“Dear PoPville,

Recently it was announced that my work building, 1667 K Street, will be contracting with a new parking management company beginning September 1. While it’s true that the only constant in Washington is change, progress doesn’t have to come at the expense of experience.

Rolando, the senior member of the parking team has been working with the tenants of this building for 31 years. Solomon who closes our garage every night has been here for 15, and Molla, who greets us all every morning with a smile and takes time to get to know each of his customers has been working here for 10 years. These men and the rest of their team have more than 55 years of combined experience in the foundation for our building, and you can’t put a price on that. For many of us, they’re the first faces we see each morning and the last ones we see before heading home each night. They don’t just park our cars, they take care of them, and most importantly, take the time to get to know everyone that parks there.

This courteous, talented and dedicated parking team shouldn’t be cast aside simply because a name on the sign over the garage is changing. They are a part of the fabric of the downtown DC community. They may not be high powered lobbyists, but they are good people and deserve to have their jobs stood up for. Please help us keep them a part of the community!

house history
Photo courtesy Humanities Council of Washington, DC

From an email:

“The summer edition of HumanitiesDC’s DC Community Heritage Project House History Day will be held on Saturday, August 15. Two free sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. will give community historians, of any skill or knowledge level, an overview of the myriad of resources available through the collections of the Historical Society of Washington, DC and the DC Public Library Washingtoniana Division. Participants will learn how to research the history of their own homes or any other historical property through sessions on:

▪ Neighborhood Context/DC Digital Museum – Led by Jasper Collier, Curator of Digital Collections, HumanitiesDC

▪ DC Maps – Led by historian and editor of the H-DC listserv Matthew Gilmore

▪ Historic Building Permit Database – Led by historian, author, and tour leader Brian Kraft

▪ Photograph Collections – Led by Anne McDonough, Library and Collections Director, Historical Society of Washington, DC

▪ Online and Microfilm Records – Led by Mark Greek, Collections Coordinator, Special Collections, DCPL Washingtoniana Division

House History Day will be held at The Historical Society of Washington, DC (801 K Street NW, Washington DC 20001).

Registration is required here.”

Rendering courtesy Soundcheck

From a press release:

“Echostage, the famed DC concert venue that delivers A-list artists like Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Lorde to Washingtonians, announced that their newest retro-inspired locale, Soundcheck, will open its doors to the public on August 12 at 1420 K St. NW.

The intimate 4,400 square foot venue, with its honeycomb-tiling and minimalist stage, will be a no-frills nod to the ’80s and ’90s club decades that defined an era. Although the design is old school, the electronics are certainly are not: like Echostage, Soundcheck will house a German-imported d&b audiotechnik Y-series sound system, state-of-the-art music technology that will attract high-caliber artists. Designers aim to mimic the acoustics of a recording studio in a nightclub setting by installing 4,000 square feet of cork hardwood floors and 4-inch-thick soundproof foam in its walls and ceiling.

“With Soundcheck, we’re interested in tapping into the atmosphere of early DC nightlife while still delivering what makes Echostage so popular: quality sound, outstanding artists, and an unparalleled sensory experience,” Soundcheck Managing Partner Antonis Karagounis says.

The nightclub will feature two bars, 14 tables and a dedicated dance floor. The team has installed two larger-than-life LED walls, perfect for displaying company logos for corporate events. Six LED TVs and three LED video projectors can be found throughout the venue. Bottle service tables are designed to look like oversized, modern, acrylic speakers. Over 85 lighting fixtures will illuminate the space with a nightly laser light show, while two jumbo disco balls will hang from the center of the dance floor. Club-goers looking for a more discreet, VIP experience can reserve the purple room, equipped with its own private bar.

To cater to DC’s diverse dance clientele, nightly events will change in theme, ranging from Glow’s signature EDM parties, to latin and hip-hop nights. Wednesday nights are set to feature the sounds of Steez Promo’s “Bass Nation.” Expect thumping bass music and artists like Kennedy Jones, Kayliox, Dirtyphonix and Kill The Noise. Glow’s unmatched credibility and heritage will be leveraged to bring one-of-a-kind experiences from the most popular DJs as well as up-and-coming artists. Glow Thursdays will continue to house both world-renowned and emerging artists in the electronic dance music scene ranging in style from house to trance and more. Confirmed artists for Glow Thursdays include Alvaro, Amine Edge & DANCE, Arty, Audien, Cedric Gervais, Dzeko & Torres, Fehrplay, Kryder, Kyau & Albert, MOTi, Orjan Nilsen, Paris Blohm, Stafford Brothers, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and more. Afterglow will showcase the underground, techno sound on Sunday nights and feature artists such as Alan Fitzpatrick, Carlo Lio, Loco Dice, Mark Knight, Nic Fanciulli, Paco Osuna, Paul Ritch and Pete Tong.”

metro mess
Photo by PoPville flickr user Barbara Krawcowicz


“Metro is advising Orange, Blue and Silver riders of a service disruption that will impact service during the morning rush hour of Thursday, August 6 due to derailment of a non-revenue train at a switch point outside of Smithsonian Station. There were no passengers aboard the train and no injuries to the operator.

Service Information:

Rail service on the Blue and Orange lines has been suspended between Federal Center SW and McPherson Square stations.
Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations are closed.
Lower level platforms at Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza stations are closed.

Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and East Falls Church only to reduce congestion downtown. Silver Line riders should transfer to Orange Line trains to continue their trip.
Riders will experience significant delays on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines and should consider alternate travel options this morning.
Yellow Line may provide an alternate for riders traveling from Virginia to Downtown DC

Boarding locations for shuttle buses

Federal Center – 3rd St & D St SW
L’Enfant Plaza 7th St & D St SW
Smithsonian – 12th & Independence Ave SW
Federal Triangle – 12th & Pennsylvania Ave NW
Metro Center 11th & G St NW
McPherson Square – 14th & I St NW

All regular-route Metrobus service in Downtown DC will allow affected rail passengers to ride free to their detinations.

Metro personnel are working to restore normal service as quickly and safely as possible. However, at this time there is no estimate on when normal service will be restored.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.”

courtesy Newseum

To end the day with some bittersweet news:

“Today, the Newseum announced it will acquire the set of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” following Stewart’s final appearance as host of the late-night television program on Thursday, Aug. 6. The donation, which will become part of the Newseum’s collection for future display, comes as Stewart signs off after 16 years hosting the popular show, which often blurred the lines between news, satire and comedy.

Stewart began hosting the show in 1999 and quickly generated a loyal following among a new generation of news consumers who identified with his sharp-witted humor. Quick to poke fun at politicians, newsmakers and authors, Stewart also made the news media a frequent target of his barbs.”

Courtesy “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”


Back in April we noted that Momofuku had applied for their liquor license. (Total occupancy load is 300. Sidewalk Café with 70 seats.”) Thanks to a reader for sending a progress report on one of the most anticipated openings of the year:

“Late September/early October at the earliest. As you can see from the pictures, the electrical work is done, some of the framing has gone up and some equipment has been moved in. But it’s still got a long way to before it’s going to be ready to accept guests.”

I’m guessing late October/early November opening – updates when an exact date is announced.

momofuku city center
1090 I Street, NW

1750 H St, NW via google street view

From a press release:

“Alfa Piehouse brings the best of traditional Greek cuisine and specialties to Washington D.C this summer with the launch of its first-ever café on July 27th, located at 1750 H Street NW. Made of the purest organic Greek ingredients, the 21-seat Piehouse offers a variety of savory and sweet Greek pies (or pastries), healthy salads, delicious sandwiches, a Greek yogurt bar, desserts and coffee, and even vegetarian and vegan/non-dairy options, ideal for any occasion or time of day, including breakfast, lunch, or for a snack.

Alfa Piehouse was born of a collaboration between Alfa, Greece’s leading pastry maker, and Argiro Barbarigou, Greece’s top celebrity chef, restaurateur, and award-winning cookbook author. Both pride themselves on the integrity and quality of traditional Greek cooking, and their desire to share this with the world.

“I am ready and honored to carry ‘the Olympic torch’ of Greek cuisine on behalf of my beloved country, to share the spirit of Greece that inspires and transcends,” says Argiro Barbarigou.

BREAKFAST offers a range of items including:
– Traditional Feta Cheese Pie ($6.50) made with thin fyllo layers stuffed with authentic Greek feta cheese with Kalamata extra virgin olive oil;
– Alfa Café American Breakfast ($6.75) served with puff pastry, free-range eggs, bacon, Gruyere cheese and chives;
– Bougatsa Pie Vegetarian – Non Diary ($6.75) made with custard, crunchy fyllo layers, sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon;
– The must-try Greek iced coffee, espresso or cappuccino Freddo ($3.25 and up), whips the coffee to a frothy perfection.

For LUNCH or SNACK, guests can choose from the full menu of pies, salads and sandwiches. Examples include: (more…)

via google maps

From MPD 3:04pm:

“On 07-27-15 at 1504 hrs Homicide (stabbing) 400 4th St. NW. S-1 and S-2 followed C-1 and pulled out knives and attacked him. Suspects fled w/b on foot in the 400 block of E St. NW. The victim was pronounced at Medstar.”

via google maps

and 3:48pm:

“On 07-27-15 at 1548 hrs Homicide (shooting) S-1 was found inside of 1360 1st St SW suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest. S-1 ran from the scene in unk direction. S-1 was pronounced.”