The Big Picture
In the mid-19th century, Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famines settled "Swampoodle" so called because Tiber Creek (now buried under North Capitol Street) overflowed its banks frequently. The construction of Union Station (1907) eradicated crime- and disease-ridden shantytowns; it also sacrificed the neighborhood's strong Irish identity. Rezoning later led to increased heavy industry on the periphery of Union Station, making those areas unattractive for residential use. Dating from the late 1990s, revitalization took off after a public/private funding initiative financed a fill-in Red Line Metro stop at New York and Florida Avenues in 2004.
Mostly in Ward 6 with a small part in Ward 5, NoMa is bordered by New York and Florida Avenues to the north, the Union Station rail lines and 2nd Street to the east, Massachusetts Avenue to the south, and North Capitol Street to the west.
McPherson Square: 15 minutes by bike or bus
Verizon Center: 8 minutes by metro
Old Town Alexandria: 25 minutes by car
Buses: 80, 96, D3, D4, P6, X9, DC Circulator
Bikeshare Stations: 7
Union Station, NoMa - Galludet University (Red): 10-15 minutes by foot.
A Special Place
Whether or not you also work in NoMa, you will love how connected it is to everything. WalkScore rates the area at the top of its index, and there are lots of Bikeshare hubs. Union Station offers easy access to Amtrak, VRE, and MARC; the East Coast’s only Bikestation; and myriad shopping and dining options.
It's true: The Washington Coliseum (now the Uline Arena) hosted the first Beatles concert in North America, in 1964. Other greats such as Bob Dylan and Chuck Brown later performed there, too.
The "Stock Market"
Almost entirely new condominiums in new buildings, many of which are high-end. Immediately east of Union Station, single-family rowhouses become available occasionally.