04/02/14 2:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user ARealSidler

“Dear PoPville,

Looking for the best Wifi lounges/places to work for those of us who are self-employed. I’m hoping to get away from the usual Coupe/Tryst routine.”

I vote for the courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery. Where are your favorite spots?

Side Note – Earlier this morning the NoMa BID announced:

“A brand-new, free outdoor WiFi network is also in the air and now available in many outdoor public spaces throughout the neighborhood. The first phase of this new service has been installed by the NoMa BID, and additional phases are planned. As the first neighborhood in Washington, D.C., to offer free outdoor WiFi, the NoMa BID is providing this interactive amenity to make NoMa even livelier.

To access the system, please select “NoMa Connected” from the list of wireless networks on your mobile device or laptop. Click the CLICK HERE box to agree to the Terms and Conditions. You’re connected!

Click here to view a map of existing WiFi service areas. Click here to view a map of proposed WiFi service areas. For more information and Frequently Asked Questions about the NoMa WiFi system, please visit www.nomabid.org/wifi.”

03/28/14 2:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user BrennaLM

We got another crazy parking ticket to deal with…

“Dear PoPville,

I got a parking ticket last week.

It has the wrong license plate # on it.

Should I pay it or should I just hope that there is no poor sap with the license # the officer wrote down who will have to deal with DMV to fight it?

Is there a way i can research whether there is an actual license with the one on the ticket?

It has a DU rather than a DC …”

03/26/14 2:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Nikoo’s Photos

“Dear PoPville,

Let me first acknowledge that I made a huge mistake, am taking full responsibility for it and reflecting on my actions. I had a stressful day last week and on my way back from Dulles Airport to pick up a family member, I was stopped by VA cops going 34 mph above the speed limit on the airport access road and they handed me a “reckless driving” citation with a court date. I have had my license for ten years and never had a speeding ticket. I believe I need to take a lawyer and was wondering if anybody had a good recommendation as well as any suggestion to try to limit the damage. Thanks for your help.”

03/25/14 2:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX

“Dear PoPville,

Please help me and my girlfriend resolve what has become our weekly struggle. Where can you get a half decent meal after midnight in this town? Not a stumbling-home-drunk-and-grabbing-jumbo-slice meal. No, no, I mean a real restaurant meal. We’re late night folks and frequently find ourselves just heading out for dinner after 11:30 or 12. We must be the only ones! Because even on bustling 14th/U, every restaurant seems to close its kitchen at 11 or 11:30. Our only option seems to be Satellite Room, which we love and frequent, but we’d like a few other options to throw into the rotation. Any ideas? We’ve search and searched but have come up empty.”

03/24/14 2:30pm


“Dear PoPville,

Big Starbucks news — they are apparently going to start serving alcohol in the evenings at some locations! Any rumors on what that might look like for DC?”

Bloomberg reported:

“Starbucks will expand its evening alcohol and light bites menu, which includes bacon-wrapped dates and Malbec wine, to thousands of stores, Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead said in a phone interview. The rollout will take several years, he said.”

Anyone hear specifics about DC? Would anyone drink a glass of Malbec at a Starbucks?

03/19/14 2:30pm

1 P St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Do you know what is being built on 1 P st NW. I walk by everyday on my way to work but I can’t understand what they are trying to build here. The permit information doesn’t say much.”


And down the block at North Capitol and P St, NW we have some more trompe l’oeil:


Anyone know if someone’s taken this lease too?


03/18/14 2:30pm


“Dear PoPville,

This was taken across from the Kaiser building on 2nd Street NE – it’s a new apartment building being constructed. Two of the pillars look very off. Maybe it’s intentional, but caught my eye…”

I think we talked about this once before on another building getting constructed – doesn’t it have to do with being able to bear more weight or something like that? Anyone remember?

03/18/14 12:30pm

St. Joseph's Day pastries

“Dear PoPville,

My family always celebrated St. Joseph’s Day on March 19th. The best part of this celebration was the St. Joseph’s Day pastries we had every year. All the local bakeries made them along with the supermarkets. They are puff pastries filled with cannoli or vanilla cream filling with powered sugar and a cherry on top. They were delicious and remind me of home. The problem is I can never seem to find them in DC. Does anyone know of a bakery that sells these wonderful pastries on the 19th?”

I’d check with Litteri’s in the old part of Union Market and at The Italian Store in Arlington. Anyone else know or have good guesses?

03/13/14 2:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user thisisbossi

“Dear PoPville,

Does DC have any laws for rental properties regarding how much windows have to open and air flow? I’ve recently moved into a studio that I love but I only have one opening window and it only opens a sliver. I barely get any moving air or temperature change.”

Interesting question – anyone know if there are any regulations for windows opening?

03/10/14 2:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user clif_burns

“Dear PoPville,

I’m a corporate 9-5′er in sales suffering from a quarter-life crisis and hoping to take my career in a new direction. I hate my job and need to take a year to re-evaluate and figure out what my next steps are.

I’m looking to get a job as a server or bartender at a decent restaurant in DC to get off my butt and into a job where I’m on my feet and not twiddling my thumbs all day. I have about 3 years of experience working in hotels in college, but that’s about it. Do any readers know of any restaurants or bars that are looking to hire/train servers or bartenders without serving experience ASAP?”