union station
Photo by PoPville flickr user Ian Livingston

From MPD Saturday Night:

“First and foremost: THIS IS NOT AN ACT OF TERRORISM or any way related to the acts of terrorism in France.

This evening at approximately 8:15 PM, members of the First Police District responded to 701 1st Street NE for the report of shooting within Union Station involving an off duty law enforcement officer. Upon our arrival, we located an adult male subject suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was treated briefly on the scene and transported to a local area hospital where he is in surgery now under police guard.

A second individual was discovered with a gunshot wound to ankle and was transported to a local area hospital, conscious and breathing, where she was treated and released. A third individual was located suffering from a facial wound and was also transported to a local area hospital, conscious and breathing, where she was treated and released.

During the course of our preliminary investigation, it was discovered that an off duty police officer, employed by a law enforcement agency in the state of Maryland, observed a male subject stabbing a female inside Union Station and confronted the male armed with the knife. The male subject armed with the knife, was shot multiple times by the off duty police officer who discharged his weapon to neutralize this threat. During this discharge, a non-involved witness was struck and received an injury to her ankle.

This event was domestic related and the male armed with the knife and the female who received a facial wound knew each other and were related. This was not a random act of violence.

Should you have witnessed this event or have direct knowledge about the facts and circumstances, you are asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department on (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

Ed. Note: In September there was also a domestic incident where “A Special Police Officer shot the suspect” in Union Station.

Photo courtesy Mallory Yu

It is no secret that we at PoPville are quite fond of street chickens. So it was with great joy that I received the following email late yesterday afternoon:

“NPR found a chicken this morning. It is now sleeping quietly in the office of our former International Editor. It’s a hell of a story. If you’re interested, please follow up.”

Sweeter words were never read. So follow up I did. Following is the story of the NPR street chicken.

npr chicken

Many thanks to Adam Cole who filled in the details:

“I’m a science reporter here at NPR who runs a blog/youtube channel called Skunk Bear.

Yesterday, I glanced out the window and saw a decidedly fancy chicken strutting around on the grass in front of the DC Housing Department. It had attracted the attention of several NPR employees, including music librarian Robert Goldstein and the head of our health blog, Scott Hensley. I headed downstairs to get a closer look. A passerby (in pic 02, NY hat) was alternatively fascinated with and terrified of the bird. “What is that thing?” he asked repeatedly.

Foreign affairs correspondent Jackie Northam arrived on the scene expressing concern for the chicken’s safety. We bystanders resolved to catch the chicken and protect it from the morning North Capitol traffic. Ten embarrassing minutes later, I had grass stains on my knees and the chicken had given in to stereotypes and crossed the road.

Enter Jason Beaubien, chicken owner and neighborhood hero. Hardened by years of covering coup attempts in the Ivory Coast and Mexico’s drug war, Jason rallied us all to corner the chicken in a tuft of ornamental grass where he was finally able to grab it. The chicken sensed Jason’s quite power and calmed down immediately. It is now resting in the vacated office of our former international editor (now executive editor of news), Edith Chapin, inside a converted mail bin. (more…)

wunder garten
150 M Street, NE

From an email:

“Fall is definitely here and the Wunder Garten team is planning to close out the season with a last big bash on Friday, November 13, from 3 PM to close. We hope you can come by to raise a pint to a great first season with your favorite bar tenders and our friends from REI. Music, drink specials, giveaways, and prizes abound. Our last day of operation this year will be Saturday, November 14 (2 PM to close).

Until we close down, Wunder Garten will be open every day (weather permitting) serving German beers and regional microbrews.”

701 Florida Avenue Northeast

This rental is located at 701 Florida Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“1-bedroom 1 bath. 4 Blocks from NoMA Metro. Close to Downtown, Union Market and the shops, galleries and restaurants of H Street. HVAC and Washer/Dryer. Duplex apt.Hardwood floors, W&D, stainless steel appliances, washer & dryer in unit, quartz counters, custom kitchen & tiled baths.”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,435/Mo.


From Espita Mezcaleria:

“What: Espita Mezcaleria, a Oaxacan restaurant and mezcaleria opening in the Shaw neighborhood in D.C. in late 2015, brings a taste of Oaxaca to D.C. at their very first pop-up at Dolcezza Factory on Monday, November 9th, 2015. The 4-course Mole & Mezcal Tasting Dinner event will highlight masa, mole, and a selection of paired mezcals from Fidencio Spirits. The feast will begin with a welcome drink and a family-style menu with dishes such as Eggplant Sopes with Salsa Borracha and Mole Verde de Pepitas over Country Pork Ribs, and a dessert collaboration with Dolcezza Gelato’s Robb Duncan.

MENU (more…)

noma circulator

From DC Circulator:

“Last year, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) conducted the DC Circulator Transit Development Plan Update. During this study the NoMA, “North of Massachusetts Avenue,” area was identified as a top neighborhood for future DC Circulator service.

DDOT created an online comment form to collect feedback on preferred potential NoMa Circulator routes. The comment form will present any NoMa resident, employer, employee and/or visitor with the opportunity to participate in focus-groups scheduled for December 2015. At each focus group, DDOT staff will present potential route options and ask attendees for their thoughts and opinions about the potential service.

Click to view PDF of potential NoMa route options. (more…)

via google maps

From a press release:

“The NoMa Parks Foundation, recently acquired a parcel at Third and L Street, NE that will be developed into NoMa’s first park. The acquisition adds to the great community amenities in NoMa and makes good on the promise of beautiful public spaces for the neighborhood. The lot is the first acquisition for the NoMa Parks Foundation and will enable the creation of a roughly 8,000 square foot park. The land is titled to the District of Columbia government.

The NoMa Parks Foundation invites community members and park enthusiasts to the second NoMa Parks Community Conversation to discuss plans for NoMa Parks and public spaces. This community meeting will take place on November 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1225 First Street, NE. Representatives from D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation and other government partners will attend. A community meeting to discuss the Third and L Street, NE lot will be held soon thereafter. For more information and to RSVP for the November 19th Community Conversation, please visit www.nomaparks.org.”


Thanks to @TonyTGoodman for sending word about Union Station’s newest food court option coming soon:

“.@Charleys Philly Steaks coming to Union Station food court. 3rd DC location after Bolling AFB & L’Enfant.”

Charleys website says:

“We’ve been perfecting our craft for over 25 years. So trust us, we know a thing or two about giving you the best Philly Steaks on the planet. In fact, every Philly Steak we serve is made with 100% USDA Choice Steak, 100% All-White Meat Chicken Breast & Fresh Deli Meats. Guaranteed. You’ll never find a microwave in our stores–because each Philly Steak is grilled fresh, right when you order it. So when you’re at Charleys, you simply can’t go wrong.”

Check out their menu here.


gun found in Petworth back in 2008

After this morning’s report of three guns found in a grill – a reader reports:

“my neighbor found one in hers in noma about a month ago. cops were very proud they “recovered” it. Tweeted it. Um, no, she did and called y’all. I was pushing my 1 yo in a stroller and she called me over to confirm that’s what it was. Then we decided to move out of DC.”