by Tim Regan August 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

16th and K Bikeshare station

A new Capital Bikeshare hub will let cyclists snag a ride along a busy downtown street.

Bikeshare announced today on Twitter the unveiling of a new 23-dock station less than a block north of where 16th and K streets NW intersect.

“All of the lobbying has paid off,” Bikeshare tweeted. “Perfect for meetings.”

Capital Bikeshare has greatly expanded its network over the past year. As of Aug. 3, there were nearly 400 stations in the D.C. area, according to Bikeshare.

by Tim Regan July 22, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

A speakeasy-style bar on K Street that shut down after allegedly operating without a valid liquor license last November has reopened, this time seemingly within the letter of the law.

The Speak reopened its doors at 1413 K St. NW on Tuesday, a representative with the bar told us yesterday afternoon.

A visit to the bar last night revealed it’s operating much as it did before it closed last year. The bar’s menu includes nine cocktails and an assortment of beer and wine only accessible to patrons who step through a “hidden” door made to look like a mirror.

Though it remains unclear how the bar got its new liquor license, regulators approved an alcohol license for The Speak’s upstairs neighbor, Vieux Carre, last week.

A representative for The Speak declined to comment on the record but said they would share more information with us soon.

by Tim Regan June 24, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Flower box K Street NW

A tree box on K Street is among D.C.’s best, according to the Golden Triangle BID and members of the voting public.

“Stars and Stripes Forever,” a patriotic box by the property management team at Jones Lang LaSalle (1801 K St. NW) took top honors in the BID’s annual Golden Streets competition. More than 1,300 people voted in the competition, Golden Triangle BID said in a press release.

The building’s tenants won an ice cream social for their efforts.

Other superlatives included Best in Design, which went to “Island in the Sun” at 1901 L St. NW, and the Sustainability Award, which judges granted to “Pollinators’ Paradise” at 1200 19th St. NW.

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 Andrew Ramonas May 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

A man suspected of punching and robbing a woman just east of Washington Circle NW last month has appeared in surveillance footage.

The violent robbery occurred in front of the Starbucks at 2175 K St. NW about 10:15 p.m. April 18. Authorities are looking for a man who rode a bicycle up to the woman, hit her during a struggle and fled with her laptop and other belongings.

Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a man in an untucked, white-checkered shirt walking in a Metro station.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department 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 robbery force and violence in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/MPD

by Tim Regan March 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay paid a visit to one of his namesake Bobby’s Burger Palace (2121 K St. NW) locations earlier today.

The “Iron Chef” was in town talking burgers and buns with Great Day Washington, WUSA9’s live daily talk show.

(more…)

by Tim Regan November 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment

(Updated at 4:15 p.m.) A speakeasy-style bar on K Street has been ordered to cease operations after selling alcohol without a valid liquor license, regulators from D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) board said this week.

According to an ABC board order from Wednesday, Boyermarketing LLC, the company behind the forthcoming “caviar bar,” Odessa, “operated an illicit nightclub” called The Speak in the basement of its building at 1413 K St. NW between May and November.

The ABC board directed Odessa to “cease and desist selling, purchasing, servicing or permitting the consumption of alcohol at 1413 K Street NW” and surrender its liquor license, which the board added is “wrongfully” in the bar’s possession.

That license, said the board, was never officially transferred to Odessa from former holder Tattoo Bar and only permitted alcohol sales on the first floor of the building, not the basement.

According the order, an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) investigator received an anonymous tip on Nov. 1 that the speakeasy-themed bar was selling alcohol without a valid license.

When the investigator visited the club that night, he said he entered through a “full-length mirror that swung open” and saw approximately 100 people, mounted speakers playing music, a fully stocked bar, bartenders and bar backs.

The investigator said that when he asked to see The Speak’s liquor license, a manager showed him one belonging to Tattoo Bar. When the investigator asked to speak with the owner, the manager called Odessa’s Ajiboye Laosebikan, who explained that the license had already been transferred to Odessa and that The Speak was therefore in good standing.

But an ABRA investigation that followed found that to be untrue. The investigator noted that, although the liquor license is still active, it belongs to the former Tattoo Bar and does not cover alcohol sales in the basement of the building, where The Speak was located.

Additionally, ABRA said Laosebikan may have a history of trying to fool them. While managing another establishment, Laosebikan allegedly “forged an ABC Managers license and attempted to deceive an ABRA investigator.”

Regulators concluded that Odessa sold alcohol without a license, made a substantial change without filing for one, failed to obtain a temporary retail permit, among other charges, and ordered Odessa “and its agents” to cease operations and turn over Tattoo Bar’s license for safekeeping.

A representative for Odessa was reached but didn’t have an immediate comment.

Though a Facebook posting said The Speak was closed but “will be back soon,” the speakeasy-style bar’s social media accounts disappeared shortly after the publication of this story.

Interior photos via Facebook / The Speak

by Tim Regan November 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm 5 Comments

Commissioners with Dupont Circle’s ANC 2B had some strong words for Claudia’s Steakhouse (1501 K St. NW) over allegations that the restaurant repeatedly blocked a sidewalk and bike lane along 15th Street NW several times since it opened in June.

Marlon Alfaro, general manager at Claudia’s; David Bowing, assistant general manager at Claudia’s; and Ben Tesfaye, valet parking manager for Claudia’s valet company, U Street Parking, attended the ANC’s monthly meeting on Tuesday to request that two metered parking spaces near the restaurant be allocated for evening valet parking use.

“[The restaurant] is located in an area where parking is difficult,” Tesfaye said. “There are garages in the area, but unfortunately they do close early.”

“We’re looking at eight to ten cars a night,” he continued. “Two, three people per car, spending $35 or $40, that’s a lot of revenue for the restaurant.”

But ANC 2B chair Noah Smith had some criticisms for the steakhouse’s previous operations along that stretch of 15th Street. (more…)

by Tim Regan October 20, 2015 at 9:55 am 0

Washington Post Sign

The Washington Post headquarters looks a little bare now.

Workers were spotted removing the iconic Post sign at 1150 15th Street NW earlier this morning. All that remains is a ghostly outline of the company’s name.

Washingtonian broke the news yesterday that the old Post sign would come down today. The sign will be reinstalled on the fourth floor of the newspaper’s new headquarters at 1301 K St. NW when it opens next year.

Journalists gathered to say farewell — albeit temporarily — to the iconic sign by snapping selfies in front of it yesterday.

by Tim Regan September 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

D.C. Police are on the lookout for a man they say beat a driver and stole his car near Farragut Square earlier this month.

In a video released by police today, a man wanted in connection with the crime can be seen peering into a camera and darting into traffic near an intersection.

According to police, a driver was stopped at a red light on the 1500 block of K Street NW on Sept. 9 around 9:10 p.m. While stopped, the driver was approached by a man who yanked open the front passenger-side door and demanded property, said police. The assailant then allegedly punched the driver in the face, causing him to jump out of the car and run away. Police said the suspect took the wheel and drove to the 1600 block of K street NW before running into another car. The car then lost power due to its distance from the driver’s keyless entry fob.

The suspect climbed out of the vehicle and chased after the victim to retrieve the keys, said police. After giving chase, the alleged assailant overtook his victim, knocked him unconscious and stole his car keys.

The suspected carjacker was last seen driving north on the 1000 block of 17th Street NW.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the victim sustained any injuries in the attack. Police said that although the victim was knocked unconscious during the assault, he refused medical treatment at the scene. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez said that one person was taken from the scene to the hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition, but could not say if it was the victim.

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by Tim Regan August 10, 2015 at 9:15 am 0

1200 K Street NWThree men were robbed at gunpoint near Franklin Square early this morning, say D.C. Police.

Police say three men were walking near their cars along the 1200 block of K Street NW at 2:45 a.m. when a silver SUV with three men inside pulled up alongside them. Two men inside the car drew guns — one a handgun, the other a rifle — and demanded the victims give them money.

The three victims then ran and the robbers broke into the victims’ vehicles and stole property, say police.

The suspects were last seen heading east on the 1200 block of K Street NW. Police are on the lookout for a car believed to be a silver Infiniti SUV.

Image via Google Street View

by Tim Regan July 21, 2015 at 3:20 pm 0

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D.C. Police earlier today shut down portions of several streets near Farragut Square to investigate a suspicious package.

As of 3:31 p.m., officers at the scene said there was no danger and reopened the streets

K and L streets NW had been closed between 16th Street NW and Connecticut Avenue NW, said D.C. Police.

A reader tweeted us earlier to say police were telling pedestrians to evacuate from the area.

by Tim Regan July 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm 0

New Parklet on K Street, photo courtesy of Golden Triangle BID

A tiny new outdoor space is coming to K Street.

The project, spearheaded by the Golden Triangle BID, will transform two parking spaces into a new seasonal “parklet” at 2020 K Street NW.

The space will include blocks that visitors can rearrange and triangle planters set at different heights.

The mini-park will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony next Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Golden Triangle BID

by Tim Regan June 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm 1 Comment

16 and K Protestors

Six transgender rights protestors were arrested today after shutting down the intersection of 16th and K Streets.

The demonstrators were chanting slogans and carrying signs in English and Spanish to protest the deportation of trans people in the U.S.

The protest was organized by United We Dream, an organization that advocates “for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.”

Police cleared the intersection of K and 16th Streets around 4:26 p.m.

by Borderstan.com May 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

Given the developments that seem to bloom overnight in our neighborhood, news of a building being razed to make way for the new is, well, hardly news.

But have you ever wondered how some buildings are deemed historic and stick around and others become bulldozer fodder? Local blog The Location reviews the history of a building at 11th and K Streets NW as per the 2008 application for landmark status filed by the DC Preservation League.

The building(s) have all sorts of interesting historical components, including a cistern and a type of architecture once common but now largely absent from the city. Despite that, developer Jemal has filed a permit to raze the structures. Developers get to call a lot of shots on how our city will appear in the future; are they also determining what remains of our past?

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