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Petworth - A Book Lover's Paradise

Petworth is a small residential neighborhood located in Northwest Washington, DC. Despite its size, Petworth is a vibrant community with something to offer everyone. Bordered by Emerson St NW to the north, Arkansas Ave NW to the west, Spring Rd NW to the southwest, Rock Creek Church Rd NW to the southeast, and Rock Creek Cemetery to the east, Petworth is located in the center of Washington, DC. While certainly a residential area, Petworth is just east of Rock Creek Park, so the area is shrouded by mature trees and just minutes away from walking and biking trails. Petworth is just north of Columbia Heights and Park View, and south of Sixteenth Street Heights and Brightwood Park.

While a lesser-known DC neighborhood, Petworth is known for its community events. The most popular is the annual Celebrate Petworth, a festival with live music, food, a dog show and contest, and more. Another recurring event is the Petworth Community Market at the corner of 9th St NW and Upshur St NW, which is held every Saturday (May to November) from 9am-1pm, where neighbors can pick up fresh produce and local food while listening to live music. Another favorite is the Petworth Jazz Project, which is a free live jazz series on the last Saturday of the month, May through August, since 2011.

While Petworth does have staples like a Safeway and an ACE Hardware, it is better-known for its local haunts. The acclaimed Timber Pizza, food truck turned brick-and-mortar pizza joint, serves personal pies that are out of this world. While Timber Pizza is a mainstay at many local farmers markets, Petworth citizens can treat themselves any time at their restaurant on Upshur St. Pom Pom, formerly Himitsu, gained recognition from the likes of the Washingtonian and Bon Appetit, and fuses Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, and Latin American cuisine. Büna is a sweet coffee house that serves locally-roasted Swings Coffee along with classic pastries and sandwiches as well as Ethiopian dishes. Patrons can get a classic lox bagel or opt for the Ethiopian breakfast platter. Though there are plenty of exciting new dining options, there are a host of stores and restaurants that have been neighborhood staples for decades. Petworth is dotted with corner stores and shops where essential items can be grabbed in a flash. Or, travel up Georgia Avenue where there is a smattering of Caribbean eateries every few steps.

Petworth is a book-lover’s paradise with the Petworth Neighborhood Library at the intersection of Kansas Ave NW, Georgia Ave NW, and Upshur St NW. Just steps away is the Petworth Citizen and Reading Room with inventive literary-themed cocktails and a library-themed private space, the Reading Room. And for the history buff, Petworth is also home to President Lincoln’s Cottage, where the president resided every summer and fall between 1862 and 1894.

Most homes in Petworth are brick row houses with front porches, where neighbors are known to sit out and say hello to one another. This family-friendly and diverse community is very walkable and dotted with parks and playgrounds. Though it certainly has a neighborly feel, it is easy to commute to and from Petworth with eight Metrobus lines and the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station, which is served by the yellow and green lines. 




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