“On Friday, May 26, at 4:00 p.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will kick off the 2017 summer outdoor pool season at Banneker Recreation Center. 93.9 WKYS will broadcast live.

Outdoor aquatic facilities will officially open on Saturday, May 27. The Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) aquatic inventory includes 18 outdoor pools, 11 indoor pools, 23 spray parks and two children’s pools. DPR outdoor pools will operate from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday, May 27, through Memorial Day Monday, May 29. For more information on the summer outdoor pools schedule, visit: summer.dc.gov.

Banneker Recreation Center
2500 Georgia Avenue, NW, Banneker Pool”

From DPR:

“This summer DPR’s aquatic inventory includes 18 outdoor pools, 11 indoor pools, 23 spray parks and two children’s pools.

Outdoor pools will open for the summer on Saturday, May 27, 2017 and will operate through Memorial Day weekend (May 27, 28 and 29) from 12 pm to 6 pm; and will operate on a weekends-only schedule (Saturday and Sunday) through June 18. Starting June 19, all outdoor pools will operate on individual summer schedules.

Please note that East Potomac Pool (972 Ohio Dr. SW/Ward 2) and Happy Hollow (2200 Champlain Street, NW/Ward 1) are closed for the season due to renovations.

Lincoln Capper (555 L St., SE/Ward 6) and Park View (693 Otis Pl. NW/Ward 1) children’s pools will open for the summer on Memorial Day weekend (May 27, 28 and 29) from 11 am to 6 pm; and will operate on a weekends-only schedule (Saturday and Sunday) through June 18. Starting June 19, Lincoln Capper and Park View children’s pools will operate Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm and close from 2 pm – 2:30 pm.

All spray parks will open for the summer on Saturday, May 27 and will operate daily, from 10 am to 7 pm, for the entire summer season. Spray parks will operate through Monday, September 4.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lucas Keene

“Dear PoPville,

every year I get caught in the traffic lock down on the Saturday of Memorial weekend due to the United House of Prayer parade in Shaw/Logan Circle. I seem to recall they shut down the roads before the announced time last year, how do I find out when the shut downs really start?”

From MPD:

“On Saturday, May 27, 2017, United House of Prayer will be hosting their annual Memorial Day Parade in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

Saturday, May 27, 2017 starting at 9:00am

§ “M” Street NW from 5th Street to 7th Street NW

§ 6th Street NW from “L” Street to “N” Street NW

Saturday, May 27, 2017 starting at 11:30am (more…)

715 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“A&B Hospitality, the team behind Brickside Food + Drink, is pleased to announce the opening of Capo Italian Deli (715 Florida Avenue NW) on Wednesday, May 2431st. To celebrate the grand opening of Capo, the deli will offer half priced subs on opening day from 11 am to 1pm. Reminiscent of the old school, traditional Italian delis found in major metropolitans, Capo will offer an array of authentic favorites sure to satisfy every taste.

Brian Vasile, part owner of Capo is thrilled to be in the Shaw neighborhood, “We are excited to be part of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city and hope to contribute in continuing the great reputation of Shaw as a food destination.”

Guests can choose to either build their own unique salads or sandwiches utilizing fresh ingredients and Boar’s Head quality meats, or order from a menu of inspired options. Hot sub options include the traditional homemade meatball parmigiana, Italian sausage and peppers, and chicken parmesan. (more…)

2108 8th Street, NW

From a press release:

“What do you call an all-natural cheeseburger topped with fried pickles, roasted jalapeños, fried onions, and smoky BBQ sauce? The Mama Burger; just one of the delicious new items added to Tasty Burger’s menu today. Several new items announced today join the neighborhood burger joint’s menu full-time at its first D.C. location in Atlantic Plumbing in Shaw.

Known for its use of all-natural beef, eco-friendly packaging, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, and slew of condiments available on Lazy Susans throughout the restaurant, Tasty Burger heads into summer with several new-to-D.C. menu items that have big followings in Boston, where the growing East Coast burger chain was founded in 2010.

New menu items and combos include: (more…)

convention center renderings OMA
All renderings courtesy Events DC by by Design Architect OMA

From a press release:

“Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, presented initial concepts for exterior streetscape plans at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to the community on Thursday evening. The concepts will reactivate the exterior perimeter of the 2.3 million square foot Convention Center and better connect the building to the surrounding Shaw neighborhood. The Project Team is led by Design Architect OMA, working together with BBB (Executive Architect), OLIN (Landscape Architect) and Dharam (Cost Consultant).

Ed. Note: Is GCDC (Grilled Cheese) coming to the Convention Center?!?!

The streetscape plans will transform the façade of the Convention Center through lighting, signage, canopies and furniture, as well as activate and enrich the sidewalks and enhance the exterior streetscape along 9th, N and 7th Street. Not only will the proposed plans provide added value to Convention Center clients and their attendees, but the project will create a greater sense of place for the revitalized Shaw community. (more…)

rear 910 M Street, NW

This is Washington DC for Christ’s sake – is there a professional mediator in the house?!?!?

For those unfamiliar with the situation you can see some background here and here.

I shall cease my editorializing about this situation aside from the fact that this is not good. Not good at all. On all fronts. This is getting out of control.

glass sign

“Dear PoPville,

Guess who’s back, this time with a big middle finger spray painted on the wall.

So he cleaned up for a bit, but then lately he has been back to his normal self. What annoys me most are all of the broken bottles that he leaves throughout the alley.

So on Friday, I printed up a label and put it on both of the doors, “Clean up your broken glass”.

Yesterday there was more broken glass, so I swept it all up, along with the corks, the eggshells, the cans and whatever other shit he had laying around and moved it from the back of his business to the front porch of Corduroy.

I did notice that he sent a busboy out there to clean up some yesterday, but really a middle finger instead of just taking responsibility for being a slob?”

Ed. Note: I don’t necessarily think the owner would spray paint a finger on his back wall, why not just post another sign? Maybe time to call the cops back before this spirals even worse. Hell at the very least – time to bust out the video cameras.

get the cops back

2112 8th st nw at 8th and v st nw

This rental is located at 2112 8th st nw at 8th and v st nw. The Craigslist ad says:

“$2900 / 1br – 742ft2 – Incredible unit in Atlantic Plumbing (U street, Shaw)

Amazing 1 bed/1 bath on 9th floor, west facing, in an incredible building with the best rooftop in DC! Highly sought after floorpan with a walk in closet, huge pantry, washer/dryer in unit, open kitchen layout and floor to ceiling windows in living room and bedroom. We were one of the first few residents in the building, so were able to choose basically any floorpan and unit – and this one is a winner!


Building amenities include a gorgeous rooftop with views of both the Washington Monument and Capitol. Pool with plenty of lounge seating. Four fully functioning industrial gas grills and garden plots available for rent. Fully equipped gym at ground floor and indoor rooftop spin studio with Yoga, Bootcamp and professional personal training classes available for purchase at a discount to residents. (more…)


Thanks to all the residents who passed on word from Atlantic Plumbing:

“We’ve been recently informed there is a wandering cat walking around the neighborhood. The cat seems to be people friendly and does not seem to stray too far from the property. The cat is dark tan and brown color, it is currently in the Cherry Blossom art studio located in the ground floor retail of Atlantic Plumbing

Attached are photos of the missing cat, should you be missing this cat and belongs to you please do not hesitate to contact us at Atlantic Plumbing Leasing Office 202-518-0795 or Cherry Blossom 202-319-2979, Torie or Devon are able to assist. If anyone knows the owner or any additional information contact the proper authorities.”