Monday, April 30, 2007

Eastern Market has Burned

Dcist reports about the fire at eastern market.

Is anyone paying attention to the crazy series of fires we've been having in our city lately?

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The NCMS Open House at the Big Bear Cafe.

The North Capitol Main Streets Open House was a terrific event!

Main street inc put together a great spread and gave information about who they are, what they've done, and what they hope to do. Many people signed up to volunteer with them.

The President of the NoMa BID came out and talked briefly about their hopes of NoMa.


I talked tons of neighbors, a few that heard of the event because of this blog (!)
I learned about the pursuit of playground equipment for Crispus Attucks Park, the dream of an entrepreneurial neighbor to grow her healthy and tastey business in our neighborhood.

I met TONS of people from the Nebraska ( did you guys all come?)

I got to meet Harry Thomas who came in at the very end!
I saw the owner of Curves, but didnt get to talk with her.

InShaw and Truxton Circle websites were represented.

Ceci McInturff of the 87 Florida Gallery was there. She actually gave me a ride home from the ArtDC event at the convention center. thanks!

Stu and Lana are really terrific people. The hosted a great event and really brought people together.

Got pictures?
join flickr and upload them to the Bloomingdale Photo Group.
its free!
you can use your yahoo id to sign in or go HERE

Friday, April 27, 2007

The First of Many

Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

Eckington Spring Clean 2007!

Spring clean up April 28th 2007
10am until 4pm

Please join THE Eckington civic association, Emery Elementary school, city year young heroes, Hands on DC, MCKinley technical high school, THE edgewood civic association, north capitol main street, xm satellite radio and the DPW helping hands Program. For the largest community improvement project we have ever held.

Where do we meet?
The event will start and finish at Emery Elementary School at 1720 First Street NE.
Our day will run from 10am until 4pm with a break for lunch at 12:30 at Emery where lunch will be provided. We will break up into teams and head out into the community to work.
Tools will be provided by City Year, DPW Helping Hands and Hands On DC.

What will we be doing?
There are a wide range of project you may work on, painting murals, gardening and weeding in pocket parks, cleaning streets and alleys, painting inside Emery, painting parking lot lines, creating a large tree box at the school.

Our goal is to clean from:
-North Capitol Street east to 4Th Street Ne
-Rhode Island Ave NE south to Florida Ave NE.

Collection points for the trash will be:
-First St NE at R St NE
-R St NE and Eckington Place NE
-4th St NE at V St. the corner of Lincoln Rd and Rhode Island Ave
-the corner of Seton and 3rd St.

Why should I take part in this project?
We need your support to make this happen. 100 of our high school and middle school young people will be taking part in the clean up. Your time and effort will make you a true agent of change for a better DC.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

PSA: call before you dig. you dig?

What: Launch of 811. The 811 “Call Before You Dig” event on the National Mall will formally “launch” the 811 number, mandated by Congress and established by the FCC.

When: Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Where: The National Mall, 3rd Street, NW (between Madison and Jefferson Drives)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

As you may be aware, before beginning any digging project, local DIYers or professional landscapers are required to call Miss Utility to have a crew come out and mark their underground lines. Now, diggers can use a single three-digit number to reach Miss Utility and all other One Call Centers across the country—that number is 811.

Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call—even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. Research shows that while 46% of Americans are active diggers who have done or plan to do a digging project at home, only 33% of DIY'ers plan on calling before they dig, which means they are taking a huge risk each time their shovel disturbs the dirt. And failure to call before digging results in more than one unintentional hit per minute, according to CGA research. Hitting an underground line can also lead to injury, penalties, repair costs and expensive and inconvenient service outages.

Visit website here

REMINDER: NCMS, Inc. Spring Open House at the Big Bear Cafe.

i think you'll see more bloomingdalians, truxtonians, shawians... , eckingtonians, NoMans, in one place that at any other event to date (Election day excluded).

come meet your neighbors.....

i really like the NCMS, inc, and i have deep deep love for the big bear! i'm super excited to attend an event there. come check this out!

Host: NCMS. Inc. Board of Directors
Location: Big Bear Cafe
First & R Streets, NW, Washington, DC
When: Friday, April 27, 6:00pm

Meet the NCMS, Inc. Board of Directors and volunteers at the first NCMS, Inc. Spring Open House

* Enjoy wine & hors d' oeuvres with friends and neighbors
* Learn about NCMS, Inc. 2007 projects
* Get briefed on what the NoMa BID means for North Capitol Street
* Preview the much-anticipated Big Bear Cafe, a new and exciting amenity to the community

Also, If you want to sample the coffee.. bring your own mug!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

the Awakening and the national harbor......

i guess one of our public sculptures will be leaving the district......

Until now, the piece de resistance of his National Harbor project has been a carefully guarded secret. In the coming months, the outdoor sculpture "The Awakening" will be dug up from Hains Point, its home for the past 27 years, then barged and trucked to an undisclosed location where it will be cleaned and restored.

read the washington post article here

photos here

Friday, April 20, 2007

opening at 87 florida

"Washington native and sculptor Andrew Christenberry's 'Dead Ringer' exhibit, including three earlier signature works, represents the first time his boxes have been shared as a group or offered for sale. Previously only given as gifts to family, but with two commissioned boxes now in progress, this collection serves as a journey initially inspired by artist Joseph Cornell but which has come to involve science, games, a sense of play, and his own more personal thoughts.

"'Dead Ringer' opens tomorrow night, Saturday, April 21, 6-9 p.m. and remains up through June 21 at 87FLORIDA, a working studio, exhibit and performance space also active in furthering art philanthropic outreach into at-risk communities."

Urban Art Space With A Mission
87 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001
Ceci Cole McInturff, Artist/Owner


Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 21 6-9 p.m.

Exhibit hours:
M 6-8 p.m.
FRI 6-8 p.m.
SA 2-6 p.m.
SU 2-6 p.m.

Bloomingdale in the Examiner

That that i care for the Examiner since they decided to merge nation news with DC news,
there is a profile of Bloomingdale in the Examiner.

i cant find it on line yet, but i'll post a picture when i'm able.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

bulletproof glass

I recently read that the flager market has reinstalled bulletproof glass inside their store to protect their employees.

Serial Arsonist in/around Shaw?

or are they unrelated?

Recent Fires

6th and I- 04/12/07
6th and O-4/13/07
11th and M-04/14/07
3rd and New York-04/18/07
Rhode Island and 3rd-04/18/07

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

NCMS, Inc. Spring Open House

i really like the NCMS, inc, and i have deep deep love for the big bear! come check this event out!

Host: NCMS. Inc. Board of Directors
Location: Big Bear Cafe
First & R Streets, NW, Washington, DC
When: Friday, April 27, 6:00pm

Meet the NCMS, Inc. Board of Directors and volunteers at the first NCMS, Inc. Spring Open House

* Enjoy wine & hors d' oeuvres with friends and neighbors
* Learn about NCMS, Inc. 2007 projects
* Get briefed on what the NoMa BID means for North Capitol Street
* Preview the much-anticipated Big Bear Cafe, a new and exciting amenity to the community

Also, If you want to sample the coffee.. bring your own mug!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

multi neighborhood information site

a Le Droit Park resident set THIS up.

I have a link the to the LeDroit Park part of the site on the links list to the right. "To Ledroit Park"


i've update the links and such a bit. If i'm missing something, please let me know.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Florida Avenue Market Study.

Florida Avenue Market Study

First Public Meeting – Open to all!
Tuesday, April 24

3:30 to 5:30pm AND 6:00 to 8:00pm

(The same presentation will be given twice to accommodate a wide array of the public—
You may attend either session. )

*Gallaudet University, Foster Auditorium, 800 Florida Ave, NE

2nd Public Meeting:
Wednesday, May 30th
(Same Times & Location)

The Office of Planning (OP) has initiated a study of the Florida Avenue Market and is engaging property and business owners within the Market, as well as residents, institutions and other stakeholders surrounding the Market. The purpose of the Study is to conduct an existing conditions analysis, an economic analysis of the wholesale and retail market functions, and an operational analysis. Additionally, the Study will provide demand projections for other potential uses on the site, resulting in various redevelopment/revitalization scenarios for consideration. The Study will also address sustainable development (green technology), urban design, transportation and historic preservation issues. Before any decisions are made regarding the future of this site, it is critical that the District and all affected parties have a full and balanced understanding of the opportunities, constraints and fiscal impacts of redevelopment, and that the public is significantly involved in considering these findings. The Florida Avenue Market is at a critical juncture of its history. Your participation in the coming months is critical for creating a successful and responsive plan!

For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Deborah Crain, Ward 5 Neighborhood Planner, 202-442-7615 or ; or Jeff Davis, Ward 6 Neighborhood Planner, 202-442-7704 or .

Thursday, April 05, 2007

new vestigial design.

While i think the idea is bizarre, i also love it. yet hate it.... it just oozes cultural anthropology........

read this article

Langston and Slater.

Four former District school buildings that have been declared surplus property will be made available to charter schools for lease, the Office of Property Management said.

The agency announced plans to issue offers of solicitation for the following: Keene, at 33 Riggs Rd. NE; Langston and Slater, adjoining school buildings at 33 P St. NW and 45 P St. NW, which will be offered together; and Reno, at 4820 Howard St. NW.

blurb here

Personally i'd much rather see these buildings go to educational purposes than for more condos, so i'm glad they are being offered up to charter schools first.
Still.. thats more of my intuitive response rather than reasoned. Anyone have thoughts on this?


Originally uploaded by hipchickindc.
new photo uploaded to the Bloomingdale Phot Pool

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

logan hardware

yep cutting and pasting again.
remakingleslumhistorique mentions that Logan Hardware will be opeing a store at Cityvista ( big project at 5th and k). Read here

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

spotlight on eckington

New Kid on the Eckington Block notes that the Examiner has a spotlight on Eckington
look HERE

Monday, April 02, 2007

52 O Street NW open studios April 14-15

i noticed this ad on an art forum

There's going to be an Art Event coming up very soon at 52 O Street. There will be 16 outstanding artists opening their studios for two days on April 14-15, and I guarantee there is going to be something that each and every single one of you will think is smashingly cool.

Here's the info:

52 O Street NW
Washington DC 20001
April 14-15 (11am - 5pm)

Stevens Jay Carter
Betsy Damos
Paul Darroch
Chris Edmunds
Adam Eig
Andrea Haffner
Peter Harper
Matt Hollis
Luke Idziak
Micheline Klagsbrun
Raye Leith
Gregory McLellan
Adrian Parsons
Timothy Pittman
Lisa Marie Thalhammer
Gabriel Thy