Photo via Facebook : H Street RunnersAmateur athletes are set to run from H Street to a local craft brewery later this week.

The H Street Runners will host a “fun run” from the Capital Bikeshare station at 11th and H streets NE to Atlas Brew Works at 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE Thursday at 7 p.m.

The route to the brewery will span about three miles, according to the event’s organizers. “This run will include a preview of Gallaudet’s outdoor track facility, which is to open to members of the surrounding community,” a Facebook post about the event reads. “We’ll do a lap or two around the track and have a little bit of fun with it (trust me!) before continuing on to the brewery.”

Attendees must bring a legal ID along with their running shoes, organizers said.

More information from the H Street Runners Facebook page:

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Lights for "Safety Zone"D.C. Police are bolstering patrols and providing additional lighting on H Street NE and at four other corridors in the city to protect late night commuters, officials announced yesterday.

Extra police will stand guard at 1400 H St. NE and four other locations each Wednesday through Sunday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The MPD Nightlife Unit created the “nightlife safety zones” to give locals safe places to wait while they figure out how they’re going to get home.

Other safety zones include:

  • 600 7th St. NW in Chinatown
  • 1201 and 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW in Dupont Circle
  • 1925 Vermont Ave. NW and 2014 14th St. NW near U Street
  • 2200 Champlain St. NW in Adams Morgan

Councilmember Charles Allen of Ward 6 is planning to toast election results with locals on the H Street corridor tonight.

Allen earlier today tweeted that he intends to wait for the D.C. Democratic primary results at Big Board, the stock exchange-themed bar at 421 H St. NE, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Though the councilmember isn’t up for reelection, five of his peers on the D.C. Council are. (They, too, will meet constituents for beers across town tonight.)

Registered Democrats can cast their votes today until 8 p.m.


Police are on the lookout for a man filmed taking a package from a doorstep in Hill East.

The theft occurred on the 1500 block of Independence Ave. SE on April 22 at about 7:17 p.m., according to authorities.

The home’s surveillance camera caught someone opening a gate, walking up the steps and swiping a package along with other assorted mail. Authorities are calling the man in the video a “person of interest” in the crime.

Police have also asked the public’s help in identifying someone filmed snatching items from the CVS located at 645 H St. NE.

A video released today by police shows a man walking into the CVS, opening a door in the back and walking away with two bottles:

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment 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 to 50411.

Videos via MPD


300 H Street NEA D.C. Police officer shot and critically injured a gun-wielding man on H Street earlier today, authorities said.

The shooting occurred on the 300 block of H Street NE just before 6:30 a.m. today, an MPD press release said.

According to police, an off-duty officer saw a man leaving a store with allegedly shoplifted items. When the officer tried to stop the man, police said the suspect pulled out a gun.

“The suspect failed to comply with the officer’s commands and the officer discharged his weapon,” continues the press release. “The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene.”

The man was taken to an area hospital in critical but stable condition, authorities said.

More information from an MPD press release:

Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department responded to a police-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, May 29, 2016, in an establishment in the 300 block of H Street, Northeast.

At approximately 6:29 am, an off-duty officer observed an adult male carrying objects from the listed location in his arms and backpack.  The officer attempted to stop the individual for shoplifting, when the suspect produced a firearm.  The suspect failed to comply with the officer’s commands and the officer discharged his weapon.  The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene.

The suspect was transported to an area hospital in critical but stable condition.

Investigation into this incident continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099.

Photo via Google Street View

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D.C. Police are on the lookout for a group of teens who attacked and robbed a man blocks from the H Street corridor.

Police said a group of teens surrounded a man on the 900 block of 14th St. SE on April 30 at approximately 10:20 p.m. The adolescents “removed his cell phone, and punched the victim before splitting up and fleeing in multiple directions,” authorities said.

In a video released by police, a group of teens can be seen running down a sidewalk.

Police are also on the lookout for a man who allegedly assaulted someone with a brick on the 200 block of H St. NE.

In another video released by police, a man can be seen chasing after someone with an object in his hand:

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment 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 to 50411.

Screenshot via MPD


When it comes to the illegal dirt bikes and ATVs zooming across city streets, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says, “enough is enough.”

Lanier and heads of other regional police departments held a press conference earlier today to address the trend of illegal dirt bikes and ATVs tearing down public streets in the District and the surrounding areas.

Crowds of bike and ATV riders have been spotted on H Street NE and near NoMa, among other locales in Captiol Hill.

In her address, Lanier vowed to “pursue relentlessly these illegal ATVs and dirt bikes and move forward with  their destruction.” The department has also released photos of 245 individual photos of ATV and dirt bike riders in an effort to identify and charge them.

“We have tourists and children and residents . . . that are being impacted by this and that’s just unacceptable,” Lanier said. “We are not going to put people’s lives at stake.”

Lanier said the department has already seized 400 vehicles and arrested 100 people in connection with its “latest operation,” but cautioned that further operations would not include risky police pursuits.

“It’s not going to involve single officers getting behind one or more of these vehicles and initiating a pursuit,” she said, citing putting officers and pedestrians at risk as the reason why.

This is not the first time the department has vowed to get tough on illegal ATVs. Police have previously asked residents in the area to report ATV and dirt bike riders. Additionally, Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen co-sponsored a bill to target the vehicles and their drivers last July.

More information on the newest campaign from a D.C. Police press release:

The Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD’s) Criminal Intelligence has gathered close to 250 photos of individuals recklessly driving dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the streets of the District of Columbia. These types of vehicles are dangerous to pedestrians and other motorists and are illegal to operate on DC’s streets.

The MPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the operators of these vehicles as well as any locations where the vehicles are being stored. A reward of $250 is being offered for information on each person identified.

To share a tip, contact the Command Information Center at (202) 727-9099 with your information. The tip must lead to a successful confiscation and identification of the driver/operator of the vehicle.

Photos via MPD


Ben's Chili Bowl on H Street NEThe Ben’s Chili Bowl at 1001 H St. NE will donate a portion of its sales to J.O. Wilson Elementary School tonight.

For every customer who stops in between 5 and 10 p.m. and uses the code “Cardinal” while ordering, Ben’s will donate 10 percent of that sale total to the elementary school at 660 K St. NE.

Click here to view the eatery’s menu of half smokes, hamburgers, french fries and chili.

This is the first installment of an event that will occur on the first Tuesday of each month.


Wylie Street Community GardenResidents of the H Street corridor area can cultivate flowers, tomatoes and other plants for at least another year in a nearby community garden, the executive director of a nonprofit organization that owns the property, said.

Kenneth J. Brewer Sr., executive director of the H Street Community Development Corp., granted gardeners of the Wylie Street Garden “one more season with undetermined timeline,” according to local gardner Paige Byrne in an e-mail to a neighborhood listserv. Neighborhood blog Frozen Tropics first reported on the news earlier this morning.

Brewer previously granted the garden a reprieve from possible development last July.

Read Byrne’s entire email below:

Kenneth Brewer, executive director of HSCDC grants Wylie gardeners one more season with undetermined timeline. A campaign to preserve the garden started in September of 2014 when the property was enhanced with a large for sale sign. Research from the campaign discovered the garden could mitigate one inch of storm water to support the efforts by DDOE in cleaning Anacostia. Research also determined the long term values Wylie garden could do for the community: it could install vertical harvest growing systems, serve those in need & develop skills of our youth, become a resource for chefs on H, continue to engage the students in the Reggio program of Miner ES and continue to connect our community members and could be part of the city program offered by Whole Foods. Robert, a gentlemen that mows the lawn felt a presence while mowing and reflecting on the produce of his grandothers garden in NE. How fantastic spaces on H can cause us to pause and recognize, like the Mulberry tree in the corner of Wylie garden natural spaces and things are valued and an essential.

The preservation efforts envisioned this space as a park for the people who persevered and passed through here or did not. The immigrants and shop keepers, the community of brick layers who lived on Wylie, rumored Duke Ellington who lived in an apartment or the police who did not even cruise by in the 80’s. Wylie garden, our last green asset along the HStreet corridor sits just off 13th & H where people continue to pass through like Mayor Bowser opening the trolley, the marathoner’s turning right in the final stretch and soon the customers of the open farm market, who also see Wylie garden as a resource.

Byrne, who has tended plants in the 16-plot garden since 2006, met with Brewer last year after securing more than 230 supporters in a petition to “preserve the last green block on H St. corridor.” She previously had considered raising funds to buy the land after a plan was announced to turn the property into a parking lot.


A Peruvian restaurant on H Street NE will launch brunch with bottomless drinks tomorrow.

Patrons at Ocopa (1324 H St. NE) can dine on dishes like polla a la brasa and fingerling potatoes smothered in queso fresco with a poached egg during the restaurant’s new brunch service that begins tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

For $20 more, they can add unlimited mimosas or incajitos to their meal. Check out the full brunch menu on Frozen Tropics.

Ocopa was named by Washingtonian as D.C.’s 52nd best restaurant in 2015.


Streetcar riders

The D.C. Streetcar is finally here, and so far, so good. . . well, unless you’re Rand Paul, that is.

We want to know: Have you hopped aboard? Take our poll to let us know. And if you’re feeling especially chatty, tell us how your ride was in the comments below.

Photo via Twitter / DDOT


A family-owned organic grocery store on the H Street corridor is set to close down after about a year in business.

H Street Organic Market at 806 H St. NE will stop selling soy milk, kale chips and other organic foods tomorrow, workers at the store confirmed today. It wasn’t immediately clear what would happen to the space after the store’s departure.

A cashier, who declined to give her name for publication, said the market has been struggling since it opened last year.

“The people, they walk by and they aren’t interested,” she said while pointing out the window. “They think it will be too expensive.”

“It’s too bad because some of them could use it,” she added, referring to the all-natural health foods inside the shop.

The owner of the market couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The store is discounting all its products by 20 percent until it closes.


Morning Rundown

Union Station Metro station commute

U.S. Capitol Police Approve Expansion of Powers — Language approved by the U.S. Capitol Police Board last week would allow officers to search possessions of people within the grounds of the Capitol. The board said it will work with congressional overseers to put signs around the Capitol when the law takes effect. [WTOP]

Streetcar Skeptics — District Department of Transportation director Leif Dormsjo announced that streetcars would begin carrying passengers “within months” along the H Street corridor, but public reaction still remains skeptical after years of unfulfilled promises. [WAMU]

Councilman Allen’s Tree Bill — Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 introduced a bill last week that would increase the amount of space covered by trees in the District from 36 percent to 40 percent by 2032. It also raise fines and fees for people who chop down trees with a circumference larger than 55 inches. [Washington City Paper]

History Lesson at the Former Buchanan School — The old Buchanan School at 1325 D St. SE will soon be redeveloped into a condominium and town house project. The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment gave final approval to the proposal yesterday morning. [DC Urban Turf]


Via Google Street ViewA suspect in a stabbing that occurred last Friday has been arrested, according to police.

Herbert Hines, 47, is accused of stabbing another man to death on the 1800 block of H Street NE behind the Hechinger Mall. Police announced his arrest this morning. Police would not provide any additional details of the arrest, though a spokesperson said that more information would be released later this afternoon.

Police said they found 24-year-old Stephon Clark of Bowie, Md., with multiple stab wounds early Friday afternoon. Police said Clark was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced dead.

Police announced their search for a potential suspect later Friday afternoon and officially identified Hines on Saturday morning. Hines was to be considered armed and dangerous, they said.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.  Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.


18th StreetPolice are currently seeking a man suspected of stabbing another man to death near 18th and H Streets NE.

The crime occurred at 12:21 p.m. on Friday near the Hechinger Mall.

At last check with police late Friday night, the suspect remains at large. Police are seeking a black male, 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 to 170 pounds.

Police said they are still awaiting identification of the victim.

Image via Google Street View.


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