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“Dear PoPville,

Some readers might be interested in the First Street Tunnel’s response to ongoing armed robberies in northern Bloomingdale. As I understand their message, they intend to make no changes in light of these assaults. I have contact McDuffie’s office to request further action.”

We are very sorry to learn of last evening’s robberies on Channing Street, Adams and First Streets. Most importantly, we are distressed to learn that your friend was a victim in one of these robberies.

DC Water and Skanska Jay Dee have been working with the Metropolitan Police Department throughout the construction of the First Street Tunnel. MPD has authority for policing the area and we work with them should they require access to our construction staging areas (CSA). In addition, we hired off-duty MPD officers to patrol the CSAs (20 hours per week), and have site security during all off hours, including weekends, at our jobsites and the Bryant Street Alternative Parking Area. Also, to improve security around the immediate vicinity of our work areas, we installed lights around the CSAs and mirrors to prevent pedestrian blind spots. However, our security guards are not authorized to make arrests or use force. If they see something suspicious, they report it to MPD. Similarly, concerns related to crime in the neighborhood should be directed to MPD.

Please know that your concerns about criminal behavior are deeply troubling to all of us and we continue to look to MPD for the safety and protection of the entire community.

via google maps

From MPD:

“Robbery Gun- 100 block of Adams St NW

On Tuesday, July 05, 2016, at approximately 11:00PM, the victim reports while walking on Adams Street NW, the suspect jumped in front of the victim armed with a silver handgun demanding his property. The suspect ordered the victim to disable his cell phone which the victim complied. The suspect fled with a second individual on foot eastbound on Adams Street NW.


Suspect 1: black male, 23-28 years of age, 6’1”, 170 lbs, dark skin tone wearing a black hoodie, black mask, dark sweatpants armed with a silver handgun.

Suspect 2: black male, 23-28 years of age, 5’9”, 150 lbs, dark skin tone wearing a black hoodie, dark pants and black headphones

Any persons with information regarding this crime may contact the Fifth District Detectives’ Office at 202-698-0260, or the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099.”


“Robbery Gun- 2300 block 1st ST NW

On Tuesday, July 05, 2016, at approximately 11:10PM, the victim reports while in the rear of the 2300 block of 1st Street NW, he was approached by a suspect armed with a silver handgun that demanded his phone. The victim complied and the suspect disabled the phone. The suspect was accompanied by a second suspect and both fled on foot northbound through the alley.


Suspect 1: black male, 20-29 years of age, 5’10”-6’2”, thin build, dark skin tone wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black mask, black pants armed with a silver handgun.

Suspect 2: black male, 20-29 years of age, wearing a black shirt and black pants

Any persons with information regarding this crime may contact the Fifth District Detectives’ Office at 202-698-0260, or the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099.”

2320 North Capitol Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2320 North Capitol Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“3-4 Bedroom house completely renovated in 2016 – ALL NEW appliances, paint, systems, etc. Hardwood floors, 3 bedrooms up with 2 bathrooms, possible bedroom area on loser level with half bath. Half bath on first floor, large deck, parking & interior garage in rear.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3-4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $3,800/Mo.

Lebowski Fest Flier

From an email:

“Lebowski Bash! @ The Pub and the People
1648 North Capitol Street, NW
When: Saturday, July 25th, starting at 5pm

Movie Character Costume Contest! (Winner gets a $50 gift certificate!)
$3 Oat Sodas (Coors Light Drafts)
$5 Jailbreak Feed the Monkey Hefeweizen
$6 White Russians with Tito’s Vodka”

Favorite Lebowski quote? Go!

“You’re not wrong Walter. You’re just an asshole.”

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From MPD:

In response to the multiple robberies in the 306/501 area in the past few weeks, the commanders of the Third District and Fifth District will be in attendance at the Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting tonight at 7pm at 160 U Street NW. We will be discussing the issues surrounding these crimes and some crime prevention strategies.”

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From MPD around 9pm:

“Robbery Gun at at 1st & Adams St. NW. LOF: 5 B/M’s, 17 to 19 years of age, S1, black hoodie, silver handgun, Suspect (2) black backpack”

around 10pm:


around 2:30am:

Armed Carjacking/2100 Flagler Pl NW/LOF 2 B/M’S THIN BUILD,5’6″-5’9″, ARMED WITH A SILVER GUN/VEHICLE RECOVERED”

Also in Trinidad a reader reported:

~15-20 shots fired, 1100 bl Queen St, NE at W Virginia Ave.”


“Dear PoPville,

My wife and I attended a Unified Scene Theater (Improv theater in Bloomingdale) show last Friday June 5 and proceeded to head to Washington Hospital Center after a quick stop at home, and had our (first) baby early on the morning on the 6th. I met the theater owner, Shawn, before the show and followed-up with him after the birth because we left half-way through the show and I wanted to let him know why!

Shawn and Kathy from the theater then sent us a very generous Amazon gift card and said we can come back for a free show. I was very touched by this. Having a baby is pretty overwhelming, and experiencing random acts of kindness from strangers goes a long way in helping us think “This is going to be OK!”.

This is a great example of the capacity of local businesses and neighbors to create community and connections through small acts, and I’d love for this story and Shawn and Kathy’s generosity to reach a broader audience. They are Unsung Heroes in my book!

NOTE that Shawn/Kathy sent on the Amazon gift card:

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“Dear PoPville,

Anyone know what happened on 1st St NW, just a few houses down from 1st and Bryant? There was just an ambulance on the block tending to a man who seemed to have some minor wounds on his arm. Police seemed to be walking up and down the block looking for someone. The ambulance left and now the man is being interviewed by a few cops and some men in business suits.”

From MPD:

“On Sunday, June 12, 2016, at approximately 10:40PM, the complainant reports while in the 2300 block of First Street NW he was approached by the suspect who was armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded the complainant’s property, in which the complainant complied by turning over his personal property. A second suspect demanded that they go for a walk when he demanded the complainant enter the password on his phone. The suspects fled on foot.

Lookout for the suspects: (more…)


Hipchickindc (aka Suzanne Des Marais) is an associate broker with Bediz Group, LLC at Keller Williams Capital Properties . Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system and/or Real Estate Business Intelligence (RBI). Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 55 Rhode Island Ave NW #2
Legal Subdivision: LeDroit Park
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Bloomingdale
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Driveway/Off Street Ownership: Condo
Monthy Condo Fee: $175.00 Square Footage: 1,784
Original List Price: $789,000.
List Price at Contract: $789,000.
List Date: 4/25/2016
Days on Market: 8
Settled Sales Price: $795,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settled Price per Square Foot (Adjusted for Parking Space): $434
Settlement Date: 06/03/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

The Bloomingdale neighborhood is located at the east edge of the NW quadrant of DC. Boundaries are defined by Florida Ave NW to the South, North Capitol Street to the East, Channing Street to the North (across from the McMillan Sand Filtration Development Site), and 2nd Street NW to the West.

In recent years, Bloomingdale has enthusiastically welcomed locally-owned restaurants and bars, including Red Hen, El Camino, Boundary Stone, Showtime, and several others. Besides the small pockets of commercial activity on Rhode Island Ave NW and North Capitol Street, Bloomingdale is comprised of primarily residential property and is known for its iconic Victorian row house architecture. (more…)