Sunday, October 07, 2007
I look forward to seeing many of you at the launch party this Thursday 8pm at Temperance Hall. More details to come on the new site.
And please do let me know if there are any questions or concerns.
This site is nothing without you guys!
CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW PRINCE OF PETWORTH.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
When I think of Sotheby's Realty, I think of Georgetown or Kalorama or Gramercy Park. Now we can add upper Columbia Heights to the list.
Ed note: This house is located not too far from Taqueria Del Distrito Federal. A commenter mentioned the unpleasant sight of public urination on 14th St. Thus the title of this post. I know, I know, if you have to explain it then you shouldn't use it. Damn.
"I have a few questions of the day. Recently, I met a neighbor who has spent the last 37 years living on my block, raising children, and working at at least one business in the neighborhood.
She described the block of 37 years ago as being full of children, who were constantly running in and out of various families' houses, and she said that her children were raised by the entire community.
Today, we have very few children on the block... or maybe they just stay out of sight. I know two boys who ride their big wheels in the alley, but that's it.
Why are there no more families with young children?"
If you would like to submit a Friday question of the day just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 11:00 AM Pet Walk held outside of Sticky Fingers Bakery at 14th Street & Park Road
* 12:00-6:00 PM Festival Begins at Harriet Tubman Elementary School at 11th & Kenyon Streets
Wonderland Ballroom Bandstand:
* 1:05-1:45pm—Isabel Jazz Quintet
* 2:05-2:45pm—Flex Mathews
* 3:05-3:45pm—THE FIF
* 5:15-6:00pm—Pure Light Seed
Activities & Attractions:
* Rita’s Children’s area with a moonbounce and face painting
* Sticky Fingers and Columbia Heights Coffee’s Seniors pavilion with coffee and pastries
* Family Picnic area
* Food and Clothing Drive to benefit Martha’s Table and Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter
* Local businesses, community organizations, and artisans
* Special appearances by local leaders
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Located just a few blocks north of Gloria's Pupuseria you can find this popular Taqueria at 3463 14th St. If you are looking for authentic you need look no further. Again, even the Coke's come in those awesome glass bottles and they taste slightly sweeter because they are bottled in Nicaragua. I had a beef tostada which was delicious and I saw other folks eating burritos which looked pretty mean as well. And even better news - they deliver if you are in a 2 mile radius (202-276-7331). Enjoy.
"Laying in bed with my wife this past weekend, hearing gunshots outside the window of Illinois, between Farragut and Gallatin...I came to the resolution I would purchase a shotgun for the safety of those in my home. An end I would have swore to never happen in my life, but our fear is becoming a daily piece of our District of Columbia life. And that is a tragedy."
the crime. I've noticed while walking my dog that there are signs
posted on some of the trees on the 1300 block of Sheppard stating that
if more than 2 people are found loitering they can be arrested. It's
some sort of community-based initiative to make that block a "drug
free" zone. Does anyone know how to spearhead such an effort? Does
there have to be prior incidents to establish an area as a problem
before an initiative like this can be done?"
Anyone familiar with this?
For a picture of the sign click here.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Hold on I have to stop laughing for a second. Ok, this is a photo from my local bodega in Petworth (from the cell phone, c'mon I can't always have my camera on me). At any rate, I was stunned and overjoyed to see that they were selling the traditional kosher wine Manischewitz. Manischewitz is the sickly sweet wine that every Jewish boy and girl knows all too well. Why it is being sold in Petworth that probably has a .05% Jewish population is beyond me. But the mere thought of someone slugging Manischewitz on the side of the road is simply beautiful. And a bit sad. I think this may be the only bottle of Manischewitz in the world that is located behind two inches of bulletproof glass...Now if you'll excuse me, I have some Manischewitz to drink.
him up New Hampshire Ave heading NE until they got into the shadow of
the trees. He was beaten unconscious and has several staples and
stiches. I'm very grateful that he's alive. Given the way he was
injured it easily could have not turned out that way."
Council Member Bowser responds: "I'm very sorry to hear about this incident. I am copying Commander Burton to have him increase officers and patrols in the area around the Petworth Metro station and the adjoining neighborhoods with specific attention in the later evening hours. The community's continued vigilance is important and we will follow this case closely."
My two cents: This is a tragic occurance and I wish the victim a speedy recovery. I still feel that these incidents, thankfully, are rare. But please be careful and use good street smarts - pay attention to your surroundings, don't talk on a cell phone while you walk late at night and don't listen to your ipod. Having said that, no amount of street smarts can always prevent an incident like this. So hopefully, we will get more MPD patrols as well.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Many of you probably saw the article in today's Post titled In Columbia Heights, Room for the Little Guys.
The article says: "The $149.5 million DC USA project is being developed by Grid Properties of New York. President Drew Greenwald said the firm will reserve 15,000 square feet, or about 11 percent, of ground-floor retail space for local and minority-owned businesses, under an agreement with the District to buy and develop the land. He will reduce rents by 30 percent to encourage smaller tenants."
But for me it is the little touches exemplified by this photo that I hope we never lose. This wonderful women sells sugar cane, mangoes and a variety of other tropical fruits. I bought a bag of sliced mango for 2 bucks. Not bad. I certainly hope these authentic street vendors will have a place as well.
As I've written before Columbia Heights Coffee located on 11th Street between Park and Monroe is one of my favorites. So I was wondering what are people's favorite places to work or study with free wifi? For those who say CH Coffee is too small, there is good news on the way. They have purchased the space next door and eventually will be expanding. When speaking with the proprietors they couldn't tell me exactly when the expansion will take place but my guess would be in a year or so. So what's your favorite?
For the expats who are curious about the condos being built above the metro, this is for you. You can see some serious steel(?) beams have been set otherwise despite a ton of work it still looks like a gigantic hole in the ground. But I believe they aren't supposed to finish until 2009...
Friday, September 28, 2007
Right now, street parking doesn't seem to be a big problem. But I've often wondered if it would be worth it to put in a parking spot in my back yard. Lots of the rowhouses have spots that are accessible via the alleys. Do you think it is criminal to rip up some of your yard to pave it? Are we doomed to lose our plentiful on street parking as the Old Soldiers Home is developed and the many condos being built are completed?
This newly planted tree is just about as dead as dead gets. As I've written before one of the great things about our neighborhood are the many trees. But whose responsibility is it to water them? Is it the homeowner? What about the trees in parks? I've seen folks on Petworth News ask people to help out with the watering. Is there no system set up by the city or the parks department to water these newly planted trees? I can't believe the onus is on the residents?
This used to be one of the best bars in the city located on U Street way before U Street was popping. I always loved the mural of Lenin that you can hardly make out today. It seems kind of sad. Why is this prime location left in such a state of disrepair?
Zach writes: "Lastly, a group called Social Compact just started doing door-to-door surveys in Petworth as part of a "drilldown" analysis, basically looking at positives in the neighborhood rather than negatives. They have an interesting report on their website that was done in 2002 for Columbia Heights and Petworth that gives a different perspective on the neighborhood than what you would get from census figures."
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
but I spotted this one on S Street between 14th and 13th. It is made of wood and there is another larger sign, maybe a kind of memorial next to it. But this one obviously spoke to me. It reminds me of the Remaking Le Slum Historique mural on I think 9th Street in Shaw.
So I have often walked by Jeans N Things located on 11th Street between Wonderland and 11th St. Deli. I think 97% of the time it has been closed when I've walked by but I actually saw it open the other day. It seems to be mostly women's clothes and such. Has anyone checked it out? Good stuff?
I thought I had seen it all when I spotted the Car Testicles but I was wrong. I spotted these decal bullet holes on a truck on Georgia Ave. What happened to the good old mud flaps of naked women or Yosemite Sam saying back off. This is what we have come to as a society? Bullet holes? For real?
I don't know if anyone else has noticed but there is a new gang in town. From what I can tell, they are not affiliated with any of the traditional culprits. I am sorry to report that they are becoming more brazen. A neighbor of mine reported one coming right up on his porch, taking a dump, while my neighbor is sitting right there mind you, and then laughing at him. Unfortunately that is not a lone encounter, this gray menace runs in packs. They make a racket and chase each other all over peoples yards and in the streets. I've tried calling 311 but they are lightning quick and can vanish in seconds. My advice to you: Don't look them in the eyes and try to ignore them. Do not confront them under any circumstances. I'll update you as I find out more...
Thanks to a reader for tipping me off to this article in the Examiner this morning:
"A Metro spokesman declined to elaborate on what services might be scuttled, but possibilities include fewer new railcars and buses, less security and safety training,
and ending extra Yellow Line service. "
You can read the full article here.
We do love and ride the yellow line, right?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Read the full article here.
My favorite quote from the owner (Cornish): "As for aesthetics, Cornish said the building, when it is complete, will be far superior to the dilapidated, vacant property he bought last year for $425,000. "To each his own," he said of those who object to such additions. "If they don't like it, they should have gone and bought it themselves."
You can read my original post from April here.
Well we have another revolution on our hands. As I passed this sign it reminded me of a great diatribe I heard from Bono at a U2 concert (recorded). So allow me my own diatribe inspired by Bono. (Ed note: when you read the following lines you have to do it with an Irish brogue.)
I've had enough of these unwashed Americans come up to me and talk about the resistance, the revolution on the Mall. And the glory of protesting for the revolution. They don't talk about littering for the revolution. Where's the glory in papering every lamp post you see in Washington DC. Where's the glory in that? Where's the glory in putting stickers up that can't be peeled off? Where's the glory in that? Where's the glory in making city workers waste their time, painstakingly peeling these posters off of city property. Where's the glory in that? Fahq the Revolution.
As you can see the outdoor patio area is open for drinking! You can see how happy these folks are. I'll admit I wept at the mere sight of a beer on the picnic table. From what I hear the permit is renewed indefinitely. Great news since we have about another month or two of good outdoor drinking weather left.
This is a great Church on 13th Street no too far from Logan Circle. I love how sits right next to row houses. Speaking of churches, on Sunday I heard amazing music coming out of some of the churches. I would love to be able to go inside and listen. Unfortunately, I'm not particularly religious nor am I of the Christian persuasion. So, is it ridiculous to ask if I could attend a service to listen to the music? Or is that rude, almost like being a tourist? I'm conflicted. Thoughts?
I used to love walking by this shop in China Town. It reminded me of NYC China Town where you could spot fully birds and other animals hanging in the window. Alas it appears it has gone out of business. Oh well, I guess it is exciting that there will be a Marvelous Market in China Town...
I knew I saw a prostitute near the metro! Washington Post.
Another Wine Bar to open up on U Street. Express.
Explosion on Farragut St. shuts power. DCist.
Sad story about a cat passing in Columbia Heights. Intangible Arts.
Concrete Front Yards in Brooklyn. Brownstoner.
Monday, September 24, 2007
After getting scolded for not visiting North Petworth, I decided to take a walk up to the Java & Cream coffee house located around 5500 Georgia Avenue. I am happy to report that it is a fantastic independently owned coffee house. I had the opportunity to briefly chat with the owner who told me he has plans to open 4 more in the area over the coming years. The coffee was delicious and cheaper than Starbucks. I paid $2.75 for a large latte. The owner also told me that in the future there will be some live music, which I'll post when it happens. There is a great seating area here as well, so if you live in North Petworth enjoy this fantastic coffee shop. For those who live further south, there are plans to open another store near the Petworth Metro in about two years time.
I saw this house on my walk up Georgia Avenue. It looks very similar to the shape of the house on Upshur and NH. And I have to say, I am so upset at the current state of disrepair on Upshur, I think I would actually be delighted if it ends up looking like this house. In the future, maybe we can get some kind of historical status. How do we get historical status anyway?
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I've actually always wondered about the usefulness of bricks to support my ac. I'm pretty sure that I just stuck some bricks under and they are actually not even touching and therefore supporting the unit. But there is a real psychological calming effect of putting bricks under the ac. Do AC's even need any extra support? I was happy to spot someone else who uses the non touching brick method...
Friday, September 21, 2007
I visited a really beautiful condo on 13th Street. It has an incredible view of the city, a very nice layout, big windows, an upstairs study and roof deck. Sounds pretty sweet, yeah? So what's the catch? It was on the fourth floor and the building has no elevator. So if you don't have kids no big deal yeah? There are many of these building in NYC that don't have elevators. But I ask you: For over $400k in DC shouldn't an elevator be included?
I see Wayan at DC Metblogs has already gotten some play on this but a reader has sent me some more photos and details on the situation. The reader writes:
"This was the 2900 Block of Sherman Ave, b/t Harvard and Columbia. The blue house was evicted and the city emptied the entire house on the street, which turned into one large free-for-all. About 9:30 p.m., all the bags had been turned over and the trash was across three lanes of traffic. This prompted the police to get involved, and public works was called in. They sent 4 street sweepers, two dump trucks, a bull dozer, a dumpster loader and a crew of about 25. From 10 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., the city was cleaning up the street."
"It's a real shame what happened. The woman who used to live there died two (maybe it's three now) years ago, and left the house to her grandson. He and his cousin lived there with some other transient tenants, and I only know one guy who lived there the whole time in the basement....You should know all that trash was actually the dead grandmother's possessions. Family albums, pictures, antique furniture, collectables, etc. -- all that was her is now gone and lost forever. "
Very sad situation, indeed.
shovels, and big yellow bags from DPW. We'll start the clean up at around 8:00. If enough people show, we will do both blocks and the alley. Meet on lamont street at 8:00."
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I was all set to write how fantastic it is that our neighborhoods often host these super cool gigantic family reunions. It is really amazing, I've never seen so many beautiful affairs in my life. So I thought I was capturing a perfect example. But I suppose this is pretty cool too. So which is the good one - off the wagon or on the wagon?
This is from a phenomenal home on 13th Street. I think water features and fountains are among the coolest lawn amenities around. But my question is: If you want to put Koi or goldfish in them will they survive or are you just providing dinner for the local wildlife?
"I am pleased to announce that Yes! Organic grocery will occupy one of the six retail spaces on the first floor of the Union Row building, located at 14th and V St, NW.
The Union Row project is part of the overall rejuvenation of the U Street Corridor. Yes! Organic will offer residents natural foods as part of a unique shopping experience. Please visit my website for more information.
The 5,000 square foot Yes! Organic grocery is scheduled to open in the spring of 2008. This will be the fifth location for the DC-based grocer. More retailers will be announced soon, including a restaurant, a dry cleaner, and a large national chain store.
Councilmember Jim Graham"
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I also heard that Velvet Lounge may be sold to the owners of Local 16 and Eighteenth Street Lounge. Wild news.
Anyone else heard these rumors?
"The Feb 13, 1923 edition of the Washington Post lists the following ad in its real estate section:
A semi-detached house of stone and frame construction; six rooms and bath, front and double rear porches, exceptionally large kitchen; hot water, heat, electric lights; good condition; side alley. Price: $8750."
Another, Petworth house lists for $11,000, the difference in price likely due to its "having been newly papered and painted both inside and out," and its boasting a "45 foot front lot."
Advertised houses of similar size in Chevy Chase and Cleveland Park sell for $12,000 to $14,500, while similarly-sized houses near Lincoln Park and (what is now)Near SE sell for $6,000-$9,000."
It's interesting to note that our part of town began as one of the more expensive places to live in Washington."
So who can figure out what inflation on $11,000 from 1923 to today would be?
Many of you have probably walked by this home on New Hampshire Avenue near the metro. It had the dreaded vinyl all across the front and is now being replaced with brick. It looks like it is going to be pretty sweet.
Wait a second. My house is entirely ensconced in vinyl. And it is beautiful. Until I win the lottery and can afford nice cedar shingles I'm stuck with vinyl. Vinyl requires very little little upkeep and won't give you cancer like asbestos shingles. So don't hate too much.
Let me share a little secret with you all. I've heard of this great new Web site. It is called Craig's List. You can put whatever you want to sell on the site for free! Amazing. It is a virtual world now. You don't have to bother with scotch tape or printings or anything like that at all. And don't give me the whole not everyone has a computer song. Everyone has computers! And if you are 80 and don't have a computer you don't need a weight bench. Everyone has a computer either at work, or home, or at their local library. Although, I am still looking for a place to unload my unwanted car for $50 cash. Help me please.
I found this garden behind a pretty rough looking school on 13th St. The school has grates or bars over all window and looks pretty imposing. But if you walk around the back you see a bit of humanity in this garden. It must be fun for the students to maintain.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I can't believe I haven't seen anything written up about this entire new construction of Row Houses built behind the Tivoli Theater on Monroe Street. Every time I walk by them, I fall asleep they are so boring. I'm not saying I need Frank Gehry but these are pretty plain. No interesting architectural detail at all. So I ask you am I wrong, am I wrong? And for the record I'm calmer than you dude.