12/17/14 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

A Suspicious SUV Casing Neighborhood Vehicles:

“I wanted to report some seemingly suspicious activity to the Popville community. I live on Kennedy Street NW, and the following took place on the 1300 block around 2:30 AM last Sunday.

Realizing I’d left my phone in my car, I went to retrieve it. I brought along my super-duper heavy-duty flashlight, as I typically do if I have to go out to my car late at night.
On the south side of Kennedy Street, next to the bus stop, was an idling black Cadillac Escalade, a gigantic SUV. Although I think it had DC plates, I didn’t observe closely enough to be certain, and I didn’t think much of it. I went to my car, retrieved my phone, and started back to my building. As I walked along the north side of Kennedy, this SUV started slowly moving along the cars on the south side of the street.

I looked at the driver as they drove past me; I couldn’t see anything beyond them likely being a male with closely-cropped hair, but they were definitely scrutinizing something as they drove down the street (cars? street addresses?). When I returned to my building’s front door, the vehicle did a u-turn and started down the other side of the street, again moving very slowly. There was parking to be had, so I assume they were not looking for parking. I observed from inside the lobby that the SUV then parked in the bus zone in front of my building, and idled there.

I went up to the building’s roof deck to observe them for a bit. After they sat there for a few minutes, I decided to shine my flashlight on their vehicle. They did not visibly react. Then I shone it on cars and the sidewalk around the vehicle, and on Colorado west of 14th Street (it’s a very powerful light; you can’t even look at it directly), and let it rest again on the SUV in a really deliberate, obvious way. While I can’t know for sure that they were reacting to me, the second time I let the beam linger on the SUV, it took off in a hurry, driving west to 16th Street NW at maybe 35-40 mph, and then drove north.

So, maybe it was suspicious, or maybe I was just being a bit paranoid, but it seemed hinky to me. Maybe it was nothing, or perhaps they were casing cars, looking for an address, or even waiting for an employee of an escort service. I’ll also note that somebody entered my car on this same street earlier this fall, and I don’t know exactly how they did so. They went through my glove compartment, and didn’t appear to steal anything. As they always say, don’t leave anything in your car! Be vigilant!”

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12/17/14 1:25pm

Creme 2436 14th Street, NW
2436 14th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve got to ask if any in the community have anything good to offer about the somewhat-recently-relocated restaurant, Creme. I had very modestly moderate hopes when they opened that they might be a go-to neighborhood restaurant. But middling Yelp reviews, a nearly constantly empty restaurant (I walk/bike by multiple times a day and even at peak times it is often nearly completely empty), and a less-than-inviting decor have kept me away. Any fans out there? Or will UMD researchers discover it’s lackluster Yelp reviews are indeed indicative of an imminent demise?”

Ed. Note: It always seems crowded when I walk by during weekend brunch hours. You can see Creme’s menus here.

12/17/14 12:55pm

4980 Hillbrook Lane Northwest

This house is located at 4980 Hillbrook Lane, Northwest. The Listing says:

“Stunning 1941 Whitewash Brick Colonial on cul-de-sac w/over 6,000 SF of living space throughout 4 sun filled levels. Gracious Entertaining Floor Plan that walks out to Main Level deck overlooking impressive, almost 16,000 SF lot w/ Pool. 2 upper levels have 5 Large Bedroom Suites – 4 on 2nd Level. Lower Level has casual entertaining space, BR Suite, Laundry, & Workshop. Garage.”

You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/6.5 bath is listed at $2,295,000.

12/17/14 12:15pm

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1135 Okie Street, NE via One Eight Distilling

From a press release:

“One Eight Distilling – only the second distillery to open in Washington, D.C. since prohibition – will officially open its doors on Saturday, January 10, 2015, offering public tours, sampling, and spirit sales from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the distillery’s northeast D.C. facilities.

Customers will be invited for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at One Eight’s 7,500 square production space, and given the opportunity to sample and shop for bottles of District Made Vodka (a rye-based vodka with a smooth, clean flavor) and Rock Creek White Whiskey (a rye-forward un-aged whiskey with hints of spice and pepper). One Eight’s Ivy City Gin, named after the neighborhood where the distillery is located, will be released in subsequent weeks. (more…)

12/17/14 11:40am

From DC United:

Join us at 2:00 p.m. at Penn Social for a celebration of our new home at Buzzard Point.”

and

About D.C. United’s new stadium:

Where will the new stadium be located?
The new stadium will be located at Buzzard Point in Southwest, adjacent to Fort McNair, bounded by Half Street and Second Street SW, between R and T Streets.

When will the new stadium open? When will construction begin?
The groundbreaking and opening date are yet to be determined.

How many seats will be in the new stadium?
The new stadium will hold approximately 20,000 spectators.

Will the field be turf or grass?
The field surface will be natural grass.

How far away is the nearest Metro station from the new stadium?
.7 miles, a 12-minute walk

How close is the new stadium to National’s Park?
.3 miles, a 7-minute walk

What other events will be hosted at the new stadium?
International soccer, U.S. men’s and women’s national team matches, lacrosse, rugby, concerts, and college football, among others”

12/17/14 10:10am

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2801 8 Street, NE

Such an incredibly cool space begging for a bar. I’m very psyched to share this news from the owners of Wonderland (11th and Kenyon St, NW):

“Dew Drop Inn will have an American deli menu: sandwiches, soups, salads, bbq. And drinks. And a deck for trainspotting.”

If all goes well they plan on opening above Chocolate City Brewery (near the new Mess Hall) in late Spring/early Summer. Knock wood, knock wood! Stay tuned for tons of updates on this place because I’m beyond excited about the prospect.