North Capitol and Mass Ave, NW

About Holodomor from Wikipedia:

“The Holodomor, “Extermination by hunger” or “Hunger-extermination”; derived from “to kill by starvation” was a famine in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1932 and 1933 that killed about 4 million Ukrainians. During the famine, which is also known as the “Terror-Famine in Ukraine” and “Famine-Genocide in Ukraine”, millions of citizens of the Ukrainian SSR, the majority of whom were Ukrainians, died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine. Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by the independent Ukraine and several other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.”



Many more closeups after the jump. (more…)

cotton reed

More interesting news from @TonyTGoodman who tweets:

Cotton & Reed Distillery applied for a building permit at 1330 5th Street NE. Building owned by @UnionMarketDC developer @WEareEDENS.”

An investor website says:

“Cotton & Reed delivers experimental and natural spirits to the booming craft distilling market in Washington, DC and beyond. As consumers become increasingly focused on product origins, with movements like farm-to-table, Cotton & Reed is bringing this approach to the spirits world by distilling local, sometimes hand-foraged plants with unique stories. (more…)


Thanks to all who passed on from (as of 11am 243 signatures):

“Dear Councilman Allen,

We need your help in securing a dog park in our neighborhood! Each day, several dozen residents congregate at an empty grassy lot (adjacent to the Loree Grand Apartments) with their four-legged loved ones. This plot of land has become the definition of “community” — it’s how countless neighbors have met each other, building important and lasting bonds within the community. Given that this makeshift dog park will be developed into something else some day, we need your help in securing a permanent dog park for our community.

In 2013, the D.C. Council voted to designate $50 million in public money to deal with a parks deficit in the NoMa area, after hundreds of residents wrote letters and more than 1,000 signed petitions. Key to this designation was a recognition that residents in the neighborhood were facing an onslaught of development with a bevy of new large commercial buildings — and with that, less parking, more traffic, and fewer open spaces.

At a public NoMa Parks Foundation Community Meeting in June, several calls for a dog park in the immediate area were voiced. Aspirational plans for a minuscule “dog park” (approx 1,000 sq ft) at First & New York Avenue were met with disbelief. The park amenity should be created near the 20,000 residents in the broader NoMa neighborhood that were central to the BID’s “Case for Parks,” not at the northern border of the BID far removed from houses. Furthermore, the notion that pet owners would cross a busy/dangerous New York Avenue with their loved ones is illogical and calls into question the true commitment to address this need.

We need your help to make sure that the $50 million in public money that we fought so hard for is used for the benefit of the neighborhood and the community, not merely as a tool to attract commercial and corporate interests. NoMa BID should work to leverage this initial public investment with additional private dollars to enhance the ability to purchase land IN our community.

Please work with NoMa BID to find a solution that provides a dog park that meets the needs of our community.


Neighbors for a NoMa Dog Park”

via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

Some of you may have seen the recent coverage of the multiple assaults that took place on First Street, NE Wednesday, August 12, 2015. I am writing, as one of the victims, to provide more clarity about what happened and most importantly to provide information to all DC residents about how this incident was handled by MPD and the US Attorney’s Office. I am outraged and shocked about how this was handled and I think all residents should know what to expect if they ever find themselves victims of a vicious assault in DC.

First a little background, I’ve lived in DC for 15 years and unfortunately this is not the first time I’ve been the victim of a violent crime and I sincerely doubt it will be the last. I am generally supportive of MPD and the hard work of their officers and am a strong advocate of the city that I am proud to call home. However for the first time in 15 years, I do not feel safe here. Not because of criminal acts alone. Because I feel that the expectation is that we as DC residents are on own to deal with criminal acts.

On Wednesday, August 12th at 4:40PM I was walking on First Street, NE approaching K Street when a man running by punched me in the face. [Ed. Note: OP is a woman.] He left me with a laceration, swelling and bruising around my eye. Over the next hour, I learned he assaulted many others and attempted to steal a baby from a mother. Based on witness accounts, it appears he was high on synthetic marijuana.

The police officers, EMT and all of those walking around the very busy area were incredibly helpful, comforting and supportive. Unfortunately that is where any positive aspect of the situation ends. I learned the next day – and not from MPD or from Victims Services – that this individual was charged with simple assault, ticketed and immediately released. Right back into the neighborhood where the assault took place. As a victim, am I supposed to feel confident that he learned some kind of lesson from this assault (that he has no memory of, per MPD)?

I am outraged that this level of violence in some way equates to simple assault which generally when applied in DC cases relates to threats of assault of bodily harm. Charges are escalated to aggravated assault when actual bodily harm occurs. I am having a very difficult time reconciling how punching multiple people in the face in a manner where at least two of them require medical attention does not constitute bodily harm and therefore aggravated assault (at a minimum).

What I would like to know from MPD and the leadership of DC is:

1) Who made the decision to charge someone with simple assault when that person was accused of hitting six people, positively identified by three of them (that I personally know of), attempting to knock a man out of his wheelchair and attempting to kidnap a baby? In a matter of a couple of minutes.

2) Who made the decision to immediately release this individual back to the same neighborhood? Was he tested for synthetic marijuana? Was he kept somewhere while the drugs made their way through and out of his system? Was he still high when he was released?

3) What can we do as citizens to ensure that when someone commits a violent and vicious attack that they are held as appropriate and charged accordingly?”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan

From a press release:

“8/15: Wunder Garten’s Battle of the Beers
Wunder Garten to pit German beers against DC’s finest in outdoor beer competition

WHO: ​In celebration of DC Beer Week, WunderGarten at NoMa will host an epic battle between locally brewed, regional beers and German selections. Guests are encouraged to dress according to the country they believe offers the best beers: flags and patriotic jerseys encouraged. An outdoor beer garden on wheels, Wunder Gartenopened its gates this summer in the spacious lot off M Street NE where guests can grab a shaded seat under tents or lounge in the sun filled space.

WHAT:​The battle will be waged in several different beer categories, including lager, wheat beer, dark beer, and a wildcard category. Two MCs, each representing a country, will provide comic relief while helping guests navigate the ongoing festivities featuring music, two food trucks, and yard games.

WHEN: ​August 15, 4pm – 10pm

WHERE:​Wunder Garten
​150 M St NE
​Metro – NoMa (Red Line)

COST:​$7 (includes 2 free tastings)
​Advance ticket purchase required
For tickets visit here.”


Lost engagement ring in NOMA (in black Harold Steven box)

“My engagment ring- a gold band with 3 stones, round center and pear shaped side stones- went missing in the NOMA area while apartment hunting between Flats 130 and 77H apartment buildings. It was in a black Harold Stevens box. It is so incredibly important to me- if found, I will offer a substantial reward. Please see attached image!”

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