Katherine Hart

Apr 012020

If you’re wondering how you can keep whiling away the hours while your normal activities are on hold, here’s a suggestion: Take advantage of the virtual public library.

Although your neighborhood library is shuttered for the time being, the New Orleans Public Library still provides access to a wide variety of movies to stream, e-books to read, audio books to listen to and more. There are also plenty of resources to keep the kids entertained, help them (and you) master their homework and even prepare for the LEAP or the SAT. Continue reading »

Mar 102020

This Hillary Street double went from 1,978 square feet to to 2,795 after a renovation by Amicus Properties. (Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office)

The City Council on Thursday approved two motions on parking and residential density in the University neighborhood. They are aimed at establishing an Interim Zoning District for the Uptown area near Tulane and Loyola with more stringent parking requirements than the rest of the city.

It’s an unusual move for a council that normally prioritizes the creation of housing, particularly affordable housing, over parking. But the Uptown area near Tulane and Loyola universities has an unusual problem, with investors buying up homes and converting them to high-end multi-unit rentals marketed to students.

“What’s occurring right now, particularly in the Maple neighborhood, is that doubles are being converted into dormitories,” said District A Councilman Joe Giarrusso at Thursday’s meeting. “So instead of having one or two families reside in a home, we have between eight and 10 college students. This trend is changing the complexion of the neighborhood.” Continue reading »

Mar 042020

This Lowerline Street building, purchased in August by an out-of-state investment firm, has been approved for nine units. (Google Maps)

New Orleans residents know something about parking scarcity. Off-street parking is rare in the rows of century-old doubles and singles that make up the city’s historic neighborhoods.

In most areas, this is a problem occasionally, during special events or when a neighbor has a party. In the university area near Tulane and Loyola — where rental units are in especially high demand — it is constant, residents say, and it’s been getting worse. Continue reading »

Feb 252020

The Southern University band performs with Zulu on St. Charles Avenue in 2019. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The key to a good Mardi Gras Day is getting up early. There is so much fun to be had — don’t miss  a minute.
The National Weather Service predicts areas of dense fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Winds will be calm. Sounds nice. Happy Mardi Gras, y’all!

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Feb 232020

The pioneering Bacchagator, one of Bacchus’ signature tandem floats, extends 105 feet. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

After the second fatality of the 2020 Carnival season involving a tandem float, the city Saturday night barred krewes from pulling more than one chassis with a single tractor for the remainder of the season.

The Krewe of Bacchus — known for its long, elaborate tandem floats — has agreed to break up its floats for tonight’s parade in light of the two tragedies. The Krewe of Thoth had planned to debut a three-section train float in its afternoon parade. It too will be split up. Continue reading »

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Feb 232020

Henry Myers gets a boost to catch beads during the 2019 Krewe of Thoth parade. (Uptown Messenger)

Five parades will roll through Uptown today and tonight, with the Knights of Chaos mixing things up by joining the Sunday daytime roster after Thursday’s weather-related cancellation. Bacchus will rule the night, with changes to its famed tandem floats.
Weather should not be a problem today. The National Weather Service forecasts cloudy but dry skies with a high near 64 and winds from 5 to 10 mph.

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Feb 222020

The Sophie B. Wright Band performs with the Krewe of Iris in 2019. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The sun is expected to shine on today’s Uptown parades, Iris and Tucks. The National Weather Service attributes the clear, dry weather to “a deep layer ridge axis and associated negative
vorticity advection,” but we believe it’s the Krewe of Iris’ special relationship with the goddess of the skies. During the Krewe of Tucks parade, however, expect a steady rain of toilet paper over the route. Temperatures will be cooler than average, with predicted highs only in the upper 50s. Continue reading »

Feb 192020

The St. Katharine Drexel Prep marching band performs on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The two krewes leading the march tonight into the final week of the season represent the old line and new wave in Carnival krewes.

The night opens with the Ancient Druids, a highly secretive all-male krewe that limits its members to Carnival veterans who parade with other krewes. The Druids are followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx, an exuberant all-female group that has grown quickly to become the youngest superkrewe. Continue reading »

Feb 152020

The NOLA Chorus Girls march with the Krewe of Freret on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The first Saturday is very full parade day, with five krewes and their accompanying bands and dancers keeping the Uptown route lively from early afternoon until late evening.

The National Weather Services promises a sunny day with highs around 65. Clouds are expected to move in during the evening, when the temperature is not likely to dip below 55 degrees. Continue reading »

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Feb 142020

The Cohen College Prep marching band performs in the Oshun parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Love is the air for Friday evening, and not only because it’s Valentine’s Day. The krewes of Oshun, Cleopatra and Alla will show their love for the community and get plenty in return. These krewes  herald the Carnival parade season along the Uptown route.

The National Weather Service forecasts a good night for parades, with clear skies. It will be chilly, however, with a low of around 44. Continue reading »

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Jan 082020

(via newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu)

In New Orleans during the late 19th and early 20th century, a form of artistic expression emerged. It emphasized improvisation and individual expression, and it gave voice to talented individuals whose voices had traditionally been repressed.

It’s not what you may think. As well as jazz music, that description can apply to Newcomb pottery.

A permanent display of Newcomb products in the new Commons building on Tulane’s Uptown campus now makes them more accessible to the general public as well as students. Continue reading »

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Dec 132019

Prytania Theatre (via City Planning Commission)

The Prytania Theatre may be a single-screen movie house in a multiplex world, but there is one movie-house trend it does want to join: serving alcohol.

The treasured Uptown institution got one step closer to that goal this week with approval from the City Planning Commission of a zoning change that could allow the theater to add adult beverages to its menu of drinks and snacks. Continue reading »

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Nov 132019

Rendering of the proposed New Orleans Racquet Club by architect and designer Wendy Kerrigan, AIA of Studio 30|90; in association with Olivia Erwin of Olivia Erwin Interiors. (neworleansracquetclub.com)

The City Planning Commission gave its support Tuesday to allowing Kevin Chaouat, a former Xavier University tennis player and now a coach at Xavier, to establish a tennis club to the Dixon area.

The City Council had voted Thursday, Nov. 7, to approve an amendment to Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance that allows country clubs in residential neighborhoods. The tennis center is classified as a “country club” for zoning purposes. The City Council now has to revisit the issue, to vote on allowing Chaouat’s project as a conditional use.

Chaouat has said he wants to create a tennis center that is a place for play and instruction at all levels, from beginner to professional. The business plan for his New Orleans Racquet Club includes accessibility for Dixon community members, particularly children. Continue reading »

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