H Street NE Could Have an Outdoor New Year’s Eve Party
The organizers of the H Street Festival are gauging interest in an outdoor New Year’s Eve party, following record attendance of the street fair last month.
New Year’s on H Street Northeast would take place with live music and food from local restaurants in the parking lot of the H Street Connection shopping plaza between 8th and 10th streets, H Street Main Street Executive Director Anwar Saleem said Thursday.
“We want to be creative and bring people together,” he said, adding that the group is evaluating the costs of holding the event and seeking to finalize plans soon.
Saleem says he hopes special events like the H Street Festival — which drew more than 125,000 people this year — and Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC will boost local businesses, reduce crime and raise property values.
“These do something to really highlight our neighborhood and show it as a destination,” he said.
Saleem spoke about plans for New Year’s after locals griped at an ANC 6C meeting Wednesday night about late-night noise at the H Street Festival. He reassured residents that revelers would keep it down in the future.
“I try to listen to the community and what they want,” he said. “If they complain, I shut it down immediately.”
H Street Connection management did not immediately respond to an inquiry.