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Bisnow Event: The Future of NoMa
NoMa BID Public Safety Meeting, 2 p.m. For more information, contact
WPA SELECT Exhibition Opens
WPA Curator Talks
Thaaja Indian Food Bar Now Open
Thaaja, an Indian Restaurant, opened its doors Wednesday! Located at 1335 Second Street, NE, Thaaja’s menu allows hungry patrons to choose their base, protein, add-ons, and sauce(s). For example, imagine biting into a Thaaja wrap with lamb, diced tomatoes, roasted chickpeas, shredded cheese, and topped off with the cool and savory Yogi sauce (creamy yogurt and dill).  Open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, Thaaja also offers a daily happy hour from 4 - 8 p.m., with specials including $4 beer and wine, $5 mixed drinks, and 2/$5 side specials. For more information check out Thaaja’s website here or taste-test it yourself. 
Bisnow: Don't Miss the "Future of NoMa" Jan. 30
On Wednesday, January 30, Bisnow will hold an all-star panel discussion and networking event at 77 K Street, NE, on the Future of NoMa, exploring the recent explosion of growth here and the exciting projects in the pipeline. Speakers include: Robert Cohen, President of Perseus Realty; Sam Simone, Managing Director of Mill Creek Residential Trust; Doug Firstenberg, Principal of StonebridgeCarras; Tom Finan, Managing Director of Trammell Crow Company; Rob Ward, EVP of Skanska; Fred Rothmeijer, Founding Principal of MRP Realty; Kevin Clark, Government Interiors VP of Davis Construction; and Robin-Eve Jasper, President of the NoMa BID. The event is hosted by Brookfield Office Properties at 77 K Street, NE; don't miss the stunning views of NoMa from the ninth floor! Click here for more information or to register.
Art Exhibit & Curator Events: Washington Project for the Arts
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is bringing SELECT, their annual art auction and benefit gala to NoMa!  The month-long event will take place at 64 New York Avenue, NE.  SELECT showcases more than 100 prominent and emerging artists in a month-long exhibition and brings together over 500 patrons and artists for a vibrant gala and auction.
The exhibit opens on Saturday, February 16 from 6-8 p.m. with a reception for the artists and wine and appetizers from Peacock Café. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view from 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday from February 20 through March 15. The gala is March 16. Curator talks will take place on February 20 (Kaitlin Booher; Amy Brandt, Ph.D.; Klaus Ottmann, Ph.D.) and February 27 (Dorothy Moss, Ph.D.; Lawrence Waung; Michelle Wilkinson, Ph.D.) at 6:30 p.m. at 64 New York Avenue, NE. The NoMa Business Improvement District will provide libations and hors d’oeuvres for the curator events. To purchase an individual ticket, or to become a sponsor, please click here.

Teen Fitness Program Launched
Working with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Anacostia Watershed Society, the NoMa BID is sponsoring a health and fitness program at the RH Terrell Recreation Center.  The six-week program, which amplifies the Department of Parks and Recreation’s focus on having healthy young people and combating childhood obesity, kicked off on January 14th.  Thirty teens are participating.  They will exercise and learn about healthy lifestyles.  After the health and fitness clinic concludes, teens will be invited by the Anacostia Watershed Society on a canoe trip on the Anacostia River to learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy ecosystem in the urban environment.

"The NoMa BID is excited about our partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation to create fun fitness and educational opportunities for neighborhood teens," said NoMa BID President Robin-Eve Jasper. "The connection with the Anacostia Watershed Society is an important part of NoMa's commitment to support environmentally green initiatives."
First Street Reconstruction

Bicyclists, pedestrians, and the environment will all benefit when DDOT reconstructs First Street, NE over the next two years. The stretch from G Street to New York Avenue will get a complete makeover!  Highlights include new crosswalks, stormwater retention installations, and a two-way cycletrack to help connect the Metropolitan Branch Trail to Union Station and the National Mall. In addition, this project will upgrade underground infrastructure, realign sidewalks, enlarge tree boxes, install new traffic lights and street lamps, and landscape the public space.

The reconstruction of the road will occur from K Street to New York Avenue, beginning with the west side of the street. Upon completion of the west half of First Street, construction will move to the east side. The road will allow one-way southbound traffic at all times.  Northbound traffic will be detoured to North Capitol Street. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin by the second quarter of 2013 and last approximately 24 months.  Project details will be available on DDOT's website once construction gets underway. For more information contact Director of Operations, Thomas Taylor, at (202) 289-0111 or or Abdullahi Mohamed, DDOT Project Manager, at (202) 671-4614 or
Toscana Cafe Offers Specials for NoMa Patrons
Renowned Chef Daniele Catalani, head chef of Toscana Café, is expanding his repertoire to include catering (both full service and drop-off) and lunchtime delivery. Chef Catalini, a Florence native, studied throughout Europe and was sous chef to distinguished chef Roberto Donna at the award-winning Galileo Restaurant in Washington, DC.  In 2003, Chef Catalani was a contestant on the popular Food Network show, “Iron Chef America”.
Toscana Café is offering a special for NoMa residents and regulars: mention the NoMa Business Improvement District and get 25% off your FIRST catering event and $5 off your FIRST lunchtime delivery. To place an order or get more information call (202) 525-2693 or email
NoMa BID Honors Union Center Plaza
Each quarter the NoMa Business Improvement District recognizes a property for outstanding maintenance of their public space.  We were delighted to present the Winter 2013 Public Beautification Award to Union Center Plaza.  The five property managers are: Michael Leyes, Sr. Property Manager of Transwestern; Steven Toto, Sr. Property Manager of Harbor Group Management; Wendy Emanuel, Sr. Property Manager at CIM Group; Caroline Ramsay, Sr. Property Manager at First Potomac Realty Trust; and Deborah Perry, Sr. Property Manager at Union Center Plaza Management Corp. They collectively encompass Union Center Plaza, and were presented with a framed certificate for their commitment to making their property clean, well-kept, and a pleasure for passing residents, workers, and visitors.
Metro Unveils New Vision
This week, Metro’s management released a draft strategic plan called 'Momentum' to define the next generation of Metro. While Metro is currently going through a multi-year capital rebuilding effort to bring the system into a state of good repair, the agency must simultaneously begin planning for expansion to help ensure the long-term competitiveness of the National Capital Region and keep pace with demand from expected population growth. For complete details and links to the draft Strategic Plan, please see the news release.

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