I’m back from Italy… hope I didn’t miss too much. Tell me about it @MichLancaster.
Another Infamous House for Sale
While Bob Woodward’s source was named Deep Throat, that was about as tawdry as it got for Woodward and his apartment (up for sale and in Wednesday’s SYMHM). Not so for the house where Robert Wone was murdered, which is up for sale again (not by the owner at the time of Wone’s murder). The list price is $1.599 million and we’ heard there’s an open house this Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 pm. Washingtonian.com has more info on the house.
If you are a new resident not yet familiar with the tangled story, check out the comprehensive site Who Murdered Robert Wone, which is run by four editors who also live in the Borderstan area. Wone was murdered in the house at 1509 Swann Street NW on August 2, 2006. To date no one has been charged in his murder.
Labor Rally in Dupont Circle
Several hundred people from labor and allied organizations turned out at noon Saturday in Dupont Circle to support public sector workers in Wisconsin. Check out Luis’ photos.
Another White House A-Lister in the Hood?
The Washington Post reported last week that Jeremy Bernard will be the new White House social secretary– the first openly gay person to serve in that job. The former L.A. resident and fundraiser for the Democratic Party will be returning from a diplomatic post in Paris. But the question we have: Will Bernard return to Logan Circle? The Post article said that Bernard and his former partner, Rufus Gifford (they recently split) had lived in the hood when they moved here from California two years ago: “The couple settled into a trendy “green” building on Logan Circle with their beagle, Lucas.”
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Pickup Artist Alert: Dupont Circle
This Saturday, if someone asks if it hurt or compliments you on your dress you should probably just ignore them. You didn’t fall from heaven and your clothes do not need to be on his floor and these are not just bad lines. A master pickup artist is teaching classes, says We Love DC. There goes the gayborhood!
Welcome Back and Look Back (Briefly)
Welcome back and happy New Year. Surely you’re back in your office-cube by now. Based on yesterday’s heavy site traffic, it appears you are (sorry, couldn’t resist). In case you missed them, please take a quick look back and check out the profiles of some of our top contributors in 2010: 2010: The Borderstan Year in Photos; Business 2010: Tom Hay For the Record; Cecile Oreste: Sharing Artists’ Stories in 2010; Music 2010: The Passion of Danny Shapiro; Food & Drink 2010: Alejandra’s Restaurant Profiles. While you’re at it, check out Tom Hay’s post from yesterday, Local Business: What’s in Store for 2011? Links to Borderstan’s 14 business profiles are the bottom of the post.
ANC 2B Holding Nov. 30 Meeting on Hank’s Oyster Bar
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B is holding a special meeting next Tuesday, Nov. 30, on Hank’s Oyster Bar. Location is the Hotel Dupont (Dupont Circle and New Hampshire Ave. NW) at 7 pm.
The meeting will deal with the ANC’s recent letter of protest sent to the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board on Hank’s recently terminated V.A., it’s request to expand next door and it’s outdoor dining hours.
After the letter was sent, ANC 2B reached an agreement with Hank’s on the patio hours, with the current hours to be maintained and, apparently, written into the restaurant’s liquor license. See Tom Hay’s story from Wednesday: ANC 2B and Hank’s Reach Agreement on Patio Hours.
MPD’s Groomes Placed on Administrative Leave
Assistant Chief Diane Groomes has been placed on administrative leave by MPD Chief Cathy Lanier. The action was taken due to alleged issues around police exams. The Washington Post had a story on Friday: “A high-ranking D.C. police official has been placed on administrative leave over allegations that she was involved in “compromising” a test given to fellow members of the department’s command staff, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced Friday.”
Groomes is well known, liked and respected by many residents in the Dupont-Logan area — she was formerly head of a local Police Service Area (PSA) in the neighborhood. Based on Groomes’ record, let’s hope this turns out well all the way around.
HR-57 Headed to H St. NE
Washington City Paper’s Michael J. West reported Sunday that HR-57 is loading up the wagons and moving to 9th and H Street NE. The HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues has been at 14th and Corcoran since 1993. Owner Tony Puesan confirmed the move to City Paper.
Decrease in Metro Benefits for Federal Employees
Will you lose SmartBenefits® when a new federal law goes into effect on Jan. 1? The new maximum monthly benefit for federal government employees drops to $120 from $230.
HR-57 is located at 1610 14th Street NW. A favorite of mine, it is not really a place to eat, but a wonderful place to fill the spirit with great live jazz music. You can bring your own liquor or allow them to serve you. There are some finger foods available.
- 14th and You reports on their Friday-night outing to HR-57 to hear Antonio Parker. Yes, HR-57 is located right here in Borderstan at 1610 14th Street NW.
- From Greater Greater Washington: Lewis calls out the antis: Roger Lewis criticizes neighborhood opponents for their vociferous opposition to the Wisconsin Giant and to the Tenley-Janney public-private partnership. He writes, “Some residents of the District cling to a suburban mentality. This mentality, coupled with government mismanagement, can obstruct desirable redevelopment. Living in cities means accepting and even embracing change.” (Post)
Before starting, I figured that since we are such a small mini-hood, an autonomous region of the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods, that I would have to include neighboring and nearby winners. After all, our commercial strips are the north side of the 1400-block of P Street NW and the west side of 14th Street NW from P to S Streets.
I was wrong. Businesses in our little enclave between 14th and 16th and P and S Streets NW did incredibly well in the City Paper competition: 10 businesses, one community-based organization, one locale and one individual (a bartender) made the list of favorites from the Readers’ Poll and City Paper Staff Picks. Several businesses were winners in more than one category.