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.”


by Andrew Ramonas — July 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm 2 Comments

14th and U-streets NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man flashed a gun at a driver in a road rage confrontation near 14th and U streets NW over the weekend, according to a police report Borderstan obtained today.

The incident happened on the 1900 block of 14th Street NW about 4 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was changing lanes as he approached U Street when another driver pulled up alongside him, authorities said. The new arrival, who had is car window down, then asked the victim what he was doing.

The victim said he moved into another lane.


by Courtney Brown — July 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Beat the Streets (Photo via Facebook/Beat the Streets DC)“Beat the Streets” is set to come tomorrow to Shaw, where local kids can eat food, play games and listen to music for free, courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department.

Cops are scheduled to set up the block party near the Shaw Metro stop at 1700 8th St. NW from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday.

The festivities are part of a series of events meant to help boys and girls avoid illegal activities.

Past “Beat the Street” events have had a rock climbing wall, a moon bounce and school supplies and uniform giveaways, alongside haircuts and safety information. It wasn’t immediately clear whether all of the features of those parties will return.

But hip-hop artist “OverTyme Simms” is slated to play at the event, according to a Facebook event post.

Photo via Facebook/Beat the Streets DC

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 Andrew Ramonas — July 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

crime scene tape 4A woman gave a man a bloody face after she hit him with a bottle outside a Shaw bar early yesterday morning, police said.

The assault happened near the front door of Cloud Lounge at 1919 9th St. NW about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

A police officer was investigating a report of an illegal fireworks show in front of the bar when a man with a bloody face approached the cop, according to authorities. The man told the officer that a woman hit him in the head with a green bottle and walked away.


by Alyse Mier — June 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

4th and M streets NW (Photo via Google Maps)Drivers soon will have to do a better job at pumping their brakes at a Shaw stop sign if they want to avoid a ticket.

A new stop sign camera is “coming soon” to the corner of 4th and M streets NW, ANC 6E commissioner Rachelle Nigro wrote in a post on her Facebook page last night. But it wasn’t immediately clear when.

Police went out to survey the site and found that most drivers rolled the stop before making a right turn.

The corner, about three blocks east of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, frequently is used by drivers and pedestrians. The camera is meant to catch drivers who do not make a full stop when approaching the intersection.

After the cameras are installed, police will issue warning tickets for drivers’ first violation.

According to Nigro’s Facebook post:

FYI–The Stop Sign Camera will be coming soon to the corner of 4th and M St.! The camera will catch the drivers who do not stop at the sign and a ticket will be issued. MPD came to the site and it did not take long to notice that most drivers did not stop when a right turn was made. After the camera is installed warning tickets will be issued first. MPD will also put out a press release. So remember –always stop at the white line and do not roll through.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — June 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm 0

A self-described “artist-designed footwear” business is set to bring its kicks to Shaw this summer.

Chicago-based BucketFeet, which began online in 2011, is scheduled to open in The Shay in “early July,” according to new signage spotted on the 800 block of Florida Avenue NW yesterday. The location is slated to become the first BucketFeet shop in the D.C. area.

A company representative didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

BucketFeet works with more than 20,000 painters, photographers and other artists from around the world to create its men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, according to its website. All footwear is less than $150.

“We are a brand on a mission to connect people through art,” the company’s website says.

Photo of shoes via Facebook/BucketFeet

by Andrew Ramonas — June 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Police car lightA thief knocked a man unconscious in a robbery on the 14th Street corridor over the weekend, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 1900 block of 14th Street NW about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The victim and another man were walking in an alley near the SoulCycle and Trader Joe’s in the area when three men approached them, police said.

“Hey, how are you doing?” one of the men asked the victims before one of his accomplices punched the victims, according to authorities.


by Tim Regan — June 20, 2016 at 8:30 am 1 Comment

Chao Ku dishes, photo via Facebook : Chao KuLocals will be able to order dan dan noodles, wok fried spare ribs and “Chinese burgers” at a new restaurant slated to open today in Shaw.

Chao Ku will open its doors at 1414 9th St. NW today by noon, according to the its Facebook page.

The new eatery’s menu includes offerings such as ma po tofu, dan dan noodles with veggies or pork, fried rice and “Chinese burgers” made with lamb, pork or veggies. The restaurant will also serve beer, wine and boozy hot and sour lime ginger punch.

The restaurant — which was Kickstarted with a $30K donation from 125 backers — has been nearly two years in the making.

Photo via Facebook / Chao Ku 

by Andrew Ramonas — June 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

2600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief hit a woman in the face and threatened to shoot before he and an accomplice robbed her in West End last night, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 2600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim was walking near Rock Creek and talking on her iPhone when two men hopped out of a red, four-door car, according to authorities. One of the men then punched the woman, knocking her to the ground and causing her to scream.

“Shut the f–k up,” the man said, according to authorities. “Gimmie your sh-t or I’ll shoot you.”


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.


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

The gray building at 1230 9th St. NW is set to house FinoAn Italian restaurant is getting closer to reopening in Shaw after leaving Georgetown four years ago.

Fino, which closed in Georgetown in 2012, now has a liquor license application for its forthcoming location at 1230 9th St. NW on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published yesterday.

Owner Seyed Beheshtian told Borderstan that the reincarnated Fino will have pasta, wine and other Italian staples that are similar to what it served at 3011 M St. NW after it opened in 1988. The new space is slated to hold 75 people.

Beheshtian said he expects Fino to start welcoming customers later this year in the lower level of the 9th Street building. The upper floors are set to house a restaurant called 1230 from chef and former Food Network “Chopped” contestant Malik Fall.

A crew is “working on construction right now” for Fino, Beheshtian said.

by Tim Regan — June 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

Firefighters rushed to the scene of a burning tour bus in Shaw earlier this afternoon, authorities said.

Someone called 911 to report a bus on fire at near 6th St. and Rhode Island Ave. NW around 2:12 p.m. A video posted to the D.C. Fire and EMS twitter shows the bus completely engulfed in flames.

Fire crews knocked down the blaze just after 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Nobody was injured during the fire, according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan.

Authorities did not immediately say how the bus caught fire.

by Tim Regan — June 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm 0

Did Hillary Clinton have a hankering for muffins earlier this afternoon?

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was spotted at Uprising Muffins in Shaw with Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton just before 2:15 p.m. today.

Though it’s unclear whether Clinton ordered a muffin, she did endorse the shop’s iced chai.

Of course, D.C. Twitter had a lot to say about Clinton’s visit:



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