Jul 072014
 

Owen Courreges

This time of year, when the mercury starts erupting comically out of the top of every thermometer, every New Orleanians eyes turn worriedly to their electricity bill. This is because whenever temperatures spike, so does the monthly amount we owe Entergy New Orleans, our much-maligned local electric utility.

Many people have long believed that Entergy is gouging them.  This is to be expected when bills skyrocket and people begin seeking out scapegoats. Continue reading »

Jul 032014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

New Orleans Police have released surveillance photos and composite sketches of people believed to be involved in a number of recent robberies around the Uptown area — including a robbery at gunpoint Wednesday night in the Lower Garden District, a robbery at knifepoint Sunday evening the Irish Channel and an unarmed robbery last week at the edge of the Garden District. Continue reading »

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Jul 032014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Everyone we know is talking about our off-the-charts crime problem.  While Bourbon Street could arguably be the most famous street in the world and crimes there like last Saturday’s shootings are truly shots heard ’round the world,  the depth of our crime problem is really in our neighborhoods.

What we need are out-of-the-box crime solutions. Continue reading »

Jul 032014
 

pretzel_croissantsPretzel croissants, Chilton County Peach Danishes, Pearl Sugar Brioche – these are just a few of the baked goods that will draw you into Gracious Bakery + Café this weekend. But once you are there, chances are you will stick around for sandwiches like their Smoked Ham on Baguette with pecan and cheddar spread and homemade pepper jelly. Now open on Sundays until noon, this family-friendly artisan bake shop is helmed by Sucré alumna Megan Forman and has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “America’s Best Bakeries.”

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Jul 012014
 
NOPD Commander Bob Bardy (right) confers with Officer Garry Flot outside the 59 Designz salon on LaSalle Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Commander Bob Bardy (right) confers with Officer Garry Flot outside the 59 Designz salon on LaSalle Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The interior of the damaged 59 Designz salon on LaSalle Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The interior of the damaged 59 Designz salon on LaSalle Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the New Orleans Police Department continues its investigation into an on-duty officer’s crash into a Central City beauty salon, the department boarded up the damaged business Tuesday to secure it against opportunistic burglars.

“Certainly, we don’t want to make bad things worse,” said NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re sorry this happened.” Continue reading »

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Jul 012014
 
Derrick "Doc" Simmons,  from the Original C.T.C. Steppers Social and Pleasure Club,  dances on top of a Carrollton Avenue bus shelter during the Original Pigeon Town Steppers second line in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Derrick “Doc” Simmons, from the Original C.T.C. Steppers Social and Pleasure Club, dances on top of a Carrollton Avenue bus shelter during the Original Pigeon Town Steppers second line in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will discuss increasing service on bus routes throughout the city, including restoring route 90 in Carrollton, at a series of community open houses in Broadmoor and Carrollton starting next week. Continue reading »

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Jul 012014
 

TraceysbarTracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar is the spot to be for the Team USA Watch Party today at 3PM. Please join us for what is sure to be the local sports spectacle.

We will feature Brazilian style drinks and our famous po-boys. The Sports Hangover show will broadcast Live during the game to capture the excitement. We hope you will join us, too! Continue reading »

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Jun 302014
 
Audubon Park's Shelter 11, near St. Charles Avenue, was recently renovated with private donations, and the park is asking the city to pay for similar renovations to the bathroom complexes on The Fly. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Park’s Shelter 11, near St. Charles Avenue, was recently renovated with private donations, and the park is asking the city to pay for similar renovations to the bathroom complexes on The Fly. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The city of New Orleans’ $12.5 million plan to repave the uppermost end of Magazine Street next year answers a major standing request from the Audubon Commission, but Audubon leaders are still requesting an additional $3.6 million in upgrades to the riverfront park known as “The Fly.” Continue reading »

Jun 302014
 

Owen Courreges

Jitney is probably a word few New Orleanians are familiar with, although historians believe that the work may have originated here.

Back in the early 20th century, systems of shared taxis, appeared in cities throughout America.  The cost for using one of these shared cabs was usually a nickel, or jitney.  The French Creole term “jeton,” which refers to a small coin or token, is widely believed to have been the inspiration for the word “jitney.”  Accordingly, the word probably came from New Orleans.

The basic scheme behind jitneys was simple:  An ordinary citizen could buy a used car or bus and run passengers around, usually far more cheaply and quickly than streetcars could.  Eventually, some jitney operators formed jitney companies and even jitney drivers’ unions. Continue reading »

Jun 302014
 

Stay Local Retail Workshop Series

Stay Local, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, is pleased to announce their “Retail Therapy” summer workshop series for retailers. Every Tuesday and Wednesday in July, selected speakers will cover topics geared to help both existing and aspiring local, independent retailers of all skill levels run better businesses and connect with fellow retail entrepreneurs. Each workshop will be from 8:30-10:00 AM in Good Work Network’s Franz Conference room, at 2022 O.C. Haley Blvd. For more information on the series, click here. Continue reading »

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