The Place: Idle Time Books
Where: 18th Street NW just south of Columbia Road NW
Why Live Near Here: Exposed brick, mismatched chairs, thriving house plants: This is Idle Time Books.
Small local bookstores, especially ones like this, are a rare and wonderful thing these days seeing as though ALL bookstores seem to be going instinct thanks to the digital age we’re living in. Yet Idle Time stays standing and is a delight for people who relish shops that remain true to themselves and remind us of the old Adams Morgan that many of us so fondly remember.
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The Place: A. Litteri
Where: Morse Street NE between 5th and 6th Streets NE
Why Live Near Here: If you grew up in an Italian-American family, we don’t need to give you much of a reason why you want to live near an Italian specialty shop like A. Litteri. But for the rest of you, here’s why: fresh grated parmigiano reggiano cheese, freshly sliced Italian deli meats, tasty sandwiches made to order, and an insanely good Italian wine selection. Don’t be fooled by the simple facade. Go inside and enter a whole magical imported world of deliciousness.
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The Place: Chaia Tacos
Where: Grace Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW
Why Live Near Here: You may be vegetarian or vegan, or you might not be, because the tacos here are delicious regardless of which kind of diet you subscribe to. To live near here means that in addition to being super close to the waterfront and all that it has to offer that you can have a healthy-ish non meat-based meal that is both affordable and delicious (and a welcome changeup from the normal salad game) at the drop of a hat.
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The Place: The Wharf
Where: Maine Avenue between 7th and 12th Streets SW
Why Live Near Here: It would be hard to find someone who DOESN’T want to live near some nice, calm waters, if we’re being honest (and especially on a day like today). Those who want to live near DC’s SW Waterfront want to live in an area with a storied past and can take in the views whenever they want & can (hopefully) avoid the crowds, but also need to be ready to share it with lots and lots of visitors who come in on nice days to get their dose of fun in the sun.
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The Place: The National Portrait Gallery
Where: 8th and F Streets NW
Why Live Near Here: One of the great perks of living in DC is the fact that we have all but one of the free, always open (except Christmas Day and when the government is shut down) Smithsonian museums at our fingertips. The person who wants to live near this gorgeous Greek Revival building is a fan of everything from traditional masterpieces to modern art, and maybe has a thing for presidential portraits.
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The Place: The Washington Harbour
Where: 30th and K Streets NW
Why Live Near Here: Who doesn’t want to live near a complex where one can dine at some top notch restaurants, drink at some fun outdoor bars, watch rowers skillfully scull past, or (from November to March) go ice skating with a penguin*?
*Ok ok they’re not real penguins but they’re skate aids in the shape of penguins. Still pretty damn cute…
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The Place: Kramerbooks & Afterwards
Where: Connecticut Avenue and Q Streets NW
Why Live Near Here: The theme of a lot of the P&S posts lately has been “live near this Place because the weather blows and there’s not a lot to do, but this place is awesome not ONLY on crappy days but ESPECIALLY on crappy days…” and this place definitely fits into that category. Bookstores are the perfect rainy/snowy/wintery mix getaways, especially ones that have a full service cafe that can keep you nourished while you wait for the weather to let up so you can run out to catch your cab home. The person who wants to live near this spot is likely a bibliophile and one who enjoys a bookstore that, as Kramers puts it, has stuck around “through expansions, subpoenas, and innumerable neighborhood changes.”
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The Place: Angelika Pop-Up
Where: 550 Penn Street NE
Why Live Near Here: Guys, if you haven’t been outside yet today, know that it’s cold AF out there. And seeing as though Places and Spaces talks about cool places in DC that you want to live near, today’s pick couldn’t be more appropriately chosen. There’s not a lot you can do outside when you feel like your face is going to shatter into a million pieces, but a tried-and-true escape is the movies. So if you’re not as into high grossing blockbusters as you are into independent and foreign films, prefer Pop Art Popcorn, Jeni’s ice cream and craft beer & wine to standard theater fare, and appreciate creative programming and special deals, then Angelika Pop-Up in the H Street NE/NoMa area is someplace you may want to consider living close to. Your not-so-frozen face will thank you.
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