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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 9:10 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 Borderstan.com — 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.

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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 Tim Regan — September 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

REI opening block party, photo via REIOutdoor retailer REI has plans to throw a weekend-long block party with free food, performances and activities to celebrate the opening of its new 51,000 square foot flagship store in NoMa next month.

The store, located at 201 M St. NE, will kick off the massive party when it opens its doors for the very first time on Friday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m.

Friday’s festivities will include “big band fanfare” and live DJs, the company wrote on an event page.

Then, on Saturday and Sunday, REI will take the party outside with live music, beer gardens, a rock climbing wall, screen printing and s’mores. Musical acts planned for those days include a Beatles cover band, several bluegrass acts and prolific rapper and beatboxer Biz Markie.

And attendees might not leave the party empty-handed. REI employees will be on hand to distribute freebies such as CamelBak bottles with gift cards, breakfast food and coffee.

More on the celebration from REI’s website:

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by Andrew Ramonas — September 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Rainy day in Dupont Circle

D.C. Puts Out Video From Police-Involved Shooting Near Shaw — District officials yesterday released video from a cop’s body camera that captured the aftermath of the fatal police-involved shooting of Terrence Sterling near 3rd and M streets NW earlier this month. Officer Brian Trainer, 27, shot Sterling after the 31-year-old man drove a motorcycle into a police car. [NBC Washington]

Planned Parenthood Opens Near Union Market — The District’s only Planned Parenthood location is now open at 1225 4th St. NE. [Washington Post]

Chinatown’s Chinese Residents Win Court Battle With Developer — Some of the last remaining Chinese residents in Chinatown have won a court victory that allows them to stay in their apartments for now. [Washington Post]

Mediterranean Eatery to Open on H Street This Fall — Sospeso is slated to open at 1344 H St. NE this fall with food from southern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. [District Cuisine]

by Tim Regan — September 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

A plan to begin construction on a new streetscape project along the 14th Street corridor has been delayed until next spring, according to District officials.

The District Department of Transportation originally planned to break ground this coming December on a new streetscape project that would span 14th Street NW from Thomas Circle to Florida Avenue. As planned, the project includes new “bulb-outs” that would let buses pick up passengers without pulling out of traffic, “cut-through” bike lanes, new crosswalks, street lights, bike racks and benches, among other improvements.

The purpose of the streetscape project is to increase multi-modal and pedestrian safety, comply with ADA standards and add new character to the corridor, according to DDOT. But crews won’t break ground on those new improvements and safety features until at least next spring, said DDOT project manager Rick Kenney today.

“We are presently delayed in receiving DC Water’s final plans, which has pushed our tentative start date to late spring of 2017,” Kenney said.

DC Water, which plans to switch service over to a new water main and install some new valves as part of the project, will finish its reviews and approve the final designs this week, according to agency spokesman John Lisle.

Once the work begins, DDOT estimates it will take about a year to complete.

by Tim Regan — September 27, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

D.C. Street light, file photoHow many D.C. government officials does it take to fix a broken street light? Mayor Bowser and a handful of District employees helped answer that question in Columbia Heights last night.

The mayor visited the neighborhood to launch a week-long project to repair broken street lights in all eight of the city’s wards.

“We have about 70,000 street lights,” Bowser said, pointing to a broken street light at the intersection of 12th and Euclid streets NW. “As you can see, this one should be on, but it’s not on. Across the city, at any given time, we could have scads of these lights out.”

Some locals in Ward 1 have recently written to Borderstan to report street light outages.

“Several of us have contacted DC 311 and also Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, but the street lights are still out,” wrote one reader in August. “This is a critical issue for us — we park our cars there.”

Under the mayor’s new initiative, city employees will repair broken street lights in the areas where locals have most frequently reported them.

Bowser also announced last night a pilot program called “Text to DC311,” where District residents can text the words “street light” to DC311 to report a broken street light.

More information in a press release from the Mayor’s Office:

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by Andrew Ramonas — September 27, 2016 at 9:30 am 0

Smith Commons mural on H Street corridor

Cusbah on H Street to Stay Open — Indian-Pakistani restaurant Cusbah won’t close after winning a battle in court against its landlord who tried to evict the eatery from 1128 H St. NE. [Frozen Tropics]

Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square Closes Due to Mold — The Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square and the Historical Society of Washington, which is inside the building, are closed until further notice as workers clean up mold. [Washington Post]

Columbia Heights Escalators Expected to Work Again Next Month –– The Columbia Heights Metro station’s east entrance escalators are expected to go in operation again in October after about six months of work. [Park View, D.C.]

Logan Circle, Bloomingdale Restaurants Get New Chefs — The Pig (1320 14th St. NW) has picked up Nuvee Netayavichitr as its new chef de cuisine. Ben Schramm is the new chef at The Pub & the People (1648 North Capitol St. NW). [Eater DC]

by Tim Regan — September 26, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

Meridian Hill Park’s Joan of Arc is armed once again. Technically, anyway.

Someone slipped what looks to be a foam sword into the statue’s hand sometime over the weekend. The sword, which has a slightly rounded edge and a yellow handle with a green guard, is considerably shorter and flimsier than the cast iron weapon vandals broke off and stole last Tuesday.

But at least it’s something?

The sword’s disappearance — which we were first to report last week — has kicked off plenty of speculation. Who took the sword? How did they remove it? Why did they take it?

Neither the National Park Service or the U.S. Park Police know exactly what happened, but both are actively investigating the crime.

The last time someone disarmed Joan of Arc, also known as Jeanne d’Arc, was in 1978, according to local history blog Ghosts of DC. The statue finally got its sword back in 2011.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 26, 2016 at 9:25 am 17 Comments

A cyclist is in critical condition after a collision with a dump truck in Columbia Heights this morning, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

The crash happened near 11th and Euclid streets NW about 8:30 a.m. The area is about a block north of the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus.

The cyclist was conscious after the collision, but had “potentially life-threatening” injuries, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan said. He described the cyclist as a “young lady.”

She was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

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