Colony Club Joining Forces with DGS Delicatessen

Posted January 30, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Coffee shops, Small Businesses

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sadies-weekdaysAccording to a new release shard by Colony Club, they are joining forces with DGS Delicatessen  to bring Dupont Circle top-notch coffee and bagels. The venture is called Sadie’s Weekdays and it will operate out of the DGS sandwich counter from 7 a.m.-11 a.m., Monday-Friday. This will allow people to grab a latte and breakfast before DGS opens its doors for lunch.

Sadie’s Weekdays, a collaboration between cousins and friends, is a nod to the classic New York bagel shop, with an emphasis on quality ingredients and preparation. Expect to see a bagel with soft scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, and crispy DGS pastrami. The bagels are coming from DC’s own Bullfrog Bagels. Colony Club’s baristas will be behind the counter, brewing Ceremony Coffee (Annapolis, MD) and pulling shots of Tandem Coffee (Portland, ME).

Below is a copy of the Menu.

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King’s Deli and Grocery Closed Due to Health Code Violation

Posted January 27, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Grocery Stores, Liquor stores, Small Businesses

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King's Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

King’s Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

I’ve learned that King’s Deli (located on the northeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Quebec Pl, NW) closed on January 17th due to operating without hot water, which is a health code violation.

As King’s Deli also has a liquor license, the liquor license will be put in safe keeping until the store reopens.

Then and Now: Lithuanian Embassy on 16th Street

Posted January 26, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Architecture, Historic Landmarks

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Recently I found a glass magic lantern slide showing the “Norwegian Ligation” located on 16th Street in 1912 (see below). The Norwegian embassy moved to a new building on Massachusetts Avenue in 1931, where it remains today.

1912-norway-lithuania-embassies(Lithuanian Embassy building on 16th Street in 1912)

Anyone familiar with the building will know instantly that the building in the photo is actually two buildings. the northern half is the Lithuanian Embassy, and the southern half was razed and replaced with a tall apartment building in 1965 which is jarringly incompatible with the surrounding architectural character of the area. However, I think it is easy to miss that the Lithuanian embassy building itself has also had an addition — not just in the rear but also on top. In this way, I think the expansion of the 1907 building was accomplished successfully. It is also good to see that Lithuania is a good steward of its building, and undertook a restoration of the limestone and terracotta facades in 2008, which can be seen here.

lithuanian-embassy-2017(View of Lithuanian Embassy and abutting apartment building as it appears today)

Council Asks DGS to Study & Recommend Options for Community Use of Schools

Posted January 25, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Department of Parks and Recreation, Schools

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school-use-billOn January 10, 2017, Councilmember Charles Allen — along with Councilmembers Robert White, Anita Bonds, and DAvid Grosso — introduced a bill to require the Department of General Services (DGS) to convene a task force to identify barriers to and develop recommendations for community use of public school facilities and ot submit those recommendations to the Council. The Task Force must transmit a report of its work and findings to the Council by March 1, 2018.

In reading through the bill, some of the items requested of DGS includes identifying existing barriers to community use of school buildings, determining costs for community use of school buildings, and developing recommendations for a District-wide policy to allow for community use of school buildings. The report’s focus is to be on policies and practices for increasing community use of school facilities for both organized and casual recreation, with an emphasis on promoting healthy activity.

While I’m encourage by this effort and can support its goals, I don’t feel it is going far enough. Based on messages I’ve read on area listservs over the last few years, this appears to be in response — in part — to residents seeking access to swimming pools (such as the one at Dunbar High School), gymnasiums, and other recreation focused areas of new and existing schools. I think such an approach is too narrow and presumes a definition of recreation that is physical in nature. For me, recreation needs to be defined more liberally and broadly, and increasing community access to school facilities for any purpose that builds a stronger community out to be the goal.

One issue that is particularly lacking in many neighborhoods is available community meeting space, where neighbors can come together over local issues and get to know each other as part of the process.  With this in mind, I’ll be reviewing the types of spaces available in some of our area schools, and coming up with a list of recommendations to be considered by the task force as they work on their report for the Council.

 

Interactive Art Installation Explores Human Behavior on City Streets

Posted January 24, 2017 by Kent
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The Walkway(The Walkway, and interactive art installation at the Reeves Center)

There is currently a public art exhibit on the corner of 14th and U streets in front of the Reeves Center. It is titled The Walkway and it is an interactive installation that is an exploration of human behavior towards others on city streets and in public spaces. The art space consists of a tunnel with each side showing faces and statements of interactions that have been experienced in public. Some of the experiences shared are positive — others are negative, harassing, or hostile.

What I like about the experience is that it makes one reflect upon their own experiences and interactions in public spaces. There is also an online component which allows anyone to participate in the project, which is a collaboration between the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the District Department of Transportation. Through the portal, they are collecting information regarding words, phrases and gestures that are used in public spaces to address others. This is a study to explore what people consider to be respectful, friendly, non-friendly or threatening interactions. While data collected will be used as part of an interactive exhibit, responses will be kept anonymous.

Below are a few more photos from my visit:

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What Was Your Experience During the Women’s March This Weekend?

Posted January 23, 2017 by Kent
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womens-march-metro(One of the many Green Line trains packed taking people to Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington)

The Women’s March on Washington has come and gone, and I doubt anyone in Washington wasn’t involved or impacted in some way. Whether you were packed like a sardine on Metro (an experience I personally shared) — where ridership exceeded Metro’s capacity, with trains sitting in tunnels waiting for trains to unload and platforms to clear further down the line — or walked down to participate, or even hosted family and friends from out of town (I had the pleasure of hosting family from Ohio),  it seemed like everyone was involved and helped make the day the tremendous success it turned out to be. It certainly exceeded my expectations.

What was your experience? What moment did you feel was the most significant/moving moment of the day for you? Equally important, what impact do you think the march with have in the long-term?

Latino Market May Be in the Works for Georgia Avenue

Posted January 19, 2017 by Kent
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img_2030(Former D&B Deli site, just north of the old Murrays on Georgia Avenue.)

The old D&B Deli at 3412 Georgia Avenue (btw. Morton & Park Rd.) is closed and appears to be turning into a Latino Market. Its hard to tell how quickly this transformation will occur, as the Coming Soon sign for La Herradura Supermarket has been up since November.

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