Apr 282014
 

The Welcome Table New Orleans — a grant-funded effort “to facilitate meaningful and honest discussions about race in respectful, safe and structured spaces” — will launch tonight (Monday, April 28) with an informational session at New Hope Baptist Church at 1807 Lasalle Street in Central City. Continue reading »

Apr 282014
 

Owen Courreges

Elk Place has seen better days, and poor transit planning is the most obvious culprit.  Near the intersection with Canal, transit users wait alongside derelict and ill-maintained structures with inadequate shelter and seating.  Drivers buzz by as throngs brave the elements to make their connections.

This is what happens when over 20 transit lines converge at one location, with over 5,000 riders boarding and disembarking streetcars and buses.

It’s a notorious disgrace.  The immediate area has been slow to redevelop.  The sidewalks are difficult to navigate and litter is an ongoing problem.  Not only have transit users suffered – local businesses and property owners are dissatisfied as well. Continue reading »

Apr 262014
 
A member of the St. Augustine Marching 100 plays in the Battle of the Bands for the Instruments A-Comin' benefit at Tipitina's in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A member of the St. Augustine Marching 100 plays in the Battle of the Bands for the Instruments A-Comin’ benefit at Tipitina’s in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The instruments are a comin’ to New Orleans school programs from the Tipitina’s Foundation benefit concert — in between two Jazz fest weekends — where attendees can enjoy food, an outdoor battle of the best local bands and a silent auction (Monday, April 28). Continue reading »

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Apr 252014
 
Philip Bialowitz is one of seven living survivors of the Nazi extermination camp, Sobibór, where 250,000 people perished between 1942 and 1943. (via JCC)

Philip Bialowitz is one of seven living survivors of the Nazi extermination camp, Sobibór, where 250,000 people perished between 1942 and 1943. (via JCC)

Join the New Orleans Jewish Community Center and pay homage to those lost during the Holocaust for the community-wide memorial program, Yom Hashoah. Philip Bailowits, one of seven Holocaust survivors living in New Orleans, will be a keynote speaker for the event Sunday (April 27). Continue reading »

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Apr 242014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Danae and Allan have different views of Jazz Fest at this time in their lives. Danae will be out there every day from sunup to sundown. Allan, who used to love listening to the performers in the Gospel Tent, will stay home and watch the news clips on TV. He can’t handle the crowds anymore and all the walking makes his back hurt.

This year’s festival brings four great stories to mind. Just a few weeks ago Danae stopped into the Subway sandwich shop across from Place St. Charles and met young, gregarious Di, a high school honors student attending Walker-Landry in Algiers. She was at Subway for two reasons – her hard-working mother makes sandwiches there and she had come from a job interview at the new Riverwalk Outlet Mall. Though just about to graduate from high school, Di boasted that working at Riverwalk would be her third job, having spent two summers employed through Mayor Landrieu’s youth job program. Continue reading »

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Apr 232014
 

Anthony Rickmon (via opcso.org)

Anthony Rickmon (via opcso.org)

Two teens — one of whom was armed with a gun — were arrested Wednesday morning after officers with the Garden District Security District arrived on the scene of home burglary in progress, and they had stolen property from break-ins around the city on them when they were caught, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Apr 232014
 

Niguel Veal, the 17-year-old freshman Tulane football recruit arrested in last week’s sexual assault in a dorm room, made a brief court appearance Wednesday on his simple-rape charge, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. Veal is free on a $20,000 bond but suspended from the football team, and his attorney says the allegations are a misunderstanding.

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Apr 232014
 

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of the celebrated Sylvain and Ste. Marie restaurants downtown have completed their purchase of an Uptown building where they plan “The Manor on Magazine,” and they remain on track to open in the fall of this year, they said Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Apr 232014
 
Before and after photos of 1800 Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Before and after photos of 1817-19 Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It’s no secret to those that have dipped their toe in the water of New Orleans real estate recently that the stream of activity resembles more of a rushing rapid with unexpected twists and turns included.  The tone of the market possesses a buzz that surprises even the most seasoned flippers and investors, and it shows more promise than concern.  We all know these things ebb and flow, but it’s the perception of spaces that is changing the fastest, the intangible becoming realized in the tangible.  More specifically, let’s look at a cute double that recently flipped in the heart of Central City, but hold on to your hat.  And, as usual, for clarity/disclosure, I did not participate in any part in any of these sales; effectively, I am only an observer fascinated by the pace at which these changes are taking place. Continue reading »

Apr 232014
 

FANAThe Faubourg Avart Neighborhood Association — which formed last year to represent the area between Prytania and the river, from Upperline to Valmont — will host City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell for a discussion of quality-of-life issues at a meeting tonight (Wednesday, April 23) at St. Katharine Drexel Prep, 5116 Magazine. Continue reading »

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Apr 222014
 
Rendering of the new Krystal burger restaurant planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (Rendering by Mouton Long Turner Architects)

Rendering of the new Krystal burger restaurant planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (Rendering by Mouton Long Turner Architects)

The South Claiborne fast-food corridor seems poised to get yet another entry, as Krystal is planning to open a burger restaurant in the old Kentucky Fried Chicken store near Washington Avenue. Continue reading »