07/27/14 9:21am

From MPD:

“On Sunday, July 27, 2014, at approximately 5:42 am, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Fifth District responded to the Unit Block of N Street NE, for the report of an unconscious male. MPD Homicide is investigating the case. If anyone has information please call: (202) 427-2919 or (202) 727-4106″

Full release from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a homicide which occurred in the Unit block of N Street, NE.

On Sunday, July 27, 2014, at approximately 5:24 am, DC Fire and Emergency personnel responded to a call for an unconscious person in the Unit block of N Street, NE. Upon arrival they located an adult male and assessed he was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Members from the Fifth District and Homicide responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead. The decedent’s remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

The decedent’s name has been withheld pending next of kin notification.

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.”

07/22/14 9:15am


This battle is starting to get bloody.

From a press release:

“NoMa just got even more bike-friendly, with new air pumps and a free public repair station installed in the neighborhood. To serve cycling traffic from the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the beautiful new cycle track on First Street, NE, the NoMa BID has installed a bright orange FIXIT station, an outdoor, tamper-resistant repair station that includes all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. The FIXIT station is located right off the Metropolitan Branch Trail ramp on M Street, NE, under the underpass and across from the M Street entrance to the NoMa/Gallaudet U Metro station.

In addition, the NoMa BID has installed five new, tamper-resistant, bright orange bike air pumps throughout the neighborhood at the following locations:

· First and M Streets, NE, northwest corner of the intersection
· M Street, NE, right off the Met Branch Trail ramp next to the new Fixit Station
· Third and L Streets, NE, southeast corner of the intersection
· On First Street, NE, just south of K Street, NE, adjacent to the Burnham Wall
· On North Capitol at H Street, NE, adjacent to the University of the District of Columbia (more…)

07/18/14 12:20pm

1309 5th Street, NE courtesy of Bidwell

From an email:

Bidwell is ready to make your weekend delicious!

Now open for breakfast on weekends from 9:30 – 10:30

Live Music Outdoors
Saturdays 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Sundays 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Rooftop Garden Tours starting at 3:00 pm”

Check out their breakfast menu here and other menus here.

What’s the word on their dinner menu?

07/10/14 1:50pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user ianseanlivingston

From a press release:

“The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released today a letter sent to officials at the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) urging them develop a new plan to address traffic congestion in front of Union Station. Norton’s office has received complaints from residents, Members of Congress, congressional staff and bus companies that they are missing trains or having to get out of taxis and other vehicles in order to make trains. In her letter, Norton calls upon USRC and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) to hire consultants to deal with the issue.

“Amtrak riders, including D.C. residents and Members of Congress, have justifiably complained that the current traffic patterns at Columbus Circle often are chaotic, and, many times, passenger cars with luggage have to wait in lines so long that they are unable to reach the entrance of the station to unload their luggage,” Norton said of the situation. In her letter, she wrote “Frequently, passengers, in order to make their trains, often feel they must begin offloading their luggage before they reach the entrance to Union Station, further slowing traffic. I am requesting that USRC and DDOT seek outside consultants to deal with the traffic pattern and implement a new traffic pattern in Columbus Circle that prevents vehicular delays.”

The current traffic pattern at Columbus Circle is relatively new and is based on a ten-year study undertaken by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT). USRC and the developer that oversees the circle have hired additional people to monitor the traffic to ensure vehicles are using the proper lanes, but there is little evidence of their presence or effectiveness. Norton’s office was informed that USRC is also part of a working group with the District of Columbia, the Metropolitan Police Department, Amtrak, and the National Park Service that is looking at ways to produce signage that will aid drivers.”

The full letter follows: (more…)

07/01/14 4:45pm

1309 5th Street NE

From a press release:

“Union Market, home to the highly acclaimed food market will bring back the wildly popular Drive-In outdoor movie series this summer. The Union Market Drive-In will screen outdoors on Union Market’s 3-story wall on Fridays. People will be able to watch the movies from their parked cars and listen through their car radios or from the picnic area in front of the market. A variety of Union Market vendors and Suburbia will also participate serving themed food, drinks and snacks.

The Union Market Drive-In is $10 per car and tickets are available online here but seating in the picnic area will be first come first serve, free of charge.

The theme of the Summer Series is Summer Escapes. All of the movies feature some of our favorite exotic destinations including Hawaii, the Mediterranean Coast, Australia and Monaco.

The schedule for the Union Market Drive-In is as follows: (more…)

06/23/14 12:40pm


Thanks to a reader for sending from Shake Shack’s opening in Union Station this morning:

“This is a great design. There are three entrances, one from the outside, you can see in the middle of this picture. One from the corner entrance which is on the left in this picture, its the entrance next to Starbucks and one next to Roti.


Tons of seating upstairs, tables, booths, and lounge type chairs.”


Upstairs seating:


and @JoshGFlood tweets us the line at lunch:


06/20/14 10:25am


From a press release:

“Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) is proud to announce that it will open its fourth Shake Shack® location in our nation’s capital this Monday, June 23 at 10:30AM inside historic Union Station, one of the largest and busiest transportation hubs in the U.S.

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, delicious flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, hand-cut fresh fries, craft beer and wine, and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following in DC and across the globe.

Like its DC predecessors on F Street, in Dupont Circle, and at Nationals Park, Union Station’s menu has all the Shake Shack classics, from delicious 100% all-natural Angus beef ShackBurgers® and griddled-crisp flat-top dogs to our exclusive Brooklyn Brewery ShackMeister® Ale. The Shack will have two location-specific frozen custard concretes that feature local bakers: Busy Bee (vanilla custard, strawberry puree and Baked & Wired Bee Sting bar with sliced almonds and honey); and Beaux-Arts Banana (vanilla custard, caramel sauce, banana and graham crackers from Pollystyle). The Dupont Circle Shack’s popular Washington Monu-Mint (chocolate custard, minted marshmallow sauce and chocolate truffle cookie dough) will also be available at Union Station.

Prominently located in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, the two-story Union Station Shack is in the original West Hall of the restored and revitalized landmark building, which dates back to 1907. Modeled in the monumental Beaux-Arts style, Union Station serves AMTRAK, regional commuter trains and the Washington Metro. With more than 90,000 visitors passing through its historic halls daily, Union Station is also a thriving retail center and frequently hosts major cultural and civic events.

Shake Shack Union Station, which has been carefully designed to harmonize with the historical fabric of the edifice’s structure, will feature a custom planter and trellis created by SHIFT_DESIGN that will grace one of the neo-classical niches in the restaurant’s waiting area. In addition, in keeping with Shake Shack’s eco-responsibility commitment, the Union Station location is constructed with recycled and sustainable materials and features energy-efficient kitchen equipment and lighting. Chairs and booths are made from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and tabletops are made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes by Brooklyn-based CounterEvolution. Good ‘n green.

As part of its mission to Stand for Something Good®, Shake Shack Union Station will donate 5% percent of sales from the Beaux-Arts Banana concrete to the nearby non-profit Casey Trees, devoted to restoring, enhancing, and protecting the tree canopy of DC. Shake Shack staff will also volunteer at events run by the eco-friendly organization.”

West Hall of Union Station in the former America restaurant space

06/18/14 10:10am


A reader writes:

“I know you posted about the first attack, but another woman was attacked the same day!”

The report from WTOP:

“Chanel Marshall, 30, tells WTOP that she was walking from work to the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station about 5 p.m. when she was attacked from behind by a man who had followed her along the trail.”

Ed. Note: We’ve previously discussed safety issues and concerns on the MBT here.