“Metro today placed in service two new escalators at Woodley Park-Zoo Adams Morgan Station, the system’s 35th and 36th new escalators since 2011.

The two new escalators are the first of six that are replaced, two-at-a-time, as part of a multi-year project that began in January.

“The escalators at Woodley Park have been in service since 1981 and are the longest in the District of Columbia; third longest on the Metrorail system,” said Metro Deputy General Manager Rob Troup. “Projects like these have helped us raise escalator availability to its highest level in years.”

Work will begin immediately to install another pair of new escalators at the station. (more…)

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From an email:

“Tickets are on sale now for the Smithsonian National Zoo’s first BrewLights, to be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 5 to 9 p.m. BrewLights, hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), will take place during ZooLights – DC’s brightest holiday celebration. Local favorites such as Brooklyn Brewing and Hellbender Brewing Company will be joined by popular DC restaurants including Smoke and Barrel and Meridian Pint.

Guests will get into the holiday spirit as they stroll through the bright lights of ZooLights and into private BrewLights event areas, including Elephant Community Center, Elephant Outpost, Great Meadow, Great Cats Circle and Picnic Pavilion, enjoying holiday cheers along the way. In addition to sampling great hops, guests will receive a souvenir light-up holiday tumbler, three pours of craft brew, savory samples from local restaurants, and complimentary “Snow Tubing” rides.

Tickets are available now at Tickets are $45 for FONZ members and $55 for non-members. Proceeds for BrewLights benefit animal care and conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and around the world. Now that’s something worth toasting!

This is event is for adults 21 years of age and older. Children of any age will not be permitted into the private event sites. BrewLights will be held rain or shine.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ian Livingston

Thanks to a reader for sharing a letter from the Director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park:

“Beginning January 1, 2016, the Zoo’s hours of operation will be modified so that our gates will open later and close a little earlier.

You’ve heard me state that the safety of the National Zoo’s guests, staff, and animals is my number one priority. We constantly think about safety as well as improvements that will allow our team and vendors to move freely around the park during early morning hours. From animal food deliveries and vet appointments to supply drops and grounds maintenance, this critical early morning work ensures that your Zoo runs smoothly and is prepared for visitors. The new closing hours enable us to protect and safeguard our visitors and animals, especially when it gets dark earlier in fall and winter.

We’ve evaluated the impact of these changes on our neighbors and community. We’re aware that joggers and walkers use the park for recreation, and that commuters use the North Road as a shortcut— although it is not a public road. Knowing that we will frustrate some of our neighbors, changing the Zoo’s open hours was a very difficult decision.I hope that you will appreciate and support my decision knowing that I cannot, and will not, compromise on safety issues. Moreover, this adjustment will enable the Zoo to use our time and resources in the most efficient manner possible.

The change will allow us to open our animal houses one hour earlier, giving our visitors more access to see animals, which is the primary reason people come to your great National Zoo.”

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2631 Connecticut Ave, NW

Washington Business Journal with the good news:

“The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment voted 3-0 Tuesday to adjust its ruling in such a way that would allow Nando’s to go ahead with its proposed 2631 Connecticut Ave. NW location, in a former Bank of America branch just across from the Woodley Park Metro station.”

From Nando’s:

“We have been so persistent with this restaurant because we knew we had such strong support behind us, from our landlord to the amazing members of the Woodley Park community. Now comes the fun part, building a beautifully bespoke restaurant in Woodley Park to share our PERi-PERi chicken with even more Nando’s fans in D.C.”

–from Burton Heiss, the Nando’s USA CEO.

We anticipate a summer 2016 open!”


From a press release:

Tickets are on sale now for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s frighteningly fun adults-only Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. The event, hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), will be held Friday, October 30, from 5:30 to 10 pm. With live music, craft beer, food trucks, a costume contest, performance artists, and DJ Squirrel spinning spooky beats, it’s a wicked night of fun, all in the name of conservation. (more…)

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Photo via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“Keepers had a chance to weigh Bei Bei on Monday, Sept. 28, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He now weighs 1,850 grams, or 4 lbs! Mei Xiang is spending more time out of the den, and has even been sleeping in her enclosure for short periods of time as long as Bei Bei is content. One of their recent snoozing sessions was briefly interrupted by a rather surprising sneeze.

The David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat has been closed to the public since Aug. 20, and will remain closed until further notice to provide quiet. As we mentioned in our last update, Bei Bei will go on exhibit for the first time in early 2016.”