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by Tim Regan — August 24, 2015 at 10:15 am 101 0

school busA collision between a silver Kia and a school bus in Adams Morgan sent a child to the hospital earlier this morning.

The collision occurred near the intersection of 17th and Fuller streets NW, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez.

Mendez said that one person was sent to a nearby children’s hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. It was unclear whether the person was on the bus or in the car.

The crash occurred roughly one block away from H.D. Cooke Elementary School. An employee at the school said that administration had not received any reports of a crash involving one of its buses.

D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Lerner could not be reached for comment.

by Sean Meehan — August 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm 220 0

porchfestAdams Morgan residents and visitors are probably used to music emanating from the bars along 18th Street, but on October 3, they’ll be able to hear music coming from almost every street in the neighborhood.

That evening, musicians will play sets on stoops and porches throughout the neighborhood as part of the third annual Porch Fest.

Porch Fest is a free festival in which residents and businesses open their porches or patios to musicians to play for gathered crowds and passers-by. The festival is organized by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID and Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization that attempts to bring art and cultural events to public places throughout the city.

Participating porches will host three different musicians or bands at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Kristen Barden, executive director of the Adams Morgan Partnership BID says that they’ve already booked all of the porches for this year’s festival but are still accepting applications for musicians, who can contact organizers through their Facebook page.

“We’re about halfway there,” she said. “We need about another 15 musicians in order to have enough for all the porches.”

Barden said that the musicians already signed on play a wide range of styles and instruments. While most sets are acoustic, Barden says if the porch owner is willing to provide electricity, bands can play plugged-in sets.

“So far we have a ukelele band, an original singer-songwriter of folk music, a jazz singer, an alternative country rock band, some acoustic folk rock, a jazz pianist, a spoken-word-infused hip-hop artist and a contemporary pop vocalist who plays piano covers,” Barden said.

The Adams Morgan Partnership BID distributes free maps showing porch locations during the event from their headquarters at 1640 Columbia Rd. NW. Barden said that last year they distributed over 1,000 maps.

“Families open up their porches and we have musicians play all afternoon,” Barden said. “It’s a great way to get out and walk around the whole neighborhood.”

Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Porch Fest

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

Adams Morgan Day organizers, photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Day

Adams Morgan Day is alive after all.

A humbler version of the popular street festival will take place on Sept. 13, community organizers announced last week.

The block party was cancelled in June after reportedly suffering “years-long turbulence” related to its management.

A group of Adams Morgan residents met in July to discuss bringing the festival back from the dead.

“It was just a matter of a number of people expressing concern and then deciding that we wanted to do something about it,” says co-coordinator A.Tianna Scozzaro. “There was an initial meeting about a month ago and it’s grown from there. We’re going door-to-door to let businesses know that this is happening.”

“It’s probably going to be quite scaled back from what people normally think of,” Scozzaro adds.

Though the festival won’t close off any roads, Scozzaro says close to 50 businesses including Black Squirrel, Town Tavern, and Grand Central will host events inside and on the sidewalk.

But there are no guarantees the festival will return next year, says Scozzaro.

“What the festival needs to revive itself fully is a nonprofit that can actually put it on in the years to come,” she says. “That could be either an existing nonprofit or the development of a new nonprofit. Ideally, there are enough community nonprofits that exist.”

Residents can donate to the upcoming festival here, and volunteer their time by e-mailing Scozzaro.

Photo via Facebook.com/AdamsMorganDay

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

Vandalized mural at Mama Ayesha's

A middle eastern restaurant in Adams Morgan has nearly raised half the money it needs to clean up its recently vandalized mural.

Vandals covered a mural of U.S. presidents at Mama Ayesha’s with red paintballs early Wednesday morning, reported NBC 4.

“It’s sad. My family has worked hard for this restaurant. Blood, sweat and tears over the past 55 years,” Mama Ayesha manager Amir Abu-El-Hawa told NBC 4.

But a GoFundMe campaign has already raised almost $2,000 of the restaurant’s $4,000 goal in just one day.

“Last night our mural was vandalized by an unknown person(s) with a paintball gun,” reads the GoFundMe page. “We are now tasked with the challenge of cleaning the mural without further damaging it, we turn to you our friends, family and the greater Washington DC community in asking for your assistance in helping us achieve this.”

Shortly after the fundraising page was posted, donations of as much as $500 poured in on behalf of friends, family and former customers.

“We love you! Thank you for all you do and have done for the neighborhood,” wrote one donor.

“So sorry this happened to your incredible mural,” said another.

The restaurant added that if donations exceed the $4,000 goal, the excess money will be used to help clean up other graffiti around the city.

Photo via GoFundMe.com/mamaayesha

by Tim Regan — August 4, 2015 at 9:30 am 217 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 227 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 120 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 239 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 181 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 1,156 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 314 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

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