Neighborhoods / Residential Areas, Washington D.C.
Politics is good theater, and if Congress is out or its a rainy day, take time out to head up to Cleveland Park to catch a movie at the Uptown Theater. The Uptown is one of the largest movie theaters on the East Coast and harkens back to the day when going to see a movie was an event.
This art deco theater seats 840 people and there is no bad seat in the house. Movies are projected onto a large three story tall screen that curves around the audience. Occasionally in the summer, they show old classics.
3426 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
After spending a day or two seeing the sites in DC, take a cab to Georetown to see the University and the town. It is a nice break from the tourist feel in downtown and will help break up the whirlwind type mentality you have experienced in trying to visit all of the sites. Plus, there are great restaurants and shops
Wonderful 1800's houses line the streets behind the Capitol. Some are connected to one another as "row houses". Others are free standing. A lot of this area has been improving in recent years as property values rise. The restored houses stretch further out from the Capitol every time I visit.
I'm always fascinated by the view out the back window of the homes in cities like Washington. People do all sorts of things with their little postage stamp garden space..and then beyond it is the utility of living. Here is where the cars are parked...the trash man comes through...and REAL LIFE sort of shows through.
U Street (Subway : U Street - Cardozo) - Between 13th & 16th there is the Jazz Area from 1920 to 1960 (nickname of the street : Black Broadway).
Duke Ellington lived his childwood here (he lived 1212 T Street). Mile Davis said : 'each musician must postrate before God to thank Him to have created Duke Ellington'.
The Mall is the beaten track, most attractions of Washington are located on this stretch of green. My suggestion to get off from it is to drive around the area where there are embassies. That's another place where I got lost, and was glad to be lost.
My neighborhood Adams-Morgan lies north of Dupont Circle and has its nexus at the intersection of Columbia Road and 18th Street. The cosmopolitanism of Washington is in no place more evident than in Adams-Morgan. Most of the bars and restaurants on 18th Street are foreign-owned. My favorite restaurants were Ethiopian which serve meat and vegetable in spicy and savory sauces. When I went for the first time in 1986, there were neither knifes nor forks on the table, we had to eat with our fingers, a funny experience I did not expect in conservative Washington. Ethiopian food comes on injera, a sort of tortilla, perfect for wrapping up the spicy lamb-dishes in savory spiced-vegetable pastes.
I don't know if people necessary miss this but it can be overlooked because dc has so many great sites. Just take some time and walk up M street to Georgetown and enjoy the quiet streets and beautiful town houses of some of washingtons power players. A nice change of place from the tourist filled main sites.
For those of you interested in how the posh of the poshest live in DC, visit Potomac, Maryland a few miles northwest of Washington, DC. This area is home to wealthy lawyers, corporate officers & businessmen.
Just drive up River Road and see the castles abound...
Washington DC has many 'Official monuments', the sculptures of Uzikee Nelson, are not to be found on the Mall. When in DC make the journey to the Columbia Heights neighborhood to see Uzikee sculptures. His sculptures are designed to bridge the gap
between African ritual and abstract art, as well as bridge the gap between African and
Western culture. When in DC you can see 3 of his works, St. Denard; 16th St. and Arkansas Ave. NW, Here I Stand Spirit of Paul Robeson; Georgia Ave and Kansas Ave. NW, Marcus Garvey/Malcolm X; 1440 Belmont St, N.W.
Have a look at Uzikee's Homepage: WWW.UZIKEE.COM
Don't just do all the tourist stuff. Also spent a day 'getting lost' in this city.
I made the 'mistake' of getting of on the wrong metrostation. I decided to see if I was able to find my way back to the hoster by wandering around (and of course walking in the wrong direction).
In one of the alley's, I found the Albanian Ambasy. A total difference compared to the Canadian Ambasy almost next to the white house.
Also a local football game crossed my path. A view on the people who live in the city, not only the suits who work their.
Just riding around and taking in the views can be fascinating. Next time, I'll do more walking and window shopping maybe tho. But it'll have to be on a cooler day, ho!