I was excited to a report on the Brookland Listserv that a Change petition had reached 721 signatures. And they even have a Facebook page. But then I saw the page, Bring Whole Foods to Brookland, was started back in February of 2014. So they got stamina too! Think their persistence will pay off? Unfortunately I haven’t heard anymore scuttlebutt on this since July 2013.

The residents of Brookland deserve the fresh food and variety that Whole Foods offers. Currently, the only grocery options in Brookland are Giant and Yes! Organic. The quality of the food at the Giant is too low, and it’s not within walking distance of the core of Brookland. The Yes! Organic has a very small selection of produce and a virtually non-existent offering of meat, poultry, and fish. We need a central grocery store that has the healthy food and variety that will keep our husbands, wives, children and friends healthy and happy, without traveling to P Street or H Street.

Healthy foods help us avoid diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high blood pressure, gout, etc. Whole Foods’ excellent offering of healthy food makes it easier to eat healthy food, especially if it opens a location in the middle of our neighborhood.

Our neighborhood is growing exponentially; between the families, young professionals, long-time residents, and university students in the neighborhood, we have more than enough demand to satisfy Whole Foods.

Join me in asking Whole Foods to open a store in Brookland by signing the petition. We can do this!

3126 12th Street, NE at Jackson Street

From an email:

“Brookland’s Finest is hosting a Back to School happy hour on Sunday, September 11 for families, kids and neighbors. Throughout the happy hour, the restaurant will be offering drink specials and providing kid-friendly outdoor activities, including sidewalk chalk, coloring books and bubbles. Special door prizes including gift cards for a free cocktail, dessert, kid’s meal and more, will also be up for grabs for happy hour guests. The activities and drink specials, which include $4 rail drinks, $5 draft beers and $6 glasses of house red and white wine, will be available on the patio only from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.”

via google maps

A reader passes on from Alert DC:

“Alert: KIDNAPPING at 2227hrs in the 1800 BLK OF OTIS ST. NE . Lookout for 2 B/M’S AND A B/F IN A WHITE VEHICLE”


“The Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services has been in contact with Metropolitan Police Department regarding a kidnapping and robbery that occurred near the 1800 BLK OF OTIS ST. N.E.

We ask that if anyone has any information related to this incident that they please contact the Metropolitan Police Department’s tip-line at 202-727-9099 or by text at 50411.”


Thanks to a reader for sending word about 1230 Quincy St NE this 8 bed/6 bath sold for $1,483,000 on August 30th.


“Think this is a record high price for Brookland”

Brookland’s Best! HUGE! Real Luxury. Unmatched attention to detail. Sub-Zero, Wolf Range Kitchen with walls of cabinets, Huge living space, with fireplace, walls of windows! Plenty of room, even the in-laws! Master bedroom, dual vanity bath, massive walk-in closet, balcony. Roof-top deck. 2bed/2bath in-law suite. Yard for pool, tennis courts, and room to spare. Video tour on YouTube.

Last month we we ogled this one that sold for a mere $1,195,000.

SUMO STEW collage
Photo credit: Max Flatow

From a press release:

“SUMO STEW (#SUMOSTEW) takes its show on the road for it’s ninth round, to be held in Washington, DC, at Right Proper Brewery’s Production House + Tasting Room in Brookland (920 Girard St NE). Inspired by a trip to Japan, photographer Michael Harlan Turkell ( returned to Brooklyn, NY with aspirations of importing this ancient sport, and teamed up with Harry Rosenblum, owner of The Brooklyn Kitchen (, a wonderfully multi-faceted cooking store and center for culinary education. The two created a series based around plentiful bowls of chankonabe, the “sumo stew” wrestlers prepare and eat before matches. The hearty broth is loaded with fortifying protein and vegetables. This, paired with a live stream from Japan of the bimonthly grand tournaments, makes for a lively event, which brings hungry first time and long-standing sumo fans ringside.

This round of SUMO STEW will feature a miso sesame dashi based chankonabe with tsukune (chicken and pork meatballs), shrimp, salmon, Napa cabbage, and mushrooms, made by Chef Yo Matsuzaki of Zentan, ( in the Kimpton Donovan Hotel.

Every guest will also get a special bento box, composed of Japanese-inspired dishes from top local restaurants, including (subject to change): (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Last November, I saw a posting on your blog for new townhome style condos in Brookland being developed by Lock7. Shortly after, I took a trip to the Brooks Row construction site and visited Urban Pace’s sales office. By the end of the month, I had a ratified contract. One of the conditions was for my then-current condo to be under contract to be sold by Feb. 15th (this was later pushed back to March 30th).

At the time, I was told construction would be completed “late March/early April,” which was consistent with your blog post: “…scheduled to deliver early next spring.” The major snow storms we had pushed completion until “mid-May.” On April 17th, they hosted an open house for only one of the 22 units. That day, purchasers were still being told the project would be completed by “mid-May,” despite the fact that even the home that was “finished” was in reality very far off from being done. Two days later, my realtor told me he heard form Urban Pace and construction was then pushed back to “early June.”

On May 20, after weeks of privately expressing concerns about the construction progress with my realtor, I finally emailed Urban Pace looking for answers as to why every time I went to the site it appeared as though nothing was being accomplished. In that email, I explained to Urban Pace that I had to be out of my condo (it was under contract) by June 30. They then blamed the record amounts of rain we received as an excuse. Early that month, my realtor and I toured my unit. At that time the target for completion was “end of July/early August.”

On July 1, I moved into a temporary apartment with my dog (Lock7 is subsidizing less than a quarter of the rent costs). That weekend, frustrated with the move and the living situation, I sent another email to Urban Pace. On July 5, the response was, “With regards to construction Lock 7 told me today it would be complete end of the month, potentially early August. We need C of O after that, so settlements hopefully should take place in August once we have the final permits.” (more…)

3419 20th Street Northeast

This house is located at 3419 20th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Wonderfully maintained classic Traditional Home with large front porch. This home has many of its original woodwork throughout as well as superbly maintained Wood Floors throughout. The closed in porch makes for the perfect sunroom or office and the large family room addition is something you will not find in other homes of this era. Off street parking in rear. This is simply a must see home.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $550,000.