Sunday, October 07, 2007

Prince of Petworth Has Moved!

After a long wait and many revisions Prince of Petworth has finally been relaunched at Please update your bookmarks, rss feeds and/or links. If you have any problems with the new site don't hesitate to email me. The functionality is pretty much the same with the addition of a new "Forum" section. Additionally, you'll have to register if you'd like to keep your username. Otherwise you can continue to post comments anonymously. If you do decide to register you'll only need to do so once. I'd like to thank Martin Ferus for his tireless efforts on this project. After tomorrow there will be no more commenting on this blogspot address.

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!


Saturday, October 06, 2007

I Really Like and Support This Comment

"Moving into Petworth is not "urban pioneering"--a term I have significant problems with. The best way to arm oneself is with education and community involvement. Please look for ways to combat not only criminal acts but their precedents, such as lack of education, employment, and affordable housing. Petworth is a wonderful, vibrant community that is not defined by crime. It is and should be defined by the families that live here."

Friday, October 05, 2007

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, October 8th Prince of Petworth will be relaunched at

Thursday, October 11th PoP launch party at Temperance Hall, 8pm. T Shirts will be available. More details to come.

Despite Apparent Public Urination, Sotheby's Still Interested

IMG_4384, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

Friday Question of the Day Special Edition

Today's Friday question of the day is submitted by a reader. Elizabeth asks:
"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

A Mural or Windows?

IMG_4379, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Why is there only one window on the side of this rowhouse?

House of the Week

IMG_4400, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Nice copper over the bay window. Great windows all around for that matter.

Roof Decks Are Right On

IMG_4397, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Anyone have a roof deck? Do you have to get a special permit to install one?

Columbia Heights Day This Saturday!

Event Schedule:

* 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:
* 12:00-12:40pm—Sunchild
* 1:05-1:45pm—Isabel Jazz Quintet
* 2:05-2:45pm—Flex Mathews
* 3:05-3:45pm—THE FIF
* 4:10-4:50pm—O’Tasty
* 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

Taqueria Del Distrito Federal

IMG_4383, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

What An Amazing House

IMG_4393, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This house also on 13th St. always impresses me. It also has a terrific garden every summer. Is it possible only one family lives in this house? Pretty beautiful, no?

Great Article in the Post

The Washington Post ran a great article today on the Windows Cafe & Market located in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. It is such a pleasure to read about a success like this. It shows you the power of perseverance and personality. I wish them the best of luck and hope we can replicate their success here as well.

Prison Door Condo Update

IMG_4392, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

These condos on 13th St. have been through a lot. It appears they are back on the auction block...

Are Guns in the Home the Solution?

More from the Petworth Listserv:
"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."

A Question From A Reader

"I just moved to Petworth and I love it. However I am concerned about
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

Hmm, Wild Irish Rose or Manischewitz

Bodega Manshewitz, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

Fantastic Mural

IMG_4399, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

You know, I've noticed a ton of amazing murals around town. I love this one off 13th St. It is so much nicer than just a blank wall. What do you think?

Door of the Day

IMG_4381, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

It's all in the details.

Now That's Some Individuality

IMG_4389, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Personally, I love the unique homes. A splash of color adds some nice flavor to the neighborhood.

Mugging at the Petworth Metro

From the Petworth listserv: "My housemate was brutally beaten by a gang of 8 young men who followedhim out of the Petworth metro Friday evening at 10PM. They followed
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

What Makes Us Among The Greatest Neighborhoods in DC

IMG_4386, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

Ha! I Can Support This Political Statement

IMG_4388, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Everyone knows my opinion on this matter but this one made me laugh. On a number of garbage cans in Petworth, Columbia Heights and down 14th St. you can see this statement. Could it surpass the legend of Borf?

Keeping It Green In Petworth

IMG_4405, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Petworth uses solar power to alert people that Grant Circle is only 550 feet away. Nice.

Et Tu Red Rocks?

IMG_4380, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I am huge fan of Red Rocks pizza. But I was saddened to see, they too had resorted to using a ridiculous sign to promote that they are open for lunch. You're better than that Red Rocks.

Columbia Heights Coffee Best Place to Work or Study?

IMG_4375, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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?

If Not in Miami is this a Good Color Choice?

IMG_4370, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Do you think it is harder to sell a house if it is painted in an unusual color like aqua blue even if the house is fresh on the inside? Would that affect your decision in purchasing a house?

Audio Surveillance?

IMG_4371, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I spotted this sign on the apartment building just north of the Petworth Metro on New Hampshire Ave. I can understand Video surveillance but what exactly is the purpose of audio surveillance? Is that an added deterrent?

Condos Above Petworth Metro Development Watch

IMG_4373, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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

I'm Just Wondering

IMG_4358, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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?

Friday Question of the Day: Whose Responsibility?

Dead tree, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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?

State of the Union in a Sorry State

IMG_4363, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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?

See, I'm Not the Only One Obsessed With Petworth/Columbia Heights

Thanks to Zach for alerting me to this fascinating group. I can't wait to read the next report.

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."

Not What You Like To See at 08:36

During rush hour, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Why is it every now and then there is a 9 minute wait for the train smack in the middle of rush hour? And why is always when you are running late to work? Murphy's law, karma?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I Think This Bureau Has Many Locations

IMG_4360, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

You Knew I'd Eventually Ask About This...

IMG_4353, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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?

Yeah, This is What We Want To Glorify

IMG_4343, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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?

Query About Coming Retail

GforGood had an interesting question: "PoP or others, do you have any other rumors or facts about retail coming to the apartment/condo buildings (besides the Yes! Organic Market and the Mocha Hut)?" I assume he is talking about the condos being built above the metro and up Georgia Ave. The only other rumor I heard was that, I think, Lakritz developers were buying the Murrel realty space on Georgia Ave. right near Domku and that they were thinking about putting in a dining/cafe venue on the first floor. Anyone else know of any rumors or facts about coming development?

Launch Party and T Shirts

Thanks for the reminder Pauper. I have the t shirts in my living room and I'm looking forward to giving them out to the ten and selling them to anyone else who wants one for $10 at the launch party. So a quick question first. Would people prefer Thursday, October 4th or Thursday October 11th? Venue: Temperance Hall. Right now I'm leaning towards the 4th.

You Are Warned

Spider-Squirrel Cropped, originally uploaded by PixEmonkey.

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...

That's Nice part 34

IMG_4357, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This is a very well done painting which blocks the family's garbage cans. Nicely done, I say, nicely done.

Some More Love For My People Up In North Country

IMG_4344, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This is, what looks like from the outside, a fantastic renovation up north on Georgia Ave.

Possible Location of New Java & Cream

IMG_4352, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

We'll find out in only two years, stay tuned...but man that would be sweet.

Holy Cow, The Rug Store DID Go Out of Business

IMG_4362, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Well I always, er, often admit when I'm wrong. Apparently Rug Stores do go out of business. Who knew?

Please Don't Take The Yellow Line From Me, Please

I'm begging you. Whoever you are who makes these decisions. You can't do it.

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

Petworth Eyesore on New Hampshire Ave Gets Coverage from the Washington Post

Washington Post catches on to third floor atrocities. Sadly, PoP doesn't get a mention. Thanks to a reader for the tip.

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.

Again, Already?

Another Revolution, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

Good News From Wonderland Ballroom

IMG_4354, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

Another Awesome City Church

IMG_4359, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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?

There is Officially No China Left in This Town

"China" Town, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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...

News Wrap

An occasional new feature when I see articles or blog posts of interest:

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

Java & Cream Coffee

IMG_4347, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

We Should Hope For This on Upshur St

IMG_4350, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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

Bricks, The Duct Tape of the Air Conditioner World?

IMG_4341, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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...

Well Which Is It A Weed Community Or A Drug Free Zone?

Weed Community, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Question of the Day

This question relates to something that got a lot of press this week. The issue is DC's quest for voting rights in the US Congress. Frankly at the moment, I could not care less about this issue. Every Thursday I read the Post's coverage of local crime by quadrant. When I look at NW Washington, I am horrified by the street names. Webster, Varnum, Georgia, Allison, etc. and I get filled with rage, despair and sadness. Every single week I see the streets of Petworth in the crime report. Unacceptable. How on earth are DC Voting rights going to change that? How are DC Voting rights going to address the graffiti issue? How are DC Voting rights going to address the issue of drug dealing in our neighborhoods? How are DC Voting rights going to address the problem of vacant homes and prostitution? Ok forget all that, I'll be even bolder, I would way rather have a nice independent book store in Columbia Heights/Petworth than have one voting Congressional Representative. I would trade two DC senators if every Thursday I could open up the Post and not read about crimes being committed on Varnum St., Georgia Ave., and Allison St.? So my question is: What do you think are the most pressing issues for the residents of DC? Voting rights or quality of life issues?

How Much Is an Elevator Worth?

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?

More Nice Landscaping

The tiered approach is really catching on. Which one do you like better?

Sherman Ave. Eviction Aftermath

DSC00304(bright), originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

Neighborhood Cleanup on Sat. the 22nd on the 700 blocks of Lamont and Kenyon

From a reader: "Come on out, meet your neighbors, and build community. We have rakes,
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

Excuse Me Sir, But You're A Sir Too

I was going for the whole Ben Harper thing but I'm not sure it worked. At any rate, allow me to share a story of an awkward greeting that happens to me quite frequently. I understand that in the military it is quite common to address many people you don't know as sir. I'm down with that. What makes me feel uncomfortable is when I pass older gentlemen in Petworth and they say "Good morning sir" or "How are you, sir" to me. I just don't feel a "young" kid like me is deserving of the honorific. I always think to myself, why are they addressing me as sir? If anyone should be addressed as sir it is they! So what is going on here, is this a generational thing? Should I respond back using sir as well?

Not Exactly the Reunion I Was Thinking Of

Reunion, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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?

Breakfast All Day

Breakfast all day, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

From the 11th St. Deli. Have more beautiful words ever been written?

Water Features Are Sweet

Water feature, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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?

YES! Another YES! Market Coming To Our Area

Thanks to Suzanne for the heads up from the Columbia Heights Listserv:

"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

Two New Rumors

I heard this evening that the great bar and brunch place Tunnicliff's Tavern in Eastern Market is opening up a new store on U Street between 13th and 14th.

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?

Random PoP Observation

I saw a sign that said "Democrats for Bush", isn't that kind of like "Jews for Jesus"?

Petworth's Not So Humble Beginnings

A reader who is doing research on a book writes in (including the title of the post):

"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?

Fantastic Reno in the Works

huge gut reno on NH, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

Petworth Turning Into One Gigantic Bulletin Board

Light pole ad, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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.

Another Fine Door

Door of the day part 2, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I dig it. You?

A Silver Lining

School garden, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

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

Do You Like Vanilla? You'll Love These Row Houses

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.