May 092012
 

You read that right: Midway Pizza offers the “Freret Jet” all-you-can-eat lunch buffet every weekday for just $8.95. That’s as many slices of Midway’s famous deep-dish pizza as you can handle, on top of a choice of caesar or house salad. That, plus the new summer pizzas – the Smokey Treat, King Creole, the Money Pie, and the Herb Tarlek – are out, so come on in and see what everyone’s talking about today!

Located at 4725 Freret between Napoleon and Jefferson, Midway Pizza proudly serves Uptown’s only deep-dish pizza daily until midnight (1am on Fridays). Full menu and beer list are available online, or download the Midway app for Droid or iPhone. Visit the Midway website, follow Midway on Facebook or Twitter, or call 504-322-2815 for more details.

May 092012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

The untimely death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (more widely known as MCA) last week marks another loss in the creative fabric of the Generation X cultural landscape; he was 47.  Personally my appreciation for Mr. Yauch and his bandmates was something of a journey.  Their supernova premiere License to Ill in 1986 left me only lukewarm.  Like many, I thought the boys goofy and annoying.  But they were also everywhere, if not tireless.  With their follow-up Paul’s Boutique, many of their fans were left scratching their heads.  A dynamic shift in sound and direction — when most listeners had likely anticipated a sequel to License (as the 80s sequelled just about everything) — Boutique demonstrated a decidedly different approach to their musical goals, which received yet another makeover in 1992′s Check Your Head.  It was about this time I took a shine to the band.  Their other 2 albums of the 1990′s Ill Communication and Hello Nasty brought their energy further along, elevating their sound to places their fanbase embraced and celebrated.  Aside, I had the good fortune of being to catch both of those album’s tours, and until last week earnestly believed I would see the Beasties perform some time again hopefully in the near future.  

Alas, no. Continue reading »

May 082012
 

The vacant fire station at 4877 Laurel Street. (photo via the Preservation Resource Center, prcno.org)

A deteriorating historic fire station that overlooks Wisner Park cleared a first step Tuesday toward a public auction, but two organizations — the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a Wisner Park recreation group — each asked that the city consider instead donating the building to their groups. Continue reading »

May 082012
 

The Louisiana SPCA "Puzzle Dog" sculpture. (via la-spca.org)

Still shopping for the right Mother’s Day gift? Two local nonprofits are offering unique ideas you may not have thought of: a hand-made bouquet of fresh flowers at a local garden, or having her name included on a “Puzzle Dog” sculpture. Continue reading »

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May 072012
 

The blue icon marks Sunday morning's robbery, and the red icon shows the evening incident that ended in a shooting. (map via NOPD.com)

Armed gunmen targeted two elderly men in Central City in separate incidents Sunday, shooting a 67-year-old in the neck and robbing an 83-year-old of his cash, according to police reports. Continue reading »

May 072012
 

Billed as a “‘Treme’ vs. ‘The Wire’ Battle of the Bands,” and hosted by two stars of David Simon’s acclaimed dramas, four musical groups representing New Orleans and Baltimore will face off at Tipitina’s on Friday night to raise money for local musical charities. Continue reading »

May 072012
 

The vacant fire station at 4877 Laurel Street. (photo via the Preservation Resource Center, prcno.org)

The city is considering auctioning off a century-old fire station on Laurel Street and a vacant lot in Broadmoor for what would likely be a residential renovation, but the City Planning Commission must first hold a hearing Tuesday on the prospect of releasing the publicly-held property into private hands. Continue reading »

May 072012
 

Owen Courreges

Over the past few days, New Orleans has played host to several “Jane Jacobs walks” in which residents walk or ride bicycles in their neighborhoods to better appreciate ground-level interactions between residents and businesses. These are a show of solidarity against isolation and atomization that often permeates modern society, and, a celebration of older, denser urban development schemes. Continue reading »

May 062012
 

Benjamin Morris

I have a confession to make: I’ve always loved leaving New Orleans. Not just for the rush of packing suitcases, or the expectation of visiting a new place, or the pleasures of going to see family and friends. Nor just for the sense of mental refreshment you get when you break out of your routine, or the wonder and delight at a novel landscape. Nor even just for the thought of what to eat elsewhere. All of these things play into it, but there’s another reason entirely.

It’s that you get to come back.

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May 052012
 

Participants in a "Jane Jacobs Walk" on Freret Street file past a building owned by the Barreca family, described by business leaders as one of the last major blighted properties on the booming commercial corridor. The Jane Jacobs Walk, held on the celebrated urbanist's birthday, is intended to foster ground-level discussion about the forces that shape neighborhoods. "New ideas need old buildings," said walk organizer Andy Brott, citing one of Jacobs' famous statements. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For decades, Freret Street was a thriving commercial corridor in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, but the murder of Bill Long in 1984 in front of his bakery was a “death knell” that sent the street into a spiral of decay and neglect, said Andy Brott and Lauren Anderson, two guides for about a dozen people Saturday morning on a “Jane Jacobs Walk” to discuss the history and evolution of the street.

After years of work by community leaders, the destructive flooding after Hurricane Katrina and a permissive rezoning, the corridor suddenly sprang back to life with a flurry of new restaurant openings over the last two years, and Saturday’s walk served to explore some of the factors that led to the renaissance. Continue reading »

May 052012
 

Computer-generated sketch of the suspect in a robbery on Chestnut Street (via NOPD)

Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man who attacked a woman and stole her purse on Chestnut Street just off Napoleon and, in a separate case, finding a man accused of a home burglary on Coliseum Street nearby, authorities said. Continue reading »

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May 052012
 

A Friday night raid on The Hangar nightclub at 1511 S. Rendon by state Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents found 39 minors inside, including a 4-year-old, though none were caught drinking, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. A manager told WWL that the young people were there for a wrestling match intended as a family event, but authorities said the bar was warned the match could not be an all-ages event. Continue reading »

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May 052012
 

Craig Giesecke

As this column is published, TBK and I are off on an adventure, albeit a brief one. We’ll be in Pensacola, watching my oldest graduate from college. While this launch was somewhat delayed, it is every bit as wonderful as anticipated and, bursting with pride, it also allows us to indulge ourselves in one of our favorite pastimes.

Junk food. Continue reading »