Apr 122013

Craig Giesecke

I’ve got to give a tip of the hat to my fellow columnist Jean-Paul Villere for his recent piece about real estate and which neighborhoods around the city are next in line for gentrification.

Restaurants and other food operations usually follow but can sometimes lead the redevelopment of neighborhoods. Indeed, New Orleans East and some other areas are still sadly lacking in full-service grocery operations. But this summer’s planned reopening of the Circle Food Store will be a beacon in Treme, and the original Juan’s Flying Burrito on Magazine was one of the landmarks in the comeback of the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Apr 112013

A dove painted on Eagle Street marks the place where Joseph Massenburg was shot to death on April 1, 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the somber silence of Sunday’s candlelight vigil for an AmeriCorps volunteer slain in their neighborhood still fresh in their minds, a group of Carrollton neighbors spent Thursday evening looking for ways to bring a lasting peace to their streets. Continue reading »

Apr 112013

The Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association will discuss the April 1 shooting death of AmeriCorps volunteer Joseph Massenburg at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 11). The meeting is open to the public, and will be held this month in the cafeteria of the Stuart Hall School for Boys, 2032 S. Carrollton Ave.

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Apr 112013

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company’s private upstairs room “The Next Level” Uptown

Celebrate the happy moments with family and friends at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company’s The Next Level. This upstairs private party room is ideal for special events such graduations, Mother’s Day, First Communions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and whatever else you can imagine. You can reserve The Next Level at our St. Charles location Uptown or at our restaurant on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. Continue reading »

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Apr 102013

Jean-Paul Villere

Chances are if you rent affordably in New Orleans, your days may be numbered.  And when you seek your next lease, the hood you now call home may have effectively priced you out.  Such is the path of desirability and real estate.  Supply and demand will either keep you cozy in your digs or scrapping for the leftovers, and even the latter have been known to gouge too.  The Crescent City on the whole races on in an uber competitive rental market, but some areas – for example, Bywater – possess a hyper-draw that even the trust-funded are now finding uncool.  What gives?  You know the answer.  The tried and true recipe of gentrification requires a heaping two cups of unwashed hipster before a neighborhood can be cooked for mass consumption, and ladies and gentlemen, you may now safely stick a fork in Bywater.  She’s done. Continue reading »

Apr 092013

The former Dunbar’s restaurant on Freret is slated to become a second restaurant operated by the owners of Three Muses on Frenchmen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owner of Three Muses made her second trip to visit a Freret neighborhood group on Tuesday night as plans progress toward her opening of a variation on her celebrated Frenchmen Street restaurant and nightclub in a space once heralded as one of Freret’s top destinations. Continue reading »

Apr 092013

A wild monk parakeet pulls a twig from a tree outside the Newman Greenie House on Monday afternoon to add to its nest in a nearby stadium light. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Trees have been removed from the Jefferson Avenue neutral ground from Magazine to Danneel Street, and the clearing will continue later this year as preparations continue for the next phase of a major drainage project. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When officials announced last month that a major new drainage project on Jefferson Avenue would begin in April, many Uptown residents worried about the effects on traffic, parking, rainwater drainage during the actual construction, and the removal of trees in the neutral ground.

But some residents who live closest to the avenue had a slightly more exotic concern: What would become of the little green monk parakeets that have colonized the palms along Jefferson Avenue?
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Apr 092013

Dean Kelly (via opcso.org)

Dean Kelly — the former Aerosmith video star facing several rape charges based on allegations that he lured college girls to his home, gave them alcohol and then sexually assaulted them — was accused by prosecutors two weeks ago of “hosting college-age girls at a Mardi Gras party in which he allegedly plied them with booze, obtained their cell phone numbers, then later sent suggestive and harassing text messages,” reports Mike Perlstein of WWL-TV. In response to that attempt to have Kelly’s $1 million bond revoked, defense attorney Frank DeSalvo has filed suit saying that the unconstitutional conditions in the prison would make a return there would jeopardize Kelly’s safety, Perlstein reports.

Update, 4:47 p.m. Tuesday: Kelly has been ordered back to jail with a new bond of $2.5 million, Perlstein reports.

Apr 092013

jewel bush

I’ve always been in awe and a bit intimidated by poetry. Bards have the gift for defining the abstract and manipulating the literal into newfangled perspectives. They illuminate the political with their verses and stanzas and wordplay. Poetry can be lyrical, yet still. Profound and pretty. Poetry can expose the ugly while dazzling. Poetry is symmetrical and incongruous at the same time. Poetry is the definitive expression of an era. Continue reading »