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Photo from last year courtesy Union Market

From a press release:

“On Friday, June 5, 2015, Union Market – the vibrant district in Northeast DC – will bring back its wildly popular drive-in movie series. Best known for honoring themed movies, the June 2015 series will “flashback” every Friday, rolling out films that salute the ‘80s and ‘90s decades. The June line-up will feature blockbuster hits Jurassic Park, Pretty Woman, Space Jam and Beverly Hills Cop. Union Market’s June Drive-In Series is supported by Shinola, the makers of handcrafted, American-built watches, bicycles, leather goods and journals.

The classic American pastime will take place in Union Market’s spacious parking lot, projected on the two-story front wall. The fare is $10 per car, or free in the picnic area for walk-ups & bikers on a first come, first serve basis. Car passes can be purchased here, with a portion of ticket sales benefitting the Wheatley Education Campus, located in DC’s nearby Trinidad neighborhood. Patrons can either tune in through a car radio or listen over the market’s loud speakers.

The DC Rollergirls will return to this year’s series, on-hand delivering speedy snacks and drinks on wheels. All 40 Union Market vendors will remain open for service, and cinephiles craving a salty-sweet mashup will enjoy complimentary Shinola Cola and popcorn throughout the evening.

EVENT DETAILS:

WHEN
Kicks off on Friday, June 5, 2015
Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Gates close at 7:45 p.m. Film begins at 8:00 p.m.
Union Market Parking Lot
13905 5th St. NE

MOVIE LINE-UP
Friday, June 5 – Jurassic Park
Friday, June 12 – Pretty Woman
Friday, June 19 – Space Jam
Friday, June 26 – Beverly Hills Cop”

From @DCPoliceDept:

“1D Shooting- 1200 blk N.Capitol St NW, 2152 hrs. No lookout/”

Ed. Note: On Sunday morning there was a Shooting Homicide in the 1800 block of North Capitol St, NE.

Also on twitter a couple readers tweet @PoPville around 11pm:

“Gunfire in Columbia Heights? Sounded like 6 or 7 shots near 11 and Girard. Or I don’t know what gunfire sounds like.”

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1340 4th Street, NE

Last month we learned that Masseria was coming to the old school part of Union Market. Lots more info from a press release:

“It is with great excitement that we share the news on Stefanelli’s first solo venture, Masseria, opening early Summer 2015 in the Union Market district of Washington, DC.

Masseria, a new restaurant and a first for chef Nick Stefanelli, will be a celebration of big, harmonious flavors and the finest Italian cooking that shaped his palate as a child. The restaurant’s name carries a heartfelt meaning, defining the charming agricultural farm of the Puglia region, which is heavily rooted in Stefanelli’s heritage. All of which means that running his own restaurant will now be more of a lifestyle than a profession, by taking the pretense out of fine dining and keeping it to just a whisper through its service. Entering into a handsome courtyard with relaxed seating, Masseria, an exclusive restaurant for 60 guests, will combine the raw and simple look of an Italian country estate, the industrial grit of the Union Market district, and the undeniable chic of its fashion-savvy chef-owner. Italian food that sings with touches of coastal cultures will be a fitting reward for all who dine at Masseria, because Stefanelli and his skillful team – comprised of General Manager and Advanced Sommelier David Kurka, formerly of Brabo and CityZen, and head bartender Julien-Pierre Bourgon of the acclaimed cocktail lounge PX – believe so passionately in both provenance and taste.”

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Very good news from Shake Shack:

“Capital city commuters, your mornings just got a whole lot tastier. Shake Shack breakfast is now arriving at Washington D.C.’s Union Station, Monday, May 11th.

Previously available only at the JFK Airport Shacks, NYC’s Grand Central Terminal, and Dubai International Airport, Shake Shack breakfast will be served at Union Station on weekdays from 7AM – 10:30AM, starting May 11th.

Wake up and smell the Shack in three breakfast varieties: Sausage, Egg N’ Cheese ($4.75), Bacon, Egg N’ Cheese ($4.75), and Egg N’ Cheese ($3.75). All three sandwiches consist of griddled-fresh Niman Ranch cage-free eggs, served with American cheese on a toasted potato bun. The sausage breakfast sandwich is topped with all-natural Shack pork sausage, and the bacon variety includes all-natural applewood smoked bacon.

Rounding out the brand new breakfast items at the Union Station Shack is a selection of coffee and tea. Get a wake up call with Shack drip coffee ($2.25 for 12 oz., $2.75 for 16 oz.), an exclusive Stumptown Shack blend, organic and sourced direct trade from farms in Central & South America and Indonesia. Caffeine lovers can also fuel up with Stumptown cold brew–steeped and cold pressed Stumptown iced coffee, brewed and bottled in Brooklyn ($4.75 for 10.5 oz. bottle)–or Stumptown cold brew with milk, sweetened with natural cane sugar ($4.75 for 16 oz. carton). Tea fans can warm up with a cup of organic and fair trade hot breakfast tea ($2 for 12 oz.).

For cold refreshments, the Shack will be serving fresh squeezed orange juice with organic oranges ($4 for 12 oz.) and Organic Apple Juice by Honest Kids Appley Ever After ($1.85 for 6.75 oz.).

All aboard!”

Get ready for more lines:

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“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to make you aware of an incident tonight [Thursday]: at around 6:35 pm, I was on M street NE walking from 1st toward North Capitol when I saw a group of three teenage girls.

One of them fired a stun gun at my dog, which thankfully missed. The girl thought it was funny and was doing it as a joke, but if she had hit him, it likely would’ve killed him. I turned around and when I started to move towards the girls, they ran off.

I called the police and filed a report. To the MPD’s credit, I went outside again around 9:30, and there was a cop car parked right in front of where the incident occurred and another up the block plus two officers in my building’s lobby.

Just wanted to make sure people were aware this is a thing dog owners apparently need to worry about now. Has anyone else had problems with teens with tasers in NoMa?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user evegophotos

From the NoMa BID:

“NoMa Summer Screen returns in its 8th season with a smorgasbord of dance films, from oldies to Bollywood to cult favorites. In addition, this year’s film series under the stars will be hosted in a new location at the Storey Park lot, a future development site at First and L Streets, NE, that will be transformed for 2015 into NoMa’s best pre-park yet.

NoMa Summer Screen is the city’s most popular free, outdoor film series, attracting hundreds of neighbors each Wednesday from May 27 to August 19. The event starts at 7 p.m., and films start at dark. Join your friends for DJ music and dance classes, as well as the usual food trucks, picnicking, art and more. All movies are screened with subtitles.

The film lineup:

· May 27: Dirty Dancing (PG-13, 1987)
· June 3: Center Stage (PG-13, 2000)
· June 10: Bride & Prejudice (PG-13, 2004)
· June 17: Flashdance (R, 1983)
· June 24: Strictly Ballroom (PG, 1992)
· July 1: Grease (PG-13, 1978)
· July 8: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (PG, 1984)
· July 15: Singing in the Rain (Not rated, 1952)
· July 22: Save the Last Dance (PG-13, 2001)
· July 29: Moulin Rouge (PG-13, 2001)
· August 5: Stomp the Yard (PG-13, 2007)
· August 12: Footloose (R, 1984)”

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to send this along as yet another advisory on package theft. I live on 4th & I St, NE, and had a package stolen at 3:29 yesterday – less than a minute after it was delivered by UPS. You can’t see the guys face, but he’s wearing a pretty bright red sweatshirt. Can you pass this along in case anyone saw anything, or at the very least as a heads up?

We’ve contacted MPD and UPS, so maybe something will come of it. The UPS delivery man even stuck the package behind our recycling bin. So it’s pretty clear the guy was just following the truck.

Thanks,
Your frustrated neighbor in NE”

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Photo by Keith Krosinsky

“Dear PoPville,

Today [Tuesday] while I was walking home from work up North Capital St I witnessed smoke that started to pour out of a shuttle bus that was parked on the closed off section of the O St NE unit block. This smoke quickly turned dark black and I proceeded to phone in what was apparently a fire to 911. As I did so large flames began to emerge from the vehicle, and a number of apparently homeless people began to exit from a number of other similar shuttle buses parked nearby. One of these people thanked me for phoning in the fire but that proceeded to immediately ask if I had any money. The fire quickly engulfed the vehicle and I could feel that heat of the flames from at least 25 yards away. I just hope that no one was trapped in that bus.

I thought that it was worth writing in about this issue for a number of reasons.

I have noticed that this odd section of O St NE, which is fenced off at both ends and contains a number of apparently disused shuttle buses has become something of a squatter camp for homeless people and I have often noticed them milling about the immediate area during the evenings. This is an area near the Washington Firehouse Restaurant (somewhat ironic) and and the NOMA metro station and this block adds a particular level of blight to an area that has been improving in recent years. I don’t understand why this street is shut off, why these buses are haphazardly parked in the area and why it has been allowed to become a defacto camp for homeless people. Apparently something went wrong (to my untrained eye it appeared that an accelerant might have been involved as the fire spread extremely quickly), and this would seem to demonstrate the type of public safety hazard that squatter camps can impose.

I also wanted to bring up an issue that has been discussed on PoP recently, namely 911 call response times. My call to 911 was immediately answered (a good thing since I was apparently the first person to phone it in) and fire trucks were dispatched before the call was over. DC Fire & EMS arrived within 5 minutes of my call and quickly extinguished the fire. Not sure if the quick response time was due to it being a vehicle fire but I thought it was worth mentioning that, at least in this case, DC 911 and emergency services performed as any DC resident would hope.”

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Photo taken 7:10, Tuesday by Rob Rutledge.