DC DEVELOPMENT(S): CHANGES IN MICHIGAN PARK

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Michigan Park is a nice, stable neighborhood in the District, situated in the Northeast part of our city close to the Maryland border. If you’re not familiar with the vibe of the neighborhood, that might be because it often flies under the radar as a quiet place where city dwellers go about their business. In a neighborhood review on Street Advisor years ago, one DC resident called the area “stable, if not spectacular” going on to say that there’s “not much noteworthy about Michigan Park, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing…community spirit is at the heart of these streets. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): CHANGES IN MICHIGAN PARK

5 BARS WHERE IT ALWAYS FEELS LIKE SUMMER

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Let’s all take a minute to appreciate that we just survived one of the roughest stretches of arctic weather in D.C. in recent memory. Whether you spent the past days huddled at home or in one of the city’s cozy restaurants, I think everyone is glad it’s over! (I certainly didn’t decide to live in this place because of the cold.)

So now that it’s finally warmer-ish outside, consider hanging out somewhere that brings vibes of sun and warmth. Being cozy is great, but so is escaping winter altogether, however briefly. Here are some picks for bars and restaurants where it always feels a little more like summer. 5 BARS WHERE IT ALWAYS FEELS LIKE SUMMER

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE WREN

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As I’ve gotten older, the “checklist” I have for every apartment, home, or real estate hunt has shifted ever so slightly. Now, instead of my only criteria being that it fits within my budget and doesn’t look like the ceiling fan will decapitate me when I’m least expecting it, I get to be a little bit pickier. I can hold out for something with exposed brick or that’s walkable to a hip bar where I can spend way too much money or a place where there’s a doorman dedicated to receiving my amazon prime packages promptly (and without judgment). Looking to some of DC’s latest developments, I’d probably even be prompted to hold out for an apartment that sits comfortably atop a Whole Foods, so I can buy organic cheese puffs and whole trade chocolate that I can’t afford at a moment’s notice. I’m talking of course, about a development nearby Howard University at 965 Florida Ave. NW: The Wren. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE WREN

STUDIES CONFIRM THAT EVERYONE SHOULD LIVE ALONE, EVEN (ESPECIALLY) IF YOU’RE MARRIED

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I always say that the fastest way to ruin a relationship is to move in together.  Nothing kills the spark of romance like discovering that your significant other is a secret hoarder who takes 45 minute showers and puts their clipped toenails in the potted plants.  And yet cohabitation is widely accepted as a necessary step in “real” coupledom.  Imagine my surprise when it turned out that science supported my side. STUDIES CONFIRM THAT EVERYONE SHOULD LIVE ALONE, EVEN (ESPECIALLY) IF YOU’RE MARRIED

“The living room features a vaulted, louvered ceiling, a sleek fireplace, and an entire wall of separate, rectangular windows.  If one of your exes crept into your yard one night to throw a brick through your window (for doing that thing to them that one time, you know, the thing you’re thinking about right now), it would take them a good ten minutes just to decide which window to throw the brick through.”

“The living room features a vaulted, louvered ceiling, a sleek fireplace, and an entire wall of separate, rectangular windows.  If one of your exes crept into your yard one night to throw a brick through your window (for doing that thing to them that one time, you know, the thing you’re thinking about right now), it would take them a good ten minutes just to decide which window to throw the brick through.”

WHERE TO GET INKED: SCOPING DC’S TATTOO SCENE

Ah, tattoos. Fresh ink, skin that tells a story, the striking permanence of spontaneity, an art form that has truly taken hold of the latest generations. Most people can either go on and on about their opposition to tattoos or will be searching their phone frantically to show you their idea for their upcoming addition to their arm, or foot, or wherever, as soon as the topic comes up. Love them or hate them, though, they are certainly a part of today’s culture. There are tattoo shops with long wait lists, artists with obsessive followers on Instagram, many boards on Pinterest dedicated to dreaming up the ideal ink, and more. And if you’re looking to get in on the trend in the District, you can consider yourself lucky – we’re home to some pretty amazing, skilled, and renowned tattoo artists. So, where exactly can you sign yourself up for your next add-on to your sleeve or be pushed over the edge for your first ink? Here are some of the most well-known (and well-loved) tattoo parlors in our neck of the woods. WHERE TO GET INKED: SCOPING DC’S TATTOO SCENE

STAY CLASSY DC: THIS WEEK’S EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

This week in the District is quite the classy one, ladies and gentleman and lucky for you we’re totally one step ahead of you. I’m talking film screenings, museum exhibits and all of the Embassy events you can eat your little heart out too. I know I love a good classy evening full of wine, friends and cultural studies — and if you’re a true Washingtonian then you will too! STAY CLASSY DC: THIS WEEK’S EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

WAYS TO LOSE THE WEIGHT YOU GAINED OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

This is the time of year many people have joined a gym, vowing to regain the shape of their youth even if they have to stop eating Pringles and Mountain Dew for a while. But a gym membership isn’t for everyone. It costs money, it takes time, it hurts, and for many people, it isn’t fun.

If losing weight and getting in better shape is your goal — versus becoming competitive on the body-building circuit — all you have to do is move more and eat less. We know — that’s easier said than done. But living in the DMV can make it the process less painful, because we have so many great spots to walk. WAYS TO LOSE THE WEIGHT YOU GAINED OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE