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Faces of the Front

Cynthia Robinson-Rivers
Van Ness Elementary School

Van Ness Elementary School will open its doors in the Capitol Riverfront to 3 and 4 year old Pre-K and Kindergarten students this fall. We sat down with Head of School Cynthia Robinson-Rivers to discuss her passion for education. MORE​

Bernard White
Capitol Riverfront Clean & Safe Supervisor

Clean & Safe Team member Bernard White celebrates his 5 year anniversary as an employee in the Capitol Riverfront this fall. MORE


Meredith Fascett
​ANC 6D07

Meredith Fascett is the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood (ANC 6D07). MORE

 
Joshua Estes
Willie's Brew & Que
Willie’s Brew & Que, one of DC’s newest barbecue restaurant and sports bar, focuses on the art of low and slow barbecue cooking. MORE


Angel Carvalho
Park
Tavern
Park Tavern, with windows overlooking the vibrant dancing fountains in Canal Park, is a great place to cheer on the Nationals and enjoy both pregame and postgame food and fun! MORE


Albert & Danica Oh
Cornercopia

Since 2009, specialty market Cornercopia has offered gourmet food options.  Owners Albert and Danica Oh have lived in the Capitol Riverfront since 2008, and have enjoyed seeing the neighborhood grow. MORE


Lee Cain
Anacostia Watershed Society
Lee Cain, Director of Recreation at AWS, began working at AWS in 2006 as an environmental educator, and now leads stewardship and recreation programs with local and regional watershed partners. MORE


Victoria Lai
Ice Cream
Jubilee
Since opening Ice Cream Jubilee in the Capitol Riverfront last year, entrepreneur Victoria Lai has quickly established her scoop shop as one of DC's best. MORE


Tom An
Bonchon Chicken

​Bonchon Chicken opened its newest DC area location in the Capitol Riverfront this spring. Located three blocks from the Nationals Ballpark Center Field Gate on Half Street SE, Bonchon is an excellent lunch, dinner, and pregame or postgame choice with a menu featuring “Asian Fusion” dishes such as Korean fried chicken and bulgogi beef sliders. MORE
 

Chandini Hemrajani
VIDA Fitness at The Yards

Chandini Hemrajani, Personal Training Manager at VIDA Fitness at The Yards, began working in the Capitol Riverfront when VIDA Fitness opened in October 2014. MORE
 

Justin Ross
The Big Stick & Justin's Cafe

Justin Ross, Capitol Riverfront resident and restauranteur, opened Justin's Cafe in 2010. Inspired by the success of his first restaurant, Justin recently opened The Big Stick at 20 M Street, SE in the Capitol Riverfront. MORE
 

Mike Lenard
​TaKorean

With a deep love and appreciation for food, founder and CEO Mike Lenard first opened TaKorean in August 2010 out of a 1985 Ford step van that he converted to a food truck. MORE
 

Zach Dobelbower
Ecohouse
Zach Dobelbower of Ecohouse which combines comprehensive financial analysis with advanced building science retrofit strategies to offer innovative, cost-effective, deep energy retrofit and design strategies.  MORE

 
Nikki Palmer-Burger
Yards Park Volunteer
Local Resident Nikki Palmer-Burger is a volunteer at the Yards Park concert series. Despite the fact that she is a full time student as well as being a stay at home mom, she is committed to the Capitol Riverfront community. MORE
 

Eloyd Robinson
Yards Park Security Officer
Eloyd Robinson of Watkins Security is our midnight security officer in the Yards Park. Before joining Watkins Security company, Mr. Robinson had a career as a professional player in baseball's Negro League and Major League Baseball. MORE
 

Laura O'Neill
Director/Counsel of Government Affairs, OOIDA
Laura O'Neill is the Director/Counsel of Government Affairs for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). OOIDA is a national trade association representing the interests of small business trucking professionals MORE
 

John Dillow & Conal O'Keefe
Living Classrooms
Living Classroom Executive Director John Dillow, and Lead Educator Conal O'Keefe, teach 17,000 children and young adults about the environment along the Anacostia River. MORE
 

Terry Bellamy
Director, DDOT
Terry Bellamy, Director for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), lives and works in the Capitol Riverfront. Last May DDOT moved into a new building at 55 M Street, SE. MORE
 

Carolyn Hicks
Neighborhood Resident
Carolyn Hicks, neighborhood resident and Yards Park volunteer has lived in DC for five years. Originally from Rhode Island, she now works at Conservation International an environment oriented non-profit. Excited to live in DC, Carolyn said, "there is always something to do!" MORE
 

Meriana Alrabad
Sales Assistant, EYA
Meriana Alrabadi, Sales Assistant at EYA Capitol Quarter, loves the fact that the Capitol Riv-erfront is a small town in a big city. She has been part of the neighborhood since August 2010, and the beautiful townhomes of Capitol Quarter are one of her fa-vorite spots in the neighborhood. MORE
 

Savita Malhotra
Owner, Harry's Reserve
Harry's Reserve at 909 New Jersey Ave SE, between I & K Streets SE, has opened to the Capitol Riverfront community, bringing with it a great variety of beers, wines, spirits, cheeses and snacks. Savita Malhotra, the owner of Harry's Reserve along with her husband, is excited to be a part of the neighborhood.  MORE
 

Chris VanArsdale
Executive Director, Canal Park Development Association
Chris VanArsdale is the Executive Director of the Canal Park Development Association and has been a part of the Capitol Riverfront Community since 2008. Canal Park is underway, and Chris is excited about how our neighborhood is growing and changing. MORE


Captain Apollo
Resident Manager, Casa degli Angeli
Before becoming resident manager of 'Casa degli Angeli,' located at 1026 3rd Street SE, Paul Broom (better known as Captain Apollo) traveled the world in the Merchant Marine. After coming to DC in 1990, his first stop was the sidewalk of Henry's for a lunch break, and he immediately fell in love with the Hill. MORE
 

Mandy Jacobson Keithan
Resident, Axiom at Capitol Yards
Mandy Jacobson Keithan, and her husband Rob both work at Trapeze School New York (TSNY), Washington DC - the big white tent at 4th and Tingey Streets, SE. MORE
 

The Price Family
Residents, Capitol Hill Tower
Jonathon & Sarah Price and their daughter Lana (along with their dog Lewis!) moved here in 2006, when "Capitol Hill Tower was one of the only buildings around," said Sarah.  The Price family loves seeing the community grow, because "something new is always happening on the Riverfront". MORE
 

Mozzelle Isley
Resident, Axiom at Capitol Yards
Mozzelle Isley relocated to DC and fell in love with the Axiom apartments and the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. MORE
 

TJ Oleksiak
Resident, Townhouse
An early believer in the Capitol Riverfront, TJ Oleksiak purchased a 100-year-old townhome in 2005.  He's already seen the promise of the neighborhood fulfilled - the value of his home has increased since he purchased it, new residents have moved in and parks are being built.  His hopes are being realized and "what is here now is just the beginning!"  MORE
 

Daryl Jackson
Resident, Capitol Hill Tower Co-Op
Daryl Jackson, a General Services Administration (GSA) Contracting Officer, moved to the Capitol Riverfront in August 2006.  His friends envy the spirit of community that is evident when they visit him. MORE


Monica Murdoch
Manager, Starbucks

Against a national backdrop of shrinking workforces and diminishing services, one Capitol Riverfront business manager says that at the Starbucks at the corner of New Jersey Avenue and M Street SE, business has never been better. MORE


Carol and Ed Kaminski
Residents, Velocity Condos

After living near Annapolis for the last decade, Carol and Ed Kaminski were ready for a change.  These self-described foodies – who love going to new restaurants, theater and museums – always found suburban life a little sterile.  With their children now in college, they decided to make a move to the District, and after an extensive search from Upper Northwest to Dupont Circle, discovered the Capitol Riverfront and Velocity condos. MORE


Mostofa Mohammed
Owner, Subway

Stop in at Mostofa Mohammed’s Subway sandwich shop near the corner of New Jersey Ave, SE and M Street, SE any day during lunch time, and hungry Capitol Riverfront customers are often lined up outside the door and onto the sidewalk. MORE


Bonita Holbrook
Resident, Capitol Quarter

Bonita Holbrook and her family have waited a long time to move into their townhouse in Capitol Quarter.  Holbrook had been living with her three children and her mother in the Arthur Capper Carollsburg public housing project since the early 1990s.  But getting to a new home meant leaving the neighborhood for awhile.  They moved back to The Front in May of 2009 and haven’t looked back. MORE


Thomas and Carey Dougan
Residents, Capitol Quarter

For Thomas and Carey Dougan, the Capitol Riverfront is the perfect place to raise two young children.  “The community has been welcoming; offering free outdoor movies, farmers markets, family nights at the Nationals Stadium and other social events has really helped us build a strong community” Carey says. MORE


Todd Myers
Director of Operations, Alion Science and Technology

To Todd Myers, the director of operations for Alion Science and Technology, the Capitol Riverfront is a “great location for government consulting and contracting.” MORE


Duffy and Elena Welsh
Residents, Capitol Quarter

Several years ago, while living in a condo in Penn Quarter, an internet search suggested the Congressional Cemetery dog park to Duffy and Elena as a good place to exercise their pooches. Along the way, they'd detour through The Front to check out the future site of the new stadium. MORE


Wyatt Cardwell
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 Marriott Courtyard Hotel at L Street, SE 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.” MORE


Liam and Meredith Larue
Residents, Velocity Condos

To Coast Guard veteran Liam Larue, life along the Capitol Riverfront is a winning tapestry of change and convenience, underscored by “the promise of building up a kind of a forgotten part of town.” MORE


Jack Whitsitt
Resident, Onyx on First Apartments

For two Capitol Riverfront newcomers, the long wait for a perfect apartment came during a short wait for exhibit space at Artomatic. MORE
 

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