Frank’s Steakhouse — the landmark restaurant that reigned over Freret Street for decades — was unceremoniously knocked to the ground on Wednesday in a dramatic illustration of the changing times in New Orleans.
The Frank’s complex in the 4500 block of Freret was the last major undeveloped property on the corridor since a wave of new business openings began around five years ago. On July 2, Arnold Kirschman finalized his purchase of the buildings from the Barreca family who had owned them for the better part of a century, as part of a plan to demolish the steakhouse in the center of the block to rebuild a stretch of buildings matching the old cleaners on the corner of Cadiz.
What trait did actor/comedian Robin Williams and many of New Orleans homeless share? Mental illness. Like a majority of the homeless in New Orleans, Williams battled periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression until he finally “silenced the demons that relentlessly targeted him” earlier this week, as the Associate Press put it.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the rate of mental illness increases as boomers age. According to the Center for Disease Control, the suicide rate for adults – aged 45 to 64 – increased 40% from 1999 to 2011. An analysis by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found that the suicide rate for middle- to late-middle-aged adults is higher than any other age group.
What more can you ask for in the middle of a New Orleans summer than a nice breeze? That’s the idea behind the Belle Reve Breeze Gala, presented by Avita Pharmacy, who hopes to give everyone an escape from the heat outside at their second annual gala benefiting Belle Reve New Orleans.
Residents and business owners who want bike racks in their neighborhoods have until Friday (Aug. 15) to request them from the city, New Orleans officials said.
The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will be holding celebrations for the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame’s 16th anniversary this weekend, including a Honors Breakfast by invitation and awards and memorial ceremony that will be free and open to the public.
The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau invites residents to enjoy all that this wonderful city has to offer through the Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown and COOLinary New Orleans campaigns. Experience your hometown through the eyes of visitors while supporting the businesses that have made New Orleans one of the most popular travel destinations in the world – and one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Cities.
The rape that was originally reported Monday afternoon at Carrollton and Washington avenues actually took place in New Orleans East, police said Tuesday.
A woman reported being raped Monday afternoon near the intersection of Carrollton and Washington avenues, New Orleans police said.
Celebrated New Orleans restaurateur Adolfo Garcia — whose High Hat Cafe and Ancora Pizzeria helped jumpstart the commercial revitalization of Freret Street — has bought a building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard for his next venture.
Demonstrating the degree to which the redevelopment of O.C. Haley Boulevard has taken off, city officials on Monday compared the Central City corridor to busy Magazine Street as they discussed the need for parking they expect in the very near future.
After successfully rebuilding their membership over the past few years, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in New Orleans is working towards renovating their meeting hall on Lyons Street with a pair of fundraisers this week at nearby bars.
A ban on smoking in bars and casinos in the City of New Orleans is beginning to appear increasingly inevitable. Although a concerted campaign to enact a statewide ban has failed repeatedly in past years, the insidious anti-smoking forces are now focusing on smaller-scale efforts.
In New Orleans, these forces have found a political surrogate in District B City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, who plans to introduce a smoking ban this fall.
“This is not an attack, this is about healthier environments for all people: those who work in these environments, musicians, employees,” Cantrell said recently. ”But the majority of the people now within our city and even state, close to 80 percent are non-smokers.”
Cantrell attempts an artful dodge, but the truth is that this is an attack — an attack on a market choice.
Last week’s brazen armed robbery at a business on South Carrollton Avenue does not appear to be linked to a similar incident earlier this summer in the same strip mall, but police are urging businesses to take whatever precautions they can to keep their employees safe.
Two men were injured Saturday night by gunfire in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, and another man was cut by a bottle during an argument early Saturday morning in the Freret neighborhood, according to weekend crime reports from the New Orleans Police Department.