2M Street Apartments Lessons to take into 2021
As we kick off the first week of the new year, there are probably many things you’re looking forward to leaving behind in the previous year. Rightfully so, 2020 was an indescribable year; it left many us in an unfamiliar place, and in turn, have you believing that nothing good came from it. Yes, last year was very challenging, and while it might be easy to want to forget 2020 entirely, there are many things to take away. We learned a lot about ourselves; we found out how strong we can be, we found out creative we can be, we found out how patient we can be. These lessons and realizations will continue to help us as we navigate into 2021.
Last year, we became more familiar with ourselves; we got more familiar with something else, too—our apartment homes.
As an apartment dweller, you spent more time inside of your four walls in 2020 than any other period before. This time made you realize that your apartment space needs a fresh look going into a new year after months of looking at the same decor and stylings.
If 2020 didn’t teach us anything else, it taught all of us how to get creative with our spaces in more ways than we can imagine. Use that same energy to add some new life into your area for a fresh 365 days.
Below are four apartment features you must have for 2021.
1. A REAL “ WFH” Station
Last year could have easily be defined as “The year we all started working from home.” While that caught pretty much all of us off guard in 2020, 2021, there is no excuse not to be fully prepared for however much longer we will be working from home.
For those apartment renters’ that don’t have an extra room to set up as an office area, there are several ways to accomplish remote work productivity in a small apartment space.
Below are a few helpful articles you can read to start your journey of mastering your apartment workspace.
2. New Cooking Supplies
In 2020, we all took home cooking to new heights! All the extra time spent inside our apartment homes had a lot of us mastering old recipes while simultaneously exploring brand new ones.
While doing so, the cooking tools that you previously use on occasion went into overdrive.
As we move into the new year, add a fresh look to your kitchen by purchasing some new cooking essentials. Like most newly discovered apartment chefs, you’ve probably already found some new kitchen gadgets that will make your cooking experience that much better!
Here is a list of a few must-have tools for your kitchen going into the new year.
3. Working out from Home Equipment
Last year, we had to get used to working out from home. Even though our gym has since reopened using COVID-19 protocols, some apartment-dwellers might have found an at-home workout routine that does the trick!
Start your new year off with some fresh workout equipment.
Here are some excellent fitness equipment options for your apartment home.
4. Apartment Organizing Tools
In 2020, we learned of all the purposes that our apartment homes can serve; our spaces became art studios, gyms, movie theaters, and more! With all of these activities, keeping your apartment home organized became that much harder.
Here are some apartment organization tools you need for a productive 2021.
Last year took us for an unexpected ride. And there’s nothing like that “fresh start” feeling. But as we attempt to make this year the best one we’ve ever had, let’s not forget the lessons learned in 2020 that will benefit us greatly in this current year.
Shop Small in NoMa DC this Holiday Season
At 2M Street Apartments, our residents have a fantastic opportunity to give back to the NoMa neighborhood. #ShopSmall is a country-wide initiative created to help bring awareness to local businesses. As our residents know, small businesses are the lifeblood of any neighborhood; they infuse personality into the community, creating an easy pathway for us to form genuine relationships with local business owners as well as our neighbors. NoMa, DC is no different! We can help support some of the greatest small businesses DC has to offer.
When we make a proactive effort to give back to our NoMa community, we’re showing that we care about the continued growth of the neighborhood we all love! We are also committing to bringing ourselves closer together as a community. And during these uncertain times, we can all use that feeling of community in our hearts.
With the Holiday season being among us, there is no better time to get out and show the NoMa community that we care about its longevity! The most significant gift you can give to small businesses to show your support!
Below is a list of some great NoMa businesses you can easily support this Holiday season!
And as a bonus, when you stop by one of these NoMa businesses, you can pick up either a FREE “Wear A Mask” poster, or a NoMa DC face mask to help spread awareness of the universal initiative to stay safe.
Cutting Room Restaurant (NoMa)
The Cutting Room menu offers delicious classics including the House Cured Corned Beef Reuben, Moroccan Cigars, Sephardic Salads, and the Carving Room Burger while mixing in some new favorites like the House Cured Pastrami Cuban. In the all-new dinner menu, Oded once again takes inspiration from his Middle Eastern and North African roots, serving braised and grilled lamb, vegetable dipping salads, flatbreads, and grilled meats, all seasoned with the region’s signatures spices like coriander and cumin.
View the full menu here
King Street Oyster Bar
King Street Oyster Bar specializes in bringing fresh oysters from both the West and East Coasts of the US and Canada to the communities we call home. (NoMa) On any given day, we offer 12 varieties, which we get no more than 24 hours out of the water from the East Coast, and no more than 48 hours out of the water from the West Coast. It’s a quality and freshness you can taste.
This new NoMa restaurant has quickly become a neighborhood hotspot! Once you eat food from here, you will soon return for a second visit!
View the full menu here
Laos in Town
Great Laotian food is no longer half a world away. Inspired by the bright, vibrant, and simple flavors of Laos, we are bringing quality Laotian cuisine directly to NoMa.
View the full menu here
Lily & the Cactus
At Lily, Chef Morou blends Modern American cuisine with those from the Southwestern United States and West Africa in order to introduce a new category of dining to the Washington, DC area. They believe that our product quality, excellent customer care, and diverse staff will provide an unparalleled dining experience to the neighborhood of NoMa.
View the full menu here
Red Bear Brewing Co.
Red Bear Brewing is an independent craft brewery that fights the mediocre industrial beer giants and strives to win over the hearts of the community. Their conscientious nature shines through with our commitment to our diverse team members, neighbors, and the planet we all share.
View the beer menu here
Republic Cantina restaurant offers the finest quality tex-mex for NoMa DC!
Click here for a list of their full menu
Having you ever had Korean bbq? Well here’s your chance. Stop by SEOULSPICE for an unforgettable food experience!
Find out more here.
Streets Market NoMa
Streets Market is a local grocery store that offers a wide variety of organic, conventional, local, international, and everyday practical goods all under one roof.
Shop here for all of your last-minute Thanksgiving dinner needs.
Sweet Science Coffee
Sweet Science believes that a great cup of Coffee results from many months of hard labor from farm to roast. Specialty coffee is a truly unique product that challenges us to be better with every cup we make. As Baristas, they have the skill to elevate or devalue the product. Sweet Science coffee possesses the knowledge to teach and reach others through a hot cup of coffee.
View their full menu here
Uncle Chip’s provides its customers with an irresistible, one of a kind cookie that can be enjoyed just about any time, anywhere. That’s why we use only the finest ingredients and deliver them across the country. They will bring the best chocolate chip cookies to your doorstep. It’s that simple.
Find out more here
Wunder Garten is inspired by the beer gardens of Germany. They opened in 2015 as a pop-up beer garden that quickly became a cornerstone of the North of Massachusetts (NoMa) neighborhood. A community gathering place for friends and family, Wunder Garten has a carefully curated selection of German and craft beers and a well-regarded wine and liquor selection.
They host some of the coolest events in the neighborhood!
Learn more here
The best Fall events in NoMa DC
Anyone who has lived in NoMa DC for any time knows that when the Fall season starts, the fun isn’t too far behind! For the residents who are new to the neighborhood, this is a great time to get outside of your apartment, meet some new people, and see for yourself how NoMa takes the spooky season to incredible heights!
Even though our usual definition of fun will look a little different this year, NoMa Bid and Wundergarten did a fantastic job of incorporating protocols to allow residents of the neighborhood to feel safe without compromising each event’s exciting nature this season.
We are thrilled to be in a neighborhood that goes above and beyond to bring smiles to the people who live, work, go to school, and people who are just visiting NoMa!
And as a 2M resident in particular, who have super convenient access to all of the action this season. Wundergarten is just two blocks away for the community! No need to worry about finding a parking spot or driving home after a long day of festivities. All you need to worry about is having a great time, and creating new experiences right where you live.
So what are the events NoMa has to store for residents? We are happy that you asked!
Below are a few of the events we are most excited about for this Fall season.
13 Nights of Halloween
Wunder Garten will host Thirteen Nights of Halloween from October 19th through October 31st, featuring a range of activities and treats from Halloween themed drink specials, trivia nights, LGBTQ Night, Halloween movie nights, and socially-distanced monster bashes.
Click here or more information about how to register for this event.
Join us for a hybrid of socially distant and virtual festivities from October 21-30 to celebrate the Halloween season in NoMa! This year, from October 21-23, we will be hosting three pumpkin pick-up locations throughout NoMa where you can come and pick-up your FREE pumpkin, decorating supplies, and fun goodies!
Click here for pumpkin pick-up locations
Virtual Children’s Story Hour
Gather your children around and tune in for a weekly virtual story and activity hour on Zoom! Every Monday evening at 7PM, Blue Sky Puppet Theatre will lead kids in fun, educational, and adventurous storytelling, interactive games, and animated singing! This is the perfect event for the Fall season.
Click here for more information.
YOUR NEXT DAY-TRIP IS MINUTES AWAY FROM 2M
One of the greatest things about living in at 2M is how close you are to seemingly everything! You’re walking minutes from various local markets, rooftop brunch locations, bars, hiking trails, biking trails, you name it!
In a normal year, you would be able to jump inside of an Uber and in 4-6 minutes you can find yourself in the heart of museum row exploring the inside of some of the most treasured sites The District has to offer.
Unfortunately, in this unforeseen year, our normal idea of traveling and social settings were brought to a screeching halt. Leaving waste to all of our Summer adventures.
But as we welcome the last weekend of the Summer season, all might not be lost. As a 2M resident, you’re also conveniently located ONLY 2 miles away from the popular Union Station! At this hub, you can easily escape to some of the most scenic and adventurous neighboring cities with a quick train ride.
Below are some easy Labor Day weekend trips you can embark on from DC.
The eventful city of Philadelphia is only two hours away from DC on the Amtrak. Once you arrive in Philly, you can begin your day trip with a visit to some of the most Instagram picture locations like the classic Rocky statue, or the popular, “Love” structure in downtown Philadelphia.
Once you’re done with your epic photo-shoot, you can pick-up an authentic Philly cheesesteak and head down to Philly’s re-vitalized waterfront to enjoy stunning views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Cultural Richmond, VA makes for a nice weekend day trip! You can visit the historic Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and engulf yourself with some of the finest art displays in the country. Or take a stroll through Cary Town where you can dine at some of the exceptional outdoor restaurants.
HARPERS FERRY, VA
A trip to Harpers Ferry will be just what you need to have a nice, laid back weekend with new scenery. The city sits between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, making it a popular location to swim, fish, or even canoe! They are also very vast mountain trails where you can enjoy more exciting activities such as rocking climbing and zip-lining.
Above all, you will love Harpers Ferry’s stunning scenery will make this day trip worth it, no matter what you decide to do.
ROANOKE VALLEY, WV
If you’re looking for a charming location to simply get away from the normal motion of DC city life, Ronake Valley is the perfect place. This area is positioned in the heart of Virginia’s breath-taking Blue Ridge Mountains.
Once you’re done with your peace hike, the plateau at the top of the mountain makes for a perfect area to have a nice picnic, and enjoy some of the world’s greatest views.
St. Micheals, MD
Our residents who really enjoy being on the water will truly enjoy a day trip to St. Micheals. Known for its stunning sunset views, this small town offers a very intimate feel for everyone who visits. Set sail on an interactive, fun-filled boat tour around the bay while you enjoy a satisfying glass of local sourced rum and whiskey.
A weekend trip on the water might be just what you need to relax and refresh.
Enjoy the last days of Summer with a tasty drink on the 2M rooftop
With less than a month remaining in the Summer season, it’s important that we take full advantage of each warm day we have left at 2M Apartments. For our residents, this means heading up to our rooftop as much as possible for incredible views and even better vibes! While you’re up top, add to the experience by enjoying a nice refreshing end of summer drink.
Below is a list of some of our favorite end of Summer drinks you can make right in your apartment home.
Assemble one, and let us know how you like it!
Watermelon Lemonade Slushie
2 pounds cubed watermelon (4 cups)
½ Cup Sugar
1 large bunch basil, stems and leaves roughly chopped (about 2 cups), plus 4 whole leaves for garnish
Juice of 3 lemons (about ½ cup)
1. Place the watermelon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze until completely frozen, like ice cubes, about 2 hours.
2. Meanwhile, cook the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely melted, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the chopped basil and stir until completely wilted. Cool completely at room temperature, at least 1 hour.
3. When the watermelon is completely frozen, put half in a blender. Strain the basil syrup into the blender, use the back of a wooden spoon or spatula to press down on the basil to extract as much flavor as possible, and discard the basil. Add the lemon juice, and blend until the mixture is mostly smooth, pushing it down with a wooden spoon or spatula if needed. Add the remaining watermelon, and continue to blend until the mixture is completely smooth.
4. Spoon the mixture into 4 short glasses (or wine glasses, if you want to be fancy), and garnish each with a basil leaf.
One 750-milliliter bottle of fruity red wine
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Triple Sec
1/4 cup superfine sugar
One 10-ounce bag frozen mixed berries (about 2 1/2 cups)
1. Fill 2 ice cube trays with the red wine and freeze until solid, at least 6 hours and preferably overnight.
2. Combine the brandy, orange liqueur, and sugar in a small container with a lid. Refrigerate until ready to make the sangria.
3. Combine the frozen berries, red wine ice cubes and chilled brandy mixture in a blender. Blend on high until combined, thick and slushy. Pour into a pitcher and serve.
Cucumber Pineapple Tequila Cooler
1 cup fresh pineapple cubes
2 limes, skin removed
1 seedless European cucumber, peeled, plus cucumber slices for garnish
4 ounces silver (Blanco) tequila
1 1/2 cups ice cubes, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon agave nectar
Pinch kosher salt
1. Prepare a vegetable juicer (or blender if unavailable). Run the pineapple, limes and cucumber through the juicer, letting all the juices combine.
2. Pour the tequila into a cocktail shaker or pitcher, and then add the juices, ice, agave and salt. Shake or stir vigorously until chilled.
3. Line up 4 tall Tom Collins glasses filled with ice, and pour the tequila cooler over. Serve with straws and cucumber slices for garnish.
6 ounces light rum
12 mint sprigs, or spearmint, 8 roughly broken apart
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar
4 slices lime
1. Place ice in beverage shaker then add in the rum, 8 broken up mint sprigs, lime juice, and sugar. Shake well and serve over ice in a high ball glass. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda.
2. Garnish each with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.
Long Island Ice Tea
2 cups of ice cubes
1-ounce white rum
1-ounce white tequila
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup cola, or to taste
2 lemon wedges
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, and lemon juice into the shaker.
2. Cover and shake vigorously to combine and chill.
3. Pour the mixture, ice and all, into 2 glasses or beer mugs and top off with the cola. Garnish with lemon wedges. Serve.
Yes, sadly, Summer is coming to close. As an Avec resident, you have the opportunity to end the season the right way!
We are happy to welcome 2M residents back to the rooftop pool.
The 2M rooftop pool is back just in time for the Summer season! To ensure residents are enjoying the pool re-open in the safest way possible, we have some important guidelines in place.
Please review the following guidelines carefully:
IMPORTANT POOL GUIDELINES:
- The 2M rooftop pool will be open Monday-Sunday from 10 AM – 7 PM
- The rooftop remains open until 9 pm, but ask that you start to exit the pool area before 7 pm to allow proper cleaning.
- Do not use the pool if you are sick, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone who tested positive.
- Remember to wash your hands and person before entering the pool area.
- We are required to allow no more than 30 residents around the pool at the same time and only 9 residents to be in the pool at once.
- The max amount of time for each person will be 2 hours per day.
DC will be performing inspections from time to time and so, please help us in allowing the pool to remain open for the summer by following these restrictions:
While at the pool, on the rooftop and in the restrooms, you must practice social distancing of 6 feet or more and must wear a face mask at all times except for when you are in the pool itself. You will notice we had to arrange the chairs so there is separation on the pool deck.
Please wipe down the lounge chair, if you choose to use one, after you finish and please do not share food, toys, grills, drinks, goggles, towels, etc. or engage in physical contact with those outside of your household while at the pool or on the roof.
HOW TO RESERVE THE ROOFTOP POOL: