Jun 212016
 
A rendering of a proposed new clinic at Louisiana and Freret streets. (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering of a proposed new clinic at Louisiana and Freret streets. (via City of New Orleans)

A large former medical center at 2500 Louisiana Avenue is slated to be torn down and rebuilt with a new clinic, city officials said, and, in a separate request, the Veterans of Foreign Wars are planning to tear down and rebuild their meeting hall on Lyons Street. Continue reading »

Jun 212016
 
Via NOCP

(Via NOCP)

New Orleans College Prep (NOCP), the school network that includes Walter L. Cohen and Lawrence D. Crocker Schools, was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

With the assistance of the grant, NOCP plans to continue to grow the performance of its schools over the next three years.

NOCP plans to devote grant money to expand the number of students served, strengthen both the cultural competency and overall performance of teachers and staff, bolster socioemotional learning and supports for students, and enhance parent engagement initiatives.

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Jun 212016
 

LCI Worker’s Comp is partnering with the Urban Conservancy and StayLocal to host Stormwater Management Opportunities: What Contractors Should Know this Thursday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This day-long workshop will be held at New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board, 2100 Leon C Simon Dr., and has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education for the Residential Contractor License by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. Every attendee who holds a Residential Contractor License will receive 6 hours of CE credit.

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Jun 202016
 
Police investigate reports of gunfire in the 2200 block of Prytania Street. (photo by Owen Courreges)

Police investigate reports of gunfire in the 2200 block of Prytania Street. (photo by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

POP-POP-POP-POP-POP-POP-POP!

I awoke as the shots rang outside my bedroom window in the wee hours on Saturday. By the time I emerged from my house, wearing a garish, plaid Sears robe with my trusty shotgun in hand, there was nobody to be seen save a lone security guard. He crept forward from Eiffel Society, a venue down the street, his pistol drawn and at the ready.

The police arrived, shutting off the 2000 block of Prytania, but aside from collecting a few random shell casings there was ostensibly little investigation to be performed.

Naturally, I was unnerved by the experience. However, my fear was not turned against a mere instrumentality. Alas, the same cannot be said of the reaction of many Americans to the mass shooting that took place a week ago in Orlando. Continue reading »

Jun 172016
 

New Orleans Elite, a youth basketball organization, and #504KidsLivesMatter Mentoring Program will host their first annual “Get Fit” Fundraiser on Saturday, June 18 at the Rosenwald Recreation Center. The event will feature a Zumba class, DJ, and refreshments, and proceeds will go to programs and classes for local males ages 12 to 15. Continue reading »

Jun 172016
 
Shaksuka of Eggs Poached in Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce, with Tahini, Pita, and Salad. (Kristine Froeba)

Shaksuka of Eggs Poached in Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce, with Tahini, Pita, and Salad. (Kristine Froeba)

The bright, clean flavors of the Mediterranean have arrived Uptown just in time for Summer. While we have Shaya to accommodate our fine-dining yearnings for authentic Israeli foods, we didn’t have a casual counterpart – until now. Tal’s Hummus opened three weeks ago in the space formerly occupied by McClure’s BBQ. Already the small space is packed. This time, the neighbors aren’t complaining (to be fair, McClure’s is beyond excellent, but the neighbors didn’t like the smoker). Continue reading »

Jun 162016
 
Ellen and Darryl Cortello stand behind a counter made of salvaged wood at Luca Eats. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ellen and Darryl Cortello stand behind a counter made of salvaged wood at Luca Eats. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After more than three decades operating restaurants in New Orleans, Darryl Cortello knew exactly what he wanted from his next endeavor — something small — so the closed little restaurant on Cohn Street in Carrollton stood out as a perfect match.

“I love the space. I love small,” Cortello said Thursday afternoon, his third day open for lunch at Luca Eats. “We wanted to keep the menu really, really small, and do it really, really well.”

Luca Eats operates in the renovated building that formerly housed Roman Pizza at 7329 Cohn Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Luca Eats operates in the renovated building that formerly housed Roman Pizza at 7329 Cohn Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 162016
 
City Councilman Jason Williams rides the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilman Jason Williams rides the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The courtyard of Dat Dog on Freret Street will be named the official gathering place for the Krewe of Freret in a dedication ceremony today that will also serve as a membership drive for the krewe and a fundraiser for the Son of a Saint organization. Continue reading »

Jun 162016
 

Robbery at Short and Burthe streets. The shooting in the 8400 block of Cohn did not appear on crime maps Thursday morning. (map via NOPD)

Robbery at Short and Burthe streets. The shooting in the 8400 block of Cohn did not appear on crime maps Thursday morning. (map via NOPD)

A man in his 50s was injured by crossfire Wednesday night in a shooting outside a home on Cohn Street, and another man was robbed at gunpoint on Short Street just off Carrollton Avenue a few hours later, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jun 152016
 
Harold Baquet (courtesy of Loyola University)

Harold Baquet (courtesy of Loyola University)

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) announced that the archive of photographer Harold F. Baquet (1958–2015) will be permanently housed at their Williams Research Center. The announcement was made with the support of Cheron Brylski, Baquet’s widow, who has retained the archive since his death one year ago on June 18, 2015. The acquisition was approved Tuesday, May 10.

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Jun 152016
 

Hillary Barq speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 14. (via City of New Orleans)

Hillary Barq speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 14. (via City of New Orleans)

A request to sell packaged wine and liquor alongside sandwiches, ice cream and other sweets at proposed shop on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District was narrowly rejected by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday amid commissioners’ confusion about the proposed concept for the business and debate about its relationship with neighbors.

In an unrelated request, however, a once-controversial request to sell single beers at a corner store on Freret Street easily received a positive recommendation from the City Planning Commission without any opposition. Continue reading »

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Jun 152016
 

Parkway Pakery, Tracey’s Bar, and other local po-boy shops will host a Po-Boy Street Party to support the recovery of Guy’s Po-Boys after two fires and a car crash (see Magazine Street crash sends truck into Guy’s Po-Boys). The party will take place on Saturday, June 18 at Guy’s, located at 5259 Magazine Street, from 12 to 4 p.m.

(via facebook.com/events/1535733450069608/)

(via facebook.com/events/1535733450069608/)

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Jun 152016
 

CarbineMotorcarslogo (2)At Carbine Motors, we take the hassle out of your automobile purchase. We help car shoppers find what they’re looking for. Our inventory changes on a daily basis, so let us know what you like!

We’re not salesman. We’re car people with an interest in getting locals like you to drive the cars best suited for your needs. Please let us know your needs, or just stop by to talk and browse our inventory.

See some of the cars on the showroom floor below

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Jun 152016
 

The City of New Orleans will host a community listening session on Wednesday, June 15 to launch #EquityNewOrleans, a citywide initiative to assess the role of equity in City government. The session will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ashé Powerhouse Theater, located at 1731 Baronne Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 142016
 
(vis StayLocal!)

(via StayLocal)

StayLocal, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, will host NOLA Know-How, an event to showcase business-to-business (B2B) companies. The free event takes place on Thursday, June 16 at the People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market and will feature TED-style talks by local business thought leaders based on the theme “Survival of the Fittest”.

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Jun 142016
 
Gisele Cosma, Owner of Rye Clothing

Gisele Cosma, Owner of Rye Clothing

The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. We hope you are inspired and continue to shop small and shop local—even if it takes a little extra time!

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.

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