A reader reports just after 1pm:

“No one hurt but the car is obviously a total loss. Tree came down after a gust. The owner of the house with the tree (on city land) said he had been worried about the health of the tree and had contacted the city, but there wasn’t any obvious problem with it. Power is out for about 50 houses in North Cleveland Park/Tenleytown.”


screenshot of youtube clip filmed by Jonathan Murray

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“But, in adorable news, it looks like DC police and humane officers rescued an adorable juvenile beaver from a fountain outside the Van Ness Metro Station on Wednesday:

WTOP reported:

“after some discussion and a little evaluation, it was decided the beaver was in good condition and old enough to be on its own, so it was released — to a quieter, wilder corner of the District.”

2939 Van Ness Street Northwest

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

“Bright, spacious unit with updated Kitchen/Bath, including granite countertop, SS Fridge & Gas Stove. Conveniently located in well-maintained bldg. w/ underground access to Metro/Giant and backs to Rock Creek Park. 2 Pools, Gym, Partyroom 24-Hr. Desk & Security. Unit to be painted when tenant out at end of month. for Showing.”


You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,550/Mo.

4307 38th Street Northwest

This house is located at 4307 38th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 2-4. Great center hall colonial on corner lot in Cleveland Park. 4BR & 2BA up. Open kitchen-family room which overlooks large back yard with garage. Private screen porch off living room with patio. Close to shopping and restaurants. Easy commute to MD, DC & VA.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $999,999.

4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW

It kinda reminds me of what someone in the 1950s would think the future will look like. What do you guys think of the new student center at UDC? Certainly an improvement over what it used to be – maybe a fitting tribute for Marion Barry after all…


previously in 2012:

UDC-pre demo

And other buildings on campus:


4455 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Huge score for Van Ness. Not a sentence I think I’ve ever written before. So I gotta say it again, huge score for Van Ness and the new Park Van Ness building. Actually two big scores. First from a press release Soapstone Market:

“Tracy Stannard and John Fielding, creators of Broad Branch Market in Chevy Chase, DC are excited to announce a new concept in Van Ness delivering Spring/Summer 2016. Soapstone Market, an urban grocery and bar with indoor and outdoor cafe seating, will feature prepared foods, grab and go items, baked goods, butcher, seafood and deli counters, an espresso and coffee bar, a beer and wine bar and a fast casual concept where customers can pick from daily offerings to dine in or take away. Like BBM it will be an old time marketplace with modern influences providing a vibrant atmosphere for the local community to gather.

Located in the Park Van Ness building at 4465 Connecticut Ave. NW.”

The Washington Business Journal reports:

“Chef Fabio Trabocchi is betting on another D.C. spot. The chef and his wife, Maria Trabocchi, have signed a lease to open a pasta-focused restaurant called Sfoglina on Connecticut Avenue NW near the Van Ness Metro station on the Red Line.”



4422 Connecticut Ave, NW

From the files of incredibly random timing – that Burger King that was just robbed via the drive-thru is becoming a Chick Fil A! Thanks to a reader for passing on word from Forest Hills Connection:

“Everyone in DC seems to know the Burger King at Van Ness more for its rock ‘n roll and 80’s movie decor than for its food.

By this time next year, the restaurant’s Capital Theater sign, the ET kids and the Kindergarten Cop poster will be gone, and so will the Burger King restaurant and building at 4422 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Going up in its place, says ANC 3F Commissioner Malachy Nugent, will be a new building housing a different restaurant: Chick-fil-A.”

More details and a rendering from Forest Hills Connection here.

And of course it’s T-2 days to Chick Fil A opening in Columbia Heights.