by Andrew Ramonas July 18, 2016 at 2:55 pm 2 Comments

1600 block of I Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief put a gun to a man’s mouth before robbing him downtown over the weekend, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 1600 block of I Street NW about 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

The victim was sitting in his parked car just southeast of Farragut Square when someone opened the driver’s side door, authorities said.

“You know what time it is,” the person said, while putting a handgun to the man’s mouth, according to police.


by Sean Meehan May 31, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

Kalorama Park (Photo via Facebook/ Kalorama Park)Kalorama residents will be able to check out the newly renovated Kalorama Park on Saturday at a reopening event that is set to include live music, workout classes and crafts for kids.

The grand reopening is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. this Saturday and is meant to celebrate the completion of a new playground and seating area at the park at the intersection of Columbia and Kalorama roads NW.

Mayor Muriel Bowser is scheduled to speak at the ceremony, which will also include live jazz and bluegrass performances. Here’s the full schedule for the free event:


by Tim Regan May 13, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via EU Open House

Locals will be able to eat Spanish tapas and Luxembourg sausage, drink European wine and beer and “dance and sing like Latvians” for free tomorrow as part of an annual cultural event.

The “Shortcut to Europe” open house will let members of the public peek inside 28 European nation embassies in Dupont Circle, Kalorama, downtown and other parts of the Borderstan coverage area Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Many of the embassies also will have free food and other giveaways, a fact known by locals who line up before the event starts and try to hit as many embassies as they can throughout the day.

Last week, a similar open house event drew lines down the block at embassies across the area.

“Each embassy will open their doors to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering a rare look inside the buildings,” reads the event’s website. “The day will provide a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.”

Click here for a map of all 28 participating embassies.

Photo by Yuri Gripas

by Andrew Ramonas May 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm 0

Embassy of Peru (Photo via 1700 Massachusetts Ave. NW)Twitter/Cultural Tourism DC)

The first of two opportunities to go inside several embassies in and around Dupont Circle is set to come this weekend.

The “Around the World Embassy Tour” is slated to give glimpses behind the doors of dozens of embassies in Dupont Circle, Kalorama and other parts of the Borderstan coverage area Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of the embassies also will have free food and other giveaways.

Cultural Tourism DC, the nonprofit organization behind the event, adds on its website:


by Andrew Ramonas January 12, 2016 at 11:00 am 3 Comments

Obamas at Pleasant Pops (Photo via Facebook/The White House)

President Barack Obama and his family might stay in D.C. after he leaves the White House next year, as you may have heard.

Rumors are swirling now that the first family could have an interest in moving to or near Kalorama.

Here at Borderstan, gossip about the Obamas coming to our coverage area got us thinking. Would you want the first family in your neighborhood, whether it’s Kalorama or some other area in the District?


by March 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm 1 Comment

"gun robbery"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a gun robbery at 12:26 pm today, March 24, at Leroy Place and Phelps Place NW. The intersection is one block west of Connecticut Avenue and two blocks north of S Street NW. The lookout is for two men in their early 30s wearing all dark clothing; more details are below.

From the Police Alert: “Robbery Gun_ 1226hrs_ Leroy & Phelphs Pl NW_LOF: 2 B/M’s 30-35 YOA, WEARING ALL DARK CLOTHING, ARMED W/A BLACK HANDGUN DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130132893.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “2D ROBBERY GUN; Leroy & Phelps PL NW. LOF: 2 B/M’s 30-35 YOA, WEARING ALL DARK CLOTHING, ARMED W/A BLACK HANDGUN, L/S 2200 BLK S ST NW/2609.”

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by January 14, 2009 at 7:45 pm 1,738 0

psa208Greetings, Borderstanians. Please note the change in date for the January meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 208: The January PSA 208 meeting will be Tuesday, January 27 –NOT January 20–at 7 p.m. at Third District Police Station, 1620 V Street NW. PSA 208 meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of the month. The following message is from PSA 208:


by January 10, 2009 at 11:56 am 1,895 0

For Police Service Area (PSA) 208, violent crime decreased 4% in 2008. However, property crime jumped 9%, which means that total crime increased 7% in 2008 in PSA 208. The big increase was thefts from autos, which shot up 28% in 2008.

Generally, PSA 208 takes in the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods. West Borderstan is part of PSA 208 (from 15th to 16th and P to S Streets NW) while East Borderstan (14th to 15th Streets) is part of PSA 307.

Highlights and a table with detailed numbers follow.


by January 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm 1,992 0

For Police Service Area (PSA) 208, fourth-quarter violent crime is down 10% in 2008 after spiking 22% in 2007. What is striking is the dramatic increase in property crimes in 2008 over the previous two years: burglaries, thefts and thefts from autos.  The increases in fouth-quarter property crime have caused the total crime rate for the quarter to climb in both 2007 and 2008.


by December 24, 2008 at 12:26 am 1,728 0

The table, below, has crime stats for Police Service Area (PSA) 208 for the first half of December (1st through 16th) for 2006, 2007 and 2008. Generally, PSA 208 encompasses the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods.

Violent crime is down. What is striking is the dramatic increase in property crimes in 2008 over the previous two years: burglaries, thefts and thefts from autos. The rate is almost double 2007.


by December 11, 2008 at 7:27 am 1,363 0

MPD's Second Police District; PSA 208 is in the lower right-hand corner. (Image from MPD Web site.)

MPD’s Second Police District; PSA 208 is in the lower right-hand corner. (Image from MPD Web site.)

The following crime report for Police Service Area (PSA) 208 is for December 5 to 7. PSA 208 covers the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods.

  • Robbery occurred in the 1800 b/o K St. NW on 12/6/2008 335pm. Citizen reports the suspect, a white male, 19yoa, 5’9, 150 lbs. snatched her purse. A witness chased the suspect and held him until MPD officers arrived. CASE CLOSED with the arrest of the suspect.
  • Burglary occurred in the 1600 b/o Riggs Pl. NW on 12/5/2008 between 530-545pm. Citizen reports the residence was entered by prying open the roof hatch and a camera bag containing two cameras and assorted lens was stolen.
  • Burglary occurred in the 900 b/o17th St. NW between 12/4/2008 650pm-12/5/2008 10am. Citizen reports the office was entered by prying the side door and 2- laptop computers were stolen. (more…)

by September 21, 2008 at 7:07 pm 2,533 1 Comment

We haven’t been to the new Harris Teeter yet at 1631 Kalorama Road NW. I used to sometimes shop at the one in Ballston (Arlington). Loved that store, and I have always said that if could only have one neighborhood grocery store, I would pick HT. Here’s a short review from New Columbia Heights… check out the comments:

I went to the Harris Teeter in Adams Morgan for the first time today, and I was pretty impressed. It’s not technically in Columbia Heights, but it probably is the closest grocery store for some CHers (though not me, Giant is still closer).

Basically it’s between Whole Foods and Giant on the grocery spectrum – very nice inside, friendly employees, some high end produce and stuff, but still has your normal grocery stuff. For example, they had crazy fruits I’d never heard of before (sapote,cherimoyapepino melon) but didn’t have pasta made with funky grains like quinoa.

They also have locally grown produce, which is cool, and the beer prices and selection were comparable to Giant. The lines were non-existent too, and while Giant is also slower on Saturday afternoons, there’s still always a wait there.

In short, I was a fan, and I’m going to go back more often. Anybody else have an opinion on the store?


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