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by Courtney Brown — July 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Truckeroo (Photo via Georgetown Events)

A festival with live music, cold drinks, games and lots of food trucks is once again set to return to Navy Yard in a couple days.

Truckeroo, the self-described “biggest food truck gathering in D.C.,” is scheduled for the Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds (1299 Half St. SE) Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to a press release.

Admission is free, and more than 25 food trucks are slated to come to the event.

The food trucks slated to participate include:

  • BBQ Bus
  • Cajunators
  • Carmen’s Italian Ice
  • Crepe Love
  • DC Empanadas
  • DC Slices
  • Urban Poutine
  • Due South
  • Feelin’ Crabby
  • Fire & Rice
  • Halal Grill
  • Misco Honey
  • Pittsburgh Rick’s
  • Peruvian Brothers
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
  • South Meets East
  • Surfside
  • Swizzler
  • Tacos Matadores
  • That Cheesecake Truck
  • The Big Cheese
  • The Orange Cow
  • CarolinaQ
  • Korean BBQ Taco Box
  • NeatMeat DC
  • Rocksalt
  • Sloppy Mama’s

Photo via Georgetown Events

by Andrew Ramonas — June 29, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

4th Street and Virginia Avenue SE (Photo via Google Maps)Two teenagers with revolvers robbed someone in Navy Yard last night, police said.

The armed robbery happened near 4th Street and Virginia Avenue SE about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The area is just south of the Southeast Freeway.

Authorities described the suspects as teenagers who are between 15 and 18 years old. One of them was wearing a gray shirt. The other teen had a blue hooded sweatshirt.

Police also are looking for three other people who were with the teens. But authorities didn’t release any descriptions of those individuals.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — June 17, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

700 block of L Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)Two men robbed a woman at gunpoint in Navy Yard early this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 700 block of L Street SE about 4:30 a.m.

The victim was in a car just south of the Southeast Freeway when the two men robbed her, according to authorities. They took her wallet and purse before fleeing.

Police haven’t released any descriptions of the suspects.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan — June 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Friday Night Fishing (Image via YouTube/Anacostia Riverkeeper)Locals will be able to cast a line for free this week along the Anacostia River in Navy Yard.

Anacostia Riverkeeper will host its first fishing event of the year Friday at the dock of Diamond Teague Park, which is immediately south of Nationals Park.

During the event, kids and adults alike can make use of free gear, bait and basic instructions while they fish from 5 to 8 p.m.

The catch-and-release fishing event is slated to occur every Friday night until August. The program is in its fourth year.

Image via YouTube/Anacostia Riverkeeper

by Andrew Ramonas — June 14, 2016 at 10:50 am 0

Police car lightA man was shot in Navy Yard last night, police said.

The shooting happened on the 900 block of 5th Street SE about 9:30 p.m. Monday. The area is just south of the Southeast Freeway.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Authorities haven’t released any suspect information. But police said they’re looking for a navy blue Nissan sedan in connection with the crime.

by Tim Regan — June 1, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Hine School project student art

Early Buzz on Whaley’s — Whaley’s, Navy Yard’s new raw bar and seafood restaurant, is garnering mostly good early reviews. Diners who have stopped in at the eatery say to try the “colorful” cocktails, feast on the “dessert-like” scallops and try the seafood risotto. [Eater DC]

Wunder Garden Cometh — The NoMa beer garden is reportedly set to return soon at the corner of 1st and L streets NE. [District Cuisine]

Inside Capitol Hill’s ‘Cheers’ Bar, Mr. Henry’s — The bartenders at Mr. Henry’s know everybody’s name, which is probably part of the reason they’ve stayed open for four decades. [Eater DC]

MPD to Tweet Crime Updates After All — After hearing from plenty of upset Twitter users, the D.C. Police Department will resume tweeting breaking crime alerts. The news comes just one day after police said they’d stop the practice. [Twitter / D.C. Police]

by Sean Meehan — May 31, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Yards Park Mosaic

Questions Remain After District Council Votes to Move Ward 6 Homeless Shelter to Mount Vernon Triangle — Mount Vernon Triangle residents are questioning the process of selecting sites for homeless shelters after the District Council voted to move the proposed Ward 6 shelter location from Southwest to 2nd and K streets NW. [Washington City Paper]

Jefferson Middle School, Capitol Hill Montessori to Receive Improvement Funds — As part of the proposed 2017 education budget, Jefferson Middle School at 801 7th St. SW could receive $1 million to upgrade its science labs while Capitol Hill Montessori at 215 G St. NE is slated to receive $4 million to pay for a new heating and cooling system. [Hill Rag]

Interviewing the Owner Behind Capitol Hill’s Most Unique Bookstore — Jim Toole, the owner of Capitol Hill Books, spoke to Washingtonian magazine about his unorthodox organization and his handwritten rules posted throughout the store. [Washingtonian]

Navy Yard Eatery Due South Eyeing Satellite Location on Yards Park Boardwalk — Navy Yard restaurant Due South is in the early stages of planning “Due South Dockside,” along the Yards Park boardwalk to serve drinks and a limited food menu. [JDLand]

Monthly Capitol Hill Area ANC Meeting Roundup — Hill Rag takes a look at what happened last month with Capitol Hill area ANCs, including 6A6B6C and 6D. [Hill Rag]

by Tim Regan — May 26, 2016 at 11:55 am 0

Image via Facebook : The BrigNavy Yard’s forthcoming beer garden, The Brig, is on track to open at 1007 8th St. SE  on June 5, a representative with the business told us this morning.

Of course, the real question is whether you believe them. After all, we’ve heard this before. The beer garden previously advertised it would open May 1 and May 13.

But the latest date might actually be the real deal. The business tweeted at Eater D.C. earlier today and said it would open in “two weeks”:

Whenever it opens, the new business will seat roughly 210 and serve 299 people from 20 beer taps.

Image via Facebook / The Brig

by Sean Meehan — May 20, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

May 20 Power Outage (Image via Pepco)More than 950 Pepco customers in Navy Yard and Southwest were without power this morning.

The outage was first reported at about 9:10 a.m. today and affected the area below Southeast Freeway between 5th Street SE and Delaware Avenue SW and extending south into Buzzard Point.

Power was restored to the entire area this afternoon, according to a D.C. government alert sent out at 1:45 p.m.

Image via Pepco

by Tim Regan — May 18, 2016 at 12:05 pm 0

Contes-Bike-Shop-Logo-ColorA Virginia-based retailer of bikes and accessories has plans to open a location in Navy Yard.

The owners of Conte’s Bike Shop plan to open a new location at The Yards (301 Water St. SE) early next year, announced Forest City, the developer behind The Yards.

The new store will span nearly 2,200 square feet and “offer the full array of merchandise and services available at all Conte’s Bike Shop stores,” according to the announcement.

The forthcoming location will be preceded by a temporary pop-up shop opening at the Arris development at 1331 4th St. SE tomorrow. That pop-up shop, slated to run Thursday through Sunday between May 19 and May 29, will sell and rent bikes in addition to offering repair services, clothing and gear and “expert advice.”

Read the full announcement below:

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by Tim Regan — May 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Photo via Instagram : WhaleysWhaley’s, a new raw bar and seafood restaurant, is slated to open next Monday, according to the restaurant’s website.

The new seafood-centric eatery is a new project by Nick and David Wiseman, the brothers behind DGS Delicatessen.

Whaley’s will open with a menu that includes scallop crudo, Maryland crab and other plated seafood selections. The restaurant is set to initially open for dinner only, with plans to expand later into lunch and brunch.

Read more about the new restaurant in this press release:

Whaley’s, a raw bar and restaurant, will open Monday, May 16th in the historic Lumber Shed at The Yards, located at 301 Water Street Suite 115 SE in the growing Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront District.

Under Chef Daniel Perron– formerly of Fiola Mare, Blue Duck Tavern and The Oval Room–the opening menu will feature shellfish towers, crudos, a selection of seafood-focused plates and a rotating family-style platter for sharing.  Dishes will feature items like:

  • Day Boat Scallop Crudo, Muscat Grapes, Sea Beans & Fennel Pollen
  • Jumbo Lump MD Crab Salad, Sea Urchin, Celery, Cucumber & Old Bay Chips
  • Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Peanut Romesco, Charred Tomatillos & Pickled Pearl Onion

Longtime collaborator, mentor and friend Brian Zipin has assembled a beverage program featuring specialty cocktails, thoughtfully-selected wines and craft beers.

The new restaurant’s design, from Edit Lab at Street Sense, is anchored by the building’s floor-to-ceiling, 35-foot tall glass façade with the original roof trusses exposed. The Lumber Shed was an integral part of the Washington Navy Yard, the US Navy’s oldest shore establishment founded in 1799.

Artist John DeNapoli has designed a 100-foot mural “Under The Sea” inspired by mid-century geometrical artists.

Whaley’s will be located on the south face of the Lumber Shed building, between Osteria Morini and Agua 301. The restaurant’s layout will include a 22-seat counter bar and a 44-seat dining room, as well as outdoor patio seating, facing the riverfront and the surrounding Yards Park.

Partners, cousins and fourth generation Washingtonians Nick and David Wiseman, the team behind DGS Delicatessen & Specialty Bar, are the creative force behind Whaley’s. Dave and Nick began prowling the fish barges on Maine Avenue as kids and dropping chicken necks to catch crabs on the Delaware shore.   “We grew up eating clams, crabs and oysters right out of the water or just off the boat,” said Nick Wiseman. “Imagine how excited we are to open our own raw bar on the waterfront in DC.”

Whaley’s will initially be open for dinner, with plans to expand to brunch and lunch service. Make reservations online at WhaleysDC.com for dinner starting Monday, May 16th. Reservations are now available.

Photo via Instagram / Whaley’s

by Tim Regan — May 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BIDLocals will be able to take jazzercise, boot camp, Zumba and yoga classes for free in Yards Park and Canal Park starting next Monday, the Capitol Riverfront BID announced in a newsletter.

The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Fitness Series is slated to return to the parks on May 16.

According to the BID, the free classes are available Monday through Saturday each week until Sept. 3.

The full schedule is as follows:

  • Monday at 7:00 p.m.: Jazzercise (Canal Park)
  • Monday at 7:00 p.m.: Boot Camp with Balance Gym (Yards Park)
  • Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.: Zumba with Balance Gym (Yards Park)
  • Wednesday at 6:30 a.m.: Yoga with Balance Gym (Canal Park)
  • Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: Yoga with Balance Gym (Yards Park)
  • Thursday at 7:00 p.m.: Jazzercise with Rebecca Edwards (Yards Park)
  • Friday at 6:30 a.m.: Boot Camp with Balance Gym (Canal Park)
  • Friday at 6:30 a.m.: Yoga with Balance Gym (Yards Park)
  • Saturday at 10:00 a.m.: Boot Camp with Balance Gym (Yards Park)

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID

by Tim Regan — May 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Photo via OrangeTheory FitnessA national fitness chain apparently has plans to open in the Navy Yard neighborhood.

Orangetheory Fitness will open in ORE 82, a mixed-use development at New Jersey and I streets SE., according to a newsletter sent out by the Capitol Riverfront BID.

The new gym is slated to open in 2017, the BID wrote in its email.

More from the BID:

Rappaport, who represented Greystar in the signing of Orangetheory, recently announced the exciting news of ORE 82’s first retail tenant. ORE 82 is comprised of 227 apartment units and 6,000 SF of street level retail space that can be subdivided. Residents will have access to a variety of amenities including a clubhouse with gathering and meeting spaces, afitness center, and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool. ORE 82 is currently under construction and scheduled to deliver in late 2016.

Photo via Facebook / OrangeTheory Fitness Mt. Vernon Triagle

by Andrew Ramonas — May 4, 2016 at 11:20 am 11 Comments

Unit block of I Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)A Hill Now story about an armed robbery at a McDonald’s on the unit block of I Street SE sparked a debate last night over how to identify this chunk of the District.

In our piece, we wrote that the area is in Navy Yard. We’ve traditionally called the area in Southeast D.C. bounded by the Anacostia River, South Capitol Street and the Southeast Freeway as Navy Yard. We refer to the Navy instillation in the area as the Washington Navy Yard.

Although the unit block of I Street SE is at the edge of this area, it fits within these boundaries.

NBC Washington reporter Tom Sherwood released these tweets shortly after we published our story, unleashing a torrent of comments on whether this block is in Navy Yard and whether Navy Yard is even a real neighborhood name:

We’re no strangers to debates about neighborhood names at Local News Now, the parent company of Hill Now. At one of our other websites, Borderstan, which covers a large swath of Northwest D.C., we looked at whether “North End Shaw” is a valid neighborhood name.

Unlike North End Shaw, Navy Yard as a neighborhood name has been around long enough that a neighborhood association and The Washington Post, Washington City Paper and other local news publications use the moniker. This week, for example, DCist, used Navy Yard to describe the neighborhood that is the focus of local blogger Jacqueline Dupree, who runs JDLand.

Instead of Navy Yard, we’ve heard at least part of the neighborhood called Near Southeast, Old City I and Capitol Riverfront.

What do you call the unit block of I Street SE? You can weigh in through the poll and in the comments.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — May 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm 0

A group of people with guns were caught on video jumping through the drive-thru window at a Navy Yard McDonald’s and running away with money from a cash register last week.

Police are looking for three men in Friday’s armed robbery at the fast food restaurant on the unit block of I Street SE, according to authorities.

Surveillance footage police distributed today in connection with crime shows the three men bursting through the drive-thru window, which was open. They then pushed a worker away and returned with another McDonald’s employee, who opened the cash register for them.

Eventually, the men grabbed drawers with money from the register before leaving the eatery.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/MPD

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