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12/03/2016 - 10:36am
District Wharf Update A press event was held on Nov. 16 at District Wharf with the Spanish tall ship replica “El Galeon” as a backdrop. It was announced that law firm Fish+Richardson will occupy 60,000 square feet of space on the top two floors of 1000 Maine, a 250,000 square-foot trophy office building just starting to come out of the ground on Parcel 1 of District Wharf, near the Municipal Fish Market. The law firm will move from its current downtown location by May 2018. This is... >>more
12/03/2016 - 10:03am
In the first week of October an ad asking $300 for a Surly Long Haul Trucker bicycle in DC popped up on the website OfferUp. It looked clean, and the seller, “Jay,” listed it as having “normal wear” for a used bike. One problem: that bike retails at nearly $2,000. Local DC biker Chris Olin and BikeIndex.org’s Bryan Hance saw the ad and knew the seller had stolen it. No one resells a $2,000 bike for $300. The two cross-referenced it with BikeIndex’s... >>more
12/03/2016 - 9:42am
Confusion over new custodial and security costs sent several afterschool programs in the District into a panic in September. The DC Department of General Services (DGS) started charging rent in the 2016-17 year to use the buildings, and DC Public Schools (DCPS) increased the fees for the security and custodial services. For non-DCPS programs like Springboard Education, the annual cost to run programs out of DCPS schools skyrocketed. The programs had paid nothing before the 2016-17 school year,... >>more
11/19/2016 - 9:10am
Happy Happy Teddy Wilson! Just happened to be enjoying the classic CD “Pres and Teddy” by the Lester Young-Teddy Wilson Quartet (Verve, 1956), focusing on the exquisiteness of Wilson’s piano playing, and realized Wilson (1912-86) is one of our birthday heroes this month, and his day, Nov. 24, is also Thanksgiving Day. From the book “Jazz,” by Mervyn Cooke (Thames and Hudson, 1998): “[Benny] Goodman began making a name for himself in July 1935 when he recorded... >>more
11/18/2016 - 10:23am
For just under a year, Bloomingdale’s The Pub & the People has had a tenant in its basement. Little Wild Things Farm, which opened in December 2014, established its second location in the bar/restaurant’s lower floor last November. This month it will be opening a third location, in Bloomingdale’s Wicked Bloom. The urban farm, run by founder and chief veggie officer Mary Ackley and associate farm manager Chelsea Barker, began at the Carmelite Friars Catholic Monastery in... >>more
11/18/2016 - 9:13am
On Friday, Oct. 28, NoMa had a grand introduction to its newest retail destination. Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), a sporting goods and outdoor equipment franchise, opened a new flagship store inside the same complex as the future Uline Arena, in the shadows of the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro stop. The celebration had been publicized throughout the summer, most notably at the current site of Wunder Garten (which is at the intersection of First and L streets NE). REI and Wunder Garten co-... >>more
11/18/2016 - 9:12am
You may think that the time to plant bulbs was in September, or October at the latest. Think again. With the hottest year on record, and temperatures hitting 90 degrees on Oct. 19, we must move back our bulb planting to November. Spring flowering bulbs are best planted after the first hard frost. If you’re reading this in early November, you are right on time to begin a bulb planting campaign, which is one 2016 campaign guaranteed to bring you pleasure. Bulb Basics Bulbs are the most... >>more
11/18/2016 - 8:18am
The Farmers’ Almanac and other weather forecasters all warn that we’re headed for a winter with above-average snowfall and below-normal temperatures for the Washington area. We may be lulled into complacency by a mild end of the year, but some sources are predicting more than 24 inches of snow for February. For Hill homeowners that much snow can cause monumental problems. Fall is a great time to prepare for weather-related issues. That includes doing an annual check of equipment and... >>more
11/17/2016 - 10:12am
The Washington Ballet (TWB) offers a wide range of adult classes designed to promote excellent physical technique, strength, and flexibility in a non-competitive atmosphere that allows individuals and groups to connect with friends and loved ones and meet new people. “I started taking adult classes with TWB to meet new people and do something different – something out of my normal routine, and I am excited to be here,” stated one of the class attendees. After my dance partner... >>more
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