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by Andrew Ramonas — December 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

900 block of New Jersey Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A teenage boy with a knife robbed a man in the NoMa area last night, according to authorities.

The armed robbery happened on the 900 block of New Jersey Avenue NW about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim was about a block west of the Walmart Supercenter in the area when the teen came up to him, police said.

“Give me your wallet, phone too,” the boy said, while flashing a knife, according to authorities.

The victim then handed over his wallet and cellphone. The teen ran off with the items soon after.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the crime.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — November 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Wunder Garten indoor pavillion (Photo via Instagram/Wunder Garten)

(Updated at 3:10 p.m.) Free beer is set to flow in NoMa in the coming days in celebration of a revamped bar.

Wunder Garten (1101 1st St. NE) on Wednesday is slated to have a free brew for each of the first 100 people who visit the beer garden, which now has a heated indoor pavilion, according to a Facebook event post. The grand opening party for the space also will include a DJ when it kicks off at 4 p.m.

The bar also is scheduled to host a holiday market for do-it-yourself gift givers and shoppers looking for ready-made handmade presents this weekend.

The first-ever “Holiday Make-It” market will include classes on making terrariums, notebooks and other gifts Saturday and Sunday. Visitors to the market also can buy Christmas trees and handcrafted goods.

Photo via Instagram/Wunder Garten

by Andrew Ramonas — November 17, 2016 at 4:45 pm 1 Comment

Holiday Make-It (Image via Facebook/NoMa Business Improvement District)A holiday market for do-it-yourself gift givers, as well as shoppers looking for ready-made handmade presents, is slated to come to NoMa next month.

The first-ever “Holiday Make-It” market is scheduled to take over the Wunder Garten beer garden (1101 1st St. NE) Dec. 3 to 4 from noon to 6 p.m.

The event from the NoMa Business Improvement District and The Lemon Bowl artists studio will include classes on making terrariums, notebooks and other gifts. The sessions cost between $30 and $50 online.

Visitors to the market also can buy Christmas trees and handcrafted goods from yet-to-be-announced local vendors.

“Join friends and like minded strangers as you learn new skills, make some fun and creative holiday gifts, indulge in some mulled Gluvine, sip a cold refreshing beer and savor treats and snacks,” a Facebook event post says.

Image via Facebook/NoMa Business Improvement District 

by Andrew Ramonas — November 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

All Crafts Considered (Image via Twitter/National Public Radio)National Public Radio is set to bring back a holiday market with handmade toys, pottery, beauty products and other goods in NoMa tomorrow.

The fourth annual “All Crafts Considered” bazaar is scheduled to take over the lobby of NPR’s headquarters at 1111 North Capitol St. NE from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

“All Crafts Considered brings together dozens of artisans, makers and sellers of unique and handmade products — from right around the corner in DC and as far as New York and New England — for a festive afternoon of retail therapy and holiday cheer,” according to NPR.

The vendors are slated to include:

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by Andrew Ramonas — November 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm 0

800 block of 1st Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)Two would-be thieves pummeled a man and tried to rob him after he refused to take a “survey” from them Friday, police said.

The attempted robbery occurred on the 800 block of 1st Street NE about 6:45 p.m.

The victim was walking about a block north of Union Station when two people came up to him, according to authorities. They then asked him if he would complete a survey.

The man declined and started to walk away. But the two people punched him in the head.

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by Andrew Ramonas — October 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

A surveillance camera has caught a man wanted in a shooting that injured another man near Truxton Circle and NoMa last week, police said.

The attack occurred on the 1100 block of Sursum Corda Court NW about 4 a.m. last Thursday, Oct. 20. The area is surrounded by the Sursum Corda low-income housing cooperative between North Capitol and 1st streets NW.

The victim was shot multiple times, including at least once in his leg, according to authorities. He was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a man walking and later running on a sidewalk in a residential area.

Three days later, on Sunday, Oct. 23, another person was shot near the scene of the first shooting. It isn’t clear whether the crimes are connected.

Anyone who has information regarding these cases 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 $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent offense committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas — October 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm 0

L Street NE between North Capitol and 1st streets NE (Photo via Google Maps)Motorists and cyclists soon will get the chance to try out a new two-way street in NoMa, according to a neighborhood business group.

The District Department of Transportation on Thursday is set to launch a pilot project that will allow traffic to travel in both directions on a one-way section of L Street NE between North Capitol and 1st streets NE, the NoMa Business Improvement District said in an email notice today. L Street NE is mostly a two-way road until it hits that block.

“This pilot project is being implemented by DDOT after community coordination and a thorough analysis of potential impacts,” the NoMA BID email says. “Before and during the pilot project, DDOT will collect quantitative and qualitative data and will work with the [Advisory Neighborhood Commission] and the broader community to address any concerns that may arise.”

Setting up that stretch of L Street for two-way traffic is slated to take up to two days as DDOT crews remove about 25 parking spots and make other changes to the road. During installation, motorists won’t have the ability to drive through the block.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long the pilot project will run and if the installation will begin Thursday with the launch of the study.

A DDOT representative wasn’t immediately able to provide clarification.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan — October 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm 0

Police_CruiserSomeone was shot near Truxton Circle and NoMa this evening, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1100 block of 1st Terrace NW. The area is close to the Sursum Corda low-income housing cooperative between North Capitol and 1st streets NW.

This is the second shooting to happen in that area in less than a week. Someone shot a man in the leg on the 1100 block of Sursum Corda Court NW last Thursday.

Police put out the following tweet about the crime:

We were unable to reach a representative with D.C. Police for more information. We’ll update this story when we learn more.

by Tim Regan — October 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment

Pumpkinpalooza 2015, photo via NoMa BID

A lot in NoMa will be transformed into a festive pumpkin patch next week as part of an annual fall celebration.

The NoMa BID is set to kick off this year’s “PumpkinPalooza” event at Storey Park (1005 1st St. NE) next Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m.

The event will include food trucks, a bluegrass band, pumpkin carving and a chance to pet some animals, the BID said in a press release. Additionally, the BID will provide pumpkins and carving tools for the first 200 people who show up for the party.

PumpkinPalooza will also have a pet costume contest, a moon bounce, face painting and a class on making terrariums.

More information from the BID:

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by Andrew Ramonas — October 21, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Quickway bento box (Photo via Quickway)

A fast-casual restaurant chain is set to bring its sushi, as well as its rice and noodle dishes, to NoMa in the coming weeks, according to a representative of the business.

Quickway Japanese Hibachi is slated to arrive at 77 H St. NW in mid-November, spokesman Leonard Pick told Borderstan yesterday.

Dishes — including bento boxes with meat, vegetables, dumplings, spring rolls and other food — are between $5.95 and $9.95, according to the menu.

Quickway has more than a dozen locations in Maryland and Virginia. But the NoMa location will be the chain’s first outpost in the District.

Photo via Quickway

by Andrew Ramonas — October 20, 2016 at 8:00 am 0

Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)A man was shot in the leg near Truxton Circle and NoMa early this morning, police said.

The attack happened on the 1100 block of Sursum Corda Court NW about 4 a.m. today. The area is surrounded by the Sursum Corda low-income housing cooperative between North Capitol and 1st streets NW.

The victim was conscious after the shooting.

Authorities haven’t released any suspect information.

Photo via Flickr/nullvalue

by Tim Regan — October 18, 2016 at 10:15 am 4 Comments

A task force composed of members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, D.C. Police and D.C. Fire is looking for the person who allegedly torched a vehicle parked in an alley in NoMa last weekend.

The suspicious car fire happened behind a building on the 200 block of K St. NE last Saturday around 2 a.m., according to D.C. Fire spokesman Doug Buchanan. The vehicle that caught fire was a gray 1989 E350 ambulance.

A security camera pointed at the alley appears to have captured the moment the fire started. In the video, first shared by neighborhood blog PoPville, a hooded man can be seen tampering with a parked vehicle before walking away. The car burst into flames roughly 20 minutes later, the footage shows.

About a half hour later, firefighters showed up and extinguished the blaze.

“The investigation initially led to an undetermined cause,” Buchanan said. “However, after the owner of the vehicle provided video footage of an unknown person setting the auto on fire, the determination was changed to incendiary.”

The torched ambulance reportedly was one used by a local nonprofit:

D.C. Fire and EMS is urging anyone who has more information about the fire to call its arson tip line at 202-673-2776.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 12, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Curbside Cookoff (Photo via DMV Food Truck Association)Mobile food purveyors are slated to converge in NoMa this weekend for an annual gathering billed as “the DMV’s original food truck party.”

The DMV Food Truck Association‘s Curbside Cookoff is scheduled for Storey Park (1005 1st St. NE) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.

Captain Cookie & the Milkman, Say Cheese and Tapas Truck are among the dozen food trucks expected to participate.

Admission is free, with food and drinks available for purchase. But the DMV Food Truck Association also is selling tickets for $39 person and $55 for two people. Each ticket includes four “hearty tastings” and one alcoholic or nonalcoholic drink, according to the food truck group.

In addition to the food, the Curbside Cookoff is slated to have music from Evan and Ross and DSM4, games, art, fashion trucks, mobile retailers, chef battles and a kids area.

The DMV Food Truck Association also will accept donations for No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization that works to get food to American children in need.

Photo via DMV Food Truck Association

by Tim Regan — October 10, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Police carTwo men were injured in shootings in NoMa and in Foggy Bottom late last night and early this morning, according to D.C. Police.

The first shooting occurred on the 1100 block of McKenna Walk NW at about 11:40 p.m. last night. Another shooting happened on the 1000 block of 22nd St. NW around 3 a.m. this morning, police said.

In the NoMa shooting, police discovered a man suffering from “multiple gunshot wounds” on the 1100 block of McKenna Walk NW. The man was conscious at the scene of the crime and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Police did not provide a lookout for a suspect in that shooting.

Hours later, someone shot a man on the 1000 block of 22nd St. NW, police said. The area where the shooting occurred is blocks away from George Washington University’s campus.

The victim of the shooting was conscious when he was taken to the hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Police arrested two people in connection with that crime but have not yet released their names.

We’ll update this story when we learn more.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm 2 Comments

1800 block of 9th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A motorist slapped a woman and took her cellphone after she got into an argument with the driver while she was riding her bicycle in Shaw this past weekend, police said.

The bout of road rage happened on the 1800 block of 9th Street NW about 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

The cyclist was about two blocks west of the Shaw-Howard University Metro station when someone in a black Honda went into her path, almost hitting her, according to authorities. The motorist and the cyclist yelled at each other soon after.

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