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DC Red Line Grafitti Art Real Estate Tagged With Class

posted Mar 14, 2013, 9:35 AM by Jayson Wingfield   [ updated Mar 14, 2013, 9:39 AM ]

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Red Line documentary looks behind graffiti along the tracks in Northeast Washington


Looking out the window of a Red Line train running through Northeast Washington, the ­graffiti flashes by, a blur of brightly colored bubble letters, cryptic tags, bold stencils and fading stickers.

“Get well yoyo.”

“Amen!”

“Exist.”

“Happy birthday Cow!!”

Saaret Yoseph watches with a careful eye. She is a student of graffiti in the District and the founder of the Red Line D.C. Project, an artistic venture that examines the public perception of the graffiti.

The stretch of the Red Line that cuts through Northeast is Yoseph’s studio, and this weekend, a documentary about her project is being screened at the Our City Film Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

In the film, Yoseph interviews people who have created some of the city’s graffiti and those who experience it as a backdrop to their daily commute.

Graffiti is commonly viewed as nothing more than a crime or a nuisance. The Red Line project aims to take a deeper look and to foster a conversation about how graffiti is perceived, Yoseph, 27, said.

“We can use graffiti as a window into everything else,” she said. “We can use it to revisit the aesthetics of everyday space and as a sign of change in the city.”

The project comes at a time of renewed interest in Washington’s graffiti culture. “The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan,” a film about the D.C. graffiti artist, was released last month, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art is hosting an exhibit called “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” on the decade’s graffiti, go-go music and punk scene.

Along the Red Line, the graffiti that shadows the track is constantly changing. Space is limited, access can be complicated and competition can be fierce, said Cory L. Stowers, co-owner of an art shop in Petworth and a former graffiti artist who has helped Yoseph understand the graffiti subculture.

These days, like the graffiti along the Red Line, the neighborhoods of Northeast Washington rarely look the same for very long. Once-desolate lots are now home to luxury lofts and upscale grocery stores. Commissioned murals, some painted by graffiti artists, have replaced other graffiti along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an eight-mile bike path that runs between Union Station and Silver Spring.

“The changes in the graffiti are, in many ways, reflective of the changes across D.C.,” Yoseph said.

Born and raised in Northeast Washington, Yoseph grew up riding the Red Line. She started the Red Line project three years ago as a Georgetown graduate student. She wanted to explore the significance of graffiti to building owners, graffiti artists and commuters.

Many people ride the Red Line largely oblivious to the graffiti that marks the route. Yoseph said she wants to pull them out of their typically passive riding experience by asking them to think about the graffiti along their commute. Riders are encouraged to send in videos, pictures and links about graffiti to the project’s Web site.

“I no longer see the issue as black and white,” she said. “The more the project has progressed, the more I’ve been comfortable straddling the lines and ideas of what is good and what is bad.”

If any work of graffiti in the District is likely to be universally accepted, it might be the piece that sits across from the Brookland Metro platform. Outlined in gold and red, filled in with white paint, “SEAN 21 TAYLOR” commemorates the Redskins player who died in 2007 from gunshot wounds. It remains untouched, a testament to the respect it has garnered from the graffiti community.

D.C. graffiti writer Cert, who painted the Sean Taylor piece the night the player died, is among those interviewed in Yoseph’s documentary.

In a community where true identities are often shrouded, Cert’s appearance in the film is remarkable, offering a window into a different world and a chance, Stowers said, to take a different view.

“Whether or not you agree with the fact that people are sneaking onto train tracks at night to paint graffiti on a wall is not a concern for me,” he said. “But understanding why they do it is the concern for me. Because then you start to make some sort of connection with it.”

Courtesy: Washington Post; By Alex Kane RudanskyPublished: March 9

Cool DC History

posted Feb 8, 2013, 8:52 PM by Jayson Wingfield   [ updated Feb 8, 2013, 9:03 PM ]

Peter Earnest is founding executive director of the International Spy Museum and a 35-year veteran of the CIA. He is pictured outside Chadwicks in Georgetown -- where CIA agent Aldrich Ames gave classified information to a Soviet diplomat.
DC REAL ESTATE HISTORY STORIES AND TALES

 Locals reveal the D.C. you don't know   

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Washington, D.C. holds a lot of nearly hidden history
  • A tennis court occupies the site of the execution of Lincoln assassination conspirators
  • A present-day parking garage once hosted a historic Beatles show
By Mike M. Ahlers, CNN
updated 7:47 AM EST, Mon January 21, 2013

Washington (CNN) -- Ordinarily, I'm not a fan of vandalism.

But years ago I spotted some graffiti in Washington that struck a chord. Someone had spray painted the symbol for anarchy -- a circled "A" -- on a Chinatown grocery store.

And I wondered: Did they know?

Did they know that that building, a century earlier, had been Mary Surratt's boarding house? Did they know that conspirators had gathered there to plot the kidnapping and assassination of an American president? Did they know that the site had played a role in the biggest act of anarchy in this country's history?

Was the graffiti just accidentally appropriate? Or could punks with paint be profound?

I don't know the answer, of course. But I know that this city is teeming with people who, like me, relish its hidden history.

Washington is a town of majestic monuments and memorials. And those are worth visiting. But if you limit your sightseeing to the obvious -- if you ignore the obscure -- you'll miss the good stuff.

That is what I had in mind when I asked historians and history buffs to show me places -- off the beaten path -- that have stirred their love of history and this great town.

WASHINGTON COLISEUM: "I Saw Them Standing There"

Four boys, in dire need of haircuts, come to town, looking to conquer it.

The British tried it once before, in 1814. Burned the city. It left a bad taste in everyone's mouth.

But this time, they try soft diplomacy. A little twist and shout. A little ditty about wanting to hold your hand.

And it works.

Improbable as it sounds, it happened in a barrel-shaped architectural ruin just north of the Capitol on 3rd Street NE.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, 1964 -- two days after appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- the Beatles took the stage in Washington Coliseum. It was the Beatles' very first stage concert in the United States.

Critics later say the concert is as singular moment in rock history -- a moment when the early Beatles seemed even more joyous than their shrieking teen-age fans.

Richard Layman, who fought to preserve the Coliseum, cherishes this place for many reasons. Built in 1940 and 1941, the building served as an ice rink, sports arena, worship hall, trash transfer station and parking garage. Nation of Islam leaders Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammed spoke here. It hosted numerous professional sports teams, and was home to the Ice Capades.

For Beatle devotees, this is a shrine.

They still have ticket stubs, and remember whether they paid $2, $3 or $4. They gush about how Paul smiled at them.

An age of innocence? Not exactly. The Russians threatened us from outer space. The pains of segregation and integration were rocking the country. And, just three months earlier, an assassin felled the leader of the free world.

But for about 35 minutes on a cold February night in 1964, four boys from Liverpool entered a converted ice rink and warmed a generation's heart.

COURTROOM DRAMA: Last act of the Civil War

The man, a tavern owner, took the witness stand.

"I was acquainted with John Wilkes Booth," he said. "Booth came into my restaurant [adjoining Ford's Theater] on the evening of the 14th of April."

Booth "walked up to the bar, and called for some whiskey, which I gave him; he called for some water, which I also gave him; he placed the money on the counter and went out. I saw him go out of the bar alone, as near as I can judge, from eight to ten minutes before I heard the cry that the President was assassinated."

Peter Taltavul spoke those words, in this room, just one month after Lincoln died.

By then, authorities had already tracked down Booth, cornered him, and killed him. And they had rounded up eight people who they believe had assisted him.

They convened a military commission to conduct the trial in the third floor of what was then a federal penitentiary. The co-conspirators, they reasoned, were not "civilians," but were "enemy belligerents." The nation was seeking justice and vengeance, and it would come swiftly.

On July 6, 1865 -- less than three months after the assassination -- the commission found all eight conspirators guilty. It sentenced four to hang, and four to prison terms. The condemned were hanged the next day.

A year later, the Supreme Court would rule that a defendant could not be tried by military commission when civilian courts were functioning. But it was too late.

The penitentiary is now closed and largely demolished. The land is part of Fort McNair at the southernmost point of Washington.

Visitors -- mostly lawyers and Civil War buffs -- are frequently overwhelmed when they enter the room, said Susan Lemke, a special collections librarian who has accumulated artifacts related to the trial. "There's no substitution for actually witnessing or being in the middle of a historic site like that," she said.

THE GALLOWS: Where generals "serve," conspirators hanged

Michael Kauffman is struck by the incongruity of it all.

On the edge of a Fort McNair tennis court, where generals now casually toss their gym bags, Abraham Lincoln's death was avenged.

Here in this spot, near the penitentiary room where the sentences were handed down, on a miserably hot day in July 1865, Union Army Capt. Christian Rath raised his hands and clapped three times. On the third clap, soldiers knocked supports out from under a gallows, and four prisoners fell. Their bodies jerked violently at the ends of their ropes. The prisoner in the dress appeared to die instantly. But one of her three accused accomplices writhed for five minutes before surrendering his ghost.

"I am one of those people who think that if you really want to understand history, you have to go to where it happened," says Kauffman, an expert on the Lincoln assassination.

So Kauffman leads me to this empty tennis court. It is drizzly and cold, and there is little here to evince the images and emotions of that hot July day. The penitentiary's tall wall has been demolished, and a building prominent in photos of the hanging has been altered almost beyond recognition.

Almost.

Kauffman shows me the place where the wall met the building. And in my mind's eye, the gallows fall into place.

"There's this strange sort of excitement that you get when you've read about something, and you visualize it, and you think you know all about it. And then all of a sudden you go there and it's right in front of you. It surrounds you. And it's always somehow different from what you had imagined," Kauffman said.

Different, to be sure. But more real than ever.

CHADWICKS: Where the U.S. was shaken, and stirred

It is known as "The Big Dump."

On June 16, 1985, CIA officer Aldrich Ames walked into Chadwicks, a Georgetown pub, with two shopping bags full of classified information and, over lunch, gave them to a Soviet diplomat.

"In those bags was every piece of paper he could get his hands on that revealed almost all of our operations in the Soviet Union," said Peter Earnest, a former CIA official who is now executive director of the International Spy Museum in D.C.

Five to seven pounds of secrets.

The enormity of the breach became known only after the Soviet Union began rounding up some of the United States' most valuable assets in Russia. At least 10 were executed.

The CIA launched a hunt for a possible mole. It compiled a list of 190 CIA officers with access to relevant classified information, and culled it to 28. And in 1994 -- nine years after the Big Dump -- Ames and his wife were arrested.

Earnest says he doesn't "romanticize" the Chadwick's site, but says "the repercussions of what he did ripple through the government today -- the need to have more polygraphs, the concerns about our records ... the nature of the questions asked."

It's also a waypoint in the Spy Museum's bus tour, which notes the role that Ames' "high-maintenance" wife Rosario played in his betrayal of his country.

Tour guides note that after Ames was arrested, FBI agents who eavesdropped on their conversations made an astonishing comment: They were so disgusted with Rosario's constant badgering about money, her criticisms of Ames and her treatment of their son that although they could never forgive Ames for spying, they said, they would have understood if he had killed his wife.

ALEXANDRIA SLAVE PEN: From slave to freeman

"PRICE, BIRCH & CO," the sign read. "DEALERS IN SLAVES."

The sign is long gone, but the building, known as the "Alexandria Slave Pen," still stands in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the river from Washington.

"I often tell my students, 'You've gone into towns where you just see row after row of car dealerships. Duke Street was that -- but slave dealerships,'" says Chandra Manning, associate professor of history at Georgetown University.

In 1861, the slave trade was thriving when Virginia seceded from the union. But on May 24 of that year, the Union Army's First Michigan Infantry marched into town, and one of the first things it did was liberate the slaves.

Ironically, the slave pen became a refuge for runaway and freed slaves seeking the protection of the Union Army.

Today, 1315 Duke Street is home to the Alexandria branch of the National Urban League, a civil rights organization. A historical marker stands outside, and there's a small museum in the basement.

But Manning believes most passersby have no idea about the building's horrific past.

Most, but not all.

"If you're walking with me," Manning says, "you have no choice but to know what happened here."

THE FORGOTTEN CRASH: History lost and relived

On a fog-shrouded evening on the penultimate day of 1906, a dead-heading train roared down this stretch of tracks near Washington's Catholic University, coming upon a slower passenger train heading the same direction on the same track. There was no time to stop.

Railroad workers have an antiseptic -- but descriptive -- word for what happened next: Telescoping.

The massive steel engine of the speeding train plowed through the flimsy wooden passenger car of the slower train, killing and dismembering its occupants. It plowed through the next car as well, and the one after that. When the trains came to a stop, cinders and soot from the locomotive's fire box rained down on the splintered wooden planks, clothing, Christmas gifts and human remains. Fifty-three people died, and more than 70 were injured.

Today, the "Terra Cotta" crash is all but lost to history. Every day, thousands pass the site, where there isn't even a hint of the horror that happened.

But Richard Schaffer, a D.C. firefighter who spent 10 years researching the crash, says Terra Cotta nonetheless changed railroading. It hastened the conversion of passenger cars from wood to steel and led to improvements in railroad signaling. That happened, he says, because the crash happened on "the route to Congress."

There's a saying, sometimes attributed to Mark Twain: "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."

History rhymed in June 2009 -- nearly 103 years later -- when a D.C. Metro subway train plowed into another subway train. The cars telescoped, killing nine and injuring dozens.

"The irony was it was practically the same location and practically all the same problems, human error, signaling problems, construction quality of the trains," Schaffer said.

Both wrecks deserve to be remembered.

"If you forget what's happened before you," Schaffer says, "you don't have a foundation to live upon."

CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY: The last hurrah

Can there be any doubt what happens here when the sun goes down?

Can there be any doubt that, when the gates close and the last visitor leaves this historic burial ground, band leader John Philip Sousa reaches for his baton, Civil War photographer Mathew Brady tweaks his camera, and J. Edgar Hoover tries to keep the whole mess under control?

This is Congressional Cemetery, where Washington's political and social establishment rests in eternal peace. In the 1800s, its heyday, this was the site of grand funeral processions. Tens of thousands of Washingtonians would gather to watch soldiers carry fallen leaders down a slate path to graves or crypts.

"I'm sure there are quite a few secrets buried here," says Abby Johnson.

Abby and her husband Ronald, professors of literature and history respectively at Georgetown University, take me to the "Public Vault," a crypt the size of a one-car garage. Built in the 1830s, the vault was used to store the bodies of public officials until the ground thawed, or until they were moved to other locations.

You need a skeleton key, of course, to get inside.

Dolley Madison slept here. As did three presidents: William Henry Harrison (1841), John Quincy Adams (1848), and Zachary Taylor (1850). Harrison's three-month stay was three times longer than his presidential term. All the presidents' bodies have since been moved to their home states.

Today, Congressional Cemetery, which boasts of being "in the shadow" of the U.S. Capitol, is overshadowed by a more prominent cemetery -- Arlington. But the Johnsons are devoted to keeping Congressional's memory alive. At least as long as they are alive. And then maybe, just maybe, beyond.

Washington DC Worst Traffic in US

posted Feb 7, 2013, 8:00 PM by Jayson Wingfield   [ updated Nov 11, 2017, 4:12 PM ]

This represents a strong reason for our position supporting local transit efficiency via Metro,  Eco-friendly(ier) fueling solutions and sustainable DC housing.

When it comes to traffic congestion around Washington, even the good news is bad, and it goes downhill from there.
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The city that so hungers to be No. 1 at something — usually on a gridiron or diamond-shaped field — has again risen to the top as the most congested metropolitan area in the United States, a place where the average driver burns 67 hours and 32 gallons of gas each year sitting in traffic.

The No. 1 ranking is the good news. The bad news is that it’s going to get worse.

The annual crunching of numbers by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute projects that unless something is done about traffic, the economic recovery will put more wheels on the road and create more congestion. By 2020, analysts say, the average U.S. driver will spend an additional seven hours in traffic each year and waste six more gallons of gas.

The Institute’s calculations are based on data from transponders on millions of moving vehicles. It comes from Inrix, the commercial network that also provides much of the information used in traffic reports on radio, television and the Internet.

After Washington, the four most congested metro areas in the nation were among the perennial contenders: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Boston. Raleigh-Durham rated as the easiest major city to get around.

Rankings are relative and don’t say much about your personal commuting misery, unless there’s perverse pride in being No. 1 or you’re looking to move some place where congestion isn’t so bad. (Traffic is light in Bakersfield, Calif.)

For the first time this year, the Institute came up with a new metric to salt the wound that is traffic congestion around Washington. It calculates the true meaning of an expression often used on traffic radio reports — “allow a little extra time” — a polite way of telling drivers that their traffic nightmare meter has hit the red zone.

The Institute calls it the Planning Time Index, and this is how Tim Lomax, one of the study’s authors, explains it: “It’s predicated on the notion that your boss will let you be late to work one time a month and you’d better be on time the other 19 days.”

So, the new index compares the time it would take to make a trip in light traffic with the time you need to allow if you want to be punctual for work (or anywhere else) 19 days out of 20.

It’s a new index that tells an old story: No place is worse than Washington, which rates 5.72 and is behind metro Los Angeles and New York. Baltimore ranks 15th among large cities with a 3.81, while Salt Lake City is at the bottom with a 2.02.

What does that mean?

“If you had a 20-minute trip in light traffic, 20 times 5.7 is almost 2 hours that you ought to allow for a really important trip in the middle of rush hour,” Lomax said. “That’s the combined effect of weather and bad crashes and special events and construction, and in y’alls cases, presidential motorcades. It’s everything rolled together.”

The Institute provided a plan for addressing congestion that applies to the Washington region and the rest of the nation. It was a collection of ideas, many of which are already in use.

It included addressing immediate traffic problems — such as having tow trucks poised to sweep away wrecks and stalled vehicles, and using metered freeway on ramps to modulate traffic flow — and obvious goals of increasing capacity, encouraging transit use and embracing flexible work schedules.

“You should be able to call the boss and say ‘Traffic’s bad today, how about if I telecommute for now and come in two hours later?’ ” Lomax said. “And you need to take advantage of those options when they make sense for you. Don’t just get stuck in the rut of ‘I drive my car to work every day because that’s just what I do.’ ”

Pete Ruane, the blunt-spoken president of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, said the area had a double-barreled problem.

“Washington, D.C., has the dubious distinction of being number one in two areas. It is the capital of partisan gridlock, and now traffic gridlock,” he said. “The real news in the report is the projection that traffic congestion costs will balloon another 65 percent by 2020 if we maintain the status quo. The number of hours of lost time will also skyrocket 55 percent.”

courtesy: Washington PostBy , Published: February 5

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Washingtonian Cheap Eats = yum!

posted Aug 25, 2011, 8:33 PM by Jayson Wingfield   [ updated Aug 25, 2011, 8:54 PM ]

       RestaurantNeighborhoodCuisine
A&J Restaurant
4316-B Markham St., Annandale, 703-813-8181
AnnandaleChinese/dim sum
A&J Restaurant
1319-C Rockville Pike., Rockville, 301-251-7878
RockvilleChinese/dim sum
Afghan Famous Kabob
14702 Lee Hwy., Gainesville; 703-754-1600
GainesvilleAfghan/kebabs
Amma Vegetarian Kitchen
344-A Maple Ave. E., Vienna; 703-938-5328
ViennaIndian
Bamian Afghan Cuisine
5634 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church; 703-820-7880
Falls ChurchAfghan
Bangkok 54
2919 Columbia Pike, Arlington; 703-521-4070
ArlingtonThai
Bangkok Golden
6395 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church; 703-533-9480
Falls ChurchThai
Bar Pilar
1833 14th St., NW; 202-265-1751
U StreetModern American
Batik
200 Main St., Gaithersburg; 301-869-8661
GaithersburgPan-Asian
Bayou Bakery
1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington; 703-243-2410
ArlingtonSouthern
BGR the Burger Joint
Alexandria, 703-299-9791
AlexandriaBurgers
BGR the Burger Joint
Bethesda, 301-358-6137
BethesdaBurgers
BGR the Burger Joint
Arlington, 703-812-4705
ArlingtonBurgers
BGR the Burger Joint
Dupont Circle, 202-299-1071
Dupont CircleBurgers
Bollywood Bistro
3955 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax; 703-273-0031
FairfaixIndian
Burma Road
617 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg; 301-963-1429
GaithersburgBurmese
Café Assorti
1800 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-465-0036
CourthouseEastern European
The Cajun Experience
1825 18th St., NW; 202-670-4416
Dupont CircleCajun/Southern
The Cajun Experience
14 Loudoun St., SE, Leesburg; 703-777-6580
LeesburgCajun/Southern
Carbón
100-F Gibbs St., Rockville; 301-251-1944
RockvillePeruvian
Cheesetique Cheese & Wine Bar
2411 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-706-5300
Del RayModern American
China Bistro
755 Hungerford Dr., Rockville; 301-294-0808
RockvilleChinese
China Jade
16805 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville; 301-963-1570
RockvilleChinese
Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-364-0404
Northwest DCPizza
Cosmopolitan Grill
7770 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria; 703-360-3660
AlexandriaBosnian/German
Cuba de Ayer
15446 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville; 301-476-9622
BurtonsvilleCuban
DaMoim
7106 Columbia Pike, Annandale; 703-354-3211
AnnandaleKorean
Eatbar
2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington; 703-778-9951
ArlingtonModern American
Elephant Jumps
8110-A Arlington Blvd., Falls Church; 703-942-6600
Falls ChurchThai
El Pike (Pike Pizza)
4111 Columbia Pike, Arlington; 703-521-3010
ArlingtonBolivian
El Pollo Rico
932 N. Kenmore St., Arlington, 703-522-3220
BallstonPeruvian
El Pollo Rico
2517 University Blvd. W., Wheaton, 301-942-4419
WheatonPeruvian
El Rinconcito Cafe
1129 11th St., NW, 202-789-4110
Logan CircleSalvadoran
El Rinconcito II
1326 Park Rd., NW, 202-299-1076
Columbia HeightsSalvadoran
Etete
1942 Ninth St., NW; 202-232-7600
U StreetEthiopian
Ethiopic
401 H St., NE; 202-675-2066
H Street, NortheastEthiopian
Figs Fine Foods
4828 MacArthur Blvd., NW; 202-333-7773
PalisadesLebanese
Mediterranean
Four Sisters
8190 Strawberry La., Falls Church; 703-539-8566
Falls ChurchVietnamese
Freddy's Lobster & Clams
4867 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 240-743-4257
BethesdaSeafood
Full Key
2227 University Blvd. W., Wheaton; 301-933-8388
WheatonChinese
Gamasot
6963 Hechinger Dr., Springfield; 703-256-0780
SpringfieldKorean
Gom Ba Woo
7133 Columbia Pike, Annandale; 703-642-1577
AnnandaleKorean
Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 202-543-8222
Capitol HillBurgers
Guajillo
1727 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-807-0840
CourthouseMexican
Haute Dogs & Fries
609 E. Main St., Purcellville; 540-338-2439
PurcellvilleAmerican
Himalayan Heritage
2305 18th St., NW; 202-483-9300
Adams MorganNepalese/Indian
Honey Pig (Gooldaegee)
7220-C Columbia Pike, Annandale; 703-256-5229
AnnandaleKorean
Hong Kong Palace
6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church; 703-532-0940
Falls ChurchChinese/Szechuan
Huong Viet
6785 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church; 703-538-7110
Falls ChurchVietnamese
Irene's Restaurant
601 Second St., Laurel; 301-362-3371
LaurelSalvadoran/Honduran
Jaymar Colombian Breeze
348 Main St., Gaithersburg; 301-869-0023
GaithersburgColombian
Jerusalem
3405 Payne St., Falls Church; 703-379-4200
Falls ChurchMiddle Eastern
Kabob n Karahi
15521 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring; 301-879-0044
Silver SpringKebabs
Kabul Kabob House
514-A S. Van Dorn St., Alexandria; 703-751-1833
AlexandriaAfghan
Kao Thai
8650 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring; 301-495-1234
Silver SpringThai
KBQ Real Barbecue
12500 Fairwood Pkwy., Suite B-1, Bowie; 301-352-8111
BowieBarbecue
La Caraqueña
300 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-533-0076
Falls ChurchPan-Latin
La Limeña
765-B Rockville Pike, Rockville; 301-424-8066
RockvillePeruvian
La Sirenita
4911 Edmonston Rd., Hyattsville; 301-864-0188
HyattsvilleMexican
Masala Art
4441-B Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-362-4441
Northwest DCIndian
Mia's Pizzas
4926 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 301-718-6427
BethesdaPizza
Michael's Noodles
10038 Darnestown Rd., Rockville; 301-738-0370
RockvilleChinese
Minh's
2500 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-525-2828
ClarendonVietnamese
Moroni & Brother's
4811 Georgia Ave., NW; 202-829-2090
PetworthPizza
Muffin Man Caribbean Café
9434 Lanham-Severn Rd., Lanham; 301-459-1144
LanhamCaribbean
Myanmar
7810-C Lee Hwy., Falls Church; 703-289-0013
Falls ChurchBurmese
Nava Thai Noodle and Grill
11301 Fern St., Wheaton; 240-430-0495
WheatonThai
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
1400 Irving St., NW; 202-332-7383
Columbia HeightsPizza
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
3017 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, 703-527-7383
ClarendonPizza
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
4940 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-237-7383
TenleytownPizza
Pho 75
Arlington, Falls Church, Herndon, Langley Park, Rockville
Va., Md.Vietnamese
Pho Xe Lua
6765-A Wilson Blvd., Falls Church; 703-663-8717
Falls ChurchVietnamese
Pimento Grill
4405 Bowen Rd., SE; 202-582-6595
SoutheastCarribean
Pizzeria Orso
400 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church; 703-226-3460
Falls ChurchPizza
Plaka Grill
110 Lawyers Rd., NW, Vienna; 703-319-3131
ViennaGreek
Potato Valley Cafe
47 State Cir., Annapolis; 410-267-0902
AnnapolisAmerican
Present
6678 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church; 703-531-1881
Falls ChurchVietnamese
PS 7's Lounge
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I 66E to Close Friday for 9/11 Tribute

posted Aug 18, 2011, 6:36 PM by Jayson Wingfield   [ updated Aug 18, 2011, 6:38 PM ]

Over 1,800 motorcyclists will ride from Pa. to the Pentagon and World Trade Center to pay tribute.

Virginia State Police warn motorists in the area to avoid the Dulles Toll Road and Interstate 66 Friday evening to make way for a mass of motorcycles paying tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

Police plan to block eastbound traffic on I-66 from the Capital Beltway to Route 110 southbound. No traffic will be allowed to access the on-ramps to I-66 eastbound between Fairfax and Arlington counties. 

Over 1,800 motorcycles are expected to ride from Somerset, Pa. to the Pentagon and finally the World Trade Center over a four-day period as part of this year's America's 9/11 Foundation tribute event. 

The riders will start coming into Loudoun County from Maryland at around 2 p.m. Friday. They will go pass by Leesburg and take the Dulles Greenway to the toll road, then ride along I-66 into Arlington.

Here's a breakdown of where the procession will pass through on Friday, courtesy of state police.

Loudoun County/Town of Leesburg

  • The riders are expected to enter Loudoun County from Maryland between 2 and 4 p.m. 
  • Loudoun County Sheriff and state police will stop traffic at intersections on Route 15 from the Maryland state line to the Leesburg town line. Traffic from roads on the east side of Route 15 will be able to travel north. All traffic wishing to go south must find an alternate route or experience major delays.
  • Suggested detour: Take Route 15N into Maryland, then take Route 340 west toward Brunswick, to Route 17 south through Brunswick, to Route 287 into Loudoun County. 
  • Also expect significant traffic delays in and around Leesburg. 
  • The ride will come south on Route 15/Business (King Street) into Leesburg, continuing southbound through the Historic Downtown.
  • Click here for a map and more info.

Dulles Greenway

  • The procession continues onto the Route 15/7 Bypass east to the Dulles Greenway.
  • Access from the Bypass to the Dulles Greenway will be closed to traffic. 
  • Once on the Greenway, riders will remain in the far left lane. General vehicle traffic will remain in the far right lane. Traffic cones will be set up to separate the riders from general eastbound traffic as they ride the entire length of the Greenway and proceed through the Greenway Toll Plaza. 

Dulles Toll Road

  • Intersections along the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) and Dulles Access Road will be controlled by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police. 
  • Riders will remain in the far left lane in the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Toll Road.
  • Heavy traffic congestion and significant delays are expected for drivers traveling to and from the airport.

Interstate 66

  • The riders will exit the Dulles Toll Road, proceed onto the Connector Road and enter I-66. 
  • Eastbound lanes will be closed to traffic from the Capital Beltway to Route 110 southbound. No traffic will be allowed to access the on-ramps to I-66 eastbound between Fairfax and Arlington counties. 
  • Heavy traffic congestion and delays are expected on I-66 and I-495. 
  • Suggested detour: Travelers headed to the District should take I-495 north to the George Washington Memorial Parkway or I-495 south to Route 50 east (Arlington Blvd).
  • Once the riders reach Route 110 in Arlington, the Arlington County Police Department, Virginia State Police and partnering law enforcement agencies will escort the motorcycles into Crystal City. 
  • Click here for more info on the ride into Arlington. 

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