Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Details on new 11th Street Development Project

The Washington Business Journal reports today that renovation has started on the corner building at 11th and Monroe streets. Located across the street from Columbia Heights Coffee, the building has been vacant for several years. The new developers plan on converting it into condos and retail space.

Madison Investments has bought a blighted apartment building in Columbia Heights for $3.2 million through a bankruptcy trustee sale. The 36,000-square-foot vacant building at 1020 Monroe Street NW encountered a string of lawsuits and has been sitting in Chapter 7 bankruptcy for the past year. The D.C.-based development company will renovate the 28-unit building under a condo conversion. The plan is to put retail on the ground floor and install a roof deck for residents.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Celebrate Bike to Work Day Friday in Columbia Heights

This Friday is the annual Bike to Work Day, organized by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections. There is a morning rally downtown at Freedom Plaza, among other locations throughout the area. But did you know there is also an evening rally in Columbia Heights?

Join other cyclists on the Columbia Heights Plaza from 4 - 7 pm for the inaugural "Bike From Work" rally. Weather is looking great for this year, too. High of 88 and low of 66.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Two neighborhood fundraisers set for this week

Both the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace and Columbia Heights Day Initiative will be hosting events this week to raise funds and visibility for their organizations.

Tonight, The Heights will be donating 10 % of all food and drink sales to the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace from 4 pm - close. For more information visit

On Thursday, Columbia Heights Day will be hosting a luau fundraiser at The Looking Glass Lounge from 7 - 11 pm. There will be drink specials and even a limbo contest. More info on Columbia Heights Day on Facebook.

Friday, May 14, 2010

More info on the IHOP news

The Washington City Paper's Housing Complex blog is reporting that IHOP is coming to Columbia Heights this August. No word yet on exact location (whether it's DC USA or Highland Park) or the operation hours. Full story here -

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ever Want to Front a Band?

If you were at the Wonderland's epic Sundress Fest 2010, you might have heard some good music with bad vocals wafting out of the upstairs.

That's because there was live band karaoke.

If you've ever wanted to front a band and say... sing Madonna but like Morrissey... this is your chance! Because starting TOMORROW (Tuesday) Wonderland is hosting a weekly live band karaoke night. It's like... 7 to 10PM or something, every Tuesday, starting now.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Meridian Pint previews its menu

We are just a few weeks away from the opening of Meridian Pint, the new restaurant and bar at the corner of 11th and Park. I was checking out its website this afternoon and lo' and behold -- the complete food and drink menu is now available at

Featured food items include a NY strip steak, pork chops, and roasted chicken, but the real surprises are the in fuller menu. There are a number of vegetarian and vegan options across all courses on the menu. Here is a rundown:
  • three soups, $7 each
  • three salads, $9 - $12
  • hefty assortment of appetizers, $5 - $10
  • ten entrees, $15-$18
  • sandwiches (finally someone is serving chicken salad in CH), $10 - $12
  • Brunch includes the usual plus entrees, $6 - $16
Meridian Pint also touts 25 beers, plus two casks, $4 - $8.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sundress Party Photo Galleries

Missed the Wonderland's annual Sundress Fest on Sunday? Or want a reminder of how much you really did drink? Check out these photo galleries to see if your where at your sartorial sunny best: