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by Andrew Ramonas — April 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

2100 block of 14th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A would-be thief stabbed a man twice in an attempted robbery on 14th Street NW over the weekend, police said.

The stabbing happened on the 2100 block of 14th Street NW about 3:15 a.m. Saturday. The area is just north of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U streets NW.

The victim was on a sidewalk in the area when a man came up to him, according to authorities. The new arrival asked for a cigarette and ordered the victim to hand over money.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm 0

Budweiser Clydesdales (Photo courtesy of Maha Hakki)

The opportunity to have a beer with a Budweiser Clydesdale is coming to area sports bars next week.

Anheuser-Busch’s famed horses are set to visit Duffy’s (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) for a Nationals game viewing party on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. “One lucky Budweiser Clydesdale” also is scheduled to trot over to Stoney’s (1433 P St. NW) on Saturday, April 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., according to a news release.

Photos are encouraged.

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by Andrew Ramonas — March 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

93 route removed from bus signBus riders are set to have one less way to travel through the U Street corridor starting this weekend.

Buses are scheduled to stop running on the 93 route beginning Sunday, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The 93 route travels from Adams Morgan to Congress Heights, running on U Street and Florida Avenue NW as it traverses the District. Most of its journey follows the paths of the 90 and 92 routes, which are slated to receive more early morning and late evening buses.

The route ended “due to low ridership,” according to WMATA.

by Andrew Ramonas — March 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

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(PLEASE NOTE: The following story was written using details from a publicly available police report. We’ve learned that charges were never filed in this case. As such, we’ve removed the woman’s name from this article.)

A woman threw a rock through a man’s bedroom window, hit him with a rock and flashed a knife at him outside near the U Street corridor early yesterday morning, police said.

The domestic dispute began on the 1400 block of Florida Avenue NW about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The woman broke the bedroom window of a house on the block while the man was inside, according to authorities. The man then went outside and followed the woman to the 1400 block of V Street NW.

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm 0

Bohemian Caverns(Updated at 1:30 p.m.) Bohemian Caverns on the U Street corridor has racked up a few thousand dollars in fines for serving alcohol to minors last year, according to a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board notice posted last week.

Mahogany LLC, which owns the jazz club and its Tap & Parlour bar, must pay a $4,350 fine by Feb. 10 to avoid having its liquor license suspended indefinitely, the panel ruled Wednesday. The business also cannot serve alcohol at Bohemian Caverns and Tap & Parlour from Jan. 5 to 12.

A representative of the jazz club and bar didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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by Andrew Ramonas — November 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm 0

Police released footage today of a man wanted for stealing a purse and a cell phone from a woman who was eating on the U Street corridor.

The robbery happened in the Duccinis Pizza at 1778 U St. NW on Friday about 11:15 p.m.

The video from police first shows the man entering the pizza shop and walking around. He also appeared to talk to an employee of the pizza shop before leaving.

The man then returned to the eatery and fiddled with some newspapers near the door. He eventually left the newspapers alone and grabbed the woman’s purse and cell phone, which she put on a counter in front of her as she ate a slice of pizza.

The man fled, and the woman tried to chase after him.

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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.

Video via the Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas — November 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

Baby with a blanket (Photo via Facebook/Warmbabyproject)

Local knitters and crocheters are needed on U Street this weekend to help make blankets for babies who live at the D.C. General homeless shelter.

Off Road Indoor Cycling at 905 U St. NW is scheduled to host volunteer knitters and crocheters Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. as part of the DC Warm Baby Project. Organizers of the initiative look to make blankets for each of D.C. General’s 200 babies.

Experience with knitting and crocheting isn’t necessary to participate. Organizers also will supply yarn for free. But they encourage volunteers to make a $10 donation for supplies.

“Together we can give every baby something warm this winter to call their own,” DC Warm Baby Project’s Facebook page says.

Photo via Facebook/Warmbabyproject

by Andrew Ramonas — November 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

A new speakeasy-style bar and lounge on the U Street corridor is set to reveal at least some of its secrets to the public later today.

Cloak & Dagger officially is slated to open tonight in the former Patty Boom Boom space at 1359 U St. NW, according to a representative of the bar.

A Cloak & Dagger owner wasn’t immediately available to comment on the bar and its secrets, including the fireplace pictured above.

The bar is only open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning at 10 p.m.

Photo of secret fireplace entrance via Twitter/CloakDaggerDC

by Andrew Ramonas — November 19, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

1900 block of 11th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man in a car drove up to a woman, got out, attacked her and then fled with her iPhone near the U Street corridor early this morning, police said.

The robbery happened on the 1900 block of 11th Street NW about 12:45 a.m. The block includes Solly’s Tavern and Vinoteca.

The woman was on a sidewalk in the area when a car with three men came up to her, according to authorities. One of the men then hopped out of the vehicle and went up to the woman.

“That’s my phone!” the man told the woman, before snatching her iPhone 6 from her hands, according to police. The victim then begged the man to return the cell phone.

Instead of giving it back, the thief pushed the woman to the ground, according to authorities. He then got back into his car and drove away with the two other men.

The victim declined medical treatment.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — November 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment

Police car lightA man looking to buy drugs in Shaw was robbed of his car and other belongings at gunpoint over the weekend, police said.

The robbery happened on the 1300 block of 8th Street NW about 8 p.m. Saturday. The area is between the City Market at O and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The victim drove his Toyota Camry to a parking lot in the vicinity to meet a drug dealer, according to authorities. Once parked, someone got into the car and pulled out a revolver. The person with the gun then told the driver to “give that shit up,” referring to the car and some of the victim’s belongings.

The driver gave the person a Samsung Galaxy cell phone, $350 in cash and some clothing before getting out of the vehicle, police said. The robber then took off with the car, abandoning it about five blocks away near 4th and N streets NW.

Authorities haven’t released a description of the suspect.

A man robbed another man at knifepoint on the U Street corridor early yesterday morning, too.

The robbery occurred on the 1200 block of U Street NW about 4 a.m. Sunday.

The two men were walking in the alley next to Ben’s Chili Bowl when one of them said he wanted to smoke marijuana, according to authorities.

It wasn’t clear from a police report who wanted to smoke the weed. What was clear, however, is that one of the men flashed a knife after the marijuana discussion and ordered the other man to “give me what you got,” police said.

The victim then handed over his iPhone and wallet to the knife-wielding man, who fled.

Police later arrested the suspect in the robbery and recovered the victim’s stolen belongings. The identity of the suspect wasn’t immediately clear.

A man also was punched in the face in an attempted robbery near 14th and U streets NW early Saturday morning, according to authorities.

The attempted robbery happened on the 2000 block of 14th Street NW about 3:15 a.m. Saturday.

The victim was in the vicinity when a group of four people approached him, police said. Members of the group then asked the victim where he went to party and if he wanted to “have fun,” according to authorities.

Soon after, one of the individuals in the group punched the victim in the face and ordered him to give up his “stuff,” police said. The attacker and the three other people with the assailant then saw a police car nearby and fled without any of the victim’s belongings.

Authorities haven’t released a description of the suspects.

More details on other crimes in the Borderstan coverage area since Friday are here.

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.

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