Robert Morris

Jan 272015
 
Catherine Raphael is comforted by Pastor Jamal Weathersby as she speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Catherine Raphael is comforted by the Rev. Jamaal Weathersby of New Hope Baptist Church as she speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A portion of two Central City streets could be renamed in honor of two prominent pastors who recently died, after positive votes Tuesday by the City Planning Commission in spite of some members’ concerns about the process for changing street names in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jan 272015
 
The Magnolia Mansion at 2127 Prytania Street. (via Google Maps)

The Magnolia Mansion at 2127 Prytania Street. (via Google Maps)

A proposal to add a restaurant at the Magnolia Mansion hotel on Prytania Street drew such vehement opposition from Garden District-area neighbors on Tuesday afternoon that the City Planning Commission overruled their own staffers to recommend against the project. Continue reading »

Jan 272015
 

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue will have its license suspended for a month starting in mid March as part of a punishment for breaking a 2013 agreement with the city of New Orleans to reduce the impact of the crowds it attracts on weekends, the city’s alcohol board has decided. Continue reading »

Jan 272015
 
NOPD investigators record evidence after the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old woman Tuesday morning in the 3700 block of Willow Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD investigators record evidence after the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old woman Tuesday morning in the 3700 block of Willow Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman was fatally shot Tuesday morning on Willow Street, barely a block from the busy intersection of Louisiana Avenue and South Claiborne, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 262015
 
The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

As Irish Channel Neighborhood Association leader Kara Morgan fought her battle with a deadly form of skin cancer, she counted her victories by the number of Mardi Gras parades she was able to attend.

Now, members of the association are carrying her legacy forward, marrying that love of parades with her quest to build shade structures in the neighborhood’s park by creating a new “Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou” that plans to roll through the Irish Channel starting in 2016. Continue reading »

Jan 242015
 
A .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun discovered at Louis Armstrong airport in March (via tsa.gov)

A .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun discovered at Louis Armstrong airport in March (via tsa.gov)

The Transportation Security Administration confiscated 30 guns — 26 of which were loaded — from passengers’ carry-on bags at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in 2014, but they seized as much as four times more from other airports around the region, according to a series of recent reports. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 
A map of the four stages on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. (via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

A map of the four stages on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. (via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will once again fill St. Charles Avenue with up to 16,000 runners on Sunday morning, as well as four music stages to entertain them on the journey. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 
At left, a rendering of the exterior of the new restaurant slated for Magazine and Nashville. At right, the Halpern's building slated to become the Lula restaurant and microdistillery. Both projects won City Council approval on Thursday. (UptownMessenger.com)

At left, a rendering of the exterior of the new restaurant slated for Magazine and Nashville. At right, the Halpern’s building slated to become the Lula restaurant and microdistillery. Both projects won City Council approval on Thursday. (UptownMessenger.com)

Two high-concept restaurants planned for Uptown New Orleans — the Lula micro-distillery slated for the Halpern’s building on St. Charles Avenue, and a project on Magazine Street by the owners of Maysville in New York City — both won easy approval from the New Orleans City Council on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 

Sidney Williams (via opcso.org)

Sidney Williams (via opcso.org)

Reginald Wilson (via opcso.org)

Reginald Wilson (via opcso.org)

Two men arrested arrested this week separately account for 15 armed robberies at local businesses over the last month — including one man who appears to have primarily targeted eight Subway restaurants around the city, and another who hit an array of seven businesses along the South Claiborne-South Carrollton corridors, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 212015
 
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School principal Logan Crowe speaks to more than 100 people gathered at the school Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Andrew H. Wilson Charter School principal speaks to more than 100 people gathered at the school Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The impending loss of the charter at Andrew H. Wilson charter school in Broadmoor — one of New Orleans’ most deeply established and celebrated charter schools, but also one of the city’s lowest ranked campuses in state scores — has parents in the community deeply upset.

The school’s strengths, they said at a heated public meeting Tuesday night, run far deeper than superficial and unfairly-calculated test scores show, and they fear that the individualized care they are used to their children receiving will give way to a cookie-cutter approach if a larger operator takes over. Continue reading »

Jan 212015
 
Business robberies from Jan. 9-20 along South Claiborne. Wednesday's case has not yet been placed on the NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

Business robberies from Jan. 9-20 along South Claiborne. Wednesday’s case has not yet been placed on the NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

The Circle K convenience store on South Claiborne Avenue in the university area was robbed at gunpoint early this morning, making the sixth business along the corridor to be struck in less than two weeks. Continue reading »

Jan 202015
 
Surveillance image from the Jan. 18 robbery of the Subway restaurant on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Surveillance image from the Jan. 18 robbery of the Subway restaurant on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The Subway sandwich shop on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday evening and the Dollar General store a block away was robbed Monday night, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 192015
 
David Augustine Jr., the artist known as Dee-1, gives the keynote address during Monday's Martin Luther King celebration at New Orleans City Hall. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

David Augustine Jr., the artist known as Dee-1, gives the keynote address during Monday’s Martin Luther King celebration at New Orleans City Hall. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Art that expresses the African-American experience — from spirituals more than a century old to a new graffiti exhibit that closes today — has a power across generations to both create change and inspire the young, artists and officials said Monday morning in New Orleans in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“We are the generation of messengers,” said rapper Dee-1, Ben Franklin High School graduate David Augustine Jr. “We all have a platform, we all have an audience, we all have a flock we’ve been entrusted with. We have to decide, what is our message?” Continue reading »

Jan 162015
 

A man in his late 60s was robbed at gunpoint of his money and medicine Thursday night on Laurel Street, shortly after a man tried to rob the Burger King on South Carrollton and two women were robbed during a home invasion on South Robertson Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »