Sep 072015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Today is Labor Day. Of course, with it being Labor Day, I started out writing this column with a single question boring into the recesses of my mind.

“Do I really need to write a column for Labor Day?”

The answer, of course, is no. That would be work, and today celebrates the backbone of the American system, the American worker. As all of us toil away our lives, squandering our precious dreams on jobs we probably don’t enjoy, we need a moment to celebrate both our shared sacrifices and creeping miseries. Continue reading »

Sep 042015
 
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Firebolt Creations will be in booth 83 at Saturday’s Freret Market. Be sure to stop by their booth and peruse their fun hand sewn gifts!

 

Meet us at the corner of Freret and Napoleon on Saturday, September 5th, for our monthly Freret Market. The market will feature 90 Vendors (Art, Flea, Farmer, Food), pet adoptions, The Big Easy Roller Girls, and free live music!

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Sep 042015
 

Carlius Jarvis (via NOPD)

Carlius Jarvis (via NOPD)

The suspect in three robberies in the Carrollton area from April and May — whom detectives have been looking for since then — was arrested by a fugitive squad Thursday at a New Orleans East apartment building, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 042015
 
Tulane wide receiver Terren Encalade jukes a would-be tackler in the season opening game against Duke. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane wide receiver Terren Encalade jukes a would-be tackler in the season opening game against Duke. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane lost their home opener 37-7 versus Duke University. Tulane’s defense struggled, giving up 531 yards of total offense including 289 yards passing from junior quarterback Thomas Skirk. Quarterback Tanner Lee struggled, only throwing his first and only touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, the team’s only score.

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Sep 032015
 
The Rising Tide X transportation panel: Dan Favre of Bike Easy, Jeff Januszek of Fix My Streets, Rachel Heiligman of Ride New Orleans, and resident Amanda Soprano. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rising Tide X transportation panel: Dan Favre of Bike Easy, Jeff Januszek of Fix My Streets, Rachel Heiligman of Ride New Orleans, and resident Amanda Soprano. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A map of the current Freret bus line (via norta.com)

A map of the current Freret bus line (via norta.com)

After the new Loyola Avenue streetcar opened in 2013 just before the Super Bowl, the Regional Transit Authority clipped the end of the popular “Freret jet” bus line — in what public-transit activists describe as a prime example of the city’s increasing post-Katrina emphasis on transportation for tourists rather than residents. Continue reading »

Sep 032015
 
Walt Leger speaks to a supporter at his recent fundraiser. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Walt Leger speaks to a supporter at his recent fundraiser. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We like politicians who have a plan for New Orleans’s future. State Representative and House Speaker Pro Temp Walt Leger III definitely fits the bill. Though expected to easily win re-election for a third term at the Louisiana Legislature, Leger delivered thought-provoking remarks at his well-attended Audubon Tea Room fundraiser earlier this week that quickly set the tone for his political future, perhaps as a candidate for mayor in 2017. Continue reading »

Sep 032015
 
Ernest Smith (via NOPD)

Ernest Smith (via NOPD)

A 19-year-old who allegedly fired on a group of four people Wednesday morning in Central City — wounding three victims, and missing a 3-year-old child — is now wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 032015
 

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Want to get your product onto retail shelves? Already on shelves but ready to take it to the next level?

Good Work Network and StayLocal are hosting a workshop for New Orleans’ makers, artists, and product designers.

This day-long workshop on Wednesday, September 9th will teach makers how to build their empire in the competitive world of retail sales. The morning features world-renowned wholesale expert Lela Baker of Lucky Break Consulting discussing order forms, pricing, wholesale policies, and much more. Afternoon sessions include a networking lunch catered by Cafe Reconcile, Branding with Expert Geoff Coats of Line 58 Branding & Web Design, and a panel discussion with successful local makers and buyers.
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Sep 022015
 
(photo via NOPD)

(photo via NOPD)

New Orleans police have released a photo of the man who allegedly robbed the Circle K convenience store on Magazine Street on Monday, while a separate robbery victim was beaten in Hollygrove on Tuesday night, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Sep 022015
 
Welcome Table New Orleans

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Welcome Table New Orleans is a citywide initiative that focuses on race, reconciliation, and community. The initiative will hold an information session at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church this Wednesday, September 2, in preparation for the next round of city circles. Those who attend the session can learn more about the initative, meet current Welcome Table New Orleans participants, and find out how to sign up for a city circle. Continue reading »

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Sep 012015
 
NOPD leadership -- from left, Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree, Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens, Second District Commander Paul Noel, and Chief Michael Harrison -- discuss recent Uptown armed robberies on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD leadership — from left, Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree, Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens, Second District Commander Paul Noel, and Chief Michael Harrison — discuss recent Uptown armed robberies on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

While armed robberies are spiking this year in the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District, officials says detectives are continuing to solve them at rates that exceed the national average — announcing on Tuesday the arrest of a third teen in a group now blamed for a total of 11 armed-robbery incidents in the month of August. Continue reading »

Sep 012015
 

Emily Palit

Emily Palit

New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” ― Mark Twain

America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” ― Tennessee Williams

In my neighborhood a fast food chain restaurant, Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, rented a space without a liquor license. Within four months, they requested a permit to sell alcohol. A frequent reaction has been: “What’s the problem? I like a margarita or a beer with my Mexican food.” Continue reading »

Sep 012015
 

Uptown Messenger - Four Winds NOlaCreating a simple stress free lifestyle is easy when your apartment complex is luxurious, inviting and has great amenities. People often consider price, location, size, etc when deciding an apartment, so finding the perfect fit can take time. If you’re looking for that perfect match for your family, look no further than Four Winds NOLA. Continue reading »

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Aug 312015
 
New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Around Thanksgiving of 2014, police made the gruesome discovery of a woman’s body stuffed into a Central City trash can. While the neighborhood mourned the outgoing woman’s death, observers also noted the presence of a cryptic image on the wall near the Danneel Street alley where her body was stashed, a Cupid-like angel watching a figure walk away from arrows that missed.

Not too long afterward, officials at the Lycee Francais charter school were in the process of completing their purchase of the former Priestley campus in Carrollton, more than three miles away, when they noticed a politically charged mural on the old gym. “May the Police Force Be With You,” the stencil read, with an image of Darth Vader force-choking a man being held by police officers.

Like those who saw the image at the murder scene, the Lycee Francais officials wondered among themselves: Was it a Banksy?

A politically-themed stencil on the side of the Priestley gym, by a street artist known as ‘Az.’ (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A politically-themed stencil on the side of the Priestley gym, by a street artist known as ‘Az.’ (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The answer, it turns out, is no, not at all. Continue reading »

Aug 312015
 
(map via Entergy)

(map via Entergy)

The Entergy New Orleans project to replace transmission lines that bring electricity from a new plant on the West Bank into the Uptown area of New Orleans will move on to General Pershing Street this week, according to Entergy officials. Continue reading »

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