This house is located at 1351 Otis Street, Northeast. The listing says:
“New Orleans comes to DC. Victorian cottage delicately renovated with special care in preserving the rich history and character of this delightful home. 33 windows, rich wood floors, large kitchen and divine wrap around porch .Extensive landscaped yard, wide open green space, mature gardens and a canopy of trees shading the brick patio.”
Bygone Brookland, written by Robert Malesky, takes a historical look at the neighborhood of Brookland and surrounding environs. Robert, a former producer for NPR, is the author of the photographic history The Catholic University of America for Arcadia Publishing.
It’s Homecoming weekend at The Catholic University of America, and it got me thinking about a previous homecoming, back when I was a student. I was a freshman in the prehistoric days of 1967, when fraternities and the Greek system were not as strong as they once had been. I and many of my friends were not much interested in joining a frat, but we did want to join in some of the traditional Homecoming activities, like building a float for the parade in the stadium. A small group of us managed to finagle permission to participate as Independents, so then we needed to build a float.
We decided that if we could get a big barrel, we could mount wheels on it, decorate it, and use that in the parade. So a couple of us went to the Heckman’s pickle factory, which nestled right against the railroad tracks at 811 Monroe Street (behind what is now the Byte Back house on 9th St.).
acob Heckman immigrated from Russia and started the Heckman Products Corporation in 1919. At first located on Rhode Island Avenue, Heckman’s moved to Brookland in 1941, and was the only pickle factory in DC. They supplied Giant, Safeway, and all the other local food stores with good, fresh pickles: Tiny-Tot Sweet Gherkins, Kosher Kukumbers, Cheese and Cracker pickles, Cocktail Onions and dozens of other types.
Inside the factory, the pungent aroma of vinegar and pickling spices could almost knock you over, but the ladies working the line weren’t bothered by it. Heckman’s didn’t manufacture the pickles in big vats as was the norm, instead preparing them in the small jars that would go on store shelves. At its peak Heckman’s was producing 100,000 bushels of pickles a year. It was a Brookland institution. After watching the production line for a while, we bought a barrel ($5, if I remember right), hosed it out in the back, then rolled it back to the dorm.
An aerial shot from the early 1960s that shows the Heckman factory.
Courtesy Catholic University of America Archives.
WMATA bought the property where the factory stood and in 1973 Heckman’s was forced to move as Metro needed to alter the track bed and shrink the lot in order to make way for the Brookland Metro stop. Heckman’s moved to Prince George’s County, and their ads continued to appear until the early 1980s when they seemed to disappear. But fortunately, Heckman’s is not entirely gone. Members of the Heckman family opened Heckman’s Delicatessen in Bethesda earlier this year. From all reports it’s one of the best Kosher delis in the area. I may have to go there for some pickles one of these days.
“One of DC’s most exciting new neighborhood restaurants, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen, celebrates the season with new Happy Hour offerings and special fall menu items. Opened in June, this Northeast eatery serves classic American fare, a selection of local and regional craft brews, and cocktails—as well as iced coffee—on draft in a smart, industrial-cool setting.
Renowned DC bar owners Tony Tomeldon of the Pug and John Solomon of Solly’s teamed up with Chef Shannan Troncoso, former Executive Chef of Matchbox Capitol Hill, earlier this summer to open their first dining destination. The trio has set out to create the ultimate neighborhood joint with Brookland’s Finest, welcoming families, professionals, students from nearby Catholic and Howard Universities, locals, fans and friends. Whether stopping by to catch the game at the bar on one of four flat-screen TVs, lunching with friends on the patio, or enjoying late-night bites in the dining room, Brookland’s Finest offers a simple, yet surprisingly sophisticated menu, celebrating local flavors and seasonal ingredients.
Happy Hour kicks off this week for both after work and late night gatherings. Available Monday through Thursday, 4 PM to 7 PM, the bar serves up select cocktails, beers and wines for $4, $5 and $6. The Late Night Happy Hour is also offered every night of the week from 11 PM until closing along with a limited Late Night menu. (more…)
“Found bolted to a parking sign post near the Brookland-CUA Metro (10th. St NE between Monroe and Newton Sts.) It appears to be a handmade collage wedged between two thick pieces of glass, then securely bolted to the sign. No indication as to who created it. If people see anything else like it anywhere, I’d love to know about it.”
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Featured Property: 1326 Hamlin St NE
Legal Subdivision: Brookland
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brookland
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Drvwy/Off Str Basement: Yes, unfinished Ownership: Fee Simple Original List Price: $450,000.
List Price at Contract: $450,000.
List Date: 8/29/2014
Days on Market: 16 Settled Sales Price: $440,000.
Seller Subsidy: $5,000.
Settlement Date: 10/3/14
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No
The Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC is located in the near NE quadrant of the city. With comparatively large lots, and detached bungalows, colonials, and farm style houses, Brookland has the character of an established suburb within the transportation matrix of the city. Commercial development is active in the area with the Monroe Street Market, and several new restaurants in the vicinity of village-like 12th Street NE.
There are currently a total of 10 active listings for single family houses in Brookland, ranging in list price from $135,000. (auction starting price) to $999,990. There have been a total of 36 settled sales of detached homes in the neighborhood since March 1, 2014. Settled sales prices ranged from $195,000. to $921,000.
The listing agent was Kymber Lovett-Menkiti of Keller Williams Capital Properties (per disclosure above, the same brokerage as the writer). John Bratton of Bratton Realty represented the buyer in this transaction.
“The Bozzuto Group, a Greenbelt, Md.-based real estate services company, today announced that health-conscious, quick-serve restaurant Hälsa will join Monroe Street Market. Monroe Street Market is a multi-phase, mixed-use development located on five city blocks in Washington, D.C., immediately adjacent to the Brookland-CUA Metro station, and across the street from Catholic University.
Largely inspired by owner Emily Gaines’s global travels and experience with nourishing traditions surrounding food and health, Washington, D.C.-based Hälsa will bring local and sustainably sourced food to a 1,500-square-foot location in Monroe Street Market’s Portland Flats building. Construction is underway and the restaurant is expected to open in late fall.
Hälsa’s menu will promote a diet based on in-season, all natural, nutrient dense foods. The restaurant will feature locally sourced ingredients from D.C. area based farms such as Tree and Leaf, Next Step Produce, Eco-Friendly Foods, and The Farm at Sunnyside.
Hälsa will offer a variety of nutritious, high quality food options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, six days a week. The menu will include: (more…)
“Request a class change from Retailer Class “C” Restaurant to Retailer Class “C” Tavern.”
A reader sends word after a bit of sleuthing that it: “does not look a change in ownership, just another change of restaurant type. I tried to peek inside, but didn’t see much. Bar is still in-tact, but all tables have been ripped out with quite a few wires hanging about (which would lead me to think they’re doing a decent gut-job.”
This house is located at 1405 Newton Street, Northeast. The listing says:
“Meticulously renovated and deeply loved Brookland Bungalow. From the house-wide, tree-top front porch to the stunningly renovated kitchen and on to the private backyard oasis, this house is THE ONE you’ve been waiting for. Come see for yourself at the first open house Sunday Oct 5th 1-4 pm. Full house video on Youtube”