|The FRONT's Branding CampaignIf you have walked around the BID neighborhood lately, you may have noticed some changes including new trash can plates in bright orange, green and blue and the BID's bold new logo on the back of the Clean & Safe Team's shirts. "Be Out Front" lightpole banners in alternating colors and fence wrapping banners promoting Front Yard, Front Office, Front Door and Store Front will soon decorate the area. The BID's new branding campaign developed by Smooth Stone sets the neighborhood at the ForeFront, leading the way in green innovation, with extraordinary advantages of riverfront living; a distinct industrial heritage; and access to what matters - unique parks and trails, sports and entertainment, exceptional value, and proximity to Capitol Hill.
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|First Quarter 09 Development: Over 2,000 Residential Units
|Below is a summary of development in the Capitol Riverfront as of the 1Q 2009. Highlights include
the completion of 909 at Capitol Yards, a 237 unit apartment building, as well as the continued construction of Diamond Teague Park and EYA's first phase of the Capitol Quarter townhomes. There are now over 2,000 residential units in the Capitol Riverfront with more than half leased/sold and occupied. The current estimated population within the BID is 1,584 residents.
|Bike to Work Day at Nationals Park
Bike to Nationals Park Pit Stop and join the party for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15th between 6:30 and 8:30 am. Arrive early for free t-shirts, music, entertainment, breakfast food, drinks and enter to win a new bike donated by CycleLife USA at Nationals Park Center Field Plaza, Half and N Streets, SE. Register online at www.waba.org and learn more about free bike valet at Nationals Park for all games and upcoming bike-friendly events in the neighborhood. Join Councilmember Tommy Wells and BID executive director Michael Stevens as they ride their bikes to the Bike to Work Day celebration at Nationals Park.
|The Bullpen Officially Opening|
On Friday, May 15th, the Bullpen, located in the Front directly across from Nationals Park at N and Half Streets, SE, will officially open. For at least 2 hours before and after every home game, the Bullpen will have live music ranging from Dewey Beach Bands to local groups, several bars, food from Rocklands Barbeque, Surfside and Armand's Pizza, plenty of tables, a 15,000-square-foot festival area and a large area for childrens' activities. Look for other events this summer at the Bullpen such as non-game-day concerts and a Sunday morning Farmer's Market. Learn more at www.thebullpendc.com.
|First Day of Farmer's Market
The opening of the Farmer's Market has signaled the first of many summertime events in the Capitol Riverfront. Hosted by US DOT with support from the Capitol Riverfront BID and held at the 3rd Street Courtyard, the Farmer's Market will be open every Tuesday from 10 am - 2 pm through early November. Pick up fresh fruit for an afternoon snack, bring home homebaked bread for dinner, enjoy a BBQ lunch outside, and shop at several arts and crafts booths. Produce will change every week so be sure to stop by to see what's in season!
|Mayor of Helsinki Visits BID|
The Mayor of Helsinki, Finland visited the Capitol Riverfront BID last week while in town for the opening of the new My Helsinki! exhibit at the Finnish embassy. A model green city with one-third of the city's land kept for parks and other green areas, Helsinki is focusing on revitalizing its active riverfront, a staple of the cityscape. Mayor Jussi Pajunen came to the Front to learn about the BID's efforts in creating a riverfront destination for an active and healthy lifestyle with the 20-mile riverwalk trail, four new public parks and piers for boat docking to provide a variety of river access, open space and recreational amenities. BID executive director Michael Stevens provided the Mayor and his team with an overview briefing and presentation at the BID's offices.
|Summer Concerts Begin May 20th|
Back by popular demand, The Jewels doo wop band will kick off the 20-week FRONT Stage lunchtime concert series on May 20th. The second annual lunchtime concerts presented by JBG, with support from the Capitol Riverfront BID, will be held every Wednesday from 12 pm until 2 pm, beginning May 20th and going until September 30th at the plaza by New Jersey and Tingey Street, behind US DOT. Bring your lunch or enjoy the cafeteria's outdoor grilling or On the Fly, while enjoying different music every week in an outdoor cafe atmosphere on the plaza. This year's line-up includes jazz, rock-country, 80's, Latin, Caribbean, Reggae, Blues, R&B, and classic rock. See the entire schedule online on the FRONT Stage Calendar
|Capitol Hill House & Garden Tour|
The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) will host its 52nd Annual House and Garden Tour on May 9 and 10, highlighting the Barracks Row neighborhood and including homes south of Pennsylvania Ave. On Saturday, May 9, from 4 - 8 pm, the candlelight tour stops at the Home of the Commandants at the Marine Barracks, located just above the BID's northern boundary. The Mother's Day tour on Sunday, May 10, runs from 11 am - 5 pm, capped off by a tea held from 2:30 to 5 pm at Lola's on Barracks Row. Learn about the rich histories of the houses, see detailed interior designs and visit blossoming gardens. BID Board Member Leon Kafele's home on G Street, SE is included on this year's tour. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at the CHRS offices, at the CHRS booth at Eastern Market this weekend, or at a sales table in front of Hill's Kitchen at 713 D Street, SE. Tickets purchased on the day of the tour are $30.
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