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Union Market Breathes Life in Washington, D.C.

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One of the coolest things about living at Monroe Street Market is its location in the northeast quadrant of the city. Northeast DC is full of history and character, and the community has experienced a great revitalization which continues to be developed. This revitalization charge has been led by a number of people and businesses, but one of the most exciting developments in the area in recent times was the start of the Union Market.

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The Union Market has a history deeply rooted in the District. Its doors first opened in 1871 under the name Center Market and the original location sat between the White House and U.S. Capitol building until it was torn down to make way for the National Archives. The Market was renamed Union Terminal Market and relocated to NE at 5th and Florida Avenue, making it the new home of over 700 vendors. As years passed, the Market fell from its initial glory as vendors began to abandon the slowly declining area.

Today, the surrounding community has breathed new life into the area and the Market. Today’s Union Market hosts an eclectic mix of artisans and vendors; a new edition to the market is Dock5, a warehouse style event venue featuring 12,200 square feet and 22 foot-high ceilings where the Thread pop-up series is held (Thread is a collective of DC-based boutiques that hold pop-ups throughout the year.)

The market also offers a drive-in movie series that takes place each Friday. If you find yourself needing a lift while enjoying your new NE neighborhood, Union Market also offers a shuttle service called The Roadie; it makes stops at Union Market (5th and Florida NE), 1st and L NE and Union Station (1st and G NE) from 11 am – 2 pm Wednesday through Friday.