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Dupont – Logan – U Street

This Week in Borderstan


Luis Gomez Photos immigration rally White House Protest Borderstan

Saturday: Protesters stand in line on the north side of The White House on Pennsylvania Avene. They were part of the protests against the recentlyy passed Arizona immigration law. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Tuesday, May 4

“Healing from the Inside Out: The Regenerative Power of the Human Spirit.” The Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts is hosting this presentation at 6:30 pm with Michael Lerner, PhD: “Do we each have personal “styles” of healing that we may strengthen? While natural, healing is not automatic, and can be blocked or facilitated. The intention of this talk is to help us discover ways to deepen our own unique, resources for growing through adversity.” Event is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Smith Farm Center is at 1632 U Street NW.

PSA 305 meets tonight. For U Street-area residents, the monthly Public Safety 305 meeting is 7 to 8:15 pm, at the DC Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Avenue NW. This monthly meeting is for residents of Police Service Area (PSA) 305 and includes representatives from MPD (DC police) and Howard University Police. Got questions about crime in the area? This is your chance to speak directly with MPD reps.

Wednesday, May 5

ANC 2F-Logan meets. The monthly meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B is at 7 pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle. The eastern part of the Borderstan area is in ANC 2F.

Mikveh opens at Goldman Theater. A new show, Mikveh, opens at the DC Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theatre at 16th and Q NW: “A knowledgeable examination of traditions and ritual, this hit Israeli play explores the ever evolving position of women in Israeli society.”

Thursday, May 6

ANC 1B meets. ANC1B will hold its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 7 pm in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Reeves Center at 14th and U Streets N.W. The northeastern part of the Borderstan area, including the U Street corridor is in ANC 1B; see map above.

The Ramayana opens at Source Theatre. A new production opens from the Constellation Theatre Company at the Source Theatre on 14th Street: “The Ramayana lies at the heart of Hinduism and has been captivating people for centuries with its balance of adventure and spirituality. India’s dazzling epic is a timeless testament to the transcendental power of love.”

May 3, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | 1 Comment

ANCs Part 2: What Do Commissioners Do?


Borderstan Dupont Circle Logan Circle U Street

Three Advisory Neighborhood Commissions serve the Dupont-Logan-U Street area: ANC 2B, ANC 2F and ANC 1B. (Image: ANC 2B website)

Last week we looked at the function and role of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) in DC government (“What Exactly Do ANCs Do?”).

This week is a Q&A with four ANC commissioners from the three ANCs that serve the Dupont-Logan-U Street area; we asked each commissioner the same four questions.

The Q&A with these four commissioners is below the fold:

  • Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B04, which is the single-member district (SMD) on the east side of ANC 2B-Dupont, running from 15th to 17th Streets.
  • Peter Raia, ANC 1B02, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 1B, which serves the U Street area and encompassing parts of both U and 14th Streets.
  • Charles Reed, ANC 2F01, which is an SMD on the west side of ANC 2F-Logan, including part of the 14th Street corridor. Reed is also the chairman of ANC 2F.
  • Mike Silverstein, ANC 2B06, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 2B-Dupont, south of the Circle. He is also the chairman of ANC 2B.

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | politics and government | , , , | 2 Comments

This Week in Borderstan


Dream for Kids Borderstan Town Danceboutique

Town is hosting a benefit for Dream for Kids on Thursday night, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with the Fatback DJ Collaboarative. (dreamforkids.org)

Tueday: The Police Service Area (PSA) 305‘s public safety meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. at the DC Housing Finance Agency at 815 Florida Avenue NW.

Wednesday: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F / Logan Circle meets at 7 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Check out the agenda.

Thursday: Dance to Fatback DJ Collaborative and help a kid obtain his or her dream by attending the Dream for Kids benefit auction After Party at Town Danceboutique, 8th and U NW. All proceeds go to Dream for Kids, “a volunteer based, registered non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s charity that breaks down social barriers and end the isolation of children in need.” The organization is based in DC.

Thursday: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B will hold its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. on the in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Reeves Center at 14th and U Streets N.W. The agenda is posted at online. 

March 2, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

This Week: PSA 305, ANC 2F, ANC 2B Meet


The monthly community meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 305 is tonight, February 2 at 7 p.m. Location is DC Housing Finance Agency at 815 Florida Avenue NW. Visit PSA 305’s Web page for more information. PSA 305 meets the first Tuesday of the month.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F meets Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. Location is the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. ANC 2F represents Logan Circle, Thomas Circle and western Shaw meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Representatives from Police Service Area (PSA) 307 will make a 15-minute report at 7:10 p.m., which is a regularly scheduled item.

ANC1B will hold its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday February 4 at 7 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Reeves Center at 14th and U Streets NW. ANC 1B serves the communities of Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Shaw, Pleasant Plains, and University Heights.

February 2, 2010 Posted by | politics and government | , , , | Leave a comment

Locally: ANC 2F Decisions, ANC 1B Meets Tonight, Lambda Rising’s Closing


14th & You has the goods on last night’s ANC 2F/Logan meeting… its voluntary agreement decisions on Estadio and Cork and Fork restaurant… and some news about seven Neighborhood Investment Fund projects.

Dcist reminds us that DC’s LGBT bookstore, Lambda Rising, closes January 17 [estimated date]. Unfortunately, someone egged the front of the store Tuesday night.

ANC1B holds its regularly scheduled meeting tonight at 7pm on the second floor of the Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets NW; agenda online. ANC 1B serves the communities of Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Shaw, Pleasant Plains, and University Heights.

January 7, 2010 Posted by | news, politics and government | , , , | Leave a comment

WEDNESDAY: Estadio Restaurant on ANC 2F Agenda


Estadio is going into the former Garden District store location at the southwest corner of 14th and Church Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

ANC 2F meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Major items on the agenda are the election of officers and the voluntary agreement with Estadio.

The restaurant Estadio is slated to open at the southwest corner of 14th and Church in the former Garden District store location. It will serve northern Spanish food. Over at 14th & You, there is a good write up from the December ANC 2F meeting on issues related to Estadio’s liquor license. Some residents of the building are not happy about a restaurant opening on the first floor.

We liked the WCP Young and Hungry‘s take on Estadio. The proposal to call 14th Street Dealertown 14 is amusing, but conjures up some less than savory images. From Y and H:

Estadio: Proof owner Mark Kuller will be opening this Spanish-themed restaurant on the trendy 14th Street strip (which really needs a trendy name, like Dealertown 14, a nod to 14th Street’s history as a home to car dealerships).

January 5, 2010 Posted by | marketplace, politics and government | , , , | 2 Comments

Has “Men’s Parties” at 14th & Corcoran Closed for Good?


1618-A 14th Street NW: On Monday night the police tape was gone and the front gate unlocked. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

1618-A 14th Street NW: Has the venue for "Men's Parties" closed for good? (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Did the “Men’s Parties” club at 1618-A 14th Street NW close for good? I dont’ know. Anyone know anything more than what is in this week’s Sexist column at the Washington City Paper? Amanda Hess, The Sexist, has a long piece, “Steep Price: Gay Sex Club Closes After Fatal Injury.”

A patron of the venue was found dead early on the morning of Sunday, October 4. To my knowledge, it has not been determined whether the man fell and hit his head, leading to his death… or whether he fell down a flight of stairs and broke his neck. What’s the latest, readers?

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October 14, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

City Paper Update on “Men’s Parties” Death; Report from ANC 2F Meeting


Amanda Hess, “The Sexist” blogger/reporter at the Washington City Paper, attended tonight’s ANC 2F/Logan Circle meeting and has an update on the goings-on at 1618-A 14th Street NW: “Men’s Party” Sex Club Victim May Have Broken Neck.” From her report:

At tonight’s ANC 2F meeting, 3rd District Lieutenant Vanessa Moore provided some details into the police investigation of Sunday’s sex club death at 1618 14th Street NW…. Moore says D.C. police are working with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to attempt to close the club. “I know he does not have any license at that location,” Moore said. “We’re looking for ways to shut him down.” Go to CP article

The Washington Blade posted a story online on Tuesday by reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr.

October 7, 2009 Posted by | bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. crime, Logan Circle, Media, MPD, on the blogs | , , , , | 1 Comment

1618-A: Open For Business


1618-A 14th Street NW: On Monday night the police tape was gone and the front gate unlocked. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

1618-A 14th Street NW: On Monday night the police tape was gone and the front gate was unlocked. The club is open for business again. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

On our bedtime walk-with-the-dog, we went by 1618-A 14th Street NW, site of the early Sunday morning death of a patron at the location’s private club. The police tape was gone and the gate was unlocked.

After taking a gander at the building’s front, we headed down the 1400-block of Corcoran. There is an iron security gate on the Corcoran side of the building  and you can easily look into the back “garden” area of 1618. We heard a door open and saw light coming from the building. A guy stepped into the back area. I asked him if they were open for business. “Yes,” was the response. Continue reading

October 6, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, Logan Circle, PSA 307 | , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

This Week in Borderstan: MidCity B.A. Mixer, ANC 2F Meets


MONDAY: MidCity Business Association Mixer on Monday, October 5, 6 to 8 p.m., at Solly’s at 1942 11th Street NW: “Meet and Mix with MidCity business owners, community members, civic leaders and politicians. Learn about MiDCity BA’s continuing efforts to promote more constructive, proactive policies around nightlife management. Learn what city leaders plan to do to help ensure that MidCity’s commercial corridors thrive and retain their unique mix of independent businesses, restaurants and cultural venues.” RSVP to Natalie.

WEDNESDAY: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F, Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m., Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW: The agenda for ANC 2F/Logan Circle is online at the ANC 2F website. ANC 2F meets monthly at the Washington Plaza Hotel on the first Wednesday of the month.

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, Logan Circle, on community, on events, on local politics, PSA 307, public meetings, Shaw | , , , , | Leave a comment