Apr 122015
 

(map via NOPD)

The 7700 block of Willow is near Adams Street, and the 2300 block of Lowerline is near Neron Place. (map via NOPD)

A pair of women were robbed at gunpoint overnight on Willow Street — with one of them hit in the face with a gun — and another woman was robbed less than 20 minutes later on Lowerline Street, New Orleans police said Sunday morning. Continue reading »

Apr 102015
 
Chef Antonino "Nino" Bongiorno and his son, Giuseppe, behind the counter at Cafe Nino. The restaurant will close May 31. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Chef Antonino “Nino” Bongiorno and his son, Giuseppe, behind the counter at Cafe Nino. The restaurant will close May 31. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After 18 years in an assuming little building on South Carrollton Avenue, chef “Nino” Bongiorno plans to close his doors there for the final time at the end of next month.

“Everyone knows me, and everyone cries,” Bongiorno said of word about his plans to close getting out. But fans of Nino’s chicken marsala and red wine still have reason to dry their eyes — Bongiorno said that after a short break, he plans to currently seek a new location in the Warehouse District or possibly Freret Street. Continue reading »

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Apr 102015
 
The Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After years of trying to find a new purpose for the flooded Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has decided to place the majestic building up for sale to a buyer that can be a good neighbor to the Catholic school next door. Continue reading »

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Apr 092015
 
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and supporters at the Cabildo this week. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and supporters at the Cabildo this week. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

By almost all accounts, Jay Dardenne has been a pretty good Lt. Governor. Though not a “tourism person,” Dardenne ran an efficient bureaucracy, shrunk the budget and did more with less. Under Dardenne’s watch, the number of visitors to Louisiana has grown along with tourism related jobs.

While Dardenne was solid administrator for the state’s cultural attractions and museums, he was never really embraced by tourism’s heavy hitters. That’s probably why the turnout for Dardenne’s New Orleans announcement for governor at the Cabildo yesterday was so light and why his campaign has attracted few New Orleans donors, especially among the tourism leadership who know him best. Continue reading »

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Apr 092015
 

An art exhibition featuring over fifty notable works

Martha Walter, “Employment Station New York”, circa 1915, oil on canvas, 32 high x 40 wide

Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau Antiques presents Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art now until May 4, 2015 at the M.S. Rau Gallery in New Orleans. Organized by recognized expert in 18th and 19th century fine art, art patron and owner of M.S. Rau, William Rau, the exhibition includes more than fifty notable works, many of which are exhibited for the first time, by fine art masters including William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Jean-Leon Gerome, Henri Matisse, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Norman Rockwell, among others. The exhibition traces the evolving representation of women and the female body, archetypes of ideal beauty and model behavior, and the interplay between art and society.

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Apr 082015
 
The Uptown Learning Center at 1771 Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown Learning Center at 1771 Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Natasha M. Burrows (via opcso.org)

Natasha M. Burrows (via opcso.org)

Two months after the Uptown Learning Center announced its possible imminent closure, its former director has been arrested on charges that she stole well over tens of thousands of dollars by taking cash payments from parents, then under-reporting the total number of students at the school, according to New Orleans police. Continue reading »

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Apr 082015
 
The vacant lot at 820 General Pershing was overgrown and littered when photographed in late March. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The vacant lot at 820 General Pershing was overgrown and littered when photographed in late March. The rectory, under renovation next door, can be seen behind the wall. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The vacant site of a century-old home on General Pershing Street — demolished last year despite sustained outcry from its neighbors — may finally see some use this fall as green space for the nearby Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans. Continue reading »