Jan 142016
 
Contractors continue the work Thursday morning of transforming a former spa at Magazine and Foucher into Cavan, a new restaurant from the owner of Sylvain. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Contractors continue the work Thursday morning of transforming a former spa at Magazine and Foucher into Cavan, a new restaurant from the owner of Sylvain. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The first time Sylvain owner Robert LeBlanc presented his idea for a restaurant in a former Magazine Street spa to the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association back in late 2013, it was just to share an intriguing idea. Then, in spring of 2014, LeBlanc returned to the group again, seeking their help in getting his concept through the New Orleans City Council.

When Leblanc appeared again this week, just about the only uncertainty left about Cavan was the exact day it will open.

“We think it’s going to be the first weekend after Mardi Gras,” LeBlanc said, then laughed. “But don’t hold me to that.” Continue reading »

Jan 132016
 
The former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

The former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Plans to renovate the former Our Lady of Good Counsel school on Louisiana Avenue into a 22-unit apartment building received a initial approval from city officials on Tuesday, bolstered by support from neighbors in the Garden District Association. Continue reading »

Jan 102016
 
Photos from the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou pauses in front of the Balcony Bar on Magazine Street during its inaugural march through the Irish Channel on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With a costumes ranging from the satirical to the fantastic to just plain hairy, the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou made its inaugural march through the Irish Channel on Saturday afternoon, delighting onlookers and raising money to improve the neighborhood.

Photos from the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A costumed Cruella De Vil, part of the “Shady Characters” marching group in the Krewe of Loup Garou, calls for Disney hero Aladdin to be deported. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 062016
 
Orchid Honors Dinner

(via theorchidsociety.org)

The Orchid Society will celebrate their five-year anniversary as a community partner of African-American women serving as positive role models for young ladies through mentoring, community service, and social awareness programming. The five-year anniversary celebration is this Saturday, Jan. 9 and will feature a dinner at Felicity Church with live music by singer Elliot Luv. Continue reading »

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Jan 052016
 
The poster for the inaugural Krewe of Loup Garou, designed by artist Merrie Morrow. (courtesy of the artist)

The poster for the inaugural Krewe of Loup Garou, designed by artist Merrie Morrow. (courtesy of the artist)

The poster commemorating the newly formed Krewe of Loup Garou’s inaugural march this Saturday through the Irish Channel places three children shielded only by parasols opposite the infamous Cajun creature of the night — simultaneously capturing the spirit of the neighborhood, the beloved civic leader the parade will memorialize and the goal of the event’s fundraising effort in her honor. Continue reading »

Dec 152015
 
The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Choir members of Mater Dolorosa and Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ will lead the Carrollton Area Network’s annual holiday caroling at Palmer Park this Sunday, Dec. 20, with free eggnog, hot chocolate, popcorn and other snacks in an effort to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Continue reading »

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Dec 122015
 
A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The corner of Freret and Napoleon will once again become a hub of holiday shopping and free music today with the annual Freretstivus sale. The gift market will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature 96 vendors and 2 bands. Continue reading »

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Dec 092015
 
(photo via Google)

(photo via Google)

The sale of alcoholic beverages at a neighborhood café on Panola Street and outdoor seating for a fast-food fried chicken restaurant on St. Charles Avenue were both granted initial approval by city planning officials on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Nov 302015
 
"Treme" actor Wendell Pierce marches with students from his character's school in the Krewe of Carrollton in February 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“Treme” actor Wendell Pierce marches with students from his character’s school in the Krewe of Carrollton in February 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Sometimes, you just have to sit back, watch, and eat some popcorn.

At least, that was my personal reaction to viewing the ongoing battles between local actor, producer, and businessman Wendell Pierce and local neighborhood groups and advocacy organizations. The battle started back in July when Pierce and his business partner, former mayoral candidate Troy Henry, proposed to redevelop a former auto parts store on St. Claude Avenue.

Predictably, this was met with opposition from local busybodies, a.k.a. The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association (FMIA). Their objections seemed to spawn from the fact that the existing structure, which is nondescript, heavily blighted, and has been drastically modified over the years, would not be preserved. Continue reading »

Nov 072015
 

Community Commitment Education Center

The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill will host a fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 8, to support the Community Commitment Education Center, which provides resources, programs, and weekly classes to the Leonidas neighborhood. Donation includes dinner at The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill and a preview showing of the Community Commitment Education Center’s new video produced by So-Called Media. Continue reading »

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Oct 312015
 
Thomas Warren of Hillary Street waits for trick-or-treaters in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Thomas Warren of Hillary Street waits for trick-or-treaters in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Any trick-or-treaters willing to brave the dire weather warnings for New Orleans are invited to join Hillary and Cherokee Street residents for their 10th annual Halloween block party. Continue reading »

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Oct 232015
 
(graphic via New Orleans Redevelopment Authority)

(graphic via New Orleans Redevelopment Authority)

By Mary Beth Romig

In response to the recent opinion from Owen Courreges in the October 19, 2015 issue of Uptown Messenger, I would like the opportunity to share good news about what the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) has accomplished in terms of commercial revitalization and affordable housing, specifically in the two neighborhoods Courreges mentions. Continue reading »

Oct 162015
 
1013 Sixth Street (via City of New Orleans)

1013 Sixth Street (via City of New Orleans)

Questions about whether the owner of a bed-and-breakfast planned for the Irish Channel just off Magazine Street would actually live there led to a split vote before the City Planning Commission this week, leaving the decision in the hands of the City Council. Continue reading »

Oct 092015
 
Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe (via Google Maps)

Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe (via Google Maps)

Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe, the corner brunch spot in Carrollton, is seeking the city’s permission to add mimosas and bloody marys to its menu — drawing concern from some neighbors who worry about what growth at the restaurant could mean in terms of parking, litter and noise. Continue reading »

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Oct 012015
 

The John P. Lyons Recreation Center will host the 1st Annual NOLA Family Fest, created to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of when New Orleans residents were allowed back into the city after Hurricane Katrina. The festival, organized by The Power Group and Central City Partnership, Inc., will feature a student event on Friday and live performances, food vendors, and kid’s activities for the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.

(via nolafamilyfest.com)

(via nolafamilyfest.com)

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Sep 172015
 
(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

With construction of a major new drainage canal on Louisiana Avenue slated to last at least until 2018, neighbors are rallying with a new online association dedicated to monitoring and reporting safety problems up and down the corridor. Continue reading »

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