by Andrew Ramonas December 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

1400 block of Spring Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief with a gun robbed a man in Columbia Heights yesterday, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 1400 block of Spring Road NW about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The victim was walking home when a woman came up to him from behind, according to authorities. The woman then put a hard object to his back and forced him to walk to a building, where they entered a laundry room in the basement.

Once inside, she pointed a handgun at the man’s head, while telling him to kneel and hand over his wallet. The woman eventually took his wallet and fled.

Police released a tweet with a suspect description:

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas December 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm 2 Comments

Elvis Birthday Fight Club (Photo via Eventbrite/Astro Pop Events)

An Elvis Presley birthday celebration with burlesque performers and unusual boxing contenders is set to return to Columbia Heights next week.

Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club is scheduled to bring “elaborately staged bouts, Elvis-themed burlesque, and below-the-belt commentary from co-hosts ‘Elvis’ and ‘Kittie Glitter'” to the GALA Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th St. NW) Dec. 31, Jan. 6 and 7, according to Astro Pop Events, which is putting on the annual tribute. All shows are slated to start at 8 p.m.

“Flim-flam fisticuffs make for a sexy and surreal celebration of The King’s birthday,” Astro Pop Events says on its website.

Astro Pop Events won’t reveal the identities of the boxers in Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club until the shows start. But past matches have included “Bridezilla vs. Godzilla,” “Congress vs. a Clown” and “Putin vs. a Unicorn.”

Tickets are $50 to $60 for the New Year’s Eve show and $25 to $30 on the other days.

Photo via Eventbrite/Astro Pop Events

by December 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Chavez Prep Middle School A librarian at a Columbia Heights school is seeking donations to help buy books for her students amid budget cuts.

Jennie Tomlinson-Herr, the librarian at Chavez Prep Middle School (770 Kenyon St. NW), last week launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the low-income school’s library, which received a 70 percent cut in funding. With about $7,000 less at her disposal, Tomlinson-Herr can’t get the books that she said her need and want.

“The library’s need for books is critical — I have a long, long list of titles that students have requested that I can’t afford to buy,” she said on the fundraising website. “It’s upsetting when I have to tell my students that the library can’t afford to purchase more books. I try to avoid this whenever possible by purchasing highly requested titles out of my own pocket, but the need is greater than what I can afford as an individual.”

Chavez Prep has more than 300 students between sixth and ninth grades. About a third of them check out books from the library every day.

Photo via Chavez Prep Middle School GoFundMe

by Andrew Ramonas December 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm 2 Comments

Police car lightA man fought off a knife-wielding would-be thief who tried to steal a bicycle with an accomplice in Shaw this past weekend, according to authorities.

The incident occurred on the 1500 block of 6th Street NW about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

The man was smoking outside when he saw two people starting to cut the lock off a bike near P Street NW, police said. He then confronted them, and one of the individuals came at him with a kitchen knife.


by Tim Regan December 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm 0

Photo via Facebook / The AiredaleA bar in Columbia Heights is setting up its Festivus pole in anticipation of an annual holiday tradition.

The Airedale (3605 14th St. NW) is scheduled to hold its second annual “Festivus for the Rest of Us” party this Friday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m.

For those not in the know, Festivus is a made-up secular holiday that first appeared in an episode of “Seinfeld.” The holiday falls on Dec. 23 and includes such trappings as “the airing of grievances,” “feats of strength,” “Festivus miracles” and the “Festivus pole.”

Keeping with the tradition, the bar will have a Festivus-themed menu and cocktails and holiday events. Patrons should expect to air grievances and perform feats of strength, as well, the bar said.

Photo via Facebook / The Airedale

by Tim Regan December 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm 4 Comments

Photo via Twitter / Brianne Nadeau(Updated at 12:38 p.m.) Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is speaking out against an online room rental service after an apparent sting operation revealed an “illegal short-term rental hotel” in Columbia Heights.

Someone was illegally listing a rent-controlled apartment in Columbia Heights on Airbnb, Nadeau said today in a press release.

A recent undercover investigation conducted by several local advocacy groups revealed that the apartment was being run as an “unlicensed hotel” instead of being used to house people or families in need.

“We need to strike a balance between people who are trying to earn a little extra money by renting out a spare bedroom, and people who are using short-term rental platforms to support a commercial enterprise and undermining our efforts to preserve affordable housing,” Nadeau said in a statement. “This investigation shows that we need better rules and better enforcement so that these kinds of abuses are curtailed. In order to protect and expand affordable housing in the District, we need to do a lot more to police this growing problem.”

In response, Airbnb said it helps people in D.C. get “extra income that helps to cover their mortgage, pay down debt, repair their homes and make ends meet.”

The rental service added that it “collected and remitted over $12 million in tax revenue to the District of Columbia” since 2015.

“The vast majority of our D.C. hosts have a single listing on the platform and use home sharing to support their families and everyday expenses,” said William D. Burns, the company’s public policy director in D.C., in a statement. “The District has always been a leader in the innovation economy and any new rules introduced and adopted by the City around home sharing should be fair, progressive, and protect the economic benefits of all residents.”

Read highlights from the investigation in the full press release from Nadeau’s office:


by Andrew Ramonas December 15, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

A man sought in a robbery with a gun at a Columbia Heights corner store over the weekend has appeared in surveillance footage, according to authorities.

The holdup occurred in Sonya’s Market at 2833 11th St. NW about 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

Video police distributed yesterday shows a man with a shopping bag entering the store and pointing a handgun at another man. The man with the gun then went up to the front counter and appeared to get something in his bag before he left.

A worker reported having more than $600 stolen in the robbery, according to authorities.

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.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas December 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

2800 block of Georgia Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man lost his shoes and glasses to two men who rode up to him on bicycles and robbed him at gunpoint in Park View over the weekend, police said.

The armed robbery occurred on the 2800 block of Georgia Avenue NW about 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was just north of Howard University’s campus when the cyclists approached him, according to authorities. One of the bike riders then pointed a handgun at the victim’s forehead.


by Tim Regan December 12, 2016 at 11:10 am 1 Comment

Photo via Facebook / Zombie Coffee and DonutsA Columbia Heights spot for donuts has closed its doors for good.

Zombie Coffee and Donuts shuttered last Friday. Neighborhood blog PoPville was the first to write about the rumored closure.

Over the weekend, a representative for the coffee company confirmed it had closed its location at 3100 14th St. NW.

Columbia Heights just didn’t have the full time donut-eating traffic to maintain business,” a company rep told Borderstan. “We cut staff, we cut hours, and in the end, it just turned out Columbia Heights wasn’t ‘our’ spot.”

The shop first opened last year.

Photo via Facebook / Zombie Coffee and Donuts

by Tim Regan December 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Photo via Facebook / Kangaroo Boxing ClubA bar and restaurant in Columbia Heights is set to close its doors next month.

Kangaroo Boxing Club (3410 11th St. NW) is slated to close in January, according to owner Josh Saltzman. The bar, which is known for serving Moscow mules in copper mugs and screening Michigan University football games, opened about four years ago.

But the space won’t stay quiet for long. Saltzman is plotting a new neighborhood bar and restaurant to take the bar’s place.

“While we are devastated to have to close our doors at KBC, we remain dedicated to our wonderful staff and the neighborhood we still call home,” he said in an email to Borderstan. “With that in mind, we are working quickly to redevelop the space and plan to launch a new community focused bar and restaurant this summer.”

Saltzman added that “bartender and friend, Carrie Dzwil, along with the team from Ivy and Coney, will be the creative force behind the new project.”

Kangaroo Boxing Club is planning to celebrate its last days with a handful of events and a “drink-the-bar-dry all-out New Years Eve bash,” Saltzman said.

“We would like to thank our incredible staff, many of whom have been with us from the beginning, as well our family of regulars who allowed us to keep the lights on and pursue our passion since we opened our doors in 2012,” he said. “We look forward to seeing you all together again in 2017”

Photo via Facebook / Kangaroo Boxing Club

by Tim Regan December 8, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

Holiday tree, photo via Columbia Heights Farmers MarketA farmers market in Columbia Heights is slated to close for the season this weekend, but not before holding one last holiday sale.

The Columbia Heights Farmers Market, located at the intersection of Kenyon and 14th streets NW, is selling Christmas trees and other yuletide goodies this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The market’s vendors will sell trees, olive oil, holiday plants from Plantmasters, cookies from Bjorn’s Bakes and other assorted gifts and local products, according to a representative of Community Foodworks.

The neighborhood’s outdoor market is scheduled to return the second week of April.

Photo courtesy of Columbia Heights Farmers Market

by Andrew Ramonas December 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm 0

Art of Adornment Holiday Craft Fair (Photo via Facebook/John Chambers)

A nonprofit arts organization in Columbia Heights is set to bring together local crafters for a holiday market in the coming days.

BloomBars (3222 11th St. NW) is scheduled to hold its third annual Art of Adornment Holiday Craft Fair with children’s items and other goods for sale from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“We are excited to showcase a great mix of creators, designers and artists who inspire our BloomBars community,” BloomBars founder John Chambers said in an email.

The vendors are slated to include:

Photo via Facebook/John Chambers

by Andrew Ramonas November 30, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Police are searching for a man filmed grabbing two packages off the front porch of a Columbia Heights home last week, according to authorities.

The theft happened on the 3500 block of 13th Street NW about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

A home surveillance video police released yesterday shows the man walking up to the two packages and putting a coat over them. He then picked them up and left the porch.

It wasn’t immediately clear what was in the packages.

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 YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Tim Regan November 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

A crowd is expected to gather in Columbia Heights this weekend to watch a big tree light up for the holiday season.

The Columbia Heights Initiative is scheduled to host the 6th annual Columbia Heights Tree Lighting Extravaganza in Civic Plaza this Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

The festive party will include the tree-lighting ceremony, free cocoa, candy canes, carols and “perhaps even a visit from Santa,” followed by festivities at local businesses and restaurants, organizers said.

The community group is also looking for volunteers to help out with the event.

by Andrew Ramonas November 29, 2016 at 10:40 am 1 Comment

A group of people wanted in a robbery in which thieves beat a man unconscious in Columbia Heights this month have appeared in surveillance footage, according to authorities.

The violent robbery happened on the 3600 block of 11th Street NW about 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7.

Video police released yesterday shows five people walking around the Walgreens in Chinatown. At least two of them buy items at the store.

The people in the footage used the victim’s credit cards, according to authorities. The victim lost his wallet after a group of people punched and kicked him, causing him to lose consciousness.

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. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department


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