“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…)

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Sexual Assault Unit seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect or suspects in connection with two Sexual Abuse offenses that occurred at the following:

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, in the Unit block of R Street, Northwest, at approximately 2:00 am, a suspect approached the victim from behind, digitally penetrated her with his fingers, and then fled the scene. (Second Degree Sexual Abuse)
The suspect is described as a black male with short hair in his mid-30s to 40s, about 5’7” to 5’11” tall, wearing a neutral colored jacket and jeans.

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in the Unit block of R Street, Northwest, at approximately 2:30 am, a suspect approached the victim from behind, groped her through her clothing, and then fled the scene. (Third Degree Sexual Abuse)
The suspect is described as a black male who was bald, in his late 20s to 30s, about 5’6’’ to 5’7’’ tall, wearing a white shirt.

The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating both offenses and attempting to determine if the offenses are connected.

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.”

This house is located at 126 Randolph Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great opportunity to own this spacious, renovated, 3-level, rowhome with basement apt unit in sought after Bloomingdale neighborhood! Home features historic character with contemporary design to include: hardwood and marble floors, custom kitchen, separate dining, 2 master suites, walk-in closets, fireplace, skylights, gated parking and more. Close to metro, bikeshare, shops/restaurants.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $875,000.


“I think my kitty Babs may have gotten out of my house Sunday. She’s super sweet and really friendly so if you see her I wouldn’t be surprised if she would come up and befriend you. She’s a bit larger than she is in this photo but looks basically the same. We live in Bloomingdale at Randolph Pl, so please contact me if you see her! [email protected] 317-626-9547”


Thanks to all who wrote in last night:

“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to pass along a pretty incredible story from tonight — at about 10:20 tonight we heard screams coming from the street (Randolph Pl) and within seconds a hoard of neighbors realized what was happening and came out of their houses to chase down and detain the thief until the police arrived. I can’t speak to whether it was at gunpoint or if there was also an assault, but the screams were absolutely glass shattering. Moral of this story: never underestimate your neighbors, and scream as loud as you can if ever in this situation.

Props to all of the neighbors who ran out in defense of someone they didn’t know! Makes me feel great about my neighborhood!”

From MPD:

“On May 12, 2016, at approximately 10:30PM, a Robbery occurred at 1st and Randolph Pl., NW Several citizens observed the victim being robbed. The citizens quickly took action and apprehended the suspect. As the citizens continued to hold the suspects they called 911. Units from the Fifth District responded and arrested the suspect.

This is an outstanding job by the citizens of the Fifth District and all should be commended for a job well done.


“I was just wondering if you would be able to help a friend out with a lost dog. Her Australian Shepard got out (he was up at Florida and North Capitol, but was last seen running up North Capitol toward the Capitol). He is young and a little apprehensive of people, so he will probably be hesitant to go to anyone, but any tips on his whereabouts would also be so appreciated! She is currently riding her bike around hoping to find him, but if anyone spots him she can be contacted at either [email protected] or [email protected]