Oct 292015
 
New Orleans police investigate a robbery at the Metro PCS store on Louisiana Avenue at Baronne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police investigate a robbery at the Metro PCS store on Louisiana Avenue at Baronne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The clerk of a Metro PCS cell-phone store were forced to the floor at gunpoint in an armed robbery on Louisiana Avenue early Thursday afternoon, police and witnesses said.

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Oct 292015
 
Children trick or treating at the corner of St. Charles and State St. Sunday evening.

Children trick-or-treating at the corner of St. Charles and State St.

 

The City Of New Orleans is recommending that residents move trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities to Friday, Oct. 30, due to the weather this weekend. The suggested activitiy time is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Oct 292015
 
Thibodeaux School of Music spooky fun night

(via Thibodeaux School of Music)

The Thibodeaux School of Music is hosting a spooky fun night for children of all ages today, Oct. 29. There will be trick-or-treating in the Thibodeaux classrooms, and the Thibodeaux faculty will be playing spooky musical sounds.

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Oct 292015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Dr. Jeffery Rouse, New Orleans’ recently elected Coroner, is one of the standouts among a new generation of leaders in the city.

He is bringing sunshine, energy and a new concept of community service to an office that had become a medical slum under former Coroner Dr. Frank Minyard. Dr. Rouse brings great academic credentials to the office – a 1992 Jesuit High School valedictorian and a Duke University Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Rouse is energetic, optimistic and visionary. He is completely reorganizing the office and has convinced fellow Jesuit alum Mayor Mitch Landrieu to grant a 23-percent budget increase to the perennially underfunded Coroner’s Office. In December, if all goes well, the Coroner’s Office will move to spiffy new quarters in the under-construction Forensics Center on Earhart Boulevard. Continue reading »

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Oct 292015
 
Acrylic on canvas painting by George Rodrigue (New Orleans, 1944-2013), titled Springtime in Louisiana (est. $30,000-$40,000)

Acrylic on canvas painting by George Rodrigue (New Orleans, 1944-2013), titled Springtime in Louisiana (est. $30,000-$40,000)

Original artworks by George Rodrigue (Am., 1944-2013) and Herman Frederik Van Hengel (Dutch, 1705-1785), plus a very large American sterling center bowl, are just a few of the featured items in a two-day, 1,484-lot estates auction slated for Nov. 7 and 8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

Start times both days will be 9 a.m. Categories will include French and American period furniture, original artworks (many by New Orleans and regional artists), sterling silver, antique clocks, wonderful mirrors, estate jewelry, vintage lamps and lighting, Russian icons and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by both LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Continue reading »

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Oct 282015
 
The Innovators Barber Shop on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Innovators Barber Shop on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rodney James (via opsco.org)

Rodney James (via opsco.org)

Jacolby Jarvis (via opcso.org)

Jacolby Jarvis (via opcso.org)

Two armed men were arrested Tuesday night in connection with the weekend’s armed robberies of the Jazz Daiquiri Lounge and Innovators Barber Shop, and one of the suspects was found with a gun taken from the lounge robbery, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Oct 272015
 
A rendering of the interior of the Parkway Apartments (image by Harry Baker Smith Architects via nola.gov)

A rendering of the interior of the Parkway Apartments (image by Harry Baker Smith Architects via nola.gov)

Two major residential development projects in the Irish Channel and Broadmoor received initial approval from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, but both with fewer units than the developers had originally proposed. Continue reading »

Oct 262015
 
The Thomy Lafon School on Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Thomy Lafon School was demolished in August 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Halloween is approaching, and thus our minds venture to the spooky and weird – to goblins, witches, ghouls, vampires … and ghosts. Especially ghosts.

As American cities go, New Orleans is an old one, and so ghosts have long been a component of local lore. Ghost tours pepper the French Quarter, with throngs of tourists being treated to tales such as the Ax Man of New Orleans and the horrors of the LaLaurie House. Continue reading »

Oct 232015
 
The Our Lady of Lourdes building, viewed from the Holy Rosary Academy parking lot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Our Lady of Lourdes building, viewed from the Holy Rosary Academy parking lot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A request to separate the lot that houses the closed Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Napoleon Avenue from the school on the same block was unanimously approved by the City Planning Commission last week. Continue reading »

Oct 232015
 

SWBSeveral blocks of the river-bound side of Broadway Street in the university area will close this weekend so that workers can begin repaving there, in anticipation of bad weather next week, the Sewerage & Water Board announced.

Pavement restoration will begin 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and continue through 6 p.m. Sunday in the riverbound lanes of Broadway from Willow to Plum streets, as well was from Green to Birch, according to the S&WB announcement. The final roadway restoration is scheduled to take place Monday morning, the announcement states.

“Contractors working for the Sewerage and Water Board will perform surface restorations to last week’s water line repairs,” the announcement states. “Remaining work includes street surface removal and asphalt overlay. Full lane closures on the riverbound side of Broadway Street will expedite the restoration process in anticipation of inclement weather next week.”