by Elias Shams
And, NO! I am not gay :-)
Considering my first boy was born in Dupont Circle area, how could I be so stupid not to start my blog with covering this great area, one of my favorite places in the Washington, D.C?
Those of you not familiar with the D.C, Dupont Circle is known for its gay & lesbian community. Well, correction – it used to be known as the main hub for gays & lesbians till 2002 or 2003. Something changed. After four years of goofing around in Europe, ever since, I moved back to D.C in summer of 2006, It looks like most of the gay and lesbian community have moved to the U street – a few blocks further to the East. Even one of their old hangout clubs, the Circle is now a hang out club for straights. It is called Cazuza. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I got nothing against them. In fact, I have four gay friends – one from Madrid, one from D.C, and two from Tehran. Did you hear that Mr. Ahmadinejad? Gays from Tehran. Yes, there are tons of them in Iran and other part of the world.
Anyway, enough of gay, lesbian, and straight stuff. Back to the Dupont Circle:
Dupont Circle is also known for its funky shops and trendy restaurants and bars. This neighborhood is the heart of Washington, D.C’s nightlife. The area is one of the hippest neighborhoods in town. I’d say over 80% of Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with some of historic homes and foreign embassies as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and other private art galleries. Its cosmopolitan air draws visitors both young and old. You can easily notice seven girls for a guy in the area which is right along the poll the Washington Post conducted a few years ago. Great news for the us. :-)
It used to be a neighborhood of old money. Dupont Circle today is home to artists, intellectuals, young professionals, many recent college graduates, and me. There are many high-rise apartment buildings and many rowhouses have been converted into apartments. The Circle itself is a gathering place with park benches, grass and a unique fountain in the center. The neighborhood, today is the house of art museums, restaurants, embassies and fun shops. Dupont Circle is also home to the Phillips Collection, one of the city’s foremost art museums with paintings by Renoir, Degas and Cezanne. In fact, it was the first museums I took my first date back in 1989 when I was still going to school. I just wanted to pretend I was cultured. Not that I am not. You know, it was one of those classic stupid guy thing. I just wish I had done my homework about the museum prior the date, cuz she ended up being my first and last date once she found out I didn’t know jack about Renoir, Degas and Cezanne.
Here are two great clips of Dupont Circle I found on Youtube. No, I am not in any of the videos:
We were also mentioned in The American President movie Michael Douglas played as the U.S. President:-) not in a positive tone though :-(
Check out a picture gallery of Dupont Circle and the surrounding area.
The area is located North of Downtown, East of Rock Creek Park, South of Adams Morgan and Kalorama, and West of Logan Circle. Map of Dupont Circle .
Public Transportation is very easy, but parking might be bitch – especially over the weekend.
Metro station: Dupont Circle
Nightlife in Dupont Circle is great. This neighborhood is one of the most popular destinations in the city for nightlife. See a guide to Dupont Circle Bars and Nightclubs.
Major Attractions Near Dupont Circle:
• The Textile Museum
• National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall
• Woman’s National Democratic Club Museum
• Embassy Row
• Woodrow Wilson House
• The Phillips Collection
• National Museum of American Jewish Military History
• The Brewmaster’s Castle
• Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
• The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle