Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dining in Bloomingdale, as seen by the NYT

On Monday, residents in Bloomingdale and across DC were buzzing about the latest article on Washington in The New York Times. Many residents were delighted to see their local restaurant, The Red Hen, in our case, mentioned in an article about neighborhood restaurants. But as has happened before with the publication of articles about Washington, Ms. Steinhauer's article drew a lot of criticism. Most assumed the author is a New York resident who had made a brief visit to DC to write the article. (I am pretty sure the author resides locally,) Others took issue with the characterization of the neighborhoods and their newest residents. The Washington City Paper even posted a column that mocked the NYT article. a-changing-washington-lots-of-stuff/ I, for one, enjoyed the article, almost always loving to see my neighborhood's name in print, which was accompanied by a slide show with four beautiful  pictures of The Red Hen.

When we purchased our home in Bloomingdale, I never expected there would be so many restaurant options popping up across the neighborhood, much less one that would draw in visitors from across the city and from out of town. To date, I have yet to find any record of Bloomingdale having had a restaurant in the past. At some point, the Safeway at First and Rhode Island had a counter spot (and a US Post Office branch) but that seems to have been the extent of dining out in downtown Bloomingdale.

As I have done a few times in the past, I am sharing a link and a blurb from the article about Bloomingdale, not because it is historical, but because it can serve as a record of how our neighborhood is changing and how others are taking note.

Washington Has More on Its Plate

Restaurants in D.C. Are Moving Into Residential Neighborhoods

The Red Hen, in the emerging neighborhood of Bloomingdale just blocks from a public-housing project, is pulling in local homeowner pioneers, new careerists clinging to the Eater DC hot list and, yes, United States senators.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 11, 2014: When a motorcade passed by

Presidential motorcade en route to Inspired Teaching School

North Capitol at Randolph Place

Photo by Andreas Stargard

Presidential motorcade returning to White House
North Capitol at Quincy Place
Photo by Keegan Bursaw

The afternoon of September 11, 2014, was not the first time during the week that there had been a major traffic jam in Bloomingdale. But it was the first time in months (an event that happens once or twice a year) that a Presidential motorcade traveled on North Capitol, causing a traffic snarl that had neighbors tweeting and emailing to determine the cause.

While the President and Mrs. Obama did not visit Bloomingdale, they did visit a school in nearby Edgewood (200 Douglas Street,  NE) , where a parent reported that the children were sent home early due to, what was later learned to be, the presidential visit. 

For more information, see multiple links below.

"President Obama and Michelle Obama went to the Inspired Teaching School public charter school on Thursday, doing public service as part of September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance."

"It's probably a safe guess that discussion continued inside the motorcade on the way home to the White House Thursday evening. But there's no pool reporter inside the presidential limo, so we'll never know."

If you would like more information on the school, or to see many posts and pictures from the visit, check out the school's web site: It is somewhat amusing that the school's website has not updated the map since the school moved to their new location in Ward 5, but have already added pictures of President Obama's visit  to their home page

The Inspired Teaching School is currently located at:

1328 Florida Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
p: 202-248-6825   f: 202-248-6939
1328 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Beginning in August 2014, we will move to our new location at the Shaed School.

200 Douglas St., NE
Washington, DC 20002

To read a little about the conversion of the Shaed School to a charter school, check this link:

Monday, September 1, 2014

1907: Labor Day

A look back at Labor Day, 1907, including some history of the holiday and Bloomingdale resident Samuel Gompers.

Evening Star, published as The Sunday Star.; Date: 09-01-1907

For more on Samuel Gompers, check out other posts with great pictures of Mr. Gompers,
his house and a post describing 1913 Labor Day festivities.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

1958: Highway construction on upper North Capitol

Finding information about the widening of North Capitol Street in Bloomingdale has proven to be difficult. In the meantime, if you have not seen this picture from 1958, \you  may enjoy seeing what was happening on North Capitol north of Michigan Avenue.  The McMillan Reservoir is in the upper left hand corner and Catholic University occupies the center area of the picture.

Growing city's highways invade two historic sites. (1958, Apr 02). 
The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Witt-Will truck at McMillan

From the Library of Congress, here is a picture of a DC built Witt-Will truck at the McMillan Reservoir.

National Photo Company Collection  (1910-1935) Library of Congress 

 Evening Star, published as The Sunday Star.; Date: 03-13-1921

I can only speculate that the professional photograph was a publicity shot for the Witt-Will truck, but so far, I have been unable to find it used in advertising.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

81 Seaton Place - some of its many lives

In 1913, records indicate a permit was issued to build a store at 81 Seaton Place, the building we know today as Bacio Pizzeria.  (The permit notice in the Evening Star said the permit was for a flat.) The earliest ad found so far, was an ad in search of a barber. By 1918, ads were searching for help in a photographic laboratory.

A 1963 Evening Star article describes an interesting robbery of a Washington Post distribution office.

Evening Star, published as The Evening Star; Date: 10-19-1963;

The building appears to have been for rent when this picture was taken in 2004. There was a Certificate of Occupancy issued in 2008  for an Accounting Office, before the current owner received certificates in 2010 for a Pet Supplies Retail shop and, in 2011, for a 10 seat and 35 occupancy load restaurant. Popular owner Atilla Suzer later closed Green Paws, and expanded Bacio into the upstairs space.