Chinatown a Flashy, Fun Home for the Renter in Northwest

Friendship Arch

From China with love: The Friendship Arch, an ornate, free-standing gateway that straddles H Street, heralds your arrival in Northwest’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Oh, she’s coming to town. You know who. She of the platinum hair, outrageous outfits and polymorphous sexuality.

Oh, she can be naughty, but she also topped’s “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good” list. The early 20th century gave us Pablo Picasso; the ’60s had a bunch of freaks; and in the ’80s, we put up with Madonna. Today, we’re lucky enough to have that standard-bearer of all things outré and tolerant – Lady Gaga! And yes, yes, the best part is she’s coming to us, us, at the Verizon Center in Chinatown, which could be the site of your next apartment. Yes, you!

Verizon Center was built for such extravaganzas … that and other organized melees of various stripe and frottage. According to its website, Verizon hosts 220 events each year and was “ranked the ninth highest grossing venue by Billboard magazine during the last decade.”

Verizon Center is a 20,000-seat multipurpose sports and entertainment venue hosting rock, R&B, pop and country stars (U2, AC/DC, KISS, Prince, Keith Urban, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera), touring troupes and just plain goofy fun (Disney on Ice presents Princess Wishes, WWE presents RAW World Tour, Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam).

But it’s probably best known as home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team. And you can always see who’s winning on the venue’s gigantic, center-hung, high-definition LED scoreboard.

Verizon Center
601 F St., NW
Washington, DC 20004

Yes, there is a lot of entertaining going on at the Verizon Center and plenty else to do outside its confines: food, drink, streetwalking … no, not that kind of walking the streets. Let’s just say the area can be colorful, which is the right word for the sumptuous, gaudy milieu surrounding the Verizon Center, especially at night. We at aren’t here to judge; we’re here to show you a good time and convince you to rent an apartment in eclectic, swinging Chinatown.

You better, you better, you bet, to coin a phrase from The Who.

OK, what else? Well, if that’s not enough, why don’t you just move to New York, Los Angeles or Las Vegas?

Can’t? OK, then you’ll have to make do with what you’ve got.

The Verizon Center, saintly palace of entertainment that it is, also features places to eat and have a drink (the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, Dewar’s 12 Clubhouse), or exercise (VIDA Fitness). If you’ve got money or are in any way important (Maybe some of you out there are, and if so, I’ve got some great ideas to make us some cash. All I need is some venture capital. Really. Let’s turn back the clock 11 years), the Verizon Center offers moneyed patrons 106 luxury suites and other high-end amenities. For more information, check the site, call, whatever you fancy. As you can guess, I know little of the highlife therein.

The Washington Post has a nice little write-up on what’s going down in Chinatown circa 2009. So, when you factor in its location – next to downtown and Capitol Hill – the Gallery Pl-Chinatown Metro stop, the heady nightlife and the edifice that is the Verizon Center, we think moving to Chinatown is a great choice.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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