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Announcements August 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Help! My Bike Was Stolen! + A Love Letter

…I know this might be a futile effort, but just hoping that the good of the internet can help keep their eyes peeled.

I left my bike locked in front of my office (M st Between 16 & 17) last night because I left my bike lights at home and I didn’t want to ride home in the dark. This AM my good ol’ faithful was missing — the Ulock had been cut by a person with superpowers or some nefarious device. Perhaps it was poofed like the 3% of the earth’s population on HBO’s The Leftovers. But I’m just not willing to accept that.

This. The bike that got me through years of art school, the bike that got me from downtown to my home in midtown one-hundred-million times, the bike that took me from Georgia to North Carolina on the dirty, shittily paved roads of the southern stretches of 95. The brakes are loose and the gears are a little weird by now, but hell, I’m so pathetically in love with the thing I’d even buy it back. “Just shut up and take my money,” I’ll say.

I’m sorry I always talked about how I didn’t like your sporty appearance because I do. I’m sorry for that one time that I rode you around the coastal highways too much and you got rust from the salty air. I’m sorry I left you behind that weekend and cheated on you with another bike, but mostly I’m just sorry that your gone. Please come back.

PS. I love you.

The bike is a Specialized green and white “Vita” 21-spd hybrid, 27″ spoke wheels, thumb shift, quick release, gel seat for anyone who cares to help! I would GREATLY appreciate it.

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Real Estate August 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

DCRA and Basement Apartments, again

I am in the middle of a Pro-Active Building Inspection on a basement apartment for which I have had a C of O for 24 years and a current Basic Business License. The Inspector claims that my two bedrooms are illegal because there is not sufficient fire egress, yet what he cites is the DCMR 14 (which just deals with maintenance – keeping the egress clear) and the International Residential Code (for which he gave me copies of the rules). But the IRC, as I understand it, deals with new buildings and/or buildings with two units or less. My building has of C of O for three units (they don’t do Pro-Active Inspections on two-unit buildings). This is covered by the International Construction Code and its Fire Code and Existing Building Codes, as modified by DC. The Fire Code section on Egress says that bedrooms in basement apartments meed the requirements if they have doors that open directly onto an Exit Path, which mine do.
Now the Codes are very convoluted, with numerous revisions and cross-references (and some of the cross-references have not been updated to reflect revisions). Both the Inspector and his boss told me to find a contractor who knows the rules and let him get the permits, letting the permit inspectors sort it out. I talked to an old friend who had been a building inspector for a long time (now retired) and he said, “you can always appeal”.
My contractor has had a designer and permit expeditor who is supposed to sort this out, but they are not returning phone calls from him or me.
Has anybody had similar experience with basement egress issues or can recommend a knowledgeable expert?

Food and Dining August 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Restaurant on Girard and Sherman

Seriously, what is going on with this place? There was supposed to be a restaurant in the red building opening October 2013. It is now mid August, and we have seen no progress. Does anyone have any info on this place?

Public Safety August 17, 2014 at 3:14 am

Police taser man at New York Ave./Museum of Women in the Arts

Does anyone know more about the incident that took place on Friday, August 15? It took place around 6 or 6:30 pm, I think, on the west side of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, at the intersection of H St, NW and New York Ave.

I didn’t see how it started, but I saw about a dozen police officers in a semi-circle, surrounding a man on that side of the museum. There were several police cars nearby. The police had shut down the intersection temporarily, even though it was still rush hour (or maybe a little after). The man appeared to be African American, maybe homeless. He was not wearing a shirt, but he was wearing pants of some sort. I was too far away to see more details and I couldn’t hear what he was yelling.

The police seemed very concerned. The officers in the semi-circle distracted the man as another officer approached with a taser. The man still wouldn’t quiet down. The the officer tagged him with the taser. The man became as stiff as a board and fell over into a large streetlight/pole.

A crowd of onlookers had gathered across the street, with at least a few people filming the scene with their smartphones. People in nearby buildings could also see the confrontation. I’ve spoken with several people who saw part of the incident. But no one saw what started the standoff, or why the police were so concerned. I don’t believe the man was armed, but he could have been making some sort of threat, or going after pedestrians. Or maybe something happened inside the museum? He was standing in front of the side exit. This is all speculation, since I didn’t see what happened before the police arrived.

None of the local news sites have any info about the incident. Surprising, considering how many people saw it (at least 20-30 people) and some people took video with their phones.

Announcements August 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Stolen 1970s-era Yellow Peugeot Bike

I had my yellow Peugeot bicycle stolen this afternoon. It was parked in an alley near P and Marion St.

Its a shot in the dark, but I’d appreciate any info/tips regarding its whereabouts.

Attached is a picture of me and my Peugeot in happier times.

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Food and Dining August 15, 2014 at 12:19 am

The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

I have been living in Columbia Heights since 2008 and take pride and comfort in the neighborhood vibe of our establishments. I am now six months pregnant (with twins, and so I look a bit bigger!) and have a new-found appreciation for this vibe – Room 11 and The Coupe have been particularly wonderful, e.g. bringing orders that they normally leave at the counter to where I am sitting.

Which is why I was shocked by The Heights’ response to me asking to use their restroom last Saturday during a trip to the farmers’ market. No, I wasn’t patronizing the place – I do go there often enough, but I don’t think being a regular is the issue. The issue is honoring and accommodating mothers-to-be. I respectfully asked the hostess if I could use the restroom (I wanted to tell her that I did go around 4 times before I left my home, but that I drank a lot of water because I had calf cramps…but decided that was TMI). The hostess asked me if I was sitting outside on their patio and when I said no, she gave me a fake “I’m so sorry.” I was in such disbelieve that I just mumbled, “are you kidding me?” before walking out. When I told my partner, he immediately went in to talk with them. He spoke with the manager, who told him that they had a recent experience with a pregnant women who they let use the restroom, but who made a mess.

What?!?!

When the manager started apologizing to my partner, he asked if she was sorry enough to actually let me use their facilities. She reluctantly acquiesced.

The Heights is not obligated, of course, to let a non-patron use their restroom. And in fact, we can say that this is a perfectly valid business decision. But it is really? The Heights brands itself as a progressive, neighborhood spot– distinct from the chain establishments on 14th street. I don’t think their response to a desperate pregnant woman’s modest request is becoming of this image.

Life and Society August 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm
Public Safety August 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Announcements August 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

City Dogs Rescue: Dining Out with the Dogs Fundraiser

Please make a reservation for dinner on Monday, August 18th at one of these amazing DC restaurants: Logan Tavern, Commissary, The Heights, Grillfish, and The Pig. When you do, City Dogs Rescue will receive 15% of all of your dining dollars for that night!

PLUS! This year, kids 10 and under will eat free from the kids menu (one kid entree per each adult) if seated by 6:30PM!

http://www.citydogsrescuedc.org/eatwell.html

General Discussion August 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

Found Cat

Found this guy on the 1400 block of First St NW. He’s friendly and calm but has obviously been without food and shelter for a while. He’s also pretty chatty. He is neutered but not ear tipped, and I haven’t seen him around with the regular alley cats, so I’m wondering if he bolted from his home and ended up here.

He’s living in my spare bedroom for a few days in hopes we can find his home, old or new, before we’ll need to turn him over to a rescue group. Anyone recognize him?

Update: Little guy’s owner has been located. Hooray!

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Real Estate August 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

Can somebody explain the difference between a bedroom and a "den"?

My SO and I are renting a 1BR+Den apartment. We’re not planning on moving or taking on new roommates, we’re just curious how 1BR+Den apartments compare to 2BR apartments. Does anybody know? Are there legal/safety code reasons why my landlord is calling that second room a “den” and not a bedroom? It has its own walk-in closet, two windows, wood flooring (the bedroom has carpet), a 1/2 bath, and french doors that shut it in from the living room. Any thoughts?

Home and Garden August 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Help me pick kitchen tile and countertop!

A few people on this site like to say that the house renovations don’t have any “soul” or something similar. We’ve suddenly gotten the opportunity to do new countertops and tile backsplash and I’d love to see what people are liking. I prefer a clean, modern look but appreciate any ideas that you share. Thanks!

Food and Dining August 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

A Beacon of Hope

So, our wedding came and went.

Many of you will remember our far-less-than flattering review of the Tabard Inn.
We certainly remember your delightful responses.

But this post is to share with you the amazing experience we had at the nearby Beacon Hotel off Rhode Island and 17 NW.

Two, full reviews on Yelp, but here’s the bottom line:

Aric is Director of Catering. From ensuring I had parking right outside the hotel, to introducing us to the head chef so he could custom-design our dinner, this dude went so above and beyond the call of duty that I’m still singing his praises two weeks later.

I worked customer service for a few years as a young lad, and I understand that it’s not easy to meet the needs of total strangers who themselves may not know what they want, so it was both refreshing and relaxing to have worked with the staff of the Beacon.

The venue looks great. Everyone said the food was the best they’d ever had a wedding. The staff is super friendly. And the location? Just south of Dupont?

Three cheers for the Beacon. That’s about all I got.

Events August 13, 2014 at 9:47 am

A wedding to remember!

Friends,
If any of you are in the market for a wedding planner, I just wanted to share with you the experience my wife and I had with Ellen Dubin and Personally Yours, a Maryland-based event planner.
I have a full review on Yelp, so I won’t bore you with that here, but in short:
Ellen means business. She gets tough so you don’t have to. It’s your big day — even if it is a small, big day, like ours — and the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not the napkins match the tablecloths match the toilet seat covers, etc.
Ellen’s got your back, and she’s good for the price-conscious.
Happy marrying…

Announcements August 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Sirens this Morning in Mt. P / CH

Did anyone else hear a ton of sirens this morning for about an hour (from 7:30a-8:30a) in Mt. Pleasant and/or Columbia Heights? I’ve searched the DC police account on Twitter, and local news outlets, but don’t see anything.

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Replied on August 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

The Heights are totally within their rights to deny you entry to their bathroom. But totally stupid…
Replied on August 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Help! My Bike Was Stolen! + A Love Letter

…I know this might be a futile effort, but just hoping that the good of the internet can help…
Replied on August 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm

The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

As3500 I agree with your tenor if I understand you correctly. I have been living in this neighborh…
Replied on August 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

DCRA and Basement Apartments, again

I am in the middle of a Pro-Active Building Inspection on a basement apartment for which I have had…
Replied on August 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Restaurant on Girard and Sherman

From a few weeks ago: http://www.popville.com/2014/07/hilltop-bar-and-restaurant-still-coming-to-sh…
Replied on August 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Restaurant on Girard and Sherman

Seriously, what is going on with this place? There was supposed to be a restaurant in the red buil…
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Upholstery Cleaning

I am also looking for some carpet cleaning professionals.. My cat peed on my home Corridor Carpet .…
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The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

I don’t think the comparison between the Heights and the Coupe/Room 11 is an apt one — …
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What is wrong with people in this city??

hey, I’m new and will be visiting DC. I wanted to volunteer at DCPS this Saturday, they say …
Replied on August 17, 2014 at 3:14 am

Police taser man at New York Ave./Museum of Women in the Arts

Does anyone know more about the incident that took place on Friday, August 15? It took place around…
Replied on August 16, 2014 at 7:28 pm

The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

I respect your opinion, but my point in posting was to express disappointment in the failure to acc…
Replied on August 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

I don’t think you have grounds for complaint here. If you are in need of the facilities and a…
Replied on August 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Can somebody explain the difference between a bedroom and a "den"?

A den is what people say when the room isn’t a “legal” bedroom. In order to be l…
Replied on August 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Stolen 1970s-era Yellow Peugeot Bike

I had my yellow Peugeot bicycle stolen this afternoon. It was parked in an alley near P and Marion …
Replied on August 15, 2014 at 12:19 am

The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

I have been living in Columbia Heights since 2008 and take pride and comfort in the neighborhood vi…