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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 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 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

Rendering photo by David McAuley

CORRECTED: Community Shows Anger at Proposed Ward One Family Homeless Shelter

[CORRECTION January 21, 2018 by David McAuley: In the original version of this story, I reported in error that ANC1B distributed a proposed draft resolution at the meeting calling on the DC government to “revise the location of the new Ward 1 shelter site”. The document is not a draft. It is a resolution which was passed by ANC1B at its December meeting. I further reported that the draft resolution might voted on at the ANC’s February meeting. At this time, the ANC has no plans to vote on this, or any other, resolution at February. Please see last paragraph for complete correction. Apologies for the error.]

“We’re having a conversation about something that’s already done,” one Columbia Heights resident said. “You all have already decided without community input.”

The resident expressed the opinion of many who attended the Ward One Community Town Hall Meeting at Rita Bright Family and Youth Center (2500 14th Street NW) last night (January 18). The resident’s anger was directed at the December 7, 2017 announcement by Mayor Bowser to construct a 50-unit “family homeless shelter” on the site of the community center. More than 200 local residents filled the gymnasium and made so much noise during the post-presentation question-and-answer session that the presenters had to threaten to end the meeting prematurely.

However, the residents first sat quietly while Ward One Citycouncilmember Brianne Nadeau spoke briefly, and then Kristy Greenwalt, Director of DC’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Brian Butler, project manager from the DC Department of General Services, made a presentation about the proposed construction. Many of the details seemed unchanged from last month’s announcement: for example, there are 35 planned short-term family housing units and 15 senior permanent supportive housing units. The presenters showed slides portraying the general massing of the proposed project, but emphasized the slide did not represent the final design, which had not been decided.

The presenters also promised that the Rita Bright Center would remain on the site and be fully renovated as part of the project. Butler said that, although “the goal and aim is to keep this site open” during the entire construction process, DC “may have to shut some parts for upgrades”. In response to later questions, Butler clarified that the plan might be to shut down one part of the center for renovations while allowing another part to remain functioning.
The 200+ attendees became unruly during the post-presentation question-and-answer session. Although a man with a microphone went from person to person who wished to ask a question or express an opinion, it was often difficult to hear them over the angry shouts from the crowd.

Among the objections were: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 19, 2018 at 9:25 am 0

3704 14th Street, NW

Back in June we shared some scuttlebutt about a new Cuban restaurant coming to half of Delicia’s Market at 14th and Quincy St, NW. A new liquor license placard confirms it as Little Havana:

“New Class “C” Restaurant serving Latino-American cuisine. Total Occupancy Load of 60 and seating for 60. Sidewalk Café with 12 seats.”

This ought add another wrinkle to the friendly Taqueria Habanero vs Mezcalero rivalry.

Stay tuned for more on Little Havana as they get closer to opening.

14th Street looking north towards Taqueria Habanero, Mezcalero et al

by Prince Of Petworth January 18, 2018 at 11:25 am 0

3410 11th Street, NW between Park and Monroe

From the fine folks at the Good Silver:

“The Good Silver in Columbia Heights is excited to announce that our happy hour specials are about to get even BETTER! Sometimes you want an after work beer or a simple, delicious cocktail to wash down the day and welcome the looming apocalypse. We just want to put the sh*thole year that was 2017 behind us and start the new year off right with food and drink specials that will truly Make 11th Street Great Again. But, enough reminiscing about the dumpster fire of yesteryear. If you haven’t checked us out, have been but haven’t in awhile, came last night but don’t remember, or are bar-curious, everything below is available from 5-7 PM Sunday through Friday:

$2 Miller High Life cans
$6 Classic Cocktails – think Manhattans, Old-Fashioneds and ice-cold Martinis
$5 local beers from Hellbender, Atlas, and Dogfish Head
$5 glass or $20 pitcher of Nana’s Vengeance , our signature draft cocktail (bourbon with house-made lime cordial and tonic)

In addition to the drink specials, we’ll be serving up $4 snacks to keep your belly lined for more delicious booze as well! Grab some crispy tater tots, chips ‘n’ dip, or our housemade chicken nuggets with DCAF mumbo sauce for dipping. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 16, 2018 at 9:30 am 0

The famed “Columbia Heights Chicken” spotted strutting down 11th Street back in 2012.

Repeat. There is a chicken on the loose!! Thanks to Loren for letting us know:

“I deeply apologize for having no photos but there is a chicken on the loose around 13th and Quincy for those who need a little joy in their AM.”

It had been 8 months since our last Chicken on the loose spotting. May their freedom, no matter how long, be sweet.

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2018 at 3:55 pm 0

1400 Irving Street, NW (formerly Acre 121 and Commonwealth Gastro Pub)

From an email:

“Our new brunch menu at Roubaix includes classics such as Eggs Benedict, Florentine, Gravlax (with house smoked salmon) as well as our own spin on frittata and Belgian Waffle. Brunch starts on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am.

courtesy Roubaix

Also, we’ve kicked off our weekday happy hour from 5 pm – 7pm.

$4 National Bohemian tall boys
$5 Wine and Well cocktails
$6 Fat Tire / Palm / Peroni / Blanche de Chambly”

Check out the full brunch menu after the jump. (more…)


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