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 »

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 »

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 »

Apr 142016
 

Alma Peters Park Maintenance

Alma Peters Park area residents who maintain the park will be painting and cleaning the park this Saturday, April 16, and for their maintenance projects this year, area residents are looking for donations for equipment and supplies, as well as volunteers. The park will not be available for use on this maintenance day and possibly longer, so the paint can dry.

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Mar 282016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Carrollton Boosters are withdrawing their plan to create a new sports complex on the Audubon Riverview park known as The Fly, following two months of protests by activists who said the project claimed too much valuable open space along the Mississippi River. Continue reading »

Mar 232016
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks before a neighborhood group in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks before a neighborhood group in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A temporary site for a centrally located “low barrier” shelter for the homeless in New Orleans that would provide protection from the elements and access to public services could be open as soon as October, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said this week. Continue reading »

Feb 152016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Opposition is becoming more organized to a new Carrollton Boosters soccer complex that would take up part of The Fly recreation area behind Audubon Park, after a prominent neighborhood association voted to express its concern over the project, more than 100 people held a “Save the Fly” rally at the site on Sunday and the controversy is now drawing interest from the City Council. Continue reading »

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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