by Andrew Ramonas December 13, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Man wanted in attempted Foggy Bottom bank robbery (Image via Twitter/Metropolitan Police Department)

A man sought in an attempted bank robbery near the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station last week has appeared in surveillance footage, police tweeted yesterday.

The crime happened in the Citibank at 2221 I St. NW about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

The man is suspected of giving a teller a note that demanded money, according to authorities. But he didn’t get any cash before he left.

Police described the suspect as a:

Black male in his thirties, dark complexion, 6’2 to 6’5 in height, thin build, wearing a yellow hard hat, yellow visibility vest over a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark sweatpants and black gloves.

Image via Twitter/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas December 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Citibank at 2221 I St. NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man who said he had a gun demanded money from a Foggy Bottom bank yesterday afternoon, but didn’t get any, according to authorities.

The attempted robbery happened in the Citibank at 2221 I St. NW about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

The man walked into the bank across from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station and gave a teller a note, police said.

“Got gun 7500 no dye packs,” the message said, according to authorities.

The bank employee then brought the note to her supervisor. But the man left while the teller was bringing it to the attention of her boss.

Police released a tweet with a suspect description:

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan November 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

Shadow Room on K Street, Oct. 25 2016A dance club near Foggy Bottom is slated to close its doors for good at the end of the month.

Shadow Room (2131 K St. NW) will say goodbye to its patrons “at the end of November,” according to a representative for the business.

The club is slated to host a “last call” party with DJs, music and an open bar this Wednesday, Nov. 23.

The club posted a farewell message to its Facebook page yesterday:

Thanks to all those that have supported over the years and thanks to the amazing staff that has worked hard behind the scenes to make Shadow Room a D.C. destination. Come by this Wednesday if you are in town and let’s toast to almost a decade in D.C. nightlife as we say goodbye.

Though it’s unclear why the club is closing, it could be related to trouble with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Liquor regulators in October concluded Shadow Room had served several underage patrons during a special event last year, leading to a $5,000 fine and an order to temporarily suspend its license.

When asked about the closure, however, a Shadow Room representative said it “received a lucrative offer from a Saudi prince” but did not elaborate. A Borderstan reporter was unable to reach the representative for further comment.

by November 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

(Updated at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17) A fire erupted inside a food truck in Foggy Bottom, critically injuring at least one person Wednesday afternoon, according to a D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman.

The blaze started in The House Of Falafel’s Falafel Bus vehicle near 21st and H streets NW about 2 p.m. Less than 20 minutes later, the fire was out.

In addition to the critically injured individual, who was rushed to a local hospital, two other people received injuries in the blaze, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan told Borderstan. Those individuals also were hospitalized.

Photos from the scene initially showed black smoke billowing from the food truck parked near Kogan Plaza on George Washington University’s campus. A Borderstan editor later saw a vehicle charred by flames.

Improper fueling or refueling of a generator on the truck likely caused the fire, Buchanan said. The vehicle’s equipment was functioning correctly.

Photos of fire courtesy of Beth Ethier and Eve Zhurbinskiy

by Andrew Ramonas November 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm 7 Comments

Queen Annes Lane and Hughes Mews (Photo via Google Maps)A thief used a gun to beat a man during a robbery in Foggy Bottom last night, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 900 block of Hughes Mews NW about 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

The victim was going into a home about three blocks west of the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station when a man came up to him and flashed a handgun, according to authorities.

The man with the gun forced the victim inside the house soon after and robbed him. The gun-wielding man then used his weapon to repeatedly hit the victim in his head before leaving.

The victim received injuries in the attack. But it wasn’t immediately clear if he went to a hospital.

Police tweeted out a description of the suspect after the crime:

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas November 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

1400 block of Irving Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief wearing a “poop emoji” mask took part in a violent group robbery in Columbia Heights last night, police said.

The crime happened on the 1400 block of Irving Street NW about 11 p.m. Monday.

The victim was walking near the DC USA retail development when he passed about 10 people, including the person with the mask, according to authorities. One of the individuals then punched the victim in his face, and the rest of them knocked him to the ground.


by Tim Regan October 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0


A club in the Foggy Bottom area was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and temporarily suspend its liquor sales after serving alcohol to teenagers last year, according to a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board notice posted last week.

Acott Ventures LLC, the company that owns Shadow Room at 2131 K St. NW, must pay a $5,000 penalty by Dec. 19 to keep its license to serve booze, the panel ruled.

The business also will have its alcohol license suspended from Dec. 21-24, regulators ordered. But it may have to refrain from serving booze six more days if it doesn’t pay its fine on time.

Investigators received a tip from D.C. Police that Shadow Room was selling alcohol to minors, according to an ABRA case report Borderstan obtained. A club bartender sold cranberry vodkas, gin and tonics, and tequila to at least six underage patrons — some of them teens — during a special event on Sept. 13, 2015, a police report says.

The patrons told police the bar’s employees didn’t check their IDs at the door or when buying alcohol.

“MPD detectives observed six minors drinking alcoholic beverages inside the establishment,” an investigator wrote in the report. “The establishment failed to take reasonable steps to ascertain the ages of the individuals.”

A Shadow Room representative did not respond to requests for comment. We’ll update this story if we hear from them.

by Andrew Ramonas October 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm 0

FRIENDS Block Party (Photo via The George Washington University)An annual block party for members of the Foggy Bottom, West End and George Washington University communities is slated to return to the college’s campus this weekend.

Local restaurants and other area businesses are scheduled to have booths on the 2200 block of I Street NW near the Metro station from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday as part of the party, according to GW. Musicians and dancers are set to perform, too.

More information on the participants wasn’t immediately available.

Started in 2002, the party is put on by FRIENDS, a group the university and its neighbors formed to increase communication among them.

Photo via The George Washington University

by Tim Regan October 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm 1 Comment

Free Wi-Fi map via Golden Triangle BIDIt will soon be possible to wirelessly connect to the internet for free in parts of downtown D.C. and Foggy Bottom.

Next Thursday, The Golden Triangle BID and the District’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) will launch free public Wi-Fi on a stretch of Pennsylvania Ave. NW just west of the White House.

The new Wi-Fi, accessed through the network “DCWiFi,” will also be available from 17th to 20th streets between G and I streets NW.

Mayor Bowser is scheduled to help launch the Wi-Fi service during a public event in Murrow Park next Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 am., said Leona Agouridis, the BID’s executive director.

Photo via Golden Triangle BIDThe new service is part of a larger OCTO project called Pennsylvania 2040, which aims to “provide a better, more rewarding experience to everyone who uses the west Pennsylvania Avenue corridor.” In addition to the wireless internet, the project includes the installation and testing of sensors that would measure everything from air and soil quality to how full nearby trash cans are.

“When the launch occurs next week, it’ll also begin the testing of some sensors,” Agouridis said. “Part of this is learning and discovering how we can all use these sensors.”

Users who log in between Oct. 20-28 can complete a short form for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a store or restaurant in the area.

Photo via Golden Triangle BID

by Tim Regan October 10, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Police carTwo men were injured in shootings in NoMa and in Foggy Bottom late last night and early this morning, according to D.C. Police.

The first shooting occurred on the 1100 block of McKenna Walk NW at about 11:40 p.m. last night. Another shooting happened on the 1000 block of 22nd St. NW around 3 a.m. this morning, police said.

In the NoMa shooting, police discovered a man suffering from “multiple gunshot wounds” on the 1100 block of McKenna Walk NW. The man was conscious at the scene of the crime and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Police did not provide a lookout for a suspect in that shooting.

Hours later, someone shot a man on the 1000 block of 22nd St. NW, police said. The area where the shooting occurred is blocks away from George Washington University’s campus.

The victim of the shooting was conscious when he was taken to the hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Police arrested two people in connection with that crime but have not yet released their names.

We’ll update this story when we learn more.

by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

900 block of 5th Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man picked up a knife from two would-be thieves and scared them away after they tried to rob him near the H Street corridor last night, police said.

The attempted robbery happened on the 900 block of 5th Street NE about 11 p.m. Thursday.

The victim was walking up to his door about a block north of H Street NE when a man and another person came up to him, according to authorities. The man then flashed a hunting knife and ordered the victim to hand over his wallet.


by Andrew Ramonas September 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

1300 Block of Clifton Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Robbers punched a man in the head and took $4,000 from him in Columbia Heights late last night, police said.

The violent robbery occurred between the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Clifton Street NW about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim was walking home from work just west of the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus when two men punched him in the back of his head, according to authorities.


by Tim Regan July 28, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

Rescue in Elevator pit of Foggy Bottom Metro, July 2016

(Updated at 11 a.m.) D.C. Firefighters rescued a man who suffered a “medical emergency” while working in an “escalator pit” near the Foggy Bottom Metro station earlier this morning.

The man was working on escalators near the Foggy Bottom Metro station on the 900 block of 23rd St. NW just before 10 a.m. when he “suffered a medical emergency,” according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo.

Though it was initially believed the man fell, Maggiolo said the man was working at the bottom of the pit when he suffered an unspecified “medical emergency.” The man did not appear to be seriously injured when he was pulled out and taken to the hospital, Maggiolo added.

Rescuers pulled the man out around 10:45 a.m.

Photo and additional reporting by Courtney Brown

by Tim Regan July 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

stmarysOfficials from the D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS), Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) and Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) will meet with Ward 2 residents tonight to discuss homeless encampments in the area.

The meeting will take place in Foggy Bottom at St. Mary’s Court, (725 24th Street NW) and will start at 7 p.m.

Keylin Rivera, the mayor’s Ward 2 community liaison, says the meeting is meant to be a general informational session for residents to learn more about Ward 2’s homeless encampments and what the city is doing about them.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP.


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