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by HillNow.com — July 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm 8 Comments

Couple walking on Pennsylvania Avenue

Dear Hill Now readers and friends:

We have reached the end of our journey together, at least for now. After almost two years and more than 2,600 posts, Hill Now will cease publication today and for the foreseeable future.

Under the leadership of Sean Meehan, Andrew Ramonas, Tim Regan and Andrea Swalec, the hyperlocal news website area covered the good, and the bad, of the Capitol Hill area since October 2014.

Whether it was a fatal stabbing in NoMa or Food Network star Guy Fieri taking “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” to the H Street corridor, we strived to provide the news that mattered the most to you.

We will keep our archives on this site indefinitely. If you have any questions or concerns, you now can contact us via email at our award-winning sibling publication, Borderstan.

Borderstan, which covers a large swath of Northwest D.C., is expanding next week to include NoMa and the H Street corridor. If you subscribe to Hill Now’s Afternoon Update, you soon will get Borderstan’s Afternoon Update, which will include some articles that focus on Ward 6, as well as stories about Wards 1 and 2.

It has been a privilege to serve the Capitol Hill community over the past 21 months. We enjoyed serving both you, our readers, and the local businesses and organizations that sponsored us. We very much appreciate the advertisers who took this journey with us.

Thank you for reading,

Andrew Ramonas and Tim Regan
Hill Now co-editors

by Tim Regan — July 15, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Photo via Capital Riverfront BIDA Logan Circle eatery known for coffee, cocktails and artisanal toast has plans to open a new location in Navy Yard.

Slipstream is slated to open an outpost in the ORE 82 development (New Jersey and I streets SE), according to retail broker Rappaport and the Capitol Riverfront BID.

“Slipstream, represented by broker Streetsense, aims to elevate coffee and cocktails from seemingly common to extraordinary through engaging service, a comfortable atmosphere and a relentless focus on quality food and beverage options,” the BID wrote in a newsletter.

More from the BID:

Retail broker Rappaport recently announced that craft coffee shop and cocktail bar Slipstream is opening in the Capitol Riverfront! Slipstream will be located at ORE 82, a mixed-use project from developer Greystar located at New Jersey and Eye Streets, SE.

Slipstream, represented by broker Streetsense, aims to elevate coffee and cocktails from seemingly common to extraordinary through engaging service, a comfortable atmosphere and a relentless focus on quality food and beverage options.

Slipstream joins popular boutique gym Orangetheory Fitness at the mixed-use project scheduled to deliver in late 2016. ORE 82 is comprised of 227 apartment units and 6,000 SF of street level retail space that can be subdivided.

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID

by Courtney Brown — July 15, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Summer Restaurant Week (Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington)

(Updated at 11:10 a.m.) Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Summer Restaurant Week is almost here again.

About 250 eateries in the D.C. area have signed up to participate in the week-long event from Monday, Aug. 15, to Sunday, Aug. 21, according to a RAMW news release. All the participating restaurants are set to have prix fixe menus, with lunches for $22 and dinners for $35.

For example, diners can grab a sirloin steak meal at Charlie Palmer (101 Constitution Ave. NW) or head to Bistro Bis (15 E St. NW) and get its creamy arborio rice Risotto au Pistou.

Other Capitol Hill-area participants include:

Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

by Courtney Brown — July 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series (Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID)

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

Under the Sea
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
3 p.m.

Kids, between the ages of 5 and 12, can get an introductory lesson on sharks and stingrays to learn how these fish benefit marine ecosystems.

Wednesday

Rockin’ the Block Concert Series
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Musical performers, lawn games and food from local restaurants are once again coming to Navy Yard as part of a free concert series.

Thursday

Jurassic World
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
7 p.m.

Locals can watch dinosaurs come to life in this free outdoor thriller as part of Capitol Riverfront’s Outdoor Movie Series.

Keeping Cool with Capoeira
Rosedale Library (1701 Gales St. NE)
5 p.m.

Teens can learn how to use music, rhythm and language for self-defense and other purposes through this Afro-Brazilian art form.

Wine & Design
National Postal Museum (2 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
5-7 p.m.

A happy hour with wine and crafting is coming to the National Postal Museum.

Friday

The Texas Chainsaw Horns
The Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Capitol Riverfront’s Friday Night Concert Series is back this week with the funk, soul and R&B band, The Texas Chainsaw Horns.

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID

by HillNow.com — July 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0

Ben's Chili Bowl

The H Street corridor Ben’s Chili Bowl has turned one year old this week, and it’s time to party.

The half-smoke purveyor at 1001 H St. NE is celebrating Saturday with games and a visit from the Nationals Natsmobile.

Also on Saturday, the Southeast Library is having a book sale and  Pacers Running (300 Tingey St. SE) is hosting what it calls “The Great North American Naughtical Beer Mile.”

The thermometer is expected to reach the lower 90s Saturday under partly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. But storms might develop in the afternoon. No rain is in the forecast for Sunday, which likely will have a high temperature in the upper 80s.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

Addison/Ripley Fine Art (1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
11:30 a.m. Saturday
Artists Isabel Manalo and Christopher Addison plan to discuss the cultural inspirations of Manalo’s exhibit “Unscripted, Naturally.”

Foundry Gallery (2118 8th St. NW)
5-8 p.m. Saturday
Members of the Foundry Gallery are celebrating “summer, outdoors, freedom from school, and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service” in an all-gallery art show, according to its website.

Studio SoHy (5132 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, Md.)
7 p.m. Saturday
Studio SoHy is scheduled to present a posthumous exhibit of nationally acclaimed painter Ted Kliman, who had been known for his “soaring, haunting canvasses,” as East City Art’s website noted.

DC Arts Center (2438 18th St. NW)
4 p.m. Sunday
Artist Sarah West is scheduled to discuss her exhibit “Vanishing Point,” in which West combined references to Early Renaissance paintings with digital symbols and artifacts, according to East City Art’s webpage.

The Clay CoOp (328 North Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, Md.)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Local clay artists from the D.C. area are slated to showcase their works in Clay CoOp’s event, “Proximity.” All art work present at the show is up for sale, according to East City Art’s website.

by Courtney Brown — July 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Friday Night Fishing (Image via YouTube/Anacostia Riverkeeper)

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.

Wednesday

Bike Maintenance Basics
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (100-198 L St. NE)
6:30-8 p.m.

This free class aims to teach bicyclists how to lube a chain, fix flats and make minor adjustments.

Thursday

Mean Girls
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
7 p.m.

Locals can sit under the stars and enjoy a free outdoor screening of “Mean Girls.” The film is scheduled to start at sundown.

Friday

Friday Night Fishing
Diamond Teague Park (100 Potomac Ave. SE)
5-8 p.m.

All gear and bait is provided to participants free of charge during this fishing event along the Anacostia River.

Saturday

The Great North American Naughtical Beer Mile
Pacers Running (300 Tingey St. SE)
6-10 p.m.

Those interested to run in this “beer mile” must RSVP to attend the event. Expect something a “wee bit naughty,” organizers said.

Book Sale
Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This book sale at the Southeast Library  is a chance to grab some new reading material. Most books are only $1, according to the library’s website.

Yoga With Love
Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)
1:30 p.m.

The Southeast Library slated a free, relaxing event this Sunday to finish off the weekend. WithLoveDC instructors are scheduled to lead participants through the yoga class.

Image via YouTube/Anacostia Riverkeeper

by HillNow.com — July 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

D.C. fireworks on July 4, 2010 (Photo via Flickr/Tim Kelley)

A parade, late-night food trucks and fireworks are coming to the Capitol Hill area this Independence Day weekend.

On Sunday night, “Midnite BBQ” is returning for its third year with vegan and vegetarian cuisine at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE).

Then on Monday, the Barracks Row Fourth of July Parade is slated to kick off from 8th and I streets SE at 10 a.m. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:09 p.m. on the National Mall.

The temperature is expected to reach the low 80s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service No rain is expected, except for Independence Day.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), an interesting place to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend is:

Washington Sculptors Group (Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center at 40 South Carroll St., Frederick, Md.)
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cartes Blanches” is a group exhibition that is part of the 2016 Sculpture Now series.

Photo via Flickr/Tim Kelley

by Courtney Brown — June 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

Nationals fireworks (Photo via Flickr/Rudi Riet)

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

Japan-in-a-Suitcase
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
3 p.m.

Kids from ages 5 to 12 can come to the library Tuesday to learn about Japanese culture and participate in a crafts event.

Thursday

Pack your Picnic Movie Night
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
7 p.m.

Pack a picnic and head out to Canal Park at sundown to watch this year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

American Roots Music Series: Mile Twelve
Hill Center at the Old Navy Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
7-9 p.m.

Catch Mile Twelve bring its original and traditional bluegrass music to Hill Center.

Friday

Reds at Nationals
Nationals Ballpark (1500 South Capitol St. SE)
6:05 p.m.

Come support the Nationals this Sunday as they face off against the Cincinnati Reds and catch a post-game fireworks show.

Friday Night Concert Series: The Bstreetband
The Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Bstreetband is scheduled to play Yards Park.

Monday (July 4th)

Capitol Hill Community 4th of July Parade
Barracks Row
10 a.m.

Capitol Hill’s Independence Day parade is coming back, and is scheduled to start at 8th and I streets SE and finish up at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

A Capitol Fourth
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
8-9:30 p.m.

Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins and other musicians are set to perform as part of the annual PBS Independence Day celebration, which includes fireworks.

Photo via Flickr/Rudi Riet

by HillNow.com — June 24, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0

Anacostia River (Photo via Facebook/11th Street Bridge Park)

The grand opening of Navy Yard’s public marina is set to bring free nautical crafting, kayaking and other activities to The Yards on Sunday.

If you go outside this weekend, expect only minimal clouds and ample sunshine, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature is expected to hit the mid 80s on both Saturday and Sunday.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

Joe’s Movement Emporium (3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, Md.)
9 to 11 a.m. Saturday
Creative Edge Collaborative leads a discussion on how independent film disrupts Hollywood’s business model.

Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum (2 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Join the National Postal Museum for Family Day filled with free children’s art activities.

39th Street Gallery (3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, Md.)
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday
Artist-in-Residence, Jodie Ferrier, discusses her last four months working at the Gateway Arts Center.

Brentwood Arts Exchange (3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, Md.)
2 p.m. Saturday
Carol Barsha discusses her exhibition, “Between the Real and the Imagined.”

Arlington Arts Center (3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.)
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Arlington Arts Center opens “Strange Landscapes, Austin Shull Reconciliation and Materialized Magic.”

Hamiltonian (1353 U St. NW)
7 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Hamiltonian welcomes Christie Neptune in her Washington, D.C., solo debut, “She Fell From Normalcy.”

Blind Whino (700 Delaware Ave. SW)
8 to 11 p.m. Saturday
In “Querencia,” Taylor White explores human nature and emotion through the human form.

Washington Studio School (2129 S. St. NW)
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
Join the fourth annual Big Draw at Washington Studio School.

(Up)Rising Festival (600-2300 Blocks of Rhode Island Ave. NE)
Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
The second year of this choose-your-own-art-adventure festival includes over 45 artists and organizations celebrating local art.

Photo via Facebook/11th Street Bridge Park

by Courtney Brown — June 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Anacostia River canoeing (Photo via Facebook/Anacostia Watershed Society)

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

Family Film Night: Home
Storey Park (1005 1st St. NE)
7-11 p.m.

Families and children can enjoy this feel-good alien movie outside tomorrow in NoMa.

Wednesday

Meditation for Stress Relief
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
7:30 p.m.

Have trouble sitting still while meditating? If so, this session combines meditation with movement and music to give people a new way to clear their minds.

Thursday

Anacostia River Canoe Tour
Anacostia Boathouse (1900 M St. SE)
5:30-7:30 p.m.

This free event can teach you the history of the Anacostia River during a canoe tour. RSVP is required.

Outdoor Movie Series: Hitch

Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
Sundown (7 p.m.)

Locals can watch the free movie “Hitch” outside. Picnics are encouraged.

Friday

Drink the District Red, White & Brew
The Yards (1300 1st St. SE)
1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

Locals will have the chance to drink about 100 beers and wines from across the country.

Photo via Facebook/Anacostia Watershed Society

by Courtney Brown — June 20, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

REI United Outside announcement on June 18A national recreational outdoor retailer is embarking on a campaign to give locals more than 100 chances to go outside.

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) announced an ongoing event series dubbed “United Outside” last weekened to celebrate its forthcoming flagship D.C. store.

REI CEO Jerry Stritzke spoke about the upcoming event series at a party the company hosted at the National Museum of American History Saturday.

“We’re doing a summer of 100 days of outdoor events,” Stritzke announced to a crowd of about a hundred people. There should be no excuse for anyone to stay indoors this summer, he added.

Brewery events, bicycle tours, kayaking and camping classes are all on the agenda from now until the new store opens this fall.

As part of the series, REI will also donate $100,000 to charities including C&O Canal Trust, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the Outdoor Foundation, Stritzke said.

by HillNow.com — June 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm 0

Eastern Market Metro station

Traveling across Capitol Hill is getting more difficult this weekend.

Blue, Orange and Silver line Metro trains aren’t expected to run from the Eastern Market station to the Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road stations from Saturday until July 3, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Shuttle buses are slated to get Metro riders between Eastern Market and points east, including the Potomac Avenue and Stadium-Armory stations, which won’t open during the two-week long “SafeTrack Surge” work.

If you opt to walk or bike instead of use the Metro this weekend, you won’t need an umbrella, but might want some sunscreen. The temperature is expected to get to the low to mid 80s under sunny skies Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

  • Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (1632 U St. NW)
    3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday
    Sam Feldman and Fred Spero of the National Widowers Organization host a panel discussion concurrent with Gretchen Feldman’s The Healing Studio.
  • Alper Initiative for Washington Art (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.)
    6 to 9 p.m. Saturday
    The Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents “The Looking Glass” featuring ten D.C.-based Latin-American artists.

by Courtney Brown — June 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

Spring clothing swap, photo via DC Public Library

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

D.C. Job Seekers Clinic
Northeast Library (330 7th St. NE)
2 p.m.

Locals searching for a job or looking for a career change can attend this workshop to spruce up their resume and interview skills.

Wednesday

NoMa Summer Screen: Guardians of the Galaxy
Storey Park (1005 1st St. NE)
7-11 p.m.

Attendees can watch Guardians of the Galaxy for free in the park.

Thursday

Spring Cleaning Clothing Swap
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
6 p.m.

Hill residents will have a chance to clean out their wardrobe this summer. Attendees are instructed to bring 2 to 15 clothing items and swap them for different clothes.

Friday

D.C. JazzFest
The Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
5:30 p.m.

A three-day festival with jazz, wine and beer is slated to arrive inYards Park this weekend.

Saturday

Tango Practica
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
2:30 p.m.

Locals can head to the library to learn and practice the Argentine Tango. All levels are welcome during the event.

 

by Alyse Mier — June 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Tip's Way

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen honored Capitol Hill lobbyist E. Linwood “Tip” Tipton by renaming an alleyway after him.

On June 8, the alleyway behind 7th St., 8th St., A St. and E. Capitol St. NE was officially named Tip’s Way. Tipton’s wife, Connie, his sons and his friends were in attendance for the special honor.

According to his Washington Post obituary,  Tipton died in 2013 at the age of 78. He was a dairy lobbyist and long-time civic activist who played a major role in the Hill area.

Tipton was also pivotal in securing federal funding from Congress for the improvement of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, according to Hill Rag.

In 2008, Tipton became chairman of Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS), a partnership charted by the National Trust that has played a critical part in revitalization of Barracks Row.

According to Laura Marks, chief of staff for Allen’s office, Tipton also worked with the city to improve the quality of life in different neighborhoods. He was a pioneer in the re-bricking of the alley behind his and his neighbors’ homes, now known as Tip’s Way.

He left behind a lasting legacy that will now be remembered daily as commuters travel along Tip’s Way.

“Tip was a great neighbor and advocate for his community. There was no issue too small for his attention,” Allen said in a statement to Hill Now. “After he passed away, his family requested and began the process to have that alley renamed in honor of Tip. I was very proud to work with them to introduce and pass the legislation, and celebrate with his friends and family to officially unveil the new signs marking Tip’s Way.”

Photo via Twitter / Charles Allen

by Alyse Mier — June 13, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Maketto's sign

One of H Street’s buzziest restaurants won top honors at last night’s 34th Annual RAMMY Awards.

Maketto (1351 H St. NE) was named Best New Restaurant of the Year during the award show, which was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center last night.

The restaurant beat other trendy restaurants such as Centrolina, Convivial and Masseria by Nicholas Stefanelli in winning the award.

Maketto opened its doors a year ago and has since won the approval of food critics and local diners alike.

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