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Earth Day
EcoSPEAK: Green Capital
Path to Zero Waste Summit
Taste of 3 Cities
M Street Underpass Community Meeting
NoMa BID Annual Meeting
Lobby Project Art Opening with DCPS Students
Bike to Work Day
NoMa Summer Screen: Dirty Dancing

M Street Underpass Finalist and Community Meeting
Plans are moving forward for the dramatic transformation of the M Street underpass in NoMa into an illuminated passageway with light raining down from its ceiling. The NoMa Parks Foundation announced last week that Thurlow Small Architecture + NIO architects have been selected to design the installation for the M Street underpass. M.C. Dean will serve as contractor, and construction is expected to begin in fall of 2015.

 A community meeting to introduce the design team and contractor, and to garner additional feedback on the concept and design, will be held April 27. All are invited to come and meet the designers and construction team, learn more about the conceptual design and share your thoughts! The meeting will take place on Monday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8 PM in the Lobby Project, 1200 First Street, NE. This event is free and open to the public; RSVP here. An American Sign Language interpreter will be available. 

NIO architects hails from the Netherlands and Thurlow Small Architecture is based in Rhode Island. NIO architects has completed more than 10 underpasses in the last 14 years. Thurlow Small Architecture is an architecture and urban design services firm that has worked locally and internationally on the planning and development of parks, downtown placemaking, and public infrastructure. “Rain,” the M Street installation, is still in the conceptual design phase. The cascading drops of rain will be LED lights hung inside hundreds of polycarbonate tubes. Learn more about this project at
NoMa Summer Screen Lineup Unveiled
Get out your dancing shoes, because the NoMa Summer Screen lineup fitting the theme "Dance, Dance, Dance" is official! NoMa Summer Screen returns in its 8th season with a smorgasbord of dance films, from oldies to Bollywood to cult favorites. In addition, this year’s film series under the stars will be hosted in a new location at the Storey Park lot, a future development site at First and L Streets, NE, that will be transformed for 2015 into NoMa's best pre-park yet.
NoMa Summer Screen is the city’s most popular free, outdoor film series, attracting hundreds of neighbors each Wednesday from May 27 to August 19. The event starts at 7 PM., and films start at dark. This year we'll be featuring dance classes and exhibitions, DJs, and giveaways, as well as the usual food trucks, picnicking, art and more. All movies are screened with subtitles.
2015 NoMa Summer Screen Schedule:
  • May 27: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)
  • June 3: Center Stage (PG-13)
  • June 10: Bride & Prejudice (PG-13)
  • June 17: Flashdance (R)
  • June 24: Strictly Ballroom (PG, 1992)
  • July 1: Grease (PG-13)
  • July 8: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (PG)
  • July 15: Singing in the Rain
  • July 22: Save the Last Dance (PG-13)
  • July 29: Moulin Rouge (PG-13)
  • August 5: Stomp the Yard (PG-13)
  • August 12: Footloose (R)
The 2015 NoMa Summer Screen series is sponsored by Storey Park, a 712,000 SF mixed-use project with office, retail and residential in the heart of NoMa, coming in 2017. Developed by First Potomac Realty Trust and Perseus Realty. For more information on Storey Park, visit
Celebrate Earth Day in NoMa
Tommy Wells, the Director of the District Department of the Environment, spent a few minutes with the NoMa BID Team to talk about the importance of Earth Day.

“I think it’s important on an international planetary level to remind us we need a planet that can sustain us,” he said. “But on a micro level, it reminds us we have to do our part. The goal of Earth Day is to engage people to be stewards of our urban environment.” Wells touted the NoMa neighborhood as a great example of sustainable initiatives, such as capturing stormwater, planting trees, and creating green roofs on sustainable buildings. There are 22 LEED buildings in NoMa, including 17 Gold and Platinum. The nesting eagles in the National Arboretum are another example of why we should be wise stewards of the planet year-round, Wells said. “When you have something like nesting eagles, you remember, ‘That’s why we do this — to create a sustainable ecology in the city.’” 

DDOE and NoMa BID are partnering on several events for Earth Day:

  • EcoSPEAK speaker event on April 22, 2015 will explore green businesses: startups, innovation, and jobs. Doors open at 5 PM, and speakers begin at 6:30 PM. Come to 1200 First Street, NE earlier to test drive Riide electric bikes and visit the parklet by Washington Parks and People. Speakers include representatives from Riide, Relay Foods, Community Forklift, Travis Price Architects, and the Department of Small and Local Business Development. 
  • Volunteer with DDOE to help mark the storm drains in NoMa on Friday, April 24. Marking the storm drains with stickers raises awareness and promotes better stewardship of our small green spaces to help reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the Anacostia. Volunteer anytime between 11 AM - 2 PM. Please email Erin Fenton at for more information about volunteering.
Run the MBT 5K: May 2
Join your Northeast DC neighbors and friends for the annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5k. The MBT 5K will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This year’s race will start and finish at the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center, and will follow a route north and south along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, including the portion of the trail in NoMa. Race registration is $25 for adults and free for children under 18 years of age. Click here to register.
Taste of 3 Cities Food Truck Competition: April 25
Food truck lovers unite! Taste of 3 Cities, a festival where the best food trucks from DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia will serve up delicious food is coming to NoMa on Saturday, April 25 from 11 AM - 9 PM. Enjoy live music, premium wines, beers, and spirits as you sample a range of culinary delights and cast your vote for your favorite food truck. 

Proceeds will benefit DC Central Kitchen. Early bird general admission tickets are $15. Taste of 3 Cities is hosted by Storey Park and supported by the NoMa BID. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit
DCPS Students Exhibit Art in the Lobby Project: May 6


Join the District of Columbia Public Schools and the students of Design District at Coolidge High School for the latest Lobby Project art opening: Identity Corral. This festive event on Wednesday, May 6 will include light fare, beverages, sweet treats and music by DJ Kryptk. Click here to RSVP for this free event.
Identity Corral examines the construction of identity in the context of school pride. The work challenged students to investigate the 75 years of school heritage, visual identity and stereotypes, both internal and imposed. Students utilized multiple media including graphic design, digital photography, painting, and found objects to develop a capsule collection. In the making of imagery and in branding of oneself students are empowered and their inner voice expressed.

Bike to Work Day: May 15
Grab your bicycle and join over 10,000 area commuters for Bike to Work Day, a celebration of biking as a sustainable, fun and healthy way to get to work. Register for the NoMa pit stop, which will feature free breakfast, coffee, your favorite bike gurus, and fantastic free giveaways. The NoMa pit stop will be located in the grassy lot next to 1100 First Street, NE, (corner of First and Pierce Streets, NE) from 7:30 AM-9:30 AM on Friday, May 15.
Take the Met Branch Trail Survey

Take a survey and help us improve the Metropolitan Branch Trail! The NoMa Business Improvement District, Metropolitan Police Department, District Department of Transportation and local stakeholders, leaders and advocates are leading an effort to enhance safety, accessibility and the user experience on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

We created a survey to collect information from community members (you!) about your experience and perception of the trail. Whether you are a trail user or not, your participation is essential to the success of this process. Take the survey

A mobile workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 22 from 5-8 PM to collect feedback along the trail. For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Lauren at or check out

Vinofest: May 9

Join Us at the Not-To-Be-Missed VinoFest DC 2015- A Party with a Cause! 

Curated by DC Tech Fund Winner, Vinolovers Inc., VinoFest is a growing national wine & music festival that attracts food, music and wine lovers from across the US. VinoFest DC 2015 will be held at NoMa's Storey Park on Saturday, May 9, 2015. This event spins together a tapestry of great wines, delicious food, and music to be enjoyed by over 2,500 expected attendees. 

Come out and enjoy a list of great artists including QuestLove from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and the world-famous Roots. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015

Location: Storey Park, 1005 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Time: 3-10 PM

RSVP for NoMa's Annual Meeting
RSVP for NoMa BID's Annual Meeting. Each year, hundreds of NoMa stakeholders and friends gather to celebrate this great and growing neighborhood. This year's Annual Meeting will be held at 111 K Street, NE on Wednesday, April 29. Doors open at 5:30 PM, and the program will begin at 6 PM.

2014 was another really big year in NoMa, with thousands of new residents, free public WiFi, parks initiatives and more! NoMa BID President Robin-Eve Jasper will give a synopsis of the BID’s successes over the past year and a sneak preview of the exciting new initiatives on the horizon. Awards will be presented to stakeholders who have made a significant impact in the NoMa neighborhood. Click here to RSVP for this free event. Special thank you to New Boston Fund Inc. for hosting the event at 111 K Street, NE.

Please click here to view NoMa BID’s Annual Report for FY 2014.
Ibrahim Wins Quarterly Ambassador Award

The latest recipient of the Quarterly Ambassador Award, Ibrahim Turayson, is recognized for unfailingly going above and beyond in all aspects of his work. Ibrahim started working at the BID in 2007, and was the first Hospitality Ambassador for the neighborhood. He won this award, as a result of his superior work attendance, cheerful and friendly personality with visitors, and team spirit.

Ibrahim returned to his homeland of Sierra Leone with his youngest son in 2012 to spend some time with his family. In 2014, he came back to the United States, ready to help the NoMa neighborhood once again. If you see Ibrahim, say hello and congratulations!

Community Events and Updates

Howard University College of Pharmacy Health Fair at Central Union Mission
- Saturday, April 25; 10 AM - 2 PM
- 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Howard’s “Bisons Without Borders” initiative is bringing medical attention to the homeless and low-income at Central Union Mission. 150 people are expected to take advantage of free oral health screenings, health education, non-invasive screenings, and more. Howard University School of Social Work will offer mental health screenings, housing opportunities and information on affordable health care services and insurance and managing life crises. Pharmacists from Howard University College of Pharmacy will counsel on medication use and provide blood glucose and blood pressure screenings, as well as HIV oral testing.


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