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From Zagat:

“#2Brookland Pint

Publican John Andrade continues his conquest of the District’s brew scene with this rustic tavern near the Catholic University, which one-ups sister establishments Meridian Pint and Smoke & Barrel in the sustainability department by devoting the majority of its 24 taps to locally made beers. A huge lineup of large-format bottles complements the pours, and the menu of upscale pub fare will satisfy vegetarians and meat lovers alike.”

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716 Monroe Street, NE

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920 Girard Street, NE

Thanks to all who sent emails about the big news about Shaw’s Right Proper Brewing Company from DC Beer:

“Right Proper will open a brewery to serve both the restaurant and area accounts.”

On the Brookland listserv a resident writes:

“Right Proper Brewing Company ~~ is the new business.

Weekend tastings etc,!”

A reader of mine also hears there will be a tasting room. Stay tuned for updates when they get closer to opening.

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920 Girard rear

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Photo by PoPville flickr user washingtonydc

So maybe the book(store) isn’t dead after all…

From a press release:

“In a teaming of two great Washington community institutions, we’re pleased to announce that Politics and Prose will soon begin operating bookstores at Busboys and Poets restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This innovative business arrangement will unite P&P’s bookselling experience with Busboys and Poets’ track record of operating multi-use, food-and-event gathering spaces. Both enterprises share a deep commitment to building community, providing quality customer service, and promoting the public discussion of ideas, cultural issues, and current events.

The new business relationship will start with the opening of a Busboys and Poets in Brookland in December and extend to the launch of a Busboys and Poets in Takoma in January. P&P will operate the book sections in each of these locations. Later in 2015, P&P will assume responsibility for book operations already in existence at the Busboys and Poets restaurants in Hyattsville, Shirlington, and downtown Washington at 5th and K. The book operation at the Busboys and Poets at 14th and V in Washington will remain managed by Teaching for Change. (more…)

From MPD:

“This morning a 5D officer was patrolling in the vicinity of the 3800 block of 13th Street, NE, when an unknown subject struck the front driver’s side window of the vehicle with an axe.

The officer was injured and is recovering.

The unknown subject is described as a black male, 5’9, medium complexion and wearing a black jumpsuit.

Anyone with information is urged to call (202) 272-9099.”

UPDATE from Chief Cathy Lanier:

“By now, I am sure most of you have heard that we had an officer attacked by a person with an axe around 0300 this morning while patrolling in his marked police car. The attack occurred in the 1200 block of Quincy Street, NE in the Fifth Police District. Although the officer was injured in a scuffle with the suspect, he did not sustain injuries from the axe. At this time the suspect is still at large and there is no known motive for the attack. I want to thank all of the residents for their calls and emails of support for our officer. We are relieved that his injuries are not life threatening but we must now focus on finding the person responsible. As always, we need your help. Below is a description of the suspect and the last know clothing he was wearing. Please pass along any information that you may have to assist us in locating this suspect before anyone else gets hurt.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing dark-colored or black coveralls. Please contact The Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099 or send text tips to 50411 if you have any information that may lead us to this suspect.

Chief Lanier”

1351 Otis Street Northeast

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.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3 bath is going for $775,000.

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.).

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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.

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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.

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An aerial shot from the early 1960s that shows the Heckman factory.
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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.

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12th and Jackson Street, NE

From a press release:

“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…)

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Thanks to Mike Janssen for sending, he writes:

“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.”