by Andrew Ramonas November 10, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

Food & Friends' Slice of Life (Image via Food & Friends)Visitors to Farragut Square can try some apple and pumpkin pies for free and help raise money to feed members of the D.C. community with major health problems today.

Food & Friends, which delivers free meals to people with AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses, is set to hand out the complimentary dessert as part of its 10th Annual Slice of Life Thanksgiving pie sale. Representatives of the nonprofit organization are scheduled to set up near K and 17th streets NW from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to eating pie, passersby can learn how to buy them from Food & Friends. With each pie sale, the organization is able to provide a full day of meals for a person in need.

The pies cost between $28 and $45, according to the organization’s Slice of Life website.

“The 10th Annual Slice of Life Thanksgiving pie sale is a simple and delicious way for members of the public to support Food & Friends’ large-scale effort to deliver 1 million healthy meals this year to those in the community living with life-challenging illnesses,” according to a statement from Food & Friends. “The goal this year is to sell 9,000 pies.”

Image via Food & Friends

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 Tim Regan August 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

The head chef at one of José Andrés’ D.C. restaurants is set to cook a “summer Mexican fiesta” and hand out free samples in Farragut Square tomorrow afternoon.

Oyamel Chef Colin King will lead an outdoor cooking demonstration in the park at the intersection of K St. and Connecticut Ave. NW from noon to 2 p.m., according to a press release from the Golden Triangle BID.

Dishes prepared in the square will include bay scallop ceviche with cucumber, lime and serrano sauce; pickled red onions and mint; and sauteed local corn served with mayo and chile pequín and Guacomole, the release notes.

The Golden Triangle BID estimates there will be enough samples for roughly 50-100 people.

The cooking demonstration is part of the BID’s weekly Farragut Fridays event series. Read more about what’s planned for tomorrow in a press release from the Golden Triangle BID:

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (www.goldentriangledc.com) will host Chef Colin King, the head chef at José Andrés’ Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, for an outdoor cooking demonstration, Fri., Aug. 19, from Noon-2 p.m., during Farragut Fridays at Farragut Square Park (at the intersection of K St. and Connecticut Ave. NW). In the midst of Restaurant Week, people will be able to learn from Chef King as he prepares a summer Mexican fiesta from the Oyamel menu.

Chef King will showcase Oyamel’s Cayo en Aguachile, a ceviche of bay scallops with a sauce of cucumber, lime and serrano, served with fresno chiles, pickled red onions and mint, as well as the Esquites, sautéed local fresh corn served with house made mayo and chile pequín, and Guacomole. Samples will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The chef demonstration is part of Farragut Fridays, a weekly outdoor activation of one of the city’s most well-known national parks, which draws more than 39,000 visitors over the summer. Throughout the day, the Golden Triangle BID invites people to use the free Wi-Fi at Outdoor Office and enjoy a variety of pop-up events including adoptable puppies, scavenger hunts and music during lunch. The programming serves as an additional amenity for workers and tourists, as it’s occurring just a block from the White House. The complete schedule of activities can be found at goldentriangledc.com/farragutfridays.

“Bon Appetit has just named Washington, D.C., as the restaurant city of the year, and we want to do our part to celebrate the creativity and vibrancy of the hospitality sector in the neighborhood and across the region. These chef demonstrations will allow everyone to learn more about food preparation, the origins of favorite dishes, and, best of all, a chance to try them,” says Leona Agouridis, executive director, Golden Triangle BID.

A second chef demo by Kazuhiro Okochi at KAZ Sushi Bistro on 1915 I Street NW will occur Fri., Sept. 16, during Farragut Fridays.

Photos courtesy Think Good Group

by Tim Regan July 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

2300 Ontario Road NW, photo via Google Street ViewA group robbers armed with a Taser shocked and hit one person and beat up another during a robbery in Adams Morgan early Saturday morning.

The crime happened on the 2300 block of Ontario Road NW just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Four men were walking along Ontario Road when they were approached by a group of 10 people, according to police. One of the people in the group pulled out a Taser and shocked one of the men while others in the group hit the man in the face, authorities said. The group also allegedly beat another man during the robbery before running off with two wallets.

Police arrested 20-year-old Willie Anthony Hill and 18-year-old Johnathan Smith in connection with the crime but did not release information regarding the other suspects.

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by Courtney Brown July 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm 2 Comments

Bernie Sanders supporters (Photo via Facebook/MarchForBernieUSA - D.C.)

D.C. is set to “feel the Bern” once again later this week.

Members of Democracy Spring and other progressive groups are slated to hold a rally for 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at Farragut Square from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, according to a Facebook event page.

Saying they “‘Will! Not! Yield!'” in a Facebook post, organizers vowed to “demand change & reject finance campaign corruption and voter suppression” during the “#MarchForBernieUSA.”

Despite the fact that the Vermont senator endorsed former secretary of state Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee last week, co-organizer Amber Moore still expects at least 350 people to attend and call for Sanders’ nomination.

“Bernie has not dropped out of the race,” Moore said. “He is still the most likely candidate to defeat [presumptive Republican nominee Donald] Trump.”

She added: “He has an opportunity to change the minds of of the super delegates at the [Democratic] convention. Hillary’s trustworthiness has continued to fall.”

Photo via Facebook/MarchForBernieUSA – D.C.

by Andrew Ramonas June 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Japanese crafts and games (Photo via Photo via Facebook/Japanese Embassy)The opportunity play a Japanese game and make samurai hats, cranes and other items out of paper is slated to come to Farragut Square this Friday, according to a Facebook event post.

As part of the “Farragut Fridays” event series, the Japanese Embassy plans to have a booth where passersby can try Japanese paper folding, known as origami, and test their eye and hand coordination with kendama, which is similar to the cup-and-ball game.

The crafts and games are scheduled to run from noon to 2 p.m.

Hosted by the Golden Triangle BID, Farragut Fridays has outdoor activities — such as movie screenings, puppy adoptions and music performances — every Friday from May to September.

Photo via Facebook/Japanese Embassy

by Andrew Ramonas May 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

1700 block of L Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)An assailant with something sharp slit a 61-year-old man’s throat a block north of Farragut Square over the weekend, police said.

The assault with the intent to kill happened on the 1700 block of L Street NW about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was arguing with three people in the area when they punched him, according to authorities. One of the attackers then slit the man’s throat and cut his right arm with an unidentified object.

The condition of the man after the assault wasn’t immediately clear.

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by Andrew Ramonas May 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Golden Cinema (Photo via Golden Triangle Business Improvement District)

“American President,” “Mars Attacks!” and other movies with a presidential theme are slated to get a screening in Farragut Square during the next few months.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District’s annual “Golden Cinema” outdoor film series is back this month as part of the organization’s free Farragut Fridays festivities.

This year’s “Hail to the Chief” flicks include:

  • “American President” on May 20.
  • “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” on May 27.
  • “Mars Attacks!” on June 3.
  • “Dave” on June 10.
  • “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” on June 17.
  • “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” on June 24.
  • “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” on July 1.
  • “Clear and Present Danger” on July 8.
  • “Manchurian Candidate” on July 15.
  • “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” on July 22.

The Golden Triangle BID has set aside July 29 and Aug. 5 as rain dates.

Photo via Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

by Tim Regan April 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm 0

Yoga in the Park, photo via Golden Triangle BIDOne of the Golden Triangle BID’s most popular annual events will make its triumphant return next month.

Fitness instructors will hold yoga and pilates classes in Farragut Park and barre sessions in the plaza at 2100 M St. NW every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening starting May 17, the BID announced this week.

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by Tim Regan April 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Photo via Instagram : Golden Triangle

Farragut Square will once again become an outdoor office, a picnic spot and a film venue next month.

Golden Triangle BID is slated to kick off its annual Farragut Fridays series on May 6, the organization tweeted today.

On the schedule this year includes events by Wolf Trap, puppy adoption from the Washington Animal Rescue League, CPR training, jazz music and Friday night movies at sunset.

Golden Triangle BID regularly hosts events and happenings in and around the area between the White House and Dupont Circle.

The BID’s next event is its annual Earth Day celebration at the four corners of 19th and L streets NW this Friday.

Image via Instagram / Golden Triangle

by Andrew Ramonas March 21, 2016 at 6:20 am 1 Comment

(Updated at 1:42 p.m. Friday) Bravo Bravo, a nightclub at 1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, was ordered closed Monday over an incident where two women were stabbed there early Monday morning.

Regulators with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board suspended the bar’s liquor license on Wednesday.

According to police, one woman was stabbed in the torso and another was stabbed in the abdomen after a fight inside the club spilled into city streets. The stabbing occurred at about 2:08 a.m. Monday morning. Both of the women needed stitches after the attack, police said.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier ordered the bar to close its doors for 96 hours while police investigated the stabbing.

“These stabbings can be connected directly to the operations of Bravo-Bravo and it is clear from the violent outcome that the establishment jeopardizes the safety of residents in and visitors to the city,” Lanier wrote in a letter posted to the front door of the building Monday evening.

by Andrew Ramonas January 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Golden Cinema (Photo via Golden Triangle Business Improvement District)

The organizers of “Farragut Fridays” already are thinking about what movies they should screen outdoors later this year, before the snow even melts from the square.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District on Saturday opened voting for its “Golden Cinema” flicks during its Farragut Fridays festivities from May 20 to July 22. The films, which will have a “Hail to the Chief” theme, will play at sunset.

Locals can visit the Golden Triangle BID’s website to select the top five movies they want to see. Voting ends Feb. 10.

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by Borderstan.com January 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Pedestrian struck near 17th and L streets NW on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

(Updated at 4:42 p.m.) Someone in a car crashed into a woman about a block north of Farragut Square this afternoon, critically injuring her, according to authorities.

The collision happened near 17th and L streets NW about 1:40 p.m., D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Tim Wilson said. According to police, the driver kept going after hitting the woman.

The woman was “conscious and breathing” when she was brought to a local hospital with critical injuries, said officer Sean Hickman.

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by Jennifer Currier September 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

WARL at Farragut Friday

Locals will have one last chance to pet a puppy during Golden Triangle BID’s Farragut Friday series this summer.

Furry friends from the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) will wag their tails at Farragut Square this Friday at noon.

Visitors will be able to play with the puppies, learn about them from WARL volunteers and even fill out paperwork to adopt one on the spot.

“People coming to the park love it,” Golden Triangle BID executive director Leona Agouridis told Borderstan last month. “And of course WARL loves it because there are hundreds of people who come and pet the dogs and they do get adopted.”

Photo via Twitter/GoldenTriDC

by Sean Meehan September 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm 0

The D.C. Council is used to a lot of back-and-forth, but it’s not usually this literal.

Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans joined seven other councilmembers for a ping pong tournament in Farragut Square this afternoon. The event was organized by at-large Councilmember Vincent Orange and the Golden Triangle BID, which holds events in the square every Friday.

Evans faced off against Orange, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson in singles and doubles tournaments.

Evans was a playful but formidable competitor, defending his home turf of Ward 2 with a gentle serve and an extensive arsenal of smack talk.

After winning his first game — an 11-5 rout against Todd — Evans said he wasn’t expecting his table tennis skills to come back to him, since it’s been more than 40 years since he last played.

“I grew up playing ping pong in the 50s and 60s, but back then everyone had homemade tables,” he said. “Your dad would get a piece of plywood and paint it green and you’d buy a set and play. I haven’t had a paddle in my hand for 45 years, but I guess it’s something you never forget, like riding a bike.”

Evans’ confidence waned after losing in the second round of the singles tournament to May.

Ultimately, it was Orange who emerged victorious.

But Evans seemed to have the last laugh: As Orange posed with his trophy for the singles tournament, Evans grabbed it and joked that Orange had been using deflated ping pong balls.

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