The Neighborhood

I used to live in Apt. 1202, in the building and in the greater neighborhood.  (I still live nearby.) I liked it a lot. I felt safe and I loved the convenience of being a short walk or Metro ride to everything.

I don’t even own a car. (If you do, remember that I have 2 parking spaces in the building that I can rent you. Press the “Rent, Terms & Conditions” menu button for details.) When I need a car, I use one of the convenient shared car rental services that has cars parked nearby. There’s even a Capital Bikeshare rack if you like to ride and don’t own a bike of your own.

And do you know what I really like? It’s that there’s a new 24 hour Safeway a block away.

Here’s what a “bike share” rack looks like if you’re new to the concept. Go to CapitalBikeshare.com for details.

I like the fact that there’s a Metro Station (our subway system), the Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center station, just three blocks away. And two more within an easy half mile walk.

Use the link below to see the Google map that shows our location relative to the downtown. This is a good place to live. I don’t know where you work, where you like to go out to eat or what you like to do in your spare time, if you have any, but the likelihood is that it’s easy to get there from Apt. 1202.

437 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001 – Google Maps

It’s so easy to get around, to go places anywhere in the city. Even so, I like the idea that, when I just want to relax with some friends without making a big deal about it, just as few blocks away, in and around Chinatown, are all shops, restaurants, culture and entertainment I need.

You know about the Safeway, just a block down New York Avenue. In that same building, just around the corner, there’s a Chipotle. It’s just fast food, but I like their burrito bowls. (What can I tell you.) And a two-story Ace Hardware which has come in very handy.

Depending upon how hungry I am and who I’m trying to impress, I can go high-end American. (Have you looked at this place’s menu? Mouth watering.)

 

Get some fish, maybe a Caesar-shrimp salad and key lime pie for dessert.

There’s a Clyde’s across 7th Avenue, next to the movie theaters.

And there are more than a few other great places to eat – all of them within easy walking distance – to meet with friends or bring some mmm-mm delicious carry-out back to Apt. 1202 to watch the Caps, Redskins, Nationals or your own personal guilty pleasure.

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Hungry yet?  Worried that, if you rent Apt. 1202, with all this good food so close, you’ll put on a few pounds?  …Now you know why the building has a gym with all that equipment.

A little culture never hurts.

But then I wouldn’t want to overdo it.

At night, after a tough day at the office, there’s still time to buy stuff.

Maybe meet friends for a Capitals game.

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Or some movie. I try to pick the ones where we can talk during the show, and no one cares because their too busy talking.

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Or maybe just walk around…

..until we get hungry.

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Someplace we can talk for while even after we’re done eating, pick at each other’s food until our beer’s gone flat.

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You’ve got to know it’s about more than a few pictures I managed to cop from Google Images or some restaurant’s website. There is so much more. It’s about community, old friends and new people I can only imagine and look forward to meeting some day. It’s about the intangibles. That said, it’s good to have so many tangibles nearby.

What to see even more?!  There’s so much more – great places to eat, shop and for sports, culture and just hanging out with your friends or making new ones.  There’s so much in fact that I had to squeeze in into five pages of pictures and that’s only a fraction of what’s in easy walking distance if you rent Apt. 1202.  Here goes…  (Click on the pages to make them larger.)

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