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by Tim Regan — September 30, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

2100 Connecticut Avenue NW, photo via Street ViewA planned sushi restaurant is one step closer to opening near Adams Morgan.

A public hearing notice for a new liquor license application appears to show that the restaurant, Sushi Ogawa, is planning to move in soon at 2100 Connecticut Avenue NW.

According to the application, the restaurant would serve “traditional Japanese sushi and washoku sushi in addition to fish and vegetables” with seating for 56 people.

PoPville noted that the forthcoming restaurant had installed a sign roughly one year ago.

The restaurant’s listed contact, Yumiko Stegner, was not immediately available to comment, but Sushi Ogawa appears to have a Twitter account advertising a fall opening.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — September 29, 2015 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment

Lotus Blooms, photo via Facebook.com/acebook.com/Lotus.BloomsVA

An Alexandria-based adult boutique founded on sex positivity is slated open a location in Adams Morgan tomorrow.

Lotus Blooms will open its doors tomorrow at 2408 18th Street NW, said marketing director Rebecca Proch.

Proch said that the opening, which was first teased in May, has been delayed by permitting issues. But she added that the store received its final approval yesterday and will be ready for shoppers during a soft opening tomorrow morning.

Lotus Blooms, based in Alexandria, sells adult accessories and apparel and hosts sex-themed education events.

Photo via Facebook.com/Lotus.BloomsVA

by Tim Regan — September 18, 2015 at 11:40 am 0

Police CarD.C. Police arrested two juveniles on suspicions that they helped steal a cell phone near the boundary of Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan yesterday evening.

A group of four underage suspects approached a person near 16th and Fuller streets NW yesterday around 9:45 p.m. One of the suspects grabbed the victim’s cell phone and the group ran, said police.

The victim was able to call 911 from a work cell phone, leading police to locate and arrest two of the suspected phone thieves shortly thereafter.

Police did not give more information about the crime when contacted earlier today, but said that more details would be made available soon.

by Tim Regan — September 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

1781 Florida Avenue NW

Adams Morgan may soon have a new Italian restaurant.

A public hearing notice for a liquor license application posted on the ABRA website shows that a new restaurant, Red, White and Basil, is slated to move in at 1781 Florida Ave. NW.

According to the application, the restaurant seeks to serve “freshly-made pasta as well as beer and wine” with indoor seating for 17 and outdoor seating for 20.

The public hearing notice does not specify which suite at 1781 Florida Ave. NW the new restaurant might move into, but the space that formerly held the Hans Pedr’ Kaffe is still vacant.

The restaurant’s listed contact, Christopher Lynch, was not immediately available to comment, but the forthcoming restaurant appears to have a website and a Facebook page with sparse details.

by Tim Regan — September 11, 2015 at 1:50 pm 0

D.C. Police are on the lookout for a man filmed in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Adams Morgan early Wednesday morning.

A man armed with a handgun robbed a convenience store on the 1900 block of Wyoming Avenue NW on Wednesday at approximately 4:49 a.m., say police.

A video released by police this afternoon appears to show the alleged robbery. A masked man in a gray hoodie, blue pants and boots can be seen entering the convenience store while carrying a handgun. Almost immediately, the man points the handgun behind the counter — presumably at the cashier — and gestures with his free hand. The man then appears to reach into the cash register and pocket several stacks of money.

The 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 violent offense, including armed robbery, 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.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — September 11, 2015 at 10:10 am 0

Police CarD.C. Police are celebrating the recovery of another gun, albeit one that fires BBs.

Officers stopped two men for driving a vehicle without seat belts near the 2300 block of 18th Street NW around 11:25 p.m. last night. After one of the men stepped out of the car, officers spotted a .177 caliber BB gun, described by police as a “realistic looking Walther replica pistol,” in the pocket of the car door.

Assistant District Cmdr. Ralph McLean alerted the Third District listserv of the recovery early this morning.

“The subject, an adult male from Bowie, Maryland, was subsequently placed under arrest for possession of the BB Gun,” wrote McLean. “Additionally, both he and the driver were charged additionally with possession of an open container of alcohol. Both suspects were processed at the Third District and remain in custody as of this writing.”

Police identified the two men arrested during the traffic stop as Christopher White and Anthony Williams.

Information on suspects’ lawyers was not immediately available.

by Jennifer Currier — September 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm 0

ANC1C meeting last night

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District met with Adams Morgan residents last night to discuss the shooting that left a man critically injured on 18th Street NW roughly two weeks ago.

Lt. Michael Whiteside told attendees at ANC 1C’s monthly meeting that the victim, who was brutally shot in the head in front of Amsterdam Falafelshop (2425 18th Street NW) on Aug. 29, survived the attack.

No arrests have been made in the case, say police, and the investigation is still ongoing.

Whiteside said that, despite having 25 officers within 10-15 feet of the shooting, none of them actually saw the crime occur.

“There were a bunch of us walking and jogging up the street because we could see a crowd and it appeared they were going to fight,” Whiteside explained. “It was just so crowded, we absolutely didn’t see it.”

Whiteside added that a changing social climate could be to blame for such public and violent crimes.

“My opinion is society has changed a bit,” Whiteside said. “It’s concerning to me that someone would shoot somebody with so many officers around. Who does that?”

Residents, commissioners and police then agreed that crime has been on the rise in Adams Morgan, particularly robberies.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Carroll, who took command of the Third District from former commander Jacob Kishter on Sunday, outlined his plans to combat such crimes in the future.

“We have crime suppression teams and overtime officers who will be focused in areas where robberies have increased in the past few weeks,” Carroll said.

“My personal feeling is once we address this robbery uptick and bring things back into line, we’ll be able to implement programs and policies to make sure this doesn’t turn from a blip in the screen to a long-term issue,” he added.

The ANC’s commissioners thanked police for their work and efforts, recalling that Adams Morgan is in a better place now than it was a decade ago.

Whiteside responded by emphasizing how community involvement can help police build on these improvements.

“If you see something, call 911 and give me a good look at the situation,” he said. “Be very specific and give me something to work with. The more information you give us, the better and easier it is for us.”

by Tim Regan — September 9, 2015 at 10:20 am 1 Comment

Outage Map(Updated at 12:29 p.m.) As many as 1,551 customers lost power in Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle earlier this morning, reported energy provider Pepco.

As of 12:29 p.m., power had been restored to most of the area. The outage was originally reported around 9:55 a.m.

A Pepco spokesperson said earlier today the power company is still determining the cause of the outage.

This story will be updated as information is available.

by Tim Regan — September 4, 2015 at 8:35 am 0

1900 belmont road nw

A man was shot during a robbery that occurred near Kalorama Park in Adams Morgan yesterday evening, say D.C. Police.

Police say a man was walking on the 1900 block of Belmont Road NW around 10:30 p.m. when he was approached by two men. The suspected robbers demanded the man’s wallet and phone, and when the man refused, police say one of the assailants shot the man once. The alleged assailants then fled south on 19th Street NW.

The man was transported from the scene to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police say.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is being urged to contact the Third District Detective’s office at 202-673-6918.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — September 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0

A new escape-the-room business is set to open this fall in Adams Morgan.

Omescape Room Escape DC, a real-life puzzle experience similar to Escape Room Live DC, will open at 2406 18th St NW “in the next two or three months,” said co-owner Lana Jin today.

According to a description on its Facebook page, Omescape Room DC is an attraction where “a group of players are physically trapped in a room for an hour, and they need to escape by exploiting their surroundings.” The real-life puzzle will occupy the second and third floors of the space, Jin said.

This will be the first such business in Adams Morgan, Jin added.

“[The neighborhood] is full of young people,” she said. “There are so many restaurants around. There’s a nightlife there. It’s quite crowded.”

Photos via Facebook / OmescapeDC

by Tim Regan — August 31, 2015 at 11:00 am 0

D.C. Police are seeking two men filmed in connection with a carjacking that occurred in Adams Morgan earlier this month.

Police say two men approached a car near the 1700 block of Columbia Road on Aug. 22 around 5:43 a.m. The two men punched the driver of the car several times then stole the vehicle, say police.

In a video released by police today, two men can be seen shopping at a convenience store. One of the men can be seen wearing a purple hoodie, a white shirt and navy blue pants. The other can be seen wearing a black shirt, jeans and a backpack in the video.

The 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 violent offense, including armed robbery, 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 to 50411.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — August 29, 2015 at 7:30 am 10,066 7 Comments

2400 18th Street NW

(Updated at 12:33 p.m.) A man was shot in the head along a busy part of 18th Street NW early this morning, say D.C. Police.

Third District Commander Jacob Kishter said by e-mail today the victim of the shooting was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Kishter added this afternoon that the shooting occurred in front of the Amsterdam Falafelshop (2425 18th St. NW) at approximately 2:47 a.m. this morning.

Madam’s Organ owner Bill Duggan said his son heard a single gunshot while bartending on the roof of his business at 2461 18th St. NW.

“We complained earlier to the police that they were all just standing in the street and not patrolling the sidewalk or the area in general,” Duggan added.

Several people took to Twitter this morning to discuss the shooting.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

Image via Google Street View

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


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