The city’s overhaul of short-term rental regulations, passed by the City Council on Thursday, will restrict the tourist accommodations in residential areas. In the Garden District, however, they will be completely banned, with the passage of an amendment to the sweeping regulations.
A 20th century complex of buildings in a district revered for its 19th century architecture was given official landmark status Wednesday by the Historic District Landmarks Commission.
Designed and constructed in 1968, the Norwegian Seamen’s Church held its last service on Christmas Eve 2018. It then changed to secular hands, and its new owners are planning a wellness center.
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orleans board voted Monday to submit a letter of interest to acquire the soon-to-be-closed McNair campus in the Carrollton neighborhood.
The ReNEW charter system was operating two programs at the former Ronald G. McNair Elementary School at 1607 S. Carrollton Ave.: a pre-kindergarten program and a therapeutic day program for children with behavioral disorders.
Two men stole guns and cellphones from an Uptown home Friday night while two residents were inside, the New Orleans Police Department reported.
The intruders entered through an unlocked front door in the 5000 block of South Claiborne Avenue at about 10 p.m. on April 12. They came into a bedroom and pointed guns at two residents, a 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman.
The Lower Garden District Association is hosting a volunteer “Park Work Day” in Coliseum Square Park this Saturday at 10 a.m.
Freret area residents can expect to shop at a neighborhood Rouses Market in the spring of 2020, according to estimates from a Rouses spokeswoman.
After easily clearing its major hurdles with the city, the Thibodaux-based supermarket chain is at least 10 weeks out from applying for a building permit, Marcy Nathan of Rouses Markets said. This timetable is in line with the company’s original estimates of an August 2019 start date for construction and a June 2020 opening.
The fate of the Central City shotgun where early jazz pioneer Charles “Buddy” Bolden once lived has long concerned preservationists and jazz aficionados. Now some fresh hope for the dilapidated building has appeared in the form of PJ Morton, an acclaimed musician with close ties to the building’s owner.
At a blight hearing Tuesday, Morton laid out plans to renovate the building at 2309 First St. He wants to turn the shotgun double and its twin next door into a museum, recording studio and event space, according to a Facebook post by the Preservation Resource Center, which is advising Morton on the project.
The City Council rejected an appeal Thursday from a neighborhood group wanting to send the Carrollton Courthouse renovation plans back to the Historic District Landmarks Commission, but it could put the design for an assisted living facility in the historic building back on the drawing board anyway.
The Maple Area Residents Inc., or MARI, objected to the commission’s “conceptual approval” of the developer’s plans, citing concerns with the additions to the original building.
The St. Joseph’s altar is one of those Catholic traditions, in this case a Sicilian Catholic tradition, that, through some very creative adaption, south Louisiana has made its own. Among all the breads and cakes shaped into religious symbols — a monstrance, chalice, cross, heart, dove, Bible — it’s not unusual to find an alligator. A Lenten symbol, perhaps.
The sun is expected to shine over Mardi Gras, but costumes will need to an extra layer to ward off a chill. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures in the low 50s.
The rain has cleared out for Lundi Gras, though some clouds may linger, the National Weather Service reports. Temperatures are expected to drop to the lower 40s tonight, so winter gear will be required to watch last night parades of the season, Proteus and Orpheus.
With severe thunderstorm threatening the New Orleans area, today’s daytime parades will roll one hour earlier than originally scheduled. So that they can move out ahead of the storms, only the floats will parade. No bands or dance troupes will perform in Okeanos, Mid-City or Thoth. Bacchus currently remains as scheduled.
Okeanos will now roll at 10 a.m. (originally scheduled for 11 a.m.). Mid-City will now roll at 11 a.m. or following Okeanos (originally scheduled for noon). Thoth will now roll at 11 a.m. or following Mid-City (originally scheduled for noon).
With a 20 percent chance of rain, there’s a chance the Krewe of Iris’ special relationship with the goddess of the skies will keep riders and revelers dry along the parade route today. The National Weather Service on Friday also predicted a high near 75 and a calm wind, meaning the throws will fly freely toward their intended targets.
There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, about 30 percent before 11 p.m., the National Weather Service predicts, with a low around 64 degrees. It’s looking a little better than other parade nights this week, so Hermes, d’Etat and Morpheus are expected to roll on time.
For updates, see the city’s parade tracker. You can also text MARDIGRAS to 888777 to get updates on your phone. Descriptions and route maps for tonight’s parades are below. Plus you can find need-to-know parade day information here and parking and transportation information here.
The city has announced changes to tonight’s parade schedule. The rain in the forecast has forced the city to delay the three evening parades. Babylon, Chaos and Muses will now roll later than originally scheduled: Babylon at 7, followed by Chaos and Muses.
The National Weather Service reports that an unsettled flow pattern from the west will bring rain and some storms in the New Orleans area throughout the next few days. Showers and thunderstorms are expected for the remainder of this evening.