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by Courtney Brown — July 27, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

DC Firefighters Burn Foundation members (Photo courtesy of Jason Woods)

Some local firefighters plan to bring a little Christmas spirit to the U Street corridor this evening, along with food and drink specials.

The DC Firefighters Burn Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping burn victims, has scheduled a “Christmas in July” toy drive on the second floor of the new Exiles Bar (1610 U St. NW) from 5 to 8 p.m. today, according to a Facebook event page.

The organization is looking for donations and toys for Children’s National Medical Center’s patients who are 16 years old or younger, foundation president Jason Woods said in an email. The group strives to “make their hospital stay a little more enjoyable,” he said.

If participants bring toys or donate $10, they will get $4 drink specials and $5 food specials.

“Why not come out and support a happy hour with a cause?” Woods said. “For only $10, you can enjoy a happy hour with friends . . . while helping children [who are] receiving treatment and care.”

Photo courtesy of Jason Woods

by Tim Regan — July 27, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

D.C. delegates at DNC

Bowser Stumps for D.C. Statehood at DNC — Mayor Muriel Bowser led the District’s Democratic delegates in pushing for D.C. statehood during yesterday’s Democratic National Convention. “Madam secretary, I’m the mayor of the District of Columbia, the best city in the world and soon to be the 51st state in our great union,” Bowser said to cheers from the audience. “We are 670,000 taxpaying Americans just like you, and with statehood, and only with statehood, will we have votes in Congress just like you.” [Washington Post]

Pleasant Pops, Capitol Hemp Reopen in Adams Morgan — Two Adams Morgan businesses are reopening today after temporary closures. Pleasant Pops, which closed Monday after the heat wave fried its air conditioner, is open for business as usual today. Likewise, Capitol Hemp, which closed after a broken water main flooded the store earlier this month, has reopened its doors.

Metro GM Proposes End to Late Night Service — The Metro may no longer run into the early morning hours. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said yesterday in an announcement he will propose closing stations at midnight Monday through Saturday and at 10 p.m. on Sundays. [Washington Post]

Thousands Sign Up for ‘Pokewalk’ at National Mall — Thousands of people say they’ll catch gather en masse and some Pokemon at the National Mall this weekend. [DCist]

Screenshot via Youtube / Democratic National Convention

by Tim Regan — July 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm 0

(Updated at 5:16 p.m.) An apartment building caught fire in Logan Circle this afternoon.

The fire started on the roof an apartment on the 1300 block of 12th St. NW and spread to the third floor just before 4 p.m., according to D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean.

A plume of smoke could be seen rising from the apartment building shortly after the blaze began. The smoke could be seen as far away as some parts of Arlington.

Crews could be seen using a tower ladder to douse the flames. The fire was reported knocked down just before 4:40 p.m. today.

No injuries to tenants were reported in the two-alarm blaze, according to D.C. Fire and EMS officials, but a dog was “badly burned” in the fire and taken to an animal hospital.

Several streets across the area were closed to traffic while crews fought the fire:

Photos courtesy of Ben Balter

by Tim Regan — July 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

The head of Logan Circle’s neighborhood commission will cast a vote to nominate Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention later today.

John Fanning, chair of ANC 2F, will be among D.C.’s 44 delegates to cast a vote during today’s roll call at the convention in Philadelphia. Fanning is joined by D.C. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and Jack Evans, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Muriel Bowser.

During the televised roll call vote, which is slated to begin a little after 4 p.m. today, delegates from across the country will vote to nominate the next Democratic presidential candidate in a largely symbolic contest between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Clinton.

Fanning, who was elected as a Clinton delegate along with Evans, Nadeau and other local figures in May, said it’s a dream come true to participate in a such an important event.

“It’s something that I always wanted to do and I finally have achieved as a community activist and a community leader,” Fanning said. “And it’s a historic moment. We’re electing the first female to a major office.”

Though Fanning told us he won’t be front and center during the voting process, those watching at home might be able to spot him on camera “toward the left of the District of Columbia marker.”

“I’m just honored and grateful that I was elected to represent D.C.,” Fanning said. “It’s quite an experience that I will share more of when I return home.”

Locals can watch the convention live for free on the Democratic National Convention’s Youtube page.

by Courtney Brown — July 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Thingamajig swap, photo via REINature enthusiasts are set to swap and sell “thingamajigs” at a lot in NoMa this weekend.

Outdoor retailer REI’s “Thingamajig Gear Swap” event is scheduled to occur at NoMa’s Wunder Garten (1st and L streets NE) this Saturday from 12-5 p.m., according to REI’s webpage.

Locals will be able to swap, sell and purchase used outdoor gear to the tune of live bluegrass music during the event. The outdoor retailer will also sell “top-quality used gear” during the swap.

The first 50 people to show up with some used gear to sell or trade will to receive a free beer. Some of the proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the nonprofit Mid-Atlantic Climbers, according to REI’s website.

More from REI:

Negotiating agreements isn’t just for politicians. Let’s listen to live bluegrass while we deal, swap and sell our favorite well-worn gear. A portion of each ticket supports a local outdoor nonprofit. The Lineup: 12PM: By and By, 1:45PM The Bumper Jacksons, 3:30PM Johnny Grave. The deets: $7 gets you in the door ($2 from each attendee going to support The Mid-Atlantic Climbers, a local outdoor nonprofit protecting local climbing areas). The first 50 people in the door with used gear to sell get a ticket for a free beer. Table space will be provided for people to merchandise their wares. REI will also be selling top-quality used gear. All sales are person to person. Bring cash to buy/sell gear. Restrictions: No guns, knives, hatchets, or anything that could be construed as a weapon. No motors -human powered transport items only. No rock climbing equipment. Please tag your items for sale with a price ahead of time. REI reserves the right to review and refuse items for sale. Let us know if you have questions at [email protected]

Photo via REI

by Tim Regan — July 26, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Squirt app sign in Dupont Metro

Is This D.C.’s ‘Most Ridiculous Missing Crosswalk?’ — There’s no painted crosswalk on the road at the intersection of 22nd and I streets NW in Foggy Bottom, but there ought to be one, argue neighborhood leaders. [Greater Greater Washington]

H Street Nightclub Bans Patrons Under 25 — Here we go again. It looks as though Rose’s DejaVu at 1378 H St. NE is barring some legal drinkers from grabbing a drink there. Banning patrons of legal drinking age for any reason is illegal, according to D.C. alcohol regulators. [Washington City Paper]

More Info on French Eatery Planned Near White House — We now know more about the French restaurant planned near the White House. Hakan Ilhan, the restauranteur behind Alba Osteria and L’Hommage Bistro, has plans to open an eatery that will sling French-American fare.  [Washington Post]

Pokemon Go Pushes Restaurant Sales Up — Pokemon Go players have bolstered business for local restaurants and bars such as Nellie’s, Camelot Showbar and Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. [Washington Post]

H Street to Get Craft Beer Cellar Aug. 6 — A new business called H Street Craft Beer Cellar is set to open at 301 H St. NE next week. [District Cuisine]

Taylor Gourmet Closes H Street Sandwich Shop for Renovations  — The Taylor Gourmet at 1116 H St. NE is closed for “the next couple weeks” to undergo a facelift. [Twitter / Taylor Gourmet]

by Andrew Ramonas — July 25, 2016 at 9:50 am 0

Partial power outage at the U Street Metro station on July 25, 2016

(Updated at 10:40 a.m.) The lights have come back on at the  U Street Metro station after a power outage this morning.

Crews responded to the problem about 9:40 a.m., according to a tweet from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metrorail Info account. By 10:30 a.m., the electricity was working again.

Although trains continued to run during the outage, delays were reported on the Green and Yellow lines.

Photo by Courtney Brown

by Tim Regan — July 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Violinist Dupont BRIEF

Teen Charged in Hotel Break-ins — An 18-year-old broke into two hotel rooms near Scott Circle last month, police said. The man stole a laptop, more than $1,200 and a Nintendo video game system, police said. [Washington Post]

H Street Bathroom Assault Ruled Hate Crime — An assault of a transgender woman at the H Street Giant (300 H St. NE) has been deemed a hate crime.  A security guard allegedly told Ebony Belcher that she couldn’t use the women’s restroom and called her homophobic names in May. [Metro Weekly]

Qatari Firm Buys Hotel Building Downtown — A company based in Doha, Qatar recently acquired the Club Quarters Hotel building near Farragut for about $52.4 million. The building sits atop the Farragut West Metro station and contains the hotel and Cafe Soleil. [Washington Business Journal]

801 Restaurant Brings Beachy Vibes — 801 Restaurant and Bar, which opened in Shaw roughly two weeks ago, brings beachy drinks to the neighborhood. [Washington Post]

‘Fire Panda’ Sauce Hot at Hazel — Hazel, the newly opened Neighborhood Restaurant Group property near the 9:30 Club, has a fiery house-made sauce called “Fire Panda.” The sauce, served along with the eatery’s seafood pancakes, is made with garlic, chili peppers, fermented bean paste and sesame oil. [Washington Post]

by Andrew Ramonas — July 22, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Councilmember Brianne Nadeau of Ward 1 and local girls hang out with Nationals mascot Screech before the July 21, 2016, game

Toki Partners Claim Chef Spent Eatery’s Money on Sex Toys, Fur Coat — Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, a former owner of Toki Underground (1234 H St. NE), inappropriately spent $578,000 of the restaurant’s funds on sex toys, a fur coat and tattoos, among other items, his former partners claim in a new lawsuit. Jeremy Schulman, Bruner-Yang’s lawyer, said “we’re 100 percent confident” the expenses were justified. [Washingtonian]

Dupont Fountain to Get More Repairs — After briefly springing to life yesterday, the Dupont Circle fountain stopped working due to rocks blocking a pipe. The fountain is slated to receive repairs today. [Twitter/National Mall NPS]

Black Lives Matters Protesters Rally Downtown — About 100 mostly white demonstrators demanded an end to racism in the Metropolitan Police Department outside the D.C. Office of Police Complaints at 14th and I streets NW yesterday morning. [Washington City Paper]

Columbia Heights Theater Offers Program for At-Risk Kids — At-risk children can try their hands at playwriting and acting at Gala Hispanic Theater’s Paso Nuevo summer performing arts program. [WAMU]

Shaw Bar Owner Speaks Out on White Collar Workers Moonlighting at Bars — While some D.C. restaurant owners might welcome a growing number of nine-to-fivers looking for “hobby jobbies” at their eateries, Shaw bar owner Derek Brown of Columbia Room, Eat The Rich, Southern Efficiency, and Mockingbird Hill is hesitant. “Our job is in real time, so if that person doesn’t show because of their other job, which becomes a priority since it’s their major means of making money, then all of a sudden everybody’s out,” he said. [Washington City Paper]

Photo via Twitter/Brianne Nadeau

by Alyse Mier — July 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Craiglist table (Image via Craigslist)

A mirrored coffee table “commissioned by Tony Montana himself” is for sale on the U Street corridor, cocaine not included.

The anonymous seller, who goes by the pseudonym, “Dirk Diggler,” is selling the 1980s-inspired piece with a purported “Scarface” connection for $100 on Craigslist. In his ad, which Borderstan spotted on Reddit today, Diggler says the furniture can serve as an “EXPRESS LANE to Colombia RIGHT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.”

The buyer also gets matching end tables that have “seen some sh-t.”

“No telling what they did in the 80s, but if I were to guess, I was probably conceived within feet of these bad boys,” Diggler said. “These tables are the real deal, not some janky, Etsy-sourced pile of cheap materials held together with super glue.”

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by Tim Regan — July 21, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Anti watch party, photo via Alliance for Justice Action CampaignLocals looking to shake their fists and yell at a television during Donald Trump’s acceptance speech during tonight’s Republican National Convention will find refuge at a bar on U Street.

Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) is slated to host an “anti-watch party” organized by the nonprofit Alliance for Justice Action Campaign tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Trump is expected to deliver a formal acceptance speech tonight to help close his party’s convention in Cleveland. Other conservative figures scheduled to speak during tonight’s program include Ivanka Trump, Reince Priebus and Jerry Falwell Jr.

To ring in the momentous occasion, tonight’s event will include “conservative code word bingo, drinks to ease the pain, surprise guests, music and a healthy dose of criticism,” according to an Eventbright page.

A suggested $10 donation gets attendees two drink tickets. Sudhouse happy hour specials will run throughout the night.

by Andrew Ramonas — July 21, 2016 at 9:20 am 0

Duke Ellington statue in Shaw

Cops Probe Yoga Studio Burglaries Near Logan Circle, Union Market — Burglars have targeted at least 10 yoga and Pilates studios near Logan Circle and Union Market, among other areas in D.C. It isn’t clear if the crimes are connected. [Washington Post]

Dupont Metro Protesters Remain AnonymousWashington City Paper yesterday couldn’t solve the mystery of what organization, if any, was behind a Metro protest with young men earlier this week. Borderstan, which first reported the story, wasn’t able to figure out if the demonstrators were affiliated with a group, either. [Washington City Paper]

Ward 6 Councilmember’s New Son Makes Twitter Debut — Councilmember Charles Allen of Ward 6 and his wife, Jordi Hutchinson, released a photo of their new son, Everett, on Twitter yesterday. Allen and Hutchinson also have a daughter, Cora. [Twitter/Charles Allen]

H Street Eatery Adds Sushi Lounge — Thai restaurant IMM on H (1360 H St. NE) now has a second-floor sushi lounge. [Frozen Tropics]

Tasty Burger to Open Near 9:30 Club Today — Boston eatery Tasty Burger is set to open in the Atlantic Plumbing development at 2108 8th St. NW today. [Borderstan]

H Street Sports Bar Closes — 6th and H Bar and Grill (523 H St. NE) appears to have shut down for good. It opened last July. [District Cuisine]

by Alyse Mier — July 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm 3 Comments

Mayor Muriel Bowser and other VIPs today helped begin demolition on what is set to become one of the H Street corridor’s largest developments to date, but not without some opposition.

As Bowser and business leaders heralded the redevelopment of the H Street Connection at 901 H St. NE, about a dozen demonstrators stood outside a fence surrounding the property, voicing their frustration about the site’s future to the people inside the gated area.

“If black lives matter, why did you have me escorted from your office?” one woman yelled at Bowser.

Added another protester: “I don’t need a mic to voice my opinion.”

The shouts came soon after the mayor used an excavator to rip into the old strip mall and touted the work the D.C. government and businesses have done to revitalize the H Street corridor.

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by Courtney Brown — July 20, 2016 at 11:45 am 1 Comment

MidCity Dog Days

An annual sidewalk festival centered around dogs and local businesses will return to the 14th and U street corridors early next month.

More than 70 businesses, restaurants and organizations are expected to bring deals and freebies to parts of 14th and U streets as part of this year’s MidCity Dog Days festival on Aug. 6 and 7, said MidCity Exploration Manager Hallie Powell.

Founded in 2000, the yearly event has become a tradition where dozens of businesses in the area set up tents with giveaways and fun events for dog lovers and pups alike.

Before the sidewalk sale begins on Saturday, residents will have a chance to celebrate during the festival’s kick-off party at Miss Pixies (1626 14th St. NW) on Friday, Aug. 5. The party will include activities like balloon twisting, photo booths and music from classical jazz band Laissez Foure, Powell said.

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