Effects on Brookland during Pope’s Visit :

What we know now – Traffic & Road Closures– [[no maps currently available]]

•Huge crowds are expected as Pope Francis visits D.C. Sept 22-24th
•Expect 3 days of traffic and transit congestion
•Expect Brookland-CUA station Metro to extremely busy, 9/23 for ‘Mass at the Basilica’
•Metro will run near rush hour service throughout the day
•Amtrak said it’s adding extra trains
•Metro anticipates bus detours and delays. Riders should build in extra time to get to destinations
•Load credit on SmarTrip cards in advance and know your routes
•Fed Govt.is on a “SNOW DAY” the 23rd- check with your employer too!

Itinerary – Pope DC Visit- Large scale rolling road closures are expected:

1.White House(Sept. 23, 9:15 a.m.)
2.St. Matthew’s Cathedral near Dupont Circle (Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m.)
3.Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra at the Basilica (Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 4:15 p.m.)
•ZERO parking at the Basilica for this Mass
•25,000 people have tickets, expect many more to be outside
•Expect Edgewood, Brookland, and surrounding neighborhoods to be inundated by car/pedestrian/bike parking & traffic.
•Rush hour traffic will be a mess-“UNDERSTATEMENT”
•If able -> DO NOT DRIVE on the 23rd & avoid CUA/Brookland Metro Station <-

    4.U.S. Capitol (Sept. 24, 9:20 a.m.)
    5.St. Patrick in the City (Sept. 24, 11:15 a.m.)


Parking Garage Petition

Several BNCA members in the Perry Place Neighborhood have joined together to stop the development of a garage in our small, family oriented community.
Serious concerns on pollution, congestion, poor land use which will be made worse by the huge influx of cars to the proposed garage. [Think 7 miles of cars back to back!]

A petition has been created to send to Kurt Newman, MD, President Children’s National Medical Center, Ramu Potarazu, Secretary-Treasurer, and 8 others.

If you are interested in signing the petition, please click here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/put-pedestrian-safety?source=c.em.mt&r_by=121090

Please feel free to forward this on to your networks!

BNCA SEPTEMBER MEETING @ Elsie Whitlow Stokes School

Please join us for our monthly meeting next week on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm at Elsie Whitlow Stokes School Auditorium, 3700 Oakview Terrace NE, Washington, DC 20017.

Also, be sure to check out the BNCA POST which has some important postings about the proposed parking garage project in the neighborhood and information about how the visit of the Pope could affect our neighborhood.

Lastly, Rhode Island Avenue Fall Festival on October 3rd- looking for volunteers to staff the BNCA table 1-2 hour shifts. Come out and meet your neighbors!! Sign-up sheet avail at the meeting



Hello BNCA Members:
There is much happening in our neighborhood.. be informed, be involved, become a member or visit us for a meeting.

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association at Brooks Mansion, 901 Newton Street NE on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Meeting time is 7:00 to 8:30pm. Entrance door faces the Metro station on Newton St.

The meeting agenda includes:

1. Welcome
2. Financial report
3. Dance Place Art Park Update
4. Office of the Attorney General& Office of CM McDuffie Update
5. 2016 Brookland Day [Insights, history, and future]
6. Membership Update
7. Additonal Updates, News, and Announcements [Includes: Pepco meager, Parking garage LTR, 901 Reed St. and Fall FBH Cleanup]

Please mark your calendar. Looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Ft. Bunker Hill Park Cleanup

On April 18, 2015, many volunteers from the Brookland neighborhood came to the Fort Bunker Hill Park and participated in a clean-up effort.  The focus for the day was removal of trash, which we succeeded with many filled bags by the end of the gathering. Also present were representatives from the NPS who will be working with us on future clean-up projects.

Historical DC Civil War Defense Marker

Historical DC Civil War Defense Marker

Fort Bunker Hill Park, A National Park, is the highest point in our Brookland neighborhood and located within the borders of 13th, 14th, Otis and Perry Streets. Built in 1861, FBH is part of the DC Civil Wars’ ‘Circle of Forts’ Defense System in NE, Washington DC. As a part of our Nations History, it is important to show stewardship for our park in the Heart of Brookland. For more History of the Ft. Bunker Hill Park please see ◦2004 Civilian Conservation Corps Report on History of Fort Bunker Hill Park

Overall, it was a great day and look forward to routinely working with the NPS to continue on improving the park to make it a better place for us all to visit. Thanks to everyone that participated and we look forward to the Fall clean-up.

Volunteers at FBH park

Volunteers at the park

Park Ranger & Volunteers

Park Ranger & Volunteers


A very good June meeting with our neighbors at Brooks Mansion on Tuesday June 16th, 2015. We look forward to seeing everyone in July!
Time: 7 to 8:30pm

1. Welcome
2. Financial report
3. Update on Howard University Divinity School
4. Updates on Multi-unit Development at 9th and Lawrence
5. Update: Pepco/ Exelon Merger,
6.Update: DDOT Livability Discussion
7. Membership Update
8. General Updates, New News and Announcements
9. Adjourn

Open Coffee Chat Sat. May 30th with BNCA

BNCA invites you to the next gathering of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, which will be held on Saturday, May 30, from 10:00am to 11:30am at Serendipity Cafe at 3301 12th St NE.  Coffee-Chat3
This month’s convening will be in an “open house” format. We hope this will accommodate busy weekend schedules and allow for informal dialogue.  Come join us for a cup of coffee, tea and/or pastry for a discussion about development activity in the neighborhood and the Brookland-Edgewood Livability Study, a city-led effort focused on transportation in our community.   In addition, please invite your neighbors to drop by to join the conversation, meet officers and love to have them as a new or returning member.
You can drop by for 5-10 minutes or stay for the entire time. We want to hear thoughts from BNCA members about how our civic association can take steps to shape development activity in the neighborhood. We also plan to look together at the online map for the livability  study and add feedback to it.  You can view what’s on the map here:  http://belivabilitystudy.com/interactive-study-area-map/.
We hope to see you on May 30!
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Anita Hairston –President -Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association

The Greatest Great Brookland Yard Sale Ever!

The Great Brookland Yard Sale just finished celebrating its EIGHTH ANNUAL SALE for Brookland [and neighboring] friends! This was the “Greatest GBYS Yard Sale” ever with 87+ locations and several multiple family sales!!!

See you all again next year!!! Remember, get out and met your Great Brookland Neighbors!!

See you in 2016!

See you in 2016!

Official 2015 GBYS Map is Out!

BOXART2015_For_WebsiteV2The Great Brookland Yard Sale is celebrating its EIGHTH ANNUAL SALE for Brookland [and neighboring] residents to host concurrent yard sales.

Official 2015 GBYS Map is Out!

This is the “Greatest GBYS Yard Sale” ever with 87+ locations!!! Be ready, have your items staged, shopping bags prepped and dollars in your pocket! Go forth, have fun and enjoy meeting your neighbors!!

Please read page Yard Sale Tips for  Helpful Hints for a Successful Day of Sales…

Sales will be all over the neighborhood, at both private and business locations!   Official registration is closed, but don’t let that stop anyone that wishes to do a last minute sale.Join up with your neighbors for this fun and exciting event!

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) Upcoming events:


  • Fort Bunker Hill Clean Up – Saturday April 18th 9-12 –Please register
  • Monthly BNCA Meeting – April 21st 7pm-8:30pm – Brooks Mansion – enter on North Side
  • BNCA Social – 6pm-8pm Steel Plate 3105 12th St, NE – April 28th
  • Greater Brookland Yard Sale – Many locations throughout the Greater Brookland Area; May 9th, 10-2pm
  • Great Brookland Garden Club’s  Plant Sale – May 9th, Corner of 12th & Newton St NE 10-4pm