by Andrew Ramonas December 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm 3 Comments

A group of masked men with a gun wanted in a robbery at a U Street corridor liquor store this week have appeared on film, according to authorities.

The armed robbery occurred in Benmoll at 1700 U St. NW about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Video police released yesterday shows three men wearing masks, blue gloves and dark clothing with hoods hopping out of a white minivan in front of the shop. The trio then went into the store, and one of them pulled out a gun.


by Andrew Ramonas November 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Unit block of Rhode Island Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)Two gun-toting thieves robbed a man in Bloomingdale last night, police said.

The armed robbery occurred on the unit block of Rhode Island Avenue NW about 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

The victim was walking near North Capitol Street when two people came up to him, according to authorities. The duo then flashed handguns and ordered the victim to empty his pockets, which he did.

The robbers fled soon after.

Police haven’t released any suspect descriptions.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas November 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm 0

800 block of 1st Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)Two would-be thieves pummeled a man and tried to rob him after he refused to take a “survey” from them Friday, police said.

The attempted robbery occurred on the 800 block of 1st Street NE about 6:45 p.m.

The victim was walking about a block north of Union Station when two people came up to him, according to authorities. They then asked him if he would complete a survey.

The man declined and started to walk away. But the two people punched him in the head.


by Andrew Ramonas November 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm 2 Comments

600 block of 11th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Thieves punched and kicked a man until he was unconscious during a robbery in Columbia Heights last night, police said.

The crime happened on the 3600 block of 11th Street NW about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The victim was crossing Otis Place NW when he first noticed four people, police said. He then saw them again, and they told him to “get down,” knocking him to the ground, according to authorities.


by Tim Regan November 2, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

North Capitol Main Street chili cook-off flyerBloomingdale residents will have a chance to sample piping hot bowls of chili from local restaurants during a community festival this weekend.

The North Capitol Main Street organization is scheduled to hold its first annual chili cook-off at the lot at North Capitol St. and Florida Ave. NW on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1-4 p.m.

During the event, five neighborhood restaurants will go “toe-to-toe” to see who can whip up the most flavorful pot of chili.

The event will also include a moon bounce, games, beer from DC Brau, wine, live music, a hot pepper eating contest and a cornbread baking competition.

The participating restaurants are:

  • The Pub and the People
  • Boundary Stone
  • DCity Smokehouse
  • El Camino
  • CRISP Kitchen + Bar

Tickets cost $15 ahead of time, $20 on the day of the event. All proceeds go toward the North Capitol Main Street organization.

Flyer via North Capitol Main Street

by Andrew Ramonas October 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Entrance to alley on the 1200 block of 18th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Three thieves with a “pointed object” robbed a man who was urinating in a Dupont Circle alley this past weekend, police said.

The robbery occurred on the 1200 block of 18th Street NW about 3 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was relieving himself behind a building about three blocks south of the Dupont Circle NW traffic circle after visiting a nightclub, according to authorities. Two men and another person then came up to him and put a unknown pointed object to his back.


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

Unit block of W Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Two thieves with a gun robbed a man in Bloomingdale yesterday afternoon, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the unit block of W Street NW about 1 p.m. Monday.

The victim was walking home just west of Prospect Hill Cemetery when two young men came up to him, according to authorities.

One of the young men told the victim not to look at him and then took out a handgun from his hooded sweatshirt.

“Hurry up, you takin’ too long,” the young man said, while putting the gun to the victim’s head, according to authorities.

The two young men took the victim’s iPhone, iPad, headphones, backpack and some of his other belongings soon after. They then hopped in a car with another person and drove away.

Police said they have arrested three boys in connection with the crime.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas October 7, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Unit block of Adams Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A pair of thieves robbed two people at gunpoint in Bloomingdale last night, police said.

The armed robbery occurred on the unit block of Adams Street NW about 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

The victims were walking home just west of the Prospect Hill Cemetery when two men came up to them, according to authorities.

The men told the victims to take off their backpacks and get on the ground. One of the men then flashed a handgun.

The victims handed over their backpacks, along with their cellphones, laptop and some of their other belongings.

The robbers fled soon after.

Police haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas October 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm 2 Comments

1800 block of 9th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A motorist slapped a woman and took her cellphone after she got into an argument with the driver while she was riding her bicycle in Shaw this past weekend, police said.

The bout of road rage happened on the 1800 block of 9th Street NW about 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

The cyclist was about two blocks west of the Shaw-Howard University Metro station when someone in a black Honda went into her path, almost hitting her, according to authorities. The motorist and the cyclist yelled at each other soon after.


by Tim Regan September 23, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

bowls-and-bohsA new pop-up will bring hot bowls of soup to a Bloomingdale bar starting next week.

Showtime Lounge (113 Rhode Island Ave. NW) is scheduled to start serving “Bowls and Bohs” each Wednesday at 6 p.m., according to the bar’s resident souper hero, Jason Mogavero.

During the pop-up, Mogavero — a longtime Showtime patron who says he drinks there “way too much” — will be serving steaming bowls of homemade soup for $5. For an extra two dollars, Showtime’s bartenders will throw in a cold Natty Boh.

Originally, Mogavero wanted to do a cheesesteak pop-up, but when he floated the idea to Showtime owner Paul Vivari, his response was lukewarm. Vivari worried the bar didn’t have much ventilation, Mogavero recalled. Cooking cheesesteaks could make the place reek of cooked meat.

So, Mogavero decided to switch to his other love in life: soup.

What’s on the menu? The pop-up will kick off with West African peanut soup on Sept. 28, then — of course — cheesesteak soup on Oct. 5.

“It’s going to be a different soup every week,” Mogavero said. “I’m going to get the full beautiful kaleidoscope of soup in there at some point or another.”

Mogavero is no stranger to serving up hot broth. Last year, he organized the D.C. Rock ‘N’ Roll Chili Cookbook, which had its launch party at Showtime. He also DJed at a gathering for soup lovers there earlier this year.

Though Mogavero said he’ll be the bar’s resident soup chef to start with, there might be some “guest soup artists” in the mix at a later date. And attendees can request soups, too, he added.

“Soup and beer are two of the great connective tissues of us as a species,” Mogavero said. “I don’t think that anyone is going to stop loving soup any time soon.”

Photo via Twitter / Jack on Fire

by Andrew Ramonas September 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

1900 block of 2nd Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief wearing a skull mask grabbed a woman by her neck, put a gun to her head and robbed her in Bloomingdale late last night, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 1900 block of 2nd Street NW about 11:45 p.m. Monday.

The victim was walking about a block north of Rhode Island Avenue NW when a man came up to her from behind, according to authorities. He soon after grasped her neck, flashed a handgun and ordered her to give up her keys.


by July 18, 2016 at 10:00 am 1 Comment


Since relaunching Borderstan last June, we’ve reported on neighborhood issues in Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, the U Street corridor, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and elsewhere.

Now, we’re adding a few more neighborhoods to that list.

Starting today, July 18, we’re expanding our borders to include NoMa, Bloomingdale, Truxton Circle and the H Street corridor:

Co-editors Tim Regan and Andrew Ramonas will continue to share up-to-the minute, community-based news about crime, restaurants, local businesses and more throughout our original and new coverage areas.

Questions, comments, scoops or inquiries? We can be reached at [email protected].

And if you’re reading us for the first time, welcome!

by Sean Meehan October 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm 0

LeDroit Park Heritage Trail (Photo via LeDroit Park Civic Association)A Heritage Trail commemorating the onetime center of “Washington’s black intelligentsia” will be officially unveiled in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale this weekend.

Though the signs along the trail were installed over the summer, the trail will officially open with an unveiling 11 a.m. Saturday in the Park at LeDroit (3rd and Elm streets NW).

The ceremony will include performances from the Dunbar High School Color Guard, the Howard University Gospel Choir and poet E. Ethelbert Miller.

The trail, a series of historical signs and markers throughout the neighborhoods, focuses on the area’s historic role in promoting desegregation and African-American civil rights in Washington.

Eric Fidler, president of the LeDroit Park Civic Association, explained that the neighborhood was once a focal point for notable African-American politicians, activists, artists and scientists. Famous former residents include D.C.’s first elected mayor and convention center namesake Walter Washington, influential suffrage and civil rights advocate Mary Church Terrell and Edward Brooke, the first African-American Senator.

The trail is a project that is more than six years in the making and is made of signs identical to those in other neighborhood heritage trails across the city. Researchers and historians from Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit that creates the heritage trails around the District, spent years digging up the history of the neighborhood and interviewing longtime residents.

Fidler said that the trail is an opportunity to collect the stories and memories of those residents and preserve them for the future.

“A lot of neighborhood history exists in people’s heads and in stories and family photographs,” Fidler said. “The problem is if you don’t have a program to put it all together, a lot of it could be lost forever.”

After performances and speeches by community member, attendees can participate in three guided “mini-tours” that will cover portions of the trail. The unveiling event is free and open to the public.

Photo via LeDroit Park Civic Association

by Tim Regan October 2, 2015 at 10:25 am 0

sandbags, photo via Water is currently distributing sandbags to residents who live in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale ahead of possible flooding, the city agency announced today in a press release.

DC Water personnel are currently distributing the sandbags at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Only customers who live in the flood-prone neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and on the 900 block of P Street NW can receive a sandbag. Further, people who live in those neighborhoods may be asked to show proof of residency when picking up sandbags. Though proof of residency includes a driver’s license, anything with an address on it would suffice, said John Lisle, DC Water’s chief of external affairs.

The press release continues:

“As with any weather emergency, our crews will brave the elements to ensure that we continue to deliver our essential service,” said DC Water CEO and General Manager George S. Hawkins. “While we cannot control Mother Nature, we will do our best to keep our customers informed and respond to emergencies.”

The District’s drinking water treatment facilities — operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct — and the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant are built to withstand the impact of a severe storm. Loss of electricity at an individual home or multi-unit building does not have an impact on the delivery of drinking water. If any service disruptions should occur, customers will be notified immediately through DC Water’s Alert System, local news media and social media platforms, including Twitter (@dcwater), Facebook ( and Instagram (@myDCWater).

DC Water Emergency Preparedness Tips:
–       Sign up for text or email alerts at
–       Report clogged storm drains by calling the 24/7 Command Center at (202) 612-3400.
–       Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear of debris.
–       Prepare an emergency supply kit that includes a 3-day supply of food and water.
–       For more information on preparing for a hurricane, please visit

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by Tim Regan September 16, 2015 at 10:05 am 0

A woman was robbed at gunpoint in Bloomingdale last night, said D.C. Police.

The woman was approached by two men on the 100 block of V Street NW last night around 10:37 p.m. said a police spokesperson over the phone this morning.  One of the men pointed a handgun at the woman and then stole property from her, the spokesperson said.

The crime remains under investigation.


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