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by Andrew Ramonas — November 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm 0

1200 block of V Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 3:50 p.m.) Two men with a gun robbed a man and woman near the U Street corridor early yesterday morning, police said.

The robbery happened on the 1200 block of V Street NW between 1:45 a.m. and 3:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The victims were walking in the area when two men went up to them, according to authorities. One of the men who approached then flashed a revolver and ordered the victims to hand over some of their belongings.

The woman and the man who was with her complied. The thieves eventually fled with two iPhones, a purse and a wallet, among other items.

According to authorities, other crime that occurred in the Borderstan coverage area since Tuesday night, in addition to the bank robbery this morning, included:

  • A robbery with a knife on the 2600 block of University Place NW about 7 a.m. yesterday. The area is near 14th and Fairmont streets NW.

  • A robbery with a taser on the 1100 block of Columbia Road about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Police today also released a video of three people wanted in connection with the destruction of property on the 1700 block of Harvard Street NW on Oct. 18.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., 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 to 50411.

Photo via Google Maps, video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas — November 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm 0

Police Car(Updated at 12:55 p.m.) Police have arrested a person suspected of attacking and robbing a senior citizen on the U Street corridor early this morning, according to authorities.

The violent robbery happened on the 1100 block of U Street NW about 1:15 a.m., police said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the victim was injured.

Officers made the arrest less than three hours after the attack. Police haven’t released the name of the suspect.

The crime is one of at least nine attempted or completed robberies that have occurred in the Borderstan coverage since Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

On Friday:

  • A man was robbed at knifepoint on the 600 block of Lamont Street NW in Park View about 5:30 p.m.

  • A man was put in a headlock, pushed to the ground and robbed on the 3300 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW about 7:15 p.m. The area is about a block east of The Coupe.

  • Several girls attacked and robbed someone on 1400 block of Clifton Street NW about 7:30 p.m. The area is about two blocks west of the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus. Police arrested two girls in connection with the violent robbery.
  • A man attacked and robbed someone on 1300 block of Irving Street NW in Columbia Heights about 11 p.m. Police didn’t have a detailed description of the suspect.

On Saturday:

  • A man who possibly had a knife in his pocket robbed a person on the 1800 block of 7th Street NW in Shaw about 2:45 a.m. Police didn’t release a description of the suspect.

On Sunday:

  • A thief robbed someone on the 1400 block of Columbia Road NW in Columbia Heights about 7 a.m. Police didn’t release a description of the suspect.
  • A person tried to rob someone on the 800 block of Florida Avenue NW in Shaw about 3 p.m. Police arrested an individual in connection with the attempted robbery. The individual’s identity wasn’t immediately clear.
  • Four teenage boys attacked and robbed someone on the 1700 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW in Dupont about 3 p.m.

A man also was shot and killed in Shaw, a man was stabbed on the 900 block of U Street NW and two men were stabbed on the 1300 block of U Street NW early Saturday morning.

Someone was stabbed on the 1300 block of Park Road NW in Columbia Heights last night, too.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Something funny is happening on a U Street corridor building.

A mural with two people who appear to be laughing is taking shape on an exterior wall of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments at 15th and U streets NW.

The six-story mural had outlines of a man, a woman and possibly a piano keyboard on a light blue background early this afternoon. The sketches take up less than a quarter of the space set aside for the artwork.

It isn’t clear yet what artist Aniekan Udofia plans to do next with the mural. He has stayed mum about his intentions for the project and wasn’t at the mural when Borderstan visited it today.

Udofia’s work appears in Shaw, Adams Morgan and other parts of the District.

Last month, Udofia completed a mural on the side of Bohemian Caverns at 2001 11th St. NW. He is also the artist behind the now-controvesial painting of Bill Cosby on the U Street Ben’s Chili Bowl.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm 0

1300 block of T Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A woman was threatened with a knife after a pumpkin was thrown toward one of her dogs on a walk near the U Street corridor over the weekend, police said.

The encounter happened on the 1300 block of T Street NW about 2 a.m. Sunday. The area is about a block south of the U Street Metro station.

The victim was in the vicinity when a young man hurled the pumpkin toward her dog. “Are you serious?” the woman asked the man and his friends, who laughed, according to authorities.

A woman, who was one of the friends, then became “verbally aggressive,” police said. The friend told the dog walker that she has a knife and will “pull it on you,” according to authorities.

The friend then grabbed the knife from her bag, flashed it at the victim and left the scene.

Police didn’t release any description of the suspect. But officers whose district includes T Street arrested a person suspected of threatening someone with a knife Sunday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear if the arrest was connected to the pumpkin-hurling incident.

In addition to the stabbing in Dupont Circle Saturday night, a man was threatened with a gun in Columbia Heights over the weekend, police said.

The encounter occurred inside the 7-Eleven at 3021 14th St. NW about 7:15 p.m. yesterday.

The man was walking with someone near the convenience store when a person he knew and some other people started to follow them. The group then began to yell “possible gang-related slang” at the victim, according to authorities. Feeling uncomfortable, the man and his acquaintance went into the 7-Eleven.

The pair then were approached by the individual whom the victim knew, police said. That person said the victim was “gonna die” if he called police, according to authorities.

The individual making the threat then flashed a silver gun at the victim and left the store.

Police didn’t release any description of the suspect.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — October 22, 2015 at 11:30 am 2,272 3 Comments

The Dirty Goose

A new bar catering to the LGBT community might open on the U Street corridor in the coming months.

The Dirty Goose is slated to open at 913 U St. NW this spring, co-owner Daniel Honeycutt said in a brief interview today. The bar will have multiple floors, including a roof deck, he said. It also will serve brunch.

The bar, which has a tagline of “Birds of a Feather Drink Together,” is within a block of gay club Town Danceboutique and Nellie’s Sports Bar, which often holds LGBT events.

by Sean Meehan — October 15, 2015 at 11:40 am 0

Six screens will light at Landmark Theatre’s Atlantic Plumbing Cinema near the U Street for the first time ever tonight. The theater chain celebrated the opening with a glitzy — and dimly lit — party last night.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1) and Vincent Orange (At-Large) were among the high-profile guests at the party at the 10,000 square-foot theater located on the ground floor of the new Atlantic Plumbing apartment building at 807 V St. NW.

Guests at the invitation-only event ate popcorn and sipped kettle corn-flavored old fashioneds while exploring the cinema. The theater is decked out with a full bar and patio seating, and moviegoers will be able to bring drinks from the bar into their theater.

Landmark CEO Ted Mundorff gave Bowser a tour of the theater and commented that the theater’s opening shows how much the U Street area has changed over the past decade and will draw even more people to the area.

Want to catch a flick? All six of the cinema’s screens will show “Steve Jobs” tonight starting at 8 p.m.

by Jennifer Currier — September 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm 0

A building near the U Street Corridor is getting a mini makeover.

A new mural is being painted on the side of Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th St. NW) opposite U Street NW. The club says its old mural, which prominently depicted Miles Davis, was painted over on Wednesday.

Artist Aniekan Udofia is the man behind the mural. His artwork can be found on many walls across Northwest D.C. and include large-scale paintings in Shaw and Adams Morgan.

As of early Monday afternoon, the mural featured several musicians, many around a swirling, floating row of piano keys.

by Jennifer Currier — September 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

Independent record store Red Onion Records opened its new location at 1628 U St. NW this weekend.

The store, bedecked in fresh coats of blue and yellow paint, appears to be in the early stages of settling into its new home. But its collection of records is laid out and ready for curious customers to flip through.

Though owner Josh Harkavy was busy helping customers when Borderstan swung by earlier today, he said there will be a grand opening event in about two weeks.

To celebrate the move, Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) will host a DJ night tonight at 7 p.m featuring Harkavy as a guest DJ. The event is free and will have happy hour-priced drinks until 10 p.m.

by Borderstan.com — June 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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(Courtesy of Koban Project and Delicious Spectacle)

From ArtSee. Email contact[AT]artseedc.com and follow ArtSee @ArtSeeinDC on Twitter.

In the art world, we tend to focus a lot on the newest gallery event or exhibition opening. But at the end of the day it’s important to swivel back a little and dive into the introspectiveness of what we do. What is the art our clients are making? How is it affecting our nuclear community and causing ripples into the greater art world at large? Is it even having an impact in today’s society?

These overarching questions are important, and that’s why for our weekly Borderstan post are writing about the Hamiltonian Gallery‘s newest event; a conversation focused purely on how a rapidly emerging art form (the DIY) is deeply affecting a larger, ever-changing genre (contemporary art). Murals on decrepit walls, elaborate chalk drawings on sidewalks, an artistic takeover of an abandoned lot. We see this happening daily in our small cluster of neighborhoods and that’s why this conversation could not be more current.

The founding members of Delicious Spectacle and the Baltimore-based Koban Project will be facilitating the conversation, which starts at 7 pm, June 17 at Hamiltonian Gallery. If you’re at all interested in the state of contemporary art and the emerging, economically sound form of DIY art, we seriously hope to see — and hear your voice — there.

Hamiltonian Gallery is at 1353 U Street NW.

Bringing the Art in DC to You–Shira Karsen

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by Borderstan.com — May 29, 2013 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported an assault with intent to rob around 7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 28, at Vermont Avenue and V Street NW. The lookout is for one man; details are below.

From the Police Alert: “Assault w/ intent to Rob. UNIT 3061 CONFIRMED A Assault w/ intent to rob at Vermont & V St NW. LOF a B/M, 6′ all dark clothing. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130257166. Sent on: 05/28 19:50.

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Assault w/ intent to rob at Vermont & V St NW. LOF a B/M, 6′ all dark clothing. 6972.”

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  • You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.
  • You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com — May 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

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U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Sustainable U has partnered with renewable energy provider Clean Currents to offer U Street residences and businesses added incentives for going green.

Starting last April and continuing through June 21, Clean Currents is donating $250 for each U Street business and $30 for each U Street home that signs up to purchase wind power as its source of electricity generation. Sustainable U will use this money to purchase new tree boxes for the 14th and U Street area.

Pepco customers have the option of choosing an alternative power supplier for their electricity. Clean Currents, which delivers renewable energy through wind power generated electricity, is one of the options through Pepco.

Next Sustainable U Meeting

The next meeting of Sustainable U is at 7 pm on Thursday, May 23, at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments, 2001 15th Street, NW. The meeting will evaluate how the businesses and community we’re doing on their Clean Currents challenge and how we plan to make the most of the final month.

Sustainable U is a community-led initiative that strives to increase the availability of and participation in green living and working options in the 14th and U corridor.

To participate in the Sustainable U Clean Currents challenge, consumers should have their Pepco account number available and talk to Clean Currents representatives, and indicate they are a part of Sustainable U.

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by Borderstan.com — April 24, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.

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Busboys and Poets on 14th Street NW is one of the participating local businesses. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Sustainable U has partnered with renewable energy provider Clean Currents to offer U Street residences and businesses added incentives for going green. Starting this past Monday (Earth Day) and continuing through June 21, Clean Currents will donate $250 for each U-Street business and $30 for each U-Street home that enrolls for its services. Sustainable U will use this money to purchase new tree boxes for the 14th and U Street area.

Brianne Nadeau, former ANC-1B commissioner and 2014 candidate for the Ward 1 DC Council seat, founded Sustainable U in 2012. The community organization works to promote environmentally conscious development in the 14th and U Street and encourage civic engagement around the effort. To learn more about Sustainable U, local residents can attend the next meeting, scheduled for 7 pm on Wednesday, April 24, at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments (2001 15th Street NW).

Interested business or home owners should visit the Clean Currents website or call 301-754-0430 (x3) and note that they are participating in the Sustainable U challenge. Local businesses SweetGreen, Busboys and Poets, and The Heights are among Clean Current’s customers. Sustainable U and Clean Currents are hoping to prompt U-street residents and business owners to start using clean energy and take advantage of the automatic contribution to new tree boxes in their neighborhood.

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by Borderstan.com — March 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm 0

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A juvenile male with a knife approached a woman as she was entering her car around shortly before 4 pm Monday on the 900 block of T Street NW. He demanded her car, but fled after she called the police. The attempted carjacking occurred near the woman’s house, according to DC Police.

Police units were in the area and arrested the suspect nearby on the 1100 block of French Street NW. The woman was not injured and her car was not taken, according to DC Police.

From DC Police Alerts: “Police Alert – Armed Carjacking, UNIT 3052 CONFIRMED A Carjacking in the 900blk of T St. NW. Case closed with (1) arrest. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130122764, Sent on: 03/18 19:46.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Carjacking in the 900blk of T St. NW. Case closed with (1) arrest. 6972.”

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by Borderstan.com — March 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm 3 Comments

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Eater DC reports on restaurant spring openings. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Happy early spring, Borderstan! The Cherry Blossoms are expected to open soon and so are some of the neighborhood’s most anticipated restaurants. Eater DC’s most recent list of spring restaurant openings includes several within the bounds of Borderstan.

Here’s what you can expect to see — and taste — this season:

  • Le Diplomate, 1601 14th Street NW: The 260-seat French restaurant from Stephen Starr will serve brunch, lunch and dinner and will have patio seating at 14th and Q Streets NW for the promise of warmer days ahead.
  • B Too, 1324 14th Street NW: Top Chef contestant Bart Vandaele is opening this 4,800 square-foot Belgian eatery and plans to serve classic and modern Belgian dishes, some of which will be cooked in the city’s only Josper.
  • Doi Moi, 1800 14th Street NW: Mark Kuller, the mastermind behind Proof and Estadio, plans to open Doi Moi in late spring/early summer and serve dishes and flavors from Vietnam and Thailand.
  • GBD (Golden Brown Delicious), 1323 Connecticut Avenue NW: From Birch and Barley’s Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIssac, GBD will serve doughnuts and coffee in the morning, fried chicken for lunch and appetizers and small plates in the evening. Oh, and the Dupont Circle restaurant will also have beer from DC sud expert Greg Engert.
  • Ghibellina, 1610 14th Street NW: This Italian restaurant is the former home of HR-57, a famous DC jazz club. The restaurant, which is being restored back to mid-century condition, will feature Tuscan “gastropub” dishes.
  • Iron Gate, 1734 N Street NW: Eater DC reports this Dupont Circle restaurant from Neighborhood Restaurant Group will serve Italian- and Greek-inspired dishes.
  • Kapnos and G, 2201 14th Street NW: Mike Isabella is coming to the neighborhood with his Greek restaurant, Kapnos, and a more casual sandwich shop, G. Together, the two eateries will occupy 7,000 square feet on 14th Street NW.
  • Mockingbird Hill, 1843 7th Street NW: Expect to see Spanish tapas and wines at this Shaw restaurant from Derek Brown. The 1,110 square-foot location at 1843 7th Street NW will seat 40 and will serve-up small bites, such as ham, olives and more than 50 varieties of sherries.

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by Borderstan.com — February 25, 2013 at 8:00 am 2 Comments

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1920dc was temporarily closed after Saturday morning’s homicide in front of the venue on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier temporarily shut down 1920dc, a hip hop bar 1920 9th Street NW, following a homicide outside the premises early Saturday morning. The shutdown went into effect late Saturday and lasts for 96 hours.

Derek Spicer, 24, was arrested and charged with first degree murder while armed in the death of Joseph Hardin, 30 (Arrest Made in Saturday Morning 9th Street Homicide). There are conflicting reports as to the events leading up to the shooting death of Hardin.

A manager of 1920dc told The Washington Post that Hardin had been in an argument in the bar earlier in the night but had left the premises. The manager said he went outside and saw a verbal dispute with Hardin and three other men. A gunman, who the manager claims had not been in the bar that evening, approached Hardin from across the street and shot him multiple times.

However, according to a report from ABC 7, both Hardin and Spicer had been in the bar and began arguing inside the premises before leaving. Based on that report, the shooting occurred about 10 to 15 minutes after both men left the bar.

According to a police report, an officer responding to the shooting saw Spicer running towards him wearing a mask. He was apprehended after dropping a handgun on the street.

Lanier has the authority to temporarily close establishments serving alcohol for up to 96 hours under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005. Such closures can occur when “The Chief of Police finds that continued operation of this establishment would present an imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public; that there is an additional imminent danger to the health and welfare of the public by not closing this establishment; and that there is no immediately available measure to ameliorate these findings.”

Lanier has previously used her authority under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005 to close Heritage India, Mood Lounge, Tabaq Bistro, Indulj and Tap & Parlour after violent incidents. All these establishments later reopened after hearings before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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