Union Market 1
1305 5th Street, NE – courtesy Union Market

This is also awesome – from a press release:

“Union Market, northeast D.C’s vibrant district, will kick-off its drive-in movie summer series on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. This classic American treat will take place in Union Market’s parking lot and will project the feature presentation, Top Gun, onto the market’s three-story wall. The family-friendly series is $10 per car or free for walk-ups in the picnic area. The series will be held on the first Friday of every month from July through October.

The series will be held on the first Friday of every month from July through October.

Movie lovers and retro fanatics alike can munch on theater worthy delectables such as fried chicken biscuits from the Mason Dixie food truck and popcorn from Stella’s Popkern. The DC Rollergirls will be on hand delivering snacks and drinks on wheels.

The popular UM Drive In Summer Series has brought in immense crowds since its inception in 2012. The throwback event offers a summer retreat for those looking for communal fun and vintage kitsch.


Friday, July 1, 2016 – Top Gun
Friday, August 5, 2016 – Ratatouille
Friday, September 2, 2016 – Grease
Friday, October 7, 2016 – Ghostbusters

Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Gates close at 8:30 p.m.
Film begins at 8:00 p.m/sunset.
Union Market parking lot
1305 5th Street NE”

via WAPA Cafe

Update: D’oh!

Good afternoon and thanks for your support, the WAPA GARDEN is a project that we are staring in NE dc, by the union market. You all invited.

Sweet. Thanks to a reader for sending: “check out the new back of wapa cafe in brightwood that looks like it will open soon!” Wapa Cafe’s website says:

“We are Latin Americans sharing our passion for good coffee and the pleasure of eating, having in common our same cultural gastronomical background.

We are working to obtain the best quality of locally sourced ingredients getting the best flavors.

We are a cafe with crepes, wraps, paninis with the Latin touch. We offer a wide selection of coffees, teas and hot chocolate from different countries such as Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Brasil and Guatemala, but for everyone’s taste… with affordable prices.”

Check out their menu here.

1300 4th Street, NE

Next up in new beer gardens – Neal Place Tap & Garden. The liquor license placard says:

“A beer garden serving numerous varieties of beer on tap for on-premises consumption only. Beer served from a beer trailer offering a variety of foods provided by different daily food trucks with recorded music. Total number of seats: 150. Total Occupancy Load: 199. Total number of Summer Garden seats: 150.”


Will be located in Union Market next door to the bougie (and very very good) Italian restaurant Masseria:


Photo by PoPville flickr user Ian Livingston

In Response to “Harassment Outside Union Station”

By Korrin L. Bishop, Communications Fellow on behalf of Capitol Hill Group Ministry

No. We’re not all social workers. We’re not all extroverts, we don’t always feel safe, and we don’t always know what to do. However, when most of us see someone in need, we want to help.

So, rightly, a PoPville reader recently posed the question, “What can be done?” What can we do to help the men and women experiencing homelessness at and around Union Station?

There are many changes happening in D.C. lately that unfortunately leave too many of our vulnerable neighbors living on the streets with nowhere to go. When this happens, we see that suffering on our daily commutes. And, we may not all be social workers, but there is always something we can do to help.

Depending on how you want to make an impact, some ways to be involved include: (more…)


A reader reports:

“We’ve been noticing for several months / weeks that the corner store at 522 K Street NE has been under slow and steady renovation. Today we noticed that a temporary sign for Old City Market had been put up.”

Their website says:

Welcome to Old City Market and Oven, your convenient corner store carrying the finest in beers, wine, coffee, roasted meats, vegetables and baked goods fresh from our wood fired oven, as well as all the other provisions you may need to stock your home. Come in and have a freshly pulled espresso or cappuccino. You can sip and sit, or browse the shelves downstairs stocked with American and International foods. Pick over our ripe fruits and vegetables. Select from our vast wine and beer offerings. Snack on our fresh baked muffins, scones, cookies and other sweet or savory treats. Savor the smell of our roasted meats, fish, and vegetables. Take your time and experience it all, while we prepare your food to your specific order, or if you’re in a rush come in and head over to our grab and go.

We are here to accommodate you. But be forewarned, all of the food that is prepared in our market is cooked the old fashioned way: with fire in caves, just the way your great, great, great, great . . . grandparents did ten thousand years ago. Come to the Market and see our cave: a huge six-foot diameter stone oven. In the morning, you will see our cooks pulling out fresh baked muffins and scones, and later in the day they will be roasting meats and vegetables. Then when you are on your way home from work, we will fire that baby up to over 700 degrees and start cooking some of the best pizzas you will find in this City!”

Stay tuned for an opening date!

522 K Street, NE

union station
Courtesy Union Station Redevelopment Corporation

From a press release:

“Today, Washington Union Station reveals a restored, historic Main Hall. Covered for the past four years in scaffolding as rehabilitation work was underway, the historic space is now unobstructed, as originally designed, for the first time in almost 50 years.

Opened in 1907 as the General Waiting Room of the station, the Main Hall was well known for its impressive scale, stretching 219 feet by 120 feet, with a ceiling height of 96 feet, and grand gold-coffered ceiling. Historically lined with mahogany benches, the Main Hall functioned as large open space until the 1940’s. The onset of World War II resulted in increased traffic at the station, and ticket counters were expanded from the West Hall into the Main Hall, to accommodate the demand. In the 1970’s as train travel declined, and air travel became more popular, ideas to reactivate the grand space were evaluated. (more…)