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Paradise in a Parking Lot?

Local resident and blogger FrenchTwistDC offers her abbreviated review of the NY Ave Beach Bar below. For her full posting visit this link.


The Triangle is definitely not just parking lots anymore… the parking lots have turned to condos and high end apartment buildings. And a beach! In what has to be the most creative use of an empty parking lot, Tom Brown, co-owner of The Passenger, has covered an underused asphalt area with 70 tons of sands (from Ocean City we hear… so kind of locally sourced right?) and opened the most anticipated outdoor bar of the summer. The New York Avenue Beach Bar officially opened Friday night, with Mayor Gray cutting the ceremonial ribbon (and sticking around for a few rounds of corn hole) and over 700 people showed up for $10 rum cocktails and lukewarm canned beer ($5-6 each). That was definitely more than the owners expected or were prepared for ;-)

Mayor Gray playing corn hole - picture courtesy Vlasta Hakes

[Editor's note: Joni Mitchell once sang "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Does the Beach Bar mean we've come full circle?]

The decor was Corona heavy but they didn't carry Corona beer on opening night

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Fun Fair Property Renovated

The infamous former Fun Fair Video property at 917 5th Street NW has been renovated to improve it’s ability to lure a retail tenant. The space offers 2500 SF with Loopnet suggesting the landlord is asking for $36/SF/Year.

Fun Fair building May 2012

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443 Eye Apartments to Break Ground in August

Recent rendering of EQR apartments

According to DCMud the apartment project from EQR that recently displaced BicycleSPACE and Gold Leaf Studios at 443-459 I Street NW will break ground this August. The development will restore two 3-story townhouses and a 2-story autobody garage while building vertically around those structures. When complete the buildings will offer 15,000 square feet of retail space.

The rendering recently circulating on the internet lacks much detailing. That may be because its just an early drawing or perhaps the architecture of the towers are being slightly simplified as it is a mid-block building. Either way, the renderings from 2008 when Walnut Street owned the project seemed a little more inspired.

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New York Ave Beach Bar to Open Friday

The sand has arrived and the new beach themed New York Ave Beach Bar (website | facebooktwitter) is slated to open this Friday. The new concept at 645 New York Avenue is being initiated by Derek Brown from cocktail haven The Passenger around the corner. The picnic tables and lounge chairs at this beach bar will be the place to drink in your flip flops and tank tops this summer. Wear some sunblock.

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