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by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm 610 0

Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street NW

(Updated at 8:36 a.m.) A man was shot and killed in Park View last night, said D.C. Police by phone this morning.

The man has been identified as 24-year-old Derrick Black of Northwest D.C.

Police responded to a report of a shooting on the 3300 block of Georgia Avenue NW around 9:25 p.m. last night. When they arrived, police found Black suffering from several gunshot wounds.

Black was transported to a local hospital from the scene, but later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

Police are still investigating the homicide.

by Jared Holt — July 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Book Signing Photo via Facebook-OutwriteFest

Visitors to the 14th Street corridor will be steps away from reading and writing workshops hosted by members of the local LGBT writing community this weekend.

The fifth annual OutWrite Book Festival starts with a keynote speech from celebrated novelist James Earl Hardy tomorrow evening. Hardy will speak about his book series “B-Boy Blues” at the D.C. Center (2000 14th Street NW) from 6-9 p.m.

The festival will then host 37 vendors, workshops and authors from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following day.

David Mariner, Executive Director for the D.C. Center, says the festival’s exhibitors and speakers were selected by their interest or involvement within the LGBT community.

“While some LGBT voices are not kind of represented in mainstream media, those things are still few and far between and don’t necessarily reflect the diversity that’s within D.C.’s LGBT community,” Mariner says. “We have a wide variety of folks telling their stories. It’s a way to affirm and celebrate who we are.”

Outwrite will coincide with another popular 14th and U street festival,  MidCity Dog Days.

But Mariner says that’s purposeful. He adds that he hopes Dog Days attendees will visit the book festival and that visiting LGBT publishing companies and authors will visit the surrounding neighborhood.

The book festival is free and open to the public. Used books will also be sold on site; paperbacks will cost $1 and hardbacks will cost $2.

Image via Facebook.com/OutWriteDC

by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

stmarysOfficials from the D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS), Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) and Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) will meet with Ward 2 residents tonight to discuss homeless encampments in the area.

The meeting will take place in Foggy Bottom at St. Mary’s Court, (725 24th Street NW) and will start at 7 p.m.

Keylin Rivera, the mayor’s Ward 2 community liaison, says the meeting is meant to be a general informational session for residents to learn more about Ward 2’s homeless encampments and what the city is doing about them.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm 108 0

14th and R streets NW, Shinola

Luxury brand Shinola announced today it will open its long-awaited 14th Street store on September 3.

Shinola is a high-end retailer that sells upscale — and pricey — leather goods, bicycles, watches and other accessories.

The 5,000-square-foot-store, located at 1631 14th Street NW, will “stay as true to the original build as possible, keeping the original black and white travertine floor, moulded ceiling and additional details from the era alongside traditional Shinola fixtures,” according to a press release.

Though the press release mentions the building’s original use as a Studebaker showroom, it does not mention the building’s most recent role as the Central Union Mission shelter.

Shinola’s temporary shop at 1534 14th Street NW will be occupied by Shinola’s sister brand, Filson.

by Daniel Levitt — July 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Pazyryk Gallery

A local business will close soon in Dupont Circle.

Pazyryk Gallery (1327 Connecticut Ave. NW) will close “in a few months,” an employee said over the phone earlier today.

The carpet and rug store lost its lease, according to a sign in the shop window. The employee did not specify what that means.

From now until it closes, the store will offer discounts on select rugs.

by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 10:55 am 199 0

bike robbersA boy was arrested today in connection with a group robbery that occurred in Shaw earlier this month, say D.C. Police.

Police say that on July 11 around 10:30 p.m., 15-20 suspects ambushed three men and one boy near the exit of the Shaw Skate Park on the 1100 block of R Street NW.

The robbers surrounded three of the victims and repeatedly struck them until they surrendered their property, police told Borderstan on July 16.

A video connected to the robbery and released by police earlier this month shows a man forcefully beaten on the ground as he clenches onto a bicycle.

Police have charged the boy with robbery force and violence in connection with the crime.

The investigation is ongoing, say police.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a robbery force and violence committed in the District of Columbia.

Image via MPD

by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

STOCK-18Commuters who travel on Georgia Avenue near Howard University will have to put up with “moderate-to-heavy delays” until May of next year, says DDOT.

On Tuesday, the city department closed one lane of traffic in each direction on Georgia Avenue NW between Barry Place and Florida Avenue NW.

DDOT says the closures are needed to construct dedicated bus lanes and a streetscape along that stretch of Georgia Avenue. The work also includes the replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutters, sidewalk ramps, mill and overlay of the roadway and new dedicated bus lanes in each direction.

These city expects to complete the project in May of 2016.

by Daniel Levitt — July 30, 2015 at 8:45 am 241 0

Golden Triangle

Andy Rooney’s Grandson Slashed in Knife Attack — A group of men attacked Ben Fishel, the grandson of CBS broadcaster Andy Rooney, on his front steps last night. Fishel was a slashed across the face with a box cutter. [WTOP]

Mo’ Murals  — The District has announced locations for six more murals to be completed in September. They include 2001 15th Street and 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW. [DCist]

Condo Conundrum — Plans to redevelop an historic building into condos in Shaw were called into question Tuesday during a Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing when  commissioners questioned the necessity of the building’s proposed fifth floor. [District Source]

And Shaw’s Newest Business Is … — Not a bar! It’s a new cleaners located at 910 P Street NW.  [BadWolfDC]

by Tim Regan — July 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm 227 0

Magic Bullet, Image via Upshur Books

Borderstan residents can now pick up a copy of the latest issue of D.C.’s free comic book newspaper, Magic Bullet.

The paper is organized and edited by small press comic book collective DC Conspiracy and features one-page comics and illustrations from dozens of locally sourced contributors.

This is the semi-annual newspaper’s 11th issue since it was created in 2010.

Copies can be found at the following Borderstan-area locations:

Adams Morgan

  • Crooked Beat Records (2116 18th Street NW)
  • Idle Time Books (2467 18th Street Northwest)
  • Red Onion Records (1901 18th Street NW)
  • Smash Records (2314 18th Street NW, 2nd Floor)
  • Songbyrd (2475 18th Street NW)
  • The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Road NW)
  • Tryst (2459 18th Street NW)

Columbia Heights

  • Coffy Cafe (3310 14th Street NW)
  • Flying Fish Coffee and Tea (3064 Mt Pleasant Street NW)
  • Palace 5ive (2216 14th Street NW)
  • The Coupe (3415 11th Street NW)
  • Blind Dog Cafe (944 Florida Avenue NW)*

Dupont Circle

  • Fantom Comics (2010 P Street NW)

Logan Circle

  • Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th Street NW)
  • Peregrine Espresso (1718 14th Street NW)
  • Som Records (1843 14th Street NW)*
  • The Coffee Bar (1201 S Street NW)*


  • Upshur Books (827 Upshur Street NW)

U Street

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U Street NW)
  • Big Planet Comics (1520 U Street NW)
  • Joint Custody (1530 U Street NW)

Image via Upshur Street Books

*Denotes a business that was lumped in with its closest neighborhood for clarity

by Tim Regan — July 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm 176 0

Dept. of Justice, photo via Wikimedia CommonsA D.C. man today pleaded guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking after admitting he secretly recorded women “in various
stages of undress” through their apartment windows between 2012 and 2014.

Former U.S. State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, said he used his cell phone to secretly record women in Mount Pleasant, the U Street Corridor and Adams Morgan.

“Daniel Rosen crept through alleys and peered through windows to secretly film women during intimate, private moments in their own homes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen, Jr. today in a press release. “Today he admitted to being a serial stalker and voyeur who robbed women of the privacy they expected in their own bedrooms and bathrooms.”

Rosen often spied on women under the guise of walking his dog, reads the press release, and sometimes returned later to record the same woman again.

Rosen will be sentenced on Oct. 9. Each of the counts of voyeurism and stalking carries a maximum penalty of one year and potential fines.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

by Daniel Levitt — July 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Image via Litter Free DC

D.C. residents can ask members of the Department of Public Works and Metropolitan Police Department questions about keeping the District litter free from the comfort of their computers.

A live webcast will take place on the DPW’s website tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m.

Residents can submit questions to the DPW’s Interim Director Chris Shorter as well as a representative from the MPD’s Litter Enforcement team, as part of the DPW’s Litter Free D.C. campaign.

As the name implies, Litter Free D.C. is a program sponsored by the DPW that aims to eliminate litter from streets in the city.

Future DPW webcasts will cover graffiti, leaf collection, recycling and parking, said DPW Public Affairs Specialist Nancee Lyons.

“We’re always open for topic ideas and encourage residents to let us know what they would like to discuss,” Lyons said.

More information can be found can be found on the DPW website.

Image via Litter Free DC

by Tim Regan — July 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0

A Starbucks at the intersection of 18th and N Streets NW is currently closed due to a broken air conditioning unit, said employees at the store shortly before noon today.

“We apologize but we are currently closed,” reads a sign in the store’s window. The front and side doors of the Starbucks are currently locked.

The employees did not say when they expect the location to reopen.


by Tim Regan — July 29, 2015 at 10:45 am 1,143 0

Police CarA man and a woman were held at gunpoint during two robberies that occurred just steps away from one another in Adams Morgan early this morning , say D.C. Police.

During the first robbery, police say a woman was approached from behind by two suspects on the 2000 block of Columbia Road NW around 12:23 a.m.

One of the suspects pressed a handgun to the woman’s back, say police, and told her to let go of her property. The second suspect took the woman’s property, and the pair fled into a nearby alley.

Police later tweeted that they were on the lookout for the two suspects; one wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans, the other wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Though authorities have not released a detailed description of what occurred during the second robbery, they confirmed it happened steps away from the first on the 2000 block of Wyoming Avenue NW around 12:40 a.m.

During that robbery, say police, a man was held at gunpoint by two men who fit the description of the previous robbery’s suspects.

Police added that they think the two robberies “might be connected.”

No arrests have been made in connection with either crime.

by Daniel Levitt — July 29, 2015 at 9:15 am 239 1 Comment

Rundown 35

Seven Robberies, Seven Hours — Seven robberies were reported around the area in less than seven hours, and police think some of the robberies might be connected. [NBC]

Tool Time — The group behind Logan Hardware and several other hardware stores in D.C. will open a new 5,000-square-foot hardware store at 1700 Columbia Road NW, the site of the former Ontario Theater. [Washington Business Journal]

Frankencondo — A “bizarre new Frankenstein condo” has one blogger in Columbia Heights perplexed: “I was walking down 13th Street and at Otis saw something odd under construction: a modern-ish residential building where there used to be a townhouse with a big porch. What’s extra strange though is that it’s attached to what looks like other half of the townhouse.” [New Columbia Heights]

Jerk Store — A restaurant called “Jerk Station” will open in the former Sweet Mango space in Park View. [Park View, D.C.]

Going Up — A Dupont office building houses one of D.C.’s rarest professions. [Borderstan]


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