A stretch of Georgia Avenue NW near Howard University might be a little more backed up than usual tonight, according to D.C.’s Department of Transportation.
Road crews will alternate between closing the southbound and northbound lanes of Georgia Avenue between Barry Place and Florida Avenue NW between 8 p.m. this evening and 5 a.m. tomorrow morning.
During the project, which began last night, crews will mill the existing asphalt as part of the Georgia Avenue NW Dedicated Bus Lane and Streetscape Project. The overall project is expected to be completed by May 2016, DDOT said.
Photo via Google Street View
A new bookstore with a laid-back vibe and tens of thousands of new and used books to buy is coming soon to Georgia Avenue.
Walls of Books, a store set to open at 3325 Georgia Ave. NW on Dec. 12, will include a literal wall of 30,000 books in English and Spanish, said owner Pablo Sierra.
Sierra, who lives in Brightwood, said he hopes the new bookstore will become a hangout for the neighborhood.
“People like bookstores,” Sierra said. “This is where I wanted to open up. I like this community and I wanted to provide something to it.”
Sierra said the 2,400 square foot space will include book shelves alongside space for couches and chairs to read.
“It’s a great big space. It’s wide-open,” Sierra said. “It’ll be a pretty chill environment. I want this to be a place where people can sit down.”
Sierra said most books will cost between $5 and $10. In addition to selling books, the forthcoming store will also buy them from residents. And Sierra added that he’ll also sling lively conversation, free of charge.
“We’re really excited to be part of the community,” Sierra said. “I love books. I love reading. … Reading is great, but reading as a community is better.”
Photo courtesy of Pablo Sierra
Police said the crime happened after two men got into a fight near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Gresham Place NW around 8:37 p.m. The victim was stabbed after walking away from the man he was fighting with, police added.
The man was “conscious and breathing” when emergency crews took him to the hospital, said police and D.C. Fire and EMS officials.
Stabbing at 2045 hrs at Gresham/Georgia Avenue NW. LOF: black male, wearing all black, bald head 5279
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 8, 2015
No arrests were made in connection with the crime and police are still on the lookout for the suspect.
Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Ave. NW) will host its last late-night pool party of the season this Saturday from 7-11:30 p.m. The pool previously hosted a late night pool party in July.
Like last time, attendees of all ages are free to splash around in the pool while bobbing their heads to music from a live DJ.
A photo ID is required to attend, and D.C. Parks and Recreation has requested that guests RSVP online beforehand.
Photo via Flickr/awiseman
Several recent burglaries at businesses in Columbia Heights and Park View may be related, say D.C. Police.
On Aug. 9, a man wearing a ski mask threw a rock through a window at arts nonprofit BloomBars (3222 11th Street NW) and allegedly took two donation boxes and change from a swear jar. A week later, a similarly dressed man was filmed smashing a glass door and entering a business on the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue NW.
Now, Colony Club (3118 Georgia Avenue NW) and Meridian Pint (3400 11th St NW), just blocks away, say they may have been hit by the same burglar.
Colony Club co-owners Ben Heller and Max Zuckerman say a masked man broke into their business last Sunday.
“He broke in at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning,” Heller said. “He used some sort of mallet type hammer to break through our back door, which is a glass door.”
The alleged burglar was filmed by surveillance cameras swiping a handful of beers and a bag of tools.
“There was a moment yesterday where we maybe thought it was the same person [as the BloomBars burglar],” Zuckerman said. But the mask and the grainy footage make it hard to positively identify the man, he adds.
“In terms of what he actually stole, it’s probably no more than a couple hundred dollars,” Heller says. “The main expense for us is having to replace the back door, or at least the glass on the back door.”
Meridian Pint general manager Heather Kendrick says her business was burglarized just this morning.
“At approximately 3:40 in the morning, [the burglar] smashed the window in,” Kendrick says. “He made off with some booze from here. Super infuriating.”
Meridian Pint’s surveillance cameras were rolling as the alleged burglar raided the bar and restaurant.
“To my sleuthing self, the guy looks like to be the same guy as the BloomBars thief,” she adds. “Same time, same mask, same gloves.”
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District Commander Jacob Kishter said that although the burglaries are “most likely related,” police are still investigating the possible link.
Surveillance videos courtesy of BloomBars, MPD and Colony Club
A man was filmed smashing a glass door in connection with a burglary that occurred earlier this month in Park View.
Police say the burglary occurred on the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue NW Aug. 16 around 4:23 AM.
In a surveillance video released yesterday by police, a man in a baseball cap can be seen shattering a glass door with a small handheld object. The man then steps inside the business and runs off-camera, but returns into view and leaves the building a moment later.
One week prior on Aug. 9, an arts nonprofit roughly two blocks away was burglarized in a similar fashion.
Police did not say whether the two burglaries were connected.
Video via MPD
ANC 1A is asking for online feedback on what should be done with the former Bruce Monroe School site at 3000 Georgia Ave. NW.
Residents can share their thoughts on what should be done with the plot of land in a new online survey.
The District currently owns the parcel of land. Currently, the site is designated for temporary park use.
ANC 1A Commissioner Kent Boese wrote on local blog Park View, D.C. that the site “has mostly been a nearly three acre open space since that time with the exception of a fairly successful community garden located in the southwest corner of the property.”
The park also currently houses a Little Free Library.
The deadline to submit a survey response is Sept. 9, 2015.
Volunteers are being sought to help clean up graffiti along the lower part of Georgia Avenue NW.
Those interested should meet at Torrie’s Restaurant (700 V Street NW) next Saturday at 10 a.m. to pick up supplies and receive training.
Cleaners will then break into teams and remove graffiti at 18 businesses and public spaces in an area that stretches from the intersection of Georgia and Florida avenues NW to Georgia Avenue and Upshur Street NW.
Event organizer and economic development consultant Jon Stover says a power washer and 25 graffiti cleanup kits were purchased to aid with the project.
“We’re going to train community members on the appropriate process for removing graffiti,” says Stover. “There’s so many big large tags along Georgia Avenue. Having a power washer is a great tool to address that.”
Artistic graffiti and murals will not be removed during the cleanup, adds Stover.
“Right now, none of the graffiti [we’re targeting] can be construed as art,” adds Stover.
The effort, funded by a grant from the Department of Public Works, is meant in part to study the feasibility of a Main Street organization along Georgia Avenue. The idea goes that if the community can coalesce around certain issues, conditions may be right to start a Main Street organization.
If all goes well and a Georgia Avenue Main Street organization is founded, Stover says the goal is to make the cleanup a regular event.
“We’re hoping the community to take ownership of it and it will be up to the community to develop it themselves,” he says.
Image via Flickr/Perspective
On Tuesday, the city department closed one lane of traffic in each direction on Georgia Avenue NW between Barry Place and Florida Avenue NW.
DDOT says the closures are needed to construct dedicated bus lanes and a streetscape along that stretch of Georgia Avenue. The work also includes the replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutters, sidewalk ramps, mill and overlay of the roadway and new dedicated bus lanes in each direction.
These city expects to complete the project in May of 2016.
The incident occurred while the bus was stopped near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW.
According to Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly, a man and a woman began to argue with each other while the bus was stopped. As the female passenger began to leave the bus, the man followed her.
The woman then turned and sprayed the man with pepper spray, catching several others in the line of fire.
Both the woman and the man left the scene before police arrived, says Ly.
D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez says emergency crews treated the victims for minor injuries related to pepper spray exposure near the 3000 block of Georgia Avenue NW.
Three of the victims were children, authorities say.
UPDATE: 3000blk of Georgia Ave NW. 6 pts transported with minor injuries. 3 adults; 3 minors.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 28, 2015
Image via Google Street View
Swimmers will be able to splash well into the night at Banneker Pool tomorrow.
The D.C. Department of Recreation will host its second annual “A Splish Splash Summer” late night party at the pool, located at 2500 Georgia Avenue NW, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
A live DJ will spin tunes during the pool party.
The event series is free and open to all ages. A photo ID is required to attend.
Photo via Flickr/awiseman
A man was caught on camera allegedly burglarizing a Park View business earlier this week.
D.C. Police are on the lookout for a person of interest in a burglary they say occurred on the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue NW on Monday between 7:45 p.m. and 11:10 p.m.
In the store’s surveillance video released by police yesterday, a man in jeans, a white tank top and a white baseball cap can be seen taking several items and stuffing them into what appears to be a large trash bag.
Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.
Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.
Video via MPD
From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.
Plans are in progress to revive an underused property across from Howard University Hospital at Georgia Avenue and V Streets NW. The development, known as the Howard University Town Center, would encompass 2100-2146 Georgia Avenue. Plans include a 41,000 foot grocery store, a 15,000 foot apparel store, a national or regional bank, and 445 apartments with 320 underground parking spaces. Eighty-eight of the apartments, or 20%, would be dedicated for affordable housing built to the same standard of quality as the market rate units.
Fresh Grocer, a Philadelphia-based chain that focuses on urban locations, has signed on to anchor the site.
This project has a long and somewhat complicated history. Last December, the City Council voted to extend a tax abatement to the project, despite city Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi’s analysis that no tax abatement is necessary to move forward the financing for the project. Now Mayor Gray must decide whether to include the abatement in the DC Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 or 2014.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.
The Caribbean Carnival Parade on Georgia Avenue NW is one of the parades that draws a reliably strong crowd year after year. Despite that, the organizers are in debt from previous parades and the city is unlikely to lend a helping hand to keep it going. The parade is tentatively scheduled for June 23 and 24.
The current situation may be due to the outbreaks of violence at last year’s parade, particularly since the organizers’ debt includes a $200,000 IOU to the city for police protection overtime.
DCist reports that new parade routes are being sought, as the Gray administration appears to be reluctant at the prospect of shutting down Georgia Avenue, despite the $176,000 in city funds the parade received last year. We’ll keep you posted on the funding and location status.
From Luis Gomez and Matt Rhoades
A group estimated at more than 500 people walked from Columbia Heights to Dupont last night to recognize the victims of recent hate crimes against members of the LGBT community in DC, and to call attention to the problem still face gay and transgendered people in DC. The event was organized on Facebook by friends of one of the victims , Daniel, who was shot March 11 at the IHOP restaurant in Columbia Heights after an incident which involved anti-gay slurs. Police have listed the incident as a hate-related assault with intent to kill.
Starting off at the IHOP at 14th and Irving Streets NW, the group walked to Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW for a second brief ceremony at the site where another gay man was beaten and robbed on March 12; he suffered a broken jaw. According to Kyan Brady, one of the March organizers, both of the men were released from the hospital yesterday, March 20.
What is a hate or bias crime? Wikipedia says: “In crime and law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation,disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, sex, gender identity, social status or political affiliation.” What does the term mean under DC law? Check out the DC Police definition of a hate crime.
Patrick Pressman, one of the March organizers said he believed that DC Police had estimated the crowd at 520 people. Pressman said the turnout was definitely in the 50o to 600 range. More than 700 people had said they would attend on the Facebook event page.
Video and Photos of March: More Borderstan photos on our Facebook Page. The march drew a great deal of local media coverage, including The Washington Post, as well as local TV stations. Video of the march is available at ABC-7, NBC-4, CBS-9 and Fox-5. The Washington Blade has posted a photo gallery from last night’s march as has The DC Center on flickr. (A hat tip to Chris Wiggins for organizing media coverage.)
The march ended at Cobalt lounge at 17th and R NW, where a fundraiser was held for Daniel, the shooting victim at IHOP –proceeds are going to help cover his medical costs. In addition to a donations bucket at Cobalt, Cobalt General Manager Mark Rutstein said the business was donating a portion of bar receipts to Daniel’s medical fund and that the DJs and the evening’s drag show performers were also donating the cost of their time on Tuesday night for the fundraiser. There is also a Facebook Page, Benefit for Daniel, where you can make a donation through PayPal.
MPD Chief Cathy Lanier was at the kickoff at IHOP, along with Councilmembers Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), and Council Chairman Kwame Brown. The marchers were also joined by some members of Occupy DC who came to show support.
The organizers have also recommended two organizers where you can make donations in addition to the Benefit for Daniel Fund:
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- Tonight: Silent March for Recent Victims of Anti-LGBT Violence (Borderstan)
- March to begin Tuesday at IHOP to remember LGBT shooting, assault victims (Washington Blade, March 19)
- March planned in Columbia Heights for victims of anti-gay violence, including IHOP shooting (The Washington Post, March 17)
- 3 hospitalized after spate of anti-LGBT violence (Washington Blade, March 14)
- Two Gay Men And A Transgender Woman Hospitalized After Anti-LGBT Attacks Hit Washington D.C. Neighborhood (Huffington Post, March 15)