East of the River

02/21/2017 - 3:23pm
Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) encourages individuals and families in the District of Columbia to take advantage of trusted and high-quality free tax preparation services offered for-the-benefit of low- and moderate-income DC residents in all 8 wards and online. DC residents who in 2016 earned $54,000 or less (with dependents) or $35,000 or less (without dependents) are eligible for in-person free income tax preparation services. These services are provided by IRS-certified community... >>more
02/16/2017 - 10:21am
Grant Archives, Anacostia Museum Keep Jazz History Living “The only jazz-specific archive in the DC area is found at the University of the District of Columbia … At the heart of the archives is the Felix E. Grant Collection, which includes sound recordings, audio interviews, photographs, books and manuscript material,” says the spring 2014 “Jazz in Washington” publication by the Historical Society of Washington, DC. “These relate to Grant’s fifty-year... >>more
02/16/2017 - 9:15am
Washington is known for its wealth of museums and cultural offerings, providing educational and recreational opportunities to visitors and residents alike. With so many history, science, and art museums to choose from, it can be easy to overlook institutions off the beaten path. One such is the National Museum of the US Navy (NMUSN), located here in Capitol Hill at the Navy Yard. The NMUSN is also home to the Cold War Gallery, which provides a comprehensive understanding of the role of the Navy... >>more
02/15/2017 - 9:12am
"Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism" at the NGA Despite his contributions to the birth of impressionism, Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) remains relatively unknown. A thematic presentation of 75 works including paintings by contemporaries such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir will bring to light Bazille’s place as a central figure. Several examples from the Gallery’s collection, which houses the largest group of Bazille’s works... >>more
02/14/2017 - 10:12am
Following years of community meetings, rounds of presentations before the Historic Preservation Review Board, and hearings before the Mayor’s Agent, the Big K development project, now branded Maple View Flats, on the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, has secured financing. Chapman Development LLC recently closed on a $50 million project to construct a 114-unit mixed-use building. The financing involved multiple funding agreements, including commitments from Bank of America... >>more
02/14/2017 - 9:30am
Efforts by officials of the DC government to improve the living conditions of renters in the city, particularly those east of the Anacostia River, may have taken another step forward. Earlier this month the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) secured a court-ordered repair plan that requires Sanford Capital LLC and its partners make immediate and long-term improvements at Terrace Manor apartments in Ward 8 while temporarily waiving residents’ rents.  That action, established through... >>more
02/11/2017 - 11:25am
One of the most complex and confusing undertakings of our environmental agencies is the cleanup of urban rivers. It is very important that we know what is going on and what the results are likely to be and when. It’s not that we can’t trust our public agencies to do a job. It is whether or not that job meets our expectations and our desires, since every person can have a different idea what “clean” is. Let’s dive in and see what we can learn about cleaning up the... >>more
02/11/2017 - 10:07am
The month before Donald Trump was elected president of the United States the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAHC) opened its doors. This newly built institution should serve as a watch tower from which to view the next four years. Too often we read history books while suffering from amnesia. Our eyes read words and paragraphs but we fail to comprehend the narrative that can grab ahold of us like a ball and chain.  After the November election many could be seen... >>more
02/11/2017 - 9:11am
Donald Trump famously campaigned on promises to “make America great again” by fighting for working people. Yet his nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, has a long history of fighting against workers’ rights, both at his own companies and from a policy standpoint. He is the wrong choice for Labor Secretary. Puzder’s nomination would be confirmation that the District needs to continue charting its own path to helping workers, especially the least powerful. That... >>more