05/04/14 10:02pm

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Thanks to a reader for sending this great mural mosaic in SW from the Earth Conservation Corps Center. From wikipedia:

“Matthew Alexander Henson (August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955) was the first African-American Arctic explorer, an associate of Robert Peary on seven voyages over a period of nearly 23 years. They made six voyages and spent a total of 18 years in expeditions.[1] Henson served as a navigator and craftsman, traded with Inuit and learned their language, and was known as Peary’s “first man” for these arduous travels. During their 1909 expedition to Greenland, Henson accompanied Peary in the small party, including four Inuit men, that has been recognized as the first to reach the Geographic North Pole (although this has also been subject to dispute). Henson was invited in 1937 as a member of The Explorers Club due to his achievement and was the first African American to be accepted.

Based on research into Peary’s diary and astronomical observations, Wally Herbert, a later Arctic explorer who reached the North Pole in 1969, concluded in 1989 that Peary’s team had not reached the pole. This has been widely accepted, but some continue to dispute this conclusion.

In the late 20th century, S. Allen Counter did research about Henson’s contributions and argued for more national recognition of the explorer. By presidential order, in 1988, the remains of Henson and his wife were reinterred with a monument at Arlington National Cemetery, near that for Peary and his wife. Henson has received numerous posthumous honors since then. Counter published a 1991 book about Henson, which included material about his and Peary’s Inuit “wives” and sons.”

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04/30/14 4:45pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

From a press release:

“The 3rd Annual Running of the Chihuahuas – DC’s Funniest Cinco de Mayo Celebration is Back!

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 12 pm to 3 pm (rain date, May 10)
Where: Southwest Waterfront, DC- Between 6th & 7th Street
Why: A benefit for animal charities
What: Chihuahua races, food trucks, beer stand, dog contests, a family friendly FREE event!

Kick off Cinco de Mayo at the Third Annual Running of the Chihuahuas! 12pm – 3pm on Saturday, May 3rd between 6th and 7th Street on the Southwest Waterfront. $500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the speediest dogs! 96 dogs raced in 2013!

Don’t have a Chihuahua? You can still take part in the excitement with all breed contests for best dressed dog and best trick! Music, food, water and beverages will be on site, plus fun stuff from DC’s pet friendly businesses.

Deadline to register your dog to race is Friday, May 2nd, walkups on race day accepted until all spots are full. $20 per dog to race. This is a family-friendly, admission-free event, but you must be 21+ to drink beer. All race fees will be donated to animal charities – PAWS of Southwest and Washington Animal Rescue League. To enter and for more information, visit www.ontaponline.com/race!”

04/25/14 12:55pm

700 7th Street Southwest

This unit is located at 700 7th Street, Southwest. The listing says:

“DRASTIC PRICE REDUCTION – A bright and spacious Penthouse condo in Town Square Towers w/ 14 ft.windows & Laminated wood floors in Living area & a view toward the US Capitol.Large balcony to enjoy the view.This is a vibrant area with the new Waterfront development just 2 blocks& National Mall 3 blocks.Waterfront. 2 Metro Station,Safeway, Arena Stage just steps out the door.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $295,000 ($1,196 monthly fee.)

04/15/14 4:00pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I went to the Maine Avenue Wharf to get some fresh scallops for the weekend and found out the Century old Phillips Flagship Crab Deck Restaurant founded in 1914 at 900 Water Street closes Monday April 28 to make way for the huge Wharf development on the SW waterfront.”

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Ed. Note: We looked at a final farewell to the nearby Channel Inn’s Engine Room earlier this month.

04/01/14 4:00pm


All photos by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

Thanks to Beau Finley for sending the final word and photos:

“Saturday was rather surreal. Some friends and I went to the Engine Room to bid it goodbye. Little did we know an official “Goodbye, Engine Room” event was planned for the night. It was a “Celebration of the Legacy” of the Engine Room, Pier 7, and the Channel Inn, hosted by Tommy Wells. The Channel Inn opened in the 1970s [650 Water Street, SW]. The boat owners at Gangplank Marina frequently stayed at the hotel to avoid being on their boats during winter storms. Several politicians routinely visited, including Tommy Wells (hosted monthly office hours at the coffee shop) and Dante B. Fascell (Florida Congressman who chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee for awhile). The night began with speeches, turned to dancing and reminiscences among regulars. I felt a bit like a cultural tourist at that point, and took off.

From the official program for Saturday’s festivities:
“Customers of the Engine Room lounge are legendary in their devotion. There are a few who have visited regularly during the week over the entire time is has been open. Many more have attended regularly for at least twenty or thirty of those years. During the year, hundreds of out of town business professionals and family of local residents schedule a visit to the lounge during their time in town. From the beginning, the lounge has had a live band perform for the entire evening on weekends and a midweek night, with no cover charge of drink minimum. Twice weekly, there is an Open Mike night, giving opportunity for local musical artists to perform before a public audience for exposure and experience…”

The event was great, with a champagne toast to Manny and his wife Alma and to the joint itself.

The hotel closes at the end of April. The bar closed last night.”

the inside, empty, Thursday evening (though the bar was crowded)

Many regulars

Manny Fernandez bidding farewell


This rental is located at 429 N Street, SW. The listing says:

“Jr 1 Bedroom w/ renovated kitchen, updated bath, bamboo floors, built in office nook, extra storage w/ balc. Monument and winter water views. Available April 1st for mo to mo or longer lease. Small potty trained pets Ok – No Smoking. Shared laundry facilities, 2 gyms and pool. One block to Metro, Safeway, Starbucks, restaurants and Cantina Marina. Rental parking avail. Some furn. can stay.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,650/Mo.

03/24/14 5:00pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

“The sixth annual Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party is Saturday, March 29 from 7:00pm-midnight at BLIND WHINO: SW Arts Club, a dedicated art space in Southwest Washington, DC (734 1st Street, SW). Blind Whino, formerly a church, is now a contemporary dedicated art space – the perfect setting for this multimedia, multisensory event. The National Cherry Blossom Festival partners with Art Whino for visual programming throughout the night. Art Whino curates a massive group art show featuring over 300 cherry blossom-inspired pieces, all available for purchase. A special Washington Project for the Arts exhibit showcases work inspired by the Festival. The microWave project curates 3-D art installations artists throughout the space. Performance artists, bands, and DJs keep the party going into the night.

Saturday, March 29th, from 7pm – Midnight

734 1st Street, SW

Tickets are $15 in advance for this 21-and-over event, and $20 at the door.
Tickets on sale now.”

03/20/14 4:00pm

Following yesterday’s groundbreaking check out some more awesome renderings via The Wharf:

“The Wharf is a 24-acre world-class, mixed-use community along one mile of prime waterfront real estate and includes more than 50 acres of water in Southwest Washington, D.C. The 3.2 million square feet of buildable area will be transformed into one of the most exciting, master-planned, urban waterfront environments in the world.”





03/18/14 2:45pm

Rendering courtesy The Wharf

From a press release:

“Hoffman-Madison to break ground on The Wharf, a world-class, mixed-use waterfront development located on the historic Washington Channel on a mile of land and more than 50 acres of water from the Fish Market to Fort McNair. The Wharf development team is led by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette with ER Bacon Development, City Partners, Paramount Development and Triden Development.

Groundbreaking ceremony for 3.2 million s.f. of residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks­ as part of the District of Columbia’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.

Wednesday, March 19, 11:00 a.m.-1:00p.m.

The Wharf, 800 Water St., SW, Washington, D.C.

The Wharf site comprises 24 acres, 3.2 million square feet of buildable area along one mile of Washington’s Southwest waterfront and 50 acres of riparian rights in the historic Washington Channel. Easily accessible by every major transportation mode, the Wharf blends residential, retail, restaurant, cultural venues, hotels and open space in what will be a new community unique to both the District of Columbia and the region. To be built in two phases, the Wharf, adjacent to the historic, 200-year-old Fish Market, will be a collection of best-in-class, destination restaurants, local and international boutique retailers, high-quality entertainment venues, waterfront hotels, first-class apartments and luxury condominiums plus two premier office buildings overlooking public piers, waterfront activity and the nation’s monuments. (more…)