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by Tim Regan — August 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

District residents interested in tasting dishes from forthcoming poultry-centric eatery The Bird will have only one more chance to do so before it opens in Shaw this October.

The Pig (1320 14th St. NW) is slated host two pop-up tasting events to showcase selections from its new restaurant’s menu on Sept. 17 and 18.

During the special “Taste the Bird” brunch, chef Michael Bonk will prepare a variety of fowl dishes that include a “Birdcuterie board” with capon rillettes, duck prosciutto, pheasant galantine; smoked chicken benedict; and Tennessee-style hot chicken.

Though the brunch will showcase The Bird’s menu, pork fanatics will still be able to order some of The Pig’s popular menu items during the pop-up, Bonk said.

Photo via Facebook / The Bird

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 Andrew Ramonas — August 18, 2016 at 8:00 am 3 Comments

(Updated at 11:25 a.m.) A co-owner of Chaplin’s Restaurant died after someone in a Mercedes-Benz hit him in Shaw this morning, according to NBC Washington reporter Mark Segraves.

The crash happened near Chaplin’s at 9th and P streets NW about 2:15 a.m., police said.

The pedestrian, which police identified as 44-year-old Armin Amin-Toomaji of Potomac, Md., was brought to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Amin-Toomaji was crossing 9th Street with another person when the driver hit him.

The driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with police, Capt. Ralph W. McLean of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District said in an email to locals. Alcohol doesn’t seem to have played a role in the collision.

Authorities haven’t released the name of the driver.

by Andrew Ramonas — August 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Future home of Fasika Ethiopia Cuisine at 1924 9th St. NW

Another Ethiopian restaurant is in the works for Shaw.

Fasika Ethiopia Cuisine is slated to open at 1924 9th St. NW, according to a liquor license application notice the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration published this week. The space is above Appioo African Bar & Grill.

The eatery will have 46 seats. But more information on the restaurant’s menu and opening date wasn’t immediately available.

It also wasn’t clear whether the restaurant has ties to a Fasika food truck and a shuttered Adams Morgan eatery, called Fasika’s.

A representative of the new Fasika wasn’t immediately available to comment.

by Andrew Ramonas — August 16, 2016 at 10:15 pm 0

900 block of N Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday) A woman stabbed a man in Shaw after they boxed with each other Tuesday night, according to authorities.

The stabbing happened on the 900 block of N Street NW about 9:30 p.m. The area is just west of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The victim and his assailant were “playing” when they boxed, according to authorities. But the boxers eventually became “disrespectful” to one another, escalating the fight, police said.

At some point, the woman pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in his stomach.

The man was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Police put out this tweet with a suspect description:

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — August 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm 0

1200 block of U Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man made a weapon out of a post used to hold up rope for crowd control near the U Street Metro station over the weekend, police said.

The assault with a stanchion happened on the 1200 block of U Street NW about 3:45 a.m. Sunday.

The man was arguing with another man outside of the &pizza on the block when the attacker punched him and then hit the victim over the head with the pole, according to authorities.


by Tim Regan — August 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

N Street Park

A community leader in Shaw is calling for the installation of new security cameras in response to a shooting that left one man dead and another injured near a public park last week.

Police said 19-year-olds Marcus Martin and Marc Butler shot and killed 19-year-old Derryk Johnson and wounded another man across the street from N Street Park on the 600 block of N Street NW last Wednesday night. The shooting was the result of a robbery during a dice game, according to the Washington Post.

Though both suspected shooters were arrested and charged with first-degree murder this week, a member of Shaw’s ANC 6E says District agencies can do more to stop violence near the park before it occurs.

“[Department of Parks and Recreation] and [Deptartment of General Services] need to step up to the plate and ensure that the public feels comfortable and safe there,” 6E vice chair Alexander Padro told Borderstan. “That process begins with installing security cameras that capture everything happening inside and outside the gates of the park.”

Last Wednesday’s shooting is the latest incident in a long history of criminal activity in or near the park, Padro explained.

“How many more lives must be lost before such a basic deterrent is put in place at the N Street Park?” Padro wrote in an email to a local listserv yesterday. “What matters more to our city: the cost of installing and maintaining these cameras, or the cost of human lives and the opportunity cost of loss of use of a park, quality of life, and freedom from fear for hundreds, if not thousands, of our citizens?”

Gwen Crump, spokeswoman for the DPR, said the city agency “has been exploring security enhancement options at N Street Park,” and plans to install a security turnstile to restrict access there this fall. The department is also mulling installing new cameras in the area.

“We are also reviewing other options, such as video monitoring, to help us achieve our goal of making every park a safe place for all D.C. residents,” Crump said.

Still, Padro said he hopes the District will at least decide to take action by the ANC’s next meeting in September.

“I hope that by then, DPR will have publicly agreed to install the security cameras the community has asked for without further action by public officials or loss of life,” Padro said.

by Andrew Ramonas — August 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

The Passenger

Tom Brown is looking for help to cover the rent for his Shaw bar that is slated to reopen this month.

If you bring $40 in cash to the future home of The Passenger at 1539 7th St. NW this upcoming Monday, Brown will thank you with Schlitz beer, Filibuster rye whiskey and live karaoke from the HariKaraoke Band.

But why have a party this Monday from 8 p.m. to midnight?

“Because it’s the 15th and we still gotta pay rent!” according to a post put up on The Passenger’s Facebook page today.

Originally located at 1017 7th St. NW, the watering hole and its bar within a bar, Columbia Room, shut down on Jan. 1, 2015.

Columbia Room, run by Brown’s brother, Derek, reopened in Blagden Alley in March. But Tom Brown has yet to announce exactly when the reincarnated Passenger will make its official debut.

by Andrew Ramonas — August 9, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

"S is for Shaw" advertising Walter E. Washington Convention CenterA public art project could bring dance parties, theatrical performances and cooking classes to Shaw this fall, if locals call for them.

“What’s Going On: Voices of Shaw” is scheduled to have nine days of programming that “examines and celebrates the micro-cultures of Shaw through the voices and diverse lens of the community,” according to a call for submissions from arts incubator Pleasant Plains Workshop.

The art project, which is slated to run from Sept. 24 to Oct. 2, could include:

Walking tours (traditional or alternative), cooking classes/food events, performances (dance, theater, etc), panel discussions, fashion shows, dance parties, community meetings, cultural celebrations/showcases, and film screenings.

“The selected projects set within the public or shared spaces, should be community focused, site-specific and each will have an engagement element,” the notice for submissions says. “Additionally, the activities should have a commonality of inclusion, sharing and social interaction.”

Interested Shaw residents and business owners can submit their programming ideas online until Aug. 26. Pleasant Plains Workshop will award $250 for each activity its curators pick for Voices of Shaw.

An organizer of the public art project didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

by Tim Regan — August 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

900 M Street NW, photo via Google Street View(Updated at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday) Someone beat up and robbed a man, then tried to force him to perform a sex act in Shaw early Sunday morning, according to D.C. Police.

The crime occurred in an alley on the 900 block of M St. NW around 3 a.m. Sunday.

A robber threw a man to the ground and punched him before patting him down for money, the police report says. When the robber found the man had no money, he told the man to perform oral sex on him. But the man called out to a bystander who came to his aid, causing the robber to run off with the man’s backpack, authorities said.

Police described the man as:

A black male, approximately 20-21 years old, 6’0″ tall, with a chubby build and dark complexion.  The suspect was seen wearing a black tank top t-shirt and gray sweatpants.


by Tim Regan — August 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm 3 Comments

Police_Cruiser(Updated at 2 p.m. Thursday) A man died following a double shooting in Shaw late last night, according to D.C. Police.

The shooting occurred at a parking lot on the 600 block of N St. NW just after 10 p.m. yesterday evening, authorities said.

Officers rushed to the scene of the crime and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds, according to a police report we obtained this morning.

The man who died — identified as 19-year-old Derryk Johnson — was shot in the head, authorities said. The other victim was shot multiple times in his back and right leg. That man was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, police said.

The street where the shooting occurred is about one block from several popular restaurants and the City Market at O Street development.

Police did not provide a lookout for a suspect.

by Andrew Ramonas — August 2, 2016 at 8:05 am 4 Comments

Police car light(Updated at 8:15 a.m.) Two men abducted a woman in Shaw and took her to Southeast D.C., where one of them sexually assaulted her over the weekend, police said last night.

The kidnapping happened on the 600 block of T Street NW Sunday, not long after midnight. After the abduction, the first degree sexual abuse occurred on the 3200 block of 28th Street SE, near Suitland Parkway and the D.C.-Maryland border.

The victim was walking near the Howard Theatre when the two men forced her into a car and drove her to a Southeast alley, according to authorities.

Police are looking for:

  • a black male, in his late twenties to early thirties in age, light complexion, low haircut, wearing a brown polo style shirt, blue jeans, and a hat.

  • a black male, in his late twenties to early thirties in age, dark complexion, low haircut, and plastic black oval shaped eyeglasses.

Anyone who has information regarding this case 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 $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an assault committed in the District of Columbia.

by Courtney Brown — August 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Photo via Facebook : City BlossomsAn annual potluck centered around basil is coming back for another year.

City Blossoms, a nonprofit dedicated to urban farming, is set to hold its seventh annual “Basil Bonanza” at Marion Street Intergenerational Garden (1521 Marion St. NW) this Friday from 6-8 p.m.

“Join us to celebrate summer and basil,” the nonprofit’s website said. The “potluck style celebration” will have participants bring any homemade dish that includes the leafy green herb.

A contest has also been set for the potluck, according to City Blossom’s website. Local judges will decide who made the best basil dish in the community.

Judges will pick the best basil dish for these six categories:

  • Fire Cryer (hot)
  • Boom Suga Basil (sweet)
  • Basil Bunch (anything with basil)
  • Besto Pesto (pesto)
  • Viva la Vegan (best vegan dish with basil)
  • BasilBomb.com (overall best)

Here’s additional information on City Blossom from its website:

City Blossoms provides bilingual, free, and affordable after-school, in-school, and summer programming to predominantly Latino and African-American youth ranging from ages two through teens. We serve neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space. Since 2009, City Blossoms has worked on 42 sites in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Washington DC is our home base where we test and innovate new ideas for designing and implementing urban gardens that are communal, educational, artistic expressions of their surroundings. Currently City Blossoms is working at 13 sites in Washington DC, including 10 gardens on educational campuses and two Community Green Spaces where we continue to experiment and develop our ideas.

To disseminate what we learn, City Blossoms develops partnerships with schools and community-based organizations both in our home, Washington DC, and across the country. We accomplish this with a team of knowledgeable consultants and educators who share our unique brand of gardens, science, art, health instruction, and community building.

Photo via Facebook / City Blossoms

by Tim Regan — July 25, 2016 at 6:20 am 0

Police_CruiserSomeone shot and injured two men near a skate park in Shaw early this morning, police said.

The shooting happened near the intersection of 11th and Q streets NW just before 2:30 a.m., according to authorities.

“The Third District is currently on the scene of a double shooting near the skate park at 11th and Q Streets NW,” MPD Commander Stuart Emerman wrote to in an email to a police listserv early this morning. “2 adult males have been transported to area hospitals for treatment. ”

Police posted more information about the shooting on Twitter shortly after it occurred:

Police closed the 1600 block of 11th St. NW in both directions for hours to investigate the crime. The area was reopened to traffic around 6:45 a.m.

by Courtney Brown — July 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Callie Harris

Borderstan periodically publishes profiles of locals — from longtime residents to newcomers, from government officials to ordinary folks. Know someone we should feature? Email us at [email protected].

U Street corridor resident Callie Harris doesn’t work in a cubicle, so you might have seen her around town during the day.

Her office could reside in a Starbucks in Dupont Circle one day, and then a local start-up coffee shop in Chinatown the next day. Earlier this week, she brought her work to Shaw’s Blagden Alley.

Amid the lightly playing music and the sound of baristas whipping up frappes, she waited patiently at La Colombe Coffee Roasters for her client, occasionally taking a sip from her iced coffee and peering at her laptop as she sat on a stool.

“If you would’ve told me five years ago that I would be a matchmaker, I would have laughed,” Harris said. “But now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”



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