by Andrew Ramonas September 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

1400 block of Maryland Avenue NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man was stabbed near the H Street corridor this afternoon, police said.

The attack happened on the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue NE about 2:45 p.m. today.

The victim was conscious after the attack.

Authorities haven’t released any suspect information.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas September 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

1400 block of Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man talking on his cellphone lost the device and some of his other belongings to thieves with a gun in Columbia Heights early yesterday morning, police said.

The armed robbery occurred on the 1400 block of Columbia Road NW about 4 a.m. Monday.

The victim was walking in the area when three people drove up to him in a black or gray four-door Nissan car, according to authorities. Two of the individuals then hopped out of the car and went up to the victim.


by Andrew Ramonas September 20, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Fried oysters po' boy (Photo via Facebook/Ben's Upstairs)

(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) The bar and restaurant above the Ben’s Chili Bowl on the H Street corridor has a new name after about a year in business.

Ten 01 (1001 H St. NE), which the owners of Ben’s Chili Bowl opened last fall, is now Ben’s Upstairs. The switch officially happened over the weekend, Ben’s spokesman Manuel Iguina said.

“As part of the Ali family’s full service restaurant group, it became obvious that an address name,’ was not inclusive,” Iguina said in an email. “The full service restaurants are either ‘Ben’s Next Door’ or now ‘Ben’s Upstairs’ and reflect that they are part of the overall family brand.”

Ben’s Upstairs bills itself on its website as “Southern with a splash of Caribbean.”

The restaurant has a fried green tomato BLT ($12), fried oysters po’ boy ($12), jerked salmon ($21) and meat loaf ($19), among other dishes.

“We are all very exited and cant wait to share food, fun, and good times with the neighborhood,” Iguina said.

Ten 01 served jerked salmon, but few of the other items at Ben’s Upstairs.

The old restaurant said on its website it had “spirited and creative food,” including a pork belly sandwich and shrimp and half-smoke corn dogs, which have disappeared from the menu.

Photo via Facebook/Ben’s Upstairs

by Andrew Ramonas September 17, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)(Updated at 11:20 a.m.) A man was shot on the H Street corridor and another man was stabbed in Adams Morgan overnight, according to authorities.

The shooting happened on the 700 block of H Street NE about 12:15 a.m. The stabbing occurred on the 1700 block of Kalorama Road NW about 12:30 a.m.

In the stabbing, the victim was driving a taxi with a passenger just southwest of the Adams Morgan Harris Teeter when the rider stabbed him three times in his chest with a knife, robbed him and fled, according to authorities.

The cabbie was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Police arrested 23-year-old Johnwann Elliot of Southeast D.C. in connection with the crime. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Details on what led up to the shooting on the same block as Po Boy Jim, Crown Fried Chicken and other businesses weren’t immediately available from authorities. But the shooting victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

Police put out this tweet about the suspects after the crime:

Photo via Flickr/nullvalue

by Andrew Ramonas September 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

1600 block of 6th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A masked thief with a gun stole a car in Shaw this morning a day after another armed carjacking with a masked robber in the neighborhood, police said.

The carjacking today occurred on the 1600 block of 6th Street NW about 3 a.m. The scene of the crime was just around the corner from the 600 block of Q Street NW, where a carjacking happened about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

A police spokeswoman said the crimes don’t appear to be connected.


by Andrew Ramonas September 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

1300 block of Perry Place NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man exposed himself and tried to take off a woman’s pants in Columbia Heights over the weekend, police said.

The attempted sexual assault occurred on the 1300 block of Perry Place NW about 7 a.m. Saturday.

The victim was behind a rowhouse in the area when a man came up to her, according to authorities.


by Andrew Ramonas August 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

H Street Festival (Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan)

Crowds are set to flood the H Street corridor for a day of alfresco drinking, eating and entertainment during the neighborhood’s biggest party next month.

The annual H Street Festival is scheduled to come back with beer and liquor gardens, Pokemon Go lounges, go-go music and BBQ, among other attractions, Saturday, Sept. 17.

Spanning between 4th and 14th streets NE on H Street, the celebration is slated to bring out more than 250 vendors from noon to 7 p.m.

According to the event’s organizers, here is some of what to expect:


by Andrew Ramonas August 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

The Daily Rider (Photo via Facebook/The Daily Rider)A bicycle shop on the H Street corridor is set to park itself in a new location about a half-mile down the road from its current home next year, one of its owners said today.

The Daily Rider at 1108 H St. NE is slated to open at 600 H St. NE this spring, co-owner Loren Copsey told Borderstan.

The business has outgrown the roughly 1,300 square feet it has leased since 2012, he said. The Daily Rider will get almost double the space it has now in its new spot in The Apollo building, which also will have a Whole Foods Market and a Wydown coffee shop.

“That decision [to move] is based largely on the fact that we have grown considerably,” Copsey said.

The Daily Rider sells and repairs bikes for casual riders, commuters, athletes, children and cyclists with cargo to carry. Copsey said he is looking to have more bicycles for sale in his new shop. He also plans to carry clothing and put on more events there.

In the meantime, cyclists can continue to visit the 1108 H St. shop, which isn’t expected to close before the new store opens, Copsey said.

Photo via Facebook/The Daily Rider

by Tim Regan August 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

D.C. Firefighters on D.C. Streetcar, photo via Twitter : DCFIREEMS

A small group of local firefighters climbed aboard the D.C. Streetcar yesterday and prepared for the worst.

But they weren’t passengers, and the streetcar wasn’t chugging down H Street. Instead, the firefighters were taking part in a weekly training program to prepare for emergencies that could occur along the line, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo

“We have to train for any situation we may have to confront. The streetcar system is new,” he said.

Twice a week, fire companies meet for training at the “streetcar barn” at 26th Street and Benning Road NE. There, they go over what to do in emergency situations such as the streetcar malfunctioning, catching fire or T-boning a car.

“They go over how to cut the power [and] how to extricate people,” Maggiolo explained. “The intention is to rotate all of our companies through there so all our firefighters will have familiarization with the streetcar.”

However unlikely such emergencies might be, the training program is a way to keep firefighters up-to-date on all the ways people might need to be rescued.

“We train every day on a variety of procedures and situations,” Maggiolo said. “We have to confront whatever happens in this city.”

by Andrew Ramonas August 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

1000 block of K Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)Three thieves with guns robbed a man and tied him up with a cord and a shower curtain near the H Street corridor yesterday afternoon, police said.

The armed robbery occurred on the 1000 block of K Street NE about noon Monday.

The victim was outside a home in the area when one of the robbers came up to him, according to authorities. One, or both, of them then smoked a cigarette. But it wasn’t clear whether they knew each other.

The thief eventually left and returned with two armed individuals. The victim and the three people went inside the home soon after.


by Andrew Ramonas July 26, 2016 at 10:40 am 9 Comments

A bar that helped spur the revitalization of the H Street corridor when it opened in 2005 might have served its last beer and Argo burger.

Scott Magnuson, who owns The Argonaut at 1433 H St. NE with his wife, Shaaren Pine, declined to comment to Borderstan this morning about reports that the tavern may have closed. Local blogs Frozen Tropics and PoPville today posted stories that The Argonaut had “No Trespassing” signs up and padlocked doors.

“Right now, I can’t talk about it,” Magnuson said in a brief phone conversation with us.


by Andrew Ramonas July 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Pret a Manger at 1432 K St. NW (Photo via Google Maps)A woman sleeping outside a downtown eatery pulled a knife on another woman who disturbed her slumber yesterday morning, police said.

The incident happened in front of the Pret a Manger at 1432 K St. NW about 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

The sleeper woke up when a woman asked her to leave, authorities said.

“I’m going to kill you b-tch,” the woman who was sleeping said, while flashing a knife, according to police.


by Andrew Ramonas July 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0

A man sought in a burglary at a pie shop on the H Street corridor has appeared on surveillance footage, police said.

The crime happened in Dangerously Delicious Pies at 1339 H St. NE about 5:15 a.m. June 23. A burglar forced open a rear door to the store, went inside and stole cash before leaving, according to authorities.

Video police distributed today in connection with burglary shows a man with a baseball cap rummaging around an office and going through a cash register.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment 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 to 50411.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas July 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm 1 Comment

300 block of H Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)A young would-be thief tried to steal a good Samaritan’s cellphone after she came to the aid of a distressed woman on the H Street corridor last night, police said.

The attempted robbery happened on the 300 block of H Street NE about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim was near the Giant grocery store when she saw the woman crying, according to authorities. She then went to check on her.

A kid arrived soon after and tried to snatch the victim’s iPhone as she helped the distressed woman.


by Alyse Mier July 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Fans of pie and NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” can get a slice and catch a former show contestant on the H Street corridor next week.

Singer Sarah Potenza is scheduled to give a free performance at the Dangerously Delicious Pies at 1339 H St. NE next Thursday, July 28, at 9 p.m. But the shop will have music starting at 8 p.m.

The Season 8 contestant known for her signature white glasses and raspy rock vocals made it to the competition’s top twenty last year.

Potenza traveled back to her hometown of Nashville after the show and continued her career as a musician, selling out shows at the Grand Ole Opry, according to her website.

She is touring the nation before her new album,”Monster,” is set to come out Aug. 19.


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