Sep 282012

By Dana Kaplan

I am not the first person to say that I did not expect to make my life in New Orleans, but that just three months after first coming here, it had taken a hold of me and was calling me home. It’s a story that I share with so many individuals who have moved here and fallen in love — with the city, the food, the music, the people, — the unique vibrancy that permeates all aspects of this beautiful NOLA life. It’s a story that I think that others relate to as well – the many folks who leave New Orleans; for school, for work, for necessity; and who find themselves called home. And it’s one of the things that makes this city so special. Continue reading »

Sep 272012

A new 5k run replete with costumes and brass bands will raise money Saturday afternoon to support local high school music programs, and an array of legendary New Orleans musicians will participate in a benefit concert afterward to preserve the family home of Professor Longhair — all presented by the Tipitina’s Foundation. Continue reading »

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Sep 272012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Most of us start out as innocent, kind-hearted people anxious to get a quality education, a good-paying job, raise a family and have a couple bucks left over to buy a beer at the Saints games. But something happens to some of us when we achieve wealth or power – we change. We think we are better than everyone else, should have special privileges and that society’s rules no longer apply. When that happens, government often taps us hard on the shoulder – as it recently did with Aaron Broussard. Continue reading »

Sep 272012

NOLA Brewing on Tchoupitoulas is adding a bar space for tastings and has just released a new beer; more details are emerging on the future of the former Rocky’s Pizzeria space on Magazine; Sara’s Bistro on Dublin Street has a new chef and a new approach; and the French restaurant C’est La Vie has closed on Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Sep 272012

A map of Little Free Library locations (via

A library system built on the honor system — anyone can pick up a book, or drop one off — is springing up in front yards in several Uptown neighborhoods, an offshoot of a national effort started three years ago in Wisconsin, according to a report by Maya Rodriguez and our partners at WWL-TV:

Sep 272012
Could Rye be the reason Magazine street’s favorite UPS delivery guy has been spotted parking his van so often in the 4200 block? Don’t tell the man in Brown, but talk on the street is the proprietress of Rye has been known to keep plenty company with the Fed-Ex fella too. That must be why she is always found with a steamer at her side and new styles on the racks!
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Sep 262012

Kara Morgan, president of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association, talks about the importance of providing recreation to area children Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lyons Center on Tchoupitoulas Street. (Robert Morris,

Sunlight streams through the gaping holes in the roof of the Lyons Center basketball court. (Robert Morris,

Desperate to provide recreational opportunities for the children of their neighborhood over the last several years, Irish Channel residents have organized their own basketball leagues, running extension cords down the street to operate a scoreboard.

Those days may soon be over, as the city has finally begun work this week renovating the Lyons Center into a state of the art community space for sports, dance and computer education — with a promised completion date of this coming spring. Continue reading »

Sep 262012

Jean-Paul Villere

In a day and age when both rents seem outta wack (read: way high) but loan rates seem equivalently outta wack (read: historically low), to follow are the pros and cons, or the likely benefits and potential headaches, of landlording.  

Personally my journey to becoming a landlord was fairly accidental and organic.  My (then fiance but shortly thereafter) wife and I purchased a little single shotgun Uptown in the late 90s only to move out of state within the year.  We didn’t want to re-sell so we leased it out, and for 3 years we kept the same tenant which in turn paid our note and then some for miscellaneous upkeep.  When we returned to re-occupy the space in 2001, a little while later we felt we kinda missed managing an income producing investment.  In short order we made the leap proper and bought a duplex in early 2002, and we’ve been in the business since.  So if you wanna be a landlord… Continue reading »

Sep 262012

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell announced the endorsements of five other elected officials Wednesday morning: two who would be her colleagues on the City Council, Kristin Gisleson Palmer and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell; the state representative whose district includes part of District B, Neil Abramson; and two state senators, J.P. Morrell and Edwin Murray. Continue reading »

Sep 252012

ENCORE Academy moved into its wing of the new Crocker campus on Marengo Street last week. (Robert Morris,

ENCORE Academy School Leader Terri L. Smith (center) shows a kindergarten classroom to two board members on Monday night. (Robert Morris,

After a long-running search for a building followed by a temporary stint at the Touro Synagogue that was prolonged by a hurricane, ENCORE Academy has finally made it to the new Crocker school building that will serve as the new charter school’s home for its first school year. Continue reading »

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