07/21/14 1:20pm


@Andrew_Flick tweets us:

“Why is Meridian Hill Park sometimes called Malcom X Park?”

A question we’ve been debating for quite a long time. One commenter has said:

“From the Historic American Bldgs Survey: “The park is also known as Malcolm X Park, however, that name cannot be officially adopted because the name of a park with a presidential memorial [President James Buchanan] cannot be officially changed under federal regulations.”

The National Parks Service says:

“The park has had a long and varied history. In 1819, John Porter erected a mansion on the grounds and called it “Meridian Hill” because it was on the exact longitude of the original District of Columbia milestone marker, set down on April 15, 1791 at Jones Point, Virginia by Major Andrew Ellicott assisted by Benjamin Banneker, an African-American astronomer and mathematician. It was to this mansion that John Quincy Adams moved when he left the White House in 1829. At that time, the entire high ground surrounding the park was known as “Meridian Hill.”

Construction was begun in 1914, but it was not until 1936 that Meridian Hill reached the full status of a formal park. In 1933 the grounds were transferred to the National Park Service.”

In 2008 Washingtonian reported:

“A leader of the Black United Front began referring to the park in honor of the civil-rights leader on the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., says Simone Moffett, cultural-resource specialist for Rock Creek Park, the organization that deals with administrative issues for Meridian Hill. DC residents later voted for the name to be officially changed to Malcolm X. A bill to change the name was introduced to Congress in January 1970, says Moffett, but didn’t pass.”

So what do you guys call it, Meridian Hill, Malcolm, Malcolm X Park or Meridian Hill/Malcolm X park?

07/18/14 11:45am


Happy 2 year anniversary to KBC!

“We are excited to host our 2nd Anniversary Party! This year we will have 2 seatings. Our menu will include: Smoked suckling pigs, whole smoked goat, duck platter with Confit, breast bacon and pate. We will also serve a variety of sides plus deserts with surprise chef specials as a thank you to our customers! Each ticket will also get 3 drink tickets good for wine or beer.”

You can buy tickets to the 5-7:30pm Sunday seating here or the 8-10:30pm Sunday seating here

3410 11th Street, NW

Remember Acquario:

3410 11th Street, NW in 2012

07/17/14 11:20am

3100 14th Street, NW

This week’s prime scuttlebutt is likely to excite half and infuriate the other half. Ed. Note: It seems that most of the Columbia Heights/14th Street scuttlebutt I post has a similar division. Back in Dec. 2013 we learned that Lime Fresh abruptly closed their DC USA location in Columbia Heights (they still have a spot open in Chinatown.) Since the closure, lots of folks have been wondering who will take over the 14th Street space by Target. I’ve heard that a Chick Fil A is strongly considering coming to the space. Nothing in stone yet but I’m hearing it’s a very good possibility. Stay tuned.

14th Street looking north


“Dear PoPville,

A bunch of hipsters decided it was really cool to burn the American flag on the 4th of July.

It was around 7ish and the alley between Fairmont and Girard was in full party mode with loud music and BBQ. Then about 10 to 15 individuals, a mixed group with black and white in their late 20′s early 30′s came out on the deck over the garage with a flag upside down and then set it on fire. The property is a rental with constant change and the owner lives in New York.

The flag took a long time time to catch on fire and eventually caught the attention of the many parties going on in the alley. Many people started yelling at the flag burners. The flag burners then started shouting about US imperialism and suppression of the blacks. Somewhere in the yelling there was also comments from them about how bad Obama was. Eventually, the flag caught on fire and started blowing chunks of flames very close to the cable and electric wires. At this point I called 911.

Eventually 911 sent police over and at which point the flag burners went inside except for about two of them who then denied setting the flag on fire. Most of the neighbors came out and a rather heated argument ensured. I am not sure what occurred after but the flag burners went inside.

I am quite aware one allowed to burn the flag as freedom of speech. It was ironic that they decided to do it in the alleyway to incite the local crowd and then run in when the police came.”

07/15/14 1:30pm


“Dear PoPville,

There has been an abandoned car parked continuously in the 1200 block of Monroe Street NW for nearly four months, and I’ve been unable to get it towed. It was first ticketed in March 2014, and it’s been ticketed every Monday (for street sweeping violations) since then. The tickets just continue to pile up on the windshield. I submitted a 311 request in April to get the car towed, and I contacted Jim Graham’s constituent services in May for help getting in touch with DPW– both times I received no response.

I don’t understand how an abandoned car can sit in the middle of Columbia Heights (where parking is already at a premium) for four months. Any idea how to finally get this abandoned car out of the neighborhood? Thanks for any help you can provide!”

07/10/14 10:22pm


Big news from City Paper’s Jessica Sidman yesterday:

“Bangkok Golden chef and owner Seng Luangrath will open Thip Khao, a sister spot to her Falls Church Laotian restaurant, in Columbia Heights this September. Luangrath doesn’t want to reveal the exact address yet because another restaurant is still operating there.”

Check out Bangkok Golden’s menu here. Anyone ever try the Falls Church location?

So first, this sounds like awesome news. But second, I hope the restaurant it will replace is not a favorite. Any ideas of where in Columbia Heights it could realistically be coming to? You thinking 14th Street or 11th Street?

07/09/14 12:25pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

“Dear PoPville,

For some reason I’ve been lucky enough to be part of two attempted scams in the past month (I also wrote in about the hostile scammer at archives). I live at the corner of W Street NW and 11 Street NW and at about 9:00 pm a man knocked on my door claiming he was just at CVS and he left his keys there and needs a money to pay the locksmith. He claimed he was my neighbor and was even caring around a reusable shopping bag with stuff he said he bought from CVS. He kept saying “I’m your neighbor, I wouldn’t lie to you.” I didn’t recognize him from the neighborhood. After I said I’m sorry I don’t have money he promptly left. He was nicely dressed and polite, but I just couldn’t believe this. Especially since I’ve needed to call a locksmith and they do not demand cash before they open your door. Also, he was talking really fast, his eyes were rather large, and he kept chewing his bottom lip, so yeah. I’ll feel really bad if this was my neighbor but something tells me my intuition was correct here. We called the police and gave a description: black man, upper 40s, about 5’7″, short sleeve yellow plaid shirt, green dress pants.”

07/09/14 11:20am

3415 11th Street, NW

A reader sends word of this unfortunate incident yesterday:

“My laptop got snatched right out from under me while sitting outside at the Coupe this morning. I chased them down the street but they got away. It sucks. Tell your readers to watch themselves!

The folks at the Coupe were very nice, by the way. They provided their surveillance footage to the cops. A couple of folks living on 10th street came up and helped when they saw it happen, including one guy whose friend chased after the car with the guys who took my laptop. They were really nice, and went out of their way to be helpful. The whole thing happened right at the same time (I later found out) the power went out at the city’s communications center yesterday, so the cops were standing around with dead radios for about 15 minutes…”

Fire at Garfield Terrace in April 2014

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to warn people who walk/bike/drive or park along 2400 block of 11th Street NW, east side in front of Garfield Terrace Apartments.

Yesterday evening, 6:30pm, I witnessed several times pedestrians, bicyclist, and drivers going north on 11th st NW get peppered by fireworks thrown on them by a tenants from the balconies of Garfield Terrace. The main perpetrator was an African-American male, shirtless and wearing only flip-flops and grey jogging pants and he was lighting fireworks and throwing them down on unsuspecting victims and then dashing inside. He was doing this from 3rd floor balcony, closest intersection is 11th and Clifton St NW, and working with his young neighbors in adjacent balcony by throwing firecrackers simultaneously.

I also witness the same shirtless man bring out a child in diapers while doing this and I called 911 and gave them all the description and my information. I was with my son on the westside 11th st NW, sidewalk going uphill next to Cardozo HS., when I started to hear fireworks and I was disturbed to see a grown man involve children and even a small infant completely disregard anyone safety. Both MPD and Housing Police showed up but unless they witness they actions all they officers could do was patrol.”

Ed. Note: Previously we’ve had reports of rocks and bb guns being fired at cyclists on this section of 11th Street.