Category Archives: Hyattsville

Stories about Hyattsville, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with a focus on arts, culture, history, real estate and development.

Why Hyattsville Used to Be a Dry Town

Hyattsville started out as a dry town in part because Bladensburg wasn’t. As we noted recently, Hyattsville’s rebirth is being fueled by craft breweries, sales of beer and wine and even a new distillery, meadery, and a Belgian-inspired brewery. But the backstory … Continue reading

Posted in Hyattsville | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

What’s Behind Route 1’s Fitness Boom

Route 1 is having a fitness boom. A Gold’s Gym at Riverdale Park Station, opening this spring, will join CrossFit Hyattsville, an LA Fitness at Prince George’s Plaza (and another in Greenbelt), a Planet Fitness at the Mall at Prince George’s and an iLoveKickboxing … Continue reading

Posted in College Park, Hyattsville | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Former Jey’s Auto Site Gets a Makeover

Owner Jey Edward is fixing up the former gas station at the northern corner of the Arts District. The Silver Spring business owner has long sparred with the city of Riverdale Park over the future of the site, but he … Continue reading

Posted in Hyattsville, Riverdale Park | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

An Interview With Artist Clara Cornelius

As an artist, Clara Cornelius makes — and then remakes. The designer in residence at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, the University Park resident specializes in digital collage, taking photos and making drawings that she then incorporates into fantastical panoramas. Her exhibit, … Continue reading

Posted in Hyattsville, University Park | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Here’s Why 2017 Was Such a Big Year for Route 1

You might say 2017 was the year of the Route 1 corridor’s rebirth and even more is set to come. Last year saw a number of major openings, decisions and changes to the corridor, bringing to fruition a years-long effort … Continue reading

Posted in Brentwood, College Park, Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, Riverdale Park, University Park | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Why Hyattsville’s Santa Draws Visitors From Afar

Every mall has a Santa around Christmastime, but Hyattsville’s has some people willing to drive from several states away. As one of only two malls in the D.C. area with a black Santa and one of only a few nationally, the … Continue reading

Posted in Hyattsville | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Inside the New Vigilante Coffee at College Park

Vigilante Coffee Company hopes to finish interior work on its new College Park location by the first quarter of 2018, possibly as early as January. Owner Chris Vigilante and chief financial officer Ashley Bodine took the Hyattsville Wire on a … Continue reading

Posted in College Park, Hyattsville | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

In Memory of Hyattsville Author Richard Morris

Richard Morris, a Vietnam veteran and home builder who had a second act as a socially conscious novelist, died in late November. Starting in 2007, the Hyattsville author wrote four novels touching on such major themes as the futility of … Continue reading

Posted in Hyattsville | Tagged , , | Comments Off on In Memory of Hyattsville Author Richard Morris

Watch Jim Henson’s Surprising 1950s Coffee Ads

Jim Henson — a world-renowned puppeteer and creator of “The Muppets,” who lived in University Park with his family, went to Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he created “Sam and Friends — is remembered today as a preternaturally good-natured … Continue reading

Posted in Hyattsville, University Park | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Why Route 1’s Arthouse Cinema Is Thriving

One of the more interesting arthouse cinemas in the greater Washington area is not far from Route 1. Built in 1938 as part of a New Deal-era planned community, the Old Greenbelt Theatre has survived as a single-screen movie theater … Continue reading

Posted in Hyattsville | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Why Route 1’s Arthouse Cinema Is Thriving