Jul 052012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The authors of this column are among the many thousands of Americans for whom the 4th of July is a lot more than an occasion to eat grilled hot dogs and barbecued chicken while enjoying the company of friends and their kids.

Allan and Danae are both progeny of families that underwent great hardship and took enormous risks to come to America and have found the U.S. to be a “golden land,” a place of great opportunities and freedoms. And, in New Orleans, Allan and Danae have found a culture that has welcomed them and allowed them to share in the unique blessings of a great city. Continue reading »

Jul 042012

A map of the proposed Uptown-University cultural district, marked in red. Previously existing cultural districts are shown in yellow. (map courtesy of the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.)

A major section of Uptown from Carrollton to Napoleon Avenue could soon become exempt from sales taxes on sales of original art, and most property owners in the area could become eligible for state tax credits for nearly any kind of renovations they do to their homes under a program on track for approval this summer. Continue reading »

Jul 042012

Lona Hankins, director of capital improvements for the Recovery School District, discusses the demolition of the Mary Church Terrell school before the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee on Monday.

A school that Gert Town residents have begged at repeated public meetings to see reopened was quickly approved for demolition by a city panel Monday. Continue reading »

Jul 042012

Jean-Paul Villere

As a father of four I’ve had the distinct pleasure of hearing each of my girls develop their language skills as they grow. Two are pretty far in, one is just now speaking in grunts and giggles, and the other? Well, her words often mean something other than what she says. “Wish the fork” comes to mind. “Wish” at this age translates to “with.” So the other night at dinner, she’s describing some eating scenario, and she blurts out exactly that. Wish. The. Fork. To me, the three words together lit up like instant dynamite. Continue reading »

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Jul 042012

The director and cast of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” — the film shot in the marshes of Terrebonne Parish that won over judges at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals — will appear for a question-and-answer session following a screening of the movie Friday evening at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

Jul 042012

Diana Bajoie

A reporter for New Orleans City Business and an independent blogger continue to raise questions about the use and propriety of earmarks secured by District B’s interim City Councilwoman Diana Bajoie during her legislative career. Continue reading »

Jul 042012

With the Mardi Gras schedule rearranged to accommodate a Super Bowl weekend in the middle, float-sharing logistics are forcing the Westbank’s Krewe of Choctaw to move to the traditional Uptown route, starting on Napoleon at Tchoupitoulas at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, according to a newsletter from krewe leaders.

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Jul 022012

The Uptown New Orleans burger scene has already improved greatly over the past year, but three more burger concepts are on the way: steamed organic burgers at Juicy D’s on Oak Street, the rapidly growing chain Smashburger in the 3300 block of Magazine, and the (literally) high-profile burger emporium Charcoal at Jackson and Magazine. The features of each are described in detail today by Brad Rhines and Mary-Devon Dupuy of NOLA Defender.

Jul 022012

Owen Courreges

Growing up, I always prided myself of not altering my behavior on account of the weather. You say it’s raining? Ho-hum. I can run errands in the rain. Too cold? Balderdash! The cold can’t stop me. Too hot? Bah, I say! This is the Gulf South. We chew up hot weather and spit out productive endeavors.

It might sound silly, but I never liked the idea that something as random and uncontrollable as weather influenced my destiny, even in the most minor of ways.

In a similar vein, I’ve also tried to avoid changing my behavior on account of crime. I’ve never eschewed going out at night or driving rather than walking to nearby destination because of the possibility that some armed mugger will jump from the shadows. After all, I’ve always thought, that’s just the beginning of a road where lawless toughs start to control your life. Continue reading »

Jun 302012

Bobby R. Hoofkin (via opcso.org)

Glen J. Lewis Jr., (via opcso.org)

James Jackson (via opcso.org)

A series of “bait bike” stings on lower Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue led to the arrests of three men on Thursday — including one man with a robbery record who tried to fight the officers and another who was already wanted in connection with a burglary charge, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 302012

Craig Giesecke

One of the things TBK and I have not been able to do in a while is take our time to experience some of the newer restaurants in town or to go out to enjoy some of the more classic places we haven’t had a chance to visit yet. It has simply been a case of 1) not having the disposable income and 2) being too tired at the end of the day to care. But another reason has been, sadly, too many of the places close before we have a chance to go. Continue reading »