Nov 212014
 

Second District Blues festival

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Construction on Napoleon Avenue may have cost Uptown’s annual blues festival both its Magazine Street location and its name this year, but the rechristened Second District Blues Fest still maintains its lineup of top local performers and its purpose of supporting Uptown police officers. Continue reading »

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Nov 212014
 

8th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

This Sunday’s annual Oak Street Po-boy Festival will honor a beloved New Orleans food tradition for the 8th year in a row.

The festival, which features more than 30 food vendors and five music stages, includes both traditional poboys and eclectic variations on the theme.

A sloppy hot roast beef poboy, for example, is available from Gattuso’s for $10, while The New Orleans Hot Dogs features a bacon fried hot dog poboy for $6.

Seafood options include a fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade poboy from Jacques-Imos for $8, and a Lake Pontchartrain soft shell crab poboy from Jack Dempsey’s for $10.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is family friendly, and includes an event put on by St. Andrews Episcopal School.

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Nov 202014
 
Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Less than two months ago, the weeds in the vacant lot the corner of Foucher and South Saratoga Street grew as high as the shoulders of the police officers who gathered there for an anti-crime march following the second of three fatal shootings there this year.

Today, the overgrowth is gone, replaced by construction workers preparing the site for a collection of new homes that will be placed on the market early next year for approximately $2 million. The developer of the property, Bo Pennington, and the long-suffering neighbors hope for an even more dramatic transformation: that of one of Uptown New Orleans’ most violent spots into a new nexus for neighborhood revitalization. Continue reading »

Nov 202014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Excitement spread quickly among well-heeled Democrats that the great performer Stevie Wonder would be the special guest for an “Intimate Evening” at the Windsor Court to benefit Senator Mary Landrieu on Dec. 1, but we’re not sure that even a visit by the famed Stevie Wonder will help energize voters enough to carry Mary over the top. 

First, the Democrats pulled away a $12 Million advertising budget previously designated for Landrieu.  Now, Republicans have decided they don’t even need to run third-party attack ads against Landrieu next week. Despite a re-energized campaign, Team Landrieu continues to face an uphill battle and time is running out. Continue reading »

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Nov 192014
 

RichsWashDatRich’s Wash Dat is a new locally owned business set to open Wednesday, November 19th. Rich’s features the largest conveyor-run express car wash in the New Orleans area and has 28 shaded vacuum lanes for customer use.  The main wash feature is NOLA’s first “Buff n Dry” polishing system. Pure Simoniz Carnauba wax is applied during the wash process and is “buffed” by spinning polishing brushes leaving your car with an unbelievable shine.

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Nov 192014
 
NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Commander Paul Noel — who led the NOPD Special Victims Unit prior to his appointment to the Uptown-based Second District — has been named the leader of a task force to re-investigate sex cases ignored by detectives since his departure and recommend new policies to reform the unit, officials announced Tuesday. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An intimate, European-style “speakeasy” serving wine, cocktails and a few French hors d’oeuvres is planned for a blighted building on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, the owners told neighbors on Monday night. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced a $2,500 reward for information in the fire that destroyed a New Orleans political consultant’s cars and heavily damaged his home earlier this month. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
The Bacchus parade rolls down Napoleon Avenue in 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Bacchus parade rolls down Napoleon Avenue in 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

John C. Reilly in "Guardians of the Galaxy." (via marvel.com)

John C. Reilly in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” (via marvel.com)

Actor John C. Reilly will reign as Bacchus XLVI in a Feb. 5 parade themed around children’s stories, the superkrewe announced. Continue reading »

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Nov 182014
 
Police investigate the fatal crash on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate the fatal crash on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Luke R. Allison (via opcso.org)

Luke R. Allison (via opcso.org)

A magistrate judge agreed Monday to lower the bond for the alleged driver in a fatal crash on Magazine Street so that he can return to work while awaiting trial on a charge of vehicular homicide. Continue reading »

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Nov 182014
 

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StayLocal will be hosting a symposium Thursday on local investment opportunities as a part of Invest Local Day. The symposium will discuss alternative financing, crowdfunding, new developments that are opening up local investment opportunities to accredited and unaccredited investors and more. Continue reading »

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