Author Archive for Justin Moyer

Post Office No. 10: Northwest Station, 20015

The last installment of a 10-part series in which Justin Moyer, part-time musician, part-time journalist, and full-time USPS enthusiast visits a bunch of post offices in our nation's capital so you don't have to.
Location: 5632 Connecticut Avenue NW
Date: 4/21/09
Time: 2:59 p.m.
O, Chevy Chase! Crown jewel of Upper Northwest! Are your post offices as well-kept as [...]

Post Office No. 9: Kalorama Station, 20009

A 10-part series in which Justin Moyer, part-time musician, part-time journalist, and full-time USPS enthusiast visits a bunch of post offices in our nation's capital so you don't have to.
Location: 2300 18th St. NW
Date: 4/20/09
Time: 4:47 p.m.
18th Street is renowned for its loose women, looser men, well drinks, jumbo slices, and fine imported goods. But [...]

Post Office No. 8: Arlington Station, 22201

[NO PHOTO OF ARLINGTON STATION 22201 IS AVAILABLE, AS YOUR CORRESPONDENT'S CAMERA RAN OUT OF BATTERIES AT A PARTICULARLY INOPPORTUNE MOMENT. BUT, IN LIEU OF A PHOTO, IMAGINE A STATELY, GOLD-TOPPED, CLASSICAL BUILDING – A BUILDING NOT UNLIKE THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, THE U.S. CAPITOL DOME, OR THE WHITE HOUSE. INDEED, IMAGINE A RESPLENDENT BUILDING [...]

Post Office No. 7: Curseen-Morris Mail Processing and Distribution Center

A 10-part series in which Justin Moyer, part-time musician, part-time journalist, and full-time USPS enthusiast visits a bunch of post offices in our nation's capital so you don't have to.
Location: 900 Brentwood Rd. N.E..
Date: 4/15/09
Time: 11:43 a.m.
If you live in D.C. and you receive mail, you've gotta love Curseen-Morris 20066, D.C.'s enormous postal distribution center. [...]

Post Office No. 6: Southeast Station, 20003

A 10-part series in which Justin Moyer, part-time musician, part-time journalist, and full-time USPS enthusiast visits a bunch of post offices in our nation's capital so you don't have to.
Location: 600 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Date: 4/15/09
Time: 11:16 a.m.
Though I'd never visited Southeast Station before today, a trusted confidante informed in an email in re: "A Particularly [...]

Post Office No. 5: Martin Luther King Jr., 20043

A 10-part series in which Justin Moyer, part-time musician, part-time journalist, and full-time USPS enthusiast visits a bunch of post offices in our nation's capital so you don't have to.
Location: 1400 L St. NW
Date: 4/16/09
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Full disclosure: 20043 and I have a long, troubled history. When I worked a few doors down from MLK [...]

Post Office No. 4: LeDroit Station, 20001

A 10-part series in which Justin Moyer, part-time musician, part-time journalist, and full-time USPS enthusiast visits a bunch of post offices in our nation's capital so you don't have to.
Location: 416 Florida Ave. NW
Date: 4/8/09
Time: 3:35 p.m.
On the bleak polygon formed by the intersection of S Street NW and Florida, Rhode Island, and New Jersey [...]

Post Office No. 3: Friendship Station, 20016

A 10-part series in which Justin Moyer, part-time musician, part-time journalist, and full-time USPS enthusiast visits a bunch of post offices in our nation's capital so you don't have to.
Location: 4005 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Date: 4/8/09
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Up the street from the Obama-worthy Sidwell Friends School and troubled mortgage lender Fannie Mae, Friendship Station is the [...]

Post Office No. 2: Brookland Station, 20017

A 10-part series in which Justin Moyer, part-time musician, part-time journalist, and full-time USPS enthusiast visits a bunch of post offices in our nation's capital so you don't have to.
Location: 3401 12th St. NE
Date: April 7
Time: 1:07 p.m.
"My band rehearses at this delightful practice space in Brookland."
"Brooklyn?"
"No—Brookland. In Washington, D.C."
So runneth the typical exchange with [...]

Post Office No. 1: Cleveland Park, 20008

Location: 3430 Connecticut Avenue NW
Date: April 7
Time: 4:28 p.m.
Cleveland Park is an errand-running mother lode. A trip to trusty old P.O. 20008 offers a good chance visit its notable neighbors: Yes! Natural Foods, Magruder's, Petco, CVS, Supercuts, and the Uptown movie theater, where I saw the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. But does the [...]

10 Post Offices: An Introduction

As a touring musician and owner of a small record label, I have not found fame and fortune, but I have spent a lot of time at the post office. Demo tapes, CDs, album masters, album art, press packets, promo posters, money orders from the road, gear sold on EBay—trust me, I've mailed a lot [...]

Three Minutes with Dick and Jane Heller

Dick A. Heller (pictured here with his wife Jane) is the plaintiff in District of Columbia v. Heller, the landmark gun case recently adjudicated before the United States Supreme Court. As Justice Antonin Scalia explained in his majority opinion striking down the District's handgun ban, "the District's ban on handgun possession in the home violates [...]

Three Minutes with Nizam Ali

Nizam Ali is the son of Ben and Virginia Ali, who founded Ben's Chili Bowl at 1213 U St. NW in 1958. The elder Alis are now retired – Nizam runs the Washington landmark with his brother Kamal (not pictured).
When I first contacted Nizam, I suggested meeting at noon to film his portrait. Nizam was [...]

Three Minutes with Eleanor Holmes Norton

Eleanor Holmes Norton has represented the District of Columbia in the United States Congress since 1991. Former chair of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and professor at Georgetown University Law School, Ms. Norton is a third-generation Washingtonian and longtime voting-rights advocate.
When planning this portrait, I decided to shoot Congresswoman Norton's profile – an angle which [...]

Three Minutes With Andy Shallal

Andy Shallal is a restauranteur, antiwar activist, and artist. He opened Busboys & Poets, a cafe whose name pays tribute to the poetry of Langston Hughes, on the U Street Corridor in 2005.
When I arrived at Busboys & Poets to film Mr. Shallal, I learned that he was running a few minutes late and decided [...]

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