(Updated at 12:17 p.m.) Police have stopped a man who was walking around Dupont Circle without his clothes on this morning.
Cops responding to a report of disorderly conduct arrived at 18th and N streets NW about 11 a.m., according to authorities. Several squad cars carrying about a dozen police officers, two fire trucks and an ambulance ultimately arrived on the scene.
Three people who saw the man earlier today said they were surprised to see the man walking around fully nude. Sight of the man also caused quite a stir with at least one user on Twitter:
ATTENTION THERE IS A NAKED MAN IN DUPONT CIRCLE
— Elaine Benes (@gwaaace) May 2, 2016
It finally happened.
After years of planning and plenty of fundraising, Dupont Underground officially opened its inaugural exhibit “Raise/Raze” to a small crowd of journalists, artists and local leaders earlier this morning.
Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember At-Large David Grosso, ANC 2B’s Daniel Warwick and members of the Dupont Underground board were among those that attended the event.
A Cosi near Dupont Circle is slated to close later this week, according to several people who work there.
The purveyor of sandwiches, flatbreads and salads at 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW will shutter its doors by Friday, said several employees at the eatery this afternoon. The employees did not want to provide their names for this story as they were not authorized to speak directly to the media.
The robbery happened outside the SunTrust Bank at 1369 Connecticut Ave. NW about 4:30 a.m. Monday. The bank’s building, which also houses the Metropolitan Police Department’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit, is just southeast of the Dupont Circle traffic circle.
The victim was waiting for someone to pick him up in a car when he fell asleep on the brick sidewalk area next to the bank, according to authorities. The man had just left an unidentified club where he was “over indulging” on alcoholic beverages, police said.
Feldstein, a longtime ANC 2B commissioner who died roughly two weeks ago, will be remembered by friends and family at the Dupont Circle Hotel (1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW) this Sunday at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend and a light reception will follow the service.
Hancock and Bridgewater are slated to speak and perform at the opening ceremony of D.C.’s International Jazz Day in Dupont Circle park at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. They’ll be joined by Mayor Muriel Bowser, United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova (pictured on the left) and students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (2501 11th St. NW).
Other jazz musicians will jam in the park between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. that day. The full schedule is as follows:
The event, organized by members of D.C.’s Dharma Yoga community, invites locals to “take 15 minutes away from work and offer a pose to celebrate the life and offerings of our teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra, who will be turning 77 this May.”
(Updated at 5:18 p.m.) Metro employees briefly closed the Dupont Circle Station’s south entrance after two escalators and the overhead lights inside lost power during rush hour earlier today.
Power was restored and the entrance reopened just before 5:20 p.m.
Conditions were treacherous as riders slowly made their way down the stopped escalator this afternoon. Several Metro employees and one D.C. Police officer were spotted helping riders down the escalator just before 5 p.m.
See a video of the outage below:
Riders slowly walking down the dark Dupont Circle escalators. Metro employees with flashlights helping pic.twitter.com/JGLH8l64rc
— Tim Regan (@MrTimRegan) April 21, 2016
Nonprofit Casal Català will help the District celebrate Catalan book and rose holiday of Sant Jordi, or World Book Day as it’s also known across the globe, in the park that surrounds Dupont Circle on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Another Capital Bikeshare station has rolled into Dupont Circle.
The neighborhood’s newest location to pick up or drop off the bicycle sharing program’s red two-wheelers is at 22nd and P streets NW, the D.C. Department of Transportation announced on Twitter today. The stand is about a block east of Rock Creek, in front of Books for America’s headquarters.
The station has space for 19 bicycles.
(Updated at 12 p.m.) A man wanted for busting into a Dupont Circle restaurant and leaving with liquor and cash has been caught on video, according to authorities.
The burglary happened in Agora at 1527 17th St. NW about 5:15 a.m. last Monday.
Surveillance footage police distributed late last week in connection with the crime shows a man in a hooded sweatshirt getting into a restaurant through a window. The man then hopped over a bar counter and rummaged around.
The former general manager of Midtown Partyplex says the Dupont Circle nightclub has closed “for good.”
Rumors have swirled around whether the bar and club at 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW was closed or just “renovating,” as former general manager Ramon Ramirez told us in February. But Ramirez, now listed as Dirty Bar’s general manager, said in an email last night that Midtown was actually closed.
“Midtown is close [sic] for good,” Ramirez wrote. He did not elaborate on why the bar might have closed and did not immediately respond to requests for additional comment.
(Updated at 12:32 p.m.) Philly-based coffee company Saxbys Coffee is eyeing a larger space in Dupont Circle.
City officials yesterday issued a construction permit for a new Saxbys at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, which is the same building that currently houses the Saxbys at 1309 19th St. NW. That permit reads:
Renovation and demolition/interior fit-out for Saxbys, work to include select construction of new partitions, ceilings, finishes, mechanical, electrical and plumbing as indicated on drawings, with a max capacity load of 44 on partial of the first floor. Three loose tables with three loose chair and banquet seating, plus seven seats at counter-top.
A representative for Boston Properties, the company that owns the building at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, confirmed the coffee company will move “two doors down” from its current space.
A representative for Saxbys declined to comment on the opening.
(Updated at 5:03 p.m.) Dupont Circle community leaders have put their support behind a scientists’ organization’s plan to make its headquarters much more energy efficient.
Members of ANC 2B unanimously (save for Commissioner Mike Feldstein, who we’re sad to report passed away yesterday) voted to support a proposal by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to renovate its headquarters at 2000 Florida Ave. NW.
AGU’s planned renovation includes new insulated windows and improved shading, a sewer heat exchange system and a rooftop solar array, all of which would help the building produce as much energy as it consumes.
A member of Dupont Circle’s advisory neighborhood commission and an advocate of free local events passed away yesterday.
Mike Feldstein, commissioner with Dupont’s ANC 2B, passed away Wednesday, according to several of his fellow commissioners. Feldstein died in his home after suffering from health problems for several months, those close to him said.