“On September 1st, 2013, we created 4 murals in Washington DC as a part of the Heineken Mural Project. Unfortunately, on September 1st, 2014, the original Marvin Gaye Mural @ 7th and S Street NW was covered by the construction of a new home. With the support of Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro, and donations from local residents and business owners, we were able to produce a NEW Marvin Gaye mural directly across the street from the OLD one just in time for Art All Night DC 2014.
This rental is located at 449 R Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Light-filled south-facing English basement condo in modern, 12-unit building. Gorgeous Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, stainless/granite kitchen, in-unit full-sized stacking washer/dryer, recessed lighting. Building has keyless entry and rooftop terrace for entertaining. $1,775 (includes gas and water) + utilities. Available November 1. Truly a MUST SEE!!! 3 blocks to Metro & new Giant +.”
Union Market, home to the highly acclaimed food market, will bring back its wildly popular Drive-In series this Fall. The series will kick off on Friday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. with an outdoor screening of the 2013 Disney hit, “Monsters University”.
“Just wanted to let people know that there was what appeared to be a homeless man openly masturbating in the bushes next to me while sitting in Meridian Hill Park [Tuesday]. It happened on the southern end of the park on the right side of the fountain in the little field surrounded by bushes. The man was black, wearing gray sweatpants, a black jacket, blue t-shirt and blue hat. I called the cops but not sure if they arrested him or took any action.”
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“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Council announced today that the District’s city hall, the John A. Wilson Building, will go red in support of the Washington Nationals’ Major League Baseball playoff run. Beginning tonight, Wednesday, October 1, the District will illuminate the building with red exterior lighting for as long as the Nationals remain in the playoffs. Mayor Gray and the D.C. Council turned the building red the last time the Nationals were in the playoffs in 2012.
“As a lifelong baseball fan, I am extremely proud of the Nats. They’ve had an amazing season with some incredible individual performances – but what impresses me the most is how they play as a team. I’m excited to cheer them on all the way to the District’s first World Series win since 1924,” said Mayor Gray. “And starting tonight, we’re going to turn the Wilson Building red to show everyone that the District is behind them 100 percent.”
The Nationals, as champions of the National League East Division, will play Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the winner of tonight’s National League Wild Card play-in game on Friday, October 3 at Nationals Park. Mayor Gray is scheduled to attend.”
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UIP property mgt Inc. the new owner of 3501 13th St NW, which bought the building in June for $6 million, promptly filed civil suit in July to increase the rents of every tenant in the building for $991.55 (I have attached PDFs of some of the court docs). They want to add another $991.55 to the preexisting rent of every unit in the building. The attached doc that I sent was scanned from the packet the city sent. It outlines the proposed “temporary” surcharge by unit.
In what would appear to be an attempt to make an end run around various DC laws regarding tenants rights, UIP justifies this “temporary” rent increase in the name of making improvements to the property. Clearly, this doubling of the rents of most tenants would be a defacto eviction for most of the tenants of this section 8 housing.
The tenants (of which I am one) were notified on the 15th of September by the DC Office of Administrative Hearings that they were required to appear in court on Oct 24 at the Office of Administrative Hearings or risk losing the case.
Now, UIP may not succeed in this opening gambit in it’s attempt to force the people who live at 3501 13th from their homes. However, the crass disrespect towards the people who live at 3501 13th is demonstrated by the fact that they filed a suit that will require working people to take a day off and go to court to head off a cynical ploy by their landlord to evict them by other means.”
“The Black Squirrel’s Sixth Annual Smashing Pumpkin Beer Fest commences Friday, October 3rd, starting at 5pm. Join the Squirrel for a night stuffed with all things pumpkin.
Pumpkin beers will be flowing on 15 of the 57 tap lines, featuring the following line-up:
· 21st Amendment He Said Pumpkin Belgian Triple (8.2%, San Francisco, California)
· Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider (5%, Sebastopol, California)
· DC Brau/Epic Fermentation Without Representation (8%, Denver, Colorado)
· Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale (5.9%, Seattle, Washington)
· Elysian Punkaccino Coffee and Pumpkin Brown Ale (5%, Seattle, Washington)
· Elysian Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout (6.5%, Seattle, Washington)
· New Holland Ichabod Ale (4.8%, Holland, Michigan)
· 2012 Hardywood Rum Pumpkin Barrel-Aged Ale (10%, 750mL bottle, Richmond, Virginia)
· Howe Sound Pumpkineater (8%, Squamish, British Columbia)
· Kasteel Inglemunster Pumpkin (8.5%, Ingelmunster, Belgium)
· RJ Rocker Gruntled Pumpkin Ale (7%, Spartanburg, South Carolina)
· Schlafly Pumpkin Ale (8%, St. Louis, Missouri)
· Southern Tier Pumking (8.6%, Lakewood, New York)
· The Bruery Autumn Maple (brewed with yams) (10%, Placentia, California)
· Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale (8%, Easton, Pennsylvania)
· Wolaver’s Organic Pumpkin Ale (5.35%, Middlebury, Vermont)
Treat yourself to the Chef’s pumpkin menu that includes: Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Sloppy Joes, Pumpkin Veggie Burgers, Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, Pumpkin Pie, and Pumpkin Ice Cream Floats.
The celebration continues until the pumpkin stock is depleted. New pumpkins beers will be tapped throughout the fall season, so check back often. This is so much better than a pumpkin latte.”
The countdown to the opening of The Swift at Petworth Metro is over. The new 218-unit, LEED Silver apartment community on Georgia Avenue NW in Petworth is now offering studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedrooms — all with Clean Steel appliances, full-size Energy Star washers and dryers, eco-friendly wood-style plank flooring, energy efficient windows, and sustainable quartz countertops. The smoke-free community is pet-friendly and bike-friendly, and features electric car charging stations in the secure garage as well as Zipcar parking. There’s a concierge team to help residents feel at home 24 hours a day.
The Swift held its grand opening, where guests took a tour of the building and enjoyed a Friday night happy hour, a BBQ on Saturday, and a champagne brunch on Sunday. Guests had a chance to check out The Swift’s many features — the apartments, clubroom, rooftop terrace, fitness center, Tech Bar with iMac computers, and courtyard. The rooftop terrace features five seating areas, 2 grilling stations with prep areas, a fire pit, and 270-degree views of DC. (more…)