by Andrew Ramonas January 29, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

2100 block of O Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Three thieves got into a Dupont Circle apartment and used a knife to threaten a man inside before they drove him into a bathroom last night, police said.

The armed burglary happened on the 2100 block of O Street NW about 10 p.m. Thursday. The apartment, which is about a block southwest of the Dupont Circle park, is on the same block as a home burglarized Jan. 6.

In last night’s incident, a 21-year-old man was in his apartment when three people entered, according to police. The three individuals then assaulted the man, flashed a knife and forced him into a bathroom.


by Jennifer Currier December 29, 2015 at 11:45 am 2 Comments

YMCA in Dupont CircleIn preparation for the Dupont Circle YMCA closing this Thursday, members and employees are relocating to other D.C. locations.

According to YMCA spokeswoman Jackie Dilworth, more than a quarter of members from the Dupont facility have moved to two other area locations, including YMCA Anthony Bowen at 1325 W St. NW.

Dilworth also said that facility is expanding just in time to welcome the former Dupont members.

The existing Carriage House behind the YMCA Anthony Bowen facility is currently in the final stages of renovation and is scheduled to open next Monday, Jan. 4. The additional space will be used for group exercise studios and classes.

After the Carriage House opens, the entire branch will have the capacity to hold nearly 130 fitness classes a week, including pilates, aerial yoga, barre, social gatherings and community educational programs.

Swimming lessons and programs at the W Street NW location will continue as scheduled through the Dupont location’s closing and Carriage House opening. There will also be no disruption in after school care.

In addition to members transitioning to new locations, Dilworth said approximately 90 percent of the Dupont Circle employees have been placed in the exact same or similar positions at other YMCA of Metropolitan Washington locations.

While it is still unclear whether a new YMCA will come to the Dupont Area, Dilworth added the Y is pursuing opportunities for other new locations in the metro area.

The organization first announced it was selling its Dupont Circle building at 1711 Rhode Island Ave. NW to a real estate developer in early October.

by Tim Regan October 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm 1,126 8 Comments

Dupont Circle YMCA, photo via Street View

YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has sold its Dupont Circle facility to a developer and will close on Dec. 31, the nonprofit announced today.

YMCA’s board of directors sold the building at 1711 Rhode Island Avenue NW to real estate developer Akridge, said YMCA spokeswoman Jackie Dilworth. The building has housed a YMCA facility for 37 years.

According to the press release, the sale is part of the nonprofit’s effort to “serve more region-wide residents and provide more volunteer and employment opportunities, thus increasing its impact in the region.”

Additionally, the nonprofit said proceeds from the sale will help fund the revitalization of other YMCA facilities in the District and help reinvest in family-facing programs, pay off debt and possibly help fund the opening of a new YMCA somewhere in the city.

Photo via Google Street View

by January 11, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

"Y" Photo courtesy YMCA of Metropolitan Washington

Glenn Donellan. (Courtesy YMCA of Metropolitan Washington)

A Night of Imagination (and exercise) with the Y and NSO

It’s January again, that time of the year marketed as full of promise and self-improvement – new year, new you! – but, in reality, it’s the height of our homebody season.

It’s that time of year we most want to stay at home, order in Thai food and dissect the episodes of Breaking Bad we missed while we were too busy fretting over the train wreck characters of Girls.

Here to save us from our self-imposed winter doldrums and couch paralysis is the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. This Saturday, Glenn Donnellan of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at the historic Twelfth Street Y building in Shaw.

This event is part of the NSO’s popular In Your Neighborhood series taking place all over Borderstan this month.  (See other concerts happening this weekend here, including performances at Shiloh Baptist Church, Lincoln Theatre, 9:30 Club and Whole Foods).

Donnellan will perform on his famous electric violin, fashioned out of a Louisville Slugger baseball bat (it sounds like an electric guitar). Guests will participate in group exercise demos, yoga, an obstacle course and create DIY trail mix. Kids and adults are welcome, but leave your winter blues (and your Walter White proclivities) at home.

The free concert also doubles as a preview for the much-anticipated launch of the new Anthony Bowen YMCA building at 14th and W Streets NW. Expected to open in March as part of the 14W residential and commercial project, it will feature fitness studios, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a large indoor pool, camps and classes for kids and adults, child care, rock climbing, cooking demos, poetry readings, movie nights and a Sweetgreen!

Celebrating 160 years in DC, the Y is confident the massive new facility will become a “hub for healthy living” as well as an integral part of the diverse options for social and recreational fun in the community. The author humbly suggests group screenings of Downton Abbey and Veep, for starters.

While you’re at it on Saturday, get a little history with your exercise: the Twelfth Street Y building is the 100-year-old home of the first YMCA chapter for African-Americans in the country, which was founded in 1853 by Anthony Bowen. The building was designed by William Sidney Pittman, son-in-law of Booker T. Washington and one of the nation’s first African-American architects. It is now home to the Thurgood Marshall Center.


  • What: A Night of Imagination with the Y and NSO
  • When: Saturday, January 12 5 to 8pm
  • With: Glenn Donnellan of the National Symphony Orchestra 6 to 7:30pm
  • Where: Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th Street NW

FREE but register here.

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by August 29, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,148 0

"Jefferson 14W"

The 14W Jefferson at 14th and W NW is nearing completion. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Groundbreaking got underway in December 2010 on the Jefferson 14W project, and the massive residential-retail complex will open in stages during the next few months. The massive complex at the northeast corner of 14th and W Streets NW will also include a new YMCA on the 1400 block of W Street.

A spokesperson for the developer, Perseus Realty, said, “We are currently planning to open the residential portion of the project in late November or early December. The first three floors will open with the initial delivery. The top four floors with the subsequent turnover three to four weeks later.” It is anticipated that the YMCA will open sometime in January.

According to Perseus, the approximately 320,000 square foot project will include 231 rental apartments, an all-new 44,000 square foot YMCA facility, and more than 11,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.

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