05/23/14 11:47am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From The Yards Park:

“The Yards Park Canal Basin splash pool, waterfall, and fountains are a favorite destination for kids and adults alike in the Capitol Riverfront. With Memorial Day just around the corner, we wanted to give you an update on their status in the wake of the record rainfall and subsequent flooding that hit the DC region and our neighborhood as well. At the heaviest point during the rainfall, our pump room was flooded. The equipment designed to keep the water features clean and safe was damaged. We are working diligently to determine whether these pumps can be fixed, or must be replaced. At this point, we have removed two of the pumps to have them inspected and reconditioned.

While we hoped to have features available for Memorial Day, unfortunately this won’t be the case. At this point, we do not have an exact time for when the water features will be operational. Our goal is to find a long-term solution and to take steps that will prevent this kind of incident from happening again in the future.

Like you, we are disappointed that the water features are down, but we are committed to have them in working order as soon as possible. In the meantime, we encourage you to enjoy other fun things in the neighborhood including our Friday Night Concerts, the Riverwalk Trail, and the 42-jet fountain in nearby Canal Park. Please check The Yards Park website (www.yardspark.org) where we will provide updates on our progress.”

05/14/14 3:55pm

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Looks like we have a little turf battle of the banners going on in the 1100 block of 8th Street, SE. Who has the right to the block Barracks Row or Capitol Riverfront?

Side note – I’m digging the new (to me) Barracks Row banners:

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Side note two – thanks to reader for sending word that the former Levi’s Port Cafe space is for rent:

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1102 8th St, SE

05/01/14 4:55pm

El Mundo de los Luchadores

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling event at the DC Fairgrounds (1299 Half Street, SE) this Sunday, May 4th from 2-7pm:

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year by watching live lucha libre, or Mexican professional wrestling. See the glimmer of their colorful masks as wrestlers Pequeno Pierroth, Sangra de Aguila, Hijo de Dr. Wagner, and Hijo de La Park spin through the ring; smell the traditional Mexican street food; and dance to the beat of live music when you attend el Mundo de Los Luchadores — the world of Mexican pro wrestling — presented by Art Whino. Head to Navy Yard on Sunday, May 4 for a full day of excitement, including a Mexican-inspired live mural painting, an art exhibit that lets you get up close and personal with the masks of the luchadores, tropical punk music of Escarioka, and more.

Tickets here.”

04/24/14 2:38pm

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1st and M Street, SE

Thanks to @markwpeterson for tweeting us the photo above. JDLand has reported:

“Forest City Washington is making plans for temporary uses for that block while it works on longer-range plans to build office and retail space on the site.”

Temporary plans were reported as a temporary park and relocation of the Trapeze School.

And thanks to MB who emails us the photos below:

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04/23/14 10:25am

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1212 4th St, NW at the corner of 4th and M St, SE

Takorean’s liquor license placard has gone up at the new twelve12 building across from Bluejacket – it says:

“Quick service restaurant that will serve a variety of Asian inspired taco combinations and menu items. Occupancy Load#60, Sidewalk Café Seats #14.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday: 7am – 2am, Friday and Saturday: 7am-3am.

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Also coming soon – Harris Teeter:

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Next to Takorean will be the Sweetgreen and above the Vida Gym and Penthouse Pool:

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View facing north:

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04/21/14 10:22pm

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300 Tingey Street, SE

We first heard about the “Fast Casual Spanish Restaurant”, 100 Montaditos, last August. Because I am impatient I was starting to wonder if they were still coming – happy to see the just posted a liquor license placard out front which sounds pretty awesome:

“This is a new Retail Class “D” Restaurant. 100 Montaditos an exciting environment, tasting Spain’s famed Mahou beer or other typical thirst-quenchers, including red and white wines, claras (beer with lemon-lime soda) sangria (wine punch made with chopped fruit) and tintos de verano (red wine blended with lemon-lime soda).

The restaurant specializes in montaditos, crunchy Spanish rolls baked to order and jam-packed with traditional ingredients as Serrano ham, Spanish tortilla, chorizo sausage and Manchego cheese.

The number of seats is 74 and total load 74.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 11 am -10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am – 12 am.

Updates as they get closer to opening.

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Incidentally, Blue Jacket’s front patio is looking good too:

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04/17/14 4:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC

From an email:

“Tour de Fat season is back; New Belgium Brewing today announced that the highly anticipated 2014 national tour of traveling bicycle advocacy will go to ten cities from May to October. This year marks the 15th season for Tour de Fat, which will travel across the U.S. These day-long festivities are free in every city, but the proceeds from beer sales go to local non-profits. Since its inception, Tour de Fat has raised more than $3 million, and raised half-a-million dollars last year alone.

The events kick off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, ending in a city park. That’s when eclectic entertainment takes over from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. This year will also include some brewing education and feature a “Bicycle Revival” to inspire festival-goers to believe in the power of two-wheeled transportation.

During each tour stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental imprint as possible. Tour de Fat hosts green vendors, has compost and recycle stations and festival trucks that operate on biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils.

In 2013, Tour de Fat traveled to 12 cities nationwide and attracted 97,500 festival attendees and 57,359 bicycle parade participants. The philanthropic events raised a total of $536,000 for local nonprofits and diverted an impressive 85 percent of waste from landfills. Tempe, Ariz., raised the most money (over $90,000) and New Belgium’s hometown of Fort Collins, Colo. attracted the most parade riders and festival-goers, both totaling 25,000 people.

See www.facebook.com/TourDeFat for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit an entry to swap your gas-guzzler for a fancy new bicycle in 2014.

Tour de Fat 2014 will cycle through each of the following cities:

Washington, D.C. May 31 Yards Park”

04/16/14 11:55am

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Photo via Crawfish for Cancer

From an email:

“Our party features more than 700 lbs of crawfish, unlimited drinks, and live music for 5 hours on the afternoon of Saturday April 26th at Yard’s Park in SE DC (Navy Yard Metro). Our organization puts on crawfish boils nationally to mark the coming of spring, and to gather great people for a good time and worthy cause.”

Crawfish for Cancer’s 2nd Annual DC Crawfish Boil to Benefit the MMRF:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00pm – 7:00pm
The Yards Park DC
355 Water Street SE, DC

Join us at the Yards Park DC in the Capitol Riverfront for a day of sun, crawfish, and most importantly, fundraising to benefit multiple myeloma cancer research. As always, there will be hundreds of pounds of crawfish, beer, wine and spirits, and live music throughout the day.

Signature cocktails will be served including sweet tea vodka and other tasty delights.

Tickets are all inclusive. BUY TICKETS HERE.