U Street Corridor
Duke Ellington may have become a star in New York and then performed around the world, but his heart beat to the rhythms he heard growing up on U Street in Washington, D.C. Back then, this was called “Black Broadway,” and hundreds of brilliant writers, artists, musicians singers, scientists, educators, lawyers, and business people lived or performed in this thriving African American “city within a city.”
And today, U Street and 14th Street continue to celebrate diversity at hot spots like Nellie’s, a gay sports bar, and Marvin, a soul food restaurant with a Belgian accent named for DC native Marvin Gaye. Busboys and Poets, a quirky restaurant and bookstore inspired by Langston Hughes’ early days as a starving poet and busboy is a longtime staple and is joined by Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant, and DC Noodles, a hidden Asian gem with a focus on Thai dishes. Live music, dance, and theater lovers head to U Street for alternative, hip hop, jazz, indie, rock n’ roll and other genres at basement U Street Music Hall, DC9, Tropicalia, Black Cat, and Lincoln Theater.
U Street Corridor, Washington, D.C. USA
Dining at Lupo Verde on 14th Street Courtesy of washington.org