Apr 162014
 
Newly delivered construction equipment sits at the site of the Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Newly delivered construction equipment sits at the site of the Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cedric Martin has been a somewhat regular attendee of Delachaise Neighborhood Association meetings over the last year, but when he walked into the room Tuesday night — as the first signs of construction begin to show at the Baronne Street site where he is rebuilding the original Martin Wine Cellar — he was met with applause and cheering.

“Thank you,” Martin said quietly as he sat down, to which one member replied: “Thank you for starting construction.” Continue reading »

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Apr 152014
 
Alba Huddleston holds a sign she made honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson as she waits first in line Monday afternoon for his speaking appearance at Tulane later that night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Alba Huddleston holds a sign she made honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson as she waits first in line Monday afternoon for his speaking appearance at Tulane later that night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A line of diehards waiting all day, even in the rain — that’s the sort of treatment usually reserved for rock stars and Hollywood legends, right?

For a group of local science diehards waiting for his appearance at Tulane on Monday, Neil deGrasse Tyson — the charismatic astrophysicist with the new weekly science show on network television — is definitely somewhere on that level.

“Neil deGrasse Tyson has a very noble mission, and that’s to bring science and science literacy to the masses,” said Alba Huddleston, an industrial engineer originally from Honduras. “He inspires people. If you don’t know exactly what he’s talking about, you can go and research it. You can go and find out for yourself. But he makes you excited.” Continue reading »

Apr 152014
 
At least two sections of the Newcomb Boulevard fence have been removed as of Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

At least two sections of the Newcomb Boulevard fence have been removed as of Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

At least two sections of the controversial Newcomb Boulevard fence were removed Tuesday morning, and city officials say the intersection will re-open to two-way traffic in about a week. Continue reading »

Apr 142014
 
The Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo on Jackson Square. (image via friendsofthecabildo.org)

The Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo on Jackson Square. (image via friendsofthecabildo.org)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans plans to hold a rotating section of fourth-grade classes at the Cabildo in the French Quarter next year, and has hired new directors of development and admissions, school officials announced Monday night. Continue reading »

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Apr 142014
 

Owen Courreges

An interesting column appeared last month in the Winston-Salem Journal  entitled “About that Desire for Streetcars.”  Winston-Salem (famous for being the headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco) is moving forward with a contentious $179 million boondoggle to build a streetcar line through downtown.  And apparently New Orleans’ streetcar system is being cited as an exemplar.

The column, which was written by the aptly-named John Railey, takes the form of a parody of the Tennessee Williams masterpiece “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

“What we really need is a real streetcar line, like the one we had in New Orleans,” says the thickly satirized protagonist. “Such a streetcar line would be worth any cost. It’s just silly that some critics say we should first spruce up and expand the city bus lines. Silly taxpayers, being so pettily pessimistic about the streetcar line prospect.” Continue reading »

Apr 142014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A woman riding on Washington Avenue was hit in the back of the head by a flurry of gunfire Saturday night, New Orleans police said.

The victim, a woman in her early 20s, was traveling on Washington near Dryades Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when someone shot 12 to 15 rounds into the vehicle, according to the initial police report. She was hit in the back of the head and taken to the hospital in critical condition, the report states.

The victim, later identified as Lanisha Scott, died Sunday morning, according to a report in the Times-Picayune.

Anyone with information is urged to call NOPD Sixth District detectives at 658-6060 or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Apr 112014
 
Josh Epworth and Jean-Paul Villere constructing The Chick Inn.

Josh Epworth and Jean-Paul Villere constructing The Chick Inn.

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It began innocently enough.  Years ago, spring 2009, while rebuilding, my wife elected to get a batch of chicks to raise.  Pairing her love of gardening with the future production of yard eggs, these were the things she loved and that her parents had shown her growing up.  And now being a mother herself she wanted the same for her own growing family.  Except we didn’t live in once-sleepy River Ridge but still drying out New Orleans, and well, chickens weren’t the norm yet. Continue reading »

Apr 102014
 

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

After months through the city’s regulatory systems, it took only a few very short minutes before the New Orleans City Council for the Courtyard Brewery to win final approval for their Lower Garden District taproom. Continue reading »

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Apr 102014
 

Percy Brown (via opcso.org)

Percy Brown (via opcso.org)

A man arrested Monday after leading police on a chase through the Milan neighborhood in a stolen truck is now a suspect in a shooting in the Irish Channel on March 29, but investigators say a separate shootout that injured a man this week in the Irish Channel appears to be unrelated. Continue reading »

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Apr 102014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The City’s announcement last week that after months of meetings, negotiations were still ongoing with Gatehouse Capital should prompt the New Orleans Building Corporation to re-open the bid process and invite new proposers.

This is especially true with several new Council and NOBC members coming on board in a few weeks and the change of NOBC leadership when Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant moves on to the Sewerage & Water Board.  With the multi-million dollar high-end outlet mall by the Howard Hughes Corporation set to open at the Riverwalk next month, the WTC development project would attract new bidders – possibly including the Hughes group. Hughes’ portfolio is very diverse and the WTC could be a good fit for them, especially if they do not choose to build condos or a hotel on top of the Riverwalk in a second phase. Continue reading »