The increase in foot traffic along Freret has dramatically reduced crime, neighbors said during the Second District’s monthly anti-crime walk Wednesday evening, but they worry that blighted buildings such as the Barreca family’s former steak house continue to attract criminals, according to a report by Monica Hernandez and our partners at WWL-TV.
“Everybody on this street knows everybody,” High Hat owner Chip Apperson tells Eater.com in an interview with his partners about the Freret restaurant’s first year. The varied offerings on Freret let everyone benefit from the exposure other establishments bring, he says, and the owners and staff all eat at each other’s restaurants.
Three guns were reported stolen from unlocked vehicles around Uptown New Orleans in recent weeks — the same number that police were able to confiscate in criminal cases — and two of the gun thefts were from the same block of State Street.
A woman ambushed and robbed three cab drivers in different locations around the Irish Channel early Thursday morning, police said, in a series of attacks that in some ways repeats a pattern shown in two other cases earlier this month.
BREAKING NEWS: Allan and Danae wrote this great column (below) about Bobby Jindal today but have to say something about the Times Picayune’s decision to lay off much of their staff and reduce print publication to only several times a week. Did we move to the country and not know it?
This decision is the Newhouse family’s way of continuing the profitability of the paper that has been around since 1837. Allan was a reporter and columnist for the TP during its golden years. His heart goes out to all the staff, especially those who will be layed off, and to the readers who don’t have access to computers and will have to rely primarily on television to get their news. We have always been readers and will miss holding that paper in our hands. Thank goodness we subscribe to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal so we can still get the real news every day.
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When Louisiana’s voters were believing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s spin during the last election that he loved his job and pledged to stay four more years, who would have thought that Bobby would emerge at the very top of Mitt Romney’s list for vice president? Many national columnists have opined for Jindal and are urging him on; others have placed him in the middle of the pack.
Turn off your A/C and leave the fans in the corner: there’s a new way to beat the heat this summer. Bee Sweet Cupcakes is now offering homemade popsicles in a variety of flavors to tickle your taste buds. Featuring flavors such as strawberry lemonade, pina colada, grape pomegranate, and strawberry basil, these delicious popsicles are available for just $2 each, tax included! Also available are homemade lemon ice for $2, and Dippin’ Dots ice cream for $3 — so come in and cool down today!
Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your order at 504.891.8333.
I have no problem with the language skills of the average New Orleanian. If anything I fully embrace it, however I have to confess it often leaves me scratching my head if only because more often than not the word, syntax, and otherwise grammar choices made seem to be born out of sheer whim rather than deference to text. Mostly I might chalk this up to New Orleanians’ frequent disregard for accuracy (and this might include driving habits, but another column for another day). Generally, we all understand one another well enough, so what’s the difference, right? For example, do quotation marks “really” have to be placed appropriately? If it’s me, then “yes,” they do; but if it’s your favorite po-boy spot’s menu “board” detailing specials, “then” no, not so much.
Reflecting its evolution into a “one of the leading developers of high-quality affordable homes in Central City,” the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative will be changing its name to Harmony Neighborhood Development beginning in June, officials announced Tuesday night.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking public input on the upcoming renovation and expansion of Audubon Charter School’s historic Broadway Street campus.
Jason Jaume, owner of the Hangar bar at 1511 S. Rendon St., was charged with 38 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor based on each person under age 18 found inside during a May 4 raid by state agents of a wrestling event marketed to families, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. The bar’s management has said the minors were all supervised by their parents and that none were drinking alcohol.
The NOPD Second District is planning its monthly anti-crime march on Freret Street tonight, and neighborhood groups are urging residents and business owners to come out and support the event.
The committee that organized a recent gun buyback at an Earhart Boulevard church needs to raise $13,000 to reimburse 173 gun owners who turned in weapons after the event ran out of money, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. A total of 400 guns were surrendered, and committee member Rafael Goyeneche says that if even one violent crime was averted, the $23,000 event still cost less than a single emergency room visit.
“Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has agreed to spend $2 million on street and sidewalk repairs, new traffic signal and other infrastructure upgrades. The administration will reimburse Costco for costs linked to meeting flood mitigation requirements,” writes Jennifer Larino of New Orleans City Business in a blog post about Hollygrove neighbors’ hopes that a requirement the Costco hire locally be included in the deal.
The International School of Louisiana governing board will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 23) at 1400 Camp Street to discuss the results of its recent state testing, the reconfiguration of the Camp Street campus, and further expansion plans, officials said.
The well-received new French restaurant on Magazine Street had everything in place for an alcohol permit — the owners just need the City Council to return to work, according to reporting by Monica Herndandez and our partners at WWL-TV.
A Saratoga Street home in Central City was gutted by fire early Monday morning, witnesses said.
Roving reporter TimG here… I want to let everyone know how City Hall’s recent street light press conference went, which included an unintentional demonstration of the challenges facing the administration’s new approach to street light repairs.
The annual meeting tonight of one of Central City’s nonprofit redevelopers will celebrate the neighborhood’s recent past by honoring the work of its founding board members, while unveiling its own reinvention for the future.