Jan 312016
 
The Krewe of Pygmalion "Brilliance of Iris" float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pygmalion “Brilliance of Iris” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta toasted the world of musical theatre with “A Knight at the Tonys,” and the Krewe of Pygmaliono paid tribute to other Mardi Gras deities with “The Gods of Carnival” as both rolled Saturday night on the Uptown route.

The Knights of Sparta roll on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta roll on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 302016
 
A rider laughs as she throws beads in the Krewe of Choctaw parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider laughs as she throws beads in the Krewe of Choctaw parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret rolled on the Uptown route during the day on Saturday.

A rider on the "Connecticut , the _O_S_T_T__N State" float  in the Krewe of Pontchartrain throws beads to an eager crowd on Napoleon avenue. The Krewe was one of five parades rolling Uptown on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the “Connecticut , the _O_S_T_T__N State” float in the Krewe of Pontchartrain throws beads to an eager crowd on Napoleon avenue. The Krewe was one of five parades rolling Uptown on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bivian "Sonny" Lee III rides as this year's king of the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bivian “Sonny” Lee III rides as this year’s king of the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 302016
 
Images from the Krewe of Oshun. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Oshun prepares to throw beads into the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Oshun celebrated its 20th anniversary with a “Sea of Beauty,” and the Krewe of Cleopatra “rocked the Big Easy” with tributes to classic tunes Friday night as the two parades kicked off the Carnival season on the Uptown route.

A rider in the Krewe of Cleopatra smiles as she tosses beads on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Images from the Krewe of Cleopatra parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 292016
 
Domilise's Roast Beef Poboy (Kristine Froeba)

Domilise’s Roast Beef Poboy (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

It wasn’t long ago that every Uptown house was within walking distance of a Roast Beef Poboy. Only twenty years ago, almost every second corner had a grocery or bar with a sandwich shop in the back. You can still see their architectural remains Uptown. The historic corner houses with double doors facing the intersection are vestiges of that simpler time. A select few of these locations continue to operate. Clancy’s the restaurant was once old man Clancy’s Bar and Poboy Shop. I rode my bike there to buy candy. Norby’s bar and restaurant has become Patois. An apartment two blocks down was formerly LaCour’s Grocery. In another direction was Mouledous’ Butcher and Grocery, now Fresh Bar. Toast now occupies the defunct Draube’s neighborhood Bar and Grocer. These establishments coexisted with dozen of others in the same few blocks. Most served poboys. Due to gentrification and time, most are now lost. Continue reading »

Jan 282016
 
Two attendees at Thursday's presentation on the Carrollton Courthouse at Tulane University examine plans and documents produced by architecture students. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two attendees at Thursday’s presentation on the Carrollton Courthouse at Tulane University examine plans and documents produced by architecture students. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Possible futures for the vacant Carrollton Courthouse include a school for building trades, a community gathering place or an event venue, according to a series of visions presented by Tulane architecture students on Thursday evening, but time is running short before the Orleans Parish School Board decides to sell the historic building. Continue reading »

Jan 282016
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

The Wing Stop restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday afternoon, and investigators are hoping that a surveillance photo of the gunman will lead to his identification and arrest, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jan 282016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Though the April elections are still months away, Mayor Landrieu brought his pitch for additional taxes to hire 400 new police officers and fund millions owed firefighters to the often skeptical Bureau of Governmental Relations yesterday. Before getting to the money ask, Landrieu spun his story of accomplishments, just in case BGR members “hadn’t been paying attention” the last six years. He also explained that with only 831 days left in his term – he counts every day – he wants to go faster rather than slower, do more rather than less. Continue reading »

Jan 272016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

 

“Keep it between the ditches.” So often the parting phrase between folks out in the country and words to live by, no matter the context really. And though born of a more rural and how-to-drive nature, the sentiment echoes truth, even when it comes to how one may want to navigate another carnival season. Keep moving forward and avoid pitfalls. To wit, please embrace the following 10 points to aid in your Mardi Gras journeys this year. Continue reading »

Jan 262016
 
The first, second and fourth categories of short-term rentals were approved by the City Planning Commission, but not the third. (graphic via City of New Orleans)

The first, second and fourth categories of short-term rentals were approved by the City Planning Commission, but not the third. (graphic via City of New Orleans)

New Orleans residents should be able to rent out part of their own home to tourists — or even the whole thing for a short period of time — using services like AirBnB, but the city is not yet ready to let absentee landlords do the same thing, City Planning commissioners recommended on Tuesday, setting the stage for further debate on the contentious issue at the City Council level. Continue reading »

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Jan 262016
 
The "SC" icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

The “SC” icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

Two of the five home invasions in the university-area that were under investigation this month involved the rape of sleeping victims, New Orleans police now say, contradicting previous suggestions that the victims were unharmed. Continue reading »

Jan 252016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

In March of 2015, Irvin Mayfield was downright cocky. He had recently opened the New Orleans Jazz Market, a home venue for his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO).

In an interview with Jennifer Odell of Offbeat, he painted a picture colored with lofty notions and ideals. Waxing poetic, Mayfield boasted that “[o]ur work is about conveying truth, love and beauty.” Continue reading »