Friday, February 28, 2014

Bloomingdale front steps -- open/metal vs. closed/brick -- what do YOU think ?

There have been some Bloomingdale rowhouse renovations that have included the conversion of the existing front steps -- brick steps that are "closed" and do not allow natural sunlight through -- to wrought iron steps that * are * open to natural sunlight and air.

What do YOU think ?

Here is an example:

Here is 1733 1st St NW with the existing front steps constructed of brick.

Here is the rowhouse next door -- 1735 1st Street NW -- that has been converted to two condominium units.  The front steps have been converted from brick to iron.

DC Water sewer cleaning schedule in ANC 5E

Passed along by ANC 5E08 Commissioner Mark Mueller:

Good Afternoon ANC 1B and ANC 5E:

Below please find the schedules for upcoming sewer cleanings/ inspections in your area:
***Two crews one location***
CCTV Inspection
Start Time
End Time
Day or Night
Between the boundaries of Adams ST. NW, 3rd St. NW, O St. NE, and 3rd St. NE

Thank you for your time and continuous support.   If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.   Thank you.
Jill McClanahan | Construction Outreach Coordinator | DC Water |
5000 Overlook Avenue, SW | Washington, DC 20032 | (202) 787-2202 | (202) 787-2210 (fax)
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Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale on 3/2/2014

26 Bryant St NW #2

The featured property shown above is located at 26 Bryant St NW #2 is being listed by
Suzanne DesMarais with 10 Square Team of Keller Williams Capital Properties. The property will be open for viewing on Sunday from 1-4pm. You can find more information in the links below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here.  A map of the same properties can be seen here.

*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 david at 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

another Bloomingdale pop-up in progress -- on the unit block of Channing St NW

Bloomingdame is her morning patrol.

This is on the unit block of Channing Street NW.

@ScottRobertsDC Baby boom!
03:55 PM - 28 Feb 14

Save the Date: McMillan Park Fundraiser Party at 410 GoodBuddy gallery - Thursday, 03-27-2014

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:51:13 -0500
Subject: Save the Date: McMillan Park Fundraiser Party at 410 GoodBuddy Gallery - Thurs, 27 Mar 2014

Please publish the following announcement to tomorrow's edition of the listserv and to the blog.

Thank you

Friends of McMillan Park is thrilled to announce a new date and venue for the Save McMillan Park fundraiser cocktail party.
The event will take place on the evening of Thursday, March 27, 2014. Please save the date for this fun-filled affair hosted by our friends at 410 GoodBuddy Gallery located on the border of the Bloomingdale and Shaw neighborhoods at 410 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The proceeds from this major event will benefit the Save McMillan Park Legal Fund to preserve our community’s historic and important green space.
The evening will include food and drinks from local businesses, talented local artists, presentations from preservation and legal experts, and raffle prizes! Additional details coming soon.
McMillan Park Reservoir Historic District is currently endangered by commercial development that would destroy the park’s majestic underground caverns. Until WWII, the space was used by the DC community at large as a central park for recreation, cultural events, and gathering.
Friends of McMillan Park was founded by community supporters and neighbors who have fought tirelessly to protect McMillan Park since 1989. Our mission is to preserve, restore, and transform historic McMillan Park for the benefit of the public.
Please let us know if you, your business, or your associates would like to join our event Host Committee at the $250 level. Contributions are tax-deductible thanks to our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, National Association for Olmsted Parks.
General admission tickets are $100. All proceeds benefit the Save McMillan Park Legal Fund.
For additional information, please contact Kirby Vining at (202) 234-0427(202) 234-0427 or
Facebook event page: 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

new tree planted in the treebox in front of Grassroots Gourmet

See this pic:

Zagat: "DC Area's 10 Hottest Coffee Shops" includes Big Bear Cafe !

Thanks to Bloomingdale resident Sarah Oyungu for spotting this Zagat Coffee Week post.

DC Area's 10 Hottest Coffee Shops

By Rina Rapuano

The PlaceBig Bear Cafe
The Gist: A Bloomingdale pioneer with close ties to the community and the weekly farmer's market, serving cafe-style breakfast and lunch and market-inspired dinners. 
The Drink: Latte ($3.64) - as pretty as it is delicious
Buzzwords: Counter Culture Coffee; locally sourced produce. 
Perks: One of the prettiest patios in the city; a candlelit bistro at night; excellent breakfast and lunch options. 

1700 First St. NW; 202-643-9222

P#pVille post on the battle in Lanier Heights over pop-ups

You can click on the link to see the full P#pVille post and pics.  I have only include a portion of this post.

You will want to look at the pics.

02/26/14 1:30pm

Zoning Reform/Pop Up Battle Heats Up in Lanier Heights – ‘Stop Pop Ups’ vs ‘Stop Nimby-ism’

Update on Ugly Pop-Ups: Destroying Family Housing on Lanier Place.”.   Thanks to a reader for sending the photo above:
“A few days ago, I was walking on Lanier Place and saw these signs in front of that pop-up. This is just getting ridiculous and makes our friendly neighborhood seem not that friendly.”

special McMillan Advisory Group (MAG) meeting tonight -- community benefits package

See this tweet:

Tonight! Special MAG mtg on Community Benefits Package: 7PM at All Nations Baptist. Open to public-please join
12:57 PM - 27 Feb 2014

tonight: DC mayoral candidate Tommy Wells at Boundary Stone

See this tweet:

Hey & ! Join 2morrow, 9pm at for post- forum celebration
3:30 PM - 26 Feb 2014 

Bloomingdale residents Vicky Leonard and John Salatti are running for the DC Democratic State Committee -- Kick-off event at Dahlak's tonight

Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:47:56 -0500
Subject: The Rent is Too Darn High Kick-off Event, Thursday, @/27 @ 6:00 @ Dahlak on U Street
Hey Bloomingdale!!!
As you may know, Vicky Leonard of Flagler Place and I are running for positions on the DC Democratic State Committee. We are proud to be a part of THE RENT IS TOO  DARN HIGH slate. I hope you will come out to our campaign kick off event at Dahlak (1771 U St NW) this Thursday. Our slate is made up of small business owners, community organizers, policy advocates, artists and more from all over DC. We believe the Democratic party can do and be better. 


Please join us as we kick off our campaign for  an open, honest and engaged Democratic party and a higher standard of accountability and ethics for our elected officials. We are the largest slate of candidates on the primary ballot for the DC Democratic State Committee.

We hope you can make it to Dahlak and talk with us and our fellow slate members.  And we'd very much appreciate any support you can show our effort by making a donation or volunteering your time (passing out flyers on your block would be great!).

Our slate came together knowing that our party can do and be better and that an important step was to get more DC residents involved. Come to Dahlak on Thursday the 27th at 6:00 PM (1771 U St NW) to meet the candidates, hear what they stand for, tell us what you want, and find out how YOU can join the effort.
Look forward to seeing you,
P.S.  Feel free to call or e-mail me if you have any questions or want more information.

John T. Salatti
(202) 986-2592
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale" 

John Salatti

Vicky Leonard

tonight: DC mayoral candidate Vincent Gray at the home of LeDroit Park residents Joshua and Allison Kern

See this message from LeDroit Park resident Josh Kern:

Will you please let our neighbors know that Mayor Gray will be at my home this Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All are welcome to hear Mayor Gray's vision for a second term. He will be specifically focused on public education. I encourage folks to bring checks in support of his campaign. My wife, Allison, and I live at 1908 3rd St., NW. We hope to see you Thursday. Thanks!

tonight: DC Water Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project environmental assessment public meeting at McKinley Tech

Subject: RE: DC Water's Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project Environmental Assessment Public Meeting
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:07:55 +0000
Greetings DC Water Stakeholder:
DC Water invites you to attend an upcoming public meeting on February 27, 2014 to learn more about an exciting project touching your neighborhood-the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project. The primary purpose of this 5-mile long, 23-feet diameter tunnel will be to help convey combined sewer overflows away from local water ways and also provide flood relief to chronic flood areas in the Northeast Boundary area of the District. This is a follow up to our public meeting and open house held on October 17, 2013 during which we shared information on the NEBT project and, most importantly, sought to receive public comments on the project for inclusion in the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project preceding its construction.
Since the first public meeting, DC Water has completed the EA and would now like to share its contents with you and get your feedback. The meeting information is as follows:
DC Water Public Meeting on the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project Environmental Assessment
Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:30pm – 8:30pm
McKinley Technology High School
151 T Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Similar to the first meeting, DC Water is employing a number of media and outreach tools to help get the word out, including robo calls, mailed meeting flyers, print ads, social media, neighborhood listserves, media advisory, update of the NEBT project web page, and hard copies of the final EA made available at local libraries, community centers, schools and churches (full list of EA locations can be seen on the attached flyer). In addition, we ask that you please help us spread the word about the project, EA and public meeting by posting the information to your respective websites, listserves and blogs, etc. The NEBT will significantly mitigate flooding and improve the health of our local water ways. We would like the opportunity to discuss these and other environmental benefits of the project with you in greater detail at the meeting.
Ultimately, we understand that conflicting schedules may not allow you to attend the meeting. If you are unavailable, there are other ways in which you may both review the EA and submit comments. As mentioned above, hard copies will be made available for review at area locations beginning Friday, February 21, 2014. You may also view and download the EA directly from the NEBT project web page at You may submit your comments on the EA through the project web page; email your comments to; or mail comments to DC Clean Rivers Project (Attn: NEBT), DC Water and Sewer Authority, 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20032. 
Please be advised that there is a 45-day window in which you will need to submit your comments to guarantee inclusion in the final EA-from Monday, February 17, 2014 to Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Please don’t miss the opportunity to have your voice count!
For more information or for individuals requiring special assistance at the meeting, please contact Clean Rivers Community Outreach at (202) 787-4447 or by email at
Thanks much for your time, and we hope to see you at the meeting!

WCP cover story on DC corner stores: Windows Cafe and Market profiled; the rent will triple in April 2014

I have not copied in the entire WCP blurb on Bloomingdale's Windows Cafe and Market at 1st and Rhode Island Avenue NW.  
Click on the link to read the entire WCP article.

This image is from the Washington City Paper.

When Gentrification Rode Into Bloomingdale, Windows Cafe & Market Saddled Up

don't forget to vote for all of your favorite Bloomingdale businesses in WCP's Best of DC 2014 poll !

Take Boundary Stone's tweet below from yesterday to heart!

Vote for your favorite Bloomingdale businesses in Washington City Paper's "Best of" contest!

Don't forget to vote for all of your favorite businesses in 's Best of 2014 poll!
4:54 PM - 26 Feb 2014

A lot can change in a year, so once again, we're asking you to speak up and let us know who's the best of 2014.
The rules are simple: One answer per question per person. Answer as many questions as you like right now, and we'll send you a link via email so that you can update your ballot later. Add a comment to share just how much you love your pick and get a chance to have it printed in the Best of D.C. issue.

have you see the interior of the refurbished 2nd floor above Bacio Pizzeria ?

The now-closed Green Paws store above Bacio Pizzeria has been renovated to provide seating for Bacio.

If you haven't stopped by, then you should do so!

See these pics supplied by Attila:

David McCracken formerly of 76 S Street NW

See this message from Bloomingdale resident Colin McCracken:

Friends and neighbors,
Sadly I must inform you that David McCracken formerly of 76 S street passed peacefully on Monday at Ingleside assisted living home aged 88. Prior to living at Ingleside he had been a regular of the Bloomingdale area,  pottering around the front garden and making friends at his favorite local hang outs - the Big Bear, Windows Cafe and Rustic Tavern. I want to thank all the friends and neighbors of Bloomingdale who made his 4 year stay here enjoyable.
He will be sadly missed.