06/23/14 4:45pm


From the organizers:

“Adams Morgan Movie Nights concludes this Tuesday, [roughly 8:30pm or 1/2 hour after sunset], June 24th, at Marie Reed’s soccer field at 18th and California, NW, with the film that launched Wes Anderson’s career – Rushmore. And we’re doing something special for it –we’re encouraging film buffs on bikes (extra points for wearing prep school garb in honor of Rushmore) to meet at City Bikes’ Adams Morgan location at 6:30 pm this Tuesday to roll out on an hour long group ride (departs at 7pm) that ends at the Marie Reed soccer field at 18th and California, NW in time for the screening. As always, screenings start shortly after sunset. We’ll even have a bike valet on hand. 100 limited edition screen print bags (with our super cool poster logo on them) will be handed out by Meeps and Violet with some goodies in them (Tryst cookies, etc).”

06/21/14 8:51am

From MPD:

“The third district is investigating a shooting that occurred around 2 AM in the 2600 block of Mozart Pl., Northwest.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred near the intersection of Fuller Street and Mozart Place, Northwest.

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, at approximately 2:23 am, police officers from the Third District responded to a call for a shooting near the intersection of Fuller Street and Mozart Place, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in the 1600 block of Columbia Road, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The decedent was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to determine cause and manner of death.

The decedent has been identified as 27-year-old Luis E. Avila Melendez of Northwest, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

From @DCPoliceDept just after 3:30am:


06/18/14 10:55am


This note posted to the Adams Morgan Listserv made me very sad. Let’s keep our eyes peeled for this rug and get it back to the owners:

“Very early this morning, between 2 am and 7am, someone stole our Turkish rug from our back yard. I’d left it draped over the inside of our fence to air out. It was the first purchase my wife and I made after our wedding and, as such, has great sentimental value.

If you happen to see someone with it, trying to sell it or if you have any information about it. Please email us at givemyrugback(at)gmail(dot)com”


This rental is located at 1857 Mintwood Place, NW. The listing says:

“This beautiful renovated basement apartment is located on a quiet side street just off bustling Columbia Road in the heart of Adams Morgan.

Just steps from the nearest bus line with easy access to downtown and a short 10 minute walk to both Dupont and Woodley Park. This location really couldn\\\’t get any better!

The apartment itself has plenty of storage space (including a private hallway entrance) and new tile floors and carpet in the bedroom. The recessed, adjustable lighting adds a modern and romantic feel to the living space. Equipped with an electric oven, full-size dishwasher, and an in-unit washer and dryer, the kitchen really has it all.

A spacious bathroom and newly carpeted bedroom complete this beautiful apartment with lots of character. The large patio out back offers a wonderful private space to have parties or soak up some sun on your own. Wifi also reaches out back, enabling the patio to become your own outdoor office!

The unit is currently occupied but will be available for a one year lease starting July 1. We\\\’re hosting two open houses, so please come by and view the space for yourself! Wednesday, June 18 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.”

You can see some more photos here [Ed. Note: some of the photos loaded upside down but you can get the idea.]

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,775/Mo.

06/13/14 1:25pm


“Dear PoPville,

Not sure if any of your readers are aware of this “controversy,” but Bistro 18 seems to be in a bit of hot water with Lambda Legal and the DC Office of Human Rights. According to the story, a transgender patron was presented a receipt with “Gay Bitches” as the table number about a year ago. When confronted about the faux pas, the manager did the right thing by waiving the bill and fired the server on the spot, but they still got Lambda Legal involved and now have a case pending with the DC Office of Human Rights.

I think that this is a ridiculous action on both the part of the patron and Lambda Legal. Bistro 18 is an LGBT-friendly establishment that has hosted numerous fundraisers for the local community. Additionally, several of the staff members there are part of the LGBT community and it’s a shame that they will ultimately suffer because of the bad publicity. Since the complaint was filed, Lambda Legal even went so far as to incite a cyber-bullying campaign against Bistro 18, which has resulted in their Yelp score suffering with petty reviews from non-DC residents.

Here’s a good take on the incident from The Bilerico Project, a major LGBT Blog:

With LGBT activists and netizens constantly ready to retaliate against any perceived slight and conservative Christians regularly claiming that many businesses are unfairly attacked by activists, what responsibility does Lambda Legal have to ensure that they aren’t damaging a business’ reputation without reason? Should they be held responsible for any harm they cause the establishment – particularly if the bar is found innocent by the city’s human rights commission?

1842 California Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1842 California Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great 2 level unit near U St & 18th. Kitchen features ss appliances, granite counters, breakfast bar. Updated BAs, recessed lights. Walk in Closet. Washer & Dryer in unit. Nice outdoor patio. It shows very well & you will not disappointed. Once a Month MAID SERVICE included in rent! *App fee $45/person to PPM, 1st mo rent to Keller Williams w/ application. Security Deposit at Lease to owner.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,015/Mo.

06/10/14 9:30am


From the organizers:

“Adams Morgan Movie Nights continues tonight [roughly 8:30pm or 1/2 hour after sunset], June 10th, at Marie Reed’s soccer field at 18th and California, NW, with All the President’s Men. It’s been 40 years since a few intrepid Post reporters (played by Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford) helped expose the Watergate scandal that ousted a President, but the abuse of power theme of the film is as relevant as ever. It doesn’t get any more “Washington” than this political thriller that took home four Oscars and ranks in AFI’s top 100 films of all time list.

Rain date is next Tuesday the 17th and we’ll post cancellation info, should it be necessary, on AdamsMorganMovieNights.com by 4:30 pm.”

06/06/14 4:25pm

Rendering Courtesy Urban Pace

From a press release:

“In the heart of Adams Morgan, one of the most exciting neighborhoods of Washington, DC, Perseus Realty is developing The Adamo, a 34-unit luxury condominium with contemporary flair. Urban Pace, Washington’s leading condo sales and marketing firm, will begin presales in September.

In 2012, Perseus acquired the site at 1827 Adams Mill Road and began assembling design specialists who could bring the atheistic necessary for such a prominent location. Following demolition of an existing structure on the site, construction began in early April. The project is scheduled to deliver in May, 2015.

The building will include 8,500 square feet of ground-level retail space, which will include at least one new signature restaurant.

Perseus selected PGN Architects to design The Adamo. “PGN specializes in boutique-style projects, and every one of their buildings is distinct,” said Adam M. Peters, Executive Vice President, Perseus Realty. “This site has a trapezoidal floorplate, so special attention was needed to create proper unit layouts. In addition, we wanted each unit to have something special and I think those elements will be apparent when the building delivers.”

Alexandria, VA-based ADG is creating a vibrant interior combining new and different materials with timeless design. Inspired by the eclectic neighborhood, the lobby will feature sleek and modern built-in millwork, vibrant glass artwork by renowned artist Mindy Weisel, and custom light fixtures. The Adamo’s rooftop will have a grilling station and outdoor seating areas.

Unit finishes will include German-made hardwood floors, modern custom kitchen cabinetry from a Canadian millwork shop, quartz countertops, white and green glass backsplashes, and stainless steel appliances by Bosch and KitchenAid. Bathrooms will combine travertine-like porcelain tiles and textured linen tiles. Bathroom vanity cabinetry is designed to “float” on the wall.

The Adamo’s one and two-bedroom residences will be priced from the $400,000’s. There will be 27 underground parking spaces that can be leased by buyers or other neighborhood residents along with bike parking and storage units. Perseus named the development in memory of Mark Adamo, who served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Development.”

Calvert and Adams Mills Rd, NW

Side note: the restored mural is looking great again:


1855 Calvert Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1855 Calvert Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautiful sunny unit in Victorian CLIFFBOURNE. Windows in every room. Newer oak hardwood floors throughout. Renovated kitchen with spacious cabinets, newer SS steel appl.& granite counter-tops. Renovated Bath w/marble floors. Fabulous location, easy access to Adams Morgan, Metro, Parks, restaurants & nightlife. Laundry on each floor. Extra storage.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $2,300/Mo.

06/02/14 2:28pm

“Dear PoPville,

I am a concerned citizen and I wanted to share a disturbing incident that happened on Biltmore St in Adams Morgan between Saturday night and Sunday morning. A photo my roommate took is attached – I apologize for its graphic nature. Ed. Note: I’m not posting the photo but verify that it matches that account below.

It shows a robin, that had apparently been snared and tied to a tree. I have no idea if this happened after the poor thing expired and some sick person thought it would be funny or if a truly disturbed individual caught and tied the bird to the post to struggle until its ultimate demise. judging by the number of feathers and the way the string was wrapped around the tree I would guess it was the latter.

Some other neighbors on the street posted a note above bird that said the incident had been reported and that if anybody had any details about it to call animal control.

This is disgusting. I only wanted to share it with you all because you can get the word out to catch or at least prevent the sick person(s) who did this.”

In addition to 911 you can report animal cruelty cases to the Washington Humane Society Officers (202) 723-5730.

UPDATE from the Washington Humane Society:

“$3,000 REWARD

On Sunday, June 1, 2014, the Washington Humane Society was notified of a deceased robin that was tied by the neck to a tree with a piece of string at the corner of Biltmore St. and Cliffbourne Pl. NW DC.

The female robin was found with severe injuries to the body as well as around the neck where the string was tied. A necropsy of the body revealed that these injuries occurred while the bird was still alive and her death was a result of blunt trauma to the body and a dislocated neck. These injuries are consistent with the bird being swung/shaken/hit while tied to the string.

The Washington Humane Society is seeking the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty. The Washington Humane Society is offering a $3,000 reward that will be given to any person who provides such information.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Officer D’Eramo at the Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department:
(202) 723-5730″