What 2M Means 2Me: Catalina’s Story

Earlier this year, we asked you, our residents, what does living at 2M mean to you? Is is the luxurious amenity spaces throughout the building, or your eco-friendly apartment? Our weekly fitness classes, or monthly resident events? While a beautiful apartment and glamorous amenities are nice to have, a strong sense of community is what truly makes a place feel like home. Your stories tell us that 2M is more than just a place to rest your head, and they deserve to be told.

Here, one of our contest winners and residents, Catalina, shares her story: 

There’s no place like home. There’s nothing like sharing a meal with your family, watching a movie with your siblings and a warm cup of tea, having your mom bring breakfast in bed on a lazy Sunday, or cozying up under a blanket on the living room couch on a rainy day, just like you did when you were a kid. That feeling of belonging, of absolute comfort, is to be cherished, for it is hard to come across.

But what if that’s all the way in Argentina?

I moved to 2M a little over a year ago now, and I’ve never felt more welcomed and part of a close community than I have here. Not only is the building itself and its amenities very warm and welcoming, but there are also plenty of opportunities to meet fellow residents and connect with them. Wine tasting events, rooftop and even elevator encounters, and Sunday brunches in the lobby are some of the many instances where I have met other residents, and I’m excited to continue to do so over the coming months here at 2M. Not only that, but all of the 2M staff is incredibly friendly, and always go out of their way to make me feel welcome and at home. It’s heartwarming and reassuring to enter the building and see a warm, friendly face, not to mention after a long day!

Just a couple of weeks ago, my mother was visiting for a couple days from Argentina. Upon her arrival, the 2M staff immediately recognized and welcomed her back, and gave her the spare keys I had left for her at the front desk. My mother later told me about this and emphasized how 2M staff made her feel welcome and at home, which was heightened by the fact that she was exhausted from a 15-hour trip.

It’s refreshing and heartwarming to live in a building and form part of a community that cares so much about its residents and peers, that goes the extra mile to ensure its residents are happy and content and will make a tremendous effort to meet their needs.

I am more than happy and proud to be a 2M resident, and hope to continue to be one for a while! Thank you 2M for everything you do!”

What 2M Means 2Me: Lisa’s Story

Earlier this year, we asked you, our residents, what does living at 2M mean to you? Is is the luxurious amenity spaces throughout the building, or your eco-friendly apartment? Our weekly fitness classes, or monthly resident events? While a beautiful apartment and glamorous amenities are nice to have, a strong sense of community is what truly makes a place feel like home. Your stories tell us that 2M is more than just a place to rest your head, and they deserve to be told.

In the video below, Lisa, a three-year resident of 2M, shares her story:

“I am one of many low-income families that have been dreaming of living in a safe, loving, and peaceful building like 2M. See for me, living at 2M is not about the luxurious amenity spaces or the pool, and all of the other beautiful amenities that 2M has to offer. For me, it’s about having a peace of mind, a safe haven.”

“2M is my home. I love living here. I take pride in living here.”

What 2M Means 2Me: Resident Stories Contest Winners

Earlier this year, we asked you, our residents, what does living at 2M mean to you? Is is the luxurious amenity spaces throughout the building, or your eco-friendly apartment? Our weekly fitness classes, or monthly resident events? Stories poured in about what makes 2M home to our residents, and there was a common denominator to each and every story: 2M is a close-knit and welcoming community. 

While a beautiful apartment and glamorous amenities are nice to have, a strong sense of community is what truly makes a place feel like home. Your stories tell us that 2M is more than just a place to rest your head, and they deserve to be told.  Here, we present a roundup of the contest winners. Keep an eye out for full posts of each of the winners’ stories to come over the next few months. Thanks again to everyone who shared their experiences with us!

Lisa N.

Shauna T., Craig H., and Scott G.

Catalina G.

Sommer F.

Courtney N.

Rooftop Pool Season at 2M

Your Pool Policy Questions Answered

In order to maintain a safe and enjoyable rooftop pool environment for all of our residents and guests, it is imperative that the following Pool Admission Policies and Pool Rules are followed. We know some of these rules may trigger questions, and we’d like to answer these for you! Below, you will find the reasoning behind some of the essential 2M rooftop pool rules. For a full list of our policies, see the official Pool Admission Policies and Pool Rules page here.

“Why can’t I have glass by the pool or on the roof?” 

Glass presents a safety issue for anyone in the surrounding area. In order to prevent breakage and injury, it is prohibited. Broken glass in or near the pool could force us to close and drain the pool, a process that could take 72 hours or more to complete – you don’t want to be the person responsible for this!

“Why can’t I have food by the pool?” 

If any food were to get into the pool, the entire pool would need to be drained. Again, this is a process that could take 72 hours or more to complete. We know our residents enjoy having everyday access to the pool, so preventing this process is critical!

“I live here, why do I have to sign in and who is signing me in?” 

In order to monitor the crowd at the 2M pool, we want to ensure that only our residents and their guests are checking in at the pool. Each leaseholder is limited to 2 guests at any one time, and by signing in, we can make sure that this is the case. Our pool attendant is an extension of management and is present to keep everyone happy and safe.

“Why Can’t I smoke on the roof deck?” 

In order to maintain our LEED Gold Certification, 2M is an entirely non-smoking building. Smoking is prohibited in and on the property, and within 25 feet of the building. This rule applies to all tenants, occupants, and guests of tenants.

“Why do I have to listen to my music on a low volume?” 

The rooftop pool is for everyone to enjoy. Loud music of any kind may disrupt other residents or residents of neighboring buildings. Maintaining a low volume will ensure that all residents can enjoy their own music if they wish to do so.

“Why can’t I dunk, dive, or partake in horseplay inside the pool?” 

Any of these activities are subject to causing injury to yourself or anyone in the vicinity. Preventing these activities will keep everyone safe without a lifeguard on duty.

Should you have any questions on the above, or any other Pool Policies and Rules, please contact the 2M Management Team at 2M@wcsmith.com.

Share-A-Bag DC

Join Us In The DC Share-A-Bag Initiative!

Beginning on June 7th, 2M will be participating in the Share-A-Bag pilot, led by the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). Share-A-Bag DC will give residents and visitors to NoMa access to free, reusable bags. Bags can be left for others to use at the exchange kiosks as well. Bags are simply returned to the kiosks once participants are finished using them. The kiosks will be in various locations throughout the neighborhood, 2M being one of them.

While the $0.5 bag fee has decreased the use of single-use plastic bags, they are still clogging our waste streams and trash traps. The DOEE has decided to launch the Share-A-Bag pilot to see if easy access to reusable bags will motivate consumers to utilize them more frequently.

What You Need To Know:

When: June 7th – June 30th
Locations:
1. DOEE Headquarters | 1200 1st Street NE
2. REI | 2 M St NE
3. Hyatt House | 33 New York Ave NE
4. 2M | 2M St NE
Bags: 16x4 Heavyweight Canvas Bags

As a LEED Gold Building, efforts to create a more healthy and environmentally sound neighborhood are very important to us. Whether you use a free bag or leave one for someone else, any participation will make a difference. Join us in the Share-A-Bag Pilot to help reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in NoMa and the District of Columbia!  

2M To Host Art All Night Pop-Up Performances This Weekend

Update: we enjoyed a wonderful performance from S.J. Ewing & Dancers – please see the video below for a few snippets from that evening.  We’re pleased to announce that S.J. Ewing & Dancers will continue to have a presence at 2M in the form of a pop-up digital art installation.  Viewed from the North Capitol Street side of the 2M building, come check it out Tuesday, Friday & Sunday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30 through November 4th.  

 

 

This Saturday, September 23rd, 2M is excited to be participating as a performance site for Made in D.C.’s Art All Night, a free overnight art festival taking place throughout the city.  From 8-10PM, a series of pop-up performances will take place in 2M’s Sports Court and can be viewed via the floor-to-ceiling windows on North Capitol Street.

This performance is brought to us by S. J. Ewing & Dancers and will live on through the end of October in the form of a projected animation of the original live performance.  This performance piece, entitled “Analog: OnSite” melds the digital experience of technology with human movement by using interactive projections in live, site-specific dance performances.

More details from Director and Performer Sarah J. Ewing:

“In keeping with Ewing’s commitment to finding unique ways to explore social trends, human experience and culture through her work, Analog seeks to physicalize the technology society uses every day by bringing together the creative processes of both technology and contemporary dance in performance environments.  The OnSite series pushes this collaboration into the realm of street art by finding non-conventional performance spaces to present the work, thereby bringing art into the everyday experience of DC’s community.

This work has been created through a Performance, Event and Festival Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and is presented by CulturalDC as part of their Storefront series with the support of CityDance.  The work is part of a larger series of Arts and Technology performances by S. J. Ewing & Dancers this season at Velocity DC at Harman Hall, Dupont Underground, Dance Place and Detroit City Dance Festival amongst other venues.”

Directed by Sarah J. Ewing

Projection Design by Jonathan Hsu

Choreography by S. J. Ewing with the Artists

Performances by S. J. Ewing & Dancers Company Members Ryan Carlough, Grace Cho with CityDance Conservatory Dancers Naiya Dawson, Tessa Fang and Noa Kamiya

 

photo credit: Kaylee Wong

 

More information about the Company and Director:

S. J. Ewing & Dancers is a contemporary dance company in DC who perform and tour the creative work of Sarah J. Ewing, a CityDance OnStage Ignite Artist.  Ewing has been a recipient of DCCAH Artist Fellowship Grants, Project, Event and Festival Grants and will be presented in CulturalDC’s inaugural Space4 season at Dupont Underground as well at CulturalDC’s Storefronts season.  She creates both theater-based and site-specific work, and this season has a focus on the fusion of art and technology.

Ewing was the recipient of a 2013 Local Dance Commissioning Project Grant from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, through which she made Australia Home Land, as well as a participant in CulturalDC’s Mead Theater Lab Program who, in a co-presentation with CityDance, presented Trapped Happiness in 2014.  Sarah received a 2012 Dance Metro DC Dance Connect Grant and was a collaborator on the multi-media work, FILTER, for the 2012 Source Festival.

The company has performed at The Kennedy Center, Sydney Harman Hall, Dance Place, CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Detroit Dance City Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Houston, White Wave Festival NYC, Your Move JC, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Smithsonian Museum of America Art and The Hill Center.

We can’t wait to welcome Sarah and her fellow performers and artists to 2M and share their unique performance with you all!

For more information about the Art All Night free overnight arts festival, check out their website here.

For more information about S. J. Ewing & Dancers, including current, upcoming and past performances, visit their website here.

Featured image photo credit: Kaylee Wong

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