Feb 062018

The exterior of the St. Vincent’s Guest House on Magazine Street. (via Google Maps)

The creation of a new reception hall as part of the renovation of the historic St. Vincent’s Guest House in the Lower Garden District has received enthusiastic approval by the New Orleans City Council, after the developers won over skeptics in the neighborhood with a set of strict conditions as to how the facility will be used. Continue reading »

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Feb 012018

The Smashburger restaurant is being planned for conversion into a new restaurant called Superica next year, developers say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Superica restaurant proposed to replace the Smashburger on Magazine Street has reduced its planned seating count, but will postpone its scheduled appearance before the City Planning Commission until later this month amid neighbors’ ongoing concerns. Continue reading »

Jan 312018

NOPD First District Commander Hans Ganthier (from left), Superintendent Michael Harrison, Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel and Second District Commander Shawn Ferguson hold a news conference about arrests in a spree of Uptown armed robberies and carjackings in June 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison should be allowed to continue the process of reforming the New Orleans Police Department into the next city administration, but the Orleans Parish Jail and the Sewerage & Water Board both remain “completely broken” and in need of total systemic overhauls, outgoing City Councilwoman Susan Guidry told a group of civic activists Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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Jan 302018

A rendering of the Chipotle proposed for 2801 Magazine Street. (via city of New Orleans)

Chipotle Mexican Grill has been officially cleared to make its debut in the city of New Orleans, following the unanimous approval of the City Council to open a location on Magazine Street in the Garden District. Continue reading »

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Jan 292018

The NOLA Messenger team will be back on talk radio with Oliver “O.T.” Thomas for The Good Morning Show on WBOK 1230AM. Tune in tomorrow morning (Jan. 30) from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and hear us talk about recent stories of interest, including:

  • Special elections in March
  • New leadership in City Council
  • AirBnB issues & updates
  • School & school board news, and more

Joining O.T. this time will be Robert (Uptown), Claire (Mid-City), and Tyree (Gentilly).

Got questions for us?
Leave comments below or call us on air at (504) 260-9265

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Jan 262018

A map of Uptown bike-rental “hubs,” concentrated largely in the Lower Garden District and Central City areas. (via bluebikesnola.com)

If you love the provocative mischief of Krewe du Vieux but aren’t as fond of fighting traffic to find parking downtown for it, city officials suggest you try its new “Blue Bike” rental program, and have created a how-to guide for residents. Continue reading »

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Jan 252018

The building at 940 Louisiana Avenue. (via Google Maps)

A rezoning request to create an ice-cream shop on Louisiana Avenue in the Irish Channel was rejected by the City Council on Thurday after neighbors expressed worry the spot-zoning would permit a year-round AirBnB hub. Continue reading »

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Jan 232018

Amanda Kaufman, a zookeeper with the Audubon Zoo “animal ambassador” program, introduces a Eurasion Eagle Owl named “Mr. Miyagi” to the members of the Audubon Commission on Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After recent outcry from nearby neighborhoods, Audubon Commission officials said Tuesday that they plan to revive and update the decade-old “master plan” for Audubon Park, and they will be seeking the public’s input on it in three sessions that start in less than two weeks. Continue reading »

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Jan 192018

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans city officials provide an update on the water system Friday morning. (via City of New Orleans)

The water pressure in New Orleans rose enough overnight that officials are able to begin testing it for contamination, but residents should continue to boil water and drink bottled water until that testing process is complete, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said late Friday morning. Continue reading »

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Jan 182018

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans city officials and Jefferson Parish officials speak about strain on the water system Thursday morning. (via City of New Orleans)

The unusual period of freezing weather in New Orleans has put so much strain on the New Orleans water system that residents need to refrain from using water when it all possible until the emergency boil water notice can be lifted, though the electrical system is expected to be able to handle the load, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials said late Thursday morning. Continue reading »

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Jan 172018

The freezing weather that covered much of New Orleans in a thin layer of crunchy ice overnight continued Wednesday morning, and officials urged residents to minimize their driving and take other precautions as schools and businesses remained closed.

(image via National Weather Service New Orleans)

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Jan 122018

The property at the corner of Carondelet and St. Mary streets. (image via Google)

Another commercial rezoning request — this time just off St. Charles Avenue — led to another round of heated allegations of ulterior AirBnB-related motives on Thursday, as Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said the issue reaffirms the need for her proposed reform of short-term rental laws just days after the City Planning Commission rejected them. Continue reading »

Jan 112018

A rendering of the proposed storage facility. (via City of New Orleans)

A three-story self-storage facility planned for most of a city block on Tchoupitoulas Street won easy approval from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, sending it to the City Council for a final decision in the coming weeks. Continue reading »

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Jan 092018

The former Zara’s property at 2042 Prytania Street, following extensive renovations. (photographed in April 2017 by Google Maps)

The first proposed restriction on short-term rentals in New Orleans hit a snag Tuesday when city planners said it was likely to create more problems than it would solve, but the proposed rezoning of the former Zara’s property in the Lower Garden District that prompted the proposal is still pressing forward with negotiations. Continue reading »