Today’s announcement that young people are moving to New Orleans in greater numbers than other Southern cities is just another notch in our city’s new success story. While there is an overall trend toward Southern migration, we are the most desirable city on the nation’s must-move-to list. Where else can you dine at a different fabulous restaurant or food truck every night and hear a wide range of live music in dozens of clubs? Or spend hours taking in the sights from a streetcar, pedicab or paddlewheeler?
After a presentation by Costco officials on Thursday morning, the New Orleans City Council enthusiastically and unexpectedly took a vote to approve the Carrollton Avenue project and grant the wholesale retailer’s design requests.
“I knew we were doing OK when at one of the neighborhood meetings somebody stood up and said, ‘Enough outreach already. Let’s build it,’” Costco vice president Jackie Frank said during his presentation to the city council.
A fire early Thursday morning in an upstairs apartment behind Ace Hardware on Oak Street killed a well-liked man who had worked in the store for 12 years, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
Photos have been released of the young gunman who robbed a woman of the keys to her SUV at gunpoint Tuesday just off Oak Street and then shot at her as she ran away, and police are seeking the public’s help in identifying him.
The International School of Louisiana gave tentative approval Wednesday night to a $13 million dollar budget for its three campuses for the coming school year, reorganizing its financial structure to reflect its growth into a system of schools.
A nonprofit developer in Central City is showcasing one of its empty lots as an example of sustainable management of vacant properties.
Jacques-Imo’s restaurant on Oak Street will host a fundraiser for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans on Thursday.
Wayfare deli and sandwich shop is planned to open around November at 4510 Freret serving meats, cheeses, pickled produce, salads, soups and specialty grocery items, father-and-son owners Ray and Vincent Arnona of Vinny’s Sports Bar & Grill of Gretna told Gambit’s Ian McNulty.
The New Orleans City Council will hear a presentation from Costco officials on Thursday morning about the development planned for South Carrollton Avenue.
Investigators have identified and arrested a man they say wore a dress and wig to rob a record store on Broadway Street over the weekend.
Meanwhile, in addition to the carjacking and shooting in the Riverbend, another robbery was reported in the Milan neighborhood on Tuesday.
The weekly internal meeting of the NOPD Sixth District ranking officers (known as Comstat) has been canceled this week, officials said in an email.
“Scare the hell out of ‘em,” my grandfather used to routinely yell at the TV during the weather under a hurricane watch. Louis was a funny, old guy. Spot on, too. Laying back in his ratty, leather Lazy Boy, he’d peer at the precipitation prognosticators through his thick glasses and maybe shake his right index figure counterbalanced by a crooked pinky a la an old football injury incurred when shoes were still and truly spiked. This phrase accompanied every foreboding forecast while my grandmother Mireille would counter his groans with a dismissive “Oh Louis . . .”
In the thick heat just before the sun began to set Tuesday afternoon, a middle-aged man stood on the Carrollton Avenue sidewalk with his wife and 8-year-old son and watched as crime scene technicians counted shell casings in the parking lot of McDonald’s.
“Sometimes I hate that I ever came back to New Orleans,” said 44-year-old Kenny Smith, a Gert Town resident who lives about three blocks from the latest shooting in his neighborhood. “You can’t even come to McDonald’s to get something to eat without worrying about getting shot at.”
A woman who was being robbed of her SUV just off of Oak Street was shot at by her attacker when she tried to run away, police said. The woman was not hit and her vehicle was found minutes later in a west Carrollton yard, but the gunman remains at large.
Reginelli’s proposed move across Magazine Street breezed through its hearing before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, drawing no opposition and winning unanimous approval from the commissioners.
In separate incidents Monday night, shots were fired during a dispute on Robert Street, a 19-year-old was wounded in a drive-by shooting on Simon Bolivar, and an auto-parts store was robbed in Hollygrove, according to police reports.
In “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown,” biographer “[R.J.] Smith carefully and smartly reveals Brown’s flaws without reveling in the Backstage Confidential stories. He also balances Brown’s flaws with his assessment of his musical accomplishments,” writes former Offbeat editor Alex Rawls in the introduction to an extensive interview with Smith on Rawls’ new music news site, MySpiltMilk.com. Smith reads and signs the book tonight at Octavia Books.
Baggage Boutique, a new store selling handbags and clothing, will host its grand opening this weekend on Tchoupitoulas.
The June meeting of the ENCORE Academy governing board, originally set for tonight, has been canceled because of scheduling conflicts, according to an email from school leader Terri L. Smith. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for July 24, but if any issues require board attention before then, a special meeting will be called, Smith writes.
The back end of the former WOW Wingery restaurant at State and Magazine has been removed and its interior completely gutted, but when Reginelli’s moves across the street this fall, the building’s exterior will be restored to its original appearance of a traditional New Orleans corner grocery, the owner said Monday morning.
“We’re trying to bring it back to the traditional old-style corner grocery,” said Darryl Reginelli. “It’s really going to go back to what it was originally.”