Mayor Mitch Landrieu and District B City Councilwoman Diana Bajoie will host a meeting at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue this evening to discuss the 2013 city budget.
Thankfully, mercifully, live music has returned to Circle Bar. As I noted in last week’s column, the Circle Bar was among the most noteworthy establishments caught up in Mayor Landrieu’s senseless crackdown on live music venues, typically bars that have been operating for several years or more with live music and no complaints.
Apparently, Circle Bar had allowed its permit to lapse in 2004, and was rebuffed when it initially reapplied. After some wrangling with the city and a very brief blackout, Circle Bar has received its permit and live music has resumed.
Seated on milk crates on the Adams Street sidewalk, Maple Street Patisserie owner Ziggy Cichowski and Babylon Cafe owner Alexander Sakla cheered on the arrival of large yellow Sewerage and Water Board trucks around noon Friday, even as water along the stretch was being shut off in preparation of repairs to leaks gushing in the street.
“Faster, faster!” Cichowski cried out as the trucks rolled up, to laughter from a number of onlookers.
A new Japanese bistro is looking forward to opening later this month on Maple Street after winning City Council’s enthusiastic approval Thursday for its transformation of a previously problematic college bar.
Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux, in the building at the corner of Hillary Street that was formerly the Doors bar, will offer a traditional Japanese menu of sushi, sashimi and hot dishes, said Toan Tran, one of its owners. The name is a Japanese term for something “awesome” or “cool,” he said.
Well after the rain cleared on Thursday afternoon, a group of gushing leaks erupted from a series of cracks in the pavement on Adams Street, sending streams of water pouring over the pavement just a few feet away from a busy commercial stretch of Maple Street.
The yellow-stucco mansion at the corner of Valence Street and St. Charles Avenue is the subject of a demolition request by Baton Rouge-based Crescent Road LLC, scheduled to be heard at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 by the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, according to Karen Gadbois on her “Squandered Heritage” blog at The Lens.
The New Orleans City Council will hold its first meeting Thursday as the “Carrollton Palmetto Economic Development District,” the governing body established to oversee the tax credits the city will give to Costco for its new store on South Carrollton.
After a series of community meetings hosted by Tulane about their plans for a new football stadium, a nearby neighborhood is hosting its own meeting Thursday evening that will pair a university official with one of the most outspoken opponents of the project.
A city-owned car parked near NORD headquarters in the Lower Garden District was heavily damaged in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend, city officials told our partners at WWL-TV.
After sailing through the City Planning Commission in June, a project to move Reginelli’s across Magazine Street into the former WOW Wingery location on State Street got a similarly warm reception from the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Tuesday evening.
Why does Mayor Landrieu hate live music? And why did Stacy Head give him the “alley oop” do shut down virtually any bar he wants?
I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any means, but when two events feed into each other so perfectly that a connection is nearly impossible to ignore, you have to acknowledge your suspicions even if you’d prefer not to speculate and stick with verified facts. There is something rotten at City Hall, and I just want to know why.
“I love the legislature,” Moreno said in a telephone interview, describing a daily enthusiasm to go to work on state issues affecting the city. “I don’t think that’s something I’m ready to give up at this point.”
Five years ago, City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson gave Eric Strachan his first job in City Hall. At a Thursday night election launch party, she gave him his first major endorsement as he seeks a seat alongside join her on the council.
With the 2013 Super Bowl scheduled for New Orleans next January and the ever growing list of conventions coming to the Crescent City, it is no surprise that Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council recently passed a package of 23 mandatory upgrades for the taxi cab industry.
Low water pressure will persist around Leonidas and Claiborne through Thursday because of ongoing construction in the area, officials said.
LaToya Cantrell loaned her school-board campaign $20,000 in 2004, triggering a requirement to keep filing campaign-finance reports that she overlooked for several years, she told Richard Rainey of the Times-Picayune. The state Board of Ethics agreed to suspend $7,600 of the resulting fines, and she paid off $5,600 in June, leaving only $2,750 in court costs remaining to be paid, Rainey reported.
Frank Lloyd Wright, the legendary architect, was blunt in his hatred of cities. Wright described city-dwellers as “human beings, all crawling on hard pavements like ants to hole somewhere or find their way to this or that cubicle.” They were, he believed, “herd-struck morons our present sky-scraperism has cultivated.”
A new Korean restaurant has opened on South Claiborne Avenue; it appears that the Rocky’s Pizzeria on Magazine may be replaced with another pizza place; and serious questions are being raised about the serious neon signage at a new Oak Street burger joint.
Low water pressure can be expected in the area of South Claiborne and Leonidas Monday and Tuesday as work continues in the area, officials said.