by Tim Regan — October 9, 2015 at 9:10 am 848 0

(Updated at 9:53 a.m.) A Dupont Circle salon burned in a one-alarm fire early this morning, said D.C. Fire and EMS officials.

Firefighters rushed to Salon Mimosa (1706 Connecticut Avenue NW) this morning around 4 a.m. to battle the blaze. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez said no one was injured in the fire and added that it was contained to the salon’s first floor. The fire was extinguished in 10 minutes, Mendez added.

The scent of burned plastic and wood lingered in the air early this morning, a remnant of the morning’s fire. An employee who was busy clearing debris from the burned-out store said he didn’t know how the fire started.

A reader chimed in to tell us that that other businesses along the block were closed this morning.

by Jennifer Currier — October 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm 153 0

Dogtoberfest (Facebook:Glens Garden Market)

Lederhosen, dogs, German food and beer — lots and lots of beer — will abound at an annual celebration in Dupont Circle this weekend.

Glen’s Garden Market (2001 S St. NW) will host its second annual “Dogtoberfest” this Saturday from 3-7 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for last weekend, but uncertainty about the weather pushed it back.

Flying Dog Brewery is the market’s partner for the event and will bring three seasonal brews as well as collars and treats for the dogs.

The menu includes sweet and sour cabbage, cheddar bacon bratwurst and apple strudel. The market’s regular food service will also continue, but dogs are not allowed inside the store.

Patrons will use tickets to purchase food and beverages at Dogtoberfest. Tickets are sold on site and cost $2 each. Beers and food will cost two tickets, while larger plates will cost three.

“We are super excited about the weather forecast this weekend,” Glen’s Garden Market catering director Shana Muhammad said. “We’re hoping people will come by with a great attitude and ready to have fun.”

Wearing lederhosen, dirndls and other festival clothing is highly encouraged, Muhammad said. Dogs should follow the same dress code.

Photo via Glen’s Garden Market

by Tim Regan — October 8, 2015 at 10:10 am 275 0

Police CarA woman was approached and robbed by another woman in Shaw yesterday afternoon, say D.C. Police.

According to authorities, the woman was walking near the intersection of 7th and T streets NW around 3:30 p.m. when she was approached by another woman, who then assaulted and robbed her.

Witnesses flagged down police, and the suspect was arrested shortly thereafter. Police said the victim of the robbery and assault suffered minor injuries.

In other crime news: 

A masked man on a bike robbed a person in Dupont Circle around 8:24 p.m. yesterday evening, police tweeted.

Police are also on the lookout for a man filmed breaking into a car in Park View last week. In a video released this morning by police, a man can be seen approaching a car on the 800 block of Otis Street NW and smashing a window. The man then appears to reach inside the car and pilfer several items.

by Sean Meehan — October 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle

We may not be taking our hover-boards to see Jaws 19 in theaters, but later this month, Fantom Comics will hold a party to celebrate the day that Marty McFly landed in the future in the 1989 movie “Back to the Future Part II.”

The Dupont Circle comic store will hold a party on the night of Oct. 21 featuring Back to the Future costume, impression and trivia contests in celebration of Marty McFly’s arrival on Oct. 21, 2015.

Fantom owner Matthew Klokel has planned to hold a Back to the Future day party for years.

“I’ve personally been planning for this party for 12 or 13 years,” he said. “At the time I didn’t own a comic store, but I can’t think of a better venue.”

There will be a $5 cover charge for the party to help Fantom pay for its temporary liquor license so it can serve movie-themed drinks. Klokel said he plans to collaborate with a local bartender to formulate special themed drinks with names like “Biff Brew.”

One thing that won’t be at the party is a replica of the movie’s famous DeLorean time machine.

“Getting a DeLorean for Back to the Future day was going to cost five figures. I looked it up,” said Klokel. “It would be cheaper to get a Lamborghini and paint it like a DeLorean.”

Still, Klokel said he’s ready for the “hardcore committed geeks” that he hopes the party attracts, with plans to show clips of the movie and hold trivia, costume and impression contests to win gift cards to the comic store.

“Christmas comes every year but this is the only Back to the Future day,” Klokel said. “I missed the day he goes to in 1885 by almost a century, so this is really my last chance.”

by Tim Regan — October 6, 2015 at 10:10 am 205 0

Starbucks on Connecticut AveIt may soon be possible to order something more potent than coffee at five D.C. Starbucks locations.

A recent public hearing notice for new liquor license applications shows that Starbucks seeks to serve beer and wine at five locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Chevy Chase and downtown. The company also applied for liquor licenses in Arlington and Reston.

If the applications are approved, the following locations would serve alcohol:

  • 443 7th St. NW
  • 1700 Connecticut Ave. NW
  • 5500 Connecticut Ave. NW
  • 1810 Wisconsin Ave. NW
  • 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW

A Starbucks spokesperson said via e-mail that the push for alcoholic drinks is part of the company’s new “Starbucks Evenings” service, which also includes a small plate menu.

Though the spokesperson did not say what might be on tap, a sample menu shows the coffee chain may serve red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass and “craft beer.” Menus vary by region, meaning it’s possible the stores could serve local beer and wine. Small plate possibilities include truffle mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped dates, chicken skewers and truffle popcorn.

by Tim Regan — October 3, 2015 at 11:55 pm 641 0

(Correction: The victim was a woman, not a man as previously reported; Updated at 5:49 p.m.)

A woman was shot in the arm after an argument that occurred on the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW around 10:28 p.m. yesterday evening, said D.C. Police Lieutenant Jerome Merrill.

Though information regarding the shooting was sparse late last night, Merrill provided more details on the Second District listserv this afternoon:

“There was a argument between the suspect and the victim,” Merrill said.

“The victim and suspect know each other,” he added. “The suspect shot the victim in the arm. This appears to be a isolated incident and there is no threat to the public at this time.”

by Tim Regan — October 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm 1,126 0

Dupont Circle YMCA, photo via Street View

YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has sold its Dupont Circle facility to a developer and will close on Dec. 31, the nonprofit announced today.

YMCA’s board of directors sold the building at 1711 Rhode Island Avenue NW to real estate developer Akridge, said YMCA spokeswoman Jackie Dilworth. The building has housed a YMCA facility for 37 years.

According to the press release, the sale is part of the nonprofit’s effort to “serve more region-wide residents and provide more volunteer and employment opportunities, thus increasing its impact in the region.”

Additionally, the nonprofit said proceeds from the sale will help fund the revitalization of other YMCA facilities in the District and help reinvest in family-facing programs, pay off debt and possibly help fund the opening of a new YMCA somewhere in the city.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — September 29, 2015 at 11:40 am 184 0

A hotly anticipated José Andrés eatery is now open in Dupont Circle.

Beefsteak opened its doors today at 1528 Connecticut Ave. NW. Patrons were seen filing into the restaurant shortly after its 10:30 a.m. opening this morning.

Beefsteak’s signature dishes include bowls filled with veggies, grains and nuts, gazpacho and “burgers” that eschew meat for a hunky slice of tomato.

This is the second Beefsteak opening in the District. The first location opened in Foggy Bottom in March.

by Tim Regan — September 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm 0

Candidate Holly Biglow touched upon the St. Thomas Church development project in her speech

Dupont Circle’s ANC 2B is getting ready for a special election.

Residents Holly Biglow and John Kupcinski have entered into a race for former commissioner Justine Underhill’s 2B-07 seat, which was vacated in August when Underhill moved to New York City. Earlier this month, you heard from Kupcinski. Now, here’s your chance to hear from Biglow:

Borderstan: Tell me a little bit about why you decided to run for the 2B-07 seat.

I’ve been in the neighborhood for six years. I love the neighborhood. I love my community. I love the diversity. I love what my neighborhood stands for. I want to be apart of it. I am apart of my condominium association, so I do like being involved however I can, especially regarding where I live.

You previously thought about running for this seat, didn’t you?

When Justine [Underhill] ran, I was also interested, but I met and I spoke to her and I didn’t go through with getting signatures or anything like that.

So you didn’t run, but you were thinking about it.

Exactly. I was just interested, but I met with her and she was very passionate about it, so I sort of stepped back.

If you are elected, what will be one of your first priorities?

I know the St. Thomas Church project is a very large project. It’s very important to the community, so that will be the number one issue that will have to be addressed.

After that, I would like to work closely or continue to work with the surrounding businesses, such as the restaurants. I know there’s a lot more competition in D.C., which is driving a lot of patrons to go to different parts of D.C. I want to try to keep our area vibrant and as active as it currently it. I would definitely like to work more to try to keep the businesses in our area.

I think congestion will be addressed eventually. Traffic congestion. I’m not sure about people congestion, but I know that is a concern, especially considering the St. Thomas street project and some of the other condos that are being developed in the neighborhood, such as the Patterson House. That’s one of the things I would definitely like to keep an eye out on.

In what ways would you work with the businesses to keep patrons here?

I know that normally the businesses come to the ANC to get approval on their patios or what they can and can’t do in terms of their liquor license, or can they play music or not? I think just sort of working in that regard and being open-minded and looking in a business sense to make sure that I’m helping them to thrive and keep customers coming into our neighborhood.

I do know that the ANC scope is limited, but when they approach the ANC with things they might want to do to boost their business, instead of saying no, [I want to] look at it more like, we do want to keep people coming into the neighborhood, how can we work together and keep the neighborhood thriving?

How do you plan to interact with other neighborhood associations, if elected?

Like I said in my speech at the last ANC meeting, I’m a very open-minded person. I like working with different organizations and coalitions. That would continue with any association if I were elected to the ANC.

How would you use social media to engage with your potential future constituents?

I’m a Facebook user. I would probably use Facebook and keep people updated through Facebook. That would be my route.

Is there anything you’d want to change in the way ANC 2B operates?

Nothing that I can pinpoint right now. But I feel like the commissioners are easy to work with and they’re very nice people. I’m sure if something did come about, they would probably consider my suggestions if there’s anything that I think would need to be changed. The meetings run pretty smoothly.

Residents of the 2B-07 single member district can cast their ballots next month at the Brookings Institution on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Click here for more information regarding voter eligibility and the voting process.

This interview was edited for length and clarity

by Tim Regan — September 28, 2015 at 10:35 am 107 0

Art All Night, photo via Twitter/ArtAllNightDC

Musicians, artists, performers and crowds of onlookers filled the streets and sidewalks in five D.C. neighborhoods during this year’s Art All Night.

In Dupont Circle and Shaw, musicians played, shadows came to life, buildings changed colors and artists collaborated. Naturally, such a spectacle prompted a veritable tweetstorm of art:

Did you see anything interesting? Let us know via e-mail or Twitter and we might add it to this post.

Photo via Twitter/ArtAllNightDC

by Jennifer Currier — September 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm 408 0

The Art All Night overnight party is back. Got a game plan?

The citywide festival kicks off for the fifth time this Saturday night and lasts from 7 p.m to 3 a.m. The event promises to merge local painters, performers and mixed-media masters in exhibits spanning five D.C. neighborhoods including Dupont Circle and Shaw.

This year’s festival will maintain its “mashup vibe” with exhibits that reflect the spirit of each neighborhood, said Art All Night founder and creative director Ariana Austin.

“This year, we’ve really hit our stride and worked to highlight some featured installations in each neighborhood,” Austin said. “I was very connected to all of them and am especially excited to see how they turn out.”

In keeping with the exuberant theme, Carnegie Library will be made into a giant screen and will serve as host to a two-hour aerial acrobatic show and other live performances.

How does one tackle viewing such a gargantuan art display? Austin had some guidance.

“My advice would be to saunter around and just make a go of it,” she said. “Don’t be destination-oriented. Choose some exhibits that excite you most, but also walk around to take everything in. Go into it hoping for an incredible night.”

Still don’t know where to start? Here’s everything you need to know about how to tackle the Dupont Circle and Shaw sides of Art All Night:


801 K St. NW, Mt. Vernon St. Entrance
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Carnegie Library will serve as the focal point for art exhibits across all five neighborhoods welcoming Art All Night. Interior and exterior art displays will utilize all parts of the building to engage visitors with the artwork.


HUB: 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Embassy Row Hotel has taken on the role of the hub of Dupont’s exhibition. Expect a rooftop black light party, live art painting and motion picture screenings by DJ Ausar and Tim McLoraine.

2120 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Five major displays will light in locations across the city to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Art All Night. Dupont Circle’s is called “Sit Stand Lie, Bayonne” and is a large-scale projection piece by Tim McLoriane broken into three panels. First, the panels come together to share a color scheme or image before separating to each take on a scheme of their own.

Dupont Circle Fountain
7 – 8 p.m.
This multimedia performance from the mind of artist Monica Bose will use water, video projections alongside a 216-foot sari to make a statement about climate change.

2010 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Local pop artist Paulie B. will be in attendance at Fantom Comics for two meet-and-greet sessions, one at 7 p.m. and the other at midnight.

1520 20th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
A mix of traditional Colombian art and dance will be on display at the Ambassador’s Residence. Artist Beatriz Echeverri will be showing an exhibition called “Figurations.” Then, Colombian dance troupe El Tayrona will perform two shows to live music at 8 and 9 p.m.

1603 17th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Artists Yasmine Iskander, Karen Currie, Paula Plaza and Nicholas Umpleby will have exhibitions up throughout the night to complement three musical performances.

9 Hillyer Court NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Deemed a “must-see” stop by Austin, the Hillyer Art Space will be have several new media installations, visual art displays and the chance for visitors to make their own jewelry.

2008 R St. NW
7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
The Rappaport Collection is focusing on live art with live painting demonstrations by Timeto Murphy and Anne Chandra. Another performance will follow from soul singer Edy Blu.

2106 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The film “The 20th Century on Trial: Gunter Grass and Norman Mailer at the NY Public Library” will be shown starting at 8 p.m. Artist Gunter Grass work will be on display at the Alex Gallery alongside sculptures by Otto Scherer.

2106 R St. NW – Lower Level
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Gallery A will exhibit miniature sculptures from Peruvian-American artist Nancy Angulo and elaborate cartography from Michael Francis Reagan. Local group Musica Andina will play traditional music from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru every half hour.

2108 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Live music, poetry and artist talks start every half hour from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

1717 Connecticut Ave. NW
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Mixed-media landscape artist and photographer Amelia Shachov will hold sessions to discuss her work starting every hour.

2129 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Freely usable drawing supplies, costumed models and music by DJ Brian Kelley fill the space here.

2424 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Attendees will be able to taste, hear and see the Ivory Coast. The country’s embassy will open its doors for traditional music performances, food samples and wood carvings.


HUB: 1630 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Shaw Library will serve as the neighborhood’s hub for the festival with a sampling of activities and displays for guests. Face and body painting will be performed by artist Anike Robinson Nathan Scott and DJ Stylus will perform inside the venue starting at 9 p.m. A mixed media installation by Alicia Dolabaille and “Art Dances With Music” by Jessica Yirenkyi will also be displayed.

1940 9th St. NW
9 p.m. & 12 a.m.

Finnish country band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls will kick off the evening at DC9 at 9 p.m., Entry costs $14. A People’s Choir DC will host an interactive singalong at midnight.

1911 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Master re-upholsterer Sarah Carrier Stough will demonstrate some of her techniques.

625 T St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Howard Triangle will relive past Art All Night DC festivals with projected footage.

600 Florida Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Photographer Julie Guyot-Dianone will display portraits of former child soldiers from Sierra Leone.

1851 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Abstract acrylic on canvas painting exhibit, “Dances with Line” by artist John Parker and music from DJ NuffSaid will meld here.

1847 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Portraits of contemporary and historic African-American figures done with oil and pencil will be on display in “Heroes and Sheroes” by Labarron Person.

641 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Wonder Bread Factory will host a breakdance competition while celebrating the breakdance crew Lionz of Zion’s 19th anniversary. Later in the night, local brass band Brass Connection Band will be perform.

520 Florida Ave. NW
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

DJ Gio will entertain crowds at Shaw’s Tavern.

1713 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Shaw’s installment of the fifth anniversary light display is called “Shaw Shadows.” Produced by Jim Webb, the interactive lighting project invites visitors to show off their best dance in front of spotlights. Their shadows will be projected onto a five-story building. Then, at 9:30 p.m., Step Afrika! will perform.

925 Rhode Island Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Old City Farm and Guild will have a variety of entertainers, from D.C. comedians and musical theater to a fire baton twirler.

1604 7th St. NW
7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
The first 100 visitors at Taylor & York will receive canvasses, brushes and paint to let their inner artist out at this DIY art party.

1535 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Starting off the night, twin New York jazz saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson will perform at Compass Coffee. The following act, the Howard “KingFish” Franklin Quartet, starts at 10 p.m.

1527 and 1529-31 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Shaw Salon at Swatchroom will show off the work of co-founder Maggie O’Neill alongside live painting demonstrations, live music and video installations.

1501 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Chaplin’s will have live painting and a DJ.

1400 Block of 8th St. NW
7 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

City Market at O will take over the entire street and host dancers, clowns, jugglers, henna tattoos and a photo booth.

1410 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Artwork by Brian Mishoe and Sarah Britt will shine at Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness, with a DJ providing music in the basement.

1334 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Piassa EthioCuisine will serve crepes all night to the tune of music by DJ Jahsonic.

1316 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

An abstract mixed media piece by Matt Hlubny will be on display at Thally.

711 N St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Center City Public Charter School Shaw Campus Auditorium planned a full lineup of live dance and music performances, culminating in a dance party at 1:30 a.m.

1250 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

A window art display by Sandy Phillips called “Meet Our Rabbits!” and a found object installation by Reid and Taylor Studio will take the spotlight here.

1240 9th St., 2nd Floor
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Beyond Collective will put on a nighttime audio-visual display during “Nocturnal.”

Windows on 9th Street
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Look up, Shaw. Four different buildings along 9th Street will display window art installments throughout the night. Locations and artists are:

  • 1251 9th St. NW by Nooni Reatig
  • 1549 9th St. NW by Alexander M. Padro
  • 1239 9th St. NW by Rosina Teri Memolo
  • 1207 9th St. NW by Chris Kidboy

Photo via Art All Night/Citelum

by Jennifer Currier — September 24, 2015 at 10:50 am 128 0

More than 100 people gathered in Dupont Circle park to watch Pope Francis address Congress this morning.

Dupont Festival teamed up with NBC Washington to livestream the speech on a jumbo-sized screen in the park.

“When NBC approached us, I wasn’t sure if we could turn it around quickly enough, but we did and people seem to be very glad for that,” said Aaron DeNu, Dupont Festival’s principal organizer. “It’s a beautiful day and people are taking time out of their work day to come down to the park and see this.”

Crowds waited excitedly in front of the screen and then clapped as the pope entered the chambers.

Some attendees brought along their morning coffee and breakfasts, while other passers-by stopped briefly to hear snippets of the pope’s speech.

ANC 2B Commissioner Mike Feldstein was one of those who gathered to hear the pope speak.

“There’s a mood since he’s been here,” Feldstein said about the pope’s visit to D.C. “He’s generating a level of emotional joy that I’ve never felt before in this city. I look around, and I’ve never seen so many people smiling.”

by Tim Regan — September 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm 257 0

Crowd near Dupont Circle, photo courtesy of Dupont FestivalHad enough pope madness? Brace yourself. We’re not done yet.

Dupont Festival will team up with NBC Washington to livestream the pope’s address to Congress in Dupont Circle at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

“We’ll be positioning the screen in the exact same location as the movie night screen,” said Aaron DeNu, Dupont Festival’s principal organizer. “The screen will be a high definition LED rain-or-shine proof screen.”

DeNu suggests bringing breakfast or coffee along to watch the pope’s address.

“This is such a perfect opportunity for folks to literally walk outside their offices and join us by the park,” DeNu added.

Photo courtesy of Dupont Festival

by Tim Regan — September 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm 123 0

(Updated at 2:07 p.m.) More than a thousand people lined Connecticut Avenue NW to see a historic event earlier today.

Police corralled the crowd to the side of the street. Songs were sung. People clapped. Many were excited to catch a glimpse of His Holiness.

Police closed off the entire block of Rhode Island Avenue NW, so onlookers gathered along M Street NW and 17th Street Northwest to catch a glimpse of the pope as he drove by in his trademark Fiat.

Crowds started gathering early in the morning. Multiple people said they left home early anticipating traffic and Metro problems, but most people said the trip went smoothly.

Laura Fisher, 55, and her mother Francis, 90, arrived just after 6 a.m., five hours before the pope’s arrival, to make sure they could get a good view. The two chose to come to St. Matthews instead of the parade near the White House because the church carries special importance to them.

“We always came to church here when I was younger,” Laura said. “We weren’t planning on battling the crowds at the Mall.”

Another group that arrived before sunrise were the Women’s Ordination Conference, a group that advocates for female priests in the Catholic church.

Standing behind a banner saying that “God made men and women equal,” Women’s Ordination Conference co-chairwoman Kat McElwee said that they are hopeful that Pope Francis will take their message to heart.

“You have to be hopeful,” said McElwee, who came from Rome to participate in the group’s multiple demonstrations during the pope’s American visit. “Francis has shows that he’s a man of conversion and open to change, so we’re elevating stories of women and we believe the message will resonate with him.”

Some protestors representing a different women-as-priests movement were later arrested for laying down in and blocking the street, reported WUSA 9.

Dignity Washington, the local chapter of a national organization for LGBT Catholics also staged a demonstration, holding a banner that read “The spirit speaks through us,” in front of the Human Rights Campaign office on 17th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW. Dignity Washington member Larry Ranley, 60, said that the group was hoping to spread their message with the pope, not to directly protest him.

“It’s a gentle protest,” Ranley said. “Our message is that the spirit is speaking through us, and some of the church hierarchy would argue the opposite, but I have no doubt that the spirit speaks through us. When you’re a practicing Catholic despite the condemnation it almost has to be the spirit.”

But not all the protests were so gentle. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketed the event with their usual provocative and vulgar signs, and several anti-abortion trucks decked out with images of bloody fetuses drove past to a chorus of boos.

“That ruined my lunch,” remarked an onlooker in disgust.

Despite these moments, most people gathered were happy to have the chance to see the pope, even if it was only for a brief moment as he stepped out of his Fiat and into the cathedral.

Many people in the crowd discussed how they thought the pope’s visit was a blessing. Veronica Cummings, 35, who is moving this weekend from Mount Pleasant to California, said she saw the visit as a blessing on her life changing.

“There’s something about being here with all these strangers all here for the same purpose,” she said. “I choose to interpret his presence as a blessing on my upcoming move. I’m not religious and certainly not Catholic, but I respect religion for the faith and hope that it inspires in people and I’m hoping this visit is a blessing not only in my personal life but for the whole country.”

by Sean Meehan — September 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm 424 0

Pope Francis

Have you heard? The pope is coming, and with his visit comes road closures, transit changes and extra security across the District. But will it be the end of the world? Pope-alypse? Pope-mageddon? Probably not.

Residents across the Borderstan coverage area will likely feel the effects of Pope Francis’ visit on Wednesday, when the pope will hold mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Dupont Circle after parading around the White House.

Here’s our big infodump-y list of what to expect from the Pope’s visit:

Where Pope Francis Will Be

  • Pope Francis will meet with President Obama Wednesday morning, which will be followed by a parade around the White House along Constitution Avenue NW and 15th and 17th streets NW
  • The pope’s motorcade will then go from the White House to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle at 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, where he will hold a midday prayer with U.S. bishops.
  • He will then head to Catholic University to hold mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • LGBT Catholics will gather outside of the Human Rights Campaign offices at 17th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW to greet the pope as his motorcade passes en route to the cathedral

Where Pope Francis Will Not Be

Those looking to avoid the pope and road closures altogether should stay north of O Street NW. Places to avoid include Massachusetts Avenue near the Naval Observatory on Tuesday night, Farragut Square, Dupont, Catholic University and Brookland on Wednesday and the U.S. Capitol and downtown on Thursday.

Road Closures

  • Rhode Island Avenue NW between Connecticut Avenue NW and 17th Street NW will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Several roads around the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle will close intermittently between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. including:
    – M Street NW between Connecticut Avenue NW and 17th Street NW
    – Connecticut Avenue NW between 18th Street NW and Desales Street NW
    – 17th Street NW between M and N streets NW

Parking Restrictions

  • Parking will be prohibited between midnight and 3 p.m. Wednesday in a one-block radius from the Cathedral including:
    – Rhode Island Avenue NW between 17th Street NW and Connecticut Avenue NW
    – M Street NW between Connecticut Avenue NW and the BB&T bank halfway      down the block
  • Parking will be limited from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Thursday between 11th and 12th streets NW and between K and O streets NW

Metro Trains

  • Service on all lines will be increased during the midday and evenings. Metro does not have the capacity to increase service during rush hours and expects trains to be very crowded at those times
  • Bicycles and large coolers will not be allowed on Metro trains Wednesday or Thursday
  • Bags, packages and containers may be searched at Metro stations
  • There is no scheduled track work on any lines during the Pope’s visit
  • Updated information will be made available online

Metro Bus

  • 37, D1, D3, H1 and S1 buses will not operate on Wednesday or Thursday

Several bus routes have been shortened from due to road closures along their routes. Those bus lines are:

  • 42 and 43 will only operate between Mt. Pleasant and 9th Street NW and F Street NW from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 2 p.m. Thursday
  • N2 and N4 will only operate between Friendship Heights and the National Cathedral at 34th Street NW and Garfield Street NW from 9 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Thursday.
  • N3 and N6 will only operate between Friendship Heights and Dupont Circle from 9 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Thursday
  • S2 and S4 will only operate between Silver Spring and McPherson Square from 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to 2 p.m. Wednesday


  • The Dupont Circle-Georgetown-Rosslyn and Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square lines will run every 15 minutes starting at noon on Wednesday and lasting until Thursday evening


  • D.C. Public Schools will all be open for the entirety of the Pope’s visit. School officials warn that road closures and crowds may affect transportation to and from school and said parents can contact the Parent Resource Center at 202-576-5000 for transportation-related questions during the Pope’s visit.

Several charter schools will be closed on Wednesday, including:

  • All Carlos Rosario International Charter School locations
  • All Center City Public Charter School locations
  • E.L. Hayned Public Charter School
  • All KIPP D.C. locations

Places to Celebrate

  • Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle will hold a pope-themed rooftop party Tuesday night with foods from Pope Francis’ native Argentina. Tickets are $25
  • Rumors Bar and Grill has a special pope sandwich on their menu this week
  • Posto restaurant on 14th Street NW will offer a tasting menu of Roman dishes in honor of the pope’s visit
  • Here’s a list of pope drink specials popping up across town

If you take any photos His Holiness, be sure to send them our way. We may feature some reader photos in a post. Send your photos to [email protected] or tweet them at us.

Happy Pope-ing.


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