Robert Morris

Dec 052014
 
New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As investigators learn more about the life of a ‘well-known, well-liked’ woman whose body was found stuffed in a trash can in Central City the day before Thanksgiving, they say that a tip from the community could be key to finding her killer. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 
Neighbors speak with developers inside the former Blockbuster at Magazine and Louisiana, which is slated to be renovated into a CVS pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors speak with developers inside the former Blockbuster at Magazine and Louisiana, which is slated to be renovated into a CVS pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A site map of the proposed CVS at Magazine and Louisiana presented by developers on Tuesday. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

A site map of the proposed CVS at Magazine and Louisiana presented by developers on Tuesday. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

Magazine Street touts itself as “one of New Orleans’ premier shopping and entertainment districts,” so when developers presented a plan this week to convert a vacant Blockbuster Video at the edge of the Garden District into a new CVS pharmacy, they can hardly have been surprised by the lackluster reaction from residents.

“We don’t need another store to go buy gum and beer,” said Constance Street resident Mindy Decker, noting that another Walgreens is already a few blocks away and suggesting CVS consider Tchoupitoulas instead. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 

Austin L. Diven (via opcso.org)

Austin L. Diven (via opcso.org)

A man whose wild attempt to break into a Coliseum Square home drew a warning blast from the homeowner’s shotgun in October is now wanted on a charge of attempted home invasion, after prosecutors upgraded his charges and he failed to show up to court this week, court documents show. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 
A car seen near a shooting in the 2500 block of Dryades Street. (via NOPD)

A car seen near a shooting in the 2500 block of Dryades Street. (via NOPD)

A man known only as "Black." (image via NOPD)

A man known only as “Black.” (image via NOPD)

Two men were wounded in Broadmoor and another man was killed in Central City in separate shootings Wednesday afternoon, and New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect in one case and a car allegedly used in the other, authorities said. Continue reading »

Dec 032014
 
Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in 2011.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Jonah Bascle, the 28-year-old local comedian ran for mayor as a platform to bring attention to New Orleans’ lack of accessibility for the disabled, died Tuesday morning of complications relating to muscular dystrophy — but friends and supporters vowed to ensure both his love of good humor and his activism to improve the city live on. Continue reading »

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Dec 022014
 
Martin Wine Cellar is expected to reopen its Baronne Street location the second week of December. (submitted photo)

Martin Wine Cellar is expected to reopen its Baronne Street location the second week of December. (submitted photo)

MartinWineCellarNearly seven decades after Martin Wine Cellar first opened on Baronne Street in 1946, the beloved Uptown grocery and deli is finally just days away from returning to its original location with a re-opening planned for next week, just in time for the holiday season. Continue reading »

Dec 012014
 

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When Southern Rep opens its production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” at Loyola University this week, tickets sold for preview shows Wednesday and Thursday will benefit Children’s Hospital. Continue reading »

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Nov 302014
 

Susan Guidry

Susan Guidry

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry will host a holiday fundraiser Wednesday evening for Community Commitment, “a long-standing leader in the Carrollton community” that has expanded its educational services and other programs to a new building on Spruce Street. Continue reading »

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Nov 262014
 
New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman's body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman’s body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An unidentified woman was found stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon in a garbage can in an alleyway that runs behind several homes on Danneel Street in Central City, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Nov 212014
 

Second District Blues festival

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Construction on Napoleon Avenue may have cost Uptown’s annual blues festival both its Magazine Street location and its name this year, but the rechristened Second District Blues Fest still maintains its lineup of top local performers and its purpose of supporting Uptown police officers. Continue reading »

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Nov 202014
 
Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Less than two months ago, the weeds in the vacant lot the corner of Foucher and South Saratoga Street grew as high as the shoulders of the police officers who gathered there for an anti-crime march following the second of three fatal shootings there this year.

Today, the overgrowth is gone, replaced by construction workers preparing the site for a collection of new homes that will be placed on the market early next year for approximately $2 million. The developer of the property, Bo Pennington, and the long-suffering neighbors hope for an even more dramatic transformation: that of one of Uptown New Orleans’ most violent spots into a new nexus for neighborhood revitalization. Continue reading »