1711 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

We confirmed the scuttlebutt in October but it’s still hard to believe today is the last day for Dupont’s YMCA.

“The facility will close as a YMCA as of December 31, 2015.

The Y plans to utilize the proceeds from the sale of the YMCA National Capital facility to serve more region-wide residents and provide more volunteer and employment opportunities, thus increasing its impact in the region. In addition, proceeds from the sale will allow the Y to contribute to the revitalization of existing region-wide community/ neighborhood-based Ys, reinvest in programs and services that serve families (such as Youth Advocacy, Achievement Gap, Early Child Development and STEM), alleviate existing debt, and contribute to determining the feasibility of establishing another YMCA facility in Washington, DC.”

1612 U Street, NW

Thanks to Nicole for writing: “looks like new cycle place coming to Vida bldg where spa was.”

I also took a few photos over the weekend. Cycling studios are getting pretty strong on U Street – a SoulCycle just opened at 14th and U St, NW and of course Off Road Indoor Cycling has been open for a few years at 9th and U – though Ride DC did close at 14th and Florida.


looking east toward 16th – RIP Stetsons

214 D Street, SE courtesy Balance Gym

From a press release:

“Balance Gym is excited to announce it will open its fourth full service fitness facility in Washington, D.C., in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Balance Gym has signed a deal to assume management of the club that is currently operating as a Washington Sports Club, located at 214 D Street SE. On December 1, the doors will reopen as Balance Gym Capitol Hill. (more…)

1935 14th Street, NW

From an email:


Located on in the heart of the U Street Corridor on 14th Street, our new 56-bike studio has full locker rooms with showers, USB ports in the lockers, our awesome retail and an amazing instructor lineup all ready to rock those bikes with you. Our opening celebration starts Saturday 11/14 with a DJ, photo booth, juices, snacks and the rides you know and love.

SoulCycle combines a mental component of inspirational coaching with great music and a full-body workout on the bike. We offer a motivational rhythm-based ride, with one-of-a-kind playlists, in our candlelit studios. We promise, it feels like you’re partying in a healthy nightclub.”