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by Tim Regan — May 27, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Photo courtesy of AGU

A plan to install solar panels and other energy efficient upgrades at the headquarters of the American Geophysical Union in Dupont Circle has moved a step closer to reality.

Members of D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HRPB) unanimously voted yesterday to give their blessing to the AGU’s planned renovation, which includes new insulated windows, a sewer heat exchange system and a rooftop solar array that would help the building produce as much energy as it consumes.

Though the project has received overwhelming support from neighbors and Dupont’s ANC 2B, some HRPB members were initially skeptical of the idea when it was presented months ago. One board member, Graham Davidson, remarked in April that the project could hurt the “neighborhood character,” adding that the solar panels might be more appropriate “in some remote part of Seattle” rather than in Dupont.

But after viewing the most recent plan for the project and hearing testimony from AGU representatives, ANC 2B Commissioner Daniel Warwick, Greater Greater Washington’s David Alpert and others, Davidson appeared to change his mind, at least somewhat.

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by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Pig roast photo courtesy of Dirty MartiniLocals will be able to go whole hog for free during a pig roast at Dirty Martini later this week.

The bar and lounge at 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW will host a pig roast Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.

Bartenders will sling tiki drinks during the event, said bar representative Salaam Mufti. Portions of the roasted pig are free, Mufti said, as long as patrons buy at least one drink. The festivities will also include games of corn hole and “an overall nice BBQ type vibe,” Mufti added.

The bar hosts pig roasts on the last Friday of every month.

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Dupont Chillers update sign

Two stations on Metro’s Red Line will likely be hotter than normal again this summer.

The Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations will begin the hot season without air conditioning thanks to broken pieces of equipment known as “chillers,” WMATA said earlier this month.

“Both Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations are cooled by a common chiller plant that is located in the median of Connecticut Avenue opposite the Farragut North L Street entrance,” read a press release. “Delivery of chilled air to the stations has been disrupted by a leak in the underground line that runs between the chiller plant and the stations.”

In order to fix the problem, Metro will dig up a portion of Connecticut Avenue and repair that leaky line. Though the transit agency has said the chillers could come back online as soon as July, we all know Metro has an issue with unexpected delays.

So, we want to know: do you think Metro will actually fix these chillers by July, or are we in for a red hot summer on the Red Line?

by Tim Regan — May 23, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

Future home of Emissary at 2032 P St. NW

(Updated at 11:17 a.m.) A “European-style cafe and bar” is set to open blocks away from Dupont Circle.

The new business, Emissary, will open in the space below Dupont Circle Yoga (2032 P St. NW) “early July,” according to owner Elias Hengst, who also co-owns Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar and ‎Dupont Circle Yoga.

The cafe and bar will be a “European cafe meets West Coast coffee house,” Hengst said.

“Someone can have a beer, someone can have a glass of wine, you can have an espresso,” he added. “You can all share a little bit of good food. It’s a very unrushed, laid back vibe.”

The shop’s menu will include food and drinks from Counter Culture Coffee and Trickling Springs Creamery, Hengst said.

The company is currently hiring baristas, according to a job listing on DMV Coffee:

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by Borderstan.com — May 18, 2016 at 5:10 pm 0

Man arrested at Dupont Circle Metro station on May 18, 2016

A Metro Transit Police Department officer used pepper spray on an uncooperative man who was drinking from a bottle of Courvoisier cognac inside the Dupont Circle Metro station this afternoon, a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokeswoman told Borderstan.

The man, whose name hasn’t been released, was acting “disorderly” about 4 p.m., forcing the cop to discharge the pepper spray, WMATA spokeswoman Morgan Dye said.

He was arrested for assaulting a police officer, drinking in public and fare evasion.

The man was brought to a local hospital for treatment. Two other Metro users who were near the spraying were treated on the scene.

by Tim Regan — May 18, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo courtesy of Garrison PTOLocal parents and teachers will meet at Garrison Elementary School later this week to slam and jam during an exhibition dubbed the “battle of the century.”

The school at 1200 S St. NW will host a parent-versus-teacher basketball game on its basketball court this Friday at 4:30 p.m., according to Garrison PTO treasurer Ayako Sato.

“It should be lots of fun, and our cheerleaders will give a half-time show,” Sato said. “We’re also selling hot dogs and drinks, and Jamba Juice on Dupont will be there to sell smoothies and gift cards.”

And the event isn’t just for families of Garrison students. “We are hoping to get community involvement, and this is open to everyone in the neighborhood,” Sato added. “And we are really encouraging new, incoming families to attend to get to know current Garrison families.”

All proceeds from the event will go toward funding school field trips.

Photo via Garrison Elementary School PTO

by Andrew Ramonas — May 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm 0

Camelot Showbar at 1823 M St. NW

A man pulled out a knife at a Dupont Circle gentlemen’s club in a futile attempt to get an exotic dancer to go “upstairs” with him early yesterday morning, according to authorities.

The incident happened at Camelot Showbar at 1823 M St. NW about 1 a.m. Monday.

The entertainer was sitting next to the man at the strip club’s lower-level bar after she performed a dance, police said. The man then flashed his knife, telling the dancer they are “going upstairs,” according to authorities.

The woman told him they weren’t allowed to go there. She eventually got away from him when she left to dance some more.

“When she got up to dance for her next set, she calmly told one of our doormen that the man was carrying a knife and our security team immediately called the police and isolated the customer at the bar until the police arrived a few minutes later and removed him from the club,” said someone with knowledge of the incident, speaking to Borderstan on the condition of anonymity. “She smartly played it cool as not to escalate the situation until she had an opportunity to tell security.”

Police arrested 27-year-old Brett Gonzales and recovered a folding knife in connection with the crime. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm 3 Comments

Painted R Street NW bicycle lane near 15th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A D.C. resident is trying to gather support to help make crosstown cycling safer and easier between Dupont Circle and the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

Michael Forster, a lawyer and D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council member, yesterday launched a petition calling on the District Department of Transportation and Mayor Muriel Bowser to create a protected, two-way bicycle lane on a 2.6-mile stretch of R Street in the heart of the District. The road only has a painted bicycle lane that travels west as of now.

The lane would benefit thousands of residents in the area and have a “minimum effect on drivers,” who could continue to drive and park on the street, Forster wrote in the petition.

“When the Metropolitan Branch Trail is completed, the addition of this bike lane would create a fully-protected route from Silver Spring, Maryland to Dupont Circle, making a great alternative to Metro or driving,” he wrote.

The petition has garnered more than two dozen supporters as of 3:45 p.m. today.

Photo via Google Maps

by Borderstan.com — May 16, 2016 at 10:20 am 0

(Updated at 11:50 a.m.) Water is flowing at the Dupont Circle fountain once again, but with an apparent hitch.

A visit to the park this morning revealed a steady trickle of water leaking from the fountain’s basin, down the steps and into the surrounding park. The water feature started operating at some point in the past three days after months of inaction during colder weather.

“Our plumbers are out there trying to get it under control,” said Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service, which oversees the fountain. Last night, an NPS representative told NBC Washington the agency didn’t believe there was a major problem.

And sorry, lunch break crowd: The fountain’s edge now makes for a soggy place to sit.

by Octavia Silva — May 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Dee Ahmed

Dee and I go way back, 13 years to be exact. That’s because we went to the same high school in Arlington, VA. Back then, I saw him as very outgoing, an enviable quality during my cripplingly shy high school years. Not long ago, I saw him at a Wednesday night show at The Big Hunt in Dupont Circle.

I never really knew him in high school, so I was interested in catching up and learning what got him started on comedy.

Borderstan: So, how did you get started with stand-up comedy?

Dee Ahmed: I, at one point, was going to an open mic, just as an audience member with friends or by myself all the time at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. It’s by far my favorite room in all of the D.C., Virginia, Maryland area.

I absolutely love that room for a couple of reasons. They keep giving me opportunities to go up and do my thing. But I was going there and I was watching a lot of comics that a lot of people see on a regular basis around here. You watch them long enough and you’re going to want to try it. Simple as that. And I had a friend that did stand-up twice and he’s someone I very much look up to.

He’s a very funny person and comedian, but he doesn’t do stand-up that often. He told me, if you do it, I’ll do it. I said okay. I found an opportunity to sign up to a mic, went to the mic. He backed out. I went up. And boom. I could not stop coming back.

When was that?

Second or third week of February 2014 at this place called Touchdown, but it’s not called Touchdown anymore. Now it’s called the Handsome Cock. Now, it’s not even an open mic anymore.

So your first open mic was at Touchdown, not Arlington Drafthouse?

No, I was super intimidated by the Drafthouse when I first got there. You’d watch the guys that would go up and you’d just be in awe of what they bring to the table, some of them you’ve interviewed, Haywood Turnipseed loud boisterous laugh.

You can identify it a mile away.

And not just him, Tim Miller has a hysterical laugh. He only brings it out every once in a while, but you can notice it on the spot.

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by Tim Regan — May 13, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via EU Open House

Locals will be able to eat Spanish tapas and Luxembourg sausage, drink European wine and beer and “dance and sing like Latvians” for free tomorrow as part of an annual cultural event.

The “Shortcut to Europe” open house will let members of the public peek inside 28 European nation embassies in Dupont Circle, Kalorama, downtown and other parts of the Borderstan coverage area Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Many of the embassies also will have free food and other giveaways, a fact known by locals who line up before the event starts and try to hit as many embassies as they can throughout the day.

Last week, a similar open house event drew lines down the block at embassies across the area.

“Each embassy will open their doors to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering a rare look inside the buildings,” reads the event’s website. “The day will provide a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.”

Click here for a map of all 28 participating embassies.

Photo by Yuri Gripas

by Tim Regan — May 12, 2016 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment

The plan to build a public plaza above a sunken stretch of Connecticut Avenue near Dupont Circle is structurally possible, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation.

DDOT project manager Rick Kenney shared the agency’s latest findings during Dupont Circle ANC 2B’s monthly meeting last night.

As proposed, the plan would put a covering over a portion of Connecticut Ave. NW between Dupont Circle and Q St. NW for use as a 12,000 square foot public plaza that would hold community activities and gatherings.

DDOT embarked on a study roughly one year ago to determine whether such a project would be possible. According to its findings, the plan is “feasible,” at least based on engineering requirements.

“Based on the way this estimate looks it’s not looking like an unrealistic number and that’s a great thing,” Kenney said.

DDOT’s final design would maintain views of the Dupont Circle park fountain, accommodate multi-modal transportation and keep the separation between the plaza and the park to create “two distinct public spaces,” according to a handout distributed at the meeting.

The project would cost $12.5 million, and workers could begin constructing the plaza as soon as two and a half years from now barring any major roadblocks, Kenney said.

DDOT is expected to begin a multi-modal transportation assessment after it releases its final feasibility study report later this month.

h/t ANC 2B chair Nicole Mann for scanning the handout

by Tim Regan — May 9, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

1214 18th St. NW

The Eritrean Cultural and Civic Center has a new outpost in Dupont Circle, but it’s for members only.

Members of the center recently draped the Eritrean flag and emblazoned the center’s logo over the entrance at 1214 18th St. NW. Though the club’s proprietors originally planned to sell food and alcohol to the public, that’s no longer the case, said center representative Jeff Jackson.

“It’s only a temporary space,” Jackson explained. “They didn’t think it would make sense to apply for a license for a temporary space.”

He added that the club will only occupy the Dupont location while its members prepare to open the center’s new permanent home at 2154 24th Place NE in July.

The center originally opened at 600 L St. NW in 1989, according to Atlas Obscura.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

2100 block of 4th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)An attacker used a bolt cutter to belt a man and a woman in a suspected anti-LGBT hate crime near the southeast edge of Howard University’s campus last night, police said.

The assault happened on the 2100 block of 4th Street NW about 10:30 p.m.

The victims were preparing to get into their car in an alley in the area when a man drove up to them in his vehicle, according to authorities.

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by Tim Regan — May 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

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As hot summer weather approaches, many locals wonder: when will the fountains be turned on?

Now we have an answer, at least for two of the more notable fountains in our neck of the woods. Dupont Circle park’s fountain could come to life as early as next week, while Meridian Hill Park’s waterworks may take a little while longer, according to officials with the National Park Service.

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