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Need some suggestions from your readership. I live on the first floor of a 4 unit condo building, and my upstairs neighbor frequently enjoys playing his piano. He does have the ability to use headphones, so I don’t always hear the piano itself, but I do get the incessant pounding from him working the pedals. I believe that it already sits on a rug of some sort.
Two questions: does anybody have any particularly effective mitigation strategies? And what’s the best way to politely bring this up?”
Do you have any recommendations for a person or company to install a tree box fence? The first quote I received was for $150 per linear foot for a total cost of $4000.
Is this the going rate in DC? Who have readers used?”
I recently noticed new signs up on the north side of the 1400 block of Morse St. NE that say “Resident Parking Only – 6PM to 3AM – Resident or Visitor Permit Required” threatening a tow and $250 fine.
What gives? I’ve previously lived in Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, U Street, and Petworth, and only saw zone permit parking only or 2 hour limit enforced 24/7. Is this a new kind of restriction, and if so, why those hours?”
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Does anyone have any recommendations of condo property managers for a building under 20 units? We have minimal common spaces, and are most interested in finding a company that can help us navigate the turnover from the developer.”
And another reader writes:
“I am looking for a good contractor / handyman to install a built-in microwave. I hope to avoid having to do a blind search on yelp or other listings.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Marissa Dimino
We are a married couple looking to rent a place for the summer while we renovate our house, but every building seems to have a breed restriction. Our dog is sweet and docile, but he is a pitbull mix. If you or anyone in the Popville community can connect us with a 4-month rental/sublet that is pitbull-friendly, we would be very grateful.”
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a business in DC advertise for front-of-house in English and back-of-house in Spanish. It makes me so uncomfortable! Talk about a caste system…Gross!”
Update: You can read a story in Washingtonian with the restaurant’s side of the story including:
Armstrong says the manager handled the situation with professionalism as she was trained. He says when she asked the friends to leave, they said, ‘We’re not leaving, you’ll have to drag us out of here.'”
“We had no choice but to call the police,” says Armstrong. Since opening Restaurant Eve in Alexandria 15 years ago, he says it’s the first time the authorities have gotten involved with a customer.
It was 80 degrees in DC so it was only right to grab dinner and drinks with a friends. My girlfriend just moved to Southwest so it was a great chance to check out her new digs and then head out for bites and libations. As we were cruising the new Wharf boardwalk, she mentioned that there’s a new Thai restaurant. Since I just returned from Thailand, I said yes let’s continue the celebration.
We walked through the busy doors of Kaliwa, a Filipino, Korean and Thai fusion restaurant and found a seat at the bar. We sat down to one drink menu and one food menu slapped on the counter. After sitting there for 15 minutes, I asked the bartender if we could order food. He took our order that included a noodle dish and their signature whole fried fish. Once our food arrived, we noticed that the noodle dish was more of a soup and we were expecting a food item similar to pad thai or lo mein.
My friend asked one of the employees, who turned out to be the manager if we were able to get additional noodles but she stated that we would be charged the same price as the meal since the noodles are handmade. I told her nevermind and we continued to chow down while catching up on our recent trips aboard. As we continued our conversation, this woman “manager” offered an additional pour of wine for the lack of noodles in the dish. Such a nice gesture so we thought.
As we continued to indulge, I noticed that my friend staring at our shared meal while pulling out a long strand of black hair from the fish entree that we were eating. In our disgusts, We called over one of the servers to show him. He took the plate to show the woman manager. After a few minutes of reviewing the hair, she came over to address our issue. We were not trying to make a big deal of the situation and was just expecting a simple apology but before the expected “I am sorry but…,” she looked at my friend and say “this looks like your hair.” (more…)
I started a group in DC to swap jigsaw puzzles with neighbors (so we don’t have to keep buying them). We are meeting up this Saturday. thanks! DC PUZZLE SWAP. Saturday April 14th- NE Library courtyard (330 7th St, NE). 10-11am. Come Swap Your Jigsaw Puzzles with your Neighbors!”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Williams-13
I want to donate my car, and the last discussion was 2009! Can we get updated recommendations?”
I would love your advice from people on architects or contractors they’ve used. We’re considering adding a roof deck and a few windows to our home, but have no idea about regulations/process/cost, or who to ask (do we need an architect or is a general contractor enough)?”