May 082014
 
A volunteer works on a new wheelchair ramp at the Freret Neighborhood Center. (photo via the Freret Neighborhood Center on Facebook)

A volunteer works on a new wheelchair ramp at the Freret Neighborhood Center. (photo via the Freret Neighborhood Center on Facebook)

The Freret Neighborhood Center will host a block party this evening (Thursday, May 8) in the Neighborhood Housing Service parking lot to honor a group of more than 1,500 volunteers from technology company Ingram Micro who will be working on projects around the area. Continue reading »

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May 082014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Now that all the glitz and glamour of Monday’s inauguration is over, it’s time to get down to business. First on the list should be how the Mayor and Council are going to come up with all the millions to fund the two consent decrees and the firefighters’ judgment while keeping money flowing to other agencies in need, like the public libraries and the Sewerage and Water Board. Continue reading »

May 072014
 
Tesla Motors plans a service center at an as-yet-unspecified location in New Orleans, according to their website. (via teslamotors.com)

Tesla Motors plans a service center in New Orleans, according to their website. (via teslamotors.com)

A row of Teslas in the parking lot of Company Burger on Freret Street for a local owners' meetup in February. (photo courtesy of David Wolf)

A row of Teslas in the parking lot of Company Burger on Freret Street for a local owners’ meetup in February. (photo courtesy of David Wolf)

Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley-based auto maker aiming to revolutionize the electric car market, is planning its first service location in the central Gulf Coast for New Orleans, and hiring at least two technicians to staff it, according to the company website. Continue reading »

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May 072014
 

Gregory Johnson (via NOPD)

Gregory Johnson (via NOPD)

Randy Pittman (via opcso.org)

Randy Pittman (via opcso.org)

One of the teens wounded in a shooting Monday night in Central City has died from his injuries, and New Orleans police are still looking for the 52-year-old man believed to have shot him, though they have arrested his alleged accomplice in the case, authorities said. Continue reading »

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May 072014
 

IMG_2484v2_4X6@200It’s New Orleans is the web home of New Orleans’ most popular podcasts, featuring radio slices of local life from Central City cocktails to lunch at Commander’s Palace.

Commander’s Palace provides the busy backdrop for It’s New Orleans’ show about local business, Out to Lunch. Hosted by Tulane professor Peter Ricchiuti and broadcast on local NPR affiliate WWNO,  Out to Lunch is, “Business New Orleans style.”  Ricchiuti’s relaxed style finds him at home with everyone from drone manufacturers to cork dog collar designers. Continue reading »

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May 062014
 

The Bridge House sign at Grace House decorated during the winter holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Bridge House sign at Grace House decorated during the winter holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

Support the Bridge House/Grace House mission by attending a luncheon and silent auction (May 9) that will honor local role models for those undergoing treatment from long-term substance abuse. Continue reading »

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May 062014
 

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Today, consider foregoing eating out or that fancy cup of Joe and give to one of the more than 300 nonprofit organizations across the city participating in the community-wide online giving campaign, GiveNOLA Day.

The minimum gift is $10, less than the cost of an IMAX movie ticket or a happy hour special. Continue reading »

May 052014
 
The building housing the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University is slated to be replaced with a new building, but its demolition will require City Council approval. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building housing the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University is slated to be replaced with a new building, but its demolition will require City Council approval. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A request by Tulane University to demolish a 100-year-old home on campus used for the Newcomb College Institute and build a new facility in its place drew a split vote from a city panel Monday afternoon, likely sending the project to the New Orleans City Council for approval. Continue reading »

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May 052014
 

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Help revitalize the historic Lower St. Charles Corridor on Thursday evening at the Magic in Melpomenia IXX celebration at Zeitgeist, which will include a live art auction, music and delicious food from local eateries like Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, Crabby Jack’s and more. Continue reading »

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May 052014
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivers his inaugural address as members of the City Council watch on Monday morning at the Saenger Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivers his inaugural address as members of the City Council watch on Monday morning at the Saenger Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the City Council and other city officials were sworn into their next four-year terms Monday morning at the Saenger Theatre. Continue reading »

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May 052014
 

Owen Courreges

Is Magazine Street poised to be taken over by national chain stores?

It’s certainly a possibility. Rising rents are already forcing some Magazine Street retailers to move or close entirely. Well-heeled national businesses can often afford what mom-and-pop cannot. Continue reading »