Oct 272014
 
The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google maps)

The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google Maps)

A chef at a popular Mid-City eatery hopes to open her own Mexican restaurant in Broadmoor, but first she will need to obtain commercial zoning for a former Broad Street drug store that neighbors have long fought to keep residential. Continue reading »

Oct 222014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the restaurateur planning a distillery restaurant on St. Charles Avenue prepares to ask the city for permission to sell alcohol in the building that currently houses Halpern’s Furniture Store, neighbors are voicing their concerns about how it and the associated hotel redevelopment on the block will affect their ability to park near their homes. Continue reading »

Oct 132014
 
A rendering by architect David Keiffer of the proposed community center in Carrollton. (via Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

A rendering by architect David Keiffer of the proposed community center in Carrollton. (via Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

As the start of construction nears on a new community center funded by a state investment of more than $1 million, members of the Carrollton neighborhood remain apprehensive about the organization chosen to operate it — despite repeated assurances from officials that this is the most effective use of the land and the money moving forward. Continue reading »

Sep 282014
 
Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Young Men Olympians social aid and pleasure club, sporting black and white suits, braved the rain for their annual second line parade on Sunday through central city. This year, they celebrated their 130th anniversary. The parade included four big-name brass bands, New Birth brass band, the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 brass band, TBC brass band and the Stooges.

The Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 252014
 
Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In March, two women were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle on South Saratoga Street that left them both dead. Earlier this month, gunfire broke out again, and the victim staggered through the same Foucher Street intersection before collapsing and dying a block away.

Neighbors have long complained about the violence and lawlessness that grips the corner of Foucher and Saratoga, where five other people have also been wounded over the past year. After the most recent slaying, neighbors are banding together to look for solutions to end it by asking for more police presence, installing more anti-crime cameras, targeting blighted properties and trying to meet the health needs of people in the neighborhood.

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 182014
 
The Southern Rep theatre company is considering the building at 651 Richard Street as a possible long-term home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Southern Rep theatre company is considering the building at 651 Richard Street as a possible long-term home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

southern rep logoSouthern Rep, the highly regarded theatre company that has been performing all over the city since losing its longtime home at Canal Place two years ago, hopes to settle down in the Lower Garden District, its director told neighbors this week. Continue reading »

Sep 162014
 
Palmer Park located at the corner of S. Carrolton and S. Claiborne.

The arch over the entryway to Palmer Park is the only sign of its namesake. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The popular Palmer Park — surrounded by an array of diverse neighborhoods including Carrollton, Fontainebleau, Pigeontown and Hollygrove — was given its name during an era of nostalgia for the Confederacy to honor a pastor so passionately in favor of slavery that Gen. Robert E. Lee described his oratory as more powerful than “an entire regiment of troops,” according to a presentation by a University of New Orleans researcher. Continue reading »

Sep 162014
 
A conceptual drawing of Phase I of the Avenue Oaks Hotel on St. Charles at Melpomene. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

A conceptual drawing of Phase I of the Avenue Oaks Hotel on St. Charles at Melpomene. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

As the New Orleans tourism industry grows, the Prytania Park hotel is slated for a major, two-phase expansion into a 200-room hotel called “The Avenue Oaks Hotel” that will encompass most of a city block on St. Charles Avenue, according to plans shared with Lower Garden District neighbors on Monday night. Continue reading »

Sep 092014
 
An undated photo of the basketball court at Evans Playground on LaSalle Street. (via Kaboom.org)

An undated photo of the basketball court at Evans Playground on LaSalle Street. (via Kaboom.org)

As Freret residents continue to organize an “official” booster club that would make Evans Playground eligible to host city-sponsored events such as free Movies in the Park and organized sports, they are hoping to attract support and sponsorships from the businesses on the commercial corridor. Continue reading »

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Aug 262014
 
Work continued on Yulman Stadium (seen from Ben Weiner Drive) in August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work continued on Yulman Stadium (seen from Ben Weiner Drive) in August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With Tulane University’s first on-campus home game less than two weeks away, university officials and residents in the Uptown areas are discussing the details of the central question about the once-controversial stadium: What will game day look like in the neighborhoods around the stadium?

Will it be a return to the front-yard cocktail parties of the old Sugar Bowl days? A crasser, modern version, more akin to the obnoxious abuses of public property that draw complaints every Carnival season? Or will the parties largely follow the elaborate on-campus plans envisioned by university officials? Continue reading »

Aug 162014
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

lyceeA group of Carrollton neighborhood leaders expressed support for the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school’s plan to reopen the long-shuttered Priestley campus, but many hope the school can do more to benefit all the children of the neighborhood, they said this week. Continue reading »

Jul 302014
 
A black iron fence surrounds a green space at Constance and Harmony owned by Ruppert Kohlmaier. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A black iron fence surrounds a green space at Constance and Harmony owned by Ruppert Kohlmaier. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Approximate area of green space highlighted. (map by Uptown Messenger via Google Maps)

Approximate area of green space highlighted. (map by Uptown Messenger via Google Maps)

From the front window of the woodworking shop just off Magazine Street his father bought in 1930, Ruppert Kohlmaier can see a little wedge-shaped green space he also owns, and what he sees is a problem. Over the years, he has been threatened with lawsuits by people who claimed to be injured playing under its shady oaks, and now that he wants to build on it, his neighbors are angry at him.

When the neighbors around Constance and Harmony see the same space, they see a beloved pocket park, a crucial buffer between the modest homes of the Irish Channel and the busy commercial activity on Magazine Street. If Kohlmaier replaces the open area with a large building, they say, it will mean the removal of one of the few remaining green spaces in a neighborhood already under heavy redevelopment pressure.

Those conflicting viewpoints — simmering for weeks since Kohlmaier closed off the property with a sturdy iron fence — came to a head Tuesday afternoon at an unusually contentious meeting of the city’s architectural review committee. Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 
Second District police officers and New Orleans residents march down Annunciation St. near Louisiana Ave. during the Uptown Anti-Crime Walk Tuesday evening in 2010 (UptownMessenger.com, Sabree Hill)

Second District police officers and New Orleans residents march down Annunciation St. near Louisiana Ave. during the Uptown Anti-Crime Walk Tuesday evening in 2010 (UptownMessenger.com, Sabree Hill)

The New Orleans Police Department is planning anti-crime marches on both Laurel Street and in Hollygrove, according to authorities. Both the Sixth District and Second District’s anti-crime walks will be held at 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday (July 30). Continue reading »

Jul 262014
 
Kara Morgan's partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Morgan’s partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Morgan on the parade route in 2014. (photo courtesy of Cher Groves)

Kara Lynn Morgan died of melanoma July 15, the day before her 41st birthday, but the tireless neighborhood leader is far from finished with her battle against skin cancer.

She is still fighting it — she and her many allies in New Orleans and beyond — on the fields in the park of her beloved Irish Channel. Continue reading »

Jul 152014
 
From far left, Freret Neighbors United board members Andrew Amacker, Linda Compton and Richard Dimitry, secretary Scott Solo, president Stan Norwood, vice president Michael Collins and board member Matt. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From far left, Freret Neighbors United board members Andrew Amacker, Linda Compton and Richard Dimitry, secretary Scott Solo, president Stan Norwood, vice president Michael Collins and board member Matt Brichetto. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A mix of longtime Freret neighborhood leaders and recent transplants to the area were chosen as the new leaders of the Neighbors United community group, and among their top priorities is creating a booster club at Evans Park, they said last week. Continue reading »

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Jul 122014
 
J'Monque'D Blues Band provided the entertainment for Saturday's block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

J’Monque’D Blues Band provided the entertainment for Saturday’s block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 25th Annual Feast of St. Henry block party and mass took place at St. Henry’s Catholic church Uptown on Saturday afternoon.

The Feast of St. Henry mass took place at 3 pm right before the block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Feast of St. Henry mass took place at 3 pm right before the block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 102014
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Interest by a French-immersion charter school in buying the long-vacant Priestley school site in west-Carrollton has galvanized a group called the “P-Town Project” into seeking a Healing Center-style home for fresh food and social services there instead. Continue reading »

Jun 252014
 
2005 Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

2005 Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans officials levied approximately $30,000 in fines against an Uptown landlord Tuesday for code violations at 18 rental properties on some of the city’s most prominent streets, in what attorneys characterized as a shift toward stronger enforcement against occupied — rather than vacant — buildings. Continue reading »

Jun 192014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A veteran of prominent local kitchens is proposing a new restaurant based on a distillery producing vodka and other spirits from Louisiana cane sugar to be located on the current site of the Halpern’s furniture store on St. Charles Avenue, he told neighbors earlier this week. Continue reading »