The elevation of the NOPD Second District’s former commander to deputy chief was made a permanent promotion Wednesday, police officials said, but a new leader for the Uptown-based district has yet to be selected.
The Chestnut Street home of DEQ scientist Michael Drury, 55, was raided in November 2009, and federal agents seized computers with several dozen sexual images of children, according to reporter Dominic Massa and our partners at WWL-TV.
With state and local elections a little over two months away, the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association is hosting a “Meet the Candidates” social on Thursday.
The board of the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association will continue its discussion of major goals for the year at a meeting Thursday night.
New Orleanians possess a presence that in my experience remains unparalleled, and we know our neighbors no matter what. By this I mean we all participate in the characterization of the city, and we do so seemingly effortlessly. Whether you’re John Goodman, John Georges, or John Fitzgerald. You live here. We know who you are and to a degree we don’t care. This remains one of the reasons the celebrity set can be drawn to the Crescent City. Anonymity in the light of day. We don’t care if you throw Super Bowl touchdown passes, win Grammys, or sautee garlic. It’s all the same, and you put your pants on one leg at a time like everybody else.
For years in my early days of slinging coffee at PJs on Maple I used to wait on this super nice guy. He came in generally in the late afternoon / early evenings and always ordered a cappucino. He was tall and real lean, salt and pepper hair usually kept under a beret or similar chapeau, and always a smile and a greeting. But I didn’t know his name or what he did. And it went on like this literally for years. One day, a co-worker said to me “You know who that is, right?” I didn’t. It didn’t matter really. “Charles Neville,” he said. “Oh. (pause) Oh! (pause) Oh, okay. Well,” I thought, “he’s a cool guy.” And good for him. He’s Charles Neville without being “Charles Neville.”
Years later after Katrina I moved to a new neighborhood, and I met another noteworthy saxophonist in my new neighbor, though like Charles, at the time I had no idea who he was or what he did. Initially Steve and I met while my wife and I began renovating the house next door. He and his wife Sharon were just as welcoming and warm as could be. And the more we got to know them, their presence became so ordinary and familiar, you could almost take it for granted. I knew Steve was a saxophonist, but I didn’t know much more than that. At home sporting a Monster Magnet tee or overalls or both and usually in Crocs, Steve comes across fairly unassuming, despite any distinctive eyeware or his wildish white mane a la Doc Brown.
So I began to wonder. I know those in his industry know Steve, but do his neighbors, neighborhood, and city on the whole? Maybe. Maybe not. But here’s a little insight into “the man in the purple house” next to me, a man my girls know simply as “Mr. Steve.”
Despite an ardent appeal by neighbors Tuesday for the survival of a classic St. Charles Avenue apartment house, a city panel denied the vacant Lorraine building the rezoning it needs to reopen, leaving it in a bureaucratic purgatory with no realistic prospect for any use at all.
As Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans prepares to open next week for its first year of school, the chair of its board is preparing to return after several months of absence, and a new board member was selected.
A major air-conditioning system failure has kept Carrollton’s Nix Library closed since early June, but it will reopen as soon as the system can be replaced, officials reassured a concerned neighborhood Monday night.
A man was shot in the shoulder at a busy Uptown intersection on Monday night by an assailant who had driven him there, police said.
Freret Neighbors United will hold its quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 9) at Samuel J. Green Charter School at the corner of Valence and LaSalle streets.
Three Uptown projects — a request to sell alcohol at the CVS under construction on Claiborne, a new clay studio on the Freret commercial corridor, and an apartment building on St. Charles Avenue — are all slated for consideration today by the City Planning Commission.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu will host a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at Dryades YMCA seeking input on the top budget priorities of residents of City Council District B, which spans much of Uptown, the Garden District and Central City.
In “The Rebirth of Freret Street,” Gambit food writer Ian McNulty examines the dizzing pace of restaurant openings on Freret Street.
Next up for the busy corridor after Dat Dog, High Hat Cafe and Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria? Company Burger and Midway Pizza this month (perhaps as early as this week), followed by Origami sushi and the PubliQ House later this year.
The nearest neighbors believe Whole Foods is asking too much with its latest requests, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. The Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association agreed to some of Whole Foods’ requests in May, and asked the grocery to rethink others before its Aug. 23 hearing before the City Planning Commission.
Hot Dog! Dat Dog is now serving ice-cold beer with its dogs. Abita and Miller brand beers are all available for just $3, the perfect way to wash down your hot dog, sausage, or cheese fries. Dogs start at just $5 and sides at $3. Dat Dog is located at 5031 Freret, and is open Tues-Thurs from 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat from 11am-10pm, and Sunday from noon to 6pm. (Mondays Dat Dog is closed; even good dogs have to rest.)
Two people were bound by duct tape at gunpoint Saturday evening while their Walnut Street home was robbed by masked intruders, police said.
Perhaps the greatest challenge New Orleans currently faces is urban decay, known commonly as “blight.” There is nothing more cancerous to a neighborhood than the presence of unoccupied, moldering buildings. They’re ugly, they’re useless, they allow for the proliferation of rats and other pests – there is nothing good to be said about blight.
The need for air-conditioning repairs has the Nix Library on South Carrollton closed indefinitely, but residents in the neighborhood are organizing an effort to get the city to reopen it.
With a KaBOOM! playground on the way to its Claiborne Avenue campus, the new French-immersion charter school opening this month in Uptown New Orleans is set to discuss longer-term planning for a home for its students at a meeting Monday.
A 28-year-old man was found shot to death Sunday evening inside a white SUV on Monroe Street in Hollygrove, authorities said.