It wasn't until the 1990s that the “New U” emerged from the shadow of the 1968 MLK riots. Today, DC has once again embraced the neighborhood's creative spirit. Known as “Black Broadway” in the 1920s, the neighborhood maintains the legacy of Duke Ellington and Billy Taylor with a host of hopping music venues featuring avant garde jazz, mainstream hip hop, and alt-rock. Tucked among the historic row houses are DC’s best Caribbean and soul-food restaurants.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
Dinner, Drinks, and Dancing on U Street
Opposites Attract: Quiet Days to Contrast Loud Nights
The Color and the Light
Brownstones and Victorian Homes
Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:
As a freelance photographer based out of DC, I’ve had a lifelong desire to be submerged in different cultures, meet people of all walks of life, and eat bizarre foods. While my personal favorite escape is surfing remote warm-water breaks in Central America, I loved working on this project and discovering the many hidden subcultures that make up the diverse and often-mislabeled city of Washington, D.C.