Mar 292016
 
Betsy Ordemann of Magic Box Toys

Betsy Ordemann of Magic Box Toys

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements!

Along with those experiencing personal inconveniences and dissatisfactions, our local businesses on these routes are taking a hard economic hit. New Orleans’ businesses need to feel our support and the impact of local dollars now at this critical time of business disruption because they are the backbone of our city’s culture, economy and character. Continue reading »

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 282016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

New Orleans drivers, I’ve found, are not particularly fond of pedestrians. Venturing forth on New Orleans roads seems to have become an exercise in big game hunting, as some cars actually speed up to honk and shout obscenities at people whose only crime is walking. The closer they come to running them down, the greater their warm fuzzy.

New Orleans pedestrians, on the other hand, often seem to have little regard their own lives. They seem to be unaware of these strange strips of pavement adjoining streets called “sidewalks” and instead saunter about in the middle of the roadway, appearing inconvenienced when a car has the sheer audacity to attempt to use a traffic lane for its intended purpose.

Both sides need a lesson in the law and simple etiquette. Continue reading »

Mar 282016
 

A man who stopped to offer help to a motorist was robbed at gunpoint on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District early Friday morning, and a delivery driver with a flat tire just off Tchoupitoulas was robbed at gunpoint early Monday, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Mar 282016
 

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After writing last week’s post about the #BeSentimental light projection, I was delighted and even more curious when I found the lights spotted in two additional places in the city. Several of my friends who were leaving work last Wednesday night mentioned they saw the hashtag on the front of One Shell Square on Poydras Street, and then later on Easter Sunday, I saw it again on the side of Midway Pizza on Freret Street. Continue reading »

Mar 252016
 
Former Gov. Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party. (image via change.org petition for their inclusion in CNN forums)

Former Gov. Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party. (image via change.org petition for their inclusion in CNN forums)

As the Republicans and Democrats each move toward nominating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, two candidates with the highest unfavorable ratings among general-election voters in decades, local activists in the national Green and Libertarian parties see opportunities this year — if they can get their own message out to the public. Continue reading »

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Mar 252016
 
Crispy Pecan Catfish Des Allemands, over Crab Boil Creole Potato Salad with Creole Mustard Braised Cabbage and Mirlitons with Pickled Okra Aioli and NOLA BBQ Vinaigrette (Kristine Froeba)

Crispy Pecan Catfish Des Allemands, over Crab Boil Creole Potato Salad with Creole Mustard Braised Cabbage and Mirlitons with Pickled Okra Aioli and NOLA BBQ Vinaigrette (Kristine Froeba)

Friday luncheon traditions are entrenched in New Orleans. Amongst professionals and the ladies who lunch, Uptown’s luncheon tradition is Commander’s Palace—since 1890. It still is. While the CBD traditional crowd may also focus on Galatoire’s, an upstart founded in 1905, the grandest of luncheons continue to be enjoyed daily under the moss-covered oaks where Washington joins Coliseum. Actually, the statement is true any day of the week. Weekends are reserved for Commander’s Brunch. Bourbon Milk Punch sets the pace.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Commander’s, famous since the turn of the century, became a Brennan’s restaurant in 1974. Much remains constant, although in recent years Ella, Dottie, Dick, and John Brennan passed the reins to cousins Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan. The residents of the Garden District still stroll to frequent the most elegant of historic restaurants and its Haute Creole Cuisine, as do I. The walls are still “Commander Blue.” The cocktails unequaled. Reservations are usually needed. Coats are still required. Martinis are still 25 cents. Continue reading »

Mar 242016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis sent a letter to central office staff this week who were not eliminated in the first round of staff changes last summer advising them that more cuts were on the way but that they could apply for jobs remaining, if they were qualified. Even the current principals were told that their re-employment was not certain. Staff members are bracing for these inevitable changes, which will likely occur during the summer months. Continue reading »

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Mar 242016
 

I’m writing this in the hopes of solving a mystery I have noticed in my neighborhood. After finishing another delicious dinner at Rum House on Magazine Street, I decided a little gelato would be the perfect way to end my evening. As I left Sucre with a cupful of delicious pistachio gelato, I noticed something on The Orphanage Building across the street. Being projected on the wall of the historic apartment building was a light display showing the phrase “#BeSentimental”.

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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 »

Mar 232016
 
A March 15 photo from the oyster bar area of the Dryades Public Market. (via Facebook)

A March 15 photo from the oyster bar area of the Dryades Public Market. (via Facebook)

Daniel Momont of Dryades Public Market speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 22. (via City of New Orleans)

Daniel Momont of Dryades Public Market speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 22. (via City of New Orleans)

The new Dryades Public Market received tentative approval from city officials to add retail alcohol sales to its other offerings, as it prepares for its official grand opening next month. Continue reading »

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Mar 222016
 
A member of the Barq family plans to open an ice cream and liquor store on 1302 Magazine Street (Google Maps).

A member of the Barq family plans to open an ice cream and liquor store on 1302 Magazine Street (Google Maps).

Hillary Barq, a member of the family that invented Barq’s root beer, is planning to open a combination ice cream parlor, high-end wine and liquor store and café on Magazine Street, she announced at a Coliseum Square Association meeting Monday.

Some say Barq’s dream is delicious, but it could also be a pie in the sky, according to several neighbors. First, as she explained, she must convince the city to grant permission for her to sell off-premise packaged liquor. Continue reading »

Mar 212016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“You’re an idiot.”

It wasn’t much of an argument. These were the words written to me by Taylor Huckaby, a social media spokesman for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the regional transit agency serving the San Francisco Bay area. Clearly, he didn’t like to be challenged. Continue reading »

Mar 182016
 

Industry-Insights_badge-2-color-revOn Wednesday, March 23, LCIA is hosting an Industry Insights lunch for the transportation industry, “The BASICs of the CSA.” We will be joined by guest presenter Coastal Truck Driving School, who will discuss safety guidelines put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

This workshop is for anyone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), anyone employed in the transportation industry, and managers at companies that employ individuals with CDLs. Lunch will be served at this event.

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