neighborhood in Washington, D.C., United States

Near Northeast refers to the area just north of Capitol Hill and Union Station, but south of Brookland.

Understand edit

The boundaries of Near Northeast are North Capitol St to the west, Florida Ave to the north, F St to the south, and 15th St to the east. The neighborhood is just south of Gallaudet University.

The Atlas District refers to H St NE between North Capitol St and 15th St NE. This is the most popular part of the neighborhood for visitors due to its bars, restaurants, and shopping. It is named after the Atlas Theater (opened in 1938), now the Atlas Performing Arts Center, at 1338 H St NE. Compared to other nightlife-centered neighborhoods, the Atlas District attracts a slightly older, more eccentric and artsy, more local, and almost certainly less drunken crowd.

NoMa refers to the area just north of Union Station, near the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metrorail Station.

History edit

Near Northeast has long since been a popular area for immigrants to settle. By the 1950s, it had become predominately African-American. The neighborhood suffered some of the biggest damage during the 1968 riots that left 1,200 buildings in the city destroyed and, like many areas of eastern D.C., it was reduced to urban blight for decades.

However, since the turn of the century, efforts have been made to revitalize the neighborhood and make it a destination for locals and visitors. In 2004, under new ownership, the Atlas Theatre underwent a $22-million renovation. In 2006, Joe Englert, a local entrepreneur, purchased 8 properties on H St NE between 12th St NE & 14th St NE and converted them into top destination restaurants, bars, and concert venues. In 2012, Union Market, a warehouse-style indoor market just west of Gallaudet University, was renovated and re-tenanted.

Get in edit

By Metrorail edit

For more information on riding the Metrorail in Washington DC, see Washington DC#Get around.

The Red Line stops at Union Station and NoMa–Gallaudet U, both of which are a short walk from the nightlife in the Atlas District.

By streetcar edit

The DC Streetcar operates from Union Station down H St NE, through the Atlas District. The service runs every 10–15 minutes Mondays through Saturdays.

By bus edit

For more information on riding buses in Washington DC, see Washington DC#Get around. The following bus lines that are useful when visiting Near Northeast:

  • X2 runs along H St every 15 minutes during the day, but every 30 minutes after 10PM, all the way to the East End.
  • B2 is useful for going to the National Arboretum or to Capitol Hill.
  • 90, 92 runs from Near Northeast to the nightlife-centered U St in Shaw as well as to Anacostia.

By car edit

A car is not necessary to visit Near Northeast, but it is the most convenient option, provided you trust yourself to navigate all the treacherous twisting diagonals. Routes US-1 and US-50 are both quick options to head east out of the city towards I-495 Capital Beltway.

By bicycle edit

A bicycle is a great option for visiting the areas that are hard to reach by Metrorail. For information on bike-sharing programs in the Washington DC area, see Washington DC#Get around.

See edit

Map of Washington, D.C./Near Northeast

The National Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum
Chapel Hall at Gallaudet
  • 1 Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE, +1 202 651-5050. Gallaudet is the world's only university where all classes and services are tailored to the needs of the hearing-impaired. Aside from being the principal institution for teaching and learning American Sign Language, the campus includes several buildings of fanciful North American High Gothic architecture and is a National Historic Landmark District. The most famous building is the campus' centerpiece, Chapel Hall. Guided tours are available, but unless you give three days notice, the tours are given in ASL. Self guided tours are also available. Parking $3/day. Enter at 8th St. Front Gate and stop at kiosk.    
  • 2 National Arboretum, Entrances: 3501 New York Ave NE & 2400 R St NE (take Metrobus B2, get off on Bladensburg Rd at Rand St (just past the Arboretum sign on the right), then walk one block south back to R St, turn left and walk five minutes east to the Arboretum entrance), +1 202 245-2726. 8AM-5PM daily. The park's sprawling acres of carefully manicured gardens and its wide collection of trees from around the world are fantastic for getting away from the urban world and for a picnic. There are several attractions within the park worth seeking out, including the original columns from the Capitol Building's first incarnation, now standing alone mimicking Roman ruins, a Japanese garden, and a great bonsai collection. This is the best place in the city to enjoy the cherry blossom season—you can stroll serenely around the trees, while inwardly chuckling at the uninformed hordes sweating it out at the sardined Tidal Basin. They are not exclusively of the sakura variant downtown. Rather, there is an extensive collection of over 30 different flowering cherry trees, making for an excellent scavenger hunt! Free.    
  • 3 National Public Radio Headquarters (NPR), 1111 North Capitol St NE (at L St). Lobby exhibits/Shop: M-F 10AM-5:30PM; Tours offered every weekday at 11AM (advanced registration required). Lobby has wall panels detailing NPR's history, a scrolling news ticker, and a nice gift shop. Free.    

Do edit

  • 1 Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE, +1 202 399-7993. Art gallery: Tu-Su noon-6PM. First opened in 1938, the Atlas Theatre was an old movie palace that was transformed into an arts center and performance venue in 2004 via an extensive $22 million renovation. Performances run throughout the whole year, and vary from drama to musical to cabaret to dance. The building also houses a public art gallery.    
  • 2 Langston Golf Course, 26th St & Benning Rd NE, +1 202 397-8638. Given its obscure location, you might assume this would be an empty 18 holes, but you'd be wrong—it's no secret to the locals. Langston's public course offers the most challenging and interesting 18 inside the Beltway, including an infamous shot 200 yards out to an island on the Anacostia River. It opened in 1939 as a segregated African-American golf club named after John Mercer Langston. It has since attracted a good amount of African-American celebrities —Joe Louis was a big fan and booster. Much better than the other D.C. golf course, Rock Creek Golf Course. M-Th: $21 for 9 holes, $28 for 18 holes; F-Su: $25 for 9 holes, $35 for 18 holes.    
  • 3 Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market (Angelika Film Center), 550 Penn St NE, +1 571 512-3311, . Since its opening in 1989, the Angelika Film Center in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood has become a cultural institution – one of the most well-known and highest-grossing dedicated arthouses in the US; it's now open in DC as well, with an exclusive microcinema experience. The Cafe and Concession area offers beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, popcorn, hotdogs and other snacks. $8-11.50 for movie tickets.

Buy edit

A snowy day on H St
  • The Daily Rider, 600 H St NE, +1 202 396-0704. A stylish bike and bike repair shop.
  • Fatty's Tattoos & Piercings, 516 H St NE, +1 202 452-0999. A cool tattoo shop. It is worth a look inside just to check out the artwork!
  • Union Market, 1309 5th St NE (just north of Near Northeast, west of Galludet University). Opened in 1931. A warehouse-style indoor market featuring 40 boutique shops and plenty of food options. A must-visit if you are in the area!

Eat edit

Budget edit

  • Pie Shop, 1339 H St NE, +1 202 398-7437. M-Th 11AM-midnight, F 11AM-3:30AM, Sa 9AM-3:30AM, Su 9AM-10PM. A slice of one of their savory pies (like the wonderful steak, mushroom, and gruyère) can be enough for dinner, really, so this qualifies as a prime cheap eats spot on H St (or an inebriated after-bar indulgence). Among the dessert pies, it would be a shame not to try the strawberry rhubarb! An import from Baltimore, Dangerously Delicious has flourished here, and is probably the best bakery for pies in the immediate D.C. metro area. Look for pies by the slice out of their food truck downtown, too. By the slice: $4.50-6, whole pies: $30-35.
  • Sticky Rice, 1224 H St NE, +1 202 397-7655. Su-Th 11:30AM-2AM, F 11:30AM-3AM, Sa 5PM-3AM. A stylish sushi restaurant by day and crowded bar by night, the biggest draw here is the sushi. The rolls are big, inventive, and jaunty—and reasonably priced. If you are here for a couple beers, definitely order a bucket of tater tots. Thursday nights have karaoke at 10:30PM, while F-Sa nights have DJ dance parties. Mains: $10-13.

Mid-range edit

  • Ethiopic, 401 H St NE, +1 202 675-2066. Tu-Th 5-10PM, F-Su noon-10PM. Trying Ethiopian food is a must in D.C. and this is as good of a place to do it as any! If you don't mind raw meat, try the raw kitfo - with a little extra spicy red powder on the side. $14-22.
  • Granville Moore's, 1238 H St NE, +1 202 399-2546. Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F Sa 5PM-11PM. A popular Belgian gastropub with great seafood, salads, and sandwiches. Over 50 beers available. Try the Belgian mussels and fries. Mains: $14-25; beers: $6-12.
  • Indigo, 243 K St NE, +1 202 544-4777. A great Indian restaurant where you are encouraged to write on the wall!
  • Toki Underground, 1234 H St NE, 2nd floor, with the door marked only by a symbol just left of The Pug's entrance, +1 202 388-3086. M-W Su 5PM-10PM, Th 5PM-midnight, F Sa 5PM-2AM. A popular Taiwanese-style ramen house (think noodles with eggs) run by culinary ninja Erik Bruner-Yang. Try the buttermilk cookies that come with a shot of milk or any one of the 5 eclectic cocktails on the menu. $10-22.

Drink edit

Night in the Atlas District

The Atlas District offers D.C.'s most eclectic, most unique, most off-beat nightlife. This isn't simply a strip full of hipsters lounging in dives—the different venues, bars, and lounges all have a very strong sense of individual character. Since many venues are on H St NE between 12th St & 14th St, you can have a very easy one-night crawl! Most of the restaurants become bars later on in the night as well.

  • Biergarten Haus, 1355 H St NE, +1 202 388-4053. M-Th 4-11PM, F 4PM-2AM; Sa 11AM-2AM; Su 11AM-11PM. Great selection of German draughts served in 1 liter mugs. In good weather, the outdoor courtyard and the roof deck are very crowded. If the courtyard is too crowded, the indoor section is also a great place to have a drink. The food is not up to par with the rest of what is on offer, but even low quality German food will go well with some good beer. Trivia on Tuesday evenings. Beer: 0.5L for $8 or 1.0L for $14.
  • 1 H Street Country Club, 1335 H St NE, +1 202 399-4722. Su-Th 5PM-2AM, F Sa 5PM-3AM. Possibly the street's most eclectic venue: upscale Mexican cuisine in the dining room via a nationally acclaimed chef, an impressive cocktail menu via a nationally acclaimed mixologist, and then an outrageous mini-golf course, along with pool tables, shuffleboard, skee-ball, etc. The golf course is a work of art, full of random Washingtonian references and inside jokes (like Marion Barry's Awakening on hole eight). It can also be extremely crowded, and best played on a weeknight or otherwise very early in the evening. Alcohol is served on the course, so it's open only to people aged 21+. Golf: $7; margaritas: $7; specialty drinks: $7-10; beers: $4-6.
  • Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar, 1104 H St NE, +1 202 636-0050. A New Orleans theme bar with over 50 beers available in bottles. Has a haunted house feeling and shows football games of the New Orleans Saints on TV. Cash Only. Beer: $5-8.
  • The Pug, 1234 H St NE, +1 202 636-0050. A small, boxing-themed dive bar. "No idiots. No politics. No specials".

Cafes edit

Sleep edit

Budget edit

There are several budget and mid-range hotels along US-50/New York Avenue NE just north of Gallaudet University and the National Arboreteum. These hotels mostly cater to motorists entering the city via US-50. Some of these hotels offer free shuttle buses to Union Station and are cheap options for those who are driving to D.C. but don't want to actually drive in the city. However, many are close to a noisy rail line and are quite dingy so be sure to check online reviews prior to booking.

In addition, there are several nicer and more expensive hotels just northeast of Union Station.

Budget edit

  • Red Carpet Inn Washington, D.C., 600 New York Ave NE (around the corner from the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metrorail Station), +1 202 546-9200. This hotel is dingy but it is cheap and within walking distance to the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metrorail Station. $94.
  • 1 Kellogg Conference Hotel @ Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE (on the campus of Gallaudet University), +1 202 651-6000, fax: +1 202 651-6107. With 17,000 square feet of meeting space, this hotel caters to conferences. From $95; best rates are usually obtained via booking engines.

Mid-range edit

Connect edit

The NoMa Business Improvement District offers free outdoor WiFi in the area just north of Union Station. In addition, most restaurants and cafes offer free WiFi.

Go next edit

Besides the obvious trip south to Capitol Hill, you can also head north on the Red line to Brookland, the "Little Vatican" home to the Catholic University and the stunning National Shrine.

Routes through Near Northeast
East EndCapitol Hill  S   N  BrooklandWheaton

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