Thursday, September 30, 2010

CVS, Now With Vermin AND Cats


Local resident and Capital City Diner owner Matt Ashburn is at it again. He previously sent in two photos of the CVS at Bladensburg and Maryland (first photo featuring hilarious spelling errors), and now he's snapped a photo of a woman capturing a cat in the store. I can only assume that the cat was after the rodents that have plagued the store in recent months.

Dear CVS,
if you're following the path of the old woman who swallowed the fly, let me remind you that the nursery rhyme didn't end well for her.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reminder: Wheatley Aftercare Fundraiser Tomorrow

Jimmy Valentine's

Here's a bit more info on tomorrow's fundraiser (lifted from the Jimmy Valentine's page):

Annual Fundraiser for the
Wheatley Education Campus
After Care Program

On Thursday September 30, Jimmy Valentine's hosts our annual fundraiser for the Wheatley Education Campus After Care Program from 6 PM til 9 PM. This is our most important event of the year at either bar. Catrice Simpson runs the After Care program, which is located in Trinidad and has more than 200 students ages K through 6th. The program keeps local kids engaged in positive and productive activities and off of the streets after classes are done every day. Annual funding is only $1,000 from District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), but Catrice has never actually received any of this money. Our fundraiser, which has raised more than $5,000 the last two years, makes possible such projects as the play adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, the creation of a yearbook by and for the students, fashion shows, field trips, and a host of other events and opportunities. We use the funds to buy the specific teaching and learning tools as needed by Catrice, which we then donate directly to her. This means 100% of the money we raise goes directly to the program.

In exchange for your $20 donation, we offer three free drink tickets. Capital City Diner will be catering free food for the event and Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas will be there as well. We can accept cash or checks made out to Trinidad Neighborhood Association, which is our registered non-profit corporation. If you are unable to attend the event, you can click this link and go directly to the PayPal account we set up for Trinidad Neighborhood Association.

Every donation helps.
Many people talk about making a difference; this is an opportunity to act on it.

Where Are We on Homicides?

I figured after yesterday's shootings on U Street it might be worth taking a peak at the homicide stats to see where we stand. We're still doing fairly well, and can expect to come in under last year's number (which was the lowest it had been since the mid-1960s). If we continue at the present rate we can expect to see 132 homicides this year, that would be the same as 1964 (interestingly, only 95 people were murdered in the District in 1963), and as indicated below, an 8% drop from 2009.

Homicide Count as of September 29, 2010
This Year
Last Year
Percent Change

20-Year Homicide Trend

WP: Last Chance at Palace of Wonders

palace crowd, originally uploaded by AWard Tour.

The Going Out Gurus remind us to stop by tonight for a big farewell show at Palace of Wonders ($10, show starts at 9pm).  This is one of the final shows before Palace takes a break from shows for 2nd floor construction and merger with the Red and Black. The combined Red Palace will launch on October 15th.

Old Photo of Boarded Up Atlas

Follow the link to find an old photo of the Atlas Theater boarded up and for sale. The Atlas closed in 1976. I suspect the photo dates from sometime in the 1980s.

WBJ: Firms Chosen to Lead Streetcar Project


The Washington Business Journal checks out the pedigrees of the parties who will be assisting the District with making streetcars a reality on H Street, and in Anacostia.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Al Jazeera English: Demographic Change in DC

An interesting video report on shifts currently occurring in the District population. On a side note I was interested in efforts of a man seeking to collect oral histories in the Barry Farm community.

Corner Store Up For Sale

I was cruising through the Craigslist ads of businesses for sale (Tim Carman made me curious) when I noticed this one. I'm not sure of the location. Any guesses?

Established Beer Wine Convenience Store with Deli - $125000 (NE Washington DC)

Corner location on intersection of busy NE DC street. H Street area. Long standing business in the community. Priced at 125K with revenues of $470,000 (lottery sales are not included) , Deli with new kitchen equipment. Equipment is new but Deli is not currently used. Make use of Deli and improve sales even more. Sales from Beer, Wine, Convenience items, Snacks, ATM onsite, etc. This store can even make a lot more money with new owner, new look, and new vision. Make this store yours. Extremely motivated seller.

Asking Price 125K
Revenues 470K
Lease 2500 per month including TAXES and CAM

For more information, call Lou at 202-529-1217 (call anytime).


It's the Saba One Stop on Florida Ave.

DC Gets Additional NSP Funds

HUD, through its Neighborhood Stabilization Program, has given the District $5 million to be spent on three neighborhoods. Trinidad/Ivy City (I'm not sure if this includes more of cluster 23) is one such targeted area. I would expect most of the cluster 23 funding to go to Ivy City, as that's where the Department of Housing and Community Development ("DHCD" administers the HUD funds) seems to be focused at the moment.

From the Flickr Pool: Talk to Me

talk to me, originally uploaded by AWard Tour.

AWard Tour shares this unusual view of a popular H Street hangout. Can you identify the location without checking the tags?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Congressional Chorus Seeks New Members

The Congressional Chorus, the joyful, growing community chorus whose popular cabarets sell out at the Atlas every year, is looking for a few more good men. The chorus directed by David Simmons has grown to 80 members, but has room for some tenors and basses going into the fall concert season. Chorus members come from The Hill and beyond and from a wide range of professions. Auditions and rehearsals are at the Atlas. Email, or call her at 202-399-7993, x182.

Fundraiser at Jimmy Valentine's for Wheatley Kids Program

Wheatley Education Campus After‐school Program Fundraiser
1103 Bladensburg Rd NE
Thursday, September 30, 2010  6:00 –9:00pm
A $20 donation will get you drink tickets, good food (supplied by Capital City Diner), great music and the knowledge you’re helping a GREAT cause.

100% of your donation goes toward the after-school program!

For more information OR If you can’t make the event but would like to donate, checks can be made payable to the Trinidad Neighborhood Association, a local non‐profit organization or you may visit the event page on their website :
*Any amount is greatly appreciated*

Michael Neibauer: Rabid Cat Bites Resident on Lyman

Michael Neibauer is reporting via Twitter that a cat that was picked up after it bit someone has tested positive for rabies. Here's what he said:

# DOH says the feral cat, with gray patches and white markings, was picked up last Wednesday after it bit a resident. about 4 hours ago via web

# ALERT!!!!! Rabid Cat Found on 1700 Block of Lyman Pl. NE about 4 hours ago via web

According to the original press release DOH wants to talk to anyone who may have had contact with the cat, especially if anyone ever fed the cat.

TBD: Vermin Issues at CVS

TBD reports that the CVS at Bladensburg and Maryland has an ongoing rodent problem, and suggests (they are still waiting on the official result) that that may be the reason CVS hasn't been allowed to sell food, drinks, or prescriptions.  As one commenter pointed out, the infestation isn't all that surprising considering the amount of construction going on at that location. Here's hoping the CVS gets it under control soon, whatever the cause may be.

Festival Photos: Hula Hooping

little girl hula hooping, originally uploaded by turn'table.
This cool shot was added to the Frozen Tropics Flickr pool by Flickr user turn'table.

Fire in Gallaudet Dorm, No Injuries

Looking through my email today I saw that someone was on top of the dcfireems Twitter postings and recorded the following tweets:

  1. Update - Fla Ave NE - 9 sty dorm - bldg evacuated - fire in bsmt trash rm - fire under control - some light smoke - no inj
  2. Update- Galluadet Univ dorm - fire in trash rm - bulk of fire knocked - checking smoke conditions  

  3. Galluadet Univ - 800 Fla Av NE - trash fire in bsmt - 9 sty dorm  
It sounds like no major damage, so that's a good thing.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

CVS Can't Sell Food or Beverages...Again


For the second time local Matt Ashburn snaps a photo of signage at the CVS at Maryland and Bladensburg revealing they are temporarily not allowed to sell you any food or drink. This can't be a good trend.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

WP: From Riot to Revitalization

The Post looks at the progression of H Street. But be warned, the Post appears to be having some sort of an issue with this video (or maybe it's me) where the play button doesn't always load.

Festival Photos: Rock Opera Enthusiasts

Baltimore Rock Opera Society, originally uploaded by petitchoudc.

The crowd loved the Baltimore Rock Opera Society at the Festival, and obviously so did the photographers. This shot by petitchoudc come from the from the Frozen Tropics Flickr pool.

WP: Car Crashes Into House in NE

The Post reports on last night's accident on Gales.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Car Crashes into Vacant House on Gales

From dcfireems on Twitter:

Update - Gales St NE - car hit front concrete steps - car wrecked [and] caught fire, but structural damage appears minimal - fire under control

Update - Gales St NE - preliminary eval structure damage is superfical - bulk of fire knocked - house is believed to be vacant - no inj via web

update- Gales St NE - car crashed into house - bulk of fire knocked - checking for extension - poss structure damage - no injuries reported

ro said...
it's the house on the northwest corner of 19th and gales. main entrance is on 19th. just walked past there and it's pretty bad. hardly minimal. gaping hole on the gales side of the house. not sure if it was occupied but no one bothered to board it up or clean up the glass and debris in the street and sidewalk. car had to have been going pretty fast to do that type of damage,

Desperados Pizza is Now Slice of Life

sunday_pizza, originally uploaded by rrazor.

Another name change for the pizza place coming to 14th and H Street (the former Sun and Moon building). It was Angelico's, then it was Desperados, and now it's Slice of Life. I like the new name, and I think this one's going to stick. I'm told they will open in late October.

Thanks to HStreetDC for the Twitter heads up on the name change:

Slice of Life hoping to open at 14th & H in October. Name change (from Desperados,) a few bumps in the road, and menu tweaking. Good to GO!!

New Orleans Fare Coming to 1118 H Street


HStreetDC spills the beans on Twitter:  

New neighbor for @TaylorGourmetDC. Building at 1118 will be NOLA food - by people FROM there, or maybe Mediterranean. Plans moving #HSt

So is this the guys from Desperados Pizza Slice of Life (opening in late October at 14th and H)? They were rumored to be scoping out a second site on H Street. 1118, pictured above has been vacant since Birdland closed its doors a few years back.  This makes two restaurants coming to H Street that plan to serve up food like that found in the Crescent City. The other restaurant is Tru Orleans, which is going in at 400 H Street.  Those currently craving Creole cuisine should check out Little Miss Whiskey's during Saint's games.

UPDATE 12:44pm

Confirmed. This is the same guys who are behind Slice of Life.

Festival Photos: Meat Clever Man Wants YOU!

meat cleaver man wants YOU!, originally uploaded by philliefan99.

Frozen Tropics Flickr pool contributor Philliefan99 shares this really cool shot of a member of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, which hosted a popular attraction during the H Street Festival.

Rebuilding Place: Primary Focus

Many people held strong feelings about the mayoral primary, and I know that I've had conversations with, and gotten emails from people who were not happy with the result. Among my group of friends I know people with similar goals and ideas who voted for different candidates. So I thought I'd share this piece from Richard Layman where he looks at a couple of things going on in the primary, and exactly where it leads us.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Capital City Diner, Now With Free Wifi


Just ask your server for the password.

Night on Wylie


Post Soccer Party and a Fundraiser at the Pug


Details below:

even though we've barely recuperated from the ten million people who came
through during the h street fest, we are hosting another big party this saturday at
the pug following the dc united game. we are throwing a fundraiser for the little
friends for peace, a group which teaches non-violence to the kids. as is usually the
case, a $20 donation at the door gets one open pbr bottles and open draft, while
supplies last. hopefully, dc united can pull off a rare victory, and we can raise
some money for a good cause.
thanks for your support,
the pug

DC Shorts Film Screening at Little Miss Whiskey's Tonight

7-9:30 tonight. Followed by heavy metal sounds from DJ Denman from 10-close. Little Miss Whiskey's is located at 1104 H Stret. They have a fab beer selection, but it's cash only so bring your ATM card.

H Street Walking Tours this Weekend

12 noon - 1:30 pm
Connecting East to West: H Street Northeast

Meet at Union Station, across from the front entrance, at the Freedom Bell sculpture in the center of the park circle.
End at 13th and H Sts., NE.

Start Metro: Union Station
End Metro: New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U

Fitness: Low, 1.5 miles
Stroller accessible
Reservations required. Reserve online for Saturday. Reserve online for Sunday.
Repeats Sunday
Tour will be cancelled in case of rain.

Ward: 6
Subjects: History

Take a tour of H Street NE and the neighborhood. H Street Northeast is a commercial district surrounded by residential communities that links Northeast DC to Northwest DC and connects downtown, Union Station, and Capitol Hill to the west and the south. This area was once home to a mix of residential homes, shops, professional services, major chains, and department stores. The tour will highlight many historically significant places and people who lived, shopped, and worked near and around the corridor.

Presented and led by Tanetta N. Isler.

Sova Seeks Game Night Hosts/Promoters


It would be from 7-9pm on Monday night.  It could range from board game play, to charades, to video games (different games in different rooms). Compensation would be a percentage of the bar sales. The hosts would also be responsible for promoting the event. Interested parties should email

Florida Market and NoMA Tours Saturday


9 - 11 am
Explore Florida Market/Capital City Market
Learn about the culture, history, and food offerings available in the Florida Market. The Market is a fascinating mix of people and foods from around the globe. It's also a fully functioning wholesale market.
Meet at the Florida Ave. exit of NY Ave station. End at Litteri's Italian Deli, 517 Morse St., NE.

NoMA: From the Beatles to NPR!
Join the NoMa Business Improvement District for our annual walking tour with WalkingTown DC, Cultural Tourism’s fall and spring exploration of DC’s culture, neighborhoods and unique stories. NoMa BID Marketing and Events Manager Rachel Davis will take participants on a one-hour tour of the neighborhood, covering a blast of history, Uline Arena, outdoor movies, Harris Teeter, the Met Branch Trail, and more about NoMa, DC’s fastest-growing neighborhood.
Meet at the NY Ave Metro Station. End at Union Station.

Coming Soon to Taylor Gourmet


Vegetarians will soon have another option at Taylor Gourmet. The popular sandwich shop has announced plans to introduce an eggplant parmesan hoagie in November.

Candidate Statement: Jennifer Zatkowski ANC 6C05

Earlier I offered to post candidate statements from local (Trinidad, Rosedale, Near Northeast, the northern portion of Capitol Hill, Carver-Langston, Ivy City, ect.) ANC candidates, and local candidates for the Board of Education. This statement is posted pursuant to that. It does not constitute an endorsement, unless otherwise specified. Here you go:

My name is Jennifer Zatkowski and I am running for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC 6C05. I have lived on the Hill for 13 years and purchased my home on 3rd St NE 11 years ago. I also own Pawticulars on 8th St SE - we have been open for 7 years. I have witnessed tremendous progress on the Hill and would like to see that momentum continue. As a home owner, small business owner and mother with 3 kids in DC public schools, I am committed to the Hill. I will work hard for continued progress and development for the residents of our ANC District.

I believe the role of Commissioner is to serve the residents. First and foremost, every resident of our ANC should know who their Commissioner is and how to reach them. When residents have issues and concerns, they should know who to turn to and know that their concerns will be responded to and addressed.

I have been proactive in responding to my neighbors’ concerns and have worked hard with DC Government agencies to resolve those concerns. For example, I worked with DDOT to have a mirror installed in the blind alley between 2nd & 3rd St NE to make the turn and alley safer. I am currently working with DDOT to have the 600 block of 3rd St NE rezoned to deter commuter parking. I am working with DCPS on the reopening of Logan School to minimize negative impact on our neighborhood.

I pledge to work hard on your behalf to improve our ANC. I will work to increase police presence, keep Union Station commuters from using residential parking spaces, clean and maintain our alleyways and work with small business owners to stimulate consumer spending in our neighborhood. Most importantly, I pledge to be responsive to the concerns of every resident in our ANC.

Thank you and please email with questions at Check out my Facebook page at Jennifer Zatkowski for ANC Commissioner 6C05.

Candidate Statement: Tina Laskaris ANC 5B08

Earlier I offered to post candidate statements from local (Trinidad, Rosedale, Near Northeast, the northern portion of Capitol Hill, Carver-Langston, Ivy City, ect.) ANC candidates, and local candidates for the Board of Education. This statement is posted pursuant to that. It does not constitute an endorsement, unless otherwise specified. Here you go:

Hello, my name is Tina Laskaris. I have been your Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) for Single Member District (SMD) 5B08 for the last two years. I am running for re-election and need your vote to continue representing you.

First, let me tell you a little about myself. I am a homeowner who bought my house in Trinidad in 2001 because of the neighborhood's affordability, its central location and its small town “feel.” From the beginning, I saw the potential for our neighborhood to become one of the best places to live in our nation's capital.

Professionally, I am a process analyst in the healthcare field. In this position, I study the way a process performs and look for ways it can be more productive and efficient. A big part of my job is listening and understanding what people want and need. I approach my job as your ANC Commissioner with the same objective.

Like you, I want to live in a safe and clean neighborhood. In the last two years, these were my top priorities. By understanding what our neighborhood needs and developing positive working relationships with D.C. government agencies, I’ve gotten results.

I've worked closely with MPD 5D developing strategies to ensure public safety and have worked hard to reduce crime in our neighborhood. I've been recognized by the Citizen's Advisory Council the past two years : awarded the Commander's Award in 2008 and the Civilian of the Year award in 2009.

I've worked to keep our streets and alleys clean, to ensure dumping is addressed quickly, and that vacant properties are monitored and any problems they cause are addressed.

I've worked on organizing neighborhood clean-up events, family night events at Joseph Cole and the annual fundraiser for the after school program at Wheatley Education Campus. I've partnered with Serve DC, the Trinidad Neighborhood Association and Greater DC Cares to bring volunteers and events to Trinidad.

I've listened to community concerns and worked relentlessly to find solutions and improve our quality of life.

I have gotten numerous speed humps installed, gotten non-rush hour parking along Florida Ave., and ensured adequate and proper signage and traffic lights are installed in our community.

I played an instrumental role in getting a new Joseph Cole Community Center built – ensuring the commitment the old one would not be torn down until the new one was open.

I worked to attract and support new business efforts in the neighborhood such as the Capital City Diner, Conner Contemporary Art, and G Fine Art, with more anticipated in the future.

I have worked collaboratively with existing businesses, negotiating a new Voluntary Agreement with all establishments in 5B08, as well as working with ABRA to ensure enforcement of those agreements.

Going forward I plan to continue our efforts as a community to keep Trinidad the wonderful tree-lined diverse community it's always been. I'll continue to listen to your issues and concerns and carry the desires of the community forward to the best of my ability. I will continue working to improve Bladensburg Rd to attract businesses that provide goods and services to the neighborhood that we need and deserve.

Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas Jr. and Elise Bernard of the Frozen Tropics blog endorse me.

Festival Fashion Shots

I didn't snap any photos of the fashion shows at the Festival, but others did. Here are three provided by the Spoiled and Rotten Kids Spa and Boutique.


Cooking the Florida Market: Banh Mi Edition

banh mi, originally uploaded by graciepoo.

I made two types of banh mi entirely with ingredients available at the Florida Market. For the uninitiated a banh mi is a delicious Vietnamese sandwich served on a French style baguette. Here are the two types that I made:

Chicken Banh Mi:
-boneless skinless chicken breast brined, rubbed with five spice powder, and sautéed in sesame oil
-daikon radish and carrot marinated in white vinegar, sugar and water solution
-green onions
-red onion
-fish sauce
-baguette (I bought the "French Baguette" from MS3000, but it was a tad too bready, so I fixed this by scooping out some of the bread.)
You can also add chicken liver pate if you wish. Livers are available at the DC farmers market, and various other butchers in the area. Just add some fresh herbs, butter, pepper, and garlic, and you're basically there.

Sam Wang Produce

Tofu Banh Mi
-tofu marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, lime juice, fresh lemon grass, ground black pepper. (I pressed and froze the tofu before hand to change the texture and make it absorb the marinade better).
-Thai basil
-marinated carrots and daikon radish
-fish sauce
-jalapeno peppers
-green onions
-red onions
You can make this sandwich vegan by using Veganaise (not available in the Florida Market), and making your own vegan fish sauce substitute (dark soy sauce, water, garlic, black pepper, dried roasted seaweed).


Where to get it:
Baguette: MS3000 or Litteri's.
Carrots: Sam Wang, Mexican Fruit.
Chicken: US Beef, DC Farmers Market, numerous butchers in the area, including Caribbean Crescent.
Cilantro: Sam Wang or Mexican Fruit.
Cucumber: Sam Wang or Mexican Fruit.
Dark soy sauce: MS3000.
Daikon Radish: Sam Wang or MS3000.
Fish Sauce: V-9 or MS3000.
Five spice powder: MS3000.
Garlic: Sam Wang or Mexican Fruit.
Green onions: Sam Wang or Mexican Fruit.
Jalapeno peppers: Sam Wang or Mexican Fruit.
Lemon grass: Sam Wang.
Limes: Sam Wang or Mexican Fruit.
Mayo: MS3000.
Pepper (whole, black): Mexican Fruit, or Don Pepe's.
Red onion: Sam Wang or Mexican Fruit.
Seaweed: Northeastern Seafood, V-9, MS3000.
Sesame oil: MS3000.
Sugar: MS3000.
Thai Basil: Sam Wang.
Tofu: Sam Wang Tofu (down the street from the main Sam Wang).
White Vinegar: MS3000.

Need guidance on putting it all together? Check out Battle of the Banh Mi.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lost Dog: Derby


Friendly dog, responds to "Derby." Please call 571-212-6751 with any information. Last seen at the corner of 13th and H NE. You can also respond to the Craigslist notice.


The dog has now been found.

Candidate Statement: Adam C. Healy ANC 6A01

Earlier I offered to post candidate statements from local (Trinidad, Rosedale, Near Northeast, the northern portion of Capitol Hill, Carver-Langston, Ivy City, ect.) ANC candidates, and local candidates for the Board of Education. This statement is posted pursuant to that. It does not constitute an endorsement, unless otherwise specified. Here you go:

Candidate Statement from Adam Healy (ANC6A01)

I love our community and am excited about its future. I also have a deep commitment to public service--having worked on Capitol Hill and being elected to my hometown school board while I was a college student. That's why I'm running for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC).

I grew up in a small town and understand the importance of neighbors looking out for one another. That sense of community is present in our neighborhood today, and I want to work to make sure it remains as H Street develops.

Unfortunately, like too many of us, I've been the victim of crime in our neighborhood. My home has been broken into twice and my car has been stolen. But that's nothing compared to others who have been mugged or physically harmed. I have a plan to make our community a safer, cleaner and all around better place to live – and I have the experience to get it done:

* Safer and cleaner streets. I’m tired of our community being a target for crime and trash dumping. I will fight to beef up foot patrols on our streets, crack down on illegal parking, and stop illegal dumping in our streets and alleys.

* Smart growth. I support the continued revitalization and job growth on H Street. But I also will be a strong advocate for balanced zoning and rules to make sure that rapid growth doesn’t get out of control.

* More community input. I will hold regular meetings with residents of our ANC to seek input and hear concerns about community issues to ensure your voice is heard.

* Seeing streetcars through. I will fight to fully fund streetcars on H Street and protect these funds from being raided by politicians for their pet projects.

As a former Hill staffer, I understand how to navigate government to get things done. I volunteered for our ANC’s Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee to work with community residents and business leaders to make sure our neighborhood is moving in the right direction. I've already worked with Councilmember Tommy Wells, WMATA, DDOT, DPW, MPD, and other city agencies on issues important to my neighborhood. Now I want to put my experience to work for the entire neighborhood.

If you live between H Street and Florida Avenue NE and 7th to 13th Streets NE, I hope I can earn your vote on November 2nd. With your support and by listening to your concerns, I will represent you in making our community an even better place to live, work, and play.

I appreciated all the 6A01 residents that stopped by my booth at the H Street Festival to say hi and visit about the neighborhood. Please feel free to contact me--I'd welcome hearing your thoughts on neighborhood issues.

Adam C. Healy
Candidate for ANC6A01
812 11th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
*Vote Healy on November 2nd*

More Festival Fun

Belting it out at Sticky Rice

Dancing in the streets outside the Atlas

A jazz band winds through the crowd

Hula hoops in the kid zone

Smokey's Bar-B-Que is always a Festival favorite

XII's Gibson Gives ANC the Cold Shoulder

Photo provided by XII

Invited guest of the ANC6A ABL Committee Bernard Gibson failed to appear at last night's meeting. Many in the audience no doubt wanted more information from Gibson about an August 15th incident at his tavern. The incident is referenced in the MPD condensed report below:

PSA: 102
CCN: 10117055
RPT DATE: Aug 15, 2010
LOCATION: Tavern/Night Club
START DT: 08/15/2010
START TM: 03:00:00
END DT: 08/15/2010
END TM: 03:15:00

This morning I read, with interest, the ABRA report. Here's a quick rundown:

August 15th around 2:50 am XII was closing up and ushering patrons out the door following a lesbian event (no promoter was involved). During this time a the victim was approached by another woman, who was unknown to the victim. The victim stated that the unknown woman told her to "Fall back," and then began making rude remarks to her. The victim was offended. The unknown woman assaulted the victim, and during the altercation the two women pulled each other's hair. Security personnel separated the two women and escorted the aggressor outside to the two reimbursable detail MPD Officers stationed outside. Security than interviewed the victim, and allowed her to enter the bathroom to calm down. While in the bathroom the victim was assaulted by two individuals who the victim reported appeared to be friends of the aggressor female from the earlier incident. According to the MPD report the two males [this part is confusing because the MPD report clearly indicated one female aggressor, and two male attackers, but the ABRA report investigates assaults by three female attackers, which is what XII maintains occurred] began assaulting the victim when she entered the bathroom and she was on the ground through much of the assault.  The MPD report notes that the victim suffered "a cut to the back of the head, a busted lip, and [a] bruised face."

XII says its security persel found the victim in the bathroom at 3am during a final sweep of the property to ensure that all patrons had departed. XII's ABC Manager stated that the victim said two females had assaulted her, and that they appeared to have been friends of the earlier aggressor, but could not elaborate on how she was assaulted. XII's Manager stated that the victim refused medical attention and left. He also indicated that he could discern no visible injuries that she might have suffered. He said that security personnel escorted the victim out of the establishment and "assisted [her] to her vehicle." According to the MPD report the victim then took a taxi to Washington Hospital Center where she reported the incident.

On August 24th the ABRA Investigator arrived to investigate. Everything appeared to be in order that night. He attempted to review the security footage, but it was unavailable because XII's system only records three days of data at a time. The investigator received no response from either the victim, or the responding Officer despite repeated attempts to contact both. So the case is unresolved.

I was told that ABRA plans to schedule a fact finding hearing, but hasn't done so yet. A fact finding hearing is a non-adversarial investigative tool. During such a hearing ABRA has subpoena powers, so it can compel any witnesses to appear before it who may possess relevant information.

Just to review, here are the discrepancies:
1. XII says the victim reported that she was assaulted in the bathroom by two women. MPD says the victim reported that she was assaulted in the bathroom by two men. Keep in mind that both XII and MPD are supposedly reporting what the victim reported, so unless she changed her mind between XII and the hospital it seems odd that the sexes of her attackers don't match.

2. XII's Manager says the victim had no visible physical injuries. MPD says she had a cut to the back of her head, a bloodied lip, and a bruised face.

3. XII's Manager says the victim was unable to explain how she was assaulted in the bathroom. MPD says the victim reported that the two men attacked her when she entered the bathroom, and that she was on the floor during much of the attack.

It also seems odd, but not impossible, that the victim refused medical treatment and then took a taxi to the hospital (particularly after XII security escorted her to her car).

Shooting In Carver-Langston

Picture 8

No further info at this time:

Police Alert-Shooting

Confirmed shooting in the 1800blk of I St. NE. No lookout at this time. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20100521325

Sent by DC Police Alert to e-mail, pagers, cell phones....powered by Cooper Notification RSAN

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Basking in the Post-Festival Glow

, originally uploaded by alexandrajones14.

The organizers did a great job this year, as did all the local businesses. I'm hearing estimates of 30-35,000 visitors. That twice what we had last year. A few years back we might have brought out more like 6,500. So this is truly amazing. Here's some of what people are sharing about the festival online:

1. Baltimore Rock Opera Society Throws a Goat at H Street Festival (We Love DC).
2. Reading Amidst the Chaos.
3. Oh Snap (ReadySetDC).
4. Best. Festival. Ever. (H Street Great Street).
5. Festival photos: TBD, DCist, The Hill is Home.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Capitol Hill Oasis on the Auction Block

So, let me get this straight.

1. You built some hideous townhomes that you couldn't sell.
2. You blocked the public sidewalk for over five years.
3. You recently broke ground on new condos (in an alley) at the same location.
4. You apparently didn't pay your mortgage because now the property is going up for auction as a foreclosure on Friday at 2pm.

Uh, what?

Here's the listing:
MISC 02:00 PM 915-935 12th Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002 (Properties may be sold as individual lots or as an entirety. $25,000 deposit for each lot)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Inexplicably, Capitol Hill Oasis Starts Phase II

The future site of the Capitol Hill Oasis as it appeared in August of 2005. I wouldn't exactly say the townhomes have been an improvement.

DCmud reports that the Capitol Hill Oasis, which is neither located on Capitol Hill, nor any sort of Oasis, has commenced phase two of the developer's master plan. Phase one involved building a bunch of prefab townhomes that don't exactly blend in with the surrounding buildings. Construction on those was officially completed in 2008. The sidewalk on that half block of 12th Street has been fenced off for more than five years now, forcing pedestrians to either cross the street, or walk in the street. To date none of the massive townhomes have sold. But not one to be deterred, the development team is pressing ahead with plans to build the alley. Hmm...

I actually live directly across the street from this project, and it is endless frustration and bewilderment.  And then there was the time they excavated too close to Jimmy's Tire (lots of photos) and caused the back wall to collapse. That led to an unfortunate series of events which culminated in the obliteration of Jimmy's Tire in a massive fire started by a contractor hired to repair the wall.

Did you know the Capitol Hill Oasis site was originally slated to become the Negro League Legends Hall of Fame?


Apparently this property is up for auction on Friday at 2pm. Here's the listing:

MISC 02:00 PM 915-935 12th Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002 (Properties may be sold as individual lots or as an entirety. $25,000 deposit for each lot)

Flickr on the H Street Festival 2010: Micro Boxing

micro boxing, originally uploaded by philliefan99.
A nice shot of kids taking shots.

Festival Photos

Here are some of the photos I took during the H Street Festival. I'll post more over time, but if you have any photos you'd like to share you can add them to the Frozen Tropics Flickr pool. You can check out the rest of my festival photos here.

Outdoor cafes in the 1300 block of H.

Surveying the scene atop a jersey barrier.

Butter chicken from the Queen Vic.

DC United was on the scene, and had corn toss set up.

The mix of crowds here to check H Street combined with the renovation going on in some buildings is a potent reminder of H Street's potential.

Tommy Wells and crew had a booth, as did some candidates for ANC.

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society was a bit hit with the crowd.

And, of course, there was plenty of art...and art cars.


Biergarten Haus, like many local bars, had a full outdoor patio space.

Some employees at Biergarten Haus brought new meaning to the term "man boobs."