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
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


2M Resident Appreciation Week 2017 Is Here!

As we head into August, we’re excited to be hosting a week full of fun, food, and entertainment to thank our residents for choosing 2M as their home.  Here’s what we have in store for 2M’s 2017 Resident Appreciation Week!


Monday, August 7– Breakfast to Go, Lobby, 7 am to 10 am

Kick the week off with the most important meal of the day, breakfast to go from Corner Bakery!  Stop by and see us in the lobby from 7am to 10am on your way out the door.


Tuesday, August 8– Massage Chairs, Lobby, 4 pm to 7 pm

Unwind after a long day with complimentary chair massages from Mustard Seed Massage.  Stop by on your way home or come on down to the lobby between 4pm and 7pm.


Wednesday, August 9– Ice Cream Sundae Social, Lobby, 5 pm to 7 pm

Dessert for dinner?  Why not!  Scoops 2 U is here to help you cool off on Wednesday evening with an Ice Cream Sundae Social in the Lobby from 5pm to 7pm.


Thursday, August 10– Guided Meditation, Rooftop, 7 pm

Unwind on the rooftop Thursday evening with a guided meditation session from neighborhood favorite Yoga NoMa.  Never tried meditation before? This is the perfect opportunity to try it out!


Friday, August 11– Comedy Show, location depends on weather, 7 pm to 9 pm

Laugh your way into the weekend with a live comedy show from Comedy For All!  Join us at 7pm for a night of entertainment right in the comfort of your own home.  Location TBD depending on the weather!


Saturday, August 12– “Dive-In” movie: Beauty and the Beast (2017), Pool, 8:30 pm

We’re taking it to the pool for a twist on the classic “drive-in” movie experience, brought to you by ResEssential and Verizon.  Dive in and enjoy a showing of 2017’s live action version of the classic Beauty & The Beast.  Show starts at 8:30pm but come early to grab your spot!


Sunday, August 13– Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar, Club Room, 11 am to 1 pm

Soak up the last of the weekend with a rooftop Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar provided by Pinstripes Georgetown.   Head to the Club Room at 11am to get the party started!


We hope to see all of you at one or more of these events!

Meet The 2M Team: Leasing Consultant Erin Austin

Each time we gain a new team member here at 2M, we ask them to share a little bit about themselves.  This week, we’re welcoming our newest Leasing Consultant, Erin Austin!  Erin tells us what she loves about 2M and NoMa, what she enjoys doing in her spare time and more.


How did you end up in DC?
Born and raised.

What made you want to come work at 2M?
Ironically, I had actually researched 2M Street before it was even fully developed however, I have been in Property Management for a little over 5 years and it is truly a dream job for me. I grew up in Real Estate, so [the job] feels natural for me to do. When the time came for me to move on from my former company I decided to take a leap for WC Smith, a company well-known throughout the District for not only its property acquisition and management but its philanthropic support throughout as well.

When you’re not working at 2M, where can we find you?
Anywhere hanging out with my two intelligent little boys. I love my children and everything that I do is for the ultimate benefit of them.

What are you Netflix-binging on right now?
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

If you were to work from home, which 2M space would you choose?
Definitely the Skyline café, hands down. Or come to think of it, I may opt to work outside around the rooftop pool (but that may prove to be too much fun).

When you want to unwind at the end of the day, where do you go?
There is no place to unwind like home. Being around my family is what re-energizes me.

How would you work on your wellness/fitness at 2M?
I would attend the complimentary yoga classes held on Monday evenings and possibly shoot some hoops in the basketball court.

3 words to describe 2M
Modern, Atypical, Ultraconvenient

What’s your favorite restaurant in the neighborhood and what do you order?
Uptown Café, directly across from NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station, has this awesome steak, egg & cheese sandwich…

If 2M were a drink/cocktail, what would it be?
A refreshing bellini… beyond classy!

What’s a local organization doing good in our DC community that residents and readers should know about?
WC Smith actually invests in supporting the DC community, from partnering with other non-profits to found the Skyland Workforce Center, to assist the community to connect with jobs and employment services to offering educational support and youth enrichment programs in the city.

Where is your favorite spot to grab lunch in the neighborhood?
Roaming Rooster food truck. The honey butter chicken sandwich is so good!