rendering arts
rendering courtesy Dance Place

From a press release:

“Dance Place has been awarded a prestigious $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to support the creation of an Arts Park in the now vacant Kearny Street NE Alley between Dance Place and the adjacent Brookland Artspace Lofts. Funding will also support interactive programming for all ages as well as wayfinding efforts in our Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood.

The Park is located in the currently empty Kearny Street Alley between 3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE in Brookland/Edgewood. The space serves as an emergency route to the train tracks and is controlled by the District Department of Transportation’s Public Space Division, who have issued their support for the project. The site sits just off the Metropolitan Branch Trail and is two blocks away from the Brookland/CUA Metro station and bus stops.

The space will be converted into an artistic, playable green space. Design features include lighting and canopy overhead, entirely new colorful surfacing, a convertible outdoor stage, film screen and five public art commissions by local artists. (more…)


From MPD:

“On the evening of 10-26-15, complainant reports that while in the area of the Metropolitan Branch Trail near 8th & Edgewood St. NE he was approached by 3-4 suspects. The suspects assaulted the complainant, stole his property and then fled the area.

On 10-28-15, thanks to the diligent efforts of 5D Detectives and community involvement, a suspect was identified and arrested with no incident. The case continues to be investigated.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”


From MPD:

“On the evening of 10-26-15, complainant reports that while in the area of the Metropolitan Branch Trail near 8th & Edgewood St. NE he was approached by 3-4 suspects. The suspects assaulted the complainant, stole his property and then fled the area.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

dew drop inn
2801 8th Street, NE

From an email:

“My husband and I (also residents of Edgewood) have a start-up stromboli business called STUFF’t and are taking over the kitchen at The Dew Drop Saturday from 3:00 p.m to close.

A little about STUFF’t: We are a new, local start-up based out ofMess Hall in Edgewood. Our goal is to provide a modern and delicious take on the traditional Italian stromboli. Our ‘strombolis’ are made with homemade pizza dough, ‘stuff’t’ with a variety of meats, cheeses and vegetables and baked to crispy perfection. We are very excited to feature 4 varieties at the Dew Drop Inn: pepperoni & cheese; fresh & sundried tomatoes, basil and cheese; meatloaf & mashed potatoes; and chicken & waffles. ”

Check out the menu after the jump. (more…)

via google maps

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in in the 300 block of Franklin Street, Northeast.

On Sunday, May 10, 2015 at approximately 8:00 am, members from the Fifth District responded for the report of a robbery that occurred in the 300 block of Franklin Street, Northeast. Upon arrival, they located the victim who stated he was assaulted and then robbed of US Currency. The victim was transported and admitted to a local hospital for treatment. On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The remains of the decedent were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where it was determined that the cause of death was from blunt force trauma and manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The decedent has been identified as 65 year-old Santos Garcia, of no fixed address.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”


A reader reported earlier from the scene in:

“Brookland/Edgewood – Franklin Street between 7th and 10th St, NE. It is a disaster. Can’t pass through 30 + officers blocking.

Helicopters and at least 25 cop cars, probably around 40 officers and k9s on the bridge on Franklin between 10th and 7th street. Can’t cross the bridge/walking or driving. All traffic having to divert. I had to bike a completely different way home.

They were looking down toward the NoMa side of the bridge ..not so much toward the Brookland metro side. Not sure if someone was on the tracks or something?”

From MPD:

“The First Police District and the United States Park Police were investigating an Armed Robbery which occurred today at approximately 4 PM in the area of 14th and K Streets, NW. During the course of that investigation, First Police District Detectives were able to gather information about a suspect vehicle that was used by the suspect to make good his escape. That vehicles description was broadcast over all police radio frequencies for units in the field to stop, hold all occupants and notify the First District Detectives Office when located. Additional information was gathered that led our Detectives to an address on Franklin Street, NE where the suspect vehicle was in fact located.

The assistance of the MPD Special Operations Division’s Helicopter Branch and K-9 Corps were instrumental in assisting uniformed patrol units and detectives in securing the scene. Three persons of interest were taken into custody and the suspect vehicle was removed from the scene pending a search warrant. The case is currently being investigated and handled by Detectives of the United States Park Police with the assistance from Detectives from the First Police District.

The First Police District would like to thank Captain Lanciano and all members of the Fifth Police District that supported our efforts in recovering this wanted vehicle and taking these suspects into custody without incident.”


From an email:


To kick this off and to give you a chance to meet me and try our food for free, the Stevens’ and I are throwing a BBQ Wednesday, 9/2 at their house (1411 Girard St. NE), from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. I will be providing Whiffletree chicken wings and pork bratwursts off the grill for FREE! BYOB and a camp chair, if you like.

If you can, please let me know you are coming (email [email protected]) and how many are coming with you so I know how much meat to bring. If you don’t end up RSVP’ing, don’t let that stop you from coming–I will bring extras!

*Also, you are welcome to place an order for any of our food at this BBQ. I will arrive to the BBQ with your order at 5pm. Again, you would place your order at by 9pm 9/1.

This is an open-invitation BBQ, so please help us out and spread the word and bring your friends and family!

Our friends Bill and Alexa Stevens’ have generously agreed to be hosts of our new monthly DC delivery!

Here is how this works:
Step 1: Check out the product list here ( and email Jesse your order at [email protected]
Step 2: We deliver coolers to the Stevens’ yard (1411 Girard St. NE, DC 20017) with your order at 12:30pm on the first Wednesday of the month. You can pick up your order from 12:30 to 8:00pm.
Step 3: You will leave a check in the designated place at the Steven’s house for us.
Step Awesome: You eat food that is good for you, the land, the animals, the farmer, and the community–and is TASTY!”

2608 Georgia Avenue, NW

From the Pleasant Plains Workshop:

After 5 amazing years at our Georgia Avenue location, we will be consolidating our gallery and studio spaces at our workshop space in Brookland (703 Edgewood St NE #2). The Brookland space is where we’ve been working on our own artwork and teaching printmaking classes for a couple of years. We’ve decided to bring the gallery/shop over in an effort to focus on art making and streamline our business model. We’re pleased be joining the arts landscape that already exists here which includes Dance Place, The Monroe Arts Walk, and the Artspace Lofts. We’re also located above the new food incubator Mess Hall, around the corner from the new Dew Drop Inn, and conveniently situated between Brookland and Rhode Island Ave Metro Stations.

After Labor Day, we’ll have Saturday hours at our Brookland Space, with a focus on exhibiting and selling prints. We’ll also be continuing to teach screen printing and other classes by appointment, and offering additional artistic services (stay tuned!).

We cherish the time we’ve spent as a part of the Georgia Avenue Community, and the relationships we formed there are everlasting. We will continue to work with Georgia Avenue businesses on our annual temporary arts project, the Georgia Avenue Window Walk, and will host pop-up events (caroling!) along the corridor. Our roots on Georgia Avenue are deep, and the Pleasant Plains name follows us to Brookland…

Be on the lookout for another update in early Fall as we set up our new hours, classes, and exhibition schedule. We look forward to seeing you at our new space soon!”