Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bladensburg Road Grows a Little Greener with Little Wild Things

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W.S. Jenks & Son Hardware (910 Bladensburg Road NE) announced yesterday that Little Wild Things, an urban farming operation that specializes in microgreens, shoots, and edible flowers, will set up shop in an unused portion of the Jenks building (906 Bladensburg Road NE). The full press release appears below, but this is an exciting development in that builds on the presence of Cultivate the City's H Street Farms, located on the roof of Jenks. It's also a welcome addition to the stretch of Bladensburg Road NE that separates Trinidad from Carver-Langston. On the stretch was once known largely for used car lots and automotive repair shops, some have floated the idea of revitalization as a sort of garden district.

Jerry Siegiel, president of Jenks, explained “Given the success we have had with Cultivate the City on our roof, the opportunity to add another urban farm to our building was a natural fit.” He added “We enjoy our role in the neighborhood, and we like bringing other businesses into the fold. Particularly, unique business like these farms that not only provide goods and services, but also a blueprint for sustainable living practices.”

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

WaPo: Deaf-Owned Pizzeria to Open on H Street NE

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The Washington Post reports that Mozzeria, a Deaf-owned restaurant serving pizza, is headed to 1300 H St. NE. Mozzeria comes to us from two San Francisco-based Gallaudet graduates who run an eatery of the same name in California. The couple do not plan to relocate, but will bring their concept of employing an entirely Deaf staff to their Mozzeria's second location. There's an interesting back story here. Co-owner Melody Stein was once rejected by the California Culinary Academy because she is Deaf, something the school viewed as impractical for someone working in a restaurant kitchen.

Mozzeria seems like a natural fit for H Street NE, already a popular hub for our local Deaf community. Patrons who don't know ASL will be able to order by pointing to menu items, or writing down their choices with the paper and pen available at every table.

The menu will vary a bit from the one offered in the Mission District location, but will be focused on Neopolitan-style pies cooked in a wood-fired oven. We can expect both traditional options like the Margharita D.O.P., and more novel topping combinations including toppings like pear and Peking duck. The San Francisco menu includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

Mozzeria's new location, which the WaPo article says is anticipated to open in 2020, is in the Baldwin building that stands on the former site of R. L. Christian Library.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Plant-Based Burgers Don't Disappoint at Bubbie's Plant Burgers & Fizz

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It took a second attempt (the first time I tried they had sold out to a large crowd gathered for the UEFA Champions League Final), but I was finally able to try Bubbie's Plant Burgers & Fizz. Bubbie's currently operates out of the kitchen at Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St NE). If you want to try their plant-based take on classic American burgers you'll need to visit on a Thursday (6–9pm), Friday or Saturday night (6–10pm). You can order from any of the bars on any floor of the Hotel. You can also now order through Bubbie's website for pick-up.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Man Stabbed in Both Legs During Robbery Wednesday Night

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MPD officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 1600 block of Rosedale Street NE late Wednesday (11:25pm) and found a man suffering from stab wounds to both legs. According to an email from Fifth District Lt. Jeffrey Kopp, the victim told police that two men had approached him while he was walking. The two men had proceeded to attack him and take his wallet before leaving the scene on foot. The victim's injuries were not life threatening, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He provided the following description of his assailants:

  • Suspect 1 - Black male, 28-29 years of age, 6'1", 185 lbs., full beard, wearing a gray jacket, black hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans.
  • Suspect 2 - Black male, adult, wearing a multi color hat and blue jeans.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar Returns to Dangerously Delicious Pies Tomorrow

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Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar is back at Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H St. NE) tomorrow (June 27) from 7:30–9:30pm. What sounds like the beginning of a rather bad joke is actually a fun program created by the Fleet Science Center in San Diego that LabX now brings to DC. During Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar®, local scientists enjoy something we all appreciate: a good conversation in a local bar. Head down to the pie shop, order a slice of drink (or both), and look for the sign that reads “We are scientists. Ask us anything!” The scientists this time around are focused on environmental microbiology and marine biology. You don't need a ticket, and you don't need to register. You just need your natural curiosity.

It you do ask a scientist, you can share your experience on social media with the hashtag #2scientists, and tagging @labxNAS. This is one of several DC area Two Scientists events taking place tomorrow, and the area of focus varies by location.

You can read about previous Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar events in this Washington Post article These nerdy happy hour gatherings will teach you about witches, chemistry and the mysteries of the universe. If you are a scientist who wants to participate in future Two Scientists events you can send an email to labx[at]nas.edu.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

DDOT's Interim Plan to Fix a Stretch of Florida Ave NE

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Greater Greater Washington has a story on the District Department of Transportation's interim efforts to abate some of the dangerous conditions on Florida Avenue NE. For greater detail you can take a look at DDOT's materials from the June 20th open house. Plans have been in the works (albeit moving slowly) to fix Florida Avenue NE for years. Due in part to public outcry and a series of recent crashes, DDOT has begun implementing temporary measures to address the issue. You've probably noticed some of the pylons DDOT has placed at certain locations along the corridor, but construction on interim measures is set to begin in earnest next month. As described in both the meeting materials and the GGW post, the changes will include repurposing an existing travel lane in each direction between 3rd Street and West Virginia Avenue NE, and repurposing an existing travel/off-peak parking lane in each direction between West Virginia Avenue and Staples Street NE. The hope is that the interim improvements will help to "address safety concerns along the corridor by reducing vehicle speeds, improving pedestrian crossings, and providing protected bicycle infrastructure."

Unfortunately, we'll still have to wait a while before the full project can come to fruition. The Florida Avenue NE Multimodal Project is still in the final design phase and will then move to the procurement phase, with construction slated to begin in spring of 2021.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Two Stabbings & an Assault Involving a Knife in Our Area Yesterday

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We apparently had three assaults involving knives in the area yesterday, but I only see alerts for two of those. An alert went out yesterday at 11:10am for a stabbing in the 1700 block of Benning Road NE. The original alert (below) contained a lookout, but I don't have any information on the status of the victim.

Stabbing Investigation in the 1700 block of Benning Rd NE. Lookout for B/M, 20'S, 5'9", Tall, medium complexion, full beard, long dreadlocks, light blue jeans, and a Carolina blue shirt. 
DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/ EVENT #I20190365580
Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-508) Alert DC 
Sent by MPD Cad # 5010