07/18/14 4:10pm


“Dear PoPville,

I got some crappy pictures of the lot and early stages of construction at 6th and Mass NW. However, I looked up the developer and found there renderings of the building. Amazing!!”

From Gould Property Company:

“Welcome to 600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

The new gold standard in architecture, 600 Mass represents the convergence of clean aesthetics, forward-thinking amenities and green spaces that blur the lines between traditional indoor and outdoor environments. With a façade wrapped in 10 stories of brilliant glass encompassing 400,000 square feet, the views are stellar — and they mirror your smart success.”

Rendering via Gould Property Company

07/15/14 11:50am

607 New York Ave, NW

Victoria writes:

“As summer torpor settles in are you picturing yourself lounging on a patio in Italy overlooking the ocean, sipping Prosecco and nibbling a delicious pannini while enjoying live music and fascinating conversation with artistic strangers who would not be out of place in a good Felinni movie?

Well, cancel the ocean and you’ve got all the rest at the Baldacchino Tent Bar. This temporary cafe/bar (now through July 27) is part of the Fringe Festival, going on now through July 27 at 607 New York Ave. (3 blocks from Mt. Vernon Square Metro.) Even if you’re not aware of, or befuddled by, the Fringe Festival, you can still enjoy some really delicious food and great selection of beers (plus full bar and named cocktails) with live music at an outdoor patio (with tented escape zones for thunderstorms, plus quick seat-wiping volunteers for apres-storm) for the next two weeks.

Seriously, it is a fun place just to go hang out with friends – perfect for a first date – and a great way to introduce yourself to Fringe Festival. But even if you aren’t “fringing” it is also just plain good food at plain good prices in a really cool setting. The performers in the festival all hang out here, and meeting people is super easy/weird/fun.

But the food? Unexpectedly good! Like most people in the arts, theatrical director Matty Griffiths has also worked extensively in catering and puts out an amazing menu for the festival.

A beef brisket sandwich ($8.00) is gorgeously tender, and smoked pork BBQ sliders on brioche rolls zing with cabbage & apple cider vinegar slaw. The Veggie Wrap ($5.75) has a delicious Feta cheese/peanut dressing and loads of stuff that is good for you but you don’t even have to notice because the feta/peanut dressing is SO damn good! There are chicken & veggie soft tacos for $6.75. and cheese paninis at $4.75 – ready to augment with Granny Smith apples or bacon for an extra buck.

There are 6 fancy beers with fancy names on tap for $4.50- 6.75, plus tallboy Stellas for $5.50. Prosecco on tap is $6.00 (plus you can see the empty bladders turned into cool light fixtures.) and rail drinks are $5.50. There are Happy Hour specials every day.

Really – this is why you live in a city! Go!”

07/14/14 10:22pm


UPDATE Thanks to a commenter for pointing out that it looks like these are just old permits. Whew.

“Dear PoPville,

The ‘another Ray’s joint’ that was to be on K between 4th and 5th now has permits posted for a hot yoga studio. Affiliated with the Vida next door, maybe? Regardless, I’m disappointed.”

Very strange. Back in Jan. it looked like there was real progress being made at the future Ray’s:

Jan. 2014 – 451 K Street, NW

07/14/14 10:50am


Last week we learned that the Old Dominion Brewhouse had “temporarily” closed but on July 7th their twitter feed said:

“We Will be CLOSED today for employee appreciation day! We will reopen tomorrow for the World Cup semifinal!”

Their feed has not been updated and when I walked by on Sunday they were closed. The OP also writes:

“Same sign up right now. Strange.”

Strange indeed. Updates if/when they reopen or someone new takes over the space.

UPDATE from a reader:

“I walked my dog passed there yesterday and DC taped a letter to the front basically saying they hadn’t paid two (or more) months of rent – something like $32K behind in total, plus interest, etc. – and were being evicted by mid-August without payment. Sounds like instead of trying to scrape up the cash they are just walking away. Somewhat ironic that a large new sports bar just opened at the Marriott Marquis… I have a feeling ODB probably wasn’t very good at paying their rent for some time.”



07/11/14 10:20am


“Dear PoPville,

We live near Mt. Vernon Square on 4th Street NW and woke up to this today. DC Water was onsite to remove the water and should be here soon (hopefully) to repair and restore service. There is significant erosion under the brick sidewalk, so folks should be very careful walking by. If anyone can provide input on how to expedite the repair of our yard and the sidewalk so further erosion doesn’t occur, please let us know.”



07/08/14 2:40pm

Thanks to a reader for sending this disturbing report from the Washington Blade:

“An unidentified female suspect punched a gay man several times in the face while calling him a faggot in an unprovoked attack on July 2 inside a Safeway store at 5th and L Streets, N.W., according to an account the victim gave to D.C. police.”

MPD writes:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a Simple Assault which occurred in the 400 block of L Street, NW, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at approximately 3:00 PM. The subject was captured by the store’s surveillance cameras.

DO YOUR PART TO HELP PREVENT AND SOLVE CRIME. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community. CCN #14-096-982.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.”

07/01/14 12:55pm

437 New York Avenue Northwest

This unit is located at 437 New York Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Luxurious sixth floor unit located within the historic Yale Stream building is a large 1 bedroom and 1 bath condo that includes a washer & dryer, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, dishwasher, and microwave/range hood. Condo has over-sized windows with great views of the cities skyline. The building includes: roof top swimming pool, billiards lounge located in building, and 24.fitness gym.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $465,000 ($958 $458(?) monthly fee.)