04/08/14 4:50pm

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Photo courtesy of Ask Roulette

From an email:

Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave, NW
April 12th 6 p.m.

This Saturday at Politics and Prose, Ask Roulette — the NYC-based “conversation series in which strangers ask each other questions live on stage” — is back for a second DC show. The premise is simple: show up with a question you want to ask a stranger, and hope that you get called up on stage. The one catch is that you can’t ask your question until you’ve answered a question from a stranger first.

Host Jody Avirgan says that his favorite part of the evening is the variety. “Some questions are silly — ‘Would you rather ride a lion to work or go to the moon with your best friend?’ — and some questions are a little deeper — ‘Are you the person you thought you’d be growing up?’ What makes it all come together is that you never know who’s going to get paired up, and whether their interaction is going to be funny, serious, weird, or some magical combination of all three.” He adds: “There’s also beer.”

This Saturday’s show also features special guests Clinton Yates of the Washington Post, John Dickerson of Slate, and Tamara Keith of NPR, who will all be answering and asking questions of their own. Ask Roulette’s “house band” Eli Bolin, of Sesame Street, is also making the trip from New York. The last show at Politics and Prose was packed, so show up by 6pm to get a seat and get your question in. And don’t worry, you can also just sit and watch (and drink beer).

To get a better sense of how Ask Roulette works, visit the website, where you can also listen to the podcast.”

03/31/14 1:30pm

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4455 Connecticut Avenue, NW

A few weeks ago we noted the former Van Ness Square buildings had been completely demoed on Connecticut Avenue. A couple of readers have sent word that they heard rumors of a possible future Trader Joe’s. We first heard rumors back in August 2013. Anyone else still hearing this rumor? Saul Centers says that the new Park Van Ness development will include around “9,000 square feet of street-level retail and below street-level structured parking” – in August some doubted that was big enough for a Trader Joe’s. Anyone know the square footage of the 14th and U Street Trader Joe’s? I guess we’ve got a few years to find out… If they don’t come to Van Ness, what neighborhood do you think realistically has a good shot at getting the next one?

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Rendering via Saul Centers

03/19/14 4:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user thisisbossi

From WMATA:

“Tomorrow, Metro will introduce the system’s two newest escalators at Van Ness Station, the tenth and eleventh new escalators to be installed under the Metro Forward rebuilding program.

The two new escalators serve the entrance of Van Ness Station on the east side of Connecticut Ave and replace outdated units that were installed when the station first opened in 1981. The reliability of the original units had decreased dramatically over time and as such, Metro engineers determined that a full replacement of the escalators was necessary.

The Van Ness project marks the first two escalators under a contract with KONE Corporation to fully replace up to 128 escalators by 2020. New escalators are currently being installed at five stations: Georgia Ave, Columbia Heights, Bethesda, Friendship Heights and Mt Vernon Square.

Under Metro Forward, new escalators have already been installed at Foggy Bottom (3), Dupont Circle (3), and Pentagon (3).

In addition to the escalator replacement projects, Metro has already “rehabilitated” to “like new” condition more than 100 escalators across the system under Metro Forward. Rehabilitation projects result in the replacement of all critical parts, including the escalator’s steps, handrails, motors, controllers, chains, and other moving parts.

As a result of the replacement and rehabilitation efforts, combined with an enhanced maintenance regimen, Metro has achieved some of the highest escalator availability scores in recent memory. Availability averaged 92.2% in 2013, up 3 percent from the prior year, and the best performance since 2010.”

03/07/14 12:30pm

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4481 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Just thought I’d let you know it looks like another Quiznos has bitten the dust. This one was on Connecticut Avenue in Forest Hills/North Cleveland Park, next to Italian Pizza Kitchen. I was in there on Friday and they barely had anything in stock. Walked by on Saturday and the signs were taken down and people were loading up a trailer. The location’s been removed from the Quiznos website. There is a Potbelly and Subway a couple blocks away (and a Panera in Tenleytown), so it’s not a huge loss, but the folks who worked there were always pleasant. RIP Quiznos in DC?”

I think there is still a Quiznos alive in Chinatown at 750 I St, NW. Any others still kicking?

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4434 Connecticut Ave, NW

Nearby there is also some nice progress at the new bakery, Bread Furst:

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02/25/14 3:00pm

2939 Van Ness Street Northwest,

This rental is located at 2939 Van Ness Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“This jr-1BR has a beautiful view of Rock Creek Park and is being renovated for March occupancy ..New kitchen! Updated bathroom! Parquet floors and walk-in closet. Central A/C, heat, electricity, gas, use of 2 swimming-pools included in rent. This is a full service 24-hr-sec. condo with direct access to the supermarket at the Van Ness Metro! Gym and party-room. Laundry room on every floor.”

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,600/Mo.

12/12/13 3:00pm

2939 Van Ness Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2939 Van Ness Street, Northwest:

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The listing says:

“Great 1-Bdrm on upper fl. in popular Van Ness. 1-block to METRO & Giant Grocery! *RENT INCLUDES: All UTILITIES, free access to new GYM & outdoor POOLS! 24-Hr. Desk Staff. New paint, w/f, upgraded KIT. Lots of storage, too! ..Walk-in closet w/ built-ins, additional storage unit & access to bike rm. incl! Laundry on every floor! AVAIL 12/14/13, Building has a “no pets” policy. Zip-car ON-SITE!”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,750/Mo.

12/09/13 5:00pm

Annual Holiday Concert – University of the District of Columbia:

“December 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Free
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW

The University of the District of Columbia presents its annual holiday gift to the Washington, D.C. community. The UDC Chorale directed by Richard Odom, starts the evening with a program of choral music followed by the gospel sound of The Voices, directed by Gerry Gillespie. The UDC Jazz Ensemble directed by Allyn Johnson closes the program with big band jazz sure to spread the holiday spirit. University Auditorium—Theatre of the Arts (Bldg. 46-East).”

Ed. Note: You can see all events here and you can schedule your own event listing here and you can edit your events here.

12/05/13 4:00pm

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4455 Connecticut Avenue, NW

You can see a rendering of the planned development here.

“Park Van Ness (formerly Van Ness Square) has a prestigious and convenient Connecticut Avenue location, as well as a quiet park-like setting normally found only in the suburbs. The Company recently received demolition permits and expects to raze the existing structures beginning in the fourth quarter 2013.

The Company has entered into an arrangement with a general contractor and intends to develop a 271-unit residential project with approximately 9,000 square feet of street-level retail, below street-level structured parking, and amenities including a community room, landscaped courtyards, a fitness room and a rooftoop pool and deck. Construction is projected to be completed in late 2015.”

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Farewell Shanghai Garden:

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12/05/13 1:30pm

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4434 Connecticut Ave, NW

Back in September we learned about the new bakery coming to Van Ness. Bread Furst’s website says:

“We chose a general contracting company a couple of weeks ago. The process took more time that I had expected. Our architect, Peter Hapstak and his associates had candidates in mind and my friends, Ashok Bajaj, Washington’s premier restaurateur, and Saied Azali, the city’s senior restaurateur, had some suggestions too.

We asked five firms to give us proposals and of course all of the estimated costs were higher than I expected them to be.

I walked around our store, 4434 Connecticut Avenue, with people from all the companies, and then we interviewed each to speak to those who would actually be working on our project. After all that we chose Maizel Construction, a firm with lots of restaurant construction experience and a life going back to 1976.”

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