Tuesday, November 25, 2008

dc rowhouse baltimore rowhouse philly rowhouse

Baltimore Rowhouse passed on a PDF Philly Rowhouse manual.

as i'm gearing up for a round of renovations i'll have to dig into it.
hopefully you'll find it interesting too.

eckington, bloomingdale - wednesday is trash day

Trash/Recycling Changes Begins Dec. 1; See Map for Details

The DC Department of Public Works announced today that about 45,000 households with once-a-week trash and recycling collections will have a new collection day as of December 1, 2008. The new collection schedule grows out of the need to streamline the collections process and will allow more efficient use of resources, including fuel. Residents in Wards 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, with once-a-week collection service, will be affected. Starting Saturday, November 8, DPW employees will post signs along the streets where the collections schedules are changing to alert residents to their new collections day.

“The District’s population has grown and shifted across neighborhoods since our last re-routing occurred more than 50 years ago,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “We need to rebalance workloads among collections crews. This is the culmination of our re-routing program that began last year in Wards 1 and 2 where twice-a-week collections occur. Altogether, the re-routing affects about one-half of the 110,000 households with DPW trash and recycling collections services.”

Howland noted that in addition to the street signs, residents will receive a doorknocker, in English and Spanish that also will tell them their new collection day. “Many residents have had the same trash and recycling collection day all their lives,” said Howland, “so we are coming to their neighborhoods with the signs and doorknockers to make sure they know their new day.”

He added the following points:

  • Trash and recycling containers should be placed at the point of collection between 8 pm the day before the collection day and no later than 6 am of the collection day. The containers should be removed from public space by 8 pm of the collection day.
  • The re-routing will involve collections staff being assigned to new routes, so residents may see different DPW employees handling their collections.
  • For questions, residents should call 311.
  • Residents can visit http://dpw.dc.gov after November 14 to see if their street will be affected by the change.

DPW has a number of Maps and Schedules available for the public. New documents will be added periodically. Feel free to download and use any of the documents on this page.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Residential Street Sweeping Ends Friday, November 28

Residential Street Sweeping Ends Friday, November 28

Weekly Residential Street Sweeping Ends Friday, November 28

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today that weekly
(signed), residential mechanical street cleaning will end for the season
Friday, November 28, 2008. "No parking/street cleaning" restrictions will be
lifted and motorists may park along posted, alternate-side, daytime street
sweeping routes without being required to move their cars on street-cleaning

Residential street sweeping is suspended for public safety concerns during
the winter. Trucks used to clean the streets emit a fine spray of water to
keep dust down as they sweep. When the temperature drops to freezing or
below, sweeping is discontinued to prevent freezing and accidents to
vehicles and pedestrians.

Overnight sweeping scheduled for the District's major roadways, which
include Pennsylvania, Georgia, Constitution, and Independence avenues, will
take place as usual all winter, weather conditions permitting. Motorists are
urged not to park in these areas during the posted overnight sweeping hours.

By suspending the street sweeping program, DPW personnel will focus on leaf
collection, which began November 3, and the upcoming snow removal season.
Residents and business owners will be notified when street sweeping resumes
again in the spring of 2009.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rhode Island Avenue NE/Great Streets Strategic Development Plan

Passing this along:


As many of you now know, development of the Rhode Island Avenue NE/Great Streets Strategic Development Plan is underway. The plan will provide recommendations, among others, about how to use the land along Rhode Island Avenue to capture a portion of the $1 billion in retail sales revenues (and jobs) lost each year to other jurisdictions.

Moving forward, it is important to know more about the relationship residents, businesses and property owners have with Rhode Island Avenue. One of the ways to do that is by survey. A confidential and voluntary survey is available online until November 30, 2008. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. In December, a summary of the survey results will be available to the public.

Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=65teB4MEBR2ZyyPJNm8Juw_3d_3d

Please note that only one survey response is allowed per computer. If there is more than one user for a computer and you need an additional survey please contact me at steve @ collabstrat.com. I can send an additional survey to you electronically, by fax or post.

Thank you for your involvement in this important effort.

Should you have questions about the project, please contact Derrick Lanardo Woody, Coordinator-Great Streets Initiative, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development at derrick.woody@dc.gov or (202) 727-2981.

Best regards,

W. Steve Lee
Collaborative Strategies Group, LLC
steve @ collabstrat.com

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bloomingdale Holiday Arts Market


We're having another Holiday Art Market at the Big Bear Cafe this year! Buy handmade for the holidays!

Please save the date for your holiday shopping:
December 20th, Saturday, 4-9pm at Big Bear!

Last year was a lot of fun, we hope to see you there!

ps....This is a juried show. Everything will be handmade by the artists, and sold by the artists themselves. If you're interested in participating as a vendor, and all the work you're planning to sell is handmade by you, please email three [3] jpgs of your own handmade work before November 20 to: artbloomingdale@gmail.com

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 11/16/2008

Open houses scheduled for tomorrow in and around Bloomingdale can be found here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

farmers market

Hi BFM fans:

Just TWO more weeks left to stock up on all the wonderful local foods at the market. Sunday will be sunny and cool so wrap up and come on out.

((Check out this lovely article about BFM by Stephanie Willis at DCfoodies.com

New Asbury's meadow lamb, Truck Patch's beef and pastured pork, Painted Hand's humanely raised, pastured veal, goats and beef will last for months in your freezer. Winter Squash will stay perfectly in a cool room nearly all winter.

Have you reserved your truly grass ranging Thanksgiving CAPON from Truck Patc?. ( I am ordering two Ten pounders for our feast).

Pastured Lamb is back for its final week of the season at New Asbury. If you have never had this very tender, very mild, yet very flavorful Loudoun County lamb, you' re in a for a treat. Lamb stew samples and plenty of legs, loins, roasts, chops, sausages, stewing meats and ground. Raised on 12 acres of rolling pastures, this is truly the best lamb I have eaten in DC. ((A perfect meat loaf or burger uses ground lamb, pork and veal or beef!)).

Reid: A nice selection of eating apples including Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, Cameo (an improved cultivar of Red Delicious), Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Nittany, and the just-picked Pink Lady. PLUS an entire table for tart eating and baking apples like Granny Smith, Stayman, Winesap, and York that are just what you need for pie baking. There will also be apple cider, apple-cherry cider, and apple-grape cider.

Apple cider and butternut squash make a really good Fall soup.

Many apples will last for months in your fridge. Just ask Caitlin which are the best "keepers." And did you know that you should keep them away from the carrots because carrots kept right next to apples turn bitter.

Caitlin Reid says: stock up on her Apple Butter! She loves it on toast or pancakes plus it can makes a really great holiday gift. A good gift( instead of wine or flowers) to bring for Thanksgiving if you are going as a guest. I will take some to France this Xmas as stocking stuffers for French friends who love it. It doesn't exist in France.

Keswick says: We FINALLY! have all our hard cheeses to bring to market- Cheddar, Lesher, Vermeer, Wallaby and Dragons Breath. Limited amounts of Dragon's Breath and Blue Suede Moo- come early because they are so popular that I have to divide them up among all my markets so early risers at each market get the best pickings). The rainy and cooler weather has inspired a................

CHOCOLATE PUDDING SPECIAL this week: cups 2 for $3, 1/2lb tub 2.25 and 1 lb tub 4.50. Great for kids and the kids in us of us! Plus lots of yogurt, feta, quark, ricotta.

Painted Hand Farm: Several people have emailed me questions about the veal. This veal is from calves who are all humanely raised -- NEVER crated, never caged. They are hand- fed milk and milk-based food and then let out on pasture until they are about 300 pounds. NOT like industrially raised veal. But then it would not be at BFM if it were! Sandy will tell you all about her raising methods. Plus try her tender and tasty kid goat, grass fed and finished beef. And get there early for her eggs. She will have more next year.

Truck Patch: White and Green Cauliflower (Green has 25% more vitamins than the white), Broccoli, Romanesco, Brussels sprouts, turnips, green cauliflower, red and savoy cabbage. Heirloom tomatoes, curly kale, French Breakfast radishes. Arugula, mesclun, lettuce mix. All cuts of pastured beef and pork.

GRASS FED BEEF AT TRUCKPATCH: There will be a lot of tender steaks this week! Brian actually prefers the sirloin for steak as well as roasting in the oven. Sirloin is NOT as tender as other cuts but it has wonderful beefy flavor. But it is only for lovers of rare or medium rare -- never well done. He also like the rump and the cross cut for roasting. Brisket, chuck and many other braising and stew cuts this week. Brian's philosophy is: if the cut is not tender, he tells the butcher to turn it into ground meat.

Cooking Tip Brisket from Truck Patch or Painted Hand make a great stew and is easy to cook in a slow oven or in a crockpot. I bought some recently and made a stew of chopped onions, carrots, chopped greens, garlic and brisket. I added the remains of a bottle of cheap shiraz. Popped the covered casserole in a 250 degree oven until the meat was tender. It was delicious. The greens just melt into a sauce that is very flavorful. This takes about 10 minutes of prep time and can be ignored while it bakes for several hours in the oven. Variation: If you like a whisper of heat, add a whole hot pepper. For more heat, chop it. The smaller the pieces, the hotter the heat.

Chez Hareg: French butter cookies, of course. Vegan and Sugarless cookies, Pound cakes. Pies, maybe. Freshly baked dog biscuits. Italian biscotti.

Panorama Artisanal Bakery: Loic got a nice call- out in the City Paper today!

Part of the reason these chefs are buying from Panaroma is the same reason they first bought from Furstenberg: personalized service. "Mark was still incredibly hands-on with what was going on at Bread Line when he was there," Ziebold says. Since Furstenberg sold the business, however, Ziebold says he's "had probably six different managers I've had to talk to in the past three years.ŠYou're not able to get that micromanaged product now like you could when Mark was at Bread Line."
The change of culture has been visible to the deans of fine dining for some time now. Richard, for example, switched to Panorama before Bread Line's wholesale operation shut. Richard likes the individual attention he receives from Loic Feillet, the owner and baker at Panorama. "Michel found that he could work designing bread with Loic, the way he used to work with Mark Furstenberg," notes Mel Davis, PR coordinator for Citronelle via e-mail. "Loic was passionate about making a great product, and he was really trying hard to supply our needs."


And he is passionate about supplying our farmers market as well so let Emmanuel and Phoebe know if there are breads you want him to bake for us! (( We got that great Pumpernickel because I asked for it)). Sunday you will find Walnut Wheat. Sourdough. Brioches, baguettes. Multigrains. Croissants.. Muffins. Danish and those Rustiques that he bakes for us and Citronelle and Cityzen. And lots more....

Garner: Bernard has lots of everything veggie: Greens. Cabbages. 5 kinds of Winter Squash. Beans. Sweet Potatoes both red and white. (I really love the white ones!) Potatoes. Peppers. Swiss Chard. Lettuce. Romaine.Turnips. radishes. beets. mustards. spinach. Pie pumpkins.

See you Sunday.

Robin, Ted, Ben, Jess

Robin Shuster
Markets & More
14& U Farmers Market
Bloomingdale Farmers Market

email: marketsandmore@gmail.com (sign up for our weekly market email!)

The 14&U Farmers Market:
Day: Every Saturday May 10- November 22nd,
Time: 9am - 1pm
Place: On the sidewalk of the Reeves Plaza, at the NW corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

The Bloomingdale Farmers Market:
Date: Every Sunday May 18th- November 23rd,
Time:10am - 2pm
Place: In front of the Big Bear Cafe on First and R Streets NW.

We Welcome WIC and Senior GET FRESH checks at both markets.

S Street, NW at night

S Street, NW
Originally uploaded by ashlyhiggins
from the bloomingdale photo pool on flickr.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

yoga district grand opening


Grand Opening and Winter Peace Celebration

Yoga District (www.yogadistrict.com), known for its not-for-profit mission to bring affordable yoga classes to diverse communities in eco-sensitive environments, announces its Bloomingdale studio's Grand Opening & Winter Peace Celebration, with activities throughout the day and night on Sunday November 16th. Proceeds will benefit Delfa Hercules' family and a Winter Peace Initiative, an effort to organize citizen street patrols around the yoga studio, as well as volunteers working with nonprofit agencies fanning out on area street corners to help those in need of social services. The November 16th celebration marks the start of the new studio's full schedule of classes and grand opening on Monday November 17th.

The November 16th celebration schedule of events at the new studio, located at 1830 1st Street NW, includes:

9am-9:45am: Community all-levels meditation class ($5 donation suggested).
10am-11:15am: Yoga 1-2 class ($10 donation suggested).
11:15am-12:30pm: Open House, Meet the Teachers, Winter Peace Initiative Volunteer Sign Up, and an Art Exhibition by local artists (accepting submissions- email info@yogadistrict.com 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 (ages 5-9; $10 donation suggested).
6:00pm-?: Evening events including DJs, acoustic performances, live graffiti art, freestyle performances, open mic, drinks and munchies ($10 donation suggested).

For more information, please email info@yogadistrict.com.

five guys in NoMa

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Opens in NoMa

Washington, D.C., November 13, 2008… Five Guys, the popular homegrown restaurant that serves quality burgers and fries, opens today in the NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It joins Pound Coffee, which already is open, and two more restaurants -- Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli and Sister’s Pizza & Mussels, both scheduled to open in December -- in a retail building just outside the New York Avenue Metro station at 2nd and N Streets, N.E.

The NoMa Five Guys outlet will be operated by Charley Beresford, Dee Beresford, and Steve Forehand, a family team that runs four other Five Guys franchises in the District -- one inside the new Nationals Ballpark and the others in Chinatown, National Place, and International Square. “We decided to come to NoMa because it’s the next emerging business center,” he said. “With all the new tenants moving in like the Department of Justice and NPR, we know there will be a need for food!”

Five Guys was founded in Arlington, Virginia in 1986 by the Morrell family, and is now franchised with 262 stores throughout the East Coast. Its menu consists of burgers with a choice of 16 free toppings, hot dogs, fries, and sodas. Washingtonian magazine has rated Five Guys burgers the best in the area for the last seven consecutive years.

Capital Retail Group and LeDroit Park Development Company are leasing the 8,000 square foot retail building constructed by the U.S. General Services Administration adjacent to the new headquarters of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The retail building, featuring outdoor seating and direct access to Metro, is open to the public. A Chevy Chase Bank ATM, installed next to the Five Guys restaurant space, has proved highly popular with NoMa workers; the ATM’s transaction volume tripled between August and September.

“Five Guys will provide great synergy with the other amenities at the ATF retail building,” said Carla Merritt of LeDroit Park Development Company. Added Robert Tack of Capital Retail Group (www.capitalretailgroup.com): “Steve has a great track record and the experience needed to make this store a success.”

“We are excited about the new retail amenities coming to NoMa that will serve not only local office workers but also nearby residents,” said Elizabeth Price, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID). “There is a great demand for new, high quality restaurants and Five Guys will be a great addition. With Harris Teeter under construction and other retail announcements expected over the coming months, NoMa is becoming a great place to live, work, and eat!”

NoMa is an emerging mixed-use neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station in Washington, D.C. Private developers have invested over $1 billion in 2007–2008 alone, with plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID over the next 10 years. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map, see the BID Web site at www.nomabid.org.

more delivery

i added Kanlaya and Chix to the list of places that will deliver.

Cheryl's Gone Reading & Performance Series

Cheryl's Gone Reading & Performance Series
Thursday November 20 - 8pm sharp


Cathy Eisenhower
DC poet and co-host of the In Your Ear reading series at DCAC. New book, Clearing Without Reversal, out now from Edge Books

Anna Habib
Non-fiction; reading from her memior, A Block from Bliss Street

Roberta Beary
Haiku poet; selected by Ron Silliman as a finalist for the 2008 WC Williams Award

Andy Rothwell
Songs; host of weekly LIVE HUMANS IN DC variety open-mic

Bios and more at www.cherylsgone.com

@ Big Bear Cafe
1st and R NW
Washington DC


Monday, November 10, 2008


from the bloomingdale flickr pool.


a message from Anita Bonds:


Friday, November 07, 2008

saturday. big bear. photography.

Open Houses in the area scheduled for 11/9/08

Hmmmm. Either a lot of agents haven't gotten around to scheduling their open houses in the system or, well, maybe there just aren't a lot of opens planned.

Note-This is an updated list as of 11/08/2008 for opens on Sunday 11/9/2008 in the general area:
Here's what is on the schedule for Sunday.

I'll be holding open the truly lovely home pictured (5 U St NW) on Sunday from 1-4pm. More details in the link, including loads of pics (click the camera icon at top left after you open the link).

Bloomingdale Arts on Facebook

artists in the neighborhood have a facebook page.


want a kitten?

We are a rescue group and have 8 rescued kittens who need homes, who are all loving and adorable. We have a variety of colors, all 8-12 weeks old. We do have some older ones (4-6 months) that need homes even more desperately. We have a black and white boy, black girl, tabby girl, tortie girl, orange tabby boy, and orange and white boy. Adoption fee includes all initial vet care and spay neuter surgery, come meet them this Saturday Nov. 8th from 12-3 !!

Call Marty 202-271-2787

or Sue 202-255-3343 or email susanna.giller@gmail.com

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Dear Friends of Crispus Attucks Park,

Just a quick note to let you know that you should soon be receiving an Evite from "Friends of the Crispus Attucks Park," for our 2nd Annual CASINO NIGHT fundraiser. I hope many of you will be able to make it. I've also pasted in the information below, but I encourage everyone to RSVP to the evite so we can gauge how many people we'll have.
If you made it last year, you know this is one event that should not be missed!

Location: "The Smithlagio" (also the home of Tynesia & Derrick Smith), 2015 First Street NW

When: Saturday, November 8th. Doors open at 7pm, Tables open at 7:30pm
Phone: 703 -973 -5733

The Dress...High Roller Chic
Donation at the door....$25 and it buys your 1st round of chips. Additional rounds can be purchased for $10 each. Prizes awarded to the top winners!

If you cannot attend but would like to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to support our community park, please make check payable to CADC (Crispus Attucks Development Corporation) and mail to:
63 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

To learn more about the park and upcoming events visit us at: www.crispusattuckspark.org


John Corea, President, Crispus Attucks Development Corporation


Not a Gambler? That's okay, there are lots of other reasons you'll still want to stop by the 2nd Annual Casino Night Fundraiser for Crispus Attucks Park this Saturday evening, including fantastic cocktails (will we see a return of the "Crispus-tini?"), delicious light fare, great music, and the opportunity to see old neighbors and meet new ones. All of this set in a beautiful Bloomingdale residence owned and decorated by one of the neighborhood's hottest interior designers!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tankless water heaters?

i need a new water heater and am considering a tankless one.

anyone have them? is the installation brutally expensive?
what do you think?

Obama National Airport?

or Maybe Obama Street NW.

hmmm.. we'll have to start thinkin bout that....
; )

sorry, i can't help myself.

Thank you America.

peace all.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

O-lection 08

i hope you voted.

the line at Dumbar was long when i got there before noon, but by the time i left there was no line.

i always choose the paper ballot and it seems at dunbar most people usually do too. but today there was along line at the electronic poll.

do any of you actually prefer the electronic one?