|Lunchtime Concerts Start May 19th
Summer has officially begun in the Front with the kick off of the 3rd annual summer lunchtime concert series! Held at the plaza behind US DOT every Wednesday from 12 noon - 2 pm, the concerts feature a variety of bands from reggae to doo wop to 80s to R&B. Bring your lunch outside or purchase from the USDOT barbeque or Sweetgreen Sweetflow Mobile which will be selling salads and frozen yogurt each week. See the flyer here and photos from last year here. The schedule is as follows:
May 19 - The Jewels (Doo Wop)
May 26 - The VIP's (70's/80's)
June 2 - Cazhmiere (Top 40)
June 9 - Special Occasions (R&B)
June 16 - Dr. FU (Rock)
June 23 - Jah Works (Reggae)
June 30 - Signature (R&B)
July 7 - Kelly Bell (Phat Blues)
July 14 - Quite Fire (Soul)
July 21 - Monster Band (Funk)
July 28 - The Congress (Dance)
August 4 - Sam'O & JFC (Caribbean)
August 11 - Sin Miedo (Salsa)
August 18 - Annie Sidley (Pop)
August 25 - Cazhmiere (Top 40)
|Construction Resumes at 1015 Half Street Construction has begun again on 1015 Half Street. 1015 has been managed through receivership by the Douglas Wilson Properties after Opus East, LLC filed for bankruptcy in mid-2009. Skanska, general contractor, has been awarded the contract to bring 1015 Half Street to completion by year's end. It will cost the original lenders including Bank of America $50 to complete construction. The 10-story building will have 379,000 square feet of office space and 21,000 square feet of ground-floor space that can be used for retail or additional office space. Skanska is working to achieve LEED Silver or Gold ranking by USGBC by planting a green roof, using recycled materials and more. For leasing information, contact Scott Killie from Cassidy Turley at 202.463.1127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Riverfront Farmers Market
The new Capitol Riverfront Farmers Market opened last Thursday, May 6th with 15 local farmers and vendors selling a variety of fresh produce and prepared foods. The market will be held every Thursday from 3 - 7 pm at the intersection of New Jersey Ave., SE and M St., SE, adjacent to the Navy Yard Metro. Entrance to the market is on M St., SE. See photos from last week's market here.
Next Thursday enjoy live R&B music by Ian Walters and pick up a hot empanada or belgian waffle after work. At the market next week, you will find broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, new potatoes, strawberries and much more! The fresh food market is presented by the Capitol Riverfront BID and Diverse Markets Management, in partnership with The Donohoe Company. See the flyer here
. Read the press release here.
Last Chance to Register - Anacostia River Business SummitThe Capitol Riverfront BID and the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership are hosting an Anacostia River Business Summit on May 18, 2010 to launch a historic effort to restore the river and its watershed. The efforts will be based on the recently released Watershed Restoration Plan by the Army Corps of Engineers. Speakers include George Hawkins, WASA; Charles Fox, USEPA; Frank Dawson, Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership; Sandy Wiggins, E3Bank; David Borchardt, The Tower Companies; and Uwe Brandes, ULI.
1:30 Exhibitor Hall Opens
Presentation of the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Plan
Panel 1: Federal and District Leadership Efforts
Panel 2: The Business Impact
Q & A
5:30 Networking Reception and Exhibitor Hall
See the invitation here and register here. Registration fee is $30.
If interested in sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, please email email@example.com.
|Fitness in the Front Recap
Over 250 people came out bright and early to Canal Park on Saturday, May 1st to try a variety of fitness classes including boot camp, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, HooperNatural and Zumba dance. In addition to the free, drop in classes, attendees were able to stop by tables set up by Results Gym, Capitol Hill Bikes, Capitol Hill Yoga, and Elite Fitness, as well as purchase hula hoops from HooperNatural, sign up for the Front Run Club and other on-going summer fitness classes at Canal Park. See photos from the day here.
In addition, DC Pickup Frisbee league will be playing at Canal Park on Tuesday nights beginning at 6 pm. The pickup games are open to all. Check out the website here.
The new Front Run Club meets weekly at Canal Park at 6 pm and is open to all levels of runners. Thanks to a neighborhood resident for leading the runs each week!
|Summer Outdoor Movie Line-Up Announced
Mark your calendars! Ultimate Underdogs outdoor movies begin on Thursday, June 3rd and continue through August 5th. The 3rd annual outdoor movie series will be held this year at Canal Park, M St and 2nd St, SE, just one block from the Navy Yard Metro. Although movies start at about 8:45 pm, arrive early to participate in wii on the big screen, trivia and HooperNatural hula hooping. Sauca food truck will be at Canal Park each week selling a variety of global street food and its famous "toffles" (belgian waffles). Or stop by the Riverfront Farmers Market before the movies to pick up snacks and picnic supplies for the movies. Stay tuned for news on weekly theme nights, giveaways and WABA bike-in movie nights. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, family and friends, and enjoy the movies! See the schedule on the website here.
June 3 - Hoosiers
June 10 - Forrest Gump
June 17 - Finding Nemo (Family Night)
June 24 - The Karate Kid
July 1 - To Kill a Mockingbird
July 8 - Star Wars
July 15 - Slumdog Millionaire
July 22 - Cool Runnings
July 29 - Happy Gilmore
August 5 - Rocky
|Faces of the Front
The Capitol Riverfront BID is highlighting people who live and/or work in the neighborhood as part of "Faces of the Front." Each newsletter will feature a different person and their story. All the profiles can be found on our website here. If you would like to be considered or would like to nominate someone else as a future Face of the Front, let us know here.
Manager, Courtyard by Marriott
Wyatt Cardwell needs just one word to sum up his reaction to his first Capitol Riverfront visit in 15 years. "Wow."
The Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at L Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE says he has been both stunned and excited by the transformation of what he calls this "city within the city."
"I was in total awe of what is already here, and what is going to be here in the future," says the 20-year Marriott employee, who until recently managed the hotel chain's BWI property. "It is really something special."
From Cardwell's perspective, the hotel and the Front are perfectly matched. Guests love the neighborhood movie nights, the parks, and the friendly greeters at the Metro station who provide a smile and advice on how to get around the District. In return, residents enjoy the hotel's bar and an outdoor seating venue that has become a popular neighborhood hangout.
Outsiders contribute to the neighborhood's vitality as well. While business travelers are the hotel's bread and butter, Cardwell says he is seeing a spike in leisure travelers, with August numbers beating all expectations. A strategic location just five stops from the Convention Center coupled with competitive pricing is drawing tourists - and legions of Phillies, Red Sox, and Mets fans who have discovered the Front's convenience and value.
Professionally, Cardwell delights in the Front's opportunity for growth. Personally, he savors a much shorter commute from suburban Maryland and the contagious energy that accompanies riverfront change.
"You can feel the vibrancy. You can feel the transition coming. Who wouldn't want to be in the midst of this transition and all of its opportunity?" Cardwell raves. "It's just awesome."