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by Jennifer Currier — September 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm 1 Comment

District residents: Prepare to be scared on the RFK Stadium grounds.

Scream City is making its debut in RFK Stadium’s Parking Lot 8 Friday. The Halloween attraction will include two fully enclosed haunted houses called “Exorcism Estate” and “Slaughter Factory.”

The attraction’s producers focused their efforts on the science of scares and playing on deep-rooted human fears, including claustrophobia and uneasiness about the dark, according to Scream City representative Rachael Glaws. The production company recommends no one under the age of 13 attend, and parents should use their discretion when choosing to bring their children.

Exorcism Estate will tell the story of a Halloween night in 1874 with the birth of a child thought to be a powerful demon of Satan, who unleashed her power on her family and their Victorian mansion.

Slaughter Factory will take visitors into a meat factory that closed 30 years ago when an owner went insane and started slaughtering his employees instead of animals.

More than 300 actors draped in gore will portray these scenes for the full 40 minutes or so it takes to walk through each haunted house. Glaws described the haunts as “talent-heavy,” with minimal use of animatronics.

“We will attack all of your senses and fears,” said production director Mike Lado, who is also the “mayor of Scream City.” “When we say it’s not for children, we mean it.”

These haunts are from the minds behind Field of Screams Maryland, which is entering it’s 14th season. Last year, it won A&E Channel’s Haunted House Design/Build Competition, with the network deeming it one of the best haunted attractions in the United States.

In its inaugural year, Scream City is dedicated to deeply frightening visitors, without apologies.

“Scream City was designed, produced and now operated at the level of anything you will see at Disney or Hollywood, but much more edgy, raw and terrifying,” Lado said.

The attraction will open every Friday and Saturday from now until Nov. 1, with additional days and hours as Halloween approaches. Tickets are on sale online for $30 to $40, with one ticket granting admission to both haunted houses.

French fries, funnel cake, marshmallow treats and other snacks also will be for sale on site — at least for visitors who have the stomach to eat.

Video via YouTube/Scream City/Steelhead Productions

by Andrew Ramonas — September 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm 0

Northeast Neighborhodd Library (Photo via Facebook/ Friends of the Northeast Library)Locals on Capitol Hill and in other parts of the District can give their opinions on D.C. libraries in a new survey from the city’s library system.

The D.C. Public Library system is urging residents to complete a survey intended to help it plan for the future.

The questionnaire asks respondents to say what they “wish the library offered more of” and how they use the library, among other queries.

“Input from all D.C. residents, students, employers and employees is needed to map out the vision for the library in the next five years and help us move from good to great,” the survey says. “By taking our 5-minute survey, you’re helping us define our future.”

Photo via Facebook/Friends of the Northeast Library

by Andrew Ramonas — September 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm 0

Parking meters(Updated at 4:45 p.m.) Visitors to Southwest will have to feed parking meters along the waterfront for two more hours in the coming months.

By the end of June, parking meter enforcement on Maine Avenue and Water Street SW is expected to happen from 7 a.m. to midnight every day except Sunday, when meters aren’t monitored, WTOP reported this afternoon.

Initially, the new meter hours were to take effect tomorrow, under the D.C. budget approved earlier this year. Meter enforcement hours currently are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The two streets are among eight “premium demand zones,” which have longer hours of parking enforcement and more costly meters than most other parts of the District.

The zones, which also include the National Mall and Adams Morgan, have meters that charge $2 per hour. Outside of the areas, meters charge 75 cents per hour and operate from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 30, 2015 at 10:55 am 1 Comment

Mia's CoffeehouseTacos are set to arrive at Mia’s Coffeehouse near Lincoln Park next week.

The eatery, which opened in June at 101 15th St. NE, will have tacos Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m., starting Oct. 9., said Jeff Lee, who is running the cafe with his wife, Jenohn.

The “L.A.-inspired” tacos will come on soft corn tortillas with beef, chicken, braised pork or a combination of vegetables, according to a menu. They also will have cilantro, onion and salsa.

Each taco will cost $1 during the debut of Mia’s taqueria. After the first day, a taco will cost $3.

“I felt there was a gap in culinary offerings within a four-block radius of the shop,” Lee said in an email. “Growing the culinary program was always part of the grand plan of what we wanted Mia’s to be. I just wanted to wait a few months in and get a feel of what our customers were asking and suggesting.”

Along with the taco service, Mia’s also will start renting its space for parties and other gatherings outside of its normal business hours.

The coffeehouse currently is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During its morning and afternoon hours, the cafe serves coffee, tea and sandwiches.

by Sean Meehan — September 30, 2015 at 9:30 am 1 Comment

Rumsey Aquatic Center mural

D.C. Still Hasn’t Made Deal With Lone D.C. United Stadium Land Holdout — The District still has not reached an agreement to purchase two acres at the site of the forthcoming D.C. United Stadium on Buzzard Point, making the District’s use of its eminent domain authority likely. Today is the last day for D.C. to secure all of the land under an agreement with the soccer team. [Washington Business Journal]

Developers Planning Four-Story, 150-Unit Apartment Building on Capitol Hill — A development group is in the early planning stages of building a new residential building at the site of Bowie’s Trash Facility and the Collision Body Shop on the 1300 block of E Street SE. [Urban Turf]

11th Street Bridge Park Gets $1.2 Million Grant — The non-profit developing a park along the unused 11th Street Bridge across the Anacostia River received its largest donation yet in the form of a $1.2 million grant from the Kresge Foundation. [Washington Business Journal]

Navy Yard Resident Discusses Leaving Congress to Join D.C. Council Staff — Keenan Austin, a Navy Yard resident who recently left her job as a congressional aide to become At-Large Councilman David Grosso’s chief of staff, said she looks forward to less gridlock and more hands-on policy work. [Roll Call]

by Andrew Ramonas — September 30, 2015 at 8:45 am 2 Comments

900 block of H Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man was stabbed last night on the H Street corridor about four blocks from the scene of another stabbing yesterday afternoon, police said.

The most recent stabbing happened on the 900 block of H Street NE about 8:45 p.m. The area, which includes the H Street Connection strip mall, is about a block from where a shooter fired a gun and another person flashed a firearm in separate incidents Saturday and a man was stabbed to death last month.

Authorities are looking for a 24-to-25-year-old man in connection with the attack yesterday evening. The victim in that stabbing was hospitalized with a minor injury to his side.

Earlier yesterday, about 1 p.m., another man was stabbed on the 1200 block of I Street NE.

Photo via Google Maps

by HillNow.com — September 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm 0

Hudson and Tennessee, also known as “Tennie,” are the Hill Pets of the Week. The puppies, who are Great Pyrenees mixes, love to play. Here are their bios shared by their owner, Cari Shane:

Tennie has never met a dog she doesn’t like, and we go to a make-shift dog park every day, twice a day so she can play with her neighborhood friends.

Hudson has never met a person he doesn’t like and is “offended” when people on the street don’t stop to talk to him and pet him.

Their personalities mesh. Hudson is learning to find friends at the dog park. Tennie is learning to not be so aloof with people. They are a wonderful pair and watching them enjoy each other and play brings tears of joy.

Want your pet to be considered for Hill Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a gift bag of dog or cat treats from Metro Mutts, along with 100 Metro Mutts Reward Points.

Known for “What dogs and cats want. What owners need,” Metro Mutts specializes in products and services for passionate pet owners. Now offering individualized dog walking, pet sitting and cat care from two store locations on Capitol Hill, on Barracks Row and on H Street NE. Learn more at www.metromuttsdc.com.

Photos courtesy of Cari Shane

by Jennifer Currier — September 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm 1 Comment

XO at 15 K St. NELive jazz, food and cocktails might come to a vacant building in NoMa within the next couple months, a representative of a forthcoming restaurant said today.

XO, which will occupy the former Venus Lounge space at 15 K St. NE, is slated to open by Thanksgiving, said the restaurant’s representative, Jeff Jackson. The new jazz lounge plans to serve American cuisine for lunch and dinner, alongside beer, wine and cocktails.

“It’s a mainly commercial area, so the property owner is hoping to attract people who will stop in after work for drinks and something to eat,” Jackson said.

The restaurant has applied for a liquor license, which is the first step the establishment has taken toward opening. But the property’s owner also has plans to renovate the space’s interior.

XO is planning to accommodate 320 people inside and 60 people outside in a summer garden planned for the rear of the building, according to the liquor license application filed with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week.

The restaurant is looking to open at 10 a.m. seven days a week, closing at 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sunday mornings will have jazz brunches, Jackson said.

by Sean Meehan — September 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm 3 Comments

Mayor Muriel Bowser was in Rosedale this morning to highlight the effort to combine energy efficiency and affordable housing initiatives at an opening ceremony for a group of townhomes and condos.

The 17 Solar luxury condos and townhomes officially opened today at the intersection of 17th and D streets NE. The nine new houses on the block have ground-floor flats, which will be sold at below-market rates, and rooftop solar panels that will provide a portion of electricity for the homes. The second and third floors of each house will be condos sold at market rate.

“Too frequently, we don’t have these energy-saving options on our units that are below market rate,” Bowser said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “To mix the two is very important here.”

Bowser said she hopes to sponsor future projects that will bring alternative energy to affordable housing units. She also stressed the importance of these properties bringing ownership opportunities — a sentiment that was echoed by ANC 6A commissioner Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, whose district includes 17 Solar.

“I am just so excited that we have new development in the Rosedale community, and most importantly, that we have affordable housing options for those who are first-time homeowners,” Phillips-Gilbert said.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Bowser and community members took a tour of one of the houses, which had wood floors, metal accents and floor-to-ceiling windows. Several residents of the new homes were present at the ceremony, and a developer told Bowser during the tour that many of the new tenants came from outside of the Capitol Hill area.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 29, 2015 at 1:25 pm 0

1200 block of I Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 1:40 p.m.) A man was stabbed near the H Street corridor this afternoon, police said.

The stabbing happened on the 1200 block of I Street NE about 1 p.m.

The victim was conscious after the attack, according to authorities.

Police haven’t released a suspect description.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — September 29, 2015 at 12:15 pm 8 Comments

14th Street and Ives Place SE (Photo via Google Maps)A group of boys attacked and robbed someone of a Samsung cellphone in Hill East yesterday, police said.

The violent robbery happened at 14th Street and Ives Place SE about 5:15 p.m. The intersection is about a block from the Potomac Gardens public housing complex and the Harris Teeter on Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

At least two armed robberies also have occurred in the Capitol Hill area since yesterday afternoon.

Two teen boys robbed a person at gunpoint on the unit block of 17th Street NE about 4:15 p.m., according to authorities. The street borders Eastern High School.

The thieves took an iPhone and a wallet from the victim before they fled.

A man with a gun also robbed someone in NoMa this morning before fleeing on a bicycle, police said.

The robbery occurred at 2nd and K streets NE about 5:45 a.m.

Police didn’t immediately release any other information about the three robberies.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — September 29, 2015 at 11:05 am 16 Comments

RFK Stadium (Photo via Wikimedia/MSGT KEN HAMMOND)

The organization managing the RFK Stadium campus is scheduled tomorrow to host its second meeting with the public on what to do with the land in the coming years.

The gathering, set for 6 to 9 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place NW), is intended to give locals another opportunity to share ideas about what they would like to see on the RFK grounds in the future.

Events DC, which oversees the stadium, D.C. Armory and surrounding property, also held a meeting earlier this month soliciting suggestions for the land. Many locals pushed for green space, including athletic fields and parks.

But the organization has not ruled out a proposal to bring the Redskins back to the property despite significant resistance from residents who live near the area.

What should the RFK campus have in the future? You can weigh in through the poll and in the comments.

Photo via Wikimedia/MSGT KEN HAMMOND

by Sean Meehan — September 29, 2015 at 9:40 am 0

Yards Park in Navy Yard

Councilman Allen Asks Metro to Reconsider Skipping Stadium-Armory Station — Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 joined Councilwoman Yvette Alexander of Ward 7 in asking Metro interim General Manager Jack Requa to reverse his decision to suspend Orange and Silver line service to the Stadium-Armory station during rush hour. [Washington Post]

H Street Corridor Residential Project Gets Redesign Ahead of Zoning Commission Hearing  — Developers have revised their designs for a planned apartment building at 315 H St. NE across from the Giant on the H Street corridor. [Urban Turf]

Where to Get Free Ice Cream Today With a Side of Children’s Art — Stanton-EastBanc and Clark Construction are scheduled to dish out complimentary scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. near the Hine redevelopment project at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. [Hill Now]

Bluejacket in Navy Yard Prepares for Fall, Winter Beers — Navy Yard brewery Bluejacket is working with local farmers to get apples, pears, cranberries and brown cherries for cold-weather beers. [Roll Call]

by Jennifer Currier — September 28, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

Dead Man's Run (Photo via Congressional Cemetery)

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday-Sunday

Wunder Garten Oktoberfest

Wunder Garten at NoMA (150 M St. NE)

Time: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. (closes at 10 p.m. on Sunday)

Several days of free community events lead up to the pop-up’s ticketed, three-day Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend festivities will feature festival games, including a beer stein competition and a dirndl relay race. Tickets for the weekend events are $10 per day and must be purchased in advance online.

Saturday

DC VegFest

N and 1st streets SE

Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The free festival that was founded in 1997 is back and ready to educate D.C. residents about the benefits of a plant-based diet. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a tote bag with samples and coupons. The event features a beer garden, more than 130 vendors, live music and a children’s activity area.

Dead Man’s Run 5k and Kids Fun Run

Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)

Time: 6 p.m.

Costumes are an unofficial requirement for this 5K race, now in its fifth year. The course, which is along the Anacostia River, is flat and fast. If a 5K is too far, the cemetery also is having a family-friendly 2K fun run, which will start shortly after the main event. All proceeds go toward the preservation of the cemetery.

Sunday

“Madam Satan” Screening

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

The “Tough Dames in Satin Slips” returns to the center this weekend to kickoff the first of four screening of racy films from before 1934. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot and film critic Nell Minow will host the program. The screening is expected to be standing room only. Online registration in advance is encouraged.

Photo via Congressional Cemetery

by Andrew Ramonas — September 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Lunch Box ad (Image via Twitter/NoMa BID)Food trucks and free weekly lunchtime concerts have popped up in an old NoMa parking lot for a limited time this fall.

The NoMa Business Improvement District last week helped launch “Lunch Box,” which it bills as the District’s “first and only lunchtime food truck pod.” The space at 1st and N streets NE is slated to have food trucks, games and picnic tables available every weekday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Oct. 30.

On Wednesdays at noon until Oct. 28, Lunch Box also is scheduled to host musical acts, including:

  • Rew Smith, playing rock music this Wednesday.
  • Tony M, playing acoustic rock music Oct. 7.
  • Darcy Dawn, playing pop-rock music Oct. 14.
  • Jason Masi, playing acoustic soul music Oct. 21.
  • Levi Stephens playing soul and rhythm and blues music Oct. 28.

Image via Twitter/NoMa BID

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