Friday, June 29, 2007

Friday question of the day

Public, Private, or Charter School? That is the question. I do not have any children that I know of, nor, despite my mother's pleas, are any children imminent but I know this is a huge question for young families living in Petworth. Now, I am a product of New York's public schools. More specifically, I am a product of Long Island's public schools. I am not a tough guy and fortunately for me, Long Island's public schools were not too intimidating. Unless you are intimidated by high hair and thick accents. But that is beside the point. The question that I raise to you all is: what are you going to do if or when your children become of school age? Will you send them to public school? I know I am not rich and the thought of sending a future child to a private school seems unrealistic. While my children no doubt will be tougher than I, DC public schools can be dangerous and let's be frank just downright pretty awful. How can I contemplate sending them to public school? Can I send them to public elementary school or would they still get their asses kicked? What is the alternative? Move to the suburbs? Unacceptable. Send them to a Charter, Catholic or other private school? It really has me baffled. So I ask you: Petworth, Columbia Heights, U Street and Washington DC residents in general - where will have you/will you send your kids to school?

DCist has a great article on Old Soldier's Home Development

In case you missed it you can read it here. Thanks to Chris for the heads up.

Neat Neighborhood Finds: Volume Three

Rasberry ice, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

As I was walking home this evening in the brutal heat nothing could have made me happier than encountering an old school Shaved Ice offering on Georgia Ave just south of Upshur. These drinks are of the old school where the ice is shaved and the flavoring is delicious. Think little Italy in the 50s. So the next time it is 105 degrees instead of weeping, like I normally do, head to Georgia Ave and get an ice flavored drink for 2 bucks. And if you thought it couldn't get any better than that, they have sliced mangoes! Check out all the flavors in the photo below.

Rasberry is the best flavor

shaved ice drinks, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Sweet, A Deli!

11th Street Deli, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I have often walked by this deli on my route down 11th Street. It always looked awesome but the only problem was that it was always closed. To my surprise and delight, yesterday it was open for business. And apparently it is under new management. So check it out on 11th Street just north of Wonderland.

World Wide Phenomena: Vol. One

Rug sale, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

In every city I have ever lived in, whether in the USA or abroad, every time I have seen a rug store there is always a clearance sale. This is example is located on 14th Street. These carpet stores always claim to be going out of business. But I'm on to them now...

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Detention center or domicile?

Bars, bars, bars, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

It is quite common to see bars on basement windows. This I can understand. But what is up with bars over every single visible window. I realize I am judging. I don't like to judge. But seriously, it looks awful. And worst of all, it makes the neighborhood look awful. Just like the bullet proof glass at our bodegas makes it look like we live in some kind of war zone. So I ask you: is this necessary? What about a simple alarm system or dog? I'm telling you, these pretzels are making me thirsty!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Let's bring a chocolate shop and Java Green to Petworth for starters!

Alright, after reading the comments again from last Friday's question of the week it seems clear to me that we are looking for some independent businesses to set up shop. I'll give up my dream for a Dunkin Donuts for now. So I'll email the gentleman whose wife is looking for a space for her chocolate shop. As for Java Green, Chris do you know the owner? Does anyone know the owner? If so, if you could put me in contact with him/her we can get the ball rolling. I'll keep you all updated and I'll let you know if we need a big lobbying campaign.

House of the week

This is a beautiful house with some sweet bay windows. It is also a pretty big house for our quaint Petworth. I dig it though.

We had an art gallery?

Art Gallery, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Who knew? Unfortunately it looks like this gallery on Georgia Ave. is up for lease. I'd love to see another art gallery. Did anyone visit this one before it went out of business?

Good new to our south

The U Street neighborhood is about to welcome what looks like a super cool cafe. Collage Cafe is located right next to St. Ex on 14th and T. Anyone know when it opens?

Take me home, city roads

Whew, finally made it back to our beloved Petworth. I have to tell you, I have just returned from a very beautiful part of the country. The air was fresh, the mountains tall and the rivers were rapid. So when I exited National airport and was hit with hot sticky, humid blasts of heat, I became a little sad. But it never fails, as soon as I drove past the Old Soldiers Home I couldn't contain my joy. There is something very real about Petworth that makes me appreciate it even more every time I go on a trip. Just having a cold glass of water on my porch looking at and remembering all the familar sights made me super glad to be finally be home. So I don't know what the hell John Denver was talking about those damn country roads, I'll take Petworth city roads any day of the week.

PoP air travel observation #1

When I was a youth in the 80s whenever I flew and the plane arrived at its destination there would be an outburst of applause that I always thought was a little goofy. At anyrate, I just realized no one ever breaks out in applause when planes land anymore. Remember? Right? What happened?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Care to Speculate? Vol. 3

This large storefront is located on Taylor Street just east of Georgia. What makes this storefront notable is the three main windows. This looks like it can be a pretty big store. It has lots of documents on one window for all the necessary permits. But permits for what? What could this large store be?

PS, I'll be posting an update from last Friday's question of the week tomorrow so get ready for our quest to bring a chocolate shop, Java Green, bakery, garden store, hardware store and/or Dunkin Donuts to Petworth. Who knows, maybe one of these has already been selected for the above storefront.

Remember this Condo from Columbia Heights?

This is an updated photo from that condo development in CH whose most notable feature was the awful front door. That front door looks like the entrance to a county jail. And I know from experience but that is a completely different story... Anyway, as you can see the condo is now up for auction. Not a very good sign. Well, maybe you can get a steal if you don't mind the door.

That is some serious bass

Carib Festival, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Again, a sweet pic from Susan. I'm so mad I missed this. Did I steer you wrong? An 18 wheeler filled with speakers. Bloody brilliant!

Sun God

Sun God, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Thanks to Susan for this awesome Pic from the Carribean festival.

Pardon the delay

Sorry I've been traveling/without Internet for a little while. Stay tuned for some new posts this evening...and email me directly if anyone has some good stories from the Carribean festival this past weekend. Thanks.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Man is this place clean. Here in Colorado they have trash cans for trash, trash cans for plastic and trash cans for compost. This is how they keep there surroundings so clean. It is second nature for people here to throw their trash out properly. I'm not saying we need all this in Petworth but it is nice to know that it is possible...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Friday question of the day

Today's question is sparked by a comment left a couple of days ago. A commenter suggested that we get behind a particular store/company and lobby for them to come to Petworth. He mentioned that this has been done successfully on other blogs. Well, as I have a huge inferiority complex I will not let that challenge go unanswered. I will happily initiate the lobbying if there is even a remote consensus. So Friday question of the day is: What particular store are you dying to see come to Petworth? Do you think lobbying is an effective way to encourage them to come to Petworth? I will start the ball rolling. I vote for Dunkin Donuts. What is your vote?

A Good Walk Spoiled

Where is this beautiful piece of green land located? Rock Creek Park? The Mall? Virginia?

This lovely land is located right in the heart of Petworth at the Old Soldiers and Sailors Home. This particular piece of land is the driving range next to the golf course. It would be fantastic if they opened up some of this green space to the community at large when the redevelopment is finished over there. I think I heard that was in the works. I would cry if a big hotel was built there...

I still can't believe there is a Bed and Breakfast in Petworth

Check it out here if you missed it last time. I guess it would be a great option if you have a bunch of friends and/or relatives all visiting at once.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Proper Rowhouse to Condo Conversion?

Thanks to reader Ed for his heads up about this condo conversion on the 3400 block of Warder St. So what do you think, is this how it is supposed to be done?

Ed writes:
"It's an old rowhouse being converted to condos across
the street from Park View Elementary on the 3500 Block of Warder St..
Just like the house at NH Ave and Upshur they've added a third level,
but it looks sooo much better than the one on NH Ave. The 3rd floor
addition in this case is also brick, so it matches the lower 2 floors,
and they also made the window alignment on the addition the same as the lower floors. It looks like it could have been there for years."

Agree? Disagree?

Running Circles

It seems as though there is some major renovation going on at the track of Theodore Roosevelt High on Upshur and 13th. I wonder if they are getting new turf or new turf and a new track as well? I often see people running around the track in the early morning and early evening. Has anyone used this track before? Is this a nice track to take a run? Personally, I have retired from running after doing the Army Ten Miler last year. It took me a ten days before I walk normally again, but I guess that is what you get for not training. But I still like to watch other people run.

Question from a reader

The following question was emailed to me. Can anyone point the reader in the right direction?

"How does one learn about what is happening with closed/abandoned stores and buildings, vis-a-vis development?

For example, i live a little north-west of petworth, at colorado and 16th, and across from our one restaurant, colorado kitchen, is a huge boarded up building that had numerous apartments and several stores.

I was just wonder whether someone is going to do something with it or if it is just going to sit there as a magnet for graffiti and trash?"

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Interesting discussion going on down below

But it is a little off topic of tips for newcomers so I thought I'd start a new thread. So if you have reactions let's comment here. Thanks.

Here is a segment from an anon. poster:
"I think you'll find universally that people who are "working class", regardless of where there from and what shade they are, when they manage to afford a nice home, sometimes after working for many years to do so, they don't want crime on their backdoor and don't see these things as "live and let live" issues. While I understand the motives of those engaging in the business of drug dealing in open markets to promote "no snitchin'" and the occasional hostile take-over (in a hail of gunfire), when self-righteous fools tell me I have to suffer this crime to be "class sensitive" you'll get a good hearty laugh from this piece of white trash. I will agree with you all day long that legalization, just as with liquor, is a better answer. If you want to start a organization to get drugs legalized I'll gladly give you a portion of the money I send to other non-profit organizations. But I live in reality, and while criminals are engaged in a potentially dangerous trade near my family and my neighbor's family they are going to be dodging the MPD every time I see them, and if that means you get busted buying your dime bag behind my lot, sorry Charlie."

A Quick Comment on Comments

It pains me to do this but some people are just jerks. So here goes, a few guidelines adopted from DCist, I'm reluctant to say rules:

* Good comments can disagree with the content in the post, but they never insult other commenters.
* Good comments are usually pretty short and are open to being contradicted by other readers.
* Good comments are always on topic, and never contain spam or spam-like content.

So in sum, don't insult and curse at specific people. Don't write a thesis in the comments section, especially about something totally random. Don't steal. Honor thy mother and father etc. etc.

I will delete comments that regularly violate the guidelines. So don't get all sore if you write "Jim is an asshole" and I delete your entire comment. You can however write "muggers are assholes." We cool?

Care To Speculate? Vol. 2

Brings us a bit further east on Upshur. You can see this storefront is next to Duke's Seafood. I think this may be the bakery that we have heard so much about. Care to speculate? While we are at it, anyone try Duke's Seafood?

New Store coming to Upshur St.!

BeverageMania, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This storefront is looking pretty nice, it is next to the barbershop on Upshur near Georgia Ave. This store may also have the best name ever, besides EatMore Fried Chicken of course. Beveragemania. I hope it truly is and that there is a fantastic selection of wines, beer, etc. Anyone else know anything about this?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Neat Neighborhood Finds: Volume Two

Thanks to Elizabeth for the heads up about Morgan's Seafood on Kenyon and Georgia in the Park View neighborhood (check out the picture of the soft shell crabs below.) This is a picture of the proprietor Romeo Morgan who has owned the store for over 30 years. The store itself has been around for 75 years! Romeo is holding my delicious crab cake sandwich, which was amazing. It wasn't one of those 2/3 breading 1/3 crab this baby was 3/3 crab meat. This delicious crab cake was $8.95 and worth every penny. He also offers Trout, Croaker Bone Fried fish and Whiting Filet Fried Fish. And if you are feeling very adventurous you can try the Pig Feet Dinner with 2 sides for $9.95. Some of the sides available are Candied Yams, Coleslaw, Fresh Greens, Mash Potatoes and more. I also have to add that Romeo Morgan himself was an unbelievably nice guy. He was super friendly and tells a hell of a good story.

So do I say hello?

I live in a stand alone house, which is nice because I have windows all over the place. As it is, my neighbor's kitchen looks right into my kitchen and from time to time we both happen to be washing dishes at the same time. Now mind you I get along very well this neighbor. But those times that we are both washing dishes at the same time can be quite awkward. You know it is almost like bumping into a stranger in your own house. Sometimes we look up at the same time and then we look back down at our dishes real quick. So what do I do say hello? It is very hard to explain. All I can say is I'm glad I finally got blinds for my bathroom...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Caribbean Festival is Coming to Petworth!

carribbean_festival, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Get ready for one of the coolest festivals ever. The DC Carribbean Carnival is coming to Petworth next Sat. June 23rd! It is absolutely as cool as this picture makes it look. The festival goes along Georgia Ave, through a large part of Petworth. Unfortunately, I'm going to miss this year's but the previous ones I have attended have been unbelievable. There are a series of 18 wheeler trucks that are entirely filled with speakers jamming music from different countries in the Caribbean with dancers trailing the trucks. Plus there is tons of delicious food from all over the Caribbean also represented. I recommend grabbing some jerk chicken from Sweet Mango and line up early so you get a good viewing spot. I like watching from the intersection of Georgia and New Hampshire. If you are in town, don't miss this awesome event! Thanks to Susan for the heads up.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Upshur/New Hampshire Development Watch

Well, the house next door to the monstrosity has gone up for sale. I wonder how difficult it would be to sell given its gigantic neighbor. What do you think, would you have to knock $25k off your preferred asking price? I'd love to hear the real estate agent make the pitch to prospective buyers. I'd imagine it would go something like this: It is a beautiful house in the sizzling Petworth neighborhood and luxury condos are going up right next door...

House of the week

This house is a beaut located on Taylor near Georgia Ave. It has nice landscaping, a nice porch and cool windows.

Petworth way back in the day

Randolph Street, Petworth, originally uploaded by rockcreek.

Thanks to Sean for the heads up. "RockCreek" has found some really cool old pictures of DC. This one of course is our very own Randolph Street. Pretty Sweet.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Lunch anyone?

Nope this is not taken from sunny California like the picture below. This was taken at Morgan's Seafood on Georgia and Kenyon in our very own neighborhood of Park View. Much more to follow on this neat neighborhood find.

If only Petworth had a beach...

California dreamin, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Statement from Director of Central Mission Homeless Shelter?

I saw this on the Petworth Yahoo group, allegedly said by a Director of the homeless shelter coming to Georgia Ave. If true this is totally hilarious. It is from the site Mission D.C. Facts. Can anyone verify this quote? Did anyone go to this meeting? The Web site reports:

"Barfonce Britton Baldwin, Senior Director of Central Union Mission was on hand to answer area resident’s questions at a June 13, 2007 neighborhood meeting regarding the men’s homeless shelter’s desired move to Georgia Avenue. One young female resident who had unknowingly recently purchased her first home across from the proposed location of the mega-shelter asked Baldwin how she would feel if she were in the same situation.
Barfonce replied, “I understand. If the Mission tried to move into my neighborhood, I would oppose it too.”

Friday question of the day

As I've stated earlier I have been coveting the washer/dryer that friends of mine recently bought. I've also been coveting many of the renovations I've seen around Petworth. Don't get me wrong, I love my house but sometimes it gets frustrating when it is nearly 1000 degrees Celsius and walls seem to be literally cracking up (see photo below). Do you remember when we all received those big home inspections before we bought our homes? Well, mine was about as thick as Volume T from the World Book Encyclopedia. Remember the World Book Encyclopedia? I think I wrote every school report from 2nd to 9th grade based on them. So whenever anyone asks you, what did kids do before the internet and google, well the answer is all World Book. I digress. Sorry, I've been drinking. So my question of the week is: if you are not rolling in cash how do you know when to make renovations to your house? And I mean optional renovations like a new kitchen or new electrical wiring...

Uh-oh my house is breaking in two

wall crack, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I'm not sure if this will show up properly in the photo but I have recently seen a gigantic crack in my living room wall. Advice please!

PoP air travel tip #2

Sorry, I've been traveling so indulge me with an aside. Ok, from the age of the 13 to 23 every time I flew I would sit down and pray for a hot girl to sit next to me. It was a dream that never materialized. I say this because it is a marked contrast to what I pray for when I fly today. Now, when I take my seat all I think is: "dear lord, please don't let an obese person sit next to me." I know this is a terrible thought but it is true, I absolutely dread the thought. So I was delighted when a normal lady sat next to me. But it was no dream, which leads me to travel tip #2. If you have a window seat, don't drink 8 gallons of water before a five hour flight. I expect to get up once or twice but c'mon 10 times in one flight.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tips for newcomers

I have recently been contacted by a number of new folks who are moving into the neighborhood. They have requested some tips from me as well as from you guys based on our experiences. So I'll take first crack then you the readers should post your advice that you wish you had received before moving to the neighborhood.

Back in the day I posted my top 10 reasons I love Petworth. That all still applies. First of all congratulations to you all. You have made a truly smart decision. So my advice to new Petworth residents is as follows:

1. Go to Domku and Temperance Hall. They are fantastic restaurant/bars that are wonderful additions to the neighborhood. Domku located on the 800 block of Upshur is a wonderful place to get brunch, dinner or just a cup of coffee. Domku also offers free Wifi for your internet needs. Also, it now has outdoor seating which is quite pleasant. Temperance Hall is the perfect place to get a bite to eat and a beer after work. The atmosphere is terrific and there are tons of locals who are regulars and the bartenders are the best. Temperance also has a fantastic back deck. It is located on Georgia Ave, just south of the metro, the cross street is Princeton.

2. Introduce yourself to your neighbors on the whole block. People in Petworth are among the nicest I have ever met in my ten years here in DC. It is essential that you integrate into the block. But you have to take the initiative. Don't simply hide in your homes. Make the effort to say hello to all the new faces you encounter. 9 times out of 10 you will be greeted with kindness and ultimately friendship. The people are by far one of the biggest benefits of the neighborhood. Here in Petworth neighbors gladly and always watch each other's backs.

3. Take advantage of our proximity to Columbia Heights and U Street. Petworth is a wonderful neighborhood but it is still developing. You are not going to find every store that you desire. Columbia Heights has the terrific Giant supermarket on Park Road. I highly recommend it. There is also a terrific coffee shop in Columbia Heights on 11th and Park aptly called Columbia Heights Coffee. Columbia Heights is also home to Wonderland Ballroom on 11th and Kenyon which is one of the greatest bars in the city with an outdoor beer garden. Of course everyone knows the Target and other development is coming to CH. So take advantage of it.

4. Realize that you are not moving to Cleveland Park or Georgetown. And for the most part that is a good thing. But there are also some negative aspects. One, which I often complain about, is the garbage. You are going to encounter garbage on the streets. This will not change. But you can do something about it. Always keep the area in front of your house clean. If it means picking up garbage every morning, then pick up garbage every morning. If many people do this we will make a dent.

5. Get to know your local ANC representative. 9 times out of 10 they are fantastic. Talk to them about your neighborhood questions and concerns. They are very responsive.

6. Crime exists but it is not as bad as the press makes it seem. Everyone has there own comfort level. You will learn yours based on your own experiences and your own walks around the neighborhood. Certain crime issues affect people differently depending upon what block they live on. There is drug dealing in Petworth. But for the most part, this will not affect you. If you see it happening call 311 and register a complaint with the police. Occasional there is violence between gangs especially in the Summer. But this usually occurs late at night. So my advice to folks is don't walk around the neighborhood after midnight. Obviously, you all will have your own comfort level. Personally, I don't walk home from the metro after 10 pm during the week. I know folks who don't walk home after 8 pm but I also know folks who walk home at all hours of the night without incident. So you'll have determine your own comfort level. But again, if you encounter issues don't hesitate to call 311 or 911 in an emergency. By in large I think crime is a far bigger problem in Adams Morgan than it is in Petworth.

7. Plant flowers in front of your house. It adds to the overall beauty of the neighborhood and as you are working outside you'll have more opportunities to meet your neighbors.

8. Try all the new local businesses as they open. Lots of development is coming to Petworth. We have had to new Latino restaurants open: El Limeno and El Torgoroz. Check em out, they are delicious. El Limeno is on Upshur across from another local bar called the Hitching Post across from the Old Soldiers home. El Torgoroz is around the corner from Domku. I'll be updating you with new ones as they open.

9. Some days are better than others. Realize that some days you will encounter lots of garbage, lots of kids yelling, and maybe read about some crime. Other days, you will see beautiful flowers, talk to interesting neighbors, and have a great drink at one of the local haunts. Not every day is the same. Remember the positive and don't stew on the negative ones.

10. Send me your tips and questions. I am constantly updating PoP and your experiences are helpful to others. So share them with me. Please. Don't hesitate to contact me with specific questions at

So now it is your turn. What advice do you have about living in Petworth? What have I left out? Flip it bakery? Colorado Kitchen?

Isn't this rather obvious?

I saw this on the door of a bodega across the street from Wonderland. Well if my gun is not welcome then I'll take my business elsewhere thank you very much.

Care to speculate? Volume one

Welcome to another new feature here at the PoP. I'm going to feature photos of a number of new stores/businesses that are coming to the neighborhood and we are going to speculate as to what type of business is coming. Volume one features a storefront on Georgia Ave, a few stores down from Temperance Hall. The windows and doors seem to be brand new and I am encouraged by the brown paper covering the windows, which usually signals construction inside, as opposed to just being plain old boarded up. So does anyone know what is coming? Care to speculate?

Kilroy don't kill the PoP Part 2

Back in January we had a discussion about Kilroy Cleaners. At the time there was a split between people who were fed up with Kilroy cleaners on Upshur St. and those who wanted to continue supporting them as they are a local neighborhood business. Well, I have noticed on the Petworth Yahoo group that not much has changed. Apparently the service is still terrible. Now, I am dreading dropping off my dry cleaning. It has been since January though so that is not a bad run for avoiding the dry cleaners. Anyway, my question is: clearly their service is terrible and many people have complained, so how come nothing has changed? This, to me, seems like rule number one in running a small business, placate your customers. Didn't they used to teach - "the customer is always right"? So what the hell is going on here? Recommendations for a good alternative dry cleaner are accepted. I think I may try the new place across from the Giant grocery store.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Progress at RedRocks Pizzeria

RedRocks Pizzeria sign, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Well, the sign has gone up and it looks awesome. Now it is important that when you say Pizzeria you pronounce it "Pitz-ah-ree-ah", it has a real nice ring to it when you say it that way. I've sent out some feelers to my sources to find out when it will finally open but then I realized that I don't have sources. Sorry, I've been drinking. Anyway, it looks great and I can't wait to dig into that first piece of pitzah.

Son of a...

Dirty alley, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This is the alley taken a week after our big clean up. It is absolutely filthy. I dare say it is dirtier now than before we cleaned it. WTF? I hope there is a special place in hell for...alright It's not that bad but it sure pisses me off. For real, you got to be kidding me. Is there no decency left? So what do you think: Is it even worth cleaning the alley if it is just going to get super filthy within the week of cleaning it?

Support a fellow Petworthian musician playing at Wonderland!

beard2, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I can't vouch for the music but it sounds pretty damn cool. A member of the band, Patrick, writes:

Formed in the dismal and rainy spring of 2007, Ra Ra Rasputin refuse to be bound by the conventions and parochial scene standards that have trapped so many groups in a corner. Rather than stick to one style or sound, Anna, Brock, Ken and Patrick are taking a more adventurous path. You know, a little post-punk scratchiness here, some folkie moaning there, a little Afro-Cuban funkiness and just the right hint of pop friendliness. Armed with a keen sense of style and poise, Ra Ra Rasputin hope to remind Washingtonians that seeing a band play is a novel and exciting experience.
Besides, it beats sitting around at another second rate DJ night, doesn't it?

The Husbands are a punk-folk duo that write songs in the spirit of shoegaze and neo-psychadelic bands of yesteryear. Some similar bands are: Beat Happening, Mazzy Star, Lou Reed and the Velvets, the Primitives, Velocity Girl.
They are Haley Baptiste and Andrew Bucket. Their first E.P is called Shoes and it cost absolutely nothing to record.


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Neat Neighborhood Finds: Volume One

Mom and Pop Antiques, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Welcome to a new feature from PoP. Neat neighborhood finds will feature some less popular, and some lesser known neighborhood stores. Volume One is proud to feature Mom and Pop Antiques located on the corner of Otis and Georgia Ave. This is a fantastic store that looks a lot like a deranged person's house or at the very least someone with a very serious obsessive compulsive disorder. It is jam packed with every conceivable tshotke. As you can see from the photo, my favorite is the Cutty Sark lamp. They have everything from mirrors, to chairs, to cabinets, to records to you name it. It is fantastic and certainly worth checking out. If you have a neighborhood find that you think should be featured please email me at

New Hampshire and Upshur Renovation Watch

Great news from Wayan over at Metroblogging. Wayan, has seen a stop work order at the monstrosity going up at New Hampshire and Upshur. Good eye Wayan.

House of the week

Randolph St, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Beautiful renovation on Randolph Street.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Friday question of the day

I read in the Post that crime traditionally spikes in July. Having lived here for a number of years, I do hear many more gunshots in July but I don't necessarily think it impacts regular folk or let's say "civilians". But do get ready for a sweet fourth of July fireworks display. And I'm not talking down by the monument, I'm talking about on nearly every street corner in Petworth. It is going to be electric. But my Friday question of the week is: Are you concerned about rising crime rates in July? As a result will you be changing your normal routines at all i.e. walking around the neighborhood, walking back from the metro at night etc.? Or is it business as usual, crime rates be damned?

Breakfast for mosquitos

No I have not contracted small pox or the plague. This is my arm after 15 minutes watering my garden this morning. Boy, were the mosquitos thankful for this mistake. Be warned.

Is Gambling a problem in Petworth?

Gambling Man, originally uploaded by Catfunt.

Good lord, I know this is going to get me in trouble but I observe, that is what I do. Anyway, I've been frequenting "Bless 7 to 9 Market" on 5th and Sherman and something struck me that wasn't related to the food and beverage selection. By the by, they continue to stock 2% milk which is fantastic. Anyway, almost every time I visit there is a customer in front of me purchasing large numbers of lottery tickets. And by large I mean over 10 bucks worth. And, I just have to say it seems crazy to me. And then I talked it over with a friend who mentioned the history of running numbers in the city. So I looked it up on Wikipedia, which said:

"The Numbers Game or Policy Racket is an illegal lottery played mostly in poor neighborhoods in U.S. cities, wherein the bettor attempts to pick three or four digits to match those that will be randomly drawn the following day. The gambler places his or her bet with a bookie at a tavern, or other semi-private place that acts as a betting parlor. A runner carries the money and betting slips between the betting parlors and the headquarters, called a "numbers bank" or "policy bank". The name "policy" is from a similarity to cheap insurance, both seen as a gamble on the future. "

So I wonder if the frequent lottery playing is a legacy of running numbers in Petworth? Does anyone know if they ran numbers in Petworth back in the day? Do you think there is any connection at all?

Garden store at 14th and S St., NW

Garden store, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Does anyone go here? I often walk by it but I imagine it is way more expensive than Home Depot.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Sex Party in Petworth?

This is either really good news or really bad news depending on your perspective. Thanks to the tipster who emailed me this message, I am forever in your debt. Despite the grammatical errors, can this be for real? Mom, for the love of God, please stop reading. Now, I don't like to judge but you have to admit $5 does seem like a very reasonable price given all the sex plus free mixed drinks! I have redacted the message a bit in case it is a hoax. Below you can find the message from the Petworth listserve:

"Hello you all,

Someone told me about this "sex party". I was able to get on their mailing list. Apparently, this Mike Mike person has these parties at a few diffenent places in DC. Is this not against the law? I mean, unprotected sex parties is certainly a public health issue. How do I stop this from happening?

Parkview/Petworth Resident

Host: Mike Mike

When: Wednesday, June 6, 9:00pm
Phone: xxx-xxx-xxxx

"RAW Fxxx FEST 07" $5 Wednesday

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I'm going to reveal a dirty secret

Mouse hunt #1, originally uploaded by mcentellas.

I was reading in Washington Post's Sleuth's column about a massive surge in the rat population on Capitol Hill as a result of Eastern Market burning down thus causing a rat exodus of massive proportions. Well, it got me thinking about my own little problem in Petworth. Thank God it is not a rat problem but the rat's slightly less ugly cousin the mouse. I've heard, as a result of our close proximity to the Old Soldier's Home, many houses are afflicted with this plague. I had been in denial for quite a while.

A quick side note. When I lived in an apartment in Cleveland Park, right next to the zoo, I was once visited by a four legged creature. I woke up one night hearing a terrible rustling. It was so loud that it woke me from a dead sleep. When my eyes could finally focus I realized it was a "baby squirrel". Or at least that is what I told my girlfriend at the time. In fact it was a rat. So I did what any insane person would do. I got dressed in my finest track suit, put on winter gloves and grabbed a huge pot from the kitchen and pursued the vermin. As you can surely guess I had gained a new roomate for the rest of my time in that apartment.

So you can imagine how upset I was at discovering a mouse. I didn't shriek, fortunately, I simply jumped up on my couch with a golf club ready to attack the intruder. Again, I was unsuccessful. So I laid out a bunch of traps and probably caught about three or four. But damn, these mice get smart. I had continued to see droppings but I couldn't catch anymore. So what did I do? Fortunately I did not attempt a track suit and cooking pot redux. I called a trapper who charged me about 300 bucks to tell me that they were coming from outside. Gee, thanks.

Now I should mention here that I am a dog person. But, I was pushed to my limit and I adopted a cat from the rescue league. Long story, less long, I haven't seen any more mice. That it is I haven't seen anymore mice dead or alive. But I did gain a nice pet. It is almost worth getting made fun of mercilessly by my friends.

So am I the only one who has/had mice? Maybe we can form a support group.

Try double parking in Greece!

BBC reports that "a Greek policeman has been arrested after allegedly shooting a man who had double-parked his car to buy breakfast." Petworthians would be in a lot of trouble if that ever caught on here. Ugh, I can't even joke about it, we have enough violence already. Another good find by DCist.

How'd you like to work in Columbia Heights?

WTOP asks: How would you like a zero commute?

An excerpt:
Jair Lynch, CEO of Jair Lynch Companies, received approval to build the 60,700 square-foot building, located on the corner of 14th Street and Florida Avenue in Northwest.

"We say very simply that you can work smarter, live better and own it all," Lynch says. "We recognize that there is a desperate need for live/work, flexible home spaces, and a place where we can have a zero commute."

To that I would add you can live/work and eat delicious Papusas all in one place.
Good find DCist.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Temperance Hall gets another great review from Washington CityPaper

They must be doing something right. Someone wrote an earlier comment that the service wasn't that good. Do other folks feel this way. Read the CityPaper article here.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Petworth Pride

Alley clean up, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This Saturday, thanks to the leadership of Kevin Hummons, one Petworth alley is clean and many neighbors got to experience the true meaning of community. At 10:45 am about 14 Petworth residents got together to clean up an alley between 4th St. and Illinois Ave. NW. Now, this was not a casual pick up a can and call it a day clean up. This was a mud in your face, grit in your teeth clean up of all clean ups. There was raking, bagging, shoveling, clipping, pruning and even a little laughter. Mind you, this was Saturday, which was about 90+ degrees in the shade. It was so hot, my wallet actually melted in my jeans. Melted. Ok, you may ask why was I wearing jeans in 90+ degree weather? Well, my legs are not very flattering in shorts but that is beside the point.

The beautiful thing was not that this alley got clean. Don't get me wrong that was a nice outcome but the beauty was watching neighbors come together. This group was truly representative of Petworth. There were old timers, new comers, white, black, men, women, and even a teenager. I know I hadn't met many of these neighbors before so it was such a pleasure to bond with them while working together towards cleaning up our community. It was hot and it was dirty but I had a smile on my face the whole rest of the day. So again, a big thank you to Kevin and all the neighbors who participated.

Beyond laziness

Today I drove by a car that was double parked in front of an empty spot. An empty spot! How lazy do you have to be not even to pull into a spot that is open? It never ceases to amaze.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Temperance Hall gets a great review in DCist!

Read the full review in DCist here.

Friday question of the day

zip car:flex car, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I know we have had the bus/metro debate before but I have recently noticed the prime spots zip car and flex car have on Upshur near Domku. So my question is does anyone use zip car or flex car? Which is better? I saw that zip car was represented by a nice Toyota corolla while flex had a slightly more stylish Toyota matrix. How did they get such a sweet permanent parking spot? I have to admit, as a driver, it upsets me when I'm looking for parking spots and these two prime spots are permanently taken.

Bonus question of the day: Is jaywalking a serious problem in Petworth? Now, I jaywalk like the best of them but the difference between me and other jaywalkers I see in Petworth is that I don't cross when I see cars, or if I see a car I run to get to the other side. I don't know how many times I've seen people jaywalking, as though they were perfectly in the right, and nonchalantly cross New Hampshire or Georgia Ave, cars be damned. First of all it seems quite dangerous. Second of all it is quite annoying for drivers. Is this behavior related to our notorious double parking problem?

St. Gabriel's

St. Gabriel's, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Just thought this was a nice picture of St. Gabriel's located on Grant Circle.