Dec 012014
 
A sinkhole stretches across Coliseum Street while orange cones mark the city's response. (Owen Courreges for UptownMessenger.com)

A sinkhole stretches across Coliseum Street while orange cones mark the city’s response. (Owen Courreges for UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courreges

Procrastinating until something becomes absolutely critical is undeniably an American tradition.  And when it comes to procrastinating, New Orleans is always at the forefront.

There’s an example of this phenomenon just down the street and around the corner from my house.  In the 2000 block of Coliseum Street there has long been a broken water or drainage line (it’s unclear which).  It first became obvious over seven years ago when the street began to sink and the adjacent brick sidewalk began to break apart. Continue reading »

Nov 282014
 

THe New Church on S. Carrollton and Freret

In order to pay for facility repairs to make the church safer for children, the New Church on South Carrolton and Freret will host a fundraising dinner next weekend with catering by Copeland’s. The event will feature WWL-TV’s Sally Ann Roberts as main speaker, a jazz band, and both a silent and live auction. Tickets are $20 per person. Continue reading »

Nov 272014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Danae arrived in Arkansas just in time for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at The Brookfield, where Vera, her 88-year old mother, resides. A place card on the table proclaimed “I am thankful for Vera.” It made her also reflect on the many things in New Orleans we are thankful for this year. Continue reading »

Nov 262014
 
New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman's body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman’s body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An unidentified woman was found stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon in a garbage can in an alleyway that runs behind several homes on Danneel Street in Central City, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Nov 262014
 

jewel bush

My 11-year-old son used his allowance to purchase a BB gun at Academy Sports & Outdoors on a shopping trip with his grandfather a few weeks ago.

Needless to say, I wasn’t happy about it. My father, who grew up in Rosa, a rural agricultural community in St. Landry Parish, thought nothing of it. He grew up hunting deer, rabbit and whatever else was in season along with his eight brothers and scores of cousins. Back in his day, as kids, they handled real shotguns, not replicas, and missed weeks at a time of school to help his father in the fields. Continue reading »

Nov 262014
 

New Orleans police are asking the public to help find a suspect wanted for the armed robbery of a Washington Avenue business Tuesday night.armedrobbery

About 7:15 p.m., the suspect entered a Metro PCS located in the 4100 block of Washington Avenue and pointed a gun at the cashier, according to an initial police report. Continue reading »

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Nov 262014
 
New Freddie Pic copy
With Early Voting underway this week (and Election Day on Dec. 6th), Freddie Charbonnet continues to collect endorsements, notably Councilmember Susan Guidry, who Chairs the Criminal Justice Committee, and Cynthia Samuel, a juvenile and family law attorney and former opponent who received 15% of the vote in the primary.
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Nov 252014
 

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play the 2014 VooDoo Experience at City Park. (MidcityMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Trombone Shorty Tunes for Toys

The Soul Rebels, students from the Trombone Shorty Academy, and a Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will play a free concert at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium next week, with a suggested donation of a new toy that will be given to children from the Treme neighborhood during the holiday season. Continue reading »

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Nov 252014
 

Fresh cut, Frasier fir Christmas trees, wreaths and fresh garland arrive this week at First UU Church located at 5212 Claiborne Ave. (at Jefferson).  This holiday tradition goes back over 25 years in Uptown New Orleans.  All proceeds go to support First UU Church and its various social justice and community service programs.

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Nov 242014
 

Owen Courreges

Aldous Huxley once wrote that “a fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.”  This helps explain the bizarrely-detailed 25 page anti-smoking ordinance proposed this past Thursday by Councilwomen Latoya Cantrell and Susan Guidry.

Even I didn’t predict the staggering scope of the ordinance.  Instead of being content to simply ban most indoor smoking, already a contentious proposal, the bill seeks to ban most outdoor smoking as well and treats electronic cigarettes, which produce no smoke, the same way as traditional cigarettes.  It contains no exceptions for hookah lounges or cigar bars. Continue reading »

Nov 232014
 
Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill's barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill’s barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday afternoon, people packed Oak street gill to gill for po-boys from over 50 different vendors, restaurants and food trucks. Live music from Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and others played on various stages on and off of Oak street. Art galleries and shops along Oak street also had their work on display.

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Nov 222014
 
Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the 6th annual Second District Blues festival was held in Palmer Park, on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. Its a festival benefiting COPS 2, Citizens Organization for Police Support 2. The festival featured music by Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste Jr., Mia Borders, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Stooges Brass Band. There were many dining options including the Praline Connection, Ms. Linda’s Yakamein and Crepes A la Carte. Different arts and crafts were available for purchase as well. One of the more unique things about Saturday’s festival was its association with the LASPCA and other dog adoption groups like the Louisiana Boxer Group.

Andre Perry (left) takes his father Robeson's photograph during Mia Borders' performance. Andre seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Robeson Perry (left) takes his father Andre’s photograph during Mia Borders’ performance. Robeson seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 212014
 

Second District Blues festival

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Construction on Napoleon Avenue may have cost Uptown’s annual blues festival both its Magazine Street location and its name this year, but the rechristened Second District Blues Fest still maintains its lineup of top local performers and its purpose of supporting Uptown police officers. Continue reading »

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Nov 212014
 

8th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

This Sunday’s annual Oak Street Po-boy Festival will honor a beloved New Orleans food tradition for the 8th year in a row.

The festival, which features more than 30 food vendors and five music stages, includes both traditional poboys and eclectic variations on the theme.

A sloppy hot roast beef poboy, for example, is available from Gattuso’s for $10, while The New Orleans Hot Dogs features a bacon fried hot dog poboy for $6.

Seafood options include a fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade poboy from Jacques-Imos for $8, and a Lake Pontchartrain soft shell crab poboy from Jack Dempsey’s for $10.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is family friendly, and includes an event put on by St. Andrews Episcopal School.

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Nov 202014
 
Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Less than two months ago, the weeds in the vacant lot the corner of Foucher and South Saratoga Street grew as high as the shoulders of the police officers who gathered there for an anti-crime march following the second of three fatal shootings there this year.

Today, the overgrowth is gone, replaced by construction workers preparing the site for a collection of new homes that will be placed on the market early next year for approximately $2 million. The developer of the property, Bo Pennington, and the long-suffering neighbors hope for an even more dramatic transformation: that of one of Uptown New Orleans’ most violent spots into a new nexus for neighborhood revitalization. Continue reading »