A reader pleads:

“What in the world is going on with heavy road construction at 11pm in the middle of a heavily populated residential area [ Capitol Crossing at 3rd and Massachusetts Ave, NW]? Please post something about this so we can try to get this under control.”

Doesn’t seem like anything can be done:

Construction activities during this phase will generally occur during the following hours:

· Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
· Saturday and Sunday work, scheduled only as needed, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.”


Just when it was looking good why did I have to say – Let the saga continue! A jinx waiting to happen. Thanks to @WeinDC for the update:

“What the…will we ever have a #rays”

@iankapuza also sends:

“@PoPville I guess this explains the delay for @Rayshellburger in Mt Vernon Square [451 K St, NW]”

1019 7th Street, NW

Ed. Note: The 7th street location will be open until the end of year. At that point BicycleSpace will operate out of an interim space in the neighborhood briefly before moving to the new K Street location. Updates on the interim space when they become available.

From BicycleSPACE:

“Washington D.C.’s award-winning, community-oriented bike shop, BicycleSPACE, is moving from 7th Street NW to a new location at 440 K Street NW, the Lyric apartment building, in Mount Vernon Triangle. The new location will be twice the size of BicycleSPACE’s current shop and will include ample space for its signature community events as well as space for a much larger service department. Patrons will also enjoy great food and drink at next-door neighbor Baked and Wired

For BicycleSPACE co-founder Erik Kugler, “This is a dream come true. It is exactly the kind of space we’ve been working toward since our inception. We’re very excited to be working with The Wilkes Company and Quadrangle, and to the opportunity to even better serve the remarkable community which has been growing up around us.”

BicycleSPACE began in 2010 [459 I Street, NW] as place where bicycle culture could thrive and where all members of the DC area biking community, from experienced riders to first-timers, could feel comfortable and welcome. The shop hosts weekly rides and in-store yoga classes that fund local non-profits, public art rides, and tours of school gardens.”

440 K Street, NW

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

One of Washington’s perennial struggles has been to find suitable indoor venues for large public performances, conventions, and other events. The first convention hall was the one built at 5th and K Streets NW in 1875, which we profiled in 2010. It had many limitations, and by the beginning of the twentieth century, city leaders craved something more worthy of the nation’s capital. As we saw last June, Susan Whitney Dimock (1845-1939) tried unsuccessfully to have a grand George Washington Memorial Hall built on the mall. But even as the cornerstone for that project was being laid in November 1921, the city’s business leaders decided—wisely—not to wait for it. Instead they raised funds entirely on their own to demonstrate the business community’s independent ability to build a large, elegant new auditorium to meet the pressing need. But the beautiful and expensive theater they built would entertain Washingtonians for just ten years before being taken over by the federal government for office space.

Washington Auditorium 1926
The Washington Auditorium in 1926 (author’s collection).

The effort to build the Washington Auditorium, as it was called, was headed by “Colonel” Robert Newton Harper (1861-1940), a native of Leesburg, Virginia, who was president of the American National Bank. Harper broke fundraising up by commercial sector, with 100 different committees of business leaders in charge of raising $5,000 each. True to their business roots, the organizers decided to offer subscriptions to the project as investments, equally split between stock and bonds, rather than charitable contributions. Philip King, president of the Merchants and Manufacturers Association, pledged to head one of the fundraising committees, and in a letter to Harper he summed up the rationale for the new auditorium: “Not merely from the standpoint of the dollars that come to the community from a big assemblage but more particularly from the better understanding and educational factors, do big conventions appeal to me as an admirable acquisition to the community. Great gatherings of tradesmen, of the professions and all classes of people generally tend to the refining and betterment of all who come within the range of such gatherings.” (more…)

1015 7th Street, NW

Some more info on the new restaurant from the chef of CityZen coming to 7th Street by the Passenger. The placard says:

“New contemporary American restaurant serving an A la Carte menu with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage service, featuring a lower level with fine dining, which offers a seasonal tasting menu. Live entertainment may be provided for special events. Seating is for 200 patrons and the total occupancy load is 550. Sidewalk Café with seating for 20 patrons.”

A peek in the window reveals they still have a ways to go before opening:


7th Street looking north toward the Passenger


Ed. Note: It’ll all be worth it if Eataly comes, it’ll all be worth it if Eataly comes…

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announces that Phase 2 the Third Street Tunnel Project for utility relocation work along Massachusetts Avenue and H Street NW, between 2nd Street and 4th Street, NW, is scheduled to begin Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The related work, involving removal, relocation and replacement of existing underground utilities will impact both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and is expected to last six months, weather permitting.

Construction activities during this phase will generally occur during the following hours:

· Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
· Saturday and Sunday work, scheduled only as needed, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Phase II Traffic Pattern Shifts:

· 3rd Street will be closed north of the H Street; traffic will be redirected around this intersection (to utilize 4th and I Streets) for the full duration of Phase 2.

· H Street will be re-opened westbound, allowing traffic to travel directly through the Massachusetts Avenue intersection from 2nd to 4th Streets; eastbound traffic will remain as currently configured.

· Temporary Lane Closures should be expected between 7:00am to 12:00am. Traffic barrels, cones, and flaggers shall be implemented to redirect traffic as necessary.”