Jan 022014
 

Mayor Landrieu shoots baskets in the rebuilt Lyons Center gym at the reopening ceremony in June 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Mayor Landrieu shoots baskets in the rebuilt Lyons Center gym at the reopening ceremony in June 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu used the Lyons Center — fully renovated and reopened this past summer after languishing since Hurricane Katrina — as a backdrop Thursday morning for a news conference touting New Orleans’ progress in public recreation in 2013. Continue reading »

Jan 012014
 
At left, the cluster of buildings owned by the Barreca family at Cadiz and Freret. At right, the former Freret Veterinary Hospital. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

At left, the cluster of buildings owned by the Barreca family at Cadiz and Freret. At right, the former Freret Veterinary Hospital. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Freret Veterinary Hospital is slated to be torn down next week, and the Barreca family is courting two new offers for their large empty structures a few blocks away — after the city fined them in December for allowing a public nuisance there — in what could represent major changes this year for the two largest remaining vacant buildings on the commercial corridor. Continue reading »

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Jan 012014
 
The profitably-departed house formerly at 2509 Napoleon. (via Google maps)

The profitably-departed house formerly at 2509 Napoleon. (via Google maps)

Jean-Paul Villere

Happy new year, all!  If recent real estate activity in the New Orleans metro area keeps pace with present trends, 2014 should prove even more interesting than maybe any one might imagine.  But not to get too ahead of the proverbial realty crystal ball, let’s look at a flip that took place in the last six weeks at 2509 Napoleon.  I’ve written in the past about other nearby flips, including one next door at 2505 Napoleon, but make sure you are sitting down if you continue to read on about 2509.  Seriously, you won’t believe me.  And for clarity/disclosure, I did not participate in any part in any of these sales; effectively, I am only an observer. Continue reading »

Jan 012014
 
The Claiborne bus line is shown in purple, and the Jackson route through Uptown is in tan. (via norta.com)

The Claiborne bus line is shown in purple, and the Jackson route through Uptown is in tan. (via norta.com)

Starting next week, daytime buses on South Claiborne Avenue and nighttime buses on Jackson Avenue will run more frequently as part of a series of upgrades to New Orleans bus service around the city for 2014, officials said. Continue reading »

Dec 302013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

That old Morial magic still works.

When the invitations went out from National Urban League CEO Marc Morial’s office for a Friday luncheon at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, you could feel the stir in the political community. Last Friday, with the restaurant closed for the private event, there wasn’t an empty chair in the place. Continue reading »

Dec 302013
 

Owen Courreges

With New Year’s Eve a scant day away, it is only fitting that I commit this column to a particularly relevant topic: Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

First, I’d like to preface this piece by observing that nobody actually supports drunk driving.  It’s a contributing cause to innumerable auto accidents and fatalities.  It frustrates law enforcement and makes mothers M.A.D.D.

However, in spite of popular efforts to present a DUI as the moral equivalent of nun beating, activists and local governments are committed participants in a conspiracy to presenting driving drunk as a mere peccadillo – a “petty offense” that does not merit significant concern. Continue reading »

Dec 292013
 

The Uptown breakfast and bakery scene has seen a flurry of activity of late, with Live Oak Cafe slated to revamp the former Oak Street Cafe, Toast by the owners of Tartine in the former Laurel Street Bakery slot, Ye Olde Bake Shoppe opening on Carrollton and even a Haydel’s Bakery pop-up on Magazine. Continue reading »

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Dec 292013
 

The Lady Rollers will close out 2013 with their 18th-anniversary second-line parade at noon today (Sunday, Dec. 29) around the Louisiana Avenue corridor, according to a post by Big Red Cotton for Gambit. The second-line starts at the Sandpiper, 2119 Louisiana Avenue, and passes through the neighborhoods alongside Louisiana, Toledano and Washington.

The parade is dedicated to Mansfield “Field” Patterson III.

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Dec 282013
 

Kathryn Hunter (via NOPD)

Kathryn Hunter (via NOPD)

Robert Robinson (via NOPD)

Robert Robinson (via NOPD)

Homicide investigators are now searching for a man wanted on a number of outstanding arrest warrants in addition to a woman previously named in connection with a shooting at an Amelia Street residence that killed two men earlier this month, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 272013
 

Craig Giesecke

One of the great things about relocating to A Different Place is the learning curve. While some folks find it too easy to begin honking and beeping about how things just ain’t right in the new place, I find it mostly tremendous. So it is with my wife’s effort to obtain medical marijuana here in Southern California. Continue reading »

Dec 262013
 

Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive!

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Dec 252013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Each year, the winter holiday season always finds me greeting it with fidgety awkwardness.  Why?  For one, the holidays are completely unavoidable.  For two, they’re always rigidly defined.  And for three, the expectations can mash into dizzying highs but swiftly sail into cavernous lows.  These things might be what draws me so closely to Carnival, as Mardi Gras remains fairly avoidable, it changes timelines every year, and no one really cares throughout its discourse anyway.  Miss a parade?  Fine.  Wanna skip town altogether?  No big.  Do whatcha wanna is more than a new ad campaign for Touro.  It remains a relatively new staple in the Fat Tuesday song cannon courtesy of none other than the Rebirth Brass Band.  And God bless ‘em and the song, because for me, it sums it up.  But personal preferences on Christmas and New Year’s?  Not so much. Continue reading »

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