Saturday, May 19, 2018

DHCD hearing on the disposition on its Florida and Q Street NW sites to be developed by MiCasa -- Thursday, 06-14-2018

See this tweet about the disposition of DCHD's Florida and Q Street NW site, which MiCasa will be developing.

79-81 U Street NW on the Friday, 06-27-2018 BZA agenda

See this tweet about the 06-27-2018 DC Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) hearing, which includes 79-81 U Street NW:

Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting agenda -- Monday, 05-21-2018

See the agenda for the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 05-21-2018 -- at St. George's Episcopal Church, 160 U Street NW.

St. Martin's Catholic Church Pentecost Concert -- Sunday, 05-20-2018

See this 05-19-2018 message:

St. Martin's 2018 Pentecost Concert 

Including: Traditional, Gospel and African Choirs with Special Guest Liturgical Dance Troupe! 

When: Sunday, May 20th 4:00pm
Where: St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
1908 North Capitol Street, NW
(located on the corner of North Capitol Street and T Street NW)
With Fellowship and light refreshments to follow

Adult Donation: $10.00
Children are free! 

For Directions and/or discount Tickets call 202-232-1144

one week from today: History walking tour around McMillan Park through Bloomingdale

From: Kirby Vining 
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:09 PM
FOMP: Join us for a history walking tour around McMillan Park through the Bloomingdale neighborhood on Saturday, May 26, 2018

A first note about a planned walking tour through Bloomingdale and around McMillan on May 26th, just sent out minutes ago.  

Thank you! -Kirby

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 5/20/2018

2419 1st St NW #1 is priced at $749,900.
The featured listing is a duplex condo in a Victorian house in Bloomingdale, listed by Suzanne DesMarais with Compass. See the links below for more details and open house times.

SATURDAY 5/19/18 Open House list
Map of Saturday Open Houses

SUNDAY 5/20/18 Open House list
Map of Sunday Open Houses

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday. If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments. Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at compass dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

two weeks from today: Book lecture and signing by DC Office of Planning HPO's Kim Williams, who has been active with the Bloomingdale Historic Dstrict activities

See this tweet from the DC Preservation League:.

Note that DC OP HPO's Kim Williams has been active in the Bloomingdale historic district discussion.

Sketch Comedy and Improv Comedy join forces tonight at The Unified Scene Theater

See this Unified Scene Theater tweet:

Bloomingdale last night: power outage, shots fired

See these neighborhood tweets from overnight:

Friday, May 18, 2018

the under-construction five new Beale Square rowhouses now listed (by Urban Pace)

A neighbor noticed the RedFin posting for the Miller Development still-under-construction five new houses called Beale Square in the lot bounded by the alleys of Flagler, Adams, 2nd and W Street NW.

"Welcome All Sinners"

HPRB hearing for Thursday, 05-24-2018: includes St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church South, 150 S Street NW, designation Case 18-09 and HPA 18-147, raze

Sent: Friday, May 18, 2018 4:44 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashington] HPRB Agenda and Staff Reports - May 24, May 31, 2018

This document and staff reports related to the May 24, May 31 HPRB meeting are posted on the website at:   
Please Note:  The public meeting on May 24 will begin at 9:30 am.   
Historic Preservation Review Board Meetings 
May 24 and May 31, 2018  
The Historic Preservation Review Board will meet to consider the following items.  The meetings will be held at 441 4th Street NW in Room 220-South.  Applicants and those interested in testifying should arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the assigned time for the case.
A.            Harewood Lodge, 3600 Harewood Road NE, Case 17-22

B.            216 8th Street NE (filed as 222), HPA 18-300, concept/rear addition; front alterations

C.            3512 Lowell Street NW, HPA 18-366, concept/rear additions, window alterations, side porch addition

D.            1325 21st Street NW, HPA 18-358, concept/rear addition; basement alterations

E.            1314 Vermont Avenue NW, HPA 18-374, concept/rear additions and alterations

F.            923-927 5th Street NW, HPA 18-212, revised concept/new construction
G.           919 5th Street NW, HPA 18-370, concept/second story addition to existing building

H.            301 Indiana Avenue NW, HPA 18-375, concept/DC Police Memorial

I.             2318 California Street NW, HPA 18-359, concept/extend roof addition; enclose third-floor deck


1.            9:30-10:30    3900 Wisconsin Avenue NW, HPA 17-495, revised concept, building and landscape alterations, additions

2.            10:30-11:30   4301 Canal Road NW, HPA 18-297, permit/raze the historic Foundry Branch Trestle in Glover Archbold Park

3.            11:30-12:15   1627 Monroe Street NW, HPA 18-314, concept/enlarge first floor window opening 

                12:15-1:15      LUNCH BREAK

4.            1:15–2:00     6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, HPA 18-369, concept/plaza at Town Center between Georgia and 12th Street.

5.            2:00-2:45     3415 Porter Street NW, HPA 18-129, concept/ dormer, roof and rear alterations

6.            2:45-3:30    Wardman Park Annex (amendment), 2600/2660 Woodley Road NW, Case 17-10

7.            3:30-4:30   St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church South, 150 S Street NW, designation Case 18-09 and HPA 18-147, raze

8.            9:00-9:30       Sustainability Guidelines for Existing and Historic Buildings, discussion and consideration of draft prepared by DDOE and HPO

9.               9:30-10:15     2114-2124 14th Street NW, HPA 18-136, revised concept/new seven-story building behind historic buildings

10.            10:15-11:00   1936 2nd Street NW, HPA 18-386, concept/addition, rear and third floor addition on two-story row house                
11.          11:00-11:45   513 U Street NW, HPA 18-360, concept/rear roof addition; areaway alterations

12.            11:45-12:15   732 4th Street NE, HPA 18-248, concept/rear and rooftop additions

Bruce Yarnall • Historic Preservation Operations Manager
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024

come celebrate Pentecost and International Sunday at St. George's Episcopal Church

From: Rev Kent Marcoux On Behalf Of Rev Kent Marcoux
Sent: Friday, May 18, 2018 9:19 PM
Subject: Celebrate Pentecost & International Sunday at St George's!

Pentecost & International Sunday
May 20 at 9:00 am 

Join us this Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 AM – as we celebrate Pentecost & International Sunday at St George’s! Worship service begins at 9:00 AM, where our guest preacher is the Rev Prince Williams from Sierra Leone. Festival follows the service, featuring Afro-Caribbean food provided by the church, and a celebration of our international heritage! Ethnic dress or anything Pentecost red encouraged. Bring a story, a song, or a dance from your country to share. Free, family-friendly, faith-filled and fun!  For more info, contact the Rev Kent Marcoux at or 443-315-8124 (cell).

St George's Episcopal Church · 160 U St NW · Washington, DC 20001-1606 · USA

now rescheduled to this Sunday, 05-20-2018: the Bloomingdale Community Day & Yard Sale!

See this revised flyer for this Sunday's Bloomingdale Community Day, Yard Sale and Taste of Bloomingdale event.

Summer Series Kickoff at Boundary Stone with The Bastard Sons of Captain Mey -- Thursday, 05-31-2018

See this tweet:

Open Studios at 52 O Street NW tomorrow, 05-19-2018

See this retweet from Councilmember McDuffie:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

scanned letter from HPO advising about the 07-26-2018 HPRB hearing on the Bloomingdale Historic District

On Wednesday, 05-16-2018, I posted pics of the five pages of the 05-11-2018 letter received by some Bloomingdale property owners of record from the DC Historic Preservation Office advising about the 07-26-2018 Bloomingdale Historic District HPRB hearing.

I received my HPO letter today.  I scanned the five pages into PDFs.

See the five PDFs scanned from the hardcopy letter below.

A little easier to read.  

strawberries, asparagus and yu at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market

From: Robin Shuster 
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:52 PM
Subject: Strawberries, asparagus and yu at BFM


Hi BFM Fans:

Yes, I am getting tired of the rain too.  And our farmers are getting very wet and muddy in the fields but they will have plenty of no longer thirsty vegetables to tempt you with. And the plants certainly do glisten and grow faster after, what ? 5-10 inches of rain water? We hope that if it is STILL raining on Sunday, you unfurl your umbrellas and walk over to the market where the tents will keep you dry.  

ASPARAGUS:  I told you last week that I prefer concentrating the flavor of our local asparagus rather than dissipating it by boiling. All week long I have been roasting a bunch of asparagus for lunch and here is why you should as well. Roasted at high heat (450 degrees), asparagus becomes a new vegetable. The outside layer turns very thin and crunchy and shrivels up a bit, the inside intense and almost souffle like.  You will taste the sweetness that boiling never brings out.

I just oil the stalks, sprinkle them with salt and pepper and spread them out in one layer on a parchment paper covered sheet pan. A cookie pan works fine.  It takes about 15 minutes but that will depend on the thickness of the stalks.  Jeff and I have been eating them just like that but eventually we will sprinkle chopped eggs on them or make the bernaise sauce or lemon zest or chopped thyme or grated or shaved parmesan.

Are you Vegan?  Whisked is expanding their list of Vegan Cookies.  Sample them. 

  • CHEF AT MARKET: Mark Haskell is back with an Italian asparagus risotto, an Italian ode to Spring. You will learn all his tricks to the perfect risotto.
  • BIKE HOUSE is ready to help you get your bike into shape.
  • MUSIC at MARKET: Simone has a surprise for us

What's up this week?

CUCINA AL VOLO Fast Food the way it should be from one of DC's best pastamakers, so says the Washingtonian: and they started with us! Fettucine, Pappardelle with smoked paprika, Linguine with Squid ink, Fusilli made with green kale.  The ravioli: Beef Brisket, Burrata, Spinach & Ricotta. Sauces: Lamb Ragu, Beef Bolognese, Pesto, Cherry Tomato, Eggplant Norma and Wild Mushroom.

KESWICK CREAMERY: Have I dragged you over to taste their yogurt yet? We eat 2 quarts every week at our house. What to do with all that yogurt? Well, here are some ideas: a 4 minute yogurt sauce that is a condiment, dipping sauce, marinade, dessert.... Sara has cheeses for everything. Quark to smear, ricotta to melt on pasta, goat cheeses, Alpine style tommoes whose rinds are washed weekly in local beer or wine, Wallabies, Vermeer, Cheddars, Italian style Romano, Cavelry grating cheese....lots more.

REID's ORCHARDS: Gala and Fuji apples, cider, apple sauce and apple butter.  But the real draw are the plants! So many varieties of herbs for your containers, gardens, patios and terraces..

May is for their beautiful herbs: 7 types of basil, 6 rosemaries, 8 thymes, 4 sages, 5 parsleys,  8 mints, 4 lavenders, 2 tarragons, 2 savories plus lovage, borage, bee balm, catnip, lemon balm, chamomile, lemon verbena, chervil (hard to find and essential for many French dishes) , stevia, sweet marjoram, epazote (for the best Mexican dishes), fennel(anise), celeriac (cutting celery)--and this year, an assortment of berry bushes and lettuces.  

GARNER's Produce: Strawberries, asparagus, spring onions, heaps of greens and salad mixes. Sweet potatoes. Young beets and Hakurei turnips

Try the broccoli rabe -- throw it in boiling salted water for a few minutes to soften it, drain, chop and then saute the chopped pieces in olive oil and garlic. Sprinkle with salt and chopped hot pepper. Finish with olive oil and lemon juice and serve. Just spoke with Bernard -- he has had hardly any rain!

MOUNTAIN VIEW: nice salad greens, arugula, lots of spinach, bok choi, tatsoi, kale, radish, hakurai, flat Italian parsley, head lettuce and lots of veggie starts.  I got 6 bags of their spinach last week and it is superb. It cooks up quickly and into a silky, almost creamed spinach mass -- without creaming it.  Try making lettuce wraps from their lettuce heads.

WHISKED: If you missed that strawberry rhubarb pie last week, grab it Sunday.  It is a farmers market special. And Jeff and I swooned over the asparagus quiche which we ate for a post market lunch. 6 pies, 3 quiches, 7 or 8 cookie packs. There will be something to tempt you.

NUMBER 1 SONS: Please do not miss the Spring Ramp Kraut. The ramps are gone now but thanks to fermentation, ramp kraut will be here for a little longer. I am very fond of the radish kimchi, the Honey Habenero Daikon pickles, the curried beets. Cucumber pickles are a month away but the variety of Daikon pickles, krauts, kimchi keep me happy.

PANORAMA ARTISANAL BAKERY: CHECK OUT THE NEW BAKER RACKS THAT DISPLAY THE BREADS AND PASTRIES. The breads are bagged now in handsome paper bags except for the baguettes, of course. Loaves, sandwich breads, boules, pastries.

TRUCK PATCH FARMS: Did you know they use aquaponics as well as fields? Asparagus! Salad central and porklicious. Sausages, chops, roasts. Chicken starts in June. Eggs. beets. greens. 

See you Sunday

Robin and the Teds