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Mystery City #7: What Southern California City is This?


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Mystery City #7: Where is this beach in southern California? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Here is Mystery City #7 from Luis’ photo collection. Where is this beach-front location in southern California? Is it in Los Angels or Orange County? Choose from one of five choices in our weekly reader poll of mystery cities; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first six mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso, Sydney, Bratislava, La Paz and Santiago.

Make your selection below the fold.

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May 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

17th Street Area: Stats Show YOY April Crime Decline


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Click to enlarge: There were 3 violent crimes in the 17th Street area in April. All were robberies and the 1 committed with a gun was on Q Street. (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the 17th Street area was down 35% in April from last year. There were 23 total crimes in April 2009 compared to only 15 last month. There were also 23 crimes in the 17th Street area in April 2008.

Detailed numbers below the fold are from the MPD Crime Database.

Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY in the 17th Street area was due primarily to the 37% decrease in property crimes. These account for the huge bulk of all crime—80% (12 crimes)of all reported crimes last month were property crimes, as opposed to violent crimes, which were 20% (3 crimes) of the total.

The decrease in property crimes was due primarily to the decreasing number of burglaries. The number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), which declined to 6 last month compared to 7 in April 2009. But, the total number of property crimes in the 14th Street area is still higher than two years ago when there were 16 property crimes.

Violent crime stable. There were 3 violent crimes last month in the 17th Street area—all robberies and 1 was committed with a gun. This compares to 4 violent crimes in April 2009 and 6 in April 2008 for the area.

The 17th Street corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 17th and Q NW—an area that roughly runs  from 18th Street on the west to 15th Street on the east and from S Street on the north to O Street/Massachusetts Avenue on the south. The crime reporting is in Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which is part of MPD’s Second District.

Detailed crime stats for the 17th Street Corridor in April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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May 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

Restaurant Profile: Masa 14


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Wagyu Beef and Pork Meatballs. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens, One Bite At A Time

Well… wasn’t that first Restaurant Profile fun? HA! I think we can all rest assured that Masa 14 won’t be leaving us anytime soon. Touting one of the longest bars in town and a mish mash of flavors, dishes and drinks, Masa 14 is a popular gathering place.

Here’s our assessment of the basics, but what do you guys think? I’ve heard folks wax poetic about the wings—anything else on the menu a favorite?

Masa 14

Where Am I Going:1825 14th Street NW, just south of U Street.

When Am I Going: Monday-Thursday, 5 pm to 2 am; Friday, 5 pm to 3 am; Saturday, 11 am to 3 am; and Sunday, 11 am to 2 am. Continue reading

May 10, 2010 Posted by | food & drink | , , , | 5 Comments

All Hands on Deck: Safety Check at 15th & R NW


Saturday, 15th and R NW: Officers from MPD units were checking every third car for registration and driver seatbelt use. It was part of the weekend's All Hands on Deck operation. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC MPD ran its first All Hands on Deck operation of the summer this past weekend. AHODs typically run from 6 am on Friday to 6 am on Sunday.

MPD says, “During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel will be on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing, focused law enforcement and community outreach. This will include increased foot beats, homicide detectives following up with victims, and recruits passing out specific crime related information.” There were 10 AHODs in 2009.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 1 Comment

This Week in Borderstan


Saturday: Cork & Fork owners Anne and Dominique Landragin at the opening of their newest store, 1522 14th Street NW. Store hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm; Monday-Friday, 2pm to 10 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Monday

The Middle East Festival begins at Theater J (DC Jewish Community Center) with the Voice of the Woman as the focus. Address: 16th and Q Streets NW. (From Free in DC)

Wednesday

ANC 2B-Dupont meets at 7 pm at the Brookings Institution, 1772 Massachusetts Avenue NW. With Mike Silverstein stepping down as chair, the commission will elect a new head from among the nine commissioners. Also on the agenda are a resolution to propose honorary naming of a street after Dr Franklin Kameny… and a resolution for Mayor Adrian Fenty to rescind a Certificate of Appreciation to Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays. Regarding that mistaken certificate to the Ex-Gays group: there is a group on Facebook, “Un-Invite Mayor Fenty from Capital Pride Unless he Meets These 3 Demands.”

Voting ends at midnight on Wednesday for the Washington City Paper’s 2010 RAMMYS with results announced June 6. You can vote for your favorite restaurants in four categories:

  1. Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year: Two 14th Street establishments, Cork and Bar Pilar, are among the five nominees.
  2. Power Spot of the Year
  3. Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year: Birch & Barley – Church Key and Masa 14 are the local spots on the nominee list.
  4. Your Favorite Restaurant: Write in your pick.

The monthly Logan Circle Community Association membership meeting is from 7 to 9 pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, N.W. Tentative agenda items include discussion of upcoming projects, including branding and marketing the Mid City Arts District and planning and implementing the Logan Circle Heritage Trail. We anticipate success in funding these projects with external financial support.

Thursday

Greater Goods at 1626 U Street NW hosts a free talk about energy efficiency. (From Free in DC)

Ganymede Arts has produced a local version of Naked Boys Singing and it’s at 1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th Street NW. Times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 6 and 8 pm, and Sundays at 5 and 7 pm. Naked opened Friday and runs through June 13.

Sunday

The 4th Annual “Blessing of the Dogs” at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle, 10 to 10:20 am. From National City: “All dogs – big, small, young, and old – and their companions are encouraged to attend the blessing. During the twenty-minute service, staff from Dogs by Day, a doggie daycare and boarding facility located on 14th Street NW, will be on hand to make sure all dogs and their owners are well-behaved, comfortable, and content. Each dog in attendance will receive a special certificate commemorating the occasion, and a photographer from National City Christian Church will be on hand to capture the event.”

May 10, 2010 Posted by | marketplace, news, politics and government | , , , | 1 Comment

Happy Mother’s Day


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A collection of flowers from the Borderstan gardens to all the mothers in the neighborhood. Have a wonderful day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

May 9, 2010 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment

This Weekend in Borderstan: A Shortage of N’s


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Thursday night, 13th and U NW: Parking Enforcememt. (Jacob Freedman)

Thanks go to Borderstan reader Jacob Freedman for sending the accompanying photo. Indeed, as Freedman asks, “Did we run out of n’s?” But, seriously, folks, remind your out-of-the-hood visitors about the need to feed the parking meters on the U Street corridor in the evenings—you never know when parking enforcememt may show up. And, please, send us photos of interesting or unusual things you spot in the area.

Saturday

Cork & Fork makes its grand opening today from 1 to 5 pm, at 14th and Church NW. Read Alejandra’s preview from Monday night.

The 14th & U Farmers’ Market is open for the summer; last weekend was the opening Saturday. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm—Saturdays only. The market is also on Facebook.

This Saturday, May 8, EU Embassies throughout the city open their doors to the public as part of the Shortcut to Europe from 10:00am – 4 pm. (From Free in DC)

You can enjoy a Free Wine & Chocolate Tasting at Biagio on 18th St on Saturday from 3 to 6 pm. (From Free in DC)

New exhibit opens at the Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW, with a reception from 7 to 9 pm. Works by Leah Frankel, Magnolia Laurie and Lina Vargas de la Hoz. Look for a profile of the gallery and the artists in this exhibit next week from Cecile Oreste.

Sunday

Mikveh officially opens at the Goldman Theater at the DC Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q NW. There are also two preview performances: Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm.

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | 4 Comments

Date Night for Obamas at Komi on 17th Street


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Friday evening: The Obamas had a dinner-date night at Komi restaurant at 1509 17th Street NW. (AP photo)

UPDATE: NBC has video.

Motorcades we get by the handfuls in this neighborhood: the president, the vice president (“Hey, Joe!”) and visiting heads of state. But a presidential visit to a 17th Street restaurant is still news, and tonight President Mrs. Obama ate dinner at Komi. Located at 1509 17th Street NW (just north of P Street), Komi is often mentioned as one of DC’s best eateries.

So, here is a little info on the 1.0-mile trip (says Google Maps) from 1600 Pennsylvania up to Borderstan, courtesy of the White House press pool:

At 6.58 the motorcade departed the White House en route to Komi, where the Obamas are having a date night. People gathered on a few corners near WH on foot and on Segways (sp?) Observed as we turned up 16th Street. As we rolled up 16th-no sirens and stopping for lights-most pedestrians ignored us but on some faces you could see the fact that it was an Obama motorcade registering.

Arrived at restaurant at about 7:08.

Komi, which is located on 17th Street/Dupont Circle serves Greek/Mediterranean/modern food and is reportedly very expensive. People wishing to get in and at the place where your pool is holding are being wanded by the Secret Service.

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The Obamas exit Komi around 9:15 pm this evening. (AP photo)

Several people are standing on corners and across the street waiting to view the first couple.

Flotus is wearing a black pants suit and her hair is pulled back. Potus is wearing a light brownish (taupe?) suit and shirt with no tie.

Pool is holding two doors down at Cafe Green, a vegan, non-alcohol serving restaurant. Oh well.

And after dinner…

The first couple emerged from Komi at 9:13 and were greeted by the crowds that had waited for two hours to see them. But by then it was dark and black vans blocked most of the view. Still, they cheered, screamed and clapped. You poolers are guestimating that there were at least a couple of hundred onlookers

It appears that the diners in Komi gave them a standing ovation as they left.

MObama was carrying a wrapped bouquet and both were wearing huge smiles.

Uneventful ride back to WH. Arrived at 9.19.

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Locals waited at 17th and P NW for a glimpse of President and Mrs. Obama. (AP photo)

May 7, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery City #6: This City is…


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Santiago de Chile: The financial district is sometimes referred to as Sanhattan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is Santiago de Chile, which was the number two choice of readers with 26% of the vote. The top choice was Madrid with 39% of readers’ votes. The other cities on the list of choices were Lisbon (16%), Montevideo (13%) and Mexico City (6%).

This photograph of Santiago was taken in the city’s financial district, sometimes referred to as Sanhattan. Kudos to the reader who left clues in the comments section.

We will have next Mystery City #7 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Previous Mystery Cities also included Caracas, Valaparaiso,  Sydney, Bratislava and La Paz.

May 7, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , | 1 Comment

14th Street Area: Crime Down YOY in April, Property Crimes Lead Way


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Click to enlarge:There were 2 violent crimes in April in the 14th Street area, both of them robberies without guns. (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the 14th Street area was down 24% in April from last year. There were 29 total crimes in April 2009 compared to 22 last month. However, the April 2010 is still slightly higher than April 2008 when there were 22 total crimes in the 14th Street area.

Detailed numbers are below the fold and are from the MPD Crime Database.

Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY in the 14th Street area was due primarily to the 26% in property crimes. These account for the huge bulk of all crime—91% of all reported crimes last month were property crimes, as opposed to violent crimes, which were 9% of the total.

The decrease in property crimes was due to the decreasing number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), which declined to 7 last month compared to 16 in April 2009. But, the total number of property crimes in the 14th Street area is still higher than two years ago when there were 16 property crimes.

Violent crime stable. There were 2 violent crimes last month in the 14th Street area—2 robberies without guns. This is the same as April 2009 and similar to April 2008 when there were 2 no-gun robberies and 1 no-gun assaults. There were no gun crimes last month in the area; gun crimes are robberies, assaults and homicides committed with a gun.

The 14th Street corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 14th and QU NW—an area that roughly runs  from 15th Street on the west to Vermont Avenue/Logan Circle on the east and from S Street on the north to Rhode Island Avenue on the south.

Detailed crime stats for the 14th Street Corridor in April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | 2 Comments