Capitol Hill Intersection Named Among Most Dangerous for Cyclists — The intersection of 8th and F streets NE was listed among those with the most reported accidents involving bicycles. [Washingtonian]
Car Catches Fire Near Capitol Hill Hyatt — Yesterday morning a car fire broke out near the intersection of 1st and E streets NW behind the Capitol Hill Hyatt. Nobody was in the car at the time and authorities successfully put out the fire. [WJLA]
Alcoholic Control Board Approves Bulldog Bagel Application in Eastern Market — The District Alcoholic Control Board approved Bullfrog Bagel’s application to serve bagels, brunch and booze at their new location at 317 Seventh St. SE near Eastern Market. [Hill Rag]
Survey Showing Native Americans’ Indifference to ‘Redskins’ Name Could Affect Decision on New Stadium — A Washington Post poll that found that most Native Americans are not offended by the Redskins name, which could affect how officials view the push to move the team’s stadium back into the District. [Washington Post]
Commuters will have extra incentive to bike to work on Friday as pit stops with free food, drinks and T-shirts will pop up across Ward 6 for Bike to Work Day.
Bike commuters will be able to grab free refreshments at 83 different pit stops across the area. In the Capitol Hill area, pit stops will be located near the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station, near the Eastern Market Metro station and at Canal Park in Navy Yard.
The event this Friday is free, but bicyclists must register online to receive a free T-shirt. Those who register will also be eligible to receive one of several bicycles that will be raffled off.
The NoMa pit stop will be open from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. while the Eastern Market and Navy Yard locations will open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 a.m.
Furniture Design Store Opens Near Eastern Market — Septcarrés, the design firm that built the interiors of Maketto and Toki Underground, opened a furniture showroom at 323 7th St. SE. [Capitol Hill Corner]
District Announces Streetcar Start With Indecipherable Hashtag — The H Street Streetcar is set to really actually definitely start service on Feb. 27, and the District government announced the start date with a pretty confusing hashtag: #choochoo7. [Washington City Paper]
Police Arrest Two in Connection with Barber Shop Shooting, Name Third Suspect — Police have arrested two men in connection with a shooting at a barber shop near Barracks Row last Friday and released the name and photo of the third suspect. [Hill Now]
A woman was sitting in the passenger seat of a car near the intersection of 7th and D streets SE when a man opened another door of the car. The woman left the car immediately and two other men took her purse from the car.
One of the men then stole the car while the other two ran away with her purse toward the Eastern Market Metro station.
Plainclothes police officers who were in the area came into contact with the victim shortly after the carjacking and canvassed the area. Officers quickly located the car on the 800 block of E Street SE and arrested the thief.
Later, Metro Transit Police Officers saw one of the men attempting to throw the purse away inside the Metro station and arrested him as well.
Police did not release the names of the suspects who were arrested because they are minors.
Earlier yesterday, a student at the Capitol Hill campus of Center City Public Charter School threatened another student with a knife. There were no injuries reported and the suspect later turned the knife in to the principal.
New Bookstore Coming to Eastern Market Area in Spring — Capitol Hill resident Laurie Gillman will open East City Book Shop, a new bookstore at 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, this spring. [Capitol Hill Corner]
Hunted House Furniture Closing on H Street Corridor — Vintage furniture store Hunted House at 510 H St. NE will close at the end of February, but the owner said he looks forward to pop-up stores in the future. [PoPville]
Capitol Hill Music Store Prepares for Summer Camps, Busy Lesson Schedule at New Location — The Hill is Home profiled Lindy Campbell, the owner of Music on the Hill, which recently moved from Eastern Market to 801 D St. NE. [The Hill is Home]
Police discovered the man suffering from a gunshot wound on the 200 block of L Street SW about 10:15 p.m. Friday. The man was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Police did not release any suspect description but mentioned that there was a group of people loitering in the area before the shooting.
Earlier on Friday, two people were threatened by a person with a weapon near the Potomac Avenue Metro station.
The confrontation happened about 2:30 p.m. Friday on the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Police officers searched the area after the incident and arrested a suspect who was also wanted for a robbery committed in November. Police did not say what the weapon used was.
Early Saturday morning, a newspaper deliverer was robbed at gunpoint near King Greenleaf Recreation Center in Southwest. The man reported that he was delivering newspapers on the 1300 block of 1st Street SW about 5 a.m. when he was accosted by two men. One of the men displayed a handgun and demanded money.
The thieves stole money from the man and fled on 1st Street SW and may have gotten into a white vehicle, according to an email from Metropolitan Police Department First District Commander Mark Beach. The suspects were both described as black men with black, hooded North Face jackets and face masks.
On Saturday night a man was robbed at gunpoint in an alley on the H Street corridor. The man was taking trash to a back alley on the 1300 block of H Street NE about 11 p.m. when he was threatened by a man armed with a handgun.
The attacker stole the man’s cell phone and money before fleeing the alley, according to an email from MPD Lieutenant Brian A. Murphy. The thief was described as a skinny black man about 6 feet tall wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt, black jacket and dark pants. The victim was not injured in the robbery.
Early this morning, two men robbed the 7-11 near the Eastern Market Metro station.
Two armed men entered the convenience store at 429 8th St. SE about 3:45 a.m. and demanded money. Both men were armed with handguns, according to an email from Murphy.
The men stole an undetermined amount of money from the store before fleeing on 8th Street SE. One suspect was described as a black man about 6 feet tall with a slim build. The other suspect was described as a black man about 5 foot 5 inches tall with a slim build.
The hold-up happened about 10:55 p.m. at the eatery at 1118 H St. NE. An employee reported that two men entered the restaurants wearing ski masks and displaying a gun. The suspects then stole cash and fled on H Street NE, according to an email from Metropolitan Police Department First District Captain Antonio Charland.
The suspects were described as two black men wearing dark clothing and ski masks.
There was also an assault about 5 p.m. yesterday at a 7-11 near Eastern Market.
An employee at the 7-11 at 429 8th St. SE reported that he was assaulted after confronting two young men who he believed were shoplifting. When the employee confronted the men, one picked up a yellow “Caution wet floor” sign and hit the employee on the head, according to an email from MPD Assistant Patrol District Commander Mark Beach.
The employee was not seriously injured in the assault and refused medical treatment. Beach said police believe that the two men live in the area and frequent the 7-11 location.
Photo via Flickr/nullvalue
Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan Closed Due to Maintenance Issue — Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan is closed today after a pipe burst in the boiler room. [Facebook/ Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan]
ANC 6B Commissioner Brian Flahaven to Resign Friday — Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B09 Commissioner Brian Flahaven announced yesterday that he will be resigning from his seat on Friday to spend more time with his family. [Capitol Hill Corner]
CSX Announces Early Morning Demolition Work at Old Virginia Avenue Tunnel — Transportation company CSX has warned residents near the old Virginia Avenue tunnel that demolition of the tunnel will begin on Jan. 18 and will include loud tools and early morning work. [JDLand]
Neighbors Unite to Protest Tree House That Extends Over Public Alley Near Eastern Market — Residents of Archibald Walk, a residential alley in the block between G and E streets SE and 6th and 7th streets SE, are protesting a tree house that one resident built for his children which extends into the historic alley. [Capitol Hill Corner]
Capitol Hill Boutique Luxury Condo Building to Hold Grand Opening Party Wednesday — The Jackson, a seven-unit luxury condo building at 630 14th St. NE, will hold a grand opening party Wednesday. [Urban Turf]
An ABC7 news crew car was broken into while the reporters were covering a press conference on crime at the Eastern Market Metro station, according to ABC7.
The thief smashed a window in the car and stole equipment. The reporter said his car was parked just feet away from the press conference, where Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier announced a new task force to combat robberies, particularly those committed by repeat offenders.
The new Robbery Intervention Partnership Task Force is an effort to bring together MPD, the Metro Transit Police Department, the Office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to focus on curtailing robberies.
The press conference, which was also attended by Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen and At-Large Councilwoman Anita Bonds, was held at the entrance to the Eastern Market Metro station.
Photo via Twitter/ DC Police Department
A bake sale held at Eastern Market this weekend raised more than $1,800 to pay for Capitol Hill crime statistics from the Department of Justice.
The sale was organized by Capitol Hill and Hill East residents to pay for information about what percentage of crimes and arrests in the area result in prosecutions. The information was requested from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which handles prosecutions in the District, via a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Advisory Neighborhood Commision 6B Commissioner Denise Krepp Nov. 5.
In its response to the request, the Department of Justice, which oversees the U.S. Attorney’s Office, told Krepp that it would cost $40 per hour of work needed to collect the data.
Krepp indicated that she would be willing to pay up to $1,000 for the information, but neighbors had a different idea, and organized a bake sale to cover the cost.
The #foiacakes bake sale took place on Sunday at Eastern Market and raised $1,097 by selling cakes and cookies and raffling off two Georgetown basketball game tickets donated by Events DC.
Krepp also raised $420 in direct donations and a $350 donation from Dangerously Delicious Pies, which donated a portion of its proceeds on Sunday to the fund, bringing the total amount raised to $1,867.
In a letter to the Department of Justice, Krepp credited the generosity of Capitol Hill residents and said that she will spend all the money on the requested information.
The exact cost of the information requested is uncertain, as it depends on the amount of time it takes the Department of Justice to collect the data. Krepp said on Monday that if the information costs less than the amount raised, she will donate the remaining money to a local organizations that advocates for transparency in local government.
The robbery occurred about 5:15 p.m. near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue SE and 7th Street SE. A man reported that a group of boys knocked him to the ground as he was walking down the sidewalk and stole personal items from him.
Police canvassed the area and arrested a suspect. Police have not released information on the suspect because he is a minor.
There was also a robbery yesterday near the intersection of 7th and K street NE. That robbery occurred about 4:40 p.m., according to a tweet from the Metropolitan Police Department.
The suspect was described as a black man between 25 and 30 years old wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans and blue New Balance shoes with lime green laces.
Rob FV 1640 hrs INT 7 St/ K St NE LOF B/M 25-30 med comp 5'7" BLU jkt, BLU jeans, BLU New Balance w/ lime GRN laces pic.twitter.com/xASAUIdjkk
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) December 14, 2015
Despite objections by some neighbors, ANC 6B endorsed the effort by Bullfrog Bagels to secure a liquor license for its planned Eastern Market location, Capitol Hill Corner reported.
Neighbors of the proposed eatery complained that early morning deliveries in the back alley of the location at 317 7th St. SE would be disruptive and worried about trash management.
Jeremiah Cohen, the owner of Bullfrog Bagels, agreed to try to limit the disruptions caused by deliveries, but did not agree to receive deliveries through the building’s front door as some neighbors had requested.
The ANC’s approval also hinged on reducing the hours that alcohol will be served at the eatery by 30 minutes per day.
Cohen plans to serve brunch and dinner with alcoholic beverages at the new location.
A lawyer representing the neighbors who objected to the liquor license endorsement told Capitol Hill Corner that residents were disappointed with the ANC’s decision to approve the license.
The issue will now go before the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration on Dec. 14.
Photo via Facebook/Bullfrog Bagels
Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen announced the winners of the ninth annual Brickie awards celebrating the contributions by individuals and organizations to the Capitol Hill area community.
The five awards will be presented at a ceremony at 6 p.m. today at the Eastern Market North Hall.
Eastern High School principal Rachel Skerritt won the Public Service Award for helping lead the transformation of the high school, according to a statement from Allen.
“The energy she brings to the school to create award-winning programs, to inspire young learners and grow the confidence in public education is motivating a generation of school leaders and communities,” he said in the statement.
The Business Award went to Eastern Market gourmet kitchenware store Hill’s Kitchen, while the Community Organization Award went to the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, an organization formed in the 1960s to advocate for residents of Southwest. The organization also publishes a monthly newspaper The Southwester.
“SWNA may have just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, but the organization gets stronger every day,” Allen said. “Whether advocating for fair housing, preserving neighborhood history or helping chart the course of the Southwest Waterfront’s future, SWNA and its neighborhood leaders are a group I can count on.”
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E Commisioner Rachelle Nigro, who represents parts of Mount Vernon Square and Shaw won the Neighbor Award. The D.C. Public Library will take home the Civic Pride Award for the work of the various library branches throughout Ward 6.
Councilman Allen will present the awards to the winners at the ceremony today from 6-8 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public and will include free food and drink from area restaurants.
Photo via Twitter/ CharlesAllenW6
Eastern Market Bullfrog Bagels Runs Into Neighbor Opposition to Liquor License — The application for a liquor license at the future Bullfrog Bagels location in Eastern Market hit a road block at an ANC 6B’s Alcohol Beverage Committee where neighbors expressed concerns about overnight deliveries and noise. [Capitol Hill Corner]
‘Build First’ Development Model Gains Support at Greenleaf Gardens — Neighborhood groups have thrown their support behind a “build first” model of redevelopment at the Greenleaf Gardens public housing complex in Southwest which would allow for new development in vacant areas of the complex without displacing current residents. [Hill Rag]
New H Street NE Restaurant Plans Mediterranean Menu, Extensive Wine List — Sospesso Mediterranean restaurant, which is currently moving into 1344 H St. NE, posted a liquor license application to offer coffee during the day and dinner with wine in the evening. [PoPville]
Lessons Learned From H Street Streetcar Collisions — There have been six collisions between the H Street streetcar and cars during its testing phases. Washington City Paper looked at what can be learned from these accidents. [Washington City Paper]
Organization that Aids Low-Income Veteran Families Raising Money for Christmas Stockings — Community Connections, a Capitol Hill nonprofit that provides mental health care to veterans and others is raising money to provide Christmas stockings full of gifts to children of low-income veterans this year. The group is also collecting winter coats, scarves, hats and gloves at various locations throughout Capitol Hill. [The Hill is Home]
The Brickie Awards were started eight years ago as a way to recognize the people and places that contribute most to the Capitol Hill area community. The awards will be presented at a ceremony Monday 6-8 p.m. in the North Hall of Eastern Market.
Awards will be given in five categories:
- Neighbor Award
- Community Organization Award
- Business Award
- Public Service Award
- Civic Pride Award
The ceremony is free and open to the public and about two dozen local businesses are sponsoring the event with food and drinks. Nominees for the awards were collected from community members over the past two months, with more than 100 nominations sent in.
“We were very happy with the interest that our process generated and Councilmember Allen read through every nomination, which was more than 100,” Allen’s Chief of Staff Laura Marks said. “We have some really fantastic recipients for Monday who really add a lot to the community and are going to be earning some well-deserved recognition.”