New Year’s Eve celebrations have already begun around the Capitol Hill area and there’s no shortage of parties to choose from tonight. When the confetti clears, though, it’s shaping up to be a quiet first weekend of 2016 in the area, with few events planned for Saturday and Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to cool down gradually over the weekend, with temperatures in the low 50s today but remaining in the 40s for most of the weekend. We’ll be taking tomorrow off and will be back on Monday. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this New Year’s weekend in the Capitol Hill area.
How to Get Around Tonight
- Between midnight and 3 a.m., all Metro trains and buses will be free for those with a SmarTrip card courtesy of a sponsorship with Miller Lite. Passengers can use their SmarTrip to enter and exit Metro stations, but will not be charged for the trip. On buses, riders can show their SmarTrip to the driver to board for free.
- The Washington Regional Alcohol Program will pay for a free ride home (up to $30) from 10 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. tomorrow. Those needing a ride can call 1-800-200-TAXI
- The DC Circulator will run extended service until 2 a.m. tonight
- Check out our guide to New Year’s Eve parties in the area to find the right celebration for you tonight.
- Join Mayor Bowser for a 5K walk/run Friday morning to ring in the New Year
- Restaurants across the area will hold New Year’s Brunch Friday morning, including Osteria Morini (301 Water St. SE), Medium Rare (515 8th St. SE), Hank’s on the Hill (633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE), Ambar (523 8th St. SE) and The Arsenal at Bluejacket (300 Tingey St. SE)
Several roads will be closed Friday morning for the Fresh Start 5K walk/ run near Eastern High School:
- East Capitol Street between 17th and 19th streets will be closed from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
- East Capitol Street between 19th and 22nd streets will be closed from 8:45-10 a.m.
- 19th Street SE between Independence Avenue SE to East Capitol Street will be closed from 8:45-9:30 a.m.
- 22nd Street between C Street NE and Independence Avenue SE will be closed from 8:45-10 a.m.
- On Friday, Metro trains will run from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on a Sunday schedule
- On Saturday from 6 p.m. until closing, Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will run every 24 minutes due to track work between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory stations
- On Saturday and Sunday, Red Line trains will run between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 24 minutes and between Shady Grove and Silver Spring every 12 minutes from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Parking meters, residential parking and rush-hour lane restrictions will not be enforced on Friday, Jan. 1
- Friday trash collection will be pushed back to Saturday
Police believe that 25-year-old Melvin Dehardt Latney pushed a woman to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her during a robbery on the 200 block of 8th St. SE on Nov. 24 about 10:30 p.m.
Latney is described as a black male, approximately 6’2″ tall with black hair and brown eyes.
There were also two robberies in the Capitol Hill area last night. The first robbery occurred near Union Station at the intersection of 2nd and E streets NW. Police were flagged down during the robbery and arrested one person at the scene.
About 12:50 a.m., another robbery occurred on the 700 block of H Street NE. A woman reported that a black man in his early twenties knocked her to the ground and stole her property. The man fled on 9th Street SE. Police said the man was between 5’7″ and 5’8″ tall and wearing dark clothing.
The run will begin at the intersection of 19th Street NE and East Capitol Street, in front of Eastern High School. Runners of all fitness levels can register for free online. The annual run is part of Bowser’s FitDC initiative to promote health in the District.
Bowser also announced that as part of that initiative, all District Department of Parks and Recreation fitness centers will be free for D.C. residents in 2016.
Fitness centers, which used to require a membership fee, will offer free treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and weights to residents.
The fitness centers in the Capitol Hill area are:
- King Greenleaf Recreation Center – 201 N St. SW
- Rosedale Community Center – 1701 Gales St. NE
- Sherwood Recreation Center – 640 10th St. NE
H Street Connection Strip Mall Closes Ahead of 2016 Demolition — All the stores in the H Street Connection strip mall between 8th and 10th streets NE have closed ahead of a scheduled demolition and redevelopment in 2016. [District Cuisine]
Local Restaurants Make List of Dishes That Shaped D.C. Food Scene in 2015 — Two eateries on the H Street corridor, Sally’s Middle Name and Maketto, made the Washington Post’s list of dishes that changed the District food scene this year. [Washington Post]
H Street is Going to Be Very Busy Tonight — The Frozen Tropics blog put together an extensive list of New Year’s Eve parties planned for tonight along the H Street corridor. [Frozen Tropics]
The Rest of the Area Will Also Be Fairly Busy — For events outside the H Street corridor, check out our guide to New Year’s Eve parties and dinners in the Capitol Hill area. [Hill Now]
There’s no right way to celebrate New Year’s. Whether you prefer to go to bed before the ball drops or dance until the sun comes up, there is a wide variety of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Capitol Hill area. For those with children or who are just looking to get the celebrations out of the way early, Yards Park in Navy Yard will host a noon New Year’s Eve party.
For those looking for more late-night celebrations, though, the amount of options can be daunting. We’ve sorted the New Year’s Eve parties around the area so you can find the best fit for you:
Dinner and Drinks
517 H St. NE
The H Street eatery will serve a three course meal for $59 with optional cocktail or wine pairings for an additional charge. Also includes a champagne toast at midnight.
414 H St. NE
Between 5:30 and 11:30, Boundary Road will offer a three-course meal for $55 with optional wine pairings for $25.
Sally’s Middle Name
1320 H St. NE
Reservations for the New Year’s Eve dinner at Sally’s Middle Name have been going quickly, but there are still some spots left for the late dinner, which includes three courses and a glass of wine for $35.
1324 H St. NE
H Street NE Peruvian restaurant Ocopa is offering a four-course dinner for $45 with pisco pairings for $25.
223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Sonoma restaurant and wine bar will have several New Year’s Eve dinners. A four course dinner before 6:30 p.m. will cost $90 while a five-course dinner after 6:30 p.m. will cost $110. Wine pairings for either dinner will cost $65.
601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Biergarten Haus DC
1355 H St. NE
The H Street beer garden will have specials throughout the night and free champagne toast at midnight.
1251 H St. NE
Sol Mexican will have a DJ and drink specials all night with a free champagne toast at midnight.
Dubliner Irish Pub
4 F St. NW
The pub near Union Station will have party favors and champagne with no cover charge.
Kelly’s Irish Times
14 F St. NW
Kelly’s Irish Times will transform into a Prohibition-era speakeasy for a 20s themed party with live music and themed cocktails and food. Tickets available online for $69.
The Lodge at Red Rocks
1348 H St. NE
The Lodge at Red Rocks on H Street will also be hosting a 20s themed party. The party has no cover charge and there will be a champagne toast at midnight.
623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
The Capitol Hill eatery will have its annual New Year’s pig roast with a tropical theme and an open bar. Tickets are $140 per person.
Rock & Roll Hotel
1353 H St. NE
The H Street concert venue will have a party with an open bar, 10 DJs and a midnight balloon drop for $100.
Little Miss Whiskey’s
1104 H St. NE
For $80, those 23 or older can enjoy an open bar all night while dancing to DJ Tekit Izi.
1208 H St. NE
Between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., Kitty’s will offer an open bar with food for $25.
1242 H St. NE
Da Luft will have multiple DJs and an open bar. Admission is free from 8-10 p.m., $20 from 10-midnight and $25 after midnight.
1351 H St. NE
The trendy H Street spot has already sold out of online tickets to its party, which will feature an open bar, food and a DJ. Some tickets will still be available at the door for $120.
Photo via Flickr/ toniblay
Metro CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld announced this morning that trains on both lines started operating every six minutes on weekdays from 5 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Both lines had been running on eight minute rush-hour intervals at the station since Nov. 9.
Prior to that, trains on both lines bypassed the station during rush hour since Sep. 25, when a fire damaged the substation that provides power to the station.
Repairs to the substation were completed last week, according to a news release from Metro.
“I want to thank the Metro customers who stayed with us despite less frequent service and crowding,” Wiedefeld said in a statement.” “We know there is more work ahea to rebuild rider confidence and make service reliable.”
Photo via Flickr/NCinDC
Signs for New H Street Corridor Taqueria Go Up — Signs have gone up at the future home of Fresca Taqueria at 701 H St. NE, the former location of The Spot Deli, which closed down earlier this year. [District Cuisine]
Afternoon March Planned to Protest Deportation Raids — A march to protest a plan by the Obama administration to deport thousands is planned for this afternoon. The march will start at 12:30 p.m. at the Democratic National Headquarters near the Capitol South Metro station and end at the White House. [WUSA9]
Rose’s Luxury Owner Gives TED Talk on Building a Successful Restaurant — Aaron Silverman, chef and owner of Rose’s Luxury on Barracks Row, gave a TED Talk on how he built the wildly popular eatery. [Washington City Paper]
Celebrate New Year’s 12 Hours Early at Yards Park — Parents in the Navy Yard area can ring in the new year and still put the kids to sleep by bedtime thanks to Noon Yards Eve at Yards Park tomorrow. [Hill Now]
The stabbing occurred about 8:20 p.m. at the intersection of 5th and H streets NE. The victim was hospitalized but was conscious and breathing, according to an email from Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Patrol District Commander Mark Beach.
The victim knew the person who stabbed him and was able to identify him by name. Later in the night, the suspect was arrested.
There was also an armed robbery in Navy Yard last night about 6:30. Two people were approached by a group of men, one of whom flashed a knife, according to Beach.
The thieves stole both of the victims’ phones, a back pack and money before fleeing as police arrived. While fleeing, the thieves dropped the cell phones, which were recovered in an alley near the intersection of 6th Street SE and Ellen Wilson Place SE. Neither of the victims were injured in the robbery.
Police deployed a helicopter to circle the area and search for the suspects but were unable to locate them.
The kid-friendly celebration is set to take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will feature a balloon drop at noon to mark the beginning of 2016.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the free party will include music, dancing, face painters, inflatables and crafts for kids. The celebration is hosted by The Yards development and will take place at Yards Park at the intersection of Water and 4th streets SE.
Photo via Facebook/ Noon Yards Eve 2015
Marlo is the Hill Pet of the Week. He’s a 5-month-old Terrier/ Pit Bull mix who is learning a lot of new tricks and can be adopted. Here’s his bio shared by the Washington Humane Society shelter on New York Avenue:
Picture this: a long walk with your best friend. Snuggling on the couch. Eating peanut butter together. Now picture that best friend: sweet and active and 35 pounds of awesome.
Marlo’s the name, and I’m the one you’ve been searching for! I get overwhelmed pretty easily right now, but if you’re willing to give me a little time, I’ll be the greatest pal you could ever hope for.
I’m learning new things everyday, like how to sit and stay and all the fun things you can do with a rope toy. And you could be part of it all! You and me, together forever. Isn’t that a pretty picture? Come meet me today, and make it a reality!
To adopt Marlo or other pets from the Humane Society, see the Petango adoption site or call 202-576-6664.
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 via Washington Humane Society
Police are searching for four people in connection with a theft on the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
Surveillance video released by police yesterday shows the four people entering a store that appears to be the CVS Pharmacy on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street SE. The four persons of interest can then be seen leaving the store quickly with unidentified items in their hands.
The theft occurred on Monday, Dec. 7 about 2 p.m., according to police.
Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.
Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.
Capitol Hill Residents Fight ‘Pop-Backs’ Near Union Station — ANC 6C Commissioner Mark Eckenwiler has joined some neighbors in complaining about expansions to rowhouses near Union Station that he says violate city code. [Washington Post]
Barracks Row Eatery Las Placitas Reopens at New Location — Las Placitas restaurant has reopened at its new location at 8th and L streets SE after relocating several blocks South of its original location. [JDLand]
Power Restored After Overnight Outages on Capitol Hill — Capitol Hill residents along East Capitol Street between the Supreme Court and Lincoln Park lost power for several hours last night due to a problem with a circuit breaker, but Pepco now says that power has been restored. [WTOP]
Navy Yard Brewery Honors Capitals Player With New Beer — Bluejacket brewery in Navy Yard released The Chimmer beer, an IPA honoring Washington Capitals player Jason Chimera. [Eater]
The first shooting occurred on Thursday, Dec. 24 in Hill East. The shooting happened inside the hallway of the apartment building at 1121 K St. SE about 2:10 p.m., according to police. Police did not have any additional information on the crime, and D.C. Fire and EMS officials could not immediately provide information on any victims in that shooting.
The second shooting occurred on Dec. 26 on the 1500 block of 1st Street SW. Police at the scene discovered one man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was conscious and breathing and was transported to a local hospital.
Metropolitan Police Department First District Lieutenant Eddie Fowler described the suspects as two black men wearing all black and driving a white sedan.
There were also two robberies in the area earlier today. The first robbery happened about 12:30 a.m. last night on the 700 block of G Street SE. Police say a person was accosted by two teenage boys, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The teens, described as black boys between 15 and 17-year-old wearing all dark clothing, stole the victim’s Hugo Boss sweater and jacket.
The other robbery occurred about 7:40 this morning on the 500 block of 8th Street SE, according to a tweet from the Metropolitan Police Department. An arrest was made in connection with that robbery.
Warm Weather and Rain Leads to Melted Ice at Canal Park — The Canal Park Ice Rink had to close for part of the weekend after days of warm weather and rain melted the ice. [WTOP]
Multiple Residential Projects Set to Transform Area Around 13th and E Streets SE — The area around 13th and E streets SE is transforming from industrial to residential with multiple proposed apartment projects in the works. [Washington Business Journal]
D.C.’s Last Scrap Yard to Close on Buzzard Point to Make Way for Soccer Stadium — Super Salvage, the last remaining scrap yard in the District, is closing the Buzzard Point location it has occupied for more than 60 years to make way for the new D.C. United stadium. [Washington Post]
This Christmas weekend is shaping up to be one for the record books in the D.C. area. AAA predicts that record numbers of people will travel for the holidays, including about 41% of the District’s population. Those of us still in Washington could see record-breaking warmth that will turn dreams of a white Christmas into a reality of a wet Christmas, with a chance of rain predicted through the weekend.
As expected, a lot of go-to weekend spots in the area are closed for the holidays, setting the stage for a quiet weekend on the Hill. But if the rain lets up, this could be a perfect year to leave the fireplace behind and explore what the Capitol Hill area has to offer to those who stick around for the holidays. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this Christmas weekend in the area:
Check out our guide on how to eat and drink your way through the holidays in the Capitol Hill area for the best Christmas food and drink specials in the area.
Canal Park Ice Rink
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
Navy Yard’s ice rink at Canal Park will be open throughout the weekend. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 12-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
Akeelah and the Bee
Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW)
This is the last weekend to catch the play based on the film about an 11-year-old from Chicago who goes from growing up in the projects to the national spelling bee. There are two performances on Saturday and Sunday.
The Gospel of LovingKindness
Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
This play tells the story of a 17-year-old from Chicago who goes from singing for the president at the White House to being held up for his sneakers back home.
- Friday trash collection will be pushed back to Saturday
- Circulator buses will not operate on Friday
- Parking restrictions will not be enforced on Friday
- Trains will run on their normal weekday schedules
- On Friday (Christmas) Metro trains and buses will run on Sunday schedules
- There is no scheduled track work over the weekend, so all lines will run on normal weekend schedules
Photo via Architect of the Capitol