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by Prince Of Petworth January 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

Alright everyone, I’m taking bets. How many days until there’s hot water again? I pay $70 a month for a basic gym membership at Washington Sports Club in Columbia Heights.

Day #3: They’ve printed new signs – impressive. Real progress over here at WSC Columbia Heights

Day #5: I really want to talk about “heavy volume of use.” This gym is in a city center – you advertise nonstop going into the New Year and then fail miserably to serve new members.

I’d like to note the staff are wonderful, competent people but the institution could be doing more to service their regular customers who are getting price gouged due to lack of competition (i.e. basic operational functions).”

Ed. Note WSC replied: “We’re very sorry for the inconvenience but we assure you we’re doing all we can at the moment.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm 0

via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

Just wondering if anyone else heard 4 gunshots around 2am Saturday night on 9th St NW between Kennedy and Jefferson? They woke me out of my sleep and sounded like they were right outside of my window. By the time I rolled over to call 911 the cops had shown up on the scene (within about 5 minutes), possibly because they were parked around the corner and heard them. Their sirens weren’t on. The cops walked the block for about 15 minutes, but seemingly didn’t see anything, so left shortly thereafter.

I sometimes wonder whether [insert whatever word you want for a person who would do this] shoots randomly in one location to lure cops to that location and away from whatever corner or location the cops are parked at in order to engage in some illicit activity. Is this possible?

I can’t figure out the point otherwise. I didn’t hear any shouting, running and it doesn’t appear anyone or anything was shot. I thought maybe I heard a car drive away, but couldn’t be sure.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Caroline Angelo


RESTAURANT WEEK: It’s that time of year again – restaurant week is here in D.C. Today until Jan. 28, you can hit up a long list of local restaurants for pre-fixe menus at discounted prices. With $22 lunch and brunch, and dinner for $35, there’s no reason not to make multiple reservations. (Locations vary, times vary, $22 – $35)

KING OF AMERICANA: Charles Phoenix has been on Cake Wars, Storage Wars, Martha Stewart, and NPR, and is a purveyor of all things mid-century Americana. He has a passion for collecting vintage slide photography, and his show “Addicted to Americana” celebrates all things gloriously retro. (Union Stage, 7:30 p.m., $25 – $35)

GIRL POWER: Following the anniversary of the Women’s March, today’s book talk at The Wharf’s Politics and Prose is timely: Rebecca Roberts will discuss her book “Suffragists in Washington, D.C.,” which highlights suffragist Alice Paul’s and the National Woman’s Party’s battle for equal rights. (Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE)

MORE: (9:30 Club, 7 p.m. $35), Kokedamas with Succulents (The Lemon Collective, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $50), Rise & Rhyme (Busboys and Poets, 9:30 – 11 a.m., $5), A Lecture by Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (Georgetown University, 5 – 6:30 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Laurie Shaull


SPY STORIES: Author Joseph A. Williams will be at the Spy Museum to discuss his book, “The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War 1, Espionage, and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History.” It follows the story of the HMS Laurentic, a British ship carrying 44 tons of gold sunk during World War I, and the divers sent to recover it. (International Spy Museum, 6:30 – 9 p.m., $8 – $10) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0

This house is located at 7405 12th Street, NW. The Bright MLS listing says:

“Renovated 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA Colonial in Shepherd Park! Home offers HW flrs & crown molding. Kitchen boasts marble counters, an island, & SS appl. Family room includes a FP & access to the 3 season room. Master BR w/ ensuite bath. LL w/ a rec room, laundry area, & storage. Minutes from downtown D.C. & Silver Spring, this home is convenient to parks, shops, & major commuter routes. Lot includes garage.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $775,000.

by Prince Of Petworth January 22, 2018 at 11:25 am 0

11th and Park Road, NW


Thanks to all who’ve messaged about this. Back in January 2009 we reported It’s Official – Columbia Heights Gets an Unofficial Dog Park at 11th and Park.

“Dear PoPville,

Help us save our beloved dog park!! The magical place all the lucky neighborhood dogs and humans get to go to to let their sillies out.

The lot, most warmly termed the 11th & Park Rd NW Dog Park is potentially under threat of closure. Through talks facilitated by local representatives and direct with WMATA (Metro), we’ve found out that WMATA, who owns the plot of land, is considering putting it up for sale for commercial use. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 22, 2018 at 10:55 am 0

4000 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

From an email:

“After almost 20 years in business, Cafe Ole will be closing on January 31st. Fannie Mae is moving downtown and the building is being redeveloped. It has been a great run and we would like to thank all of our customers for making it such a success. Please come by for a last meal and a toast to the future!

Cafe Ole is currently located at 4000 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. We are looking for a new home!”

by Prince Of Petworth January 22, 2018 at 9:15 am 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

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