Mar 212012
 

The corner of Freret and Cadiz, showing the row of large commercial buildings owned by the Barreca family. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A proposed redevelopment of the shuttered Freret Street landmark Frank’s Steakhouse hit an unexpected snag Monday when a city committee rejected its bid to tear down two houses in the rear for parking.

In a separate project, an attorney seeking to develop several blighted lots on Tchoupitoulas into a bank or possibly a restaurant ran into the same problem: the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee denied his request to demolish a home in the project’s footprint. Continue reading »

Mar 212012
 

Will rising gas prices hurt President Obama’s re-election chances? Who will independents vote for in the upcoming presidential election? Can the Democrats win back Congress? These questions and many more are up for discussion as respected Washington political insider, Charlie Cook, visits the Loyola University New Orleans campus to take part in the Institute of Politics’ Ed Renwick Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in Roussel Performance Hall in the Communications/Music Complex and is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Mar 212012
 

A flyer for an upcoming highlight on the local festival circuit. (Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Aaaahhhhh!  Spring time in New Orleans!  The birds are chirping, the fig leaves are in, and festival season boasts yet another bumper crop of competing weekend distraction.  The year’s offerings might mostly seem familiar with a few relative newcomers.  Bottom line is, the likelihood of you sitting around watching the grass grow is slim and none.  Music, food, art, cocktails, street closures, more music, beer, boxing (yeah!), sunscreen, and parking!?  Bleech!  Dust off the old two wheeler.  It’s time to saddle up! Continue reading »

Mar 202012
 

Mayas Restaurant on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District will have the support of its neighbors for a plan to add live music, dancing and to stay open later for “Salsa and Tapas” — if the changes can be accomplished without a zoning change, members of the Coliseum Square Association decided Monday evening. Continue reading »

Mar 202012
 

Chefs at four prominent Uptown restaurants — Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, John Harris of Lilette, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace and, in a separate category, Gautreau’s chef Sue Zemanick — have been nominated as finalists for James Beard awards, in addition to several other chefs around the city, according to a report by Dominic Massa and our partners at WWL-TV.

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Mar 202012
 

Construction barriers have surrounded the corners in front of Origami restaurant on Freret Street for weeks. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The city’s plans for rebuilding the sidewalks along Freret Street were the subject of growing skepticism for years amid the project’s many delays getting started. Since the project finally started in January, construction has enveloped two corners at a single intersection for more than two months, and the Freret merchants’ frustrations have grown into outright fury as their annual festival approaches. Continue reading »

Mar 202012
 

Cecile Tebo

In 2007, I wrote an article entitled “The anatomy of a simple crime” on completion of a five-year journey through the judicial system after falling victim to an aggravated burglary. The perpetrator, a three-time felon, had assaulted my husband in an attempt to get into our home. However, what lay ahead was almost as grueling as the crime itself. Continue reading »

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Mar 202012
 

It’s tax season, so be sure to get your taxes sent off at your locally-owned independent post office. Parcels and Post New Orleans offers fast and secure methods of returning your income tax forms. With a range of options suited to your needs and to your budget, your forms will be as safe as if you’d handed them in yourself. Don’t be late — April is 15 just weeks away!

Now under new ownership, Parcels and Post is located at 5721 Magazine St between Jefferson and Nashville. Open Mon – Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm, Parcels and Post has lots of parking in the back, making it easy to get your shipping done and on with your day. For more information call 504-891-8402 or visit parcelsandpost.com.

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Mar 192012
 

Attendees gather at an Edible Evening at Samuel J. Green Charter School in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

This year’s “Edible Evening” fundraiser at Samuel J. Green Charter School to benefit the organic gardening programs at Firstline Schools will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 22). Continue reading »

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Mar 192012
 

On this Saturday, March 24, all the citizens of New Orleans will have the opportunity to cast their vote for a woman who has been recognized as an proven leader on the City Council, with a strong, independent voice and a powerful reach: Councilmember Stacy Head.

Endorsed by Times-Picayune, Gambit, the Home Builders and the Orleans Parish Republican Party, Stacy Head stands up for what she believes in. She believes we need more police officers, better trained police officers, and a more responsive management team to lead them. Continue reading »

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Mar 192012
 

The Coliseum Square Association will resume discussion of live music at Mayas restaurant, as well as discuss the possibility of a dog park in Annunciation Square at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, March 19) at Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street. Continue reading »