neal place
1300 4th Street, NE

A reader reports:

“I stopped by the new Neal Place Tap+Garden yesterday and wanted to report that it is now open! They have been apparently open for close to 2 months, and even though I have stopped by there multiple times I did not see many people there so I assumed they were not open.

We walked in yesterday and talked with one of the employees. They have been open for about two months. It is open Thursday through Sunday each week (entirely sure on the hours for those days). Just thought it would be nice to send out another update on the blog to let people, who may not be quite as inquisitive as I was, know that the new beer garden is now open. They had a pretty decent selection of craft beers for a great price (all beers are between $5-7).”

“Over 3,000 Washingtonians turned out for the fifth annual DC Scoop event last year” Photo credit: Travis Vaughn

From a press release:

“Union Market, northeast D.C.’s vibrant retail and culinary district, invites local families, friends and ice cream fans out for the sixth annual DC Scoop event on Sunday, July 17 from 1 to 4pm. The highly-anticipated, free ice cream extravaganza will take place at Dock 5, the indoor space above the Market, where ice cream vendors from 11 different creameries will put their best foot forward to win the coveted “Best Ice Cream” title.

DC Scoop guests will enjoy a wide array of free samples and servings for purchase, including gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and soda shoppe-style scoops. Frozen treat fanatics at the family-friendly event can also participate in ice cream-eating contests, raffles and giveaways. Timber Pizza Co. will provide savory complements to patrons’ favorite desserts, while Union Market vendor Buffalo & Bergen will join the fun to serve Root Beer Floats to kids.

Nicecream Factory, the 2014 and 2015 DC Scoop winner, pairs liquid nitrogen with fresh local ingredients to create flavors for customers on the spot, a business model developed by owners Gilbert Welsford and Sandra Tran. “We were so excited to be recognized,” says Welsford. “There were so many incredible competitors participating in last year’s DC Scoop event. We’re passionate about what we do and we were glad to provide the D.C. area with what we think is the best ice cream out there.”

A panel of judges – including ice cream aficionados from Dolcezza and Puddin’ – will help crown the winner of DC Scoop. “Bringing a little sweetness to northeast D.C. is something we look forward to each summer here at the Market,” says Toyin Alli, owner of Puddin’. “I’m honored to be part of the Trinidad community and live out my dream of being an ice cream judge at DC Scoop.”

DC Scoop 2016 participants (more…)

513 Florida Avenue Northeast

This rental is located at 513 Florida Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“Fabulously renovated 1 bedroom english basement apartment, located a few blocks from the NoMA metro station. Features hardwood floors throughout, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances: refrigerator, dishwasher, range, and microwave. Includes washer and dryer. Near: Union Market, Harris Teeter, Starbucks, and Gallaudet University. All income sources are welcome. Owner is RE licensee.”

kitchen rental

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,700/Mo.

550 Penn Street, NE

Not a lot of info but the Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab at 550 Penn St. NE behind Union Market has been closed a few weeks according to a reader. After a few inquiries I’m told:

“Dolcezza Factory is temporarily closed, but hoping to be back up and running at some point later this summer.”

Updates as provided.

Kevin Sutherland


“Metro is showcasing photographs captured by Kevin Sutherland, the American University graduate student who was tragically killed aboard a Metrorail train on July 4, 2015, at the NoMa-Gallaudet Station starting today.

Sutherland was a talented photographer who enjoyed taking pictures of Washington, D.C. landmarks. He was traveling with his camera to the National Mall to capture Fourth of July fireworks when he became the victim of a horrific crime.

Working through Metro’s Art in Transit program, Sutherland’s family asked to display some of Kevin’s art, and Metro was pleased to provide the venue.”

union market movies
Rendering courtesy EDENS

Well this is a bummer, Washington Business Journal reports:

“Plans for a new Angelika Film Center above the Union Market building have been canceled, though it is unclear whether Edens, Union Market’s owner, has shelved its proposed expansion entirely.”

Back in November 2013 we learned:

““EDENS, one of the nation’s leading retail real estate owners and developers, announced today that they will partner with Reading International, Inc. to open an Angelika Film Center in EDENS growing Union Market district in 2015.”

150 M Street, NE last year, new location will be First and L Street, NE

From an email:

“REI is coming back to NoMa with a brand new line up of summer events! The NoMa BID today announced that REI is re-opening their popular REI Community Space at Wunder Garten, NoMa’s pop-up Bavarian bier garten and launching their “United Outside” campaign.  The NoMa BID will also be hosting the ever-popular NoMa Summer Screen, a 4th of July Bash and other exciting events for the entire community.

After a highly successful first season, REI’s Community Space at Wunder Garten will once again provide urban and wilderness adventurer’s throughout the DMV with the chance to come together in a unique neighborhood destination and enjoy outdoor classes, happy hours, fundraisers and some great parties this summer.

In honor of their D.C. flagship store opening this fall, REI recently announced their “United Outside” campaign, marking 100 days of outdoor recess dedicated to the belief that in the outdoors we can all find common ground. Many of REI’s events will take place in the Wunder Garten.

A few events being hosted by REI in their Community Space at Wunder Garten show the dizzying range of activities around which citizens can become “United Outside”, including: (more…)

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.