26 Jul 2023

Hill Buzz

A little bit of whimsy and zen from our #thehillishome feed by @visiblebutinvisible. Tag your photos for a chance to be featured!

Can you believe it’s late July already? Since I haven’t done a Hill Buzz in a bit, hang on to your hat: Many links coming your way.

It’s going to be so very hot this week, please take care of yourself and those around you. Check heat.dc.gov for additional information.

In news that we all probably need to get through this Hill Buzz, RoofGnome has declared DC one of the best cities for rooftop drinking. We have to agree, but consider the mosquito-laced alternatives.

Moorenko’s has been closed since late June. A few of us have sent in inquiries about it, so we finally reached out to owner Susan Soorenko, who assured us that the closure of the store is related to a paperwork mixup with the DC Board of Licensing. She wants everyone to know that, contrary to what the sign on the door states, this is not an issue with DC Health. She is hoping the store can reopen soon and reassures us that Moorenko’s on the Hill is not going anywhere.

A pedestrian was involved in a road rage incident with an off-duty Capitol Policeman right by Wine and Butter. PoPville

A crossing guard at 13th and Potomac Avenue SE was holding on to a lost dog when a couple of people who didn’t appear to be the legitimate owners demanded she give the dog up. One of them pointed a gun at her and she, understandably, is so traumatized that she has not returned to her post. WUSA-9

You all have some strong feelings both for charging fares and for making Metro free, and that was evident in the responses to this Tweet.

Dzhoy Zuckerman, 27, was killed on July 15 (WaPo). The Bike DC community celebrated their life, cut too short by gun violence, with a memorial bike ride, as Zuckerman was a vital part of the DC bike community. They worked as a bike courier and were a fixture at Conte’s Bike Shop in Navy Yard. They leave behind a partner and a little girl. You can still donate to the GoFundMe in their honor here.

Pamela Smith was nominated as police chief by Mayor Bowser. In addition to her trajectory at Park Police, where she retired as chief after 24 years, she is also an ordained minister. WaPo

Councilmember Brianne Nadeau recently introduced legislation to crack down on fake license plates and we have to wonder why nothing has been done sooner. However, the enforcement always seems like the trickiest part. CM Brianne Nadeau

Vlor Brewpub’s owner was assaulted by a man who also pulled a gun on him. The man was arrested on the spot but, because this was his first offense, was later released. NBC-4

Congrats to as you are. on being declared one of the best gay bars in the country by Esquire magazine! Scroll down to the Washington section at the end.

And in news that may shock the feisty, fight-y sensibilities of many, Bon Appétit declared Call Your Mother’s bagels among the best in the country, outside of New York City. A forever tip: Show up early and get them fresh.

During the first week of July, three businesses around Northeast DC, including the Nike store on 7th and H NE, were firebombed within minutes of one another and the suspect has not been apprehended. If you have any footage or information, contact DC police. WaPo

Nats Park is one of the most Instagrammed in the league. I mean, it’s pretty. WUSA-9

Neighbors are worried about I EGG YOU and the potential for attracting (additional?) rats due to the fried nature of most of the offerings on the menu, as well as other rat-related problems. There will be a hearing tomorrow, July 26. Hill Rag

Renting around the DC area is a level of hell Dante didn’t know was allowed to exist. DCist

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