by Andrew Ramonas October 31, 2016 at 3:50 pm 1 Comment

1600 block of 7th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A cyclist dodged gunfire, but took a bullet to his bicycle, in a bout of road rage in Shaw over the weekend, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1600 block of 7th Street NW about 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

The cyclist and a passenger in a car were arguing over the use of a lane near Dacha Beer Garden when the person in the vehicle pulled out a handgun, according to authorities. The individual with the gun then fired it at the cyclist, hitting the man’s rear bicycle tire.

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by Andrew Ramonas October 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

800 block of Connecticut Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man trying to stop a downtown brawl ended up with a stab wound instead this past weekend, police said.

The stabbing occurred on the 800 block of Connecticut Avenue NW about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Two groups of people were fighting between Franklin and Lafayette squares when the victim attempted to break up the brawlers. But two people launched an attack on the victim, with one of them stabbing him.

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by Andrew Ramonas October 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm 0

(Updated at 2:10 p.m.) Firefighters used a crane with a special basket to rescue an injured man from a downtown construction site this afternoon, according to the D.C. Fire and EMS Department.

The construction worker received “some sort of leg injury” about 1 p.m. in a pit where the former Washington Post building stood at 15th and L streets NW, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo told Borderstan.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the man was hurt. But his injuries were non-life-threatening.

After a crane hoisted the worker from the construction site and onto a street, paramedics brought him to a local hospital.

by Andrew Ramonas October 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm 3 Comments

Dupont Circle MetroOpponents of plans to permanently cut Metro’s evening operating hours for train service won’t let the change happen without a fight this week.

Locals, including members of the D.C. business community, are encouraging supporters of late-night weekend trains to contact the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which is holding a hearing and open house on its proposals at its headquarters Thursday.

The open house is scheduled for noon to 9 p.m. at 600 5th St. NW, while the hearing set for 12:30 to 10 p.m.

WMATA is considering four plans to adjust its operating hours in an effort to better maintain Metro’s infrastructure. According to the transit authority, the plans include:

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by Tim Regan October 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm 0

police carD.C. Police are investigating reports that someone fired a gun several times in or near Franklin Square downtown earlier this evening.

Authorities first received a report that shots were fired near the intersection of 14th and K streets NW around 5:17 p.m. this evening, according to Officer Hugh Carew, a D.C. Police spokesman.

Nobody was injured by the gunfire, Carew said.

The gunshots rang out as many people were heading home from work. Witnesses reported hearing the sound of at least three gunshots, according to the Washington Post.

Police reportedly found bullet casings at the scene:

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by Tim Regan October 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm 1 Comment

Free Wi-Fi map via Golden Triangle BIDIt will soon be possible to wirelessly connect to the internet for free in parts of downtown D.C. and Foggy Bottom.

Next Thursday, The Golden Triangle BID and the District’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) will launch free public Wi-Fi on a stretch of Pennsylvania Ave. NW just west of the White House.

The new Wi-Fi, accessed through the network “DCWiFi,” will also be available from 17th to 20th streets between G and I streets NW.

Mayor Bowser is scheduled to help launch the Wi-Fi service during a public event in Murrow Park next Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 am., said Leona Agouridis, the BID’s executive director.

Photo via Golden Triangle BIDThe new service is part of a larger OCTO project called Pennsylvania 2040, which aims to “provide a better, more rewarding experience to everyone who uses the west Pennsylvania Avenue corridor.” In addition to the wireless internet, the project includes the installation and testing of sensors that would measure everything from air and soil quality to how full nearby trash cans are.

“When the launch occurs next week, it’ll also begin the testing of some sensors,” Agouridis said. “Part of this is learning and discovering how we can all use these sensors.”

Users who log in between Oct. 20-28 can complete a short form for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a store or restaurant in the area.

Photo via Golden Triangle BID

by Andrew Ramonas October 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

1100 block of 15th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man with a knife chased a D.C. government employee who gave him a parking ticket downtown yesterday afternoon, police said.

The incident happened on the 1100 block of 15th Street NW about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The man got mad when the city worker handed him the ticket, according to authorities. He then pulled out a knife and went after the man, while yelling at him.

At some point, the man with the knife snatched the worker’s cellphone and refused to return it.

Nathan Cortez Johnson, 40, was arrested in connection with the crime yesterday and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, according to police and court records. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan September 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

A Colorado-based fast casual eatery has plans to start slinging sandwiches, pizzas and salads in downtown D.C. early next year.

Modern Market will open a new location at 1010 Vermont Ave. NW, a representative for the company told us. If all goes according to plan, the new location would start serving customers in “mid-January” next year, the representative said.

When it opens, the downtown Modern Market will sell a long list of food made with “whole ingredients that come from farms, not factories,” according to the company’s website. The eatery’s menu includes egg scrambles, waffles, sandwiches, salads, brick oven pizzas and “homestyle platters” of protein, starch and veggies.

Modern Market also seeks to serve alcohol at the new restaurant, according to a recent filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.

The forthcoming location will be the chain’s first in the District, but not in the surrounding area. A Modern Market opened in Bethesda earlier this year, and additional eateries are slated to open in Rockville and Reston, the company’s representative said.

by Andrew Ramonas September 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm 0

Tesla roadster (Photo via Wikimedia/cytech)

Tesla Motors is moving ahead with plans to sell its electric cars from a high-end retail development downtown.

The automaker yesterday received a permit to build a showroom at 909 H St. NW, according to D.C. government records. The roughly 3,300-square-foot space is part of CityCenterDC, home to Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other luxury shops.

It wasn’t clear when the showroom would open and whether Tesla’s storefront at 1050 K St. NW would close.

A Tesla representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The company has had plans to open in CityCenterDC since at least last year. D.C. Zoning Administrator Matthew Le Grant signed off on Tesla’s proposed showroom in December, according to the Washington Business Journal.

Photo via Wikimedia/cytech

by Andrew Ramonas September 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Okonomiyaki (Photo via Golden Triangle Business Improvement District)A downtown chef is set to show how he makes a “Japanese pizza” that visitors to Farragut Square can try for free Friday.

Chef Kazuhiro “Kaz” Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro (1915 I St. NW) is slated to cook up his take on the pizza-like okonomiyaki as part of the “Farragut Fridays” event series, according to the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, which hosts the events.

Okonomiyaki is a “rich savory cabbage pancake in an egg and flour batter with pork belly, red ginger, smoky dried bonito flakes, Japanese mayonnaise, and a special sweet and tangy BBQ sauce,” the Golden Triangle BID says in a news release.

Okochi will prepare the food and have complimentary samples for about 75 to 100 people on a a first-come, first-served basis from noon to 2 p.m.

Photo via Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

by Andrew Ramonas September 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

1300 block of Perry Place NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man exposed himself and tried to take off a woman’s pants in Columbia Heights over the weekend, police said.

The attempted sexual assault occurred on the 1300 block of Perry Place NW about 7 a.m. Saturday.

The victim was behind a rowhouse in the area when a man came up to her, according to authorities.

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by Tim Regan September 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

A downtown restaurant known for Mediterranean-style tapas has closed its doors, for now.

Panache (1725 Desales St. NW) shuttered Wednesday, Aug. 31, according to a sign on its door. The restaurant operated in that location for more than 12 years.

“We are so thankful to our co-workers, local partners, family and our friends who have made the experience of running Panache so memorable,” the sign reads. “To everyone who has become part of the Panache family — don’t think of this as a goodbye. Think of it as see you later.”

But eatery may not stay closed for long, the sign continues:

“Join us again this fall for a fresh idea on DeSales Street to serve you.”

We were unable to reach the owners of Panache for more information on what’s in store. We’ll update this story if we hear back from them.

by Tim Regan August 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

1420 New York Ave. NW 2

(Updated at 9 a.m. Thursday) The chef behind a sushi restaurant in Bethesda has plans to open a new eatery in downtown D.C.

Yoshi Ota, executive sushi chef at Yuzu in Bethesda, will open a new restaurant called Sushi Gakyu at 1420 New York Ave. NW later this year, he told Borderstan.

The forthcoming eatery will serve “traditional and modern sushi, sashimi, and varieties of Japanese fish menus with my 30 years experience as a sushi and fish expert,” Ota said.

Ota is a veteran of Sushiko in Chevy Chase and the late Kushi in Mt. Vernon Triangle, according to his bio. He also previously owned a restaurant called Ginza Gakyu in Tokyo, Japan.

If all goes according to plan, Sushi Gakyu should open “around the end of 2016,” Ota said.

by Tim Regan August 16, 2016 at 6:50 am 0

(Updated at 8:21 a.m.) Flames and thick smoke erupted from under the ground near several downtown office buildings after a “major” electrical fire broke out there late last night.

The fire started in a transformer vault near the intersection of 18th and L streets NW just before midnight, according to a tweet from D.C. Fire and EMS.

Fire crews used foam to extinguish the fire around 2:30 a.m. Nobody was injured in the blaze, said D.C. Fire and EMS.

Approximately 100 Pepco customers in the area lost power shortly after the fire began, according to the power company’s outage map. Several businesses and offices in the area were without power and closed.

Police have closed the 1800 block of L St. NW.

by Tim Regan August 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

16th and K Bikeshare station

A new Capital Bikeshare hub will let cyclists snag a ride along a busy downtown street.

Bikeshare announced today on Twitter the unveiling of a new 23-dock station less than a block north of where 16th and K streets NW intersect.

“All of the lobbying has paid off,” Bikeshare tweeted. “Perfect for meetings.”

Capital Bikeshare has greatly expanded its network over the past year. As of Aug. 3, there were nearly 400 stations in the D.C. area, according to Bikeshare.

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