Jun 052019
 

Barricades block the flooded intersection of Olive Street at South Carrollton Avenue in August 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Residents are encouraged to prepare for heavy rainfall and potential flooding through Friday, June 7.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected across the New Orleans region through Friday, some of which could cause heavy rainfall leading to ponding of water in low-lying areas and areas of poor drainage. Continue reading »

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Jun 052019
 

An architect’s rendering of the retail development planned for the corner of State and Magazine streets. (Courtesy of Sherman Strategies)

By Jesse Baum, Uptown Messenger

Construction began on a new building at 6001 Magazine St. on Monday, June 3. The site will soon be home to four retail spaces, including a coffee shop, as soon as the end of this year.

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Jun 042019
 

from the City of New Orleans 

The Krewe of Nyx rolls on Magazine Street in 2019. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Nyx proposed a second parade for the summer, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell denied the request, as it would mean using major public safety resources during hurricane season. Cantrell issued the following statement regarding the proposal:

“While I have the utmost respect for what Nyx has achieved as an all-women’s Carnival krewe — and I applaud them for their commitment to our children and our community — unfortunately I cannot support the addition of a summer parade,” Cantrell said. Continue reading »

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Jun 032019
 

The Scandinavian Jazz Church closed at the end of 2018. (via Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office)

Plans for a wellness center in the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church on Prytania Street won the approval of the City Planning Commission last week, despite a recommendation from the staff planners to deny a required zoning change.

The center is the brainchild of Diana Fisher, Deborah Peters and Kendall Wininger, three sisters who live in the Lower Garden District. “The idea was born out of one sister’s need during a serious illness,” Peters told the City Planning Commission. “Her treatment required her to drive around town seeking help from different practitioners.” Continue reading »

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Jun 012019
 

The city’s evacuation spots are marked with this 14-foot statue.

The city has a new evacuation plan in place for the 2019 hurricane season, which begins today and runs through Nov. 30.

For the fifth year in a row, the season got ahead of itself, however. On May 20, the first named storm of the year, Subtropical Storm Andrea, formed in the Atlantic near Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The center gives 2019 a 70% probability for nine to 15 named storms, four to eight hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes. This is in line with the long-term averages for the number of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes: 12, six and three, respectively.

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May 312019
 

The Peaches Records building on Magazine Street is a former F.W. Woolworth store and still has the original counter. (Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Peaches Records, a long-time stalwart of local music, is looking to try its hand at the culinary scene with the revival of the historic F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in its Magazine Street store.

On Monday, June 3, the record store that helped give Cash Money its start will host a Neighborhood Participation Program meeting at Rosa F. Keller Library in Broadmoor. The meeting is part of a process to gain the city’s approval to serve alcoholic beverages, but Peaches owner Shirani Rea also hopes to use it as an opportunity to introduce the project to the community.

The counter at the Peaches remains in its original location at 4318 Magazine St., a former F.W. Woolworth store. The counter was built in 1940, Rea said, but its historical significance dates to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Continue reading »

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May 232019
 

On Tuesday, May 28, the city’s Department of Public Works’ construction contractor, Hard Rock Construction, will close the sidewalk in the 700 block of South Jefferson Davis Parkway, as well as the bikeway bridge over the Pontchartrain Expressway.

A section of the Jefferson Davis Parkway sidewalk and bike path will be closed for repairs from Tuesday through Thursday. (via city of New Orleans)

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May 202019
 

Plastic bags are out, but corrugated cardboard is still accepted for curbside recycling. (Mid-City Messenger)

A crisis in the recycling industry is reflected in what we can and cannot put in our recycling bins starting with this week’s pickup, the city announced.

Here’s what can go into the bin for curbside recycling pickup:

  • Plastics: Only #1 (soda/water bottles) and #2 (milk/juice/shampoo/detergent containers);
  • Paper: Newspapers, junk mail, phone books, catalogs, office paper; corrugated cardboard, boxboard (cereal boxes/soft drink boxes);
  • Metal: Small aluminum and steel cans.

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May 172019
 

District B Councilman Jay Banks proposed the amendment banning short-term rentals in the Garden District. (Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger file photo)

The city’s overhaul of short-term rental regulations, passed by the City Council on Thursday, will restrict the tourist accommodations in residential areas. In the Garden District, however, they will be completely banned, with the passage of an amendment to the sweeping regulations. Continue reading »

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May 122019
 

Barricades block the flooded intersection of Olive Street at South Carrollton Avenue in August 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

from the City of New Orleans
Updated 11 a.m. 5/13/2019

New Orleans officials released the following information following heavy rains and thunderstorms that moved through the metro area Sunday morning. More than five inches of rain fell in parts of the city between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., with bouts of heavy rain at rates of two inches an hour and higher sparking Flash Flood Warnings. Continue reading »

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May 102019
 

Mayor LaToya Cantrell, left, and other officials celebrate the completion of the streets project. The work included the addition of a bike lane. (courtesy of the City of New Orleans)

The South Galvez Street Infrastructure Project officially ended on Thursday when city officials gathered for a ceremony.

The project, which cost $5.4 million to complete, runs from Toledano Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. It was designed in accordance with New Orleans’ Complete Streets policy.

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May 102019
 

The Norwegian Seamen’s Church became the Scandinavian Jazz Church in 2017. (via Facebook)

A 20th century complex of buildings in a district revered for its 19th century architecture was given official landmark status Wednesday by the Historic District Landmarks Commission.

Designed and constructed in 1968, the Norwegian Seamen’s Church held its last service on Christmas Eve 2018. It then changed to secular hands, and its new owners are planning a wellness center.

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May 012019
 

Korin, 3, plays on equipment at Stanley Ray Playground in City Park on Tuesday. If taxpayers approve New Orleans’ parks and recreation millage proposal May 4, City Park would receive public funding from New Orleans for the first time in the park’s 165-year history. (India Yarborough, Loyola Student News Service)

By India Yarborough, iayarbor@my.loyno.edu
Loyola Student News Service

New Orleanians will decide the fate Saturday of a city proposal to redistribute parks and recreation funds. And while many city residents might gloss over the plan’s fine print, involved parks and rec organizations say the proposal is an effort to improve the quality of life of New Orleans residents.

“It’s vital, and it’s no fluff,” said Ann Mcdonald, director of the city’s Department of Parks and Parkways.

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