Apr 232014
 

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of the celebrated Sylvain and Ste. Marie restaurants downtown have completed their purchase of an Uptown building where they plan “The Manor on Magazine,” and they remain on track to open in the fall of this year, they said Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Apr 222014
 
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)

The South Claiborne fast-food corridor seems poised to get yet another entry, as Krystal is planning to open a burger restaurant in the old Kentucky Fried Chicken store near Washington Avenue. Continue reading »

Apr 212014
 

Latoya Francois (via opcso.org)

Latoya Francois (via opcso.org)

Earl Russell (via opcso.org)

Earl Russell (via opcso.org)

A husband shot to death on Willow Street in west-Carrollton last summer was the victim of his estranged wife’s plot to have him killed, New Orleans police allege in court documents and recent testimony, but defense attorneys are already questioning whether investigators identified the correct triggerman in the case. Continue reading »

Apr 162014
 
Newly delivered construction equipment sits at the site of the Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Newly delivered construction equipment sits at the site of the Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cedric Martin has been a somewhat regular attendee of Delachaise Neighborhood Association meetings over the last year, but when he walked into the room Tuesday night — as the first signs of construction begin to show at the Baronne Street site where he is rebuilding the original Martin Wine Cellar — he was met with applause and cheering.

“Thank you,” Martin said quietly as he sat down, to which one member replied: “Thank you for starting construction.” Continue reading »

Apr 152014
 
Alba Huddleston holds a sign she made honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson as she waits first in line Monday afternoon for his speaking appearance at Tulane later that night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Alba Huddleston holds a sign she made honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson as she waits first in line Monday afternoon for his speaking appearance at Tulane later that night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A line of diehards waiting all day, even in the rain — that’s the sort of treatment usually reserved for rock stars and Hollywood legends, right?

For a group of local science diehards waiting for his appearance at Tulane on Monday, Neil deGrasse Tyson — the charismatic astrophysicist with the new weekly science show on network television — is definitely somewhere on that level.

“Neil deGrasse Tyson has a very noble mission, and that’s to bring science and science literacy to the masses,” said Alba Huddleston, an industrial engineer originally from Honduras. “He inspires people. If you don’t know exactly what he’s talking about, you can go and research it. You can go and find out for yourself. But he makes you excited.” Continue reading »

Apr 102014
 

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

After months through the city’s regulatory systems, it took only a few very short minutes before the New Orleans City Council for the Courtyard Brewery to win final approval for their Lower Garden District taproom. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 
More than 100 people turned out Tuesday for the City Planning Commission hearing on the proposed sale of Newcomb Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than 100 people turned out Tuesday for the City Planning Commission hearing on the proposed sale of Newcomb Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

By a 6-1 vote Tuesday, members of the City Planning Commission said they saw a clear public need for Newcomb Boulevard to be open to drivers and the public, rejecting an effort by the street’s residents to buy it and make it private.

What will become of the controversial iron gate blocking the boulevard at Freret Street remains unclear, however. Unlike most City Planning decisions, Tuesday’s vote will not automatically be forwarded to the City Council for review — though officials said it was unclear whether additional avenues remain open for the Newcomb residents. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 
The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City officials approved a developer’s request Monday to tear down the Roly Poly building on Tchoupitoulas, to the dismay of the restaurant’s current employees, but the new bank intended for the site is still lacks permission to tear down an adjacent house. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Apr 032014
 

the big issueThe entrepreneurship boom in New Orleans is a real phenomenon, and a crucial factor in the city’s continued rebirth — but it must also be accompanied by more economic opportunities for the unsustainable number of jobless African-American men in the city, a panel of business leaders said Thursday evening.

“We can get there,” said Rod Miller, CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “We are a ‘new’ New Orleans, but we’re not our best New Orleans.” Continue reading »

Apr 032014
 

John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Street Festival. Fete Francaise. Crawfest. The Celtic Fest. The Mini Maker Faire. Bach around the Clock. Professional wrestling?

There’s so much happening this weekend around Uptown New Orleans, you may wish you had an interactive map to plan your attack. And, if so, Uptown Messenger has you covered. Continue reading »

Apr 022014
 
Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Opponents of the controversial Newcomb Boulevard fence have won a preliminary round in the fight over the street’s future, as city planners are recommending against its sale and closure to the public. Continue reading »

Mar 302014
 
Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2014. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2014. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

After two rain delays, Mardi Gras Indians from across the city congregated at A.L. Davis park on the corner of LaSalle and Washington on Sunday for the annual Super Sunday. Aside from the Indians, food from local vendors and music were bountiful. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Mar 262014
 
Former Louisiana Govs. Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards share a laugh during one of the lighter moments during Wednesday night's panel discussion at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Former Louisiana Govs. Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards share a laugh during one of the lighter moments during Wednesday night’s panel discussion at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although former Louisiana governors Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards have a number of political differences, all three agreed Wednesday night that no state officials — neither the legislature nor the current governor — should interfere with the local levee board’s lawsuit against oil companies. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Mar 262014
 
Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

After years of court battles, the proposed sale of Newcomb Boulevard between St. Charles Avenue and Freret Street is headed to the City Planning Commission in less than two weeks, and those who have fought to have the street reopened are hoping to rally public opinion to their side with a quickly organized campaign. Continue reading »

Mar 222014
 
The Lusher High School courtyard on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the school's annual crawfish boil fundraiser. Next year, modular classrooms will fill the space. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher High School courtyard on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the school’s annual crawfish boil fundraiser. Next year, modular classrooms will fill the space. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The two homes in the 7300 block of Jeanette. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The two homes in the 7300 block of Jeanette will be demolished to make way for modular classrooms, Lusher officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School has received approval for temporary modular buildings at both of its campuses during renovations next year — in a courtyard space at the high school, and replacing two homes that will have to be torn down on the corner of the lower school site, officials said. Continue reading »

Mar 212014
 
An image of the suspect in a March 6 armed robbery at American Apparel on Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

An image of the suspect in a March 6 armed robbery at American Apparel on Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

Steven Rodney

Steven Rodney

The man suspected in the broad-daylight armed robbery of an American Apparel store on Magazine Street has been arrested on several armed robbery charges in Las Vegas, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Mar 192014
 
Flag boy of the Golden Blades (far right) at the meeting of the Golden Blades and Golden Eagles on St. Joseph's Night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Flag boy of the Golden Blades (far right) at the meeting of the Golden Blades and Golden Eagles on St. Joseph’s Night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wednesday night, Mardi Gras Indians took to the streets in their annual St. Joseph’s night procession. The Uptown Mardi Gras Indians met near A.L. Davis park on the corner of Washington ave. and La Salle st. Continue reading »

 Comments Off