City Kids is written by Takoma, DC resident Caroline. Caroline previously wrote about the Playseum.
Every Wednesday, the toddler set takes over Union Market with fun music and dancing. When we checked it out, we saw Mr. Skip, a singer and guitar player. Other regular performers include children’s artists such as Baba Ras D (also of BloomBars Harambe!), Mr. Gabe, Uno Dos Tres con Andres, and Ukelele Phil and the Hula Kids. Mr. Skip played fun songs including “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and Elvis’s “Hound Dog”. Kids in attendance ranged in age from newborn to age 4. Some kids preferred to sit with their caregivers, while those who wanted were invited to come forward to dance. Seating was provided for the adults, but it seemed to run out, and people were scattered along the perimeter. The show wrapped up just as the market vendors were opening for lunch—perfect timing for us to grab a bite and clear out before our nap time and the lunch rush.
Where: Union Market, 1309 5th St NE. Walk from NoMA-Gallaudet Metro, or park on the street.
When: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. (visit the Boogie Babes site for information on Thursday and Friday shows at Eastern Market and the ATLAS Performing Arts Center).
Cost: $5 per child, siblings under 6 months free.
More info: here
“The District Fishwife is Northeast DC’s first sustainable seafood market, opening at Union Market in NE DC at the end of January 2014. We will offer fresh and sustainably caught and raised seafood and prepared seafood for take-away, notably our own take on the classic Fish and Chips. Fiona Lewis is The Fishwife, and will be running the day-to-day operations of the shop. She brings a passion for seafood and the health of the world’s oceans, and a desire to educate customers to make more sustainable and healthy choices when they bring home seafood.
We’ve put everything we’ve got into this shop and we’re asking for your help now to get us to the finish line. Most of the equipment–cold room, display case, kitchen appliances, hood, etc.–is already purchased, and the build-out is almost complete, but we still need to have our equipment installed and put the finishing touches on the shop.
We are also committed to offering the best quality sustainable seafood available from Day One.In order to make sure we have the best fish we can find, we’ve brought on a local seafood expert as our fish buyer, Vernon Lingonfelter. Vernon knows good fish when he sees it, and we need to make sure he can pay for it on the spot.
So this is where you come in. We need about $20,000 to pay for these finishing touches and for working capital so Vernon can buy that top-quality sustainable fish when he sees it.
We’ve put together some fun perks to thank our funders, including shout-outs, magnets, beanies and caps, t-shirts, lunch for two, a one-on-one fish cutting class with Vernon, and a Feast of the Seven Fishes.”
You can read more and contribute here. Also watch the video above if you can, this place sounds awesome!
Union Market’s newest restaurant is about to open at 1309 5th Street, NE in NoMa. From a press release:
“Union Market, the highly acclaimed food market redeveloped by EDENS, one of the nation’s leading retail real estate owners and developers, announced today that renowned chef John Mooney will return to his roots in Washington D.C. to open his highly anticipated restaurant concept, Bidwell on Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Bidwell’s motto and mantra is “Responsibly Sourced”, acknowledging the heritage of American cuisine and the offerings of neighboring artisanal Market vendors. The restaurant is named after General John Bidwell, a general in the U.S. Army in the 1800’s, a United States Presidential candidate in 1892, and founder of Chico, California. He was an avid farmer known for developing the Bidwell heirloom melon, a gold medal winning flour, and is credited for California’s first commercial raisin crop. Much of the produce served at Bidwell will come from its own crop of fruit and vegetables grown in over seventy aeroponic planters on the roof of Union Market; this is literally roof to table cuisine.
The Bidwell menu will feature several of Chef Mooney’s signature dishes with Southern flair and flavor including: Gin & Tonic Salmon with Caramelized Cauliflower, Crispy Deviled Eggs with Homemade Ranch Dressing, Lobster Taco with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, and Suckling Pig. Completing the menu is a confidently curated selection of regional wines, craft beers and classic cocktails.
Designed by New York architectural firm GRADE, this expansive 120-seat restaurant will represent a perfect pairing of modern and historic industrial elements, GRADE’s way of acknowledging Union Market’s storied past while creating an enticing environment for its future guests. Design elements such as its strong lines and white tile lining the bar are balanced by aesthetically softer details including a sprawling white and beige marble countertop, reclaimed wood and charming lighting fixtures reminiscent of a time long ago. Its open kitchen with spacious Chef’s counter and additional outdoor seating will create a casual, social atmosphere in the midst of the bustling Market.
Chef John Mooney has traveled the world as a chef, honing his craft around a variety of cultures and cuisines. DC diners were the first to discover John, at Red Sage and then Raku. Following his time in D.C., Mooney launched the W Hotel New York’s flagship restaurant Heartbeat, where, as executive chef, his love for serving seasonal, fresh, and organic produce grew. In 2004, he was appointed corporate consulting chef of India’s Taj Hotel group, where he opened the country’s first organic restaurant, PURE by Michel Nischan. In 2008, at Highland Manor in Florida, he began aeroponic gardening. These practices were ultimately brought to the ultra-seasonal menu (and the rooftop) of his New York City West Village restaurant Bell, Book & Candle, where Mooney was named a 2011 StarChefs.com Rising Star Sustainability Chef. Bidwell will be an embodiment of his commitment to serving delicious, creative, naturally sourced American food.
Bidwell is located in Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington DC 20002 and the hours are as follows: Lunch will be served Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Dinner will be served Tuesday through Thursday, and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”
I took a peek at their friends and family menu and fondly recall something about lobster tacos…
Reminder: give yourself extra time to drop people off or pick them up at Union Station. Unfortunately, the new design of the circle is in many respects a failure, and the police, in terms of directing traffic are sticking in their cars while it is raining, from what I can tell.
Questions: Who is responsible for the design of the circle? Can I blame the DC Office of Planning and its Director, Harriet Tregoning or are others responsible for creating a drop off/pick up with three lanes for busses (that, particularly in winter, are staunchly defended by the bus lines yet are almost empty of busses), two lanes for taxis, and, essentially, one lane for all other cars?
It really is crazy that it took me as long to go from Northern Virginia to the circle as it took me to go around the circle. Of course it is not this bad throughout the year, but on almost any given day the car lane is backed up- and there is no reason for it, for with a simple re-design and law enforcement actively directing traffic, there shouldn’t be.
Perhaps more importantly, what should be done about it?
I’m thinking that switching the bus/trolley lane and the car lane is one idea. Another is to have a dedicated car drop off lane on one or the other side of the station is another possible solution. Of course they could actually expand the number of car lanes, but that would go against the anti-car ethos of the DC planning department (even if it is dropping off commuters/travelers at a train station).”
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Well this is incredibly awesome. On top of last week’s news of a new 10 screen theater coming to New York Avenue and N Street, NE between first and North Capitol from the folks behind E Street Cinema, comes this huge news from a press release:
“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.
Today’s announcement about Angelika’s opening furthers EDENS’ commitment of investment in this district. The Angelika, which operates the leading dedicated arthouse in the US, opened a state-of-the-art cinema at Mosaic in Fairfax, VA in September 2012. Exhibiting a range of film and alternative programming, the Angelika has become an important part of the cultural community in Northern Virginia and metro D.C.
Reading International and EDENS have been working to create a unique Angelika Film Center venue that will combine cutting edge presentation technology with elements of luxury and comfort in a stylish ambience capturing the rich and creative spirit already apparent in the Union Market district. This multi-screen cinema will offer luxurious seating and pristine digital projection with immersive sound systems. In keeping with its other cinemas, the Angelika will strive to offer Washington, D.C. the most interesting quality programming available. And, in keeping with Union Market’s progressive food offerings, the Angelika will serve a food and drink menu designed by Food Network/Cooking Channel veterans, Bruce Seidel and Chef Santos Loo. (more…)
So much incredibly good development news this week. Next up – new movie theater for NoMa! Thanks to all who sent emails and links. Urban Turf reports:
“The Landmark Theaters multiplex will be located in JBG’s Capitol Point project and is expected to open in the fall of 2016. The theater will occupy 31,000 square feet at the mixed-use project, and include a full-‐service bar, luxury seats, reserved seat selection, and 3-D projection.”
The theater will have 10 screens and be located in the planned JBG project – Capitol Point to be located at New York Avenue and N Street, NE between first and North Capitol.
Landmark Theaters are the same folks who run the awesome E Street Cinema. This announcement marks word of the second big movie theater coming to town – a 16 screen movie theater is also planned for Navy Yard.