Hi, readers. I know, it’s been a while. Quite a lot has happened to me personally since I’ve written the previous blog post. I got married (yay!), I moved (boo? yay?), and I’ve decided to officially stop U Street Girl (boo).

I want to thank everyone who read this here little blog. It was a very important part of my life at one time, and I hope it was a good resource for those who live in the neighborhood. I hope you got something out of it, because I certainly did. It gave me some great opportunities, both professional and personal. I met so many great people and made some long lasting friends through this blog.

So yes, I’ve done something I never thought I would do. I moved to New York. My husband got a great job opportunity we could not pass up, and here we are. It’s a new adventure in our lives, not something we expected or sought out. We will (and do) miss DC and U Street dearly.

I will be keeping the blog up so you can read the archives if you so desire. If you want to keep in touch – please say hi and follow my personal Twitter account for updates and musings about life in New York. You all have been wonderful.

Photo courtesy of the Suss-Man

Hope that you spend time with friends and family, enjoy good food and drink, relax and kick back. Happy holidays from me to you.

Photo courtesy of ROSS HONG KONG (Flickr)

Time does fly. Today, three years ago I wrote my first post on U Street Girl. In this three years, I have written 610 posts, you all have commented 1,267 times, and nearly 350,000 have viewed the blog.

This past year I haven’t posted as much as I’d like to, with a new busier job, a few side gigs, and a wedding to plan. But – I appreciate your support in the past year and look forward to a good year for 2012 for this blog and the U street neighborhood.

San Francisco. photo courtesy of gravitywave

Dear readers, apologies for being absent lately but unfortunately, I’ll be absent a bit longer. I’m headed to San Francisco, and will be gone until next week. If anything happens while I’m away, please do email me about it. See you next week.

Holiday display, courtesy of WBUR (Flickr)

Hope each one of you has a great long weekend, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, enjoys spending time with family and friends and relaxing in front of the fire, dashing through the snow, etc. I will be in the Boston area through Wednesday, so while I will continue to post if I see anything newsworthy – I won’t be on the streets able to report about what’s happening. If you see or hear of something that sounds like post-worthy – shoot me an email at ustreetgirl AT gmail DOT com.

And Happy Holidays again!

Happy Birthday (courtesy of Rob J Brooks, Flickr)

Happy Birthday (courtesy of Rob J Brooks, Flickr)

U Street Girl turns two today. I certainly can’t believe it. This last year has been quite a whirlwind for me personally, and for my blog.

A lot has happened on the blog in the past year. Remember when I was threatened with a lawsuit? That was fun. Beyond the scary parts: it actually was pretty wonderful. You guys really backed me up on that and it gave me strength. I was profiled in the Washingtonian, which was awesome. I also stopped blogging anonymously, which was pretty great.

In the last year, I’ve written 232 posts, received 585 comments, and had over 150,000 views (that’s about 3 times the amount of views I had during my first year).

In the next year, I hope to perhaps get some different contributors beyond just me (I’m a bit busy over here). If you’re interested in perhaps writing a feature for my blog – send me an email at ustreetgirl AT gmail DOT com. I’m pretty picky, so tell me what you could add to the blog and send me a writing sample or two.

And Happy Blogiversary to U Street Girl.

My name is Catherine Finn, and I write U Street Girl. For the last year and 1o months, I’ve blogged anonymously. If you emailed me, you would have found out my first name. That’s all I was willing to reveal. But, a lot of things have changed.

First, I have a new job that doesn’t require me to hide my identity. Woo hoo for that! Further than that, it’s something I really want to do and am interested in. I really couldn’t be more excited.

Second, I’ve been offered two compelling freelance gigs that I’ve decided to accept, and do so under my real name. You might have noticed posts from me on DCist this weekend; I’ll be one of the weekend editors. You will also be able to read a monthly column that I’ll be writing in MidCity DC (a community paper that is a member of the Hill Rag family) about what’s happening around 14th and U.

So, hello, here I am. My name is Catherine Finn and I’m no longer blogging anonymously.

Just a quick note to let you readers know I’ll be out of town with limited Internet access till Sunday afternoon. If anything exciting happens, I’m afraid I won’t be able to write about it till I get back.

I’ll be heading to New York to visit a few friends, eat some good food, and visit some art museums. Have a good weekend!

Hi everyone, I’ll be heading up to Massachusetts until August 5th. I’ll have Internet access and will post if anything comes up – but since I’ll be away from the area, please email me if anything is happening that is newsworthy ( See you next week!

I enjoyed a long weekend in Charlottesville  (kind of wishing I was still there). Here are some recommendations for the area: 

  • To see: UVA’s campus. It was fun pretending I was still in college walking around the campus with great buildings and views of the mountains. My favorite are the old residence halls that have rooms that all open to the quad (yes Edgar Allen Poe lived in one of them). The downtown mall area has a lot of cute bookstores, antique stores, and restaurants. The restaurants are a bit overpriced but the stores are super cute. Some of my favorites were Oyster House Antiques, Blue Whale Books, Sidetracks Music, and Timberlake’s: an old school fountain shop/drug store. If you’re there on Friday do Fridays after Five on the mall, live music, sitting outside: good combination. Oh and um, Monticello. Go there too.
  • To eat: It’s out of the way, but really good: Savour. A friend who spent 5 years in Charlottesville getting his PhD



    raved about it, for good reason: $30 gets you 3 courses and one of my favorite dishes of the year so far: tomato sushi. A smoked tomato acts as the “raw fish” with oh so creamy mozzarella  as the “rice” and balsamic reduction as the soy sauce. Oh man. Go. Also enjoyed Boylan Heights – gourmet burgers for around $8 and a collegiate bar atmosphere (it’s right across the street from UVA). 

  • To drink: You gotta go to the wineries. Everyone raved about Stone Mountain Vineyards, but the drive up a mountain on a narrow, dirt road made me too nervous. I really enjoyed Barboursville – $5 gets you a wine glass to keep and 19 wines to taste. The owners are Italian winemakers and they grow some great Italian vintages. Plus there’s ruins on the site: Governor Barbour’s Jefferson-designed mansion burned down in the 1800s and is on site. Very cool.

You can view more photos from my trip on Flickr.

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