Symphony in DC Major — A photographic essay of the unveiling of the sculpture “Symphony in DC Major” by Zachary Oxman, located on P Street between 7th and 8th streets NW. [Badwolf DC]
Doughnuts. More Doughnuts. — A new Dunkin’ Donuts opened yesterday at 19th and L streets NW, next to the Chop’t and City Sports. [Borderstan]
Cooling Off — The city has spruced up Banneker pool at 2500 Georgia Ave with a snack bar and some canopies for shade. [New Columbia Heights]
McMillan Update — The District is looking for a contractor to oversee the McMillan Sand Filtration Plan development, which will transform a 25-acre parcel of land near the Children’s National Medical Center on Michigan Avenue into a brand new neighborhood with 146 townhomes, 531 apartments, a grocery store, more than 1 million square feet of medical office development, and that’s just to start. [Washington Business Journal]
You Can’t Beat the Price!
In case you missed the official announcement, the Dunkin’ Donuts at 14th and U Streets NW is open! And according to DCist, they’re giving out free medium coffee to everyone who visits through October 30, so get it while you can.
Good News for Drivers!
Amidst some things that nobody likes about our local government, the District has finally moved to a system that allows you to pay for parking from your phone! Greater Greater Washington reveals that there are now apps that you can use on your smartphone to pay, using the posted sign to give you the important number that identifies your particular spot.
Good News for Immigrants!
And speaking of the government taking a stand, according to Washington City Paper, Mayor Gray signed an executive order saying that DC Police won’t share information about arrestees’ immigration status with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. WCP points out that the FBI could still forward information over, but it’s still something for immigrant rights.
VIDA Fitness (Literally) Rolls Out the Red Carpet on U Street
David von Storch threw a party Saturday night to celebrate his Urban Adventures Companies’ flagship venue of gym-spa-salon-restaurant, VIDA, on U Street NW. There was a red carpet, spotlights, six floors of cocktails, Company Brewery beer, acrobats (!) – see above, and, yes, a fresh glimpse of the new rooftop pool — the pool that caused much consternation among residents of neighboring buildings when first proposed. (Unfortunately, the lighting in the pool area was too poor for clear photos.)
The event will billed as “A Night of Urban Adventure” — the premier launch party for David von Storch’s U Street lifestyle complex, including VIDA Fitness, Bang Salon, soon-to-open Penthouse Pool Club, Aura Spa and 901 Restaurant and Bar. Among the evening’s festivities were three cable-suspended performance artists from Cirque du Soleil (who flew in from Las Vegas) who performed from top-floor windows and down the side of the building.
Results Gym had formerly occupied the U Street VIDA space – up until early this year when VIDA completely gutted the interior and grew the space three levels.
Bye Bye DADT
At long last, the time is here for the official repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Thanks to President Obama’s July signature, the policy will be coming to a close tomorrow, 60 days after the measure went through. Looking for ways to celebrate? Washington Blade has you covered with some great spots. Let us know if you have any alternatives for readers.
Those Dorm Kids
Catholic University might have thought it would be smooth sailing following its decision to institute same-sex dorms, citing a study that random hookups happen less frequently in those kinds of dorms. But that decision has since led to a conversation with the DC Office of Human Rights, according to DCist. At the instigation of law professor John Banzhaf, Catholic University now faces scrutiny and pressure in explaining how that policy does not violate the DC Human Rights Act. According to Banzhaf, “the District’s statute prohibits discrimination unless it is a ‘business necessity’ without which an institution could not function.” Yeah, good luck with that one.
Word has it that Dunkin’ Donuts will soon be up and running in the Borderstan ‘hood. U Street Girl caught word of the impending opening, so keep your fingers crossed. We’ll keep you posted with more details.
Parking for Good
We caught two interesting stories about turning your parking adventures in the District into some social good. The first comes from DCist, which encourages you to literally pay your parking meter change forward by passing any extra time along to the next person. The other comes from Greater Greater Washington, which discusses how a few officials opted to turn their Councilmember-only spaces downtown into parks for the day.
From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time.
It’s National Doughnut Day today which, I think, just makes Friday even better.
So, where does one cash in on this doughy delight today?
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is one choice. The famously glazed rings will be given away, one per customer. Located on the south side of Dupont Circle at 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW. I’m sure you, and every intern in your office, know this location.
Dunkin Donuts is another choice. They’re all over the city, but this is Borderstan, so I’m only going to tell you where you can get one in our ‘hood. That would be at 1511 17th Street, NW. Doughnuts here are one per customer with purchase of any beverage. So you get your coffee and carbs all in one visit. Sounds good to me.
Have a great Friday, folks! Hopefully this is the icing on top of your day!