Jun 192014
 
Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets after a March 13 shooting that killed two women. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City officials will join with members of the Milan Focus Group on Saturday at the site of a March shooting that left two women dead to voice the need for a safer neighborhood, organizers said. Continue reading »

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Jun 192014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

As readers are well aware, the Tea Party is a growing anti-big government movement that seeks to change American politics by often promising to get government out of the lives of citizens – as if that is even remotely possible. Most people of our generation began their voting lives as Democrats.  We understand that when people get a little older, more successful and sometimes more conservative, they might transition from being moderate Democrats to Republicans.

That’s fine. But right-leaning Tea Party Republicans are as out-of-step with middle America as the left-leaning fringes of the Democratic party. And they certainly won’t help the Republican party attract the ever-growing number of  Hispanic, Asian and African-American voters they must have to win another presidential election.  As the voting majority nationally because more non-white each year, both parties are scrambling to embrace those voters. Continue reading »

Jun 192014
 

gracious-Pasty-AssortmentGracious Bakery + Café will be participating in The Bread Bakers Guild of America’s 4th Annual Guild-Wide Bakery Open House on Saturday, June 21st.  The event takes place from 8 AM to 11 AM and is free and open to the public. This informal gathering is aimed at non-professionals curious about the bread-making process. Chef/owner Megan Forman will take guests on short tours through the bakery kitchen where they will get to see baguettes being rolled and Viennoisserie (including croissants and Danishes) being shaped. Complimentary French Truck coffee will be served, as well as various homemade breads. Continue reading »

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Jun 182014
 
Dat Dog's Alligator Sausage and a Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil. Both are available at Dat Dog this week during World Cup games.

Dat Dog’s Alligator Sausage and a Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil. Both are available at Dat Dog this week during World Cup games.

 

 

Catch all the World Cup action at Dat Dog, where every match will be shown live on big screen televisions and fans can score icy buckets of 5 New Belgium beers for just $20.00. During each match, customers can enter a free raffle to receive  New Belgium pint glasses, beer koozies and other bar items. Continue reading »

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Jun 172014
 
(photo via La Divina Gelataria on Facebook)

(photo via La Divina Gelateria on Facebook)

The owners of La Divina Gelateria will close their Magazine Street location in the Garden District after this weekend to focus on their growing wholesale operations, but their locations on Loyola University’s campus and in the French Quarter will remain open, they announced Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jun 172014
 
The former site of the Subway at the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano is now a vacant lot awaiting the construction of a Raising Cane's. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former site of the Subway at the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano is now a vacant lot awaiting the construction of a Raising Cane’s. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign on the Magnolia Marketplace site promises a 2015 grand opening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign on the Magnolia Marketplace site promises a 2015 grand opening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raising Cane’s is one vacant lot closer to its Uptown New Orleans debut, after the old Subway building on the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano was demolished over the past week to make room for it on the corner of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping center. Continue reading »

Jun 172014
 
Suspects known by the nicknames of "Red" (left) and "Nugget." (image via NOPD)

Suspects known by the nicknames of “Red” (left) and “Nugget.” (image via NOPD)

Tyrone Scott (via opcso.org)

Tyrone Scott (via opcso.org)

The alleged getaway driver has been arrested in last week’s armed robbery in the Irish Channel, but investigators are still looking for the public’s help for two gunmen they now know by nicknames, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jun 172014
 
The future location of French Truck coffee on Magazine Street at the corner of Erato. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The future location of French Truck coffee on Magazine Street at the corner of Erato. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The French Truck coffee roasters will soon be setting up a walk-in shop in the Lower Garden District; the owners of Sylvain plan to start serving food at their new Barrel Proof bar across the street; and the Courtyard Brewery is now only about two months from opening as the corner of Magazine and Erato heats up over the summer, business owners said. Continue reading »

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Jun 172014
 
A police officer walks two grieving family members, leaning on one another for support, past the scattered shell casings to their Annunciation Street home after the slaying of Darnell Brown in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A police officer walks two grieving family members, leaning on one another for support, past the scattered shell casings to their Annunciation Street home after the slaying of Darnell Brown in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ronald "Remo" Thompson (via opcso.org)

Ronald “Remo” Thompson (via opcso.org)

Ronald “Remo” Thompson, 22, was indicted last week on a charge of second-degree murder in the April 2012 killing of Darnell Brown in the 3800 block of Annunciation Street, and four other men — Ronald “Rozay” Brooks, 19, Demond “Lil-D” Sandifer, 18, Joshua “Josh” Pittman, 28, and Dejuan “Baby Ross” Williams, 19 — were charged with conspiracy to commit the murder, according to a report by Naomi Martin of The Times Picayune. Continue reading »

Jun 172014
 

UPTOWNCUNDINNew Orleans Auction Galleries is currently accepting consignments for their upcoming July 26-27 Estates Auction.

The sale includes an extensive selection of antique furniture, fine art, silver, Asian arts and more. Also featured in the sale is jewelry from the estate of Mickey Easterling and several original works by New Orleans favorites such as Ida Kohlmeyer, George Rodrigue, Jose-Maria Cundin, George Dureau, James Michalopoulos and more.

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Jun 162014
 
Banner outside of the king's house. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A banner promoting this year’s Uptown Swingers parade hangs outside of King Kevin Scott’s house on Jena Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Erone Hymel emerges from his mother's house on Loyola Avenue at the beginning of the Uptown Swingers second line on June 24, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Erone Hymel emerges from his mother’s house on Loyola Avenue at the beginning of the Uptown Swingers second line on June 24, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

To celebrate their 10th anniversary second-line, the Uptown Swingers will parade this Sunday where they all originally started: on Freret Street.

“Some people said we couldn’t last 10 years, so we’ve got to show them,” said Uptown Swingers president Ezell Hines. “Showing is seeing and seeing is believing.” Continue reading »

Jun 162014
 
(via habananeworleans.com)

The corner of Esplanade and Rampart, site of the proposed Habana Outpost. (via habananeworleans.com)

Owen Courreges

Put a fork in it.  The Louisiana Landmarks Society is done.  They’ve bought the farm, cashed in their chips, and kicked the proverbial bucket.

I could go on listing aphorisms signifying death or obsolescence, but the gist is that the Louisiana Landmarks Society has become a joke.  They have abandoned their mission of helping preserve landmarks in favor of the far less laudable enterprise of hawking restrictive zoning for the benefit of local NIMBYs.

I have reached this conclusion following the society’s release of its annual “New Orleans Nine Most Endangered List,” which lists “at-risk historic properties.”  The Louisiana Landmarks Society as a whole was founded in 1950 in order to promote historic preservation, and the list was envisioned as a means to highlight certain properties at risk of being lost.

After this year’s list, it’s clear that is no longer the society’s agenda. Continue reading »