by Tim Regan August 6, 2015 at 9:30 am 2 Comments

Banneker Pool, photo via flickr/awisemanThe end of summer is almost here.

Borderstan residents only have a few weeks left to cannonball into their local public pools before the District closes them for the season.

The closures in the Borderstan area will begin on Aug. 23 with the Happy Hollow Children’s Pool at 2200 Champlain Street NW and the Park View Children’s Pool at 693 Otis Place NW, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation announced yesterday.

On Sept. 7, the area will lose Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Avenue NW) and Francis Pool (2435 N Street NW).

The pools will be open until 6 p.m. on their final days.

Additionally, all of the District’s spray parks will stop spraying for the season on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

Photo via flickr/awiseman

by Borderstan.com June 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

"Summer"

Ready for summer wear? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Sarah Griswold. Email her at sarahg[AT]borderstan.com.

Hi friends! I hope you are all having a fabulous summer so far, I know that I am. Apart from those few bursts of crazy rain, the sunshine has been more that welcomed in this household. And with these beautiful days abound, I have brought my summer wardrobe out of hiding.

Ladies, I’m sure you’re like me — when dragging out your dusty box of summer dresses, short-shorts and cami’s, it’s exciting to be reunited with those small, but essential pieces that adorned all your “Summer 2012” Instagram photo album pictures, but then you’re left wanting.

My Local Picks

Whether you’re looking for new frocks to wear on your summer trip to NYC, or relaxing beachside vacation to Charleston, SC, or if you just want to freshen up your summer outfits, I have a list of cute little boutiques you must check out this year.

  • Redeem Shop Independent, 1734 14th St NW. Flaunting cool, designer duds for men and women, this shop also makes room for lesser known names too. For me, this is great place to get something completely unique, edgy, urban and screamingly original.
  • Caramel, 1603 U Street NW. One of the first spots I explored upon moving to the city. Again, this shop caters to men and women, so feel free to drag your boyfriend along to spruce up his wardrobe too! As far as the clothing goes, I find Caramel ultra feminine and airy; things you can wear to work and to happy hour right afterward.
  • Lettie Gooch, 1517 U Street NW. This is such a great shop and every time I walk by the window displays, I’m compelled to go in. Bright and bold colors and ready to wear styles that are modern without being pretentious. Flowy dresses, structured collars and bright statement jewelry adorn this little boutique.
  • Violet Boutique, 2439 18th Street NW. This is a great “go-to” spot with reliably cute and easy styles. It reminds me of shopping in your stylish girlfriend’s closet. Pretty, girly styles and accessories without pushing your boundaries too far.

At all of these boutiques, styles and sizes are limited, so be sure to check in with them often so you don’t miss out on anything!

And Once You’re Done…

  • Once you have done your damage, be sure to make some room in your closet and get rid of all those items you love but don’t wear anymore — Buffalo Exchange on 1318 14th Street NW accepts donations or you can resell there too.
  • You can also donate your items to any one of the great donation centers in a neighborhood near you.  Here are a couple to get you started — Martha’s Table at 2114 14th Street NW or Goodwill Donation Center on 2200 South Dakota Avenue NE.

Have I missed one of your favorite shops? Are there any new boutiques the rest of us should know about? Post a comment below and spread the love!

Happy summer shopping!

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by Borderstan.com July 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,221 0

From Candida Mannozzi. You can reach her at candida[AT]borderstan.com.

"Harvest"

Hot peppers are thriving in the heat wave. You’ll appreciate them come winter. (Candida Mannozzi)

Is Borderstan ready to harvest? I know I don’t need to remind you that it’s HOT out there; a summer heat wave is upon us.  I’ve noticed less variety than usual at the farmers’ market, because many anticipated crops are struggling to ripen, or simply aren’t making it in the heat wave.

For instance, my favorite summertime legumes (the many different kinds of long and string beans) seem to be in very short supply this year. The news from across the country is sobering too: droughts, failed crops, herds at risk of being culled, anticipated shortages, and price hikes.

Thriving in the Summer Heat Wave

This has made me doubly excited to see the miniature Thai hot peppers on my deck turning to their bright red “pick me now!” color, in the past week or so. The plant is flourishing in the searing temperatures. I enjoy seeing the tiny peppers turn from dark green to orange to fire engine red. As I lay them out to dry, they look like a pixie’s duffle-coat buttons.

After harvesting them, I have fun stringing them up in my kitchen, making their festive mark on the place and giving me the feeling a mariachi band will burst through the doors at any moment. At the risk of being excoriated by the purists, I confess I grind them into my guacamole and they give it just the right kick! Humor this Latino-Asian fusion, will you?

I look forward to the many winter stews I’ll spice up with their fire, the tomato sauces that will get an extra kick from these little peppers, the separate bottle of olive oil I’ll cure with a couple of them, to drizzle over pizza or focaccia. I imagine all the outdoor heat they’ve stored in their flesh and seeds, to be released in the dishes I’ll make once the temperatures plummet back down to a wintery “shiverrrr” from the summer heat wave.

So, as I make my tiny, urban harvest in this summer heat wave, I imagine a time when I will actually be asking for more fire. Thanks to my Thai peppers, I’ll have the means to access it. Happy harvest and late summer, Borderstan!

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by Borderstan.com May 22, 2009 at 6:20 am 0

Photo taken on boardwalk in Huntington Beach, CA: "Surf City: Huntington Beach." (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day, February 2008.)

Photo taken on boardwalk in Huntington Beach, CA: “Surf City: Huntington Beach.” (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day, February 2008.)

Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Borderstanians. Is it summer yet? Of course, in DC we often wonder by August, “Is summer over yet?” However, I could deal with endless summer in southern California.

Luis took this photo on the boardwalk in Huntington Beach, CA, during a trip to southern California in February 2008. The city is famous as “Surf City USA.” More photos here from Luis.

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