Wednesday, July 29, 2009
We already know it's going to be hazy, hot, and humid this weekend, so it's perfect weather for the annual Dog Days sidewalk sale along the 14th Street corridor, August 1-2. For 10 years, the MidCity Business Association has organized this sidewalk super sale, but it's more than just finding great deals, there are some pretty cool cultural and community events, too.
The Studio Theatre is holding its Annual Garage Sale on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Hundreds of items from this past season are for sale, including clothing, furniture, and home accessories. Also on Saturday, Washington Improv Theatre is holding its IMPROV-A-PALOOZA 2009. It begins at 2 pm and features 10 straight hours of improvisational comedy presented as individual 10 minute acts. And on Sunday don't miss Words Beats & Life Inc: DJ Workshop at Source Theatre's open house.
Here's a sampling of Dog Days deals from some of my favorite places:
- Cakelove (1506 U Street)- Buy 3 cupcakes get 1 free
- Nana (1528 U Street)- all clearance items are 50-80% off the original price
- Ruff and Ready Furnishings (1908 14th Street)- 25% off EVERYTHING, 50% off all items priced $127 or under. 75% off all basement items.
- Cork (1720 14th Street) and Cork Market (1805 14th Street) - A lemonade stand in front of the new space for Cork Market and Cork restaurant will open early
- Miss Pixies (1626 14th Street) - 20% off all items throughout the store plus free cookies!
- Redeem (1734 14th Street)- Take 25% off all summer merchandise, including an additional 25% off already marked down items.
More information is available here. And be sure you download your "Dog Days Bingo" card to win free gifts.
The partners behind Social are eager to unveil their gem, which is reminiscent of a comfortable District residence with dark-espresso leather couches and high-back dining room chairs. The main dining room, familiarly called the Family Room, is accented with textured plaster walls, rich wood floors and wine inspired carpet. Photography from Jonathan Zuck, a family photo wall, and classic artwork ornament the venue. After dinner, guests can enjoy a cocktail seated at the bar or lounging on an ottoman in the Cellar. The furnishings, from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, create a relaxed and open space in the two combined former row-homes, while vast windows overlook the bustling 14th Street Corridor.
Complimenting the innovative design concept, Social will provide a fresh dining experience. The plates are as interesting and diverse as the beverage selection. The Shareable menu items such as the Poke Stack, an Ahi tuna sashimi dish, or the Baby Lamb Lollipops topped with cilantro pecan pesto are available in Intimate, Social, or Gala micro-dining sizes, allowing any size party to mix and match menu items to their taste. If sharing is not your forte, European-style Pan Roasted Crispy Chicken and other items on the Self Indulgence menu provide a tasty individual experience. To create an unrushed and comfortable environment, Social does not take reservations and does not require you commit to your whole meal in one order.
"We take the beverage approach to dining," according to owner AJ Guy, "When you go out for drinks you never order them all at once. In the same way, our menu is designed to be leisurely perused by our guests."
Partners AJ Guy, Scott Hammons and Tim Korzep have a history with headline hospitality projects. Their combined experience in operations and development includes Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Houston's Restaurants, and the Ian Schrager Company, providing the team with a wealth of hospitality knowledge. Urban hikes, exploring unsung neighborhoods of the District, inspired the owners and in the end Columbia Heights proved the perfect canvas for a neighborhood destination. Unique dining and entertainment should not be exclusive to Georgetown or Downtown. Social will create an unrivaled experience that is a most welcome addition to the burgeoning foodie scene in Washington, D.C.
Social will be open seven nights a week and soon on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch.
They have new to go bags - thin paper with a handle. Easy to carry, probably eco-friendly.
The lovely young woman behind the counter also offered me some water while I waited, noticing that I hadn't ordered a drink.
And the non-pizza food, the food that probably matters less like the soup and antipasta, it's delicious. I had the antipasta and soup tonight. If you haven't tried the soup there, it's almost always excellent. And they have new bread to go with it, also excellent.
I almost wish Pete's got more wrong so I would spend less money and eat at home more often.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
According to the media advisory, the agenda includes "intoxicated vagrants, prostitution, illegal gambling, violent assaults and loitering. Small business assistance will also be a topic of discussion focusing on permitting issues, street parking and beautification such as façade improvements."
It starts at 6PM. The Heights Life can't make it, but if you do - let us know what the Mayor says: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Monday night, I attended the Columbia Heights Bock Captain precinct captain training at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with about 30 other CH residents. Organized by NW Columbia Heights Community Association President, Cecilia Jones, the aim of the program is to establish a block by block neighborhood watch program implemented and managed by the block captain (or co-captains, which I would recommend since the program requires a lot of organizing and responsibility). Cecilia stated that "Today, marks the end of street violence in Columbia Heights." With the shootings and stabbings over the past several months as well as auto and property related crimes--it is certainly an ambitious and much needed effort to bring the community together in order to reduce crime. Inspector Jacob Kishter as well as two DCPD officers who patrol the neighborhood and Tivoli North Business Association President Hector Gomez and 2 ANC commissioners were in attendance. While it was great to see community leaders in attendance, I was disappointed in the small turn out from residents.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
First, Bloombars is hosting "Seed of Sound" once again, this time with a magician and two musicians. 7:30PM, just up 11th from Kenyon.
And second, Commonwealth Pub Quiz is back and getting bigger. It was a good fight last week when Werewolf Bar Mitzvah took the top prize. 5 rounds of trivia. Starts at 7PM.
And this Friday night, the tools attacked. Apparently a party bus rolled up outside, the kiddies (interns?) poured out, and then there was the dreaded line.
Tool: Dude, they are from California and some of us are already inside, can't you just let them in.
Wonderland Bartender: Everyone is from California, the line is back there.
Tool: Come on bro, help me out.
Wonderland Bartender: Sorry.
Girl: This line is full of Nebraskans! I bet they haven't seen a Nebraska ID before!
Right... because here in DC nobody is from anywhere else like you. You must be special.
Proposed idea for next ANC meeting: Banning party buses from 11th Street? Where are you William Jordan? You'll love that idea!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
10am - free yoga class from Quiet Mind Yoga
11 am - free performances by Flex Mathews (Best Local Hip-Hop Artist of 2009) and the Crimestoppers, Bonjour Ganesh, Clube do Samba, and more on the mainstage
New for this year - play some Guitar Hero courtesy of Best Buy, and see who gets crowned Mr. and Miss Columbia Heights Day at the dog show (for reals). There's even going to be an afterparty! (My guess, dancing upstairs at the Wonderland.)
Check out www.columbiaheightsday.org for more info.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
But, apparently the city is trying to make it costlier to park on the street so that people will seek off-street parking. It's a "performance parking" system that charges you for your occupancy. I guess it's like an even meaner meter? Is that what it is?
Anyhow, there is a meeting about this tonight. I imagine many of you are now annoyed and/or outright angry.
A public meeting on the Columbia Heights pilot program is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kelsey Temple Church of God at 1435 Park Road, NW.
For more information about the meeting, please contact Damon Harvey at 202-671-0493.
Stop by Bloombars (3222 11th Street, just up from the Wonderland) from 6PM - 9PM for a screening of Michael Moore's move Sicko, followed by a discussion on the issues presented.
Don't get confused though - just because it's a "happy hour" at a place with "bar" in its name doesn't mean there is booze available. Bloombars is alcohol free and will be serving up "healthy drinks and teas."
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Luckily, the Post ran a pretty informative brief a few days ago that includes details on what is happening next. Be prepared for some lane closures on 14th between Columbia and Park beginning at the end of the month, as well as a slight re-route of the H8 bus.
The pickup of H8 Metrobus passengers will be relocated from 14th Street to the Irving Street bus stop near the Metro station entrance. Instead of turning north on 14th Street, the H8 bus will continue east on Irving Street. The bus stop on 14th, north of Irving, will be temporarily moved to a stop south of Irving near the CVS and Bank of America.
Further 14th Street work from Newton Street to Columbia Road is scheduled in November. Reconstruction of Irving Street, between 14th and 16th streets, will follow, with the entire project expected to be complete by late next spring.
Monday, July 20, 2009
- The Heights
- Looking Glass Lounge
- Panda Express
- Red Rocks
- Wonderland Ballroom
Image is the occupancy certificate, as posted to Room 11's own blog.
contact me. It would be greatly appreciated and rewarded as well.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Regardless, the community is all "OBAMA!" "But the economy sucks!" "What about the children?" "Name it for the neighborhood!" You can join the debate in the CH forum if you have a better idea.
So, we made a poll. We didn't include every option we've heard, but we included some of the ideas floating around CH. What do YOU want to name the park?
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I want to congratulate and thank MPD and DCRA for their great team work at 2632 Georgia Ave. My office received reports from many of you that the G2 Lounge may be operating illegally out of this building. Upon police action on Saturday, July 11, DCRA confirmed there was no Basic Business License to operate the lounge. And no alcohol license. Further actions may be taken once DCRA receives the police reports.
Again, thank you to community residents for bringing the problem to our attention. I will keep you informed on the progress of the investigation and further actions.
Bests, Jim Graham
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Dear Friends, a fight between two feuding girl gangs culminated in a stabbing at 1024 Kenyon about 11 PM last night. The victim was a 16 year old girl and she is expected to recover. The fight, I am told, was over a MySpace issue. More as details are developed. Councilmember Jim Graham.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The CH listserv lit-up with chatter over a poll about naming the newly updated (and beautiful!) park at 14th and Girard.
A poll by "Friends of Girard Park" put "Obama Park" in first place with 66 votes, followed by "Jim Graham Park" with 25 votes. The Heights Life thinks these are both excellent names, but wonders whether the latter should win so that we can get a bust of Jim Graham in the neighborhood.
Some folks seemed angry that they didn't get to vote, but Council Member Graham says everyone will have a chance to weigh in before a final decision is made. Moreover, the City Council will have to pass legislation to get it done.
UPDATE: Councilman Graham did indeed introduce a bill today to rename the 14th and Girard park "Barack Hussein Obama Park," but it looks like he didn't quite do his research. The Washington Post reports:
According to the D.C. Code, "No public space in the District shall be named in honor of any living person, or in honor of any person who has been deceased less than 2 years, unless the deceased person was a President or Vice President of the United States, a United States Senator or Representative, a Mayor of the District of Columbia, or a member of the Council of the District of Columbia."
Dino is up in Cleveland Park and has the best wine cellar in DC (some would say... including me). Dean was on hand doing the cooking, serving up some bruschetta and offering recipes that even come with a door prize. If you take your flyer from the farmer's market to Dino you get a "welcome glass of prosecco."
I've never had a bad meal at Dino. As for getting there from Columbia Heights, take the H2 or H4 right on over.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
If you want to celebrate with Red Rocks you don't need to get them a present, in fact they are giving out the gifts for their own party.
From the @redrocksdc Twitter feed: Don't foget, Sunday (tomorrow) every bottle of wine is half-price in celebration our RedRocks' second anniversary. Happy Brithday to Us!
Uptowner is a sandwich shop. You can read the reviews of their other DC location here.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
On my way out of the gym I noticed that the new policy is already causing some front desk traffic jams. Though if I'm not mistaken, Results on U Street always greeted me with my name - so maybe this is a pretty normal gym policy that WSC should have had ages ago.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Now one resident has contacted Council Member Jim Graham asking him to take it down. She posted about it at the CH Forum where some of the forum's top demagogues have cried foul. You can read the debate here.
What do you think? Should the memorial be taken down? Was it appropriate to begin with?
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We need BLOCK CAPTAINS! Please become a Block Captain and come to the training. Everyone reading this knows at least one neighbor who would make a great Block Captain--please spread the word to them, and encourage them to come to the training on the 20th. To cover every block in Columbia Heights, we'll need HUNDREDS of Block Captains, so let's get started!!!
The first NWCHCA Neighborhood Watch Block Captains training session will be:
Date: Monday, July 20, 2009
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: St Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC 20010
(usual NWCHCA meeting place: 16th St & Newton, Red Doors 16th-Street side, downstairs cafeteria)
- Past Tense yoga studio opens this weekend (7/11) From: jp.fielder
- enjoy headstands with daniel tonight at 8pm @ quiet mind From: nicole_ncrc
How long until we're all snapping our fingers in warrior pose having a yoga style brawl on the streets of our 'hood?
Class starts at 7PM at 17th and Lamont. You can see their other offerings at www.pasttensestudio.com. There is also an open house on Saturday from 10AM to 2PM, hosted by CH resident and Past Tense instructor/yogapreneur/local writer Kelly DiNardo.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The story has been everywhere - but a recap: One WSC gym patron had to take security matters into his own hands when a man with a bolt cutter stole his stuff in the men's locker room. He chased, he yelled, and WSC staff seemed to do something. The thief was apprehended, but the gym-goer is still livid. See the comments section on this post for more of his thoughts.
Now - Jim Graham has this to say to the gym hero:
Thank you for sharing this story and for the actions you took entirely on your own volition. I also want to applaud the off-duty police officer and guard at Bed Bath Beyond who eventually apprehended the thief.
I have copied Drew Greenwald with DC-USA on this email to bring this incident to his attention. I am requesting he work with Washington Sports Club to review their security procedures in the locker rooms and front desk coverage.
Let's keep in touch.
Bests, Jim Graham
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Pete's says they are taking it hour by hour and might consider going outside that delivery area if they aren't busy, or might consider trimming it back in the future if it's too much.
THL lives a little too close to justify Pete's delivery, but for updates on how it's going you can check Twitter @petes_newhaven. Starts at 5PM tonight. Also, Pete's says they are organic so stop calling them Domino's. I'm inclined to agree - unless someone tells me Domino's has organic arugula salads.
Monday, July 6, 2009
We noticed over the weekend that the "Now Open" sign is still hanging over the Park Road doors.
Alas, at least if you liked Nori (which we didn't), you can buy it back and make it your own.
I happen to know that a friend who goes during peak hours also frequently just blows right by the desk because there is a long line. No ID checked, nothing - she just gets away with barreling in there. Nice security, WSC.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Since this is a holiday weekend, all parking restrictions are suspended on Friday and Saturday. From the DC Department of Public Works:
- Parking enforcement for meters, rush hour ticketing and towing, residential parking, abandoned vehicles towing, and booting will be suspended. Other violations – blocking a fire hydrant, crosswalk, bus stop, or driveway – will be enforced.
Well we just made it a little easier! THL can now be found at www.theheightslifedc.com. We can also be found at www.theheightslife.blogspot.com. OMG WE ARE EVERYWHERE! Also, www.twitter.com/theheightslife!
I think it will all redirect and such, but please do let us know if you have any issues finding our stuff.
Why didn't we get www.theheightslife.com you ask? Well apparently two nice young women from Houston already have it for their neighborhood, The Heights or Houston Heights or something like that. We will call them Bizzarro Spud Lite and ArtBart.
They may have won the domain name, but they lost the gmail address. They are theheightslifehouston at gmail. We, however, are theheightslife at gmail. One point Houston, one point DC. It's on!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
16th Street to the West
Upshur Street to the North
Georgia Avenue to New Hampshire Avenue to Sherman Avenue to the East
U Street to the South
Michael at Pete's says they could limit that delivery area depending on how service goes and he noted that it's a completely new venture for them with new drivers, etc. Once they get their delivery system sorted out, they plan to add Mt. Pleasant and then possibly Petworth.
There will be a delivery charge - $3 per address.
Pete's Apizza is starting delivery next TUESDAY, July 7. Not sure what the delivery area is, but we've issued that inquiry.
So, when it's raining... when you're hungover... when you just want the pizza to come to you... you can now ask Pete's. (You can also ask Mr. Chen's or DC Noodles for food, too - THL likes those places.)
I wonder if this announcement has less to do with Pete's recent public survey and more to do with the Washingtonian telling President Obama to try Pete's. Is a White House delivery in the works?