Dupont – Logan – U Street

Are You an Immigrant? 24% of Readers Say “Yes”

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May 1: Protesters on the north side of The White House during a rally against the recently passed Arizona law pertaining to illegal immigrants. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Last week’s reader poll asked, “Are you an immigrant?” It turns out that about one in four of the Borderstan readers who responded is an immigrant, 24% to be exact. More specifically, 14% of poll respondents are naturalized citizens and 10% are legal residents. In addition, 17% have at least one parent who is an immigrant.

A 2006 estimate put the number of immigrants in the DC metro area at one million in a metro-area population of 5.1 million, almost 20%. In DC, there are an estimated 75,000 immigrants out of 600,000 people, about 13%. These numbers compare to the U.S. population where a 2007 estimate put the number of foreign-born at 37 million, about 12% percent of the population.

Here is the breakdown from responses to our reader poll:

Are you an immigrant?

  1. No, native born: 58%
  2. No, but one or both my parents are: 17%
  3. Yes, a naturalized citizen: 14%
  4. Yes, a resident of the U.S.: 10%
  5. No, a foreigner just visiting: 1%

May 12, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

Crimes of Note: Your Expensive Phone is a Target

The past week’s tally of notable crimes: 6 robberies (1 with a gun), 1 assault, 2 burglaries (1 armed, which is unusual) and 3 stolen autos. The notable geographic pattern is that 3 of the robberies and the 1 assault were in the western end of the Borderstan area.

However, the more notable pattern is what muggers and thieves are targeting: your expensive smart phone, such as iPhones and Droids. MPD Second District Commander Matthew Klein sent out this statement yesterday:

Although the number of robberies in the Second District is still lower this year compared with the same period last year, we’re seeing a recent spike in several areas along with some noticeable trends. Recently, a large number of these robberies (cases where someone is “mugged” on the street, or has an item snatched from their hands) involve Apple iPhones. This ubiquitous, expensive device appeals to criminals because it can be easily reprogrammed, or erased, and sold for quick cash.

We’re seeing folks having phones snatched from their hands as they walk down the street, or taken from tables while sitting at restaurants. Although the vast majority of these offenses do not involve physical harm to the victim, this is a disconcerting trend that deserves attention.

As always, I’m asking folks to be aware of their surroundings, especially while walking down the street and talking on the phone (try and avoid doing that if you are walking alone at night). Do not leave your phone lying on a table while dining out as this may also attract would-be thieves.

Yes, readers, it is a bad idea to talk on your cell phone or listen to your iPod on a quiet residential street after dark… totally unaware of your surroundings. Doing so makes you an easy target for muggers. The same warning applies for night-time joggers.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is served primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 2 Comments

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.


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.


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.

Music, Art, Theater Listings

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

Theater: Three New Shows at Neighborhood Theaters

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New at the Source Theatre: "The Ramayana." (Luis Gomez Gomez)

Three of the five theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area have new shows this weekend. One new show opens this weekend: Mikveh at the DC Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater. In addition, The Ramayana opened this week at the Source Theatre and The Graduate opened last weekend at Church Street Theatre.

The complete listing is below the fold.

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May 6, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 1 Comment

Crimes of Note: Stolen Autos in U Street Area

The notable trend in crimes during the past week continues to be stolen autos in and around the U Street corridor, including Florida Avenue and streets to the north.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week—robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos—that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is covered primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.


  • Wednesday, April 28, 7:50 pm, Robbery-Fear, 1700 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.
  • Friday, April 30, 9:35 pm, Robbery, 1600 block of P Street NW.
  • Friday, April 30, Robbery-Pickpocket, 2000 block of 13th Street NW.
  • Saturday, May 1, 2:40 am, Robbery-Force & Violence: “The victim reported that while walking in the area, a suspect approached her from behind and knocked her to the ground. The suspect then took the victim’s purse and fled south on 15th St., N.W. Stolen from the victim were a pink purse, U.S. Currency, an I-phone and a debit card along with other personal items. The suspect is described as a Back/Male, 6’1’’-6’2’’, 170-180 lbs., wearing a black jacket and dark pants.”


  • Between April 26 and April 28, Burglary, 2100 block of 15th Street NW.

Stolen Auto

  • Saturday, May 1, 8 to 10:30 pm, Stolen Auto, 14th and U Streets NW.
  • Saturday, May 1, 6:25 to 10:40 pm, Stolen Auto, 11th and W Streets NW.
  • Saturday, May 1, 3:30 to 10:30 pm, Stolen Auto, 1200 block of V Street NW.
  • Sunday, May 2, 1 to 3 am, Stolen Auto, 1400 block of T Street NW.
  • Sunday, May 2, Stolen Auto, 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW.

May 5, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

Salon Rouge’s Salim: From Casablanca to 17th Street

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Salim Elalami in front of Salon Rouge, 1636 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

For Borderstan’s ongoing series on local entrepreneurs and retail businesses, we sat down with Salim Elalami, owner of Salon Rouge and former partner in the Subairi salon on R Street.

Elalami came to the United States from Casablanca, Morocco, as a teenager and attended the University of Maryland on a soccer scholarship. Unable to meet the additional costs of college life, Elalami went to work, starting as a busboy in Georgetown, working his way up to a bartender and eventually becoming part of restaurant management.

Next, Elalami enrolled in hair styling classes at a local academy, with the encouragement of a hairdresser friend. According to Elalami, he knew itt would be better hours than the long nights of bartending, which kept him working until 4 am.

After attending hair styling classes, he eventually worked for a salon on Connecticut Avenue and later opened Subairi with a business parnter in 2000. Almost a decade later, he opened Salon Rouge at 1636 17th Street NW.

Borderstan: What other jobs did you have before becoming a hair stylist?
Elalami: Not only did I work as a busboy and bartender in Georgetown, but I also taught tennis lessons while I was living in San Diego.

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May 5, 2010 Posted by | marketplace | , , , | 1 Comment

This Weekend: “The Graduate” Opens at Church Street

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Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Ladies" is playing the Arena Stage at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Three of the five theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area have shows this weekend. One new show opens Friday night: The Graduate begins a run on Friday at The Church Street Theatre.

The listing is below the fold.

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April 29, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 1 Comment

Stuff You Might Have Missed (But Shouldn’t Have)

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"Homeless" on Connecticut Avenue north of Dupont Circle. (Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day)

Another article on DC’s rising hipster status. Out magazine has an article about DC’s place in the gay-hipsterness rankings: “When did it stop being embarrassing to say you live in D.C.?” My favorite graph: “It’s not embarrassing anymore to say you live in D.C.,” says Richard Florida, the author who rethought city coolness with his book The Rise of the Creative Class. “When we measure the gay index, D.C. is off the charts. Of course, you still have preppy dinosaurs living in the formaldehyde netherworld of Georgetown. But that’s ending.” Well, at least we live in the middle of it.

Washington Post reaches out to local bloggers. Fishbowl DC reported Washington Post’s announcement of its new local blog network, “All Opinions Are Local.” It will include original content from independent bloggers, as well as posts from the bloggers’ home sites. Sommer Mathis of DCist, Dan Malouff of BeyondDC and David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington are among the bloggers working with The Post.

Dodge City now open on U Street. BrightestYoungThings and UrbanDaddy profile the new tavern in town. The Go Go Posse 1980s release “D.C. Don’t Stand for Dodge City” inspired the name of the bar, which is owned by Velvet Lounge owner Haile Berhane. Abdul Kayoumy from Velvet and Angie Hopson from Black Cat are also partners in the venture, according to BYT.

Harry Jaffe covers Robert Wone murder case. Local columnist Harry Jaffe (Washingtonian and Examiner) has an in-depth article in the May issue of Washingtonian magazine; you can read an excerpt online. Wone was murdered on August 2, 2006, on the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. No one has been arrested for Wone’s murder, but the three residents of the house where he was killed have been charged with obstruction of justice in the case; their trail begins early next month. The editors at Who Murdered Robert Wone? will be covering the trial and have a Monday post, “The Divine Miss M.”

14th and U NW project. Is the big redevelopment project planned for the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW about to get underway? DCmud has the story.

Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio tries Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Young and Hungry blog at the Washington City Paper reposted the picture of Tom Colicchio’s half-eaten half smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Top Chef judge uploaded the picture to Twitter with the caption, “Guess where I am.” Bravo has been taping the popular series throughout the District. See the Washingtonian’s Best Bites Blog for a map of their whereabouts.

More on the 14th and U corridor Arts Overlay. Two pieces of reading on the arts overlay district that encompasses swaths of both 14th and U Streets, limiting the frontage to 25%… but it will probably soon be upped to 50%. Read a follow-up piece at 14th and You as well as the great piece over at the Washington City Paper’s Housing Complex blog (comments are also a must read).

More details on the armed robbery of Nellie’s. MetroWeekly has more details on the April 19 robbery of Nellie’s Sports Bar at 9th and U NW.

Kal Penn “good” following robbery. Kal Penn speaks! About his mugging. Sort of: Kal Penn: ‘Good’ After Robbery from

Fenty proposes vacant property fee increase. Washington Business Journal reports on DC Mayor Adrian Fenty’s proposal to dramatically increase the annual registration fee paid by vacant property owners in DC. According to Michael Neibauer of the WBJ, property owners could pay up to 250 times what they currently pay for owning an empty residential or commercial building.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

Help Ross School: Benefit Auction, Book Donations

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Ross Elementary School holds its 2nd Annual Auction and Gala on Saturday, 5 to 8 pm. (Image: Ross School)

There are two ways you can help Ross Elementary School this weekend. Ross School is on the 1700 block of R Street NW and serves students up through Grade 5.

Ross School is holding it 2nd Annual Auction and Gala on Saturday April 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The German Marshall Fund of the United States at 1744 R Street NW; the event is open to the public. The goal is to raise $20,000 after raising $13,000 last year for the purchase of SmartBoards. This year’s funds will be used for furniture, books and materials.

Ross School needs books for its reading library. There will tables in front of the 17th Street Safeway on Saturday (10 am-2 pm) and at the Dupont Farmers’ Market on Sunday (9 am-1 pm). Call 202-244-5117 for more information.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | news | , | 1 Comment

Agora: Turkish Restaurant Opens Friday at Former Jack’s Spot

Agora: Turkish restaurant opens Monday at former Jack's spot on 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Editor’s note: Borderstan welcomes a new contributor, food blogger Alejandra Owens. She writes about food and restaurants in DC at One Bite At A Time. Alejandra’s bio is at the bottom of this post.

UPDATED. A Turkish restaurant is coming to 1527 17th Street NW at the former site of Jack’s Restaurant & Bar, between Church and Q Streets. Agora will feature Turkish and Greek fare and opens next Monday, April 26 Friday, April 30. (For non-Duponters, the location is just three blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro stop on the Red Line.)

  • Where: 1527 17th Street NW.
  • What: Small plates ranging from $5 to $13. Olive oil bottled on Guler’s family farm in Foca, Turkey… signature Turkish fare and small plates prepared in a wood-fired oven or charcoal grill… Ouzo, wine and beers from Turkey and Greece.
  • Who: Turkish born Chef Rasit Gulsen takes the helm in the kitchen
  • When: Sunday to Thursday, 5-11 pm (late night menu until 1 am)… and Friday and Saturday, 5 pm-midnight (late night menu until 2 am). Saturday and Sunday brunch is served 11 am-3pm.

We’ll be checking it out once it opens, but let us know what you think too!

About Alejandra Owens: I am a 20-something, Arizonan living just North of Dupont Circle. By day I’m a communications/public relations gal and by night I can either be found hunting for authentic Mexican food, working out or cooking at home. What can I say? After five years of living and eating in DC I discovered a passion for cooking (often trying to recreate my most favorite meals), perusing the farmers markets and making memories over delicious food. I chronicle my cooking and eating adventures at One Bite At A Time ( and am exploring my neighborhood through food here at Borderstan. Am I missing a great hole in the wall? Is there a must-have dish somewhere? Tell me! Let’s eat through the neighborhood together!

April 23, 2010 Posted by | food & drink | , , , | 6 Comments