Photo by Cassidy DuHon DuHonPhotography.com

“Dear PoPville,

A private security guard from Union Market attempted to remove me from a public sidewalk yesterday. I was taking engagement photos of a couple who’s been coming to the market since it opened, and really loves the FOLLOW YOUR HEART mural painted on the side of the building.

Since everyone involved was obviously on public property, I refused security’s request and tried to explain that a public sidewalk is fair game. The guard said that we weren’t allowed to use ‘big cameras’ there (I use a handheld but normal professional size camera) and then actually threatened to stand in all of our photographs if we refused to leave. After things got heated and I threatened to call the police to explain public property laws to her, she called a supervisor and backed off without apology.

Multiple colleagues of mine have been harassed by security in unusual ways at Union Market, both on and simply near the property. There’s no posted photo policy that I’m aware of, and let’s just say that the White House campus photography policy is less strict than this place.”

Photo by Cassidy DuHon DuHonPhotography.com


From the NoMa BID:

“For its fourth year the NoMa pumpkin patch will return to NoMa Junction @ Storey Park on October 26, 2016 from 5pm – 8pm. PumpkinPalooza is the perfect free fall event for everyone. Guests will have the opportunity to carve or paint a free pumpkin, savor treats from local food trucks, enjoy live bluegrass music, and meet new furry friends at the NoMa petting zoo.  This year the Lemon Bowl DC will be joining in on the fun and teaching fall terrarium making classes, Urban Stems will be sharing fall floral arrangement tips and Green Heart Juice Co. will be sampling and selling their fresh juices. Pumpkins, carving utensils, live music, petting zoo, face-painting, moonbounce, and the pet costume contest are all free. Food, beverages and the terrarium making class are available for purchase.

Live music will be provided by bluegrass band Kingstreet Bluegrass.

Food trucks Swizzler, Peruvian Brothers, Dangerously Delicious, Roaming Rooster and Tamales Pachuca will be on site all evening.

Details: (more…)

2nd, Delaware and M Street, NE

A reader reports around 7am:

“Three hours before opening, the line is already around the building. Slightly embarrassed to say I am one of them… The good news is there is free food and drink for everyone!

Also, just found out the people next to me in line came all the way from Ohio just for this. They left late last night, arrived at 3 a.m., and slept in the car in a parking garage. Didn’t know it was such a thing, but I guess they have been to numerous openings around the country.”

Peek inside here and check out the planned festivities here.

Update from a reader – A Marching band has arrived:

2nd and L Street, NE

2nd, Delaware and M Street, NE

We’ve been paying modest attention to the new Flagship REI coming to NoMa. Well it almost here so I thought it was time to pay proper attention. Let’s just get it out of the way – the space is SICK. Absolutely sick. Dope. Dope sky. Mint. Fresh. And definitely funky fresh. While I took a million pictures this is a good example of a place you really got to see in person to fully appreciate the transformation. Let’s not forget what the space looked like before (after its heyday):


And now it is simply a jaw dropper. I took a tour of the 50,000+ square foot space and here’s a taste:


All the details on the opening festivities here.

Approximately a million more photos after the jump. (more…)

courtesy Mokimedia

From a press release:

“WHO: Blue Point Brewing Company Shucktoberfest 2016

WHAT: Blue Point Brewing Company announces its first ever Shucktoberfest bash at The Courtyard at Maurice Electric at Union Market (500 Penn Street NE). The $75, four-hour festival will feature bottomless Blue Point Brewing Company beer, spiked beer cocktails and unlimited oysters & seafood bites from Rappahannock Oyster Company, including stuffn’ muffns’, clam chowder and fries. Shucktoberfest is an adult playground for beer and oyster lovers — think live bluegrass music and a beer gaming area with cornhole, bocce ball and giant Jenga. To top it off, Redskins fans can cozy up with an ice cold brew in the football viewing lounge, featuring large leather sofas and two 90-inch LED screens.

WHEN: Sunday, October 23 — Noon to 4pm

WHERE: 500 Penn Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20018 (The Courtyard at Maurice Electric @ Union Market)

TICKETS: All-you-can-eat-and-drink for $75. Link to purchase tickets.

“Dear PoPville,

We thought we should spread the word, in case this guy is a serial arsonist.

On Friday morning at about 2:30 am, we found our car on fire in our alley (entrance at 3rd and K Street). The video below (from a neighbor’s security camera) shows the arsonist, though his face is covered. Based on the video, we think he could have used a timer, and an explosive.


With a little help from the internet, we are now 99% sure that it was a thermite device. Basically, a homemade incendiary device where super hot combustibles put in a ceramic pot and set on fire. 1 lb. of thermite can melt through a car hood and an engine block in a matter of minutes.

Clearly, this guy has done this before. We’d like all of our DC neighbors to be on the lookout, and if they see someone who fits this MO, be aware that they could have a serious explosion and fire on their hands in 20 minutes. The guy appears to be about 6 feet tall, white, and carrying a large paper bag. He has a distinct walk and run, and was wearing very baggie clothes and running shoes.”

1101 First Street (at L), NE via Facebook

From an email:

“Wed, October 12, 2016
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Come meet the Anacostia Waterfront Trust team on Wednesday at REI’s awesome Wunder Garten in NoMa (just one block from the Red Line). Enjoy a beautiful autumn evening, great beer (both local craft brews and German classics) at a discount, and corn hole and trivia! The award-winning images of the Anacostia Watershed by nationally-acclaimed conservation photographer Krista Schlyer will be on display.

This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Anacostia and explore how you can get involved from AWT executive director Doug Siglin, who has spent almost forty years working on behalf of the river and surrounding community.

Registration is free, so bring a friend (or 10) to our beer garden happy hour. We can’t wait to meet you!”