Katherine Hart

May 172019

District B Councilman Jay Banks proposed the amendment banning short-term rentals in the Garden District. (Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger file photo)

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. Continue reading »

May 102019

The Norwegian Seamen’s Church became the Scandinavian Jazz Church in 2017. (via Facebook)

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.

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Apr 262019

ReNEW is vacating the former McNair Elementary School at 1607 S. Carrollton Ave. (via Google Maps)

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. Continue reading »

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Apr 132019

(via CrimeMapping.com)

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.

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Apr 122019

Lower Garden District residents walk by  the Lafon Fountain in Coliseum Square. The fountain is dedicated to preservationist Howard Schmalz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lower Garden District Association is hosting a volunteer “Park Work Day” in Coliseum Square Park this Saturday at 10 a.m.

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Apr 082019

A rendering of the proposed Rouses on Freret Street by JMR+H Architects. (via City Planning Commission)

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.

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Mar 282019

The unassuming First Street shotgun that Buddy Bolden once called home draws jazz pilgrims from across the globe. (via Google Maps)

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.

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Mar 202019

Preliminary rendering of the Carrollton Courthouse redevelopment (courtesy of Waggoner & Ball)

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. Continue reading »

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Mar 172019

An offering of fava beans in front of an image of St. Joseph at the altar in St. Stephen’s Church on Napoleon Avenue in 2015. Behind the beans is a pignolatti, pastry molded into the shape of a pine cone, representing the pine cones Jesus played with as a child. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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. Continue reading »

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Mar 052019

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.

Zulu riders hand out coconuts on St. Charles Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 042019

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.

The “Soma, the Moon” float in the Krewe of Proteus rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 032019

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). Continue reading »

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Mar 022019

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.

The Krewe of Iris rolls on St. Charles Avenue in 2018. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 012019

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 Krewe of Hermes rolls on Magazine Street in 2018. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 282019

The crowd on Magazine Street for the Krewe of Muses. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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.

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