by Andrew Ramonas — November 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm 3 Comments

Police are looking for a man suspected of indecent exposure in a common area of an Adams Morgan apartment building earlier this month.

The crime happened in The Argonne’s game room at 1629 Columbia Road NW on Nov. 11 about 3:15 p.m., according to authorities. A witness reported seeing the man show his genitals at the time.

Video police released today in connection with the incident begins with a tight shot of a man’s head as he’s sitting on a couch. Later and while still on the couch, the man appeared to talked to someone off camera.

He eventually got up, grabbed a backpack and walked by a man before leaving the room.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., 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.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm 0

1800 block of Belmont Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 5 p.m.) A man was shot in Adams Morgan this afternoon, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1800 block of Belmont Road NW about 3:30 p.m. The block is between 18th Street and Columbia Road NW.

The victim was unconscious after the shooting, according to authorities. But it wasn’t immediately clear whether he was killed.

Police haven’t released a description of the shooter.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — November 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

Adams Morgan might get a taste of the year 2020 before the end of this year.

A space-themed nightclub called 2020 Bar & Lounge is slated to open at 2434 18th St. NW in December or January, owner Sarah Kim told Borderstan today. The bar is taking over the space previously occupied by Meskerem, an Ethiopian restaurant that closed in April after 30 years in business.

But what’s special about the year 2020?

“In 2020, there’s going to be something that changes the entire world,” Kim said, referencing news from NASA she said she’s read.

When the bar opens, it will have room for dancing, drinking and eating across three floors. It also will boast “VIP party rooms,” Kim said.

Although the nightclub will have a space theme, Kim said she doesn’t plan to go overboard with the celestial motif.

“If it’s totally space themed, it can be corny,” she said.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 13, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

MPD wanted flyer (Image via MPD)

A man police arrested in connection with an Adams Morgan bank robbery yesterday isn’t the only person who may have played a role in the crime, Borderstan confirmed earlier this morning.

Authorities still are looking for a man they call a “person of interest” in the robbery of the PNC Bank at 1779 Columbia Road NW Thursday morning. The individual is “a black male with medium complexion, height 5’7″ to 5’8″, and medium build,” police said. He last was seen wearing black pants, a brown shirt, a yellow vest and a white hard hat.

A wanted flyer for the person of interest first appeared on the Metropolitan Police Department’s Facebook page about 5 p.m. yesterday. The post appears to be the first time MPD notified the public about the individual.

So far, police have apprehended 67-year-old John Matthews in connection with robbery, according to authorities. Police made the arrest behind a building on the 2700 block of Ontario Street NW at 11 a.m., about 90 minutes after the robbery. The area is about a block from the PNC Bank.

Information on Matthews’ lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Image via MPD

by Andrew Ramonas — November 10, 2015 at 10:20 am 0

Adams Morgan Vision Framework ideas (Image via Office of Planning/Jim Nuttle, Graphic Recorder)

Adams Morgan might get more green space, an increase in affordable housing and a compost site under a long-term D.C. plan for the neighborhood.

The D.C. Office of Planning released a 32-page draft of its “Vision Framework” for Adams Morgan yesterday. The proposal includes 17 goals for “creating great places,” “redefining retail,” “embracing sustainability,” “strengthening identity through arts history and culture” and “bolstering community.”

“The Adams Morgan Vision Framework provides strategic planning direction that seeks to reinforce the long-standing character and identity of the neighborhood through a number of short and long term actions with the overarching goal of remaining a textured and vibrant neighborhood and outstanding place to live,” according to the Vision Framework, which took a year to make.

Here are the goals, along with recommendations (which you can click to see a bigger image):


Joshua Silver, the Office of Planning’s Ward 1 neighborhood planner, is accepting comments from the public on the Vision Framework until Dec. 8 by email.

Image via Office of Planning/Jim Nuttle, Graphic Recorder

by Andrew Ramonas — November 4, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Gamers looking to buy Fallout 4 and other new video games in Adams Morgan now will have to take their business to another neighborhood.

The GameStop at 1759 Columbia Road NW closed Saturday, a worker helping pack up the shop said last night. Customers should visit the GameStop at 817 H St. NE instead, he said.

“This location is closed for good,” a handwritten sign on the store’s door says. “Please see the store on H St. NE. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your business!”

The Adams Morgan GameStop opened in 2011, according to PoPville.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm 0

A group of Adams Morgan condominium owners aren’t happy about the construction of a 40-unit residential building that could obstruct their rooftop views of the District.

The Unit Owners’ Association of The Erie Condominium at 2351 Champlain St. NW are contesting the height of penthouses under construction at The Morgan, which neighbors the condo building. In an appeal to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment made public yesterday, the condo owners said the penthouses are slated to reach a height greater than 9 feet, contradicting what they saw in zoning filings for The Morgan.

Laurie Horvitz, a lawyer for the condo owners, wrote in a letter to the Board of Zoning Adjustment last week that The Morgan initially had sent to D.C. officials a letter that included “‘roof views’ from the Erie Condominium that did not show any towering penthouse.” On The Morgan’s website, Capital City Real Estate notes that the building will have a “modern facade” and “rooftop cabanas.”

The condo owners “first noticed troubling rooftop construction at the property in October of 2015,” Horvitz wrote. “The construction work is still ongoing and the roof structures are not yet under roof. [The Morgan] is building tall roof structures that are inconsistent with the special zoning relief that was provided to this property previously.”

A representative of The Morgan wasn’t immediately available to comment.

The Board of Zoning Adjustment is expected to rule on the appeal in the coming months.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Pleasant Pops pop (Photo via Pleasant Pops)

Move over candy corn and fun-size Snickers. Pleasant Pops in Adams Morgan has free cookies and cream and strawberry ginger lemonade pops for young trick-or-treaters.

The shop at 1781 Florida Ave. NW is handing out complimentary frozen treats to all costumed kids, who are accompanied by adults, according to a Pleasant Pops representative. But an adult must buy something at the store to receive the pop on the house.

Pleasant Pops is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday on Halloween.

Photo via Pleasant Pops

by Andrew Ramonas — October 27, 2015 at 11:40 am 0

(Updated at 3:15 p.m.) Adams Morgan is about to get a little saucier.

Red White and Basil, which bills itself as a “fresh & saucy pasta bar,” is slated to open at 1781 Florida Ave. NW “very soon,” but “not today,” a representative of the eatery tweeted this afternoon. This morning, a sign on the restaurant’s door indicated that the eatery’s opening was planned for today.

It wasn’t immediately clear what exactly the Italian restaurant will serve once it opens in the former Hans Pedr’ Kaffe space. A Red White and Basil representative wasn’t available to comment this morning, and neither the eatery’s website nor its Facebook page has a menu.

A liquor license application filed last month only said the restaurant will serve “freshly-made pasta as well as beer and wine.”

The eatery can hold tables for 17 diners inside and 20 people outside.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 22, 2015 at 4:50 pm 4 Comments

S2 bus

A condominium association and a community leader in Adams Morgan are speaking up against a proposal to create bus-only lanes on 16th Street NW.

Beekman Place condo owners at 16th and Belmont streets NW and ANC 1C commissioner JonMarc Buffa, whose district includes the area, have urged the District Department of Transportation not to remove lanes for normal car traffic. DDOT is studying whether dedicated bus lanes and other changes could help combat the overcrowding and erratic service that often plague the S1, S2 and S4 lines.

Axing lanes for normal car traffic would inconvenience many locals who normally drive to work, Buffa and the condo owners wrote in recent letters to DDOT. Borderstan obtained the letters this week.

“Many of my constituents are forced to travel by car because their jobs are located in areas that are not metro-accessible and so their ability to use 16th St. will be adversely affected,” Buffa wrote. “The consensus of my constituents is to ask DDOT to reject the installation of dedicated bus lanes. This was the most common concern that my constituents raised with me.”

Although the condo owners are against bus lanes, they aren’t anti-public transit, they note in their letter.

The condo owners wrote that they support more bus service and keeping stops at V and 16th streets NW. A plan to eliminate the stops at the intersection is among the bus service changes DDOT is considering.

Many Beekman Place residents “have chosen to live in the District but often have long commutes to jobs where public transportation is simply not an option,” the condo owners wrote. “Though some may argue that installing dedicated bus lanes would bring about a change in behavior and result in more residents using public transportation, this simply isn’t the case as these commuters have no choice but to drive to work based on the location of their jobs.”

DDOT is expected to complete its study of transit fixes and alternatives by January 2016.

by Sean Meehan — October 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm 0

Starbucks on Connecticut AveThe number of D.C. Starbucks seeking to sell alcohol is growing.

Starbucks has submitted liquor license applications to serve beer and wine at five additional D.C. locations this week, including locations in Shaw and Adams Morgan.

This week’s applications brings the total number of District Starbucks looking to serve alcohol to 10. Last week, the company applied to serve beer and wine at locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Chevy Chase and downtown.

The locations that were added to the list of applicants this week are:

  • 815 O St. NW (Shaw)
  • 3416 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Cleveland Park)
  • 1000 H St. NW (downtown)
  • 237 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (Capitol Hill)
  • 1801 Columbia Rd. NW (Adams Morgan)

A Starbucks spokesperson told us via e-mail last week that the push for alcoholic drinks is part of the company’s new “Starbucks Evening” service, which also includes a small plate menu.

Though the spokesperson did not say what might be on tap, a sample menu shows the coffee chain may serve red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass and “craft beer.” Menus vary by region, meaning it’s possible the stores could serve local beer and wine

Small plate possibilities include truffle mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped dates, chicken skewers and truffle popcorn.

by Jennifer Currier — October 6, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

1794 Columbia Road

A Chinatown-based beauty and hair salon plans to move its operation to Adams Morgan early next month.

AsukiSQ will open in the former Mixtec space at 1794 Columbia Rd. NW after moving out of its current home near the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro station in early November, said salon owner Oscar Au.

“It was hard finding another suitable space in Chinatown, so that’s why I decided to bring the salon to Columbia [Road],” Au said. “I want to help clients there, too.”

AsukiSQ is an official stylist for the Miss Asian America Beauty Pageant, according to its website. In addition to hair styling, the salon’s beauticians also perform manicures and pedicures.

by Jennifer Currier — October 5, 2015 at 2:35 pm 0

Residents can now step inside an adult boutique centered around sex positivity that opened in Adams Morgan last week.

Lotus Blooms, located 2408 18th St. NW, sells lingerie, adult accessories and educational books.

Store manager and education coordinator Teal Dye said despite the rainy weather last week, many residents braved the elements to see the new store.

“We weren’t exactly sure what it would be like here, but the neighborhood has been so welcoming,” Dye said. She added that customers were curious, mostly of the store’s “sex-positive” theme.

“The term means something a little different to everyone,” Dye said. “We’re here to be open and inclusive by helping people learn about sex positivity as it applies to them.”

In addition to being salespeople, Lotus Blooms employees are also sex educators trained to answer questions about anatomy and cultural norms.

“We were founded to create a safe space for people to learn,” Dye said. “It’s our hope to be a resource for safety and to share stories so we can discover what sex positivity means to people in D.C.”

by Tim Regan — September 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm 0

Parking meters(Updated at 4:41 p.m.) People who park in Adams Morgan and on U Street will have to feed parking meters for two more hours, but not for a while, it seems.

Though the D.C. budget approved earlier this year called for parking meter enforcement in some areas of the city to occur from 7 a.m. to midnight, a new story by WTOP says the change in hours likely won’t take effect until next year.

When the changes do take effect, Adams Morgan and U Street will be among eight “premium demand zones,” that will have longer hours of parking enforcement and more costly meters than most other parts of the District.

The zones, which also include the National Mall, Georgetown and Penn Quarter, have meters that charge $2 per hour. Outside of the areas, meters charge 75 cents per hour and operate from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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

PorchfestThough it’s still days away, Adams Morgan PorchFest has been rescheduled due to to the prospect of inclement weather.

The festival, which promised to fill Adams Morgan porches with street performers this weekend, will now take place on Oct. 24 between 2 and 6 p.m.

Adams Morgan Partnership BID executive director Kristen Barden informed future attendees of the schedule change earlier this afternoon on Facebook.

“Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating for PorchFest this Saturday,” Barden wrote.

Though it may be easy to assume the cancellation is related to the possibly forthcoming Hurricane Joaquin, Barden said that’s not entirely the case.

“The prediction is that it’s going to be a very wet weekend,” Barden said. “That forecast in itself was too much. Electricity and water just don’t mix.”

So far, the change hasn’t led to widespread performance cancellations. “There’s just one porch that won’t be able to do it on the 24th,” Barden said. “We should still have 16-17 porches.”

Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Porch Fest


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