“Dear PoPville,

I walk by this gorgeous house every other day. I posted a pic of this house on Instagram and called this projection a cupola. My friend disagreed. We’re not sure what this architectural feature is called. If it is not a cupola what the Helen of Troy is it? Any historical significance? What’s the practical reason for this type of addition?”


This house is located at 309 Elm Street, Northwest. The listing says:



You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1 bath is going for $600,000.

207 Florida Avenue, NW

The placard posted out front says The Darkroom will be:

“A new retailer class ‘C’ Tavern with 90 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 144. Applicant has also requested an Entertainment Endorsement to include dancing.”

This is the former Aida sales and service store:



Right next door to the new DCity Smokehouse space coming soon. Updates on both fronts as they get closer to opening.

2nd and Florida Ave, NW

t st assault
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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two suspects in connection with a Kidnapping and First Degree Sexual Abuse offense that occurred in the 600 block of T Street, Northwest.

On Saturday, July 31, 2016, at approximately 12:00 am, while walking in the area of 600 T Street, Northwest, the victim was approached by two suspects. The suspects kidnapped the victim, and took her to the rear of the 3200 block of 28th Street, Southeast, where she was sexually assaulted.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect one is described as a black male, in his late twenties to early thirties in age, light complexion, low haircut, wearing a brown polo style shirt, blue jeans, and a hat.

Suspect two is described as a black male, in his late twenties to early thirties in age, dark complexion, low haircut, and plastic black oval shaped eyeglasses.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

langdon assault
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“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating three suspects in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault offense that occurred in the area of Montana and Saratoga Avenue, Northeast.

On Thursday, July 28, 2016, at approximately 8:00 am, while walking in the area of Montana Avenue, Northeast, the victim was abducted by three suspects. The suspects were last seen operating a dark colored SUV or van, where they drove the victim to an undisclosed location and sexually assaulted her.

The suspects are described as: (more…)

501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“As temperatures hit triple digits in DC, The Royal in LeDroit Park has introduced a new menu of boozy shaved ice cocktails to help Washingtonians beat the heat. Churned from the bar’s vintage Guatemalan ice shaver, four fruit-centric slushies refresh guests, taking creative inspiration from classics like the Negroni and sangria. And the restaurant’s new Executive Chef Anna Miller has revamped the morning and daytime menus for summer, introducing ceviches, grilled meats and other bright, seasonal fare.

courtesy The Royal

Bar Manager Lee Carrell has concocted four unique shaved ice cocktails for summer (ranging from a reasonable $8-$11) such as the Arctic Sunrise with vodka, lychee, Cappelletti and lime; the Tiki-inspired Trade Winds with dark rum, pineapple, lime and cinnamon; the house Sangria made with wine, brandy, fruit and spices. He’s also offering a Negronicello on special, a citrusy spin on the classic Negroni with Campari, Dolin Dry Vermouth and limoncello ($8). These will be available through summer. Classic cocktails are also available on shaved ice by request. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing to share a scary experience I had last night in Ledroit Park, both to warn the community of a dangerous individual and to thank the many neighbors that came to my rescue.

The TL;DR version is that last night in Ledroit Park on 4th St. NW between RI Ave. and Old Maple Ave., a man chased and attempted to assault me. Black male, maybe in his 30s, but I didn’t get a good look. Black t-shirt, black jeans, black bookbag. He ran away towards Florida Ave/RI Ave. and New Jersey and was seen swinging at others and attempting to knock over bikers. I do not know if he was apprehended, so please be aware and on the lookout!

Details of the incident are below:

I live in Bloomingdale and around 7:45pm (estimated, I’m not sure exactly) last night, Monday 6/27, I was walking my dog on 4th St. NW coming from Florida Ave./Rhode Island Ave. and walking toward Old Maple Ave. (Ledroit Market is on the corner). I saw this man approaching and he seemed a bit weary of my dog, who is a 70 lb. bull terrier. This happens sometimes as he’s kind of intimidating, and I make sure to keep my dog very close and give a friendly look to assure people he’s not going to bother them. As this man got close to us, he said, and I’m paraphrasing, “I’m going to kick your dog! You shouldn’t bring your dog around my neighborhood or I’ll kill it. Get the f*** out of here you b****.” It took a minute for me to even register what he was saying and I just tried to move out of his way and continue on. He then turned around and started to chase me with his arms out as if he was going to grab and/or punch me. He continued to scream that he was going to kill me and there were some racial undertones (“white devil bitch,” etc.). I don’t want to make this about that though, because this was a person who was either having a psychotic episode, a drug issue, or both. I started running and went into the middle of the street and saw that there was another man on the opposite side of the street and I was just hoping to flag him down or have a car stop. Anything to get away from the guy. (more…)

501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“The Royal is celebrating one year in LeDroit Park on Monday, June 27 with a day of festivities, specials and free icy treats to show its appreciation to the loyal customers, neighbors and community which has supported its first year in business.

The all-day coffee shop-cocktail bar-restaurant hybrid will give away free Cold Brew Ice Pops to guests, made from Counter Culture Coffee’s limited-release Cold Hearted coffee steeped for 10 hours, with a house cold brew syrup and milk (one per customer). (more…)

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Ed. Note: Yesterday we spoke about a an armed robbery in the 2300 block of First Street, NW.

A reader reports Monday:

“I don’t know the details but I was walking my kids down 2nd street and V in Bloomingdale around 11:30 today and a roofer walked over to his colleagues and said 2 men put a gun to his face and stole his wallet. He seemed oddly calm–maybe in shock. He called the police and they were still on site about an hour later. Sounds similar to the guys that did the same on 1st and V last month when the guys caught him and held him until police arrived. Perhaps targeting workers who may have cash from jobs? Not sure but scary either way.”

MPD reported:

“On Monday, June 13, 2016, at approximately 12:00 PM, three victims report while in the 2000 block of Flagler Place, NW they were approached by two suspects. Suspect one was armed with a silver handgun. The second suspect who was unarmed went through the victims pockets and obtained property from all three. The suspects fled on foot and were last seen getting into a green Honda Civic (older model) in the 2000 block of Elm St., NW.

Suspect Lookout: (more…)


This rental is located at 607 Florida Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Trendy 1 bedroom apt across from historic Howard Theater! Beautifully updated! Cozy floor plan, decorative fire place, kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, living room w/ bay windows & W/D. 2 blocks to Shaw Metro Station. Bus lines less than a block away. Quick walk to Howard University and Howard University Hospital. Restaurants, pubs, shops and nightlife at your fingertips! Pet friendly unit.”

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,650/Mo.