Friday, October 31, 2008

Slow Weekend for Open Houses in the 'Hood

There were no open houses scheduled through the MLS IN Bloomingdale for Sunday 11/2/08, so I did a search for the zip of 20001. Here's what came up. For open house times, don't forget that it's the weekend to change your clocks.

Seems to me like a lot of people are holding their breath before the election.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fundraiser for Delfa Hercules' family

Yoga District Grand Opening: Winter Peace Celebration

November 16th

9am-9:45am: Community all-levels meditation class ($5 donation suggested).
10am-11:15am: Yoga 1-2 class ($10 donation suggested).
11:30am-12:15pm: Open House, Meet the Teachers, and Photo Exhibition by Eleanor Kaufman and other local photographers (accepting submissions- email if interested).
12:30pm-1:30pm: Vegan & Vegetarian Chef Cooking Demo- Light Lunch included ($6 donation suggested).
2:00pm-3:15pm: Flow Yoga 1-2 ($10 donation suggested).
3:30pm-4:45pm: Kids Yoga ($10 donation suggested).
6:00pm-?: Evening events including DJs, acoustic performances, live graffiti art, break dancing demo, freestyle performances, and open mic ($10 donation suggested).

Proceeds will go to Delfa Hercules' family and to a Winter Peace Initiative (a fund to organize citizen street patrols around the yoga studio, as well as members of nonprofit agencies fanning out on area street corners to help those in need of social services), which we will be promoting throughout the day's events.

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Bloomingdale Studio Coming 10/2008: 1830 1st St., NW

Delfa Hercules was murdered at her bus stop on the 1700 block of Third Street on the morning of October 10th
more information here

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Howard Theatre

DC MUD has some info about the Howard Theatre

what the fuck?

seems that cars on my street that didnt move for street cleaning are getting ticketed AND towed.


i've never seen that before and it seems fucked up to me.

and oh, the street cleaner had already come by, 1/2 hour early.

thanks for the warning!

wanna write about bloomingdale?

if you're interested in writing posts about bloomingdale, let me know. i'd love to add different perspectives and energies here.

my misspellings, beer/coffee/pizza/art loving perspectives must get tiring.
; )

arts based business in the neighborhood?

I'm compiling a list of Arts based business for Bloomingdale and nearby neighborhoods. If you are an artists, musician, writer, or have any other type of arts based business, please pass on your website to me.

wheresmycoffee at gmail
or leave in comments.

Monday, October 27, 2008

bloomingdale yoga

I went to the first class at Yoga District tonight. there were maybe..i dunno... 20 people.

It was my first yoga class ever so i'm not really a good judge of quality , but i thought it was great.
i'll definitely be going back.

It was mentioned that they will be holding a fundraiser for Delfa Hercules, the woman who was murdered at her bus stop on October 10th.

i will post more info about that when i hear it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


this has been rescheduled for today:

A Fall Diversity Event!

Join your neighbors for an afternoon of celebrating cultural diversity with Food, Fun, Family and Music.

Come over on October 25 at 3:00 PM in the alley and back yards of the 100 blocks of S Street and Seaton Place, NW. Sample foods from Mexico, Latin America, Italy, Eritrea, Ethiopia, China, Germany and more...not to mention southern potato salad, Cajun jambalaya and sweet potato cupcakes! There will also be plenty of kids' activities and games.

In addition, you'll enjoy the entertainment of neighbor and jazz legend Maurice Lyles and the Maurice Lyles Trio!

Thanks to all of our participating businesses: Windows Cafe, Bloomingdale Liquors, B&J's, Big Bear Cafe, Yeung Fong, Golden China, Jam Doung and Luciana Cafe!

Admission is free. Donations (cash and plant materials) will be accepted by the S Street and Affiliated Blocks Association to beautify the tree boxes. Rain date is October 26 at 3:00 PM. For more information, contact J.C. Blount, 202/ 986- 2772.

New Bloomingdale Studio

new yoga studio in bloomingdale

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Free stuff to do in and near Bloomingdale this weekend


Live Music at Big Bear
1700 First St NW
7-10 PM

a Fall diversity event!
3:00 PM in the alley and back yards of the 100 blocks of S Street and Seaton Place

Art Enables opening
411 New York Ave., NE ( a .6796 mile walk from North Cap and Florida)

Open House at Saint George's Church
2nd and U Street NW
11- 3

Take a brief tour of our newly renovated church. We bet you didn’t know we have a sanctuary wall filled with a bas-relief masterpiece by Lithuanian sculptor V. K. Jonynas (1907 – 1997), whose stained glass art decorates the National Shrine on Michigan Avenue, NE and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


Yoga Districts open house

10 to 2
1830 1st St. NW

Bloomingdale Farmers Market
1st and R nw

if i missed stuff, please let me know.

Yoga district is having an open house on Sunday

read about it here

celebrating cultural diversity with Food, Fun, Family and Music.

A Fall Diversity Event!

Join your neighbors for an afternoon of celebrating cultural diversity with Food, Fun, Family and Music.

Come over on October 25 at 3:00 PM in the alley and back yards of the 100 blocks of S Street and Seaton Place, NW. Sample foods from Mexico, Latin America, Italy, Eritrea, Ethiopia, China, Germany and more...not to mention southern potato salad, Cajun jambalaya and sweet potato cupcakes! There will also be plenty of kids' activities and games.

In addition, you'll enjoy the entertainment of neighbor and jazz legend Maurice Lyles and the Maurice Lyles Trio!

Thanks to all of our participating businesses: Windows Cafe, Bloomingdale Liquors, B&J's, Big Bear Cafe, Yeung Fong, Golden China, Jam Doung and Luciana Cafe!

Admission is free. Donations (cash and plant materials) will be accepted by the S Street and Affiliated Blocks Association to beautify the tree boxes. Rain date is October 26 at 3:00 PM. For more information, contact J.C. Blount, 202/ 986- 2772.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bloomingdale Farmers Market!

Dear BFM fans,

At long last and much awaited, our new producers! Cheese at the market at last!

From Pennsylvania: Keswick Creamery and Painted Hand Farm, From Loudoun County: Greenstone Fields Farm in Loudoun County, From 9th Street NW : Chez Hareg Pastries of Chez Hareg on 9th Street.

So, come out and make these new producers feel really welcome at BFM!

Yes, it's true. We are GROWING: CHEESE AND YOGURT and Veal and Mushrooms and Flowers and Beef and EGGS ARRIVE THIS WEEK AT Bloomingdale Farmers Market! RAIN or SHINE! I repeat, Rain or Shine! Rain or Shine. So if it is raining, just bring your umbrellas. It is dry under the tents and in the BBC.

To celebrate our new producers, we are having a special event:

FREE COOKING SCHOOL Raffle Tickets to All Shoppers Chef Susan Watterson, co-owner of the hot new Cooking School on 14th Street, CulinAerie, We will raffle off ONE FREE CULINAERIE COOKING CLASS FOR TWO and you can use it for any class you want in the next 12 months. IF you shop at BFM, you will get a free raffle ticket from every producer you shop with . So, you have lots of chances to win! She will also be doing a Cooking Demo (see below)

What's new:

Robin's favorite yogurt from Keswick
11 different hard cheese-- handmade cheddars and fetas and Wallabies and Vermeer
Fresh farmers cheese (Quark)
Fresh Ricotta and Italian Style Vachino Bianca
Blue Cheese
Fresh Bovre soft cheese
Feta and marinated feta in olive oil with peppercorns, a bay leaf and garlic.
Fresh Cream Cheese with herbs
Keswick's own Chocolate pudding, created for Melanie's daughter, Maddy
HUMANELY raised veal chops, scallopini and ground
Shitake Mushrooms
French classic cookies, biscotti, pies and cakes
TASTE FREE Samples of every single cheese at the stand.

Keswick Creamery is a grass-based Pennsylvania dairy farm, a family farm since the 1970s, although Melanie's family have been farmers since the 1800s. The 40 registered Jersey cows eat grass all summer, spring and Fall-- long grass that has never seen a pesticide or fertilizer. Hay in the winter. Of course Keswick does not use antibiotics or hormones, pesticides or fertilizers. Their cheesemaker, Melanie Dietrich-Cochran, has been making cheeses since 2001. She has 40 Registered Jersey cows, the gold standard of dairy cows and they are munching grass and converting it into rich Jersey milk. It has been a closed herd for 25 years which means that the cows are healthy because they are all born on the farm and watched carefully from birth.

They make a nice range of aged raw milk cheeses (aged for at least 60 days) and pasteurized fresh cheeses.

Painted Hand Farm: Running the Keswick stand at BFM will be Sandy Miller, a former California chef and former Food writer for the LA Times. She not only works for Keswick Creamery, but she has her own Painted Hand Farm and she will be bringing her own humanely raised Veal-- Sandy started to raise veal because she did not like the inhumane way calves were raised : talk to her about the way she raises hers! Try her chops, scallopini and ground meat. She will also bring a small quantity of her free- range eggs so come early for those.

Where's the BEEF? It is finally here at BFM at Truck Patch! Steaks, roasts, ground beef. Raised on grass, finished on grass with a choice of grain if the cows want to eat a little as well.

Chez Hareg Pastries: Fabulous classic French cookies, biscotti, pies and cakes plus a whole line of Vegan sweets are Hareg's specialties. She has been written up by the Washingtonian, the Washington Post and a lot of blogs. We are very excited to have her join us for the rest of the season to take NanBon's place. (Aisha has been ill and had to drop out for the rest of the season)

Greenstone Fields Farm: MUSHROOMS and beautiful flowers! Barbara and Dennis raise mushrooms and grow spectacular lilies! I tasted their shitake mushrooms for the first time on Wednesday and they were wonderful. Not available at any other market in DC. A BFM exclusive.

FREE COOKING DEMO: Chef Susan Watterson, co-owner of the hot new CULINAERIE Cooking School on 14th Street, CulinAerie at the market on Sunday Oct 26th.

Susan has spent the past sixteen years as a cook, chef, and culinary educator. Upon graduation she worked at Old Angler's Inn, a popular Potomac, MD restaurant, and then became Managing Director of L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda for two years. Returning to the kitchen, Susan was the catering director of Fresh Start Catering, a division of DC Central Kitchen and then earned acclaim as the executive chef of Café Bethesda, maintaining the restaurant's standing as one of Washingtonian's "One Hundred Very Best" during her tenure of three years. She was most recently a full-time instructor for technique courses at L'Academie, including the popular Fundamental Culinary Techniques and Culinary Skills Lab courses. Susan searches out authentic cooking techniques on her many travels around the globe and serves on L'Academie de Cuisine's Advisory Board.

Plus our *old favorites* --all the great breads at Panorama, the wonderful apples and ciders and fruit sauces and preserves at Reid, the terrific range of vegetables at Garner and Truck Patch. And Truck Patch's pastured pork chops, roasts, bacon, sausages.

Now you can make a truly great meat loaf with ground pork and beef from Truck Patch and ground veal from Painted Hand Farm. Wow. Or a steak smothered in mushrooms from the market.

Or stuffed mushroom caps with Keswick Cheese. Yum.

Robin, Ted, Ben, Jess

Monday, October 20, 2008

bloomingdale civic association meeting tonight

BCA Scheduled Meetings

The Bloomingdale Civic Association, Inc meets at 7PM on the 3rd Monday of each month. If a nationally celebrated holiday falls on the 3rd Monday, the meeting will be held on the 4th Monday of the month. Meetings are held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, located at 160 U Street NW.

October 20, 2008
November 17, 2008
December 15, 2008

website here

Saturday, October 18, 2008

car break in

i got this letter from a neighbor and wanted to pass it along:

This morning (Saturday, October 18th) our car was broken into in the back alley behind Quincy Place, NW (between North Capitol and 1st Streets, NW). This happened some time between Midnight and 6:00 a.m. Luckily nothing was taken, but our first aid kit was left open on the front seat and the passenger door was ajar. We usually keep our car locked but last night we were distracted when we came in and forgot to lock the car doors. This is doubly embarrassing since one of our neighbors warned us earlier this week that she had seen a man walking in between the cars parked in the alley one night, and when she asked him what he was doing, she noticed that he was inebriated and asked her for a cigarette.

Fast forward to a few days later, and someone was snooping around in our car only to open the first aid kit (probably searching for inhalants or other digestible drugs/medication), got distracted, and left the door open behind him/her. Not cool.

I just wanted to share this with everyone in the Bloomingdale community, to serve as a reminder that we are ALL responsible for keeping our neighborhood safe, and that ongoing vigilance of who, what, why, and where is still (unfortunately) necessary every day - and night.

With thanks,

Residents on Quincy

I visited Art Enables yesterday.

Art Enables

Art Enables

Art Enables is a Washington, DC, arts-entrepreneurial program for adults with developmental and/or mental disabilities. The program draws participants with a flair for visual expression from throughout the Washington metropolitan area

Artwork created in the studio is sold in shows at the Art Enables gallery, via the web site, through retailers around the city and at galleries, markets and special events throughout the region. Artists earn 60% of revenue from sales.

To learn more about Art Enables, e-mail us or call 202.554.9455

Their next Art Opening will be SATURDAY • October 25
11 am - 6 pm

Visitors are welcome to the studio Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm or by appointment:
411 New York Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002

a lot in NoMa

a lot in NoMa
Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan

Friday, October 17, 2008

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 10/19/2008

Thanks to all the agents who participated in lthe multi-broker Open House event in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park last weekend. We had great turnout from neighbors and visitors who were curious to see what the neighborhood looks like.

Since we had a lot of Open houses in the immediate area last weekend, it is not surprising that there aren't a lot scheduled for this weekend. There are several within a few blocks though, so definitely some things to check out.

Here's the list.

I will be holding my listing in Shaw open from 1-4pm on Sunday. It's an almost 1000 sq foot 2BR 1BA condo one block from Metro. It has been fully updated and has nice city views. Address is 1605 7th St NW #6. Priced at $325,000.

In the neighborhood (not open this weekend, but worth mentioning because we just dropped the price to $274,900), is a condo listing I have at The Providence at 70 Rhode Island Ave NW, Unit 202. This is a fully updated true one bedroom with a great open floor plan, spacious kitchen with granite counters, wood floors, Kohler bathroom, and nice views of Bloomingdale's Victorian architecture.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

this seems like another way to go crazy at home depot.

hopefully i'm wrong.

"For decades it has been extremely frustrating to get a permit from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs," Fenty said. "You go down to 941 [North Capitol St.] or its predecessor and you ran around in circles before you left in frustration or got someone to [get a permit] for you. All of that has started to change."

apparently home despot has a kiosk to make getting a permit easier.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

watch an artist work. friday night dusk till 10 PM.

Join the artist, Garin Baker, and his team for the kick off of the LeDroit Park Neighborhood Mural entitled “This is How We Live”

When: The outline of the mural will be projected from dusk until 10pm
Thursday October 16th, Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th

Children’s activities will be provided on Saturday October 18th during the day as part of the Howard Homecoming Parade.

Where: 239 Elm Street NW

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with residents from the LeDroit Park community selected muralist Garin Baker to design, create and install a mural that will be centrally located in the LeDroit Park neighborhood. Mr. Baker’s mural concept ties in the historical context of the neighborhood while enforcing a positive message.

If you have further questions, please contact Rachel Dickerson, DC Creates Public Art Manager at 202-724-5613 or email

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cheryl's Gone Reading Series October 16th, 8pm at Big Bear Cafe

This Thursday!!

Join us on October 16 for the next installment of Cheryl's Gone, our first event featuring two collaborative works:

VERB SAP recitative: a textual/musical collaboration between M. Magnus and flutist Jenifer Lapple


BLINK: text by J. Annie MacLeod, images by Colby Caldwell

plus poets Brandon Lewis and Christophe Casamassima

We'll do our best to start right at 8, so please be prompt.
Bios and more info at

See you then!

Cheryl's Gone Reading Series
October 16th, 8pm
at Big Bear Cafe
1st and R, NW
Washington D.C.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Big Bear on the radio

big bear was on NPR.

listen here

Multi-Broker Open House Event in Bloomingdale & LeDroit Park

Neighborhood Open House Event! Take Shaw Metro and walk, or start at any of the addresses listed.

Not familiar with the historic neighborhoods of Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park? Join us on Sunday from 1-4pm for Open Houses throughout the neighborhood!

Better yet, plan to come early and stop by the Bloomingdale Farmer's Market at 1st & R St NW (10am-2pm), or have a cup of coffee at Big Bear Cafe (also at 1st & R St NW), or Windows Cafe (1st & Rhode Island NW). Pick up some local dairy products (mmmmm, real cream in glass bottles) at Timor Bodega at 2nd & Rhode Island Ave NW).

Start at any of these properties. Lists will be available at each participating Open House:

$289,900 1BR 1BA 70 Rhode Island Ave NW
$316,900 3BR 2BA 1823 4th St NW
$399,000 2BR 2BA 1824 North Capitol St NW #1
$399,900 2BR 2BA 2109 2nd St NW
$429,000 1BR 1BA 531 T St NW #101
$459,000 2BR 2BA 125 T NW #3
$519,900 3BR 2BA 2030 1st St NW #2
$545,000 4BR 2BA 5 U St NW
$599,900 5BR 2.5BA 12 Randolph Pl NW
$599,999 5BR 3BA 2207 1st St NW
$615,000 4BR 3.5BA 67 U St NW

For more info, call 202-641-5373

Multiple Broker Event!

murder this morning?

i was told that there was a shooting on florida this morning. anyone know about it?

-some info here

-washington post blurb here
A woman was fatally stabbed this morning at a Metrobus stop in Northwest Washington in what D.C. police said was an apparent robbery or attempted robbery.

washington post article

nbc news

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

"greening the ghetto"

just wanted to share this talk.. its not about bloomingdale but i think its valuable information for us.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for Sunday 10/5

Here are the Open Houses scheduled in and around the neighborhood for this Sunday 10/5.

Note that for next weekend, several agents are working together to put together a walking tour type of coordinated Open House event. I'll post more info over the coming week.

stats for 20001

thought these stats were interesting

North Capitol Main Street receives official designation


Washington, DC - October 3, 2008 - North Capitol Main Street (NCMS) received official designation as a Main Street Program, after having successfully submitted its application to the city to become certified on July 31st.

The DC Main Streets program was created in 2002 to support the establishment and implementation of lasting, comprehensive revitalization initiatives in DC's traditional neighborhood business districts. DC Main Streets' goal is to support retail investment in the District through the retention and expansion of existing businesses and the recruitment of new businesses.

"Under the Main Street Program, NCMS becomes part of the largest network of commercial districts in the world and official designation will build our capacity to assist businesses and coordinate sustainable community-driven revitalization within our boundaries", says Pat Mitchell, President of the Board of Directors.

North Capitol Main Street's success will hinge on its ability to improve the corridor by encouraging new business development, assisting current business owners with matching products and services to changing demographics and through physical improvements.

"I commend the Mayor for his commitment to support neighborhood business districts through the Main Street Program. We're excited to have been chosen and we intend to hit the ground running."

Thursday, October 02, 2008

KIPP school

despite my preference to have an arts center, i thought i'd share something about the guy that runs KIPP, the school that has expressed interest in Cook Elementary on P street NW

He's on the Colbert Report here
last 3/4 of the show

another article about Baraki

A tavern in the urbans of Bloomingdale

by Anna Tauzin on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 13:24

There’s a new resident moving into the quiet neighborhood of Bloomingdale, and it’s causing quite a stir.

read it

question for anyone reading.. is this causing a larger stir that other places/ applying for liquor licenses elsewhere in the district, especially in neighborhood with no taverns?

it seems to me no, but i dont really know. this one happens to have a few public websites talking about it with open comments.

Wine, Live Music, Good Feeling, Harry Thomas and Art at 87FLORIDA this Weekend

Wine, Live Music, Good Feeling, Harry Thomas and Art at

87FLORIDA this Weekend

Our promising, rapidly developing, up-and-coming part of the city is a chosen venue this Friday and Saturday of the city's fourth annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival performance series "Jazz In The 'Hoods."

Come be a part of it...

Endorsing the rich history, art, music and live thriving here, the Festival brings to 87FLORIDA oct. 3 + 4 :

Stellar veteran bass player/composer Michael Bowie - FRIDAY 9 PM


Exciting drummer/vibraphone player Chuck Redd - SATURDAY 9 PM

Both shows are seated, and end about 10:45

With Ward 5
DC Councilman Harry Thomas welcoming, wine poured gratis, featured oil/watercolor/giclee prints from past shows and a small sculptural preview of A 2009 87FLORIDA exhibit to come...

...20.00 at the door for the 501C3 Festival and the musicians...

...please join us and enjoy a rich experience close to home.

For more information and full Festival schedule, see and

Ceci Cole-McInturff, Artist Owner
Urban Art Space With A Mission
87 Florida Avenue, N.W.

Proud host of DC's 4th Annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival performances:

FRI/SA Oct 3 + 4
9 pm/doors 8:30
20.00 cash only

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

fire last night

I'm told there was a fire at 54 Randolph Place NW last night.
It seems no one was injured but the house in uninhabitable.

If i hear anything else about this i'll pass on.

Great Future Property

the old Savemore Grocery has a new website
empty, empty, creepy, borf, empty

got cardboard?

a friend in Mount Vernon Triangle sent me this:

"I am currently building an art project for a non-profit organization to which I belong, that will be seen on television by millions worldwide. To make this 'Art' project a reality, I am looking for you to donate LARGE pieces of gently used cardboard or foamboard ( or any material of comparable thickness and strength).

Ideal pieces of cardboard should be large enough to cut 3 foot x 3 foot stars. SO, If you recently bought a bed, refrigerator or washing machine, save the box for me. Take a trip to your local grocery store and ask the manager for any empty boxes that fit my description (boxes that have been soiled by food products need not apply). Does your office have any old foamboard signs used for a conference or meeting 6 years ago that is just collecting dust in the closet? I'll take it...."

any assistance is appreciated"

his address is
tsheetz at gmail com