Saturday, January 31, 2009

Get Your Tickets Now for Fest-of-All

Don't miss Federal Hill's big new gala -- Fest-of-All -- on Saturday, March 14 from 7-11 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, Key Highway.

You can order tickets online or by visiting these Federal Hill shops: Big Jim's Deli and My Flower Box (Cross St. Market), Funky Beehive, and Amy's Boutique. You can also stop by the Federal Hill Main Street visitor center at 42 E. Cross St. or give me a call at 410-727-4500.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

New & Improved: Federal Hill Business Directory

Visitors to the Federal Hill Main Street Web site can now get a true sense of the vitality of our charming neighborhood with our newly updated Neighborhood Business Directory.

We have added many photos to the listings and updated the Directory to include the latest arrivals in our neighborhood. Check it out!

Monday, January 19, 2009

First Federal Hill Snowfall on MLK Day

Light & Cross Sts., January 19, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fest-of-All Tickets Now Available Online

Don't delay! Purchase tickets now for the gala "Fest-of-All Celebration of Everything Federal Hill" on March 14 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The event includes a fashion show featuring clothes and accessories from the boutiques of Baltimore's Best Shopping Neighborhood ... open bar ... fine food from Federal Hill's excellent restaurants (Ryleigh's Oyster, Mother's Federal Hill Grill, Ropewalk Tavern, Metropolitan and more!) ... casino-style gambling parlor ... and a silent auction of sports memorabilia! Go to

Monday, January 12, 2009

Latest Main Street Newsletter Posted

Download the latest issue of the "Historic Federal Hill Main Street News" (Jan-Feb 2009) now available on the Main Street Web site:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Test-Run of Free Circulator Bus a Success

New Service Coming to Federal Hill Slated to Start July 6

The test run of the city’s north-south Circulator bus route was a huge success yesterday! The hybrid, streamlined bus is quiet, smooth, and easily navigates the narrow city streets, as we saw during an unexpected detour because of the temporary closure of a block of E. Ostend St.

The north-south Yellow Route of the Circulator covers the area from Lafayette Ave., a few blocks north of Penn Station, to E. Ostend Street in Federal Hill. The major thoroughfares through Mt. Vernon and downtown are St. Paul/Light Street and Charles Street. The Yellow Line links to an east-west Red Line that covers the area from Hollins Market east to Little Italy. The Red Line links to the Green Line, which covers Fells Point north to E. Monument Street and west through Jonestown.

Service on all three routes will be 7 days a week and fare-free. Buses will operate every 10 minutes during service hours, now set at 7 am to 11 pm weekdays, 8 am to midnight Saturday, and 10 am to 10 pm Sundays. (Changes in hours may occur prior to launch on July 6.)

The city Department of Transportation invited community residents who have been involved in the route planning (including Federal Hill Main Street) to check it out on Tuesday. The cold, dreary rain did not dampen enthusiasm.

“This is very exciting,” said Cynthia Griffin of the South Baltimore Improvement Committee.

“This will really help as our neighborhoods move toward stricter parking restrictions,” said Betty Bland-Thomas of the Sharp-Leadenhall Planning Committee.

“And, it’s aesthetically pleasing,” said Debbie Alt of South Baltimore Improvement Committee (pictured in photo above). All three riders intend to be frequent users.

The city has purchased DesignLine environmentally-friendly buses. Operational funding is to be provided from increases in parking taxes at municipal garages, traffic mitigation fees paid by developers, and advertising/sponsorship revenues.

Got a catchy name for this new bus? A contest is underway. For details go to:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Volunteer Helping out in Main Street Office

Federal Hill Main Street is benefiting from the volunteerism of Katerina Wright, a Brown University student who is spending her Winter Break helping out in the office. Katerina is majoring in Political Science and is interested in the Main Street approach to central business district revitalization. She is currently working on updating our Neighborhood Business Directory on the Federal Hill Main Street Web site and is also uploading photos to make the program more user-friendly. Katerina grew up in Ellicott City and is enjoying getting to know Federal Hill.

Thursday, January 1, 2009