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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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  • 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

"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.

BusboysandPoets_Borderstan

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

"carjacking"

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

"restaurant"

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

"crime"

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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by Borderstan.com — December 13, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"Ice"

Head to American Ice to warm your body and spirits. (Rachel Nania)

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

While some dream of a white Christmas, all I need is an Ice Christmas. That’s right, whether I need to get in to the spirit, or just get a spirit, I head over to American Ice to warm up my body and soul from the inside out.

American Ice — a somewhat hidden spot at 917 V Street NW — is a cozy little bar, just steps away from the 9:30 club. The exposed brick walls, abundance of flannel shirts and mason jar cups make it seem a tad hipster, but don’t let that scare you away. After your first sip or two of craft beer (the menu lists over 20 varieties), you will soon forget about all of the cool kids. Not a fan of beer? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of whiskey to take that chill right out of the air.

What American Ice is really known for is its barbecue. The limited food menu is limited for a good reason. They make a few things, and they make it right. Diners can choose from pork, chicken or brisket, served on a bun or on a platter with slaw and beans. There are other things, such as nachos, pickles, chili and veggie chili, but the barbecue is the star of the show.

The restaurant/bar also has a large patio for outdoor seating (picnic table style) with heating lamps for mild nights or crowded evenings.

So I recommend, if you are on edge this season or are frazzled with holiday shopping, you pop into American Ice to slow down the pace of life a bit with a cold beer and a hearty sandwich, both of which will melt your troubles away.

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by Borderstan.com — November 13, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

Buses

Temporary change of Bus Stops on U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Due to the U Street NW Streetscape Project, temporary bus stops have been established during the installation of bus concrete pads. The concrete pads were installed on Saturday, November 10. There are three bus stops that have been affected while the installation and curing of the concrete pads in underway, including the following:

 

1.       U Street & Vermont Avenue NW –  North side of U Street NW & East side of Vermont Avenue NW. Temporary Stop: North side of U Street & East Side of 10th Street NW.

2.       U Street & 11th Street NW – North side of U Street NW & East side of 11th Street NW. Temporary Stop: North side of U Street & East Side of 12th Street NW.

3.       U Street & 13th Street NW: North side of U Street NW & East side of 13th Street NW. Temporary Stop: North side of U Street & East Side of 12th Street NW. 

The temporary stops will be in place until Friday, November 16. Routes affected are 90, 92, 93, 96 and X3.

More information is available at UStreetProject.com.

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by Borderstan.com — October 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

"Cause"

Cause: DC’s Philantropub at 1926 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos and courtesy of Cause)

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

DC’s U Street area is no stranger to the city’s latest and greatest bars and restaurants. But no other bars, as of yet, possess a business model quite like CAUSE, a “PhilanthroPub” set to open sometime this fall on the U Street corridor.

That is because this American cuisine-style restaurant and bar (the brain-child of Nick Vilelle and Raj Ratwani) will donate its dining and drinking proceeds to charitable organizations. The designated charities (a mix of local and international) will rotate quarterly, and the patrons of CAUSE will decide where they want to donate their dining dollars.

Vilelle and Ratwani, co-founders of CAUSE, teamed up with restaurant veterans John Jarecki and Dave Pressley of The Light Horse in Old Town Alexandria. Additionally, former Queen Vic chef Adam Stein will work as the executive chef for CAUSE. With a deep passion for local farming, Stein will focus on utilizing seasonal local foods in the menu, including a number of vegetarian options.

CAUSE is at 1926 9th Street NW. For more information, visit the website.

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by Borderstan.com — October 4, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com.

"Pleasant Pops"

This Sunday is Pleasant Pops’ Grand Opening Celebration. (Luis Gomez Photos)

In celebration of its grand opening on Sunday.

Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café will host a Sidewalk Party this Sunday, October 7,  from 2 to 5 pm in honor of its official grand opening at 1781 Florida Avenue NW (the corner of California Avenue and Florida Avenue NW).

DC Mayor Vincent Gray will participate on the ribbon cutting on Saturday, October 6, at 1 pm as a  start of the weekend celebration of Pleasant Pops grand opening.

The pop shop will have free samples of its own Opal Basil Lemonade pop, plus goods from local vendors its store now carries, including Route 11 Chips, Gordy’s Pickles and Langdon Wood Whiskey Aged Maple Syrup. The party will also have music, cornhole and other games, prizes and the shop’s full menu café drinks and eats for sale.

The café offers not only an array of seasonal popscicles, but also a full café bar, sandwich and salad menu and baked goods. Local business such as Blind Dog Café, Soupergirl and Goldilocks Goodies are just some of the few featured brands in the café’s mini-market.

The Farmhouse Market and Café had a soft opening on September 15 and is open seven days a week. Official hours and updates can be found on their website and Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com — September 25, 2012 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

"ANC 1B"

ANC 1B includes most of the U Street corridor. 1B-12 is in the southwest corner. (ANC 1B website, with boundaries in effect for the 2012 election.)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email at Tom[AT]borderstan.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.

Candidates in the four-way race for Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B’s Single Member District (SMD) 1B-12 gathered for a forum last week to introduce themselves and give attendees a chance to ask questions. The forum was sponsored by the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance (SDCA) and the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association. (See New Citizens’ Organization Seeks Different Path for 14th and U about SDCA).

The four candidates are Erling Bailey, John Green, Zahra Jilani and Dan Wittels. Organizers also invited Noah Smith, the candidate from neighboring SMD 2B-09 (Dupont) which falls into the boundaries of the SDCA, and is running unopposed for the seat being vacated by 10-year incumbent Ramon Estrada.

New SMD

SMD 1B-12 is a new, additional district for ANC 1B and includes blocks from 12th Street NW to 14th Street and from S to V Streets, plus a panhandle composed of the blocks on the north side of U and south of V Street from 14th to New Hampshire Avenue. Due to a large growth in population in the U Street corridor, ANC 1B-02 was essentially split into two parts to create the new SMD 12. Incumbent Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling is not seeking a full term in ANC 1B-02.

The SMD is home to some high-profile restaurants and landmarks including Ben’s Chili Bowl, the Black Cat, Busboys & Poets, Cafe Saint-Ex and the Lincoln Theater. The area also includes two large residential development; a apartment building currently under construction at 14th and Wallach Place, NW and a proposed apartment at 13th and U on the site of the Rite Aid drugstore.

Forum Topics

Doug Johnson, an SDCA Board Member, moderated the evening and had three pre-arranged questions for the candidates. At the start of the forum Johnson pointed out that candidate Dan Wittels is also a Board Member of the SDCA, but was removed from planning for the forum. Johnson also allowed attendees to ask questions of the candidates.

Questions during the evening covered topics such as experience with DC agencies, communication strategies and views on business development. Responses to questions on business development brought up the topic of the liquor licences and diversity of commerce in the area and highlighted the differing viewpoints of the candidates. The SMD includes the much discussed 14th and Wallach residential building and the JBG hotel-turned-apartment project on the Rite-Aid site at 13th and U Streets, NW.

Borderstan will be sending the candidates additional questions which will be published in the weeks leading up to the election.

The general election is Tuesday, November 6. Check with the DC Board of Election and Ethics for information on registering to vote and voting locations.

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