by Tim Regan December 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm 0

Donation flyer, photo via Golden Triangle BIDA downtown business improvement district is looking for some donations ahead of the holidays.

The Golden Triangle BID launched its “holiday drive” donation effort last month. As part of that drive, volunteers will set up donation stations at Farragut Square Park this Friday and next, Dec. 9 Dec. 16, from noon to 2 p.m.

Locals are encouraged to drop off items like towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies, hats, scarves and laundry detergent for donation. All donations will go toward Pathways to Housing D.C., the BID’s homeless outreach program.

From the BID:

This year, our Homeless Outreach Team at Pathways to Housing DC has met and assisted more than 300 people in the neighborhood, and successfully placed 15 more people into housing. Now you can help us make sure people who were recently housed have the items they need in their new homes. Donate to the Golden Triangle Holiday Drive today.

Those who want to donate can also drop off items at 25 office buildings throughout the BID’s area.

by Andrew Ramonas December 7, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Public art in NoMa

Apple to Open Store in Carnegie Library — Apple has struck a deal to open a store in the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square. [Washington Business Journal]

D.C. Paid Family Leave Bill Clears Hurdle — The D.C. Council yesterday advanced legislation that would allow workers with newborn or adopted kids to take two months of paid time off through the creation of about $250 million per year in new taxes on local businesses. A final vote on the bill is set for Dec. 20. [Washington Post]

Dupont’s DGS Deli Team to Open H Street Bar Called ‘Hill Prince’ — The bar that DGS Delicatessen owners co-owners Nick and David Wiseman are opening at 1337 H St. NE will go by “Hill Prince.” It’s set to begin serving customers in January. [Washingtonian]

GGW Contributors Weigh In on Preserving ‘Historic Gas Station’ in Dupont — Greater Greater Washington contributors had mixed reactions on whether a “historic gas station” at 2200 P St. NW should interfere with news housing in Dupont Circle. [Greater Greater Washington]

by Tim Regan December 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm 2 Comments

They call him “Mr. Holiday.”

At least eight times a year, Dupont resident Greg Nelson beautifies his 16th Street home and front yard with an absurd amount of holiday decorations. Around Easter, the house has colorful flowers and bunnies. Fourth of July means red, white and blue. Fall, naturally, brings pumpkins and scarecrows.

But Christmastime is perhaps Nelson’s favorite season. Each year on the day after Thanksgiving, he lugs candy canes, twinkling lights and Santa Clauses out of storage and into his front yard.

Setting up takes about three days, Nelson said, but creates a dazzling yuletide display that draws crowds of curious onlookers every year.

“Our electric bill goes up about 400 percent during the month of December,” he said. “It’s thousands of dollars. I don’t like to think about it.”

It’s a tradition that Nelson and his partner, Jose, have carried out for roughly a decade, and much to the delight of the surrounding neighborhood.

“We have people who come for every holiday,” Nelson said. “We have had people use it for their holiday card. We have people who’ve dropped off a bottle of wine.”

People often come by and ring the doorbell. Once, Nelson found a group of women sitting in his living room. They thought it was a hotel.

“They don’t know if it’s part of the church, if it’s an embassy,” he added. “You get people who ask, why do you do this?”

But when people do ask, Nelson responds it’s because he’s just glad to bring a smile to his neighbors’ faces.

“Life is better with a theme,” he likes to say.

Earlier today, Nelson came home from the dog park to find a note taped to his front door. The letter was from a boy who passes the house on his way to and from school. The boy, with the help of his mom, asked Nelson questions like, “where do you get your decorations?” (Ebay, post-Christmas sales at Home Depot) and “did you grow up in a house that decorated like this? (Nelson grew up in Minnesota, “where decorating for Christmas is basically a rite of passage.”)

Upon seeing the letter, Nelson said he nearly cried.

“It’s [nice] to spread some Disney pixie dust on a city that all too often takes itself too seriously,” he said. “That’s what I try to achieve.”

To keep up with the home’s latest decorations, follow Nelson on Instagram at MrHolidayDC.

by Tim Regan December 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Santa Crawl, photo via Project DC Events

Thousands of people wearing red suits, elf getups and reindeer costumes are expected pack more than a dozen Dupont Circle bars during a holiday-themed pub crawl this weekend.

This year’s “Santa Crawl” takes place Saturday, Dec. 10., from 2-10 p.m.

“Participants are encouraged to dress in whatever best expresses the holiday season, whether it be a full-body candy-cane suit, a snuggly turtleneck, or tinsel-streaked hot pants,” organizers wrote on the bar crawl’s website.

Tickets cost $30-40 and get attendees a “refillable signature Santa mug,” drink specials and entry into a raffle. (more…)

by Tim Regan December 6, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

A local purveyor of goodies and furnishings has moved to a bigger space on 14th Street.

Salt & Sundry, which occupied a storefront on S Street for about two years, opened a larger store in The Mission building at 1625 14th St. NW yesterday.

The shop sells assorted items such as candles, bar supplies, dishes and other home and pantry goods.

A new shop from Salt & Sundry owner Amanda McClements is slated to open in Salt & Sundry’s old space at 1401 S St. NW within the next week and a half, according to one of the store’s employees. The new business, dubbed Little Leaf, will specialize in cacti, succulents and stationary.

“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,” reads an online announcement posted to the store’s website in September. “We’re excited to grow and continue supporting makers and artists — both in DC and beyond.”

Salt & Sundry has one other store in Union Market. That location opened in 2012.

by Andrew Ramonas December 6, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Future home of Federalist Pig at 1654 Columbia Road NW

BBQ Eatery to Open in Adams Morgan This Week — Barbecue restaurant Federalist Pig from former DCity Smokehouse pitmaster Rob Sonderman is slated to open at 1654 Columbia Road NW in the former Shawarma King and Doner Bistro space Friday. [Washington Post]

Grimke School Project Loses Developer — A plan to redevelop the former Grimke School building and surrounding area has lost its key developer. Roadside Development and DMPED officials have called off their deal to redevelop the properties at 1923 Vermont Ave. and 912 U St. NW. [Washington Business Journal; Washington City Paper]

Sinkhole Temporarily Closes Chinatown Street — A sinkhole  formed on 6th Street NW last night, temporarily shutting down the road between G and H streets NW. The hole, which appeared less than 5 feet wide, was covered by this morning. [Washington Post]

Panda ‘On the Mend’ After Surgery, National Zoo Curator Says — Giant panda Bei Bei is “on the mend” and back on display at the National Zoo after undergoing surgery for an intestinal blockage last month, said Laurie Thompson, the zoo’s assistant curator of giant pandas. [Washington Post]

PHOTOS: Krampusnacht Hits H Street — DCist has several photos from this past weekend’s Krampusnacht, which brought terrifying Christmas creatures to the H Street corridor. [DCist]

by Tim Regan December 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm 0

DC Fire and EMS ambulanceA motorist hit and seriously injured a man near Dupont Circle earlier today.

The crash happened on the 1300 block of New Hampshire Ave. NW around 5:30 p.m., according to a D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman. The area where the collision happened is about a block from Dupont Circle.

A man was in the road — possibly riding a bike — when someone behind the wheel of a car hit him, the D.C. Fire spokesman said. Paramedics rushed the man to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

D.C. Police closed the street for about two hours this evening after the crash. The road reopened just before 7:30 p.m.

by Andrew Ramonas December 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Dacha Holiday Market (Photo via Facebook/Dacha Beer Garden)

A holiday market with more than a dozen local vendors is scheduled to come to a beer garden in Shaw in the coming days.

Dacha at 1600 7th St. NW is set to host its annual shopping event, with German mulled wine and spiked hot cider available for sipping, from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Facebook event post.

The vendors are slated to include:

Photo via Facebook/Dacha Beer Garden

by Tim Regan December 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Santa Celebration photo via Mount Vernon Triangle CID‘Tis the season for holiday-themed events.

Mount Vernon Triangle CID is scheduled to host its annual “Santa Celebration” on the plaza at 5th and K streets NW this Saturday, Dec. 10. The holiday-themed event kicks off at 11 a.m., organizers said.

The free event includes photos with Santa for kids, adults and dogs, hot chocolate, fresh popcorn, holiday cookies and festive music, according to a Facebook event post.

Attendees can also drop off new, unwrapped toys to contribute to Central Union Mission’s Operation Christmas Miracle.

Image via Facebook / Mount Vernon CID

by Andrew Ramonas December 5, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Adams Morgan

Shaw to Get Po’ Boy Eatery — A Po Boy Jim is set to arrive at 1932 9th St. NW in May or June. The po’ boy restaurant first opened on the H Street corridor in 2014. [Washington Business Journal]

Cops Nab Man in Violent Columbia Heights Robbery — Police have arrested 39-year-old Raymond Golt Jr. of Rockville in connection with a robbery in which the victim was knocked unconscious on the 1400 block of Otis Place NW on Nov. 24. He was charged with robbery force and violence. [MPD]

Glen’s Garden Market Raises Prices to Offset Higher Worker Salaries — Glen’s Garden Market owner Danielle Vogel boosted her store’s prices to cover a pay raise she gave to her employees to help ensure they continue to make a “living wage.” [Washington Post]

Obamas Leave Their Mark on D.C.Washingtonian takes a look at how Barack and Michelle Obama changed the District, including its restaurant scene. [Washingtonian]

by Tim Regan December 2, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Funk Parade (Photo via Funk Parade)The organizers behind the annual Funk Parade celebration are asking for ideas as they plan out this year’s festivities.

The huge parade will roll down U Street on May 6, organizers announced this week. In previous years, the parade has attracted performers, colorful floats and thousands of people to the neighborhood.

What will this year’s event bring? That’s where you come in. Funk Parade’s organizers are scheduled to host a community input meeting at the Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th St. NW) on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

“Share your thoughts and hear others’ ideas for what makes the event great and how to make it better,” a Facebook event post for the meeting reads. “Learn about early plans and schedule for Funk Parade 2017. Get involved with planning, community organizing, fundraising or permitting.”

Those interested in attending the meeting should RSVP online first.

Photo via Funk Parade

by Tim Regan December 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

PolicyYou can dance if you want to at Policy on 14th Street. Just as long as it’s not on a dance floor.

That’s what D.C.’s alcohol board found after investigating whether the bar “created a facility for dancing without Board approval” last December. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) released its findings in an order this week.

The problem first arose last year, when someone emailed regulators claiming that Policy (1904 14th St. NW) “was permitting dancing” and “did not have a dancing endorsement.”

In the District, bars or restaurants that want to have a dance floor or host dance-related events must obtain what’s called an “entertainment endorsement” to do so. There are multiple kinds of entertainment endorsements, and although Policy does have an entertainment endorsement that allows it to have a DJ, it does not have one related to dancing.

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by Andrew Ramonas December 2, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

Brickie awards (Photo via Twitter/CharlesAllenW6)A neighborhood business group dedicated to Shaw’s revitalization has won a special brick from Councilmember Charles Allen as part of his annual Ward 6 awards ceremony.

Shaw Main Streets won the building implement yesterday during “The Brickies,” which is now in its 10th year. The bricks honor neighbors, community organizations, businesses, public service and civic pride in NoMa, Shaw, the H Street corridor and other parts of Ward 6.

The Shaw group picked up the Community Organization Award for its work to boost economic development in the neighborhood, while preserving the area’s historic character, according to Allen. The Brickie came after Shaw Main Streets received national recognition as a “Great American Main Street” this year.

“As a nationally recognized Great American Main Street, their work to bring economic revitalization to the Shaw neighborhood after decades of disinvestment while honoring Shaw’s rich cultural heritage is an exceptional accomplishment,” Allen said in a statement. “Shaw Main Streets has been instrumental in making the Shaw neighborhood a vibrant, diverse, thriving place to dine, shop, live, and play.”

Alexander M. Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets, said the councilmember’s award is a “great recognition” of his organization’s work to protect longtime neighborhood residents and businesses, while expanding affordable housing and attracting new restaurants and shops.

“It’s that commitment to preserving our neighborhood’s heritage and diversity, while managing the changes that have made Shaw a cleaner, safer, more attractive place for longtime residents and businesses, new ones, and visitors that have earned Shaw Main Streets national awards, like the Great American Main Street Award, and local recognition, like the Brickie, in the same year,” Padro said in an email.

In addition to Shaw Main Streets, Brickie winners included:

  • Nicky Cymrot, president of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and president emeritus of the Hill Center Board of Directors (Neighbor Award).
  • The Pretzel Bakery (Business Award).
  • Paul “South” Taylor, Department of Parks and Recreation King Greenleaf Recreation Center manager (Public Service Award).
  • The Hill Rag (Civic Pride Award).

Photo via Twitter/CharlesAllenW6

by Tim Regan December 2, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Nativity Scene at Garden District Dec. 2

Vacant Dupont Rowhomes Prompt Complaints From Neighbors — A group of long-vacant properties along 21st St. NW has some people who live nearby upset. Squatters have taken up residence in the buildings, neighbors say, and although an investment group acquired the buildings last year, the company has allowed them to fall into disrepair. “Besides the whole safety implications, it’s kind of an eyesore on the neighborhood,” one neighbor told the City Paper. “You can go three or five blocks in literally any direction–you won’t see anything like that.” [Washington City Paper]

Affordable Housing Planned at Shaw’s Parcel 42 — A development group is slated to turn the parcel of land at 7th St. and Rhode Island Ave. NW into “The Ellis,” a rental with two- and three-bedroom apartments. Thirty percent of those units will reportedly be affordable. [Washington Post]

Bacaro Wine Bar Nixes Plan to Open in Shaw — The planned wine bar is no longer opening in Shaw’s CityMarket at O development. Why? The landlord has filed a lawsuit against it. [Washingtonian]

Shaw Bijou’s Bar Now Takes Walk-Ins — You don’t need a reservation to order cocktails and tasting menu dishes at Shaw Bijou’s bar. [Washington City Paper]

by Tim Regan December 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Jack Evans and SantaWho needs to watch the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony when you can share a sweet treat with an immortal yuletide wizard?

Santa Claus himself is slated to appear at the annual Dupont Circle holiday tree-lighting ceremony scheduled to kick off in front of La Tomate at the corner of of Connecticut Ave. and R St. NW at 4 p.m.

The event — which is put on each year by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets — celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with the lighting of the neighborhood’s own holiday tree. The festive gathering also includes caroling, cookies and an opportunity for attendees and their pets to get a photo with Santa.

Last year, dozens of people including Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans showed up to participate in the tree-lighting ceremony.

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