Oct 182014
 
Freret 5K sign, hand painted by students from McMain charter school, hung on the wall of the Junior League of New Orleans' Boomin' Deals Thrift Store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Freret 5K sign, hand painted by students from McMain charter school, hung on the wall of the Junior League of New Orleans’ Boomin’ Deals Thrift Store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday morning, the Junior League of New Orleans put on the Freret Street 5K. The event included a half-mile walk/run, 5K run, complimentary food and beverages and children’s activities.

15-year-old Alex Lewis won the 5K with a time of 17:31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

15-year-old Alex Lewis won the 5K with a time of 17:31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 172014
 
(map via jlno.org)

(map via jlno.org)

Freret 5K logoThe Junior League of New Orleans will hold its second annual Freret 5K on Saturday morning, sending runners up the commercial corridor and through the university area, with an after party catered by some of Freret’s great restaurants.

The race starts and ends in the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Store parking lot at 4645 Freret Street, just down from the Uptown Messenger offices at 4609 Freret. We’ll be out, cheering on the runners and enjoying the Samuel Green Charter School band, so stop by and say hello on your way to the race. Continue reading »

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Oct 152014
 
(via nola.gov)

(via nola.gov)

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will offer a free screening of Iron Man 3 in Norwood Thompson Playground this Friday (Oct. 17), hosted by the Norwood Thompson Playground Booster Club. The event will include pre-show field games and fitness activities led by Fit NOLA Parks instructors. Continue reading »

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Oct 122014
 
Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane’s defense led the Green Wave to a 12-3 victory over American conference opponent the University of Connecticut on Saturday evening at Yulman Stadium, with a forced fumble, an interception and a safety.

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday's victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday’s victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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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 132014
 
Tulane wide reciever Xavier Rush breaks a 74-yard touchdown pass from Lee in the third quarter. Rush broke two tackles on his way to the endzone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane wide reciever Xavier Rush breaks a 74-yard touchdown pass from Lee in the third quarter. Rush broke two tackles on his way to the endzone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Yulman Stadium made some noise for the Tulane Green Wave in their well-deserved 35-20 victory over the Southeastern Lions. Tulane’s defense was tight, and quarterback Tanner Lee secured touchdowns through big plays. Continue reading »

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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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Sep 072014
 
Tulane players, filled with energy, wait in the smoke-filled tunnel to make their debut in Yulman stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane players, filled with energy, wait in the smoke-filled tunnel to make their debut in Yulman stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Jamal Melancon; photos by Zach Brien

Tulane may have lost against Georgia Tech 21-38, but the home game experience of Uptown tailgating, pregame festivities, and on-field energy all contributed to vibrant inauguration for Yulman Stadium. Continue reading »

Sep 062014
 
A group of "football wives of New Orleans" enjoys drinks on a back porch prior to the game. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of “football wives of New Orleans” enjoys drinks on a back porch prior to the game. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane fans pass Yulman Stadium, seen from Calhoun Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane fans pass Yulman Stadium, seen from Calhoun Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Long before Yulman Stadium even received its name, questions of how football games would impact the neighborhoods around Tulane University dominated discussions about the return of college football to the Uptown campus.

On Saturday, those questions were finally answered: On-street parking may have been tough to find, but traffic was relatively light, and many neighbors were thrilled to revive the front-yard parties associated with memories of the old Sugar Bowl stadium.

“Going to the Dome spoiled my football experience at Tulane. I’m so glad, 40 years later, that we’re back, and I’m shocked at how quiet Audubon Boulevard is,” said Seph Dupuy, a 1970 Tulane graduate as he attended a small gathering there. “I’m pleasantly surprised how well controlled and easy it is to get around.” Continue reading »

Sep 062014
 

The Tulane University Green Wave returns Uptown on Saturday, kicking off its inaugural game in the new on-campus Yulman Stadium against Georgia Tech at 3 p.m.

See below for live coverage of the stadium’s impact on the neighborhood before the game, and for live coverage of the game once it begins.

Live Blog Tulane football returns to Uptown with home opener against Georgia Tech (live coverage)

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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 072014
 
A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane's Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane’s Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

As Tulane’s first on-campus football season in years approaches, a trio of women’s groups at Tulane University are hosting a pre-season high tea and silent auction Sunday honoring alumni football wives. Continue reading »

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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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Jun 302014
 
Audubon Park's Shelter 11, near St. Charles Avenue, was recently renovated with private donations, and the park is asking the city to pay for similar renovations to the bathroom complexes on The Fly. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Park’s Shelter 11, near St. Charles Avenue, was recently renovated with private donations, and the park is asking the city to pay for similar renovations to the bathroom complexes on The Fly. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The city of New Orleans’ $12.5 million plan to repave the uppermost end of Magazine Street next year answers a major standing request from the Audubon Commission, but Audubon leaders are still requesting an additional $3.6 million in upgrades to the riverfront park known as “The Fly.” Continue reading »

Jun 102014
 

jewel bush

You’ve seen them at many intersections and overpasses across the city.

They weave in and out of traffic at red lights, often dressed in team jerseys or uniforms, their sweet faces so hard to say no to.

They work in teams usually. There are the sign carriers. Sometimes the signs are pithy and drum up sympathy. Other times, the words on the poster boards are a scrawl so faint you can hardly decipher the exact message. One thing is unmistakable, though. They want money. Continue reading »

Jun 032014
 

Three Uptown swimming pools — at the Lyons Center in the Irish Channel, the Harrell Center in west Carrollton and A.L. Davis Park in Central City — opened for the summer on Monday and will remain open to the public until August, according to a report by Alicia Serrano at MidCityMessenger.com. Continue reading »

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May 222014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Let’s face it, New Orleans was not awarded the Super Bowl because NFL owners valued the financial investment the citizens of Minneapolis had made to build a new stadium. New Orleans has a reliable stadium that has served us very well over the decades, a stadium which in fact transformed New Orleans and helped create Poydras Street as a major business destination. We should all thank Doug Thornton, Ron Forman and Governor Jindal for continuing to keep our stadium up to par, within its physical footprint. The State of Louisiana can’t afford to build a new stadium at this time and we don’t have the corporate base of Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston or Milwaukee to even partially fund such a project. Nevertheless, we will win another Super Bowl bid — maybe not next year — but soon because New Orleans is still the best sports destination in America. Continue reading »