The Nitty Gritty on Charles Village

December 02, 2004|By Kim Phelan | Kim Phelan,Special to

Original name: Peabody Heights

Zip Code: 21218

Neighborhoods within the Charles Village Community Benefits District: Abell, Charles Village, Harwood, South Charles Village and Waverly

CV boundaries: North Avenue to the south, University Parkway to the north, Greenmount to the east, Howard Street to the west

By the numbers: More than 14,000 residents, 700 businesses

Charles Village on the silver screen: Teen thriller "Dead Man's Curve" and John Waters flicks "Desperate Living" and "Mondo Trasho"

Places of worship: Notables include Lovely Lane United Methodist Church (22nd and St. Paul), St. John's Episcopal Church (3001 Greenmount), The Huntington Baptist Church (31st and Barclay), Homewood Friends Meeting House (3107 N. Charles St.).

Schools: Margaret Brent, Dallas Nicholas, Barclay Middle School, City College High School and Johns Hopkins University

Mark Your Calendar: During Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursdays of each month, admission to the museum is free.

Don't miss: Spring Fair at Johns Hopkins University in April (; the Charles Village Festival in June at Wyman Park (; High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music at The Red Room at Normal's in September (

Where it's happenin': Hopkins Square provides many basic essentials: Cheap (but good) haircuts at Tenpachi, the fried and beer food groups at Ruby Tuesday, help with your thesis presentation at Kinko's, caffeine fixes at Xando and music at Record & Tape Traders.

Fun for the whole family: Breakfast at Sam's Bagels , kid-friendly lunch at Tamber's, and art-intensive exploration at the BMA.

Charles Village Bests

Best chicken fingers: Rocky Run Tap & Grill

Best happy hour: Charles Village Pub

Best place to listen to music: Record & Tape Traders

Best place to get that presentation done at 3 a.m.: Kinko's, open 24 hours

Best late night packaged goods: PJ's Pub

Best place to score a 40 oz., a pack of smokes and a bag of Utz: The Charles Village Schnapp Shop

Best sandwiches: Deli counter of Eddie's Market of Charles Village

Best produce: Waverly Farmers' Market

Best use of a closed branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library: Village Learning Place, a library, garden and community center

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