07/28/15 1:25pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

“Dear PoPville:

Saturday evening just before dark, something scared the bejeesus out of my cat, and he came barreling in from the walled garden behind our townhouse. I looked out and noticed two 20-something men looking down from the roof of my neighbor’s house. One of them spotted me and motioned for for me to be quiet. Hinkey.

I dialed my neighbor first (no answer) and then called 911 while my partner went to check out the situation. He saw a couple guys who looked similar to the ones on the roof (buzz cuts, really dirty hands) and followed them as they circled the block and then went down the alley that runs behind our houses. When he confronted them (brave) and asked what they were doing, they replied that they were “freerunning” which I later learned was a form of Parkour. Apparently, they play a game of hide-and-seek on rooftops and in alleys.

Such a bad idea. I live just a few houses from Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson, who has a 24-hour security detail. Of course, there are dozens of agents on similar details all around the neighborhood. In this case, the group got a minor lecture from a 50-something couple, but I shudder to think what the outcome would have been had they decided to climb up onto the secretary’s roof. My hunch is that an arrest or beat-down by the agents would have been the best possible outcome.

The police who responded (after the kids had bolted) said that freerunning is a thing. If you know someone who is taking part, they would be well advised to keep it at street level and off of private property.”

07/28/15 12:50pm

DC8703536 - Exterior (Front)

This unit is located at 3220 17th Street Northwest. The listing says:

“**1ST BROKERS 7/28 12-2PM** WOW! Stunningly handsome 2BR/2BA corner unit at the Argyle! Best of Mt. Pleasant w/ 14 windows (some w/ windowboxes), woodfloors thruout, granite/marble open Kitchen, marble/travertine Baths, great closets (MBR walk-in) & addt bsmt storage. Small bldg w/ low fee, onsite manager/super, AMAZING roofdeck, elevator, pets OK, solar energy & bike rack! OFFERS DUE 5PM WED”

DC8703536 - Interior (General)

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $549,900 ($319 monthly fee.)

07/28/15 12:25pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Scott

Thanks to all who sent emails about the Washington Business Journal’s article yesterday:

“Owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman have signed a lease for a 5,000-square-foot space at 1700 Columbia Road NW, the site of the former Ontario Theater.

Adams Morgan Hardware will join a [solidcore] Pilates studio that will open in September as well as a still undetermined restaurant.”

07/28/15 11:45am

2427 18th Street, NW

From an email:

“Ye olde Black Squirrel village welcomes wenches and princes alike to our Men in Tights Mead Day Renaissance Faire , Saturday, August 1st, starting at 12 noon.

Fasten up your corset, hitch up your tights, and go back in time to merry olde England.

Quench your thirst with a goblet of the finest mead; sate your appetite with a gigantic turkey leg, knave sandwich, or succulent steak-on-a-stake.

Test your skill at the ancient sport of cornhole or indulge in an Elizabethan drinking game.

The long celebrated European tradition of mead-making is experiencing a revival, right here in river city. Guests will be able to sample some of the finest modern mead, including those from:

♦ Charm City Meadery,
♦ Moonlight Meadery,
♦ B. Nektar Meadery, and
♦ Honey Grail Meadery.

A representative from locally based Honey Grail Meadery will be on hand to talk mead making and distribute samples of its Boudica’s Uprising Honey Mead.

Those who arrive dressed as a medieval maiden, Scottish lass, Crusader, or druid– or a kilt flashing in the manner of William Wallace–will receive 10 percent off their bill.

Go on, smite thy thirst”

07/28/15 11:15am

1539 7th Street, NW

Ed. Note: To properly share how excited folks are about this one – I’d say I got about fifty emails from folks forwarding this news. Normally when folks are excited I’ll get five. This could easily be the most eagerly anticipated (re)opening of 2016.

Also from the Washington Post (and also from Tom Brown, see previous post):

“Brown has signed a lease on a two-story building at 1539 Seventh St. NW, next to Ivy and Coney, and he plans to reopen the Passenger in February 2016.”



1021 7th Street, NW

07/28/15 10:45am


The Washington Post reported back in April:

“The menu will be “extensively based in classic cocktails and a smaller number of things we’ve come up with,” Brown says. His dream would be to have a “cocktail catalog” of 50 to 60 drinks, “but I know that could be overwhelming for people. I don’t know how to present that yet.”

Now we know how Brown got the name Left Door:


Genius!! Updates when they get closer to opening.

1345 S Street, NW

07/28/15 9:50am

via google maps

From MPD 3:04pm:

“On 07-27-15 at 1504 hrs Homicide (stabbing) 400 4th St. NW. S-1 and S-2 followed C-1 and pulled out knives and attacked him. Suspects fled w/b on foot in the 400 block of E St. NW. The victim was pronounced at Medstar.”

via google maps

and 3:48pm:

“On 07-27-15 at 1548 hrs Homicide (shooting) S-1 was found inside of 1360 1st St SW suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest. S-1 ran from the scene in unk direction. S-1 was pronounced.”