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Nerds in NoMa: Urban Adventure
NoMa Parks Community Conversation 3
DC Climate Photo Contest Opening Reception
2016 NoMa BID Annual Meeting
Bike to Work Day
Eckington Yards Plans Materialize

The JBG Cos. and The Boundary Cos. Eckington Yards project is moving forward! The Eckington Yards project features four buildings with a total of 695 residential units, up to 77,100 SF of retail, 331 underground vehicle parking spaces and 237 bicycle parking spaces. Retail is envisioned as "maker use space," described as a "commercial community where retail, maker and service spaces can attract businesses which will co-exist in a manner which will provide an active community." JBG and Boundary intend to market the 1,200 to 8,000 SF spaces to Ward 5 shops such as distilleries, textile makers and sculptors. For more information, click here.
50 Florida Ave is now The Lexicon


Bush Construction has named their 50 Florida Avenue development The Lexicon. The development will feature 182 condominium homes, a cascading pool, an onsite fitness center, a clubroom and business center, and underground parking for all residences. Sales on the units will begin in spring. Read more about the development more here, and visit The Lexicon site here. 

International Art Festival POW! WOW! Heads to NoMa

The NoMa BID is excited to announce that POW! WOW!, an international art festival that celebrates culture, music and art in cities around the world, will be held in NoMa during the last two weeks of May. POW! WOW! began as a week-long mural event in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has grown over the last five years into a series of global events that include classes, performances and lectures in addition to live art installations.

POW! WOW! brings talented local and international artists together in partnerships with community members that enrich, beautify and enliven neighborhoods. Over the course of two weeks, the POW! WOW! festival creates exciting experiences that produce beautiful murals that will become part of the increasingly unique NoMa neighborhood. 

POW! WOW! is being sponsored by the NoMa BID and neighborhood real estate developers Kettler, MRP Realty and SKANSKA. For more information on POW! WOW!, click here.

Nerds in NoMa: Urban Adventure 

Nerds in NoMa: Urban Adventure is Tuesday, March 15th. Next up is a lively discussion about finding the urban adventure that's right for you, including everything from kayaking to biking to hiking. Bring your happy hour crowd for drinks and popcorn and enjoy this free speaker series. Click here to RSVP.

Moderator: Matt Liddle, REI

Lee Cain, Director of Recreation, Anacostia Watershed Society
Becky Curtis, Director Programs & Partnerships, C&O Canal Trust
Nelle Pierson, Deputy Director, WABA
Karen Zeiter, Program Manager, Rock Creek Conservancy

And finally, join us on Tuesday, April 19th, 6-8PM for the last Nerds in NoMa of the season!  Bring your friends and join the conversation as the District's DOEE Director and former Ward 6 council member Tommy Wells examines the ways DC is addressing climate change. 

Other guests include:
Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development
Dave Good, Manager, Energy and Sustainability at Gallaudet University.

Beer, wine and popcorn will be available. Be there or be square! *ASL interpretation will be provided. Click here to RSVP

NoMa Parks Community Conversation 3

The NoMa Parks Foundation invites you to a community gathering on March 29th to learn about NoMa's parks projects and discuss how to make the neighborhood more beautiful and enjoyable. 

At this gathering, the third Community Conversation, we'll highlight a new community engagement tool, host a design workshop for kids, and kick off planning for the future park at 3rd and L Streets NE. 

Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn for a light dinner beginning at 6:00 PM; the formal portion of the evening begins at 6:30 PM. The main program will end around 8:00 PM and we invite attendees to stay through 8:30 PM (or a little later) for the 3rd and L design workshop. To RSVP, click here.

DC Climate Photo Contest Opening Reception

Join local art lovers on Thursday, March 31st, from 6 PM-8 PM to celebrate the newest art installation, the DC Climate Photo Contest.  The DC Climate Photo Contest was held Summer 2015 to strengthen the connection between climate change and daily life in the District. From a flooded Tidal Basin and kids cooling off from record temperatures to the 17th Street levy and green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff, these photographs capture the challenges and solutions of climate change—all through the eyes and words of District residents. Click here to RSVP

Discover the Workplace of the Future!

Join us for the 2016 NoMa BID Annual Meeting on April 28th, where we’ll explore the continuing evolution of the modern workplace, and what we can expect to see in the future! A panel of industry experts will discuss what the workplaces of tomorrow will be like. We’ll also be providing a sneak preview of upcoming development projects in the NoMa neighborhood.  Each year, hundreds of NoMa stakeholders and friends gather to celebrate this great and growing neighborhood. Click here to RSVP.

Registration for Bike to Work Day is Open!

On Friday, May 20th, from 7:30AM-9:30AM, join over 10,000 area commuters for Bike to Work Day, a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. Register for the NoMa pit stop, which will feature free food, drinks, and your favorite bike gurus. Click here to RSVP.

Norton in Your Neighborhood Recap

On Wednesday, March 9th, 45 District residents joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) for “Norton in Your Neighborhood.”  The community conversation, which was held in the Lobby Project, provided an opportunity for Congresswoman Norton to engage NoMa-area and other District of Columbia residents in a wide-ranging discussion that touched on everything from the nature of American democracy to topics that impact Washingtonians and NoMa residents like transportation, growth, and the future of the District. NoMa BID is the first BID to host a "Norton in Your Neighborhood."

Get to know SeoulSpice's Eric Shin

If you walk past the N Street entrance of the NoMa Gallaudet U Metro stop, you've probably noticed SeoulSpice, NoMa's new fast casual Korean restaurant! Owner Eric Shin gave us a rundown on how SeoulSpice came to NoMa, his inspirations, and what his favorite item on the menu is. Check it out:

Q: Where did you get the inspiration for SeoulSpice?

A: Growing up, I always found myself having to translate for friends at Korean restaurants.  I would hear from so many friends: “Man, I love Korean food, but I have no idea what to order.“  With SEOULSPICE, I get to share my love for Korean food in a familiar format to the DC community.  Unlike other fast-casual options, all our food is gluten-free and made from scratch, in-house.  In fact, my mom (a former restaurant owner in Atlanta) flew in to help make kimchi for opening week!

Q: What was it about the NoMa neighborhood that made you select it SeoulSpice?

A: The energy!  Everywhere you look, people are creating, working, and sharing.  There are delicious foods to be eaten and beautiful graffiti to see.  We want to be a part of the neighborhood, a part of the excitement.  My wife and I are Northeast DC residents and several of our NoMa friends had suggested that we open in the neighborhood.  With the close proximity to home and the metro, this was a no-brainer.

Q: How do you envision SeoulSpice growing in the future?

A: When we opened our doors, we had no idea what would happen.  Nothing could really prepare us for our opening week!  We’ve been making a lot of adjustments to keep up with the demand and to serve our customers better.  If the strong demand continues, we may consider opening more locations in DC.  In the meantime, we are looking forward to setting up a patio area and serving up some cocktails on tap!

Q: Finally, can you tell me something that people HAVE to try at SeoulSpice? 

A: Well, my two favorites are the FIREBALL and the dish I grew up eating as a Korean-American: a bulgogi rice bowl topped with kimchi and (gasp) cilantro-lime ranch!


NoMa by the Numbers

It's time for another NoMa By The Numbers! This section features some hard data about NoMa and the District, giving you a quantitative look at what's happening in NoMa and the region. 

Did you know that NoMa BID has 7,880,000 of LEED certified square footage in 24 buildings? That's 111 SF of LEED certified office space per NoMa BID office employee, and 255 SF of LEED certified residential space per NoMa BID resident! The District of Columbia has 19.3 SF of LEED certified office space per capita, far higher than any state, with Illinois being the highest at 3.43 SF of LEED certified office space per capita (Source: According to the 2015 US Green Building Council).


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