Dear Future NYU Washington, DC student,
Today was beautiful outside—not too hot or humid, and just the right temperature in the shade! I decided to take our newest Residential Life Administrator (RLA) Brian Plaut on a brief walking tour of the neighborhood, and I figured I could take you along as well!
We started off in Thomas Circle, which is less than 5 minutes north of NYU Washington, DC. I informed Brian that while in a majority of the world, you can tell how the subject of a statue died based on how many legs his horse was standing on, this is not true in Washington, DC. Some of the statues follow this, but it is purely out of coincidence. We just like doing things differently down here.
After admiring the beautiful architecture of Thomas Circle, we walked west up Massachusetts Ave NW towards arguably the most famous circle DC has to offer—DuPont. There is a gorgeous fountain in the middle of the circle that is surrounded by trees and great restaurants/cafes to people watch. Afterwards, we headed north up Connecticut Ave NW to one of my favorite bookstores, Kramerbooks and Afterwards.
Kramerbooks is infamous for matchmaking! Many people meet someone in the bookstore portion, and then their first date is in the “Afterwards” cafe! Open late, it is a great place to hang out, study, or just take some personal time.
After picking up my next read, I took Brian to my favorite coffee place for an afternoon pick-me-up. Filter Cafe is a little difficult to find, but it is worth the search. They are serious about their coffee and carry only the best! If you’re still a Starbucks lover after trying Filter, fret not! While there’s a Starbucks on nearly every corner (much like New York), my favorite Starbucks is on the corner of Connecticut Ave NW and 19th St NW. It is optimal for people-watching from all angles, and gives you the perfect reading light at any time of day.
Next, I took Brian on a nice, shady walk through the residential area of U-Street Corridor and ended our walk on T St and 14th St NW. After turning south on 14th St NW, I told Brian I knew where we were going next—Ted’s Bulletin!
Ted’s is famous throughout DC for their delicious milkshakes and homemade pop-tarts. Not only do they specialize in desserts, but their food is amazing as well. Breakfast (served all day), lunch, or dinner, Ted’s is a hot spot, and if you want to go on a weekend you better make a reservation!
After picking up some apple pie pop-tarts, Brian and I headed home and were glad to be wrapped in the cold arms of the air conditioning. I can’t speak for Brian, but after that lovely walk I was ready for a nap!
Be on the lookout for more ‘Writings from Washington’ soon!
PS – Welcome to your future home away from home!