by Tim Regan June 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

(Updated at 2:52 p.m.) A new outdoor pop-up beer garden from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group is coming to downtown D.C.

The beer garden, called “Canteen,” will arrive at at 2100 M Street NW this Saturday, June 18, according to a press release.

Bartenders will serve 10 beers, and food from a menu by Red Apron Butchery.

The seasonal beer garden will be open Wednesday through Friday from 4-10 p.m. and Saturdays between noon at 10 p.m. and will also feature live music on Saturdays and lawn game tournaments on Fridays, the release said.

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by Courtney Brown June 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0

K Street NW, photo via Google Street ViewA new art project in the works could make a stretch of road near Foggy Bottom more friendly looking.

The Golden Triangle BID and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities are looking for artists or design teams to create a permanent work of public art to be installed on the 2100 block of K Street NW, where K Street emerges from beneath Washington Circle.

Under the plan, which is dubbed the “K Street Gateway Project,” artists would have $480,000 to “create something appealing for all the people who live and work here,” executive director Leona Agouridis said.

The winning design would reflect the vibrancy of the neighborhood, according to a project overviewOther project goals include producing a “modern aesthetic,” creating something to “soften” or “humanize” the area and making the stretch of road “safe for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.”

Design teams are expected to be chosen this September and the art installation is scheduled to be completed by fall of next year.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan December 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

A Halloween pub crawl attended by scores of people was a nightmare to clean up after, say several local businesses.

D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board held a fact-finding hearing on Wednesday regarding Nightmare on M Street, an annual pub crawl organized by events company Lindy Promotions earlier this year on Oct. 31.

Though direct transcripts of the hearing are not yet publicly available, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District’s (BID) executive director, Leona Agouridis, shared with Borderstan a letter she wrote to ABC board chairperson Ruthanne Miller in November.

In the letter, Agouridis expressed concern over “troubling conditions we found in the Golden Triangle on the morning of Sunday, November 1, 2015.” She also attached several photos that “show the outlandish amount of trash that our workers and businesses encountered the following morning, especially in the 1300 block of Connecticut, and the 1800 block of M Street.”

Agouridis wrote the Golden Triangle received complaints from local businesses that the bar crawl left trash and vomit strewn across the area. Additionally, Agouridis said she was told that “drunk and disorderly” revelers destroyed landscaping at one business and forced a clothing retailer to close early on the day of the event.

“The sponsors of this bar crawl profited from the activity, while the community around them dealt with the consequences,”Agouridis wrote. “As a result, the BID was uncharacteristically dirty through Tuesday morning, four days later, when we were finally able to catch up with cleaning the rest of the BID.  This is not productive for the BID nor for the city.”

Agouridis conclues her letter by asking that the board make bar crawl applicants pay a clean-up deposit ahead of an event. “If the city cleans up afterwards, then the funds should go to the city; if a BID cleans up afterwards, the funds should be transferred to the BID,” she said.

She also asks the board to review its current settlement agreements and “commit to a more proactive and positive approach to managing nightlife districts.”

Lindy Productions was reached by phone earlier today but was not immediately able to comment.

by Tim Regan November 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

New art coming to L and 19th streets, photo courtesy of Golden Triangle BID

An intersection downtown will soon look a little more artistic.

Workers will install four new wooden sculptures in the small “rain gardens” on all four corners of 19th and L Streets NW this Friday and Saturday, announced the Golden Triangle BID this morning

Local artist Foon Sham will officially unveil his new wooden sculptures at 19th and L streets NW next Friday at noon. The temporary works of art were constructed from 3,700 pieces of wood and made to look like water-collecting vessels.

More information from the Golden Triangle BID press release:

“The sculptures bring natural elements to an unexpected place. They complement the function of the rain garden and contrast the busy urban intersection,” said Sham.

“Thousands of people walk by this busy intersection on a daily basis; we wanted to catch their eye with this unexpected art so they will take a moment to stop and enjoy the beautiful space. This project supports our greater goal to add visual diversity and interest to the public realm,” explains Executive Director Leona Agouridis.

The four rain gardens at 19th and L streets NW can filter tens of thousands of gallons of runoff annually by capturing rainfall and controlling the storm water overflow. They were built by the Golden Triangle BID in partnership with the District Department of Energy & Environment, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 319 Program.

The new sculptures are not the first public art pieces in the Golden Triangle; the BID continuously adds color and texture throughout the neighborhood. Past projects include artistic lights along the Connecticut Avenue Median, art on the walls of the entrances to the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations, six artistic bike racks throughout the neighborhood, and most recently, light art at Murrow and Monroe Parks.

Renderings courtesy of Golden Triangle BID

by Jared Holt June 3, 2015 at 11:00 am 0

picnic in the park, photo via Twitter.com/GoldenTriDC

Golden Triangle BID tweeted that its bi-weekly Picnic in the Park in Murrow Park is still happening today at noon despite light rain expected over the next few hours.

“We are going to put the tables under a big tent today because of the drizzle,” reads the tweet. “See you there!”

The BID hosts the free event each week from 12-2 p.m. on Wednesdays in Murrow Park at 18th and H streets NW, and Fridays from 12-2 p.m. in Farragut Park between Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations.

Photo via Twitter.com/GoldenTriDC

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