Feb 022015
 
Lycee Francais board chair Alysson Mills speaks while Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, listens on. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycee Francais board chair Alysson Mills speaks while Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, listens on. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The top representative of the French government in New Orleans said he is actively researching the best option toward the creation of a new high school in the city aligned with his country’s educational program. Continue reading »

Feb 022015
 

Owen Courreges

I personally loathe either giving or receiving directions, particularly in New Orleans.  With all the twists and turns in the Crescent City, it’s a sure bet that there’s at least one step where you’ll have to “bear” onto something or venture on some convoluted path to make a left turn, all the while cursing the lack of rhyme and reason to the whole mess.

It’s all part and parcel of living in a city established nearly three-hundred years ago along a winding river.  The streets tend to take on a life of their own.

Now, sadly, it’s about to become ever more difficult to meander some streets of Uptown New Orleans.  Yes, the City Planning Commission (CPC) has once again exhibited its total lack of purpose, this time by approving needless street name changes borne of local political horse-trading. Continue reading »

Feb 022015
 

Tyrone Lowe (via opcso.org)

Tyrone Lowe (via opcso.org)

A construction-site security guard was disarmed and robbed at gunpoint in Central City and a man was shot in a Broadmoor backyard, according to weekend crime reports, but New Orleans police also announced the arrest of a man who was allegedly robbing pizza-delivery drivers. Continue reading »

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Feb 022015
 
Stretchers await the bodies of two Tulane Law students killed in a murder-suicide on Willow Street on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Stretchers await the bodies of two Tulane Law students killed in a murder-suicide on Willow Street on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 28-year-old man fatally shot his 25-year-old girlfriend and then himself in a Willow Street apartment, New Orleans police said Sunday morning, leaving the Tulane community mourning the unexpected loss of two law-school students. Continue reading »

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Jan 312015
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at the grand opening ceremony at Martin Wine Cellar on Friday, Jan. 30. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at the grand opening ceremony at Martin Wine Cellar on Friday, Jan. 30. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Before Mayor Mitch Landrieu took the podium for Friday’s grand opening ceremony at Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street, he had a very important question to ask.

“You’ve already got your lemonade?” Landrieu asked a patron in the crowd, noting her tall glass. He took the microphone, and continued, “I’m happy. You know how many times I came here when I was a kid to get a sandwich, how many Lindys I’ve eaten?” Continue reading »

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Jan 302015
 

This past Thursday, Uptown had a dashing “Downton Abbey”-inspired tea party benefitting WYES. The sold-out “Afternoon Tea with WYES” was held at the home of Jennifer and Fred Heebe on St. Charles Ave.

From (l-r): WYES President & General Manager Allan Pizzato, event Chair Jean Rice, homeowners Jennifer and Fred Heebe

From (l-r): WYES President & General Manager Allan Pizzato, event Chair Jean Rice, homeowners Jennifer and Fred Heebe

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Jan 302015
 
An image from Google Maps shows the large vacant lot from the corner of Broadway and Edinburgh streets. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An image from Google Maps shows the large vacant lot from the corner of Broadway and Edinburgh streets. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The large vacant lot on Broadway Street near Earhart Boulevard in Gert Town that formerly held the Mary Church Terrell Elementary School received tentative approval this week to become the new New Orleans Police Department Second District station and a community pool. Continue reading »

Jan 302015
 
A sneak peek at the new playground equipment at Samuel Square. (Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

A sneak peek at the new playground equipment at Samuel Square. The playground will receive its official dedication at 2 p.m. today. (Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Today marks the official grand re-opening of the recently totally redone Samuel Square playground in the 2100 block of Napoleon, though the caution tape was removed a few days ago.  And wow!  Akin to other nearby brightly colored and playful compositions of many reborn play areas (think Laurence Square but moreso the Danneel Playspot at Octavia and St Charles) this 21st century facelift to this centuries old green space does not disappoint.  And being a parent to young children (and a also a tax-paying neighbor myself) just a few blocks away from Samuel Square my level of engagement is set to maximum.  And for many reasons. Continue reading »

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Jan 292015
 
Josh Densen of Bricolage Academy speaks at an open house at the Touro Synagogue campus on Jan. 29. Bricolage is moving out of Touro this year, and Cypress Academy is moving in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Josh Densen of Bricolage Academy speaks at an open house at the Touro Synagogue campus on Jan. 29. Bricolage is moving out of Touro this year, and Cypress Academy is moving in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bricolage Academy, an Orleans Parish charter school that opened two years ago, will move out of Touro Synagogue on St. Charles Avenue next year and into Mid-City, while Cypress Academy — one of the newest OPSB charter schools — will open next year in the Touro space. Continue reading »

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Jan 292015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

First some full disclosure: Allan has know Tom Benson since his Times Picayune days and even spent a weekend at Tom’s ranch in Texas; Allan and later Allan and Danae did consulting work for Benson; Gayle Bird Benson used to come on our cable show to raise money for St. Louis Cathedral; we attended their wedding reception ten years ago; Danae has also worked with lawyer Randy Smith on campaign events.

So, like everyone else in New Orleans, we have been closely following the Benson family feud and the obvious greed that surrounds it. Who would have thought the tenacious ninth ward graduate of St. Aloysius and Loyola-trained accountant would become the billionaire that everyone — except his other four living children, apparently — are fighting over. Continue reading »

Jan 282015
 
Cypress Academy, a recently approved OPSB charter school, will open in August with their inaugural kindergarten class.

Cypress Academy Open House 300pEA

Cypress Academy combines academics and social and emotional development with a learning community that encourages critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and intellectual risk-taking. At Cypress, we believe that all students can achieve great success and enjoy learning, regardless of their learning style.

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Jan 272015
 
Catherine Raphael is comforted by Pastor Jamal Weathersby as she speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Catherine Raphael is comforted by the Rev. Jamaal Weathersby of New Hope Baptist Church as she speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A portion of two Central City streets could be renamed in honor of two prominent pastors who recently died, after positive votes Tuesday by the City Planning Commission in spite of some members’ concerns about the process for changing street names in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jan 272015
 
The Magnolia Mansion at 2127 Prytania Street. (via Google Maps)

The Magnolia Mansion at 2127 Prytania Street. (via Google Maps)

A proposal to add a restaurant at the Magnolia Mansion hotel on Prytania Street drew such vehement opposition from Garden District-area neighbors on Tuesday afternoon that the City Planning Commission overruled their own staffers to recommend against the project. Continue reading »