courtesy DCPL

From an email:

“It’s a lecture about Harry Potter! Wednesday, July 29, 7pm at the Shaw Library [1630 7th St. NW]. (It also coincides with his birthday, which is the 31st!)

Birthdays have a special significance in the world J.K. Rowling has created. Hagrid doesn’t reveal that Harry is a wizard on just any day of the year, and every witch and wizard looks forward coming of age on their 17th birthday if for no other reason than that they are finally allowed to do magic outside school. Join us for a conversation about the significance of birthdays, especially Harry’s, in the wizarding world. Birthday cake and butterbeer will be served!

ASL interpreters will be present.

Tolonda Henderson is a librarian at George Washington University. She has presented her work on the library at Hogwarts at several academic conferences and is currently researching Harry Potter and disability studies.”

1539 7th Street, NW

Ed. Note: To properly share how excited folks are about this one – I’d say I got about fifty emails from folks forwarding this news. Normally when folks are excited I’ll get five. This could easily be the most eagerly anticipated (re)opening of 2016.

Also from the Washington Post (and also from Tom Brown, see previous post):

“Brown has signed a lease on a two-story building at 1539 Seventh St. NW, next to Ivy and Coney, and he plans to reopen the Passenger in February 2016.”



1021 7th Street, NW

1511 A 6th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1511 6th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great location 2 blocks from convention center and shaw Metro, free street parking close to I-395. Walking distance to Giant, Rec Center, Park, and Library in Logan circle; U-street and Chinatown area restaurants, shops, and bars are also a short walk away. Spacious bedrooms with hardwood floor, new Washer/Dryer. TV conveys.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1.5 bath is going for $2,500/Mo.


“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to pass along a pretty disappointing photo. The Carter G. Woodson Park was recently completed in Shaw at a cost of over $1 million. It is a beautiful space and a great addition to the neighborhood. However, after every storm, a sizable portion of the park floods due to poor drainage. Many of the new plants are already showing damage. It is a shame that the landscapers didn’t anticipate this problem. Hopefully, it can be fixed soon and the park can live on for many years as it was intended.”

Ed. Note: When I first saw one of these giant puddles in Petworth years ago, I was confused too but was told it was perfectly normal that it was just a rain garden intended to collect water like this. Isn’t this same thing?

P Street, NW between 7th and 9th

I keep forgetting to post this awesome new sculpture at City Market at O – “Symphony in DC Major”:

“Symphony in DC Major” is a newly commissioned landmark public artwork honoring three historic figures that have made an enormous impact on the Shaw neighborhood, Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Duke Ellington
Colonel Shaw

More on the artist here.





Photo by PoPville flickr user fromcaliw/love

“Dear PoPville,

Harrassment on 7th Street in Shaw

I was riding my bike to work (I live at 6th and P and go down this block every day and never have issues) and a guy was crossing P street in the middle of the street. When he saw me he starting running after me on my bike screaming “bitch” and reached out to shove me off of my bike but I swerved and he missed. Then he started chasing me and I had to run through the light on 7th and P to get away.

It isn’t the same man I don’t think from the other posts (I think I know which one that is). This guy looked to be late 20’s/young 30s, facial hair and was wearing a red jersey and flat billed hat with dark jeans.

I am sad to hear about so many incidents here, it’s just around the corner from my house and haven’t really heard about any problems until this summer.”

804 V Street, NW

Back in April we learned that Declaration from the owners of Lincoln and Teddy & The Bully Bar was coming to 804 V St, NW near the 9:30 Club. They’ve now posted a liquor license application that says:

“New full service casual dining restaurant specializing in intercontinental small-plate food with occasional live entertainment to include DJs, as well as occasional live music (3-4 piece band). Seating inside premises is 50. Total capacity inside premises is 65. Sidewalk Café with seating for 12.”

Looking west towards 9th Street