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by Tim Regan — August 4, 2015 at 9:30 am 117 0

Fire at Adams Morgan rowhouse

Fire crews battled a fire that started on the roof of a rowhouse in Adams Morgan yesterday evening.

Firefighters received a report that a building’s roof was on fire on the 1700 block of Euclid Street NW at 8:07 p.m., says D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez. By 8:09 p.m., emergency crews were on the scene fighting the blaze.

The fire was knocked down roughly 20 minutes later, Mendez reports.

One person was treated for “minor injuries” at the scene but was not transported to the hospital.

Mendez did not say what caused the fire.

Image via Twitter.com/DCFireEMS

by Tim Regan — August 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm 138 0

Capitol Hemp is back.

The beloved hemp store reopened today at 1770 Columbia Road NW.

Like its previous incarnation — which was raided by D.C. police before shutting down in 2011 —  the store will continue to sell “non-drug” products like hemp clothing, hemp oil-infused soap, shelled hemp seeds, and hemp paper prints.

But this time around, store co-owner Adam Eidinger won’t have to mince his words about some of the other products he’s selling.

Thanks to the District’s Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization and cultivation measure that Eidinger’s DC Cannabis Campaign helped pass in February, it’s now perfectly legal for Eidinger to tell his customers he’s selling bongs and vaporizers of the pot-smoking variety.

“This is a free speech zone for cannabis,” he says. “You can call it what it is. You can say ‘I want to get high.'”

Eidinger says he also plans to sell home marijuana cultivation kits at “barely above cost, more of a community service.”

The store will host a grand opening event on Wednesday with free hemp gelato for attendees at noon.

Borderstan reporter Jared Holt also contributed to this article.

by Daniel Levitt — July 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm 114 0

The Black Squirrel

Adams Morgan residents will be able to dress up in renaissance faire attire and guzzle mead tomorrow.

Black Squirrel (2427 18th Street NW) will host a “Men in Tights Mead Day Renaissance Faire” from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees will be able to taste local mead from Honey Grail Meadery as well fill their goblets with mead from Charm City Meadery, Moonlight Meadery and B. Nektar Meadery.

A representative from Honey Grail Meadery will also be on hand to talk mead making and distribute samples of the company’s Boudica’s Uprising Honey Mead.

The kitchen’s chefs will sling giant turkey legs, sandwiches and steaks-on-stakes throughout the day.

And don’t forget to wear a costume: Patrons dressed in proper renaissance faire attire will receive 10 percent off their bill.

Image courtesy of The Black Squirrel

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)*

Petworth

  • 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 Tim Regan — July 29, 2015 at 10:45 am 1,144 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 Tim Regan — July 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm 313 0

Hobbit House, photo via EstatelyA distinctive-looking property near Adams Morgan and Meridian Hill Park is now for sale.

The 952-square-foot home at 1732 V Street NW, known for its small doors and squat appearance, can be yours for $749,000, according to real estate website Estately.

The home sits along a row of properties known to some locals as the “hobbit houses.”

Some of the property’s history was previously chronicled on Ghosts of DC.

The home is being sold by realty company Thos. D. Walsh. Read the full listing summary below:

Wow! Location, location, location! This home is in the Sweet Spot. Steps to Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and U St. Metro, restaurants, shopping. Walking distance to 2 metros. Federal style w/great bones. Being sold “AS IS.”

Image via Estately

by Daniel Levitt — July 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm 0

DC Arts Center will exhibit work from dozens of local artists this weekend during its annual 1460 Wallmountables show.

A mob of artists showed up yesterday and today to pay $15 to hang up to five pieces of art on the gallery’s walls.

Executive Artistic Director B. Stanley said the event regularly attracts up to 100 artists from around the District. This year was no exception.

Artists lined up outside the gallery door before the submission period yesterday, said Stanley.

“Everybody was trying to get the middle row. It was sort of like a race to the great frontier,” Stanley said.

Tomorrow night at 7 p.m., a group of judges will survey the art and award one artist with $100 and a a “Best Use of Space” superlative.

Artist Steve Wanna won top honors at last year’s show.

“As an experimental artist, it inspires to come up innovative ways of using the space,” said Wanna in an e-mail. “It’s the perfect lab to test out some ideas in a playful, encouraging space.”

The exhibition runs until Aug. 30.

Check the DC Arts Center website for details on attending the event and submitting your own artwork.

by Tim Regan — July 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm 127 0

Outage map, Photo via PepcoIt wasn’t a solar flare or a malicious attack.

Pepco spokesperson Marcus Beal says a cable failure was responsible for yesterday’s power outage in Adams Morgan that left more than 2,500 residents without electricity for several hours.

“At roughly 11:13 a.m. yesterday, we had a feeder trip at one of our stations,” explained Beal.

A feeder is a power line that typically services 1,500 or more customers, Beal added.

Crews were eventually able to pinpoint the location of the cable that caused the feeder to trip. “There was an actual physical cable failure in a manhole near the 2300 block of Champlain Street [NW],” said Beal.

By 3 p.m., crews had rerouted power around the cable, and electricity was restored to most of Adams Morgan.

Yesterday’s outage coincided with plenty of end-of-world occurrences, noted Gawker.

Our story was linked among the evidence.

Within hours of being linked on Gawker, Borderstan began receiving some curious theories regarding the nature of the outage.

“According to my research, I believe it was a solar flare that caused this,” tweeted one reader.

“Norse sensors from around the world are detecting an attack on America from China,” wrote another commenter. “Your government just doesn’t want you to panic, that’s all.”

But Beal set the record straight.

“It was definitely not related to a solar flare,” he says. “It was a faulty cable.”

by Tim Regan — July 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm 291 0

Photo via Facebook.com/BicycleSPACEBicycleSPACE will host a grand opening event for its new Adams Morgan location this weekend.

Starting Friday at 10 a.m., attendees will be able to enter to win a bike, get 15 percent off bikes that cost over $1,500, enter a photo contest and walk away with a free water bottle.

The store, located at 2424 18th Street NW, sells bicycles,
electric bikes, clothing and shoes.

Photo via Facebook.com/BicycleSPACE

by Jared Holt — June 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Audiophiles who crave the warm sound of vinyl records with their coffee at Songbyrd Record Cafe have a new place to roost during the evening.

Songbyrd’s new bar and restaurant, Songbyrd Music House, located adjacent to the cafe at 2477 18th St. NW, opens tonight at 5 p.m.

The new bar will feature an exposed brick wall, wood paneling and a long bar that stretches through much of the space.

The Music House will be open until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. Like the cafe, the bar will be closed on Monday.

by Tim Regan — June 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm 132 3 Comments

Modernization options A and B(Corrected at 1:47 p.m. on June 29) Adams Morgan’s ANC 1C is asking for online feedback on two proposals to modernize the Marie Reed Elementary School at 2201 18th Street NW.

The 2016 D.C. budget will allow the school to undergo a complete modernization over the next two years.

In the first proposal, the existing building would be reused and expanded for additional recreational space and health services.

In the second, only the eastern half of the existing building would be reused and expanded, and a new school and recreation center would be constructed on the southern end of the campus.

Residents can choose between the two concepts by voting online.

ANC 1C commissioners will tally the community votes and take final community comments at the commission’s next meeting on Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW.

by Tim Regan — June 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm 159 0

Pop's snow conesPopular Adams Morgan hangout Pop’s Sea Bar (1817 Columbia Road NW) will begin serving alcoholic snow cones on July 1.

For $7, patrons can order a color-coded cone in three boozy flavors: Baltimore Lemon Stick, Strawberry and Bing Cherry.

Non-alcoholic versions of the flavors will also be sold for $3.

Between July 1 and 7, $1 from each snow cone sold will be donated to Brainfood, a local nonprofit dedicated to teaching youths food production skills.

Photo via Facebook.com/PopsSeaBar

by Tim Regan — June 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm 149 0

2200 block of 18th Street

D.C. Police are seeking three suspects after a brawl erupted in an unspecified restaurant’s “customer area” on the 2200 block of 18th Street NW early this morning.

According to police, two groups of three people got into an argument at approximately 1:14 a.m. this morning. The argument “escalated quickly” into violence when a suspect from the first group punched a victim in the second group.

When one of the friends of the victim attempted to intervene, that person was also punched and struck by one of the suspects with an unspecified object.

Police say the fight then devolved into the three suspects repeatedly punching the three victims before fleeing the scene in a silver car.

Police say one victim was taken to the hospital and released shortly thereafter.

Though police couldn’t say at which restaurant the fight occurred, a quick Google search turns up several possibilities.

No arrests were made in connection with the fight, and police have not identified the suspects.

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