An informative guide for those in Capitol Hill, Dupont, NoVa, etc. as well as for those new or looking to move to our neighborhood. This is not just a list of services and establishments in area, but a manual of how to get what you need.
The neighborhood received a tremendous boost with the opening of the Harris Teeter–their largest store in D.C.–this past December. Located at Constitution Square at 1st St NE and M St, the store has free underground parking, plenty of bike racks and a Capital Bikeshare station.
Store Hours: 7am-Midnight
Swimming Pool & Tennis courts
The Harry Thomas, Sr Community Center is located on Lincoln Rd between Randolph and S (see map) and also offers 2 tennis courts. The swimming pool has 2-3 lanes dedicated to lap swim, general swim area and a diving board. There is also a separate children’s pool that has a walk-in wading area, sprinkler and reaches a depth of 1.5 feet. The pools are never crowded. Just bring your D.C. drivers license for free entrance.
Summer pool hours (Closes August 16th)
1 pm – 8 pm, Monday – Friday (CLOSED Tuesdays)
12 pm – 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday
The Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, open year-round, is located at 1100 Michigan Ave., NE (see map)–take the Metro Red Line up 2 stops (Brookland-CUA), bike up the Metropolitan Branch Trail, or drive. There is an indoor pool, basketball court and 8 lighted tennis courts. Bring your D.C. drivers license for free entrance.
6:30 am – 8:30 am, Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 11:30 am, Monday – Friday
Senior Water Aerobics
11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Monday – Friday
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Public Recreational Swim
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday – Friday
12 pm – 5 pm, Saturday (CLOSED Sunday)
Recreational Swim & Lap Swim
8 am – 9 pm, Monday – Friday
10 am – 4 pm, Saturday
10 am – 2 pm, Sunday
The Brass Knob – Back Doors Warehouse has been around since 1991, specializing in all types of old house parts, much of which is salvaged directly from buildings in the Washington area.
57 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Location & parking
- In my experience, the most important aspect of a gym is how convenient it is for you to visit—whether it is dragging yourself up at 6 a.m. or taking a detour home from work for a hour of exercise. The center is close (see map) and free ample parking is behind the center.
- Weight room with free weights, machines and cardiovascular machines is adequatefor the traffic. Treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, stairmasters. Full-circuit weight machines. Dumbells and non-olympic barbells. No free-weight bench or squat rack (smith machine serves these roles).
- Large exercise studio that has a range of free and slight-fee classes (few examples: Pilates; Yoga; Guts & Abs; Tai Chi).
- 6-lane pool and spa
- 6 tennis courts (with wind shields)
- Basketball court and indoor (1/10 mile) track
- When you check-in, you are given a key to a small locker (larger lockers available for a monthly fee) and a clean bath towel. Locker rooms are clean and adequate.
- Monday – Thursday (6 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Friday (6 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
Saturday & Sunday (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
- $150 a quarter (after a $75 initiation fee). Each additional family member is $105 per quarter.
To get to the Trinity Center (see close-up), go past the main buildings and turn before the open field (you will see a purple Trinity sign). Tell the security guard you are interested in maybe joining and continue on the driveway, passing in front of the Trinity Center on your right, curving right after the first parking lot on your left, passing the tennis courts, taking a right into the parking lot. Walk to the front of the Center—the tennis courts to your right; Trinity Center to your left.
The Courtyard by Marriott, next to the New York Avenue/Florida Avenue/Gallaudet U Metro Station, is slated to open this April. It appears that it will referred as the “U.S. Capitol” location:
This is a chain for business travelers and will feature hotel rooms with couches and large desks. For a sampling of the rates, a weekend stay in July–without any discounts–ranges from $109 (King with sofabed) to $139 (King/2 room suite) a night.
There are two restaurants inside for guests and the public: Au Bon Pain (European-style sandwich cafe chain also serving pastries) and their own restaurant, the Courtyard Bistro (breakfast, dinner, and COCKTAILS).
Here is the photo tour.
1325 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
PetFoodDirect.com has served our pet food needs for 2 years—I have yet to find cheaper prices or a wider selection anywhere. Shipping has averaged $10 for my orders and usually takes a week. Regular coupons are emailed to customers, and I will try to keep an updated code on this page for first-timers (if it lapses, leave a comment, and I’ll update the code). Orders can also be placed by phone (1-800-865-1333). [We currently feed Wellness CORE—a grain-free food—to both our cat and dog.]
Introduction coupon is 15% off entire order: Click or save code INSTANT15
The website may be simple, but we have purchased our prescription flea, tick & heartworm medications from DiscountPetDrugs.com for over 2 years. Lowest prices on the internet that I have ever found (example: Frontline Plus Purple 3-month supply: $30.99; Heartgard Plus Brown 6-month supply: $27.99). You will need to include your veterinarian’s contact information during the order process.