10/24/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  J Sonder

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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14th and Meridian Pl, NW

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced that an arrest has been made in the homicide which occurred in the 3400 block of 14th Street, NW.

On Friday, October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:33 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for a man down. Upon arrival, they located the victim, 35-year-old Kenneth Young Jr. of Northwest, DC suffering from an apparent stab wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, at approximately 8:55 am, 26 year-old Carlton Hammond of Northeast, Washington, DC, was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, pursuant to a District of Columbia Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed in connection to the homicide of Kenneth Young Jr.”

10/23/14 10:22pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user MrTinDC

It’s been a long time since we talked best coffee in town and with new spots seemingly opening left and right, I thought it was worth an update. Just looking at the number of good spots on the poll below is kinda amazing. I’m guessing a lot of the responses will be geographically based – like I’ll say Qualia because it’s the closest really good coffee to where I live – so if there are coffee spots that you travel to just for the coffee I’d be especially interested to know of those too. So where’s your favorite coffee cafes in town?

10/23/14 10:05pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

Congrats to PoPville pick PDMtP with:

“I moved here from Chicago to work the election.”

Congrats to PoP pick Greycat with:

“Dead voter fraud is real but at least the dead are informed voters”

Honorable mention to jeslett with:

“Since when is the Coupe a Mexican restaurant?”

Winners and honorable mention please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail for your shirts or tote bags. I haven’t forgotten last week’s winners I promise!

10/23/14 4:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

From a press release:

“On Saturday, Oct. 25, hundreds of partygoers will join some of the 65,000 “residents” of the Historic Congressional Cemetery for the graveyard’s annual Halloween celebration. This fifth annual event raises money to support the Congressional Cemetery’s operations and mission to conserve the grounds and infrastructure, serve the community as a resource, and celebrate American heritage.

The spook-tacular celebration puts a distinctive spin on the traditional Halloween party as the cemetery is transformed into DC’s happiest haunt. The event features twilight tours of the cemetery grounds, a costume contest, access to the Public Vault, entertainment, and more. Guests will also enjoy food & drink in a heated tent when not out touring and mingling with some of the cemetery’s most notable residents, such as former first lady Dolley Madison, silent film actress Mary Fuller, and Lincoln assassination conspirator David Herold.

What:       Ghosts & Goblets Soiree – DC’s spookiest Halloween party, now in its fifth year at the Historic Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill

When:      Saturday, Oct. 25, 20148 p.m. to midnight

                    (Gates open to VIP guests at 7 p.m.)

Where:    Historic Congressional Cemetery

1801 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Metro: Stadium-Armory (Orange/Blue/Silver)

Tickets:    Visit www.congressionalcemetery.org for more information and links to purchase tickets while they last. General Admission tickets are $70 and include four drink tickets. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $85 and include entrance to the party at 7 p.m. and an exclusive VIP open bar.  Costumes are strongly encouraged for all attendees.”

10/23/14 4:15pm

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14th and Quincy St, NW

From a press release:

“DC’s hot real estate market is going to sizzle now that Zusin Development’s (Zusin) and Sivan Properties’ latest residential and retail project in North Columbia Heights has broken ground. Located at 14th and Quincy Streets, NW, this 30,000 SF building combines 3,000 SF of ground-floor retail and four levels of residential space. Zusin turned to CORE, a prominent Georgetown-based architecture firm with award-winning residential and retail/hospitality design practices, to create their latest project.

“We always enjoy working with the Zusin team,” said CORE principal Dale Stewart. “On this project, we are glad to be designing a building that brings much-needed 2-bedroom 2-bathroom units, affordable housing, and flexible retail space to this flourishing DC neighborhood.” CORE previously designed the renovation of 433 Massachusetts Avenue, NW for Zusin.

14th and Quincy Street’s 20 units all have two bathrooms and an in-unit washer/dryer. Residents will share a well-appointed lobby, a roof deck, indoor bicycle storage, as well as underground and surface-level parking. Specific interior design finishes will be finalized later in the construction process.

“The design is a blend of modern aesthetic and traditional materials on a prominent corner lot. We hope its understated simplicity adds value to the architectural fabric of the neighborhood and the retail base provides additional convenience for its residents,” said CORE’s project architect Christopher Peli. “We’ve also included a commercial kitchen hood exhaust shaft through the building in case Zusin has a small restaurant tenant in the future. It’s important to make new-build retail space flexible so that future renovation costs are minimal.”

14th and Quincy Street will have a primarily red-brick exterior with striking floor-to-ceiling glassy, cantilevered bay windows that will maximize views across the city. The building’s main entry and residential bays are accented with rich, dark bronze-colored aluminum panels. A glass canopy shelters the recessed residential entry, which is also surrounded with terraced landscaping.

“Every time we work with CORE, we appreciate that they listen to what we want to do – then guide us through DC’s complex zoning and building process to a successful result,” said Zusin Development’s president Ilya Zusin. “Their deep understanding of how DC works cannot be underestimated.”

CORE is working with Maddox Engineers & Surveyors (Civil), Rathgeber Goss Associates (Structural), and Capitol Engineering Group (MEP) to complete construction of the 14th and Quincy Street project.”

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Rendering of 3707 14th St, NW courtesy of CORE

Formerly C&K Motel half demoed:

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