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 »

Apr 072015
 
DatBiereTap

Dat Biere’s draft handle is designed in classic Dat Dog spirit and incites all to Embrace Your Bliss!

Happy National Beer Day!

Dat Dog is pleased to introduce “Dat Biere”, a French-style ale crafted with pilsner, Munich and caramel malts that is served on tap at all four Dat Dog locations.

The collaboration on Dat Biere began last fall, when Dat Dog and long-time brew partner Bayou Teche hatched the idea to develop a new, custom brew for the beloved hot dog restaurant. Dat Biere drinks with a light-to-moderate toasty character that pairs will with Dat Dog’s brats, hot dogs and sausages. Continue reading »

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Apr 062015
 
A rendering depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

A rendering depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

The Turnbull Bakery entrance on First Street. (via Google Maps)

The Turnbull Bakery entrance on First Street. (via Google Maps)

Article by Kristen Himmelberg for UptownMessenger.com

The site of the old Turnbull Bakery in the Irish Channel neighborhood is set to undergo a major transformation in the coming years as city officials and neighborhood leaders have begun signing off on plans for the demolition of the old warehouses and construction of 17 single-family homes. Continue reading »

Apr 062015
 

Owen Courreges

If I had to write a motto for the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC), it would be: “Making you kiss the ring to replace your roof.”

There are few examples of useless bureaucratic slime worse than the HDLC. This gaggle of architectural fetishists has crafted a Byzantine set of design guidelines, many of which have nothing whatsoever to do with preservation and appear specifically designed to render any renovation prohibitively expensive.

The only saving grace of the HDLC is that their authority is limited to a small number of core neighborhoods. This is kind of like saying that the saving grace of buck moth caterpillars is that they only come out in the Spring – it’s a restraint, but not exactly what I’d call a redeeming quality. Continue reading »

Apr 042015
 
Spyboy Irving "Honey" Bannister of Cha Wah. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irving “Honey” Bannister of Cha Wah. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Travers Geoffray of the Mississippi Rail Company gets animated on the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Travers Geoffray of the Mississippi Rail Company gets animated on the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, people packed onto Freret street for the annual Freret Street Festival. Food, music and arts and crafts lined Freret from Soniat down to Napoleon. Local vendors like Woody’s Fish Tacos, Boucherie and Liberty Cheesesteak provided food. There were three stages of music featuring artists like Cha Wah, Bonerama, Mississippi Rail Company, Billy Iusso and the Restless Natives amongst others.

Holly Morlas and Kyle Galloway dance to the Mississippi Rail Company. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Holly Morlas and Kyle Galloway dance to the Mississippi Rail Company at the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 042015
 
DatBiereTap

Dat Biere’s draft handle is designed in classic Dat Dog spirit and incites all to Embrace Your Bliss!

National Beer Day
is April 7th

Dat Dog is pleased to introduce “Dat Biere”, a French-style ale crafted with pilsner, Munich and caramel malts that is served on tap at all four Dat Dog locations.

The collaboration on Dat Biere began last fall, when Dat Dog and long-time brew partner Bayou Teche hatched the idea to develop a new, custom brew for the beloved hot dog restaurant. Dat Biere drinks with a light-to-moderate toasty character that pairs will with Dat Dog’s brats, hot dogs and sausages. Continue reading »

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Apr 032015
 
Chawa at the Freret St. Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Chawa performs at the Freret Street Festival in 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

From its roots as an annual showcase of the revitalization of Freret Street, the Freret Street Festival will return this weekend as a true kickoff to festival season with top-tier local musical acts, an array of food and many other only-in-New Orleans offerings. Continue reading »

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Apr 022015
 
Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A mid-afternoon Uptown robbery spree by a preteen with a BB-gun was halted almost immediately after it started Thursday, following a swift arrest by New Orleans police officers. Continue reading »