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by ARLnow.com — September 1, 2015 at 1:25 pm 1,380 0

The frozen yogurt store FroZenYo has closed its doors.

The store opened in 2011 amid a boom in local froyo joints. That expansion has gone cold and turned into a contraction.

A sign recently taped to the door said the FroZenYo at 2231 Crystal Drive is no more.

“This location is permanently closed,” the sign says. “Thanks for all of your business. Please visit our Eye Street location [at] 1634 I Street NW, D.C.”

The closure follows the shuttering of FroZenYo locations in Ballston and Rosslyn this year.

About a half a dozen frozen yogurt shops remain in Arlington, including Pinkberry in Clarendon and Menchie’s on Columbia Pike.

by Heather Mongilio — September 1, 2015 at 11:00 am 1,355 0

Future 12th Street extension in Pentagon CityPentagon City and Crystal City may be connected by a multi-modal passageway by the end of the year.

The county is working with a private developer to expand 12th Street S. between S. Fern and S. Eads Streets to better connect Pentagon City and Crystal City.

The new extension, built by the private developer, will allow people to bike, walk or drive between the Pentagon City and Crystal City. MetroWay rapid transit buses would also use the new street to get from Pentagon City and Crystal City Metro stations, according to the Crystal City BID.

Two-way traffic on the new 12th Street S. extension is anticipated to start in 2016.

“This new roadway will become the main connection between Pentagon City and Crystal City. Considered the ‘Primary Transit’ street, 12th Street South has dedicated high-frequency transit service between Pentagon City and Potomac Yard,” according to Arlington County.

The entire project is anticipated to be completed in 2016, according to the project’s website, but a target date has not been set, said county spokesman Eric Balliet.

The southern part of the 12th Street S. extension is mostly complete. The developer still needs to install traffic lights and finish utility work before the road can open to one-way traffic, but Balliet said he did not know when that would happen.

“We expect this part of the street to open to one-way traffic later this year (no set date yet),” he said via email. The road is currently blocked off with gates and traffic cones, but pedestrians are able to use a sidewalk on the right side of the street.

The first half of 12th Street S. was constructed as part of the Metropolitan Park development project. Private developer Vornado is building a new complex with 22 levels, 699 apartments and 41,679 square feet of retail space next to 12th Street S.

A Whole Foods grocery store is also being built on the first level of the apartment building. There is no target opening date for the store, according to Katie Malloy, a PR rep for Whole Foods.

Metropolitan Park “completes the pedestrian streetscape along 12th Street for a seamless, urban experience between Pentagon City and Crystal City,” according to the Crystal City BID.

The northern half of 12th Street S. is expected to be completed next year, and is being constructed as an early part of the PenPlace development, Balliet said.

“I don’t have any updates about the timing of that portion,” he said.

PenPlace will sit next to the Marriott Residence Inn, off of Army Navy Drive and will extend to the new 12th Street S. The development, also being built by Vornado/Charles E. Smith, is projected to be five different buildings. The 16 to 22 story towers are expected to be office buildings, but one may be used for residential uses. A 300-room hotel is part of the five building plan and three connected open spaces are also being planned for the project.

There’s no word yet on when the bulk of the construction on PenPlace might begin.

by Eleanor Greene — August 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm 2,074 0

Ammanisahan flyerThe area’s first Uyghur restaurant will be opening this fall in Crystal City, according to one of its owners, Emam Maimaiti.

The restaurant will open in the space of the recently closed Charlie Chiang’s (320 23rd Street S.).

The new restaurant will be called Queen Ammanisa and feature Uyghur food from province Xinjiang in Northwest China, a place formerly known as Turkestan, Maimaiti explained. Uygur cuisine is being discovered in other parts of the United States, Maimaiti said, but he and his partner Fatima Baikeli are anxious to bring it to the D.C. area.

Uyghur cooking is a product of its geography and therefore is a mix of Persian and Chinese cuisines. It has kebabs and noodles “like you’ve never had before,” Maimaiti said. Lamb, mutton and beef are common in Uyghur food, as are carrots, raisins and lots of vegetables, he wrote in an email. Uyghur food is often halal too, due to the ethnic group’s predominantly Muslim culture.

As for the name, the partners had planned to name the restaurant Amannisahan, as posted on the window of the building now, which was the name of their previous restaurant in Beijing, where the suffix “han” means queen. They have decided to change it to the English translation, “Queen Ammanisa.” Queen Ammanisa was a queen and musician from the region who lived in the sixteenth century.

The owner would not reveal a specific opening date but hopes that the restaurant will be able to open mid to late fall.

by ARLnow.com — August 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm 3,770 0

Charlie Chiang’s has closed in Crystal City.

The Chinese restaurant, at 320 23rd Street S., has posted signs on the doors directing customers to its Shirlington location at 4060 Campbell Avenue..

“Thank you for your years of patronage!” the signs say. “We have consolidated our operations with our Village at Shirlington location — Ping by Charlie Chiang’s… Please visit us there!”

Another sign on the door says that a new restaurant will be replacing Charlie Chiang’s and will be “opening soon.”

The new restaurant will be called Amannisahan and will serve Uyghur cuisine, according to the sign. In an indication that a quick reopening may indeed be in the works, Amannisahan says it’s currently hiring restaurant managers and waiters.

Uyghur food is a blend of Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Chinese cuisines, serving dishes like kebabs and noodle soups.

by ARLnow.com — August 20, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,564 0

Rabbit (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

Flash Flood Watch Tonight — Arlington and much of the D.C. area is under a Flash Flood Watch tonight. The watch runs from 4 p.m. to midnight. Forecasters say storms with very heavy rain will pass through the region and may produce flash flooding. [Twitter]

Regional Home Prices Flat — The Washington region saw no year-over-year growth in the median sales price of single family homes in the second quarter of 2015. That comes at a time when 93 percent of metropolitan areas reported increases in median home sales prices. [InsideNova]

Highline Now Offering Sunday BrunchHighline RxR in Crystal City is now offering Sunday brunch service. The bar/restaurant opened in February, in the former Bailey’s space above McCormick and Schmick’s. [Facebook]

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com — August 17, 2015 at 9:50 am 1,715 0

Dominion logoUpdate at 10:30 a.m. — Dominion says power was restored in Crystal City around 10 a.m.

A damaged power line may be to blame for a large power outage in Crystal City this morning.

Power is out to numerous office and apartment buildings, mostly along Crystal Drive. Dominion Power says a failed underground electrical cable is to blame. They hope to have power restored within an hour.

The outage has closed restaurants and offices in the neighborhood, according to Twitter users.

by ARLnow.com — August 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm 2,071 0

A man was arrested after leading Arlington County police on a foot chase in Crystal City yesterday.

The incident happened around 4:15 p.m.

Police had pulled over a suspected stolen vehicle on Route 1, near the CEA building, when the driver took off running. Police gave chase and, after a pursuit that included a sprint through a hotel, officers were able to take the man into custody near the PBS building at 2100 Crystal Drive.

Stephan Townes, 26, of Alexandria was charged with grand larceny auto and driving on a suspended license, according to ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. He also was wanted on warrants for credit card fraud and identity theft in Arlington.

by ARLnow.com — August 4, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,750 0

Evening jog (Flickr pool photo by David Giambarresi)

Sweetgreen, Taylor Gourmet Coming to Crystal CityVenture capital-funded salad purveyor Sweetgreen plans to open a 1,700 square foot store in the former Corner Bakery space in Crystal City later this year. And that’s not the only trendy eatery coming to the neighborhood. Sandwich shop Taylor Gourmet is expected to open in a storefront next door. [Bisnow]

Sunglasses Store Closes on Pentagon Row — There’s still more than a month until Labor Day but sunglasses store Specs New York, which opened up three months ago on Pentagon Row, appears to be closing. [Twitter]

New Law Allows Cocktail Pitchers — A new Virginia law that took effect July 1 finally allows restaurants to serve pitchers of cocktails. Previously, it was against the law to serve any mixed drink other than sangria via pitcher. Pepita, which opened last week in Ballston, is taking advantage of the new law by selling margaritas in a skull-shaped pitcher for $40. [Washington Business Journal]

TV Station Profiles Arlington Fugitive — Rosslyn-based WJLA featured an Arlington fugitive as part of an “ABC 7 On Your Side” segment. Police say Jessie Kim, 25, assaulted the new owner of what had formerly been his family’s dry cleaning business. Kim is also accused of destroying the owner’s phone and other property before driving off in a silver BMW. [WJLA]

Bus Accident in Ballston — A minor collision between an ART bus and a Metrobus happened around 5:00 p.m. yesterday in front of the Ballston Metro station. No injuries were reported.

Flickr pool photo by David Giambarresi

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 4, 2015 at 5:00 am 807 0

Want to live an active, car-optional life? Consider one of Arlington’s most walkable, most accessible and most amenity-filled neighborhoods: Crystal City.

Yes, Crystal City, the Rodney Dangerfield of the D.C. area.

And if you’re going to live there, consider one of the Crystal City’s best apartment values: the recently-renovated Crystal Square Apartments.

Just a half-block from the Crystal City Metro station, the building features spacious apartments, dark hardwood flooring, kitchens with maple or cherry cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, in-unit washers and dryers and new fixtures and lighting. Plus there are amenities like a large swimming pool, a brand new rooftop gym and cardio studio, a rooftop terrance with views of the D.C. monuments, a gaming and billiards room and, coming soon, a dog park.

While you’re living at Crystal Square, here are ten interesting outings within a half mile walk from your apartment.

  1. Beach volleyball. Situated right near 23rd Street, these pristine courts feature pickup games that begin after work hours. Which is for the best, because then the sand cools down between your toes.
  2. Watch planes, trains and soccer games. Maybe you have kids, maybe you’re a kid at heart — either way, you can watch planes and trains go by up close at Long Bridge Park. The soccer field there is also state of the art and hosts local leagues, colleges and occasionally D.C. United, too. Plus, you can see the monuments across the river.
  3. Try hot yoga. Ready to achieve something new in your workouts? At  Mind Your Body Oasis, static poses challenge you and the heat feels like a detox. And honestly, if can make it through an Arlington summer, these classes should be no sweat (Still, bring along some water).
  4. Cheer on your teams. Whether you just got to Arlington and still cheering your home team or you’re a diehard fan of local teams, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Crystal City Sports Pub are great places to catch all the sports you want, from the NFL to college basketball, extreme sports or an MMA fight.
  5. Sip some bubble tea. There are two kinds of people in the world, those who love bubble tea and those who haven’t tried it yet. Get your boba on with fruity smoothie flavors or traditional milky tea. Yelpers say Lily Bubble Tea and Smoothie is best accessed by foot, which works for you– it’s only a three minute walk.
  6. Take a ride. Whether you have your own racing bike, a casual cruiser or you take Capital Bikeshare, you’ll be right next to the heart of the region’s trail network. Bike to work in the city, head over to Rosslyn or take the  Mt. Vernon Trail down to see George Washington’s humble abode.
  7. Find a nautical treasure. If you’re looking for unique nautical gifts — and who isn’t? — check out Ship’s Hatch, a store that appeals to those who love being on the water, or know someone retiring from the military. This store will embroider hats with the name of any ship that has ever sailed if you know what you’re looking for, or if you’re just browsing, it may surprise you with a hidden gem.
  8. Make something cool. Ditch your dinky 3-D printer and upgrade to industrial scale, because TechShop is in town. It’s a design and fabrication studio “on a mission to democratize tools of innovation.” Once you buy a membership, the doors are open to you 24/7. And if you’re not already an expert, they also hold lots of classes.
  9. Eat some good stuff. Serving milkshakes, burgers and fries that taste like the ingredients just came from the farm next door, chef Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery has food you can feel good about. The company also aims to recycle everything they can, even the restaurant itself is made from recycled materials. Chef Spike’s We , The Pizza is next door, if you want a quick slice or a homemade soda.
  10. Catch a unique performance. Even if you’ve seen a play, you may have never seen a play like this. Synetic Theater is famous for its wordless Shakespeare productions and it also does a variety of other types of shows, all with physical acting and no speaking.

Ready to move in? Contact the Crystal Square Apartments today to schedule a visit.

Whether you head to the Crystal City Shops under your feet, take a walk or a bike ride, or attend one of the neighborhood’s well-known seasonal events, there is something to do in Crystal City every day of the year. But if you decide instead to kick back on your balcony or by the pool, we won’t judge.

The preceding article was written by ARLnow.com for our sponsor, the Crystal Square Apartments

by ARLnow.com — August 3, 2015 at 9:25 am 3,575 0

Sunny day in Glencarlyn Park (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)

Booing at Meeting About I-66 Tolling — VDOT representatives were booed by residents at a meeting about the plan to convert I-66 to high occupancy toll lanes inside the Beltway. VDOT wants to have the tolling in place by 2017. In addition to residents, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is skeptical of the plan, worried that it may discourage travel at Dulles International Airport. [InsideNova, WTOP]

Opera Troupe Leaving Arlington — Forced to find a new home due to the closure of Artisphere in Rosslyn, the opera troupe UrbanArias will perform at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE in D.C. during its 2015-2016 season. [InsideNova]

Barbie Doll Convention Held in Crystal City — More than 1,000 collectors descended on Crystal City for the 2015 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention last week. The event included auditions for a Barbie-themed Broadway production. [Daily Mail]

Marine Completes Hand-Cycle Journey to Arlington — Double amputee Marine veteran Toran Gaal completed his cross-country ride to Arlington National Cemetery this past weekend. Gaal made the more than 3,000 mile journey, which raised money for other wounded Marines, on a hand-cycle. [NBC Washington, Stars and Stripes]

Call For Entries at Arlington Film Fest — The call for entries is now open for the 2016 Rosebud Film Festival. The final deadline for submissions is Nov. 6. [YouTube, Arlington Independent Media]

Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick

by ARLnow.com — July 24, 2015 at 10:50 am 1,751 0

Arlington County fire truckThe Arlington County Fire Department responded to a fire on a balcony at a Crystal City apartment building this morning.

Around 10:15 a.m., firefighters were called to the Concord apartment building at 2600 Crystal Drive for a report of a fire on a fifth or sixth floor balcony.

Firefighters found a computer on fire on the balcony. According to scanner traffic, a resident had brought the computer outside after it caught fire in the apartment.

Firefighters are now working on smoke ventilation while the county fire marshal investigates the exact cause of the fire.

by ARLnow.com — July 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm 3,325 0

Arlington County police carA fight over money led to an array of charges against a couple in Crystal City last night.

Police say the couple was having an argument about finances in a rental car around 6:30 p.m. They parked the car at the corner of 15th Street S. and Eads Street and proceeded to fight in the street, police say. The male suspect then “attempted to force the female back into the vehicle but was unsuccessful.”

Police were called and officers spotted marijuana and drug paraphernalia “in plain view inside the vehicle.” A search of the vehicle revealed a host of other drugs, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Lt. Kip Malcolm.

The pair, both D.C. residents, were arrested. The woman charged with possession of marijuana. The man was charged with possession of marijuana, attempted abduction, domestic assault and battery, possession of MDMA with the intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine.

by Mariah Joyce — July 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm 882 0

Mezeh, an assembly-line-style Mediterranean lunch and dinner joint, has opened a restaurant in Crystal City at 2450 Crystal Drive.

Mezeh replaces a similar restaurant in the space: Black Lime, which closed last year.

The restaurant officially opened for business on June 29, and is now in its fourth week. Director of Marketing Patrick Mika said that lines were out the door on opening day, and in the three weeks since then “business has been really good.”

Mika believes Mezeh distinguishes itself from similar businesses like Roti and Cava because of its emphasis on offering a wide variety of Mediterranean cuisine and its use of fresh, local produce.

“We really feel that if a customer comes in one time, they’ll taste the difference and keep coming back,” said Mika.

The restaurant has had locations in Annapolis and Wheaton for the past two years, but both are located in mall food courts. The Crystal City Mezeh is the first stand-alone restaurant, and can seat about 60 people.

Mezeh is open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

by Heather Mongilio — July 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm 1,008 0

Future Papa John's location in the Camden, near Potomac YardA Papa John’s may be coming to an Arlington storefront near Potomac Yard.

The pizza store applied for a permit to operate a delivery business from a new store to the Camden apartments at 3535 S. Ball St. The spot was previously occupied by a Jerry’s Subs and Pizza.

County staff is recommending the County Board approve the permit at its meeting on Saturday.

The store would be open from 10 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends, according to the permit application. The store also asked to be able to deliver within a 1.5 mile radius.

At this time it is unknown when the new store, which will have 11 seats inside for dine-in customers, will open.

While the location is currently empty, there is still equipment and decorations leftover from when Jerry’s was in the space.

by Mariah Joyce — July 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm 483 0

Start of 2011 Crystal City Twilighter 5K (courtesy Crystal City BID)Crystal City’s upcoming, eighth annual Twilighter 5K will give runners the opportunity to pound the pavement in the cooler hours of a summer evening.

The race is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. The relatively flat course will start and finish at 2121 Crystal Drive, between 20th and 23rd Streets.

The opportunity for a twilight run isn’t the event’s only selling point: there will also be a post-race party with deals on drinks and food at several local establishments, as well as cash prizes for the course’s top finishers.

Pacers, the run organizer, is billing the race as a great way for high school cross country runners or teams to get energized for the upcoming season. Runners can sign up online; registration is $40 for adults and $20 for high school students.

The run is sponsored by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, an ARLnow.com advertiser, and Vornado/Charles E Smith.

Photo via Crystal City BID

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