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Aug 302019
 

Dryades Public Market, 2017. (photo by Ashlin Washington)

Dryades Public Market has been a favorite space of mine for years. The news of its closing, reported by NOLA.com, was unexpected, and a bit saddening. I’ve spent many lunchtimes in the mezzanine space with my laptop in front of me and a deli sandwich on the side. Chef Allison was almost always there to greet me when the hot food bar opened for lunch and the first batch of mac-and-cheese made its presence known.

The managers were gracious, open and willing to try different ways to serve quality food options to its neighbors. I’ve hosted several events and planning meetings there. Its interior architecture — beams, brick, and the built-in schoolhouse vibe — make me appreciate the effort as much as the space.

With this bad news also comes room for imagination, I think. Here are some wild ideas for the former grocery store space. Mind you: I haven’t the funds to make any of these dreams come true, and I also understand that reality. Continue reading »

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Aug 222019
 

Residents have until September 3—less than two weeks—to pay certain city fees without penalties or additional fees.

The Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program is a three-month program by Mayor Cantrell and the Department of Finance meant to help clear past-due accounts for residents with parking and camera tickets, sales and hotel/motel taxes, code enforcement violations, and library fees. Continue reading »

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Aug 132019
 

As a proud man of faith, local elected leader, homeowner, non-profit director, husband-to-be, and parent, I humbly request the honor of using my decade of experience serving our community to represent District 97 in the Louisiana State House of Representatives.

It has been my great privilege to represent District 2 on the Orleans Parish School Board, serving students, parents, teachers, and school leaders in our city. And while we have accomplished great things for our students and families since I have been elected, there is much more work to be done to ensure that our children and families are able to thrive. We must tackle the systemic and solvable intersecting issues involving healthcare, poverty, workforce, education, housing, and criminal justice. I am committed to addressing these issues to improve the lives of everyone in District 97. Continue reading »

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Aug 092019
 

The Uptown Freret Corridor is a highly walkable neighborhood. Over the past few years, it has attracted many restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores, and much more. Soon, the intersection of Valence and Freret will have a Rouses grocery. The popularity of the stretch of Freret from Jefferson to Napoleon continues to grow.

Right in the middle of all of this is The Origin At Freret. Continue reading »

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Aug 072019
 
Tiffany Netters, 504HealthNet, Healthy Hospitality Initiative

Tiffany Netters (center), Executive Director of 504HealthNet, speaks at the Healthy Hospitality Initiative launch event on Tuesday, August 6, alongside Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams (left) and District B Councilman Jay H. Banks (right). (photo by Justen Williams, 343 Media)

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), in partnership with 504HealthNet, have launched a program to provide New Orleans hospitality workers access to high-quality, affordable health care at over 50 sites around the city.

The new Healthy Hospitality Initiative debuted on Tuesday, August 6, after tourism and health care agencies collaborated with hospitality workers over the past year to ensure the program addresses their needs. Continue reading »

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Jul 272019
 

(via NOPD)

New Orleans police are investigating a homicide that took place in the 2200 block of Amelia Street early Saturday morning (July 27).

At around 1:52 a.m., Sixth District officers responded to a call of a vehicle that crashed into a wood utility pole. Upon arrival, officers discovered an adult male victim inside of a gray Chevrolet Camaro suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. Continue reading »

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Jul 172019
 

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Last week was a crazy one, eh? After a nice downpour on Wednesday, we stayed closed until Sunday to make sure Barry didn’t rain too hard on our parade. We’re happy to be open again with two new movies to share including a big one involving some big cats.

THE LION KING is a new look on a ’90s classic. The new cast is a who’s who of A-List talent led by Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa because nobody can fill those paws.

Director Jon Favreau has been at the forefront of using special effects to tell beautiful stories (See Zathura or the recent remake of The Jungle King for proof) so if you are hesitant about seeing this version we just have two words for you: Hakuna Matata. Continue reading »

Jul 152019
 


The New Orleans Public Library is offering hundreds of free and fun programs and activities this summer for children, teens, and adults. Our much-loved annual Summer Fun program includes Bob Ross Paint Parties, Nintendo Switch Gaming Sessions, and Audubon ZooMobile and runs through this Saturday, July 20. It is a celebration of reading and exploring all that the Library has to offer.

Summer Fun is designed to encourage the development of lifelong literacy for New Orleanians of all ages by providing them with exciting programs and reading rewards. While the program focuses on fun for all ages, there is a very serious reason that children and teens should participate.

Research shows that children and teens who do not read at least four grade-level books over the summer break will lose up to two months of reading skills. The Library fights this educational “summer slump” by providing activities and incentives to read, so we can help keep our youth from losing valuable skills over the summer. Continue reading »

Jul 012019
 

Eat NOLA Noir, hosts of Black Restaurant Week, and the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network will kick off “Dinner Club” showcasing “authentic creole cuisine” from around the city. The club series will visit a new restaurant each month, starting today (July 1) with The Munch Factory in the Lower Garden District.

Dinner Club at The Munch Factory will feature full servings of authentic Creole cuisine, such as the shrimp and beef skewers pictured (via Eat NOLA Noir)

“Join us as we explore the culinary scene in New Orleans and try new dishes, meet new people, and get full,” Eat NOLA Noir wrote of the event series. Continue reading »

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Jun 272019
 

Xavier University of Louisiana (via zula.edu)

From Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana has received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support initiatives designed to expand its community college student pipeline and to establish a new summer bridge program. Continue reading »

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Jun 152019
 

Help ensure the future of journalism in your neighborhood

Jay Banks, District B council member, speaks before the 2019 MLK Day March on Monday, January 21. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Dear Reader,
By reading our work, you have been part of an experiment that is succeeding. UptownMessenger.com launched in 2010 as an idea to offer neighborhood-focused news about everything in Uptown New Orleans. As we progress into a very different media landscape in New Orleans, our core concept of bringing you up-close news from your own great neighborhoods remains just as important as ever before.

Local Stories Every Day

As we have grown over the last nine years, you’ve said “yes” to this experiment. Thousands of you visit our sites every day to get your information first. You’ve pushed us to expand our coverage into Mid-City and Gentilly, move from our living rooms to an office, build partnerships with your businesses, and write the news about you, your children, and your neighborhoods. Continue reading »

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Jun 122019
 

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What’s your favorite zombie movie? The beauty about the zombie movie is that it’s a genre that can seamlessly morph into other genres with ease. You’ve had zombie rom-coms, zombie musicals, zombie mockumentaries, and you even have zombie adaptations of selected works of Shakespeare. This week, we invite you to check out a zombie movie by a legend of independent cinema.

THE DEAD DON’T DIE is the newest work from director Jim Jarmusch, a man much more known for dry humor than blood and guts. Expect this zombie film to shy away from excessive dismemberment in favor of being a satire of the state of America these days.

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Jun 122019
 

from the City of New Orleans

A home along Canal Boulevard, scarred by floodwaters. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com, 2015)

Today (June 12), the City of New Orleans announced the award of $12.5 Million in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program.

Those dollars will fund the elevation of more than 50 pre-identified homes in New Orleans that have experienced repeated and severe flooding. Twenty-two of those homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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May 172019
 
P3 doctors giving Xavier University of Louisiana 2019 Commencement speech

(l-r) Dr. Pierre Johnson, Dr. Maxime Madhere, and Dr. Joseph Semien, Jr. give the Keynote speech at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 2019 Commencement ceremony. The three alumni were awarded honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters (via Xavier University Commencement Livestream)

For decades, Xavier University has ranked first in making African-Americans into medical professionals. This status led three young men to study at the university twenty years ago.

Xavier’s 2019 commencement featured alumni Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien, Jr., ’01 as keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients. The three—who formed a brotherly bond at Xavier—now practice medicine and have co-authored a book about their journey to success.

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