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16th & P NW: Street Closure Was for Scientology Building Dedication


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The front of the new Church of Scientology building at 16th & P Streets NW around noon today.

The Church of Scientology dedicated its new facility at the northwest corner of 16th & P NW today, which is why 16th Street near P was blocked off. Dcist has more on the event.

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October 31, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, on community, on events, on the blogs | , , | 4 Comments

Borderstan Weekend Oct 31/Nov 01


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Birch & Bailey and ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

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Asian-Latin fusion: Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

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Teaism, 2009 R St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Birch & Barley and ChurchKey at 1337 14th Street NW are two new additions to the 14th Street corridor of restaurants and bars. Birch & Barley offers what sounds like as a delicious menu in the high-priced range. Both of these places offer an extensive list of beers. We are still waiting to go. Let us know what you think.

Masa 14 is at 1825 14th Street NW and is another new addition to the neighborhood, offering Latin-Asian inspired cuisine in small plate offerings. Ever since its soft opening last week the place has been full every night (I walk by regularly). It is beautiful inside and I was able to photograph it last Sunday. Reservations are recommended. Again, we are still waiting to go; let us know what you think if you have already been.

Teaism at 2009 R Street NW is a favorite around the neighborhood with a nice selection of teas and wonderful food. Perfect for a weekend brunch with a great and fast service—I had a very good meal last Sunday.

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October 29, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Got Photos: 17th Street High Heel Race


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Two of the many costumed Washingtonians who turned out in drag for the 2009 17th Street High Heel Race. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Is it the event of the year on the Dupont Circle side of Borderstan?

At his blog, One Photograph A Day… Luis got some great pics of the revelers in their Halloween costumes at tonight’s 17th Street High Heel Race and created a slide show. He also provides some background on the history of the race.

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October 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, on community, on events, on the blogs | , , , | Leave a comment

Behind the High-Heeled Glamour: A Quick Chat with “Anna Wintour”


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Before the 17th Street High Heel Race: Madame X as "Anna Wintour" on 15th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

The annual 17th Street High Heel Race is all about the participants, the costumes, the characters. The race, while amusing, is a sideshow. The real fun is in meeting the people who show up every year in costume to one of Dupont Circle’s biggest events.

Following is an interview, “A Quick Chat with ‘Anna Wintour,’ ” that profiles one of the Washingtonians who has made the annual Race a big Halloween event, drawing thousands of spectators.

I have known “Anna Wintour,” who I shall identify as “Madame X“—but well known in his real identify to friends and fans—for 10-plus years. Each year I await his Halloween costume to see what persona he will take. This year Madame X is attending tonight’s High Heel Race as Anna Wintour, the longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine—and subject of many articles herself and even a movie or two.

We caught up with “Anna” a couple of hours before the race as she was waiting patiently for the rain to stop. A former resident of Borderstan (The Cairo, early 1990s), “Anna” recounts her favorite characters over the years for the Race and recalls the time she drove from DC to Rehoboth in full drag in her Ford Taurus. Continue reading

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, on events | , , , | 1 Comment

Crimes of Note: October 17-23


Here are recent crimes of note in Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208, 307 and 305 for the October 17-23 period in the Dupont Circle, U Street and Logan Circle areas. Crimes of note are stolen autos, burglaries and violent crimes such as robberies and assaults.

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October 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, MPD, on crime, PSA 208, PSA 305, PSA 307, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

TUESDAY: High Heel Race Today


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17th Street NW during the 2008 High Heel Race event. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Rain or shine. Today is the annual  17th Street Halloween High Heel Race. Starting time is 9:00 p.m, but get there early if you want to enjoy the show. Prior to  the race, many of the participants (and those just in costume) parade along 17th Street.

What: High Heel Race

Where: 17th Street NW between Church & R Streets NW

Time: 9:00 p.m., but be there early!

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, local business, on events | , , , | 1 Comment

Did You Visit Any Mid City Artists?


Local artist Brian Petro in his studio on Sunday. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Artist Brian Petro in his studio on Sunday. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Once again I managed to miss the Mid City Artists Open Studios this past weekend. Luis made it, though, and has some nice pics of four local artists.

October 26, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events, on the blogs | , , , | Leave a comment

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Open Studios with Mid City Artists


The Mid City Artists are having open studios this weekend, Oct. 24 & 25. Here is a great map with artists, locations and studio hours this weekend. This is a great walking tour in the Dupont-Logan-U Street-Borderstan hood.

October 23, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend Oct. 24/25


Floriana Mercury Grill, 1602 17th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Floriana Mercury Grill, 1602 17th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

HR57, 1610 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Floriana Mercury Grill is located at 1602 17th Street NW. It has one of the best reputations in town… as a wonderful Italian restaurant with consistent service and great prices.

Logan Tavern is located at 1423 P Street NW and is one of the pioneering restaurants in the revival of the 14th Street corridor. Always a good bet for a pleasant meal, with a diverse menu.

HR-57 is located at 1610 14th Street NW. A favorite of mine, it is not really a place to eat, but a wonderful place to fill the spirit with great live jazz  music. You can bring your own liquor or allow them to serve you. There are some finger foods available.

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October 22, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Borderstan Crime: A Review of the Year’s First 9 Months


Click to enlarge: There were 21 robberies with a gun in the first nine months of 2009 in Borderstan; there were another 43 robberies without a gun. In addition, there were 4 assualts with a gun, for a total of 25 gun crimes. This is up from 12 during the same period of 2008. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: There were 21 robberies with a gun (shown above) in the first nine months of 2009 in Borderstan; there were another 43 robberies without a gun. In addition, there were 4 assaults with a gun, for a total of 25 gun crimes. This is up from 12 gun crimes during the same period of 2008. (Map: MPD crime database)

One can slice and dice crime stats the same way you can any other set of statistics: a million different ways. Personally, I find the most complete way of looking at crime trends is to get the numbers for the previous year (365 days), and then compare them to the same period the year before. This gives you one full year that takes into account seasonal differences.

Calendar-Year Reporting

However, the city and police department work on the calendar year. For example, you have probably read that the number of murders on a year-to-date basis in DC is down. (DC’s murder rate is down this year and much lower than in the 1980s and 1990s).

Moreover, crime stats are reported to the FBI on a calendar year basis. So, I decided to run the crime stats for the Borderstan reporting area¹ stats for the first three quarters of 2009, the third quarter having ended on September 30. I then compared them to the first nine months (three quarters) of 2008 and 2007. Following is what I found from the MPD online crime database.

Click to enlarge: Of the 64 Borderstan robberies between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009, a total of 43 were committed without a gun; those without guns are shown here. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: Of the 64 Borderstan robberies between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009, a total of 43 were committed without a gun; those committed without guns are shown here. (Map: MPD crime database)

Total Crime

Total crimes for the January 1 through September 30 period by year:

  • 492 in 2007
  • 514 in 2008 (4% increase over 2007)
  • 598 in 2009 (16% increase over 2008 and 22% increase over 2007).

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October 21, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, MPD, on community, on crime, PSA 208, PSA 305, PSA 307 | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments