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by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 10:55 am 200 0

bike robbersA boy was arrested today in connection with a group robbery that occurred in Shaw earlier this month, say D.C. Police.

Police say that on July 11 around 10:30 p.m., 15-20 suspects ambushed three men and one boy near the exit of the Shaw Skate Park on the 1100 block of R Street NW.

The robbers surrounded three of the victims and repeatedly struck them until they surrendered their property, police told Borderstan on July 16.

A video connected to the robbery and released by police earlier this month shows a man forcefully beaten on the ground as he clenches onto a bicycle.

Police have charged the boy with robbery force and violence in connection with the crime.

The investigation is ongoing, say police.

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 $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a robbery force and violence committed in the District of Columbia.

Image via MPD

by Tim Regan — July 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm 1 Comment

Parcel 42The D.C. Government will hold another informational meeting related to a plot of land known as Parcel 42 and located at the intersection of R Street and 7th Street NW.

The meeting will be held next Tuesday, July 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th Street NW).

Last month, employees from the D.C. Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) held a public meeting to share information and receive feedback from locals regarding the plot of land.

Now, the DMPED wants to talk with more residents as part of its new Request for Proposals (RFP) initiative, which is designed to loop locals in on decisions regarding future neighborhood development.

“The purpose of this meeting is to reconnect with the community on the feedback received through the Workshop and Online Engagement Forum and how community input will be incorporated in the RFP,” reads the online posting.

by Tim Regan — July 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm 883 1 Comment

Police CarD.C. Police officials say they’ve arrested 30 men since cracking down on prostitution in parts of Shaw, Logan Circle and Dupont on July 14.

All of the arrests were made in the area between 9th and 17th and L and N streets NW, and police say the arrested men have all been charged with solicitation of prostitution.

According to police, this is an ongoing operation that “will continue to focus on the prostitution complaints in this area.”

Earlier this month, police conducted an operation in the 1100 block of K Street NW that resulted in eight prostitution-related arrests.

by Jared Holt — July 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm 200 0

D.C. Police have released a video showing five men violently robbing a man near the Shaw Recreation Center.

Police say 15-20 suspects ambushed three adult males and one juvenile male on the 1100 block of R Street NW on July 11th around 10:30 p.m.

Robbers surrounded three of the victims and repeatedly struck them until they surrendered their property, police said. Authorities could not disclosure whether the juvenile was one of three injured.

In a video released by police, a man is forcefully beaten on the ground as he clenched onto a bicycle. A group of men surround the victim as his attacker jumps on his body and kicks his head.

Police believe the video footage is directly related to the robbery on July 11.

Victims’ injuries were treated on-site.

At this time, police have not identified or arrested any suspects .

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 conviction 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 at 50411.

by Tim Regan — July 10, 2015 at 12:35 pm 100 0

Climate Ride BoyceA Shaw woman is raising money for a bike ride meant to bring awareness to environmental issues.

Lily Boyce, who lives near the southern boundary of Shaw, seeks to raise $2,800 for a 380-mile Climate Ride from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Boston in September.

Boyce, who works as a researcher at consumer rights non-profit Food and Water Watch in Dupont Circle, says she’s riding to help end fracking, bring awareness to GMO labeling and to make clean water sources available for all.

“We’re trying to use this ride to promote our campaign a little bit,” says Boyce.

Boyce says she’s also riding for bicycle advocacy in general.

“I lost someone very close to me last year through a bicycle crash in New York,” she says. “City urban infrastructure needs to be more open of bicycling as a way to get around.”

Boyce, who has already raised $372, has just two months to raise the $2,800. But she’s confident and excited that she’ll be able to bike during September’s ride.

“I’m so sick of this humidity,” Boyce says. “I’m a total cold weather girl. I’m all about the snow and mountain life. If I get to wear a jacket, I’m happy.”

Photo courtesy of Lily Boyce

by Jordan-Marie Smith — July 8, 2015 at 10:45 am 2,616 20 Comments

(Updated at 3:41 p.m. to correct name misspellings, add additional statements from Dacha, and accurately reflect the ANC voting process)

Shaw beer garden Dacha has hit a roadblock in its proposed 600-person capacity expansion.

The 6E Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) voted to protest Dacha Beer Garden’s request for an expanded liquor license and capacity during its monthly meeting at Shaw Library last night.

In March, Dacha asked the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to allow it to expand its capacity to 600 people, up from its current capacity of 126.

The 3 to 2 vote — commissioner Alfreda Judd abstained — came after one of Dacha’s litigation attorneys, Scott Rome, and deputy general manager Nina Liggett gave a presentation to the packed basement room in Shaw Library.

Rome said Dacha is facing nine incident reports — eight for capacity violations — but emphasized the lengths co-owners Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin have taken to soundproof walls and reinforce fences.

“Even if we consider your application, how in the world are we going to have any control since you don’t obey what you are allowed to have now?” 6E05 Commissioner Marge Maceda responded. “How can we assume that you’re going to stick within the limits that you are able to have if we increase it?”

Both Rome and Liggett proposed that Dacha would build another fence and increase wall insulation for soundproofing if the 600-person capacity request was approved.

Some Shaw residents who showed up to the meeting publicly expressed concerns about what the increased capacity might mean for the neighborhood.

Katie Peters and husband Brian said that even though they support Dacha’s sound abatement efforts, the noise level already disturbs their sleeping infant and toddler and will only get worse if capacity increases.

But 7th Street NW resident David Abensour was not convinced the nightly noise comes from Dacha.

“My window is literally between Dacha and Uptown and I can tell you after midnight the noise doesn’t come from Dacha,” Abensour said.

Liggett said today by phone that she believes more than 50 people came out to support the beer garden, and that she wanted to address the commissioners’ concerns after the meeting, but was not able to due to time constraints.

“We wanted to give time for the community to talk,” Liggett says. “Unfortunately, I did not get to deliver a rebuttal at the end [because the library was closing].”

After hearing a long list of community comments — with several still in line to speak — 6E01 Commissioner Alexander Padro motioned to vote on the standing protest Dacha received from the commission’s ABC subcommittee last Thursday.

While Padro unwavered in his opposition, some anticipated upsetting their constituents.

“No one who represents a group of people wants to anger any segment of that group,” said 6E02 Commissioner Kevin Chapple. “But sometimes you have to.”

The council voted against Dacha’s proposed expansion by a vote of 3 to 2.

After the vote, Rome announced that Dacha would like to keep discussions between the business and residents open.

Rome also requested 6E ANC appoint a representative to work with Dacha when it comes to neighborhood issues and future expansion. He pointed out that Commissioner Padro repeatedly declined to speak with Dacha, to which Padro said he refused because Dacha would not work with the area’s civic association.

We hope to move forward,” Liggett told Borderstan today. “Our ABRA hearings are coming up. We’ll prove our side. We take decibel readings every night and we are well below what is D.C. law,” she said.

The ANC has until Aug. 3 to file a formal protest against Dacha’s application.

Mural photo via Facebook.com/DachaBeerGarden

by Jared Holt — July 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

Shaw residents now have one more place to get Ethiopian food.

Piassa EthioCuisine & Cafe opened at 1336 9th Street NW last Friday.

The cafe sells traditional Ethiopian dishes, espresso drinks, salads and desserts. The eatery also has an outdoor patio space.

The cafe replaced Caribbean Citations, which relocated to 1208 Maple View Place SE in May.

by Tim Regan — July 2, 2015 at 6:00 am 321 3 Comments

1300 7th

(Updated at 9:37 a.m.) Two men were injured in a shooting that occurred just blocks away from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center early this morning.

According to the police report, D.C. authorities first received a call for the sound of gunshots near the 1300 block of 7th Street NW at approximately 12:22 a.m.

When police arrived, they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene.

Both men were then transported to a local hospital.

Police say there were reports of a suspicious vehicle leaving the scene of the crime.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is encouraged to contact police at 202-727-9099.

by Tim Regan — June 26, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

Heavy downpours and possible thunderstorms are expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain to the D.C. area late tonight and tomorrow, and that might mean more flooding for some in Shaw.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for D.C. and the surrounding areas starting around 2 a.m. tomorrow morning and lasting through 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Last week, several P Street NW residents spoke their concerns regarding recent flooding in Shaw.

Tom Lisle, a spokesperson for D.C. Water, said heavy downpours are more likely to tax the city’s “undersized” sewer system.

“The sewers, for really intense rainstorms, don’t have enough capacity,” Lisle said last week.

A fix is on the way, said Lisle, but not until 2022 when the planned Northeast Boundary Tunnel is completed.

ANC 2F is expected to address flooding concerns at its monthly meeting in Thomas Circle next Wednesday.

Residents who experience flooding or see standing water and clogged storm drains are asked to call D.C. Water’s 24-hour command center at 202-612-3400.

by Tim Regan — June 25, 2015 at 11:00 am 427 0

1800 block of 5th Street, Photo via Google Street View

A woman was left injured and taken to the hospital after being choked during a daylight robbery in Shaw yesterday afternoon.

Police say the victim was walking along the sidewalk on the 1800 block of 5th Street NW around 2:24 p.m. when a man began arguing with her.

The argument escalated when the man pushed the woman to the ground, then started choking her. The man also struck the woman in the leg with an unspecified object during the assault.

The man then grabbed some of the woman’s personal belongings and fled the scene, police say.

After the assault, the woman was taken to the hospital for treatment. Authorities would not provide the condition of the victim or whether she has since left the hospital.

Police are currently on the lookout for the suspect, who is described as a male in his 20s with a thin build.

by Bryan Doyle — June 17, 2015 at 9:30 am 0

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Europub — It looks like The Airedale, a new “Europub and beer garden” is coming to the Mad Momo’s space at 3605 14th Street NW. [New Columbia Heights]

Shaw Flooding — Some Shaw residents are worried after Sunday’s heavy rainstorm caused their drains to overflow with sewage for the second time in the past year. [Borderstan]

History in Parking — Kent Boese at Park View DC looks into the history of the garages in the neighborhood. Yes, it appears the garages themselves are much older than one might expect. [Park View DC]

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— Shrine of the Sacred Heart is hosting a Pupusa Festival all day on Sunday, June 21 near 16th Street NW and Park Road NW. “Come to eat! Stay to learn how to make pupusas,” a poster reads. [Popville]

by Bryan Doyle — June 16, 2015 at 9:00 am 109 0

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Symphony in DC Major — A photographic essay of the unveiling  of the sculpture “Symphony in DC Major” by Zachary Oxman, located on P Street between 7th and 8th streets NW. [Badwolf DC]

Doughnuts. More Doughnuts. — A new Dunkin’ Donuts opened yesterday at 19th and L streets NW, next to the Chop’t and City Sports.  [Borderstan]

Cooling Off — The city has spruced up Banneker pool at 2500 Georgia Ave with a snack bar and some canopies for shade. [New Columbia Heights]

McMillan Update — The District is looking for a contractor to oversee the McMillan Sand Filtration Plan development, which will transform a 25-acre parcel of land near the Children’s National Medical Center on Michigan Avenue into a brand new neighborhood with 146 townhomes, 531 apartments, a grocery store, more than 1 million square feet of medical office development, and that’s just to start. [Washington Business Journal]

by Borderstan.com — June 11, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Mockingbird Hill"

Mockingbird Hill at 1843 7th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The city is growing and that means the offerings for various tastes are becoming more varied. Example: Shaw gets the only sherry bar in the city. Inspired by Spanish bars, Mockingbird Hill — Ham and Sherry Bar — opened last week at 1843 7th Street NW. It is a take on  the intimate crowded bars from Europe by Derek Brown and wife Chantal Tseng. Brown comes from The Passenger and Columbia Room’s and Tseng from the Tabard Inn.

Tseng created a selection of 54 varieties of sherry that will have small bites to go along and enhance the experience – walnuts, manzanilla olives, peanuts and chocolate- are some of them. Four different types of local hams will be on the menu as well as some small plates.

If you want to learn more about sherry, Brown plans to offer sherry classes at Mockingbird Hill every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm

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by Borderstan.com — June 6, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

"Bar Crawl"

June 8: Shaw Main Streets Roaring 20’s Bar Crawl. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.

You’ve read the book and you’ve seen the movie(s), so now it’s time to “Get Your Gatsby On” with the Shaw Main Streets Roaring 20’s Bar Crawl. Happening this Saturday, June 8, from 1 to 7 pm, this is a fun way to explore your local bars and restaurants while also supporting the preservation and restoration of the Shaw neighborhood.

Organized by Shaw Main Streets, they promise “an afternoon of cocktails, friends, and fun, Gatsby-style.” This is the third bar crawl that Shaw Main Streets has put together and given the theme of the crawl, they encourage period costumes, though they are definitely not required.

Where To Be And What To Expect

There are six different locations participating in this event, all located in lower central Shaw. Each will have on hand signature drinks, cocktails and food specials. There will also be raffled prizes at each stop along the way.

The venues/arrival times are:

  • 1 – 2 pm: Bar 7, 1015-1/2 7th Street, NW
  • 2 – 3 pm: Queen of Sheba, 1503 9th Street, NW
  • 3 – 4 pm: Old Dominion Brewhouse, 1219 9th Street, NW
  • 4 – 5 pm: A&D, 1314 9th Street, NW
  • 5 – 6 pm: The Passenger, 1021 7th Street, NW
  • 6 – 7 pm: Penthouse 9, 1318 9th Street, NW

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the event.

Purchase tickets for the bar crawl here.

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by Borderstan.com — May 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

"United"

Sweet Daddy Grace, founder of the United House of Prayer Parade lived at 11 Logan Circle NW. Click on the image for more photos of Saturday’s parade. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See more photos from Saturday’s UHOP Parade as it made its way around Logan Circle.

On Saturday, we were lucky to enjoy what has become a neighborhood tradition during Memorial Day weekend — the annual United House of Prayer for All People, always on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Starting from UHOP’s main location at 6th and M Streets NW, the parade of marchers and marching bands wound its way through the Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods.

The parade reached Logan Circle around noon, and the location has become a gathering spot for residents in the neighborhood to watch the parade. At  the Circle many neighbors gathered with lawn chairs while kids played and dogs sat beneath the shade trees. The parade took almost two hours to go around Logan Circle, while the bands and congregants marched their way back to UHOP.

“Sweet Daddy” Grace (photo above), the founder of the denomination lived at 11 Logan Circle NW and the church still owns the house; Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house.

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