08/24/16 2:41pm

From an email:

“The Department of General Services’ (DGS) Contract Services Unit responded to community requests to repair the broken equipment. It had been reported to DGS that children were being injured due to a broken plank on the fire truck. After evaluating the equipment, it was determined that the fire truck could not be repaired. In effort to err on the side of safety, the fire truck was disposed of by DGS to ensure there would be no further injury to children.

The decision to remove and dispose of the fire truck to protect children should have been communicated to community members who purchased the apparatus and to the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

DGS regrets both the lack of communication to the community – specifically to those who worked together to purchase the fire truck – and DPR of the removal and disposal of the play equipment.

DGS apologizes for the communication oversight and will replace the equipment with a new fire truck in the next six to eight weeks.”

1200 N Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1200 N Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Townhome style w/ balcony. 3 bedrooms & 2 baths 97 WalkScore! Close to shopping, Trader Joes, art scene, restaurants, bus lines & 3 Metros. Upgraded granite kitchen, stainless appliances, ceramic bath, & wood floors. Sunlit w/ large windows. Sauna, Roof deck & Fitness Center, Security and Great Staff onsite. Pets Allowed. Avail Now! EMAIL TO SEE. Bonus: 6 month parking. Actual unit pic vary”

rental mondrian

You can see more photos here but note “Actual unit pic vary”.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $4,220/Mo.

08/24/16 12:50pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joseph Leonardo

Been getting tons of queries about the Meridian Hill Park fountain status – here’s an update from the National Park Service:

“We had to turn off the fountain over the weekend while we worked to repair a water main pipe that burst last week.

We also discovered an electronic issue is causing the fountain not to function properly – it isn’t regulating the incoming water quite right, and the automatic mechanism that shuts the pump down isn’t working, so if we let the fountain run unattended, there’s a chance it could pump itself dry.

The good news is, the pump is running properly, and we can separate the upper section from the lower cascades, so we’ve turned off the upper section and are running the lower section during the day while we work on fixing the issue. You will probably see National Park Service staff and the fountain specialists we’ve brought in working on the fountain if you’re in the park. We hope to get the cascades up and running this week.

08/24/16 12:10pm

GDoN

This house is located at 3128 Birch Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“STUNNING 7BD, 6.5BA in HAWTHRONE! UNIQUE ECO Driveway! Amazing Gourmet Kitchen w/ OODLES of Storage, SS Appl & Granite Counter-tops. Spacious Family Rm w/ FP & Gleaming HW thruout Main & Upper Lvl. Spectacular Master w/ FP, Sitting Rm & SPA BA! & LL Au-pair/In-Law Suite. Expansive Multi-tiered Backyard, Perfect for a Pool or English Garden! Capital Title et al for Settlement.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 7 bed/6.5 bath is going for $1,500,000.

08/24/16 11:10am

tree down pub
1648 North Capitol St, NW

Remember that tree that went down in front of Pub and the People last week? You gotta see the video! Thanks to P&P for sending:

“Our server Walter nearly being decapitated by the tree last week. We’re updating training to tell all employees umbrellas aren’t worth risking their lives.”

Walt v. Tree (Bar Front)

Two more videos after the jump. (more…)

08/24/16 10:50am

Takorean
1301 U Street, NW, former U Street Cafe (and Mocha Hut, remember Mocha Hut?) next door to the recently opened upper crust pizzeria

From a press release:

“TaKorean, known for its combination of Korean inspired flavors with a Latin American twist, will open its fourth location in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC in the early spring of 2017.

Located at 1301 U Street NW, TaKorean will be situated in the heart of the historic U Street District. “The 14th and U Street area is home to so many of our customers,” says Mike Lenard, Founder and CEO. “We couldn’t have found a better place to continue growing the TaKorean brand.” (more…)