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Bates Earth Day Clean Up
Eckington Earth Day Clean Up
DC Circulator Pop-Up Meeting
JDRF Fundraiser at Moe's
Oyster Roast at the Watershed
Ludlow-Taylor Elementary Spring Jubilee
Submissions Due: NoMa Underpass Design Competition 
National Train Day
Bike to Work Day

NoMa Parks Foundation to Create Spectacular Art Parks in NoMa Underpasses

The NoMa Parks Foundation is conducting an international design competition to transform four railroad underpasses in NoMa. The long hoped-for initiative will turn the underpasses at Florida Avenue, NE, and K, L and M Streets, NE, into stunning contemporary art installations. Qualifications are due May 9, 2014 and will be followed by a formal RFP issued to qualified entrants. Neighborhood residents could begin to see installation start as early as 2015. Full details about the competition can be found at
By transforming these thoroughfares with a series of interactive design solutions, these underutilized spaces will become vibrant, dynamic and inviting for vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. The NoMa Parks Foundation seeks artists and designers who will envision bold, creative approaches to the underpasses. Local artists are encouraged to apply.

Annual Meeting: Fantastic Food and Views
Thank you to the hundreds of people who attended NoMa BID’s Annual Meeting last Thursday and helped us celebrate the achievements of the neighborhood over the past year over delicious food. For the first time, NoMa BID partnered with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington to produce a live cooking competition between five RAMMY-nominated chefs: Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground, Caitlin Dysart of 2941 Restaurant, Jason Gehring of Menu/MBK, Tim Ma of Water & Wall and Maple Avenue, and Tom Wellings of Fiola. The competition was fierce and all the chefs created a delectable selection of food, but Erik Bruner-Yang won the coveted “People’s Choice Award” for his Nam Khao Crudo and Char Siu Bao.
Congratulations to the other award winners: to Harris Teeter for winning NoMa BID’s Private Sector Award, to John McGaw, Director of the Capital Improvements Program in the Executive Office of Mayor Vincent Gray, for winning the NoMa BID Public Sector Award, and to officers Gary Ciapa and Alex Mateo for winning the NoMa BID Community Sector Award. The Annual Meeting was held on the twelfth floor of 3 Constitution Square, complete with fantastic views of the Capitol, Union Market, and the train tracks. It’s been an amazing year in NoMa, from receiving a capital investment of $50 million from the DC government for parks, to the launch of free neighborhood WiFi, and everyone at the NoMa BID is thrilled to be able to share in the successes of the neighborhood with you. 
NoMa Launches DC's First Free Neighborhood WiFi 

Spring isn’t the only thing that’s up in the air in NoMa: a free outdoor WiFi network launched two weeks ago and has received positive reactions from users, and acclaim from local and tech media platforms. NoMa is the first neighborhood in Washington, D.C., to provide this cutting-edge amenity. The NoMa BID hopes the new access to WiFi will encourage the neighborhood’s public spaces to be utilized in new ways. Since the system launched on April 2, there have been 1,779 unique users, and an average of 168 users a day. These numbers will increase as temperatures rise.  Click here to view a map of the current WiFi service areas and here to view a map of proposed WiFi service areas. 

Special thanks to the District Department of Transportation for allowing equipment on their streetlight poles and to Polinger, Shannon and Luchs and Principal Financial Group at 1200 First Street, NE; The JBG Companies at 1300 First Street, NE; CIM Group at 899 North Capitol Street, NE; First Potomac Realty Management at 840 First Street, NE; and StonebridgeCarras at 175 N Street, NE for allowing equipment on their buildings.

MBT 5k and Train Day: May 10
Grab your running shoes and join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, May 10, 2014 for the fourth annual MBT5K Run/Walk on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Click here to register for this fun community event. Registration for children is free.  Learn more about the MBT 5k here. Dogs, strollers, and running-enthusiasts are all welcome!
National Train Day, also on May 10, celebrates the anniversary of the launch of the transcontinental railroad. DC’s festivities take place at the iconic Union Station, and will feature train equipment displays, tours of the station and surrounding neighborhood, train-centric children’s activities, and more! 
NoMa Remembers John Simmons
Exactly one year ago on April 16, 2013, NoMa Hospitality Ambassador John Simmons died after a long illness. He had joined the NoMa BID Clean Team in 2010 through Gospel Rescue Ministries, and through hard work and dedication, worked his way up to become a NoMa BID ambassador. He enjoyed helping with NoMa events, particularly NoMa Summer Screen and the outdoor concerts, and he generally covered the route near Union Station. John's sister Ardell Simmons stopped by the BID offices this year to remember John's life. He was a kind and gentle person, and is still greatly missed by everyone on the team. 
Bike to Work Day: New NoMa Location
Register for Bike To Work Day and sign up for the NoMa pit stop today! The first 14,000 participants who register for this free event at are eligible for a bicycle raffle and will receive a free T-shirt commemorating this year’s celebration, held on Friday, May 16, 2014. The NoMa pit stop will be located at the grassy lot at First and Pierce Streets, NE and will feature free food, fun biking activities, and more from 7:30-9:30 AM. Tweet us your favorite bagel flavor @NoMaBID.
Bike to Work Day is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) as a way to encourage a bike and eco-friendly lifestyle. Special thank you to Tishman Speyer for use of the space.
Congratulations Pamela Jackson: Quarterly Ambassador Award Recipient
The Quarterly Ambassador Award recognizes a Hospitality Ambassador every three months who unfailingly goes above and beyond in all aspects of their work. Pamela joined the team in December 2013 as an on-call Hospitality Ambassador and advanced to a full-time Ambassador only two months later. She won this award, in part, for her energetic assistance during the Nerds in NoMa speaker series and the launch of NoMa’s free neighborhood WiFi, and always volunteering for new and bigger projects.

Pamela’s grandmonther Loree H. Murray created the Near Northeast Citizens Against Crime and Drugs, and was a well-known community activist; in fact, her grandmother is the namesake of the Loree Grand at Union Place. Pamela lives in Capitol Hill with her three children, Hameda, Sydney, and Jaxxon. If you see Pamela in the neighborhood, say hello and congratulations!
Community Events
Eckington and Bates Civic Association Neighborhood Clean Up
On Saturday, April 19, celebrate Earth Day and give back to your local community with two neighborhood beautification events. Grab a shovel and help the Bates Area Civic Association plant rose bushes, hostas, and other greenery, as well as picking up litter and distributing mulch. Please email if you’re interested in volunteering to receive more information.
Join the Eckington Civic Association to beautify the pocket park at Lincoln Road and North Capitol Street. Please meet at the Harry Thomas Recreation Center located at 1743 Lincoln Road, NE at 10 AM. Eckington volunteers can contact Randy Nolan at for more information.
New CSA in Bloomingdale
Radix Farm is now offering a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pick-up in Bloomingdale!  Members will pick up their CSA share each Thursday outside of Big Bear Café at 1700 First Street, NW from 5:30-7:00 PM. To sign up, please click here to fill out the online registration form.
CSA members will receive a weekly share of a wide variety of fresh and seasonal produce. Radix Farm grows over 50 types and hundreds of varieties of vegetables in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, less than 10 miles from DC. Their farm is Certified Naturally Grown, which means they follow organic practices to grow high-quality, diversified produce for the CSA, farmers markets, and restaurants.
DC Circulator Pop-Up
Tuesday, April 22nd from 3:30 - 6:30 PM, DDOT will be hosting a "pop-up" at the NoMa Metro stop to gain public input on the upcoming 2014 DC Circulator Transit Development Plan Update. This is one of six Pop-Up Meetings DDOT is hosting to solicit feedback from current and future riders on the DC Circulator bus system. All are encouraged to attend and provide feedback on the current system as well as future routes and extensions. Click here to learn more.

Moe's Fundraiser for JDRF
Head over to Moe’s Southwest Grill in NoMa from 5-8 PM on Wednesday, April 23 and support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  Buy any burrito, bowl, or salad for $5 and Moe’s will donate $5 to JDRF. Moe’s is open 11 AM-9 PM daily at 1275 First Street, NE, and their entrance is on N Street, NE.
Oyster Roast at the Watershed
Head over to Todd Gray’s Watershed on Thursday, April 24 for “Grill & Chill, A Kick-off to Spring.” This event is a traditional oyster roast, held on the Watershed’s patio, and the $29 tickets include live local music and bottomless beer and wine from 6:30-9:30 PM. Friendly leashed dogs are welcome on the patio. Please RSVP via phone or email to Anne Choe at (202) 534-1361 or
Ludlow Taylor Elementary’s Spring Jubilee
Celebrate Spring long-awaited arrival and support a local DC school at Ludlow Taylor Elementary’s Spring Jubilee on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 2-5 PM. Festivities include: moonbounces, a dunk tank, food, games, crafts, a yard sale, and more! Tickets are $5 a person, kids 12 and under are free. Ludlow Taylor Elementary School is located at 659 G Street, NE. 
Uncle Chip's Lobby Project Cafe Closes
Thank you to Shannon Boyle, the owner of Uncle Chip’s Cookies for bringing her scrumptious morning treats and French-pressed coffee to the Lobby Project Café each weekday morning from November to April! Uncle Chip’s Cookies is a local DC business with a brick and mortar space at 1514 North Capitol Street, NW who operated a pop-up café in conjunction with the Lobby Project. Uncle Chip’s continued to operate the Lobby Project café for an additional month after the formal conclusion of the pilot period. Due to an increase in customers with the spring weather, Uncle Chip’s will leave the Lobby Project space to focus on their primary brick and mortar location. Stay tuned for more programming in the Lobby Project in October.
Save Energy and Birds
Think you’ve got a long commute? Spring is migration season for millions of birds that fly up the East Coast through Washington, D.C. Unfortunately many end up victims of building collisions, drawn to the bright lights of modern, glass-covered buildings.
To save energy and protect birds, please turn off the lights in your building from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM during migration season, which runs April through May in spring and September through November in fall. Find out more about what you can do to protect birds and wildlife at or by contacting If you are a building manager and would like to host a walk-through of how to make your building bird-friendly, contact NoMa BID Hospitality Program Manager Otavio Thompson at

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