Sunday, May 31, 2015

Assault in Pike District, theft from vehicle on Bethesda Ave. + more - Bethesda crime update

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on May 28, according to crime data:

Theft from vehicle. 4800 block Bethesda Avenue.

Vehicle burglary. 5400 block Tuckerman Lane.

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

Theft. Macy's at Westfield Montgomery Mall.

Drug arrest. 5900 block Montrose Parkway.

Assault. 11500 block Rockville Pike at 3:27 AM (Pike District).

Photo tour of Capital Crescent Trail detour at Bethesda Row

If you recall my photo tour of the new park and common areas behind The Flats at Bethesda Avenue apartments last week, you can now see it for yourself by taking the Capital Crescent Trail detour between Ourisman Honda and Woodmont Avenue. 
Not much choice here but
to take the scenic route
Walk behind The Flats
Woodmont Avenue
Cross Woodmont, then
go to Bethesda Avenue and
cross to rejoin the CCT
Looking back where you just came from
New crosswalk on Bethesda Ave.
if you are headed to Bethesda Row
Not this one
Pardon their dust

Vineyard Vines opens in Bethesda at Westfield Montgomery Mall (Photos)

Vineyard Vines has opened at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. As a destination for those seeking preppy styles, it is appropriately located across from Lilly Pulitzer on Level 1. Let's take a look around the new store, which features apparel and accessories for both men and women.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Car stolen in Chevy Chase Section 5, auto break-in in Glen Cove + more - Bethesda crime update

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on May 27, according to crime data:

Theft. 4700 block Bethesda Avenue.

Theft from vehicle. 4700 block Chevy Chase Drive at 7:45 AM.

Stolen car. 3700 block Underwood Street at 8:29 AM (Chevy Chase Section 5).

Vehicle burglary. 5100 block Newport Avenue (Glen Cove).

Theft from vehicle. 5900 block Montrose Road.

Theft from vehicle. 7500 block Heatherton Lane.

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

The Front Row at Bethesda Row Fashion Show 2015 (Photos)

Threatening skies didn't stop the annual Front Row at Bethesda Row Fashion Show under the tent on Bethesda Lane last night. Models wore the latest (and future) styles available from retailers around the Row, such as Bonobos and Sassanova. Georgetown Cupcake founders Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne served as hosts, joining the list of style mavens on hand at the Federal Realty development Friday. Among them were Drybar founder Alli Webb and Donna Karan New York PR guru Aliza Licht, who appeared earlier in the day to sign autographs.

Speaking of Georgetown Cupcake, the popular bakery had a Front Row custom cupcake it was giving away Friday.

Let's take a look at some of the styles on the runway last night:
Katherine Kallinis Berman and
Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne hosted

Kate Michael - writer, editor, TV host,
and Miss DC 2006 - on the runway

Model Amanda Franklin

You can find this suit
at Bonobos at Bethesda
Row and Westfield
Montgomery Mall

Sassanova has this dress

Michael said her athleisure ensemble
inspired her to strike a few yoga poses
on the runway

Among the sponsors were Redwood,
Upstairs at Bethesda Row, and the Pallas
luxury apartments from Federal Realty
sister property Pike & Rose
Goodnight from Bethesda Lane

Future Bethesda chocolate shop posts Coming Soon sign (Photos)

Bethesda Chocolates, currently under construction behind that wood wall at 8003 Woodmont Avenue, has posted some signage out front. The building and business are owned by Heather Giuli, who purchased it for $2.2 million in December 2013.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Assault reported at Suburban Hospital; thefts in Green Acres, Kenwood Park + more - Bethesda crime update

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on May 26, according to crime data:

Theft. 7700 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft. 7900 block Norfolk Avenue.

Assault. Suburban Hospital.

Theft. 5600 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Burglary. 5500 block Friendship Boulevard.

Burglary. 3600 block Raymond Street at 4:15 PM (Chevy Chase Section 3).

Vehicle burglary. 5600 block Oakmont Avenue.

Theft. 5000 block Rodman Road at 8:43 AM (Green Acres).

Vehicle burglary. 6200 block Clearwood Road at 1:15 PM (Kenwood Park).

Theft from vehicle. 6600 block Western Avenue.

Vehicle burglary. 11700 block Parklawn Drive (Pike District).

Theft from vehicle. 11700 block Hunters Lane at 12:49 PM (Randolph Hills).

Liquor arrest. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

New crosswalk on Bethesda Avenue (Photos)

Heads up: Drivers and pedestrians should be aware of the new crosswalk being put into place on Bethesda Avenue at Woodmont Avenue, at the Barnes and Noble plaza. For the last couple of years, pedestrians and trail users have been making a crossing further down the block by the Capital Crescent Trail. That was necessary due to the sidewalk closure on the southern side of Bethesda Avenue at the Lot 31 construction site.

Now that the Flats at Bethesda Avenue apartments and retail are near completion, a new crosswalk has been painted across the road. So if you are, for example, turning right from southbound Woodmont, be aware that you'll have to ready to stop sooner than you may be used to.

Pitzze space up for lease in Bethesda

The restaurant space recently vacated by Pitzze at 7135 - 7137 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda is now officially on the market. Bernstein Management is offering the building for lease, and the rate is negotiable, according to a listing on LoopNet. The space is 1872 SF in size, and is next door to the new Robert Wiedmaier venture, Villain & Saint.

Interestingly, the photo used in the listing dates back to the space's previous tenant, Haven Pizzeria. Probably not the most charmed spot if you are planning to open a pizza parlor, I suppose.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Drug bust on Rock Forest Dr., 5 assaults + more - Bethesda crime update

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on May 25, according to crime data:

Theft from vehicle. 4700 block Montgomery Lane.

Assault. 5300 block Western Avenue at 3:09 PM.

Assault. 10200 block Grosvenor Place at 12:51 PM.

Drug arrest. 6400 block Rock Forest Drive.

Assault. 11300 block Woodglen Drive at 10:34 AM (Pike District).

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

Theft. Westfield Montgomery Mall.

Assault. 5400 block McGrath Boulevard at 12:07 AM (Pike District).

Assault. 7600 block MacArthur Boulevard at 2:36 PM (Cabin John).

Statue of Liberty on Cordell Avenue? (Photos)

Work has begun on the interior at 4848 Cordell Avenue, and on the mural along the exterior wall. An early rendering of that public art piece shown by the architecture firm behind the redesign, Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc., featured a Stature of Liberty element.

I noticed yesterday that you can see sketch elements of the statue's iconic crown in the upper right of the wall now, suggesting that the original design may well be going onto the facade.
Click to enlarge, then look
for the spiked crown of
Lady Liberty in-between the
top and middle scaffolding
at the upper right
Then compare the above photo to this
rendering by Andrew Bzdega of
Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc.
(courtesy of SJKAIA, Inc,
All rights reserved)
Meanwhile, window coverings over the newly-installed glass facade of the former homeless shelter suggests interior work is beginning. The space is being created with a potential restaurant tenant in mind for owner Greenhill Capital.