“I’m writing because I live in a spot that has no clear neighborhood identity. It’s kind of North Petworth/East Brightwood/West Fort Totten. I’ve seen some maps that call it Manor Park but nobody knows where that is. Where do I live? My address is the 5200 block of N. Capitol Street NW.”
These questions are always quite difficult to answer. I decided to consult famed mixologist, Franz Heffenauer, who’s lived in DC well over 3 years. Yeah, he didn’t know either. I would say, since you are south of Kennedy Street, that you live in Northern Petworth. However, I find it easier to say that you live in North Country. North Country is a beautiful place that many folks in the city aren’t aware exists. There are beautiful homes throughout North Country and all of the folks I’ve spoken with who live up there are fiercely proud of it. But if your friends press you for a “proper” neighborhood, I’d go with North Petworth.