04/14/14 2:45pm

Photo courtesy Edgewood Community Garden

From an email:

“Good afternoon, everyone,

I wanted to reach out to all of you today to make you aware of an unfortunate incident that occurred at the Edgewood Recreation Center and Community Garden this past weekend. This garden is free and open to Edgewood neighbors and friends.

Approximately 40 volunteers gathered on Saturday at our annual spring planting at the Edgewood Community Garden located on the grounds of DC Parks and Recreation, Edgewood Recreation Center. Upon finishing, we had cleaned the entire picnic area, planted, and covered our 10 raised garden beds. Pictures of the garden planting and clean up are included.

Around 3pm that day, college aged students started to arrive at the picnic and garden area for the popularly advertised Dreams Never Die (DND) organization that was established by Howard University (HU) students (but in no way affiliated or supported by HU) “DRANKNIX II” party cause we down for whatever food, drinks and liq provided party. Approximately 500-700 people came to this party and trampled on the garden beds and left the premises trashed and damaged.


We want to restore the garden with Edgewood neighbors and Howard University’s Green Team and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Chapter, but we need your help to restore the garden as well. Considering that the garden is free and open to the public, we rely on generous donations from private individuals to sustain our efforts. We spent nearly the $400 we had available for this growing season for this weekend planting day. We want to restore the garden with our neighbors and Howard University Green Team student organization, but we need your help as well.

Please consider donating any amount (even $5 will go a long way!) you can today so we can begin planning for our restoration event. Your gift is tax-deductible and will be of great help in taking the next steps to restore and beautify the area again.

You can donate to the garden by clicking on this link and then locate the “Donate Now” button (please ensure that you include in your donation comment section “Edgewood Community Garden”). You can also send a check that is written out to the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center to:

Karin Bleeg
PO BOX 25172
Washington, DC 20027

Thank you for all of your supportive emails, phone calls, Facebook posts and positive energy you’re sending our way now, but most of all, since the beginning of this adventure.

To read more about the garden: Edgewood Garden

Very warmly,
Co-Director, Edgewood Community Garden”

03/26/14 3:00pm

2615 4th Street Northeast

This rental is located at 2615 4th Street, Northeast. The listing says:


You can see a few more photos here.

This studio is going for $975/Mo.

02/25/14 1:00pm

2704 10th Street Northeast

This house is located at 2704 10th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Lovely three level townhouse w/hardwood floors throughout, separate dining, open kitchen, finished basement, CAC, den with slider doors to the deck, fenced yard, 2 carport parking, as-is condition. Walk to Rhode Island Subway, Home Depot, CVS, Giant Food, banks, and restaurants. Call owner for appointment until box is installed. Contract is contingent on seller finding a home. Please LOCKUP.”

You can see a few photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $399,000.

11/19/13 1:30pm


On Sunday night @DCPoliceDept tweeted:

“Shooting in the 300 block of Adams Street, NE @2020 hours. No Lookout.”

Washington Post reports the incredible details:

It [the bullet] pierced the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt and bored into his wallet, going through his diver’s license, a bank card and a folded $10 bill. It struck five more cards and broke partway through the wallet’s cover, shattering the glass front of his smartphone.

“I am generally not a religious man, but this guy is blessed,” said D.C. Police Cmdr. Andrew Solberg, a 26-year veteran who heads the 5th District station, covering the area where Harris lives. “I want to go over and touch this man’s hand or clip off a lock of his hair. I want to rub him and feel some magic.”

You can see a photo of the wallet that saved the man’s life here.

11/04/13 11:00am


Washington Post reports:

“A charter school teacher walking on the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast Washington was beaten and robbed Thursday night by a large group of assailants, according to D.C. police.”


From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating multiple persons of interest in connection with a robbery force and violence which occurred in the 600 Block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE.

On Thursday, October 31, 2013, at approximately 9:15 pm, an adult male victim was walking in the area of the 600 Block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE when one of 10 persons gathered announced a robbery and the entire group assaulted him, took his property, and fled the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The persons of interest are described as black males between 18 to 22 years of age.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.”

In June we spoke about a cyclist attacked on the MBT at that time MPD responded to concerns here.

08/29/13 1:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

Earlier in the week MPD posted “Weapon Recovery in the 600 Block of Girard Street, NE” to the MPD-5D listserv:

“Day Watch Patrol Service Area (PSA)502 Units led by Sergeant Steinhilber responded back to this area for a complete canvass once day light broke and recovered a black 9MM HELWAN semi automatic handgun, from the front of an address in the 600 Block of Girard Street, NE, behind a cable box. The weapon was loaded with one round in the chamber and one round in the magazine. The hammer on the weapon was cocked!”

A member responded:

“Were any prints able to be lifted from the handgun? Did the fact that you are not equipped with enough manpower to police all 911 calls, prevent you from sitting on this firearm for a period of time to see if someone might come to get it?”

MPD responded this morning:

“The weapon is being processed at our state of the art Forensics Lab that performs a number of tests on firearms, magazines and ammo. We are staffed to manage calls for service and other self initiated assignments that come forth each tour and most importantly we are in the risk management business. That risk involves decision making concerning weapons. I would rather work the recovery with forensic analysis and good old fashion police work than risk the loss of a crime gun back into our community. I have made more death notifications to loved ones in 31 years than I care to think about. I cannot imagine the anguish a parent, wife/husband, brother/sister, extended family, friends, relatives and associates would feel hearing a family member was killed with a gun we were capable and able to recover immediately but chose to sit on in an attempt to make an arrest that may or may not be prosecuted. I will gladly leave those cases to TV and Hollywood.”

08/01/13 3:20pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

The Fifth Police District has made a significant arrest of an individual involved in a series of Home Break ins that occurred in and around our Bloomingdale/Edgewood Communities.

This suspect was arrested yesterday evening by members of the Fifth District Detectives Unit acting upon information provided by a victim. Armed with this information, 5D Detectives were relentless in following up on that information which led to this arrest.

This arrest led to a search warrant that yielded a number of personal items that had been taken from homes listed below (more…)

07/02/13 10:30am

Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 8.44.52 AM

From MPD:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department have announced an arrest has been made in connection with the Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Assault while Armed and Burglary that occurred in the 2400 block of 2nd Street, NE.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at approximately 4:00 am, two suspects entered a residence and produced a handgun and a knife. One of the suspects sexually assaulted an adult female before taking property and fleeing.

On Saturday, June 29, 2013, 18-year-old Tayvon Barber of Northeast DC, was arrested and charged with Burglary One while Armed and Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Assault while Armed, following an investigation by the detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department.

06/14/13 11:00am


Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 318 Bryant St NE
Legal Subdivision: Brookland
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brookland
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2 1/2 Basement: Yes, finished Parking: Street
Square Footage per tax record: 1321
Type of Ownership: Fee Simple
List Price at Contract: $449,900.
List Date: 04/23/2013
Days on Market: 9
Settled Sales Price: $425,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0
Settlement Date: 06/3/2013
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No
Original GDoN post is: here.
The listing can be seen: here. To see pics, open the link above and click on the camera icon to scroll through pics.

This post is for you, buyers or potential buyers who have become jaded because every listing in DC seems to get bid up over list price. Note that it did go fast…under contract in about a week, but the buyer was able to negotiate.

For those who poo poo’ed the location in the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post comments, this is located at the far west end of Brookland (also referred to as Edgewood), which is within a few blocks of Bloomingdale’s emerging restaurant district. I have long said that when one area starts getting pricey, it’s time to look at the edges of that neighborhood.

Currently there are four active listings for houses in Edgewood, including two on this block priced at $365,000. and $449,000. respectively. Six houses are currently under contract, and since the beginning of the year there have been fourteen houses sold ranging from $260,000. to $599,900.

The listing agent was Jon Ferris of DCRE. Robert Alexander of Stages Premier represented the buyer.

04/25/13 1:00pm

318 Bryant Street Northeast

This house is located at 318 Bryant Street, NE:

View Larger Map

The listing says:

“Recently renovated property in Edgewood. This house features hardwood floors, granite countertops, new cabinets, stainless steel appliances and new windows. Basement is fully finished with a full bath. Backyard has plenty of living space with a deck and brick pavers. Close to the metro.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $449,900.