“Dear PoPville,

On Sunday 9/14 at approx 4pm, I was walking down Girard and 14th. A young kid, maybe 14 or 15 was riding his bike in front of the basketball courts. A bunch of kids (at least 10-15 kids) were playing basketball and decided to try and knock out the bike rider. They threw a basketball at his head and knocked him off his bike. He yelled “you shouldn’t be doing that!” and one of the kids on the basketball court yelled back “you can’t tell us what to do!”

Then all of the kids charged and surrounded the boy on his bike. They were beating him up, hitting him in the face repeatedly with basketballs, pushing him to the ground. I ran up and yelled “THAT’S ENOUGH!” The boy jumped on his bike and tried to flee. All of the kids chased him down 14th street. I waited with another witness and gave a description to police, but by then they were all gone. Hopefully the basketball court has security cameras. The kids were very young. Some looked to be as young as 8 or 9 years old. Such a shame. It was a very scary experience. Such a sudden violent mob attack for apparently no reason at all.

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3313 11th Street, NW

From an email:

“All of us at El Chucho Cocina Superior are excited to let you know that beginning tomorrow morning, we will be featuring a brand new brunch menu that includes breakfast burritos and a prix-fixe option.

For $21.95, you’ll get a basket of chips and salsa, a brunch item or tacos of your choice, and bottomless mimosas. You also have your choice between the classic mimosa (fresh orange juice and sparkling) and our Mimosa de Jamaica (house-made hibiscus tea and sparkling).

We know you’ve been asking for breakfast burritos at brunch for nearly two years, and we have heard and answered the call! Come try out the new menu starting tomorrow at 10a.m.”

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@sas509 tweets us the photo above:

“What’s up at Columbia & Irving? New bus stop?”

Another reader emails:

“Do you have any information on the construction at the Columbia Heights Metro station this past week? Flower bed areas where people once sat and congregated have been removed, perhaps for no other reason than to push people out of the area around the metro where many once gathered.”

I stopped by yesterday and here’s how it looks now:

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From an email:

“A dash of Iron-Chef with a hint of Project Runway, SCRAP DC presents Rebel Craft Rumble, a live crafting competition, on Saturday, September 27th, 7pm at Columbia Heights’ rowdiest hub, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church . Four teams will take on creative reuse challenges and compete for the Extreme Ultimate Supreme Craft Master title:

Craftaholics Anonymous: Liz Balchin and Alex Chaikin

Harry Wardman’s Rust Wranglers: James Kerns and Noah David

Team Radish: Melina Rauskolb and Laura Bill

Tomato & Asparagus: ChristieLyn Diller and Jill Weaverling

Teams will be judged by the retro and whimsical Artist and Illustrator, Claudine Hellmuth, and DC Ward 5 Councilmember, Kenyan McDuffie. Hosted by improv master, Stanley Seiden, and supported by DC Lady Arm Wrestlers, this event is the first of what will surely become DC tradition. Early bird tickets are $10 through September 21, regular tickets at $15 and are available at online at scrapdcrcr.brownpapertickets.com. More information can be found at www.scrapdc.org. Rebel Craft Rumble supports SCRAP DC’s mission to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior.”

2908 11th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2908 11th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Enjoy this spacious 2 BR 1 BA unit in Columbia Heights. This sun-filled unit features hardwood floors, exposed brick wall, washer and dryer, large windows and an open floor plan. Just minutes from restaurants, bike share, the metro and shopping.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,300/Mo.

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A reader sends just after 7pm:

“There’s been a serious accident with the motorcycle kids at 11th and Euclid.

They apparently were zooming down the streets all evening. The kids attempted to pass a driver who was going east on Euclid and about to turn left into our alley at the northwest corner of 11th/Euclid. I talked with the driver and got her story, as my house abuts the alley entrance and I just returned from work.

The kids tried to pass her from behind on the inside as she made the turn. The motorcycle scraped along the left side of car, ripped off her side mirror and the kids went flying off the bike. No helmets.

Apparently the passenger and driver are father and son with the son being around 12.

After the bike sideswiped the car, the motorcycle drove up the sidewalk and the passengers were ejected at the part where the lawn meets the sidewalk. The father tumbled onto the lawn head first, while the child fell onto his arm on the sidewalk.

The child’s arm is injured. According to the car driver, the father appeared to be fine for the first few minutes. Then suddenly he started spasming/convulsing and went into shock, eventually laying on the grass.

Some of the friends/neighbors of the bikers arrived on the scene and initially began harassing the driver prior to the arrival of the police.

Overall, a sad scene and the cops are in possession of the bike.”

1104 Euclid Street Northwest

This unit is located at 1104 Euclid Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Original details in this 1910 Beauty such as a 100 year old pocket door, wood FP mantelpiece/staircase railing merge seamlessly with a modern renovation(2006)offering an open light-filled floor plan(1823 sf),3 beds,2.5 baths,HWD FLRS, skylight, rooftop terrace + Lower Deck, Kitchen + island, Maple cabinetry/granite.MB offers bay window, walk-in closet, spa shower.Just updated & painted. Beautiful!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $685,000 ($325 monthly fee.)

Bangkok Golden

“Dear PoPville,

Do you know if Thaitanic II in Columbia Heights is closed for good, or is just doing renovations?”

Closed for good (thought the original is still open in Logan.) Back in July we learned that the popular Laotian restaurant from Virginia Bangkok Golden would be opening up a DC location in this space. You can see their menus here.

From Chef Seng:

“Thip Khao Location Reveal!

Thank you so much for being patient with us, while we got things sorted out and ready, before revealing the new restaurant location. As you already know, the neighborhood is Columbia Heights. We felt it was a perfect area to spread our Lao Food Movement!

So we officially are telling you, dear customers, that the location is:

3462 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010″

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