Feb 272015
 

A NOPD officer stretches crime-scene tape across the South Broad overpass during a homicide investigation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An investigation into the shooting death of a man whose body was left on South Broad near New Orleans Police headquarters shut down the busy Broad Street overpass on Friday afternoon, according to a report at Mid-City Messenger.

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Feb 272015
 
Saveur restaurant on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

Saveur restaurant on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

Kin, a Vietnamese restaurant, will be opening on 4600 Washington Avenue in upcoming weeks; the Southern cuisine Boucherie has reopened on 1506 South Carrolton Avenue, while Danny’s No. 2 on Magazine has closed, and Baie Rouge has changed its name to Saveur Cuisine & Cocktails, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Feb 272015
 
Bryan Hymel in "Les Troyens" at the Royal Opera House (photo by Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House, via bryanhymel.com)

Bryan Hymel in “Les Troyens” at the Royal Opera House (photo by Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House, via bryanhymel.com)

Opera star and 2001 Loyola graduate Bryan Hymel will return to campus Sunday afternoon to celebrate the release of his debut CD Héroïque with a free performance and discussion about his experience creating it. Continue reading »

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Feb 262015
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

More than 100 donors forked over $2500 each last night for cocktails with Mayor Mitch Landrieu. On everyone’s lips was the same question: Is Mitch running? Those asking included Winston, Sheila and Ronnie Burns (he introduced Mitch), lots of WTC bidders including Darryl and Louella Berger with partners Joe Jaeger and Roger Ogden; Paul Woodward; Pres Kabacoff, former Mayor Sidney Barthelemy and Edward Boettner; and Al Thompson and Arnold Baker with their spouses. Continue reading »

Feb 252015
 
Mardi Gras beads hang on the chain-link fence in front of the tall black tarp, an effort to bring some life back to the otherwise bleak view. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mardi Gras beads hang on the chain-link fence in front of the tall black tarp, an effort to bring some life back to the otherwise bleak view. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lined with tall black tarps billowing over chain link fences, what was once Prytania Street between Octavia and Nashville now looks like a discarded set from an old episode of the X-Files. Gray mud seeps from under the fence, and strange sounds emanate from behind the tarps, but it is anyone’s guess what could actually be taking place back there. Continue reading »

Feb 252015
 
New Orleans police officers look for evidence around a black Honda Accord in the 4000 block of Eden Street, where bullet holes were visible in a glass door of one of the buildings. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police officers look for evidence around a black Honda Accord in the 4000 block of Eden Street, where bullet holes were visible in a glass door of one of the buildings. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An angry boyfriend shot at a woman’s home Wednesday afternoon just off the busy intersection of Washington and Broad Street, injuring no one but leading to the arrest of one person and a warrant for another, police said. Continue reading »

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Feb 242015
 
A slide presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday night explaining timetables for work on Prytania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A slide presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday night explaining timetables for work on Prytania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two-story black tarps around the drainage-canal construction site on Prytania Street in Uptown New Orleans create dark tunnels that residents must walk through after parking blocks from their home, creating a scenario so unbearable that neighbors begged officials Tuesday night to drop the project altogether and simply leave.

While abandoning the Prytania Street leg of the SELA project is not an option, officials with the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers promised that the work is now speeding up, with relief for residents in store in the weeks and months ahead. Continue reading »

Feb 242015
 
Firefighters prepare to enter a burning house at the corner of Philip and Chestnut streets in the Garden District on Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters prepare to enter a burning house at the corner of Philip and Chestnut streets in the Garden District on Tuesday afternoon as water cascades from the upper floors. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The fire damaged the upper story of the house at Philip and Chestnut.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The fire damaged the upper story of the house at Philip and Chestnut. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A century-old, three-story Garden District home caught fire shortly after noon Tuesday on Philip Street, but the lone woman inside was able to escape unharmed and officials say much of the house can likely be rebuilt. Continue reading »

Feb 242015
 
Car2Go publicity photo (via daimler.com)

Car2Go publicity photo (via daimler.com)

Car2Go — a car-sharing service that allows drivers to rent small cars for on a per-minute or hourly basis for short trips around the city — continued its tour of New Orleans neighborhoods Monday night in the Lower Garden District, explaining its services and the parking agreement it hopes to reach with the city. Continue reading »

Feb 242015
 
A mangled bicycle sits near a stalled train near Leake Avenue following the discovery of a dead man's body there the morning of Feb. 4. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A mangled bicycle sits near a stalled train near Leake Avenue following the discovery of a dead man’s body there the morning of Feb. 4. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The man pushing a bicycle along the train tracks near Leake Avenue earlier this month has been identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office, authorities said. Continue reading »

Feb 232015
 

Owen Courreges

Another week passes, and another vapid, unthinking ordinance begins snaking its way through the city council.

This round, it’s a “living wage” ordinance recently introduced by Councilman Jared Brossett.  At a legislative breakfast held earlier this month, Brossett depicted the law as a palliative for New Orleans’ notorious and persistent epidemic of poverty.

“Income inequality — I don’t need to tell y’all this. It’s vast. I mean, we were compared to Zambia, as far as income inequality,” Brossett said. “That is ridiculous, as we are part of one of the richest and strongest nations on this planet.” Continue reading »