August 2019: News, Events, & Promotions
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August 2019

Golden Cinema Wonder Woman Screening Rescheduled to August 9

Celebrate our Golden Cinema finale on Friday, August 9, with a screening of Wonder Woman in Farragut Square. Bring a blanket, grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant or plan your picnic dinner, then sit back and enjoy the show! The movie will begin at sunset, at around 8:30 p.m.

Farragut Fridays, our daylong, outdoor experience taking place Fridays in Farragut Square, will continue through September 20. Make the park your outdoor co-working space from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Outdoor Office presented by Comcast Business with special amenities provided by MakeOffices. Take your lunch hour back with Picnic in the Park from noon – 2 p.m. and enjoy Fun & Games sponsored by Red Bull. Check out weekly pop-up activities from a variety of partners. With only two months left of our summer events, don't miss out on our exciting August schedule:
  • August 9: Watch a magical performance from The Magic Duel; Enjoy a 5 minute massage from Eye Street Massage; snag some energy from Red Bull; and learn how Comcast Business can help your company. 
  • August 16: EverBlock creations built by Callison RTKL; Comcast Residential onsite for games, swag and to answer home e-questions; plus play a video game on the Red Bull Gaming Couch.
  • August 23: Join Plaza Artist Materials for a monoprinting workshop; play a video game on the Red Bull Gaming Couch; and learn how Comcast Business can help your company.  
  • August 30: Learn more about Library on the Go-Go and sign up for a DC Public Library card; play a video game on the Red Bull Gaming Couch; learn how Comcast Business can help your company. 

BID's Rain Gardens Construction Progresses Along 19th Street

Since the June 20 groundbreaking, construction of our new rain gardens has been quickly progressing along 19th Street. The project is poised to dramatically transform one of DC’s busiest corridors. The first four rain gardens on the east side of 19th Street between K and L streets are close to completion with just some finishing touches left. Construction has begun on the next two rain gardens north of L Street with the excavation and interior concrete walls to be completed this week. The project will bring ten new rain gardens and nine expanded tree boxes along two full city blocks, replacing 4,500 square feet with green space. In the fall, 29 trees and more than 400 native plants will be planted and the rain gardens will bloom next summer. Click to learn more about our rain gardens project.

Golden Streets Participants Honored
by Defenders of Wildlife

Jim Stofan, Senior Vice President of Operations at Defenders of Wildlife, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Best in Design winner Brendan Harrington of the Brawner Company and Fine Earth Landscape's Judith Petersen.
Golden Triangle commercial properties were honored by Defenders of Wildlife, a non-profit conservation organization located in the BID, for participating in this year’s Golden Streets landscaping design contest. All winners and participating buildings were recognized for their “uniquely designed pollinator-friendly landscapes and for encouraging and preserving a vital natural habitat for birds, butterflies, beetles and all other pollinators." The BID has hosted the Golden Streets landscaping design contest since 2011. Inspired by the theme Pollinator Habitat, buildings created pollinator-friendly urban gardens in more than 260 tree boxes this summer. Visit the winning design at 888 17th Street in person and learn more about Golden Streets online.

Tri-Talk: Sam Lavine Talks About Ending Homelessness as a BID Outreach Worker

For more than five years, the Golden Triangle BID has partnered with Pathways to Housing DC to bring life-changing resources to individuals experiencing homelessness. Last year, we helped 47 people receive housing. Sam Lavine is a member of the Golden Triangle’s Homeless Outreach team, working face-to-face with those in need of service. We talked to Sam about his work helping to end homelessness.
1. What does Homeless Outreach entail on a day-to-day basis?
Typically, I begin checking in on clients and introducing myself to potential new clients in the Golden Triangle area. This may include distributing water and clothing. I also do case management with clients, ensuring they have their vital documents, benefits, and connecting them to core service agencies that offer healthcare services, mental health support, and housing case management under one roof. Every day presents its own breakthroughs, disappointments, and sometimes slow progress. Much of the day is spent traveling around the Golden Triangle area finding and hoping to find those that are in need of services. It is important to be patient when building rapport with clients, keeping in mind that it may take many months for them to be receptive to services, and possibly even more time to be able to take advantage of a housing opportunity. For some, it may take years between their first engagement with an outreach specialist and getting those keys to their own apartment. 

2. Tell us a little about the “Housing First” model.
Housing First means there are no conditions that have to be met before the person moves in. Housing is provided in apartments that are spread throughout the District, with each client holding their own lease. Using “scattered sites,” we are able to give each client choice in where they would like to live, helping to foster a sense of home and self-determination. Stable, supportive housing is merely the first step towards reintegrating into their community, rebuilding family relationships, reconnecting with their faith fellowships, and experiencing an improvement in overall physical health and psychological well-being.  So, while the model is simple, the Housing First program is very complex and requires dedicated staff to coordinate all aspects — including outreach, housing, healthcare, treatment, and case management — of the program in order for the people we serve to be successful in their recoveries. 
3. Why is this type of service so important in cities?
This work is important because it involves serving those who may not otherwise be open to seeking out assistance without some support. It means a lot to me because it provides an opportunity to build meaningful relationships. Through getting to know my clients, a sense of familiarity and trust is established, and from that point, my clients and I work together to achieve attainable goals. It is incredibly challenging, but also more rewarding than any work I’ve done before. I work to build trust with those experiencing homelessness first by helping to meet some of their basic needs — such as food, clothing, showers, laundry, transportation and identification. Then, I partner with each individual to access housing, employment, medical care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment and other services. The approach is important because it is not about maintaining homelessness; it is about ending homelessness for those living on the streets of DC. The goal of our outreach program is to connect people living on the street with housing and the life-saving services they need as quickly as possible. 

Golden Triangle in the News...

The story behind K Street’s magical fairy garden tree box - Washingtonian

Retail and Restaurant:
La Madeleine opens on August 6 in the BID - Eater DC
Roti opens on 19th Street - Popville
After more than 30 years, Bombay Club is as comfortable as ever - Washington Post
Ruth’s Chris Steak House coming to the BID - Popville
Silver Mirror Facial Bar opens in Dupont - WUSA9
Muncheez expands to the Golden Triangle serving Lebanese street food - Washingtonian
A new bento box sot will turn into a club with boozy boba at night - Eater DC
Plant-based Hip City Veg opens on Connecticut Ave - WTOP
Grill Kabob opens on 19th Street - Popville
Bourbon Coffee and Compass Coffee are best in DC - Eater DC

Real Estate:
Akridge sells Rhode Island Ave building - Washington Business Journal
A new gateway for DC's Nat Geo headquarters - Urban Turf
Chicago-based coworking firm acquires BID building - Washington Business Journal
Premier to open coworking space on L Street - Washington Business Journal


RAMW's Summer Restaurant Week August 12-19 

Visit one of the many Golden Triangle restaurants participating in RAMW's Summer Restaurant week for $22 brunch or lunch and $35 dinners. Restaurants include: Ankara, Aperto, The Bombay Club, Equinox, Grillfish, i Ricchi, Kaz Sushi, Kellari Taverna, McCormick & Schmick's, Pisco y Nazca, The Prime Rib, Taberna del Alabardero and Teddy and the Bully Bar.

Calling all artists...

Submit your qualifications to be considered for public art that will be installed on Connecticut Avenue in 2020 as part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. We’re seeking one project that pays tribute to women and their history in our shared public spaces. Submissions are due by September 9. 
Beacon Hotel: The Sky Bar on the Beacon Rooftop • 7 days a week • The Beacon Hotel’s SkyBar is now available for office happy hours and private events for up to 120 guests. Reserve a private event now through September 1 and receive a complimentary Prosecco toast. Contact Sara Henderson, catering sales manager, at 202-296-2100 for more details and to reserve your party now.
DC Improv • August 7, 8 p.m. • The Overachievers • Silver Spring native Martin Amini brings great touring and local performers to this monthly showcase, which also features sounds by DJ Bo. Tickets are $10. • August 14, 7:30 p.m. • Pun DMV • The pun contest at the Improv features both prepared pun monologues and an on-the-spot punning tournament -- which is open to anyone in attendance. Tickets are $6 for one of the goofiest good times you'll have all summer. • August 22, 7:30 p.m. • Couples Therapy • The monthly installment of Rahmein Mostafavi's show, which includes both stand-up and a hilarious panel of comedians answering relationship questions submitted by the audience. Tickets are $12.
DC Pizza • Tuesdays throughout the summer • Free ice cream Tuesdays at DC Pizza! Every Tuesday throughout the spring and summer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with any in-store purchase.
Eighteenth Street Lounge • Tuesday-Friday, 5-9 p.m. • Enjoy specials and complimentary food from The FlipSide during happy hour while exploring a brand new cocktail menu.
LEON • Friday after 5 p.m. during Golden Cinema • Grab dinner from LEON before Golden Cinema or bring dinner to the park for a picnic with a buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value) deal. Use code word "Movie Night" at check out! See the menu.
Nat Geo Museum • Tuesdays from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • Nat Geo's farm stand returns with fresh produce, meats, breads, jams and more throughout the summer months.
Plaza Art • August 2, noon-4 p.m. • Welcome to Oil Painting Studio • Explore the different techniques and materials of oil painting. Attendees will concentrate on learning how to paint with Liquitex Freestyle painting Knives, how to choose your brushes and how to care for them. • August 16, noon-4 p.m. • Embroidery Art • This floss is not for your teeth. There are so many fun uses of Sullivan’s embroidery floss. Explore floss wrapped wire art by creating fun bracelets, wrapping your headphones or just making a unique abstract sculpture or ornament.
Rizik's Boutique • August 1-18 • Summer Sale • Stop in and add to your collection with favorites like KAL RIEMAN, Paule Ka, Lourdes Chavez, Les Copains, Cristina Ottaviano, Tina di Martina, and others. • August 23-24 • Rosa Clará 2019 Bridal Collection • Exquisite detailing with fine, flowing fabrics that bring contemporary brides’ dreams of romanticism and elegance to life. Rizik's is thrilled to offer the 2019 Rosa Clará Bridal Collection. Schedule your appointment early.
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center • Through August 30 • Exhibition on Religious Tolerance • SQCC hosts an exhibition touring the world promoting religious tolerance, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. The summer exhibit offers insights into the practice of Islam and the role of women in contemporary Omani society.
Outdoor Office presented by

We are happy to welcome back Comcast Business as the Golden Triangle's official sponsor of Outdoor Office at Farragut Fridays. Escape the indoors and get to work!

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