by Andrew Ramonas — May 23, 2016 at 3:10 pm 0

Redevelopment plans for the SunTrust building and its plaza in the heart of Adams Morgan are set to change again, following criticism from neighborhood leaders.

Developer PN Hoffman is looking to revise “some of the exterior design elements” for its proposed six-story, mixed-use building at 1800 Columbia Road NW, Commissioner Billy Simpson of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C said in an email to locals yesterday.

Simpson in his email didn’t elaborate on what would change. But he said PN Hoffman intends to release its updated plans before the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board holds a meeting on the developer’s proposal June 23.

Jon Amar, a PN Hoffman spokesman, confirmed that the developer is making revisions. But he declined to discuss the changes at this time.

ANC 1C backed three resolutions that opposed the project earlier this month. The non-binding resolutions detailed “significant issues” with height and scale and noted that the proposed building “significantly undermines the long-established set-back and the plaza,” among other problems.

The opposition came despite changes PN Hoffman announced in April to make a revamped plaza for the property bigger than the developer initially intended and to address other concerns from locals.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

To say Jordan Fox likes Adams Morgan bar Blaguard is probably an understatement.

The 28-year-old woman visited the watering hole at 2003 18th St. NW every day for 28 days in a row starting April 18, as a way to say goodbye to the District.

Fox, who moved to Adams Morgan in 2012, started what she called the “#30DayBlaguardChallenge,” which she intended to complete in person before she started a new job in California. Although Fox didn’t complete her goal, she sent a friend to the bar Monday and Tuesday — the last two days of the challenge — and made appearances via FaceTime then.

Luis Aliaga, a bartender at Blaguard, said he’s never heard of anyone coming to the bar every day for as long as Fox did. But he said Blaguard has a committed following among Adams Morgan residents.

“The community in this bar is a lot of neighbors,” he said.

Here’s what Fox had to say about the challenge:


by Tim Regan — May 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0

At least four drag queens are set to battle one another in simulated song in Adams Morgan tomorrow.

Duplex Diner (2004 18th St. NW) is set to host the “Queens for a Cure Lip Sync Battle” tomorrow night at 9 p.m. During the event, Jalah Nicole, Shaunda Leer, Desiree dik and Goldie DuCraix will perform two songs each as they battle for lip sync supremacy.

“Which queen will reign supreme?” reads a Facebook post for the competition. “Come and witness for yourselves. Your Friday evening will ‘rule!'”

The event will also feature drink specials and music until midnight.

Though there’s a $10 donation at the door, all proceeds from this event go toward The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, according to organzier Vanessa McDonald.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Project Flavour Behaviour Experiment (Photo via The Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

A Scottish psychologist is looking for subjects to participate in a free Adams Morgan whisky tasting, for science.

Dr. Adam Moore of the University of Edinburgh’s Psychology Department is teaming up with Scotland’s Scotch Malt Whisky Society for the “Project Flavour Behaviour Experiment” at Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW).

Participants are expected to take a written test on personality traits before trying “special” whisky on Saturday, May 21, from 3 to 5 p.m., according to the event’s website. Volunteers don’t need a knowledge of the distilled liquor to take part, but rather an “open mind and adventurous spirit,” the webpage adds.

“Sample rare whiskies and learn something about yourself in the name of scientific research by being a guinea pig in a secretive scientific research experiment,” the website says. “The findings from the event will be analysed by Dr. Moore and feed into the ongoing research experiment, which will be unveiled in more detail later this year.”

Interested volunteers can register online.

Photo via The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

by Andrew Ramonas — May 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Jrink Juicery (Photo via Instagram/Jrink Juicery)

Adams Morgan might see some “black magic,” in cold-pressed juice form, if customers of a D.C.-based juice bar chain call for it.

Jrink Juicery went to Instagram yesterday to ask its fans what they would think of an Adams Morgan location with “juices, our ‘other fun stuff’ and..*drum rolls*, outdoor seating.” The company encouraged its customers to comment on the post.

“We are debating!” the post says. “Do you or have friends that live / work in the area?”

Although some commenters suggested opening locations in other parts of the District, most of them appeared enthusiastic about the prospect of an Adams Morgan outpost.


by Andrew Ramonas — May 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

2100 block of 4th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)An attacker used a bolt cutter to belt a man and a woman in a suspected anti-LGBT hate crime near the southeast edge of Howard University’s campus last night, police said.

The assault happened on the 2100 block of 4th Street NW about 10:30 p.m.

The victims were preparing to get into their car in an alley in the area when a man drove up to them in his vehicle, according to authorities.


by Andrew Ramonas — May 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm 12 Comments

(Updated at 6:25 a.m. Friday) A group of local officials representing Adams Morgan has refused to get behind a property developer’s proposal to construct a mixed-use building that takes away part of a plaza in the heart of the neighborhood.

In a series of votes late last night, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C backed three resolutions opposing PN Hoffman’s plan to build on the SunTrust plaza and the rest of 1800 Columbia Road NW.

The non-binding resolutions, to which D.C. agencies are mandated to give “great weight,” say the proposed six-story building has “significant issues” with height and scale and “significantly undermines the long-established set-back and the plaza,” among other problems.


by Tim Regan — May 5, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Photo via Dept of Parks and Rec(Updated at 2:49 p.m.) A recreation center and indoor pool in Adams Morgan are set to close for more than a year next week.

Marie Reed Recreation Center and Aquatic Center (2200 Champlain St. NW) is slated to close its doors for renovations next Friday, D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The center will stay closed until August, 2017.


by Andrew Ramonas — May 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

2400 block of 17th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Two thieves wearing ski masks robbed a man and a woman at gunpoint in Adams Morgan over the weekend, according to a police report Borderstan obtained today.

The armed robbery happened on the 2400 block of 17th Street NW about 1 a.m. Sunday. The area is about a block west of Meridian Hill Park.

The victims were walking home when two masked men approached them, according to authorities. One of the men then snatched an iPhone from the male victim, flashed a handgun and ordered him to hand over all his belongings.


by Andrew Ramonas — May 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm 17 Comments

SunTrust Plaza (Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan for Reasonable Development)The battle over the future of a large plaza in the heart of Adams Morgan has spawned a request to stop what some locals are calling a “Bethesda-like apartment complex.”

The “Save Our Plaza in Adams Morgan” petition, which went online Saturday, calls for the SunTrust plaza at 1800 Columbia Road NW to be “improved, yet remain a central community gathering space and plaza serving the residents of Adams Morgan.” But developer PN Hoffman’s plan to create a smaller plaza with benches, chairs and cafe space doesn’t cut it, according to some residents.

“We are opposed to the current PN Hoffman plan to build a 80+ foot tall Bethesda-like apartment complex that would subsume the public plaza we use and enjoy now,” the petition says. “We support city intervention that will protect our plaza from encroachment by any proposed project at this central site in our neighborhood.”


by Tim Regan — April 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Adams MorganLocals will be able to taste their way through Adams Morgan next Tuesday.

Nearby restaurants will throw open their doors for the annual Taste of Adams Morgan celebration, an event that invites the public to “stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

22 eateries including Bourbon, El Tamarindo,  Madam’s Organ, Pop’s SeaBar and Roofers Union are set to highlight “their signature dishes or cocktails” starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to an Eventbrite listing.

Tickets are $25 for four tastings or $40 for eight tastings.

by Borderstan Contributor — April 29, 2016 at 10:15 am 11 Comments

1800 Columbia Road NW revised rendering (Image via ANC 1C/PN Hoffman)

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Dear Neighbor,

PN Hoffman is excited to create a mixed-use development and thoughtfully enhance the plaza area to activate the corner at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. I’d like to share with you the key aspects of this development, explain our collaborative approach and invite you to provide us with your feedback and support.

The community benefits offered by the redevelopment plan for 1800 Columbia are numerous, and a few are highlighted below:

  • The project will include a new 58-unit condominium building with a portion of the units set aside as affordable housing; this enables homeownership in an established community where new housing supply is limited;
  • Neighborhood-serving ground floor retail; creates a dynamic and enlivened streetscape that will engage pedestrians while reconnecting the retail on both Columbia Road and 18th Street;
  • A re-envisioned plaza that will activate and reinvigorate this important corner with landscaping and seating providing opportunities for a variety of community gatherings and an aesthetically pleasing entrance to the Adams Morgan neighborhood;
  • The project will be sustainable, bringing new local jobs to the neighborhood, seeking LEED Silver level certification, and providing green roofs and rain gardens.


by Andrew Ramonas — April 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Crooked Beat Records (Photo via Facebook/Crooked Beat Records)(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) A record store that has spent more than a decade in Adams Morgan is set to shut down next month over health concerns.

Crooked Beat Records at 2116 18th St. NW is slated to close May 29 due to “serious respiratory problems” owner Bill Daly developed while working in the shop, according to a post published today on the store’s Facebook page.

The “old” building, which Crooked Beat has occupied since 2004, has “too many problems” that “have been constant, aggravating and very stressful” during the past year, the announcement says.


by Andrew Ramonas — April 28, 2016 at 11:15 am 0

Homicide reward flyer (Image via MPD)

Detectives still are working to make an arrest in a fatal shooting in Adams Morgan earlier this month, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said last night.

Speaking at a Ward 1 community meeting on safety, Lanier said she can’t say much about the investigation into the April 17 assault that killed 35-year-old Jayvon Marshman of Southeast D.C. and injured another man, as police continue to work to close the case.

“It’s still a very active case,” Lanier said.


by Tim Regan — April 24, 2016 at 9:40 am 0

Police carA man stabbed another man in Adams Morgan early this morning, according to D.C. Police.

Authorities said the crime occurred on the 2400 block of 18th Street NW at about 3 a.m. this morning.

The man who was stabbed was taken to a local hospital for treatment, authorities said. Police did not say whether his wounds were life threatening.

One man was arrested after the crime occurred. Authorities have did not provide that man’s name.

This story will be updated as more details are known.


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