With two bars on Freret Street already and two more on the way, residents are now considering how many more they will support along the suddenly in-demand commercial corridor.
The Taylor Playground was selected for the $15,000 donation from the Pro Bono Publico Foundation because it sits close to Rex’s den on South Claiborne Avenue, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
You read that right: Midway Pizza offers the “Freret Jet” all-you-can-eat lunch buffet every weekday for just $8.95. That’s as many slices of Midway’s famous deep-dish pizza as you can handle, on top of a choice of caesar or house salad. That, plus the new summer pizzas – the Smokey Treat, King Creole, the Money Pie, and the Herb Tarlek – are out, so come on in and see what everyone’s talking about today!
Located at 4725 Freret between Napoleon and Jefferson, Midway Pizza proudly serves Uptown’s only deep-dish pizza daily until midnight (1am on Fridays). Full menu and beer list are available online, or download the Midway app for Droid or iPhone. Visit the Midway website, follow Midway on Facebook or Twitter, or call 504-322-2815 for more details.
The untimely death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (more widely known as MCA) last week marks another loss in the creative fabric of the Generation X cultural landscape; he was 47. Personally my appreciation for Mr. Yauch and his bandmates was something of a journey. Their supernova premiere License to Ill in 1986 left me only lukewarm. Like many, I thought the boys goofy and annoying. But they were also everywhere, if not tireless. With their follow-up Paul’s Boutique, many of their fans were left scratching their heads. A dynamic shift in sound and direction — when most listeners had likely anticipated a sequel to License (as the 80s sequelled just about everything) — Boutique demonstrated a decidedly different approach to their musical goals, which received yet another makeover in 1992′s Check Your Head. It was about this time I took a shine to the band. Their other 2 albums of the 1990′s Ill Communication and Hello Nasty brought their energy further along, elevating their sound to places their fanbase embraced and celebrated. Aside, I had the good fortune of being to catch both of those album’s tours, and until last week earnestly believed I would see the Beasties perform some time again hopefully in the near future.
An NOPD patrol car and a civilian vehicle crashed near the intersection of Washington and St. Charles on Monday afternoon, leaving the officer with shoulder pain and the civilian with chest pain, , according to our partners at WWL-TV. The case will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s office.
Armed gunmen targeted two elderly men in Central City in separate incidents Sunday, shooting a 67-year-old in the neck and robbing an 83-year-old of his cash, according to police reports.
Billed as a “‘Treme’ vs. ‘The Wire’ Battle of the Bands,” and hosted by two stars of David Simon’s acclaimed dramas, four musical groups representing New Orleans and Baltimore will face off at Tipitina’s on Friday night to raise money for local musical charities.
The Du Mois gallery on Freret Street will open its newest show, “Visages,” on Saturday evening, and will continue accepting submissions through May 15 for its annual “Cold Drink” printmaking show.
The city is considering auctioning off a century-old fire station on Laurel Street and a vacant lot in Broadmoor for what would likely be a residential renovation, but the City Planning Commission must first hold a hearing Tuesday on the prospect of releasing the publicly-held property into private hands.
Over the past few days, New Orleans has played host to several “Jane Jacobs walks” in which residents walk or ride bicycles in their neighborhoods to better appreciate ground-level interactions between residents and businesses. These are a show of solidarity against isolation and atomization that often permeates modern society, and, a celebration of older, denser urban development schemes.
Neighbors United will meet Tuesday evening to begin a discussion of how many more alcohol permits should be awarded along Freret Street, association officials said. A potluck gathering will start at 6 p.m. at Samuel J. Green Charter School (2319 Valence Street), with the actual meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.
I have a confession to make: I’ve always loved leaving New Orleans. Not just for the rush of packing suitcases, or the expectation of visiting a new place, or the pleasures of going to see family and friends. Nor just for the sense of mental refreshment you get when you break out of your routine, or the wonder and delight at a novel landscape. Nor even just for the thought of what to eat elsewhere. All of these things play into it, but there’s another reason entirely.
It’s that you get to come back.
For decades, Freret Street was a thriving commercial corridor in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, but the murder of Bill Long in 1984 in front of his bakery was a “death knell” that sent the street into a spiral of decay and neglect, said Andy Brott and Lauren Anderson, two guides for about a dozen people Saturday morning on a “Jane Jacobs Walk” to discuss the history and evolution of the street.
After years of work by community leaders, the destructive flooding after Hurricane Katrina and a permissive rezoning, the corridor suddenly sprang back to life with a flurry of new restaurant openings over the last two years, and Saturday’s walk served to explore some of the factors that led to the renaissance.
A Friday night raid on The Hangar nightclub at 1511 S. Rendon by state Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents found 39 minors inside, including a 4-year-old, though none were caught drinking, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. A manager told WWL that the young people were there for a wrestling match intended as a family event, but authorities said the bar was warned the match could not be an all-ages event.
As this column is published, TBK and I are off on an adventure, albeit a brief one. We’ll be in Pensacola, watching my oldest graduate from college. While this launch was somewhat delayed, it is every bit as wonderful as anticipated and, bursting with pride, it also allows us to indulge ourselves in one of our favorite pastimes.