02/21/17 1:45pm

shoe shine
Photo by PoPville flickr user Andrew Pasko-Reader

“Does anyone know of any good shoe shine stands? I typically head down to Union Station where they do a good shine for about $10. But it’s a little bit of a hassle heading down there just for a quick shine. Was curious if others knew of any other options in the NW area. Thanks much!”

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02/21/17 1:00pm

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02/21/17 12:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Bossi

From a press release:

“Today, the ACLU of the District of Columbia filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Marshals Service (which conducts evictions in the District) for its abusive conduct during what should have been a routine eviction.

The complaint describes that on the morning of June 19, 2015, multiple U.S. Marshals stormed into Donya Williams’ home in Southeast D.C. with guns drawn, despite no information to indicate anyone in the apartment would pose a threat. Once inside, they went to Ms. Williams’s bedroom. The complaint recounts: “She called out that she was getting dressed and had no clothes on. Nonetheless, two Marshals burst into the bedroom. Ms. Williams was completely naked.” (more…)

02/21/17 12:00pm

208 Elm St NW

This house is located at 208 Elm Street, NW. OP writes:

“When the house was bought it was almost original. Like museum original, not what incredible charm original. Probably wouldn’t have been very comfortable to live in. Sat on the market for months and the renovation took over a year. They did an amazing job but the price is truly staggering!”

The MRIS listing says:

“Welcome to this meticulously renovated home, nestled on a beautiful lot, in the heart of LeDroit Park. The high-end finishes,modern design,top of the line appliances & superior attention to detail,make this gorgeous property a serene urban oasis. This stunning home offers 3 levels including an in-law suite with a separate front entrance, a charming front porch,and a private,fully fenced back yard.”


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This 5 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,675,000.

02/21/17 11:30am

Cherry Blossom PUB 3
“Flower Power” (Photo by Farrah Skeiky)

From a press release:

“After the massive success of the holiday-themed Miracle on 7th Street pop-up experience, Drink Company returns this Spring with the Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-up Bar), where James Beard Award-nominated Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th Street) and Southern Efficiency (1841 7th Street) will take on Japan with a cherry blossom-inspired transformation debuting Wednesday, March 1.

The two bars will roll out new decor and exclusive menus, inspired by Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful season. Draped in pink, Southern Efficiency will feature an origami crane chandelier and an impressive collection of maneki-neko, Japan’s world-famous lucky “waving cats” against a beautiful backdrop of cherry blossom art by iconic D.C. artist Maggie O’Neill. At Mockingbird Hill, nostalgia will reign supreme with an ode to the beloved Super Mario Bros., featuring an entire room dedicated to the Mushroom Kingdom and a special corner reserved for super villain King Koopa.

Cocktails and food from the creative direction of Senior Bar Manager Paul Taylor will follow the theme, too, including drinks like the “King Koopa Cup,” a mix of Japanese whiskey, Genmaicha “popcorn” tea and ginger syrup with a lemon “crown” and “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Smaller,” made with vodka, mandarin orange, pomelo and apricot soda. Classic Japanese bites like gyoza, seaweed salad and a katsu sandwich will also be on the menu, alongside Japanese sake, beer and whiskey offerings. In addition to the themed food and drinks, guests can expect a Mario Kart contest and bartenders wearing red caps and overalls for the duration of the Cherry Blossom PUB, which will stick around through April 15.

“Japan has always been a source of inspiration for me and, as a native Washingtonian, cherry blossom season is something we look forward to every year,” says owner Derek Brown. “This pop-up brings together some of my favorite things under one roof, including both classic cocktails and Mario nostalgia. Just imagine our Miracle on 7th Street pop-up with a mustache and horde of hand-waving, lucky cats.”

The Cherry Blossom PUB at Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency will be open March 1 through April 15, 5pm to 12:30am Sunday through Thursday and 5pm to 1:30am Friday and Saturday.”

Check out the menu after the jump. (more…)

02/21/17 11:00am


Thanks to a reader for sending Saturday night:

“I don’t know who this guy is, or why he was doing what he was doing…All I know is that as he bounded down the hill from the Washington Monument belting along with Bon Jovi carrying extra on his shoulders with the American flag waving triumphantly in the twilight as he wound his way around the reflecting pool towards Lincoln, there wasn’t a single person he passed who wasn’t taken out of their own mind for a few moments to look up and smile. We were all one–and I’m totally down with that cool.”

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02/21/17 10:10am

25 Potomac Ave, SE

Not a bad weekend for it! Thanks to a reader for sending the big Bardo news.


“750 seats. Beergarden. Brewery. Next to Nats stadium. On the river. The 2 acres at Bardo feature riverside seating outdoors, a designated dog park and hundreds of bicycle parking spaces.

After 5 years at our Trinidad location on Bladensburg Rd NE, we moved to Navy Yard.”