Monday, February 23, 2009

The Brookland Listserve

Just ain't what it used to be...

Calling all listserver participants! I know there are now multiple listserves that meet the needs of the Brookland Community. It seems the main list serve has evolved (devolved) into primarily a forum for 'political' discourse. Traffic seems to be noticeably down just based on responses and residects to the Brookland Blog. So, I'm asking you all for a favor.

Can you please put out a call for comments, participation and or intrest in the various Brookland-based list serves you may participate in? I know there is a GLBT, Brookland Moms and perhaps others. To assist you, here's a message you can cut and paste if you so choose.

Fellow Brooklanders,

It's that time of the year again to think about Spring and Spring Cleaning. Of course the best way to get rid of your unwanted items is to join in the 2nd Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale (GBYS). As with last year, this is a voluntary, neighborhood wide event to host a series of coordinated yard sales that maximize sales potential, gets people into Brookland and promotes our community as a positive place to live and visit. Planners are currently surveying residents to pick a date for this event. You can take the survey and keep up to date on developments at Please take a moment to check it out.

Thanks to all for spread the good word.

San Antonio Bar & Grill - Welcome to Brookland

A Worthy Sucessor to Ellis Island

One of my first encounters with Brookland was during my law school days at Catholic U. On Thursday nights, our last night of class, we would all head over to Ellis Island for burgers and beer. As we all worked during the day and went to school at night, this was our one, welcome pause during the 24/7 craziness that is law school. In fact, when I moved to Brookland in 2005, Sam and I went to Ellis Island for dinner the night we moved in to our Irving Street home.

As you can imagine, Ellis Island had a big place in my conception of Brookland and its closure was a big loss. That's why I was very happy to discover this Saturday, that the San Antonio Bar and Grill is a worthy successor to Ellis Island and certainly a welcome addition to the 12th Street Corridor.

The food was great (and I'm not a huge fan of Mexican or Southwestern Cuisine). The service was attentive, prices reasonable and the decor managed to pay homage to Ellis Island, yet great a more open and airy experience that is noticeably distinct from its predecessor. Since the demise of Ellis Island and Island Jim's, we've pretty much eaten in, but we will definitely be adding San Antonio to our agenda.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Survey Now Up!

Make Your Voice Heard

If you look to the left on this page you will notice the survey for dates for the 2009 Great Brookland Yard Sale 2009. Please pick the date that works best for you and we will use that feedback in scheduling the big day.

Question: How were these dates selected?

These dates are in line with the time frame we hosted the GBYS last year which helps us build the GBYS brand. They are also far enough out to give us all time to plan and sort through our items to prepare. Finally, these are weekends where my job, which requires extensive travel, does not have me out of town.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Open Thread for Comments and Ideas

Please use the comment section here to post ideas and or comments on what you'd like to see or what you'd like to volunteer to do for the Great Brookland Yard Sale 2009.

Great Brookland Yard Sale 2009?

Time to Think Spring

Ok Brookland, it's time to start thinking Spring and that means the 2nd Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale. Like last year this is a voluntarily coordinated yard sale event to get folks from across the city to visit Brookland and to get us out and about to meet and visit each other.

Please use the comment section to weigh in with your thoughts on a date that would work for you (the survey function on Blogger isn't working at present).

The dates that are available are:

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009

Please chime in and I'll get a survey up as soon as it is working.