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 »

Jun 192014
 
Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets after a March 13 shooting that killed two women. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City officials will join with members of the Milan Focus Group on Saturday at the site of a March shooting that left two women dead to voice the need for a safer neighborhood, organizers said. Continue reading »

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May 282014
 

(image via projectnola.com)

(image via projectnola.com)

The Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association is hosting an informational meeting tonight (Wednesday, May 28) about anti-crime cameras, and may pursue a grant from City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s office to help install them throughout the neighborhood. Continue reading »

May 192014
 

Owen Courreges

The City of New Orleans has targeted a nefarious, rogue activity that has been transpiring beneath our very noses down in the French Quarter.  These fiends brazenly peddle their poisonous wares out in the open, boldly daring the authorities to stop them.  Their actions infest our streets, fly in the face of common decency, and corrupt our youth.

Drug dealers?  Pimps?

Worse.  I’m talking about T-shirt shops. Continue reading »

May 132014
 
Arnold Kirschman holds a painting of his plan for the buildings in the 4500 block of Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Arnold Kirschman holds a painting of his plan for the buildings in the 4500 block of Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Frank's Steak House buildlings, photographed in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file)

The former Frank’s Steak House buildlings, photographed in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file)

The former Frank’s Steak House — the last, largest remaining building on Freret Street untouched by the commercial renaissance there — has a new potential owner whose family has been prominently associated with New Orleans retail for a century, and a new redevelopment plan that calls for demolishing a major part of the old building. Continue reading »

May 092014
 
The latest rendering of the Oak Lofts project by architect Charles Neyrey of M2 Studio was shared with Carrollton neighbors Thursday night.

The latest rendering of the Oak Lofts project by architect Charles Neyrey of M2 Studio was shared with Carrollton neighbors Thursday night.

After several months of redesigns based on conversations with Oak Street neighbors, developers will seek the city’s permission this month to build a four-story condo near Leonidas Street with a gym on the first floor. Continue reading »

Apr 252014
 
Philip Bialowitz is one of seven living survivors of the Nazi extermination camp, Sobibór, where 250,000 people perished between 1942 and 1943. (via JCC)

Philip Bialowitz is one of seven living survivors of the Nazi extermination camp, Sobibór, where 250,000 people perished between 1942 and 1943. (via JCC)

Join the New Orleans Jewish Community Center and pay homage to those lost during the Holocaust for the community-wide memorial program, Yom Hashoah. Philip Bailowits, one of seven Holocaust survivors living in New Orleans, will be a keynote speaker for the event Sunday (April 27). Continue reading »

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Apr 232014
 

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of the celebrated Sylvain and Ste. Marie restaurants downtown have completed their purchase of an Uptown building where they plan “The Manor on Magazine,” and they remain on track to open in the fall of this year, they said Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Apr 232014
 

FANAThe Faubourg Avart Neighborhood Association — which formed last year to represent the area between Prytania and the river, from Upperline to Valmont — will host City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell for a discussion of quality-of-life issues at a meeting tonight (Wednesday, April 23) at St. Katharine Drexel Prep, 5116 Magazine. Continue reading »

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Apr 222014
 
The Coliseum Square fountain flows in the background during a crawfish boil fundraiser in May 2012. (photo courtesy of Jim McAlister)

The Coliseum Square fountain flows in the background during a crawfish boil fundraiser in May 2012. (photo courtesy of Jim McAlister)

(image via neworleansfilmsociety.org)

(image via neworleansfilmsociety.org)

Two of the Crescent City’s best springtime offerings — the Coliseum Square Association’s annual crawfish boil fundraiser and a showing of “The Goonies” in the New Orleans Film Society’s Moonlight Movies series — will converge on the same evening in an unexpected but possibly perfect pairing next month. Continue reading »

Apr 162014
 
Newly delivered construction equipment sits at the site of the Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Newly delivered construction equipment sits at the site of the Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cedric Martin has been a somewhat regular attendee of Delachaise Neighborhood Association meetings over the last year, but when he walked into the room Tuesday night — as the first signs of construction begin to show at the Baronne Street site where he is rebuilding the original Martin Wine Cellar — he was met with applause and cheering.

“Thank you,” Martin said quietly as he sat down, to which one member replied: “Thank you for starting construction.” Continue reading »

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Apr 152014
 
At least two sections of the Newcomb Boulevard fence have been removed as of Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

At least two sections of the Newcomb Boulevard fence have been removed as of Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

At least two sections of the controversial Newcomb Boulevard fence were removed Tuesday morning, and city officials say the intersection will re-open to two-way traffic in about a week. Continue reading »