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by Tim Regan — August 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm 4,486 0

Police Car(Updated at 7:46 p.m.) A man was forced into a van at gunpoint and sexually assaulted in Columbia Heights on Friday night, D.C. Police say.

According to police, a man was walking near 14th Street and Parkwood Place NW around 8 p.m. when he was approached by another man holding a gun. Police say the gun-wielding man then forced the victim into a white van and sexually assaulted him.

Police are currently on the lookout for two men. One suspect is described as “Hispanic,” six-foot-one to six-foot-two inches tall, 22 to 27 years of age, slim with short, black curly hair and was last seen wearing an orange shirt and grey sweat pants.

The other is described as having a “light complexion,” heavyset and 17 to 19 years of age.

At least five other men of unknown descriptions were also involved, 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.

DC Crime Solvers 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 an assault committed in the District of Columbia.

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 Tim Regan — July 24, 2015 at 10:30 am 212 0

D.C. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men connected to a violent robbery that occurred in a 14th Street NW alley last month.

According police, a man was robbed and beaten in an alley by three people on June 26 around 2:05 a.m.

In a video released yesterday by police, two male persons of interest are shown driving up to, entering and mulling about a convenience store.

Police are seeking information regarding the two men.

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 at 50411.

Video via MPD

by Jared Holt — July 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm 109 1 Comment

Bar Pilar

A 14th Street NW bar will celebrate the 116th birthday of Earnest Hemingway the way the famous writer might have.

Bar Pilar, located at 1833 14th Street NW, will serve a special menu of Hemingway’s favorite meals and libations tonight starting at 5 p.m.

According to Pilar’s menu, Hemingway enjoyed noshing on pickled mushrooms, chilled cucumber soup, lobster salad and rabbit stew.

Bartenders will pour five different tropical and rum-based cocktails such as the “Hemingway Daiquiri,” an absinthe-based drink called “Death in the Afternoon” and two different rum slushies.

Is this really what Hemingway liked to eat and drink?

“Hemingway once said, ‘The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them,'” said Melissa Gold, a PR rep for Bar Pilar, in an e-mail. “Trust us.”

Bar Pilar will also screen movies based on Hemingway novels on both of its floors.

Image via Facebook.com/BarPilar

by Tim Regan — July 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm 296 0

(Updated at 2:19 p.m.) An apartment fire closed the 1400 block of U Street NW earlier this afternoon, say D.C. Fire and EMS officials.

Fire crews crowded around the Portner Place Apartments, located at 1449 U Street NW, around 1:29 p.m. today.

Eyewitnesses on the scene say they first noticed black smoke coming from the top floor of the building, but that they don’t know what caused the fire.

Firefighters were seen earlier breaking windows at the top of the building. presumably to gain access to the floor.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez told a Borderstan reporter that fire officials originally received a report for an apartment fire on the second floor of the building.

According to Mendez, the fire crew extinguished the small blaze in less than two minutes.

D.C. Fire and EMS reported no injuries related to the fire.

Firetruck photo via D.C. Fire and EMS Twitter

by Tim Regan — July 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm 2,027 18 Comments

14th Street and Florida Avenue NW

(Updated at 1:49 p.m. Friday with correct photo) A group of residents has launched a petition to block the possible addition of a new 7-Eleven store at 2300 14th Street NW.

“We are happily satisfied with the neighborhood retail services today such as: Streets, Smucker Farms, Yes Organic, CVS and Trader Joe’s, yet we are very concerned about [7-Eleven] entering our neighborhood,” reads the Change.org petition.

“We believe that [7-Eleven] will diminish and detract from our neighborhood, nor do we see it adding any value to our lives,” it continues.

Ezra Weinblatt, who filed the petition last night, says he and other residents at the nearby Solea condo building caught wind of the possible 7-Eleven coming to 2300 14th Street NW earlier this week.

Jim Dennin, the real estate broker for the property at 2300 14th Street NW, said he “could neither confirm nor deny” a 7-Eleven was coming to the property.

“We’re hoping to get enough support behind the opposition to compel them and demonstrate that the neighborhood would rather have a more local bodega, clothier or anything else,” Weinblatt says.

Among Weinblatt’s main concerns are the type of products sold at 7-Eleven.

“We not impressed by the processed and sugary foods that they sell,” adds Weinblatt. “The community is already served. It doesn’t fill a niche. We’re all concerned about the image that it brings.”

But doesn’t CVS sell the same kind of sugary foods?

“Well, CVS is already here,” says Weinblatt. “Everything that 7-Eleven sells is already being sold by every other business here.”

Though he didn’t include it in his petition, Weinblatt says he’s also concerned about people congregating in front of the possible store late at night.

“People hanging out at four in the morning on a street corner are not looking to pick up trash. They’re looking for trouble. We don’t want trouble.”

Weinblatt’s next step is to take the petition to his local commissioners at ANC 1B.

“We’re totally happy to see the landlord make money,” says Weinblatt. “We just want to see the community’s interests taken into that as well.”

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — July 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm 1,106 4 Comments

1800 block of T Street NW, Photo via Street View

(Corrected at 2:16 p.m.) A man was shot and injured early this morning near one of the busiest parts of the 14th Street corridor, say D.C. Police.

Police say the victim was shot while walking on the sidewalk at the 1800 block of 15th Street NW around 2:20 a.m.

Ted’s Bulletin, Doi Moi, Black Cat, Garden District and other popular 14th Street destinations lie just one block from the crime scene.

The man was taken from the scene to the hospital, but police would not release his condition or whether his injuries were life threatening.

There were no related arrests, and police have not identified any suspects related to the shooting.

by Tim Regan — July 6, 2015 at 11:45 am 252 0

Photo courtesy of Washington Improv Theater

Move over, Ira.

Washington Improv Theater will stage a live “This American Life” parody later this month.

The show, titled “That American Life,” and described as an “improvised podcast,” will debut at 8 p.m. on July 18 at Source, located at 1835 14th Street NW.

According to event organizers, the faux podcast takes aim at This American Life’s brand of “breathy, pedantic and unironic audio storytelling.”

Naturally, the theater has officially invited Ira Glass is to every performance.

“He hasn’t RSVP’ed yet,” reads the show’s event listing. “But the devoted players of Commonwealth just know he will.”

The show is part of Washington Improv Theater’s new WIT Attacks! programming series.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

by Borderstan.com — June 27, 2013 at 10:00 am 7 Comments

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Sex"

The Men’s Parties club was on the second floor of 1618 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan may vote to oppose the demolition of 1618 14th Street NW, former site of the sex club, “Men Parties.”

At last night’s meeting, ANC 2F’s Community Development Committee (CDC) voted 6-0 to recommend the full ANC not support an application to DC’s Historical Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for a raze permit for the building. The demolition requires permission from the HPRB because the building is within the boundaries of the Fourteenth Street Historic District.

There was a death at the club in 2009 which led DC to file suit to close the club.

Jeff Owens appeared before the committee to plead the case of the building’s owner, Stephen Jaffe. Reports indicate Jaffe has been the owner since before the 2009 incident.

Owens said the building had been gutted and is now exposed to the elements. He also said the building’s perimeter wall is buckling and the floor joists are gone. Neighborhood residents testified the building is neglected and some windows are open permanently.

Owens also said there is a tentative plan for a new building on the site which would have retail on the first floor and apartments above.

Neighborhood residents testified the building has been an eyesore for years and there were many unsuccessful attempts by neighbors to do something about it. One neighbor brought up the owner’s responsibility for the club and the 2009 death.

“He [Jaffe] knows nothing about that,” Owens said.

Members of the committee came out strongly in favor of preserving the building.

“This is the type of case that historic preservation laws have been designed to protect,” said one committee member.

“This is an absolute case of demolition by neglect,” said another.

“It’s a contributing building,” said committee chair Walt Cain, ANC commissioner for district 02.

The matter may be next considered at the regular monthly meeting of ANC 2F. This is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, at 7 pm, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.

A notice that an application to raze the building had been filed first appeared at the property in April of this year.

by Borderstan.com — June 24, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

"gun robbery"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a robbery with force and violence early Sunday, June 23, on the 1400 block of W Street NW. The robbery occurred around 4 am. No description of the suspect is available at this time.

From the Police Alert: “Robbery Force & Violence _0354 hours _1400 W Street NW _No lookout  DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #. Sent on: 06/23 04:48.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery//1400 W Street NW// No lookout//5442″

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by Borderstan.com — June 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment

"Pink"

The Louis at 14 and BakeHouse come together to celebrate Pink Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

I am sure you are wondering what this is about. Well, it is all about fun and wearing pink. Celebrate the color pink. This Sunday, June 23, The Louis at 14 and BakeHouse are all about pink they are coming together to give away free pink cupcakes and lollipops on the pinkest day of the year.

Yes, it is a fun neighborhood event, although it is a National Day. (Yes, the Louis at 14 is the JBG Cos. huge project at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW.)

Sunday, “Like” the Louis at 14 on their Facebook page, get a secret code and head on to BakeHouse (1407 T Street NW) to get your choice of free cupcake or lollipop. Dress up in pink, make it fun, get your picture taken and be part of the Louis at 14 photo gallery.

by Borderstan.com — June 20, 2013 at 7:30 am 0

"gun robbery"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a robbery with force and violence early Thursday, June 20, around 2:30 am, at 14th and W Streets NW. No description of the suspect is available at this time.

From the Police Alert: “ROBBERY FORCE & VIOLENCE 0215 HOURS 14TH & W STREET NW, NO LOOKOUT GIVEN FOR SUSPECT. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130301948. Sent on: 06/20 02:30.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery F&V //14th & W Street NW //No lookout given //6559″

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  • You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.
  • You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com — June 14, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Cafe Ghana"

Cafe Ghana at 1336 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The owner of Cafe Ghana asked for assistance from MPD at last week’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle meeting.

After a briefing on local crime by a representative of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the proprietor of the Ghana Cafe (1336 14th Street) told the committee homeless people were harassing people in front of his restaurant.

He also reported homeless people participating in oral sex at a nearby bus stop. By the time police responded, the proprietor said, the behaviors had ceased. The MPD representative pledged to work on the problem.

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by Borderstan.com — June 11, 2013 at 11:00 am 3 Comments

"14th"

A new mixed-use building is planned for 1728 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The odd looking brick building at 1728 14th Street NW that used be the Granger warehouse is almost down. While the front facade looks almost normal from the street, the rear alley view tells a different story. The lot is slated to become a four-story, mixed-use retail and office space. Perseus Realty has been working on its demolition for the last couple of weeks — only the 14th Street brick facade is left.

The new building will be 35,000 square feet with the first two floors for retail and two more floors for offices.

Last year Robert Cohen, president of Perseus Realty told Borderstan, “The area is maturing and has lots of apartments and residences,” adding “Now the local population needs other services, and that is what we are hoping this renovated building will provide.” It is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.

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by Borderstan.com — June 10, 2013 at 9:30 am 0

"Pride"

2013 Capital Pride Parade Photos. Click above for more images. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Check out the photos of the 2013 Capital Pride Parade on Borderstan’s Flickr page.

The 2013 Capital Pride Parade took place this past Saturday, June 8. It started at 4:30 pm and lasted until 7 pm when the Capital Pride organizers float reached the corner of 14th and R Streets NW. This was the first time that the parade traveled north on 14th Street, a testament to how popular this corridor has become.

Religious groups, politicians, bars, banks, cleaning services, neighborhood associations, school associations and more were all part of the colorful party.

Dykes on Bikes kicked off the parade. There were plenty of elected officials and political candidates in the parade as well, and lots of local businesses (large and small) as well as a plethora of organizations, local and national, not to mention sports teams — and live music to boot.

Lynda Carter, best known for her role as “Wonder Woman,” was Super Grand Marshal of the parade this year.

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