by Andrew Ramonas December 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm 2 Comments

Police car lightA man fought off a knife-wielding would-be thief who tried to steal a bicycle with an accomplice in Shaw this past weekend, according to authorities.

The incident occurred on the 1500 block of 6th Street NW about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

The man was smoking outside when he saw two people starting to cut the lock off a bike near P Street NW, police said. He then confronted them, and one of the individuals came at him with a kitchen knife.


by Andrew Ramonas December 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

1800 block of 13th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief beat up and robbed a man in Logan Circle last night, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 1800 block of 13th Street NW about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

The victim was walking just north of Garrison Elementary School when a man came up to him from behind and hit him twice in the back of his head, according to authorities. The attacker then threw the man down.

A struggle broke out soon after as the assailant tried to grab a wallet from the victim, who was yelling for help. At some point, the attacker punched the victim twice in his face.


by Andrew Ramonas December 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Two men wanted for making off with three bicycles from a condominium building in Logan Circle have been caught on video, according to authorities.

The theft occurred in Solo Piazza at 1300 13th St. NW about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.

Video police distributed today shows two men in dark jackets with hoods entering the building and walking around in its garage. They eventually left the building with the three bikes.

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 at 50411

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas November 16, 2016 at 8:30 am 0

1200 block of M Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man stabbed another man multiple times in Logan Circle early this morning, police said.

The attack happened on the 1200 block of M Street NW about 12:45 a.m.

The men were inside an apartment building about two blocks east of Thomas Circle NW when one man used a knife to repeatedly stab the other man in his stomach, according to authorities. The man with the knife then held it to the throat of a woman whom he forced out of the building before he fled.

The stabbing victim was conscious after the assault. But his condition wasn’t immediately clear.

Police arrested 41-year-old Robert Bethea of Northwest D.C. in connection with the stabbing. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas November 15, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

1200 block of R Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief with a gun robbed a man in the Logan Circle neighborhood early this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 1200 block of R Street NW about 1:15 a.m.

The victim was walking about two blocks north of the Logan Circle NW traffic circle when a man came up to him and pulled out a handgun, according to authorities. The man with the gun then pointed it at the victim’s chest.

“Shut the f–k up and keep walking,” the man with the gun said, while ordering the victim to hand over some of his belongings, according to police.

The victim then gave the man his wallet and iPhone.

The thief soon after directed the victim to continue walking and fled.

Authorities sent out a tweet with a suspect description after the crime:

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan November 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

(Updated at 12:36 p.m.) The forthcoming Logan Circle men’s J. Crew store is due to open next Wednesday, according to a representative from the company.

The store, which is located at 1618 14th St. NW, will officially open on Nov. 9, a J. Crew representative said.

The store will host a grand opening party on Nov. 19 at noon to celebrate the opening, according to a “classified” brochure the clothing retailer mailed to a Borderstan reporter’s home yesterday.

The event will include complimentary professional portraits by a photographer along with “drinks, snacks and shopping.” Everyone who spends at least $100 will receive an unspecified gift, the retailer said.

by Andrew Ramonas October 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

A man sought in the theft of a computer tower during a break-in at a Logan Circle building last week has appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The burglary occurred on the 1300 block of 15th Street NW between about 4 and 4:45 a.m. last Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a man with a backpack walking down a hallway in a building and into a room with computer equipment.

The man eventually left the room and exited the building carrying a paper grocery bag with something in it.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC 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 Tim Regan October 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

The organizers behind the annual Little Goblins Parade in Logan Circle are again on the hunt for some volunteer “goblin wranglers.”

Little Goblins event flyerThis year’s march will begin at Logan Circle on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 12:45 p.m. This is the sixth year that costumed little ones have paraded through the neighborhood.

“Neighborhood little goblins, spooky and sweet, will take over the streets Saturday, October 29, and we could use a few pairs of hands to assist with passing out treats, street safety (MPD will also be on hand), and post-parade festivities,” said Joelle Myers, a co-founder of the parade.

The parade needs about 20 volunteers to hand out candy and help keep things in order.

Princesses, superheroes and even a little Kim Jong Un descended on Logan Circle in search of candy during last year’s event.

Locals who want to help out can contact Myers by email.

by Tim Regan October 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm 4 Comments

Logan Circle hate crime photo by Glynn

Someone etched a racist message on a car belonging to a Logan Circle couple in a suspected hate crime earlier this month.

A vandal carved the word “n—-r” into the front passenger side of a Corvette Z06 parked in an alley along the 1400 block of Corcoran Street NW sometime on Saturday, Oct. 1, according to a police report.

The man who owns the car, who only wanted to be identified by his first name, Glynn, said he believes he was targeted because he’s black and his wife is white.

“I don’t think this is a random act. Especially when somebody’s going to use that particular slur,” Glynn told Borderstan.


by October 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm 1 Comment

Police car on the 1400 block of N Street NW on Oct. 7, 2016

A woman was stabbed in Logan Circle this afternoon, police said.

The stabbing happened on the 1400 block of N Street NW about 2:15 p.m. today.

The victim was conscious after the attack, according to authorities.

Police released this tweet with a description of a woman they’re seeking in connection with the assault:

The stabbing occurred about a block north of Thomas Circle NW, where a man stabbed another man early this morning.

We’ll update this story when we have more information.

by Andrew Ramonas October 7, 2016 at 8:20 am 0

Thomas CircleA man stabbed another man near a church on the edge of the Logan Circle neighborhood early this morning, police said.

The stabbing happened outside the National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle NW about 2 a.m. today.

The two men were fighting when one of them stabbed the other one in his stomach, causing a “severe laceration,” police said.

“I don’t give a f–k about you,” the assailant told the victim, according to authorities.

The attacker then joined someone in what appeared to be a black Hyundai Elantra car with Virginia license plates and drove away.

Three good Samaritans came to help the victim, who was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Police haven’t released descriptions of the suspects.

by Tim Regan October 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm 3 Comments

The National Park Service has reversed a contentious rule banning dogs and their owners from walking in the area around Logan Circle park’s statue.

According to the federal agency, leashed dogs and their owners are now allowed to roam every part of the park, including the fenced-off area that surrounds the statue of Major General John A. Logan. Dogs and humans were previously banned from that area, sparking a neighborhood debate back in May.

The rule change came about over the summer, said Robin Nixon, Chief of Partnerships at the NPS.

“After further consultation with solicitors at the Department of Interior, it was determined that we could not restrict pets from open areas, including the grassy area around statues,” Nixon said.

But that doesn’t mean dogs have free run of the place, she cautioned. Dog owners must keep their canines leashed at all times. It’s also illegal to let dogs go to the bathroom on or near the base of the statue, Nixon explained.

“Would you let your dog pee on the Washington Monument? It just seems like a common sense thing,” she said.

Some neighbors and local leaders have complained the park’s inner circle has become an unofficial dog park, leading to holes in the ground and discoloration of the statue’s base. Unleashed dogs can usually be seen running and playing in the area on any given evening.

Nixon said that while the agency won’t hesitate to ticket dog owners breaking the rules, it would prefer a more positive solution to the problem.

“We’re probably going to put up some educational information there by the statue that says, this is a memorial,” she said. “The history and the artistry of the statue is really important. We are doing everything we can to preserve them.”

Still, if all else fails, owners who break the law will be subject to fines, Nixon said. The agency plans to ask D.C. Police for extra help enforcing the rules in the coming months.

“It is regulation that your dog must be on the leash and it is against the law to deface government property. Urine will damage the statue,” Nixon said. “Hopefully, the educational effort has some impact, but we’ll go from there.”

by Tim Regan September 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

Shake Shack burgerLogan Circle is getting a Shake Shack.

The popular eatery announced today it has plans to sling burgers, fries and shakes at 1400 14th St. NW. The new location “will be right in the heart of the city, steps from historic Logan Circle,” according to a press release.

The forthcoming restaurant will also have a large outdoor seating area with picnic tables and plants, the release notes. Inside, the eatery will feature a “ceiling that is inspired by the distinctive street grid that radiates from the nation’s capital.”

If all goes according to plan, the Shake Shack would open in 2017.

More information from the press release:


by Andrew Ramonas September 9, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

St. Luke's festival banner

Locals can eat ice cream, jump on a moon bounce and catch music and theater performances at a Logan Circle church’s festival that begins today.

The three-day celebration at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (1514 15th St. NW) aims to bring Logan Circle residents and nearby churches together through food, music, games and prayer, according to organizers. St. Luke’s is working with the St. Thomas Episcopal, 15th Street Presbyterian and Foundry Methodist churches on the festivities, which end Sunday.

“Our goal is to begin a conversation that transcends race, class, sexual orientation, gender, family status, national origin and all the artificial boundaries that divide our community,” St. Luke’s rector Ray Massenburg said in a statement.

A news release adds:

St. Luke's festival schedule

Whole Foods Market, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Matchbox are among the vendors that are slated to provide food during the festival, St. Luke’s representative Cathy Motley said.

by Tim Regan September 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm 1 Comment

A San Francisco artist on a mission to paint 10,000 Buddhas across the world brought her project to Logan Circle this week.

Since Tuesday, Amanda Giacomini has spent the majority of her days perched atop a cherry-picker spray-painting dozens of Buddhas on the side of Flow Yoga Center (1450 P St. NW). Her goal: paint as many religious figures on the side of the building as she can.

The mural Giacomini is working on is part of a global art project inspired by a trip to the Ajanta Caves, a Buddhist monument site in India.

“In 2012, I started painting these little Buddhas,” Giacomini said. “The first painting took me almost a year. I did about a hundred of them on an eight-foot panel.”

Not long after, she explained, “I just had this inspiration… that I should paint 10,000.”

So, she set off across the country adorning walls with multicolored Buddhas. Not including her newest mural in Logan Circle, Giacomini estimates she’s painted nearly 7,250 deities.

Since beginning the art project on P Street earlier this week, she’s attracted dozens of curious onlookers and even a blessing from Buddhist monks.

“While you’re painting, especially in a city, you get so much wild interaction,” Giacomini said. “Some of it was so beautiful. This woman gave me this big mama bear hug.”

So far, completing this mural has been a challenge: Giacomini said she doesn’t usually paint this high off the ground. It’s been oppressively hot all week. Last night, a violent storm forced her to come down from the lift.

Still, it’s worth it, Giacomini said.

“We’ll probably be working until 8 p.m. tonight,” she added. “It’s been intense… with the height and with the heat and the lightning, it’s been an epic adventure.”

Photos courtesy Flow Yoga Center


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