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About H Street
With the explosion of the H Street Corridor onto Washington’s cultural and commercial scene, the city has once again lifted a historic and prominent neighborhood into the spotlight. H Street is quickly claiming back its one-time title of Washington’s busiest district.
In 2002, the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning initiated a community-based planning effort to help revitalize the 1.5 mile long corridor. It divided the area into 3 districts: Urban Living District (between 2nd and 7th Streets, NE); Central Retail District (between 7th and 12th Streets, NE); and the Arts and Entertainment District (between 12th and 15th Streets, NE.) Since then, H Street has taken off on its upward trajectory. It has become one of the hippest and trendiest neighborhoods in the District.
Shops line the streets offering myriad wares. A small sampling includes florists, such as Noveau Fleur, furniture stores, such as Hunted House, and clothing shops, such as George’s Place. Wig stores, bicycle shops and even tatoo parlors (Britishink Studio and Gallery) dot the street enticing passersby. And, the nightlife of H Street is one with which to be reckoned. Packed with restaurants, the neighborhood always offers a variety of eating choices.
But, the neighborhood is not only about shops and restaurants. H Street offers activities to its residents through companies like the Joy of Motion Dance Center and weekly jam sessions at HR-57. Perhaps, its most prominent community member is the Atlas Theater. This theater is the only community-based performing arts center in the District. It includes four theaters, three dance studios, offices, a cafe along with production and rehearsal spaces. The Atlas hosts locally renowned theater and dance companies, symphony orchestras and choral groups and is one of the greatest features on the H Street corridor.
Stretching from Union Station to the south and Q and R streets NE to the north, this rapidly developing area takes its name from its location north of Massachusetts Avenue NE. It is best known as a transportation hub and the home of Union Market, a restored grocery and specialty food hall that’s at the epicenter of DC’s gourmet scene. It’s also home to Gallaudet University, the nation’s only college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and National Public Radio.
This neighborhood is full of energy and dynamism. Residents span the gauntlet from old-family Washingtonians to new arrivals. Housing comes in a variety of forms, from traditional rowhouses to modern condominiums.
Union Market, located in a restored, mid-century food hall, caters to couples, kids and chefs with its mix of restaurants, kitchen supply retailers and gourmet shops selling spices, meats and such. Creative businesses have popped up in the industrial zone surrounding the market, too, including an Angelika movie theater, the Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee Factory and Masseria, a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant from chef Nicholas Stefanelli.
Shops and restaurants have also opened in redeveloped historic buildings like the Hecht’s Warehouse, an early 20th-century department-store storage facility that is now home to distilleries, acclaimed restaurants and much more, and the Uline Arena, a barrel-vaulted brick building that hosted the Beatles first U.S. concert and now holds a flagship REI store and more.