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A Brief History of NoMa

The part of D.C. now known as NoMa has seen dramatic changes over the past four centuries. We've published a narrative overview of it all on our website, along with a number of photographs and other images from across the decades. This is the latest step in the NoMa BID's ongoing celebration of the neighborhood's deeper history, which also includes the photographs on our street pole banners and the colorful The Chicken and the Egg installation, part of the Gateways Project.


Help Prepare for Tanner Park's Arrival

Attention, dog lovers, families with small kids, and anyone else who wants to donate time and energy for caring for new and existing public spaces in Eckington. Tonight is the first meeting of Eckington Parks & Arts, a volunteer and philanthropic group that will take care of Tanner Park's dog park, help activate its people park, and more. If you have any interest in lending time or support, the gathering will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Yang's Market (138 U St. NE). Questions? Contact Conor Shaw: conormarcusshaw@gmail.com.


MBT Detour Ends Next Week

Speaking of Alethia Tanner Park, good news from the NoMa Parks Foundation for everyone who uses the Metropolitan Branch Trail: The construction team is paving the wider, smoother MBT, and the trail should reopen during the week of October 21. The improved path will have the new alignment with the trail above R Street, eliminating the Z-turn that previously existed. There will be construction fencing on both sides of the trail at the north end of the park, and on the west side of the trail through the rest of the park. Also, the detour's temporary link to Q Street will go away so this portion of the park can be built — the permanent connection is already being built, as shown in the above right image. The temporary MBT detour along Harry Thomas Way NE, 3rd Street NE, and Randolph Street NE will be removed once the MBT is reopened. The temporary pedestrian walkway on Harry Thomas Way NE adjacent to the park, however, will remain until the sidewalk on that street is rebuilt, around the time the park is ready to be opened in early 2020.


Spot of Tea Opens in Streets Market

This Sunday, October 20, Spot of Tea will host the grand opening celebration of its first permanent location. After three years on the DC farmers market circuit, the local tea company has found a home inside NoMa's Streets Market & Cafe (51 M St. NE). The event begins at 11:00 a.m. with one free drink for the first 50 customers, followed by a buy-one-get-one-free promotion for the rest of the day. Starting October 21, store hours will be 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., all week long. Currently, Spot of Tea has soft opened with a limited menu from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


One Week Until PumpkinPalooza!

Join us on October 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate the autumn season with our seventh annual PumpkinPalooza. Reserve your pumpkin today, then come with friends and family to enjoy a carving/decoration party, petting zoo, live music, dog costume contest, and much, much more. See you at the corner of First and Pierce next Wednesday!

PumpkinPalooza is sponsored by Advantage Financial Credit Union and Red Bear Brewing. Thanks to Harris Teeter for the free seasonal snacks and Orangetheory Fitness for being part of the event.


New to the NoMa Community 

There will be many new faces arriving in NoMa over the next week as two organizations move into the neighborhood. Say hello to the Peace Corps, now located at 1275 First St. NE, and Goodwill of Greater Washington, whose headquarters is now in Uline Arena (1140 3rd St. NE). Welcome! We're so glad you've chosen to make your home in NoMa.

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