The NoMa Neighborhood in Washington, DC
A Hip Enclave of Restaurants and Urban Recreation
Step outside and stroll to over 130 restaurants, bars, pubs, bistros and boutiques as well as world-famous museums, galleries, Union Market, Gallery Place, the Verizon Center and just about everything else D.C. has to offer—all just minutes from your own front door.
NoMa, a growing neighborhood in Washington, DC, located just north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station, takes its nickname from its location–North of Massachusetts Avenue. Bounded by Massachusetts Avenue to the south, New Jersey and North Capitol streets to the west, and Q and R streets to the north, the neighborhood also extends eastward just beyond the CSX/Metrorail tracks.
NoMa by the Numbers
The opening of the New York Avenue Metro station in 2004 sparked improvement of this section of the city. Since 2005, private investors have spent more than $6 billion to develop office, residential, hotel, and retail space in a 35-block area.
On the Ground in NoMa
Hailed as one of the city's most bike-friendly zones, NoMa boasts the East Coast’s only Bikestation, a secure parking garage for bikes; a protected cycletrack; a bike FIXIT Station; a portion of the 8-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail; and eight Capital Bikesharestations. NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) organizes annual events to bring culture, music, artists, local farmers, and more to the neighborhood, while building community and enlivening the public realm. NoMa Summer Screen, a free outdoor film festival, attracts visitors from around the region.
Free summer concerts give employees a break during their lunch hour to relax and enjoy music ranging from blues to jazz to reggae.
With a reputation as the city's foodie hub, NoMa's restaurant scene radiates out from Union Market, a restored mid-century food hall. You can find all of the usual chain hotels here, or more eclectic accommodations through any of the online room-sharing marketplaces.
The area's history blends with the modern landscape in some of the neighborhood's most notable landmarks.
NoMa Parks and Greenspace
The DC government dedicated $50 million for the development of parks, playgrounds, and greenspace to enhance this rapidly growing area. Administered through the NoMA Parks Foundation, planned projects aim to make the area more appealing for pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide seating and picnic spaces, outdoor fitness facilities, gathering space for events, playgrounds, community dog parks, and art installations.