“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.”
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.
“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 (harlanturk.com) returned to Brooklyn, NY with aspirations of importing this ancient sport, and teamed up with Harry Rosenblum, owner of The Brooklyn Kitchen (thebrooklynkitchen.com), 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, (zentanrestaurant.com) 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…)
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…)
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.”
This house is located at 1304 Franklin Street, Northeast. The listing says:
“SUNDAY 8-14 1-4 OPEN HOUSE A wonderfully gracious home with a luxury feel. Brookland is where it’s at these days. Make this your own spacious oasis with a nicely landscaped yard and just minutes to downtown. Need a garage? There’s a sizable detached 2 car garage. A lot of attention to detail and quality finishes throughout help to make this a stellar place to call home.”
“I think I just heard at least 10 gunshots coming from the Franklin St and/or RIA Ave area. Its sounded very close. I don’t think it was fireworks. Very scary. Anyone else hear it?”
One resident responded confirming they also heard it and an additional resident wrote:
“My daughter and I had just rounded the corner of Franklin and 13th after going to the farmers market. We stopped on our porch because she had fallen asleep and minutes later we heard the shots on that corner–so close they had woken her up and she was crying. I grabbed her, abandoning our stroller and things, and went inside. I love our neighborhood but I have a hard time with the thought that she could have been killed by stray bullets on a nice afternoon walk.“
This unit is located at 3300 9th Street, Northeast. The listing says:
“1600 sq ft of unprecedented new construction in the most perfect Brookland location. 2 BLOCKS FROM BROOKLAND METRO, only 2-3 blocks from literally everything in Brookland–Monroe, 12th Street, Right Proper, Brookland’s Finest, Pint, Filter, MBT Trail. 3 huge bedrooms–master has double vanities, walk in closest. That wrap around couch & huge dining table you’ve been wanting won’t even fill it!”