May 222015
 
The former Robert site in the 1300 block of Annunciation. (April 2014 image via Google maps)

The former Robert site in the 1300 block of Annunciation. (April 2014 image via Google maps)

As the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance approached approval by the City Council earlier this month, a last-minute effort to change the zoning around the former Robert grocery property on Annunciation Street has Lower Garden District residents wondering what the future holds for the property. Continue reading »

May 132015
 
A rendering of proposed early-childhood buildings in the 900 block of General Pershing.  (Rendering by Waggoner & Ball architects, via nola.gov)

A rendering of proposed St. George’s Episcopal School early-childhood buildings in the 900 block of General Pershing. (Rendering by Waggoner & Ball architects, via nola.gov)

The Louise S. McGehee School's future Mathilde Hall at 2318 St. Charles Avenue. (via the McGehee school)

The Louise S. McGehee School’s future Mathilde Hall at 2318 St. Charles Avenue. (via the McGehee school)

Two Uptown private schools — St. George’s Episcopal School on Napoleon Avenue and Louise S. McGehee School on St. Charles Avenue — both received approval Tuesday afternoon from city planners to expand their campuses, though the St. George’s request may involve the demolition of a shotgun house on General Pershing Street. Continue reading »

Apr 292015
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell takes notes during a meeting of the Bouligny Improvement Association in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com  file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell takes notes during a meeting of the Bouligny Improvement Association in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will speak to the Faubourg Avart Neighborhood Association tonight, as members discuss issues related to zoning, stormwater drainage, the proposed expansion of the city’s historic districts and other issues. Continue reading »

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Apr 212015
 
An image promoting the "Grand Opening of Latin Fridays" from the "Cafe Ra" Instagram stream, which advertises events at 1379 Annunciation Street. (via instagram.com/ra_nola)

An image promoting the “Grand Opening of Latin Fridays” from the “Cafe Ra” Instagram stream, which advertises events at 1379 Annunciation Street. (via instagram.com/ra_nola)

New Orleans police and city and state alcohol officials ordered a halt to nightclub activity operating in a former firehouse on Annunciation Street earlier this month, saying that “Club Ra” was issued a live entertainment permit in error but that its activities bore little resemblance to the restaurant its zoning allows. Continue reading »

Apr 102015
 
The Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After years of trying to find a new purpose for the flooded Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has decided to place the majestic building up for sale to a buyer that can be a good neighbor to the Catholic school next door. Continue reading »

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Apr 062015
 
A rendering depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

A rendering depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

The Turnbull Bakery entrance on First Street. (via Google Maps)

The Turnbull Bakery entrance on First Street. (via Google Maps)

Article by Kristen Himmelberg for UptownMessenger.com

The site of the old Turnbull Bakery in the Irish Channel neighborhood is set to undergo a major transformation in the coming years as city officials and neighborhood leaders have begun signing off on plans for the demolition of the old warehouses and construction of 17 single-family homes. Continue reading »

Mar 132015
 
A diagram explaining the function of the water towers planned for Carrollton. (via Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans)

A diagram explaining the function of the water towers planned for Carrollton. (via Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans)

In the coming years, two 200-foot water towers — perhaps emblazoned with the popular Sewerage & Water Board logo — will become a feature of the Carrollton-area skyline, and federal preservationists want to hear your best ideas on how to lessen their impact on the historic New Orleans neighborhood. Continue reading »

Mar 112015
 
Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

Launched just three months ago by a mix of Freret neighborhood stalwarts and newcomers, the Evans Park Booster Club is now hosting regular activities for toddlers and a monthly neighborhood kickball game — filling a void left as the Freret Neighborhood Center scales back its direct youth services. Continue reading »

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Jan 262015
 
The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

As Irish Channel Neighborhood Association leader Kara Morgan fought her battle with a deadly form of skin cancer, she counted her victories by the number of Mardi Gras parades she was able to attend.

Now, members of the association are carrying her legacy forward, marrying that love of parades with her quest to build shade structures in the neighborhood’s park by creating a new “Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou” that plans to roll through the Irish Channel starting in 2016. Continue reading »

Dec 292014
 

Owen Courreges

New Year’s Day is now nearly upon us. As has always been the case, the libations will flow and drunken debauchery will rule the streets. We will celebrate having endured one more journey around the sun on this world of ours by getting blotto.

Of course, there was a brief period when that wasn’t the case.

“The first day of the New Year was observed, rather than celebrated by New Orleans, with hushful Sabbatical ceremony,” a reporter for the Times-Picayune observed during Prohibition. Continue reading »

Dec 182014
 
A rendering by Studio WTA architects of the redevelopment planned for the corner of Nashville and Magazine. (via nola.gov)

A rendering by Studio WTA architects of the redevelopment planned for the corner of Nashville and Magazine. (via nola.gov)

Restaurateur Sean Josephs speaks to the City Planning Commission on Dec. 9, 2014. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

Restaurateur Sean Josephs speaks to the City Planning Commission on Dec. 9, 2014. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

The new venture at the corner of Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue planned by a husband-and-wife team of celebrated New York City restaurateurs received high marks from the City Planning Commission, sending it to the City Council with a positive recommendation. Continue reading »

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Nov 222014
 
Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the 6th annual Second District Blues festival was held in Palmer Park, on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. Its a festival benefiting COPS 2, Citizens Organization for Police Support 2. The festival featured music by Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste Jr., Mia Borders, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Stooges Brass Band. There were many dining options including the Praline Connection, Ms. Linda’s Yakamein and Crepes A la Carte. Different arts and crafts were available for purchase as well. One of the more unique things about Saturday’s festival was its association with the LASPCA and other dog adoption groups like the Louisiana Boxer Group.

Andre Perry (left) takes his father Robeson's photograph during Mia Borders' performance. Andre seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Robeson Perry (left) takes his father Andre’s photograph during Mia Borders’ performance. Robeson seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 202014
 
Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Less than two months ago, the weeds in the vacant lot the corner of Foucher and South Saratoga Street grew as high as the shoulders of the police officers who gathered there for an anti-crime march following the second of three fatal shootings there this year.

Today, the overgrowth is gone, replaced by construction workers preparing the site for a collection of new homes that will be placed on the market early next year for approximately $2 million. The developer of the property, Bo Pennington, and the long-suffering neighbors hope for an even more dramatic transformation: that of one of Uptown New Orleans’ most violent spots into a new nexus for neighborhood revitalization. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An intimate, European-style “speakeasy” serving wine, cocktails and a few French hors d’oeuvres is planned for a blighted building on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, the owners told neighbors on Monday night. Continue reading »