Dec 022016
 
Roechelle Cox (submitted photo)

Roechelle Cox (submitted photo)

By R. Stephanie Bruno

If you ever set foot inside of the CVS on Prytania Street or Zara’s across the way, you couldn’t help but notice Roechelle Cox. She was the ray of sunshine who welcomed you at both neighborhood spots for about three years, until July of this year. That was when her CVS manager made a trip to her apartment on Milan Street with the apartment manager because Cox hadn’t shown up at work. They found the 51 year old dead. Continue reading »

Dec 022016
 
Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, describes the need for voters to approve a property-tax renewal that funds drainage operations in the city before the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Thursday, Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, describes the need for voters to approve a property-tax renewal that funds drainage operations in the city before the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Thursday, Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With barely more than a week before the Dec. 10 election, officials with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans are making their final effort to spread the word about voting to renew a tax that provides the agency with a third of its budget for draining the city. Continue reading »

Nov 232016
 
A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday's meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday’s meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

Lower Garden District residents have mixed emotions about the 211-unit apartment complex proposed to replace a former grocery store, but some are just appreciative it’s not a big-box retail store. Continue reading »

Nov 102016
 
The Broadmoor Arts and Wellness opened last year on the second floor of the former St. Matthias School. The centers purpose is to enhance the community and its memebers at every life stage by offering creative programs and providing wellness services.( Photo by Anthony Alongi, Loyola Student News Service)

The Broadmoor Arts and Wellness opened last year on the second floor of the former St. Matthias School. The centers purpose is to enhance the community and its memebers at every life stage by offering creative programs and providing wellness services.( Photo by Anthony Alongi, Loyola Student News Service)

By Anthony Alongi, Loyola Student News Service

The Broadmoor Arts and Wellness center opened its doors last year with the purpose of offering affordable developmental programs and activities to New Orleans residents. Continue reading »

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Oct 192016
 
The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

By Claire Byun

Lafon Fountain waters will hopefully flow again next year, thanks to a neighborhood organization’s fundraising efforts. Continue reading »

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Oct 072016
 
Members of the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association relax after their annual Easter egg hunt at Alma Peters Park in 2012.(UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Members of the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association relax after their annual Easter egg hunt at Alma Peters Park in 2012.(UptownMessenger.com file photo)

By Claire Byun

Audubon neighborhood are hoping to kickstart a process to cool down some extra hot playground equipment in a park off Annunciation Street. Continue reading »

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Sep 262016
 
The Pikachu #Pokemonument stands ready in the gallery in a photo by Neal Auction Company. (via Facebook)

The Pikachu #Pokemonument stands ready in the gallery in a photo by Neal Auction Company. (via Facebook)

The Pikachu statue emblazoned with the hashtag #Pokemonument that suddenly appeared in a Lower Garden District fountain and then just as quickly disappeared sold at auction for $2,000 on Sunday, multiple media outlets reported. Continue reading »

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Sep 202016
 
A rendering of the riverfront after the proposed expansion of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. (via mccno.com)

A rendering of the riverfront after the proposed expansion of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. (via mccno.com)

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has applied for a land-use change to allow a 300-foot hotel at their planned upriver expansion, drawing questions from neighbors in nearby Coliseum Square on Monday evening. Continue reading »

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Aug 182016
 
(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association (ICNA) will host their first Irish Channel Regatta, a themed neighborhood pub crawl, this Saturday, August 20 starting at 4:30 p.m. The pub crawl will make five stops including Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar and NOLA Brewery, and proceeds will benefit the association, a 501(c)3 organization.

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Aug 172016
 
TJ Quills on Maple Street has been relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills on Maple Street has been relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills bar on Maple Street will no longer have to pay a $1,000 monthly fee toward security patrols in the surrounding neighborhood, the city’s alcohol board ruled on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jul 202016
 
TJ Quills on Maple Street is asking to be relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills on Maple Street is asking to be relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Five years after New Orleans city officials ordered the TJ Quills college bar to help pay for private security patrols around Maple Street in order to remain open, the Alcohol Beverage Control board appears poised to release the bar from its $1,000 monthly payments. Continue reading »

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Jul 082016
 
(via https://www.facebook.com/events/286132271741029/)

(via https://www.facebook.com/events/286132271741029/)

The Family of Eric Harris, a man who was recently killed in the Central City by deputies from the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office, and organizers for #JusticeForEricHarrisNOLA will hold a solidarity press conference, rally and community march at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

According to organizers, the press conference is being held to communicate a stand of solidarity with the family and communities of both Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile of St. Paul, Minnesota, who were both killed by police in recent days. Continue reading »

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Jun 222016
 
Detective Claudia Bruce hands out CrimeStoppers flyers to a group of men sitting in Coliseum Square during an anti-crime march in July 2013.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Detective Claudia Bruce hands out CrimeStoppers flyers to a group of men sitting in Coliseum Square during an anti-crime march in July 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Members of the Coliseum Square Association floated the idea of adding a private patrol in the Lower Garden District on Monday night – a suggestion that was met with both strong support and staunch opposition from residents. Continue reading »

May 202016
 
A diagram demonstrating the parts of a bioswale included in a presentation by city officials.

A diagram demonstrating the parts of a bioswale included in a presentation by city officials.

If all goes as planned, the Lower Garden District will soon get a 600-foot-long bioswale along Coliseum Square Park, thanks to money pledged by the Sewerage and Water Board to give the city more green infrastructure. Continue reading »

May 192016
 
(image via New Orleans Film Society)

(image via New Orleans Film Society)

The New Orleans Film Society and the Coliseum Square Association will continue their annual early-summer love affair with the free outdoor showing of another cult film, “The Princess Bride,” on Saturday evening. Continue reading »

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May 102016
 

The Audubon Commission will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 10 (tonight) to discuss construction on Magazine Street around the zoo and the prioritization of projects at The Fly. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room, located at 6500 Magazine Street. Continue reading »

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May 022016
 
(via magazinestreet.com)

(via magazinestreet.com)

The Magazine Street Merchants Association, along First NBC Bank, will host the 6th Annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll this Saturday, May 7. Participating shops will stay open until 9 p.m., and the event will feature live music, complimentary refreshments, store sales and discounts, and more on Magazine Street. Continue reading »

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Apr 202016
 

The Irish community and organizations of New Orleans—including the Ancient Order of Hibernians Louisiana, Emerald Society, and the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club—will host a ceremony on Saturday, April 23 to commemorate 100 years since Irish protesters marched into Dublin in an effort to declare independence from English rule.

The commemoration will begin with mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church at 12 p.m. and continue with food, drinks, and Irish music at the St. Alphonsus Cultural Center.
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Apr 192016
 
The LaFon Fountain in its prime, in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon Fountain in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

Members of the Coliseum Square Association are planning a fundraising push to better service the parks and fountains throughout the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »