10/01/14 2:07pm

wilson_building_natitude
1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Council announced today that the District’s city hall, the John A. Wilson Building, will go red in support of the Washington Nationals’ Major League Baseball playoff run. Beginning tonight, Wednesday, October 1, the District will illuminate the building with red exterior lighting for as long as the Nationals remain in the playoffs. Mayor Gray and the D.C. Council turned the building red the last time the Nationals were in the playoffs in 2012.

“As a lifelong baseball fan, I am extremely proud of the Nats. They’ve had an amazing season with some incredible individual performances – but what impresses me the most is how they play as a team. I’m excited to cheer them on all the way to the District’s first World Series win since 1924,” said Mayor Gray. “And starting tonight, we’re going to turn the Wilson Building red to show everyone that the District is behind them 100 percent.”

The Nationals, as champions of the National League East Division, will play Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the winner of tonight’s National League Wild Card play-in game on Friday, October 3 at Nationals Park. Mayor Gray is scheduled to attend.”

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3501 13th St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

UIP property mgt Inc. the new owner of 3501 13th St NW, which bought the building in June for $6 million, promptly filed civil suit in July to increase the rents of every tenant in the building for $991.55 (I have attached PDFs of some of the court docs). They want to add another $991.55 to the preexisting rent of every unit in the building. The attached doc that I sent was scanned from the packet the city sent. It outlines the proposed “temporary” surcharge by unit.

UIP rent increase (PDF)

UIP court doc 1 (PDF)

UIP court doc 2 (PDF)

In what would appear to be an attempt to make an end run around various DC laws regarding tenants rights, UIP justifies this “temporary” rent increase in the name of making improvements to the property. Clearly, this doubling of the rents of most tenants would be a defacto eviction for most of the tenants of this section 8 housing.

The tenants (of which I am one) were notified on the 15th of September by the DC Office of Administrative Hearings that they were required to appear in court on Oct 24 at the Office of Administrative Hearings or risk losing the case.

Now, UIP may not succeed in this opening gambit in it’s attempt to force the people who live at 3501 13th from their homes. However, the crass disrespect towards the people who live at 3501 13th is demonstrated by the fact that they filed a suit that will require working people to take a day off and go to court to head off a cynical ploy by their landlord to evict them by other means.”

10/01/14 12:55pm

3312 Lowell Street Northwest

This house is located at 3312 Lowell Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spectacular 5BR/4.5BA renovation in heart of Cleveland Park. 4200 SF; 4 lvls; restored inside out. No detail overlooked-all new floors, doors, windows, electrical, plumbing, sound system, 2 new HVAC systems, 3 zones w/Nest thermostats! 3story addition for flexible, open fp. Gourmet kit; large MBR suite; walk-out LL w/nanny suite; finished 3rd level w/balcony.”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4.5 bath is going for $2,489,000.

10/01/14 12:30pm

black_squirrel
2427 18th Street, NW

From an email:

“The Black Squirrel’s Sixth Annual Smashing Pumpkin Beer Fest commences Friday, October 3rd, starting at 5pm. Join the Squirrel for a night stuffed with all things pumpkin.

Pumpkin beers will be flowing on 15 of the 57 tap lines, featuring the following line-up:
· 21st Amendment He Said Pumpkin Belgian Triple (8.2%, San Francisco, California)
· Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider (5%, Sebastopol, California)
· DC Brau/Epic Fermentation Without Representation (8%, Denver, Colorado)
· Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale (5.9%, Seattle, Washington)
· Elysian Punkaccino Coffee and Pumpkin Brown Ale (5%, Seattle, Washington)
· Elysian Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout (6.5%, Seattle, Washington)
· New Holland Ichabod Ale (4.8%, Holland, Michigan)
· 2012 Hardywood Rum Pumpkin Barrel-Aged Ale (10%, 750mL bottle, Richmond, Virginia)
· Howe Sound Pumpkineater (8%, Squamish, British Columbia)
· Kasteel Inglemunster Pumpkin (8.5%, Ingelmunster, Belgium)
· RJ Rocker Gruntled Pumpkin Ale (7%, Spartanburg, South Carolina)
· Schlafly Pumpkin Ale (8%, St. Louis, Missouri)
· Southern Tier Pumking (8.6%, Lakewood, New York)
· The Bruery Autumn Maple (brewed with yams) (10%, Placentia, California)
· Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale (8%, Easton, Pennsylvania)
· Wolaver’s Organic Pumpkin Ale (5.35%, Middlebury, Vermont)

Treat yourself to the Chef’s pumpkin menu that includes: Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Sloppy Joes, Pumpkin Veggie Burgers, Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, Pumpkin Pie, and Pumpkin Ice Cream Floats.

The celebration continues until the pumpkin stock is depleted. New pumpkins beers will be tapped throughout the fall season, so check back often. This is so much better than a pumpkin latte.”

10/01/14 12:10pm

swift-safeway-new-apartments-petworth-dc

Sponsored By The Swift at Petworth Metro.

Brand-new apartments above a new 58,000-square-foot Safeway. Just a block from the Metro in Petworth, Washington, D.C.

Created By BlankSlate

The countdown to the opening of The Swift at Petworth Metro is over. The new 218-unit, LEED Silver apartment community on Georgia Avenue NW in Petworth is now offering studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedrooms — all with Clean Steel appliances, full-size Energy Star washers and dryers, eco-friendly wood-style plank flooring, energy efficient windows, and sustainable quartz countertops. The smoke-free community is pet-friendly and bike-friendly, and features electric car charging stations in the secure garage as well as Zipcar parking. There’s a concierge team to help residents feel at home 24 hours a day.

The Swift held its grand opening, where guests took a tour of the building and enjoyed a Friday night happy hour, a BBQ on Saturday, and a champagne brunch on Sunday. Guests had a chance to check out The Swift’s many features — the apartments, clubroom, rooftop terrace, fitness center, Tech Bar with iMac computers, and courtyard. The rooftop terrace features five seating areas, 2 grilling stations with prep areas, a fire pit, and 270-degree views of DC. (more…)

10/01/14 11:45am

taylor_cheesesteak
Photo courtesy of Taylor Gourmet

From an email:

“Cheesesteaks launch @ ALL 9 Taylor Gourmet locations today!!

Order by number [$9.99]:

1. Beef Ribeye or Chicken Breast,
American or Provolone Cheese, Grilled
Onions or Mushrooms

2. Beef Ribeye or Chicken Breast,
American or Provolone Cheese, Cherry
Pepper Mayonnaise, Lettuce, Roma
Tomato, Red Onion

3. Beef Ribeye or Chicken Breast,
American or Provolone Cheese,
Marinara Sauce, Pepperoncini”

Full Fall menu hereTaylor_Fall_Winter Menu (PDF)

10/01/14 11:30am

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating an undetermined death, which occurred in the 1400 block of Downing Street, Northeast.

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at approximately 7:21 pm, Fifth District police officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 1400 block of Downing Street, Northeast. Upon their arrival, they located a juvenile male conscious and breathing with an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as a 13 year-old juvenile male of Northeast, Washington, DC

The decedent’s remains have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A determination of the cause and manner of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

The investigation is continuing.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

10/01/14 11:15am

char_bar
2142 L Street, NW

Thanks to those who emailed and tweeted us the news – @eat_dc tweeted the photo above:

“Char Bar, DC’s only kosher restaurant from owner of now closed Eli’s, is open at 2142 L St NW”

Check out their menu here: Char Bar Menu (PDF)

Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Friday 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM