Mar 272012
 

A rendering of the LaSalle school on Perrier Street, renovated into condo units with outside balconies. (image via nola.gov)

Exterior balconies and additional living space proposed as part of the redevelopment of the century-old LaSalle school into luxury condominiums have drawn the opposition of nearby neighbors, so city officials have ordered a historical review of the plans before any decision is made on the project. Continue reading »

Mar 272012
 

By Nick Kindel

In two recent columns, the Uptown Messenger has explored the situations with the Magazine Street Pilates Studio and the proposed new security district, and how in each case outcomes might have been very different if we had a Citizen Participation Program (CPP) in New Orleans.

Consequently, a number of people have asked about the status of the New Orleans CPP, and how close we are to getting one adopted and implemented by city government.  What follows is a brief recap of the process to date as well as the current status of the project. Continue reading »

Mar 262012
 

Summer weather is here, so now is the time to getting into shape for your beach body! To help you get on the path to fitness now, Transform NOLA announces a special early-bird rate: normally $12, drop-in yoga classes are $10, and package rates for five and ten classes receive a 20% discount with mention of the Uptown Messenger through April. And, new discounted prices for TRX classes!

There’s never been a better time to transform your life. Let Transform NOLA help you take the first step. Keep reading for more details.

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Mar 262012
 

Owen Courreges

As many astute readers may recall, a few weeks ago I wrote a column in which I outed myself as a curmudgeon and took the time to list several behaviors/conditions common in the city that bother me. It was a catharsis of sorts.

Well, this column seeks to be a worthy successor to that legendary screed that so captivated the minds of ordinary New Orleanians and fundamentally reformed the local zeitgeist (Note to self: Daily affirmations have devolved into delusions of grandeur; scale back accordingly).

In short, this column is “The Crank Returns.” Continue reading »

Mar 252012
 

Benjamin Morris

You’ve probably already seen him. He’s been spotted both in the Marigny and on Magazine Street, pushing his cart with its distinctive homemade sign. Earlier this week I had the privilege of meeting a man who has a remarkable story: a man who for over two years has been walking across America, from the west coast to the east, a man who has just arrived in New Orleans.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet George Stroop: advocate, motivator, and walker extraordinaire. He’s in town all this coming week. Let’s show him a good time while he’s here, shall we?

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Mar 242012
 

Craig Giesecke

My dad, who was a part-time/small-time cattle rancher, always said “the best way to earn a million bucks in the cattle business is to start with five million.” So it is with the restaurant biz as well.

This city is rife with excellent chefs who can’t run a viable business to save their souls and, honestly, I have to place myself in that category. I have more experience in marketing and general business practices than most, so I’m fine once there is enough cash flow to keep all the juggled balls in the air. But too many think it’s enough to just serve good food, and that’s not the case at all. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be so many places that make money and prosper for generations while serving little more than deep-fried catdookie. We all know which places these are. Continue reading »

Mar 222012
 

"Treme" actor Wendell Pierce marches with student's from his character's school in the Krewe of Carrollton last month. While his character is becoming more involved with the school as the show progresses, Pierce has long been heavily involved in public education in his hometown through a number of avenues. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

When Treme star Wendell Pierce is pouring drinks this weekend as celebrity bartender for the International School of Louisiana’s 8th Annual Refrigerator Art Auction patron party, it won’t be the first collaboration between the civic-minded actor and the quickly-growing school — nor is it likely to be the last.

Pierce, who is spearheading the redevelopment of the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood where he grew up, first became acquainted with ISL through neighboring families with children at the school, he said. As he began researching charter schools that might be a good fit for the neighborhood, ISL’s history of success since several years before Hurricane Katrina stood out.

“They have a record that’s pretty admirable,” Pierce said in a telephone interview this week. “I love the idea of foreign-language immersion. I wish that it was something I had done when I was a kid.” Continue reading »

Mar 222012
 

All that studying is hard work! To take the edge off your finals, Bee Sweet Cupcakes is offering Cupcake Happy Hour for all area students with a valid ID — buy two cupcakes, get one FREE on any flavors in the store! Both high school and college IDs are valid, so come on in and try all the latest flavors for your end-of-semester party.

Cupcakes are $3 each, tax included. All cupcakes are made fresh daily, and only a limited number of cupcakes are available each day, so come in early and get them while they’re hot. Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your cakes at 504.891.8333.

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