Thursday, June 29, 2006

Carl's Subs

Try Carl's Subs. It's a great sub shop at 2208 Rhode Island Avenue NE (Woodridge). Lunchtime is crowded but worth the wait. Our favorite is the #9. Check the place out and you'll understand.

Disclaimer: Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts is not affiliated with the sub shop. (They don't even know we're writing about them.)

Woodridge White T-Shirt

Summer Sale Ends Friday

Summer Sale Ends Friday

Markdown on selected items at Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts!

* small mug : $2 off
* kids' baseball jersey : $2 off
* men's sleeveless : $3 off
* women's tank top : $3 off
* green t-shirt : $2 off
* trucker cap : $2 off

Hurry! Sale ends June 30, 2006.

Three Stars and Two Bars Women's Tank Top

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tuesday in Brookland

It's Tuesday in Brookland, that means:

1. You can get fresh produce at the farmer's market(Brookland metro) from 4 to 7 pm.

2. After you shop the farmer's market, you can head over to Turkey Thicket Rec Center for a pick-up volleyball game at 7:15 pm.

3. If you didn't get enough exercise from volleyball, walk with the Orange Hats at 8:30 pm. They meet at 14th & Irving Streets NE.

Happy Tuesday!

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Reminder: Vote for Best Brookland Restaurant

Remember to vote for your favorite Brookland restaurant. The poll is to your right in the sidebar.

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Summer Sale at Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts

Summer Sale Going on Now

Markdown on selected items at Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts!

* small mug : $2 off
* kids' baseball jersey : $2 off
* men's sleeveless : $3 off
* women's tank top : $3 off
* green t-shirt : $2 off
* trucker cap : $2 off

Hurry! Sale ends June 30, 2006.

Three Stars and Two Bars Women's Tank Top

Enjoy and protect the Potomac River

Having access to water in the city is one of the great things about living in Washington DC. Even better is that there are so many ways to enjoy the Potomac River that it's too much for one blog post. So we've put together a Squidoo resource page for the Potomac River. It's filled with information on recreation, conservation, quotes, and river trivia. We hope you enjoy it and the Potomac.

Winter Falls Mini Poster Print

Great Falls Composite Mini Poster Print

More Pictures of the Potomac River

Coming soon: Ways to enjoy the Anacostia River

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Help Free DC this Independence Day

Support DC Vote by ordering Taxation Without Representation merchandise. DC Vote strives to get democracy for DC residents. And they sell the ultra-cool license plate shirts. DC Vote's mission statement: DC Vote is a 501 (c) (3) educational and advocacy organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress for the residents of the District of Columbia.

Ward 5 Democrats Convention

Ward 5 Democrats Convention
Presented by Ward 5 Democratic Committee
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Noyes School
10th & Franklin Streets, NE
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
(1:30 to 4 pm Ward-wide motorcade to promote voter registration)

For additional information, contact Anita Bonds dcbonsa at

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Last night's ANC 5A07 Meeting

Here are highlights from ANC 5A07's meeting last night. Three guests presented and there were about 16 attendees.

Officer Robinson, MPD
You probably know Officer Robinson as the cop who walks the beat on 12th street. He read PSA 5A02 crime stats that compared the last 30 days to the 30 days prior to them. (Got it?) Crime was down in all areas he covered from violent crime to auto theft. kCommunity members gave the officer the addresses of various nuisance properties, which he promised to follow-up on.

Sara Glass, Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House ("the House") is doing a land swap with the Franciscan Monastery. The Ronald McDonald House needs a new House to accommodate up to 100 additional families per year and to provide the families with private bathrooms. Of the two parcels of land the monastery was willing to swap, the House prefers the lot at 14th and Perry Streets. The entrance would be on Perry Street. The House is waiting for a response from the monastery. In addition, the House will need to go to the Zoning board to get its certificate of occupancy moved to the new site. Ideally, Ms. Glass said the House wants to be in its new space by early 2008.

Eric Rogers, ANC Liasion, DCRA
Don't you wish every DC government agency had an ANC liasion? Mr. Rogers was very knowledgeable. He explained the status of the church parking lot issue on the 1400 block of Jackson street. It's really too much to go into here but the issue seems to finally be headed to some resolution.

Community Concerns
Three neighbors who live adjacent to the future YES Organic Market raised their issues with the construction site. (If we knew the neighbors' names, we'd list the damage they allege to their properties.) Mr. Rogers said DCRA was aware of the situation and it was being looked into.

Ward 5 candidate watch: Bruce Marshall was present.

ANC5A07 will not hold a July meeting.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Reminder: ANC 5A07 meeting is tonight

The next 5A07 Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20th.

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Slowe Elementary School Library

William Boston, Commissioner for 5A07

Police Report

Eric Rogers, ANC Advocate
Office of Zoning

Sara Glass, Director of Development
Ronald McDonald House

Community Concerns

Brookland CDC's annual public meeting

The Brookland CDC's annual public meeting was well-attended. People were going in an out but at times there were more than 35 people in the room. Since the meeting ran for about 2 hours (not including the half-hour reception at the beginning), we're not doing a summary. We'll talk about what we found interesting.

Mary Farrell, who was serving as interim Executive Director until an executive director was appointed this month, talked about upcoming fundraising events. She said that this year the CDC plans to have its annual festival, a golf tournament and possibly a run.

The new Executive Director Lee Alexander gave brief remarks about her looking forward to working with the community and the board.

During his report on economic vitality Richard Layman said that after 40 years of neglect, we can't expect DC neighborhoods to be revitalized overnight.

Board member Lisa Farrell said the CDC had received $300,000 in neighborhood investment funding to improve the 12th street commercial area.

President Lavinia Wohlfarth said the CDC will be hiring additional staff in the fall. The CDC's 2005 annual report which details its finances was distributed near the end of the meeting.

Ward 5 Candidate Watch: Harry "Tommy" Thomas Jr. was present

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Logan Circle parking crisis reaches Texas

The parking crisis between Logan Circle neighbors and the community's churches has reached Texas via an article in the Houston Chronicle.

Logan Circle White T-Shirt

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Join your neighbors for volleyball

Join your neighbors for pick-up volleyball.

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
Tuesday, June 20
7:15 p.m.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Saint's Bourbon Street

On the Brookland yahoo list serve, new restaurant Saint's Bourbon Street is getting mixed reviews. Some love it (and the turkey wings). Some complain about it. If Saint's Bourbon Street is your new fav, be sure to vote for it our poll (on the right sidebar). If it's not, well, we guess you'll be voting for another place.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Graham Collection to host poetry reading on Saturday

Brookland Writers Celebrate Brookland Artists II
Poems ekphrasis and about art and artists.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Graham Collection
3518 Twelfth Street NE
Washington DC

This is a Brookland Area Writers and Artists poetry reading. In case you missed Brookland Writers Celebrate Brookland Artists I, it was standing room only.

Toward a Healthier DC

1. Here's a community mini-guide How to Plan Your First Health Fair. Whether you find the mini-guide useful or useless, please let us know in a comment.

2. Today's Washington Post has an article about an effort to provide every DC resident with a "medical home". It's an initiative of the DC Primary Care Association and the city to increase access to primary care and to prevent residents from using emergency rooms for that purpose. Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts applauds the city and the Association for taking our this very laudable and daunting task.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Odds and ends

Here are a few unrelated odds and ends.

1. We've joined Squidoo. Here's our lens: lens.

2. Get a feed to subscribe to this blog.

3. If you're a Cafepress shopkeeper, get the book Success with Cafepress. It's also perfect for someone who is about to open a Cafepress premium shop. We've had a Cafepress shop for a year and we still found lots of helpful tips.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Reminder: Brookland CDC annual meeting is Monday

From the President of the Brookland CDC:

The Brookland CDC is pleased to announce we will be holding our annual meeting on Monday, June 19, 2006, at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Brooks Mansion in the Brooks Room. The evening's program is an exciting one!

Please join us as we introduce and welcome our new executive director, Lee
Alexander. John McGaw from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development will give a presentation on the progress of the Historic Brookland Main Street program and will introduce our new program manager, Tom Litke. Upcoming projects and activities will also be presented for the community to provide input and direction as well as participation opportunities.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to: Lee Alexander, 202-529-8400.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Lavinia Wohlfarth
President, Brookland CDC
3420 9th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 529-8400

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Poll: What's the best Brookland restaurant?

In our new poll we want to know your favorite restaurant in Brookland.(The poll is to your right in the sidebar.)

Your choices for best Brookland restaurant are:
Saint's Bourbon Street 1812 Hamlin Street, NE
Kelly's Ellis Island 3908 NE 12th Street
Colonel Brooks' Tavern 901 Monroe Street NE
Island Jim's 901 Monroe St. NE

Don't like these choices? Tell us your favorite Brookland restaurant in a comment.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

DC flags in Utah

Washington DC is often America's forgotten step-child. Although DC is the nation's capitol and located right here in the continental US, the city is used to little slights. For example, when coins were issued to commemorate the states, DC didn't get one.

One Utah flag shop has remembered to include DC. According to central Utah's Daily Herald,America Welcomes the World in Utah sells the DC flag. And yes, someone in Utah has bought the city's banner.

If you're not in Utah, get apparel and gifts inspired by the DC flag from Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Get a discount on a summer art class

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is offering a 15% discount on adult summer classes.

CHAW is a nonprofit arts center near the Eastern Market Metro, and a short block from Barracks Row/Main Street. They've served Capitol Hill and the DC area for more than thirty years and offer a wide variety of arts opportunities in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The Arts Workshop is a unique place in DC. It houses a brand new digital arts center and darkroom, ceramics, dance, and art studios, a gallery and a black box theater.

Here's a sample of CHAW's classes. Visit Capitol Hill Arts Workshop online for a full description of classes and bios of instructors.
  • The Digital Photography Workshop
  • Introduction to Black and White Photography
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • The Digital Photography Project
  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Life Drawing
  • Introduction to Painting
  • Creative Breakthroughs: Mixed Media Painting
  • Beginning Knitting
  • Ceramics

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Brookland coffee shop to host poetry readings

At the risk of becoming the poetry blog, we have more poetry readings coming to Brookland. Cafe Sureia will host poetry readings on Wednesdays from 7 pm to 10 pm starting June 14. If you haven't visited the coffee shop yet, it's located at 3629 12th St. NE (corner of 12th & Otis), Washington, D.C. 20017.

Usual disclaimer: Best of Washington DC T-shirts and Gifts provides community updates as a public service and is not affiliated with Cafe Sureia. We hope enjoy this extremely informative and entertaining blog and realize whatever you read here represents the blogger and nobody else.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Last Saturday's Poetry Reading at the Graham Collection

If you missed last Saturday's poetry reading/art show opening at the Graham Collection, you missed a lot. It was standing room only. Members of Brookland Area Writers and Artists read the poetry of Sterling Brown as well as their own work. Dan Viera even read Sterling Brown's hilarious letter to the editor about Brookland. On the walls were the work of Brookland area painters, photographers and multi-media artists.

Here are the details for the next event. Don't' miss it!

Brookland Writers Celebrate Brookland Artists II
Featuring poems ekphrasis and about art and artists.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Graham Collection
3518 Twelfth Street NE
Washington DC

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Support Truxton Circle Beautification: Go to Flower Power 2006

The BACA Flower Power Garden Tour will be July 15th and tickets will be $10.00. The money raised will support beautification efforts in the Northern half of the Truxton Circle. Get tickets from the In Shaw Blog.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Brookland gallery to host poetry reading

June 3, 2006
Brookland Writers celebrate Brookland Artists I
Poems by Sterling A. Brown and others
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Graham Collection
3518 Twelfth Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
This reading is free and open to all.
For more information, visit