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Blogs and Listserves Hill Events Short History of Capitol Hill Hill Rag: 39 Years and Counting The New Capitol Hill 2014 Yearbook

CIVIC LIFE 46 56 58 60 69 70

Living on the Hill What is ANC? Public Safety Community Resources Directory Volunteer, Capitol Hill Spiritual Communities

REAL ESTATE 76 80 82

The Capitol Hill Residential Marketplace Wrap Up 2014 Getting Your Home Ready to Sell Real Estate Directory

HOME SERVICES 90 92 94 96 98 100

Capitol Hill’s Natural Beauty Garden Resources Renovation Tips Do’s and Dont’s in the Historic District Gardening in Clay Soil Home Services Directory

GENERAL SERVICES 126 Service Directory

SHOPPING GUIDE 136 Shopping Directory

HEALTH & FITNESS 144 Things to Do Along the Anacostia Waterfront 148 Health and Fitness Directory


ARTS AND DINING 160 163 164 166 168 170 176 180

Experience the Arts on Capitol Hill The Galleries of Capitol Hill Event Space for Rent Corner Store Arts Capitol Hill’s Neighborhood Art Center Experience the Arts of Anacostia Secrets of a Capitol Hill Cook New Restaurants in the Neighborhood Eat Local Guide to Great Food and Drink

KIDS and FAMILY 188 Raising Kids on The Hill 192 Family Resources Directory 202 Kids and Family Schools Directory

PETS 212 Capitol Hill is a Paradise for Pooches 216 Pet Services Directory

MAPS 32 57 59 97 147 207

Capitol Hill Map ANC Map PSA Map Capitol Hill Historic District Anacostia Riverwalk Map Capitol Hill Public School Boundaries


220 Category Index 224 Advertising Index

The Guide Has S omething for


New to the Hill?

You’ve come to one of the best places to live in the entire country. The Fagon Guide will give you an overview of all that’s here and the best ways to connect to your new community.

Just bought a home?

Get a full rundown on urban gardens, home services and renovations in the historic district.

Just had a child?

Find out the pluses of raising your child in a cultural mecca and the political capital of the world. Schools, services, support groups – we have it all.

Been here forever?

We live in an exciting, ever-changing neighborhood. Find new restaurants, art galleries, venues for classes, lectures and music, ways to connect to the river, get around town, and meet new friends.

Read the Fagon Guide for everything you need to know about life in our lovely urban village! Cover: Parents and kids converge on the Park in the Capitol splash pool at Yar Riverfront. Photo: Melissa Ashabrann ds er

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Dear Hill Residents,


ur cover photo of kids playing in the water at Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront shows how the Capitol Hill Neighborhood is the beneficiary of all the development in the areas surrounding us. Now, instead of being cut off from the Anacostia River by an industrial waateland, we can walk through a vibrant emerging neighborhood to enjoy new amenities, restaurants and of course the Nationals. We can now enjoy walking along the river on the Anacostia Water Trail, or Friday night summer concerts at Yards Park. On the other side of the Hill, large residential developments are sprouting all along H Street, NE. Restaurants opensalmost every week it seems, and people from across the city converge here for evening fun. The Union Market has been joined by the Angelika Film Center, now a pop-up that will open as a multi-screen venue in 2015. An annual juried art show, Emulsion, and bi-monthly gallery openings at the Hill Center are some of many exciting art events. One of the most politically significant areas in the world, home to Congress, the Library of Congress, and the United States Supreme Court, our urban village is also a wonderful place to live. Every year brings changes. For the past 39 years we have had the pleasure of documenting Capitol Hill’s history and its changes as publishers of the Hill Rag and the Fagon Community Guide to Capitol Hill. We hope that the information in this Guide will serve you well until our next edition.

Best Regards,

Melissa Ashabranner – Executive Editor Capital Community News, Inc.



any people contributed to the content of this Guide, but we would like to extend special acknowledgments to: Riham Hagona for fact-checking and research; Andrew Lightman and resident contributors for the many excellent photographs that make the Guide a true reflection of our community; writers Maria Helena Carey, Emily Clark, Don Denton, Phil Hutinet, Meghan Markey, Norman Metzger, Maggie Myszka, Rindy O’Brien, Catherine Plume, Robert Pohl, Derek Thomas, Heather Schoell, and Annette Nielsen; our production team Jason Yen and Kyungmin Lee; and to Kira Means, Carolina Lopez, and Sara Walder. Finally we thank Bartash Printing of Philadelphia for the excellent quality of their work and superb customer service.

HILL RAG MIDCITY DC EAST OF THE RIVER FAGON COMMUNITY GUIDES Capital Community News, Inc. 224 7th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Jean-Keith Fagon, Publisher

Copyright 2015 by Capital Community News All rights reserved

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Capitol Hill Capitol Hill Corner •

Capitol Hill Corner is a news blog by Larry Janezich with a focus on Capitol Hill community news. It covers, first and foremost, the activities of ANC6B, Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee, and the Capitol Hill Restoration Society. It provides coverage of other community issues, including the activities of neighboring ANCs, commercial and residential development, activities of neighborhood organizations, and relevant aspects of local politics. Larry Janezich

Hill Rag •

The website of the Hill Rag newspaper, provides news on happenings on Capitol Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods of H Street, NoMa, Capitol Riverfront and Southwest, including a daily blotter that tracks local crimes and public safety issues. In addition, you can find the current and past issues of the Hill Rag and other publications of Capital Community News, Inc.

The Hill is Home •

The Hill is Home is an online news source designed to build community, connect neighbors, share news, and celebrate the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It is staffed by a volunteer corps of Capitol Hill residents who seek to provide a current and relevant online experience through contributing news stories, features, profiles of residents, reviews and opinion pieces.

Hill Now

Launched in October 2014, Hill Now is a community blog that provides local coverage of small businesses, real estate, schools, activities, and current events. It includes two regular real estate columns columns, one by Tom Faison of ReMax Allegiance at Eastern Market, and one by staff at local property management company Gordon James Realty.

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Capitol Riverfront Capitol Riverfront BID •

The Capitol Riverfront is DC’s new neighborhood on the river, located just five blocks south of the US Capitol. ‘The Front’ is leading the way in green innovation and the best of city living with the extraordinary advantages of riverfront living; district industrial heritage, and access to what matters including unique parks and trails, sports and entertainment, exceptional value and proximity to Capitol Hill. Check the website for events and news of the on-going development.

Call 311 Any request for government service can be made by calling 311 (e.g., sidewalk repair, trash removal, rodent control).

DC Yards/Riverfront Events events

The 500 acre Capitol Riverfront stretches one and a half miles north towards the U.S. Capitol and is host to an assortment of events throughout the year. Events hosted in The Yards include lunchtime and evening concert Jacqui Dupree series, outdoor movies, farmers’ markets, and Nationals baseball games, just a few of the lively events on The Yards Park’s calendar

Near Southeast Washington Redevelopment •

News, photos and history from DC’s near Southeast /Ballpark District /Navy Yard /Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Jacqueline Dupree created JD Land in January 2003. A Hill resident living just north of the Southeast Freeway, she realized that the neighborhood two blocks to her south was going to undergo a huge transformation. She decided to document the changes on her blog. This is the most complete source available for news and developments in the Capitol Riverfront area.

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H Street and North Frozen Tropics •

Frozen Tropics, is a blog started several years ago by Elise Bernard. It provides an insider’s look at what’s going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and the larger area north of Capitol Hill. It regularly keeps readers up to date on new businesses, restaurants, and events in the area, in addition to covering the Trinidad Neighborhood Association meetings.

H Street Great Street • Hstreetgreatstreet.

H Street Great Street is a blog created by a “Capitol Hill resident with an avid interest in the burgeoning H Street area.” The blog covers all things H Street - from nightlife, restaurants, businesses, the ever-delayed H Street Trolley, ANC6A meetings, and general events in the area.

Elise Bernard

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Southwest... The Little Quadrant that Could

Southwest TLQTC is ‘a blog dedicated to the good, the bad and the ugly in Southwest, the smallest quadrant in the District of Columbia’ created by William Rich. The main neighborhoods that comprise Southwest include Will Rich the National Mall, Federal Center SW, Southwest Waterfront, Buzzard Point, and Bellevue. It regularly includes updates regarding the completion of the SW Waterfront Redevelopment, new apartment buildings, the Arena Stage, and more.

This site is run by the H Street Main Street organization and is a reference guide for the retail, nightlife, restaurants, fitness centers, entertainment venues, etc. that comprise H Street NE. A regularly updated Calendar of Events, including live music, arts and theatre, as well as a complete list of all restaurants bars and clubs, is accessible on this page. It also includes updates on construction projects, the H Street Trolley, and tweets from neighboring businesses.

The Southwester

Rosedale Citizens Alliance


The Rosedale Citizens Alliance is a grass-roots organization comprised of volunteers from the Rosedale neighborhood and adjacent communities in Northeast Washington. Their website provides a forum for residents to promote health, safety, and quality of life issues of the community.


NoMa is a rapidly developing neighborhood just north of Union Station and named for its location – North of

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Massachusetts Avenue. This website is run by the NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID), which was created by the DC City Council in 2007 and promotes the emergence of this vibrant, growing part of the city. The site includes reporting on upcoming events, new businesses, public meetings, the stores and pop-ups at Union Market, and everything exciting about NoMa.

The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly runs the online content of this community newspaper, and focuses on all of the exciting things happening in Southwest DC. Volunteer contributors cover everything from local government to arts and culture.


DCist is one of the most recognizeable and popular blogs about the Washington, D.C. area and everything that happens here. Part of the Gothamist network of city blogs, DCist covers news and events, restaurants and nightlife, happenings, goings-on and oftentimes humorous commentary on all of the above. They also hold occasional happy hours, meet ups, concerts, photography shows and other events. They are dedicated to documenting the nation’s capital and all its quirks, one small detail at a time.

Sharing Our Success! Capitol Hill’s Coldwell Banker Supports You! When we opened our doors here on the Hill nearly 35 years ago, we tied our destiny to an emerging neighborhood full of promise but fraught with risk. Indeed, we suffered through two disastrous market downturns and have reinvented ourselves several times. Through all of the ups and downs, this community has never failed to support us and we in turn have never lost faith in the future of Capitol Hill. To date, we have contributed nearly $1,000,000 to our community! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Capitol Hill Cluster School Capitol Hill Community Foundation Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Capitol Hill Day School Capitol Hill Group Ministry St. Peter School Barracks Row Main Street Capitol Hill Children’s Baseball League Capitol Hill Children’s Hockey League Brent Elementary Maury Elementary Capitol Hill Village Hine Jr. High School Eastern High School Capitol Hill Merchants And Professionals Capitol Hill Restoration Society Young Marines Of Capitol Hill St. Coletta’s of Greater Washington

In addition, our individual agents last year alone contributed $50,000+ and literally hundreds of hours to community organizations. While we are proud of what we have accomplished, we know that we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of friends and clients. You won’t see this office on TV. You won’t hear from us on the radio. You won’t even get much mail from us. But, you will see us when you see the growth in our schools. You will see us when you see the growth in our community building blocks. You will see us in the progress of our Capitol Hill neighborhood. We welcome the challenges of the future and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

202.547.3525 - Main Office

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Greater Greater Washington

GGW is committed to providing online news and community content to create an engaged and civically minded community across all neighborhoods of DC as well as the surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia. Comprised of a team of volunteer editors and more than fifty regular and non-regular contributors, GGW tackles issues such as new DC legislation, WMATA, DCPS, urban liveability, city projects, and more.

Curbed DC •

The local iteration of the national Curbed media company, Curbed DC is a real estate site, but with entertainment appeal. Curbed DC’s editors provide daily coverage on neighborhood trends, new condominiums and apartment buildings, rentals, and more - and they do it with flair.

PoPville •

PoPville is a popular DC neighborhood blog (formally known as Prince of Petworth).. It mainly covers real estate, but offers a healthy dose of restaurant, events, and city life posts as well. Averaging two million views a month, PoPville engages with its large online community by posting Forums as well.

East City Art •

This website promotes and covers the visual art scene of “Eastern DC” - to include Capitol Hill and H Street NE. It keeps visitors updated on art festivals and gallery events and openings, in addition to providing profiles of local artists and their work.


Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Capitol Hill DC Neighbors • group/capitolhilldc

Capitol Hill residents can share event information, ask for referrals, post lost pet notices, yard sales, and more on this listserv open to residents of zipcodes 20002 and 20003.

Capitol Hill North Neighborhood Association • groups.

This group supports the official Capitol Hill North Neighborhood Association, bounded by G Street NE to the

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south, the railroad tracks to the west, Florida Avenue to the north and Eighth Street NE to the east.

H Street DC •

This list seeks to create a partnership between community members, city planners, government officials, developers and other interested people to issues concerning the revitalization of H Street NE..

Hill Hounds •

Hill Hounds is an all-volunteer organization of dog-owners and dog-lovers in the greater Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. The group strives to improve the welfare of both dogs and their human companions. They mainly focus on Kingsman Dog Park in Northeast DC.

Moms on the Hill – MOTH • group/momsonthehill

MOTH is a listserv for Capitol Hill parents. It’s a great place to make new friends, find nannies, preschools and pediatricians, in addition to social planning such as playgroups for the kids, family picnics and Mom’s Nights Out. Must be invited by a member.

MPD First District •

This listserv is an online discourse between the police of the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District, and residents. The First District includes Capitol Hill and the Washington Navy Yard.

New Hill East •

New Hill East is a place for Hill East residents to meet their neighbors, keep up to date on local happenings, post community information, and chat about Hill East life in general.

Northside DC Listserv • northside_dc

Northside DC is a discussion group for the neighborhood north of the US Capitol, east of Union Station and west of the Anacostia River, but primarily the neighborhood centered by H Street NE. u

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January • • • •

Capitol Hill Village Stardust Gala CHAW Winter Open House Restaurant Week MLK Day of Service

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Black History Month Intersections Festival at the Atlas Valentine’s Dance Party at the Corner Store

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Boy Scout Annual Pancake Breakfast Food & Friends dining out for life St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Silent Auction at Christ Church Folger’s Acquisitions Night

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Easter Eggstravaganza at Lincoln Park Hill Havurah Passover Seder Shakespeare’s Birthday Party at Folger Library CHCF Community Achievement Awards Dinner National Arboretum Plant Sale

May • • • • •

Literary Hill Book Fest (2016) CHRS Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour Capitol Hill Classic 10K Front Stage: Capitol Riverfront Concerts begin US Marine Parades on Friday Evenings

June • • • • •

National Learn to Row Day with Capital Rowing Club NOMA Summer Screen Capitol Riverfront BID’s Outdoor Movies Jazz at the Riverfront Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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4th of July Parade – Barracks Row 4th of July Concert – US Capitol Hill Rag Pet Photo Contest Marion Park Dog Contest

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National Night Out Restaurant Week

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Barracks Row Fall Festival Festival on H Street National Book Festival LOC Arts on Foot Festival in Penn Quarter End of Summer Fair at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

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CHAW Arts Ball & Silent Auction Literary Feast Blessing of the Animals – Area Churches Brent Elementary Fall Festival Renovators House Tour Hilloween Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

November • • • • •

HILLY Awards Gala CHGM Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Trees for Capitol Hill Annual Fall Planting 5K Fun Run Benefit at the National Arboretum School Information Night

December • • • • •

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Livable Walkable Awards Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday Tree Lighting at Eastern Market Metro Community Sing-Along with Capital City Symphony & Congressional Chorus Capitol Hill Chorale Celebrates the Season

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by Robert S. Pohl

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apitol Hill has become an important destination for visitors across the city and the country. Whether you come for an evening to eat at one of the local restaurants, or are here for a month to take advantage of the local libraries and archives, or you have chosen to live here, Capitol Hill has something for you. And why not? It’s a vibrant area with a wide range of restaurants, shops, and above all, people – an eclectic mixture of residents ranging from aspiring artists to members of Congress. The Capitol Hill community spreads east of the Capitol, from the banks of the Anacostia River all the way to Florida Avenue in the North. At its heart, it is an urban village, both tight-knit and welcoming.

Eastern Market around 1900. The building on the right is no longer there, but the three on the left are still standing.

It was not always thus. When, on November 17, 1800, members of the House and Senate met in the federal city for the first time, little of what we recognize as Capitol Hill existed. Huddled around the nascent Capitol building were a number of boarding-houses that had sprung up to house congressmen and even presidents. The rest of the hill was a mixture of open fields and trees, with a few houses scattered around. A fair bit had happened since Peter L’Enfant had sent President George Washington a letter describing his survey of the land that Washington had declared the future home of the federal government. In this letter, L’Enfant described what is today Capitol Hill as “a pedestal waiting for a monument.” Over the course of the next

nine years, the monument – in the shape of one wing of the Capitol – had slowly come into being, but it was still far from complete, though at least the houses of Congress could meet there, in contrast to the White House, which was not yet ready for the President to move in, forcing John Adams to make do with a couple rooms in a boardinghouse near the Capitol. The only other sign of progress was a little over a mile southeast of the Capitol, where the beginnings of the Navy Yard, which had been established the previous year, was already taking shape under Commander Thomas Tingey. Here was a real village, some even claim that it appeared to be a stereotypical English village, with village green and all. Maps from the 1850s continue the story: More buildings had

Horse-drawn carriage in front of the main entrance to the Naval Hospital circa 1900.

cropped up around the expanded Capitol. Another cluster of buildings surrounded the Navy Yard, including the Marine Barracks, which had been placed just north of the naval installation in 1801. Eastern Branch Market had been built close to the river to allow for easy transport of food into the city. Otherwise, a few lonely houses dotted the Hill, with many of the squares still left empty. One change not reflected on the maps is the influx of immigrants to the Hill, with Irish laborers coming in to work both in the expansion of the Capitol and at the Navy Yard. They congregated in an area just north of the Capitol, generally referred to as Swampoodle. Italy supplied higher-skilled workers, including stone masons at the Capitol as well as musicians for the Marine Corps band. German immigrants followed; their most lasting legacy were the breweries that dotted the Hill in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The Civil War saw an enormous rise in the number of people living all across DC, and the influx continued even thereafter. An example of this boom came in 1873, when the city had Eastern Market built in its present location of 7th and C Streets SE. With this, life on the Hill became much easier, and over the next 50 years, developers filled in almost all the empty lots that stretched to the Anacostia River. It is this singular boom time that today dominates the streetscape of Capitol Hill. A few styles dominate: Italianate, Queen Anne, bayfront victorian, as well as the classic Wardman-style flat-front houses

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city crowd the streets on weekend nights, eager to enjoy what this neighborhood in the shadow of the Capitol Dome has to offer. There are a number of obvious destinations on the Hill, whether the food and merchants at Eastern Market, the Capitol tour, which attracts 3 million visitors a year, the Library of Congress with its main reading room, exhibits and concerts, the Supreme Court, or Union Station, the Burnham-designed building where all trains in DC converge. However, the Hill has much else to offer in the way of museums, outdoor sculpture, and parks.

Congressional Cemetery

Congressional Cemetery. Photo: Andrew Lightman

with porches. A few older, generally Federal-style buildings, as well as the occasional modern structure add a certain variety amongst these. Almost all houses are rowhouses, built to maximize the space allotted for houses by the L’Enfant plans. The boom years petered out in the 1920s, mainly because most spaces had been filled by then. and why it was given historic protection in 1976, a move that limits the changes that can be made to the houses of the neighborhood. After the enormous influx during the second world war, and the rapid expansion of suburbs ringing the city, the nature of the Hill changed dramatically, with the middle class, which had defined life on the Hill for years moving to the suburbs. Even more dire, the city fathers considered plans to run freeways through the neighborhood, an attack on the fabric of the community that prompted the creation of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, who have worked tirelessly since then to keep

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the Hill intact. The nadir came in 1968, when large sections of the Hill, particularly including H street NE, were burned during the riots following the MLK assassination. A few years after the riots, the housing market began to improve, and formerly empty houses were inhabited and renovated. The new residents were attracted by the quality of the housing stock, the low prices – and the proximity to the Capitol. Over the intervening 40 years, houses have been restored to their former glory, and the historical district has been expanded several times to take into account the large number of houses that have been restored in the interim. Today, three vibrant shopping districts: Pennsylvania Avenue to 7th Street and Barracks Row, Massachusetts Avenue from Union Station to Stanton Park, and H Street Northeast, thread their way through the exciting, thriving, evolving, and multicultural neighborhood that is Capitol Hill. Residents from all across the

Although L’Enfant had proscribed the establishment of any cemeteries within the boundaries of the city he laid out, Christ Church began interring people in the southeast corner of the L’Enfant city as early as 1807. It soon became the preferred burial ground for all those members of Congress who died while in DC, and thus gained the name Congressional Cemetery. Even ex-president John Quincy Adams was briefly laid to rest there, though by the middle of the 19th century, rail connections and embalming techniques had improved to the point that most deceased congressmen were returned to their home for burial. In spite of this, a cenotaph was placed for each public servant who died in office, a custom that was continued until well after the Civil War. Today, over 55,000 people have been buried there, including such luminaries as Mathew Brady, John Philip Sousa, J. Edgar Hoover, as well as thousands of Capitol Hill residents both great and small. It is a wonderful place to visit, especially for dog owners, who can pay a yearly fee to give their charges a large, unfettered place to roam.

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Folger Shakespeare Library

As unlikely as it may appear, the Hill also houses one of the finest collections of the works by and about the Bard of Avon. Henry Clay Folger, oilman and amateur Shakespearologist, gave his money to build a world-class library. Even if you are not generally attracted to libraries, the exhibits and readings put on by the Folger people make it a worthwhile destination.

Frederick Douglass House

Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist, educator, and orator, lived on Capitol Hill for about five years, in between his move from Rochester and buying The Cedars in Anacostia, the home he would remain in for the rest of his life. While on Capitol Hill, he ran his newspaper The New Era, as well as being in charge of the Freedman’s bank. Douglass’s house is a museum today and contains a Caring Hall of Fame, as well.

Lincoln Park

Originally slated by L’Enfant to house a mile marker from which all distances to DC would be measured, it remained empty until the Civil War, at which point it was turned into a hospital that was named after the President. After the war, although the hospital was torn down, the site retained the former name, and was thus an obvious location to place a statue to Abraham Lincoln. On April 15, 1876, in front of a huge crowd that included President Grant, Frederick Douglass gave a memorable oration as part of the unveiling ceremonies. Almost one hundred years later, a second statue was installed, this time to Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and adviser to both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Under the watchful gaze of these two statues, today dogs and children play, and the occasional tour group stops by for a quick history lesson.

Marine Barracks

The Marine Barracks were situated at 8th and I Streets SE in 1801 by none other than Thomas Jefferson, who rode out past his old stomping grounds at the Capitol to find a suitable site for a detachment of Marines who could guard the Capitol and White House in a pinch. Barracks were soon thrown up, and in 1807 the commandant of the marines first made his home there. Since then, all commandants have followed suit, though the Barracks – which were rebuilt around the turn of the 19th to 20th Century – also house the Marine Band and their silent drill team. Friday night performances of both are highlights of the summer on the Hill; if you are more interested in history, try to catch their Wednesday morning tours.

Navy Museum

Originally used for the building of ships, and later for ordnance design and production, the Navy Yard continues to be used as a military installation. Today, however, such entities as the NCIS are housed there. It also contains the National Museum of the US Navy, which, as the name implies, showcases many artifacts of naval history, from the earliest menof-war to today’s modern warships. A large part of the museum is given over to the scientific endeavors the Navy has engaged in, from Arctic exploration to deep-sea diving vessels. Walk-ins are always welcome, though to drive onto the Navy Yard requires prior authorization.

Old Naval Hospital

Work on the Naval Hospital was built on Pennsylvania Avenue was begun during the Civil War, when the need for hospital beds to care for injured sailors and marines was at its peak. In contrast to other hospitals, which were built as quickly as Statue of the Emancipation, Freedman’s Memorial to Abraham in Lincoln Park. Photo taken in 1876.

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possible, this was to be a permanent addition to the neighborhood, and was thus not completed until 1866, 18 months after Lee’s surrender. It was only used for its original purpose for 40 years, thereafter as a training school and a temporary home for veterans of the Civil War. In the 1960s, it was passed on the District of Columbia, who used it for various purposes. In 2011, the Old Naval Hospital Foundation completed their dream of turning this old building into a community center for the 21st century. If you want to tour the building and the art galleries, the building is open every day but Sunday. In all, Capitol Hill offers an enormous variety of destinations, and even old-timers will always find something new to see and help them connect with the past of their neighborhood. Just walking the streets past lovingly preserved townhomes is a history lesson in itself. Federal, Italianate, Queen Anne, and even Richardsonain Romanesque style homes are still here in large measure thanks to the efforts of residents in the 1960’s and 70’s to create Capitol Hill’s Historic District and preserve it for us all. u

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The Early Years of The Hill Rag 39 Years and Counting… by Melissa Ashabranner


he first Hill Rag – called The Hill Discount Rag – was published in October 1976. We have been publishing continuously since then, a few years as a monthly, a few as a weekly, then bi-weekly and for the past 17 years again as a monthly. Whatever its frequency, the paper has always focused editorially on the Capitol Hill neighborhood, its community and concerns, though there is plenty in the paper of interest to those outside the neighborhood. This almost 40-year-old institution began serendipitously. Jean-Keith Fagon had been stopping intoCongressional Liquors (404 First St. SE) occasionally to learn about wines from then-owner Jules Gordon. One day while he was there a customer came in, made a purchase and as he was leaving, he picked up one of the flyers Julie had on his counter, offering discounts on various items in the store. Julie commented to JeanKeith that he wished he had a way of offering these specials to everyone in the surrounding neighborhood.

The staff of Capitol Community News: (from left) Kyungmin Lee, Andrew Lightman, Jason Yen, Carolina Lopez, Melissa Ashabranner, Kira Means

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The first issue of the

Hill Rag was publish ed in 1976. 7000 co pies were hand-delivered to homes on Capitol Hill.

This was before the internet, the City Paper, or any other community newspaper. The only print advertising vehicles in the area were Roll Call, the Washington Post and the Star. Julie felt advertising in the dailies was a waste because, as he said, “No one is going to drive from Bethesda for my 10% off special.” Jean-Keith wondered if maybe other small businesses were having the same problem, and after discussing it with several of them, he decided to produce an advertising flyer of discount coupons that would be delivered door-to-door to all the Hill homes from the Capitol to 7th Street. He and

his friend, Tawny Harding, a graphic designer, made up a rate card and prototype based on ads the size of a business card. This proved to be a good idea, as most businesses had a business card they could use as base art for the ad. Jean-Keith hit the streets, selling the first ad for $25 to Ron Sachs, owner of Congressional Photo in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Ron was enthusiastic because of the need for small merchants to have affordable advertising in their own neighborhood and he asked for prime placement for the life of the publication. Soon 20 ads were sold, 7000 yel-

low flyers were printed and Tawny and Jean-Keith set about distributing them with the help of a few neighborhood kids. These early days were not easy. Business owners were skeptical, collections were difficult, and distribution was unreliable. While some neighborhood kids did a great job of delivering, others dropped their bundles in the nearest trash can. The process of supervising was hard given the wide area, but it was crucial to the success of the ads, and so they persevered until they had a core of kids they could count on. In 1977, people began asking if they could put notices into the paper - church notices, tips on gardening, meeting notices, etc. Jean-Keith decided that a few photos would liven the pages, and in October Diane Wacks, a freelance writer, began producing some short articles designed to make people in the neighborhood aware of the shops and services within walking distance. This addition of editorial led to the transition from flyer to tabloid and with that the word “discount” was dropped from the name and the paper became the Hill Rag. In 1978, more writers turned up interested in writing for free or for a token fee. Lorna Wyckoff, Pete and Celeste

McCall (Celeste still writes for us), Mary Anne Parmely, Delmar Lipp were early contributors. Those were the early days of the Hill Rag. We now publish three community newspapers (East of the River and MidCity DC) and the annual Fagon Community Guide to Capitol Hill. The paper would not be here were it not for Jean-Keith’s unwavering belief in its potential for success, and for the many people who helped along the way. Dozens of writers began their careers with us as freelancers or interns and it is always a pleasure to see their bylines in other publications as the years go on. Only two of the original advertisers from the first issue are still in business (Congressional Liquor, under new ownership; and Haydens), but many of our advertisers have been with us for 20-25 years or more. It is to all of them that we owe our longevity, as well as to our employees, past and present, including the current dedicated team: Andrew Lightman (22 years), Carolina Lopez (13 years), Jason Yen (8 years), Kira Means (6 years) and Kyungmin Lee (2 years) and Sara Walder. Melissa Ashabranner, coowner and Executive Editor, has been with the paper since 1982. u

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A New Capitol Hill 2015

The March Down Pennsylvania Avenue by Norman Metzger

do -- think Hine development, the enlargement of the CSX tunnel, even a modest statue in little Marion Park brings out strong opinions; but what isn’t much debated are larger changes for the Hill whose impacts will endure far in the future. To put some substance on this portentous preamble, here is my hardly inclusive list of what bears watching in 2015: • “Washington is Panem no more.” • The March Down Pennsylvania Avenue • The Hill East “Experiment” “Washington is Panem no more.”

The line is from a recent article titled “Washington’s Boom Goes Bust” in New York Magazine. The ’ll start by immodestly quoting title’s apocalyptic tone isn’t quite from what I wrote for the Guide borne out by the article, which offers last year: the now unremarkable observation, Sometimes change comes based on work by Stephen Fuller of so slowly and through events sepaGeorge Mason University, that the rated by time and location that the heavy, if understandable, reliance impact is unanticipated until it arrives by the greater Washington area on full force. That is now happening on federal contracting as a major pillar the Hill....There are forces of change of our economy is now biting us as around us. And depending on perfederal spending for various reasons spective, they may transform the Hill, – two wars drawn down, sequester, perhaps for the better or perhaps not. etc. – slows down markedly. The The “forces of change” in 2015 impacts may be felt more heavily are substantial. For better or worse? beyond DC, but we won’t escape it You can make your own judgments even with the promising growth of and Capitol Hill neighbors certainly technology, hospitality and other sectors. The decline of the office market evident, for example, in Rosslyn with its empty buildings, is also showing up in DC, as developers increasingly opt of office construction in favor of retail and residential. It begs the question whether the spectacular growth in residential construction – just look at the nest of construction cranes between 695 and the Anacostia – is Carlos Fuentes, owner of La Lomita, a much loved restaurant at 1330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, is constructsustainable. I think


ing a 10-unit condominium that will host La Lomita on its lower level when construction is completed.

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representing the capitol hill Business community 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue is a Douglas Development project. The three story building will have 14,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space.

not. Everything cycles, at times painfully so.

The March Down Pennsylvania Avenue

Most of us are aware of the numerous residential/ retail developments all along H Street NE from Second Street out to Bladensburg Road. But the same is happening along Pennsylvania Ave. SE 8th Street and Barney Circle and will intensify as some businesses weary of the Hine construction, decide to move to more “peaceful” sites, and as developers seek lower acquisition, razing, and regulatory (i.e. beyond the reach of historic preservation) costs. For example, there is the La Lomita development at 13th and Penn. This will be a knockdown and rebuild conversion of three two-story buildings to a ground-floor restaurant

topped by three floors of condos. In an interesting twist, the residents will not eligible for Residential Parking Permits. This is a notable departure from Butterfield House at 11th and Pennsylvania, built in 2008 which has a parking garage. The new attitude, at least by developers, arguably reflects changes since 2008. That was the semi-depression year as house prices and with then mortgages cratered. Today Capitol Hill is booming, driven significantly by new arrivals many of whom seem to prefer dining really well to owning a car and who have ready access to Metro, Bike Share, etc. They will be a major part of the march down the Avenue. There are three items to note on the south side of the Avenue -- one with promise, one worth a sigh

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Potomac and Pennsylvania avenues, 14th street, bus stops, Metro entrance, and pedestrians trying to navigate all this. The District’s Department of Transportation is well along in its planning, in engaging the community, and in aiming at complementary goals. On is to substantially slow down commuting traffic at the site, by wrapping Pennsylvania Avenue around either a rectangular or circular park, akin to what happens when traffic on East Capitol, Massachusetts, and Maryland avenues encounters Stanton and Lincoln parks. A related goal is to create pedestrian paths laid out so that people can actually walk with enough protecor two of regret, and the third for is mostly a dead zone for community tion (traffic lights, etc.) that they the “it’s about time” file. The promlife. The location is outside the hisdon’t risk becoming flattened fauna. ise is that Frager’s will be back at its toric district; else, we could have had The upshot of all these changes original location after the disastrous an attractive design fitting well into is that pedestrian traffic along Penn2013 fire. The initial plans are to the character of the neighborhood sylvania Avenue beyond 8th Street bring Frager’s back within the origiand a real player in the transformawill become even busier. The search nal footprint and iconic facade -- sort tion of the Avenue. for housing of all types will intenof, since several floors of residential The third item, from the “it’s sify even against rising costs. There would probably be added. “Initial’ is about time” file, is the proposed rewill be more “pop-ups.” There will deliberate. Promising plans between do of the mess (extreme word but be more retail but what sort? The the developer, Roadside Developspot-on) that is the intersections of neighborhood has the legendary ment and Frager’s seem Mangialardo’s, a pretty to have run into a ditch good Pho place, scatand may be history. Still tered Frager’s temporarwe can expect (optimist ies, some boutique fitness alert here) that the origand massage places, atinal Frager’s in some tornys offices and the like. form will be back. It’s punclear whether this The sigh of regret ever more robust neighgoes to the now obviborhood will become a ously poor siting for the destination akin to EastHarris-Teeter at 14th ern Market or Barracks and Potomac, given the Row. But it’s going to be dynamic changes now busier, livelier, evolving occurring on Pennsylin its demographics, and vania Avenue. That more demanding that the corner, even with JenCambridge Row is a 25-unit condo at 1209-1211 G Street, SE recently city focus on its concerns; kins Row Residential, completed. Features studio, 1 and 2 bedroom homes with rooftop deck. think Potomac Gardens. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE is a 77-unit apartment building developed by NOVO development. It will open in 2015.

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1442 Pennsylvania Ave, SE. Photo: Andrew Lightman.

The Hill East “Experiment”

There are 26 historic districts in DC, from the quite small such as Grant Road to the very large, notably the Capitol Hill Historic District with some 8,000 properties. Three have been added recently, including the Washington Heights, Meridian Hill, and Foxhall Village historic districts. And this year a proposal was submitted to the city to expand the Capitol Hill Historic District by four blocks -- two blocks north of F Street, NE between 2nd and the west side of 4th Street, NE, the “Swampoodle Addition.” The first historic districts were created in the 1970s, with Capitol Hill added in 1976. The “experiment” on the impact of an historic district has now run for four decades. Against that history is the vigorous opposition by some residents to designating either Barney Circle or Hill East as historic districts. Arguments against designation included fears that property values would de-

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cline, or that it would make it tougher to sell one’s house, or libertarian beliefs that government shouldn’t be able to have a say in what an owner does with his property (even with the coziness of row houses). Much of this is underlain by what seem to be circular firing squads lobbing misinformation at each other -- can’t choose the paint color, forced to change window materials, etc. The upshot is that historic designation is out for now if not forever for Barney Circle and Hill East. While inadvertent, an “experiment” is underway, comparing one part of Capitol Hill that is a historic district with one that is not. One immediate question posed by the experiment is whether lack of historic designation is itself a problem, or whether any issues that arise can be resolved without historic designation. For example, there is an effort to “downzone” R-4, the dominant zoning designation in Hill East and other row house neighborhoods

of Capitol Hill, from an allowable height of 40 feet to 35. The aim is to limit if not stop the building of pop-ups--typically, the adding of another floor (or more) to an existing house. A tour around the Hill East area outside the historic district will confirm that this is happening; that tour will also confirm that while some pop-ups are sympathetically designed many are not -- zoning doesn’t do aesthetics -and some are just atrocious. As architect Roger Lewis recently wrote in The Washington Post, Zoning’s one-size-fits-all approach and focus only on setting limits, while easier to administer, is not the way to design cities, neighborhoods and the shared public realm of streets and public spaces. The pop-up debate clearly illustrates this. The Zoning Commission is likely to approve R-4 lower height limits for R-4 zones(and may have already done so, probably by a 3-2 vote), although that will to some extent reduce housing supply, have little to no impact on design, and may be a weak reed, since special exceptions or variances on allowable height will be sought and often granted. The experiment is underway. Keep an eye on it. Having started this piece by quoting from myself I might as well end it the same way by quoting how I ended the 2014 version with a Sam Cooke line: But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will. Norman Metzger is a longtime Hill resident who served for many years as an ANC commissioner in ANC 6B. u

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Canal Park

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Nationals Stadium

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The Wharf in Southwest Southwest is DC’s hottest redevelopment area with work on the The Wharf beginning in earnest. When finished it will add 1400 residential units to the area, 900,000 sq. ft. of office space, three luxury hotels, a movie theater, restaurants, shops and a jazz club.

DC United Stadium The new DC United stadium will be located blocks from Nationals Park on Buzzard Point. Rendering courtesy of DC United

11th Street Bridge Park After a seven-month, nationwide design competition, DC residents are looking forward to their first elevated park, similar to the High Line Park in New York City. The selected design was created by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), an architectural firm based in the Netherlands, and Olin Studio, based in Philadelphia. The 11th Street Bridge Park’s foundation will be built on piers that remain from the demolished 11th Street bridge overlooking the Anacostia River.

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Eastern Market Community Potluck In what will hopefully become an annual tradition, neighbors and inside Eastern Market merchants gathered for an evening of great food, music and dancing. The evening was organized and conceived of by food writer Annette Nielsen,.

DC Election 2014 Newly elected Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (left) addresses his constituents at his victory party, while outgoing Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells (below) bids a fond farewell to supporteers and friends. Wells is now Director of the DC Department of the Environment.

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Don Montuori accepting the Keller Award on behalf of Capitol Hill Little League; Award winners Maygene, Leah and Steve Daniels; Michael and Becky Skinner; and Melissa Ashabranner; Buck Waller, Dinner Co-Chair; Nicky Cymrot, Capitol Hill Community Foundation president; Stephanie Deutsch, Foundation vice-president; and Dee Seward, Dinner Co-chair.

Community Achievement Awards


n the evening of Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at a festive dinner in the Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Capitol Hill Community Foundation honored six people for their contributions to our neighborhood with the presentation of the Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award. The dinner is an annual fundraiser for the Foundation which, since its founding in 1989, has given more than $6.5 to support activities, projects and organizations that benefit life on Capitol Hill. In addition the $10,000 Arnold Keller Jr. Award was presented to the Capitol Hill Little League.

Dinner takes place in the beautiful, oak-paneled Reading Room of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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The Daniels family accepting the award

Photos: Andrew Lightman

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Louise Morgal

Diana McLellan

Steve Cymrot Thom Riele

Peter Riele Richard Sheehy

Mario Camaro

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4th of July

Photos: Andrew Lightman

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H Street Festival

Photos: Andrew Lightman

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Barracks Row Festival Photos: Andrew Lightman

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Photos: Andrew Lightman

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Monthly newsletter...Home renovation guidelines...How-to seminars...Community meetings... House and Garden tour...Active committees...Advocacy on community issues

Celebrating 60 Years of Volunteer Service to Our Community

Mission: Capitol Hill is a special place. We promote, preserve, and enhance the character of our historic neighborhoods. Join Us Today at 202-543-0425;;; @CHRSDC

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Ci v Li ic fe Members of the Capitol Hill Conti nentals get ready to march in the 4th of July Parade on Barracks Row. Photo: Elizabeth Dranitzke/PHOTOPIA

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Living on the Hill Tips on accessing government services, living in the Capitol Hill Historic District and participating in the community. 1. Structure of the DC Government 2. Your car: towing, abandoned vehicles, and parking permits 3. Block party permits 4. Capitol Hill Historic District 5. Eastern Market & Flea Markets 6. Landlords and Tenants 7. Libraries 8. Parks: Who’s responsible 9. Trash and Recycling

Accessing Government Services and Information 311

The DC Government now provides a centralized starting point for all questions relating to government processes and services. The Mayor’s Call Center at 311 has trained operators to direct your request to the appropriate city agency or staff member. The service also includes a computerized service request referral system that allows operators to record your problem and track its progress, meaning fewer calls for you.

service through the mayor’s help center. Go to for more information.

1. The Structure of the DC Government

The District of Columbia is technically neither a city nor a state, but a Federal District, created by Congress. The District is not a protectorate, such as Puerto Rico or Guam, but an area of land donated to the Federal Government by Virginia and Maryland as an area to house the national government without control by any state in the union. This arrangement creates unusual governmental challenges for the people who live in DC. Frequently, the government must provide ser-

vices at a city, county and state level for the population within its borders. A heated debate exists about the most efficient and the most just way to govern that population. The 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution gave DC residents the right to vote in presidential elections. The November 1964 election was the first time DC residents sent representatives to the Electoral College to vote for president and vice president. Then, in 1970, Congress granted the District a non-voting delegate to the US House of Representatives (this is currently Eleanor Holmes Norton). In the late 1980s, the Democrat-controlled Congress granted the Representative the right to vote in the Committee of the Whole, but this was rescinded by the Republican-controlled Congress

Internet Access to Information & Forms

You can access many government forms and services online, such as obtaining a dog license, re-registering your vehicle, or requesting a

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Northeast Library Books Sale. Photo: Vince Morris

in 1994. In 1973, Congress granted the District limited home rule. The US Congress retained control of DC’s budget and some other responsibilities, while granting much local control to an elected mayor and city council. In addition, the city government includes 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs), providing advice on specific neighborhood concerns. The government bureaucracy includes a number of divisions, such as the Department of Public Works, the Department of Human Services, Department of Parks and Recreation, etc. These agencies work directly with citizens to provide the services outlined in this directory.

2. Some Tips On Having a Car in DC: Inspection, Registration, Towed Cars, Parking Permits for Residents and Visitors

Automobile Inspection Department of Motor Vehicles 1001 Half St. SW Tue.-Sat., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 202-737-4404, service/vehicle-inspection

Before first time registration or reregistration, DC automobiles must pass a safety and emissions inspection. Private, not-for-hire vehicles require inspection every two years. Appointments are not required, but can be made online. The best times to visit the station are Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Automobile Registration Department of Motor Vehicles Southwest Service Center 95 M St. SW 202-737-4404,

After a car passes inspection, the

owner must apply in person for vehicle registration and title. To apply, visit one of the DMV service centers: If the auto has two names on the title, both drivers’ licenses must be presented.

Automobile Registration Renewal

Sixty days before the current vehicle registration expires, the DMV will mail the owner a reminder card, stating the registration is eligible for renewal. Renewals can be made at a DMV service center, through the mail or over the internet. New registration stickers will be mailed to the owner’s address.

Towed Vehicles 311 or 202-737-4404,,

A vehicle parked in an area that creates a traffic or safety hazard will be towed. Tow fees and outstanding parking tickets must be paid before a towed vehicle can be returned to its owner. The tow fee is $100, with a storage fee of $20 per day for vehicles not retrieved within 24 hours. To pay fines, visit DC DMV/ Adjudication Services at the C Street center, Mon. through Fri., 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also pay ticket and boot fees online. Payments are not accepted at the impoundment lots.

Driver’s Licenses 202-737-4404, service/driver-license

DC residents who are at least 16 years of age can register for a driver’s license. Licensed drivers who move to the District from other jurisdic-

tions have up to 30 days to convert an out-of-state license to a DC license. Residents under the age of 21 are required to participate in the Graduated Licensing Program. For information about this program, call the DMV, or visit the website. As of May 1, 2014, DC began issuing REAL ID driver’s licenses. The REAL ID driver license requires a one-time re-validation of source documents when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate DC driver license. This validation enables the DMV to ensure your identity and issue a federally compliant REAL ID driver license. For more information on REAL ID licenses, visit

Resident Parking Permits 311,

The residential parking permit program is designed to free-up parking for city residents by stopping all-day commuter parking on residential streets. Residents of participating blocks and their visitors are eligible for permits that exempt them from the two-hour parking limitation effective Mon. through Fri. No vehicle may park longer than two hours without a permit. To get an RPP sticker, request an application by mail, or visit the DMV office. Permits are $15 for one year. Applicants without DC vehicle registration must also provide a valid reciprocity permit, proof of residency such as a notarized lease or utility bill. If the vehicle is not owned by the applicant — such as a leased vehicle or company car — then additional documentation, including a letter from the owner granting permission of use, will

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(south of Pennsylvania Avenue, between Ninth Street SE and Ninth Street SW) receive a visitor’s pass in the mail which allows their guests to park on the street during the residential parking permit enforcement hours, including during stadium events.

Parking Tickets Adjudication Services 301 C St. NW, 202-737-4404

Big George is lit as carolers sing. The tree was planted in honor of George A. Didden, longtime supporter of Capitol Hill, on the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

be required. Commercial vehicles are not eligible for a permit. The hours of enforcement for Residential Parking Permits are generally Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Residents of individual blocks can request different enforcement hours by petitioning the Department of Transportation. The process involves getting 51 percent of residents on a block to sign a petition (one adult’s signature per household), and the ANC must approve. Residents who live on metered streets are exempt from meter fees except along commercial corridors such as Barracks Row. In the neighborhoods south of Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth Street SE and Ninth Street SW and north of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, metered parking is more expensive when the demand is higher, i.e., the four hours surrounding a stadium event. In this same zone, some areas have red and white signs along

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one side of the street where only residents and their visitors can park, while the opposite side of the street allows the standard two-hour parking for non-residents as indicated by the green and white signs.

Visitor Parking Permits First District MPD Substation 500 E St. SE. 202-698-0068

Residents should obtain a temporary parking permit for visitors from the First District police substation. These free permits are good for up to 15 days and are renewable once. Residents can also obtain a temporary permit for repair or contract workers, so that they may park during the day. A doctor’s notice is required to obtain a permit for visiting nurses. Babysitters and other household employees are considered commuters and are not eligible for temporary permits. Residents who live around the stadium

Parking tickets must be addressed within 30 calendar days (including weekends) of the date on the ticket. DMV provides four payment options: online, by mail, in person, or by phone at 202-2892230. To pay in person, visit the C Street center any weekday, between 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets can be contested by mail or at a walkin hearing within 60 calendar days of the ticket’s issuance. Hearings for parking tickets are available on a walk-in basis only, at the C St. center, Mon-Fri, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fines that are not paid or contested within 30 days will be doubled, the ticket will be considered delinquent and your license will be suspended until you contest or pay the ticket.

3. Block Parties

If you and your neighbors want to have a block party, you must obtain a Neighborhood Block Party Temporary Street Closing Permit by contacting the DDOT Transportation Online Permit System (TOPS). TOPS allows residents to apply online for a Block Party Permit or other event on public space. Allow 15 days for processing. Fifty-one percent of

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the residents and business owners on the block must sign the application. A number of requirements must be satisfied before the permit will be issued. Visit the website at https://tops.

4. Capitol Hill Historic District

Capitol Hill is a legally designated historic district and is protected by laws and regulations designed to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood. The cornerstone of the historic preservation process in the District is the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978, usually referred to as DC Law 2-144. This law establishes a procedure for official designation of buildings, structures, districts and sites as historic properties and provides for their protection. It declares that the mayor or mayoral agent will review any permit application for new construction, exterior alteration,

demolition or subdivision involving any historic property to ensure the proposed work is compatible. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (, 202-543-0425) has guidelines on building style, ironwork, windows and doors. The Historical Society of Washington, DC, located at 801 K St. NW, 202-249-3955, opens its reference library Tuesday through Friday (and select Saturdays), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must make a prior appointment.

Historic District & Preservation DC Historic Preservation Office 1100 Fourth St. SW, Suite E650 202-442-7600

The Historic Preservation Review Board maintains the District of Columbia’s Inventory of Historic Sites, a listing of federally designated landmarks and historic districts. The HPRB has created a variety of downloadable brochures with excel-

A favorite summer pastime -- a day at Nationals Stadium rooting on the team. Photo: M. Ashabranner

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lent information. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society ( is also a great source of information about the Capitol Hill historic district. For advice on how to research historic period design and preservation methods, contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation at 202-588-6000, or visit

5. Eastern Market

Seventh Street & North Carolina Avenue SE The Office of Property Management 202-741-0940

The city’s Office of Property Management, Department of Real Estate Services, supervises the management of Eastern Market and all weekend outdoor vending except for the flea market.

History and Operations of Eastern Market

Eastern Market, located at 225 Seventh St. SE, between North Carolina Avenue and C Street., is the oldest remaining public market in DC. Throughout the years, the market has become a focal point of community life, particularly on weekends when the outdoor farmer and flea markets and crafts fair draw crowds of shoppers and browsers. A designated historic landmark, Eastern Market is protected against wholesale change or demolition. The South Hall of the market, built in 1873, was planned and designed by Adolf Cluss, an engineer and renowned architect who designed the Smithsonian Castle. The center and

north halls of the market were added to the building in 1908. The South Hall merchants sell a variety of high quality fresh meats, fish and seafood, poultry, cheese and dairy products, produce, baked goods and specialty grocery products. Food merchants are open Tue. to Fri. from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m6 p.m., and Sun. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On April 30, 2007, a fire devastated the South Hall of the 134-year old building, destroying the The arts and crafts vendors at Eastern Market interior and the stalls of the 13 merchants, some cider. In December, residents flock whose families had been operating in to the market for Christmas trees, the same location for close to 50 years. wreaths and greens. According to city The fire spurred a public outpouring records, the farmers line dates from of support, urging the city to quickly 1906. Since the 1960s it has taken on rebuild the beloved community hub. a more varied character with the inThe Capitol Hill Community Fountroduction of arts activities. dation administered over $450,000 — The city’s Department of Gencontributed mainly by members of the eral Services (DGS) is managing the community — to aid the merchants market. The Eastern Market Comuntil the market could be reopened. munity Advisory Committee (EMA temporary East Hall opened across CAC) was formed several years ago the street in August 2007, allowing to advise the city on the selection of a the merchants to return. The District market manager and other market isreopened the historic Eastern Market sues. It includes representatives from at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June community organizations such as 26, 2009. The South Hall has returned ANC6A and the Capitol Hill Resto its original usage, and the North toration Society. Hall is now host to a number of comThe Flea Market at Eastern Market munity events. (Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. Eastern Market is first and foremost a working retail food market. to 5 p.m.) The term “the Flea Market at Eastern Outdoors along Seventh Street, a “farmers line” forms on weekends. Market” is a bit of a misnomer because there are actually three distinct flea Here goods for sale range from flowmarkets: two private and one public. ers and fresh vegetables to pies, homeBarry Margeson, the Eastern Market made jams, kindling wood and apple

Manager appointed by the DC Department of General Services (DGS), manages the vending on the grounds of the Eastern Market, on the 200 Block of Seventh St. SE and on the plaza of the adjoining Natatorium (officially the William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center). The remainder of the weekend vending currently takes place on the

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Diverse Markets Management 29 King’s Court SE 202-543-3370

6. Landlords & Tenants

Sean Haney, owner of The Pretzel Bakery

Hine School Parking lot, but soon this will transition to 7th Street which will be closed on weekends from Pennsylvania to North Carolina Avenues. This arrangement will begin as soon as developer Stanton– EastBanc commences construction on the Hine School Development to convert the Hine School to seven stories of mixed-used retail and residential space. Flea market vendors will be transitioned to Seventh Street between C Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. On Saturdays, the vending operation is managed by Carol Wright of Washington Arts, Antiques, Crafts & Collectible Associates (WAACA). On Sundays, Michael Berman organizes vendors under the auspices of Diverse Markets Management (DMM).

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Ensuring safe and decent housing is the responsibility of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The DCRA oversees rental housing standards. The Department of Community Housing and Development oversees rent control administration. Landlords must comply with these regulations, and tenants have recourse for the agency’s assistance when a landlord does not meet that obligation. DC has some of the strongest renters’ rights laws in the nation. There are many, specific regulations governing rental property conditions, so if you are a landlord or a tenant, visit the DCRA website and click “Residential Inspections” for more information. If, as a tenant, you have a problem, contact the Office of the Tenant Advocate at 202- 719-6560. You can also download the “Tenant Survival Guide” from their website: www.ota.

7. Libraries

There are three DC Public libraries convenient to Capitol Hill. Call the branch directly for hours, or visit the DC Public Library website at www. See Friends of Library

Groups in the Community Resources section in this guide. The local branches are:

Northeast Branch 330 Seventh St. NE 202-698-3320 Southeast Branch 403 Seventh St. SE 202-698-3377 Southwest Branch 900 Wesley Place SW 202-724-4752 Capitol Hill is also home to the Folger Shakespeare Library (202544-4600, 201 East Capitol St. SE,, and the Library of Congress (202-707-5000, 101 Independence Ave. SE, The Folger has special exhibitions, lectures and plays in the Elizabethan Theatre. Use of the reading room is restricted, but permission to use it may be obtained for special research. The Library of Congress is housed in three buildings along First Street SE, between C and East Capitol streets. The library has a variety of events scheduled each month – readings, movies, concerts and exhibits.

8. Parks

The Capitol Hill neighborhood contains many parks and public green spaces. These spaces are administered by a variety of government agencies and other organizations:

Architect of the Capitol 202-228-1793, (CALL) Administers: Providence Park – Second & E streets SE

DC Parks and Recreation 202-673-7647, Administers: Garfield Park 200 F St. SE

the Department of Public Works. Call the citywide call center to report a problem site that needs to be cleaned, or trash that has been dumped.

National Park Service - Capitol Hill US Department of the Interior 202-673-2402

Abandoned Vehicles

Administers: Folger Park Second & D Streets SE Lincoln Park 11th & East Capitol Streets SE Marion Park Fourth & E Streets SE Seward Square Fourth Street & Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Stanton Park Fourth & C Streets NE Capitol Riverfront BID 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE, Ste 100 202-465-7093

Administers: Yards Park 355 Water St., SE Canal Park Second & M Streets, SE

9. Trash & Recycling

Abandoned vehicles, Alley Cleaning, Holiday Tree Collection, Illegal Dumping, Rats, Bulk Trash


Cleaning services are provided through

To be considered abandoned, a vehicle must exhibit two of the following characteristics: extensive damage (wrecked, burned); inoperable (no engine, missing tires); rats, vermin or other pests; or lack of valid tags or a valid registration sticker. To report an abandoned vehicle, call the DC Citywide Call Center at 311, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; or submit an online service request at DPW will investigate within three days – the issue will be resolved within five days on public and 45 days on private property.

Alley Cleaning

DPW cleans alleys on a rotating basis — in Ward 6 approximately every six weeks — but alleys reported by residents or identified by DPW as dirty receive priority. Residents and business owners must assist by keeping alleys clean; picking up loose trash and litter; controlling weeds by cutting overgrowth; and preventing tree limbs from hanging over the alley. If your alley was missed, you can call the DC Call Center for a special clean-up, or submit a clean-up request online. Special requests are investigated within three days and resolved within seven to 28 days. Call 311,

Holiday Tree Collection

The city collects holiday trees (stripped of ornaments and decorations) during the first two weeks of January. Trees must be placed curbside on the Sun-

day of your collection week. Call 311 to find out when your tree collection will be, or if you still have your tree after the collection period has passed, you can call 311 to place a service request. For more information call 311 or check out

Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping encompasses more than just the obvious case of someone depositing an old mattress in an alley at night. When your next-door neighbor places a bag of garbage in the alley or on the front sidewalk after work on Friday, they can be fined. Fines for illegal dumping can be as high as $5,000. The DPW also offers rewards of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an illegal dumper. Call 311 if you have information about illegal dumping. Visit dpw. for more information.


The city vacuums leaves from each street twice between November and January. Cleanup is based on the schedule included in a city Leaf Collection Map, distributed to each District household during the fall of each year. Leaves must be raked to the curb by Sunday of the collection week. Rake leaves into a pile in the tree box space. Leaves from the rear of the property must be placed wherever trash and recyclables are collected. Pickup is limited to seven bags per address. Do not pile leaves in the street; do not block gutters or storm drains; and do not park on leaf piles. Contact the DC Call Center if leaves have been missed or a special circumstance requires assistance. The Department of Public Works investigates all complaints within

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three days and guarantees resolution within two weeks. Call 311, or visit


Rodents are a fact of urban life. If you see rats anywhere around your home, contact the Animal Services call center immediately for assistance at 202535-2323. DOH food protection program will initiate enforcement at food establishments if needed. DOH abatement efforts utilize registered products to bait rodents in outdoor burrows on public property. DOH also will bait rodents on private property if residents obtain signed petitions. To discourage rodents, store garbage in metal or heavy plastic containers with tight lids. Place trash outside shortly before pickup; don’t leave plastic garbage bags out overnight. Remove weeds and debris near buildings and in yards; don’t give rats a place to hide. If using poison, place it directly in the burrow and covered with dirt and leaves. Do not put poison where children, pets, squirrels and birds can reach it. Call 311 or visit


Residents are issued a recycling container, and recycling pickups are scheduled to coincide with residential trash collections. Residents whose trash is collected by DPW can have their recyclables collected by the DPW contractor. Residents with Supercans who receive once-aweek collection should put recyclables out at the same site and on the same day as their trash is collected. In twice-weekly trash collection neighborhoods, recycling is collected on either the first or second collection day. Visit

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for your street’s recycling schedule. Recyclables are taken to a materials recycling facility (MRF) where they are separated and prepared for market. To arrange a trip to the MRF, call 202-673-6833 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call the mayor’s call center at 311 if you need an additional or replacement cart or bin. Visit DPW’s website for a complete listing of recycling “dos and don’ts.” Here are some tips for recycling: recycle glass, plastic, and metal food and beverage containers; rinse containers; you do not have to remove lids; place all recyclables all material must be clean; put trash and recyclables out no later than 6:30 a.m. on collection days and no earlier than 6 p.m. the night before collection. Call 202-645-8245 (the recycling hotline), or visit The local blog is another great resource.

Trash Cans/Recycling Cans

The city issues trash and recycling cans to residents in buildings with three units or less. Call the mayor’s call center, place an order, and the city will deliver the cans to your home, free of charge, within a week. Call 311 or visit

Trash Collection

DPW provides regularly scheduled trash collection to single-family homes and residential buildings with up to three units. Collections are either once a week (approximately 75 percent of District households, using Supercans) or twice a week (neighborhoods in the center city, approximately 25 percent of District households). Between First and 15th Streets, residents receive pickups on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays. Residents living

between 15th Street and the river are on Supercan routes and are serviced once a week. Trash cans should be placed at the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the night before collection if using trash containers with secured lids. Use heavy-duty plastic or metal cans to help control the rat population, and place at the trash collection site no later than 6:30 a.m. on collection day(s). Store trash can(s) or Supercans on your property between collections, rather than in the alley or on the sidewalk.

Trash Collection, Bulk

The DPW provides bulk collection to District households with three or fewer dwelling units. A maximum of seven items can be picked up at one time; subsequent pickups must be scheduled for additional items. Call 311 to schedule an appointment, and be sure to provide detailed instructions for locating the items. Items include: large appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, ovens, washers and dryers; and furniture such as pianos, sofas, washers and kitchen cabinets, as well as mattresses and box springs. DPW collects other small items along with the regular household trash when properly prepared for collection: small appliances weighing less than 60 pounds, tree limbs and wood cut into four foot lengths and tied in small bundles weighing no more than 60 pounds, and smaller loose materials bagged and placed in a trash container weighing no more than 60 pounds. When putting out refrigerators or other large appliances with doors, remove the doors to prevent a child from becoming trapped inside. u

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A PHIL TOOMAJIAN, CHAIR, PHILANC6A@GMAIL.COM Serving the Near Northeast, North Lincoln Park, Rosedale, and Stanton Park communities ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE. 6A01 - T. Omar Mahmud Vice-Chair 202-594-9848

6A05 - Patrick Malone 1323 Corbin Pl., NE 202-492-6172

6A02 - Phil Toomajian Chair

6A06 - Stephanie Zimny Treasurer 1368 Emerald St., NE 231-622-1794

6A03 - Chris Ward 141 11th St., NE 202-258-4195 6A04 - Matt Levy 231 14th St., NE Check website for current contact information and meeting dates. Attend a meeting! Volunteer for a committee! It’s your ANC!

6A07 - Sondra Phillips-Gilbert 1744 E St., NE 202-397-7228 6A08 - Calvin Ward Secretary 436 19th St., NE 202-506-5449

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C P.O. Box 77876 • Washington, D.C. 20013-7787 • • (202) 547-7168 ANC 6C generally meets the second Wednesday of each month. 214 Massachusetts Ave NE

ANC 6C COMMISSIONERS ANC 6C01 Daniele Schiffman Daniele.Schiffman ANC 6C02 Karen Wirt (202) 547-7168 ANC 6C03 Scott Price (202) 577-6261

ANC 6C04 Mark Eckenwiler ANC 6C05 Christopher Miller ANC 6C06 Tony Goodman (202) 271-8707

ANC 6C COMMITTEES Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee First Monday, 7 pm Contact: (870) 821-0531 Grants Committee Last Thursday, 7 pm Contact:

Parks and Events Committee First Tuesday, 7 pm Contact:

Transportation and Public Space Committee First Thursday, 7 pm Contact: Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development First Wednesday, 7 pm Contact: Twitter: @6C_PZE

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D ANC 6D 1101 Fourth Street, SW, Suite W130, Washington, DC 20024 Phone: 202/554-1795 | Fax: 202/554-1774 | Check the ANC’s website at for more information. ANC 6D meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. DCRA 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1100 Fourth Street, SW 20024

COMMISSIONERS 6D01 – Majorie Lightman 6D02 – Stacy Cloyd 6D03 – Rachel Reilly Carroll

6D04 – Andy Litsky 202.554.8070 6D05 – Roger Moffatt 202.488.0288 6D06 – Rhonda Hamilton 6D07 – Meredith Fascett 202.374.5340

Serving the Waterfront Neighborhoods of Southwest & Near SE Washington

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What is an ANC? by Heather Schoell


ou’ve heard the acronym thrown around with various numbers and letters after it – ANC 4D or ANC 6B, for instance. But what is it and why should you care?


Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) are made up of local residents elected by residents of that area— voters may only vote for the commissioners running in their specific district. Capitol Hill, as an example, is mainly comprised of ANC 6A and ANC 6B. Within

6A and 6B are Single Member Districts (SMDs). Someone living in ANC 6A SMD 2 may only vote for a candidate in their particular SMD. If I live on the 900 block of C St. SE, I’m in 6B 05. Find your location by inputting your address at http:// or check the map on the next page. ANCs are the lowest level of elected government in the District. Commissioners are unpaid, though the ANCs are given a quarterly stipend. Most ANCs use this stipend to rent office space and hire an assistant to manage their work. Only a couple of ANCs in the city spend the stipend on grants to their constituent organizations.

Ward 6 ANCs: ANC 6A: ( meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Miner Elementary, 601 15 St. NE ANC 6B: ( meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE ANC 6C: ( meets on the second Wednesday. of each month at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE ANC 6D: ( meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 1100 Fourth St. SW ANC 6E: ( meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Shaw Library, 1639 Seventh St. NW

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ANCs have standing committees to address regularly-recurring issues such as use of public space, alcohol licensing, transportation, and public safety. Within each ANC, each committee is made up of a chair and community members. Those committees make recommendations to the whole. For instance, if a restaurant establishment wishes to add patio seating to their frontage on public space, representatives of the restaurant would have to take this to the public space committee in the ANC where the restaurant is located, and present their

request. The committee would hear any comments from residents or surrounding business owners, and then the committee’s recommendation would be considered at the meeting of the whole. The results from the meeting of the whole would then be communicated to the appropriate District agency, and that agency would give “great weight” to that decision in their determination. ANCs have varying degrees of involvement with District business. Years ago, Adrien Fenty’s ANC 4C blazed the trail on the ban of singleserving sales of alcohol. ANC 6A wrote the zoning code that defines what constitutes a fast-food establishment, and began a vacant property database.

WHY You Should Care

ANCs are your representatives, and they can open communication channels to District agencies in an official capacity (i.e. get answers when you can’t). A few years back, there were many streets on the Hill that were not zoned for residential parking, which meant that you could forget about having a spot in front of your house when you got back from the grocery store on Saturday afternoon. Bringing this sort of day-to-day, quality of life issue to the attention of your ANC commissioner can affect change—petitions to get the street zoned for residential parking start floating around, and the Zone 6 Parking Only signs go up on your block. Commissioners also hold businesses accountable for things such

Ward 6 ANC and SMD Boundaries as noise, trash, and loitering – all very important to residents who abut commercial or entertainment districts. Commissioners also broker community efforts such as tree plantings and community gardens, and shepherd neighborhood landscape changes and developments such as the H Street overlay, the Hine redevelopment project, and Southwest Waterfront redevelopment.

HOW to Get Involved

ANCs work on various projects, so it’s easy to get involved with something you are interested in by joining a committee. If you have a penchant for keeping an eye on neighborhood order and quiet, the alcohol board may be for you. If you like to do research, design flyers, canvas neighborhoods—whatever you like, you will find your place. The Hill Rag

reports on ANC 6A-E each month under Capitol Streets. Go to the ANC’s website (see box) to find their specific committees and see when they meet. Send an email to the chair or your SMD representative – they will be happy to hear from anyone who wants to get involved! Heather Schoell is an 19-year resident of DC—14 years in ANC 6A04. u

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Public Safety


he Hill is a close-knit village located in a major metropolitan area where crime is an element of life as it is in most places. Fortunately, Capitol Hill is protected by the dedicated officers of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the US Capitol Police. Responsibility for policing Capitol Hill is shared between MPD’s First and Fifth Districts. The US Capitol Police handle security on the grounds of the US Capitol.

Report Suspicious Activity

Community members are the eyes and ears of the MPD. Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911. When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include: • Brief description of the activity; • Date, time and location of the activity; • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed; • Descriptions of vehicles; • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone; • Your name and contact information. Citizens can also call the DC Crime Solvers Tip Line at 1-800-673-2777.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

There has been an increase in street robberies throughout the city. Many of these crimes occur as residents travel to and from public transportation hubs. The target is personal electronics and cash. Here are some commonsense steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of robbery: • Pay attention to your surroundings, particularly to passersby. Walk purposefully and with confidence. • Talking on a cell phone, texting or listening to music can blind you to nearby threats. • Walk in groups in well-lighted areas. • Do not display your personal electronics such as cell phones or tablets. • Make sure to enable your phone’s tracking system. • Do not use ATMs located in remote areas. • Carry your wallet in your front hip pocket or inside your jacket.. • Make sure to grasp any backpack or handbag with your hand at all times. Most importantly, trust your gut instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, there is usually a good reason.

Secure Your Home

When citizens head to work, criminals head to residential neighborhoods. It

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Police on the beat. Photo: Andrew Lightman

is important to secure homes against burglaries. Here are some commonsense tips: • Make sure all doors have wellinstalled dead bolt locks. • Secure sliding doors with a dowel or broom stick on their inside track. • Lock double-hung windows with key locks. • Do not hide keys on the outside of your home. • Install bright exterior lighting. • Contact the First or Fifth District for a free security survey of your home. • Get to know your immediate neighbors. Crime reports can be filed by citi-

zens online at service/file-police-report-online.

Know Your Neighborhood

The MPD provides daily crime information through the First and Fifth District Yahoo Listservs: • groups/MPD-1D/info • groups/MPD-5D/info The MPD also has a very informative crime map located at http:// Visitors can search the area around specific addresses over a date range. You can subscribe to the Hill Rag mailing list to receive daily reports on local crime. The Hill Rag’s Daily Blotter often has details that the police listservs do not. Citizens can also follow the MPD at @DCPoliceDept. General public safety alerts are available by following @ DCalerts. To help facilitate the partnership between the police and the public, the First and Fifth Districts are subdivided into several Police Service Areas (PSAs). The PSA structure is designed to facilitate and support active and involved partnerships between community residents and the police that serve in their area. Monthly PSA meetings conducted in a local venue provide a

forum for residents to bring criminal activity and quality of life issues to MPD’s attention and learn what actions are already in place to prevent and reduce crime in the community. This is face-to-face time that you can discuss issues of concern and get to know the police officers assigned to patrol within the PSA. It’s also a great place to meet your neighbors. The schedule for PSA meetings is available at www. While PSAs function at the neighborhood level, the Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) represents the entire police district. The role of a CAC is to advise a district commander on policing and neighborhood issues that impact crime and

the quality of life within a community. The schedule for CAC is available on at

First District Station 101 M St. SW 202-698-0555 First District Substation 500 E St. SE 202-698-0068 Fifth District Station 1805 Bladensburg Road NE 202-698-0150 US Capitol Police 202-224-0908 US Park Police 202-426-6710 u


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Community Resources






Beautification/ Environment Anacostia Community Boathouse Association (ACBA) 1900 M St. SE

The ACBA is dedicated to safe and environmentally responsible recreation on the Anacostia River by maintaining a community boathouse at 11th and O Streets SE. Through many years of hard work and dedication, ACBA’s members have transformed an underutilized facility into a thriving rowing and paddle sport center at no cost to the city. ACBA works in partnership with the National Park Service and other riverfront projects and interested community members.





Hill. Their income comes from selling spring flowering bulbs at Eastern Market every autumn, and from membership dues.

Friends of the National Arboretum 3501 New York Ave. NE 202-544-8733,

FONA is an independent, nonprofit organization established to enhance – through public and private resources – support for the US National Arboretum. Programs include the youth

garden, annual garden fair, clambakes and other socials, and an annual 5K race to benefit the youth garden program. To volunteer, please complete the form found on their website or call 202-544-8733.

Trees For Capitol Hill Contact: Margaret Missiaen,

Trees for Capitol Hill (TFCH) is a non-profit community group dedi-

Capitol Hill Garden Club

The Capitol Hill Garden Club brings together Washington area people interested in gardening, landscaping and the environment. Members can enjoy lectures, demonstrations, workshops and tours. A non-profit corporation, they undertake community projects and contribute to garden and beautification projects in our neighborhood. The club donates spring flowering bulbs to groups and individuals for planting in public areas on Capitol

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School Rep Joe Weedon and Family at Ward 6 family day. Photo: Elizabeth Nelson

AT A GLANCE Beautification Waterfront Anacostia Watershed Society 301-699-6204 Friends of the Arboretum 202-544-8733 Business & Merchants Groups Barracks Row Main Street 202-544-3188 CHAMPS 202-547-7788 Capitol Hill BID 202-842-3333 Capitol Riverfront BID 202-465-7093 Eastern Market Community Adv. Comm. 202-698-5253 H Street Main Street 202-543-0161 Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill Children & Youth Jan’s Tutoring House 202-547-1345 Little Lights 202-548-4021 Sasha Bruce Youthwork 202-675-9340 SMYAL 202-546-5940 Clothing Resources Capitol Hill Group Ministry Strive DC

202-544-0631 202-484-1264

Community Foundation Capitol Hill Community Foundation 202-544-1845 Food Resources Calvary Episcopal Church 202-546-8011 Christ Episcopal Church Outreach 202-547-9300 Church of the Brethren Soup Kitchen 202-547-5924 Food Pantry, Lutheran Church 202-543-4200 Lincoln Park United Methodist Ch. 202-543-1318 Solomon G. Brown Community Ctr 202-678-9770 Health Care Capitol Hill Breast Care Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center Metro Teen Aids Washington Community Hospice

202-784-2700 202-546-1018 202-543-8246 202-966-3720

Homeless Assistance Capitol Hill Group Ministry 202-544-0631 Homeless Children’s Playtime Project 202-329-4481 Housing Assistance Manna Inc.


Legal & Tax Services CHGM Tax Clinic


Libraries Friends of the NE Branch, DCPL Friends of the SE Branch, DCPL Friends of the SW Branch, DCPL

202-698-0058 202-698-3377 202-724-4752

Neighborhood Groups Barney Circle Neighborhood Assoc. 202-543-9027 Friends of Garfield Park 202-543-6232 Friends of Kingman Park 202-441-3733 North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association 202-543-3512 Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Preservation, Restoration, Development Capitol Hill Restoration Society 202-543-0425 Congressional Cemetery Association 202-543-0539 Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project 202-543-4544 Senior Citizens Capitol Hill Village


Social Services 202-544-0631 Capitol Hill Group Ministry Christ Episcopal Church Outreach 202-547-9300 Church of the Brethren Soup Kitchen 202-547-5924 Veterans Issues Access Housing Nash American Legion, Post #8

202-561-VETS 202-543-9163

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cated to restoring the tree canopy of the Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill neighborhood. Volunteers work to help renew, restore, and refresh the diversity of trees that make Capitol Hill so pleasantly green. TFCH organizes a day of tree planting each year, typically the second Saturday of November, and works closely with the DC Department of Urban Forestry for permitting and with neighbors for proper site selection.

Business & Merchant Groups Barracks Row Main Street 731 Eighth St. SE, 2nd floor 202-544-3188

For the past decade, Barracks Row Main Street has worked tirelessly to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill’s historic 8th Street, SE, commercial corridor and to revitalize its business community. In 2006 Barracks Row Main Street won the prestigious “Best Main Street in America” award for excellence. Since then the three blocks of the corridor located north of the freeway have flourished with a newfound identity as a restaurant and shopping destination. The organization also organizes festivals, promotions and celebrations throughout the year for merchants and residents of the area.

CHAMPS (Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals) P.O. Box 15486, 202-547-7788

CHAMPS is an organization of business and community leaders dedicated to building a strong economic environment on Capitol Hill

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for business development within the larger Washington, DC, community. The organization represents over 250 businesses, organizations, associations and Capitol Hill residents. CHAMPS membership includes a vast array of business people and professionals who either are located in, or serve, the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID) 30 Massachusetts Ave. NE 202-842-3333

The Capitol Hill BID is a nonprofit organization funded through an assessment on commercial property owners who are dedicated to fortifying Capitol Hill as a cleaner and safe place to live, work and conduct the business of our nation’s capital, while remaining a national and cultural tourist destination. The BID provides enhanced services that are designed to augment, not replace, services that the DC government provides. These supplementary services include: security, street cleaning, maintenance and graffiti removal, streetscape improvements, marketing and promotional services as well as community outreach.

Capitol Riverfront BID 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE, Ste. 1010 202-465-7093

The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) is dedicated to making the Capitol Riverfront clean, safe, friendly and vibrant. The Capitol Riverfront BID actively collaborates and forms partnerships to achieve the vision and development for this area, as well as the goals and objectives of the BID.

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee 202-698-5253

EMCAC is an advisory group that represents the entire Eastern Market Community, consisting of representatives from stakeholders including community organizations, District of Columbia elected officials, vendors, merchants and professionals that do business on Capitol Hill. Formed several years ago to advise the city on the selection of market management, the membership of EMCAC includes representatives from community organizations such as CHAMPS, Stanton Park Neighborhood Association, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, EMPDC and the ANCs.

H Street Main Street 729 10th St. NE 202-543-0161,

H Street Main Street (HSMS) was created back in 2002 as a part of the DC Main Streets program. The main goal of HSMS is to support the establishment and implementation of lasting, comprehensive revitalization in one of DC’s most historic neighborhoods – the H Street NE corridor – by investing in and expanding existing businesses while also attracting new businesses. H Street NE is rapidly becoming the new and exciting ‘place to be’ with new restaurants, bars, clubs and businesses springing up every week, there is always something or somewhere new to explore. The annual H Street Festival is known throughout the city and is a hugely anticipated and enjoyable event. Currently the H Street Corridor is undergoing a major street renovation to install a streetcar, which

will provide service between the Gallery Place/ Chinatown metro and the Minnesota Avenue metro.

Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill PO Box 1614 Washington, DC 20013 pages/Kiwanis-Club-ofCapitol-Hill

The Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill has been performing community service in Northeast and Southeast for over 40 years. The club’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of children, the elderly and the community by donating time and talents, contributing financial and moral support, and providing leadership and guidance.

Children & Youth Jan’s Tutoring House 1529 Pennsylvania Ave, SE 202-547-1345

The late Jan Eichhorn founded Jan’s Tutoring House in 1990 under the guidance of an all volunteer board. The mission was to provide educational and enrichment activities for inner city DC schoolage children and youth, best accomplished through one-on-one mentoring and tutoring in a safe environment with support through after school and summer programs.

Little Lights Urban Ministries 760 Seventh St. SE 202-548-4021

Founded in 1995 by Steve Park, Little Lights Urban Ministries is a non-profit Christian ministry organization dedicated to helping under-served kids, teens, adults, and families on Capitol Hill and Southeast, Washington, DC. With the help of more than 500 volunteers annually, Little Lights serves more than 200 children, teens, adults, and families each year. Staff and volunteers seek to develop the potential of its under-served neighbors, spiritually, socially, and intellectually through academics, life skills, and the arts. Little Lights programs include, tutoring, mentoring, and healthy meals for kids, internships for teens and young adults, job search assistance and job training for adults, and parenting classes, resources, and diapers for families. Volunteers are the backbone of Little Lights’ afterschool programs, unable to provide the same quality after-school and summer programs without the help of caring and compassionate individuals!

Sasha Bruce Youthwork 741 Eighth St. SE Sasha Bruce House: 202-675-9340

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Capitol Hill Group Ministry executive director Karen Cunningham (second from right).

Emergency House: 202-547-7777

Sasha Bruce Youthwork is one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC. SBY helps young people find safe homes, achieve and maintain good general and mental health, create and strengthen supportive and stable families, explore opportunities in education and careers, and become tomorrow’s leaders.

The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) 410 Seventh St. SE 202-546-5940,

SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains and advocates for programs, policies and

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services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.

Community Foundation Capitol Hill Community Foundation 419 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-1845,

The Capitol Hill Community Foundation draws on the generosity and idealism of the neighborhood to help build a stronger and more caring community—a place where families can grow and where every resident can share in a better future. An all-volunteer organization, The Capitol Hill Community Foundation supports activities, projects and organizations that enrich the lives of residents and celebrate the history of the Capitol Hill community. Since its founding in 1989, the Foundation has directed more than $6.2 million to a broad range of projects. Funded entirely by annual donations from members and friends of the community, the Foundation proudly directs every dollar contributed to grants.

They have also launched some major initiatives, including a thriving neighborhood history project, an awards program honoring individuals for distinguished service to the community and A Literary Feast, a series of literary themed dinners. In 2005 the Foundation took on possibly their most ambitious effort yet, the School Libraries Project that renovated eight of Capitol Hill’s outdated public schools. In April of 2007, after the devastating fire at Eastern Market, they created the Eastern Market Fund to receive and distribute almost $500,000 in community contributions for the benefit of the displaced Eastern Market merchants and other urgent needs during the transition back into the renovated Market in 2008. When Fragers Hardware was destroyed by fire in June 2013, CHCF organized and managed a fund of community donations to help employees until Fragers could begin to operate again.

Greater Washington Urban League 2901 14th St. NW 202-265-8200,

A major interracial, nonpartisan, nonprofit social services and civil rights organization, the Greater Washington Urban League empowers communities and individuals through social work, advocacy and law. The League runs thirty programs dealing with education, employment, training, and housing and community development. The mission of the League is to “increase the economic and political empowerment of blacks and other minorities and to help all Americans share equally in the responsibilities and rewards of full citizenship.

United Planning Organization 301 Rhode Island Ave. NW 202-238-4600,

The United Planning Organization is a community action organization dedicated to creating thriving communities and self-sufficient residents in the District. Their goal is to connect residents of DC with opportunities to improve their education, employment, and health opportunities. UPO offers career training and certifications, employment readiness, and a supportive employment services program. Youth services include Kids2College, an annual college tour, and a passport-to-work program. UPO also engages directly in community engagement through the Community Leadership Academy.

Food Resources Calvary Episcopal Church 820 Sixth St. NE 202-546-8011,

The Calvary Episcopal Church serves a full breakfast to needy visitors on the second, third and fourth Saturdays of each month beginning at 7:00 a.m. A clothing and non-perishable food room is open Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Christ Episcopal Church Outreach 640 G St. SE 202-547-9300,

Christ Church offers a variety of outreach programs to help families and individuals of Capitol Hill, like providing brown bag lunches for those in need at Seward Square and assisting with the Church of the Brethren Nutrition Program to provide more than 100 hot lunches a day. The church also works with other churches to support food bank programs for needy families in the

Capitol Hill area. Christ Church supplies offices for the Capitol Hill Group Ministry social workers.

Church of the Brethren Soup Kitchen 337 North Carolina Ave. SE 202-547-5924

The Brethren Nutrition Program, commonly called the Soup Kitchen, serves free hot meals for about 150 people on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (The kitchen is closed on weekends and on Thanksgiving and Christmas). A 600 gallon rain barrel is provided for neighbors to irrigate their gardens, preventing polluted storm water from reaching the Anacostia River. Within the facility, volunteers provide scheduled legal services (every other Monday, 12:15 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., drop-in basis) and pastoral counseling (upon request). Volunteers also refer clients to social services such as emergency shelters and substance abuse programs and serve as the mailing address for the homeless.

Food Pantry, Lutheran Church of the Reformation 212 East Capitol St. NE 202-543-4200,

The Food Pantry distributes bags of groceries to families in need who live on Capitol Hill, such as those awaiting food stamps. A voucher from the DC government or other social service agency attesting to need must be presented. Donations of food, hours, or money are appreciated.

Lincoln Park United Methodist Church 1301 North Carolina Ave. NE 202-543-1318,

This church serves free meals to

needy individuals and offers weekly Bible classes.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 301 A St. SE 202-543-0053,

The St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen Program supports two local programs providing meals to families and individuals in need. Volunteers prepare sandwiches in support of the Sunday Supper program, in addition to providing parishioner-provided casseroles to the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church program. Check the website for weekend schedules to donate your time.

Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center 2300 Martin Luther King Ave. SE 202-678-9770

This five-story center operates a lunch program open to anyone, Mon-Fri (not during July or August) between noon and 1 p.m, in addition to weekday social services, other community programs, and spiritual care and worship to community members in need.

Health Care Capital Breast Care Center 228 Seventh St. SE 202-784-2700

The CBCC provides comprehensive culturally-appropriate breast cancer screening services to women of the DC metropolitan area, regardless of the ability to pay, through clinical services, education and research. CBCC relies on volunteers to help promote the health and wellness of DC women. Depending on the type of help you would like to offer,

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tients one to one and fundraising to sponsoring a baby shower or diaper drive, general office work and data entry. To sign up and find out more about the opportunities on offer, contact CHPC at 202-546-1018, or email

Metro TeenAIDS 651 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-8246,

Metro TeenAIDS provides resources to help young people fight AIDS and support each other. The group focuses on the prevention, education, and treatment needs of young people.

Trees for Capitol Hill. Photo: Elizabeth Nelson

volunteers can work onsite or off-site, during regular office hours or on evenings or weekends, during late clinic. To learn more about CBCC and how you can help, contact them at cbcc@

Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center 713 Maryland Ave. NE 202-546-1018

The center provides free pregnancy tests and information on parenting, adoption, abortion and birth control with medical needs referrals. The center also offers prenatal and parenting classes, holds parenting support meetings, and provides maternity clothes, baby clothes and equipment to those who need them. Donations of new or gently used infant and child items are always appreciated. Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center offers many volunteer opportunities, from counselling and mentoring pa-

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National Alliance on Mental Illness 422 Eighth St. SE, Second Floor 202-546-0646,

Martha Ludden of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, urged the community to take advantage of NAMI’s office on Eighth Street SE. The organization offers support programs for the mentally ill and their families, including peer recovery, youth and family outreach and faith-based initiatives. There is a weekly support group on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Hill Center, walk-ins welcome.

The Washington Home & Community Hospices 3720 Upton St. NW 202-966-3720

It’s not easy to find peace of mind when a family member is facing advanced illness or impending end-oflife. But for Washingtonians there is hospice where patients receive holistic comfort care and families enjoy emotional support. Since 1888, the Washington Home & Community Hospices has provided compassionate care in

a patient’s own home, assisted living or wherever you call home. Hospice care is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.

Homeless Resources Capitol Hill Group Ministry 421 Seward Square SE 202-544-0631,

Founded in 1967, Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) is a nonprofit organization made up of congregations and concerned individuals of all faiths, united to serve the spiritual and social needs of the Capitol Hill Community and Ward 6. CHGM serves homeless families and individuals, as well as lowincome households from across the District of Columbia. Supported by a coalition of Capitol Hill faith communities, the CHGM provides essential services for those in need, including: their Day Hospitality Center, Shirley’s Place, offering showers and laundry services, a place for workshops, respite, light meals, and case management for homeless families and undeserved neighbors. Their Social Services Office assists neighbors in crisis with rent, mortgage, utilities, food, transportation, and medical expenses, as well as provides case management and crisis intervention. And their Street Outreach team builds relationships with homeless and vulnerable neighbors on the street, offering lifesaving interventions and crisis intervention services including the provision of blankets, food, water, clothing, and referrals to local shelters when they choose to make a change. The CHGM also offers shelter and housing programs for homeless families. Capitol Hill Group Ministry relies on the support of over 800 volunteers

each year to “Serve the Community, One Neighbor at a Time”. Opportunities include helping distributing bottled waters & healthy snacks to chronically homeless neighbors, assembling bagged lunches, organizing donations, or assisting the guests at Shirley’s Place Day Center. CHGM’s vision is simple, a vision of a community in which people are working together – across the boundaries of race, religion and income – to ensure that all of our neighbors have the opportunity to live safely with opportunity and justice. Depending on the generosity and donations of the community, CHGM is ever closer to achieving their goal.

The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP) 1525 Newton Street NW 202-329-4481,

HCPP gives DC’s homeless children the chance to just be kids and play. With dedicated playrooms in several of DC’s homeless shelters and transitional housing programs, HCPP hopes to reduce the traumatic effects of homelessness through playtime. The homeless family shelter at DC General on Capitol Hill has over 600 children and teens living there.

Housing Assistance Manna Inc. 828 Evarts St. NE, 202-832-1845,

Manna Inc. serves low and moderate-income families, helping them realize the dream of homeownership. Manna’s strategy focuses on: renovating or building affordable homes; educating first-time homebuyers for the process of home purchase and for success as homeowners; and training first-time homeowners and their

neighbors throughout the city to become community leaders.

Legal & Tax Services Capitol Hill Group Ministry 421 Seward Square SE 202-544-0631,

Library Support Groups Friends of the Northeast Branch of the DC Public Library 330 Seventh St. NE 202-698-0058, Friends of the Southeast Branch of the DC Public Library 403 Seventh St. SE 202-698-3377 Friends of the Southwest Branch of the DC Library 900 Wesley Place SW 202-724-4752

Neighborhood Groups Barney Circle Park Neighborhood Association 527 Kentucky Ave. SE 202-543-9027

The organization’s focus is crime in the area surrounding Barney Circle. Barney Circle was the spot where the Pennsylvania Avenue trolleys turned around, until the service ended in the 1960s. Today it is a thriving neighborhood, bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue SE on the south side, Potomac Avenue on the north, 17th Street SE on the east, and 15th Street on the west. The group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Ave. SE.

Friends of Garfield Park

The group’s mission is to foster improvement and maintenance of Garfield Park (bordered by prominent roads New Jersey Ave. SE, Virginia Ave. SE, Third St. SE and North Carolina Ave. SE). They host monthly park clean-ups and maintain a calendar of events on their website.

Friends of Kingman Park Civic Association P.O. Box 15836, 20003 President: Cosby Washington

FOKP meets monthly to foster improvement, maintenance, and community issues involving Kingman Park in NE. Email the President, Cosby Washington, for more details.

North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association (NLPNA) 1250 Constitution Ave. NE 202-543-3512

The NLPNA sponsors many services involving the area to the east and north of Lincoln Park, such as youth activities, neighborhood beautification projects and communitybuilding activities. NLPNA meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. (except January, July, and November) at Maury Elementary School. Sign up for the monthly newsletter, The Buzz - a publication that informs residents of important happenings in the neighborhood. The Buzz is also available on the publications page of the ANC 6A website,

Potomac Gardens Public Housing Residents Association 1229 G St. SE, 202-698-0515

The association meets monthly to share information and discuss items of mutual interest. Call for meeting date and time.

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Southwest Neighborhood Assembly 1101 Fourth St. SW

The assembly meets monthly to discuss issues for residents, businesses and government agencies. Check the website for meeting location and more information about the neighborhoods in Southwest DC.

Stanton Park Neighborhood Association 330 Seventh St. NE,

SPNA is a nonprofit association that represents a 50-block area of Capitol Hill adjacent to Stanton Park. The boundaries are from Second to 10th Streets NE, and from East Capitol to H Streets NE. SPNA has been in existence for over 25 years and became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on Oct. 3, 1977. From September to May, general membership meetings are held on the last Monday of the month at the Northeast Branch Library. There is no December meeting.

Preservation, History & Development Capitol Hill Restoration Society 420 10th St. SE 202-543-0425,

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) was founded more than 50 years ago to help the preservation, protection and improvement of the historic neighborhood’s architectural and residential urban character. Due to the efforts of CHRS, Capitol Hill won designation as a historic district in 1976. CHRS, formed as a non-profit group, is now the largest civic association on Capitol Hill, and one of the largest in the District of Columbia.

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CHRS continues to play a key role in maintaining the integrity, history and appeal of the neighborhood that has been a diverse community for more than 200 years. Consisting of nearly 1,000 members, CHRS encourages and provides guidance on the preservation of historic sites and buildings on the Hill and conveys the views to governments and other organizations on issues affecting the Capitol Hill community. CHRS sponsors the annual Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour every Mother’s Day as well as holding regular committee meetings and book reading events. CHRS conducts the Preservation Café workshop, which provides timely topics in home restoration and repair. Their website convenes several forums containing subjects such as education, crimes, transportation, development, zoning and the environment, pin-pointing issues and advice on how you can help in the community.

Congressional Cemetery Association 1801 E St. SE 202-543-0539

Established in 1807, the five-acre Washington Parish Burial Ground quickly became the preferred resting place for Capitol Hill families. As the federal government settled in to Washington, DC, Congress began funding the infrastructure so the small graveyard could handle the traffic. The 185 cenotaphs memorialize senators and congressmen who died in office, many of whom were Revolutionary War veterans. Soon enough Congress began calling the local graveyard The Congressional Burying Ground. The name stuck.

Now the oldest national cemetery in the Unites States, The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery maintains and operates the cemetery, managing all aspects of preservation and restoration, sales, educational programs, and landscape management. As a non-profit organization, Congressional relies on hundreds of volunteers and generous donors to preserve this national historic and beautiful landmark. With over 22,000 obituaries on file for individuals from all walks of life buried within the grounds, Congressional Cemetery can tell the story of America from the Revolutionary War right through to today. Their free guided tours operate most Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. in April through to November. Open from dawn to dusk every day, the grounds are a popular destination for many Hill residents to come together and walk their dogs over the beautiful 35-plus fenced acres. Membership is required for dog-walking privileges and fees go directly back to funding the preservation of the cemetery. Congressional Cemetery holds events all year round. Be sure to check out their website for updated information and don’t miss The Marines Corps Band playing a medley of John Philip Souza marches every November 6, a tribute to the band’s most famous leader.

Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project 1315 Independence Ave. SE #23 202-543-4544,

This oral history project, dedicated to the memory of longtime Capitol Hill resident Ruth Ann Overbeck, seeks to capture the collective mem-

Volunteer, Capitol Hill! ory of Capitol Hill residents about their neighborhood. Recommend a neighbor or yourself as a subject of the project.

Senior Citizens Capitol Hill Village 725 Eighth St. SE 202-543-1778,

Capitol Hill Village (CHV ) is a community of neighbors helping neighbors, offering its members the confidence and practicalmeans to stay in their own homes throughout their lives. Village membersreceive professional and volunteer services and enjoy a variety of social andeducational programs. The Village’s staff andits volunteers assist members with services like free transportation to events and appointments, running errands, doing in-home maintenance, andcare coordination for members when needed. Selected vendors offer servicesranging from home repairs through personal care to landscaping. Members mustlive in the greater Capitol Hill area. Village programs varyfrom travel excursions to book groups, from arts discussions to dining clubs,from walking groups to bridge. For people new to the Hill, CHV is a greatway to make new friends. Whether you’re working or retired, active or ahome-

body, Capitol Hill Village can be the key to your community. For moreinformation phone 202-543-1778 or email

Veteran’s Issues Access Housing 202-561-VETS (8387) 820 Chesapeake St., SE

Access Housing Inc. DC’s Southeast Veterans Service Center (SEVSC) and Chesapeake Veterans House (CVH) transitional housing program provides an extensive list of services for homeless veterans eighteen years and older. Their goal is to provide the tools homeless veterans need.

American Legion, Kenneth H. Nash Post #8 224 D St. SE 202-543-9163 KennethHNashAmericanLegion

The American Legion is committed to supporting our fellow service members and veterans, sponsoring youth programs in our communities and promoting the patriotism and honor that is vital to our nation’s future. u

by Maggie Myszka


here are a lot of reasons to become a volunteer – giving back, professional development, meeting new people, spending time as a family, and much more. Now, two groups are working to make it easier to pair volunteers with the right organizations for them. “It has been said that people don’t move to Capitol Hill, but rather they join it. This is a neighborhood of people who get involved to improve their community,” said Todd Cymrot of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. According to Cymrot, many of the Foundation’s grantees say that one of their most critical needs isn’t financial, but finding volunteers. Additionally, parents of students with service requirements for school also find it difficult to find volunteer opportunities. This led to the launch of, a clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities. During 2015, the Capitol Hill Community Foundation will begin to host that clearinghouse on their website, along with a calendar of community events. Another opportunity to learn about volunteering is the annual event Volunteer Capitol Hill on May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hill Center. Volunteer Capitol Hill has a simple premise – bring together organizations that need assistance and allow potential volunteers to learn about opportunities that best fit their schedule, skills, and interests. This event provides a one-stop shop for adults, teens, and families to learn about a wide variety of short- and longterm volunteer opportunities with over 35 organizations serving the Hill. Volunteer Capitol Hill was created in 2013 to celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by Nicky and Steve Cymrot over a period of forty years to the Capitol Hill community and, in particular, their vision and leadership in the creation of Hill Center. This year, Volunteer Capitol Hill will pay tribute to Steve Cymrot, who passed away in late 2014. Whether you’re interested in holding a dog at an adoption event, working at a food pantry, planting trees, or even crunching data in a spreadsheet from your couch at home, there is an organization on Capitol Hill that could use your help to fulfill their mission and make the community an even better place to live. For more information go to, or for information on Volunteer Capitol Hill go to the Hill Center website at u

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Spiritual Communities Brown Memorial AME Church 130 14th St. NE 202-543-9658 Calvary Episcopal Church 820 Sixth St. NE 202-546-8011, Capital City Church Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE 202-234-3716,

The District Church Sunday worship gathering: East Side / H Street Parish @ Miner Elementary School 601 15th St NE

Capitol Hill Baptist Church 525 A St. NE 202-543-6111,

Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church 800 11th St. NE 202-397-1562

Capitol Hill Presbyterian 201 Fourth St. SE 202-547-8676

Ebenezer United Methodist Church 400 D St. SE 202-544-1415

Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist 914 Massachusetts Ave. NE 202-543-1344,

Faith Tabernacle United Holy Church 300 A St. NE 202-547-9743

Capitol Hill United Methodist 421 Seward Square SE 202-546-1000, Christ Episc. Church on Capitol Hill 620 G St. SE 202-547-9300 Christ Our Shepherd Church 801 North Carolina Ave. SE 202-544-9599 Christ United Methodist Church 900 Fourth St. SW 202-554-9117

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 522 Seventh St. SE (Building is currently under construction and will re-open during 2015) 202-547-8793

Friendly Memorial Baptist Church 404 13th St. NE 202-546-7769 Greater People Union Baptist Church 1111 South Carolina Ave. SE 202-547-1300 Hill Havurah Services and events are mostly held at Christ Our Shepherd Church (see entry above). Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic Church 1357 East Capitol St. SE 202-546-1885,

The steeple is placed atop the Church of the Latter-Day Saints on 7th Street SE. Photo: Norman Metzger

Holy Name Catholic Church 920 11th St. NE 202-397-2525 Holy Temple Church of Christ 439 12th St. SE 202-547-8364, Imani Temple on Capitol Hill 609 Maryland Ave. NE 202-388-8155 Kingdom of Zion Baptist Church 1313 Maryland Ave. NE 202-397-1311 Liberty Baptist Church 527 Kentucky Ave. SE 202-543-7894 Lincoln Park United Methodist Church 1301 North Carolina Ave. NE 202-543-1318,

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Newborn Pentecostal Church 1222 H St. NE 202-397-7797 Northeast Holy Trinity Church 709 Fourth St. NE 202-547-8252 People’s Community Church 653 11th St. NE 202-543-2236

The chapel in Congressional Cemetery. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Lutheran Church of the Reformation 212 East Capitol St. NE 202-543-4200, Mennonite Church Washington Community Fellowship 907 Maryland Ave. NE 202-543-1926, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church 1636 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-5588 Mt. Olive Baptist Church 1140 Sixth St. NE 202-544-6677, Mt. Zion Commandment Ministry 1222 Maryland Ave. NE 202-399-8110 National Community Church 535 Eighth St. SE and 205 F Street NE 202-544-0414, New Hope Freewill Baptist Church 754 11th St. SE 202-547-2661

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Pilgrim Baptist Church 700 “Eye” St. NE 202-547-8850, Pleasant Lane Baptist Church 501 E St. SE 202-547-8969 Redemption Hill Church 400 D St SE (202) 543-2378, Riverside Baptist Church 680 I St. SW 202-554-4330, St. Augustine Epis. Church Location at 600 M St. SW is under renovation. Services are held temporarily at: 900 Fourth St. SW 202-554-3222, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 313 Second St. NE 202-547-1223, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 301 A St. NE 202-543-0053, St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church 222 Eighth St. NE 202-546-1746

St. Peter’s Catholic Church 313 Second St. SE 202-547-1430 The Table Church 1020 H Street NE 202-618-6050 Tried Stone Church of Christ 417 Ninth St. SE 202-544-3471 Triumph DC Sunday gatherings at 10:30 am @ Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan School 215 G St NE Washington Community Fellowship 907 Maryland Ave. NE 202-543-1926 Way of the Cross Church of Christ 819 D St. NE 202-543-0500 Westminster United Presbyterian Church 400 I St. SW 202-484-7700 William Penn House Friends Worship Group 515 East Capitol St. SE 202-543-5560 u

Holy Comforter – Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic Church A welcoming, embracing and joyful faith family

Weekend & Daily Mass Schedule

Sundays: 8:00 am, 11:00 am & 7pm Saturdays: 8:00 am & 4:30 pm (vigil) Weekdays: 7:00 am (chapel)

Holy Days of Obligation 7:00 am (chapel), 10:00 am & 7:00 pm


Confessions: Sat/Sun: 1/2 hour prior to Mass or by appointment if you call the rectory office.

Rectory Office Hours Reverend Monsignor Charles E. Pope Pastor

Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: 9am-8pm Thurs: 9am-5pm Sat: 9am-1pm Sun: 9am-2pm The Main Sanctuary of the Church is open every day for prayer from 8am until 8pm.

1357 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 202-546-1885

Hill Havurah An independent Jewish Community Holding services, celebrating holidays, and providing Jewish education throughout the year on Capitol Hill. PO Box 15822 Washington, DC 20003

my Hill Rag The Hill Rag has been Capitol Hill’s neighborhood news source since 1976. Flip through its pages to see the recent doings of your friends and neighbors. Visit and subscribe to our daily newsletter to keep up on what’s happening around the corner and across Ward 6.

Published Daily Online & Monthly in Print Capitol Hill’s News Source Since 1976!

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The Capitol Hill Residential Marketplace Wrap Up 2014 by Don Denton


apitol Hill has wrapped up another great year. Average and median prices have continued to soar, the upper bracket market saw exceptional strength, inventory remained (and remains) ex-

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tremely tight, our contiguous neighborhoods continue to blossom and significant infill projects are poised to enter the marketplace in 2015. If this sounds familiar, it should, because this is just what I wrote last year at this time. Here are the numbers. Single family settlements fell from 758 in 2013 to 677 In 2014. This decline is 100% attributable to lack of inventory, absolutely not a lack of demand. Fresh out of a recession in 2000, we had loads of inventory and lots of buyers. In 2014, we struggled with inventory, still had lots of buyers and significantly higher prices. If we had had double the inventory last year, we would have had double the number of sales. The demand remains that high! As I noted earlier, prices continued to rise in 2014. Median prices rose 5% from $657,000 to $690,000. Average sales prices were up 10% from $697,000 to $740,000. These numbers reflect a geographic area bordered by the Capitol on the west, the Anacostia on the south, along Benning Road to Florida Avenue on the east and north. If you just focus on the Capitol Hill historic district, then the average price is in excess of $900,000 heading toward a million! H to Florida exceeds $600,000. The upper brackets on the Hill really got another jolt in 2014: the number of sales exceeding $1million, increased by 60%, from 51 sales in 2013 to 81 in 2014. In 2015, we will see similar increases in prices. At this point there seems to be nothing in the way. Small developers are working all over the Hill significantly upgrading a home here and a multiunit there or converting a school or a vacant lot to homes for hundreds of new residents. Look at the used car lot at the end of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. An unsightly drag on that part of Capitol Hill for decades, it should be available later this year for a large number of new Capitol Hill residents. In that same area, there are several projects somewhere between planned and done: the Holland Liquor site, old KFC site, Dominoes site, Salvation Army site. La Lomita will return as the downstairs tenant of a 10

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unit condo development. Of course the biggest will be the old Buchanan school site. In the middle of all of this development sits Potomac Gardens and Hopkins Plaza. The city owes it to the residents of those two properties and to the neighborhood to move forward with some sort of redevelopment along the lines of Ellen Wilson, Kentucky Courts or Capper Carrollsburg. Of course, with the ending of Hope VI grants, it would have to be self-funded. However, with the value of the land and the ultimate sale of the market rate units, it should be viable. A couple of other properties that we talked about last year: the development at 8th and Mass. NE is

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nearing demolition completion and should be on line in 2016 with 140 new rental units; The Edmonds school at 9th and D, NE came on line in 2014 and is now sold out and completely occupied. Long vacant, this property now is a significant contributor to the tax rolls of the District and to the neighborhood. The “huge� multiunit at 14th and Maryland Ave., NE (the Marylander) is half sold and will begin moving new condo owners in early this summer.. All of these projects, and many more, will be providing homes for hundreds of people looking to call our neighborhood home. And we are far from done. This year you will see significant movement on the long awaited Hine site. As an aside, the current development team started working on this project seven years ago and will be another six months doing environmental abatement and demolition. My guess, not theirs, is that they have many, many hundreds, if not thousands, of hours and nearly $2.0M invested in this process and had no guarantee of whether they would move forward or not until a few weeks ago. There is something terribly wrong with this process. Other sites to watch this year would be the Washington Auto Club at 11th and I SE, the two big holes in the ground at 6th and H and many others that are working their way through the process. Over the next five years, we should see H Street fully built out and the area around Union Market evolving as a significant commercial and residential hub. Meanwhile, Eckington, Brookland, Trinidad, Hillcrest, Anacostia, Capitol Riverfront and the Southwest Waterfront will all be converging on the Hill from their respective directions. As this happens, our boundaries will continue to expand and to blur with other neighborhood boundaries. Capitol Hill has already become a significant hub for dining and entertainment for all of Southeast and Northeast. As the population of the District continues to become younger and more affluent, the Capitol Hill neighborhood should continue to thrive. Don Denton, Branch Vice President, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. u

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Get Your Home Ready to Sell


utting your home on the market can be a huge emotional roller coaster. Control what you can; start with getting your home market-ready by cleaning and decluttering, making it into an inviting space that people can picture themselves living in.

Clean Up!

Clean your house. That is all. Kidding aside, seriously, clean up. If a prospective buyer walks in and sees dust bunnies, in that buyer’s mind, your house will be the Dust Bunny House instead of the Awesome Yard House or the Original Woodwork House. Don’t be the Dust Bunny House. Clean everything. That includes light fixtures— wash all those dead gnats away. Vacuum furniture and pillows.

by Heather Schoell Clean your windows inside and out until they glint! Mirrors and reflective surfaces should sparkle. Degrease the kitchen cabinets, and clean under the vent hood and behind the refrigerator. Dust the tops of the window casings and over the doors. You may wish to have a “move-out” house cleaning treatment if scrubbing isn’t your thing. Consider replacing your carpet if it has visible stains, and especially if you have pets. If you don’t replace carpets and rugs, then have them cleaned for a fresher look and smell. Smells can evoke memories and emotions like nothing else. Make your home a good smell memory to prospective buyers. Dogs, though we love them, stink. Cat boxes stink. Diaper Genies, trash cans, old shower

curtains, sneakers, hampers—they all stink. If you can, remove them. If you can’t, then replace them or clean and deodorize them. Be mindful of what you cook when you’re living where you’re trying to sell. Leave the salmon, garlic bread, and steamed broccoli for your next place.

Clean Out!

People need help visualizing themselves in your space, and that’s harder if your photos are hanging around. Minimize. Clear out the kids’ drawings and personal mementos— like you were never there, capiche? “Remove small, valuable items from the viewing areas,” advises John Smith of the Smith Team Realtors. “Small items are easily misplaced. Temporarily misplaced, valuable, irreplaceable items create unnecessary stress.” Clean out your closets. They should all look like you could fit plenty more in there, so leave some things hanging. Put some brightly-colored bins up high to show how much vertical space there is. The same goes for storage closets. They should be clean, well-organized and sparsely filled. Make them smell fresh and clean with fabric softener sheets.


Painting is worth the time and expense. DIY or hire painters, but walls should be free of cracks and paint should be neat. Choose a pleasant neutral color, and it’s a good idea to paint the same color Rooms should be clutter-free and the decor balanced. Bedrooms should be tranquil and inviting. Photo courtesy of Peter Grimm, The Smith Team.

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throughout your home, as it will make your home feel larger and flow better. It also cuts down on mistakes in color choice. Incompatible tones in sight lines from one room to the next strike a discordant note. Don’t forget about painting the trim around doors, windows, and built-ins. Unless it is stained wood, trim should be bright white, which makes your house look sharp and fresh— new, even if it’s 100 years old.


Staging is a great option, and it’s an investment in your one shot at a first impression. The idea is to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible, and with heavy reliance on photos posted on the internet to draw interest, make those photos sell your home. The trick is to maximize space, draw focus to the best features, and detract from the features that aren’t so great. Furnishings should speak to buyers emotionally, to show this home is a fit. Ask your agent what he or she thinks about your existing furnishings, or if staging might better serve you. (Don’t be offended at the latter!) Most staging companies offer different levels of service. You can call them in for a consultation during which they make comments and you take notes, or you can pay more for their report of recommendations. You can have them stage part of the house or every room, or even rent one statement piece. Some staging companies charge monthly with a three-month minimum (they’ll take back their things if you sell in one week, but you still owe them for the whole period). There is a price difference in staging vacant homes as opposed to when you’re still in it.

See You Later!

“Prep yourself for the sale, and be ready for some nuisance,” said Smith. “Home seekers are most available on weekends and evenings. Be ready to show your home. Go on that week-long visit to your new home site, take a vacation. Let the agent show your home for two weekends in a row.” After all what’s a little inconvenience compared to a quick sale? Heather Schoell is a REALTOR with The Smith Team, Prudential PenFed Realty. Contact her at heathersdc@ u

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Tom Cannon, Judi Seiden and Johnathan Mann of Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty. Photo Andrew Lightman





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Deborah Charlton Long & Foster 202-415-2117 or 202-944-8400

Coldwell Banker – Capitol Hill 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-547-3525

Compass 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste 300 202.545.6900

Manuel Cortes Coldwell Banker 202-556-5754

Dee Dee Branand Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-369-7902 Dwell Residential Brokerage 1108 H Street, NE (202) 905-4335

Mark Edwards Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-390-8083

Evelyn Branic Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-741-1674

Fulcrum Properties Group Keller Williams 1328 G Street SE Washington, DC 20003 202-573-8552

Chuck Burger Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-258-5316

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Peter Davis The Smith Team Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 216 Seventh St. SE 301-332-1634 peterdavis.penfedrealty. com

Jackie Von Schlegel of Re/Max Allegiance, here with Chris Cox of First Savings Mortgage, at the annual Hill-o-Ween celebration at Eastern Market. Photo: M. Ashabranner

Tom Faison RE/MAX Allegiance 220 Seventh St. SE 202-255-5554

Stanton Development Corp. Urban Development, Restoration & Preservation on Capitol Hill

305 7th St S.E. Washington, DC 20003 (202) 544-6666

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Serving the District & Northern, VA.

Direct: 202.556.5754 Office: 202.547.3525 Residential Sales Seller & Buyer Representation  First Time Home Buyers  Relocation  

For MLS listings visit: 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC. 20003

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Kenneth Faunteroy Brian Logan Real Estate 2162 California St. NW 202-387-7551 Peter Frias John C. Formant Real Estate 225 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-744-8973 Andrew Glasow Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-741-1654 Grant Griffith Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-741-1685 Peter Grimm The Smith Team Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 216 Seventh St. SE 202-270-6368 Steve Hagedorn Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-741-1707 Bonnie Grier Baldus Real Estate 101 Charles Street La Plata, MD 20646 Gary Jankowski Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-439-6009

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John C. Formant Real Estate 225 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-3900 Kristine Jones The Smith Team Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 216 Seventh St. SE 202-415-4716 Kitty & Tati Kaupp Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-741-1699, 202-741-1760 Keller Williams Capitol Hill 801 D St. NE 202-243-7740 Patricia Johnson Long and Foster (202) 413-6102 Kristine Jones The Smith Team Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 216 Seventh St. SE 202-415-4716 Hub Krack RE/MAX 1720 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202-550-2111 Pam Kristof RE/MAX 1720 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202-253-2550

Long & Foster - Capitol Hill 721 D St. SE 202-547-9200 Lee Murphy Washington Fine Properties, LLC 202-277-7477 Joel Nelson Keller Williams 801 D St. NE 202-243-7707 George Olson Compass The Meg & George Team 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste 300 202-203-0339 Linda Pettie Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-741-1770 JT Powell Coldwell Banker 202-465-2357, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Capitol Hill Office 216 Seventh St. SE 202-393-1111 RE/MAX Allegiance Capitol Hill 220 Seventh St. SE 202-547-5600

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Joseph Reid Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-641-5514

Ryall Smith Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-741-1781

Bryce Rowland Coldwell Banker 202-741-1773,

Jason E. Townsend Capital Community Properties an affiliate of Keller Williams Capital Properties 202.415.7400

Heather Schoell The Smith Team Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 216 Seventh St. SE 202-321-0874 Judi Seiden Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 216 Seventh St. SE 202-547-4419 Megan Shapiro Compass The Meg & George Team 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste 300 202-329-4068 Aaron Smith The Smith Team Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 216 Seventh St. SE 202-498-6794 John Smith The Smith Team Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 216 Seventh St. SE 202-262-6037

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Michael Tubbs Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-547-3525 Jackie Von Schlegal The Von Schlegal Team RE/MAX Allegiance 220 Seventh St. SE, 202-547-5088 Phyllis Jane Young Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-4236 Eboni Washington The Smith Team Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 216 Seventh St. SE 202-608-1187 Dare Johnson Wenzler Coldwell Banker 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-957-2947 Pam Wye Sotheby’s 1506 14th st NW 202-234-3344

DEVELOPERS Forest City 301 Water St SE 202-496-6600 PN Hoffman 4725 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202-686-0010 Stanton Development Corp. 202-544-6666

HOME INSPECTORS Cliff Kornegay Capitol Hill Home Inspection 202-251-5723

MORTGAGES Chris Cox First Savings Mortgage 202-543-6830 Manna Mortgage 828 Evarts St. NE 202-832-1845 National Capital Bank 316 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-8000

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Delbe Real Estate Company, Inc. 5125 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 430 Washington, DC 20016 202-237-0187

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Real Estate Settlements We Guarantee Attention to Detail & Personalized Service 650 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Suite 170 Washington, DC 20003-4318 202-544-0800

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Dunphy Properties 1 E St. SE 202-546-2859 Joel Truitt Management 734 Seventh St. SE 202-547-2707 John C. Formant Real Estate 225 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-3900 Long & Foster Capitol Hill 721 D St. SE 202-547-9200 Wexford Property Management, LLC 1344 H St. NE Yarmouth Management 309 Seventh St. SE 202-547-3511

REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS Richard Halberstein 705 D Street, SE 202-546-1111

Wexford’s goal is to provide superior service to all of our clients, which include single units, HOA’s, Co’ps and Condo Buildings. We currently operate in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Washington, DC and the regions surrounding these cities. In addition to our management division, we also run acquisition and construction divisions.

WEXFORD PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, LLC Property Management and Rentals

202-359-7368 • 1344 H St. NE 88 •

Pascal & Weiss Kathleen I. Andrews 1008 Penn. Ave. SE 202-544-2200

RENTAL SERVICES Delbe Real Estate Company, Inc. 5125 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 430 202-237-0187

Joel Truitt, Broker Joel Truitt Management 734 Seventh St. SE 202-547-2707 John C. Formant Real Estate 225 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-3900 Long & Foster - Capitol Hill 721 D St. SE 202-547-9200 www.capitolhill.lnfre. com RE/MAX Capitol Realtors 220 Seventh St. SE 202-547-5600 Wexford Property Management, LLC 1344 H St. NE 202-359-7368 Yarmouth Management 309 Seventh St. SE 202-547-3511

TITLE COMPANIES Congressional Title & Escrow Inc. 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Ste. 170 202-544-0800 Monarch Title 210 Seventh St. SE Ste. 100 202-546-3100 u

G HO a M r E d & en A stunning dogwood on 12th Street, SE. Photo: Melissa Ashabranner

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Capitol Hill’s Natural Beauty and Green Living by Rindy O’Brien


t is easy to be green living on Capitol Hill. The Potomac and Anacostia rivers surround the ever-expanding Hill neighborhood that boasts an amazing array of public parks, private gardens, and streets lined by oaks, elms, and flowering trees. Together these outdoor elements make Capitol Hill a fusion of ecology and aesthetics. Nature keeps the neighborhood fresh with an ever-changing experience of color and different opportunities to be outdoors. And this year DC is getting a new bike route that begins at Arlington National Cemetery and meanders its way for eleven miles to the National Arboretum. The path has been named the National Greenscape Corridor and highlights urban landscapes. A lot of the corridor wends its way through the historical and cultural landscapes of Capitol Hill. Our green corridors, parks, and triangle corner parks were part of Pierre L’Enfant’s original designs for the federal city that George Washington commissioned him to create in 1791. Later, Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture, continued the efforts by creating public space around the

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Capitol and several of the Hill’s local parks. Ever since, keeping a balance of green and open spaces with development of office space and homes has been a part of Capitol Hill’s DNA. Few DC neighborhoods have the full specGARDEN CHARM. Photo: Rindy O’Brien trum of green resources that Capismall.But a well-designed urban gartol Hill has. From the number of free classes, workshops, den can make up in charm what it lectures, and volunteer opportunities, lacks in size. The new trend to plant native plants using existing soil is there is something for everyone. Local garden shops like Fragers, W.S. perfect for these small gardens. More perennials, grasses, and groundcovers Jenks and Gingko Gardens make are being selected to mingle with the buying the right plant and tools very existing roses and hostas. simple whether you are a first time The new native planting approach homeowner or a seasoned gardener. helps rid gardens of invasive species, The number of parks, trails, and river like the English ivy, which takes over access areas make it fun and easy to and strangles the trees, and has the enjoy a day in the park and outdoors. unfortunate side-effect of harboring Hill living is as much about being in rodents and unwanted other wildlife. nature as it is about work in the monMany of the native plants attract butumental buildings known to people terflies, bees, moths, and other benefiaround the world. cial insects that help keep the natural cycle of life going. Native plants Personal Garden Spaces thrive because over the years they Capitol Hill gardens are usually quite have genetically adapted for the soil,

hot and cold temperatures, and the pattern of moisture in our area. For more ambitious gardeners, there are community gardens all over Capitol Hill where residents can be assigned a plot to grow their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Tomatoes, corn, okra, eggplant, all kinds of lettuces, chards, and pumpkins are harvested throughout the summer by local gardeners. Capitol Hill has more community gardens than any other section of the city. The Washington Gardener Magazine lists all the gardens and how to put your name on the list for a plot.

Down by the Riverside Finding a local park to spend a few minutes breathing in the fragrance of the trees is usually just minutes away. Capitol Hill is lucky to have an army of people, government agencies, environmental organizations, and businesses committed to maintaining the green spaces and dreaming of ways to preserve or create new ones. The Hill’s parks are maintained by both federal and local government agencies like the DC Department of Environment (DDOE), the US Park Service, the US Forest Service, DC Parks

and Recreation, and others. Parks, like Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront area, provide families a chance to picnic in safe and clean settings while watching hawks and eagles soar down the Anacostia River or listen to a free Friday evening concert with friends. The Julia in a typical Capitol Hill Garden. Photo: Daniele Schiffman US National ArboDC into one of the greenest cities in retum not only teaches us about trees America. “Green” is a high priority and plants, but also is a popular spot for elected officials; a major part of for walkers and joggers to explore its the curriculum taught in many classnine miles of roads and trails without rooms; a key policy goal of zoning adhaving to dodge traffic. The new Anvocates; an essential element for pubacostia Water Trail connects one end lic health and physical fitness buffs; of the Hill to the other. and a plus for realtors who find propGroups like Trees For Capitol erty values going up as the city beHill, a community of volunteers suscomes more green and blue. The new taining trees of Capitol Hill, Casey Director of DOEE is a familiar CapiTrees, the Anacostia Watershed tol Hill face, former Ward 6 CouncilAssociation, Friends of the Namember Tommy Wells. Tommy, as he tional Arboretum and Friends of the likes to be addressed, has long been an Aquatic Garden provide non-profit advocate for making the city a beautiservices to keep our trees, parks, and ful and clean place to live. He was the rivers healthy. Each organization legislative force behind the Bag Bill, maintains websites which has dramatically reduced the and calendars of events number of plastic bags ending up in from classes, to fundthe Anacostia River. Now he is foraising events, to ways cusing his attention onto restoring a to volunteer. good tree canopy to the city. If you are interested in the enviGrowing the ronment or gardening on any level, Green classes or expert help is readily availGeneration able just for the asking. Leading horticultural institutions like the US Everyone is getting Botanic Garden and the US National caught up in the green Arboretum provide free or inexpenrevolution linking all sive classes throughout the year. The kinds of folks in the Capitol Hill Garden Club helps feleffort of transforming

Hostas are a favorite Hill shade plant. Photo Rindy O’Brien

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Garden Resources Government

The charm of spring roses. Photo: Rindy O’Brien

low gardeners network with one another and provides educational talks and walks tailored to Hill gardens. Annual garden fairs like that sponsored by the Friends of the National Arboretum in late April each year give gardeners a chance to buy unusual plants selected just for this region. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer whether you want to plant trees and become a Citizen Forester, learn about plant breeding and species identification as a Master Gardener, or wade through lily ponds and streams helping restore the unique habitat along the Anacostia River. Volunteers of all ages can engage in a wide variety of service activities. The beauty of working in nature is that everyone can find a job that suits him or her. Performing routine gardening functions can be as simple as picking up trash, pulling weeds, or watering a tree in front of your house. Capitol Hill is on the cutting edge of the green scene. No longer do people have to abandon urban living if they want to live with nature. By blending our greenscape with our urban ways, the Hill has created a model of urban nature with that is a sustainable success. u

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District Department of the Environment 1200 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-535-2600

Key government department for outdoors, recycling, toxics, pollution, and water quality. Provides incentives for residents to reduce storm water pollution, and provides free home energy audits. $100 rebate for planting canopy trees, rebates for installing rain barrels, and more.

Urban Forestry Administration District Department of Transportation 55 M Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 202-673-6813

All things trees flow through this department. Call 311 for emergency service for downed trees. Tree work services, pruning, removal, and replanting can be scheduled. Tree boxes and tree removal on private property can require permits, so it’s important to check this site when dealing with your trees. DC Gov is a new online program that connects people in the community interested in tree planting and preservation.

US National Park Service National Capitol Parks East & Capitol Hill

The National Park Service man-

ages Folger, Lincoln, Stanton, and Marion Park; Eastern Market and Potomac Avenue Metro Stations, Seward Square, Maryland Avenue medians, and 59 triangle squares.

US Botanic Garden & Capitol Grounds 100 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20024 202-225-8333

One of the oldest botanic gardens in North America, the glass conservatory at the foot of Capitol Hill is open seven days a week and contains over 60,000 plants for exhibition, study and exchange. It hosts a number of classes, often free, and programs for children like the Junior Botanists program. This is a great place to volunteer if you are interested in learning more about plants.

US National Arboretum 3501 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-245-2726

With over nine miles of road and trails, the 446 acres of trees and plants gives visitors a chance to feel like they are in the country minutes from home. The Arboretum is part of the US Department of Agriculture and provides research for plant breeding programs as well as being open to the public for education and recreation. The Washington Youth Garden has taught urban children the joys of gardening and science for over 40 years. The Arboretum is open Friday through Mondays.

Garden Centers Frager’s Lawn and Garden 1230 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003 202-733-6794

From starter seed kits to shovels and soil, the Fragers Garden Center can provide gardeners with almost anything they need to begin or improve their Hill garden. A great place to find pest control devices and sprays.

Ginkgo Gardens 911 11th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 202-543-5172

Ginkgos has an excellent variety of plants, shrubs and trees and is known for introducing new gardening trends to Capitol Hill. The center does on site consultations as well as providing landscaping and design services to customers. It is open seven days a week

W.S. Jenks & Son 910 Bladensburg Road, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-529-6020

The hardware company has been in business since 1866. and ha moved to its new location at end of last year. The garden section will be expanded in time bringing in annuals and plants suited for apartment living. It has a great selection of gardening tools like pruners, wheel barrels, watering cans and supplies.

Local Organizations Capitol Hill Garden Club

Members enjoy lectures, demonstrations, workshops and tours. The

Garden Club supports itself through annual bulb sales at Eastern Market, and gives free daffodil bulbs to local gardens. It meets monthly at the Washington Church of the Brethren, 337 North Carolina Avenue, SE, Washington, DC

Trees for Capitol Hill

Trees for Capitol Hill (TFCH) is a non-profit community group dedicated to restoring the tree canopy of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Volunteers help renew, restore, and refresh the diversity of trees that make Capitol Hill so pleasantly green.

Casey Trees 3030 12th Street NE Washington, DC 20017 202-833-4010

This D.C.-based nonprofit is committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. To fulfill this mission, they plant trees, engage thousands of volunteers of all ages in tree planting and care, provide year-round continuing education courses, and monitor the city’s tree canopy. Casey Trees has a blog called, Tree Speak, that provides information on trees and highlights a tree of the month.

Friends of the National Arboretum 3501 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-544-8733

A non-profit organization who care about and support the U.S. National Arboretum by providing valuable financial and volunteer support, especially for Arboretum internship programs, maintenance of the gardens and collections, the Washington Youth Garden and many other projects.

Community Gardens The Washington Gardener Magazine keeps a current list with contact information on community gardens for the Washington, Maryland, and Virginia area. While there is usually a waiting list to get into the Hill gardens, it doesn’t take too long before you are enjoying the harvest of your summer vegetables and herbs. www.

Friends of Local Parks

A number of our local parks have neighborhood people who organize cleanup and volunteer activities in the park. Usually there is a sign at the park with contact information. Or call DC Parks and Recreation for contact information. u

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Renovation Tips by Catherine Plume


enovating a house, or even a kitchen or bath, can be a huge undertaking. But renovating an old house – especially one located inside the Capitol Hill Historic District - can be an even more daunting challenge. Fortunately, there are some readily available resources that can help minimize the drama and headaches of this experience.

Getting Started

Regardless of your level of understanding of how a house functions, there are three rules to abide by when you start any renovation project anywhere: • Pay attention! • Be involved! • Ask questions! While this seems basic, it’s surprising how many people leave the renovation to the “experts” when asking some simple questions can result in important changes in your renovation that make the overall result much more to your liking. As you start your renovation, it’s extremely important to seek out references for the contractors who will be performing the work. Going with a company that has a long track record on the Hill is highly recommended as they understand the complexities of working with both the District and Historic Review permitting processes, and they know what “surprises” may be encountered when renovating an 1880’s built home.

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It’s also important to know your current house well. Do you have lead pipes? Is the wiring up to code? Which way do the joists run? Finding answers to these questions can help mitigate surprises – and avoid extra costs. Having an “as built” architectural plan of your house can help you document how systems (water, wiring) are located and can help you save space as you contemplate your new design. Be sure to take pictures before, during and after your renovation. Pictures of exposed wiring, piping and ventilation and the location of these systems can be a valuable resource when problems arise later.

Conserving Energy… and Money Whether you’re renovating a bathroom or an entire house, consider having an energy audit conducted on your entire house before you start your renovation. The audit should include the use of a door blower and (very importantly) an infrared camera to identify exactly where the leaks are. These audits are relatively inexpensive and will help you set a goal for reduced air leakage as a part of your renovation. (, and can provide reviews of various local companies providing this service). Sealing air gaps with expandable foam, insulating with environmentally friendly sprayin and/or rolled insulation and ensuring you have a well-designed HVAC system can save you a lot of money in the long and DC SustainableEnergyUtility (DC

SEU) have an Energy Efficiency Upgrade Programs that includes an audit and discounts for upgrades on insulation and air sealing.

Affordable Greening and Renewable Options “Deconstruction” is one of the latest trends whereby your house – or any part of it - is disassembled by a company (often associated with a non profit), and the reusable goods are sold, donated or recycled. Deconstruction can keep materials out of landfills but as important, it can generate significant tax deductions and reduce hauling and disposal costs for you. DCGoGreen. com is a DC based company that is providing these services. Meanwhile, the cost of solar panels has plummeted in the last few years, and the cost of installing solar power has fallen 60% since 2011, making solar an ever more viable home energy option. Joining up with your neighbors to do a group solar purchase can further reduce installation costs. Contact DCSun. org for further information on such purchases. There are other renewable options to consider such as solar water heaters, on demand water heaters, green roofs and rain barrels. The DC Department or Environment works with both Riversmart Homes and to provide rebate programs for some of these amenities!

Permits and Historic District Information If you live on the Hill, whether in or outside the Historic District, the

Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) website ( should be consulted on your renovation journey. On the “History and Preservation” page, you’ll find information about if and when you’ll need a permit for your project, what type of permit you’ll need, and how to go about getting it. You’ll also find information on cast iron, stained glass and architectural styles that make Capitol Hill homes so unique.

Shopping Local Pays Off Community Forklift located only 20 minutes from Capitol Hill in Prince George County is a self-described “thrift store for building materials”. Many of their donated materials are period-appropriate and perfect for Capitol Hill homes. Looking for a six-panel solid wood bedroom door, a pink bathroom sink or some hardwood flooring – or a place to get rid of these items? Community Forklift could be your answer. Vintage House Parts and Radiators at 4550 Rhode Island Avenue in North Brentwood, Maryland sells refurbished radiators for your home. For a more formal renovation shopping experience, there’s The Brass at 2311 18th Street NW in DC while Amicus Green Building Center in Kensington, Maryland offers green renovating resources including cabinets, flooring, countertops and lighting among other goods.

Countertops With Capitol Hill’s small houses, it doesn’t always make sense to buy a whole slab of marble or quartz. Remnants of quartz, marble and even “Silestone” can be found at Community Forklift or at any number of ven-

dors in Virginia or Maryland. Silestone is manufactured by Cosentino, a company with a strong environmental commitment. Their ECO line comes in a wide array of colors, is made of 75% recycled content composed of postindustrial or post-consumer materials and is bound by an environmentally friendly resin.

Other Renovating Needs Frager’s Hardware have a large stock of household and household repair items (screen replacement, glass cutting and keys!) at their 1323 E St SE location. Their staff is ever friendly and can provide very practical advice. Just Ask Rental is housed in the same building and has many tools available for rent. W.S. Jenks & Son, located at 910 Bladensburg Road, NE (202529-6020) has been in business since 1866. It offers everything for any home improvement need imaginable, from simple tools to heavy machinery.

Paint Most contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that produce a gas when applied and account for the fumes you smell when painting. Fortunately, technology has evolved and a wide variety of Low – and even No VOC options are available in any color. These are washable and practical for any room in your house. Both Duron Paints (533 8th St. SE) and Frager’s Paint Store (1115 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) offer low and no VOC options. Frager’s also has Color Consultants on hand (check out their schedules on line) who will find the perfect color for your walls and even visit your home for a fee. These consultants provided me with invaluable advice as I made some hard color

choices, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

Appliances As you start to contemplate purchasing new appliances, energy efficiency for any new appliances should be considered as it will lower your carbon footprint and go easy on the pocketbook over time. TopTen USA (www. provides independent information on the energy efficiency of refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters and televisions among others. While you might find some great on-line deals for appliances, buying locally will pay off immediately if something goes wrong. TopTen will identify nearby retailers that sell products and provide information on rebates that are available.

The Final Touches Hopefully, your renovation project includes plants, as they absorb contaminants and increase humidity. Ginko Gardens at 911 11th Street SE has a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants and containers. Frager’s Garden Center at 1230 Penn. Ave. SE also carrys a good supply of plants. Both places offer knowledgeable personnel who can help you find the best plant for your lighting and space limitations. After you finish that fab new kitchen, head over to Hills Kitchen. at 713 D Street SE to deck it out in style! And then, once it’s all over, pour yourself a glass of wine and take out those “before” pictures and remind yourself that it was all worthwhile. Catherine Plume is the blogger for the DC Recycler, a guide to recycling and greening in DC. www.dcrecycler. u

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Do’s & Don’ts Tips For Capitol Hill Building Projects


apitol Hill is a bricksand-mortar reflection of 200 years of neighborhood life. Since 1976, buildings within the Capitol Hill Historic District (CHHD) have been protected by the Historic Preservation Law, the review process of the DC Historic Preservation Review Board, and by the decisions of thousands of residents and business owners who have worked to preserve and enhance our neighborhood. Those parts of Capitol Hill beyond the boundaries of the CHHD are also historic and worthy of attention and concern. All plans for new construction, exterior alteration, demolition and/ or subdivision require a building permit. Since building permits for both interior and exterior work are issued by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), you will find guidance and forms on their website: www. For projects within the Historic District, you should first share your proposed plans with the professionals in the city’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO, 4428800). Their website is; their help is invaluable and there is no cost to you. Some tips to help make renovation and construction projects easier for you and your neighbors: • Discuss your plans with neighbors who might be affected by your project. Having their

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support can be helpful in the review process.

• Consider consulting an architect who is familiar with the Capitol Hill Historic District. This is not required but a professional’s knowledge can be very helpful with design decisions and in the review process. • Understand the style and period of your house. Study the neighborhood carefully, looking at original features and patterns before considering any modifications or replacements to your building. The Guidelines on Styles and other topics on the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) website, www.chrs. org can be helpful. • Familiarize yourself with the zoning regulations affecting your property. Zoning regulations control lot coverage, setbacks and allowed uses. For zoning information, contact the Office of Zoning at www.dcoz.

• Consider removing inappropriate elements that may have been added over the years, so as to restore architectural integrity to your building. If your property is within the CHHD, consult the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) for approval before any removal or demolition. • Replacing windows and doors within the CHHD requires

HPO approval. Good basic maintenance and repair work to original doors and windows is always preferred and is more environmentally friendly. Installation of storm windows does not require a permit.

• Repointing and stripping paint from brick facades require a permit so that the Historic Preservation Office staff can be sure proper materials and techniques will be used, protecting the physical integrity of the building.

• Keep unpainted brick and stone unpainted. Although the application of paint to unpainted and painted rowhouses does not require a permit, retaining exposed brick and stone surfaces highlights original construction materials and techniques and dramatically decreases exterior maintenance costs over time. Paint will not solve (and can even exacerbate) masonry problems.

• Renovations often require increased electric service, resulting in very large utility boxes. Electric and gas meters should be placed where they are not visible to public view. The Historic Preservation Office staff can help find the best location if consulted early in the planning process. • Remember that the front gardens of Capitol Hill are generally in public space (owner con-

Capitol Hill Historic District Boundaries

trolled but city owned and not taxed). These should be maintained as a garden space with a minimum of hardscape. Fences, walls, steps, porches and walks in the public space require permits.

• Think about what you can do during the construction process to make life easier for your neighbors. For example, control dust as much as possible; have dumpsters emptied frequently and removed as soon as possible. Remember: work is allowed from 7 am to 7 pm, 6 days a week but never on Sunday. Approaching this process with as much knowledge

as possible will help you make better decisions, save money and time, and know that the resulting changes to your historic property will be an asset to you and to the community. Volunteers at CHRS are happy to provide advice to property owners both within and beyond the boundaries of the Historic District. For more information, contact them at CapHRS@aol. com; 202-543-0425. u

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Gardening in Clay Soil


by Derek Thomas

f the dirt in your yard is heavy, drains poorly, and turns into concrete in the heat of August, then you’re gardening with the number one bane of Capitol Hill gardens – clay. Don’t give up; with patience (and

some sweat equity), you can turn clay into good garden loam. Clay is fertile, and it holds moisture and nutrients. The first thing you must accept is that, short of having your yard excavated and refilled, you cannot turn clay into something it’s not. You can amend the soil enough to make it into a good growing medium for a wide variety of plants. You can have a lush and productive garden with minimal exertion.

Making the Best of Heavy Clay Soil 1. Never work the soil when it’s wet. This is good advice for any garden, but critical if your soil contains a large percentage of clay. Working the soil when it’s wet (or walking on it when it’s wet) will compact the soil and turn it into a hard, solid mass when it dries.

Even challenging soil can be the foundation for a great garden such as these if you take the time and effort to amend the soil. Photos: Derek Thomas

2. Add lots of organic materials. This will do more to improve the tilth of your soil than just about anything else. When establishing a new bed, be sure to incorporate large quantities (30 - 50 % by volume) of organic materials, like aged manure, compost, peat moss or humus. Since organic materials decompose relatively quickly, be sure to make it a regular habit to add organic materials to the garden. Consider using mulch that decomposes in one season, like shredded mulch or hay that will enrich the soil as it decomposes. Add compost when moving or dividing plants, take the time to reenrich the planting hole before you put a new plant back in. In addition to altering the soil structure, organic materials add lots of micronutrients to the soil. 3. Use inorganic additives for long-term changes. Adding inorganic materials like sand and gypsum can help to alter the structure of the soil for a relatively long period. Just bear in mind that you will have to add very large quantities of

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these materials to make a significant difference in the soil and you will still need to add organic materials. 4. Keep an eye on the soil pH. The soil in our area tends to be naturally acidic, and many of the organic materials you add will lower the pH as well. To make soil more acidic (lower the pH), add oak leaves, bark, coffee grounds, pine needles, peat moss, or woodchips. To make the soil more alkaline (raise the pH), add oyster shells, dolomitic lime, wood ashes, or Compro. The pH of the soil will affect the availability of nutrients to the plants. 5. Plant high Use raised beds to help improve drainage. This will normally be achieved as you add lots of organic material to your bed; you increase the volume of the soil and ultimately raise the soil level. Low areas in a heavy clay soil will not drain, so plant high. 6. Choose your plants with care. If you have your heart set on growing a plant that has to have perfect drainage, like lavender, be sure to site it on a slope, so that water runs away from the root system. Many of the plants native to our area, like black-eyed Susan and coreopsis, do well in heavier soils and will thrive in your garden. Plants with fibrous root systems (such as grasses) will help to loosen the soil.

Soil in Pots

Many of our gardens may have to exist in containers. These simple steps

will ensure that your containers are the best from the soil up. 1. Use soil-less mixes. Start with a soil-less mix when container gardening. There are many “container soil mixes” available today. However, I prefer the ones that are soil-less.

Some plants that do well in heavier soils are: Achillea Anemone Astilbe Baptisia Chaenomaleas Chelone Chrysanthemum Coreopsis Cosmos Echinacea Hedera helix Hemerocallis Iris siberica Juniperus Lobelia Lonicera Lysimachia Monarda Physostegia Salvia Sassafras Sedum Stokesia Tagetes Thymus

These blends are usually identified as potting mixes or container mixes. They will not have the word soil in the label description or name. These potting mixes tend to be lighter and aid in good air circulation in the container.

2. Do not use garden dirt. You should never use soil dug from your garden, no matter how good it is, since this soil will compact over time and provide a greatly reduced air circulation to the roots of your plants. 3. Mix your own container soil. You can create container mixes by using one half peat, and one-quarter sand, perlite and charcoal (in equal parts), and one quarter organic material (use a chicken manure, blended with compost and leaf mold for the organic components). You can also add a silicate gel that is sold as an additive to help moisture retention. Planning a garden can be a daunting task with many individual elements that all are vital to success. Soil should always be the first thing you think about when planning a garden rehab or installing a new one. Whether your space is large and sprawling, or simply three planters on the front porch you should always take the time to check the ground you will be putting your plants into so you will have a head start at garden greatness. Enjoy. Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV ’s Curb Appeal, and Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at or 301.642.5182. You can find and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/ Thomas Landscapes. u

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ADDRESS NUMBERS House Number Lab 202-656-2179 Monumental Graphics 202-251-7980 See ad on page 101

AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING Barry Plumbing & Heating 202-842-2424 See ad inside back Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating 202-333-1310 See ad on page 3, 101 Real Plumbers 301-567-2001 See ad on page 117 Trans-Potomac HVAC John Fulcher 202-258-6158 Sila Air Heating (202) 338-9400 See ad on page 101

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APPLIANCE PURCHASE/ REPAIR Advance Appliance Repair 703-961-1800 703-961-1900 See ad on page 103

Dila Development and Construction 1242 Pennsylvania Ave SE 202-546-3452 The Kitchen Company 424 Eighth St. SE 202-546-0400


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Skip’s Appliance Service 301-864-7493 See ad on page 101

ARCHITECTURAL ARTIFACTS Brass Knob Architectural Antiques 2311 18th St. NW 202-332-3370 Community Forklift 301-985-5180 Mirrors Decorated 202-286-5371

ARCHITECTS Fowler Architects 1819 D St. SE 202-546-0896

CARPENTRY/ CABINETS Carl’s Custom Woodworking 301-325-2313 Galway Bay Woodworks 202-544-2362 Olde to Better Yet 202-352-1839 See ad on page 107

CARPET CLEANING Woven History 311-315 Seventh St. SE 202-543-1705 See ad on page 141

Lawlor Architects 120 Fourth St. SE 202-543-4446 See ad on page 102


Old City Design Studio Melissa Boyette 202-455-6237|

High’s Chimney Service 301-519-3500

Wentworth Studio 8555 Connecticut Ave. NW 240-383-1226

BUILDING RESTORATION The Craftsmen Group 301-277-3700

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Renaissance Development 202-547-2345 See ad on page 114

Halliday Roofing 202-637-8808

R.W. Enterprize 202-674-0300

CLEANING (HOUSE) A Cleaning Service, Inc. 703-892-8648 Maid Brigade 866-800-7470

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Restore: Historic restorations, duplicate/repair existing original material, wood floors, tile, lighting, period designs, front doors made (call for our chart of historic doors), moldings, windows (restore, replace, storms), painting & refinishing, etc Remodel: Remodel to your needs, new kitchen or bath, rental unit, powder room, lighting, addition, garage, garden, etc.

Built-ins: Our shop can make almost anything from shelves, cabinets, storage system, kitchen bench, to TV cabinet and display cabinet. Repair: Our handyman service with our craftsmen and our shop at your service.

We are a build/design firm with years of experience. We have high ratings with Check Book and Angie’s List, and many wonderful clients.


Sculpture and roses. Photo: Rindy O’Brien

Over 10 years of Experience on Capitol Hill

Maid Cleaning Service 1-877-573-8300 Maid to Clean 202-207-2101 See ad on page 103 Maid Pro 202-399-3090 See ad on page 103


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Standard Cleaning Service 703-719-9850

CONTRACTORS – HOME IMPROVEMENT Buffalo Company, LLC 703-786-3863 Case Design 571-345-6212

Dila Development and Construction 1242 Pennsylvania Ave SE 202-546-3452 Eddie Construction 202-247-0104 See ad on page 104 F&C Home Improvement, LLC 202-492-9513 J.F. Meyer Construction 202-965-1600 See ad on page 106 Joel Truitt Builders 734 Seventh St. SE 202-547-2707 See ad on page 104 National Capital Kitchens 202-544-3316 See ad on page 111

Capitol Hill’s Premier Contractor Exceeding Expectations

Full Service General Contractor • Design/Build • Kitchens, Bathrooms, Basements • Gut Renovations • Additions • Service Calls

• Maintenance • Handyman Service • Interior Design • Architectural Services


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Olde to Better Yet 202-352-1839 See ad on page 107 R.W. Enterprize 301-929-0664 Ricardo Ramos Painting 301-661-3515 Renaissance Development 202-547-2345 See ad on page 114

STRUCTURE SPECIALISTS Restoration & Historical Preservation Carpentry Windows & Doors

Roofing & Guttering Brick & Stone Re-pointing Plumbing & Electric Service

Cabinets & Moulding

Plaster & Drywall

Wood & Engineered Floors

Painting & Decorative Finishes


Free Estimates • Insured

• References

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Thomas Design Consultants 301 -642-5182 See ad on page 107 Thompson Design Build 202-559-1817 Wentworth Studio 8555 Connecticut Ave. NW 240-383-1226

Sundance Contracting LLC 202-547-4483 See ad on page 105


Traditions General Contracting 202-536-4769

Wilcox Electric 202-800-1928 See ad on page 107

Wentworth Studio 8555 Connecticut Ave. NW 240-395-0705


DESIGN/BUILD Lawlor Architects 120 Fourth St. SE 202-543-4446 See ad on page 102 Sundance Contracting LLC 202-547-4483 See ad on page 105 Traditions General Contracting 202-536-4769

Electriworks 301-254-0153 See ad on page 107

Heritage Wood Floors 301-855-3006 Residential Floors 301-990-7775

THOMAS DESIGN CONSULTANTS Boutique Renovations of Capitol Hill Spaces

redo renew refresh Kitchen and Bath Specialists

Call us before you start your project!

301 . 642 . 5182


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Specializing in • Doors, Windows & Siding • Basements, Garages & All Type of Additions • Kitchens, Bathrooms & Family Rooms


Call Gerold Washington 202-352-1839

Shingle & Flat Licensed, Bonded & Insured FREE ESTIMATES



ELECTRICWORKS Rapid Response & Expertise

New Work • Rewiring Lighting Design • Repairs Residential & Commercial Licensed & Insured

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NEWMAN GALLERY & CUSTOM FRAMES Serving Capitol Hill since 1984 • Custom designed mats • Wide selection • Work done on premises

Rotating exhibits of local artists

513 11th St., SE (Eastern Market Metro) Tue.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 202.544.7577 “High quality design and preservation framing are our top priorities”

Suburban Welding & Ornamental Ironwork

Welding Company® See What an Experienced Ironwork Company Can Do on Our Newly Expanded Website!

Dingo® Mini-Excavating Service

24 Hour, Seven Day Service Free Estimates • Over 40 Years of Experience • •

Cast Iron Staircase Repair


Supreme Court garden. Photo: Rindy O’Brien

FRAMING – PICTURE Frame of Mine 522 Eighth St. SE 202-543-3030 See ad on page 108 Capitol Hill Frame & Photo 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE 202-547-2100 See ad on page 141 Newman’s Gallery & Custom Frames 513 11th St. SE 202-544-7577 See ad on page 108


The Kitchen Company 424 Eighth St. SE 202-246-4206 Modern Marble & Granite 703.354.2000

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Zeyno Kitchen & Bath Gallery 1242 Pennsylvania Ave SE 202-546-3452

GUTTERS – See Roofers

HANDYMAN SERVICES Eddie Construction 202-247-0104 See ad on page 104 F&C Home Improvement, LLC 202-492-9513 EVG Contractors 301-237-1748 Handyman Express 703-615-7122 HandyMan Masters, LLC 202-528-0621 Jim’s Handyman Service, LLC 202-370-7902






910 Bladensburg Rd NE | Washington, DC 20002 202-529-6020 Shop online at Fagon Guide • 109

Joel Truitt Builders 734 Seventh St. SE 202-547-2707 See ad on page 104


Bini’s Iron Work 2110 5TH ST NE 202-256-9976

Pk’s Hardware 920 H St. NE, 202-546-8878

Federal City Iron Ltd. 321 K St. NE 202-547-1945 See ad on page 110


46 Years Experience • Family Owned and Operated

Household & Restaurant Welding Expert Welding, Shop Welding, On Site Welding Repair: Cast Iron Steps Repair & Install: Hand Rails, Fences, Window Bars, Security Gates

2 0 2- 8 8 9 - 6 4 4 0

Federal City Iron, Ltd. All Ornamental Ironwork Expert Cast Iron Stair Repairs Window Bars & Security Gates Fencing & Tree Boxes Specializing in Capitol Hill Styles

202-547-1945 -Free Estimates- 110 •

Ace Welding 1310 Ridge Place SE 202-889-6440 See ad on page 110

Frager’s Hardware 1323 E St. SE 202-543-6157, See ad on page 109

W.S. Jenks 910 Bladensburg Rd NE (202) 529-6020, See ad on page 109

ACE W E L D I N G C o.


1800 Got Junk 1-800-468-5865 See ad on page 110

INSULATION Max Insulation 202-341-6015

INTERIOR DESIGN Design for Change 202-543-7040 Evo Furniture Gallery 301 Tingey St SE 202-488-6298 Carolyn Thornton Interior Design 202-544-2521 Feng Shui Design Michelle Oimet 202-489-1611

Iron Fundi 202-222-5928 Suburban Welding 703-765-9344 See ad on page 108

KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING National Capital Kitchens 1100 E St. NE 202-544-3316 See ad on page 111 The Kitchen Company 424 Eighth St. SE, 202-546-0400 Thomas Design Consultants 301 -642-5182 See ad on page 107

LANDSCAPING Branches Tree Experts 301-589-6181

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Capitol Tree Care 202-234-0577 Cheryl Corson Design 202-494-5054


Garden Arts 202-213-5002 See ad on page 112

District Locksmith 202-280-6670 See ad on page 112

Garden Wise 202-543-3422 See ad on page 112

Frager’s Hardware 1323 E Street SE 202-543-6157 See ad on page 109

Ginkgo Gardens 911 11th St. SE 202-543-5172 See ad on page 139 Moody Landscape 202-543-1286 Reginald’s Landscaping 240-604-5390

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Thomas Landscapes & Maintenance 301-642-5182 See ad on page 113

MASONRY, STONEWORK Bricklands 202-544-9301 See ad on page 117 Michaliga Masonry 202-544-4484 202-257-8957 See ad on page 113

Thomas Landscapes DEREK THOMAS / PRINCIPAL 301.642.5182 | WWW.THOMASLANDSCAPES.COM Certified Professional Horticulturist Member of the MD Nursery and Landscape Association Member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers


Full-Service Landscape Design & Maintenance • • • • •

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Historic Renovation & Artisan Stonework Award-Winning Mason with over 30 years of experience

Specializing In: Custom Masonry • Stone • Brick Work Point Up • Restoration • Patio & Water Gardens

FORMER HEAD MASON OF THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL FROM 1989 - 1996. All work done by Tom. No subs. Call for a Free Estimate

202-544-4484 • 202-257-8957

Reasonable Prices • Hill Resident • Licensed - Bonded - Insured

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Pointing Plus 202-812-6468 R. Thomas Daniel Masonry 202-569-1080, 202-544-4430 See ad on page 119 Renaissance Development 202-547-2345 See ad on page 114

MOVING & HAULING 1800 Got Junk 1-800-468-5865 See ad on page 110 Continental Movers 202-438-1489 See ad on page 116 Great Scott Moving 301-699-2066 Mike’s Hauling Service 240-876-8763 Peach Trucking & Moving 202-368-7492 Reginald’s Light Hauling 240-604-5390

NURSERIES (PLANTS) Frager’s Hardware 1230 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-6157 See ad on page 109

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Ginkgo Gardens 911 11th St. SE 202-543-5172 See ad on page 139 Thomas Landscapes & Maintenance 301-642-5182 See ad on page 113

ORGANIZATION Jill of All Trades 202-544-5455 Helping Hands on the Hill 240-483-6434 helpinghandsonthehill@

PAINT STORES Frager’s Hardware 1129 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-547-2468 See ad on page 109 W.S. Jenks 910 Bladensburg Rd NE (202) 529-6020 See ad on page 109

PAINTING CONTRACTORS David Mahoney Painting Company 866-967-6711 See ad on page 115 Gil Painting Company 301-445-4385

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East Capitol Street architecture. Photo: Melissa Ashabranner

Image Painting & Drywall 202-543-1914 See ad on page 116 Clean, prompt & friendly service with a history of repeat customers residential & commercial



J.F. Meyer Painting & Decorating 202-965-1600 See ad on page 106 Ricardo Ramos Painting 301-661-3515 301-680-2065 R.W. Enterprize 202-672-0300 Tech Painting Co. 202-544-2135 See ad on page 115

PEST CONTROL SERVICES FLK Pest & Rodent Control 301-273-5740 Innovative Pest Management, Inc. 202-232-4948, See ad on page 117

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Pest Services Co. 301-779-5800

PLUMBING Barry Plumbing &Heating 202-842-2424 See ad inside cover Higgins Consolidated 202-554-5418 See ad on page 116 Joseph C. Bauer Inc. 301-420-3200 Helmet’s Plumbing Services 301-318-4270 Real Plumbers 301-567-2001 See ad on page 117 WHS Plumbing & Heating 202-678-3057

Bricklands Inc. Historical Preservation Specialists

Your First Step to Preservation • • • • • • •

Re-pointing with historical method mortar Strip painting (remove paint) Rebuilding arches and historical architecture Restoration cleaning on historical brick and stone Stone Masonry Lead Paint Abatement Expert Repointing Repairs of Historic Homes





Free Estimates • Over 25 years of experience

We are a full-service, family owned, Hill resident, PhD Entomologist led organization. Our team of certified and expert-trained staff provides you with the comfort and confidence you desire, to ensure the job is done right—the first time. Call to schedule your in-home consultation today!

Whether you need exclusion to prevent rodent entry, have seasonal ants or concerns about termites, our team is ready to address your concerns.

Richard D. Kramer, Ph. D, BCE – CEO Joshua A. Kramer, BS, UMD – President


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Rare example of Second Empire style on Lincoln Park.

RENTALS Fragers Just-Ask Rental 202-543-0100 See ad on page 118

RESTORATION AdvantaClean 202-747-3222 ServiceMaster 301-333-0400,


20 years on the Hill Slate – Tile – Copper Specializing in all Flat Roof Systems and Leaks FREE ESTIMATES • Work Guaranteed JEFFREY WOOD


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G&G Home Improvement 202-425-1614 See ad on page 121 Gil Painting Co, Inc. 301-370-9940 Halliday Roofing 202-637-8808 Keith Roofing 202-486-7359 See ad on page 123

Alex Williams Home Improvements 410-787-7247

MacKay Roofing 202- 210-2179 See ad on page 120

Boyd Construction 202-223-ROOF (7663)

Maggio Roofing 800-ROOF-495 See ad on page 31

Daniel Parks Roofing & Gutters 202-609-8555 See ad on page 118

National Roofing 202-271-4377 See ad on page 120




PROTECT YOUR HOME NOW! Uncover Hidden Future Costs. Warning Signs Could Mean Higher Costs If Not Corrected Today! • Roof is over 10 years old • Interior water stains • Visible leaks or cracks • Loose attic insulation • Open joints and seams on roof • Drains/gutters filled with debris

Our Services: • Inspections • Repairs • Roof coating • Roof replacement • Gutters and spouts • Skylights • Brick and chimney re-pointing



202.569.1080 202.544.4430 SERVING THOUSANDS OF CAPITOL HILL CUSTOMERS FOR MORE THAN 90 YEARS. Owner Tom Daniel, outside the original location of the family roofing business at 310 Independence Ave., S.E.


★ New Roofs ★ Preventive Maintenance ★ Repairs ★ Re-roofing ★ Fascia/Soffits ★ Roof Coating ★ Chimney Repairs ★ Skylights ★ Gutters/Downspouts ★ Rubber ★ Metal ★ Copper ★ Shingles ★ Slates ★ Shakes


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U-Haul Center - Capitol Hill 26 K St. NE 202-289-5480

TILE & TUB REPAIR Bath Hotline 301-702-1969 Porcelite Enterprises 301-595-9131 Tri-State Stone 301-365-2100

TREE SERVICE Alvarado’s Tree Services 301-384-4004 Kristin Sampson and Frager’s owner John Weintraub in the Garden Center.

R. Thomas Daniel Roofing 202-569-1080 See ad on page 119 R.W. Roofing 202-674-0300, 301-929-0664 Star Roofing Company 202-543-6383 Wood & Whitacre Contractors 301-674-1991, See ad on page 118

RUG RESTORATION Herat Oriental Inc. 703-370-3902 Keshishian & Sons 301-654-4044

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Woven History 311-315 Seventh St. SE 202-543-1705 See ad on page 141

SECURITY ALARMS/ SERVICES District Locksmith 202-280-6670 See ad on page 112 Frager’s Hardware 1323 E St. SE 202-543-6157 See ad on page 109

STORAGE Novo Development 519 11 Street, SE 202-315-1111,

Branches Tree Experts 301-589-6181 See ad on page 123 Capitol Tree Care 703-930-9293 See ad on page 123 Casey Trees 202-833-4010

UPHOLSTERY Harman’s Interiors, LLC 301-982-9822 Trust Interiors 301-231-8770

WATER HEATERS Capital City Plumbing Inc 202-641-8888

You can put your trust in Capitol Tree Care, Inc. We provide personal service and work of exceptional quality.

William William Shelton Shelton Tree Tree Arborist Arborist

VA (703) 359-6608 24-hr cell (703) 930-9293 Fax: (703) 273-1270 Please visit us at: Licensed & Insured Visa and MC Accepted FREE ESTIMATES

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Red buds in bloom. Photo: Rindy O’Brien

Real Plumbers 301-567-2001 See ad on page 117



Window Washers Etc. 202-337-0351 See ad on page 124

See Iron Work

WINDOWS Joel Truitt Builders 734 Seventh St. SE 202-547-2707 See ad on page 104

Windows Craft, Inc. Replacement Windows & Doors Installation Group · Specializing in Historic Window & Door Replacement or Refurbishment · Full Tear-Out and Retro-Fit installations, Wood, Aluminum Clad or Synthetic Windows & Doors


ARE YOU IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT? Licensed, Insured and Bonded

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We can get your building permits from DCRA and DC Historic Preservation Office.

Old Town Windows & Doors 703-838-2779 Windows Craft Inc. 202-288-6660 See ad on page 124 The Window Man 703-978-9888

Dr. Glass Window Washing 301-588-0029

WOODWORK Carl’s Custom Woodworking 301-325-2313 carlscustomwoodworking. com Frias Restoration 240-603-9633 Galway Bay Woodworks 202-544-2362 Olde to Better Yet 202-352-1839 Gerold Washington See ad on page 107 William Hoxie Cabinet Maker 301-893-1412 ◆

AT S ER Y O V U IC R E Michelle Newman of Newman’s Custom Frames

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Behind the scenes at uBreakiFix on 8th Street SE Photo: C Plume

At Your Service D







Capitol Tax Group Shannon Doyle 812 Sixth St. NE (at H St.) 866-460-4350,

Marina Martin MBA La Strega/QuickBooks Pro Advisor 202-251-3907



Bradford P. Johnson 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-1515,

Capitol Hill Business and Tax Services 1324 G St. SE 202-548-0351

Jackson-Hewitt Tax Services 725 Eighth St. SE 202-547-6540


James M. Loots, Esq. 634 G St. SE, Suite 200 202-536-5650, Charles C. Parsons & Associates 128 C St. NW 202-638-3375

AUTOMOBILE – REPAIR 10th Street Auto Repair 518 10th St. NE 202-544-1110

Exxon Capitol Hill 339 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-547-4054

AUTOMOBILE – SUPPLIES AutoZone 1207 H St. NE 202-388-1203,

Bank of America 201 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-624-4600

Thomas Jenkins & Company 316 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste 402 202-547-9004

BB&T 317 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-0197,


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Distad’s Amoco 823 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-0200


Sid’s Income Tax Service 1323 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-2028

Law Offices of Renee L. St.asio, PLLC 5425 Wisconsin Ave. Ste. 600 Chevy Chase, MD 202-487-7171

Capitol Hill Auto Service Center 615 Independence Ave. SE 202-543-5155

CitiBank 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-857-4182

Stuart Hovell of Capitol Frame and Photo. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Congressional Federal Credit Union 703-934-8300,

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Thomas Jenkins & Company Certified Public Accountants Corporation, Partnership, Trust, Individual Income Tax & Financial Planning

202-547-9004 316 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20003


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BICYCLE EQUIPMENT & REPAIRS Capitol Hill Bikes 719 Eighth St. SE 202-544-4234,

Democracy Federal Credit Union 200 Independence Ave. SW 202-488-5400, National Capital Bank 316 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-8000 PNC Bank 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-835-5441 800 H St. NE 202-835-7137 Signal Financial Credit Union 1391 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 301-933-9100, ext. 294 SunTrust Bank 300 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-548-3128 Wells Fargo 215 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-628-3365 20 M St.reet SE 202-554-1518,

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The Daily Rider 1108 H St. NE

Congressional Cleaners 2 1001 New Jersey Ave. SE 202-863-0294


Georgetown Valet 301 Eighth St. NE 202-675-6948

Splash! Car Wash 10 I St. SE 202-54-SPLASH (77527) Wireless Zone. photo: Andrew Lightman

The UPS Store 611 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-0850

CELL PHONE SERVICES Wireless Zone 703 Eighth St. SE 202-364-1911


Lustre Cleaners 311 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-5450 Metro Cleaners 307 Fifth St. NE 202-543-9033 Neighbors Cleaners 1023 E St. SE 202-544-2955

Chef Neil Wilson Personal Chef Service 301-699-2225,

Capitol Hill Cleaners 601 Massachusetts Ave. NE 202-547-6755


Penn Cleaners 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-7366

Anchor Computers 202-543-7055, District Technologies Repair MAC and PC, Networks 1310 C St. SE 202-559-5604 Small Business Data Solutions 202-841-9928

COPYING FedEx Kinko’s Ship Centers 208 Second St. SE 202-543-2710 715 D St. SE 202-547-0421,

Soapy Joe’s 3106 Georgia Ave. NW 888-697-6279, The Press 619 Penn Ave. SE 202-544-7492,

ELECTRONIC REPAIR uBreakiFix Eastern Market 409 Eighth St. SE, Ste. #200 202-621-2491

Software Trouble? Free Diagnostics!

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FLORISTS Blue Iris Flowers Eastern Market South Hall 225 Seventh St. SE 202-547-3588 Flowers On the Hill 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-3835 Surroundings 1023 East Capitol St. SE 202-546-2125, Volanni 218 Ninth St. SE, Rear 202-547-1603,

GRAPHIC DESIGN Aesthetic Answers 1303 Linden Court NE. 202-683-7132 Create DC 240-788-7255 Hunt Smith Design Phoebe Smith 706 North Carolina Ave. SE 202-546-0336, Phoenix Graphics 202-544-0703

INSURANCE David Gonzalez, Agent State Farm Insurance 1332 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-506-3636 Tim LaCasse, Agent State Farm Insurance 617 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-548-4229

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Marilyn Riehl State Farm Insurance 301-951-0355 Jackie Walker, Agent Nationwide Insurance 420 Eighth St. SE 202-548-5240

INTERNET SERVICES DC Access 202-546-5898,

INVESTMENTS Delancey Wealth Management, LLC Ivory Johnson, CFP®, ChFC 20 F St. NW, Ste. 744 202-507-6340, Marc R. Lippman Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas 725 15th St. NW 202-626-5320,

Carriage House on Capitol Hill Third and South Carolina Ave. SE 877-893-3233 Casa degli Angel ‘B&B’ 1026 3rd St. SE 202-460-8583, Gaylord National 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745 301-965-4122 Mandarin Oriental 1330 Maryland Ave. SW 202-554-8588

MAILING SERVICES FedEx Kinko’s Ship Centers 208 Second St. SE, 202-543-2710 715 D St. SE 202-547-0421,

Maureen O’Brien, LLC 9695 Main St., Ste. B 703-547-1521,

The UPS Store 611 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-0850,

Signal Financial Credit Union 1391 Pennsylvania Ave, SE 800-368-0108,


LAUNDRIES – SELF SERVICE Neighbors Cleaners 300 11th St. SE 202-544-2955

LODGING – HOTELS, B&BS Capitol Hill Hotel 200 C St. SE, 202-543-6000 Capitol Skyline Hotel 10 I St.. SW 202-488-7500,

Capital Community News Inc. 224 Seventh St. SE 202-543-8300 KTD Creative 1341 H Street NE phone: 202.330.2758

MEDIATION Beyond Dispute Associates Divorce And Elder Mediation Sig Cohen 1750 K St. NW, Ste. 350 202-359-6141,

Your Capitol Hill Financial Consultant Since 1987 Comprehensive Investment Advice Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, IRAs FDIC Insured CDs, Tax Free Bonds Retirement Planning

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NOTARIES FedEx Kinko’s 208 Second St. SE, 202-543-2710 715 D St. SE, 202-547-0421 The UPS Store 611 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-0850,

OFFICE SPACE Cove 611 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave SE Flex Office Space 1411 H Street, NE 800-665-5917


Exxon Capitol Hill Service Center 339 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-547-4054 P & A Exxon 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-6146

SHOE REPAIR Eastern Market Shoe Repair 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-5632 Navy Yard Valet 755 Eighth St. SE 202-543-1738

Capitol Hill Frame & Photo 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-547-2100,

Capitol Hill Cleaners 601 Mass Ave. NE 202-547-6755



Eikon Photogrpahy 1444 Independence Ave. SE 202-415-8167,

Capitol Hill Tailor Shop 615 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste. 2 202-544-6722

PHOTOPIA, Portraits by Elizabeth Dranitzke 202-550-2520,

Lustre Cleaners 311 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-5450

Lightman Photography

Metro Cleaners 307 Fifth St. NE 202-543-9033


Neighbors Cleaners 1023 E St. SE 202-544-2955

Just Ask Rental Center – Frager’s 1107 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-0100,

SERVICE STATIONS Congressional Exxon 200 Massachusetts Ave. NE 202-543-9456

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Distad’s Amoco American Service Inc. 823 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-0200

TAX MANAGEMENT & PREPARATION Capitol Tax Group Shannon Doyle 812 Sixth St. NE (at H St.) 866-460-4350,

Jackson-Hewitt Tax Services 725 Eighth St. SE 202-547-6540 Marina Martin MBA La Strega/QuickBooks Pro Advisor 202-251-3907, Sid’s Income Tax Service 1323 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-2028 Thomas Jenkins & Company 316 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste 402 202-547-9004

TUXEDO RENTAL Lustre Formal Wear 311 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-0002

WASH & FOLD The Press 619 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-7492,

WATCH REPAIR 786 Jewelry and Watch 1017 E St. SE. 202-506-3242

WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT Anchor Computers 202-543-7055 Edge Advertising 1451 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-8076 Hunt Smith Design Phoebe Smith 706 North Carolina Ave. SE 202-546-0336 u

File Current Taxes File Past Due Taxes IRS Issues? WE CAN HELP! Providing the highest quality tax representation and consultation to individuals and businesses

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Accounting, Inc. Tax Services Accounting QuickBooks Training Marina L. Martin, EA, MBA


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Lo S caho lp Shopping on 7th Street SE. Photo Melissa Ashabranner

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A lovely display of beads at the Eastern Market Flea Market

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hopping local is not only good for communities, it’s good for the soul. And you would be hard-pressed to find any area of the city with as many wonderful, charming local businesses. From Union Market to H Street NE, through historic fixture Eastern Market and the excitement of Barracks Row and beyond - Capitol Hill is blessed with a wealth of shopping destinations. The following is a list of some of the best retail establishments that the city has to offer. Enjoy, and happy local shopping, neighbors! See you out there.





something for a steal. The front of the shop offers great little-known boutique lines from around the world, and the back offers a selection of perfectly edited consignment items. I’ve seen it all and more and C.A.T. Walk. 1001 H St. NE, www.

Clothes Encounters of a Second Kind

For anyone that’s ever gone green with envy when a coworker or friend walks in rocking a silk Diane von Furstenberg blouse and squeals, “Can

APPAREL Boutique on the Hill

There’s a stereotype about Washingtonian style – that we are buttoned-up boring, and draped in fifty shades of gray (and not the fun kind!). There’s not a better place in town to buck this stereotype and update a hohum wardrobe than at Boutique on the Hill. 225 Pennsylvania Ave. SE,

C.A.T. Walk

This gem of a shop satisfies the serious shopper’s two main goals: finding something unique, and finding Game night at Labyrinth Games and Puzzles

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you believe it! I found it consignment for twenty-two dollars!” – you should probably spend more time at this store, a high-end consignment maven, bargain hunter’s dream. 202 Seventh St. SE


This distinctive store is already thinking about spring fashions from such luxe brands as Lafayette 148, Eileen Fisher, and Stuart Weitzman. But it’s more than just a sophisticated clothier – the store is stocked with beautiful home goods, candles, perfumes

and lotions, just to name a few. 218 Seventh St. SE,

786 Jewelry and Watch

From understated baubles to sparkly statement bling, 786 Jewelry and Watch is stocked to the brim with unique fashion jewelry and timepieces, for both women and men. The shop also offers watch repair services. 1017 E St. SE

BOOK STORES Capitol Hill Books

This used bookstore is a bibliophile’s dream; two cozy, charmingly cramped floors stocked floor to ceiling with volumes upon volumes of fiction and biographies and everything in between. There’s nothing better than sitting in the Mystery Room in one of the mismatched chairs and sampling a crime novel on an overcast day. 657 C St. SE, www. chbooksdc

Riverby Books

Nestled on East Capitol Street, this delightful used book store will speak to anyone that loves old, heavy academic volumes or beautifully bound political histories. If that’s not your cup of tea, Riverby Books boasts over 20,000 volumes and an

impressive collection of children’s books and fiction, as well as a selection of new offerings from local authors. 417 East Capitol St. SE,

FOOD Sapore Oils & Vinegars

All olive oils are not created equal, balsamic is not the only kind of vinegar out there, and you can use them on more than your average house salad. Sapore will open anyone’s palate to a wide array of delicious artisanal olive oils and vinegars, such as fig, dark chocolate, or pomegranate vinegars, and porcino, orange, and avocado olive oils – “Sapore” does mean “flavor” in Italian after all! 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, saporeoilandvinegar. com

P & C Market

P&C boasts a fantastic selection of hard to find spices, chocolates, honeys, jams, charcuterie… the works. A stop at P & C Market before a party for a bottle of wine and some cheese to bring will ensure an invite back – every weekend. And don’t miss the pastries; they are some of the best in the city. 1023 East Capitol St. SE,

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You won’t need your passport to find exotic spices from around the world at newly opened Souk, a bakery and market. In addition to the wall of spices, Souk offers coffee, foodcentric gifts, and mouthwatering sweet and savory buns - we’re talking prosciutto, basil, sun-dried tomato pieces of heaven. 705 Eighth St. SE,


Kense Bellay, owner of Sidamo Coffe and TeaPhoto: Andrew Lightman

Sidamo Coffee and Tea

One of the best storefronts on H Street, Sidamo’s coffee carafe sign beckons one inside for one of the best cups of Ethiopian coffee around. They hit the socially conscious coffee connoisseur’s trifecta: organic, shade-grown, and fairly traded. If not in the mood for coffee, they offer great teas and – trust me – make a killer cup of hot chocolate. 417 H St. NE,

Peregrine Espresso

This city is filled with ambitious, motivated people, who thrive on quality caffeine in the morning. Here, single-origin micro-brews are made to order using Counter Culture beans, and espresso drinks are made with their special blend. Get a lovely freshly made hot cup, and beans to brew at home. 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE,

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Hunnybunny Boutique

Nestled in a charming space off the beaten path, owner Leigh Byers offers handmade soaps and shampoos with natural, nourishing ingredients, such as rosemary leaves, French rose clay, apricot kernel oil, and shea butter, just to name a few. Pick up a single bar or one of her mixed bags and try a bunch. 311 Eighth St. NE.

Eastern Market Pottery

Music on the Hill

Located down the stairs at the southern end of Eastern Market, Eastern Market Pottery boasts wonderful ceramics made from professional resident potters, each with a distinctive style. Eastern Market Pottery has been a fixture in the Capitol Hill community since 1968, when they first began offering classes – and the tradition continues to this day, should you be feeling artsy. 227 Seventh St. SE.

Music on the Hill offers quality instruments and education for beginning through experienced musicians. They have a full selection of instruments, sheet music and accessories. Band and Orchestra instruments are available to rent or to own. Private and group lessons are offered on a large variety of instruments. Summer camps for students ages 4-16. 1453 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, www.

Eastern Market Vendors

Union Market

From a selection of maps that span the globe and travel photography for your worldly acquaintances, to shea butter soaps, to vintage leather bags and boots for the style-conscious, and solid wood furnishings. 225 Seventh St. SE.

Groovy DC

Groovy DC is your failsafe destination for cards and gifts. Throwing a party? They have everything from paper napkins, plates, candles, wrapping paper, invitations, balloons, birthday hats and even tiaras! Get yourself in the groove because everyday is a special day to someone. 321 7th St. SE.

This gourmet food hall draws hundreds of visitors with its mix of artisanal food offerings, restaurants, and kitchen/home centric retail. A stroll through the warehouse-like space, with its open design and pop-up friendly aesthetic, is a lovely way to spend a Saturday. 1309 Fifth St. NE,

HOME & GARDEN Blue Iris Flowers

Roses, tulips, hyacinth, oh my! Blue Iris Flowers has over 30 years experience making people look good to their significant others, impressing visiting family with tabletop arrangements, and beautifying homes

across the city. Take advantage of their creative expertise at Eastern Market, or phone your order in from the comfort of your home. 225 Seventh St. SE.

Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

Offering custom framing, photo printing, readymade frames, greeting cards and more. You can order online prints too. 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE,

Frager’s Hardware

Locally owned since 1920, Frager’s is your best friend in times of remodeling and garden need. Their wonderful staff will help you locate anything from the tiniest bolt to scaffolding and power tool rentals after you’ve watched too much HGTV. Hardware Warehouse - 1323 E St. SE.

Ginkgo Gardens

Craig Dreyer crafts beautiful pieces of furniture made from reclaimed materials and salvaged wood. He also makes pieces of art from similarly reclaimed materials. A vendor at Eastern Market, you can find him on weekends. 225 Seventh St. SE

At Ginkgo Gardens, hanging ferns, colorful pansies, potted palms, flowering plants, fragrant herbs, and more practically spill out onto the sidewalk. Filled with bird feeders, unique garden-oriented gifts, and everything in-between, it’s an idyllic garden supply ship that will satisfy anyone’s green thumb. 911 11th St. SE. www.

EVO Furniture Gallery

Hill’s Kitchen

Dreyer Furniture

EVO has a modern, urban focus and offers exclusive designs specializing in upholstered furniture, occasional tables, area rugs and accessories Evo is located at The Yards at the Capitol Riverfront. Affordable modern loft designs customized to fit your living space. 301 Tingey St SE.

Stop watching Top Chef and wishing you could whip up an amazing meal made with dragonfruit foam and string cheese – and concentrate first on how to cut an onion correctly. You can take cooking classes in addition to stocking up on adorable aprons, baking supplies, cheese platters, and a range of fantastic cooking gadgets at this popular

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W.S. Jenks & Son Hardware

This hardware store’s massive showroom is more than just a spot to pick up nails and bolts. As “Washington’s Oldest Hardware Store,” it’s been in business in the district since 1866! It’s current location offers everything for any home improvement need imaginable, from simple tools to heavy machinery. www.wsjenks. com 910 Bladensburg Rd. NE

Woven History & Silk Road

Jon Genderson, owner of Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Photo: Andrew Lightman

shop. 713 D St. SE. Hunted House If your inner design guru leans more Don Draper and Peggy Wilson than Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, then Hunted House is the perfect spot to pick up pieces for your home. Specializing in mid-century furniture, glassware, and a selection of fashion, this store is perfect for those who appreciate one of a kind vintage finds. 510 H St. NE,

Two Lions Antiques & Interiors

Sometimes, all it takes to bring a room from ho-hum to a fantastic living space is that one unique piece, be it a statement mirror or an intricate wooden chair. Owner and interior designer Janet Crowder offers a trove of amazing curios, chairs, mirrors, and other furniture in addition to stunning glassware, lamps, crocheted doilies and more. 507 11th St. SE

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To step into Woven History is to be transported to a delightful bazaar along Central Asia’s legendary Silk Road. Offering antique hand-woven carpets from numerous countries, Woven History also maintains their own looms in Nepal and Pakistan, expertly utilized by Afghan and Tibetan refugees. But beyond amazing carpets, the shop also offers beautiful jewelry, furniture, and crafts from sixteen countries. 315 Seventh St. SE.

KIDS Dawn Price Baby

Are you bored with traditional baby clothes? Just because your little one is pint-sized doesn’t mean their style has to be pint-sized as well. Dawn Price Baby has some of the cutest, most stylishly adorable clothing for babies and children, in addition to creative toys to make any little one squeal with delight. 325 Seventh St. SE,

Fairy Godmother Books & Toys

There is more to children’s toys than the mainstream fare at chain stores. This shop offers exceptional, original toys and the best of children’s literature from infants to teens, of-

ten sourcing from abroad. Roberta and Jack Blanchard have personally selected a collection of fiction and nonfiction books, puzzles, dress up and animal and fantasy figurines. They also have crafts, science kits and books in Spanish and French. 319 Seventh St. SE

Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

No other store celebrates “play” better than Labyrinth Games & Puzzles. Whether you are a Magic the Gathering fanatic or diehard Settlers of Catan player, this store offers mountains of boardgames, card games, puzzles and mazes for children and their parents alike. Community oriented, Labyrinth also regularly host game nights for adults and afterschool games with students from local schools. 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE,

PETS Howl to the Chief

This pet store specializes in holistic, natural foods for your pets to ensure they’ll be happy and healthy for years to come. They also offer grooming services. In the market for a dog or cat? Howl to the Chief works with local pet rescues, and hosts adoption events on the weekend. 733 Eighth St. SE,

Metro Mutts

Metro Mutts has a fantastic selection of pet toys to entertain and help expel some of that boundless energy. They also offer pet-sitting and dog walking services, in addition to food and treats. 508 H St. NE and 407 Eighth St. SE.

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City Bikes

Mehmet Yalcin, owner of Woven History

Wagtime Too

Wagtime Too offers accredited boarding, daycare, walking, and grooming services for cats and dogs both large and small. Relax knowing that your furry friends are getting exceptional care, and probably having just as much fun as you. 900 M St. SE, 1232 9th St NW, www.

SPORTING GOODS Capitol Hill Bikes

This full-service bike shop will answer your questions and help you find anything you need, from a new set of wheels to the latest gear. Dedicated to promoting the cycling community, Capitol Hill Bikes also leads various rides around the city – check the website for current rides. 719 Eighth St. SE,

Capitol Hill Sporting Goods

Redskins. Nationals. Ravens. Wizards. Orioles. Whichever local teams you root for, your one-stop shop to stock up on fan gear is Capitol Hill Sporting Goods. 727 Eighth St. SE.

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This bike shop has the largest selection of wheels in the area, and will help you choose the perfect one for you. And with free one year tune-ups and lifetime free adjustments, the exceptional service doesn’t end once you take your new ride out the door. 709 8th St. SE.

The Daily Rider

You don’t just want to ride your bike. You want to do it with flair. The Daily Rider offers some of the most stylish helmets, bags, and accessories around, on top of sleek, functional bikes that have enjoyed popularity in bike-obsessed Amsterdam, Denmark, and Italy. They offer full service repairs as well. 1108 H St. NE.


Chat’s is your friendly neighborhood liquor and wine shop – it’s been around for decades and always offers great service. It’s perfect for stocking up that bar and picking up the perfect bottle for dinner on the way home from a long day. 503 Eighth St. SE.

DCanter Wine Boutique

This attractive wine shop offers a selection of artisan wines you won’t find just anywhere, and craft beers to make any beer connoisseur giddy. But the main charm about this place

is that it’s unintimidating and seeks to introduce the world of wine and beer to anyone that walks through the door. Enter the tasting room with its huge, gorgeous communal table, and magenta chandelier - perfect for tastings. DCanter also has a number of great books and wine accessories on hand. 545 Eighth St. SE.

Schneider’s of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill lawmakers may come and go with election cycles, but one thing remains constant: Schneider’s. Around for over 60 years, the Genderson family has a history in the libation business that goes back to pre-Prohibition days. To say their staff is knowledgeable would be an understatement. Need a pizza-andNetflix bottle of Rioja, or a postpopping-the-question bottle of bubbly, they are here for you. Can’t decide what type of whiskey you’re into? If you are lucky, they’ll offer a taste of whatever they are pouring in the tiny back room. 300 Massachusetts Ave. NE,

New H Wine & Spirits

As its name implies. New H Wine & Spirits is the most recent addition to the adult beverage shop offerings of the area. Just don’t be fooled into thinking this is your average neighborhood liquor store. It’s stocked to the brim with handpicked, artisanal liquors and wines, and a large selection of craft beers. This particular gin aficionado had to keep from picking up more than a few bottles. Be prepared to make space on your bar cart! 914 H St. NE. u

H ea n & lt es f h s it Rowing on the Anacostia. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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Things to Do Along the Anacostia Waterfront Biking, Rowing and Having Fun


he Anacostia Waterfront is DC’s fastest changing area. The river wraps around Capitol Hill, but most of the waterfront has been under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government and off limits to DC residents. Piece by piece, most of this land is being transferred to the District, and the city is investing in a $10 billion restoration and development project which aims to make the most of six or so miles of the Anacostia that are inside DC limits

Fishing on the Anacostia. Photo: Lyndsey Medsker

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by Catherine Plume accessible and happening! The Anacostia waterfront project includes the Washington Nationals baseball stadium as well as some 6,500 units of new housing, three million square feet of new office space, 32 acres of new parkland and a 20-mile network of riverside trails. This accessibility is being accompanied with a massive and much needed clean-up effort that is transforming the Anacostia into one of DC’s great outdoor spaces! This article looks at some of the attractions along the waterfront.

Nationals Park

Our journey starts at Nationals Park. There’s a lot more than baseball going here. Home of the Washington Nationals Baseball team, the stadium offers a wide array of public events and rentable venues. The park was the first major stadium in the US to be accredited as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Structure and received the United States Green Building Council’s Silver Status. Nationals Park is working hard to accommodate a wide variety

Poplar Point

On the south side of the river and across from the Navy Yard and Yard’s Park is the 110 acre Poplar Point. There’s plenty of open space here – great for Frisbee or football throwing. DC Parks and Recreation operates the Anacostia Recreation Center, which includes a baseball Field, basketball court, football/soccer field, playground and roller hockey rink, tennis court, and an outdoor swimming pool located at 1800 Anacostia Dr., SE. Call the pool at 202-7241441 for their Summer 2013 operating hours. People from near and far to enjoy a concert on the banks of the Anacostia in Yards Park. Photo: Melissa Ashabranner

of DC residents – beyond the hard core baseball fans. The park features an interactive Kids Area including a Sony PlayStation Pavilion, “Batters Up” Batting Cage, and a jungle gym and playground for children under age four. Several bus routes pass by National Park and the Navy Yard Metro Station is located nearby. If you’re going to the Stadium for any reason, consider biking. There’s a bike lane along M St. SE and there’s plenty of bicycle parking.

Yards Park

Yards Park is located just to the east of Nationals Ballpark along the shores of the Anacostia. This park includes a wide variety of publically accessible and rentable spaces including a board walk, lawn area and even a small dog run. There’s a fairly large water area with a waterfall where kids and adults are encouraged to wade and get wet. Outdoor events include summer concerts, movies and a farmer’s market

and there are many restaurants and coffee shops in the park and nearby. Looking for a space for an outdoor wedding? This could be it. And, don’t forget to check out the Trapeze School of New York DC facility that’s located nearby at 4th St SE and Tingey St. See for a calendar of events.

Washington Navy Yard

Yards Park borders the Washington Navy Yard and is the nation’s oldest naval facility. Once the shipyard for the United States Navy, President Lincoln was known to visit the Yards often. The Navy Yard now serves as the home to the Chief of Naval Operations. Visitors can learn about military history at the Navy Yard Museum which is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Sundays. Exhibits include model ships, undersea vehicles, sub periscopes, and a space capsule. Contact the Navy Yard at 202-433-4882 for more information and any security procedures.

Anacostia Community Boathouse

Back on the north side of the river at 1900 M St SE you’ll find the Anacostia Community Boathouse (, an Association of 10 member organizations including the Capital Rowing Club (www., DC Strokes Rowing Club ( and the National Capital Area Women’s Paddling Association (www.ncawpa. org). These groups offer a wide variety of paddling classes from the novice to the pro.

Kingman and Heritage Islands

Further up the river are Kingman Island and Heritage Islands a 45-acre parcel of land created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1916 from earth dredged from the Anacostia River. The park includes natural wetlands and wildlife habitat, 1.5 miles of hiking/biking trails, kayak/canoe tieups, and a playground. Educational programs for children are also offered. Dogs on leash are allowed. The main

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entrance to Kingman Island is at the back of RFK Stadium Parking Lot 6, just south of Benning Road NE (approximate address: 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE). A second pedestrian entrance is located on Benning Road. See for more information.

Anacostia Park

Still further up the river is Anacostia Park operated by the National Park Service. The park includes the 18-hole Langston Golf Course on the northern portion of Kingman Island. Nearby and where the Anacostia enters the District is the 700 acre Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. There’s a visitor center and some short (less than 1 mile) trails where you’ll find a wide variety rare waterlilies, lotuses, birds and other wildlife. The park also contains the Kenilworth Marsh, the only remaining tidal marsh in DC. See keaq/index.htm. Near the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, there’s a covered roller skating rink (skates can be rented), picnicking facilities and educational programs. Accessing these sites can be a bit complicated, so check out the websites for directions. While it’s still not considered safe to swim and there are advisories against eating fish icaught in the River, the Anacostia is still a great place to explore. If you want to launch a boat, there’s a free public boat ramp located at Bladensburg Waterfront Park (4601 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg, MD; phone: 301-779-03714). They also have canoe, kayak, paddle boat, and rowboat rentals. There’s a also a concrete ramp

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Paddle Nights on the Anacostia


ome discover the Anacostia by joining the Anacostia Watershed Society in the FREE Paddle Nights on the Anacostia Program this summer! AWS is hosting 25 free Paddle Nights this year to celebrate our 25th anniversary as an organization. AWS provides the canoes, life jackets, paddles and a safety lesson. Each event starts at 5:00 and runs until 7:30. The events are first-come first-served, so come early for the best chance of getting out on the water. Please register on their website. Registration does not guarantee that there will be a boat available, but it does allow us to inform you of any changes or cancellations due to weather. A cancellation due to weather will be made no later than 10 a.m the day of the event. If you have never paddled before, don’t worry! Our instructors will help you learn. For more information, email or call 301-699-6204 ext. 112. located at the southern end of Anacostia Park near Pennsylvania Avenue that is paddle and powerboat accessible. The Anacostia Watershed Society regularly organizes outings and cleanups along the River. (www., as well as free Paddle Days from Linking this entire area is the Anacostia Riverwalk, a continuous 20-mile trail on both sides of the Anacostia River. The 10-12 foot wide trail is designed for a wide range of users including cyclists, runners, skaters, and walkers and provides seating, system maps, bike racks, and interactive maps. Most of the Trail has been constructed and

is open, though the Navy Yard section is closed as needed by the Navy for various temporary security concerns. Currently, the easiest place to access this trail from the Hill is at Yards Park though there is also access at the base of the 11st Street Bridge. Before heading out, check out http://www.anacostiawaterfront. org/awi-transportation-projects/anacostia-riverwalk-trail/ for updates. There are a lot of great things happening on our river. Get out and explore! Catherine Plume is the blogger for the DC Recycler: www.dcrecycler.blogspot. com u

Anacostia Watertrail Map

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Basketball is popular at Rosedale Rec. Center

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BARBERS Capitol Barber & Stylist 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE 202-544-8380 Cutz On the Hill 114 15th St. SE 202-543-1547 Smokey’s Barber Shop & Oldies 1338 H St. NE 202-396-2377

BEAUTY SALONS Aura Spa at Vida Fitness 1212 Fourth St. SE 202-554-0444,




Michael Anthony Salon 661 C St. SE, Second Floor 202-506-3609 Patou Salon & Spa 709 D St. SE 202-543-7643

Salon Exquisite on the Hill 1221 Penn Ave SE- Basement 202-498-7260 Tracy & Company 428 Eighth St. SE 202-546-4887


Randolph Cree 325 Seventh St. SE 202-547-1014,

A-List Nails 739 Eighth St. SE 202-544-3706 ,

Soleil 21 737 Eighth St. SE (202) 546-2121

Angelo Nails 615 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-0260

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Belle Nails Spa 308 Massachusetts Ave. NE 202-733-4433 Capitol Nails Salon 201 Mass. Ave. NE 202-543-0989 Eastern Market Nails 218 Seventh St. SE 202-548-0022

Michael Anthony Salon 661 C St. SE, Second Floor 202-506-3609 Tammy’s Nails 309 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-2015,

TATTOOS BritishInk Tatoos 508 H St. NE 202-302-1669, Cirque Du Rouge 416 H Street NE 202-544-4701,




ACUPUNCTURE/ ALTERNATIVE HEALING Capitol Hill Acupuncture 9-B Eighth St. SE 202-543-1911

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Healing Arts of Capitol Hill 316 F St. NE 202-544-9389

Kevin J. Bliss Coaching Personal & Professional Development 202-607-1174,

Joseph Tarantolo MD Herbalist, Nutrition Counselor 908 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-5290



Sharon Bernier, Ph.D CNS 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE 202-546-5311

Laelia Gilborn, LICSW, PLLC Psychotherapist: Children, Adolescents, and Adults 731 8th Street, SE, Suite 301 301-922-6760, See my profile at Nancy L. Lithgow, RN, MSW Individuals, Couples & Families 101 Sixth St. NE 202-543-7700

Capitol Hill Village 725 Eighth St. SE 202-543-1778

Michelle Chabbott, Ed.D. Integrated Psychological Services LLC 731 Eighth St. SE 202-425-7262

The Georgetown 2512 Q St. NW 202-338-6111,

Gina Sangster, LICSW Family Therapy 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-688-2376

CHIROPRACTOR Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center David Walls-Kaufman 411 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-6035

Champion Tattoo Co. 719 Eighth St. SE 202-480-2233



Marjorie G. Shovlin 620 C St. SE 202-547-4234

Headlines Salon 326 Massachusetts Ave. NE 202-546-5151


Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center David Walls-Kaufman 411 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-6035

Paradigm Chiropractic and Performance, LLC Dr. Henry Jenkins Jr. 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-0981

DENTISTS & ORTHODONTISTS Larry Bowers 711 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-0086 Claire P. Cargill 1009 E St. SE 202-547-2491 Capitol Hill Dental Group 412 First St. SE Washington, DC 20003 202-863-1600

Chiropractic and Performance, LLC Chiropractic Care Supporting Spinal Health • Specialists in manual and mechanical extremity adjusting (TMJ, Ribs, Carpal Tunnel, Shoulders, Hips and Feet). • Spinal and postural corrections to reduce pain and achieve desired results quickly. • Custom functional orthotics • Sports massage therapist on staff

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United Medical Center 1310 Southern Ave. SE 202-574-6000 Washington Hospital Center 110 Irving St. NW 202-877-7000,

MASSAGE Capitol Hill Massage 600 D St. SE 202-543-3265 Women at the Watkins Field pickup soccer game battle for the ball Photo Andrew Lightman

Tawann P. Jackson 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste. 460 202-547-7772 South Capitol Smile Center Sheila Samaddar 1313 South Capitol St. SW 202-488-1313 The DC Dentist Terry Victor, DDS 509 11th St. SE 202-544-3626

HOSPITALS Children’s National Medical Center 111 Michigan Ave. NW 202-476-5000, George Washington Hospital 900 23rd St. NE 202-715-4000, Medstar Health Promptcare 228 Seventh St. SE 202-698-0795

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Dawning Tranquility 709 D St. SE 202-421-4346 Freed Bodyworks 1337 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-321-9715, Healing Arts of Capitol Hill 320 G St. NE 202-544-9389

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Grubbs CARE Pharmacy 326 East Capitol St. NE 202-543-4400

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Capitol Hill Physical Therapy Ctr 620 C St. SE 202-543-8020 Skills on the Hill LLC 405 Eighth St. NE Pediatric Occupational Therapy 202-544-5439, National Speech/Language Therapy Center 412 First St. SE 202-470-4185,

OPTICIANS/ OPTOMETRISTS Eye Central - Drs. Reed & Fissel 635 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-2838,

Headlines Salon 326 Massachusetts Ave. NE 202-546-5151,

Providence Opticians 3510 12 St. NE 202-526-0300

Lavender Retreat 1236 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-450-2329


Revive Massage 1329 Connecticut Ave. NW, 2nd fl 202-452-0009, Spa on the Hill 1007 E St. SE 202-543-5950, Results: the Gym Capitol Hill 315 G St. SE 202-234-5678,

CVS 401 M St. SW 202-554-2144 500 12th St. SE 202-543-1555 661 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-3305 Grubbs CARE Pharmacy 326 East Capitol St. NE 202-543-4400, H Street Care Pharmacy 812 H St. NE Washington, DC 20002 202-621-9665


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PHYSICIANS – DERMATOLOGY Allen A. Flood 650 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 420 202-547-9090

PHYSICIANS – FAMILY & GENERAL Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington 2141 K St. NW, Ste. 3 202-293-5182 Allison Bower of Lavendar Retreat giving treatment at Army 10-miler exhibit hall.

Morton’s Pharmacy 724 East Capitol St. SE 202-543-1616 Super Pharmacy & Medical Equipment 1019 H St. NE 202-388-0050

PHYSICAL THERAPY Physiotherapy Associates of Capitol Hill 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste. 202 202-543-9400 Play-Based Physical Therapy Melissa Parmley Smith PT 900 Second St. NE Ste. 306 202-546-7529

PHYSICIANS – ALLERGY Denise Chevalier-Hamilton 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Ste. 370 202-546-0062

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Capitol Breast Care Center 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-675-2099 Capitol Hill Medical Clinic 201 Eighth St. NE, Ste. 3 202-546-7696 MedStar Medical Washington Primary Care Physicians 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste. 320 202-546-6522, Medstar Promptcare – Urgent Care 228 7th St., SE 202-698-0795,

PHYSICIANS – OB/GYN April Rubin 636 A St. NE 202-547-4604


PHYSICIANS – PODIATRY Eliezer Trybuch 620 C St. SE 202-543-0035,

PSYCHIATRISTS Joseph Tarantolo MD 908 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-543-5290

SPA Lavender Retreat 1236 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-450-2329, Skin Beauty Bar 749 Eighth St. SE 202-543-6993,

SPEECH THERAPY Capitol Kids Therapy 201 Eighth St. NE Ste. 301 202-544-5469 National Speech/Language Therapy Center 412 First St. SE 202-470-4185, The Reading and Language Learning Center 336 F Street NE 202-253-1654,







Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Capitol Hill 650 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Ste C-100 202-833-4543,


House Calls on the Hill Heidi Johnson, CPNP 202-306-5862,

Jazzercise 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-299-9146,

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) 545 Seventh St. SE 202-547-6839,


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Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE 202-399-6763, Momentum Dance Fitness Studio 534 8th St., SE (upper) 202-785-0035 St. Mark’s Dance Studio 301 A St. SE 202-543-0053,


William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center 635 N. Carolina Ave. SE 202-724-4495

Pure Barre 407 Eighth St SE 202-847-3708,


Results: The Gym Capitol Hill 315 G St. SE 202-234-5678, Washington Sports Clubs 214 D St. SE 202-547-2255

Atlas Fitness 920 11th St. SE 202-525-5183,

Waterside Fitness 901 Sixth Street, SW 202-488-3701

Biker Barre 738 Seventh St. SE,

Vida Fitness 1212 Fourth St. SE, #170 202-554-0444,

BMarchai Studios 1451 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 877-657-0004, DCB Fit Boxing & Fitness 1000 New Jersey Ave. SE 202- 621-8304,

Wired Cycling 2028 Fourth St. NE (202) 400-1340,


Crossfit DC 1365 H St NE & 1722 14TH St NW

Master Erica Gutman 202-546-6275 222 8th Street, NE

Fitness Together: Capitol Hill 408 H St. NE 202-558-6486

Samurai Training Academy 905 H St. NE 202-905-2627

Gold’s Gym 409 Third St. SW 202-554-4653


Jade Fitness 1310 Pennsylvania Ave., SE 202-629-4455, Pattie Cinelli Fitness 202-544-0177,

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Old City CrossFit 810 H St. NE 571-206-8633,

Vida Fitness Penthouse Pool 1212 Fourth St. SE, #170 202-554-0444, Waterside Fitness 901 Sixth St. SW 202-488-3701

Change for Life Wellness & Aesthetics 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste. 250 202-575-4660, Fitness Together Cap Hill 408 H St. NE 202-558-6486 Weight Watchers 620 G St. SE – Tuesdays 6.30pm

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Experience the Arts on Capitol Hill by Phil Hutinet


heater, dance, music and the visual arts have all found a receptive home— as well as appreciative audiences—here on the Hill. Whether you want to see a Shakespeare play or performance art piece, take a class in pottery or jazz dance, listen to a symphony or a folksinger, view contemporary art (see gallery section for complete listings) or ancient maps, you can do it all right here in our livable, walkable community.

Arena Stage 1101 6th St. SW 202-488-3300, Founded in 1950, Arena Stage, one of the nation’s original resident theaters, has become a leading venue for the production, presentation, development and study of the American Theater. With the opening of the new Mead Center for American Theater, Arena Stage holds not only the distinction of being the largest theater in the country dedicated to American plays and playwrights, but also premiers new plays as well as continuing to produce the classics.

Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE, 202-399-7993 The Atlas Performing Arts Center is where a range of artistic and individual experiences come together to be celebrated. Known in the neighborhood as the Atlas District,

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the 60,000 square-foot complex is home base for the Capital City Symphony, Joy of Motion, African Continuum Theater, Congressional Chorus, The Rorschach Theater, Step Afrika! and Washington Savoyards. Atlas also helps performing artists through community-based programs of training and education in the arts and stagecraft. The Atlas’ restored Art Moderne marquee shines over H Street which has become a nightlife destination for eclectic dining, music and the performing arts.

Capital City Symphony Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE 202-399-7993 x 120

series of three concerts each season at area churches, presenting both a cappella and accompanied works in classical, folk, jazz, and popular music genres.

Capitol Hill Art League 545 Seventh St. SE 202-547-6839, CHAL helps showcase and support more than 150 local artists through exhibitions, gallery talks, master classes, lectures, workshops, and other activities, including seven juried exhibits and one non-juried holiday sale from September to May through which members can exhibit and sell their work. The League also promotes public appreciation of art through exhibi-

Part of the Atlas Performing Center, the Symphony presents affordable concerts to the public. Performing creative programs in a relaxed concert format provides a musical outlet for talented amateur as well as professional players. Led by director Victoria Gau, the 100 volunteer musicians, enthusiastically explore both symphonic classics and the best of 20th-century music.

Capitol Hill Chorale 202-547-1444, Founded in 1993. Maestro Frederick Binkholder leads this 90-voice ensemble, performing a

Blind Wino Southwest Arts Club hosts art events throughout the year.

DC Jazz Festival on the riverfront at Yards Park. Photo: Melissa Ashabranner

tions in banks, restaurants, offices, and law firms.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 545 Seventh St. SE 202-547-6839,

Founded in 1972, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) builds community and fosters creativity and connection through its full array of performances, events, exhibitions, and classes as well as shortterm workshops for children and adults of all ages and experience levels. The renovated school building on Seventh Street houses a dance studio, black box theater, drawing/painting and ceramics studios, an art gallery, a photographic darkroom, and rooms for private music instruction. Whether you want to see a play, make jewelry, learn how to use your new digital camera, tone up with a dance class, or write a novella, CHAW is the place.

The Corner Store 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE 202-544-5807

Open its doors in 2001 as a nonprofit arts center, owner Kris Swanson, created The Corner Store; where the work of actors, playwrights, musicians, filmmakers, artists, poets and chefs are regularly showcased. Classes in glass-art and fitness, children’s art sessions, and dance parties are offered. 2014 will focus being on musical performances and other smallscale cultural events.

DC Youth Orchestra Program 1700 East Capitol St. NE 202-698-0123, www.

Located at Eastern High School, the DC Youth Orchestra Program provides affordable, accessible, quality music instruction and performance opportunities for young people in the DC metropolitan

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area. In June 2014, DC Youth Orchestra Program’s Youth Orchestra will participate in a residency and side-by-side tour in Colombia with Orquestra Metropolitana Batuta, which is part of the world’s second largest national youth orchestra system, Fundación Batuta.

Ebenezers Coffeehouse 201 F St. NE, 202-558-6900 Ebenezers Coffeehouse opened in 2006 in a beautifully renovated former diner. Owned and operated by the National Community Church, Ebenezers not only offers free-trade “coffee with a cause,” but has also become a lively venue for local indie, folk rock, and acoustic singers and songwriters. In addition, the coffeehouse hosts ballroom dance lessons and open-mic nights for musicians and poets. The church is opening a place of worship on Barracks Row that will also show movies during the week.

Folger Shakespeare Library 201 East Capitol St SE 202-544-4600; 202-544-7077 Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare’s material and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts and works of art. Its Elizabethan theater provides an intimate setting for world class productions serving a wide audience of researchers, visitors, teachers, students, families and theater and concert-goers. . Its wellknown public programs include plays, concerts, literary readings, family activities, and exhibitions, as well as numerous K-12 and college programs for students and teachers.

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Capital Fringe 1358 Florida Avenue NE 202-737-7230, The critically acclaimed arts institution has found a permanent home in Trinidad, DC in what had been Conner Contemporary’s art gallery and before that a tire factory. The new space will host a series of theatrical and musical performances as well as the annual Capital Fringe Festival which takes place during the summer. The organization specializes in showcasing local performers who work in contemporary and sometimes cutting edge productions.

Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-549-4172, The Hill Center has 11 program rooms including a fully-outfitted demonstration kitchen, computer labs, and an art studio. Hill Center has more than 50 “Program Partners,” offering instruction and presentations for people of all ages and backgrounds. Some representative classes: music lessons with Julie Miller, Lego Robotics, Spanish classes, Teen Creative Writing, art classes, yoga, gourmet cooking classes.

Joy of Motion Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE 202-399-6763, Since 1976, Joy of Motion has been embracing the philosophy that “Dance is for Everyone!” From its studios at the Atlas Performing Center and at other locations in the metropolitan area, Joy of Motion offers classes and workshops for dancers (and would-be dancers) of all ages, abilities, and levels. Whether teaching ballet, hip hop, flamenco, ballroom, tango, or belly dancing, this

winner of two Mayor’s Art Awards for its contributions to arts and art education encourages its students to stretch their minds, bodies, and spirits to their fullest potential.

The Library of Congress 1 First St. SE, 202-707-5000 The largest library in the world, the Library of Congress houses millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts. Its mission is to make those resources available to the American people – and it does so free of charge. Enjoy movies, concerts, exhibitions, book talks, and poetry readings, or visit the website to explore old maps, enjoy political cartoons, watch animated films, or read historical documents. Every fall, the Library sponsors the popular National Book Festival on the Mall, featuring scores of wellknown known authors reading from their latest works.

Opera Lafayette 10 4th St. NE, 202-546-9332 Founded in 1995 in Washington, DC, by Conductor and Artistic Director Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette is an American period-instrument ensemble that specializes in the French repertoire, rediscovers masterpieces, and creates a recorded legacy of its work.

St. Mark’s Dance Studio 301 A St. SE, 202-543-0054 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church has been the home of St. Mark’s Dance Studio, training budding ballerinas and aspiring jazz dancers for over 40 years. St. Mark’s offers a variety of dancing for pre-schoolers to adults

The Galleries of Capitol Hill by Phil Hutinet


apitol Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods have become a main center for the visual arts.

Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL)

545 7th Street SE CHAL members curate several juried exhibitions annually at the CHAW art gallery.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) 545 7th Street SE

CHAW hosts several exhibitions annually in their 500 square foot gallery. Recently exhibitions have focused on the works of photojournalists whose exhibitions create a visual essay for the viewer.

The Corner Store

9th and S. Carolina, SE The Corner Store showcases periodic photo and art exhibits. Check events on their website.

DCCCAH “I Street” Gallery 200 I Street SE

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is located in the southeast waterfront neighborhood in the former

directed by Rosetta Brooks, winner of a 2009 Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award for her work in teaching generations of dancers.

St. Mark’s Players 118 Third St SE, 202-546-9670

Evening Star building. Exhibitions focus on Washington, DC artists.

Gallery O on H

(e)merge art fair

Gallery O on H produces a wide variety of events not limited exclusively to art exhibitions. The gallery programs everything from jazz concerts to fire twirlers, from Mardis Gras parties to Krampen Nacht. During the H Street Festival, the owners curate the Art Cars, showcase their collection of outsider arts and fund the artist tents.

10 I Street SW For the past three years, all eyes of the art world focus on Washington, DC in early October. Galleries from across the region and around the world come to the (e)merge art fair at the Capitol Skyline Hotel to exhibit and sell work from their represented artists. It is no coincidence that the owners of the Capitol Skyline Hotel, the Rubell’s, are world renowned art patrons who have created contemporary art museums from Brooklyn to Miami to house their extensive collections.

The Fridge

516½ Eight Street SE Located in a cobblestoned alley off Barrack’s Row, the Fridge has established itself as the regional center for street and outsider art. In addition to the visual arts, the gallery maintains a rigorous programming schedule that includes classes, musical performances, poetry and hip-hop.

1354 H Street NE

Hill Center

921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Hill Center organizes several group exhibitions annually in their newly renovated space. Hill Center’s programming focuses mainly on group exhibition by local photographers, painters and mixed media artists, many of whom live and work on Capitol Hill. In November, Hill Center produces Pottery on the Hill, a juried exhibition of nationally renowned ceramicists in an expo type setting showing both functional and non-functional pottery.

Gallery NK

Washington Project for the Arts

Gallery NK is part artist studio, part artist residency and mostly a street level art gallery tucked away in a cozy alley between H Street NE and NoMa. The gallery exhibits local and international artists in a variety of mediums.

Since 1975, the WPA has been a leader in DC’s contemporary art movement by producing highly-regarded contemporaneous exhibitions. Located in the Capitol Skyline Hotel, the WPA curates seasonal exhibitions in the hotel’s lobby. u

321 K Street NE (rear alley) St. Mark’s Players are currently celebratingtheir 30th season as the resident company at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. From their roots performing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, this non-profit participatory

10 I Street SW

company has evolved to become an established and respected member of the DC theater community. The Players perform three plays each season, selected to both entertain and challenge their growing audiences. u

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Event Space for Rent by Phil Hutinet American Legion Post 8 224 D Street, SE 202-543-9163, Located three short blocks to the house side of Congress, the venue accommodates up to 200 standing guests and 140 seated. Amenities include tables and chairs, private bar, public parking, ADA access/ restrooms, catering work station and outdoor cooking, and large flatscreen TV screen. Contact Reservation Manager at DCPOST88@ for additional details and calendar openings.

Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE 202.399.7993, With spacious venues available year round to host galas, weddings, theme parties, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, luncheons, dinners, seminars and fundraisers, the Atlas has a variety of spaces that can be transformed into

the perfect venue for your performance or event. Visit their website for more information or contact Tynisha Brooks, Special Events Manager, at 202.399.7993, ext. 106 or email

Corner Store Arts 900 S. Carolina Avenue NE 202-255-2180

An event in one of the lovely rooms available at the Corner Store Arts proHill Center. vides the quintessential “Hill” experience to those seeking an intimate venue for Eastern Market’s North Hall is a preweddings or other social occasions. miere destination on Capitol Hill for Contact Kris Swanson at kris@correceptions, fundraisers, community to your next event. events, weddings, meetings and more.

Credit Union House 403 C Street, NE 202-548-3131 Credit Union House is a first-class events facility designed specifically for entertaining. Credit Union House does not provide catering, but they can connect you to an experienced caterer to meet your needs. Contact either Sue McCue, Director,, 202-548-3130; or Maureen Mulima, Business Development Specialist,, 202-548-3131.

The Atlas can accommodate all sizes and types of events.

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Eastern Market’s North Hall 225 7th Street, SE

The North Hall was newly renovated in 2009 as part of Eastern Market’s $22 million restoration. Amenities include 3,500 square feet of event space and historical ambiance with vaulted ceilings. The Hall is available all year round – day and evening! Visit their website for prices and more information. Or contact Yolonda Mack, yolonda.mack@, 202-345-2861.

Ebenezer’s Coffee House 201 F St, NE 202-558-6900 Just one block away from Union Station, Ebenezer’s has a sleek lower level event space ideal for concerts, meetings, film screenings, parties and other functions. To place a catering order, contact catering@ebenezer- or call 202-558-6900. To reserve the lower level event space, visit their website for more information.

Gallery NK 321 K Street NE (rear alley) Gallery NK is located in renovated historic carriage house located steps from Union Station, NoMa, H Street and Capitol Hill. The gallery can accommodate up to 100 people standing. Valet and street parking are available. Contact Nihal Kececi at 202-608-1389 or info@

Gallery O on H 1354 H Street NE The recently renovated space on H Street NE has two-levels of finished space blending a mixture of contemporary and antique architectural finishes. For more information about renting Gallery O on H, contact Mary Ellen Vehlow at 202.213.2465 or via email at

Hill Center 921 Penn. Ave, SE 202.499.6449 Hill Center on Capitol Hill features an array of beautiful, light-filled meeting spaces that com-

bine exquisite historic details with every modern amenity. Just blocks from the US Capitol, this elegant venue accommodates 10-200 guests for events ranging from small board meetings to grand receptions; perfect for conferences, fundraisers and inauguration events as well as weddings and family celebrations. One block from Metro, Hill Center is ADA accessible, with Wi-Fi and high-tech AV capabilities. Visit their website for prices and more information. Or contact Special Events Coordinator James Sims, james@


redit Union House is a gracious, wellappointed facility conveniently located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. Our outdoor entertaining space offers stunning views of the U.S. Capitol Building, Library of Congress and U.S. Supreme Court. We have a wide-range of audio/visual equipment included with rental to meet your event’s needs. Credit Union House can accommodate up to 75 guests for aseated meal or 125 people for a standing reception.

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Sewall Belmont House 144 Constitution NE 202-546-1210 x 12 With close proximity to Senate and House offices, with easy access to public transportation and the only historic home and garden for rent on Capitol Hill, the Sewall-Belmont House offers a unique and appealing setting for your special event. Glass paneled French doors flank the interior terrace opening to the exterior terrace and adjacent tented area and historic garden. u

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Corner Store Arts

Capitol Hill’s Neighborhood Art Center


n any given weekend, the home of Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier teems with artistic life. The main downstairs living space in their residence hosts gallery openings, blackbox theater productions and musical concerts. Visual and performing artists from around the globe connect Capitol Hill neighbors through rich cultural experiences in an unexpectedly close and intimate setting. Kris, a fifth-generation Califor-

Corner Store Arts owners Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier. Image courtesy Kris Swanson

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by Phil Hutinet nian, worked primarily as a sculptor, creating bronzes including large commissioned work. Of particular note, the Golden State native had the privilege to sculpt California Grizzlies, commissioned for the 150th anniversary of California’s admission to the United States and installed on the grounds of the original capitol of California, Colton Hall in Monterey, CA. Kris and Roy moved to DC in 1990 and fell in love with the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Initially, they rented a home on E Street SE across from Potomac Gardens. There, Kris ran her studio, known as the E Street Studios, where she continued to sculpt and work on commissions. She also began opening her home and studio to the neighborhood children, many of whom hung out after school with little or nothing to do. This quickly grew into a structured educational experience with Kris at the instructive helm. Her newfound students helped her in her studio, learned various artistic techniques and eventually she produced an annual art exhibition to showcase the children’s work. By 2001, the couple decided to plant deeper roots in their newfound city and began a search for the ideal residence--close enough to Potomac Gardens to continue interacting with the neighborhood children and one that would have enough space for a sculpture studio.

After a seeing a string of unsuitable homes, their realtor showed the couple a property at 900 South Carolina Ave. SE which had been bought by a speculator and then sat vacant for several years. The building was “a total rehab” needing a new roof, new floors, a new electrical system—in essence just about everything needed to be replaced or added. In addition to rehabbing the property, Roy did extensive historical research on his new home, even tracking down and interviewing a descendant of the Cuozzo family which ran a corner grocery on the building’s ground floor, while living on the second floor. Tony Cuozzo told Roy how his father had come over from Italy, and opened up the store at a time when groceries were still delivered by horse-drawn carts. The family ran the store from 1917-1995. The property had chicken coops in the side yard along 9th Street SE and Tony’s father stabled the family horse behind St. Peter’s Catholic Church until he eventually bought a Ford Model T. Companies would provide product displays of tea, cigarettes or flour to decorate the big window that fronts the building.

The Corner Store Is Born

Kris and Roy’s current use of the property has some parallels with the Cuozzo’s—the couple open the ground floor to the public, regularly change the window display and con-

Carolina Avenue neighborhood children. However, as SE, Kris continartists began requesting space, a neighued her tradiborhood cultural venue emerged, contion of exhibiting necting neighbors not only to the arts neighborhood but to one another and Kris could not children’s work resist her new calling. in December These experiences have transaround the holiformed Kris and Roy into seasoned days. Soon she producers who plan a series of varied began to take cultural programming in 2015-2016. requests from loCorner Store Arts will host more cal artists who staged readings, month-long theater Gallery-opening Gallery opening at the Corner Store. Photo by sought a venue to productions, gallery openings, a wide Phil Hutinet. exhibit. At openarray of musical performances and ings, she would genres, workshops that will include nect the neighborhood through a invite musicians to play music and dance and storytelling, fitness sesvital service. the pairing led other local musicians sions for yoga and Pilates and “ClasIn keeping with her experience as to inquire about performing as well. sical Sundays” from 5-6 p.m. On the a creator of public art, in 2002, Kris Then, around 2006, while attend21st of every month. In addition, turned her attention to her adopted ing a performance at the Warehouse Corner Store Arts co-sponsors a soneighborhood working with other Theater downtown, Kris realized cial and musical event on the 21st of artists and local elementary schools that her space was about the same each month off-site at 21 Gessford to create the YUME Tree (you/me size. So she decided to branch out Court SE. tree), a sculptural mural located on into black-box productions and purPhilosophically, Kris believes that the north facing wall of the CVS on chased a folding stage and theater “if you have a stronger community, 12th and E Streets SE. The piece may lights. And so, Corner Store Arts you have happier people. If people are appear as a mural from a distance but was born. happier, then you have a warmer comupon closer inspection, one observes Initially when they moved to 900 munity.” So what of her sculptures a number of materials including ceSouth Carolina Avenue SE, Kris had and public art commissions? She sees ramic tiles and mirrors which form a envisioned continuing her practice as the community connections made at large tree. The late Capitol Hill artist she had at the E Street Studios, workCorner Store Arts as one large piece Laurie Siegel assisted in the project’s ing on commissions and teaching of interactive art—her piece of public inception by glazing and art—and the one of which firing hundreds of the initial she is the most proud. tiles used to realize YUME The Corner Store Arts Tree. Elementary school events are posted monthly on children designed and cretheir website, cornerstorearts. ated many of the tree’s elorg. The full text of the interements. YUME Tree has view with Tony Cuozzo is grown in the past 13 years available on the site. and continues its expansion as students and neighbors Phil Hutinet is the pubhave added their names to lisher of East City Art, a the tree, making it a publicly publication dedicated to DC’s interactive piece. visual arts. For more inforUpon completing the mation visit www.eastcityEvening jazz from the 21 Gessford Players. Image courtesy renovations of 900 South Corner Store Arts. u

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Experience the Arts of Anacostia by Phil Hutinet


nacostia is a waterfront community that was incorporated in 1854. After almost a half-century of slumber, the historic neighborhood has begun to awaken, revealing itself as an extraordinary neighborhood filled with culture, natural resources and architectural gems.

Museums The neighborhood’s grandest home, Cedar Hill, belonged to the famous abolitionist, writer, lecturer and statesmen Frederick Douglass. The National Park Service now maintains Cedar Hill and operates a museum on the grounds. If you intend to visit the home and museum, be sure to enter at 15th and V Streets SE at the

bottom of the Hill and not up the stairs in the middle of the block that lead to Cedar Hill’s front porch. The official address is 1411 W St SE. A m e r i c a ’s Islamic Heritage Museum, located at 2315 Mynd Up an exhibit at Honfleur Gallery by BK ADAMS • I AM Martin Luther ART. Photo: Tommie Adams King Jr Ave SE, The Smithsonian Anacostia has several perCommunity Museum, located 1901 manent exhibitions on the history of Fort Place SE, curates world-class exIslam in the United States. The muhibitions on a variety of community seum also hosts rotating exhibitions and historical topics. In 2015, the and workshops on similar topics. museum will host two exhibitions on the Civil War; one on how that war changed the urban fabric of Washington, DC and the other exhibition—a true rarity—an examination of a diary kept by a slave on the Calvert Plantation in Maryland.


Theater Alliance’s Black Navity is a highlight of the perfromance schedule at the Anacostia Playhouse. Photo: Courtesy Theater Alliance

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Theater Alliance, located at 2020 Shannon Place SE, was once the H Street Playhouse. It relocated from Northeast DC to Anacostia in 2013. The theater has become the mainstay for many of the neighborhood’s theater companies who once had to cross the river to perform. The 5,000 SF black-box theater can seat up to 150 people and has a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. Over the holidays, attend-

ing a production of Black Nativity is a must.

Visual Arts

Most of the arts programming in Anacostia comes from the smaller gallery spaces. Honfleur Gallery, located at 1241 Good Hope Rd SE, is Anacostia’s most established fine arts gallery having opened in 2007. The gallery maintains a rigorous exhibition program and often shows socially charged themes from local and international artists. The gallery exhibits an annual East of the River group show featuring work neighborhood artists. Vivid Solutions Gallery, located next door at 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Vivid Solutions exhibits photography. Recent artists include Sondheim Prize winner Gabriela Bulisova and world-renowned photographer Susan Raab. The Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, hosts rotating exhibitions, performances and houses several clothing designers. Craig Kraft Studios – Known for his large-scale light installations, Kraft relocated his studios from an old firehouse in Shaw to his new live-work-gallery space on Good Hope Road. The space is sched-

uled to open in 2015. Project Create – Now located at 2028 Martin Luther King Avenue, this organization runs children community arts programs often free of charge or at a nominal cost.

Dining Big Chair Coffee and Grill, located at 122 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, is the place to go to if you want to get to know the locals. Mama’s Kitchen, located 2028 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, has mostly Italian fare— pizza, subs and calzones and they make their own bread. Try the cheese and spinach calzone. They also deliver to Capitol Hill. Nurish in the Anacostia Art Center, serves a whole array of Frenchinspired dishes as well as more traditional American a la carte brunch items on Saturdays. Uniontown Bar & Grill, 2028 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Uniontown has that quintessential Anacostia vibe. Here, patrons can enjoy Cajun style cooking. Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, a publication dedicated to DC’s visual arts. For more information visit www. u

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Secrets of a Capitol Hill Cook by Annette Nielsen


f you live in and around Capitol Hill, you already know you live in a neighborhood that’s a really great food destination with celebrated restaurants serving just about every type of cuisine. From the extended Capitol Hill footprint that runs from the Riverfront through Barrack’s Row, along Pennsylvania Avenue and Eastern Market, to Massachusetts Avenue and the H Street corridor on up to Union Market, there are new restaurants and food purveyors opening just about every week. And if you like to cook, there isn’t a more exciting place to live in the District than Capitol Hill. All within a short walk, drive or bike ride, you can find just about anything you need to create a meal – from kitchen tools, pots and pans to high quality produce, meats, poultry, seafood, dairy, spirits and baked goods. Whether you attend one of the many neighborhood farmers’ markets, visit Eastern Market or seek out a pop-up gem, you can whet your culinary chops preparing a wide range of dishes with ingredients found here. When you’re at your favorite farmer’s market and see some seasonal offerings like fiddle heads or strawberries, or find Paw Paws, the new “it” fruit at Calomiris Fruits and Vegetables, check your smart phone for some recipe ideas so you bring home the ingredients you need. Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything ($9.99) or

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How to Cook Everything Vegetarian ($4.99) apps give you more than 2,000 recipes from the popular cookbooks, with shopping lists to guide you through the market stalls (you also get instructional videos and periodic updates). Alternatively, check out Cook’s Illustrated All-Time Best Recipes ($9.99), as well as the Epicurious app (free) which features recipes from Bon Appétit and Gourmet

magazines with the ability to search by main ingredient or dietary focus (vegan, gluten-free, high fiber, etc.) and voice-activated controls for a hands-free cooking experience. While using the apps at home, you can pick up the disposable sleeves to protect your iPad from the stove’s splatters at Hill’s Kitchen (713 D St SE, 202-543-1997,, or for that matter,

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Market giving cooking demonstations. Jonathan works with ingredients he picks up from the farmers, producers and indoor merchants at the market and even gives you recipe cards so you can go do your shopping after you’ve had a delicious taste. Check out his website for Bill Rouchell at Sapore, purveyor of additional cooking artisanal oils and vinegars. Photo: Andrew Lightman classes at different Hill venues (or have him teach a class anything you might need in your home). Hill’s in the culinary arena at Kitchen (713 D St SE, this extensively-stocked 202-543-1997, hillskitchgem. Check out the offers a range specific dish towels and of classes where you can cookie cutters, or the really cool District 3-Star sharpen your knife skills, logo items – they make learn how to make pierogreat hostess gifts. Owner gis, or pick up tips on root Leah Daniels gives great vegetables, stocks and advice on everything sauces in classes taught from equipment to reciby Hill resident Marta pes, and the store features Mirecki. Get great tips a well-curated collection from the District Fishof cookbooks, too. wife’s Fiona Lewis or find out about culinary history Culinary like patriotic cakes, meals at congressional ‘messes’ Instruction and food and freedom Even for the most learned taught by culinary histocooks, a little kitchen inrian Amanda Moniz, and spiration or a new dish a range of chef-taught to add to your repertoire classes at Hill Center is always welcome. Dur(921 Pennsylvania Ave ing warmer weather, find SE, 202.549.4172, hillJonathan Bardzik ( Maybe Saturyou’d like to try some day mornings at Eastern

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whey-cool classes at Sona (660 Penn Ave SE, 202-758-3556) where you can learn how to make mozzarella or take part in cheese and wine pairing classes. For online inspiration, get online tips, stories, informative podcasts and great recipes reflecting our rich and diverse culinary heritage at (the managing editor is food writer and author, Bonny Wolf, a long-time Hill resident) – you’ll never be bored in the kitchen again. The US Botanic Garden (100 Sona’s Angelica Ames proudly displays an array of cheese. Photo: Andrew Lightman Maryland Ave SW, 202-225-8933, offers a number of workshops and demonstrations (many Market Poultry. For a quick and easy berries” that will teach you how to are free but require registration) dinner, don’t go home without a steak make the most of seasonal growing. taught by Adrienne Cook and Danifrom Canales’ Quality Meats or Salelle Cook (sisters that are Gardening vadoran specialties made by the CaTasting Tours Specialist and Nutritionist, respecnales family at Tortilla Café (across When food-and-beverage loving tively) on topics like “Spring Shoots the street). In addition to great fruits friends visit, you can take them on a and Seeds” or “Sensational Strawand vegetables, you’ll also find some food-focused walk around the neighGreek specialties like baklava at Calborhood. You can easily omiris Fruits and Vegetables. And put together a tour starthave you tried some of the outdoor ing with the iconic Jimprepared food vendors outside the my T’s for breakfast (501 East Capitol St SE), market on weekends? The Peachy Family (they also sell goat cheese and grab a coffee at Pergoats milk gelato on the farmers’ line) egrine Espresso (660 serves up fried cheese curds, and PudPenn. Ave, entrance on din’s ( po’ boys and 7th St SE) or Radici bourbon bread pudding are divine. (303 7th St SE) or get Head over to Sona Creamery in line for pancakes at (660 Penn. Ave SE) for some of the Eastern Market’s Marbest selection of stellar cheeses and ket Lunch. After you’ve if you crave artisanal olive oils, spefueled up, walk through cialty vinegars and sea salts, stop in historic Eastern Market (225 7th St SE, at Sapore (660 Pennsylvania Ave SE,, 202.544.4133, saporeoilandvinegar. com). Need tea? Travel over to Barpicking up some of your rack’s Row on 8th Street and you’ll favorites. Maybe it’s the find Capital Teas (731 8th St SE, outstanding kimchi at 202.847.0314). Capitol Hill Produce If you are entertaining, while you or the turkey jerky at Joanne of Capitol Hill Produce. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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may slave over dinner, you don’t have to create everything from scratch. Fine Sweet Shop (202543-9729) at Eastern Market makes dessert effortless – you’ll love their cannolis, eclairs, fruit pies, and cookies. (Check the day-old shelf where you’ll find some nice treats, too.) Down the street there’s Pitango (660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, entrance on 7th St, 202-701-6222, for some of the best takeaway treats, just like the gelato you’ll find in Florence. Just need a snack or light meal? Try the Pretzel Bakery (340 15th St SE, 202-450-6067, Here you’ll find hand-crafted, small batch pretzels – plain, poppy, sesame, garlic or sweet cinnamon-glazed – they also have mustards, and dips, breakfast sliders (bacon, egg and cheese on a pretzel roll, or pretzel bombs (Nutella-filled). Fashion a crawl of your favorite farmers’ markets, with stops to savor some of the best treats along the way. The Tuesday Farmers’ Market (3-7 pm) on the farmers’ line outside Eastern Market is where you’ll probably have more time to chat with the farmers and producers (or your neighbor), and it’s always a good idea to get the best pick at the Saturday market by showing up on the early side. The popular H Street NE Farmers’ Market (, 13th and H Sts, NE, Saturdays, late April through December, 9 am to 1 pm) has more than fresh fruits and vegetables. Try the delicate, flakey croissants at Frenchie’s and get there early as they always sell out. Continue on up to Bullfrog Bagels, the place where you can finally take your New York friends (1341 H St NE, 202.494.2609, bullfrogba-

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Leah Daniels Hills Kitchen. Photo: Andrew Lightman with hand-rolled bagels, schmears, even brisket and whitefish salad. Make your way to Union Market (1309 5th St, NE, check individual vendors for hours,; typically a number of food-focused events here, too). Along with notable restaurants like RappahannockOysters Co. (202544-4702,, you’ll find some of the best (and freshest) fish at the District Fishwife, while there are great baguettes and other bread offerings from Lyon Bakery. For specialty knives (and old-school sharpening), stop in at DC Sharp. What about a visit to some of the craft brewers or a distillery with a liquid libation tour? (Remember to appoint a designated driver, or hire a taxi for your trip.) New Columbia Distillers’ Green Hat Gin (1832 Fenwick St NE, conducts free tastings and tours (most Saturday afternoons, call ahead to confirm) as well as bottling parties (yes, you can help!) at the first distillery to open in the District in over 100 years. Another type of beverage tour includes craft breweries and DC has a growing number. 3 Stars

Brewing Company (6400 Chillum Pl NW, 202.670.0333, tours take place Saturdays at 2 and 3 p.m. Tours are free and open to the public with a valid 21+ ID. Atlas Brew Works (2052 West Virginia Ave NE,, a newcomer to the DC craft beer world which opened up in late 2013, has Saturday afternoon tasting, tours and growler fills. Bluejacket (300 Tingey St SE, 202.524.4862, is in Yards Park and offers a number of free and fee-based tours, and DC Brau Brewing (3178-B Bladensburg Road NE, 202.621.8890, conducts free tours and tastings on most Saturdays. For more craft beer listings, visit All around Capitol Hill, you’ll find food-focused events, from Barracks Row’s Taste of 8th (tastes from the great chefs representing more than 20 restaurants) in May to their Culinary Education Crawl in November ( Additionally, Eastern Market hosts a number of events like the annual Lamb Jam in May (

Growing (and Preserving) Seasonal Flavors

If you’re a seasoned grower, you already know that you can source your seed-starting supplies and tools for your backyard, patio or balcony at Frager’s Hardware (find them now at 1230 Penn. Ave SE, 202-543-6157,, or pick up various seedlings at farmers markets around the District. For a great selection, be sure to attend the annual US Arboretum plant sale at the end of April (3501 New York Ave NE, 202.544.8733, Or, if you’d like to learn how to grow with your neighbors, consider joining a community garden, sharing a plot or working in one that’s communal. If you don’t have time for a garden, sign up for a CSA (community supported agriculture; get a recommendation from a neighbor or check out to search by city/zip), where you purchase a share of a farmer’s harvest at the beginning of the season and you receive a part of the harvest each week. Perhaps you couldn’t resist a bushel of heirloom tomatoes from the farmers’ market – what do you do now, besides eat tons of them fresh, made into gazpacho, salsa or sauce? Learn how to can by following the directions that come with a 12-pack of Mason jars. For herbs, take the fresh bundles you’ve grown and in 10-second increments, place in your microwave and dry them, ultimately storing in a sealed container in a cool, dry place. Or you can place herbs like basil, oregano or parsley in the food processor with a little olive oil and freeze in a plastic ice cube tray; once frozen, pop them out and place like herbed cubes in a (labeled and dated) freezer bag – great for cold weather soups and stews. Remember that it isn’t recommended freezing any fruit, vegetable or herb beyond six months – the integrity of the produce breaks down, loses flavor and can easily get freezer burn. Canning the harvest will make you feel very lucky, especially when you see the vibrant reds of tomatoes, golden peaches or jewel-toned jams and jelly on a gray day in February. Annette Nielsen has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for nearly two decades. The food editor of the Hill Rag, she’s the editor of two Adirondack Life cookbooks, Northern Comfort and Northern Bounty and she heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary, farm-to-fork inspired event business. A native of the Adirondacks, she’s a long-time resident of both NYC and DC; she can be reached at; follow her on twitter: @The_Kitchen_Cab u

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New Restaurants in the Neighborhood


ith huge swaths of the Capitol Hill area under construction or redevelopment, it’s a miracle that any new restaurants could open their doors in the past year. But open they did— in the emerging Capitol Riverfront, the torn up Southwest Waterfront and the constantly morphing H Street corridor. Chichi restaurants and convenient walk-ins for targeted purchases, ethnic eateries to suit any adventurous palate, updated comfort food from the Deep South, Spanish mini-sandwiches, designer doughnuts—all these and more welcomed

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Bullfrog Bagels operations manager, Melanie Hunter, with a basket of just-baked classic bialys stands in front of their extensive menu. Photo: Andrew Lightman

by Emily Clark customers in 2014 and early 2015. While no means a complete guide, here’s a sample of some of the most intriguing new places on and around the Hill.

combination and lots of salads. And Addis is open for lunch, too. 707 H St. NE, 301-536-0178,

Addis Ethiopian

With more than 100 bourbons and ryes in its cellars—including the waitlisted and much coveted Pappy Van Winkle—Barrel is the go-to place for cask-aged spirits. They also feature Scotch and Japanese whiskey, as well as the Tennessee variety. Oh, and there’s food, too, southern faves like fried chicken and fish, BBQ pork sticky buns and handmade pastas. Brunch on the weekend helps

Don’t look for utensils here! Part of the fun and appeal of Ethiopian food is eating with your hands, with the help of the spongy bread called injera. Try the house special Dorowot (chicken simmered with berbere sauce and spiced butter) or Bretmitad Tibs (beef sautéed with jalapeno and rosemary). If your taste runs more vegetarian, there’s a veggie


the spirits go down smoothly. 613 PA Av. SE, 202-543-3622, www.

The Big Stick

If you’re a Nats fan (and who isn’t?), you’re probably already familiar with Justin’s at 1025 1st St. SE, which does a bustling business during the season. Now Justin’s proprietor has opened a more focused and ambitious place right around the corner. The Big Stick features sausages of all kinds, including Italian, Andouille, bratwurst and chorizo. Try the intriguing Game Stick— duck and pork sausage with mango fig sauce. There’s burgers and chili, too. 20 M St. SE, 202-750-7724,

Bullfrog Bagels

From popup to wildly popular, Bullfrog has been a big hit on H Street, serving up New York-style bagels of all kinds. Although one doesn’t usually associate bagels with amphibians, it’s the playfulCarlos Delgado, chef of Ocopa, the popular Peruvian restauant on H Street NE. ness of it that spills over into the food. These are artisan bagels, hand rolled, boiled and baked fresh daily anyone fond of Chinese street food. upscale venue that features pedigreed and served with lots of schmears Talk about division of labor, this is a farm-specific ingredients and 100% and spreads. Bullfrog also makes up stylish bi-level eatery: Downstairs at all-American beer, wine and spirits. a mean bagelwich and offers deli the Copycat, you’ll find stainless steel It’s one of those places where you favorites like smoked salmon and counters, bright orange tiles and incould stop at the top of the menu, whitefish. 1341 H St NE, 202-494ventive dumplings like chicken and with yellow carrot and roasted fennel 2609, mushroom, beef and celery or shrimp/ soup or winter greens with red pear, pork combo, as well as vegetarian. smoked almonds and pickled shalCopycat Co. Choose from steamed beef or veglots. With a bigger appetite, go for You just gotta love a place where the gie steamed buns or chicken or meat sautéed turkey breast with lemon butcocktail menu is about five times skewers, then head upstairs for a drink ter, crispy quinoa cakes or pan-roasted longer than the food one. Copycat or three. 1110 H. St. NE, 202-241scallops with Brussels sprouts and shiCompany focuses on just a few food 1952, takes. Save room for hazelnut chocoitems like potstickers, homemade late brownie or butterscotch pots de Bao buns and meat skewers, but with crème. 517 H St. NE, 202-629-3296, DC Harvest enough variety and flavor to please It doesn’t get more local than this

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The soothing interior of DC Harvest, known for its farmspecific ingredients and 100% all-American beer, wine and spirits. Photo: DC Harvest

District Doughnut

A divine collaboration between two doughnut-loving childhood friends and their pastry chef muse, District Doughnut on Barracks Row is all about the modern take on the classic doughnut. This is not your typical corner doughnut shop, but instead a creative expression of crafted and house-baked varieties that frequently change. Try the salted dulce de leche, brown butter or cannoli flavors. At District Doughnut, you can drop in, call in to reserve pickup, or even have your doughnuts delivered. 749 8th St. SE 202-817-3166,

Driftwood Kitchen

The wood exterior of this attractive corner spot in the Atlas District continues inside with a wood-wrapped dining room serving food that bills itself as seasonal, ingredient-driven and Mediterranean-inspired. Driftwood has a glass-enclosed upstairs balcony for cocktails when the weather isn’t cooperating, and a patio downstairs for the summer. If you’re just snacking, try the marinated olives, spiced

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caramel corn or hummus guacamole while you sip craft cocktails with names like Hawa, Lady in Red and Jamaican Bride. For a real meal, you can’t go wrong with lacquered ribs, rosemary-scented lamb or sea bass with harissa couscous. 400 H. St. NE, 202-803-2651,

Impala Cantina y Taqueria

H Street Coffee House and Café

Kitty’s Saloon

The spiffing up of H Street continues block by block, and this cozy spot reminds one of the coffee houses of the pre-Starbucks days. There’s always a special coffee on the menu (lately Nutella latte), as well as a great tea selection. H Street Coffee House also serves breakfast sandwiches, lunch paninis and a wide array of bagels, muffins, doughnuts and pastries. 1359 H St. NE, 202-396-0469,

Ice Cream Jubilee

Ice Cream Jubilee isn’t just any ice cream joint. This is more like bespoke ice cream, the brainchild of a corporate lawyer turned ice cream fanatic. Where else could you find flavors like pomegranate rose, caramel popcorn and cardamom black pepper? There’s even a range of alcoholic flavors like gin and tonic and maple rye pecan, so you don’t have to choose between ice cream and a cocktail. And you can make some kid truly happy by throwing a birthday party there. 301 Water St. SE, 202-863-0727, www.

The first test of any Mexican place worth its salt is a great margarita, and Impala passes with flying colors. No sickly sweet mix here, just the basics—tequila, triple sec, lime and salt. Brunch on the weekends offers up breakfast tortas and chilaquiles, as well as the more traditional tacos and huevos rancheros. There’s also a full menu of tacos, burritos and enchiladas, plus hearty platos like pork chops and 1358 H St. NE 202-7333427, With sophisticated takes on “Redneck cuisine” from a chef with Southern roots, Kitty’s is the place for down home fare that is and isn’t nostalgic. The menu is pure fun, divided into Nibbles, Roughage, Vittles and Sweets. You might as well try something from each category: sausage-stuffed wings or alligator fingers (who knew?), seared endive or wedge salad, blackened catfish and grits gumbo, bourbon bison ribs, ending with fried turtle pie (containing all the ingredients you crave but don’t often allow yourself ). 1208 H St. NE 202-3888300,

Masala Art

This thoroughly modern Indian restaurant is a welcome addition to Southwest Waterfront. Food is the star here, but high ceilings and eyecatching wall displays of cooking instruments keep the place lively but not overwhelming. The art here is in accommodating appetites large and small, carnivore and vegetarian, not to mention appetizers like corn patties not usually found on an Indian menu.

In good weather, you can sip a pisco sour and sample small plates like cebiche on the patio, then come inside for dinner. Ocopa dishes up plates like cold tuna with daikon and black rice, lobster with quinoa fried rice and chef ’s specials like Decadent braised halibut from Muze, the new restaurant short ribs with canary at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. beans and cilantro or chicken confit ravioli. All the vegetarian dishes can be orThe secret is in the array of sauces. dered in half-portions, so you can Like many H Street eateries, Ocopa sample quite a few. 1101 4th St. SW is only open for dinner. 1324 H St. (4th & M), 202-554-1101, www.maNE, 202-396-1814, www.ocopa.


It just makes sense for an Asianthemed hotel to have an Asian-inspired restaurant. When you eat at Muze, you’ll wonder what took the Mandarin Oriental so long. An elegant all-day dining venue, Muze incorporates the flavorings of Southeast Asia into familiar dishes like scallops with lotus root, sea beans and wasabi, or grilled chicken with rutabaga and miso. Vegetarians will like the quinoa with pickled ginger, and there’s a gluten-free menu for lunch and dinner. 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, (202) 787-6148, fine-dining/muze/.


Seasonal and sustainable, with more than 20 varieties of pisco, Ocopa is a standout in the current Peruvian food craze. They even grow some of their own vegetables hydroponically.

Po Boy Jim

Just the thought of an authentic New Orleans-style Po Boy is enough to make the mouth water. But Po Boy Jim offers so much more. Besides familiar po boys like fried oyster, shrimp, roast beef and Andouille, the menu includes sandwiches not to be found in the Big Easy—coconut/tofu vegan and teriyaki salmon. And Po Boy Jim also has a delicious menu of traditional southern dishes like shrimp and grits, crab cakes and gumbo. Plus bread pudding for dessert. 709 H St. NE, 202-621-7071,


A food truck that came in from the cold, TaKorean was already popular at Union Market before expanding to its first stand-alone fast casual shop at Capitol Riverfront last year. Fusion food lovers can choose tacos, rice bowl or full plate with soy-based barbeque pork, beef, chicken or tofu. Three slaws,

including kale and kimchi, keep the fare from becoming too familiar, and there’s a nice selection of the Mexican fruit-based soft drinks called jarritos, plus beer, sake and Korean soju. 1212 4th St. SE, Suite 130 (DC Yards) (no phone listed but you can email at eat@takorean. com. Also at Union Market.

Willie’s Brew & Que

What could be better than ‘low and slow’ BBQ, especially in the context of a sports bar with great cocktails and beer? Willie’s is a smoked-meat lovers’ dream, featuring pulled pork, jerk chicken, ribs, , Korean smoked wings, even BBQ tofu, not to mention some of the best brisket this side of Texas. While your eyes are glued to one of the giant wall-towall TVs, sip a Big Ass margarita with papaya and smoked salt, or any number of signature cocktails or the dozen beers on tap. The Yards, 300 Tingey St. SE, 202-651-6375,

100 Montaditos

Tired of tapas? Try montaditos, bite-sized Spanish sandwiches. You won’t be able to try all 100 in one sitting, but you can make a dent in five or so, depending on the size of your party. The Spanish chain made its US debut in Miami, and it’s a good fit at Capitol Riverfront. The menu is huge and includes mini-sandwiches of serrano ham, tuna, manchego cheese and peppers and many more, as well as salads and potatoes. And there are truly decadent dessert minis, with Nutella and Oreos! The Yards, 300 Tingey St. SE 202-4888500, u

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Agua 301 Modern Mexican celebrates the culture and cuisine of Mexico taking contemporary Mexican cuisine and infusing it with modern flair. This is not Tex Mex! Our chef tweaks traditional Mexican ingredients and flavor profiles through experimental ingredient combinations and serves it up waterside in Yards Park. Whether you are looking for pitchers of margaritas, daily Happy Hour Specials or a stunning and dynamic outdoor seating area, it’s all a mere block and a half from the Navy Yard metro and a stones throw from Nats Stadium. Join us for brunch Saturday and Sunday!

Barrel is a low-country inspired neighborhood bar on Capitol Hill. With the largest collection of bourbons, whiskeys, and elixirs on the Hill, and with the help of Chef Garrett Flemming, we strive to bring you the best southern inspired food and drink possible at fair and just pricing. We hope that you enjoy your time with us and we look forward to providing supper, snacks, and drinks for you. Take care and see y’all soon!

301 Water 500 St, SE 8th Street, SE 202-484-0301 202-543-5906

613 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

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Beuchert’s Saloon is a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving up a ‘farm American’ dining experience in the historically rich Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, DC. Beuchert’s offers a fresh and creative take on farm-to-table dining, with a bit of playfulness infused into every dish. Chef Andrew Markert works with the freshest ingredients and utilizes whole animal cookery, sourcing the best locally grown ingredients, produce and meats from small farms and co-ops—much of it coming from East Oaks Organics Farm, our family farm in Poolesville, MD. Beuchert’s boasts a cuisine compatibility-focused beer and wine program, and a carefully crafted cocktail program. Tuesday through Thursday evenings, Beuchert’s offers individualized tasting menus at the bar seats abutting the open kitchen. Beuchert’s proudly offers happy hour with drink specials and selections from our dinner menu. The recently renovated summer garden provides covered seating in the most intimate and private outdoor dining area on The Hill. The kitchen is open late seven days a week, serving the full dinner menu until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The already famous Beuchert’s Brunch menu is served every Saturday and Sunday with the best bottomless mimosas in town, made with fresh squeezed juice and Charm City mead on draught. Reservations are gladly accepted for any party size and Beuchert’s provides an exceptional location for large parties. The restaurant also offers an excellent setting for private lunch events during the week.

623 Pennsylvania Ave, SE 202-733-1384

Where Romance Meets Flavor! Serving Lunch, Brunch and Dinner New Happy Hour Menu: Mon-Fri 4 pm-6.30 pm Pre-Theatre Menu

We host all kinds of Private Events 5 YEARS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

320 Massachusetts Ave NE 202.546.4737

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The FinesT salvadorian & Mexican cuisine

With indoor and outdoor space for 300 guests, a renowned Mexican food menu, award-winning margaritas and the only indoor miniature golf course in D.C., H Street Country Club is like nothing else in the city. Our drinks are eclectic, fun and most of all delicious! Enjoy a cocktail on our rooftop deck, check out our games and taste our refreshing margaritas. Here, you’ll find artistic bar creations that have won awards. And the view from the rooftop deck is inspiring. For event and dinner reservations visit

1335 H St, NE 202-399-4722

24 Years on Capitol Hill Voted the best tortilla soup on the Hill. Their homemade chips and salsa and margaritas are a great way to start a meal. The seafood, burritos enchiladas, steaks, fajitas and Salvadorian chicken are healthy and delicious. Great service and reasonable price. Don’t miss their happy hours during the week from 11:30am – 6:30pm. Open 7 days a week – 11:30am-10:30pm. Carry Out & Catering Available.

517 8th St, SE


Coming spring of 2015! Northern Thai Cuisine by Nana Thai previously The Old Siam.

Welcome to the best kept secret on H Street. Le Grenier’s charming decor and romantic ambiance transports you to a sexier time and place. The ideal hideaway for an intimate dinner or drinks with old comrades, Le Grenier offers a seasonal menu featuring a variety of dishes, from French classic to modern, as well as savory and sweet crepes. Enjoy craft cocktails or a rotating seasonal wine list (by the glass!) at the sleek marble bar, and don’t forget to indulge in Le Grenier’s decadent selection of cheeses, sure to delight even the most discerning francophile.

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Isan, the northeast region of Thailand, represents about 30% of Thailand’s population but punches well above its weight when it comes to its dominance in Thai cuisine. Although Isan food is less common outside of Thailand, inside the country it can be found everywhere, from street food vendors in Chiang Mai to high end restaurants in Bangkok. What makes Isan food different? There are a few flavors and ingredients that seem to predominate: chili peppers, lime, peanuts, dried shrimp, fresh fruits and vegetables, sticky rice, cilantro, mint and other fresh herbs. Though flavor layers are very complex, food preparation is often quite simple, and instead of curries that have simmered for hours, fresh, brightly-flavored savory salads form the backbone of Isan cuisine as we know it. Simple marinated grilled or fried meats and sticky rice are often accompanied by one of the region’s many “tams,” or salads. Some famous Isan dishes include the spicy salad (“SOMTAM”), the grilled chicken (“KAI YANG”), the sticky rice (“KHAO NIAW”), the beef salad (“NEUA NAM TOK”).

406 8th Street SE 202-544-7426

Welcome To Masala Art! Like any art form, the foundation of Indian cooking is based on technique. There is a body of knowledge about the food itself – the vegetables, the spices, the herbs, the sauces – but this information is meaningless unless applied with sensitivity. Indian cooking has always found a willing companion in art and music. They always seem to go together. Any musical gathering first begins with prayers to the gods and offering of food to them. Just as emotions are a part of music so are they a part of cooking. Thus in India one finds that to evolve ones palate one also studies the appreciation of music and art. In the Indian kitchen one entertains spices or masalas. Spice blends are called masalas. Indian cooks have mastered the timed roast of spices, releasing various flavors from the same spice based on its length of roasting. A spice is also manipulated by the way it is prepared. Each of the many spices has its own unique function: some spices tenderize, some intensify heat while others cool, some augment color, some thicken and others bring necessary tartness. Despite all the difference in culinary styles there is one unifying feature of Indian cooking: the endless possibilities for spice and flavor combinations. This is the embodiment of every meal at Masala Art.

1101 4th Street SW 202-554-1101

Located in the heart of Barracks Row. The idea was born in France, a simple yet exceptional meal of Steak and Frites. Owners Mark and Tom aim to provide this experience in a fun, friendly neighborhood environment where customers can come to relax and enjoy great food. Medium Rare offers a prix fixe dinner and brunch menu that has proven to be one of the best deals in the city. You get rustic, artisan bread, salad, steak, frites and the famous secret sauce. Brunch offers a more varied menu which includes, french toast, eggs benedict and more. Please stop by for a visit and bring the whole family. Ask for Adam, the GM he’ll take great care of you. Bon appetit!

515 8th St, SE 202-601-7136

4441 B Wisconsin Avenue NW 202-362-4441

Shawafel DC is your one stop restaurant for the best in Lebanese Cuisine. Serving chicken, lamb and beef mixed Shawarma; the traditional Lebanese way made from scratch with chef Alberto family’s secret sauce. Their fries are some of the best in the District as well as the roasted cauliflower and homemade hummus and baba ghanoug. For salad options enjoy a plate of Tabouleh and Fattouch as served in Lebanon. Plenty of healthy dining options for vegetarians and meat eaters. Catering & Delivery Available.

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Situated in the bustling and growing Atlas District, RedRocks H Street offers over six thousand square feet and three levels of soaring ceilings and exposed brick. In the warmer months we feature floor to ceiling sliding doors that completely open our first floor to H Street and a retractable roof that begets a feeling of Italian al fresco dining in the center of DC. Our ample grand windows help accentuate the reclaimed wood used in our flooring and tables, creating a classic warmth that can’t be replicated. RedRocks is a local restaurant group featuring multi-award winning pizzas and a menu using all hand-crafted, seasonal and “from scratch” ingredients. We boast twenty craft beer lines; many of them local, a wine list highlighting sustainable and organic vineyards and constantly rotating seasonal specialty cocktails. Our space is a prime location for all manner of large functions including birthdays, retirement or promotion parties, anniversaries, class reunions, alum watch groups, even business meetings. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a quick happy hour drink after work, dining in with a group or to dance the night away; come to RedRocks on H Street!

1348 H St, NE 202-621-7300

Single Origin COffee freShly rOaSted On Site Sidamo offers quality organic, shade grown, fair traded coffee and a variety of loose leaf teas. Enjoy breakfast and lunch with their excellent bagels, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Don’t miss their Ethiopian coffee rituals on Sundays at 2 pm. Their patio is the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee or enjoy their healthy smoothies and relax. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 am- 7 pm Sat. 8 am- 6 pm Sun. 8 am – 5 pm |


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Sona Creamery is honored to have been part of the Capitol Hill community for the past year! Come visit for good food, people, wine and some of the most gorgeous cheeseboards around Sona Creamery is the first on-site cheesemaking creamery in the District! Lunch • Brunch • 100+ retail cheeses Cheesemaking Workshops & pairing classes, both private & public

660 Pennsylvania Ave, SE 20003 202-758-3556

Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar features 40-plus wines by the glass and offers seasonal mid-Atlantic cuisine with an emphasis on local, sustainable and artisanal ingredients. Sonoma opened in 2005 and in the years since has received numerous critical and popular accolades, including: the 2007 RAMMY for “Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year”, Washington City Paper’s “Best Wine Bar” and both the The Washingtonian Magazine and Refinery29 have highlighted Sonoma as one of the city’s top wine bars. Sonoma is a Open Table “Diner’s Choice Winner” and was recently named by the Washington Post as one of “DC’s Most Romantic Places.”

Spanning three floors of the late-nineteenth century building, Stanton & Greene evokes the luxury and glamour of the capital city’s bars of the early to mid-twentieth century, and reflects the updated sensibilities of this generation’s more diverse and cosmopolitan Washington. The Stanton features an elegant but laid back American brasserie and bar on the ground floor; a stunning second floor loft and private event space with an art-deco inspired bar; and a lower level space- The Green Room - offering a premier collection of small-batch spirits.

223 Pennsylvania Ave, SE 202-544-8088

319 Pennsylvania Ave SE 202-555-1212

Tunnicliff’s Tavern is a popular watering hole that has been a local favorite since the 1980’s. Directly across from Eastern Market, the restaurant serves lunch, dinner and brunch. There is a large patio ideal for relaxing and people watching. On the menu are excellent burgers, pizza, crab cakes, steaks salads and a full array of appetizers.

With its comfortable gathering-place atmosphere and the best patio on Capitol Hill, neighborhood families, young professionals and Hill staffers all call Union Pub home. Enjoy modern-day pub fare with 35 different craft beers. From the State of the Union, to the Super Bowl, Union Pub has become one of the premier bars in D.C. to watch your favorite event with 25 flat screen TVs and 3 high-definition projection screens. Join us for our Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays until 3 p.m. or happy hour all week long.

222 7th St, SE 202-544-5680

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Vendetta Bocce Bar & Tavern is located in the heart of the H Street Corridor. From a scratch kitchen they serve classic American-Italian Tavern fare featuring meatballs, crabcakes, and a homemade veggie burger. Home to two 30-foot indoor bocce courts with a capacity of 225 guests, Vendetta is equipped to host your next birthday, fundraiser, happy hour, or office party. Open daily at 5pm Monday - Friday with weekend brunch service beginning at 11:30am.

1212 H Street NE 202-399-3201

Zest is the perfect place to dine at any time of day; Join us on Tuesday nights for 1/2 price Wine night, Wednesday nights for Lobster Night, Thursday Filet Night and, of course, Saturday & Sunday brunch is not to be missed!

The 201 Bar features a modern tavern look with a focus on craft beer, small batch wines, hand crafted cocktails & bourbon infusions, and a distinguished craft bourbon & whiskey list. The 201 Bar offers great happy hour specials every day and specializes in private events. It is the premier venue on Capitol Hill to host fundraisers, personal celebrations, corporate receptions and more. With a variety of private event areas it is the perfect venue for an event from 30 to 300. Join us for your next special occasion or happy hour throughout the week.

735 8th St, SE 202-544-7171

201 Massachusetts Ave, NE 202-544-5201

Zest Bistro is the creation of 3 Capitol Hill residents who had long dreamed of creating a hip, warm and welcoming space that caters to the diversity of Hill professionals while remaining friendly and accessible to families. Add great food and exceptional service to the equation and Zest Bistro fills a niche for creative American food on the Hill.

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FAKI D m S il & y Having fun along the Eastern Market Farmer’s Line. Photo: Elizabeth Dranitzke/ PHOTOPIA

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Raising Kids on The Hill by Maria Helena Carey

Receiving a banana from Mrs. Calomiris at Calomiris and Sons produce stand at Eastern Market is one of the iconic moments of any child’s life on Capitol Hill. Photo: Elizabeth Dranitzke/PHOTOPIA


ou know what the best thing about raising kids in a big city is? All the unsolicited advice from friends and complete strangers on your choice. I kid (haha), but only a little: one of the joys of parenting is having your choices examined and judged by random people. On a lemon-bright June day a couple of years ago, my sons and I were walking on Massachusetts Avenue NE. We were moving toward

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Columbus Circle, going past the National Postal Museum. For those who have never walked this way, that section of the street is favored by vagrants who sit on the low southern-facing wall, chatting and asking passersby for change. People are usually pleasant or indifferent along the wall, except for a grandmotherly-type homeless woman who blocked our way. “How can you do that?” Not expecting a question, I asked her, “Do what?”

“Bring them HERE,” she accused, gesturing around herself. I retorted, “We live here.” She thought that was a terrible idea, but used far more colorful language to convey her point. I gave her a piece of my mind in return and walked away from her, holding their hands tightly in mine. The children were delighted. The skirmish made me think about my reasons for urban living: Why would anyone bring children

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Trick or treating on East Capitol Street where the neighbors set up scary tableaus for the kids. Photo: Melissa Ashabranner

up in a city, let alone the District? A small city where they will grow up without congressional representation and with peculiar local politics, to say the least? And within the city, why choose Capitol Hill – the site of the Capitol but also a name associated around the country with mass disfunction? Because, simply put, Capitol Hill is the best neighborhood in the city. For starters, there is the little

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museum hiding behind Our Lady of the Invective. The National Postal Museum, part of the Smithsonian complex, is a great place for children to explore and learn about how the country came together and stayed in touch in its early days. Across from the Postal Museum is Union Station. The stately building, a combination of Classical and Beaux Arts, is the dream of any trainobsessed child. It also boasts a growing collection of great stores, so we Hill folks don’t have to trek out to other parts of town for retail (although many of us have not recovered from the nasty shock of losing Barnes & Noble to Swedish retailer H&M). If you keep walking southeast on Massachusetts Avenue, it will take a while to fully explore all the great things there are to do in this happy, quirky neighborhood that started as a pied à terre for those working in the cakeshaped building that gives us our name.

you can count on one hand, and the freedoms of small-town living. My children won’t have those memories. However, a pick-up game of soccer on the United States Capitol grounds; feeding the ducks at the Reflecting Pool; riding the Metro to summer camp; and catching an impromptu US Navy Band or Fourth of July rehearsal concert during an evening stroll are just a few of the memories that we are busy creating. These are memories only possible living in DC, and they are part of the reason why I’m so happy to be raising kids on Capitol Hill. Not only does the Hill offer a front-row seat to history and beauty, but it boasts some of the most involved and civic-minded people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and calling neighbors. These neighbors pour their heart and soul into everything, from our kids’ schools to the small-

Small Houses, Lots of Charm

While it is true that my narrow Victorian rowhouse is not quite meant to house two rambunctious boys with boundless energy, I am not too concerned. There are charms to raising children in bucolic environments, of course, and our memories can wax as poetic as we let them, recalling solo walks to and from the center of town, large expanses of earth, neighbors

Sledding on the Capitol Grounds is a timehonored tradition for Hill kids. Photo: Andrew Lightman

town Fourth of July parade that takes place on Barracks Row.

Community Makes The Hill Home

There is also the Yahoo! group Mothers on the Hill (known far and wide as MoTH, and which wants you to know Dads are welcome, too), a group that started over 10 years ago with just a few moms wanting to share parenting woes online, but which now boasts over 3000 members, many of whom are happy to give advice, share tips, help out in welcoming new babies, or lend a shoulder to cry on or a helping hand in times of trouble. At its best, MoTH can be a wonderful community of parents who make life in our urban community better, richer, and definitely a lot more colorful. If nothing else, it can fill your life with that one set of handme-down toys you didn’t even know you needed. But don’t take it from me: I came to Capitol Hill in my 30s and even though I still pinch myself when I walk by the monuments, I have not experienced DC through the eyes of a child. So I turned to my kids to help me flesh out my point. The older one loves the parks and the open

spaces. The little one loves whatever the older one loves, but both agreed that feeding the ducks at the Capitol Reflecting pool is pretty grand, and that water from the fountains at the Grotto at the Summerhouse, on the west lawn of the Capitol, tastes better than regular water. Also, the biscuits taste better if they are from Eastern Market, a slice of cheese from Bowers Dairy is an expected treat, and there is no better pretzel than a Pretzel Bakery one. And a Capitol Fourth is the best holiday on Earth and possibly Mars. I could add more of what they said after that, but it mostly involved farting noises. If you are reading this you probably are raising your children in this neighborhood. Be sure to check out this guide for insights into making your and your kids’ years here full of the very best childhood memories you could ever imagine. María Helena Carey is a writer, photographer, blogger and visual storyteller. You can read more of Maria’s words over at The Hill is Home, http://www.thehillishome. com, or on her personal blog, If you want to joke back or meet up for tacos, you can follow her on Twitter @TheMadameMeow. u

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Maury StoryBook Character Day Elizabeth Nelson

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CLASSES & LEARNING Capitol Hill and the Washington area have many great weekend activities and workshops for children. The following are just a few options available.

Boogie Babes

A live music performance for kids and their grownups! We usually have weekly shows on weekday mornings although we also love to have shows on weekend mornings and occasional happy hours. The cost depends on the show but is generally $5 per child for a weekday show (siblings under 6 months free!) and $10 per family for a special event. We love bringing live, quality children’s music to the Hill! To join our mailing list, please email us at

Breathing Space 1123 Pennsylvania Ave SE 202-599-0434 inquiries@breathingspacedc. com

Classes and wellness services and education for families and children of all ages - from newborn to adult – including yoga, Pilates, breastfeeding support, childbirth education, and more.

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) 545 Seventh St. SE 202-547-6839,

CHAW’s after-school youth arts program has an extensive range of classes in art, music, dance, creative writing, and drama for children 5-12 years old, as well as music, dance, and language immersion programs developed specifically for early learners. Additionally, CHAW provides special middle school classes focusing on deeper arts engagement and development of a personal voice, and high school Who needs sprinklers? Photo: Lyndsey Medsker

programming to support continued creative growth. Van pickup from area schools is available. Summer daycamp programs provide an arts-intensive and nurturing experience. Private music instruction is also available.

Capitol Hill Youth Chorus 202-547-6839

The Capitol Hill Youth Chorus offers professional voice instruction to all children ages 6 and up. Children are not required to audition; the only qualification is a desire to learn, rehearse, and perform.

Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-549-4172

The Hill Center has 11 program rooms including a fully-outfitted demonstration kitchen, computer labs, and an art studio. Hill Center has more than 40 “Program Partners,” offering instruction and presentations for people of all ages and backgrounds such as: music lessons with Julie Miller, Lego Robotics, Pre-K 3-4 Spanish classes, Teen Creative Writing. They also have wonderful summer camps for rising 1st through 6th graders.

Joy of Motion Atlas Performing Arts Ctr 1333 H St. NE, 202-399-6763

Joy of Motion offers an early childhood dance program called Kidmotion, summer youth dance camps, a youth dance ensemble program for young children who are interested in making dance a primary focus. Youth classes are available for children ages 3 to 18. Toddler classes begin at 13 months of age.

Hill Havurah Christ Our Shepherd Church 801 No Carolina Ave. SE

The Hill Havurah educa-

tion program offers students of all ages a chance to learn as part of a vibrant, Jewish community. The program begins with the Gan Shalom preschool, continues through our Yavneh pre-K through 7th grade Sunday morning Jewish education program, moves onto B‘nai Mitzvah preparation and training, and even extends into adult learning opportunities. Our youth education programs are led by Hill Havurah’s Director of Childhood Education, Alexis Tinsley, who can be contacted at for additional information.

Performing Arts, Music & Movement 202-544-3106

Ms. Mary’s performing arts: music and movement, visual art, kids’ band, Chinese opera, dance, yoga, piano, voice, therapeutic arts and more. All ages welcome.

Mister Mike’s Music, Music Together ® 202.251.7205

Children explore the world in completely different ways than adults. They use many different languages– the language of clay, the language of blocks, the language of paper and crayon, and of course, the language of sound. Classes meet for 45 minutes each week for 10 weeks. During the class

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educational sailing programs to the children of the District.

Playseum 545 8th St. SE M-SAT 9AM-6PM; Sun 1-6

The perfect place for a birthday party or an afternoon of creative fun, Playseum has spaces for art, dress-up, and all kinds of creative interaction.

St. Mark’s Dance Studio Third & A streets SE 202-543-0054

Cici and Robert on their snow turtle. Photo: Sara Walder

period, children and their caregivers play with music and movement exploring a diverse range of sound and rhythm.

Music on the Hill 1453 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-733-3158

A small, family owned and operated music store dedicated to bringing high-quality music education to Capitol Hill. They also offer private music lessons and group instruction.

National Maritime Heritage Foundation 236 Massachusetts Ave NE #410 (202) 547-1250

One of DC Sail’s greatest goals is to allow DC youth to interact with and experience the waterways that surround their city. Through Kids Set Sail, Schooner Camp, Spirit of America, and the High School Sailing Team, DC Sail is able to provide fun and

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For over 40 years the St. Mark’s Dance Studio has trained dancers in ballet and jazz, primarily. Classes are for pre-schoolers, children, teens, and adults; from beginner to advanced level. Pilates and Parent/ Me Classes are also available.

Tippi Toes Dance® 202-527-9089

Tippi Toes provides kid-friendly, high energy dance classes to childcare centers, schools, fitness centers and community centers. The fun loving nature of the classes and teachers fuel creativity, build imagination and sharpen both motor and cognitive skills. For more information email

Washington DC JCC 1529 16th St. NW 202-518-9400,

The Washington DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) offers programs for infants, pre-school for toddlers, and summer camp and after-school classes for school-aged children.

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING, BOOKS, FURNITURE AND TOYS Dawn Price Baby 325 Seventh St. SE 202-543-2920

Dawn Price Baby sells unique, high-quality children’s products – clothing, furniture, baby care items, and toys. Baby registry available. Closed Mondays.

Fairy Godmother 319 Seventh St. SE 202-547-5474

This shop offers exceptional, original toys and the best of children’s literature from infants to teens, often sourcing from abroad. Roberta and Jack Blanchard have personally selected a collection of fiction and nonfiction books, puzzles, dress up and animal and fantasy figurines. They also have crafts, science kits and books in Spanish and French. From books with amazing artwork, to classic red toy engines, this is a gem of a children’s store.

Groovy dc 323 7th Street SE 202-544-6633, A one-stop shop for unique gifts either for a housewarming, birthday or a special occasion. If you are having a party they have everything from paper napkins, plates, candles, gift bags and wrapping paper, invitations, balloons, birthday hats and even tiaras!

Labyrinth Games and Puzzles 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-1059

Games and puzzles abound at Labyrinth. Come in, look about, and see what strikes your fancy – chess, hand-

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made wooden puzzles, strategy and brain games, and games for children. Closed Monday.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

Highly influential and effective organization, CHPSPO promotes cooperation among the parent organizations of the public schools on Capitol Hill in order to improve the education received by all children attending our schools.

Downey School Consulting

E.V. Downey, BFA, MA EV Downey has been working in education for nearly 20 years, first as a teacher, then as a private school admissions officer. EV continues to teach music to young children. She brings that wealth of experience, and site visits to hundreds of schools, to her work as an educational consultant. Families come to Downey School Consulting from across the city and close-in suburbs for advice on public, charter, private, and special needs schools. From navigating the school lottery system to helping find the right private school to relocation assistance, EV works with hundreds of families each year. As the parent of a student with Asperger’s Syndrome, she is especially committed to helping families seeking better support for their special needs children. Services range from lectures on the Common Lottery to comprehensive support in applying to private schools to special education advocacy and everything in between. Downey School Consulting helps families find the right school.

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Jamie Klein Tutoring

Jamie Klein, MA Jamie Klein taught 2nd grade at the Jewish Primary Day School for a decade while also privately tutoring dozens of kids in individual and small group settings. Jamie tutors young learners in language arts, reading, math, executive functioning and study skills. She believes that fostering positive relationships with students is key to their success in school. She works with ages 4-12 and is familiar with many schools on the Hill. Jamie works closely with parents, teachers and other specialists to make sure each student’s educational plan is on track. She has a B.A. in education and M.A. as a reading specialist.

Learning Specialist on the Hill

Colleen Buchanan, MS, AOGPE’95 LearningSpecialistOnTheHill@ Colleen Buchanan, formerly a Learning Specialist from Friends Community School and long-time resident of Capitol Hill, is helping families optimize learning for all their children. Her goal is to use her nearly 30 years’ experience as an educator in the Metro-area to help other parents know exactly where and when to focus efforts--enabling them to enjoy these years, when their children are home, while still ensuring each child can reach their true potential with the confidence and passion they deserve. To this end, she offers parent consultations, educational testing, classroom observations, academic coaching and comprehensive learning plans with professional referrals and outcome monitoring.

MoTH (Moms on the Hill)

MoTH is open to moms, dads, and guardians who are residents of Capitol Hill. This support group has over 3000 members who discuss parenting issues on the listserv and meet up for many activities around the Hill, like playgroups, Meals on Wheels for families with new arrivals, education fairs and community activities. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about MoTH, please e-mail


ShalomBaby is a program to welcome any Jewish baby born or adopted within the past 12 months to the Washington Jewish community.

PEDIATRIC EVALUATIONS AND THERAPY Capitol Kids Therapy LLC 201 8th St. SE 202-544-5469,

Capitol Kids Therapy is a small, family friendly practice on Capitol Hill since 2000. They are a pediatric practice committed to meeting the speech and language needs of children ages 0 months to 10 years in a fun, playbased and child centered environment. Capitol Kids Therapy provides a full range of services for children with speech, language and oralmotor disorders. These include initial screenings, parent consultations, comprehensive evaluations, scheduled individual and group therapy sessions, and collaboration with schools, physicians and other paraprofessionals.

Serving children from birth through 13 years of age and specializing in gross and fine motor delays, visual perceptual/motor problems, and sensory processing disorders. We provide indaividual and group therapy, evaluations, screenings, consultations, and school observations.

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House Calls on the Hill Heidi Johnson202-306-5862

House Calls on the Hill is a pediatric mobile urgent care service. Ailments such as ear infections to sore throats and rashes, as well as lacerations and asthma attacks, can be evaluated and treated in the home with a simple phone call or text to Heidi Johnson at 202-3065862.

Integrated Psychological Services LLC Michelle Chabbott, Ed.D. 731 8th St. SE, 202-425-7262

“Thank God almighty, we are free at last!” 5th graders from Watkins Elementary School in Michelle Cabbott is an advocate Washington, DC, end their annual recital of the “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of for emotionally challenged, or difthe Lincoln Memorial, January 16, 2015. Photo: Tim Brown ferently abled children and adults. She proviced in-home support and Cheryl Shapiro Ph.D. Skills on the Hill, LLC intervention, family therapy, congniLicensed Clinical Psychologist 405 8th St. NE, 202-544-5439 tive behavioral therapy and skills 735 8th Street SE, Suite 300 Skills on the Hill, LLC provides pridevelopment. She helps families and 202.277.1687 vate and school-based occupational individuals enjoy healthy lives. Dr. Shapiro’s practice focuses on therapy to children from birth to Play-Based Physical Therapy, Inc. testing and assessment services for the teen age years. It has experience 900 2nd St. NE Suite 306 children and adolescents. She has 15 working with children who have mo202-546-7529, years of experience working in comtor skill delays (visual, fine, and gross munity and private school settings. motor), hypotonia, dyspraxia, Dr. Shapiro conducts admissions testsory processing disorders, attention Play-Based Physical Therapy, Inc. ing for private schools, as well as evaldeficit disorders, autism spectrum provides outpatient physical therapy uations to examine attention, execudisorder, and trouble with social and services to children in clinic and tive functioning skills, learning issues, play skills. They work closely with school settings. Using instructive, and academic skills such as reading, families using a team approach so proven evaluation tools treatment writing, and mathematics. Her goal that skills and progress can be gentechniques, their physical therapists is to understand each child as an ineralized across environments. work with children of all ages to help dividual, identify strengths and weakthem develop and improve both funcNational Speech/Language nesses, and provide information and tional and qualitative motor skills. recommendations that reflect a child’s Therapy Center 202-470-4185 They educate families and caregivers needs and are thorough, understand412 First St SE, about at-home support and exercise able, and meaningful. She strives to National Speech services include inprograms. They design their treathelp parents gain insight into their dividual and small group treatment ment plans around their belief that child’s learning style, which can guide for children with hearing impairthe most successful approach to helpthem toward the right educational fit ments, special needs (including auing children is to disguise their work and strategies to help them achieve tism) and the child who is simply a with them in what they do best - play! greater success. delayed talker of mispronounces his/

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her sounds. FREE screenings for children under 3 years of age. Halfday summer camp programs.

The Reading and Language Learning Center 202-253-1654

The RLLC clinicians offer services to improve articulation, language, learning disabilities, reading disorders and cognitive rehabilitation. It was founded in 2002 as a center for the treatment of dyslexia and language deficiencies in both children and adults.

SPORTS FOR KIDS Capitol Hill Little League

Spring and fall competitive baseball and softball on Capitol Hill has been reorganized as a Little League program. Capitol Hill Little League offers baseball practices and games for children ages 6-14. CHLL emphasizes sportsmanship and integrity alongside the rules of the game. Games are played at Payne Elementary School, Tyler Elementary School, and Ludlow-Taylor School. Registration is $125 for baseball ($100 for siblings).

DC Player Development Academy 202-280-2080,

DC Player Development Academy is run by a trio of highly experienced soccer players who have played at the college, national, and international level. The DC Player Development Academy runs summer camps for boys and girls ages 4-14, from beginners to advanced. Their High School Select Program is meant to train and prepare students who wish to pursue their careers at the collegiate level. Players train at Watkins Elementary and the Marine Barracks. Registra-

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tion for both programs can be completed online.

Sports on the Hill

Sports on the Hill is a volunteer youth sports organizations in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. It offers youth sports programs for soccer, baseball, softball, football, basketball, wrestling, track & field, lacrosse, field hockey, roller hockey and tennis. Larry Kaufer, 202-543-3929. Sports on the Hill Includes:

Capitol Hill Baseball & Softball League Contact: Tamara Boyd at 202-905-4496,

The Capitol Hill Baseball and Softball League starts its 20th season in June. Developmental baseball is offered for tee-ball (coed age 6 and under) and coed baseball for 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 year-olds. Competitive baseball is offered to children ages 9-15; girls’ fast-

pitch softball is offered to children ages 10-14. A girls’ softball development program begins at age 7. Fall clinics are also offered. Registration fee, but scholarships are available.

Basketball Contact: Larry Kaufer (co-ed & boys) 202-543-3929 Contact: Cathy Townsend (girls) 202-744-2926

All children ages 4-13 are welcome to join Capitol Hill basketball. The objective is to teach the game of basketball through fundamental skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. Boys and girls groups are formed for clinic-style instruction with emphasis on fundamental skills.

Lacrosse Contact: Malcolm Lester 202-537-5703

Capitol Hill Lacrosse began in 2006 and has clinics in the spring and fall for boys and girls ages 5 to 10. Malcolm Lester is always looking for

volunteers who would like to help with the program.The fee is $75 and siblings $60. Sticks are provided to those in need.

Roller Hockey Contact: Daryl Sink, 202-413-1042

Pick-up games are scheduled one day a week at the Mary O’Neill Rush Memorial Rink at Watkins Elementary School. The hockey program is not an official part of Sports on the Hill, but information about the program is available at the SOTH website.

Soccer Contact: Larry Kaufer 202-543-3929

Soccer on the Hill sponsors games on Saturdays in the spring and fall for boys and girls ages 3-18. This is a wonderful way for kids from all over the Hill to get to know each other. The league is always looking for coaches and other volunteers; training is available. Check the website for contacts by age and season.

Tennis Contact: Eric Legg,

Sports on the Hill tennis has expanded and offers a tennis program for adults in addition to small kids. The small kids program is at Payne School, corner of 15th & C St. SE. Facilities are a tennis court and a hitting practice wall.

Paddling Anacostia Watershed Society 301-699-6204

Paddling is now offered through the Anacostia Watershed Society

and the Anacostia Boathouse. The program offers both recreational paddling and paddling clinics. The paddling clinics include basic boating safety, an introduction to the paddling technique, and elementary maneuvering.

Track & Field: DC Speed Contact: Ben Bonham 202-396-3294, Programs+and+Services/ Athletic+Programs/Youth+Sports/ DC+Speed

DC Speed is the youth Track and Field Club of the Department of Parks and Recreation. The program is open to children of any skill level, ages 7-18. There are many events and distances to fit the capabilities of any kid. See website for practice dates and locations and to register.

Capitol Hill Wrestling Contact: Sean Mason 202-262-9469,

The wrestling season runs from December to mid-March. Wrestling is coed and open to children ages 4-14. Practices are held two evenings a week at Kendall Elementary School on the Gallaudet University campus. Matches are made between kids of similar age and weight groups. Free for Kendall students, $75 for other children.

Tae Kwon Do Contact: Master Erica Gutman 7th Degree Black Belt 202-546-6275, 202-271-5449 222 8th St NE ustaekwondocollege.wordpress. com,

Children need to move! They love to be challenged! Classic, undiluted training in small, disciplined classes,

produces healthy, happy kids.

Master Dong’s Home Do (202) 544-9537 studio or (202) 321-8575 cell

In 1983, Master Dong earned his degree in Yin-Yang Diagnosis Koryo Sooji Institution. In 1989, he earned his BSW degree from Howard University. In 1997, Master Dong had founded the Home Do Movement in Washington DC. In 2010, Home Do was established as Home Do Non-Profit Organization. Master Dong currently teaches adults of all ages and children of Peabody, Watkins ES, and Maury ES.

William H. Rumsey, Sr. Aquatic Center Seventh St. & N. Carolina Ave., SE 202-724-4495, The aquatic center’s indoor pool (heated in winter) offers many classes for children and adults of all skill levels. Most classes are free for DC residents, and admission is free for DC residents. The Rumsey pool in Eastern Market is open M-F 6:30-10am, 12-5pm, 6:30-9 pm; Sat 1-5pm; Sun 10am-5pm. Part of the pool is reserved for lap swimming.

Fort Dupont Ice Arena 3779 Ely Place, SE 202-584-5007,

FDIA offers a wide variety of skating programs to DC kids ages 5-18, including lessons at the new ice rink at Canal Park at 2nd and M Sts., SE. Enroll in group skating lessons, ice hockey, speed skating, and summer camp activities. The arena also has a party room that’s perfect for birthday parties. u

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DAYCARE AND PRESCHOOLS AppleTree Early Learning PCS AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School provides an engaging and rigorous preschool program for DC three- and fouryear-olds. AppleTree uses purposeful learning through play to prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond. Lincoln Park Campus 138 12th St. NE 202-621-6581 Southwest Campus 801 7th St SW 202-646-0500 Oklahoma Avenue Campus 330 21st St NE 202-629-2179





Capitol Hill Cooperative Nursery Watkins School 420 12th St. SE

Capitol Hill Cooperative Playschool 212 East Capitol St. NE 202-543-7355,

Affectionately known as Miss Frances’s, the Cooperative accepts children who turn three by Dec. 31. Two schedules are available: Mon, Wed, Fri or Mon, Tue, Thurs. Monthly themes are pursued through art, music and activities and the class size of 10 (20 on Mondays) creates an intimate atmosphere. Parents are required to assist once a month. Parent involvement keeps the fee low. Contact the Membership Coordinator at with questions.

CHCP is a cooperative, wholly parent staffed playschool for Capitol Hill two-year-olds. The program accepts children who turn 2 by Dec. 31. The program runs from approximately 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on three separate schedules: Mon/Wed, Tue/Thu, or Fri only. Parents serve as teachers 2-3 times per month depending on their child’s schedule. Class size is never more than 12-15 children. A nominal fee is charged.

Board of Child Care Day Care & Early Education Center 308 15th St. SE 202-291-3330, Provides day care for children ages 12 months through 5 years, using the Creative Curriculum. There is a rooftop playground, and parents can watch their child over the Internet. The hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Eliot Hine Middle School Principal Tynika Young with her students.

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G Street Cooperative Playgroup 620 G St. SE,

Tyler Elementary students run laps around Lincoln Park.

Capitol Hill Learning Group (CHLG) 433 Ninth St. NE (202) 316-8990 CHLG’s preschool program is a teacher led, parent assisted preschool cooperative. Teacher led classes are available for children 2.5-5 years of age and parent/child playgroups are offered for children 14 months-2.5 years. Classes meet once, twice or three times weekly from 9am12:45pm, and class sizes vary from 8-10 children. CHLG’s preschool program employs professional preschool teachers and utilizes parents as assistants in the classroom on a rotating basis. While CHLG is faithbased in the Christian tradition, families of other faiths or those who are non religious are always welcome.

Full Gospel Tabernacle Child Development Ctr. 632 11th St. NE 202-543-2355 Full Gospel Tabernacle Child Development Center is a parochial preschool of around fifty students two years and up.

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A wholly parent-run cooperative located in Christ Church, the program accepts children who turn two by Dec. 31. Program runs from approximately 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on three separate schedules: Mon/Wed, Tue/Thu, or Fri only. Parents serve as teachers about twice a month depending on their child’s schedule. Classes are no larger than eight children, and a nominal fee is charged. Contact Caitlin Wesam at

Gallaudet University Child Development Center 800 Florida Ave. NE in the Kendall Demonstration Elementary 202-651-5130 university_child_dev_center.html The Gallaudet CDC provides children with a bilingual program in American Sign Language and English. Full and part-time hours available and regular program accepts children 19 months to 4.5 years. For more information, contact Sodartha.

The Hill Preschool 337 North Carolina Ave. SE 202-543-5372 The Hill Preschool, housed in the Washington City Church of the Brethren, operates as a nonprofit, parent-run organization that requires all families to take an active role in supporting our school and teaching staff. Parents earn co-op points by volunteering to help with field trips, fundraising efforts, or building maintenance. Children are accepted from ages 24 months to 38 months and are not required to be completely potty trained until they

enter the oldest class, 38 months to 48 months. Our teaching philosophy emphasizes learning through play, social and hands-on experiences. Full and part-time schedules are available year-round. Family consultations are offered on an ongoing basis.

Jenkins Hill Child Development Ctr 1527 Penn. Ave. SE 202-543-4664,

Jenkins Hill provides developmentally appropriate programs to children between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years. Class sizes are small with teacher to student ratios set at 1:3 for infants and 1:4 for toddlers. Parents are asked to volunteer 25 hours during the school year. Full-time programs available, Mon. through Fri, year-round, with hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Northeast Stars Montessori 1325 Maryland Ave. NE 202-399-2208, Northeast Stars Montessori combines Montessori principles and cultural educational tools to provide a “Montessori and more” classroom. The classrooms integrate enrichments, Montessori work and early childhood education and development principles for a complete academic, social and emotional learning experience. Accepts children ages 2-5.

Peabody Early Childhood Campus 425 C St. NE 202-698-3277 Peabody Early Childhood Center is an age-appropriate, literacy-centered instructional program for 3 to 5-yearolds. Children can spend three years at Peabody before going to Watkins campus for grades 1-4. Each class has a teacher and an assistant teacher,

CAPITOL HILL | NEW JERSEY AVENUE SE Eagle Academy Public Charter School – Capitol Hill fosters character development and builds a strong foundation for all students in a Tier1 learning environment for PreK3 – 3rd grade. Visit us today, learn about our programs and educational environment.

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and dedicated art studios where children work on individual and group projects. The school also offers an excellent library, music, and language and movement classes.

Faculty regularly uses field trips to augment the curriculum and expand the campus into the city and beyond. The art program is integrated into other subjects including math, literature, science, and social studies. French and Spanish are introduced at the early childhood level, followed by a choice of French or Spanish in first grade, continuing through eighth. After-school program and summer camp. Need-based financial aid is available.

River Park Nursery School 212 East Capitol St. NE 202-546-7767

River Park Nursery School is a parent-run co-op offering Cat in the Hat at Peabody Campus of the Cluster School families a traditional nursery school program for children Brent Elementary ages 3-5. Each year’s class is small Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan 301 North Carolina Ave. SE and structured to provide both indi215 G Street NE 202-698-3363, vidual growth and pro-social experi202-698-4467 Brent Elementary is a DCPS Muences through developmentally propriate play and learning activities. seum Magnet School in partnership The mission of CHML is to educate with the Smithsonian. Readers and A parent co-ops in the room once a the whole child for a whole world. The Writers Workshops, Chinese, Lab week with the director and her asconcept of whole child encompasses sistant. Hours: 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Science, Museum Studies and Art and and celebrates the social, emotional, Music are part of quarterly publishing Mon-Fri with 3, 4 and 5 days/week physical, spiritual (non religious), and parties, exhibit nights, international schedules available. Rates vary. intellectual aspects of being human. night, concerts, drama, and art celebraThe Montessori School is a city-wide tions. The state of the art hi tech, hi Thurgood Marshall Child program. To enroll in the Montestouch classrooms and outdoor science Development Center sori program, please apply via the DC classroom, rain garden, and interactive 1 Columbus Circle NE, Rm. M200 Public School’s preschool and pre-K (in the Federal Judiciary Building) play area combine to challenge the online lottery. 202-502-2475, whole child. Accredited by the NAEYC, ThurCHLG Hybrid Academy Capitol Hill Cluster School good Marshall accepts children 433 9th Street, NE The Capitol Hill Cluster School has from 3 months to 5 years old. Thur202-316-8990 good Marshall encourages learning three locations, with grades from through play in a nurturing environschool to kindergarten at Peabody, The Hybrid Academy at Capitol Hill ment. The center offers the Creative first to fourth grade at Watkins and Learning Group is a unique primary Curriculum program. Rates vary defifth to eighth at Stuart Hobson. For schooling opportunity that pairs pending on the child’s age. more information see individual enclassroom learning with home based tries in this section. education, allowing for a rigorous ac-


This is a selection of public, public charter, parochial and independent Schools on Capitol Hill. A DCPS school boundary map appears in this guide. Information on local schools can be found at

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Capitol Hill Day School 210 South Carolina Ave. SE 202-547-2244, Capitol Hill Day serves approximately 225 students, pre-K- eighth grade. The school offers a strong academic program in a creative environment.

ademic program that can be tailored to the individual child’s strengths and weaknesses. The hybrid model includes small classes (ten students maximum) taught by professional teachers. Classes meet three mornings a week (T, TH, F 9:00-1:00). On Mondays and Wednesdays stu-

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dents complete assignments at home with support from a parent. While CHLG’s Hybrid Academy is faith based in the Christian tradition, families of other faiths or those who are non-religious are always welcome.

Center City Public Charter School Capitol Hill Campus 1503 East Capitol St. SE

202-547-7556, Formerly the private Holy ComforterSt. Cyprian’s Roman Catholic school, the school was converted to a secular charter school in the 2008-2009 academic year as one of seven campuses in the Center City Public Charter School group. The traditional liberal arts curriculum is paired with a strong emphasis on character development.

Eagle Academy PCS 1017 New jersey Ave. SE 202-459-6825, Founded in 2003, Eagle Academy Public Charter School is Washington DC’s first early childhood public charter school. Eagle Academy is a high-performing community school and is the first exclusively early childhood charter school to receive accredi-

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tation from the Middle States Association for the Accreditation of Schools, Colleges, and Universities. Now Eagle offers our high-quality educational programs for PreK3 through Grade 3 and provides children with the building blocks for a bright future. The program for all age levels focuses on readiness skills using developmentally appropriate activities.

undergone many cosmetic improvements over the past few years, including the addition of a courtyard garden created by students, called the Ludlow-Taylor Rainbow Garden, and a renovated library / media center.

Friendship PCS – Chamberlain Campus 1345 Potomac Ave. SE 202-547-5800,

Maury, part of the DCPS system, enrolls over 360 students in grades preschool (3 years old) through 5th. The family-oriented school offers rigorous programs such as Writers Workshop, Everyday Math, art and music, and the benefits of community partnerships, such as those with the National Gallery of Art, Joy of Motion, and US Chess. A strong PTA presence enhances the school. Before- and afterschool programs available, including Polite Piggy’s for younger children.

Friendship PCS Chamberlain campus is a Tier 1 high performing charter school that enrolls students in grades pre-K3 through 8th. The curriculum includes reading, science, Spanish, writing and language arts, math, history and social science, fine arts, physical fitness and health. Extended learning programs, both before and after school, include tutoring, music and dance, arts and crafts, drama, competitive team sports, golf, and life skill development.

Miner Elementary School 601 15th St. NE 202-397-3960

J.O. Wilson ES, part of the DCPS, serves the H Street corridor, enrolling children in grades pre-K-5. Public/ private partnerships recently renovated both the school library and added a new playground. Extended day programs are available.

Miner, part of the DCPS system, is housed in a new building, which includes a library and computer lab. Miner serves almost 500 neighborhood children and offers Head Start, Special Education, and ESL, in addition to a general education program for pre-K through fifth grade. If parents have any questions, contact the Parent Community Coordinator at the school.

Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School 659 G St. NE 202-698-3244,

Payne Elementary School 1445 C St. SE 202-698-3262,

J.O. Wilson Elementary School 660 K St. NE 202-698-4733

Ludlow-Taylor, part of the DCPS system, enrolls students in grades pre-K through fifth. The school has

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Maury Elementary School 1250 Constitution Ave. NE 202-698-3838

Payne enrolls about 245 students in grades pre-K3 through 5th. Payne, part of the DCPS system, is one of the

eight schools targeted by the “School Libraries Project,” which renovated the school’s library in summer 2007. Before-and-after-school programs are available through the DCPS and Before and After-Care programs are also run by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

School Within School Prospect Learning Center 920 F St. NE 202-548-4380 School-Within-School (SWS) is a public, teacher-directed, Reggio Emilia inspired school grades pre-K through 5th. The collaborative relationship among children, teachers and parents at SWS is the primary connecting dimension of the school. Parents participate as partners in communication, education, planning social events, fundraising, creating the school environment, and supporting children’s projects.

St. Coletta of Greater Washington 1901 Independence Ave. SE 202-350-8680, This private, nonprofit organization operates a school and adult day program for children and adults, ages 3-22. The mission of St. Coletta is to serve children and adults with cognitive disabilities and to support their families.

St. Peter’s Interparish School 422 Third St. SE 202-544-1618, Founded 141 years ago by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, St. Peter’s offers a quality education to students in grades pre-K-8. With a focus on differentiated instruction, the curriculum adapts to student needs. Spanish, art, music, PE, and computer instruc-

tion are an integral part of school life. The average class size is 25 students, and most come from the Hill. The admission cycle begins in late January with an open house. Tuition assistance is available.

Two Rivers Public Charter School 1227 Fourth St. NE 202-546-4477, Two Rivers uses the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound instructional model. This is a project-based, hands-on, interactive teaching method in which most subjects are taught in conjunction with real world “expeditions”. Language arts, math, science, social studies, music, performing and visual arts, Spanish, and physical education are offered with a special emphasis on literacy, the arts, and Spanish language instruction. The school enrolls students from preschool through eighth grade.

Tyler Elementary School 1001 G St. SE 202-939-4810, Tyler, part of the DCPS system, serves students in grades pre-K-5. The traditional academic curriculum focuses on reading, writing and math. Students also have “specials” which are weekly classes in science, Spanish, PE and music. The school offers a Spanish immersion option for its youngest students. After-school programs are available for all grade levels through DC for All.

Watkins Elementary School 420 12th St. SE 202-698-3355 Watkins serves as the first- through fourth-grade campus of the DCPS Capitol Hill Cluster School. The tra-

ditional academic curriculum focuses particularly on science and technology. The students also have “specials” which are weekly classes in art, garden science, science lab, P.E, library and computer all in state-of-the art dedicated labs and studios. A Montessori option is available for students ages 3-7. Class sizes average about 24; aides assist in the Montessori and in first grade classes.


(Capitol Hill Day School, Friendship PCS, St. Peter School, Two Rivers PCS are listed in the Elementary School section. They all go through 8th grade.)

Eliot-Hine Middle School 1830 Constitution Ave. NE 202-939-5380 Eliot-Hine Middle School is an official candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. They offer a rigorous academic program supplemented by a variety of extracurricular classes and activities such as soccer, basketball, yearbook, knitting club, robotics, ski club, and broadcast radio/TV (the only radio broadcast program run by middle school students in DC). Partners include Living Classrooms, Young Playwrights’ Theater, and DC Scores.

Stuart-Hobson Middle 410 E St. NE 202-671-6010 Stuart-Hobson, part of the Capitol Hill Cluster School, enrolls students in grades 5-8. Through a partnership with the Smithsonian, Stuart-Hobson uses Washington’s

Smithsonian museums as additional classrooms. Classes are scheduled in two-hour blocks to maximize time for field trips or lessons from museum curators and outside speakers. Stuart-Hobson is home to an awardwinning Odyssey of the Mind team as well as sports teams, a school choir, and a builders club.

HIGH SCHOOLS Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy 3701 Hayes St. NE 202-398-2230 CCPCS for public policy enrolls approximately 400 students in grades 9-12 and operates under the mission to “develop young people who will make the country a better place by influencing the public policies that affect their communities.” Students are provided with opportunities to analyze policy, act socially, and learn necessary skills to become influential citizens. All students are expected to graduate with at least one college acceptance.

Eastern High School 1700 East Capitol St. NE 202-698-4500 Founded in 1890, Eastern Senior High School provides engaging, college preparatory coursework and extra-curricular learning experiences that ensure all students graduate with the content knowledge, character, and confidence to serve as innovative, inclusive global leaders.

Gonzaga College High School 19 “Eye” St. NW 202-336-7100, Gonzaga is a Roman Catholic, all-

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boys high school (Grades 9-12) founded by the Jesuits in 1821. Gonzaga offers a rigorous academic curriculum, and students also participate in a wide variety of activities like drama, rugby, newspaper, and more.

SCHOOLS – OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS BASIS DC PCS 410 8th Street, NW 202-393-5437 BASIS DC, a new high-performing, nationally ranked charter school offers the type of education students receive in top performing educational systems around the world.. The BASIS curriculum is consistent with the highest international academic standards and is designed to help students develop academic and organizational skills, as well as a deep knowledge base. Their goal is to motivate students to reach their highest academic potential and prepare them for the demands of college and the workforce.Grades 5-12.

Bridges PCS 1250 Taylor St. NW 202-545-0515, Bridges Public Charter School is building on their strong foundation as an early childhood program. Bridges PCS is Serving Pre-K3 to second grade for the 2014-2015 school years. A new grade will be added each year through 5th grade. Their developmentally appropriate, student and family-centered educational approach includes a small classroom size and well trained staff, individual planning for each student and hands-on and projectbased curriculum.

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Burgundy Farm Country Day School 3700 Burgundy Rd. Alexandria, VA 22303 703-960-3431, Burgundy Farm Day School enrolls students in grades pre-K to 8th with a philosophy rooted in the concepts of progressive education, allowing growth to unfold at each child’s own pace. Financial aid is available. Summer programs offered.

Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS 3700 Oakview Terrace NE 202-265-7237, The Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School prepares 350 culturally diverse elementary school students in DC to be leaders, scholars and responsible citizens who are committed to social justice. Stokes teaches children to think, speak, read, write and learn in two languages: English and French or English and Spanish. The Stokes School accomplishes its mission by creating an environment of achievement, respect and non-violence.

Friends Community School 5901 Westchester Parks Drive College Park, MD 20740 301-441-2100 Friends Community School teaches Pre-K to 5th graders to be life-long learners, courageous risk takers, and joyous peacemakers; to discover that of God within themselves and others; and to reach their fullest potential as individuals and as contributing members of society. A Quaker school, they welcome students of all beliefs, offer developmentally experiential and vigorous curricula, and express environmental stewardship as a core value.

St. Anselm’s Abbey School 4501 South Dakota Ave. NE 202-269-2350 St. Anselm’s was established in 1942 by the St. Anselm monks to provide a classically-oriented, college preparatory education for boys. St. Anselm’s provides individualized instruction in language, literature, religion, mathematics, the sciences and the fine arts. Enrollment is approximately 250 in grades 6-12.

Washington International School Primary School 1690 36th St. NW 202-243-1700 Middle and Upper School 3100 Macomb St. NW 202-243-1800 WIS serves a diverse population – its students, parents, faculty and staff represent over 90 countries. Students graduate from the school proficient in at least two languages and with the prestigious International Baccalaureate degree. Average class size is 15; 920 students enrolled. Summer camp offered. Financial aid available.

Washington Yu Ying PCS 220 Taylor St. NE, 202-635-1950, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School aims to nurture the development of tomorrow’s global leaders by fostering excellence in students’ intellectual, moral, social, emotional and physical development in an engaging, inquiry-driven, Chinese-English dual language immersion environment. Yu Ying combines language immersion with the inquiry-based curricula of the International Baccalaureate Organization. The school currently goes from Pre-K to 5th grade. u

s P et A dog and boy meet at the Rural Dog Rescue adoption event at the Barracks Row Festival. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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Capitol Hill is a Paradise for Pooches


n our case, it’s the greatness of the nation’s capital, and more specifically, Capitol Hill. Where else can you find a community that is so caring? Our children and schools benefit from that care, our elderly and homeless and green spaces benefit, and so do our pets. Our pets are an extension of our families. As parents’ names are “Brendan’s mom” or “Chloe’s dad,” we’re known similarly in the dog social circles. That’s okay. Owning a pet is another way to connect with people, and that’s what our Capitol Hill neighborhoods are all about. How many people have smiled at you or stopped to talk to you because of how cute your dog is? Lots, right? Maybe that’s a part

Neo Fagon meets Luna at Canal Park . Photo: Melissa Ashabranner

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by Heather Schoell of what makes our pets so special to us--that they help us to connect.

Pets Are So Money

Pet care is a thriving industry on Capitol Hill because we are willing to go to great lengths to protect and care for our furry friends. We have our choice of dog walkers, groomers, boarders (caged and uncaged), and pet supply stores. And even in what appears to be a saturated market, they all seem to be thriving! Do you feed your pet gluten-free kibble or fresh food that requires refrigAnnual doggy swim at Randall Recreation Center. eration? They have Photo: Andrew Lightman that. Does your kitty require daily Capitol Hill is awesome for mid-day shots and a chin dogs, which is awesome for owners, rub? Take your pick of animal especially when it involves adult lovers who are a text away. beverages! Yappy hours are schedYou know who also uled at Banana Café on 8th Street, knows how much we love SE, Argonaut Tavern on H Street, our pets? Other businesses. NE and Union Pub on MassachuAsk someone who lives in setts Avenue, NE. You can pretty another state how many much bring your dog to any restaubanks allow dogs to come rant’s outdoor patio. They may not in, or how many dry cleanhave dog specials or specific dog ers have dog treats in their menus, but most dogs are happy town. Or how many real esto hang out with you while you tate companies put out water have a pitcher of margaritas and bowls (mine does!). nachos, right?

Wanna Go for a Walk?

After all those nachos, you and your pup are going to need some exercise! I love when my dog and I go for long walks on blocks that I don’t normally need to be on, just so I can enjoy the architecture and color schemes of Capitol Hill homes, and he loves to smell them. If you’re looking for a chance for your dog to run like a freak-out, with his ears flapping, lips flapping, and whites of eyes showing, then head to a dog park. There are two dog parks on Capitol Hill where dogs can legally run and play offleash. Dogs who use these parks much be vaccinated, licensed and registered through the DC Department of Health. (Dogs who don’t use these parks should also be vaccinated and licensed!) Kingsman Dog Park, DC’s first official off-leash dog park, opened in 2011 on D Street NE and Tennessee Ave. NE. It was organized by Hill Hounds (, a small, volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit Capitol Hill organization. Hill Hounds worked with the city on the design of the park and raised $20,000 to fund park amenities and maintenance. Here you’ll find others to chat with and

benches to sit on. There’s a water source and built-in dog bowls. Virginia Avenue Dog Park on 11th Street SE and Virginia Ave. SE is the other officially leashfree fenced area where dogs can run and play. It was launched by the Hill’s Capitol Canines group in 2010 and supported by ANC 6B. It’s pretty bare bones, but the number one thing a dog park needs is to be fully fenced. No benches means you’ll be more apt to get exercise, too! There is also a small enclosed dog park in Yards Park on the west side by the fountains.

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Congressional Cemetery K-9 Corps

Historic Congressional Cemetery is not only an historic active burial ground and a really cool place to hang out, it’s also a private club for dogs to roam free. Seven hundred families pay $275 a year ($200 of which is tax deductible) for the privilege of walking their dogs offleash among the tombstones through 35 acres of mortal Capitol Hill history. Members of the K-9 Corps volunteer for various tasks that include tree planting, brick laying and grate painting. They also help to maintain the

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“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Non-Dog Park Parks

Photo: Andrew Lightman

grounds. The cemetery is completely fenced and water holes and benches are plentiful. Membership enforcement is self-monitored by the K-9 Corps. The cemetery is closed to dogs on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and during funerals. Hundreds of potential members are on the wait list. To become a member you need to register on the list. Membership is renewed yearly. However, if you want to try a walk through the tombstones with your four-legged friend you can purchase a day pass for $10 in the gate house. For more information, call 202-543-0539 or log onto: www.

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Then we have the non-sanctioned places where dogs run off-leash, though they are technically not allowed to be off-leash, and it is a ticketable offence. (Park Police are just doing their job, like it or no.) There are lots of people –-children and adults--who do not care for or are afraid of dogs, and as parks are public spaces, we need to be respectful of them and mindful of our pets. If you choose to allow your dog to play off-leash, your dog should be well-trained and under control so everyone is safe, including your dog. Squirrels are so damn enticing, and it is heartbreaking to see a dog hit when it runs into the street. At Lincoln Park at East Capitol and 11th Streets, you need to have your leash in hand and your pooch close by. Park police drive into the park on the sidewalks and will ticket anyone who is slow to re-leash. Garfield Park, off 3rd and G Streets, SE, is another popular playground for dogs. It’s spacious with many trees, filled with squirrels and birds. This park is big, but can get crowded when the kids come for recess and P.E. from neighboring schools. Marion Park sits in front of the First District Police Substation on E Street SE and runs from 4th to 6th Streets. Half of the park is fenced in as a children’s playground with

no dog access. The space where dogs can play, at the 6th Street end, is relatively small and only partially fenced. There’s a water source and benches here, so it’s a nice place to hang out, but can be quite crowded before and after work. Stanton Park inside Stanton Square, intersecting Massachusetts Avenue, NE between 4th and 6th Streets is also a popular place for dog walking. There are lots of hedges, but you can work around them. Yards Park may be the area’s best kept secret. It’s a beautiful riverfront park that was built as part of the Nationals Stadium neighborhood redevelopment. A small fenced dog run with park benches is tucked in the southwest corner of the park located where 3rd Street, SE meets Water Street SE. Folger and Providence Parks, two contiguous parks between D and E and 2nd and 3rd Streets, SE are wide, open spaces. They are unfenced, however and Providence has no benches, so it’s not as conducive to human conversation. They are home to dog obedience classes, so if you see a lot of people with dogs in a long line, that’s probably what’s happening.


Don’t think that dogs deserve all the attention. Let’s face it –- cats are above the dog park scene. Get them some catnip (it’s legal now) and some feathered toys from one of Capitol Hill’s many fine pet supply establishments, and plan an evening in with your kitty. That sounds 50 shades of wrong. Sorry. We love our pets – dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, and rodents. Do we love them more than people who don’t live on Capitol Hill? Yes. We. Do. u


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PET GROOMING Bonnie’s Dog & Cat Grooming 1364 E St SE 202-548-0044 Howl To The Chief 733 Eighth St. SE 202-544-8710, Valarie’s Animal Den 737 Eighth St. SE 202-547-7877 Wagtime Too 900 M St SE 202-629-2765,





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Sit-A-Pet 202-362-8900, Valarie’s Animal Den 737 Eighth St. SE 202-547-7877 Wagtime Too 900 M St SE 202-629-2765, Wanderpups Dog Walking 703.850.1891

SITTING, DOG WALKING & BOARDING SERVICES Animal Clinic of Anacostia 2210 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE 202-889-8900 doctorashleydvm.comw Barks & Purrs Capitol Hill 202-543-5802 Capital Cat Sitters 231 12th St NE 202-341-9089 Dog Dot Cat, LLC 202-388-8111 Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery. Photo: Courtesy Congressional Cemetery Assoc.

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PET STORES Big Bad Woof 117 Carroll St. NW 202-291-2404 Howl to the Chief 524 Eighth St. SE 202-544-8710 Metro Mutts 508 H St. NE 202-450-5661 407 8th Street SE 202-546-PETS Wagtime Too 900 M St SE 202-629-2765


Sunset at Congressional Cemetery. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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Capitol Hill Animal Clinic 1240 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-546-1972

H Street Care Pharmacy & Wellness 812 H Street NE 202-621-9667

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You can use a pet-finding service such as FindToto. com, which contacts people within a specified radius of where your pet was last seen, but you should first contact the Animal Control Shelter (202576-6664) and provide a description of the pet. Post flyers in local parks and alert your neighbors through local online listservs. Include a description of the pet and where and when it was last seen. The DC Animal Control Shelter is located at 1201 New York Ave. NE. (hrla. The Animal Control Shelter accepts calls from the public and provides services 24 hours a day. Office hours are Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri from noon-8 p.m., and Sat and Sun from noon

to 5 p.m. Open 24 hours, 365 days a year for emergencies. Services include animal disease control, rabies suspect control, stray animal control, dangerous dog control, licensing, enforcement, sterilization and adoption. The shelter accepts injured and stray animals 24 hours a day. If a pet wearing a DC tag is picked up, the shelter will notify the pet’s owner. The shelter is operated by the Washington Humane Society (


Howl to the Chief has regular dog and cat adoption days at 733 Eighth St. SE on Barracks Row. For cat adoption days see Capital Cats website at Dogs, cats and other pets are also available for adoption at the DC Animal Control Shelter and at the Washington Humane Society (7319 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-BE-H UMANE). The shelter is open for pet adoption visits on every day but Wed. from noon to 7 p.m. Check for adoption events at u

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Abandoned Vehicles.................. 53 Accounting............................... 126 Acupuncture............................ 150 Address Numbers.................... 100 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.......................... 56 Air Conditioning....................... 100 Alley Cleaning............................. 53 Alternative Healing.................. 150 American Legion...................... 164 ANC 6 Map................................. 57 Anacostia Community Boathouse Assoc............ 60, 145 Anacostia River Waterfront................... 144, 146 Anacostia Water Trail Map...... 147 Animal Rescue/Shelter............ 219 Animals Adoption.................... 219 Apparel..................................... 136 Appliance Repair...................... 100 Architectural Artifacts.............. 102 Architects................................. 102 Arena Stage.............................. 160 Art galleries.............................. 163 Assisted Living.......................... 150 Atlas Performing Arts....... 160, 164 Attorneys.................................. 126 Automobile, Booted.................. 47 Automobile Inspection.............. 47 Automobile Registration............ 47 Automobile Repair................... 126


Banks........................................ 126 Barbers..................................... 148 Barney Circle Neighborhood Assoc...................................... 67 Barracks Row Festival................. 40 Barracks Row Main Street.......... 62 Beauty Salons........................... 148 Bed & Breakfasts...................... 130 Bicycle Equipment.................... 128 Bicycle Repair........................... 128 Block Parties............................... 48 Blogs, Community...................... 10 Bookstores............................... 137

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Brickpointing ..........(See Masonry) Building Restoration................. 102 Building Contractors................ 104 Business Associations................ 62 Bulk Trash................................... 54


Cabinetry.................................. 102 Canal Park.................................. 53 Capital Breast Care Center......... 65 Capital City Symphony............. 160 Capital Community News........ 158 Capitol Hill Art League..... 160, 163 Capitol Hill Arts Workshop... 161, 192 Capitol Hill Association of Merchants & Professionals.... 62 Capitol Hill Business Improvement District.................................... 62 Capitol Hill Calendar.................. 16 Capitol Hill Chorale.................. 160 Capitol Hill Community Foundation........................36, 64 Capitol Hill Garden Club........60, 93 Capitol Hill Group Ministry........ 66 Capitol Hill Historic District...50, 97 Capitol Hill History..................... 18 Capitol Hill History Org............... 68 Capitol Hill Little League.......... 200 Capitol Hill Map......................... 32 Capitol Hill Pregnancy Cntr........ 66 Capitol Hill Real Estate 2013...... 76 Capitol Hill Restoration Soc........ 68 Capitol Hill Youth Chorus......... 192 Capitol Hill Village...................... 69 Capitol Riverfront..................... 144 Capitol Riverfront BID................ 62 Capitol Hill Volunteer Clearinghouse........................ 69 Car Washing & Polishing.......... 132 Carpentry, Cabinets................. 102

Carpet Cleaning........................ 102 Carpet Restoration................... 122 Casey Trees................................ 93 Cell Phone Service.................... 128 Chef Services............................ 128 CHAMPS..................................... 62 Child Day Care.......................... 202 Children’s Bookstore................ 194 Children’s Classes..................... 192 Children’s Clothing........... 140, 194 Children’s Sports...................... 200 Chimney Cleaning.................... 102 Chiropractors........................... 150 CHPSPO (CH Pub. School Parents Org.)........................ 196 Churches.................................... 70 Cleaning (House)...................... 102 Clothing ....................(See Apparel) Community Blogs....................... 10 Community Gardens.................. 93 Community Listserves................ 12 Computers, Repair................... 128 Congressional Cemetery............ 20 Congressional Cemetery Assoc..68 Contractors.............................. 108 Copying.................................... 128 Corner Store..................... 161, 166 Counselors............................... 150 Credit House Union (event rent).......................... 164


Dance....................................... 156 Daycare Listings........................ 202 DC Dept. of Environment........... 92 DC Youth Orchestra.................. 161 Dentists.................................... 150 Dermatologists......................... 154 Design/Build............................. 106 Dog Parks................................. 213

Drivers Licenses.......................... 47 Dry Cleaners............................. 128 Dumping..................................... 53


Eastern Market........................... 50 Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee......................... 62 Eastern Market Flea Market...... 51 Eastern Market North Hall.50, 164 Eastern Market Pottery............ 138 Electrical................................... 106 Elementary Schools.......... 206-209 Equipment Rentals................... 118 Event Space Rental................... 164 Exterminators ....(See Pest Control)


Financial Services............................ (See Investments) Fitness Centers/Classes........... 156 Floors........................................ 106 Florists...................................... 130 Folger Shakespeare Library.....20, 162 Food Stores.............................. 136 Food Pantries............................. 65 Fort Dupont Ice Arena............. 201 Framing.................................... 108 Frederick Douglass House.......... 22 Friends of Garfield Park............. 67 Friends of the National Arboretum........................60, 93 Friends of the NE Branch Library.................................... 67 Friends of the SE Branch Library.................................... 67 Friends of the SW Branch Library.................................... 67 Fumigation/Pest Control.......... 116


Galleries........................... 163, 168 Garden Resources...................... 92 Garden Centers........................ 114

Garfield Park.............................. 53 Gifts.......................................... 138 Gourmet Foods........................ 136 Granite/Marble........................ 108 Graphic Design......................... 130 Greater Washington Urban League.................................... 64 Gutters......................(See Roofing)


H Street Festival......................... 41 H Street Main Street.................. 62 Handyman Services................. 108 Hardware................................. 110 Hauling...................... (See Moving) Health and Fitness................... 150 Heating Contractors................. 100 High Schools............................. 209 Hill Center................ 162, 163, 192 Hilloween................................... 43 Hill Rag Distribution................... 74 Hill Rag History........................... 24 Historic District .....................50, 96 Historic Distr. Do’s & Don’ts....... 96 History, Capitol Hill..................... 18 Holiday Tree Collection.............. 53 Home and Garden Stores........ 138 Homeless Resources.................. 66 Hospitals................................... 152 Hospice....................................... 66


Ice Skating................................ 201 Illegal Dumping.......................... 53 Insulation................................. 110 Insurance.................................. 130 Interior Designers.................... 110 Internet Services...................... 130 Investments.............................. 130 Ironwork................................... 110


Jan’s Tutoring House.................. 63 Joy of Motion.................... 162,192

July 4 Parade.............................. 40


Kid’s Stores............................... 140 Kingman Dog Park.................... 213 Kingman Island......................... 145 Kingman Park Civic Assoc.......... 67 Kitchen & Bath Remodeling..... 110 Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill........ 63


Landlords & Tenants.................. 52 Landscaping............................. 110 Laundries, Self-Service............. 130 Lawyers .................(See Attorneys) Leaf Collection........................... 53 Libraries...................................... 52 Library Friends Groups............... 67 Library of Congress.................. 162 Lincoln Park...........................22, 53 Liquor Stores............................ 142 Listserves, Community............... 14 Little Lights Urban Ministry........ 63 Locksmiths............................... 112 Lodging..................................... 130


Mailing Services....................... 130 Manna Inc. (housing)................. 67 Maps............................................... Anacostia Water Trail........... 147 ANC 6 Boundaries.................. 57 Capitol Hill Map..................... 32 DCPS Boundary Map............ 207 Historic District...................... 97 PSAs........................................ 59 Marine Corps Barracks............... 22 Marion Park............................... 53 Marketing................................. 130 Martial Arts...................... 156, 201 Masonry, Stonework................ 112 Massage................................... 152 Medical Equipment.................. 152 Mediation................................. 130

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Mental Illness Support Group.... 66 Metropolitan Police................... 58 Metro Teen Aids......................... 66 Middle Schools......................... 209 Mortgages...................................88 Moms On the Hill (MoTH)..........196 Moving, Hauling....................... 114


Nails.......................................... 148 Nat. Alliance on Mental Illness.. 67 National Arboretum................... 92 Navy Museum............................ 22 Navy Yard........................... 18, 145 Near Northeast Citizens Against Crimes & Drugs...................... 67 Neighborhood Groups............... 67 North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Assoc...................................... 67 Notaries.................................... 132 Nurseries (Plants)..................... 114


Occupational Therapy.............. 152 Office Flex Space...................... 132 Old Naval Hospital...................... 22 Opera Lafayette........................ 162 Opticians.................................. 152 Optometrists............................ 152 Organizing................................ 114


Paddling classes....................... 146 Paint & Paint Supplies.............. 114 Painting Contractors................ 114 Parking Permits, Resident.......... 47 Parking Permits, Visitors............ 48 Parking Tickets........................... 48 Parks (authority for)................... 52 Pediatricians............................. 154 Pediatric Evaluations................ 196 Pest Control.............................. 116 Pet Grooming........................... 216 Pet Medications....................... 218

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Pet Rescue/Adoption............... 218 Pet Sitting................................. 216 Pet Stores......................... 140, 218 Pet Training.............................. 218 Pets, Lost.................................. 219 Pharmacies............................... 152 Photo Finishing........................ 132 Photographers......................... 132 Physical Therapy...................... 152 Physicians........................................ Allergy.................................. 152 Dermatology........................ 152 Family & General................. 152 Ob/Gyn................................. 152 Pediatric............................... 152 Podiatry................................ 152 Psychiatry............................. 152 Picture Framing........................ 108 Plumbing.................................. 116 Podiatrists................................ 154 Police Service Areas................... 59 Police 1D1 Substation................ 59 Potomac Gardens Residents Assoc...................................... 67 Preschools................................ 202 Property Management.............. 86 Providence Park......................... 53 PSA Map..................................... 59 Psychiatrists............................. 152 Public Safety............................... 58


Rats............................................ 54 Real Estate, Cap. Hill 2014......... 76 Real Estate Attorneys................. 88 Real Estate/Sales........................ 82 Real Estate Developers.............. 86 Real Estate Mortgages............... 86 Real Estate Property Mgt........... 86 Real Estate Rental Services........ 88 Real Estate Staging..................... 80 Real Estate Title Companies....... 88 Recycling.................................... 54 Rentals, Equipment.................. 118 Rental Property.......................... 88 Repairs, Electronics.................. 128 Residential Parking Permits....... 47

Restaurants....................... 176-186 Restoration (damage).............. 118 Roofing..................................... 118 Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project ................ 68


Sasha Bruce Youthwork..63 School Boundary Map......................... 207 Security Alarms........................ 122 Service Stations........................ 132 Sewall-Belmont House............. 165 Shipping.......................See Mailing Shoe Repair.............................. 132 Shopping.................................. 135 SMYAL........................................ 64 Soccer-on-the-Hill.................... 201 Southwest Neighborhood Assembly................................ 68 Speech Therapy....................... 159 Spiritual Groups......................... 70 Sporting Goods........................ 142 Sports on the Hill..................... 200 St. Mark’s Dance Studio........... 162 St. Mark’s Players..................... 162 Stanton Park............................... 53 Stanton Park Neighborhood Assoc...................................... 68 Storage..................................... 122 Swim Centers................... 156, 201


Tailors....................................... 132 Tattoos...................................... 150 Tax Preparation........................ 132 Temporary Parking Permits........ 48 Tickets, Parking.......................... 48 Tile and Tub Repair.................. 122 Title Companies......................... 88 Towed Autos.............................. 47 Trash...................................... 53-54 Bulk........................................ 54 Collection............................... 54 Illegal Dumping...................... 53 Recycling................................ 54 Holiday Tree Pickup................ 53

Leaves.................................... 53 Trash Cans.............................. 54 Tree Service.......................... 122 Trees for Capitol hill..............60, 93 Tuxedo Rental........................... 132


Upholstery................................ 122 Urban Planning Org................... 65 Urgent Care.............................. 154 US Botanic Garden..................... 92


Veterans Affairs.......................... 69 Veterinarians............................ 218 Virginia Ave. Dog Park.............. 213 Visitor’s Parking Permits............ 48 Volunteering.............................. 69


Wash & Fold Services............... 132 Washington Home and Hospice.................................. 66 Watch Repair............................ 132 Water Heaters........... 122 Web Site Development........................... 132 Weight Loss.............................. 156 Welding ..................(See Ironwork) William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center.......................... 156, 201 Windows.................................. 124 Window Cleaning..................... 124 Woodworking.......................... 124


Yards Park........................... 53, 145 Yoga Instruction....................... 156 u

Mike Bowers of Bowers Fancy Dairy Products in Eastern Market. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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1800 Got Junk........................... 134 201 Bar...................................... 186


AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly..................................... 44 Ace Welding.............................. 110 Advance Appliance Repair........ 103 Agora Farm................................ 173 Agua 301................................... 180 ANC 6A........................................ 55 ANC 6B........................................ 55 ANC 6C........................................ 55 ANC 6D........................................ 55 Anchor Computers.................... 129 Animal Clinic of Anacostia........ 219 Anytime Canine......................... 219 Atlas Vet.................................... 219


Barrel............................................180 Barry Plumbing & Heating Corp..... inside back cover Belle Nail Spa............................ 151 Beuchert’s Saloon.................... 181 Big Bad Woof............................. 215 Bistro Cacao.............................. 181 Blue Iris..................................... 134 Boutique on the Hill.................. 137 Boy Scouts................................. 191 Bradford P. Johnson.................. 127 Branches tree Experts............... 123 Bravado Hair Salon.................... 149 Breathing Space Family Yoga.... 197 Bricklands.................................. 117


Cafe Berlin................................. 175 Capital Breast Care Center........ 155 Capital City Symphony.............. 165 Capitol Hill Animal Clinic........... 213 Capitol Hill Auto Service Center.....127 Capitol Hill Arts Workshop........ 165 Capitol Hill Business Improvement District....... 17, 63

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Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center......151 Capitol Hill Community Foundation............................. 49 Capitol Hill Day School.............. 203 Capitol Hill Dental Group.......... 153 Capitol Hill Frame & Photo....... 141 Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church.73 Capitol Hill Restoration Society... 44 Capitol Hill Village....................... 63 Capitol Kids Therapy................. 197 Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District............... 4 Capitol Tax Group...................... 133 Capitol Tree Care, Inc................ 123 CHAMPS on the Hill.................... 27 Charles C. Parsons & Assoc....... 127 Cheryl Shapiro PhD................... 195 Claire Cargill, DDS...................... 153 Coldwell Banker Bryce Rowland........................ 81 Coldwell Banker Capitol Hill Office.................... 13 Coldwell Banker Chuck Burger.............................79 Coldwell Banker Dare Johnson Wenzler........... 85 Coldwell Banker Dee Dee Branand................... 85 Coldwell Banker Gary Jankowski....................... 29 Coldwell Banker J. T. Powell............................... 85 Coldwell Banker Joseph Reid............................. 85 Coldwell Banker Phyllis Jane Young........... 25, 199 Coldwell - Ryall Smith................. 79 Coldwell - Tati & Kitty Kaupp...... 79 Compass - Megan Shapiro & George Olson...................... 83 Congressional Cemetery............. 49

Congressional Title & Escrow, Co............................... 87 Continental Movers.................. 116 Corner Store.............................. 165 Credit Union House................... 165


Daniel Parks Roofing & Gutters.............................. 118 David Mahoney Painting Company......................... 23, 115 DC Access.................................. 129 Delancey Wealth Management, LLC................. 131 Delbe Management.................... 87 Dept. of Commerce Federal Credit Union........................... 77 Distad’s Amoco......................... 127 District Church............................ 71 District Lock & Hardware Co..... 112 Dog-ma Day Care and Boarding for Dogs................. 217 Downey School Consulting....... 195


Eagle Academy PCS................... 205 East City Arts............................. 161 Eastern Market.......................... 173 Eddie Home Improvement....... 104 Electricworks Inc....................... 107 Eye Central................................ 153


Fabulous Care Anytime............. 203 Fairy Godmother............... 141, 197 Farm to Family.......................... 171 Federal City Iron........................ 110

First Savings Mortgage Corporation........................... 87 Fitness Together - Capitol Hill... 157 Flood, Allen A. MD.................... 155 Forest City................................... 29 Frager’s Just Ask Rental..... 118, 133 Frager’s Hardware..................... 109 Frame Of Mine.......................... 108 Frias Restoration....................... 124 Friends Community School....... 203


G & G Home Improvements..... 121 Garden Arts............................... 112 GardenWise.............................. 112 Ginkgo Gardens......................... 139 Groovy DC................................. 139 Grubb’s Pharmacy..................... 153


H Street Country Club............... 182 H Street Main Street................... 37 Headlines Salon......................... 149 Higgins Consolidated................ 116 Hill Center................................... 39 Hill Havurah................................. 73 Hill’s Kitchen.............................. 137 Holy ComforterSt. Cyprian Church.................. 73 Hill Preschool............................ 205 Hot Yoga Capitol Hill.................. 157 The Hill Rag .............................. 158 The Hill Rag’s Distribution........... 74 House Calls on the Hill...... 155, 197 Howl to the Chief...................... 217 Hunt-Smith Design.................... 131


Image Painting and Drywall...... 116 Innovative Pest Management... 117


Jade Fitness............................... 157

Jamie Klein Tutoring.................. 195 JF Meyer Painting...................... 106 Joel Truitt Builders..................... 104 Joel Truitt Management.............. 85 John C. Formant Gene Hutinet.......................... 85


Keith Roofing............................. 123 Keller WilliamsJoel Nelson............................... 9


La Strega - Marina Martin......... 133 Labyrinth Games & Puzzles............................... 141 Las Placitas................................ 182 Lawlor Architects...................... 102 Le Grenier.................................. 182 Learning Specialist on theHill................................ 83 Long & Foster Capitol Hill........... 11 Loots Law.................................. 127 Lustre Cleaners.......................... 129


MacKay Roofing........................ 120 Maggio Roofing........................... 31 Maid Pro Residential Cleaning.. 103 Maid To Clean........................... 103 Manuel Cortes Real Estate.......... 83 Marc R. Lippman....................... 131 Marjorie Shovlin........................ 153 Market Poultry.......................... 169 Masala Art................................. 183 Maryland Mountain Side............ 21 Medium Rare............................ 183 Metro Mutts.............................. 215 Michael Anthony Salon............. 149 Michaliga Masonry................... 113 Momentum Dance Theatre................................. 157 Monarch Title.............................. 87 Monumental Graphics.............. 101

Mr. Henry’s................................ 173 Music on the Hill....................... 141


NaNa Thai.................................. 182 National Capital Kitchens.......... 111 National Roofing....................... 120 Nationwide - Jackie Walker....... 131 Newmans Art & Frame............. 108 Northeast Stars Preschool........ 203


Olde to Better Yet...................... 107 One Acre Farm LLC.................... 173


Paradigm Chiropractic and Performance......................... 151 Pattie Cinelli Fitness.................. 157 Peregrine Expresso................... 169 Performing Arts, Music & Movement Classes............ 189 Photopia.................................... 133 Polar Bear A/C, Plumbing & Heating, Inc....................... 3, 101


R. Thomas Daniel Roofing, LLC.......................... 119 Randolph Cree Salon................. 149 RE/MAX - Pam Kristof................. 83 RE/MAX - Rob Bergman.............. 39 RE/MAX - Jackie Von Schlegel....... 5 Real Plumbers........................... 117 Red Rocks Pizza......................... 184 Renaissance Development....... 114


Saving Grace Pet Care............... 217 Schneider’s of Capitol Hill......... 171 Sharon L. Bernier, RN, PhD........ 155 Shawafel DC.............................. 183

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Sidamo Coffee & Tea ................ 184 Sid’s Income Tax Service .......... 133 Signal Financial Credit Union ... 129 Sila Heating & Air Conditioning ........................ 101 Sit-A-Pet, Inc. ............................ 217 Skills on the Hill ........................ 197 Skip’s Appliance Service ........... 101 Smith Team - PenFed Realty .......... 44, 55, 73, 139, 213, back cover Sona Creamery & Wine Bar .... 158 Sonoma .................................... 185 Stanton & Greene .................... 185 St. Anselm’s Abbey School ....... 193 St. Peter’s Catholic Church ......... 73 St. Peter’s School...................... 205 Stanton Development ................ 83 Stanton & Greene .................... 185 State Farm -- Marilyn Riehl, CLU............................. 131 State Farm - Tim LaCasse ... 55, 131 Suburban Welding Co. ............. 108 Sundance Contracting LLC ....... 105


Takoma Park Animal Clinic ....... 215 Tech Painting. ........................... 115 Theater Alliance - Anacostia Playhouse ............................ 169 Thomas Design Consultants..... 107 Thomas Jenkins And Company 127 Thomas Landscapes ................. 113 Tippi Toes DC ............................ 193 Tracy & Company ..................... 151 Triumph DC ................................ 71 Tunnicliff ’s Tavern .................... 185


uBreakiFix................................. 129 Union Pub ................................ 185


Vendetta ................................... 186 Vida Fitness ........inside front cover


W.S. Jenks ................................. 109 Wag Time ................................. 215 Washington Fine Properties Lee Murphy ........................... 15 Wexford Property Management ......................... 88 Wilcox Electric .......................... 107 Window Washers, Inc. ............. 124 Windows Craft Inc. ................... 124 Wood & Whitacre Contractors .......................... 118 Woven History.......................... 141


Yarmouth Property Management ......................... 88 Young Chow ............................. 158


Zest Bistro................................. 186 u


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