1300 block of Constitution Avenue NE (Photo via Google Maps)Someone with a gun took a car from a man about a block northeast of Lincoln Park last night, police said.

The armed carjacking happened on the 1300 block of Constitution Avenue NE about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The gun-toting suspect approached the victim, ordered him to hand over the keys to his Mercedes-Benz sedan and drove away with the vehicle, according to authorities.

Police found the car in Southeast D.C. without anyone in it a few hours later.

Authorities haven’t released a description of the suspect.

Photo via Google Maps

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13th Street and North Carolina Avenue NE (Photo via Google Maps)Two men with bandanas covering their faces robbed a woman at gunpoint just northeast of Lincoln Park early yesterday morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened near 13th Street and North Carolina Avenue NE about 4 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was in the area when the two men approached her, according to authorities. One of the men flashed a handgun and ordered the woman to hand over some of her belongings.

The woman then gave the men her cellphone and wallet. The men fled soon after.

Police are on the lookout for:

Black males, 6’0, slim build, wearing all black clothing, black beanie hats, with bandanas covering their faces.

Anyone with information about the above 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 message 50411.

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100 block of 11th Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)Two boys threw down and robbed a man who was walking from a Metro station on Capitol Hill this weekend, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 100 block of 11th Street NE about 8:15 p.m. Sunday. The area is just northwest of Lincoln Park.

The man was on a walk from an unidentified Metro station when the two boys approached him from behind, according to authorities. The boys then assaulted the man, knocking him down.

The duo soon after ordered the man to give them his wallet, which he did. The boys then fled.

Police said they’re looking for:

(S1): Dark Colored Hoody and Black pants.

(S2) Light Colored Shirt and Light Blue Jeans

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Morning Rundown

snow at Lincoln Park (Photo via Twitter/ CharlesAllenW6)

Federal Parks on Capitol Hill Remain Unshoveled — Capitol Hill residents and Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen called on the National Park Service to shovel sidewalks in and around parks owned by the federal agency around Capitol Hill, many of which remain covered in snow. [Hill Rag]

All Metrobus Routes Running, Trash Pickup to Resume — The Capitol Hill area is slowly returning to normal after last weekend’s blizzard. Metro announced that all bus lines will run today, though some will experience detours. Trash collection will also resume. Those who usually have Thursday or Friday trash/recycling collection should leave cans out over the weekend, as the District Department of Public Works will be attempting to make all collections. On Monday, normally scheduled trash and recycling collection resumes. [Washington Post, D.C. DPW]

Photos: Snow Piles Up at RFK Parking Lot — WTOP has pictures from RFK Stadium’s parking lot 7, where snow plows and trucks are dumping snow from around the district, with snow reaching up to 20 feet high in some areas. [WTOP]

Developer Submits Plans for Mixed-Use Buildings Near Stadium-Armory Metro Station — Donatelli Development last week submitted its plans to redevelop a parking lot near the Stadium-Armory Metro station into two mixed-use buildings. [Washington Business Journal]

Hill East Resident Documents Years of Change on His Block — Hill East resident John Cochran shared photos he’s taken over the past five years which document recent changes to the area around 15th Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. [The Hill Is Home]

Photo via Twitter/ CharlesAllenW6

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MPD Police CarsA man had his cell phone stole yesterday afternoon in NoMa after the thief threatened him with a knife.

The robbery occurred about 1 p.m. at 19 I St. NW, according to Metropolitan Police First District Lieutenant Eddie Fowler. The man reported that the thief flashed a knife and demanded his cell phone. When the man handed over his cell phone, the thief fled. The case is under investigation but police do not have a description of the suspect.

There was also a robbery on the 100 block of 19th Street NE last night. A person reported that they were robbed by five black boys about 10:10 p.m.

Earlier in the night, police closed several roads near Lincoln Park. Parts of North Carolina Avenue NE and 13th Street NE were closed for about an hour as the police investigated the package. Roads reopened once police determined that the package did not pose a threat.


200 block of Tennessee Ave NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man and a woman were found dead in a Capitol Hill home near Lincoln Park Monday evening.

Police discovered the two people inside a home on the 200 block of Tennessee Avenue NE after being called to check on the man and woman.

The man and woman were renovating the house and there were no signs of forced entry, NBC Washington reported.

The deaths appear to be an “isolated incident” according to Metropolitan Police First District Commander Jeff Brown. Police do not have any further details on what happened.

Earlier in the evening, a crime alert was sent out for a shooting on that block. Brown said in an email that the crime alert was “erroneous and based on misinformation.”

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Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar pizza (Photo via Facebook/Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar)A self-described “traditional American” restaurant with pizza, crab cakes and apricot margaritas is slated to open in Hill East within days.

Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar is scheduled to start serving dinner and brunch in the former Ninnella Ristorante space at 106 13th St. SE on Tuesday, it tweeted yesterday. Ninnella closed earlier this year.

Although the eatery bills itself as a restaurant with a wine bar, no wine is on its drink menu. Only $6 beers and $10 cocktails are among the alcoholic drinks it lists.

A representative of Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

But the restaurant says on its website:

Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar features a menu of Traditional American Cuisine, inspired shared plates, wines from around the world and specialty house cocktails. The menu emphasizes such cherished American staples as Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Hush Puppies, Pastas, Flatbread Pizzas and Cheeses.

Our passionate and educated wine staff are eager to introduce you to your new favorite wine and to expertly pair it with the Menu. Bon Appetite.

The eatery will open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays, starting at 4 p.m. Brunch will happen Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 pm.

Photo via Facebook/Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar


Morning Rundown

Hudson News at Union Station

Fire Shut Down Stadium-Armory Station for Nearly 10 Hours — Fire officials still are investigating the cause of a fire at a Metro power facility that burned throughout the day yesterday, closing the nearby Stadium-Armory Metro station for most of the day. [NBC Washington]

New Restaurant and Wine Bar to Open Near Lincoln Park — Lincoln Park Kitchen and Wine Bar, which will replace Ninnella Italian restaurant at the corner of 13th and East Capitol streets SE, is slated to open in early October. [Barred in DC]

Capitol Hill School Accused of Violating Rules on Standardized Tests — The Capitol Hill campus of Center City Public Charter Schools is one of six D.C. schools accused of violating standardized testing rules. Students at Center City said a test administrator encouraged them to change their answers to some questions. [Washington Post]

Restaurant Near U.S. Capitol Will Close if Forced to Remove Patio Seating, Eatery’s Owners Say — Owners of The Alibi restaurant at 237 2nd St. NW said a District Department of Transportation order to remove their sidewalk patio enclosure will eliminate two-thirds of the eatery’s seating and force it to shut down. [PoPville]


1000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 11:20 a.m.) Police are looking for seven men who allegedly punched and robbed a man about two blocks east of Barracks Row over the weekend.

The violent robbery happened on the 1000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE about 2 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The man was walking in the area when the suspects approached him, according to authorities. They then began to punch the victim in the face and other parts of his body, causing him to fall to the ground.

One of the suspects then reached into the man’s pocket to grab his cellphone and wallet. The group fled in an unknown direction.

The victim wasn’t hospitalized, police said.

A man also was attacked with a sharp object about two blocks south of Lincoln Park Friday night.

The assault occurred on the 200 block of 10th Street SE about 10:45 p.m. Friday, according to authorities.

Two men, who knew each other, were arguing when one of them pulled out a weapon, which police haven’t identified. The man with the weapon then cut the other man in the face.

The victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

Photo via Google Maps


100 block of Kentucky Avenue SE (Photo via Google Maps)A person was hit by a rock after someone in a group of people asked for the time near Lincoln Park last night.

The attack happened on the 100 block of Kentucky Avenue SE about 9:30 p.m., police said.

The victim was walking to a house in the area when a group of six people approached the individual, according to authorities.

One of the suspects asked, “What time is it?” police said. After the victim replied, someone in the group threw a rock at the victim.

The victim received a minor abrasion, police said.

Photo via Google Maps


Yoga in the Park

Early-morning yogis in Hill East can now rest easy, possibly in the downward-facing dog pose, knowing that Yoga in the Park is scheduled to return Wednesday.

Jessica Woodburn will begin hosting 10 weeks of sunrise “Vinyasa Flow” classes on the east side of Lincoln Park from 6 to 6:45 a.m. every Wednesday until Sept. 2, excluding July 1 and Aug. 19.

Wednesday begins Woodburn’s second year of Yoga in the Park.

Classes are $20 each and available in larger-quantity package deals here.

Photo via Facebook/JessicaWoodburnYoga

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(Updated at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday) A deer was spotted running near Lincoln Park yesterday morning.

Hill resident Rachel Holt was walking home from Eastern Market with her husband and 3-month-old about 11:45 a.m. Sunday when they spotted the animal.

“We saw a deer running at full sprint out of Lincoln Park, past us on East Capitol, just bounding down the street,” the transportation executive said. “I was trying to get my phone out, but it was past us in 10 seconds.”

The deer running in the street was headed west, toward downtown, Holt said.

The animal likely traveled to Lincoln Park from the greenery that lines the western bank of the Anacostia River, according to Bryan King, who manages wildlife for the D.C. Department of the Environment.

“If I had to put money on it, I’d say that animal came from somewhere along the river. It’s pretty much a straight shot,” he said. “It could go from the river to Eastern High School unnoticed, under the cover of darkness.”

Hill resident Laura Travis spotted a deer soon afterward on the grounds of the Capitol. She and her husband saw the animal head west toward the National Mall about noon on Sunday.

The animal or animals were likely white-tailed deer, which are common in the District but more often spotted near the National Arboretum and Rock Creek Park. Neither DDOE, the Washington Humane Society nor the National Park Service reported having found deer on Sunday.

Anyone who spots a deer in the city should not approach it or try to feed it, King said.

“If they’re eating your azaleas, just shoo them out of the way,” he said.

Did you spot the deer, too? Drop us a line at [email protected].

File photos courtesy of DDOE/Dan “The Bird Man” Rauch; closeup via Flickr/drriss


(Updated at 7:50 p.m.) Capitol Hill children will have more than one place to find an Easter egg this week.

The Playseum is set to kick off its Easter celebration tomorrow night with a hunt inside its Barracks Row storefront. On Saturday afternoon, at least a few other groups are scheduled to host egg searches in Lincoln Park and on the lawn of the Hill Center. And the 13th Street Community Park and Garden will host its own hunt Sunday afternoon. Here’s what’s planned:

  • Friday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Playseum’s hunt, featuring “lots of fun and eggs galore” for $7 per person. Location: 545 8th St. SE.
  • Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.: National Community Church’s Easter Eggstravaganza, featuring 11,000 eggs, the Easter Bunny and games. Location: Lincoln Park, East Capitol Street between 11th and 13th streets. Register online.
  • Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m.: Barracks Row Main Street’s Barracks Row Bunny Trail, featuring snacks and a golden egg that wins its recipient a prize. Location: Hill Center lawn at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE and the 500 to 700 blocks of 8th Street SE.

Photos courtesy of Barracks Row Main Street


Taylor Kiessig and his son Max (Photo courtesy of Ryan Lovin)

What costs as much as candy and makes trick-or-treaters smile even more?

A Halloween photo booth, Hill resident Ryan Lovin says.

After Lovin and his wife Swapna moved onto Massachusetts Avenue SE two years ago, they were “amazed at the sheer number of trick-or-treaters,” he said. So, the tax attorney and amateur photographer decided to try something different last Halloween.

He created a Halloween photo booth by renting lights and setting up a backdrop in his front yard. In just a few hours, he took about 450 pictures of more than 600 people.

“Renting the equipment was the same price as getting candy, and it was definitely a lot more fun,” he said Tuesday.

The Lovins will set up the free photo booth in front of their house again on Friday. Trick-or-treaters can look out for it starting at 5 p.m., on Massachusetts Avenue between 13th and East Capitol streets SE.

People who smile (or scowl) for the camera will be able to instantly see their photos on a laptop. The images will then be posted to Flickr, where they can be downloaded for free.

“I was afraid people last year would just walk by our lawn,” Lovin said. “But it really took off. There was quite a line.”


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