by Borderstan.com January 21, 2013 at 9:29 am 0

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Vehicle Access and Parking Restrictions in DC for the Inauguration on January 20. (Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service have institute the following vehicle access and parking restrictions for today’s Inauguration activities. You can download the full list (PDF) or the map above (PDF)

Entry points on the U.S. Mall for today’s ceremonies are Constitution Avenue NW at 7th Street NW, 9th Street NW and 12th Street NW; and Independence Avenue SW at 7th Street SW and 12th Street SW.

Local Restrictions: Washington Convention Center

There will be two official Inaugural balls hosted at the Washington Convention Center. Emergency No Parking zones and road closures will be in effect near this site. The following vehicular road closure goes into effect on Sunday, January 20 at 1 p.m for this inauguration event:

  • L Street NW between 7th Street NW and 9th Street NW
  • The following vehicular road closures go into effect on Sunday, January 20 at 6 p.m.:
  • 6th Street NW between O Street NW and K Street NW
  • 7th Street NW between O Street NW and K Street NW
  • 8th Street NW between O Street NW and K Street NW
  • 9th Street NW between O Street NW and K Street NW
  • 10th Street NW between O Street NW and K Street NW
  • Massachusetts Avenue NW at 10th Street NW
  • New York Avenue NW at 6th Street NW

The following vehicular road closures go into effect on Monday, January 21 at 12 p.m.:

  • New York Avenue NW at 10th Street NW
  • Massachusetts Avenue NW at 6th Street NW

DC Vehicular Restrictions

Vehicle Restricted Zone: Vehicular restrictions in DC will be instituted by the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police. While the outer perimeter of the vehicle restricted zone will be open to traffic, drivers should expect delays. Drivers and passengers should be prepared to provide proof of residence, work identification or a reasonable verbal justification to enter the restricted area.

Emergency No Parking Areas

The following areas may be enforced as Emergency No Parking beginning 7 a.m. on Sunday, January 20, through 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22. From 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, January 21, many of these areas will be posted by law enforcement personnel and vehicular traffic will be limited.

  • South of K Street NW from Washington Circle to 11th Street NW
  • Washington Circle from K Street NW to 23rd Street NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW from Washington Circle to the U.S. Capitol
  • I Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 11th Street NW
  • H Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • G Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • F Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • E Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • Virginia Avenue from 23rd Street NW to 2nd Street SW
  • D Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 1st Street NW
  • C Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • Constitution Avenue from 23rd Street NW to 2nd Street NE
  • Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • Jefferson Drive SW from 15th Street SW to 3rd Street SW
  • Independence Avenue from 23rd Street SW to 2nd Street SE
  • C Street SW from 7th Street SW to 2nd Street SW
  • D Street SW from 7th Street SW to 2nd Street SW
  • E Street SW from 7th Street SW to 2nd Street SW
  • Maryland Avenue SW from 7th Street SW to the U.S. Capitol
  • 23rd Street from Washington Circle NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 22nd Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 21st Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 20th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 19th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 18th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 17th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Connecticut Avenue NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
  • 16th Street NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
  • Vermont Avenue NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
  • 15th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 14th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • New York Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 11th Street NW
  • 13th Street NW from K Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 12th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 11th Street NW from K Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 10th Street NW from H Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 9th Street from H Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 8th Street NW from H Street NW to D Street NW
  • 7th Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
  • 6th Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
  • 5th Street from H Street NW to D Street NW
  • 4th Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
  • 3rd Street from Massachusetts Avenue NW to E Street SW
  • Henry Bacon Drive NW from the Lincoln Memorial to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Daniel French Drive SW from the Lincoln Memorial to Independence Avenue SW

Vehicular Road Closures

From 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, January 21, the following roads will be closed and off limits to vehicles without a law enforcement escort:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to the U.S. Capitol
  • I Street NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
  • H Street NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
  • G Street NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
  • F Street NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
  • E Street NW from 18th Street NW to 6th Street NW
  • D Street NW from 18th Street NW to 6th Street NW
  • C Street from 18th Street NW to 2nd Street NE
  • Constitution Avenue from 17th Street NW to 2nd Street NE
  • Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • Jefferson Drive SW from 15th Street SW to 3rd Street SW
  • Independence Avenue from 14th Street SW to 2nd Street NE
  • Maryland Avenue SW from 6th Street SW to the U S Capitol
  • 17th Street from I Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Connecticut Avenue NW from I Street NW to H Street NW
  • 16th Street NW from I Street NW to H Street NW
  • Vermont Avenue NW from I Street NW to H Street NW
  • 15th Street from I Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 14th Street from I Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • New York Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
  • 13th Street NW from I Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 12th Street from F Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 11th Street NW from F Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 10th Street NW from F Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 9th Street from F Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 8th Street NW from F Street NW to D Street NW
  • 7th Street from F Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 6th Street from F Street NW to Maryland Avenue SW
  • 5th Street from D Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 4th Street from D Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 3rd Street from D Street NW to Independence Avenue SW

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by Borderstan.com January 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

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Jan. 20, 2009 – View of the inaugural ceremony from the statue of President Grant. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Folks around town won’t be short on plans this weekend. From bar specials to balls, shows and inaugural ceremonies, there is plenty to do in the District this holiday weekend.

Top Picks for the Weekend and Inauguration Day

  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Avenue) will be serving brunch on Monday from 9 am to 3 pm. The brunch will include lunch and dinner specials throughout the long weekend.
  • Inauguration ceremonies: If you have the guts to brave the crowd on the Mall, we recommend you download this handy bit of information from The Washington Post. The inaugural guide includes schedules for the day, food truck locations and commuting options. Oh, and it’s a pdf in case the day is so crazy you are without service.
  • Story League Sings at the Black Cat: Host Dana Rossi has some big plans for the musical Story League event on Friday night (January 18). When asked if anything in the show is inauguration-themed, she said, “If the big guy shows up and wants to tell a story and then sing some Hall & Oates, I mean, we’re not gonna stop him. Oh wow, how great would that be if Obama AND Biden showed up to duet on “Private Eyes?” Okay. Now it needs to happen.” The show starts at 9:30 pm. And who knows, maybe the big guy will show.
  • The Fallout at Tropicalia: Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW) will host one heck of a funky inauguration event on Monday, January 21. The event features two DJs and a special guests. Doors open at 9 pm; the event is free.
  • Inaugural Dance at the 9:30 Club: Can’t make it to a ball this year? Head to the 9:30 Club on Sunday, January 20 for an Inaugural Eve Dance Party. Tickets are $15; the party starts at 9 pm.
  • Sunday Kind of Love: Busboys and Poets will host its monthly poetry reading and open mic on Sunday, January 20 from 5 until 7 pm at 2021 14th Street NW. Tickets are $5.  

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by Borderstan.com January 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

"Dubliner"

The Dubliner will host a live broadcast of Morning Joe for the inauguration.

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and “Way Too Early” will both broadcast live from The Dubliner in DC (Number Four “F” Street NW) on January 21 and 22.

Fans are encouraged to stop by and watch the live broadcast under a heated tent on The Dubliner’s patio with monitors, in addition to inside seating.

The Dubliner will randomly select four Facebook fans and four Twitter followers on Friday, January 18, to watch the inauguration broadcasts and have their Morning Joe inside at a reserved table.

The Dubliner will have a full breakfast menu and of course, coffee, Bloody Mary’s and other breakfast cocktails. Fore more information, visit the Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com January 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

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Celebrate with the art of the inauguration! (Image courtesy of Studio Gallery)

From ArtSee. Email contact[AT]artseedc.com and follow ArtSee@ArtSeeinDC on Twitter.

While the politicos are watching the presidential inauguration with staunch focus on Monday, the Borderstan art scene will be celebrating with celebrations, booze and cartoons.

Spinning a DJ set, Moby will be joined by DC-native and U Street Music Hall co-owner Will Eastman at U Street Music Hall for the Blisspop Inauguration Party on Saturday, January 19. For $40, celebrate the next four years by transcending into euphoria with the electric sounds of DC’s latest dance craze.

For more subtle, slightly intellectual and giggle-worthy inauguration entertainment, visit Studio Gallery’s latest exhibition, Donkeys and Elephants: A Celebration of American Political Cartoons. The exhibition features such prominent cartoonists as Herb Block, most well-known for his vicious portrayals of President Nixon, and Thomas Nast, who established the Democratic symbol as the donkey we know today.

To prepare for the big event on Monday, treat yourself on Sunday to the Inaugural Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Mansion on O Street. Dine among antique paintings, Grecian sculptures and long-lost cultural artifacts. Come early or stay late to sift through original manuscripts, lively photographs, and jewelry gems hidden in the 32-room mansion.

"Artsee"

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by Borderstan.com January 15, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

"doughnuts"

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. (Courtesy Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken)

Politics aside, Inauguration Weekend is a full-blown holiday weekend in the District. What makes it a holiday, one might ask? First, there is a parade. Second, bars are open super late. And third, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is holding another pop-up to feed the hungry masses. Ergo, parade + drinking + doughnuts = holiday.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, which will soon open in Metro Center, is finding a way to offer its services before its grand opening by holding another two-day pop-up at Chinatown Coffee Co. (475 H Street NW) on January 18 and 19.

In honor of the inauguration, Pastry Chef Jason Gehring will serve “Obama Then” and “Obama Now” doughnuts, named after Obama’s switch from sweeter choices to a healthier palate.

  • Obama Then: chocolate glazed doughnut with caramel drizzle and Maldon smoked sea salt
  • Obama Now: oatmeal raisin doughnut with honey glaze and granola crumble

Additional doughnut varieties available for sale on both days include:

  • Brooklyn Blackout – devil’s food cake, chocolate glaze, cookie crumbs
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly – strawberry jelly, peanut butter glaze
  • Crème Brûlée – vanilla custard, bruleed vanilla glaze
  • Twink-nut – golden vanilla cake, buttercream filling, vanilla glaze

The pop-up opens at 10 am on both days, and 300 doughnuts will be available each day.

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by Borderstan.com April 16, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,038 0

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Photo of the Cairo Liquor Store at 17th and Church NW before its exterior makeover. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

Earlier this month we reported that Mayor Vincent Gray had proposed extending alcohol service by one hour as part of his Fiscal Year 2013 budget. If approved, the change would allow bars and restaurants to continue slinging libations until as late as 4 am beginning October 1.

The proposed change would also allow retail liquor sales to begin at 7 am, two hours earlier than what currently stands, Monday through Saturday (same for beer and wine sales at grocery stores). Sunday sales at liquor stores would still be prohibited.

This week, the mayor’s proposal received an important endorsement from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). In testimony before the Council’s Committee on Human Services, RAMW President Lynne Breaux stated her “wholehearted” support of the initiative. Others in DC’s business community have expressed similar support.

It’s worth noting that some local neighborhood listervs have been abuzz over the proposed changes (particularly the U Street one), in areas with a high concentration of bars and clubs. There are concerns about trash and litter, in addition to people being out and about drinking even later.

Gray’s plan was inspired in large part by the extended bar service hours in January of 2009, in celebration of the Presidential Inauguration. For four days, bars and restaurants served booze into the wee hours, generating a surge of revenue for the city and, one assumes, a major hangover for the revelers.

Regardless of whether Gray’s proposal succeeds this time, he is also pursuing extended alcohol service for the 2013 and 2017 inaugurations.

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by Borderstan.com December 29, 2008 at 11:36 am 1,080 1 Comment

What will you be doing on January 20, Inauguration Day? At home? Wandering your neighborhood and taking in the sights? At work? Out of town? Attempting to see something related to the Inauguration?


by Borderstan.com December 28, 2008 at 8:05 am 1,254 0

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Barack Obama and Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20 on the west side of the Capitol, facing the National Mall. This photo taken during 2008 National Kite Festival. (Image: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Washington, DC, needs volunteers to help provide information and support to the huge number of visitors expected for Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on January 20. There is a call for volunteers from Serve DC, whose “mission is to strengthen and promote the District of Columbia’s spirit of service through partnerships, national service and volunteerism.” The following info is from the Dupont Forum listserv on Yahoo! Groups: (more…)

by Borderstan.com December 25, 2008 at 10:46 am 0

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The yellow areas have been designated for charter bus parking on January 20. (Image: The Washington Post, December 25.)

The D.C. government has announced a plan for where charter buses will park downtown on Inauguration Day, January 20; the story is in today’s Washington Post. Apparently no charter buses will be parked in front of residences on Inauguration Day, January 20–at least according to the plan. One of the charter bus parking areas begins on the southern border of Borderstan, south of P Street NW. From the WaPo story:

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by Borderstan.com November 28, 2008 at 8:44 pm 1,457 2 Comments

The D.C. government has suspended the standard regulations, making it easy for Washingtonians to rent their homes to visitors for the January 20 inauguration.

The D.C. government has suspended the standard regulations, making it easy for Washingtonians to rent their homes to visitors for the January 20 inauguration. (Image: BarackObama.com.)

You may have already heard the news, but it’s worth repeating for those in Borderstan who are thinking about renting their home to out-of-towners in January… for the inaugural festivities of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Borderstan is pretty close to ideal for anyone–resident or visitor–who wants to take in some of the January 20 Inauguration festivities. We can walk to the White House and Pennsylvania Avenue… restaurants, clubs and stores are right outside our front doors.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has pretty much suspended the usual rules regarding permits, sales taxes and such for Washingtonians who want to rent out their homes as hotel rooms next month for the 2009 Inauguration.

The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has even drafted a sample lease to use when renting to guests. You can download the sample lease online (PDF).

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