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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:

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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

by Tim Regan — August 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

1500 R St. NW, photo via Street ViewA group of thieves held two people at gunpoint and robbed them near 14th Street over the weekend, according to D.C. Police.

The robbery happened on the 1500 block of R St. NW just after 3 a.m. Saturday. The area where the crime occurred is a little more than a block from the busy 14th Street corridor.

A man and a woman were walking west on R Street when three people walked out of an alley and approached them, according to a police report. One of those people pulled out a silver handgun, pointed it at the man’s head and demanded the duo hand over their property.

The man and the woman put up their hands, prompting two of the robbers to go through the victims’ pockets. The thieves took an iPhone, $110, a wallet and a passport before heading east on R Street, the police report noted.

Authorities did not release a description of the suspected robbers.

Photo via Google Street View

by Andrew Ramonas — August 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

Bottles and mugs at Left Door

Two bars in Shaw and Logan Circle are looking for your help to get in Playboy this November.

Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW) and Left Door (1345 S St. NW) are among the 50 finalists for the men’s magazine’s annual “Best New Bars 2016” list. But the D.C. watering holes could rank among the top 10 U.S. bars in Playboy’s November issue, if they secure enough votes on this website (which is safe for work).

Columbia Room, which Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency owner Derek Brown reopened earlier this year, is “far grander” than when it was in the back of the old Passenger, Playboy reports (SFW).

As for Left Door, the bar is a “hushed, bygone haven that belies the non-stop bustle outside” and has a “bordello-meets-parlor” vibe, according to the magazine (SFW). Brown’s brother, Tom, who also owns The Passenger, opened Left Door in January.

“Every year we search the U.S. for the top new places to get a good drink: the best spots where they take making a good drink seriously, but don’t take themselves too seriously,” Playboy says on its website.

Voting ends Aug. 31.

by Alyse Mier — August 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) A subterranean watering hole with a jukebox and cans of beer is set to arrive in Logan Circle this month.

Kingfisher is slated to open in the vacant space underneath Sav On Liquor at 1414 14th St. NW as early as this week, c0-owner Daniel Williams said.

“We’re shooting to be the new, sort of cool, chill neighborhood spot,” said Williams, who also helped open Iron Horse in Penn Quarter. “We’re going for that middle ground between a chic trendy bar and a dive bar.”

The space is expected to house 65 people, making for a “cozy, comfortable environment,” he added. The bar also will have daily happy hour specials, including shot and beer deals.

“We’re not trying to be this spot that does super fancy cocktails,” Williams said. “This street has plenty of them, so we don’t necessarily feel like we need to fill that role.”

In addition to drinks, bar goers can snack on free popcorn, watch old movies and listen to the jukebox, which will have a music library curated by customers, he said.

Williams said he hopes Kingfisher will become like a second home for locals.

“Fourteenth Street has a lot of cool spots,” he said. “We just felt there was room for one more.”

by Borderstan Contributor — July 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm 4 Comments

Workers at Garrison Elementary School

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by Elizabeth Nicoletti

In January of 2015, a last-minute parent fundraising campaign spearheaded by a resourceful singe-mother raised $2,000 in just 3 weeks from Garrison Elementary families. Donations brought in Capital Movement, a DC-based, women-owned dance studio that understood our financial limitations. Students had two hip-hop classes a week, and in June, parents attended their yearend recital.

For many watching, it was heartwarming and hilarious as rambunctious preschoolers tried hard to follow the dance steps. For me as a parent, the recital provided a sense of peace. Peace in the fact I worked and, while I did, that my son was learning and being exposed to experiences that I alone could never provide.

As a working mom, I know I am not alone. Caring for children after the 3:15 pm school day is a source of psychological and financial stress for many. With 48 percent of the school population living in shelters or classified as “at risk” by DCPS, there are parents dealing with a far more worrying reality than I know. Parents who work or study often grapple with the costs and benefits of their life decisions on their children’s well-being.

Garrison has a chance to solve this. The video above may not show it, but getting to this well-choreographed routine was no easy path.

After losing a grant for aftercare funding in October of 2015 with little notice, Garrison students were left with low coverage ratios and zero programming. The principal and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) worked to patch a program together to finish the year. For the 2016-2017 school year, the PTO led an effort with the school administration to find a private aftercare provider that ensured better ratios, safety and enrichment. We look forward to welcoming Apollo After School in August.

To ensure equitable access to high-quality aftercare, we have launched a community crowdfunding campaign. Our PTO website will recognize local businesses and community members that participate as champions for education.

Funding will go to programming like dance classes and to scholarships for working, low-income families. Families qualifying for Medicaid will be able to access the program without paying the monthly fee, however many families are caught in the middle. They earn too much to qualify for a DCPS subsidy but not enough to pay programs costs.

An enriching aftercare program will further transform Garrison. Aftercare is part of the virtuous cycle that keeps school enrollment rates up, enhances school day programming and can even lead to higher test scores — Garrison’s core challenges.

Additional money raised will provide enrichment for older grades, such as field trips to Philadelphia for 4th graders or tablets to help kids with autism learn in our special education classes. Garrison has one of the highest percentage of special needs students in DCPS. 

If you pass by Garrison elementary on S Street, you will notice bulldozers, cement piled high and men in hard hats sweating in the summer heat. The ground is literally breaking at Garrison. And for good reason. After a lengthy political process, our modernization dollars arrived and are hard at work.

But the challenge of improving this school does not end with a modern facility. We are reaching out to the community to break new ground. It seems only fair to strengthen the elementary school at the epicenter of so much social and economic change. The ripple effects of doing so will benefit far more than just the students. The more schools thrive, the more the communities that support them thrive too.

I invite you to be a part of this virtuous cycle. Please join us in our campaign to bring equitable, high-quality education to your neighborhood.

Tax-deductible donations can also be made by Venmo to [email protected] or check to Garrison PTO, Garrison Elementary School, 1200 S St. NW.

Nicoletti is a Garrison Elementary School parent.

Photo via Facebook/GarrisonES

by Tim Regan — July 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm 2 Comments

Update on Wednesday, July 27 — The dog burned in yesterday’s fire is “doing well,” D.C. Fire and EMS officials said today. “Lucy, an 11 year old Rat Terrier burned escaping the 12th St fire, is doing well after we had rushed her to a vet,” officials said in a tweet.

Read our original story below:

An apartment building caught fire in Logan Circle this afternoon.

The fire started on the roof an apartment on the 1300 block of 12th St. NW and spread to the third floor just before 4 p.m., according to D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean.

A plume of smoke could be seen rising from the apartment building shortly after the blaze began. The smoke could be seen as far away as some parts of Arlington.

Crews could be seen using a tower ladder to douse the flames. The fire was reported knocked down just before 4:40 p.m. today.

No tenants were injured in the two-alarm blaze, according to D.C. Fire and EMS officials, but a dog was “badly burned” and taken to an animal hospital.

Several streets across the area were closed to traffic while crews fought the fire:

Photos courtesy of Ben Balter

by Tim Regan — July 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

The head of Logan Circle’s neighborhood commission will cast a vote to nominate Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention later today.

John Fanning, chair of ANC 2F, will be among D.C.’s 44 delegates to cast a vote during today’s roll call at the convention in Philadelphia. Fanning is joined by D.C. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and Jack Evans, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Muriel Bowser.

During the televised roll call vote, which is slated to begin a little after 4 p.m. today, delegates from across the country will vote to nominate the next Democratic presidential candidate in a largely symbolic contest between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Clinton.

Fanning, who was elected as a Clinton delegate along with Evans, Nadeau and other local figures in May, said it’s a dream come true to participate in a such an important event.

“It’s something that I always wanted to do and I finally have achieved as a community activist and a community leader,” Fanning said. “And it’s a historic moment. We’re electing the first female to a major office.”

Though Fanning told us he won’t be front and center during the voting process, those watching at home might be able to spot him on camera “toward the left of the District of Columbia marker.”

“I’m just honored and grateful that I was elected to represent D.C.,” Fanning said. “It’s quite an experience that I will share more of when I return home.”

Locals can watch the convention live for free on the Democratic National Convention’s Youtube page.

by Andrew Ramonas — July 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Pret a Manger at 1432 K St. NW (Photo via Google Maps)A woman sleeping outside a downtown eatery pulled a knife on another woman who disturbed her slumber yesterday morning, police said.

The incident happened in front of the Pret a Manger at 1432 K St. NW about 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

The sleeper woke up when a woman asked her to leave, authorities said.

“I’m going to kill you b-tch,” the woman who was sleeping said, while flashing a knife, according to police.

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by Tim Regan — July 19, 2016 at 7:50 pm 0

Car fire in Logan Circle

A car caught fire in Logan Circle and shut down nearby streets earlier this evening.

The fire started on the 1000 block of P St. NW earlier this evening. Authorities shut down both sides of P Street to battle the blaze.

It was immediately unclear whether anyone was injured in the fire. We’ll update this story when we learn more.

h/t to Borderstan reader Allie for the photo

by Tim Regan — July 11, 2016 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment

900 N St NW, photo via Google Street ViewThree thieves with a gun beat up and robbed a man in Shaw early yesterday morning, police said.

The violent armed robbery happened on the 900 block of N St. NW at about 1:11 a.m. Sunday morning, according to authorities. The area is about one block west from several popular Shaw restaurants and bars.

Three men were walking along the sidewalk when they were approached by three suspects, authorities said. One of the suspects asked if the men had any marijuana or money. When one of the men replied “no,” the suspect pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at him. The two other suspects then hit the man in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Two of the suspects kicked the man repeatedly before making away with his wallet, $105 and a D.C. ID.

The three robbers were last seen heading north on the 1300 block of 10th St. NW, police said.

Additionally, someone with a knife tried to rob a cyclist in Logan Circle late Friday, police said.

A robber with a “large knife” told a cyclist to hand over their bike and money on the 1500 block of P St. NW around 10:45 p.m. Friday night, according to authorities. But the cyclist simply rode away unharmed.

Authorities did not provide a description about the suspect.

by Borderstan.com — July 1, 2016 at 8:50 am 0

(Updated at 9:30 a.m.) A trash truck collided with a Metro bus in Logan Circle this morning.

The crash happened near the intersection of Vermont Ave. and 11th St. NW around 7:30 a.m. this morning, according Metro spokesman Richard Jordan.

Jordan said the bus was stopped when a trash truck drove its dumpster into it, shattering a window.

Nobody was injured in the collision, Jordan and D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan confirmed.

by Alyse Mier — June 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

A sea of white, blue and yellow T-shirts has filled the lawn of a Logan Circle church as a tribute to people shot and killed in the D.C. area last year.

Like tombstones, hundreds of shirts at 15th Street Presbyterian Church (1701 15th St. NW) stand tall for each gun-related death in 2015. Each shirt has the name, age and date of death of a victim.

Of the 202 shirts on display, 120 white shirts are for the District, 68 blue shirts are for Maryland and 14 yellow shirts are for Northern Virginia.

“Each one is a human being, a child of God,” according to an information sheet left alongside the memorial. “Each one deserves to be remembered.”

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

1300 block of 12th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Two gun-wielding thieves shot at a man they robbed in Logan Circle early this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 1300 block of 12th Street NW about 2:30 a.m.

The victim was walking about two blocks southeast of the Logan Circle NW traffic circle when two men came up to him from behind and flashed handguns, police said.

“I need money,” one of the men told the victim, according to authorities.

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