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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

"gun robbery"

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

"Sustainable"

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

"homicide"

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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by Borderstan.com — February 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm 0

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

"homicide"

Looking south on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW, just south of U Street. (File photo, Luis Gomez Photos)

The Metropolitan Police Department announced an arrest in a homicide in the 1900 block of 9th Street NW early Saturday morning (Man Shot, Killed Early Saturday, 1900 Block of 9th Street NW).

MPD patrol officers located the suspect nearby and arrested 24 year old Cedric Spicer of Northwest DC. Spicer is charged with first degree murder while armed. It is not clear if police are searching for additional suspects as the initial crime alert about the incident mentioned two armed suspects.

The victim, 30-year-old Joseph Hardin of Alexandria, was shot multiple times in the head just after 1 am.

When DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on the scene, Hardin was unconscious and not breathing and he was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where he was pronounced dead.

According to some reports, the shooting occurred at 1920 9th Street NW, outside of hip hop bar 1920 DC. The investigation by MPD continues.

Homicides are rare in the Borderstan area. This was the first in 2013 and just one official homicide occurred in all of 2012 (DC Records Lowest Number of Homicides Since 1961).

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by Borderstan.com — February 23, 2013 at 9:05 am 4 Comments

"shooting"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A man was shot in the head and died around 1:16 am Saturday, February 23, on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW, according to DC Police. The lookout is for two men wearing ski masks and armed with guns.

The man was killed just south of U Street NW. DC Police confirmed the man’s death this morning; more details are expected today. Homicides are rare in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

The DC Police Alert: “SHOOTING 0116 HOURS 1900 BLOCK 9TH STREET NW LOOKOUT FOR (2) B/M’S, WEARING MASKS, AND DARK CLOTHING, BOTH ARMED WITH HANDGUNS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130083484, Sent on: 02/23 01:23”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “3D Shooting //1900 blk 9th St NW //Adult male shot in the head unconscious not breathing /LOF (2) B/M’s wearing mask armed w guns /6559”

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by Borderstan.com — January 3, 2013 at 8:00 am 7 Comments

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Christopher Siddall. (Courtesy of Temple Grassi)

Borderstan welcomes guest columns on variety of subjects with differing viewpoints; email us at borderstan[AT]gmail.com.

From Christopher Siddall. He chairs the board of Meridian Public Charter School at 13th and V Streets NW and leads the capital campaign for Washington Latin’s redevelopment of five acres north of Petworth. A career management consultant, Siddall returned to his childhood hometown of Washington in 1990, and has lived on Wallach Place NW with his three children for six years.

As locals, we know that U Street, Logan Circle, and the 14th Street corridor still provide a comfortable home to crime – small and large. First-time visitors and newcomers to U Street often pay with a smashed car window. My neighbors and I have learned to empty our cars of anything with street value.

Violent crime accompanies petty theft on our U Street and 14th Street corridors and carries somewhat higher human and economic costs. We’ve experienced an armed carjacking, stabbings, shootings, and a stick up on the block of 1400 P Street NW (home to Whole Foods), just as we enter the thick of a nationally noted residential and retail expansion.

While residential property developers might feel only a slight pinch from the continuing crime on the streets, our retail suffers its sustained assault. Sure, new building rents and sale prices might be held down a bit but the highly mobile residents of greater U Street and Logan Circle will take their shopping and entertainment dollars elsewhere. Newcomers, also, will likely turn away from our neighborhood options after just one or two incidents on the street.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy’s Lanier’s request to the Council for more sworn officers to carry out bike, foot, and Segway patrols was shot down by the D.C. Council on December 18. In her appeal to the Council, Chief Lanier talked dollars and cents by linking new officers to economic development and retention of our tax base. The Council will reconsider Lanier’s request but will likely trade it off against many other needs in the tighter times ahead.

In addition to securing resources for the good work of the police we have, we can move ahead with public safety in another way. We should encourage all incoming residential and commercial property developers to forgo any plans to await award of Certificates of Occupancy as a pre-condition to contributing to the life of greater U Street and 14th Street corridors.

Agreement from every residential developer to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) would meet with widespread local support. Once our BID is established, we can work with developers and our local businesses to shape public safety and business services for each part of our growing neighborhood.

Why wait for the D.C. Council to act when we have the resources we require at our fingertips?

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by Borderstan.com — December 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm 0

"gun robbery"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a robbery involving the use of force around 8 pm tonight, December 18, one block north of the U Street corridor near Duffy’s Irish Pub. The crime was at Vermont Avenue and V Street NW.

From DC Police Alerts: “HB 3051 CONFIRMED A Robbery Force at Vermont and V St. NW. LOF (5) B/Males, black jacket, blue jeans. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120633443. Sent on: 12/18 19:54.”

From DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery Force at Vermont and V St. NW. LOF (5) B/M’s, black jacket, blue jeans. 6972.”

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