DC’s "Little Rome"

Brookland, together with its surrounding neighborhoods, has been at times referred to as “Little Rome” because of the many Catholic organizations and institutions clustered around the Catholic University of America. The university itself does not lie within Brookland’s borders, but since the Catholic Church purchased the Middletown estate, adjacent to Brookland, in 1887, many Catholic groups have established themselves there and in the neighboring communities of Edgewood and Michigan Park. With its residents mostly of European descent at its founding, Brookland integrated in the 20th century, especially after white flight took place following World War II. During the mid-twentieth century, Brookland could boast of such prominent residents as Ralph Bunche, Sterling Allen Brown, Edward Brooke, Ellis O. Knox, Rayford W. Logan, Pearl Bailey, John P. Davis, Marvin Gaye, Paul Tsongas, Lucy Diggs Slowe, Lois Mailou Jones, and Robert C. Weaver.

Brookland Hardware anchored 12th Street NE for many years until it closed in November 2015. However, many full-service restaurants still make the thoroughfare a bustling corridor. These include Smith Public Trust, Brookland’s Finest, Menomale, Steel Plate, San Antonio Grill, Askale Cafe, and Murray and Paul’s, which is only open for breakfast. New additions in 2016 included Pho12 and Salumeria Italiana, an Italian deli from the owners of Menomale. Additionally, there are also a few carry out restaurants including Today’s Pizza, Pizza Boli’s, Sammy Carry-Out, and New Tong-Shing. Other businesses found along the street include Yes! Organic Market, Openbox9 Graphic Design Studio, along with realtors, auto-mechanics, nail and hair salons, florists, liquors stores and District Veterinary Hospital opened by local veterinarian Dr. Dan Teich.


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Brookland is a neighborhood located in the Northeast (NE) quadrant of Washington, D.C. Historically centered along 12th Street NE, Brookland is bounded by Michigan Avenue NE to the north, Rhode Island Avenue NE to the south, South Dakota Avenue NE to the east, and the Washington Metro's Red Line to the west. Most of the Brookland neighborhood is served by the Brookland–CUA Metro station, which operates on the Washington Metropolitan Area Red Line, though a small portion of the Brookland neighborhood located on Rhode Island Avenue NE is served by the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station, which also operates on the Washington Metropolitan Area Red Line as well.

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N/A Bunker Hill Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
N/A Dc Prep -- Edgewood Elementary Campus Preschool - 3Rd Grade Public
4 Washington Yu Ying Pcs Preschool - 5th Grade Public
N/A Mundo Verde Bilingual Pcs - Calle Ocho Campus Preschool - Kindergarten Public
2 Mary Mcleod Bethune Day Academy Pcs Preschool - 8th Grade Public
2 Imagine Hope Community Charter School - Tolson Campus Preschool - 8th Grade Public
N/A Shining Stars Montessori Academy Pcs Preschool - 6th Grade Public
N/A Lee Montessori Public Charter School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
4 Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Pcs Preschool - 5th Grade Public
5 Dc Prep - Edgewood Middle Campus 4th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A Capital Village Pcs 5th Grade - 7th Grade Public
1 Brookland Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A Luke C. Moore High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Washington Leadership Academy Pcs 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A St. Anselm's Abbey School 6th Grade - 12th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A St. Anthony Catholic School Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Washington Jesuit Academy 4th Grade - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Kennedy School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Archbishop Carroll High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Kirov Academy Of Ballet 6th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
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