Jan 252013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Allan thought the second inaugural address by President Barack Obama was a very good reflection of what is in the President’s soul -– truculent, adversarial and not a hint of compromise. Allan also thought that the President’s advocacy of gay rights was historic, the first time gay rights have ever been mentioned in an Inaugural Address.

Danae, on the other hand, thought the speech was a flop, misdirected and mistaken in its apparent refusal to even consider compromise on any of the points that matter to the American people. Continue reading »

Jan 242013

“Deacon John” Moore speaks in favor of Jimmy’s Music Club before the City Council on Thursday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Impassioned arguments from supporters of Jimmy’s Music Club on Willow Street could not dissuade the New Orleans City Council from unanimously voting in favor Thursday of a moratorium on new alcohol permits in the Carrollton area, as city leaders insisted that their action does not preclude the revered Uptown venue from reopening. Continue reading »

Jan 242013

Barbara Jackson, a former president of the St. Thomas neighborhood, leads a protest march Wednesday through the River Gardens development. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

River Gardens residents hold signs demanding respect on the front porch of the Hope House before their march Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of River Garden residents took their unhappiness with the development’s leaders to the streets on Wednesday afternoon, marching several blocks with signs and chants demanding better treatment from HRI Management. Continue reading »

Jan 232013

The location of the home invasion reported Tuesday on St. Andrew Street. (map via NOPD.com)

Four people, including a man in his 70s, were bound with tape and robbed by intruders Tuesday morning in a Central City home, according to police reports. An armed robbery and a shooting were also reported in Gert Town this week, the reports show. Continue reading »

Jan 232013

The operating agreement brokered by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to govern Tulane University’s new stadium could be released as soon as Friday, Tania Dall of WWL-TV is reporting. The university has been driving test piles at the site, upsetting some neighbors and exciting others.

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Jan 232013

A popular Westbank Vietnamese restaurant plans to expand to Maple Street, and the gourmet coffee shop opening on O.C. Haley Boulevard plans to open by Mardi Gras at the latest, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

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Jan 232013

A map of the proposed moratorium on new alcohol sales in Carrollton. (map by Robert Morris, via maps.google.com)

A moratorium that requires any business in the Carrollton area that wishes to serve alcohol to get specific permission from the city could continue, based on a proposal before the New Orleans City Council this week. Continue reading »

Jan 232013

Jean-Paul Villere

Skipping for now over the Big Game hoo-ha that’s about to consume our nation’s attention (and glossing over the ample high dollar unlicensed daily rental scofflaws at the local level), I recently gave a glance to the proposed parade routes for this Carnival and raised my right eyebrow.  The traditional upper Napoleon route (read: where Rex rolls) is apparently still going to remain in effect this season despite the massive sandbox it has become a la a Michael Bay movie.  With all the chainlink, piledriving, construction equipment, and urban setting to me it looks like what I would imagine any given day shooting Transformers 4 would look like.  (I’m looking around for Mr. LeBouef but quickly remember Mr. Wahlberg will be assuming the lead in this next excursion into pseudo-future robotic mayhem, which in and of itself is funny because the theme song to the original cartoon film released in the theater in the 80s, which I saw in said theater BTW, was covered by Marky Mark when he starred in Boogie Nights.  Digressive nerdgasm accomplished.) Continue reading »

Jan 222013

The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com)

Bartender Gary Crystal can be seen in one of the mirrors lining the walls of the Bayou Bar, where a piano that once entertained the movie stars of yesteryear now is silent underneath a classic movie channel. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A piano in a St. Charles Avenue hotel bar once frequented by the likes of Frank Sinatra may soon come back to life, following three quiet months since live music ended there amid a citywide crackdown on unpermitted live entertainment. Continue reading »

Jan 222013

With the lease for Morris Jeff Community School’s Poydras Street location ending at the end of the school year — but its new South Lopez Street building not expected to be ready until 2014 — the school is looking for a temporary solution next year that could include Uptown options, according to a report by Della Hasselle of the Charter School Reporting Corps at The Lens. The school may try to stay on Poydras Street for one more year, but house its youngest students at Holy Rosary Academy on Freret at Jena, or it may relocate temporarily to the James Weldon Johnson campus in west Carrollton that is currently planned to become swing space, but no decision has been made, the report states.

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Jan 222013

This building in the 4500 block (photographed in October) will become the home of Wayfare restaurant. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Wayfare sandwich shop on Freret Street hopes to open Feb. 1; Martinique Bistro is launching an Italian pop-up on Mondays; and Cafe Luna on Magazine Street recently changed hands, according to recent reports. Continue reading »