Jul 222016
 

Just a month after contemplating the creation of a new security district, with 24-hour manned patrol cars, residents of the Lower Garden District are now exploring another way to increase safety: a widespread installment of crime cameras.

Members of the Coliseum Square Neighborhood Association took a preliminary survey at their monthly meeting this week to see how many residents would be interested in one or both measures, in order to beef up security in the area.

About a dozen people — the majority of those in attendance at the meeting — indicated they’d like to have crime cameras installed around the neighborhood. Nine raised their hands when asked if they wanted private patrol, too. Continue reading »

Jul 222016
 
The patio at Tasting Room (Kristine Froeba)

The patio at Tasting Room (Kristine Froeba)

If you follow Magazine right after it forks above Camp, there’s a tiny gem of a place you may have missed. The Tasting Room, hidden amongst several bars and shops in the LGD, is easy to miss but worth a visit. The décor is elegant, of the shabby chic variety, deep azure velvet sofas, candlelight, chandeliers, refurbished wood, and antique mirrors. The night I arrived, “Casablanca” was being shown on the historic brick wall above the patio. The perfect date place.

The wine, however, is serious. Continue reading »

Jul 212016
 
Paul Bonin shares a chuckle after qualifying to run for Criminal District Court. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Paul Bonin shares a chuckle after qualifying to run for Criminal District Court. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Political insiders are shaking their heads this week as to why Paul Bonin, a widely-popular 4th Circuit Court of Appeals judge who has more than five years remaining on his current term, would decide to run for a lower-paying judgeship in the rough-and-tumble Criminal District Court. Continue reading »

Jul 212016
 

New Orleans Women and The Poydras Home book jacket cover HIGH RESOLUTIONOn the evening of Wednesday, July 27th, Poydras Home and The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) will co-host author Dr. Pamela Tyler’s presentation of “Tender Hearts and Business Heads” at 533 Royal Street with a signing of her book “New Orleans Women And The Poydras Home – More Durable Than Marble” in conjunction with the HNOC exhibition “Voices of Progress: Twenty Women Who Changed New Orleans.”

The exhibition will be open for viewing from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., when Dr. Tyler will begin her lecture. After will be an outdoor reception until 7:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Jul 202016
 
TJ Quills on Maple Street is asking to be relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills on Maple Street is asking to be relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Five years after New Orleans city officials ordered the TJ Quills college bar to help pay for private security patrols around Maple Street in order to remain open, the Alcohol Beverage Control board appears poised to release the bar from its $1,000 monthly payments. Continue reading »

Jul 202016
 
Crime-scene investigators photograph what witnesses described as a human jaw bone outside a home-construction site on Zimpel Street on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crime-scene investigators photograph what witnesses described as a human jaw bone outside a home-construction site on Zimpel Street on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A construction worker digging under a newly built home on Zimpel Street discovered a sealed box with a velvet bag inside containing what appeared to be a human jaw bone Tuesday evening, prompting an investigation by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office. Continue reading »

Jul 202016
 
Surrounded by his family, Ben Kleban files to run for a seat on the Orleans Parish School Board. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Surrounded by his family, Ben Kleban files to run for a seat on the Orleans Parish School Board. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Woody Koppel

Woody Koppel

The founder of the New Orleans College Prep charter network qualified Wednesday morning to run for the open District 5 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board, and current school board member Woody Koppel also filed for re-election in his District 6. Continue reading »

Jul 192016
 
Alba Sanabria helps a young customer at Supermercado Las Acacias in March 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Alba Sanabria helps a young customer at Supermercado Las Acacias in March 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

In a quiet end to a debate simmering on Freret Street for five years, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously last week to allow the Supermercado Las Acacias to begin selling single beers. Continue reading »

Jul 182016
 
Police gather in front of a bullet-riddled car on Delachaise and South Robertson in Central City on Monday evening. The NOPD are investigating this fatal shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Police gather in front of a bullet-riddled car on Delachaise and South Robertson in Central City on Monday evening. The NOPD are investigating this fatal shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

An unidentified man was shot to death Monday afternoon inside a vehicle on Delachaise Street in the Milan neighborhood, New Orleans police said.

A visibly distraught man is pulled from the crime scene after rushing under the tape near the sight on a fatal shooting on Delachaise and South Robertson on Monday. The NOPD is currently investigating this shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A visibly distraught man is pulled from the crime scene after rushing under the tape near the sight on a fatal shooting on Delachaise and South Robertson on Monday. The NOPD is currently investigating this shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Continue reading »

Jul 182016
 
The rendering for one of Chick-Fil-A's newest locations in Nevada. The company has not confirmed the possibility of a location on South Claiborne Avenue. (via chickfila.com)

The rendering for one of Chick-Fil-A’s newest locations in Nevada. The company has not confirmed the possibility of a location on South Claiborne Avenue. (via chickfila.com)

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

Amid a broader conversation about the ongoing revitalization of South Claiborne Avenue, one tender detail from the mayor’s budget meeting last week stoked New Orleans appetites — is Chick-Fil-A eyeing a new location on that heavily-traveled Uptown corridor? Continue reading »

Jul 182016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

A few years ago, local NBC affiliate WDSU reported on an embarrassment familiar to all New Orleanians, namely the fact that street signs seem to be regarded as more of a luxury in this city than an obvious necessity. Particularly absent are those signs actually identifying the names of streets – you know, so you can actually find your way around.

“If you think about some of the basic things you expect a city to have, in terms of the impression of the city, if it doesn’t have a street sign it kind of lets you know they don’t have it all together,” local resident Francis James told reporters. His intersection had no signs at all. Continue reading »

Jul 182016
 
"Meet You There", Oil on Wood Panel, by Sarah Nelson (courtesy of Sarah Nelson)

“Meet You There”, Oil on Wood Panel, by Sarah Nelson (courtesy of Sarah Nelson)

The Salon Gallery at the Living Room Foundation will host an opening reception for the exhibition of Engrained, a series of wood panel paintings by artist Sarah Nelson. The reception will take place on Sunday, July 24 and will include champagne, music, and local cuisine. Continue reading »

Jul 172016
 
U.S. Senate candidate Caroline Fayard speaks at a rally at Urban South Brewing on Tchoupitoulas Street on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

U.S. Senate candidate Caroline Fayard speaks at a rally at Urban South Brewing on Tchoupitoulas Street on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In the competitive race for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by David Vitter, attorney Caroline Fayard sought to distinguish herself in a New Orleans campaign stop Saturday by focusing on two themes that have played a role in this year’s Democratic Presidential primary — reducing the burden of student debt to spur small-business creation, and promoting equal pay for women. Continue reading »