As plans progress on a nearly $1 billion expansion into the Lower Garden District, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is proposing a realignment of several streets to improve traffic flow through downtown, a new centralized hub for buses and taxis under the Pontchartrain Expressway, moving sidewalks to get conventioneers around the nearly mile-long facility, and possibly even an expansion of the riverfront streetcar to connect the upriver end of the project with the French Market, officials told neighbors Monday night.
Surveillance video released by the New Orleans Police Department shows Sunday’s armed robbery of an auto parts store on South Claiborne Avenue, and police are hoping the public can help identify the gunman.
Environmental activist Mike Stagg, organizer of the March from Grand Isle to the Governor’s Mansion, will discuss Louisiana’s relationship with the oil and gas industry tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 19) in a public meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church on South Claiborne.
Sweeps by New Orleans city officials of a homeless encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway ultimately moved the collection of tents and people closer to the river on the other side of St. Charles Avenue, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. City officials called the first camp a health hazard and said they were helping the people there get into shelters, but residents say the problem merely moved: “Clearly, if the garbage and human waste is a ‘public health concern’ on one side of St. Charles, it has to be considered a ‘public health concern’ on the other side of St. Charles,” nearby resident Jeff Keiser told The Advocate.
“Get the f*** on the sidewalk.”
Those are the words that allegedly started the entire thing: the struggle, the shooting, the outrage and the riots.
Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department was quoted as uttering these words by Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Michael Brown in the street. Brown was ultimately shot and killed by Officer Wilson, sparking a national firestorm.
Treasure Travel is launching a unique wine tour “Adventures by the Glass: Grape Harvest Festival Tour to Argentina & Chile” to take place March 2 – 12, 2015. The dates perfectly fit between Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day so you won’t miss any of your favorite events!
The annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame ceremony took place Sunday afternoon at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in Central City. A conversation with elder Mardi Gras Indians kicked off the ceremony, followed by awards and tributes to deceased community members. Flag boys from many different gangs were also given special recognition.
A group of Carrollton neighborhood leaders expressed support for the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school’s plan to reopen the long-shuttered Priestley campus, but many hope the school can do more to benefit all the children of the neighborhood, they said this week.
New Orleans police are seeking the public’s help in locating two men who are wanted in connection with separate armed robberies that took place last month on St. Charles Avenue and Friday on Danneel Street.
Audubon Charter School officials are concerned that a new law may tie state funding for their preschool program to a requirement that they enter the citywide admissions program that left thousands of families standing in line for hours outside school district offices last month, they said Saturday morning.
On what would have been her son’s 27th birthday, Angela Willis stood at the Hollygrove intersection where David Anthony Simon Jr. was gunned down in front of his 4-year-old daughter nearly six months ago and begged for anyone with information to help New Orleans police find his killer.
The Preparatory Arts Program at Loyola University New Orleans, hosting children of all ages, is currently enrolling ballet, piano, guitar, strings, voice, trumpet, and saxophone students for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ballet classes start September 2nd and music classes begin on September 8th.
A fedora-wearing gunman emerged from behind a tree on Broadway Street, forced a pedestrian to lie down and robbed him at gunpoint before fleeing in a waiting SUV, according to a New Orleans Police Department report disclosing additional details about an armed robbery Wednesday night.
Frank’s Steakhouse — the landmark restaurant that reigned over Freret Street for decades — was unceremoniously knocked to the ground on Wednesday in a dramatic illustration of the changing times in New Orleans.
The Frank’s complex in the 4500 block of Freret was the last major undeveloped property on the corridor since a wave of new business openings began around five years ago. On July 2, Arnold Kirschman finalized his purchase of the buildings from the Barreca family who had owned them for the better part of a century, as part of a plan to demolish the steakhouse in the center of the block to rebuild a stretch of buildings matching the old cleaners on the corner of Cadiz.
What trait did actor/comedian Robin Williams and many of New Orleans homeless share? Mental illness. Like a majority of the homeless in New Orleans, Williams battled periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression until he finally “silenced the demons that relentlessly targeted him” earlier this week, as the Associate Press put it.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the rate of mental illness increases as boomers age. According to the Center for Disease Control, the suicide rate for adults – aged 45 to 64 – increased 40% from 1999 to 2011. An analysis by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found that the suicide rate for middle- to late-middle-aged adults is higher than any other age group.
What more can you ask for in the middle of a New Orleans summer than a nice breeze? That’s the idea behind the Belle Reve Breeze Gala, presented by Avita Pharmacy, who hopes to give everyone an escape from the heat outside at their second annual gala benefiting Belle Reve New Orleans.