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Funk Parade Hits U Street on Saturday

May 3, 2017

The 2017 Funk Parade is schedule for this Saturday, May 6th! In addition to all the fun and festivities, those traveling in the areas should be mindful that streets along the parade route will be closed from approximately 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm (full list of street closures and performance areas here).

Of note, the Festival will feature activations including:

Interested in going? Check out all the information on the Funk Parade’s Web site.

Documentary Exploring Changing U Street, Columbia Heights, & Petworth Screening This Weekend

October 5, 2015

DogParks & CoffeeShops: Diversity Seeking in Changing Neighborhoods (Trailer) from Sonya Grier on Vimeo.

Thanks to Borderstan for the heads up on this, the documentary DogParks & CoffeeShops: Diversity Seeking in Changing Neighborhoods is part of the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza at the Angelika Pop-up Theater at Union Market this coming weekend. The filmmakers will also hold a free screening and discussion of the film at the Northeast Neighborhood Library at 330 7th St. NE at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

This film is based on research that explores diversity-seeking, community, and consumption in neighborhoods undergoing urban revitalization. In a study of three neighborhoods in Washington, DC, it finds that differences in resources, cultural norms and cultural preferences lead to tensions among some residents and perceived exclusion from consumption opportunities for others.

Borderstan has much more information on this film for those interested in learning more and planning on seeing the film.

Checking Out Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria

February 24, 2015

Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria, 1212 U Street, NW

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out Alphonse Italian Market, located at 1212 U Street, NW. Overall I thought the interior was inviting and the food was good. Due to the chill in the air, I decided to start with a hot meatball sandwich, which I would order again. That said, I’m really interested in how their pizzas are. I’m also curious if anyone else has had an opportunity to eat at Alphonse. If so, what did you order and would you recommend it?

You can check out the menu at the Alphonse Web site as well as see what their hours are.

Below are a few photos I took while I was there to give you some sense of what the restaurant is like.




Funk Parade Happening This Saturday, May 3rd

May 1, 2014


The Funk Parade, and associate activities, is scheduled for this Saturday, May 3rd. Below are the details distributed by the organizers.

The festivities – all free! – are as follows:

*DAY FAIR *(noon-5 pm) – music, dance, art and conviviality throughout U Street, from 16th to 9th. Stroll, hum, dance, and enjoy! *(neighbor note: U Street won’t be closed and parking is not affected!)*

*FUNK PARADE *(5-7 pm) – a joyful, collaborative musical procession that invites you to participate. Come be a part of the Funk Parade! Gathering on Vermont between U and V, the parade moves west on V to Ben Ali Way. Short, sweet, soulful and superlative, great for kids from 3 to 93! (*neighbor note: this is going to be awesome*.)

*MUSIC FESTIVAL *(7-10 pm) – Over twenty great local bands play music from all over the world inside a dozen U Street venues, from Solly’s, Tropicalia and DC9 to U Street Music Hall, Bohemian Caverns, Patty Boom Boom and more. (*neighbor note: All music will be inside venues, and the festival ends at
10 pm. In time to get the kids to bed!*)

*This event is a PHENOMENAL collaboration of over 200 local businesses, community groups, musicians and civic leaders, including the U Street Neighborhood Association, ANC 1B, and many small and locally-owned neighborhood businesses*. Big thanks to everyone who has helped Funk Parade get this far. We hope you all can come out and enjoy the day with your neighbors and friends!

For more information, go to, or follow Funk Parade on Twitter at @FunkParade. Have a question? Shoot us an email at!

We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers, especially to help during the events themselves. If you’re interested, email Thanks!

U Street Flea Market Opening Saturday, March 29

March 28, 2014

The U Street Flea Market will open tomorrow on a parking lot near the intersection of U and 9th Streets, NW.  More information about this market can be found in the following text which is from a press release that was shared on Twitter:

U Street Flea MarketMarch 24, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) – Collaboration of the two oldest flea markets in the City in the opening of a new market, U Street Flea, was announced jointly today by Michael Berman, President of Diverse Markets Management (DMM), operator of The Flea Market at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, established in the early 1980s and Michael Sussman, founder of Georgetown Flea Market, opened in the mid 1970s.

Located at 912 U St. NW, a parking lot near the intersection of U and 9th Streets, NW, the market will feature a diverse mix of arts, crafts, imports, antiques and collectibles 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, according to Berman, whose DMM will manage the market, on space licensed to Sussman by the City.

“We’re very excited to be working with the “Dean of D.C. Fleas’ for the first time,” exclaimed Berman. “And we hope this is just the beginning of a long term relationship” between the two management teams.

Sussman first opened U Street Flea at the beginning of March but decided “to ask DMM to help out” shortly thereafter. A previously-scheduled grand opening and ribbon cutting by Ward One Councilman Jim Graham will be held 12 p.m. Saturday, the first day under DMM management.

DMM Director Tom Rall, who began to manage The Flea Market at Eastern Market in 1984, was especially pleased with the new relationship with the Georgetown flea. “I actually got my start in the antiques business as a dealer at Georgetown in the late 1970s, so DMM is actually a business which incubated there.

“A decade or so ago Mike Sussman and I first discussed the possibility of promoting a joint market when we were approached about the possible availability of a prominent near Northeast D.C. location,” Rall continued, “and I regretted those negotiations fell through, as I always felt there’d be a lot of symmetry between our exhibitor bases.”

Berman said the market may also feature local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, prepared food and beverages. Exhibitor application information is available here.

Diverse Markets Management, LLC is a DC-based firm specializing in the development and management of outdoor public exhibitor markets. Principals in the firm are experienced leaders in specialty vending and in managing relations with this unique group of small business entrepreneurs. To learn more about Diverse Markets Management, visit


Some New Street Art from the U Street Area

November 22, 2013

While walking around in the U Street area, mostly along W Street, I found the following examples of street art that appear to be from the same artist. I’m sure there are other examples out there. Considering that I haven’t seen much new street art lately, I really enjoyed finding these.

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Mural, or Street Art? — Silenced George

December 6, 2011

Last time I was on U Street I saw the mural below at the southwest corner of U and 15th Street, NW. While it’s scale suggests it’s a mural, it strikes me more to be akin to street art. Does anyone know if this was painted before Occupy DC or in response to it?


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