by Tim Regan — September 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm 208 0

A new escape-the-room business is set to open this fall in Adams Morgan.

Omescape Room Escape DC, a real-life puzzle experience similar to Escape Room Live DC, will open at 2406 18th St NW “in the next two or three months,” said co-owner Lana Jin today.

According to a description on its Facebook page, Omescape Room DC is an attraction where “a group of players are physically trapped in a room for an hour, and they need to escape by exploiting their surroundings.” The real-life puzzle will occupy the second and third floors of the space, Jin said.

This will be the first such business in Adams Morgan, Jin added.

“[The neighborhood] is full of young people,” she said. “There are so many restaurants around. There’s a nightlife there. It’s quite crowded.”

Photos via Facebook / OmescapeDC

by Tim Regan — September 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

DogsSummerPool_BorderstanFrancis Pool (2435 N St. NW) will fill with furry companions during the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual Doggie Day Swim event on Sept. 12 at noon.

Area dogs normally barred from entering the pool will finally have their day to splash, swim and play in the water during the event.

Department of Health employees will be in attendance to monitor the health and safety of the pets and their owners, make sure owners have a dog license and provide outreach and education on animal related issues.

Admission is free, but all dogs must have a valid D.C. dog license to enter the pool. Owners may obtain dog licenses prior to Doggie Day Swim at the District’s dog licensing webpage.

by Jennifer Currier — September 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm 227 0

WABA stand from 2013, photo via Facebook / WABADCThe Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the Metropolitan Police Department’s PSA 308 will help man a “lemonade stand” — minus the lemonade — to promote public safety tomorrow evening.

Cyclists are encouraged to ride to the 600 block of O Street NW for biking-related goodies and resources from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

WABA Vice President Martin Moulton said the volunteers at the stand will hand out comprehensive maps of places to ride in the city as well as bike safety tips and cards. Riders who arrive early enough can also pick up a free gift.

“Our goal is to engage cyclists in the local community and make sure drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all get along,” Moulton said.

He also said Lieutenant Debra Pearce has been eager to work with groups in the community to promote public safety and add to their existing outreach post.

“It’s a great community engagement tool,” Moulton added. “We’re excited for the chance to talk to people, and we just hope everyone has a good time out there on the road.”

Photo via Facebook/Washington Area Bicyclist Association

by Jennifer Currier — September 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm 142 0

The Coffe Bar 2 Teaser

The Coffee Bar announced this week that it will open a second location on the corner of 17th and M Streets NW.

The new shop, which is part of the Pillsbury law office building and faces M Street, will open later this year.

“This location is going to be a bit different in terms of design,” said Coffee Bar assistant manager Jeremy Jensen. “We’re looking forward to expanding to Dupont and meeting a bunch of new people.”

Jensen said the current shop (1201 S St. NW) is designed for more casual visits, complete with a large seating room. He also said that the new location will mean increased foot traffic, and therefore focus on quick, in-and-out stops.

He added the business atmosphere around Dupont Circle helped the store achieve its goal of opening a busier, more prevalent shop in the area.

by Tim Regan — September 2, 2015 at 11:25 am 124 0

Dupont Underground and Beach ball

Dupont Underground is seeking at least 325 volunteers to help move hundreds of thousands of plastic balls from the National Building Museum to its underground art space in Dupont Circle next week.

The arts space announced last week it planned to take possession of the 650,000 plastic balls that made up part of the National Building Museum’s popular “The Beach” exhibit and repurpose them in an upcoming art competition.

Volunteers will gather at the Building Museum (401 F St. NW) next Monday at 4:30 p.m. to spend the evening packing the plastic balls into boxes and loading them into a moving vehicle. Another team of volunteers will be on hand at Dupont Underground’s entrance near Dupont Circle to form a human conveyor belt and unload and store the balls. Other teams of volunteers will then repeat the process all day on Tuesday.

“We have 48 hours until close of business on Wednesday to move the balls,” said Dupont Underground director Braulio Agnese.

How quickly will the move go? That depends on the volunteers, said Agnese. Though the boxes of balls don’t weigh much, there are a lot of them to move; 1,400 to be exact.

“The more people who help, the faster things will go,” he said. “At the building museum, it’ll be constant motion. At the Dupont Underground, it’ll be waiting for the trucks to arrive and then getting them into the space.”

“Fingers crossed, no rain,” Agnese said. “But the move will still happen even if it rains. It’ll get done one way or another,” added Agnese.

Agnese’s goal is to accomplish the entire move by Tuesday night, if possible. “But we still have Wednesday,” he noted. “It’ll all get moved.”

Image via Facebook / Dupont Underground

by Tim Regan — September 2, 2015 at 10:00 am 175 0

A woman was seriously injured after a car she was driving flipped over near the intersection of 16th Street and Park Road NW around 9:30 a.m., say D.C. Fire and EMS officials.

Witness Manuel Ramirez says the driver plowed into a lamp post before the car flipped and struck several vehicles, including his.

“I saw the car come flying down the road,” Ramirez said. “She hit a lamp post across the street, and I don’t know if the curb made the car flip, but she hit three cars, and stopped when she hit mine. I usually have my 10 month old son with me, but thank goodness I didn’t today.”

Police closed the 1600 block of Park Road NW to clear the scene.

by Jennifer Currier — September 2, 2015 at 9:05 am 0


Much-Needed Renovation — After being vacant since at least 2006, 430 Manor Place is undergoing a renovation to make the home habitable again. The scope of work for the house includes new walls, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, electric devices and an HVAC system. [Park View, D.C.]

Social Media to the Rescue — A family’s electric cargo bicycle was stolen from their home on Tuesday. The bike, called an Xtracycle, is hard to miss with its wiring, cargo bags and seat fit for three small children on the back. Citizens around the District reported sitings of the bike near the intersection of Rhode Island and Florida avenues NW on social media. By 4 p.m., the bike had been returned to its owners. [Overvolted]

Restaurant Boom — Colonial-themed pizza restaurant Declaration (8th and V Streets NW) will open in November. The menu has 13 pizzas for each of the colonies in existence when the Declaration of Independence was signed. [Washington Business Journal]

Wing Fling — Duffy’s will open soon, but you can preview the second coming of the pub’s beloved wings during an all-you-can-eat wing feast on Sept. 13. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — September 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm 138 0

Police are seeking two persons of interest filmed in connection with an armed robbery that occurred near the Cardozo Education Campus less than two weeks ago.

Police say two men robbed another man with a gun near the 1100 block of Florida Avenue NW on Aug. 22 around 2:55 a.m.

A video released today by police appears to show the alleged robbers chasing down a man and holding him at gunpoint. The two men then appear to look through the victim’s pockets before leaving the scene.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via MPD

by Jennifer Currier — September 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm 140 0

Dupont Circle Francesca's

The District’s second Francesca’s location will open for business at 1143 Connecticut Avenue NW this Friday.

The women’s clothing and accessory store is planning a soft opening on Friday and a larger grand opening celebration on Saturday.

The storefront is the former home of the Godiva Chocolatier that closed its doors in June.

Store manager Erica Ragland-McCall said the grand opening will feature an outdoor tent, a raffle and a 20 percent discount on all purchases made on Saturday only. Employees will also be handing out additional coupons on Wednesday to promote the event.

On Tuesday afternoon, city employees could be seen digging up the sidewalk in front of the new store to work on the plumbing.

Ragland-McCall — who was tasked with managing the Dupont Circle location after working as a manager at the boutique chain’s Montgomery Mall location — wasn’t worried about the ongoing construction and was told it’ll be finished by Friday.

“Once it’s done, it’s going to be beautiful,” she said.

by Tim Regan — September 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm 143 0

Photo via Flickr.com / Elvert Barnes

Drybar fans might have to wait a little longer to get a blowout in Dupont Circle.

Though previous reports — along with a sign posted to the forthcoming location’s door — indicated that the California-based beauty chain would arrive at 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW this summer, a company representative said today the location is now on track to open sometime this fall.

Another Drybar location is also set to open at 1006 E St. NW in Penn Quarter this fall.

Exact opening dates for either location have not yet been decided, said the representative.

Photo via Flickr.com / Elvert Barnes

by Sean Meehan — September 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm 194 0

Duffy's Wings, photo courtesy of Duffy's

The famous wings at Duffy’s Irish Pub have an official comeback date.

For $15, customers can eat as many wings as they can stomach at a pre-opening wing feast on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 1-4 p.m.

The wing feast will double as a Nationals viewing party, and patrons will be able to watch the Nationals take play the Miami Marlins on the pub’s newly installed televisions.

“This is kind of an initial welcome back between us and the neighborhood,” said former Duffy’s owner and current general manager Andy Duffy. “It’s a fun event to get the neighborhood back involved and re-meet our neighbors.”

But it won’t be just like old times. The pub will not serve alcohol at the wing feast due to an in-process liquor license. But Duffy said he expects to receive the liquor license and open start pouring beers later in the month.

The pub made headlines last week when Duffy announced its re-opening.

Duffy said excited neighbors have already stopped by the pub as he has been preparing for the reopening.

“A guy came by yesterday with his kid in a stroller and looked in the window, then 10 minutes later he came back with a six-pack of Guinness to welcome us back,” Duffy said. “We’ve had stuff like that happening all week.”

Photo courtesy of Duffy’s

by Tim Regan — September 1, 2015 at 10:35 am 154 0

Banneker Pool, photo via flickr/awisemanHere’s your last chance to cannonball into a local pool at night before next summer.

Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Ave. NW) will host its last late-night pool party of the season this Saturday from 7-11:30 p.m. The pool previously hosted a late night pool party in July.

Like last time, attendees of all ages are free to splash around in the pool while bobbing their heads to music from a live DJ.

A photo ID is required to attend, and D.C. Parks and Recreation has requested that guests RSVP online beforehand.

Photo via Flickr/awiseman

by Sean Meehan — September 1, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

Patterson Mansion Redevelopment Continues — The conversion of the Patterson Mansion in Dupont Circle into micro apartment units has secured additional funding and released early renderings of the new building. [Bisnow]

Case of the Vanishing Murals — Murals on U Street are disappearing. But why? [Washington City Paper]

Page Turner — The upcoming National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center is going to be big. More than 175 authors, illustrators and artists will be in attendance, and the event is free. [DCist]

Police Commander Calls for Unity — In response to a police union vote of no confidence against Chief Cathy Lanier, a D.C. Police Commander urges on his fellow officers to unite in support of the chief. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — September 1, 2015 at 7:15 am 141 0

Andre DudleyPolice are seeking another man connected to the drive-by shooting that killed 23 year-old American University graduate Matthew Shlonsky in Shaw last month.

Andre Dudley, 19, is being pursued by police as a person of interest connected to the shooting, which occurred near the intersection of 7th and S streets NW on the afternoon of Aug. 15.

Dudley should be considered armed and dangerous, say police.

Dudley is also being charged with second-degree burglary related to a break-in that occurred on the 4200 block of Argyle Terrace NE on Aug. 12.

If you see this suspect, call 911 for immediate police response. Anyone with information 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.

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.

Photo courtesy of MPD

by Jennifer Currier — August 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

2015 National Book Festival

The Borderstan Blueprint is a smattering of interesting events around the area to help you plan for the upcoming week.

If you’d like to see your event featured, drop us a line at [email protected].


Anthony Cervino: Ejecta
Flashpoint Gallery (916 G St. NW)
12-6 p.m.

A multi-part installation featuring various works by Cervino made over the past 15 years displayed in a single, 25-foot sculpture. The exhibition is free.

Garrison Elementary Back-to-School Night and Cookout
Garrison Elementary School (1200 S St. NW)
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Parents and students from all grades are welcome at the event. A PTO-funded cookout will immediately follow. Garrison spirit T-shirts will also be for sale.


Orquesta el Macabeo de Puerto Rico with Peace and Rhythm DJ Crew
Tropicalia (2001 14th St. NW)
9 p.m.

Old-school salsa and punk rock intensity meld during performances by a band from Puerto Rico. Tickets available online.


PHAZEFEST: DC’s Queer Music Festival
9:30 Club (815 V St. NW)
8 p.m.

D.C.’s queer music festival celebrates its ninth year with a new home in 9:30 Club. Several bands will play followed by a dance party. Tickets available online.


National Book Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW)
10 a.m.-10 p.m.

This year’s festival theme, ‘I Cannot Live Without Books,’ celebrates the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson donating his own books to rebuild the Library of Congress. The event is free.

Awkward Sex… and the City
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
9 p.m.

A group of New York City storytellers relive their most embarrassing sexual experiences onstage. This event is 21 and over. Tickets available online.

Photo via Facebook / National Book Festival.


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