Dec 132018
 

The city’s Board of Zoning Adjustments sided with the developers of the “Fallen Saint” immersive-theatre venue on lower Magazine Street this week, rejecting a challenge to the project by opponents of the project and essentially clearing the way for final approval by the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

Dec 132018
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

District 1 Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta and former District 3 Congressman Charles Boustany – both Republicans – are said to be considering the 2019 race for governor against Governor John Bel Edwards. Two other Republican candidates have already announced – Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone and District 5 Congressman Ralph Abraham, a physician and former veterinarian. Continue reading »

Dec 122018
 

Palmer Park is located at South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues, at the end of the St. Charles streetcar line. (Uptown Messenger archive)

The Carrollton Area Network is be hosting the 11th annual Caroling at Palmer Park on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Before the Christmas caroling, there will be Christmas shopping in the park. The Palmer Park Arts Market will be held both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Dec 122018
 

Person of interest sought in Jeanette Street shooting

The NOPD is seeking to interview a person of interest in the investigation of an aggravated battery by shooting that occurred on Dec. 6 in the 8800 block of Jeanette Street. The above pictured subject is wanted for questioning only in relation to this incident and is not considered wanted at this time. (via NOPD)

The NOPD is seeking to interview a person of interest in the investigation of an aggravated battery by shooting that occurred on Dec. 6, in the 8800 block of Jeanette Street. Continue reading »

Dec 122018
 

The jaguar habitat at Audubon Zoo. (via Audubon Nature Institute)

New Orleans voters will decide in May whether to reallocate a portion of the tax money now dedicated to the Audubon Commission, giving the zoo and aquarium long-term but sharply reduced funding, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

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Dec 112018
 

A rendering of the McDonald’s proposed for 3321 St. Charles Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

The City Council gave McDonald’s approval to redevelop its St. Charles Avenue restaurant at its Dec. 6 meeting. The two-story structure in the Garden District will be torn down and replaced.

Planners and preservationists have been working with the fast-food chain for two years to determine an appropriate design for a purpose that the city has deemed inappropriate for the area. Fast-food restaurants are now essentially barred from the St. Charles overlay district, which has specific restrictions to make the area more pedestrian friendly and less auto-centric.

With the current building deemed a nonconforming use, the reconstruction project required a text amendment to the comprehensive zoning ordinance and a conditional-use permit. Both received City Council approval on Thursday.

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Dec 112018
 
Poppy Tooker book signing

Areme Marks, left, talks with Poppy Tooker, right, after Marks got her copy of “Pascale’s Manale Cookbook” signed at Octavia Books on Saturday, Dec. 8. The book includes a history about the restaurant and its founders as well as select recipes from the restaurant. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Poppy Tooker—chef, radio show host, author and cooking instructor—published her most recent book on one of New Orleans’ most historic restaurants: “Pascal’s Manale Cookbook.”

Having published a book in 2015 on one of New Orleans’ historic restaurants, Tujague’s, her newest subject was a fitting next step.

“People said, ‘What do you want to do next?’ This [Manale’s book] seemed to be the only thing I could think of,” Tooker said. “This is the second-oldest continuously operating family-owned restaurant [in New Orleans]. So both Tujague’s and Manale’s are second to Antoine’s. That [Tujague’s] book has already been written.”

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Dec 102018
 

(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association is holding a Holiday Happy Hour on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Revelers will gather at Pete’s Out in the Cold, 701 Sixth St. at Chippewa, to celebrate the season, spend time with neighbors and wear an ugly Christmas sweater.

Pete’s will have happy hour prices during this event. They have pizza for sale as always, or feel free to bring a dish or snacks to share.

Dec 102018
 

(via NOPD)

Three robbed at gunpoint while doing laundry: The NOPD is seeking assistance from the public in identifying and locating a suspect who was captured on surveillance video committing an armed robbery in a laundromat on South Claiborne Avenue.

The victim told police that on Dec. 6 at 6:05 a.m., he was inside of a laundromat located in the 8000 block of S. Claiborne Avenue when an unknown male reportedly pointed a gun in the victim’s back and demanded his wallet. The victim complied, at which time the subject proceeded to rob the other two victims inside of the location and demanded their belongings, before fleeing the scene.

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Dec 102018
 

A rendering of the Drive Shack golf facility at the former Times-Picayune site at Howard Avenue.

By Claire Byun, cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Future customers of the New Orleans Drive Shack — located in the former Times Picayune building on Howard Avenue — will pay 2 percent more in sales tax after City Council unanimously approved a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement. The city will receive a portion of the funds to pay for street improvements around the golf entertainment hub. Continue reading »

Dec 092018
 

(Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com archive)

The Touro-Bouligny Security District received overwhelming support Saturday, when 91 percent of voters within the security district pressed “yes” to continue the paying the additional millage for the next eight years.

The ballot containing two runoff contests and a city referendum drew only about 14 percent of voters citywide, but 21 percent of voters in the 10 precincts making up the Touro-Bouligny Security District showed up to vote, despite the rain. Of those voters, 385 chose to continue the additional property tax and 37 wanted to end it.

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Dec 072018
 

State Senate President John Alario, criminal defense attorney Mike Fawer and Claude Kelly, who heads up the Indigent Defenders program at federal court, pose for a photo. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Surrounded by dozens of family, friends, and public officials, legendary criminal defense lawyer Michael Fawer unveiled his new memoir, “From The Bronx To The Bayou,” on Tuesday evening at Martine Chaisson Gallery. In concise, easy-to-read chapters that cover nearly every major case he ever handled, Fawer relives the hits and misses of almost 60 years representing some of Louisiana and Mississippi’s most colorful figures including Edwin Edwards, Aaron Mintz, Charles Evers, and Chief Judge Walter Nixon. Now in his early 80’s and on the verge of retirement, Fawer’s life has been his work. He tried more than 125 criminal cases to verdict and argued more than 25 appeals. Continue reading »

Dec 072018
 

Superintendent Michael Harrison is inviting residents to take an inside look at the New Orleans Police Department by joining the NOPD Citizens Police Academy.

Individuals interested in joining the CPA will have an opportunity to learn more about the NOPD and the criminal justice in a fun and interactive setting.

The CPA is a seven week program that will take place on Wednesdays from Jan. 9 through Feb. 20, 2019, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at various NOPD facilities.

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Dec 062018
 

Please Vote Yes on December 8th for continued security in the Touro Bouligny Neighborhood.

Did you know that the Touro Bouligny neighborhood was recently quoted as being the safest, with one factor being our Security Patrol? This safety record improves your property value and makes our area more desirable for all.

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