Jan 202016
 
Peaches' massive sign fills the window at its temporary location next door to Top Drawer Antiques on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Peaches Records’ massive sign fills the window at its temporary location next door to Top Drawer Antiques on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Forty-one years ago, the first Peaches Records opened in a shop in a corner of the Carrollton Riverbend. This month — after a journey that has taken the persistent brand across the New Orleans and around the world — Peaches has returned Uptown, departing the French Quarter for a massive new space in the center of Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Jan 152016
 
The proposed Jackson Oaks redevelopment of the former Sara Mayo hospital. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via City of New Orleans)

The proposed Jackson Oaks redevelopment of the former Sara Mayo hospital. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via City of New Orleans)

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

A last-minute decision to grant an additional 100 residential units to developers of the former Sara Mayo hospital on Jackson Avenue should have included more than a promise that 11 of them would be deemed “affordable” housing, residents of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association said Thursday. Continue reading »

Jan 142016
 
Contractors continue the work Thursday morning of transforming a former spa at Magazine and Foucher into Cavan, a new restaurant from the owner of Sylvain. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Contractors continue the work Thursday morning of transforming a former spa at Magazine and Foucher into Cavan, a new restaurant from the owner of Sylvain. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The first time Sylvain owner Robert LeBlanc presented his idea for a restaurant in a former Magazine Street spa to the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association back in late 2013, it was just to share an intriguing idea. Then, in spring of 2014, LeBlanc returned to the group again, seeking their help in getting his concept through the New Orleans City Council.

When Leblanc appeared again this week, just about the only uncertainty left about Cavan was the exact day it will open.

“We think it’s going to be the first weekend after Mardi Gras,” LeBlanc said, then laughed. “But don’t hold me to that.” Continue reading »

Jan 132016
 
The former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

The former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Plans to renovate the former Our Lady of Good Counsel school on Louisiana Avenue into a 22-unit apartment building received a initial approval from city officials on Tuesday, bolstered by support from neighbors in the Garden District Association. Continue reading »

Jan 112016
 
Former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

City Planning officials are set to discuss the proposal of an apartment building located at the former Our Lady of Good Counsel School at a City Planning Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Dec 282015
 
Pan Roasted Lamb T-Bone with White Bean Ragout, Winter Greens, Satsuma & Green Olive, a dish from Reveillon dinner offered by Emeril's Delmonico (Facebook/Emeril's Delmonico).

Pan Roasted Lamb T-Bone with White Bean Ragout, Winter Greens, Satsuma & Green Olive, a dish from Reveillon dinner offered by Emeril’s Delmonico (Facebook/Emeril’s Delmonico).

Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to ring in the New Year with holiday festivities New Orleans-style.

Some of the city’s most famous restaurants are still offering Reveillon dinners, a delectable dish of Creole tradition dating back to mid-1800s, through the end of December. Continue reading »

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Dec 162015
 
Meredith Cherney

Meredith Cherney

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better shop small, I’m telling you why!

By Meredith Cherney

New Orleans is unlike any other city in the world, and shopping locally keeps it that way. You help maintain New Orleans’ diversity and distinctive flavor while building stronger neighborhoods by supporting local economies. With the proliferation of corporate chain stores and online shopping, the excitement of choosing the perfect gift in a local store and interacting with the owner is a shopping experience that is becoming increasingly rare. Continue reading »

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Dec 092015
 
(photo via Google)

(photo via Google)

The sale of alcoholic beverages at a neighborhood café on Panola Street and outdoor seating for a fast-food fried chicken restaurant on St. Charles Avenue were both granted initial approval by city planning officials on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Nov 302015
 
"Treme" actor Wendell Pierce marches with students from his character's school in the Krewe of Carrollton in February 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“Treme” actor Wendell Pierce marches with students from his character’s school in the Krewe of Carrollton in February 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Sometimes, you just have to sit back, watch, and eat some popcorn.

At least, that was my personal reaction to viewing the ongoing battles between local actor, producer, and businessman Wendell Pierce and local neighborhood groups and advocacy organizations. The battle started back in July when Pierce and his business partner, former mayoral candidate Troy Henry, proposed to redevelop a former auto parts store on St. Claude Avenue.

Predictably, this was met with opposition from local busybodies, a.k.a. The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association (FMIA). Their objections seemed to spawn from the fact that the existing structure, which is nondescript, heavily blighted, and has been drastically modified over the years, would not be preserved. Continue reading »

Nov 252015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Twin brothers who were celebrating their 50th birthday with a night out in New Orleans were robbed at gunpoint in the Freret neighborhood over the weekend, and the Krystal restaurant on South Claiborne is the latest New Orleans fast-food restaurant to be hit by an armed robber, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 192015
 

SWB

Sections of Uptown can expect low water pressure, street closures and traffic delays for several days starting Thursday as the Sewerage and Water Board undergoes a series of repairs, officials announced in a series of press releases.

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Nov 112015
 
Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

By Charlotte Gill

There’s a new sport in town, and it’s figuring out how to avoid road construction as you navigate across the city. As frustrating as it is for drivers trying to get from point A to point B every day, it is a matter of grave economic concern for New Orleans’ local independent retailers that live and die by the amount of foot traffic that walks through their doors, particularly over the holiday season. Continue reading »

Nov 062015
 

By William Khan

Hiking the cost of parking meters would be economically counterproductive and regressive. It would take a greater bite of incomes from service workers, and it would be especially harmful to the hospitality workers and businesses that make the city’s economic engine—tourism—run. Continue reading »

Oct 272015
 
A rendering of the interior of the Parkway Apartments (image by Harry Baker Smith Architects via nola.gov)

A rendering of the interior of the Parkway Apartments (image by Harry Baker Smith Architects via nola.gov)

Two major residential development projects in the Irish Channel and Broadmoor received initial approval from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, but both with fewer units than the developers had originally proposed. Continue reading »

Oct 192015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

A few weeks ago the animated TV show “South Park” premiered a new episode regarding an issue so close to our hearts here in New Orleans: gentrification.

The plot of the episode revolved around attempts by the fictitious Colorado town for which the series is named to attract a new Whole Foods Market. This, the city reasoned, would prove the backwoods hamlet to be progressive and forward-thinking. Continue reading »