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House of the Day: Huge Mt. Vernon Mansion, Former Offices of City Paper, 9 Parking Spots

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 4:52pm

812 Park Avenue, Mount Vernon
10 bedroom(s), 3 bathroom(s)
10,210 square feet
812 Park Avenue
812 Park Avenue
812 Park Avenue
812 Park Avenue
812 Park Avenue
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Catch of the Day, Mt. Vernon

Super Thursday: In Full Bloom at the Walters

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 1:11pm

In Full Bloom

catch of the day fish (2)T.S. Eliot may have designated April as “the cruelest month,” but it would seem that fashionistas, art lovers, and gardening enthusiasts disagree. After all, April is jam-packed with events for those often overlapping factions. And we all want our frocks to compliment our floral centerpieces that were inspired by our favorite masterwork that we gaze at while listening to our favorite musical selections. Who doesn’t? And while tomorrow evening’s event at the Walters isn’t exactly all about that, it certainly does bring together some of our favorite things. That’s why you’ll want to throw on your spring best to head out to the Walters for In Full Bloom, a free event that brings together art, fashion, flowers, music, and specialty cocktails. Read More →

Hot House, Mt. Vernon

Mt. Vernon Landmark: Robert Long-Designed House On Hamilton Street, Baltimore’s ‘Writers Row’

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 12:30pm



Hot House: 10 W. Hamilton Street, Baltimore, 21201 MD


Historic Federal-era brick townhouse, circa 1818, built by Robert Carey Long, recently renovated.  Three bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, with 3,810 square feet over four levels, second floor main living space. Seven fireplaces, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, pantry. Master bedroom suite with walk-in closet, separate bath, shower. Library with built-ins, family room, walled patio garden, central a/c: $589,000 Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink, Money & Power, Mt. Vernon

Here’s How Brewer’s Art Can Save Its Ozzy Beer

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:30am


According to Brandon Weigel over at City Paper, Ozzy Osbourne has sent Brewer’s Art  cease-and-desist letter regarding their “Ozzy” ale. Beyond the name, the beer is sold in cans with some blatantly Osbourne iconography (a tattooed fist and some headless bats). Apparently, “negotiations are ongoing.”

While we wait to see how it lands, here are some ways I think they could salvage the name:

+ Replace the fist with a grinning Dorothy Gale’s four front teeth. Replace the bats with flying monkeys.

+ Replace the fist with the outline of Australia. Replace the bats with various marsupials.

+ Change the spelling to “Ozzie.” Replace the fist with a picket fence. Replace the bats with The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet cast. Wait, hopefully a long time, for a new cease-and-desist.

Culture, Mt. Vernon, Students Speak

Center Stage From a 4th Grade POV

5 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 3:00pm

2014-03-12 19.24.30

Last week, I went to Center Stage to see Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night.  I’ve been to plays at other theaters, like the one at Goucher College and the Chesapeake Arts Theater, but it was my first visit to Center Stage.  I didn’t really know what to expect, since the play wasn’t written for kids. Read More →

Catch of the Day, Mt. Vernon

Buck-a-Shuck at Dylan’s Oyster Cellar

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 1:53pm



catch of the day fish (2)Now, before you run out the door to Dylan’s after reading the “buck-a-shuck” headline, know that it is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. But the fabulous little pop-up oyster bar is lively and pure old fashioned Baltimore seafood magic the rest of the week. The staff even believe they can get literally anyone (vegans, squeamish people, etc.) to try, and fall in love with, oysters. It’s quite a claim, but with the freshness and flair of Dylan’s, and enough perfectly served up cocktails to accompany them, they will likely be able to deliver. Dylan’s offers oysters just the way they’re meant to be enjoyed– in all their crustacean glory. Read More →


Mt. Vernon, Shop Local

New Store Alert: Cedar Seneca in Mt. Vernon

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 12:30pm

Brothers Kyle and Derek Fiacco have moved down from New York to open Mt. Vernon accessory store Cedar Seneca. The brand designs and sells dry goods (bags, belts, hats, and other accessories) that are made here in the USA.

The 20-something bros originally formed the business in upstate New York in 2012, and relocated to Baltimore last fall.  Earlier this month they opened their “flagship store” on North Charles Street. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Inner Harbor, Mt. Vernon

Baltimore Book Festival Relocates to Inner Harbor for 2014

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 8:35am

2014's festival will take place outside of George's shadow.

2014′s festival will take place outside of George’s shadow.

It’s not necessarily a permanent move, but the Baltimore Book Festival will be relocating its 2014 event from its long-time Monument Park locale to the Inner Harbor, at either West Shore Park or Bicentennial Plaza. The change comes suddenly, as festival organizers were only recently made aware of how the current restoration of the Washington Monument would impact BBF’s tent space.

Tracy Baskerville, a spokeswoman for Baltimore Office of Promotion& the Arts, described the move as temporary to the Baltimore Business Journal. But City Paper‘s coverage of the move made a return to Mt. Vernon sound less than certain. BOPA’s festivals director Kathleen Horning told City Paper, “If we can go back to Mount Vernon, that’s definitely on the table.” If? On the table? Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink, Money & Power, Mt. Vernon

What?! Baltimore Restaurateur Could Be Next President of Afghanistan!

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 8:00am

Okay, so it's not exactly the plot of King Ralph, but it's kinda close.

Okay, so it’s not exactly the plot of King Ralph, but it’s kinda close.

I understand that this is practically a Yogi Berraism, but the fact that the owner of local Afghani eatery the Helmand is in the running to become Afghanistan’s next president strikes me as very, very Baltimore.

Qayum Karzai, a Howard County resident, is the older brother of Afghanistan’s current term-limited president and is currently in country, running against 10 other candidates for the position. Unlike his younger brother, Pres. Hamid Karzai, Qayum says he is interested in repairing Afghanistan’s relationship with the Obama administration with no preconditions.

I just keep thinking of how strange it would be if an American expatriate running an American style restaurant in Afghanistan ran a serious campaign for president over here.

I’ll endorse him as long as one of his campaign promises is to keep the Helmand open regardless.



Featured, Health and Fitness, Lifeline, Mt. Vernon

Will Cycle Tracks Help or Hurt Mt. Vernon Traffic?

1 Written by: | Friday, Jan 24, 2014 10:20am

Photo of a cycle track in DC by ASLA via Bike Baltimore

Photo of a cycle track in DC by ASLA via Bike Baltimore

Baltimore City is finally getting serious about supporting cyclists: As the Baltimore Sun reports, in the next few months the city will see its first bike sharing program (Charm City Bikeshare), the installation of 500 new bike racks, and a whole bunch of new bike infrastructure programs.

One of the biggest game-changers could be the plan to install several miles worth of cycle tracks along Maryland Avenue and other major Mt. Vernon streets. (You can check out the proposed map below the jump.) Cycle tracks are different from regular old bike lanes in that there’s an actual physical buffer between parked cars and the bike lane. That means that cars can’t double park/swerve/otherwise intrude on bike lane space. An excellent idea, right?

But as anyone who’s driven through Mt. Vernon during rush hour could tell you, traffic there can get pretty miserable. And because it’s not really possible to widen the roads, one travel lane will be turned into a parking lane, while the space between the curb and the parked cars will become the cycle tracks.
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