by Alyse Mier June 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

Hop, photo via Flickr : Hans SplinterBeer fanatics soon can learn the science behind crafting an exceptional, hoppy beer in Petworth.

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation this Wednesday is scheduled to have a workshop that will cover growing and harvesting hops in the D.C. area, as well as properly storing them for later brewing.

The class is set to take place in the Raymond Recreation Center and Computer Lab (3725 10th St. NW) from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Dana McCoskey, a local biologist and home brewer, is slated to provide participants with basic information on brewing and help them explore the effects of different hops on beer.

The workshop also is expected to include a discussion of beer recipes.

The class is free for D.C. residents.

Photo via Flickr / Hans Splinter

by Tim Regan April 27, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via Facebook : Timber Pizza CoThe proprietors behind Timber Pizza Company will make a pit stop in Park View this weekend.

The forthcoming Petworth pizzeria and food truck is scheduled to host a pizza pop-up at coffee and cocktail bar Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave. NW) this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pie possibilities include wood-fired pizzas bedecked in San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil; pepperoni and cheese; and the “Green Monster,” which is topped with pesto, mozzarella, feta, kale and zucchini.

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by Tim Regan March 31, 2016 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment

There’s a running refrigerator at 1006 Quebec Pl. NW and you’re welcome to take anything you want from it.

But it’s not just a refrigerator, it’s a “freedge,” a concept that aims “to reduce food waste and build a stronger community,” said co-founder and Petworth resident Eric Yen.

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by Tim Regan October 13, 2015 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Number Nine crowd at GOP debate on August 6.

The Democratic presidential debates are finally upon us, which means it’s also time for our obligatory “here’s where to see those dang debates” post.

But who’s debating, anyway? Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, of course, but also Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and some guy named Lincoln Chafee.

Here are some options of where you can go to eat/drink during the debates:

U Street or Nearby

  • DC Young Democrats will host a watch party at Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).
  • Martin O’Malley’s team will watch the debate in the blue sky room at Stetson’s (1610 U St. NW)
  • Duffy’s (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) will “invite folks to yell at each other tonight” with drink specials until close.
  • The bartenders at Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) will sling a “debate special” tonight: 16 ounces of Angry Orchard cider and a Fireball shot for $8.

Dupont Circle

  • Mad Hatter (1319 Connecticut Ave. NW) will host debate bingo.

Logan Circle/Shaw

  • Number Nine (1435 P St. NW) will host its own watch party. Hecklers, here’s your spot.
  • Does Bernie strike you as a Veranda (1100 P St. NW) guy? That’s where his watch party will be.

Adams Morgan

  • Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW) will show the debates on 40 screens.
  • Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW) will screen the debates with sound via an HD projector.

Downtown 

  • Hillary For America will cheer on the candidate at Blackfinn (1620 I St. NW).
  • Claudia’s Steakhouse (1501 K St. NW) will “smell like freedom” during its watch party tonight.

Park View and Petworth

  • Looking Glass Lounge (3634 Georgia Ave. NW) will screen the debates after its normal trivia night.

Know of another place showing the debates? Let us know and we’ll add it to this post.

by Sean Meehan October 2, 2015 at 3:50 pm 3 Comments

A documentary by professors at American University and George Washington University examines gentrification in the U Street area, Columbia Heights and Petworth.

The documentary, called Dog Parks and Coffee Shops, aims to make locals aware of how income inequality and buying decisions can hurt integration.

“Back in the day, Washington D.C. was America’s first city with a Black majority population, and many neighborhoods were predominantly Black,” says a narrator in the film’s trailer. “Today, many of those same neighborhoods have experienced significant demographic shifts.”

Sonya Grier, a marketing professor at AU and a co-producer of the documentary, said that consumption habits are one of the largest source of headaches in rapidly changing neighborhoods.

As the notion goes, gentrifiers move in to traditionally low-rent neighborhoods, open middle class destinations such as dog parks and coffee shops, and in the process cause tension among longtime residents by way of rising rent and a higher cost of goods.

“If you have people living in separate consumption worlds, that doesn’t support harmony, integration and unity within communities,” Grier said. “It supports what we observed, what we call faux diversity.”

Grier, who lives north of Petworth in Brightwood, said the idea for the documentary came from a trip she and co-producer Vanessa Perry, a marketing professor at GWU, took to U Street. The two professors noticed that, despite the racial diversity of the neighborhood, people of different ethnicities weren’t actually mixing.

Instead, groups of similar people tended to go to the same destinations. On the outside, Grier said, neighborhoods like U Street and Columbia Heights might look diverse. But walk inside businesses and restaurants and the crowds tend to be more homogenous. And that, she said, can lead to problems.

“One of the issues we identify in the film is that there’s not a lot of interracial discussions in these areas and that can lead to mistrust,” Grier said. “In the Shaw neighborhood, they have a campaign to get people to say hi to their neighbors. The fact that they need that campaign actually says a lot.”

The documentary will be part of the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza at the Angelika Pop-up Theater at Union Market next weekend. The filmmakers will also hold a free screening and discussion of the film at the Northeast Neighborhood Library at 330 7th St. NE at 2 p.m. Oct. 11.

Grier said she and the other filmmakers behind the documentary hope to use it as a tool to spur discussions between old and new residents and across racial lines.

“Something is going on where people aren’t interacting,” she said, “and we hope the film can act as a stimulus to get people talking about these issues.”

by Jordan-Marie Smith August 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm 0

Developers discussed mural with residents

(Updated at 4:41 p.m.) Sweet Mango Cafe’s endangered Chuck Brown mural might have a second life after all.

Representatives from Rooney Properties, the developer tearing down the building that houses the mural at 3701 New Hampshire Ave., discussed future plans for the site with locals during last night’s Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force at M.O.M.I.E’s TLC.

For many residents that attended the meeting, preserving the mural, which was painted by MacFarland Middle School students in 2012, was a high priority.

“We’re not just talking about an image of [Chuck Brown], but the longevity of the art and culture that’s here,” said one resident.

Rooney Properties Director of Development Lex Lefebvre said that although they haven’t settled on exactly how keep the mural, they are looking at a number of options.

Possibilities for preserving the mural include copying it in the building’s lobby and reproducing it at MacFarland Middle School or another building in the neighborhood.

And Lefebvre added he’d like the artist who painted the mural to help with the project. (Side note: The mural is a blown-up reproduction of a 1992 photo by Washington City Paper photographer Darrow Montgomery.)

“I’d love to speak with the artist who spearheaded it,” Lefebvre said. He added that he previously reached out to the artist behind Sweet Mango Cafe’s Chuck Brown mural and left a message, but has not heard back from him.

Construction on the five-story condominium and street-level retail space will likely finish by summer 2016.

by Tim Regan July 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Magic Bullet, Image via Upshur Books

Borderstan residents can now pick up a copy of the latest issue of D.C.’s free comic book newspaper, Magic Bullet.

The paper is organized and edited by small press comic book collective DC Conspiracy and features one-page comics and illustrations from dozens of locally sourced contributors.

This is the semi-annual newspaper’s 11th issue since it was created in 2010.

Copies can be found at the following Borderstan-area locations:

Adams Morgan

  • Crooked Beat Records (2116 18th Street NW)
  • Idle Time Books (2467 18th Street Northwest)
  • Red Onion Records (1901 18th Street NW)
  • Smash Records (2314 18th Street NW, 2nd Floor)
  • Songbyrd (2475 18th Street NW)
  • The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Road NW)
  • Tryst (2459 18th Street NW)

Columbia Heights

  • Coffy Cafe (3310 14th Street NW)
  • Flying Fish Coffee and Tea (3064 Mt Pleasant Street NW)
  • Palace 5ive (2216 14th Street NW)
  • The Coupe (3415 11th Street NW)
  • Blind Dog Cafe (944 Florida Avenue NW)*

Dupont Circle

  • Fantom Comics (2010 P Street NW)

Logan Circle

  • Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th Street NW)
  • Peregrine Espresso (1718 14th Street NW)
  • Som Records (1843 14th Street NW)*
  • The Coffee Bar (1201 S Street NW)*

Petworth

  • Upshur Books (827 Upshur Street NW)

U Street

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U Street NW)
  • Big Planet Comics (1520 U Street NW)
  • Joint Custody (1530 U Street NW)

Image via Upshur Street Books

*Denotes a business that was lumped in with its closest neighborhood for clarity

by Tim Regan June 10, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

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(Corrected at 12:03 p.m.) Park View bar DC Reynolds (3628 Georgia Ave. NW) will host the fifth annual Hops ‘N Crops homebrew competition this Sunday.

Starting at 4 p.m., attendees will be able to sample locally brewed beer, mead and kombucha for $15 at the door.

 

Attendees may also spend $5 to submit their own fermented beverage for judging and tasting.

After a round of voting, homebrewers will be awarded with distinctions such as “best brew,” “best use of a local ingredient” and “most creative” shortly before 7 p.m.

The event is organized by the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, and all proceeds go toward its mission of offering sustainable local food to everyone in the community.

by Borderstan.com November 14, 2012 at 9:00 am 0

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General David Petraeus,with author Paula Broadwell in Afghanistan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Borderstan is one of those areas in DC where things happen that make the national news (location, location, location) — but not this time. According to numerous local sources (and others, too), including Washington City Paper and Dcist, Paula Broadwell, the alleged mistress of ex-CIA Director General David Petraeus is staying at the home of her brother in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood.

Not surprisingly, local camera crews have staked out the supposed house where Broadwell is staying.

The British newspaper Daily Mail erroneously said yesterday that Paula Broadwell was staying in Petworth (which it said was a DC “suburb”) and that Paula Broadwell was photographed at her brother’s house.

The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Petraeus resigned last week after news broke about his affair with Broadwell, co-author of a January 2012 biography of Petraeus, All In: The Education of David Petraeus.

The story on this case has become more convoluted as the days go by and more information keeps on coming out. Maybe she’ll pick a gym or personal trainer in the Borderstan area for regular workouts.

“Will she be spotted in Borderstan?” Let us know.

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