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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.

by Tim Regan — June 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

Brianne_NadeauWard 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will meet with members of the community at The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Rd NW) in Adams Morgan next Monday.

Nadeau will drop by the coffee shop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to chat with locals one-on-one, take questions and meet those interested in just saying hello.

The event is part of Nadeau’s Brianne on Your Block series, which are monthly public appearances aimed at letting Ward 1 residents meet Nadeau while supporting neighborhood businesses.

by Tim Regan — June 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm 16,733 5 Comments

Madam's Organ, photo via flickr/Adam Fagen(Updated at 3:29 p.m.) Popular Adams Morgan bar Madam’s Organ was fined $500 yesterday for leaving its windows open while a live band played there one year ago.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said in an order released yesterday that the 18th Street NW hangout was being fined specifically for violating a settlement agreement brokered in 2008.

“The doors and windows of the establishment will remain closed from 12:30 a.m. until closing when live music is being played,” reads the original settlement agreement, which is also included in the order.

According to the report, an Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) inspector personally observed a live band playing “directly in front of one of the establishment’s ground floor windows” between 1:30 and 1:33 a.m. on June 22, 2014.

In April, Madam’s Organ General Manager Carlos Wilcox testified at an ABRA hearing that he “personally closed the windows during the performers’ first break of the night,” and that the band’s drummer “needed air and cracked a window.”

Madam’s Organ owner Bill Duggan admits the drummer did crack open the window slightly. Why?

“He opened the window to let [a] fart out,” says Duggan. “He cracked it open for five minutes, then the inspector showed up.”

“Twenty f—–g years with not one violation and this is what they came up with,” Duggan says. “People get stabbed and shot in these other establishments. In ours, someone farts and cracks a window and they spend a year on it.”

According to the order, Madam’s Organ has 30 days to pay the fine, but Duggan says an appeal may be in the works.

Photo via Flickr/Adam Fagen

by Bryan Doyle — June 18, 2015 at 9:00 am 0


K-9 Tragedy — Romo, the beloved bull mastiff/pit bull mix and unofficial mascot of Adams Morgan, is leaving the neighborhood for Arlington. [NBC Washington]

Red Onion Revival — Sadly, Romo wasn’t the only loss for the 18th Street area. Red Onion Records is leaving too; luckily, the popular record store is moving close by on U Street NW. [Borderstan]

Cool Map Bro — A couple of adventures in D.C. mapping today. First, a look at all the D.C. outdoor art projects throughout the city. [Bad Wolf DC]

Housing Legacy of Segregation — Our next map is more academic, and it’s worth a read. It focuses on the efforts of historians Sarah Shoenfeld and Mara Cherkasky as they document, block by block, the historical ramifications of segregation in the district. [Park View DC]

by Tim Regan — June 12, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0

D.C. Police are seeking two persons of interest related to a theft that occurred March 30 on the 2400 block of 20th Street NW.

In a video released by police today, two men can be seen entering a residential building and walking out with several FedEx packages.

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. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a robbery committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — June 12, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Naked Girls Reading at DCAC, photo via Two weeks ago, local nerds dressed up for Awesome Con. This weekend at DC Arts Center, they’ll be taking the costumes off.

Naked Girls Reading’s D.C. chapter will perform its monthly nude reading tonight at 10 p.m. The theme: All things nerd.

Performers Gigi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and special guest Lucy Flawless will dress, then undress, as mutants, superheroes, and probably at least one character from Doctor Who. Along the way, they’ll read excerpts of nerdy literature in the nude.

Attendees are highly encouraged to show up dressed in their favorite nerd-themed costume and compete in the Nerdette costume contest.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $25.

by Jared Holt — June 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm 139 0

The proprietors behind Adams Morgan ice pop eatery Pleasant Pops opened their second store today.

The shop is located downtown at 733 15th Street NW and sells an assortment of frozen juice pops in flavors such as strawberry, ginger lemonade, cookies and cream, and orange chai.

The new location also serves coffee drinks and pastries.

“I think on the weekend we’ll have a lot of tourist traffic, fingers crossed,” said Hannah Smith, general manager of the 15th Street location. “I think we’ve been well-received and anticipated by our neighbors.”

by Tim Regan — June 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Washington Improv Theater will perform the first show in its “Summer Love” series tonight at the DC Center for Arts in Adams Morgan.

Each weekend this month, one of the theater’s five improv ensembles will perform two shows per night on Friday and Saturday. The first show starts at 7:30 p.m., and the second show starts at 10 p.m.

The shows will be driven by audience prompts and improv games, says WIT artistic director Mark Chalfant. But don’t worry about being snatched from your seat and taken onstage, he adds.

“We’re not looking to embarrass anybody,” says Chalfant.

There will also be guest performances by an all-gay improv team, Ugh, as well as one of D.C.’s longest-running improv teams, The Lodge.

by Bryan Doyle — June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am 189 0

Harris Teeter at 1631 Kalorama Road  NW

(Update 12:00 p.m.) The Harris Teeter at 1631 Kalorama Road NW temporarily closed after a reported fire this morning at about 8:50 a.m.

The store reopened today around 11:45 a.m.

At 9 a.m. this morning, D.C. Fire and EMS said the reported fire was extinguished, but that the nature of the damage was not yet known.

A visit by Borderstan to the site of the reported fire revealed no exterior damage.

by Tim Regan — June 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm 430 0

Bourbon upstairs space

Bourbon, the whiskey-soaked Adams Morgan hangout, wants patrons to bring their kids along for happy hour.

Each Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., the bar opens its upstairs space to grown-ups and kids alike during “kiddy happy hours.” The idea is simple: Drinks for the adults, cartoons, music and coloring for the kids.

Jessica Dallesasse, Bourbon’s general manager, says the bar started its kid-friendly happy hours about six months ago when a patron complained they had nowhere to take her kids during happy hour.

Now, Dallesasse says the event attracts up to 20 parents each week, and even more during the school year.

“Parents don’t often get to go out to eat or drink with their friends,” says Dallesasse. “So they just all bring their kids to a bar. The kids don’t get bored and the parents don’t get bored.”

While parents buy drinks and food at happy hour prices, kids can munch on chicken nuggets, french fries and mac and cheese from the bar’s kitchen.

And even though kids can roam the upstairs bar freely, they’re always within view of their parents, Dallesasse says. “It’s not like they just drop them off and walk away,” she adds.

Are the kids well-behaved? Dallesasse says, mostly. “There’s never been any temper tantrums or anything,” she says. “The only thing that can get loud is all the kids running around.”

Photo courtesy of Bourbon


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