From friends of Matt Shlonsky:

“I wanted to keep you updated on our progress over the last month or two. So far we have raised about $35,000 of the $50,000 needed for American University to start a permanent endowment. Once we hit the $50,000 goal, AU will begin providing grants to student and faculty to research ways to make DC a healthier, cleaner, and safer place! These donations have been gathered from an array of family, friends, nonprofits, local and national businesses.

We have a third fundraiser planned at Tenley Bar and Grill on April 26th from 6-10pm [4611 41st Street, NW]. The Facebook event is here. Our goal is to raise a few thousand more dollars at this event and awareness about the fund. Fifteen dollar donation at the door gets the participant happy hour deals all night.”

via google maps

Update from MPD:

“This morning, shortly after 9am, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to reports of a stabbing in the 3900 block of Chesapeake Street, Northwest near Wilson High School.

A Wilson High School student was approached by a suspect who demanded the victim’s property as he exited his vehicle. After a brief verbal exchange, there was a struggle that ensued, and the juvenile male suffered a stab wound to his leg. The suspect fled to the adjacent neighborhood and remains at large. The student walked across the street to the school where he reported the incident. The victim has been transported to an area hospital and suffers non-life threatening injuries.

MPD arrived on-scene and canvassed the neighborhood and crime scene area. At this time, the investigation is ongoing.

The suspect is described to be an Asian or Hispanic male, in his 30’s, approximately 5’7” tall, 150 pounds, and wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.” (more…)

bread salt
4619 41st Street, NW

A reader reports:

“Bread and Salt has signs on its front door saying it’s closed “for changes coming.” Same message on its website.

The restaurant is well-liked by some in the neighborhood, but it’s a huge space and seems mostly empty much of the time. It was ambitious to open such a large space for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Anyway, we shall see…”

4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Big Wisconsin Ave news from The Northwest Current – Guapo’s is moving from near the Tenleytown metro to the former Firelake Grill space which has been closed since July 2014 (and was Ruby Tuesdays before that.) The Current reports that Guapo’s had been in their old location for 26 years but “by the end of this year” will be moving down to 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Some folks I spoke with had hopes and dreams of a Meridian Pint type brewpub coming to the space – but good to see the space finally being filled. You can see Guapo’s menu here. For fans how do you rank Guapo’s versus Cactus Cantina a few block south at Macomb?

old photo of 707 8th Street, SE by PoPville flickr user BrennaLM

From a press release:

“After 5 wonderful years on Capitol Hill and Barrack’s Row at 709 8th Street SE, City Bikes is moving to Tenleytown at 4810 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The shop will close its doors at 6pm on Sunday, March 27th.

City Bikes would have liked to continue serving the Capitol Hill community, however the existing space was a bit cramped. “We just love the neighborhood and people, and cherish the enduring relationships we built there, but both the indoor and outdoor space is our smallest of all the shops, limiting what models and sizes we need to show to really delight our clients” says Saul Leiken, City Bikes’ General Manager. “The shop performed well for it’s size, with sales increasing over 30% in 2016 over last year,” he added, “we were just getting too big for what the space offered.”

The shop will now move to its much larger upcoming Tenleytown location, which was originally planned as an expansion of the City Bikes brand. Leiken says City Bikes’ “lease on Capitol Hill is up at the end of March, and we had hoped to sign an extension up until just this last week, at more favorable terms given the limitations, to allow us to continue to serve the Hill’s biking community. Unfortunately, we were unable to come to terms on a lease extension, and our landlord informed us earlier this week that we had to vacate the building by the end of the month. We would much prefer a longer goodbye to the neighborhood and to our beloved clients, and encourage HIll bikers to visit us at our other locations in DC and Maryland.”


“City Bikes is thrilled to announce its newest location in Tenleytown, DC! Perched atop one of Washington, DC’s greatest hills near Fort Reno, City Bikes will open a beautiful new bicycle store to serve the residents of Upper Northwest now that the beloved Hudson Trail Outfitters has closed its doors. City Bikes’ traditional bike shop will be on the north end of the old Ourisman Volkswagen dealership, and DC’s largest electric bicycle dealership, ElectriCityBikes, will be on the south end. The stores plan to open in Tenleytown by the end of March, with a grand opening planned for mid-­April. (more…)

4450 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Ed. Note: I’ve no doubt this incident will evoke a passionate response. I just ask that folks please be respectful in doing so. You can say what you wish without insulting the OP or the library staff. Thank you.

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday at about 330 pm I was sitting in the children’s section of the DC Public Library Branch in Tenleytown next to a shelf of board books for small children. I was nursing my son, as I have several times before there, and reading a book as he was starting to fall asleep.

A woman, who later identified herself as a library assistant, came over to me and said she wanted to “warn” me that “adolescent boys were on their way to the library since school was getting out”, and they were “not used to seeing women breast feed and might make fun of you.” She added that I might want to consider this while I was breastfeeding my son in the library.

I was completely stunned. I remained seated, and continued to nurse my son. I stated that I had the right to feed him in the library, and said I was shocked by these unsolicited comments, and would be posting about this online. She said “Why would you want to do a thing like that?” and began to raise her voice. She stated she would have to file “an incident report”. I asked for her name, and she thrust her identity card out and said her name, and then said “You can even talk to my supervisor, but she’s not here today. Why don’t you just take this to the Director of the Library?” I stated that I had a right to breastfeed in the library and that this was feeling very confrontational. She began to raise her voice, and repeatedly said “this is not a confrontation” and “I never said you can’t breastfeed here.”

I’m saddened that someone would feel they had to “warn” me to reconsider feeding my son in front of other children. I continued to feed my son and remained with him asleep in my arms at the library for another 30 minutes. Many kids, families, and yes – adolescents! came by, and not one person said a word.

There are several things that are confusing to me about her “concern”: (more…)