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

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

DC’S WEIRDEST LAW MANDATES THAT ALL GAS STATIONS HAVE TO STAY OPEN FOREVER

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There were a number of jaw-droppers in the recent articles about DC’s law prohibiting full-service gas stations from being turned into anything else.  First – the man who owns around half of all District-area stations nets – nets! – almost $800 million annually.  That’s borderline Bezos money.  Second – apparently a significant number of District residents drive to Maryland or Virginia to get marginally cheaper gas.  You people do know that you’re using gas to drive to and from Maryland and Virginia, don’t you?!  Even if you value your time at literally zero, you’re still probably only saving a few cents. DC’S WEIRDEST LAW MANDATES THAT ALL GAS STATIONS HAVE TO STAY OPEN FOREVER

CITYSCAPES FROM MEMORY: ART BY STEVEN WILTSHIRE

If you’ve ever held a paintbrush in your hands, or been privy to the way a pencil glides across paper, you might agree with me when I boldly claim that art is a language all its own. And it’s a language that transcends rules. After all, art is something that we can all mutually appreciate, but lends itself to varying interpretations. It’s a world wonder in its own right, and something that should be held dear, available to all, and often on the front pages (politics, schmolitics). It’s no secret that we could each spend eons uncovering artists worth writing about – they’re out there, creating in droves. One in particular that has recently inspired many headlines, exhibits, and hearts is Stephen Wiltshire, an internationally acclaimed artist from Britain. CITYSCAPES FROM MEMORY: ART BY STEVEN WILTSHIRE

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): REIMAGINING THE EASTERN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

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Like any major city, DC is always evolving. Buildings are being flipped, businesses being tweaked…the city is constantly moving in roughly a billion different directions. In all of the hubbub, it’s easy to forget that while it seems like the changes come at a million miles per hour, development takes time, and often a lot of it. One development that has been fighting for action for almost a decade now in Hill East is the old Eastern Branch Girls and Boys Club Building. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): REIMAGINING THE EASTERN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

WARM UP THOSE LOVELY BONES WITH THESE COZY DISTRICT HOTSPOTS

Okay, so the holidays have come to a close and let’s be honest – we’re all feeling a bit meh about it. Plus, we’re presently experiencing a level of cold that I can only accurately equate to being fully embalmed alive in pure liquid nitrogen.

Seriously, I can literally feel my body dying every millisecond that I am exposed to the District winter elements and there is no amount of layering that my fragile bones can find any remote semblance of comfort in.

Anyways… so the point is that this got me thinking…wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of insanely cozy establishments in the District that you could dart over to for a quick drink, get-together or an afternoon of remote work? WARM UP THOSE LOVELY BONES WITH THESE COZY DISTRICT HOTSPOTS