stolen bikes
Photo by PoPville flickr user Caroline Angelo

“Dear PoPville,

When walking home from work last Thursday, I came to the intersection of First and M NE, right in front of Harris Teeter, at about 5:15 PM. A teenager had just hopped on a bike and ridden to the bike lane on the other side of the street from Harris Teeter, and he was looking back at his friend who was still at the bike rack. I didn’t think too hard about this normal behavior but then I noticed that he was too big for the bike, and the way he was watching his friend struggle at the rack was kind of strange.

I crossed onto M street and was walking along near the metro entrance and the two guys then came biking along in the bike lane on the other side of the street. They stopped across from me near the entrance to the bike trail, and one guy jumped off the bike and I saw him pull bolt cutters from the leg of his pants/waistband and put them into his backpack. The other guy had gotten off his bike and was looking at it, and I realized that odds are I’m watching a bike robbery in progress. Bolt cutters into the backpack, they hopped on the bikes and kept riding, turning right/south onto 3rd St.

I snapped a couple pictures of them- one of them had some distinct clothing/accessories. If your bike was stolen on Thursday from the rack outside Harris Teeter in NoMa, please reach out and I will give you the pictures to give to the police!”

Ed. Note: You can email me at [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch with OP.


Well this sounds pretty great – thanks to a reader for passing on from REI and Wunder Garten:

Saturday, October 17, 2015 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM REI Community Space at Wunder Garten: 150 M St. NE

What the heck is the REI Thingamajig? It’s a community gear swap in a beer garden with live music. Yes, that’s right: you can buy/sell/barter/trade used gear with other outdoor lovers while you listen to live Appalachian music and sip on craft beer in an outdoor setting. Oh, and the music is produced by Living Classrooms- our friends behind the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival. That means that the bands will be killer AND a portion of the entry price goes to support their amazing work providing supplemental environmental education to DCPS students. Sound awesome? We think so too.

$7 gets you in the door ($2 from each attendee going to support Living Classrooms).

The Lineup: Hollertown, Big Chimney, Jonny Grave

The first 50 people in the door with used gear to sell get a ticket for a free beer.

All people bringing gear to sell will get table space to merchandise their wares.

REI will NOT be selling used gear – this event is a platform for the outdoor community to sell items that they’re no longer using. You know that old tent in the back of your closet? Or that jacket that doesn’t fit right so you never wear it? Bring it and sell it.

All sales are person to person. REI will not be running a cash register. Bring cash to buy gear if you’re shopping, and cash to make change if you’re selling.

This is a swap for outdoor gear with some restrictions. No guns, knives, hatchets, or anything that could be construed as a weapon. No motors – human powered transport items only. No Life-protecting technical rock climbing equipment (ropes, hardware, protection, helmets). Think tents, jackets, pants, flashlights, stoves, etc. Bikes are ok. Items should be in decent shape and clean. Please tag your items for sale with a price ahead of time. REI reserves the right to review and refuse items for sale.

If you want your old gear to serve the community, consider donating the proceeds from the sale of your gear to Living Classrooms! More on their efforts at

Let us know if you have questions at [email protected], and we’ll see you at the Thingamajig!”

15 K Street, NE

Interesting development at the former Venus Lounge space on K Street just off North Capitol – XO is coming. The liquor license placard posted out front says:

“A Tavern serving American cuisine with a seating capacity of 320 and total occupancy load of 320. Requesting an entertainment endorsement to include dancing and cover charge and summer garden with 60 seats.”

Another spot called XO Restaurant and Lounge was supposed to be coming next door to Post Pub on L Street, NW. Not sure if they’re related. Updates when they get closer to opening.


Sugar Factory’s website says:

“Our eighth Sugar Factory location will be in the historic city of Washington, D.C. as a fab café and goblet bar in Union Station! All of our sweet fans can grab our special treats on the go when they are traveling for work or pleasure. One-of-a-kind candy confections have been created for our new D.C. home that include a signature All-American Couture Pop and White House-inspired gummies. We can’t wait to see what you all think of our new Washington, D.C. location this fall!”

I still don’t get the beer part.


100 Florida Ave, NE

Thanks to Matthew Orbin for sending. It’s been a long time since we heard anything about Union Social. I had about given them up for dead – but they look real close to opening – even posted their taps on their facebook page:

“Sneak peek of our 20 Tap Beer Selection!”


“Union Social is a DC Metro inspired casual, fine dining restaurant featuring a scratch kitchen and craft bar.”

Standby for an opening date.

via Google maps

From a press release:

“What was once an old parking lot is now Lunch Box, Washington D.C.’s first and only lunchtime food truck pod.

Located in the heart of NoMa at First Street and N Street NE, Lunch Box is an outdoor venue where people can have lunch on orange picnic tables and play games amidst building-sized murals. Lunch Box is open to the public weekdays from 11AM – 2PM. Every Wednesday at noon, there will be free concerts, giveaways, and food trucks.

The Wednesday Concert Schedule is as follows:

September 30: Rew Smith (Rock)
October 7: Tony M (Acoustic/Rock)
October 14: Darcy Dawn (Pop/Rock)
October 21: Jason Masi (Acoustic/Soul)
October 28: Levi Stephens (R&B/Soul)

Lunch Box will operate through the end of the fall, shortly thereafter construction will begin on JBG and Brandywine Realty Trust’s N Street NoMa development. This phase of the mixed-use project will bring great new retail, including a 7-screen Landmark Theatre, as well as 220 residential units, 119,00 SF of loft office space, and an additional 250,000 SF of office space.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

“On today’s date at around 12:01AM, two citizens walking northbound in the 900 block of First Street, Northeast, were approached by (2) subjects, (1) of whom attempted to snatch the purse off the citizen’s shoulder. During a struggle for the purse, the citizen was sprayed in the face with mace. The (2) subjects then fled northbound in the block without obtaining the purse.

The responding officers obtained a lookout for the two subjects, and during a canvass, two subjects matching the description provided by the victim and the witness were located a short distance away. Those two subjects were positively identified by the victim, placed under arrest and charged accordingly.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user James Jackson

For those on the east side:

“Bidwell [1309 5th Street, NE] will be holding a viewing tomorrow for the Republican GOP debate from 6pm and 8pm with a large projector for spectators and specialty drinks to suit the occasion. They will be offering a special “Trumptini” cocktail, a spin on a martini made with Tito’s vodka and a lemon twist, for $7”

and those on the west:

“The Looking Glass Lounge
3634 Georgia Ave NW

Come to Looking Glass to play Republican Debate Bingo! A winning card gets you a free draft beer or rail drink.

We’ll be sure to print enough bingo cards for everyone this time around.”

This unit is located at 837 4th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“STUNNING CONVERSION in booming H Street Corridor, 2BR/2BA “modern with character” renovation offers a 2 lvl unit, open flr plan, SS appliances, styled cabinets w/quartz & marble materials, premium HW floors, High ceilings, crown/ chair moldings, wd burning fpl & marble baths. Back & Roof decks. Living near it all -restaurants/retail, Giant, soon Whole Foods, Atlas PA, 2 Metros, 94 Walker Score”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $675,000 ($336 monthly fee.)


From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced the suspect who was shot by a special police officer in Union Station has died. The adult male suspect was initially involved in the stabbing of an adult female on Friday, September 11, 2015 at approximately 12:47 pm inside a building in the 100 block of F Street, Northeast.

A nearby security officer witnessed the stabbing and took action to intervene, at which time the suspect fled on foot with the knife. Special Police Officers pursued the suspect onto the grounds of Union Station, in the unit block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northeast, where in a public area of the building, the suspect engaged the officers with the knife. A Special Police Officer shot the suspect, who was then apprehended. The female victim and the suspect were transported to area hospitals for treatment where the suspect later died. The female victim is expected to survive. [The original offense appears to be domestic in nature.]

The identity of the decedent is being withheld pending confirmation of his identity and notification of the next of kin.”