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DC's "Little Rome"

Brookland is a small yet lively neighborhood in Northeast Washington, DC. Bounded by South Dakota Avenue NE to the east, Rhode Island Avenue NE to the south, Michigan Avenue NE to the north, and the red line metro to the west, Brookland is just distant enough from downtown DC to retain a charming and suburban feel, despite being minutes away via metro. Served by the Brookland-CUA metro station (as well as the Rhode Island Ave metro station) and various bus routes, going from Brookland to more populated areas of DC is a cinch. But, many residents of Brookland enjoy the neighborhood precisely for its walkability and feeling of being a small town nestled in a big city.

One of Brookland’s most notable landmarks is the Catholic University of America, which has been there since 1887. Brookland is also known as “Little Rome,” not least because of the Catholic University of America; many other Catholic institutions and organizations have situated themselves near the university. One such Catholic organization is the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, which features an archive, a library, gardens, replicas of various shrines throughout Israel, and a replica of the catacombs in Rome. Brookland is also home to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America.

Brookland is also home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, most notably with the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, where artists can create and display their work. A spot that is not only popular within Brookland but also Washington, DC is Right Proper Brewery’s Production House & Tasting Room. At Right Proper Brewery patrons can enjoy tours on the weekends and sip on a variety of brews in the tasting room. Brookland also has a host of delightful restaurants such as Menomale Pizza Napoletana for a hearty slice, Smith Public Trust for rustic fare, and Brookland’s Finest Bar and Kitchen for comfort food. The ever-popular Busboys and Poets also has a location in Brookland, which nicely compliments the area’s neighborly and artistic vibe.

Despite a lot of new construction, restaurants, and shopping in the area, Brookland does have deep community roots. The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association advances the interests of Brookland’s residents and sponsors and organizes local events like the House and Garden Tour, the Greater Brookland Yard Sale, the Rhode Island Ave Festival, and other various picnics and happy hours. Brookland even has its own neighborhood blog called the Brookland Bridge, where residents and those interested alike can discover the best of what Brookland has to offer.

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