Uptown’s bar and restaurant scene is always thriving. There’s just nothing quite like indulging some fine dining on a weeknight, treating yourself to a bottle of wine, taking in a sumptuous three-course meal, and – Wait… Is that – Oh my God, he has a gun!
A rapid-pursuit helicopter. Advanced audio technology to triangulate gunshot locations. Free meals and massages for police officers.
With armed robberies up four percent citywide this year — a point brazenly driven home by holdups at three recent Uptown restaurants — the New Orleans City Council said Friday they are ready to try nearly anything to help the police stop them.
After public outcry over proposed changes to the configuration of Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans city officials announced Thursday that the road will keep two lanes of traffic in each direction, with a bike lane and parking lane on each side, and a walking path down the center of the neutral ground after drainage-canal construction concludes next year.
Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, however, say that construction is still proceeding, and that they hope the February completion date is the last delay that segment of the project experiences.
Navigating traffic may become a little easier for Uptown residents on Monday when parts of Arabella Street temporarily become one-way, as part of a six-month trial enacted by the City of New Orleans.
After the third in a series of robberies at Uptown restaurants Monday night, New Orleans officials are now pledging a $30,000 reward and federal investigators and charges as part of a “laser focus” on bringing the gunmen to justice, they said Tuesday morning.
Another city panel approved the move of the NOPD Second District station from its antiquated building on to a new location next to a major swimming facility in Gert Town, giving the public the first look at designs for the new complex.
There was a time that I got a mild chuckle out of reading the old bumper sticker – New Orleans: Third World and Proud of It. The idea, of course, is that New Orleans is a poor city with inefficient, corrupt government, hence more akin to a developing nation than a prominent American city. Self-deprecating humor and all that.
However, it’s started to hit a bit too close to home lately. Last week we endured yet another “boil water” advisory for the east bank of Orleans Parish in the wake of a brief, 20-minute failure of the plant’s power generation capacity. It was the tenth such advisory in just five years.
The tap water in New Orleans has returned to its usual safety standards and can now be safely used for drinking, city officials said Friday morning.
By Ben Myers for UptownMessenger.com
The Milton H. Latter branch library on St. Charles Avenue will close for about three months for the second half of a two-phase renovation project, officials said, possibly leaving New Orleanians short two libraries at the same time.
All residents of New Orleans — except those who live on the Westbank — should boil their tap water before trying to use it for the foreseeable future, city officials announced Wednesday night.
A new condo building on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District received approval from city planners on Tuesday, but a larger condo project intended to replace an apartment complex at State Street and Tchoupitoulas was recommended for denial — and city officials are still waiting on more information about the redevelopment of the former Sara Mayo hospital in the Irish Channel and another development at the major intersection of Washington and South Jeff Davis in Gert Town.
All together, the projects represent 500 new condo and apartment units in neighborhoods around the Uptown area.
The redevelopment wave across the Lower Garden District is continuing quickly, as residents heard plans Monday night for a new hotel on St. Charles Avenue, a new restaurant space on Constance Street and two new condo projects on Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue.
It’s so cute. Mayor Landrieu has a secret admirer!
This past week, Chief Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin wrote to the city council announcing that the city had estimated the cost of removing three monuments to Confederate leaders (Lee, Beauregard, and Davis) plus the notorious Liberty Place Monument, which Mayor Landrieu believes are divisive symbols that make black people feel bad. The total price tag? $144,000.
A proposal to maintain City Council scrutiny over alcohol permits at restaurants on Maple Street was quietly withdrawn on Thursday, after the City Planning Commission unanimously rejected it earlier this summer.