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1309 5th Street, NE

From Republic Kolache:

“After kicking off our retail operation with a Saturday morning ‘residency’ at American Ice Co. last August, we’re pleased announce that starting this weekend we’ll be coming to Union Market!

We’ll be occupying a stall near the front of the market on Saturdays & Sundays (9a-4p) through early March (and possibly longer than that). With the consistent lines we’ve been seeing at American Ice (particularly after big flavor launches like the king cake kolache, DCity Smokehouse brisket, etc.) we’re hoping these extended hours will help alleviate the crowds a bit and offer all the kolache fans a convenient option to get their fix!

Saturday will also mark the launch of our poppyseed flavor– a very traditional Czech flavor and a meaningful one for me personally (was always my favorite flavor that my grandmother would make growing up). We also have some fun new guest chef flavors coming soon, including one with Nate Anda of Red Apron (conveniently a few stalls away at the market).

See you at the market!”

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line for kolaches at American Ice, 917 V Street, NW

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Inexplicably, still waiting on Walgreens [Tony T Goodman notes the shelves are fully stocked and Amanda says “I’ve hung around on multiple days to ask workers when it’s opening, and I’ve gotten all kinds of (ultimately false) answers.”],to open but Famiglia Pizzeria:

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and Lotus Express are now open:

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411 ny ave ne
411 New York Ave, NE

“Dear PoPville,

Boutique hotel proposal goes to BZA Monday. Plans to turn Union Arts located at 411 New York Ave NE into an “arts hotel”. Has collected 80 letters of opposition which can be found on the zoning case search #15-19. Facebook group calling for more signatures and stand in at case Monday:

#SaveDCArts – The Union Arts building at 411 New York Ave NE is the last collective art space of its kind in Washington, DC. It has been home to more than 100 artists and numerous organizations for many decades working as a catalyst of creativity for many communities throughout the city.

Regrettably, our building was sold to development groups who plan to evict all of us – the resident artists and organizations – by September 1. They intend to displace us so they can build an 11-story luxury boutique arts hotel. The DBLee and Brook Rose development groups have enlisted Cultural DC to convert the now affordable and diversely accessible art space into a chic hotel, where only 7 art studios will be made available to no more than 20 artists. This is far fewer than the number of artist collectives currently working in the building, who after being displaced will then be forced to compete for studios at a significantly higher price. In addition, the new building will greatly alter the character of the area into another sterile development, not suited for creative inspiration.

What is definite is the building has been sold. The current tenants at 411 New York Ave NE must vacate out by September 1st.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO: (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

Ed. Note: Perhaps some of our feckless Council Members will start to recognize that we have a serious problem here…

Thanks to a reader for passing on from the Brookland listserv:

“This evening I had a terrible and frightening experience on the red line. I boarded a train at Brookland at about 4:45 PM. A group of approximately 20 high school students (male & female) boarded the same train at NOMA. The group boarded screaming obscenities.They immediately began harassing and terrorizing fellow passengers. They messed with me a bit (took the hat off my head, took videos of me, screamed in my face, etc) and later bothered another gentleman, and eventually a third person which resulted in physical violence. Almost all of the group was involved in the violence- swearing, screaming, kicking and punching, laughing, and again taking pictures and videos. I tried my best to pull some teens off of the man. I couldn’t get off at Union Station because I was blocked in. I eventually got off at Judiciary Square and reported the incident to metro police.

I have lived and worked in Brookland for nearly 16 years. This is the first time I have experienced an incident of this magnitude.”

Union_market
1309 5th Street, NE

From a press release:

“Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. will launch its Thursday Test Kitchen concept at Union Market (1309 5th St NE) this Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 3pm. The menu for Mason Dixie’s Thursday Test Kitchen will be a departure from the usual breakfast options and include new savory items, such as chicken pot pie, creme brûlée filled doughnuts, coconut curry chicken biscuit sandwiches, and Mason Dixie’s version of the banh mi. (more…)

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“Bounded by Harry Thomas Way NE, the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail and New York Avenue NE” courtesy NoMa Parks

From a press release:

“The NoMa Parks Foundation, an affiliate of the NoMa Business Improvement District, announced today that it has acquired for $14 million a two-acre parcel from Pepco. Bounded by Harry Thomas Way NE, the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail and New York Avenue NE, this acquisition is the culmination of two years of effort by the Foundation. It is the second acquisition by the Foundation since being awarded $50 million from the District of Columbia Government for the purpose of developing new public parks and civic spaces in the NoMa neighborhood. The District passed the NoMa Parks Grant Authorization Act in 2013. The Act provides the plan and funding for the creation of parks to serve the residents of NoMa and near northeast. (more…)