DC Scoop, photo via MoKi MediaA spoon might come in handy for an ice cream social slated to return to Union Market this weekend.

Ice cream lovers can purchase ice cream, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and other frozen treats from local businesses in celebration of National Ice Cream Day during DC Scoop at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE) this Sunday at 1 p.m.

Businesses slated to attend the event include Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Carmen’s Italian Ice Dolci Gelati and Timber Pizza Co.

A panel of judges composed of ice cream aficionados from Dolcezza and Puddin’ will help crown the winner of the coveted “Best Ice Cream” title during the ice cream social. The event will also feature ice cream eating contests, raffles, samples and giveaways.

Photo courtesy of MoKi Media


Photo via Midnite BBQFood trucks will sling food late into the night during a special event near Union Market this weekend.

The “Midnite BBQ” will return for its third year at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE) this Sunday, according to its website.

Instead of hamburgers and hot dogs (which are apparently banned from the event) the barbecue’s food trucks will sling alternative fare like vegan food and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tickets are $30 before fees. A portion of the proceeds  go toward a charity that focuses on nutritional education, as its website noted.

More info on the Midnite BBQ from its website:

America is a melting pot of cultures, but the words “BARBECUE” or “cookout ” connote imagery of an “All-American” event, w/ a menu devoid of food that truly reflects our diverse American cultural make-up. To add, most BBQs and cookouts focus on grilling pork, beef and chicken. While people across many cultures enjoy these options, there is a thriving community of health enthusiasts / religious practices with diet restrictions. The MidniteBBQ was inspired by a team member growing up in a Muslim household, having to ask, ” is there pork in this?” at every cookout, potluck and BBQ attended. We decided to flip the script, while catering to everyone…weeding out the ordinary w/ “No Burgers. No Hotdogs”, adding late night hours, a variety of options for restricted diets, and exotic options for the most discerning tastes.

Photo via Midnite BBQ


Trivia Under the Stars, photo via Facebook : Union MarketThe first installment of a three-part outdoor trivia series is scheduled to occur at Union Market Wednesday.

“Trivia Under the Stars,” an event hosted by Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, will return to the market at 1309 5th St. NE Wednesday at 7 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.

“Fuel your brainpower with fresh air at our thought-provoking summer series,” the event post reads. “Enjoy the same trivia format you know and love outdoors at one of the nation’s best food halls.”

Tickets cost $12 for one trivia night or $30 to attend all three.

Photo via Facebook / Union Market


Union Market outdoor movies, photo via Union Market

An outdoor film series is returning to Union Market next Friday, July 1.

“Top Gun,” “Ratatouille” and two other films are scheduled to be projected outside during the Union Market Drive-in, according to event organizers.

The market is scheduled to screen a film on the first Friday of each month until October. Films start at sunset or around 8 p.m., organizers said.

The full list of films are below:

  • “Top Gun” on July 1
  • “Ratatouille” on Aug. 5
  • “Grease” on Sept. 2
  • “Ghostbusters” on Oct. 7

Tickets are $11.50 after fees.

Photo via Union Market


Morning Rundown

Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen at the Capitol Hill Classic (Photo via Twitter/ Charles Allen)

Neighbors Raise Concerns About Homeless Shelter Planned in Southwest — Documents obtained by the Washington Post raise questions about Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to build a homeless shelter next to the Blind Whino event space. [Washington Post]

Man Accused of Killing American University Alumnus on Metro Train in NoMa Offered Plea Bargain — Jasper Spires, the 19-year-old man who is charged with killing American University alumnus Kevin Sutherland in July 2015 was offered a 30-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. [FOX 5]

How a Man With a History of Crime Slipped Through the Cracks of the D.C. Justice System — Antwon Durrell Pitt, a man accused of raping a woman in her Hill East home in October, had an extensive criminal record and violated the terms of his release from prison, but the District justice system failed to prevent him from striking again. [Washington Post]

Plans for Summer Camp Themed Bar Near Union Market Cancelled — Sloppy Joes, sugary cereals and booze will no longer come together after plans for a summer camp-themed bar near Union Market were cancelled by the property owner. [Washington City Paper]

Peruvian Restaurant in NoMa Reopened After Closing Due to Vermin Infestation — Chicken Rico Peruvian restaurant in NoMa reopened on Thursday after briefly closing after a District food safety and hygiene inspector reported a significant pest problem. [Hill Now]


A group of young men sought in a purse snatching near Union Market last week have appeared in surveillance footage.

The robbery happened on the 500 block of Florida Avenue NE Friday morning, according to authorities.

Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows five young men on 6th Street NE near Morse Street NE.

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.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a Robbery Force and Violence in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/MPD

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(Updated at 8:48 a.m.) A driver reportedly plowed through the entrance of the Dolcezza Factory (550 Penn St. NE) near Union Market earlier this morning.

Neighboring business Bullfrog Bagels tweeted about the crash earlier this morning. “Someone drove an SUV through the glass entrance of [Dolcezza Gelato],” the bagel company tweeted.

According to D.C. Police, there was an “accident with injury” and “accident property damage only” called in at approximately 5:43 a.m.

It was immediately if the driver was injured in the crash.

This is the second time this year a driver has run into the building. Someone behind the wheel of a car plowed through the same entrance in January, injuring four people.

Photo via Bullfrog Bagels

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Morning Rundown

8th Street SE underpass, Feb. 17, 2015

Theater at Union Market Update — A developer got initial approval from the Zoning Commission last night to add an Angelika movie theater and office space or residential units above Union Market. Commissioners are divided on whether they’ll let the market’s current sign be moved to the roof. [District Source]

Hill Lawyer Found Dead Was Stabbed in Back — The Hill resident found dead in a hotel room on Feb. 10 was stabbed in the back, police documents show. The records detail the items found in the room. [LegalTimes]

Cold Weather Draining Local Economy — The D.C. region loses an estimated $10 million for each day of winter weather, according to a consumer behavior firm. [WTOP]

Atlas Intersections Festival Starts Tomorrow — Washington Post Express has a nice Venn diagram of all the genres of music, theater and dance to be performed in the Atlas Intersections Festival. It starts Friday and runs through March 7. [Washington Post Express]


Morning Rundown

Hine School building

Sticky Fingers Spinoff Restaurant — The owner of the Columbia Heights vegan bakery Sticky Fingers will open a “diner-style” restaurant/bar/bakery at 4th and H streets NE called Fare Well. [Eater]

CSX Tunnel Gets First Permit — CSX Transportation received the first permit for the expansion of its freight tunnel beneath Virginia Avenue. The permit allows site-preparation work. [JDLand and Washington Business Journal]

Post-Industrial Chic in the ‘Union Market District’ — Developers are modeling a building at 3rd Street and Florida Avenue NE after the feel of New York’s Meatpacking District. The development will be called the Highline, after the elevated NYC park. [Washington Post]

A Tribute to Steve Cymrot — Capitol Hill philanthropist and Riverby Books owner Steve Cymrot was remembered by the American Historical Association for his devotion to community service. [American Historical Association]


A man armed with pepper spray committed a robbery on the block full of wholesalers and warehouses just west of Union Market.

The midday crime occurred about 12:20 p.m. Monday on the 1300 block of 4th Street NE. Surveillance video shows a man with dreadlocks sprinting away from a man who appears to be pointing a gun at him. Police identified the man with dreadlocks as a person of interest.

More information on the circumstances of the robbery was not immediately available.

Overall crime in Police Service Area 506 — which covers NoMa north of Florida Avenue NE — is 43 percent higher this year thus far than the same period last year. Eighty-three crimes have been reported in the area in January so far, compared with 58 crimes in the same period in 2014, Metropolitan Police Department data shows.

Anyone who can identify this individual 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 at 50411. The Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent offense, including armed robbery, committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via MPD

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Morning Rundown

Houses on F Street NE

Morton’s Pharmacy Robbery Update — The same three men who robbed Morton’s Pharmacy on Friday are wanted for robbing two stores in Anacostia, too. The masked men stole cash and prescriptions, and at least one has a gun. [Washington Post]

Uline Arena Redevelopment — In addition to the District’s first REI sporting goods store, the Uline Arena in NoMa will have room for 20,000 square feet of additional retail space and three floors of offices. [Washington Post]

New Design for Big NoMa Building — The design of the Union Market residential and retail complex planned just north of the NoMa Metro station has been revised to “reflect the industrial character of the neighborhood.” [Urban Turf]

Winter Weather Today — Rain and sleet are likely today between 5 and 8 p.m. [National Weather Service]


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