Brookland is a neighborhood in northeast Washington DC.
The major attraction in Brookland centers around Catholic University, sometimes known as the "Little Vatican" for all its major Catholic institutions, as well as the National Shrine.
In 1887, the Roman Catholic Church purchased land as the site for The Catholic University of America (CUA). The presence of Catholic University attracted many other Catholic organizations and institutions to the area.
The neighborhood is named after Colonel Jehiel Brooks, who acquired 150-acres in the area via his marriage to Ann Margaret Queen, daughter of prominent Marylander Nicholas Louis (Lewis) Queen.
For more information on riding the Metrorail in Washington DC, see Washington DC#Get_around.
The Red line stops at Brookland-CUA.
The following are the main bus routes operating in this area, along with links to timetables and route maps. For more information on riding buses in Washington DC, see Washington DC#Get_around.
- 1 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave NW, ☎ , fax: . 1 April-31 Oct: 7AM-7PM daily, 1 Nov-31 March: 7AM-6PM daily; tours: M-Sa 9AM-3PM, Su 1:30PM-3:30PM (tours start on the hour). This massive, stunning basilica is worth a pilgrimage not just for American Catholics; people of any faith will be in awe at its sheer size, the largest house of worship in North America, and its vast collection of contemporary sacred art. Built entirely by traditional methods, it seamlessly blends architectural styles from different periods over the last 2,000 years. Tours: free.
- 2 Mount St Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St NE, ☎ . Grounds: 10AM-5PM daily (Catacombs visits require tour), tours: M-Sa 10AM, 11AM, 1PM-3PM, Su 1PM-3PM (tours start on the hour). The Franciscan Monastery is home to a magnificent Italianate church and flower gardens, ringed by a Rosary Portico of 15 chapels with the Angelic Greeting written in 200 languages. The lower gardens are more kitschy— the monastery's founders, in the late nineteenth century, set out to create a Holy Land in America, and commissioned the construction of replicas of overseas holy sites, including the Roman Catacombs, The Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, the Grotto of the Nativity, and other assorted reproductions. A fine place to stroll, read, and contemplate. Free, donations encouraged.
- 3 Saint John Paul II National Shrine, 3900 Harewood Rd NE, ☎ . Mo-Sa 10AM-5PM. Elevated to a national shrine in 2014, this Knights of Columbus-operated center offers exhibits on the life, legacy, and teaching of Pope St. John Paul II and on the Catholic heritage of North America. There is a weekday veneration service for a first-class relic, a piece of the blood-stained cassock worn by the pontiff when he was shot on May 13, 1981. Suggested donation: $5.
- Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE (At Kearney St), ☎ . A DC institution that offers drop-in dance classes and occasional dance performances.
- Dowdy's Epiphany Boutique, 3603 18th St NE (between Newton St & Otis St), ☎ . >A small vintage store with a wide range of offerings.
There are several fast casual restaurants such as Chipotle, Potbelly's, & Pizza, and Chick-fil-a between the Metrorail station and Catholic University.
- Menomale, 2711 12th St NE (between Evarts St & Franklin St), ☎ . A very popular pizza / calzone / sandwich shop.
- San Antonio Grill, 3908 12th St NE (between Quincy St & Randolph St), ☎ . Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. A nice Tex-Mex restaurant with Mexican food far above the local average, as well as a few Salvadoran and Cuban entries (try the Cuban masitas de puerco). The margaritas have quickly become famous, not just for being tasty, but also for being extremely large. $8-25.
- Brookland's Finest, 3126 12th St NE (between Irving St & Jackson St), ☎ . A family-friendly establishment with a modern-industrial theme and a nice outdoor patio.
- Busboys & Poets, 625 Monroe St NE, ☎ . A cafe / bookstore / restaurant focused with a liberal theme.
- Steel Plate, 3523 12th St NE (between Monroe St & Newton St), ☎ . Features a unique menu that includes specialties such as duck tacos and shrimp burgers.
- Brookland Pint, 716 Monroe St NE, ☎ . Modern-rustic ambiance and an extensive craft beer menu.
- Right Proper Brewing Company Brookland Production House + Tasting Room, 920 Girard St NE, ☎ . A tasting room where you can drink the beers brewed on site. Food is not served but you can bring your own.
- Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St NE (between Monroe St & Newton St), ☎ . The bar is made of a shipping container.
- Askale Cafe, 3629 12th St NE (between Newton St & Otis St), ☎ . A small, quiet cafe with friendly staff.
- Brookland Inn, 3742 12th St NE, ☎ . This well-kept, all-suites B&B is a great value! Each suite has a bedroom, private bath, kitchen, and living room. On the main commercial strip in the neighborhood. One-bedroom: $150, two-bedroom: $250, extended stay rates available.
Most restaurants and cafes offer free WiFi.
Computer terminals are available for free use at the public libraries:
- Woodridge Interim Library, 1801 Hamlin St NE, ☎ . M,W 1PM-9PM, Tu,Th-Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM, Su 1PM-5PM.
- Petworth is a short bus ride away and has more nightlife options
- Capitol Hill is only a few stops away on the Metrorail
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