10/30/14 12:15pm

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Rendering courtesy DCPL

UPDATE: DCPL now says: “The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library may include the construction of additional space for complementary non-library using a public-private partnership.”

MLK Renovation Library Building Program October 2014

Last we heard back in February Martinez + Johnson and Mecanoo Architecture Selected to Renovate MLK Library – No Decision yet on if it “will be renovated as a stand-alone library or as a mixed-use building with additional floors”. Big update from DCPL:

“The DC Public Library has revised its space estimates for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation. The entire building, plus a fifth floor, will be used to offer District residents a renovated central library.

The increased library size incorporates input to the preliminary Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation designs released in May. Initial estimates called for between 200,000 to 250,000 square feet in the building to be used for library service.

More than 3,000 people shared their ideas on the Library’s online crowdsourcing portal https://dclibrary.ideascale.com/; at community meetings; through focus groups with teens, staff and other groups; and through comment cards. In addition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation Advisory Panel convened neighborhood meetings to answer questions and get ideas about the renovation.

The architects, working with Library officials, determined that more space would be needed in the building to accommodate many of the public’s ideas. The additional space will be used to provide new services including:

A welcoming and inviting entry to the library to address customer concerns about the entrance being unwelcoming and not giving clear direction to the upper floors.
A café and restaurant to accommodate people’s desire to enjoy meals and beverages in the library.
More rooms to address the desire to offer space for community meetings, author talks, performing arts, innovation, coworking and school field trips.
A larger space for children’s programming and books to address the larger number of children that visit the library regularly and for story times.
A larger teen space that accommodates requests for a variety of reading/studying places; informal meeting areas; lounge clusters with comfortable seating; and a digital media center.

The renovated library will also feature an additional floor with a rooftop terrace. This space will be used for reading and library programs.

While the space for library will increase, the space allocated for staff and support services will be redesigned and streamlined.

The location of services will be finalized as the renovation designs are further developed. To ensure the long-term viability of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the project may include the construction of additional space for complementary non-library using a public-private partnership.

For information on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation, including the Draft Library Building Program, visit the DC Library website at:http://dclibrary.org/mlkfuture”

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9th and G St, NW

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705 6th Street, NW

Sometimes I feel like people are just messing with me…

From a press release:

“Daikaya, the popular izakaya & ramen shop, owned by Partners Daisuke Utagawa, Yama Jewayni and Executive Chef/Partner Katsuya Fukushima, is excited to recognize Godzilla’s officialbirthday on November 3rd. The restaurant will be featuring Godzilla-inspired dishes and three specialty cocktails from Monday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 9th. Also, on November 3rd, guests dining at Daikaya will be able to view the popular Godzilla film beginning at 6 PM, and it will loop through the entire evening until closing time at 10 PM.

Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima’s monster birthday dishes are Gozira Karaage with marinated alligator lightly tossed in potato starch and deep fried and served with a fiery dipping sauce for $9, Bambi meets Godzilla “Tsukune” with grilled elk and pork meatballs dipped in yakitori sauce for $5, and Godzilla’s Pretty Cool a fire-breathing soft serve snickers ice cream with snickers pieces, doused with Japanese whiskey, and flamed for $4.

For the perfect pairing, newly appointed Beverage Director Jamie MacBain has created three cocktails for the birthday celebration: King of the Monsters, Nishi Yoshida “kintaro” shochu, Cocchi Americano, and Chinese five spice bitters served on a large ice cube with a grapefruit twist; Alpha Predator, Nikka Taketsuru 12 year old whisky, Cruzan black strap rum, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, and chocolate bitters served up with and orange twist, as well as Monster Zero-One, Choya Umeshu, Palo Cortado, Kiku Masamune taru sake and coriander bitters served up with a plum. Cocktails are priced at $11 each.”

10/30/14 11:15am

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3321 Connecticut Ave, NW

From Coppi’s facebook page T-10 days:

“BREAKING NEWS: We want to thank you all for your continued patience and support on this journey to re-opening Coppi’s Organic. This is a very exciting time and we are happy to finally share information with you that you’ve been asking for. Join us as we countdown the days for the Grand Re-Opening of Coppi’s Organic! On November 8, 2014, Coppi’s Organic will be opening its doors once again!”

10/30/14 10:45am

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Ed. Note: It has been noted that SoberRide doesn’t work for everyone. But they give a lot of rides so clearly it works for some.

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From an email:

“This Friday, October 31st, the nonprofit group, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), will launch RightRides DC, an innovative new program to provide free and safe rides home to women and LGBTQ-identifying individuals late at night.

RightRides DC — which comes following reports of sexual assault accusations against Uber and the DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) — seeks to help close what experts call the “safety gap.” The program’s need is evident in recent, national studies showing that  street harassment and public sexual harassment and assault disproportionately affect and limit the mobility of women and LGBT people. The program is made possible by a sponsorship from Zipcar.”

 

10/30/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  ekelly80

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

10/30/14 9:07am

From MPD:

“Shortly after 7pm [Wednesday], units received a call for a man down in the 1400 blk of Perry Place, NW. Upon arrival, an adult male was located suffering from apparent stab wounds. The male was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. This case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

Ed. Note: Last week an arrest was made in another stabbing homicide nearby at 14th and Meridian Pl, NW.

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10/29/14 10:22pm

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715 Euclid St, NW

The former J. Bell’s Wing House space on Euclid just west of Georgia Ave has reopened under new ownership as Wild Wings. Their website says:

“Wild Wings Started with the idea of serving the ultimate in chicken wings and providing an exceptional value, every day.

We’re the Wing Experts, and that means we keep the focus on wings. Our wings are cooked-to-order and served piping hot in your of choice flavors. Dedicated to a quality product, We treat the customer to the highest level of service while providing food that is always fresh and delicious !!!”

You can see their full menu here.

They opened a few weeks ago. Anyone happen to take a taste? I’m wondering how the wings compare to Kochix.