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November 13, 2011
Letter writer C.D. Wilmer of Baltimore refers to Hampden as a tourist trap ("Hampden isn't the same," Nov. 11). My definition of tourist trap is an attraction geared more to visitors than to locals, that promises more than it delivers. I moved to Hampden back when it was what Mr. Wilmer calls "quirky and eclectic" and have enjoyed its evolution into an even more quirky and eclectic community ever since. Hampden is better now than it ever has been. My wife, daughter and I eat and shop on the Avenue two to four times a week.
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Colin Campbell, Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
An elderly woman died in a fire at a three-story Hampden home just blocks away from a city firehouse Sunday night, the Baltimore Fire Department said. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital, fire spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said Monday. He said she had not yet been identified by Monday morning. Officials do not have the exact age but said she was an elderly woman. Firefighters were called to the home in the 3900 block of Roland Ave. at 10:03 p.m. and the first two units arrived on the scene at 10:05 p.m., Clark said.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Just what the Hons of Hampden wanted to hear -- more proof that yuppies have commandeered the neighborhood. According to a poll conducted by Gawker , Hampden has been voted Baltimore's equivalent of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Let's see.... Hand poured cups of single source coffee? Check Charcuterie dangling from the ceiling? Check Cloth diapers and woven wraps for babywearing? Check Faux-old fashion barber shop with a straight razor shave? Check A Belgian beer bar in the former Red Man's Hall?
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
It's full of used goods, but “second-hand shop” is the last thing you'd ever call Mud and Metal fine craft gallery. As the song goes, at Mud and Metal, “everything old is new again.” Gallery owner Carol Breining, who set up shop on the famed “Avenue” in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood, specializes in an inanimate form of reincarnation, using hundreds of artists, both out of town and local, to satisfy her clients' desire for recycled art....
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Hampden has a new cafe. It's called "CHOUX, the cafe at Ma Petite Shoe," and its official public opening is Friday. The new cafe is located next door to Ma Petite Shoe, Susannah Siger's destination shoe store and chocolate boutique. The cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The offerings at CHOUX will include things like kale salad with almonds and dates, and broccoli salad with Dubliner cheddar and currants along with in-house pastries like pain au chocolat, gougeres, and a chocolate cookie with Bellagio cocoa, Hawaiian dark chocolate and chocolate-covered nibs.
NEWS
April 18, 2012
No, this is not the Green Zone in Iraq, it's downtown Hampden where helicopters have been droning at 6 a.m. for two straight early mornings. And no, it's not because the Titanic is sinking - or an earthquake hit or even a tsunami coming down the Jones Falls. It's not the start of World War III, but an unbelievable amount of attention given to two lanes shut down on the Jones Falls Expressway at 28th Street. Come on, TV news people. Give it a rest and move on to something else that might actually be worth waking up an entire neighborhood.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
A new cafe will open Friday in the Chestnut Avenue space in Hampden that was formerly home to Roland Park Cafe and Deli. When it opens, Cafe Cito will keep daytime hours only, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but will eventually add dinner service, according to the cafe's chef and owner, David Sherman. You may remember Sherman from Nasu Blanca, his ambitious restaurant in the Riverside neighborhood that served an intriguing mix of Japanese and Spanish food. Sherman said that Cafe Cito won't be like Nasu Blanca, which closed after only two years.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Among the teased and towering hair, the fluttering boas and the crowd sticky with snowballs Saturday at Hampden's Honfest wound a joyful party who were celebrating more than the neighborhood's quirky character. "Make way, make way, here come the bride and groom," called Dot Tucker-Houk, leading a procession of several dozens revelers cheering and rattling noisemakers. Behind her, niece Angie Gentile twirled a parasol, beaming at her newly-wed husband, Andy Snair, and paused for a photo with a crowd of women wearing towering pink wigs.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2012
City police were investigating an afternoon non-fatal shooting in Hampden. Police said officers were called to the 3700 block of Hickory Ave., about two blocks north of The Avenue, at about 3:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired. A female, who age was not immediately disclosed, had been shot in the foot, police said. The shooting is the first non-police shooting in Hampden since Aug. 2009, according to data posted to the city's OpenBaltimore website. The last homicide in Hampden was in July 2010, when John Sandy was fatally beaten in the 3500 block of Elm Ave. Police didn't give any details on a motive or other circumstances about the incident.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
Two women were injured in a two-story duplex fire in Hampden Wednesday night, the Baltimore Fire Department said. The department said the victims were taken to a Bayview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries following the fire, which was reported in the 3600 block of Ash St. The injuries were not serious burns, according to fire department spokesman Ian Brennan. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It was declared under control around 10 p.m. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Hampden residents are threatening to leave their famous 34th Street Christmas lights off in an effort to get the city's attention after a recent string of violent crimes in the neighborhood. A 67-year-old man was attacked and beaten unconscious Monday afternoon while picking up trash from the sidewalk at the corner of Falls Road and West 36th Street, police said. Three hours later, a man with a gun held up a Subway restaurant on Falls Road. Bob Hosier, who claims to have started the Northeast Baltimore holiday tradition more than 60 years ago, said he worries about the safety of the tourists who flock each year to see the hub cap Christmas tree and big red lighted crab.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
First announced last fall, Blue Pit opened on the last days of spring in Hampden on Union Avenue, where it's been operating as a whiskey bar . Now, on the very last day of summer, owner-chef David Newman is officially debuting his long-awaited barbecue menu.  Blue Pit is now Blue Pit BBQ with a new awning to prove it. The menu includes sandwiches and meat platters featuring 18-hour pit-cooked pulled pork, brisket rubbed with...
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September 22, 2014
So I'm physically exhausted, but my editor is waiting on this column. Yesterday was the annual Hampdenfest, and I'm drained. But by all accounts, it was one of the most successful Hampdenfests ever. Thousands of people lined Chestnut Avenue to enjoy the Toilet Races and to watch bands, including headliner Future Islands. By my personal tally, I was running on four hours of sleep, and, eventually, three Diablo donuts and six raw oysters. I walked nearly 22 miles, traveling the length of the festival back and forth all day.  The postponing of Hampdenfest so as not to interfere with Baltimore City's Star Spangled Celebration actually worked out to Hampdenfest's benefit.
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
It began with a bathroom renovation and ended with a toilet race Saturday at Hampdenfest. Lisa Harbin and Bob Atkinson redid a bathroom in their Baltimore house this year, and what else could they do with their old toilet but mount it on a board between two bikes and roll it down Chestnut Street with crowds cheering and the toilet paper rolls on their bike swirling. With perfect late September weather and crowds that filled The Avenue for blocks, Hampdenfest went on a week later than usual but with fun, food and everything quintessentially Hampden.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
The operators of Facci , a casual Italian restaurant with locations in Laurel and Ellicott City, have opened a third restaurant in Howard County. But the new restaurant is not Italian — Pisco is Peruvian. And where there's Peruvian cuisine, ceviche is sure to be found. Pisco even has a "ceviche bar," where diners can watch chefs make 10 different fresh preparations of the marinated seafood dish. Also on Pisco's menu are Peruvian classics like charbroiled chicken; lomo saltado, a stir-fried dish with marinated strips of sirloin, served with French fries and white rice; picante de mariscos, a seafood dish in spicy cream sauce; and anticuchos de corazon o pollo, which are skewered beef hearts marinated in aji panca, a Peruvian red pepper.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Breathe Bookstore and Cafe   in Hampden is closing. The cafe and bookstore will remain open until late September or early October, its owner says, until she can find someone to take over her lease.   Owner Susan Weis-Bohlen announced the closing in an email newsletter. "[Breathe] bookstore cafe is for sale," the message said. "My lease can be taken over at any time. If you have a dream to run a vegetarian cafe or want to create your own concept, let me know.
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Colin Campbell, Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
An elderly woman died in a fire at a three-story Hampden home just blocks away from a city firehouse Sunday night, the Baltimore Fire Department said. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital, fire spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said Monday. He said she had not yet been identified by Monday morning. Officials do not have the exact age but said she was an elderly woman. Firefighters were called to the home in the 3900 block of Roland Ave. at 10:03 p.m. and the first two units arrived on the scene at 10:05 p.m., Clark said.
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By Richard Gorelick | February 21, 2013
The Gathering is coming back. The evening food truck rally, which was running on a weekly schedule back in the fall, is kicking off the 2013 season on Saturday at the Castle in Hampden, on 34th Street and Keswick Avenue. The Gatherings are typically scheduled for Friday evenings, but this one is being held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon. The rally is being filmed for “Second Act,” a new lifestyle makeover show hosted by Paul DiMeo of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” “Second Act,” which has DiMeo and his associates helping the show's subjects cope with mid-life changes, will spotlight the owners of the Iced Gems food truck in the episode being taped at the Gathering.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Everyone has a remedy to beat the summer heat, from a trip to the pool to a snowball from a shack. At Midnight Sun, we prefer the tried, true and futile practice of complaining about unrelenting humidity over cold drinks at a comfortable bar. It accomplishes little besides a buzz, and that's just fine. On a recent Friday evening, Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites - which opened in May on Hampden's West 36th Street, better known as the Avenue - offered a low-key backdrop for such sweat-induced grumbling.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
A proposal to sharply limit parking in part of Hampden is drawing concern from some who think the new restrictions would merely shift parking woes to other streets in the popular Baltimore neighborhood. A major redevelopment project at the Rotunda shopping mall has prompted some residents to push for a residential parking permit zone nearby. But some business owners along 36th Street worry that restrictions a couple of blocks north would make parking more difficult for everyone, including patrons of their cafes, boutiques and restaurants.
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