City Paper is not for tourists
A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Send a Signal, II: Last week, the Brookland email list was on the bat beat; supposedly, the installation of bat boxes will attract the winged creatures, who eat mosquitos, thus driving up the quality of life factor should one choose to enjoy their summer evenings outside. This week, the Palisades email list has some similar questions. A member offers this advice: “About two years ago we found a bat sleeping behind a shutter on a second floor window while we were having our house painted. He was upset that he had been disturbed and left, but I hoped he would return so I went out and bought a bat box at the Wild Bird Store. We put it up close to where he had been sleeping, but he never returned and no other bats have taken up residence there. I was very disappointed – hopefully you will have better luck!”
No Babes in Toyland, For Now: Frozen Tropics reports that upsets in management aren’t all that’s going on at H Street NE’s Toyland: “As you may have heard, Toyland officially changed hands yesterday. I have known about the plans for sale for a while, but didn’t want to risk jinxing it. So, Toyland is now closed and will reopen this summer as a new bar, with a new name and new concept.” D.C. Style Is Real recently posted not one, but two screeds about the bar decrying its decline. Perhaps the establishment’s future is a bit brighter.
I Prefer Minimalist Design, Thank You: Southwest…The Little Quadrant That Could has been consistently tracking the progress of Station 4’s opening. As the quadrant is scant on the retail and dining front, it’s no wonder. The restaurant is slated to open as early as next week, reports the blog, which also says, “It’s been a momentous week so far over at Station 4. First, the brown paper covering the windows of the restaurant was removed, revealing its swanky interior. Then, outdoor furniture was positioned in the patio area. Now, it has been tweeting up a storm today.” Unfortunately, one commenter is not so thrilled and bashes pretty much the only aspect available to bash, given that Station 4 isn’t properly open. “Swanky? The furniture looks like something that would appeal to the local pimps and gangbangers. I don’t have high hopes for this place…” they write.
Let’s Go Swimming: It’s really, really hot. Fortunately, a few neighborhood blogs have resources to offer. Yesterday, New Columbia Heights reported that a few area pools would open that evening. If you’re the more daring type, the Georgetown Metropolitan has mined city data to expose just who in Georgetown has a private swimming pool. The possibility of sneaking in is suggested, but not endorsed.