Oct 062015
 
The new buildings planned for Freret and Robert Street. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

The new buildings planned for Freret and Robert Street. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

The large corner lot that locals knew as the Weber Garden Center for decades and more recently the Freret Garden Center is planned to become two new buildings as the latest major project planned for the corridor, architects on the project told city officials Monday. Continue reading »

Oct 062015
 
(via Junior League of New Orleans)

(via Junior League of New Orleans)

 

Junior League of New Orleans will begin their Health and Wellness Speaker Series with “Mind, Body, and Spirit”. This event will offer information about meditation and stress management, negotiating skill, and physical fitness. Continue reading »

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Oct 052015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Uptown’s bar and restaurant scene is always thriving. There’s just nothing quite like indulging some fine dining on a weeknight, treating yourself to a bottle of wine, taking in a sumptuous three-course meal, and – Wait… Is that – Oh my God, he has a gun! Continue reading »

Oct 052015
 

SKDP open house 2014 yard signREV3St. Katharine Drexel Prep on Magazine Street — the Catholic girls’ school on Magazine Street formerly known as Xavier Prep — is holding an open house for prospective families Tuesday as the institution celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Continue reading »

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Oct 032015
 
The members of Debauche, a "Russian Mafia Band" perform at the Freret Street Festival in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The members of Debauche, a “Russian Mafia Band” perform at the Freret Street Festival in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The monthly Freret Market in the parking lot near Napoleon Avenue will feature performances by the Tanglers Bluegrass Band and Debauche today (Saturday, Oct. 3) in addition to its usual array of unique local food and craft vendors. Continue reading »

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Oct 022015
 
NOPD Commanders Ronnie Stevens and Paul Noel (from left), Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Chief Michael Harrison, and spokesman Tyler Gamble confer prior to a hearing before the City Council on Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Commanders Ronnie Stevens and Paul Noel (from left), Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Chief Michael Harrison, and spokesman Tyler Gamble confer prior to a hearing before the City Council on Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rapid-pursuit helicopter. Advanced audio technology to triangulate gunshot locations. Free meals and massages for police officers.

With armed robberies up four percent citywide this year — a point brazenly driven home by holdups at three recent Uptown restaurants — the New Orleans City Council said Friday they are ready to try nearly anything to help the police stop them. Continue reading »

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Oct 022015
 
The newly announced design for Napoleon Avenue (via City of New Orleans)

The newly announced design for Napoleon Avenue (via City of New Orleans)

After public outcry over proposed changes to the configuration of Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans city officials announced Thursday that the road will keep two lanes of traffic in each direction, with a bike lane and parking lane on each side, and a walking path down the center of the neutral ground after drainage-canal construction concludes next year. Continue reading »

Oct 012015
 
New Orleans Police detectives search the Dublin Street sidewalks for evidence after a woman was robbed in a nearby driveway. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Police detectives search the Dublin Street sidewalks for evidence after a woman was robbed in a nearby driveway. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman was robbed at gunpoint of her wedding ring and other valuables Thursday evening as she got out of her vehicle in the driveway of a Dublin Street home, she said. Continue reading »

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Oct 012015
 

The John P. Lyons Recreation Center will host the 1st Annual NOLA Family Fest, created to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of when New Orleans residents were allowed back into the city after Hurricane Katrina. The festival, organized by The Power Group and Central City Partnership, Inc., will feature a student event on Friday and live performances, food vendors, and kid’s activities for the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.

(via nolafamilyfest.com)

(via nolafamilyfest.com)

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Oct 012015
 
Construction on Prytania Street stretches from one curb to the other, with an open trench down the middle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction on Prytania Street stretches from one curb to the other, with an open trench down the middle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(image via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

(image via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

On a recent overcast Monday afternoon, the large pit that Prytania Street has become was almost completely quiet except for the gentle drip of water being pumped out of the bottom — fueling residents’ frustrations that the restoration of their roadway and their access to their homes has been delayed again until February of next year.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, however, say that construction is still proceeding, and that they hope the February completion date is the last delay that segment of the project experiences. Continue reading »

Oct 012015
 

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Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Sybil Haydel Morial would have led a very privileged life growing up in New Orleans in the 1940’s and 1950’s had it not been for the South’s all-encompassing Jim Crow laws. Her father, Dr. Clarence C. Haydel, was a well-respected surgeon in the community; her mother, Eudora, was an accomplished housewife who loved to cook, garden and entertain in the family’s well-appointed home. Sybil was surrounded by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins as well as her older sister Jean who suffered an untimely death. She attended the best Catholic schools, spent the summers in the country, traveled to Europe and had a memorable debut. As a teenager, Sybil enjoyed the company of family friend Ambassador Andrew Young who wrote the foreword to the memoir before his death.

But the harsh realities of segregation and how it impacted her life every day defined Sybil. It also drove her to become a teacher, civil right activist, arts patron, husband to New Orleans’ first African-American mayor — Dutch Morial — and mother to our third, Marc Morial. Sybil’s new book, Witness To Change, is a compelling, easy-to-read story about Sybil and Dutch — told from Sybil’s perspective. Continue reading »

Oct 012015
 
(via Axiom Artist Collective)

(via Axiom Artist Collective)

 

 

Axiom Artist Collective will debut their newest exhibit, Guerrilla Artfare, featuring artwork by local artist Courtney “Ceaux” Buckley. The art show will feature acrylic- and oil-based paintings inspired by New Orleans culture. Continue reading »

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Sep 302015
 
New Orleans police investigate an armed robbery at the Subway at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and St. Andrew. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police investigate an armed robbery at the Subway at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and St. Andrew. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The Subway restaurant on St. Charles Avenue in the Lower Garden District was robbed shortly before closing time Wednesday night, and man in his 50s was also robbed of his bicycle at gunpoint on St. Andrew Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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