews more often, according to the National Park Service. DOH will come up with recommendations to make parkland less welcoming to the vermin, too.


by Andrew Ramonas September 29, 2016 at 11:35 am 1 Comment

Circulator busD.C. residents and visitors are slated to have a new way to travel around Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and downtown when they can’t — or don’t — want to use Metrorail.

Some Circulator buses are scheduled to get longer operating hours starting Sunday in an effort to help Red Line Metro riders during the next two months, according to the District Department of Transportation.

Metro trains won’t run between the Fort Totten and NoMa stations from Oct. 29 to Nov. 22 as part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s SafeTrack repair work.

According to a DDOT news release, the Circulator service changes include:

  • Morning service on the Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square, the Georgetown-Union Station and the Dupont- Georgetown-Rosslyn routes will begin an hour earlier at 6 am Monday through Friday.
  • Late night service will be extended on the Georgetown-Union Station and the Dupont-Georgetown- Rosslyn routes until 3 am Friday and Saturday instead of 2 am.
  • The Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square will continue to run until 3:30 am.
  • Late night service on the Georgetown-Union Station route will be extended to run the full length of the route. Currently, the bus stops at McPherson Square Metro after 9 pm.

by Andrew Ramonas September 29, 2016 at 10:05 am 0

U Street corridor street art

Heavy Rain Comes to D.C. — The District could pick up 2 to 4 inches of rain before a storm system clears the area Saturday. [WTOP]

District Cop Shot Man in Neck, Back Near Shaw — A man killed by a D.C. police officer near 3rd and M streets NW earlier this month had gunshots wounds in his neck and back, according to the District medical examiner’s office. [Washington Post]

Chinatown &pizza Shows Off Cocktails — Brightest Young Things got a look at the booze &pizza is selling now at its new 705 H St. NW location. [BYT]

Yum’s II, Da Hong Pao Owner Discusses Logan Circle’s TransformationThe Washington Post explores Logan Circle’s transformation over the past few decades through the eyes of Jerry Chen, who opened Yum’s II carryout in 1988 and Da Hong Pao this year. [Washington Post]

by Andrew Ramonas September 29, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Madewell bag (Photo via Instagram/Madewell)The 14th Street corridor is set to get a Madewell.

It wasn’t immediately clear when or exactly where the women’s clothing store from J. Crew will open. But J. Crew last week posted job openings for a new Madewell on 14th Street NW in the 20009 zip code, which includes Logan Circle.

An eagle-eyed blogger tweeted about the forthcoming shop today, saying it appeared to be taking over the former Timothy Paul space at 1529 14th St. NW.

A Madewell representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Madewell will have two stores in the District, with the addition of a 14th Street location. The retailer’s only D.C. shop is in Georgetown right now.

J. Crew also is slated to open a men’s store at 1618 14th St. NW in a building once known for  “wrestling club” and “men’s parties” sex club events.

That shop started looking for workers in March. But it isn’t clear when the store will arrive.

Photo via Instagram/Madewell

by Andrew Ramonas September 29, 2016 at 7:25 am 0

900 block of 10th Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 3:50 p.m.) A 39-year-old man was shot and killed near the H Street corridor this morning, police said.

The fatal shooting happened on the 900 block of 10th Street NE about 4 a.m.

Police found Eugene Clarke, of Temple Hills, Md., unconscious and unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds when they arrived on 10th Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities haven’t released any suspect information.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch is investigating the crime.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas September 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Union Drinkery (Photo via Twitter/Union Drinkery)

A self-described “no-frills neighborhood bar” has started serving locals in Park View.

Union Drinkery opened at 3216 Georgia Ave. NW yesterday, it tweeted.

The bar has beer, wine and cocktails, as well as food from neighboring Small Fry, which has the same owner as the watering hole.

A Union Drinkery representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Photo via Twitter/Union Drinkery


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