By e-mail we were notified of the next Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast meeting. There is no cost to attend. Please indicate if you heard of this meeting from Penn Quarter Living:
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting
Thursday, August 6, 8:30 am
Occidental Grill & Seafood
1475 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center, exit 13th and G or 12th & F
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 – 8:55am
Brief Announcements: 9:00am
Speaker begins after Announcements
Rich will give a quick overview of how much of Downtown has changed since the BID’s creation in 1997 before presenting his vision for its future.
Please respond if you plan on attending this meeting as it will help our host prepare.
RSVP via email to my new email address by noon Tuesday, August 4 to Jo-Ann[at]PennQuarter.org
Include the first and last names of all those attending and their affiliations.
If you’re a fan of the brown spirit, be sure to check out the selection at Plan B Burger (801 Penn. Ave., NW). It’s one of the more diverse offerings in our neighborhood.
The International Trade Center (ITC) on Pennsylvania Ave will host the Live! Concert Series on the Plaza in Woodrow Wilson Plaza (13th St and Penn Ave NW) beginning in August and running into early October. On a side note, this series ran in the evening for the summer of 2007 when we saw MC Hammer bring it old school.
From the ITC website, find the details below:
August 3 – October 2
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Woodrow Wilson Plaza
From blues and jazz to rock and funk, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere.
Enjoy free lunchtime performances featuring world-renowned entertainers in a variety of flavors. There is plenty of outdoor seating so take the Metro, grab lunch from Plaza Bar or the food court and spend the afternoon grooving.
The potential redevelopment of the Museum Square Apartments (401 K St NW) and the impact on its residents, many of whom are Chinese, is starting to take root in the DC press and in the local community’s discourse. Today’s Washington Post includes an article in the Style section that paints the human picture of the Museum Square community. In addition, Jews United for Justice, Think Local First, and Andy Shallal (owner of Busboys and Poets right down the street), are hosting a party to support the Museum Square tenants’ struggle to remain in their community.
There’s no doubt that redevelopment of downtown DC and the spread of gentrification eastward through the city makes the Museum Square property more valuable than it was 10 years ago. That said, one does have to ponder whether or not uprooting longstanding residents without a sensible plan for resettlement and allowing a real estate company to flaunt the spirit of DC housing law is something the broader DC community and the local neighborhood should allow happen.
This view from a friend’s balcony of the rooftop garden at Oyamel (401 7th St., NW) got us a little curious. Thanks to an article from Washington City Paper, we discovered that Chef Jose Andres is trying his hand at growing his own produce in the heart of DC with the help of Up Top Acres. Several local restaurants and chefs have been going hyper local with their own gardens and farms, such as Charlie Palmer Steak, Poste, and Lafayette at the Hay Adams. If you’re like us and instead of a green thumb you kill everything you plant, then let the friendly folks at Love & Carrots help you plan and maintain anything from kitchen herbs to a full produce planter.
The Georgetown Valet dry cleaners storefront is now open at 614 E St NW next to the entrance of the Clara Barton condo and they are offering a 30% grand opening discount for a period of time. Georgetown Valet has a number of other outlets in the DC area. This was formerly the Bo Dogs hot dog shop and Potato Valley Cafe.
Georgetown Valet (dry cleaners)
614 E St NW
Store phone: 202-347-6500
Pick-Up & Delivery: 202-769-7777
Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 7 pm
Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm
The second Monday of the month means that it’s time for the ANC 2C (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) to meet in the MLK Library (9th and G St NW) on Monday, July 13 at 6:30 pm (Lower level – Room A-3).
On to the full agenda as delivered to us by the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association:
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of June Meeting Minutes
Treasurer’s Report and Business Items
1. www.anc2c.us – New web site, by Commissioner Higgins
Brief Community Announcements and Presentations
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Remodeling Plan, Rich Reyes-Gavilin, Executive Director DC Public Library, and team. (202-727-1188)
2. DC Statehood and Shadow Representative’s Office. Hon. Franklin Garcia, Shadow Representative, District of Columbia. (202-727-9113.
3. DC Public Schools, Elias Hoffman, (202-441-4692),email@example.com
4. Northwest Current Newspaper, Davis Kennedy, (202-567-2018), firstname.lastname@example.org
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Licensing
1. Centrolina Merkato, ABRA Class B license, for retail sale of beer and wine (Public Notice announcement only)
Local Events Impacting Community
1. 18th Annual Race to Cure Leukemia and Lymphoma, Saturday, October 17, 2015. Jewel Hanson, (703-307-2734), Jewel.Hanson@msn.com
2. American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Cycling, Saturday, September 26, 2015. (No Street Closure.) Jewel Hanson, (703-307-2734), email@example.com
Transportation, Zoning, and Public Space
1. Steve Jumper, Ghost Note, Parking, (240-505-5299)
2. Capital Crossing/Third Street Tunnel, 301 Mass Ave, 202.367.6485, www.3rdsttunnel.com
Upcoming Neighborhood Events
Yoga in the Park with VIDA Fitness, Monday, July 27, 7:00pm, Chinatown Park, 500 I Street, NW
Next meeting: Monday, August 10, 6:30 pm – same location
ANC 2C01 – John Tinpe, 2C01@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C02 – Harold Closter, 2C02@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C03 – Jeffrey Higgins, 2C03@anc.dc.gov