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José Andrés’ long-awaited Bazaar opens inside former Trump hotel

The exterior of Bazaar.

Not your former president's hotel. Photo courtesy of Rey López

José Andrés’ latest Bazaar outpost opened Wednesday at the Waldorf Astoria downtown.

What to expect: The restaurant inside the Old Post Office Pavilion features two levels and was designed by the Spanish firm Lázaro Rosa-Violán Studio.

A D.C. Swiftie's guide to Philadelphia

A woman with blonde hair stands holding a microphone. Her mouth is open and she is wearing a black top and leather pants.

Taylor Swift performed in Philly in 2015. Photo: Jeremy Drey/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

D.C. Swifties, we're just 93 days until Taylor Swift graces us with her presence in, uh, Philly.

What’s happening: Lest we forget, Taylor snubbed D.C. in her tour lineup and sent us scrambling for tickets across the country with many locals landing at the closest venue: Lincoln Financial Field.

Paige Hopkins
Feb 8, 2023 - News

Look inside: D.C.'s first bamboo building

The outside of BLDUS' Grass House made of bamboo.
Are bamboo homes the future of construction? Photo: Ty Cole

Just across from Frederick Douglass’ historic Anacostia home sits a small house with a modern design. You wouldn’t guess it, but this house made history in its own right, as it’s made of bamboo.  

Why it matters: The Grass House, built in 2019 by Anacostia-based architecture and development company BLDUS, is the first code-compliant bamboo building on the East Coast. As the planet continues to feel the impacts of climate change, finding environmentally friendly building solutions could solve some big problems.

Cuneyt Dil
Feb 7, 2023 - News

How I wake up: Susan Tynan

Photo illustration collage of Susan Tynan inside a red alarm clock.

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Susan Tynan founded Framebridge in 2014, becoming a hot D.C. startup looking to simplify custom framing for photos and art.

  • Framebridge recently added two new brick-and-mortar shops, opening in Hoboken, New Jersey last month and in Manhattan on Monday.

We caught up with Tynan on how she gets going in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Feb 7, 2023 - News

How much does ChatGPT know about D.C.? Not much.

Illustration of a robot hand holding a book

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

In the heart of our nation stands D.C., a city of power and history.

  • Underwhelmed by that poem? Don’t blame us. That was written by ChatGPT.

State of play: ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot, is breaking the internet with instantaneous replies that are far more advanced than any previous AI tool, Axios' Erica Pandey, Dan Primack, and Ina Fried report.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Feb 6, 2023 - News

D.C. prepares to clear McPherson Square encampment

Of the encampment's roughly 70 residents, 15 have been matched with housing options. Photo: Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Unhoused people and social service providers are searching for options after the National Park Service pushed up by several months a planned clearing of one of D.C.’s largest homeless encampments.

Why it matters: The expedited clearing of McPherson Square follows a pattern of recent encampment clearings by both local and federal officials. Citywide efforts to close encampments and house people permanently have seen limited success, creating a snowball effect of residents simply moving from one cleared camp to another.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Feb 3, 2023 - News

Horton's Kids opens new headquarters in Southeast D.C.

Community members are committed to ending violence on the block. A new safe space in Southeast D.C. Photo courtesy of Horton's Kids

A nonprofit dedicated to after-school education in underserved neighborhoods opens a new headquarters Friday near Fort Stanton Park.

Why it matters: The new Horton’s Kids location, Horton’s Hub, offers a safe space for children grades K-12 in Southeast D.C. at a time when local kids are enduring violence and learning loss.

Cuneyt Dil
Feb 3, 2023 - News

D.C. memorial to honor women's role in World War II is approved

Eleanor Holmes Norton and Raya Kenney with a model of the V shaped memorial

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Raya Kenney with a model of the memorial. Photo courtesy Raya Kenney

A new monument honoring women who worked on the homefront during World War II is close to coming to the District.

Driving the news: The D.C. native who as a fifth grader first thought up the idea will attend President Biden’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Raya Kenney, now 21 and an art history major at Kenyon College, has spent years pitching a memorial recognizing the millions of women who stepped into jobs previously filled by men.