Tuesday, May 30, 2006

what do you think about a coffee shop at first and florida

Go HERE and tell them what you think.

chain reaction moving to north capitol

i had heard about this a LONG TIME ago and am glad its finally happening!


Chain Reaction is a program of the Shaw EcoVillage, its mission is to train youth about the role the bicycle plays in sustainable communities.

Chain Reaction Community Bike Shop Opens June 1st

Good News bikers…Chain Reaction Community Bike Shop (previously located
at 6th and R Sts., NW) will be opening at our new location - 1416 N Capitol St., NW (between O & P Sts.) - on June 1st, 2006. We will feature the following limited hours for the first few weeks while we work out all the kinks: Thursday & Friday 11am—6pm, Saturday 11am—5pm. Come by, buy a helmet, get your bike tuned up, or just say “hi”! Please see our website www.shawecovillage.org for further information, or give us a call at 202-265-0179

Sarah Otto
Outreach and Development Director,
Shaw EcoVillage
1416 N. Capitol St., Washington, DC 20002
202-265-1561 (phone)
202-265-0210 (fax)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

the worst kind of job interview.

this is pretty bad.
I cant quite fathom the type of question/answer scenario that would lead to a stabbing.

i saw this on the eckington blog, who saw it on the brookland blog, cuz we all only read one anothers blogs.

Monday, May 22, 2006

floorplan... with a picture!

i saw this floor place in a for sale listing. does this seem like an original second story plan, or adapted? i've never been in a rowhouse that had this floor, so am a bit intrigued.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

BIG BIG yard sale in the secret park.

while sadly, i can't make it this year due to other exciting plans (see bottom of page) i have gone to this before and it's pretty fun. Plus all the neighbors are there.

Crispus Attucks Development Corporation announces its 3rd Annual


Saturday, May 20th
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
in Crispus Attucks Park
Alley entrance at 1st & U Streets, NW

Crispus Attucks Park, in the heart of DC's Bloomingdale neighborhood, is a private community courtyard park bounded by the unit blocks of U & V and the 2000 blocks of North Capitol & 1st Streets NW

RAFFLE!!! -- $1 could win you an IPOD!!!

Want to sell at the Yard Sale? Spaces may still be available!
Call Barbara at (202) 483-2121 or email barbarafogle@hotmail.com


Perhaps afterwards you could come to my open studio
click here

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Big Bear cafe

So, i went to this
at the Big Bear.

It was a pretty hoppin scene. lots of people showed up. i saw a ton of neighbors i knew and more that i didn't.

The big bear is almost completely gutted. there were displays by corcoran students. some good ideas, but its doubtful that any are the real thing, as it was just a class exercise.

The second floor will (sadly) become an apartment. Could make a great lounge area, screening room, bar. but seems that the owners may need to generate some income from the place. go figure.

So, everyone that i knew and talked to their seemed pretty excited by the potential, and the reality of some decent place to hang out in the hood.

The onwer has asked for some input, so please visit his site and let him know what you think!

Friday, May 12, 2006

crazy hot action in bloomingdale tonight!

here's an email from the owner of the big bear market, soon to be the big bear cafe.


To all who may not know, or for those who still have not decided--

The Big Bear will be open tonight as a one-night gallery of design ideas.
Students from the Corcoran School of Art have prepared design presentations for the new space at 1700 1st Street, NW, and whether we open as a new coffeshop/cafe, jazz club, laundrymat nightclub, or disco ice cream parlor - we want your input for what the place will be.

Come for a tour, a drink, or simply an evening excursion - the building will be open to everyone and we want to hear what you think.

7pm to 11pm. Come and escape the rain.

From the website:

The Corcoran Design Presentations… 12 graduate design students from the Corcoran School of Art have been working this semester on the new design for the Big Bear Cafe, and they will be presenting their final presentations at the Big Bear in the form of a Gallery Opening on Friday, May 12th, between 7pm and 11pm.

The 1st floor will have presentations of 7 different designs. They will show the ideas the students have developed over the past few months as well as videos of research they have done on Bloomingdale architecture, history, and local culture. On the 2nd floor there will be videos and images of neighborhood people, neighborhood artifacts, and whatever else we can put together.

So come to the Big Bear and have a glass of wine, or an evening coffee.
Come and get down with the old folks and the new folks, and see a bit of our developing designs. Come and tell us what you want the place to be, and get involved in a little public display of private expression.

We would love to have you.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

yes ANOTHER gallery in Bloomingdale.

quite the scene here.

The Jackson Gallery (118 Bryant St, NW in DC, near Howard University) opens "Works on Paper" tonight with an opening reception from 1-5PM.

Works by E. J. Montgomery, Samella Lewis, Elizabeth Catlett, Leon Hicks, Valerie Fair, Varnette Honeywood, Margo Humphrey, Clarissa Sligh, Victor Ekpuk, Betty Blayton, Shirley Woodson, Gilda Snowden, Eglon Daley, Renee Stout, Floyd Coleman and Jocelyn Rainey.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Evangeline J. Montgomery Scholarship Fund.

For more info call my good friend Caesar Jackson at 202.285.1754

Friday, May 05, 2006

nw corner of first and s. & the roses of bloomingdale

have you seen all the roses out in bloomingdale lately? damn.the unit block of randolph place, close to first has some GIGANTIC roses. as does that beautiful corner house on the NW corner of first and S.

and yes.. i've only started paying attention to the gardens in th ehood because i've been working on mine.

Monday, May 01, 2006

bloomingdale now appearing

on Dcist. They listed this blog, and now 90% of my hits come from dcist.

there are new listings for a few other neighborhood blogs i read:

Stop,blog and roll

frozen tropics ( back on dcist after a spell on not being listed there, for some odd reason)
gallery place living
petworth news

kittens to good home

I'm forwarding a message from cat rescue specialist and Eckington resident Marty King:

Forget TomKats!

Mom-cats and kittens rescued from a dismal future on the mean streets of DC are looking for good loving homes. Kittens are nine weeks old. Some with tails, some without.

call Marty at:

psssst. Marty is also an awesome neon artist!