This week’s prime scuttlebutt is likely to excite half and infuriate the other half. Ed. Note: It seems that most of the Columbia Heights/14th Street scuttlebutt I post has a similar division. Back in Dec. 2013 we learned that Lime Fresh abruptly closed their DC USA location in Columbia Heights (they still have a spot open in Chinatown.) Since the closure, lots of folks have been wondering who will take over the 14th Street space by Target. I’ve heard that a Chick Fil A is strongly considering coming to the space. Nothing in stone yet but I’m hearing it’s a very good possibility. Stay tuned.
A bunch of hipsters decided it was really cool to burn the American flag on the 4th of July.
It was around 7ish and the alley between Fairmont and Girard was in full party mode with loud music and BBQ. Then about 10 to 15 individuals, a mixed group with black and white in their late 20′s early 30′s came out on the deck over the garage with a flag upside down and then set it on fire. The property is a rental with constant change and the owner lives in New York.
The flag took a long time time to catch on fire and eventually caught the attention of the many parties going on in the alley. Many people started yelling at the flag burners. The flag burners then started shouting about US imperialism and suppression of the blacks. Somewhere in the yelling there was also comments from them about how bad Obama was. Eventually, the flag caught on fire and started blowing chunks of flames very close to the cable and electric wires. At this point I called 911.
Eventually 911 sent police over and at which point the flag burners went inside except for about two of them who then denied setting the flag on fire. Most of the neighbors came out and a rather heated argument ensured. I am not sure what occurred after but the flag burners went inside.
I am quite aware one allowed to burn the flag as freedom of speech. It was ironic that they decided to do it in the alleyway to incite the local crowd and then run in when the police came.”
There has been an abandoned car parked continuously in the 1200 block of Monroe Street NW for nearly four months, and I’ve been unable to get it towed. It was first ticketed in March 2014, and it’s been ticketed every Monday (for street sweeping violations) since then. The tickets just continue to pile up on the windshield. I submitted a 311 request in April to get the car towed, and I contacted Jim Graham’s constituent services in May for help getting in touch with DPW– both times I received no response.
I don’t understand how an abandoned car can sit in the middle of Columbia Heights (where parking is already at a premium) for four months. Any idea how to finally get this abandoned car out of the neighborhood? Thanks for any help you can provide!”
“Bangkok Golden chef and owner Seng Luangrath will open Thip Khao, a sister spot to her Falls Church Laotian restaurant, in Columbia Heights this September. Luangrath doesn’t want to reveal the exact address yet because another restaurant is still operating there.”
Check out Bangkok Golden’s menu here. Anyone ever try the Falls Church location?
So first, this sounds like awesome news. But second, I hope the restaurant it will replace is not a favorite. Any ideas of where in Columbia Heights it could realistically be coming to? You thinking 14th Street or 11th Street?
For some reason I’ve been lucky enough to be part of two attempted scams in the past month (I also wrote in about the hostile scammer at archives). I live at the corner of W Street NW and 11 Street NW and at about 9:00 pm a man knocked on my door claiming he was just at CVS and he left his keys there and needs a money to pay the locksmith. He claimed he was my neighbor and was even caring around a reusable shopping bag with stuff he said he bought from CVS. He kept saying “I’m your neighbor, I wouldn’t lie to you.” I didn’t recognize him from the neighborhood. After I said I’m sorry I don’t have money he promptly left. He was nicely dressed and polite, but I just couldn’t believe this. Especially since I’ve needed to call a locksmith and they do not demand cash before they open your door. Also, he was talking really fast, his eyes were rather large, and he kept chewing his bottom lip, so yeah. I’ll feel really bad if this was my neighbor but something tells me my intuition was correct here. We called the police and gave a description: black man, upper 40s, about 5’7″, short sleeve yellow plaid shirt, green dress pants.”
A reader sends word of this unfortunate incident yesterday:
“My laptop got snatched right out from under me while sitting outside at the Coupe this morning. I chased them down the street but they got away. It sucks. Tell your readers to watch themselves!
The folks at the Coupe were very nice, by the way. They provided their surveillance footage to the cops. A couple of folks living on 10th street came up and helped when they saw it happen, including one guy whose friend chased after the car with the guys who took my laptop. They were really nice, and went out of their way to be helpful. The whole thing happened right at the same time (I later found out) the power went out at the city’s communications center yesterday, so the cops were standing around with dead radios for about 15 minutes…”
I wanted to warn people who walk/bike/drive or park along 2400 block of 11th Street NW, east side in front of Garfield Terrace Apartments.
Yesterday evening, 6:30pm, I witnessed several times pedestrians, bicyclist, and drivers going north on 11th st NW get peppered by fireworks thrown on them by a tenants from the balconies of Garfield Terrace. The main perpetrator was an African-American male, shirtless and wearing only flip-flops and grey jogging pants and he was lighting fireworks and throwing them down on unsuspecting victims and then dashing inside. He was doing this from 3rd floor balcony, closest intersection is 11th and Clifton St NW, and working with his young neighbors in adjacent balcony by throwing firecrackers simultaneously.
I also witness the same shirtless man bring out a child in diapers while doing this and I called 911 and gave them all the description and my information. I was with my son on the westside 11th st NW, sidewalk going uphill next to Cardozo HS., when I started to hear fireworks and I was disturbed to see a grown man involve children and even a small infant completely disregard anyone safety. Both MPD and Housing Police showed up but unless they witness they actions all they officers could do was patrol.”
Photo tweeted to us over the weekend by @waynemancomedy
We are currently experiencing our 4th power outage this summer – each and every one happening without any storm or weather event. My neighborhood, a vibrant residential and growing commercial district along 11th Street, is plagued by these seemingly random outages. It takes Pepco several hours (usually 6-12) to restore power, but whatever fix they do is never lasting. We had an outage yesterday, and here we are again today – no power.
Please, what can be done to have this finally fixed? I’ve lived in my home for 6 years, and we have constantly had Pepco issues, but never this often or persistent. It’s like we’re living in a 3rd world country.”
I’m not sure who to send this video to but I feel like I should post it in case someone needs it as evidence. This is a video of an assault that I witnessed over the weekend as mentioned in the youtube description. [Guy get's punched by neighborhood kids at 11th and Lamont Irving NW in DC on July 6th 2014 around 5:30pm.] Maybe you can send out the link so that it can be helpful to others?”