13 Nov 2018


Hill Buzz

It’s always a little tough to get the week started after a three-day weekend. Respectfully from all DCPS parents to DCPS: WHY IS THIS YEAR’S SCHEDULE  MORE TERRIBLE THAN USUAL? Who signed off on all these days off in a row?

Putting the “fall” in, uh, fall! Happy leaf raking!
Photo by @kate_duval via our hashtag, #TheHillisHome

Speaking of days off, yesterday was Veterans Day, observed. Larry has a pictorial of the celebrations at Folger Park. Capitol Hill Corner

By now, you know the big citywide news that Amazon’s HQ2 is going to be split between Long Island City, Queens, New York and Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. Congratulations to both cities! Here at The Hill is Home we don’t like to take potshots at communities that may come up a little short on charisma– not every neighborhood can be Capitol Hill, after all. We hope that Amazon’s presence makes a positive difference and that our whole area benefits. Curbed DC

In sad H Street NE news, Uni Bistro is now closed. Still not sure why they changed their format from bakery to bistro (a moment of silence for the 10 lbs. or so I gained when it was Batter Bowl Bakery), but we’re sad to see them go. PoPville

(Closed bakery coda: If you miss Bagels and Baguettes, tipsters told PoP that they are at Mount Vernon Square now. Nostalgia pounds, here I come!)

AirBnb is sharing stories from neighbors who benefit from the ability to have short-term rentals to supplement their income, coinciding with the postponed vote on short-term rental regulations. This vote takes place today. I was very touched reading Jackie’s story. AirBnb Citizen

This year has seen too many pedestrian deaths. A memorial on Thursday seeks to remember and to raise awareness. Yes, Vision Zero is not working. Curbed DC

The DC Bridge Park will be delivered in about five years. Washingtonian asks, Will people actually visit? Part of me says that the author needs to rewatch “Field of Dreams,” but the article raises valid points about accessibility that are unlikely to be sorted out in the next five years.

Speaking of places that should be more accessible, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants the Arboretum’s Maryland Avenue gate open. Greater Greater Washington 

In food news, if Beaujolais Nouveau is your bag, Central Michel Richard has you covered, starting November 15. Oh yes– other places around town also carry the tart seasonal beverage. Eater DC

If you love Rappahannock Oyster Bar at Union Market, you’re going to be so happy when you read this. Spoiler alert: THEY ARE COMING TO THE WHARF!!! Eater DC

In slightly-off-the-neighborhood news that may be of interest to Hill parents, Mundo Verde Padres is having a family happy hour on 11/16 at Big Bear Cafe. Social opportunities are great to get a feel for a school that is not readily apparent when you go on a tour. Bloomingdale

Over in Old City/Trinidad, an exciting Kickstarter for Red Bear Brewing company. Frozen Tropics has the details.

Just for…. fun? If you enjoy headaches, zone Solano Heights. Good luck with that.

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