by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Missing"

What did you miss during the past week on the great big Internet? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy!

The District

  • First DC clinic receives license to distribute medically prescribed marijuana. (DCist)
  • Virginia transportation board to consider new highway west of Dulles. (WAMU)
  • DC Government seizes almost $2.5 million from tax returns to offset unpaid parking tickets. (Examiner)
  • Share the road. Illinois Avenue NW in Petworth to get new bike lanes. (CityPaper)
  • Have you noticed less traffic in the District recently? You can thank sequestration. (DCist)
  • Proposed design for Donald Trump’s luxury hotel in DC gets initial approval. (The Washington Post)
  • Only two Metro board members report using public transportation every day. (Examiner)
  • Twenty-seven area high schools rank in the top 500 in America. Two in the District. (WTOP)
  • Development proposal for plot of land on Florida Avenue NW includes 200 micro units. (UrbanTurf)

Pop Culture

  • Drugs and stun gun found on Justin Bieber’s tour bus. Monkey remains captive in Germany. (Yahoo)
  • Fresh off her selection as most hated celebrity, Gwyneth Paltrow named most beautiful. (CNN)
  • Catholic church in Brooklyn gets with the times. Proclaims Jesus to be the “original hipster”. (Gawker)
  • TLC, Marky Mark, and Kriss Kross all together on Oprah. Can you handle the awesomeness? (BuzzFeed)
  • The now infamous University of Maryland sorority email writer resigns. (Gawker)
  • A collection of trashy lingerie catalogues from the 1980s. Butts, bosoms and big hair. (RetroSpace)

Sports

  • ESPN the Magazine rates the Redskins as the fifth worst drafting NFL team. (The Washington Post)
  • Davey Johnson does push ups in the dugout. I hope to be as spry when I’m 70. (DCist)
  • The Capitals rebound from a slow start to clinch Southeast division title, playoff spot. (ESPN)
  • New college football playoff is officially named, College Football Playoff. (USAToday)

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by Borderstan.com April 25, 2013 at 11:30 am 0

"Jewish"

Washington Jewish Music Festival: April 28 to May 11. (Courtesy of Washington DCJCC Literary, Music & Dance Programs)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

Experience a celebration of music and culture at the 14th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, which runs Sunday, April 28, through Saturday, May 11. Hosted by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street NW), the festival will showcase the diversity of Jewish music through a variety of live performances at venues all around the Washington DC area.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online, by phone (202-777-3251), or in-person at the various performance venues. Full festival passes are also available.

Festival Highlights

  • Accomplished Israeli artist Noa kicks off the festival on Sunday, April 28, with a performance at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Rockville. Noa’s performance will feature songs from her newest album, “The Israeli Songbook”.
  • A double bill at the Artisphere in Arlington on May 2 will showcase Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music from artist Sarah Aroeste and the Yiddish punk sensibilities of Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird.
  • Bring the whole family to Stead Park in Dupont Circle on Sunday, May 5 for a day of FREE outdoor concerts. WJMF in the Park will feature performances by children’s entertainer Robbie Schaefer, bluegrass fusion band Margot Leverette and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, and the pop duo Stereo Sinai. Come for the music and stay for the moonbounce and face painting.
  • On the evening of May 6 at the DC Jewish Community Center, catch a screening of the documentary, “Defiant Requiem,” by director Doug Shultz. The film tells the story of a group Theresienstadt prisoners who found hope through their performance of Verdi’s Requiem in front of the Nazi high command.
  • Don’t miss a performance by the “Prince of Kosher Gospel”, Joshua Nelson, on Thursday, May 9 at the DC Jewish Community Center.

Visit the Washington Jewish Musical Festival website for see the entire festival performance schedule.

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2013 at 10:00 am 1,318 0

"Missing"

What did you miss during the past week on the great big Internet? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy!

Boston

The District

  • Don’t forget to vote next Tuesday. All you need to know about the special election. (DCGov)
  • Bus and train operators not included in Metro anti-fatigue campaign. (Examiner)
  • Filmfest DC facing budget shortfall, leaving 2014 festival in question. (CityPaper)
  • WMATA considers several K Street and Georgetown streetcar options. (GreaterGreaterWashington)
  • Seems worthwhile to me. Long lines at opening of Nordstrom Rack on 18th and L . (DCist)
  • DC tourists have it easy. Cars are not required to get around the District. (UrbanTurf)
  • Another DC food truck calls it quits. Pinup Panini says proposed regulations would hurt business. (DCist)
  • Union workers for the DC government are looking at a 3 percent salary increase. Thanks, Mayor Gray. (NBC4)

DC Housing

  • Developer moving forward with multipurpose 1,000-car parking garage in NE. (CityPaper)
  • Surprise. Surprise. DC area rent prices rose more than rest of country. (Examiner)
  • Update on the first tenant-owned rooming house in the District. (CityPaper)

Pop Culture

  • Check out this handy flowchart that tries to explain time-travel in movies. (Laughing Squid)
  • The public has spoken. Gwyneth Paltrow named most hated celebrity. (DailyMail)
  • Ever wondered what Barbie would look like without makeup? Wait no longer. (Jezebel)
  • Relive your awkward years all over again. The top 30 all time coming-of-age novels. (ShortList)

Sports

  • Famous athletes are just like us. Alex Ovechkin gets stuck in NOVA traffic. (The Washington Post)
  • … And it looks like Ovechkin’s custom Mercedes is up for sale. (Cars.com)
  • Beloved baseball pastime is under attack. Group calls for the end of the Wave at Nationals Park. (The Washington Post)
  • “Bryce Harper vomits multiple times, gets four hits, is awesome.” Sometimes the headlines write themselves. (USAToday)

Random

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by Borderstan.com April 18, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

'Wi-Fi"

Instagram picture of The Nats Stadium by Willis Shawver

The basic necessities of life: food, shelter, clothing, and… Wi-Fi?

Before you roll your eyes, think back to the last time the Wi-Fi in your apartment stopped working. How about that time you visited your Aunt who still has dial-up? Gives me the chills just thinking about it.

Alright, so maybe Wi-Fi isn’t a basic necessity but it has become a service our society is increasingly dependent upon. Whether you’re at the corner coffee shop or your Aunt’s house, our modern-day world demands accessible and dependable Wi-Fi. Even at sporting events.

As reported by the Examiner, the Washington Nationals announced this week that they are investing in a major upgrade to their ballpark Wi-Fi services. Nationals Park has offered Wi-Fi access to fans since the stadium opened in 2008, but increased demand on bandwidth has left the current Wi-Fi service unable to keep up.

This increased Wi-Fi capacity will allow the Nationals to offer fans premium services like the ability to order concessions from their wireless devices. Fans could also check out in-game promotions, access exclusive Nationals videos, or get up-to-the-minute game statistics.

You’ll no longer have to flag down a vendor to order your $8 dollar beer. No more waiting in a long line for your overpriced nachos. With a few swipes of your finger, that cold beer and nachos can be all yours. No human contact involved!

How does the song go?

“Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out with my phone.

Give me some Twitter and Facebook apps,

I don’t care if I never get back,

Let me Like, Like, Like my own status,

If we can’t download it’s a shame.

For it’s one, two, thr-… wait sorry, you have to see this Instagram I just took.”

Admittedly, there is a certain amount of frustration when you’re trying to use your smartphone in large stadiums. But is it really a bad thing to have unreliable internet service at sporting events? You might actually be forced to… you know… watch the game. Or even (shutter) talk to the person sitting beside you.

Next time you’re out in the neighborhood and in need of Wi-Fi access, use this interactive map to find free hotspots. There are also plenty of smartphone apps on the market to help you get your Wi-Fi fix.

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by Borderstan.com April 12, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Missing"

What did you miss during the past week on the great big Internet? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy!

The District

  • Home prices in DC rose 13.6 percent on average this past year. (UrbanTurf)
  • Whatever you do, don’t park in front of David Gregory’s house. (The Washington Post)
  • Maryland Live casino in Hanover opened table games this week. (The Baltimore Sun)
  • Yo-Yo Ma and former Guns N’ Roses drummer ask congress for more arts funding. (WTOP)
  • Need another reason to quit? A pack of cigarettes in DC could climb above $8. (DCist)
  • Speaking of bad habits. DC to collect over $42 million in “sin taxes” this fiscal year. (Examiner)
  • Metro gives up on trying to repair troubled rail cars. Will buy new ones instead. (The Washington Post)

Food and Drink

  • Local celebrity chef Mike Isabella might be distancing himself from Bandolero. (Washington City Paper)
  • Sequestration claims another victim. White House assistant chef gets furloughed. (DCist)
  • Danish “recovery beers” and other hangover cures from around the world. (FOODBEAST)

Animals

  • The next strain of flu might come from horses, bats, or even seals. Really. (Gizmodo)
  • Think you could outrun a Tyrannosaurus Rex? Think again. (i09)

Pop Culture

  • ‘Vote for Pedro’, ‘I Got Wood’ and other iconic t-shirts in movies. (ShortList)
  • You’re never going to guess how they made the dinosaur sounds in Jurassic Park. (Vulture)
  • IMBD users vote for the 10 worst movies of all time. (Huffington Post)
  • Gavin Rossdale is still getting it done. 90’s band hunks, then and now. (Buzzfeed)

Sports

  • The answer to one of life’s greatest mysteries. How Arnold Palmer orders an Arnold Palmer. (Yahoo)
  • For those of us who love to over analyze things. The anatomy of a really bad strike call. (FanGraphs)

Random Picks of the Week

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by Borderstan.com April 6, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Missing"

What did you miss during the past week on the great big Internet? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy!

The District

  • According to a recent study, more people are moving to DC than anywhere else in America. (WTOP)
  • VA General Assembly passes transportation deal. Regional taxes to be used only on NOVA projects. (Examiner)
  • You’re supposed to stand on the right side. April is second busiest month for tourists in DC. (WJLA)
  • April Fools! DC Vote tries reverse psychology to gain support for DC budget autonomy. (The Washington Post)
  • DC government looking into the purchase of wind power for the city’s electricity needs. (BizJournals)
  • Capital Bikeshare is on track to add 64 new bike stations in 2013. (The Washington Post)
  • Pick a side. A spirited discussion on the District’s height limit. (Elevation DC)
  • Get a sneak peek of DC’s newest barber shop, The Barber of Hell’s Bottom. (UrbanTurf)

DC Housing

  • Mary Cheh is considering giving ANCs a larger voice on the construction of residential buildings. (CityPaper)
  • The DC Housing Authority to close the waiting list for public housing. (The Washington Post)
  • Overall, supply and demand are staying pretty even in the DC rental market. (Examiner)
  • I’m more of a Safeway man myself, but the new Giant on H St set to open May 3rd. (HStreetDC)

Food and Drink

  • DC Food Truck Association is raising funds to combat proposed food truck regulations. (DCist)
  • Think you know your way around a cow? Cuts of beef, visualized. (Visual.ly)

Sports

  • The Nationals have already claimed the prize of having the most expensive beer in MLB. (CNN)
  • After a slow start, the Capitals have moved into first place in the Southeast division. (The Washington Post)
  • Former Georgetown basketball player Michael Graham wins 1 million in the DC Lottery. (Deadspin)
  • In which sport do players run the farthest during a game? Hint: It’s not softball. (Gizmodo)

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by Borderstan.com April 4, 2013 at 9:00 am 2 Comments

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

"Apps"

Five smartphone apps for the urbanite. (Luis Gomez Photos)

In today’s smartphone marketplace there really is an app for everything. I have apps to check the news, the Nationals scores, when the Metrobus is coming and my bank account balance. There might also be an app on my phone that I use to annoy my cat. (Meow!)

This abundance of app options holds true for the modern-day urban dweller. Living in a metropolitan area offers a person a myriad of everyday eating, shopping, and event opportunities. With a smartphone and the right set of apps, you can take advantage of everything urban living has to offer.

Apps for Every Urbanite

Check out these apps that every urbanite should have on their smartphone.

ParkMe: Finding a parking space in Washington DC requires intuition, perseverance, and lots of luck. Fortunately, there’s an app that takes some of that luck out of the equation. ParkMe uses real-time parking data to help drivers find available parking spaces nearest to their location. The app helps users find availability and pricing for on- and off-street parking, including parking garages.  Download: Free (iPhone)

iCommute DC: Like the OJ verdict, we all remember where we were the day the NextBus DC app stopped working. We all stared blankly at the “No Prediction” message on our phones in dismay. Thankfully, the app that predicts Metro bus and train times has been resurrected and renamed iCommute DC. Predicting bus arrival seems futile, iCommute DC at least gives you a fighting chance. Download: Free (iPhone)

Seamless: You’re hungry, but you don’t want to cook. You have a smartphone, but you don’t want to actually call anyone to order takeout. You’re in luck my lazy friend, because there’s an app that’s perfect for this exact situation. Seamless provides users the ability to order food for deliver or takeout from over 12,000 restaurants in 40 cities nationwide (With nearly 500 in DC alone!). Use the app to browse restaurants by cuisine, neighborhood, or even zip code. Download: Free (iPhone), Free (Android), Free (Blackberry)

Scoutmob: Scoutmob is all about local; local events, local food, and especially, local deals. Members of the Scoutmob team visit local stores and restaurants, and handpick deals based on their personal experiences. And the best part? You don’t need to purchase a coupon to receive any of these deals. All that’s required is your smartphone and some spontaneity. Download: Free (iPhone), Free (Android), Free (Blackberry)

Matchbook: You forgot the name of that new restaurant you walked by last weekend, didn’t you? No worries. The Matchbook app is here to help. Matchbook replaces your notepad and bookmarks restaurants and bars that you’ve been meaning to check out. The app also lets you share locations with your friends, so finding your next happy-hour spot will be as easy as checking your phone. Download: Free (iPhone)

Feel free to add to the list.

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by Borderstan.com March 30, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

"Missing"

What did you miss during the past week on the great big Internet? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy!

The District 

  • If you took a DC Police cruiser for a joy ride earlier this week, they’d like to have a word with you. (WTOP)
  • DC man who tried to use voodoo to kill his wife sentenced to four years in prison. (The Washington Post)
  • The District was named one of the best metro areas for young adults … (BizJournals)
  • … but, DC was also recognized as the least affordable city in America. (Huffington Post)
  • Love is in the air. It’s Panda breeding season at the National Zoo. (WTOP)
  • Faulty emergency intercoms on some Metro cars leave riders in a lurch. (NBC 4)
  • Residents and businesses affected by the proposed Purple Line express concerns. (WAMU)
  • Speaking of our efficient Metro system, Metro chief’s contract is extended. (Washington Post)
  • How much does it cost to build a bus stop in Arlington? One million dollars apparently. (The Washington Post)
  • Use all that French you learned in college at the 2013 Francophonie Cultural Festival. (Examiner)

DC Housing

  • Mt. Pleasant solar cooperative has placed panels on 10% of neighborhood homes. (Grist)
  • Along with being the least affordable city, DC also has the least affordable real estate market. (BizJournals)
  • Is the Washington DC housing market heading for another bubble? (The Washington Post)

Food and Drink

  • Panera Bread is experimenting with a name-your-price menu item. (Business Week)
  • Not just a seasonal candy anymore, Peeps also make a great infused vodka. (Baking Bites)

Sports

  • With Stephen Strasburg on the cover, Sports Illustrated picks the Nationals to win the World Series. (NBC 4, Sports Illustrated)
  • More Nationals love. CBS sports places the Nationals on the top of their MLB power rankings. (CBS Sports)
  • Alexander Ovechkin takes a puck to the face during practice. Tweets about it. (USA Today)
  • Professional tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska with the shot of the year. (YouTube)

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by Borderstan.com March 23, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Missing"

What did you miss during the past week on the great big Internet? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy!

The District

  • The DC Metro map, reimagined as a level in Super Mario Bros. 3. (DCist)
  • Metro is trying to shed some light on the issue of dark Metro stations. (Examiner)
  • Hope you like reading the Express. The Examiner will shut down daily production in June. (Washington Post)
  • Not so fast, peak bloom dates for cherry blossoms pushed back. (WTOP)
  • Local food truck proprietors take issue with newly proposed food truck regulations. (CityPaper)
  • Popular Metro bus schedule app comes back to life, but… (Washington Post)
  • … Metro riders continue to find the Metro’s online NextBus service unreliable. (Washington Post)
  • Smile for the camera. DC is on pace to collect 119 million in traffic camera fines. (Examiner)

DC Housing

  • A magnificent Robert Gurney designed apartment right here in Dupont Circle. (UrbanTurf)
  • What 7.6 million can get you in the DC area real estate market. (Washingtonian)
  • Is it getting crowded in here? Logan Circle is now the densest neighborhood in the region. (GreaterGreaterWashington)

Music

  • Get an advanced listen of the new Strokes album Comedown Machine. (Pitchfork)
  • New music from Vampire Weekend and The Postal Service. (1077TheEnd, NME)
  • Experience the entire collection of the late Songs: Ohia front man, Jason Molina. (MagnoliaElectricCo)

Pop Culture

  • DC Native Tim Gunn loves HGTV just like you. Twenty-five things you didn’t know about him. (US Weekly)
  • The top 50 opening scenes of all time. Yep, Jaws is on the list. (Film.com)
  • A critical examination and ranking of Lindsay Lohan’s mug shots. (Gawker)

Sports

  • Did you know that Chipotle hands out free-burritos-for-life cards? Bryce Harper does. (NBC4)
  • If you need to fill out more brackets, we’ve got martinis, curse words, and even the 80s vs. the 90s. (Slate, Deadspin, Jezebel,)
  • For all the baseball statistics geeks; a critical analysis of the art of base stealing. (Grantland)

Random Pick of the Week

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by Borderstan.com March 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

"SXSW"

SXSW bands are coming to DC and playing at many locations in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Couldn’t make it to the South By Southwest Festival last week? No worries my music loving friends, because the SXSW Music Festival is coming to you!

More than 30,000 paid attendees attended this year’s festival in Austin, TX, which featured nearly 2,200 bands from all across the globe. The 10-day festival also included an interactive showcase for emerging technology and a film convention.

SXSW, which began in 1987, has sparked the careers of a number of today’s biggest music stars, including John Mayer, Katy Perry, Amy Winehouse, The Strokes, and yes, Hanson. You never know, maybe one of these up-and-coming bands will be the next big thing. Check them out when they visit the District in the next few weeks.

Carousel

College mates Jackson Phillips and Kevin Friedman formed this electro pop band in late 2011. After moving the band from Boston to Brooklyn in 2012, Carousel is setting out on the road armed with an assortment of dreamy, synth infused singles.

Listen: Let’s Go Home.
When: April 3, 8 pm.
Where: Black Cat.

The Lone Bellow

The songs from The Lone Bellow’s self-entitled album were born from a horse riding accident that almost left lead singer Zach Williams’ wife paralyzed. While his wife would fully recover, Williams was encouraged by friend and fellow band mate Brian Elmquist to turn his journal writing into song lyrics. From those lyrics came the deeply personal, folk and gospel infused songs that fill The Lone Bellow’s debut album.

Listen: You Never Need Nobody.
When: April 17, 8 pm.
Where: DC9.

Telekinesis

Telekiness is one man, Michael Benjamin Lerner, a 26-year-old musical veteran that is just now finding his place among the best power-pop bands making music today. Based out of Seattle, Lerner is touring in support of his latest album “Darmarion,” which is out April 2.

Listen: Imaginary Friend.
When: May 6, 8 pm.
Where: Black Cat.

Caveman 

This New York City based rock band formed in 2009 when a group of close friends decided that they would rather be in a band together than be in bands separately. As a result, Caveman came to be and a distinct sound of rich guitars and layered drum beats was created. Caveman’s sophomore, self-titled album will be released on April 2.

Listen: In The City.
When: April 9, 8 pm.
Where: Black Cat.

Disclosure

This dance-pop duo is comprised of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence from South London. Bursting on to the scene with their remix of Jesse Ware’s “Running” in 2012, this talented DJ combo is making waves with their seemingly effortless takes on house and UK garage music.

Listen: Latch ft. Sam Smith
When: March 22, 10PM
Where: U Street Music Hall

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by Borderstan.com March 15, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

"Peregrine"

Peregrine Espresso at 1718 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Local coffee shop Peregrine Espresso (1718 14th Street NW) recently won first place in the America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition. Along with taking home the top prize of $2,500, Peregrine Espresso also won the distinction, and bragging rights, of being named the best coffeehouse on the East Coast.

As reported by WTOP, Peregrine Espresso sent three baristas to New York City to participate in the competition. Each coffeehouse was judged on each unique aspect of the coffee brewing experience including bar management, teamwork, presentation and taste.

Competitions to decide the central and western region winners will be held in Chicago and Seattle later this year.

Visit Peregrine Espresso’s website to learn more about their award winning coffee and service.

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by Borderstan.com March 7, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

"Omega"

Once the Fraternity House, then Omega, soon to be a single-family residence. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Have you ever thought to yourself: “You know, if you knocked that wall down, this Chipotle has the potential to be a pretty great living space?” Well then, you might just have what it takes to get ahead in the competitive DC real estate market.

In the pursuit of the perfect living space, many real estate developers and home buyers in the District are going the route of the unconventional in order create unique and charming properties.

In recent years, several older buildings have been repurposed to meet the growing need for housing and commercial space in the District.

The old Lenox School in Capitol Hill, built in 1898, was recently converted into 24 condominium units. Churches like St Monica’s Episcopal in Capitol Hill have also been converted into housing. In Adams Morgan, the old Kalorama skating rink is currently being redeveloped into apartments, albeit without windows. The new Matchbox restaurant on 14th Street was also once a bowling alley.

Now in Dupont Circle, the building that most recently housed Omega (2123 Twining Court NW, just south of P Street, has been purchased and will be turned into an alley home.

As reported in Urban Turf, the once DC gay bar hotspot was recently purchased by a family who intends to repurpose the property into a single family home.

Originally built as a stable house in 1905, the property was first converted into a restaurant in the 1950s and later became The Fraternity House in 1979. The club was eventually renamed Omega in the 1990s. Omega abruptly closed its doors for good on December 26.

As long as space is available, there really seems to be no end to this “adaptive reuse” trend. A few years from now, we’ll find ourselves commenting on how – you really can’t even tell those apartments used to be a Barnes and Noble.

The 5,850-square foot Omega property was sold for$1.9 million.

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by Borderstan.com February 21, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

"apartments"

A rendering of the Citadel apartments. (Photo by Capital Pixel’s Lori Steenhoek.)

What’s on your list of must haves when looking for a new apartment in DC?

Well, the new Citadel Apartments in Adams Morgan (1631 Kalorama Road NW) might have everything you desire.

Modern design? Check. Within walking distance of Mt. Pleasant and U Street? Check. Close proximity to a supermarket? Double check. Windows? Well, about that …

Urban Turf reports that Washington DC based developer Douglas Development plans to build 39 apartments in the space above Harris Teeter that once held the old Kalorama skating rink and bowling alley.

In order to maximize space in the unique domed, circular layout of the old skating rink, architects designed an outside ring of 31 apartments and an inside block of eight apartments.

An unusual quirk of those eight center apartments – no windows. Without access to the perimeter windows of the dome, the architects decided to incorporate skylights into the layout to allow for natural light.

Having lived in a few basement apartments in the District, I know how important natural light can be for the human psyche. Windows provide a connection to the outside world, a fresh breeze on a sunny day, and most importantly, an emergency exit in case of a fire.

And maybe it’s just me, but DC needs fewer windowless apartments and more roller skating rinks.

The apartments will be delivered sometime this spring.

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by Borderstan.com February 12, 2013 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

"date"

Riding the Metro might just be where you find your next date. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Hello, lads. Happy Valentine’s Day! Hopelessly single in DC without a Valentine’s Day date? Let not your lonely heart be troubled. A recent study from Nerd Wallet – published by InTheCapital – reports that DC has about 10 unmarried women for every nine unmarried men. (Sorry, ladies.)

With those odds, there is no excuse to find yourself without a date this Valentine’s Day. So let this former serial-dater give you some advice on where to find that special someone this week.

Let’s start with that DC institution where everyone eventually finds themselves: the Metro. Don’t let the fluorescent lights and odd smells fool you. The Metro is a perfect place to find a date.

You can really tell a lot about someone by how they ride the Metro. Is she sitting in an aisle seat with an open window seat? Too selfish. That girl who refuses to move to the middle of the car. Control issues. Frantically typing away on her Blackberry? Workaholic.

But that girl who gave up her seat to that nice old lady? Now that’s someone you can take home to meet mom and dad. Just take that advice from the voice over the Metro intercom: “If you see something, say something.” And I’m talking about women here, guys, not suspicious packages.

Do you consider yourself a foodie? Does your food blog have Instagrams of what you had for breakfast this morning? Perfect, ladies dig the food blog fellas. And if you happen to find women who know how to spell quinoa attractive, try the Dupont Farmer’s Market (every Sunday from 10 am until 1 pm) and impress her with your culinary knowledge of red kale and rutabaga.

And who doesn’t like music? Whether you’re catching the next up-and-coming band at the Black Cat, or you’ve scored some last minute tickets to a sold out show at the 9:30 Club, music venues are the perfect place to find that special someone.

Be prepared to defend your position on [insert name of hipster album] and discuss why its rating on Pitchfork.com was too harsh.

Well good luck, fellas. And hey, even if you didn’t find a date for Valentine’s Day, Chinese take-out and Breaking Bad on DVD isn’t a bad night either. Hell of a lot cheaper, that’s for sure.

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