Mar 222016
 
A member of the Barq family plans to open an ice cream and liquor store on 1302 Magazine Street (Google Maps).

A member of the Barq family plans to open an ice cream and liquor store on 1302 Magazine Street (Google Maps).

Hillary Barq, a member of the family that invented Barq’s root beer, is planning to open a combination ice cream parlor, high-end wine and liquor store and café on Magazine Street, she announced at a Coliseum Square Association meeting Monday.

Some say Barq’s dream is delicious, but it could also be a pie in the sky, according to several neighbors. First, as she explained, she must convince the city to grant permission for her to sell off-premise packaged liquor. Continue reading »

Mar 212016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“You’re an idiot.”

It wasn’t much of an argument. These were the words written to me by Taylor Huckaby, a social media spokesman for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the regional transit agency serving the San Francisco Bay area. Clearly, he didn’t like to be challenged. Continue reading »

Mar 182016
 

Industry-Insights_badge-2-color-revOn Wednesday, March 23, LCIA is hosting an Industry Insights lunch for the transportation industry, “The BASICs of the CSA.” We will be joined by guest presenter Coastal Truck Driving School, who will discuss safety guidelines put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

This workshop is for anyone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), anyone employed in the transportation industry, and managers at companies that employ individuals with CDLs. Lunch will be served at this event.

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Mar 172016
 
People sleeping in the doorway of a Royal Street business this past weekend. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

People sleeping in the doorway of a Royal Street business this past weekend. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Sunday morning during an early walk through the CBD and French Quarter, I encountered more than two dozen homeless men and women sleeping in the doorways of some of our city’s most fashionable establishments. While I paused to shoot a photograph on Royal Street, a State Police cruiser passed right by, unfazed. Whether people are sleeping (or eating or anything even more personal) in a vestibule, outside the Cabildo, or along the Moonwalk, it’s an unsightly, unsanitary situation that negatively impacts tourism and everyone’s quality of life. Continue reading »

Mar 172016
 

hpkTamashii is the Japanese word for Spirit or Heart. At King Lam’s Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, it’s our goal to improve your mind, body, and spirit by way of the martial arts so you can excel in all endeavors of life.

Registration is open for six-week Yoga courses for both adults and children. We also have Karate classes for adult and children, and Tai Chi for adults only. Continue reading »

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Mar 162016
 
Construction equipment chews through the old structure on the Amelia Street side on April 20, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction equipment chews through the old structure on the Amelia Street side on April 20, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The church pastor who owned an apartment building that dramatically collapsed on Amelia Street is seeking federal money to rebuild more affordable housing on the site, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell told neighbors on Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Mar 162016
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A Valence Street resident found an unwanted intruder came home this weekend to find a stranger asleep on his sofa, and after the man tried to fight him, the homeowner subdued the intruder with a shotgun, New Orleans police said.

The resident, who lives in the 500 block of Valence, returned home around 3 a.m. Saturday, March 12, to find 29-year-old Kyle Anderson asleep on his sofa, according to a NOPD news release. When he woke Anderson up, a fight began and led outside the home, the report states.

“The victim ran back into his residence, armed himself with a shotgun and told the intruder to leave,” the report states. “Anderson then charged the victim and another physical altercation began. The victim was then able to subdue the suspect until Second District officers arrived and arrested Anderson without further incident.”

The case is classified as an aggravated burglary, and the investigation is ongoing, the report states. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Mar 162016
 
(via jungneworleans.org)

(via jungneworleans.org)

The premiere performance of “Visions of Genius: Jung, Joyce and Lucia”, a play written by Jungian Analyst Del McNeely, will take place this Friday, March 18. Tickets for the performance are $20 each and will benefit the C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Mar 152016
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

After a cashier at Taco Bell on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon, New Orleans police have released a photo of the suspect in hopes that the public can help identify him, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Mar 152016
 
Tom Cianfichi of Hazelnut New Orleans

Tom Cianfichi of Hazelnut New Orleans

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements! Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 
A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

cropped-Logo_studentslou_webThree prominent New Orleans architectural firms with extensive experience in designing school buildings are among the finalists from 18 applicants for the renovation of the former Priestley campus in Carrollton for the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school — though one finalist may be removed from the list because of its ties to the school, officials said. Continue reading »

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Mar 142016
 
A view from the ballfield of the new concessions building planned for Cuccia-Byrnes plaground. (via City of New Orleans)

A view from the ballfield of the new concessions building planned for Cuccia-Byrnes plaground. (via City of New Orleans)

The existing concessions stand at Cuccia Byrnes (via City of New Orleans)

The existing concessions stand at Cuccia Byrnes (via City of New Orleans)

The city of New Orleans approved plans Monday morning for a new concessions building to replace the aging structure at the Cuccia-Byrnes playground, where the Carrollton Boosters operate baseball fields they recently described as vital to their programming. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s not uncommon for something to sound wonderful that is ultimately a bad idea — “freemium” games, bacon-wrapped pizza, going to Bourbon Street — the list is endless. It’s easy to get whipped into a frenzy by hype or sexiness and ignore practical realities.

That’s the category to which the oft-debated commuter rail line between New Orleans and Baton Rouge belongs. Continue reading »