04/22/14 4:45pm

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1100 3rd Street, NE

From an email:

“Spring is making its way in and what better way to celebrate than with a day of fun, food, and music outside . . . on a parking lot! Come join us on The Lot @ Union Kitchen, this Saturday, 4/26. We have Happy Hour specials starting at 3 p.m. and music starting around 7 p.m. Union Kitchen members will be vending food, we’ll have games and chicanery and it should be a blast.

What: Music, food, drink, and games
Where: The Lot, located at 1100 3rd Street NE.
When: This Saturday, 4/26 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bring your friends. We are open to all.”

04/20/14 10:22pm

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Finally signage has gone up confirming the location for Shake Shack coming to Union Station. Back in September of 2013 we first learned a Shake Shack would be coming to Union Station. When the second Starbucks moved back in January, I assumed it was to make space for Shake Shack. However at that time rumors continued to persist that a Captiol City Brewery brewery would be taking over the former America restaurant space which closed in Oct. 2011.  Happy to finally put those rumors to rest.

And to those who don’t like Shake Shack – we get it, we get it – you don’t like Shake Shack. Ok. Noted.

For those of us who do like Shack Shake, stay tuned for updates as they get closer to opening. Oh yeah, they’ve also applied for a liquor license that says:

“Restaurant serving American cuisine, specializing in burgers and shakes with a seating capacity of 166, total occupancy load of 220 and Summer Garden with 52 seats.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 11am – 11 pm and Friday & Saturday 11 am – 12 am.

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Entrance in former America space next to new Starbucks location in West Hall

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04/17/14 3:15pm

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1309 5th Street, NE

From Union Market:

The Union Market Drive-In is free to attend! Parking is $10 per car, but seating in the picnic area will be first come first serve, free of charge. The parking lot will open at 6pm and the movies will begin at 8.

Purchase parking now!

Friday, April 18, 2014
National Lampoon’s Vacation

Friday, April 25, 2014
Frozen

Friday, May 2, 2014
Diner

Friday, May 9, 2014
People’s Choice: James Bond Edition (voting will take place on Facebook)

From Russia With Love
The Spy Who Loved Me
Goldfinger”

04/15/14 10:55am

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From a press release:

“The NoMa Parks Foundation announces today an international design competition to transform four railroad underpasses in NoMa. The long hoped-for initiative will turn the underpasses at Florida Avenue, NE, and K, L and M Streets, NE, into stunning contemporary art installations, and further strengthen east-west connections in NoMa and to Capitol Hill.

Qualifications are due May 9, 2014 and will be followed by a formal RFP issued to qualified entrants. Neighborhood residents could begin to see installation start as early as 2015. Details about the competition can be found at www.NoMaUnderpasses.org.

By transforming these thoroughfares with a series of interactive design solutions, NoMa will ensure these spaces are vibrant, safe, dynamic and inviting for vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic moving through the neighborhood. As the NoMa Parks Foundation and the NoMa BID begin to implement projects from the 2012 Public Realm Design Plan, we are closely following the community input that played a strong role in the decision to move this particular project forward.

The NoMa Parks Foundation seeks artists and designers who will envision bold, creative approaches to the underpasses. Finalists will receive stipends to refine their ideas prior to final selection. The selected artists/designers will be responsible for final design and oversight of installation.

This design competition is the first project to be funded by the $50 million grant from the District of Columbia government to improve parks and public spaces in the NoMa neighborhood.”

04/11/14 11:25am

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Elevation building in the 100 block of Florida Ave, NE

From a press release:

“MRP Residential, a residential development and investment management firm, today announced Union Social, the latest dining experience from local restaurateur Reese Gardner, is coming to Elevation at Washington Gateway. Union Social is slated to open this fall.

Gardner, who operates Copperwood Tavern, Irish Public House, The Mighty Pint and Wilson Tavern through his Wooden Nickel Bar Company, will bring his farm-to-table approach to the NoMa neighborhood via Union Social. Union Social is a DC Metro inspired casual, fine dining restaurant featuring a scratch kitchen and craft bar.

Architecturally designed to replicate a train station or bus terminal by Maggie O’Neill, who previously collaborated with Gardner on Irish Public House and Copperwood Tavern, Union Social’s 5,600-square-foot space will feature marble and steel elements, subway tile and other accents.

Elevation at Washington Gateway includes 400 units, ground-level retail, and a 600-space parking garage. As part of the residential complex, MRP Residential is constructing a European-inspired central plaza with a dramatic water feature and a pedestrian stair connection to New York Avenue, NE. The 14-story apartment building, located adjacent to the NoMa/Gallaudet U Metro Station, will open its doors this summer.”

04/09/14 10:55am

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying several persons of interest in connection to the homicide of Daniel Short, which occurred in the 400 block of Florida Avenue, NE.

On Sunday, February 23, 2014, at approximately 3:30 am, members of the First District responded to the area of the 5th and K Streets, Northeast for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pending an autopsy.

The investigation has revealed that the shooting occurred in the Fifth District, in the 400 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast.

The decedent has been identified as 36-year-old Daniel Calvin Short of Southeast, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”