This battle is starting to get bloody.

From a press release:

“NoMa just got even more bike-friendly, with new air pumps and a free public repair station installed in the neighborhood. To serve cycling traffic from the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the beautiful new cycle track on First Street, NE, the NoMa BID has installed a bright orange FIXIT station, an outdoor, tamper-resistant repair station that includes all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. The FIXIT station is located right off the Metropolitan Branch Trail ramp on M Street, NE, under the underpass and across from the M Street entrance to the NoMa/Gallaudet U Metro station.

In addition, the NoMa BID has installed five new, tamper-resistant, bright orange bike air pumps throughout the neighborhood at the following locations:

· First and M Streets, NE, northwest corner of the intersection
· M Street, NE, right off the Met Branch Trail ramp next to the new Fixit Station
· Third and L Streets, NE, southeast corner of the intersection
· On First Street, NE, just south of K Street, NE, adjacent to the Burnham Wall
· On North Capitol at H Street, NE, adjacent to the University of the District of Columbia (more…)

1309 5th Street, NE courtesy of Bidwell

From an email:

Bidwell is ready to make your weekend delicious!

Now open for breakfast on weekends from 9:30 – 10:30

Live Music Outdoors
Saturdays 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Sundays 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Rooftop Garden Tours starting at 3:00 pm”

Check out their breakfast menu here and other menus here.

What’s the word on their dinner menu?

Photo by PoPville flickr user ianseanlivingston

From a press release:

“The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released today a letter sent to officials at the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) urging them develop a new plan to address traffic congestion in front of Union Station. Norton’s office has received complaints from residents, Members of Congress, congressional staff and bus companies that they are missing trains or having to get out of taxis and other vehicles in order to make trains. In her letter, Norton calls upon USRC and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) to hire consultants to deal with the issue.

“Amtrak riders, including D.C. residents and Members of Congress, have justifiably complained that the current traffic patterns at Columbus Circle often are chaotic, and, many times, passenger cars with luggage have to wait in lines so long that they are unable to reach the entrance of the station to unload their luggage,” Norton said of the situation. In her letter, she wrote “Frequently, passengers, in order to make their trains, often feel they must begin offloading their luggage before they reach the entrance to Union Station, further slowing traffic. I am requesting that USRC and DDOT seek outside consultants to deal with the traffic pattern and implement a new traffic pattern in Columbus Circle that prevents vehicular delays.”

The current traffic pattern at Columbus Circle is relatively new and is based on a ten-year study undertaken by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT). USRC and the developer that oversees the circle have hired additional people to monitor the traffic to ensure vehicles are using the proper lanes, but there is little evidence of their presence or effectiveness. Norton’s office was informed that USRC is also part of a working group with the District of Columbia, the Metropolitan Police Department, Amtrak, and the National Park Service that is looking at ways to produce signage that will aid drivers.”

The full letter follows: (more…)

1309 5th Street NE

From a press release:

“Union Market, home to the highly acclaimed food market will bring back the wildly popular Drive-In outdoor movie series this summer. The Union Market Drive-In will screen outdoors on Union Market’s 3-story wall on Fridays. People will be able to watch the movies from their parked cars and listen through their car radios or from the picnic area in front of the market. A variety of Union Market vendors and Suburbia will also participate serving themed food, drinks and snacks.

The Union Market Drive-In is $10 per car and tickets are available online here but seating in the picnic area will be first come first serve, free of charge.

The theme of the Summer Series is Summer Escapes. All of the movies feature some of our favorite exotic destinations including Hawaii, the Mediterranean Coast, Australia and Monaco.

The schedule for the Union Market Drive-In is as follows: (more…)


Thanks to a reader for sending from Shake Shack’s opening in Union Station this morning:

“This is a great design. There are three entrances, one from the outside, you can see in the middle of this picture. One from the corner entrance which is on the left in this picture, its the entrance next to Starbucks and one next to Roti.


Tons of seating upstairs, tables, booths, and lounge type chairs.”


Upstairs seating:


and @JoshGFlood tweets us the line at lunch:



From a press release:

“Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) is proud to announce that it will open its fourth Shake Shack® location in our nation’s capital this Monday, June 23 at 10:30AM inside historic Union Station, one of the largest and busiest transportation hubs in the U.S.

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, delicious flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, hand-cut fresh fries, craft beer and wine, and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following in DC and across the globe.

Like its DC predecessors on F Street, in Dupont Circle, and at Nationals Park, Union Station’s menu has all the Shake Shack classics, from delicious 100% all-natural Angus beef ShackBurgers® and griddled-crisp flat-top dogs to our exclusive Brooklyn Brewery ShackMeister® Ale. The Shack will have two location-specific frozen custard concretes that feature local bakers: Busy Bee (vanilla custard, strawberry puree and Baked & Wired Bee Sting bar with sliced almonds and honey); and Beaux-Arts Banana (vanilla custard, caramel sauce, banana and graham crackers from Pollystyle). The Dupont Circle Shack’s popular Washington Monu-Mint (chocolate custard, minted marshmallow sauce and chocolate truffle cookie dough) will also be available at Union Station.

Prominently located in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, the two-story Union Station Shack is in the original West Hall of the restored and revitalized landmark building, which dates back to 1907. Modeled in the monumental Beaux-Arts style, Union Station serves AMTRAK, regional commuter trains and the Washington Metro. With more than 90,000 visitors passing through its historic halls daily, Union Station is also a thriving retail center and frequently hosts major cultural and civic events.

Shake Shack Union Station, which has been carefully designed to harmonize with the historical fabric of the edifice’s structure, will feature a custom planter and trellis created by SHIFT_DESIGN that will grace one of the neo-classical niches in the restaurant’s waiting area. In addition, in keeping with Shake Shack’s eco-responsibility commitment, the Union Station location is constructed with recycled and sustainable materials and features energy-efficient kitchen equipment and lighting. Chairs and booths are made from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and tabletops are made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes by Brooklyn-based CounterEvolution. Good ‘n green.

As part of its mission to Stand for Something Good®, Shake Shack Union Station will donate 5% percent of sales from the Beaux-Arts Banana concrete to the nearby non-profit Casey Trees, devoted to restoring, enhancing, and protecting the tree canopy of DC. Shake Shack staff will also volunteer at events run by the eco-friendly organization.”

West Hall of Union Station in the former America restaurant space


A reader writes:

“I know you posted about the first attack, but another woman was attacked the same day!”

The report from WTOP:

“Chanel Marshall, 30, tells WTOP that she was walking from work to the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station about 5 p.m. when she was attacked from behind by a man who had followed her along the trail.”

Ed. Note: We’ve previously discussed safety issues and concerns on the MBT here.


From an email:

“DC’s acclaimed Union Market and Reading International, Inc., have announced that the Angelika Pop-­-Up, a three screen micro cinema located in the growing Union Market district, will open today, June 13, 2014.

Below you will find the special programs offered.

Angelika Pop-Up Press Release (PDF)


Coffee Club – $6 ticket plus FREE coffee
All shows before 12pm, 7 days a week
Early birds get a double-value treat! Attend any show before noon for just $6, and receive a complimentary Intelligentsia drip coffee!

Crybaby Matinee – Babies welcome – $6 ticket plus FREE coffee
Every Wednesday at 12pm

Every Wednesday at noon, relax and enjoy a movie without worrying about unexpected tantrums. We keep the sound volume down & changing tables available. Discounted $6 Coffee Club admission for adults & children under 5 are free! See the full crybaby schedule here.


Student Tuesday – $9 ticket plus FREE popcorn
All day every Tuesday w/ Valid ID
Every Tuesday, bring your student ID to the box office to receive a complimentary 64oz. popcorn when you purchase a discounted student ticket! Anyone with a valid student ID is welcome. Discounted student tickets are not available for purchase online.

Summer Intern Night – $9 ticket plus FREE choice of Hot Dog or Nachos
Thursdays in June, July, August – All shows after 5pm
They might be worked to the bone for little or no pay – but life as a Washington intern has its perks. Every Thursday night from June through August, Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market invites summer interns to unwind with $9 tickets, a FREE hot dog or nachos, and the most interesting films in town at Summer Intern Night.

Give us your tired, your underpaid,
Your youthful masses yearning to eat free
And see unique films for just $9.
Send these, the interns, tempest-tost
to the Angelika Pop-Up cinema.

Angelika Pop-Up Menu (PDF)

In addition to the familiar theater concessions of popcorn and soda, a menu featuring a selection of packaged snack foods and drinks of the gourmet quality Union Market guests are accustomed to has been curated by former Food Network executive Bruce Seidel (Hot Lemon Productions) and former Food Network chef Santos Loo. Among the special items that guests can enjoy before, during or after their film are: Rosemary Truffle Popcorn, Crunchy Kale Chips, Maple Bacon Chuao Chocolate Bars, Intelligentsia Coffee, and a selection of craft bottled beers and wines.”

550 Penn Street, NE