Jul 222014
 
An image of the box used for peaches sold in Costco stores that are being recalled because of the possibility of bacterial infection. (via costco.com)

An image of the box used for peaches sold in Costco stores that are being recalled because of the possibility of bacterial infection. (via costco.com)

Based on concerns about a possible bacterial contamination, the federal Food and Drug Administration is issuing a recall of peaches and nectarines that were likely sold at Costco’s New Orleans store and other locations across the country. Continue reading »

Jul 142014
 

Owen Courreges

Your home is not a hotel, obviously. However, an ever-growing number of New Orleans homeowners want to run a hotel-type business on the side. With tourism booming in the midst of a generally weak economy, it’s a quick way to make some extra cash.

This is the nexus of the controversy over “illegal short-term rentals” that has been permeating local political discourse in recent months. Due to zoning and licensing laws, there’s simply no way for homeowners to rent a room out as a vacation rental. Most crucial is the fact that any lease has to be for at least 30 days (or 60 days in the French Quarter). Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 
Raymond Twickler Jr. holds an order pad in his metal shop on Cadiz Street.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raymond Twickler Jr. holds an order pad in his metal shop on Cadiz Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two buildings burned early Wednesday morning in the 800 block of Cadiz. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two buildings burned early Wednesday morning in the 800 block of Cadiz. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raymond Twickler Jr. traces his family’s metalworking business in New Orleans back more than a century, but the prospect of rebuilding his Cadiz Street shop after Wednesday morning’s fire next door has the 72-year-old wondering whether he should go on.

“At my age, I have my thoughts. That has to be taken into consideration,” Twickler said. “This is my first day back, and I’m assessing the damage.” Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It won’t be long before Mayor Landrieu will begin telling us why we need to approve one or more of his tax proposals in the fall elections. Before you get out your checkbook, we have a few ideas that will create new jobs and generate additional taxes — if the Mayor and the City Council can be a little more flexible on zoning. Continue reading »

Jul 012014
 
NOPD Commander Bob Bardy (right) confers with Officer Garry Flot outside the 59 Designz salon on LaSalle Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Commander Bob Bardy (right) confers with Officer Garry Flot outside the 59 Designz salon on LaSalle Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The interior of the damaged 59 Designz salon on LaSalle Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The interior of the damaged 59 Designz salon on LaSalle Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the New Orleans Police Department continues its investigation into an on-duty officer’s crash into a Central City beauty salon, the department boarded up the damaged business Tuesday to secure it against opportunistic burglars.

“Certainly, we don’t want to make bad things worse,” said NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re sorry this happened.” Continue reading »

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Jun 302014
 

Owen Courreges

Jitney is probably a word few New Orleanians are familiar with, although historians believe that the work may have originated here.

Back in the early 20th century, systems of shared taxis, appeared in cities throughout America.  The cost for using one of these shared cabs was usually a nickel, or jitney.  The French Creole term “jeton,” which refers to a small coin or token, is widely believed to have been the inspiration for the word “jitney.”  Accordingly, the word probably came from New Orleans.

The basic scheme behind jitneys was simple:  An ordinary citizen could buy a used car or bus and run passengers around, usually far more cheaply and quickly than streetcars could.  Eventually, some jitney operators formed jitney companies and even jitney drivers’ unions. Continue reading »

Jun 252014
 
2005 Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

2005 Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans officials levied approximately $30,000 in fines against an Uptown landlord Tuesday for code violations at 18 rental properties on some of the city’s most prominent streets, in what attorneys characterized as a shift toward stronger enforcement against occupied — rather than vacant — buildings. Continue reading »

Jun 192014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A veteran of prominent local kitchens is proposing a new restaurant based on a distillery producing vodka and other spirits from Louisiana cane sugar to be located on the current site of the Halpern’s furniture store on St. Charles Avenue, he told neighbors earlier this week. Continue reading »

Jun 172014
 
(photo via La Divina Gelataria on Facebook)

(photo via La Divina Gelateria on Facebook)

The owners of La Divina Gelateria will close their Magazine Street location in the Garden District after this weekend to focus on their growing wholesale operations, but their locations on Loyola University’s campus and in the French Quarter will remain open, they announced Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jun 172014
 
The former site of the Subway at the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano is now a vacant lot awaiting the construction of a Raising Cane's. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former site of the Subway at the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano is now a vacant lot awaiting the construction of a Raising Cane’s. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign on the Magnolia Marketplace site promises a 2015 grand opening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign on the Magnolia Marketplace site promises a 2015 grand opening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raising Cane’s is one vacant lot closer to its Uptown New Orleans debut, after the old Subway building on the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano was demolished over the past week to make room for it on the corner of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping center. Continue reading »

Jun 172014
 
The future location of French Truck coffee on Magazine Street at the corner of Erato. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The future location of French Truck coffee on Magazine Street at the corner of Erato. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The French Truck coffee roasters will soon be setting up a walk-in shop in the Lower Garden District; the owners of Sylvain plan to start serving food at their new Barrel Proof bar across the street; and the Courtyard Brewery is now only about two months from opening as the corner of Magazine and Erato heats up over the summer, business owners said. Continue reading »

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Jun 162014
 
(via habananeworleans.com)

The corner of Esplanade and Rampart, site of the proposed Habana Outpost. (via habananeworleans.com)

Owen Courreges

Put a fork in it.  The Louisiana Landmarks Society is done.  They’ve bought the farm, cashed in their chips, and kicked the proverbial bucket.

I could go on listing aphorisms signifying death or obsolescence, but the gist is that the Louisiana Landmarks Society has become a joke.  They have abandoned their mission of helping preserve landmarks in favor of the far less laudable enterprise of hawking restrictive zoning for the benefit of local NIMBYs.

I have reached this conclusion following the society’s release of its annual “New Orleans Nine Most Endangered List,” which lists “at-risk historic properties.”  The Louisiana Landmarks Society as a whole was founded in 1950 in order to promote historic preservation, and the list was envisioned as a means to highlight certain properties at risk of being lost.

After this year’s list, it’s clear that is no longer the society’s agenda. Continue reading »

Jun 132014
 
Will Bradshaw (center), president of Green Coast Enterprises, leads a tour of the old pharmacy building at Washington and Broad slated to be reborn this fall as South Broad Health Clinic. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Will Bradshaw (center), president of Green Coast Enterprises, leads a tour of the old pharmacy building at Washington and Broad slated to be reborn this fall as South Broad Health Clinic. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The South Broad Health Clinic in the renovated pharmacy at Washington and Broad will be operated by Access Health Louisiana, a 20-site network of community health centers across the state, when it opens later this year, officials announced Thursday. Continue reading »

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Jun 032014
 
Employees clean up after what they called a "minor" fire Tuesday afternoon inside a wall at Vincent's Italian Cuisine on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Employees clean up after what they called a “minor” fire Tuesday afternoon inside a wall at Vincent’s Italian Cuisine on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A small fire Tuesday afternoon was expected to close Vincent’s Italian Cuisine on St. Charles Avenue for the evening, but the damage was “minor” and employees hoped to see the restaurant reopen for dinner Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Jun 022014
 
Rendering of the new Krystal burger restaurant planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (Rendering by Mouton Long Turner Architects)

Rendering of the new Krystal burger restaurant planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (Rendering by Mouton Long Turner Architects)

A new Krystal Burger restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue received unanimous New Orleans City Council approval last week, the first in plans for a wave of a dozen or more new locations around the area. Continue reading »

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