School Safety Meeting on Monday, Oct. 21st
Mark your calendars -- Monday, October 21st, 7:00 - 9:00PM (at District Bridges Office, 3400 11th Street) to discuss safety of our youth in our schools and out of them.Several guests will be there to share their work and experiences with the community, so please join us in listening and discussing this important topic! Click HERE to RSVP!The School Security Division: They are responsible for the in-school School Resource Officers (SROs) and handle everything from the physical safety of the kiddos to issues like gangs, bullying, and other at-risk behavior. They are focused as much on building support options as enforcement, and we're looking forward this is a great to hear how they are partnering with CBOs in the neighborhood and also how we can help support them in that effort.DaSean Jones, Parent of a CHEC student and a huge advocate for youth issues, especially relating to mental health, trauma informed trainings, and equity across the city. He’ll be joined by his daughter, a student at CHECDC Scores: More than just soccer, they are serving the needs of youth beyond the classroom by combining the game with tutoring, helping students succeed and find their voices through creative writing and performances. DPR Roving Leaders: They work with youth in our community to address the needs of students beyond the school walls, provide interventions when needed, and keep students engaged in positive activities.
“They say all good things must come to an end… Sadly after nearly 8 great years The Pinch will be closing it’s doors. We’ve enjoyed our time spent here in Columbia Heights and getting to know our neighbors and friends and would love to see you all before we go! Our last night will be Tuesday 10/22/19!”This bar has been a venue for punk rock shows. We are sad to see The Pinch on 14th Street close its doors. Click HERE to see their post on Facebook.
Our very own Lyman's Tavern on the TODAY SHOW!!!
How pinball is making a comeback!Lyman's Tavern is home of DC's Pinball League... did you know about this???For the 3rd hour of TODAY, NBC’s Savannah Sellers heads to Lyman’s Tavern in Washington, D.C., one of the many venues around the country where pinball competitions are springing back to life. Click on image above to see the video, or click HERE.
Where We Live | Parkview in Northwest Washington
View PhotosPark View in Northwest Washington has families with roots dating back 90 years in the neighborhood. It attracts a diverse population of newcomers of various ages and ethnic backgrounds. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)On a Saturday morning in Northwest Washington’s Park View neighborhood, D.C. Council member Brianne K. Nadeau’s first stop was at a cafe on Georgia Avenue.Heat Da Spot is in a nondescript gray building, but it nonetheless is one of the most popular cafes in the area. Nadeau enthusiastically greeted several customers as she waited for her order to be prepared. “I usually come in here and get my hot chocolate and Ethiopian breakfast, which is so yummy,” Nadeau (D-Ward 1) said.“I think one of the key features of Park View is that it’s really this tightknit residential neighborhood,” she added. “It’s the people, the diversity, it’s knowing the people who own the corner store and all of that that makes it feel like home.”Park View, which has families with roots in the neighborhood dating back 90 years, attracts a diverse population of newcomers with various ages and ethnic backgrounds. The key, Nadeau said, is to balance the needs of all segments of the neighborhood.“I’m beginning an equitable-development plan which will be an opportunity to keep small businesses and longtime residents in the neighborhood even as it’s changing because we’re seeing major growth,” Nadeau said.Uniting after a tragedy: Jennifer Kuiper, who works for a local nonprofit group, is heavily involved in the community. Kuiper said she came to the area by chance, for what was meant to be a short-term living arrangement until she decided where she “really wanted to be.”She only intended to stay three years, but she’s lasted almost nine. “I love the small-town, neighborhood feeling of walking down the street where people greet each other,” she said. “My favorite time is the summer when people come out to plant a few flowers and sit on their porches — you can’t help but know your neighbors.”Kuiper is a member of Georgia Avenue Thrive (GAT), an all-volunteer group of neighbors who initially came together to focus on public safety after a murder at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street. The group quickly expanded to encompass community-building activities, including First Friday specials to support neighborhood businesses, monthly street cleanups, book clubs on issues relating to gentrification and block parties every summer.“I really love how engaged this community is with local initiatives and taking care of each other,” Kuiper said.Many of the businesses on Georgia Avenue are small, family-owned concerns that thrive on longtime customers and word of mouth. “Our success comes from giving more than we take. We don’t measure food really,” said Ben Solomon, Heat Da Spot’s manager.“If I see that somebody finished their eggs, I’ll go say, ‘Do you want more eggs? We aren’t going to charge you.’ If they drink coffee here, we always give them a second cup free and this makes it feel like home for people.”Other businesses include Fish in the Hood, where seafood lovers can indulge in a variety of dishes from catfish to scallops to poultry, pork and veggie sides. Call Your Mother Deli is a recent Georgia Avenue addition that offers seasonal bagel sandwiches, pastrami and even a vegan sandwich — as long as customers are willing to wait. The line at the deli frequently stretches well past the store’s front door.The Park View Recreation Center — which has playgrounds for children, a calisthenics area for adults, a soccer field, a basketball court and space to hold community meetings — serves as the focal point of the neighborhood. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)The Park View Recreation Center — which has playgrounds for children, a calisthenics area for adults, a soccer field, a basketball court and space to hold community meetings — serves as the focal point of the neighborhood.The small streets adjacent to the rec center are residential, lined with colorful rowhouses. The houses, many of which were built in the late 19th century, are distinguished by their front porches and bold pillars.Between D.C. and Baltimore, a place where kids play and eagles soarNadeau and others in the city are attempting to bolster affordable housing by redeveloping Park Morton, a 174-unit public housing community on Georgia Avenue. The project is part of the city’s New Communities Initiative, drafted in 2008, which aims to revitalize distressed subsidized housing and redevelop neighborhoods into high-quality mixed-income communities. The new Park Morton will provide nearly 500 units; completion is aimed for 2022.Living there: Park View is nestled between Columbia Heights and Petworth. It’s bordered roughly by Sherman and New Hampshire avenues to the west, Rock Creek Church Road to the north, the Armed Forces Retirement Home property to the east and Howard University to the south.WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Fay Williamson, 70, takes three dogs for a walk -- hers and a neighbors -- in the Park View neighborhood in Washington, DC on February 13, 2019. Williamson said she has lived in the neighborhood since 1992. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)There are 12 condos, two co-ops and 16 rowhouses for sale, said Lou Vivas of the Viva the Life Properties LLC team at Keller Williams. They range from a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo for $295,000 to a three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo for $1,095,000.During the past six months, 70 homes have sold in Park View, ranging from a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo for $308,500 to a five-bedroom, four-bathroom rowhouse for $1,150,000.Schools: Bruce-Monroe Elementary @ Park View, Harriet Tubman Elementary, Columbia Heights Middle, Roosevelt High and Benjamin Banneker Academic High.Transit: Residents have access to the Georgia Avenue/Petworth and Columbia Heights Metro stations, both on the Green and Yellow lines. Metrobus has extensive service along Georgia Avenue.Crime: According to crimemap.dc.gov , one homicide, four assaults with a dangerous weapon, 20 robberies and 14 burglaries have been recorded in the Park View area in the past year.Click HERE to read original article, published on February 21st, 2019
Sculpture of African American Last Supper in the old Mormon Church Building on Holmead...!
A Massive Sculpture of an African American Last Supper, Hidden for Years, Has Been Discovered in Columbia HeightsJoy Zinoman got an unexpected phone call last week. Demolition had just begun inside a former church in Columbia Heights that she’s turning into the new home of the Studio Acting Conservatory. Now the boss of the the crew working was on the line to tell the Studio Theatre founder about a remarkable discovery his guys made: An enormous frieze of the Last Supper that was hidden behind drywall for more than a decade.The building on Holmead Place, Northwest, had been slated to become condos before the conservatory bought it earlier this year. It was built in 1980, city records say, to house New Home Baptist Church, which moved to Landover, Maryland, in the 1990s. After that it became a building for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A signature on the lower right of the sculpture leaves no doubt at which point it joined the building’s history: “All rights reserved 1982 Akili Ron Anderson.”Click HERE to read full article.
Where to watch the Nats playoff games Columbia Heights & Park View
Via Washington PostIt's a great time to be a Nationals fan. After their stunning victory on Wednesday, the Nats are headed to Game 1 against the St Louis Cardinals tonight, Friday Oct 11th at 8:08 PM. The Washington Nationals overcame a slow start and long odds to reach the National League Championship Series and are now the favorites to reach the franchise's first World Series. Whether you're a life-long or bandwagon fan, you won't want to miss the celebrations. Here's where you can watch the games and join in the fun around our neighborhood. Midlands Beer Garden3333 Georgia Ave NWMidlands will be showing the game on both inside and outside screens and serving up specials like $5 pints of Mermaid Pilsner and $4 pints of PBR.Lou's City Bar 1400 Irving St NW Lou's was just voted One of DC's Best Sports Bars in 2019 for good reason. With 24 taps, 23 HD TVs, a massive 140" projector and an outdoor patio bar - this is one of the best places to watch the NCLS series. via Lou's City Bar FacebookHook Hall 3400 Georgia Ave NWPersonally one of our go-to spots in the city - this new beer garden is the ultimate club house meets sports bar. Dozens of screens, a massive projector, outdoor cabanas, newly a hundred different types of beers available, plus cornhole... what's not to love? Let us know where you end up for the games and #LETSGONATS !!Washington Nationals vs St. Louis CardinalsGame 1 - Friday, Oct 11 at 8:08 PM in St. LouisGame 2 - Saturday, Oct 12 at 4:08 PM in St. LouisGame 3 - Monday, Oct 14 at TBD in DCGame 4 - Tuesday, Oct 15 at TBD in DCMidlandsLou's City BarHook HallFranklin HallEl TioIf we missed a spot, let us know... comment on our site or our Facebook! Also, let us know if any spots are offering drink and food specials during the games!
Columbia Heights is a vibrant, diverse and, for D.C., affordable neighborhood
What do you think of this article? To read original article, click HERE. By Haben Kelati Oct. 10, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. EDTWhere We Live | Columbia Heights in Northwest WashingtonShareView PhotosColumbia Heights is a Northwest Washington neighborhood bounded by 16th Street, Sherman Avenue, Spring Road and Florida Avenue. The Columbia Heights Civic Plaza is home to a farmers market. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)On Sunday afternoons in Columbia Heights, a neighborhood in Northwest Washington, Meridian Hill Park is the place to be. Or Malcolm X Park, as it is unofficially known by locals. A group of 20 or so percussionists settle on what usually is a pathway in the park and turn it into a stage. An African-inspired drum circle has played in this park on Sundays for more than 40 years.These afternoons in Meridian Hill Park are representative of the neighborhood, a community strengthened by cultural traditions. Residents are quick to point to diversity as one of their favorite aspects of the neighborhood. According to the latest census data, Ward 1, which consists mostly of Columbia Heights, has the largest Latino population within the city. The Latino heritage is evident throughout the neighborhood. Various corners have boxes for the Spanish-language newspaper, the Washington Hispanic. The Latin American Youth Center on Columbia Road NW is an after-school community center for neighborhood kids. The GALA Hispanic Theatre on 14th Street promotes Hispanic heritage through theater productions.Click HERE to read full article...The GALA Hispanic Theatre on 14th Street promotes Hispanic heritage through theater productions. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
Creative partnerships w/nonprofit developers - Affordable Housing Crisis
The MaycroftD.C. had the highest intensity of gentrification in the country between 2000 and 2013, according to a study from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition; one of those neighborhoods is Columbia Heights. It’s home to The Maycroft, a five-story Italian Renaissance-style apartment building that was built after World War I.Before the Great Recession, a developer wanted to renovate the property, where the tenant mix is predominantly low-income, and sell the units as market-rate condominiums. When those plans fell through, Jubilee Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer that creates justice housing, stepped in and purchased the building in 2011. Today, the fully-renovated Maycroft provides an affordable residence to 64 families, of which two-thirds of the units are for households earning at or below 30% of area median income – or about $36,000 for a family of four.Click HERE to read full article. To learn more about this, click HERE.
Book Sale @ CoHi Civic Plaza!
Join Carpe Librum at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza for a nonprofit book sale! Browse over 15,000 gently used books, CDs, and DVDs, all on sale for under $6. Books are provided by Carpe Librum, a used, donation-based bookstore benefiting the DC nonprofit Turning the Page.There's something for everyone at this sale: children's books, teen reads, brand-new bestsellers in amazing condition, classic vintage hardbacks, and more!This event is made possible by the generous support of District Bridges.
Volunteer Opportunity -- Halloween Fright Night!!!
Dear Neighbors,Please join North Columbia Heights Civic Association's annual Fright Night for another year of family-friendly fun (flier attached)! All activities are on Halloween (Thursday, Oct 31). You can sign-up to volunteer online: https://forms.gle/gHrhbwd7buvLgBU27 or email YaVonne Boyd directly (cc'ed). Volunteers are welcome to help with set-up, take-down, face painting, kids and dog costume contests, games, outdoor movie, etc!Hope to see you there!SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES5:30-7:30PM Trolley Park Festival (11th & Monroe): games, costume contest, treats, palm reading, Mr Hoots6:15PM Dog Costume Contest (11th & Park)6:30-8:00PM BloomBars Halloween Dance Party (3222 11th St NW)7:00-9:00PM Family-Friendly Movie @ Triangle Park (Sherman & Park)Sponsors: North Columbia Heights Civic Association, Community Wellness Alliance, Faces of our Children, District Bridges, Friends of the Rolley Park, Encounter Church, Viva the Life, Earth Conservation Corp, BloomBars, Park Road Community Church, Friends of the Triangle Park
Cumbia In Motion Music Festival TODAY @ 3pm!
We are pleased to announce that La Colombopercutiva invites you to be part of our Cumbia in Motion for Immigrants and Refugees Music Festival which will take place on Saturday October 5th from 3pm to 9pm at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza. We are expecting this to be an afternoon full of activities, music and food catered for families and people of all ages from around Columbia Heights and D.CLa Colombopercutiva wants to celebrate the beauty of immigrants and refugees and we hope you celebrate with us.
Community Cleanup this Saturday, 10 am @ 14th & Park Road
Community cleanup scheduled on October 5th, 10AM-12PM for Park Road, Hiatt Place, and Powell/16th Street Park. Sacred Heart will be partnering with us as well. Afterwards, I would be happy to grab a coffee (or beer) if folks want to catch up on issues. Everyone is meeting at the corner of Sacred Heart Way/Pine Street & Park Road @ 10am sharp.
Our very own Taqueria Habanero Recognized with the Bib Gourmand designation!
Michelin inspectors reveal 44 affordable favorites in fourth editionof The MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C.WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 24, 2019 — Michelin today released its list of 44 restaurants in Washington, D.C., that earned the Bib Gourmand distinction, featuring 10 new additions.Michelin’s anonymous inspectors have been dining around the District for four years now and, while the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs. The Bib Gourmand designation is recognized by travelers as an affordable and remarkable dining experience.Introduced in 1997, Bib Gourmand restaurants are awarded by Michelin inspectors to establishments that serve good quality food at a good value, often described as “personal favorites” of Michelin inspectors when dining on their own time. Bib Gourmand restaurants offer a full menu of a starter, main course and dessert, making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).Thirty-six cuisine types will appear in the 2020 MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., reflecting the diversity of cuisine found in the nation’s capital. Notable fare among the Bib Gourmands includes Caribbean (Cane), Barbecue (Federalist Pig), Lao (Hanumanh), Italian (Stellina Pizzeria), and Ethiopian (Zenebech).The announcement of D.C. Bib Gourmand restaurants comes one week before the announcement of its complete 2020 selection, including starred restaurants. The 2020 Michelin-starred restaurants in Washington, D.C., will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and will go on sale Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at major book sellers for a suggested retail price of $12.95 (ISBN 9782067239005).Here’s the list of new Bib Gourmands, with a short description of each restaurant...Taqueria HabaneroThe handmade tortillas and mole give you a sense of the kitchen’s talent at this Puebla-focused Mexican restaurant, where everything is executed with the finest care.3710 14th St NWWashington, DC 20010(202) 722-7700Click HERE to read full article.
Little Havana Is Closing, For Real This Time
Little Havana opened in summer 2018 on a busy block of 14th St. NW.Travis Mitchell / DCistLittle Havana is calling it quits—for real this time. The Cuban restaurant in Columbia Heights announced Wednesday that it will close on Saturday, just 13 months after opening and five months after a previous closing announcement.Chef Alfredo Solis will replace his Little Havana with another restaurant, Anafre, expected to open this fall. According to a release, the restaurant is named for the Spanish word for a portable clay oven, which Solis’ mother used to cook meals in his childhood home. Many of the dishes—including chicken, ribs, and fish brushed with green mole, the Mexican flatbread tlayuda—will be cooked in an open kitchen over charcoal. Even a deep-fried lobster will be finished on the grill.Click HERE to read full article.
Meet your ANC members at the market TODAY...!
Fresh food, sweet sounds, and community, twice every week!Saturdays 9am-1pm, Wednesdays 4-7pm Columbia Heights Civic Plaza¡Comida fresca, sonidos dulces y comunidad, dos veces por semana!Sábados de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m., miércoles de 4 a 7 p.m.Plaza Cívica de Columbia Heights