Fantastic southern and western penthouse view? Check. Washington Monument visible? Check. Rooftop swimming pool? Check. Renovated with upgraded appliances? Check. Two bedrooms and one bathroom? Check. Parking available? Check. Multiple balconies? Check.
We’ve seen many, many, many condos in downtown DC including this one and this unit at the Lafayette ranks in the top three we know of because of the view, the quality of the renovation, the building’s amenities, and the prime Penn Quarter location. This is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit on the top floor of the Lafayette at Penn Quarter (631 D St NW). The asking price is $699K, the condo fee is $632/month, and the total area is 1075 square feet.
Are you king of the corner? Yes you are!
A sign is up on the glass doors of Menu MBK (405 8th St NW) indicating the venue is now closed and to refer to the article in the Washington Post on the matter for more information. Both Menu’s website and Twitter accounts have vaporized. Menu opened in late January of this year having been repurposed from the restaurant Azur opened by Chef Frederik de Pue in April of 2013.
According to the Washington Post article, Menu never quite turned the profit that was hoped for by investors so the concept is now closed. We visited a number of times and really only saw convenience store shopping hit critical mass in the week that followed opening. Otherwise, the store portion on the ground floor was pretty sparsely populated. We’ll keep an eye out for what comes next in the space.
The Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show runs Saturday and Sunday with an advance chance purchase opportunity this evening. This is a show at the National Building Museum of over 50 American craft and wearable art designers all previously juried into the renowned Smithsonian Craft Show, offering unique jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Items for women and men will be available in all price ranges, with many under $100. Produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee this show benefits the mission of the Smithsonian to increase and diffuse knowledge.
Details follow below (h/t Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association):
October 24th – 26th
Over 50 Artists Displaying and Selling Wearable Art, Clothing, Jewelry, & Accessories
Advance Chance Party
Friday, October 24 – 5:30 – 9 pm
First Shopping Opportunity
Wine, light buffet, and music
$65 per person
Advance Purchase Required at 202.633.3030 or 888.832.9554 or on line here.
Saturday, October 25 – 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, October 26 – 11 am – 5 pm
Tickets at the door – $8 cash only
At the National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square, museum exit
In honor of the premiere of “Little Dancer” The Musical at The Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art (4th St. at Constitution Ave., NW) is hosting a special exhibit of Degas’ famous statuette and 14 other works. Additionally, The Kirov Ballet Academy will perform a 19th century ballet rehearsal inspired by Degas’ work Nov. 28-30 in the museum’s West Garden Court.
The Washington Ballet performs Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker Dec. 4-24 at the Warner Theatre (13th and E Sts., NW).
An interesting film and discussion, “Glacial Balance,” is coming to the Koshland Science Museum (6th and E St NW) on Thursday, November 6.
The film director (Ethan Steinman) and a scientist featured in the film (Lonnie Thompson) will screen and talk about the making of this film, which includes first-hand accounts of the impacts of climate change on people and communities across South America and insights about the long-term consequences of glacial ice melt. With stunning scenery and images, the film presents a vivid depiction of how scientists collect and preserve ice cores from mountain glaciers and describes the importance of collecting and analyzing data from ice cores.
The Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association is hosting a pre-election breakfast roundtable so that downtown business and residents can hear directly from the electoral candidates for the upcoming general elections on November 4. The details follow below:
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting Reminder
Meet the Candidates
Thursday, October 23, 8:15am
600 14th Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center, exit 13th and G streets
Continental Breakfast 8:15 – 8:40am
Candidate Panels 8:45am
At Large DC Council Member David Catania (IND)
Former At Large DC Council Member Carol Schwartz (IND)
At Large DC Council Candidates
At Large Council Member Anita Bonds (DEM)
Elissa Silverman (IND)
Robert White (IND)
Attorney General Candidates
Lorie Master (DEM)
Karl Racine (DEM)
Paul Zuckerberg (DEM)
John Tinpe – ANC 2C01
Harold Closter – ANC 2C02
Kevin Wilsey – ANC 2C03
Jeffrey Higgins – ANC 2C03
Note: Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser (DEM) Candidate for Mayor was invited but declined. DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (DEM) Candidate for DC Council Chairman was invited but has not yet responded.
RSVP via email by noon Tuesday, October 21 to Jo-Ann@PennQuarter.org – please respond if you plan on attending this meeting as it will help our host prepare.
If there are issues affecting Penn Quarter not presented previously that you would like the candidates to be made aware of, please include them in your response to Jo-Ann@PennQuarter.org
Include the first and last names and affiliations of all people attending
Here are just of a few fun foodie events coming to the area that are on our radar.
Thursday, October 16: Be part of the solution to ending world hunger on World Food Day. Dine at any of Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup restaurants and 10% of sales will go to World Central Kitchen. Or you can help with a twitterfest, #toastafarmer #wfd2014
Sunday, October 26: Join Mario Batali and Jim Webster (Washington Post) for a luncheon at Zaytinya (701 9th St., NW) to celebrate their new cookbook, America Farm to Table. Portion of the proceeds benefit FreshFarm Markets. Tickets available here.
Thursday, November 13: Join Heart’s Delight and the American Heart Association for a special screening of the film, “American Wine Story,” at E Street Cinema (555 11th St., NW) with reception and wine tasting. Tickets available here.