Jan 172012
 

Amid a chorus of upset voices raised over escalating violence around New Orleans, a volunteer at Johnson Elementary School asked police officials Tuesday night what could be done to keep schoolchildren safe, since a man was gunned down in the street just outside her campus late last year.

“There’s nothing you can do,” piped up another woman, a longtime teacher: All you can do is teach the children to drop to the floor quickly when the shooting starts. Continue reading »

Jan 172012
 

Top: 7008 and 7016 Zimple, both owned by Tulane, were cleared for demolition. Bottom: A request to demolish 5514 and 5518 Tchouptioulas was denied Tuesday. (all photos via Preservation Resource Center, blog.prcno.org)

A pair of homes next to a carwash on Tchoupitoulas face a steeper path to commercial redevelopment after a request for their demolition was denied Tuesday.

With little to no opposition, however, the city did approve demolitions of two homes owned by Tulane University to make room for an expansion of the library, as well as part of the Booker T. Washington school on South Rampart and a caretaker’s cottage at the former LaSalle school being redeveloped near Audubon Park. Continue reading »

Jan 172012
 

Attendees gather for a preview seating at Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar Saturday, Jan. 14. The restaurant, a Parisian-inspired bistro located on Napoleon and St. Charles Ave., is scheduled to open for dinner Tuesday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Quite literally years in the making, Superior Seafood finally makes its official debut tonight at one of Uptown’s most prominent street corners. Continue reading »

Jan 162012
 

A stray bullet from a shooting at Louisiana Avenue injured a woman who was mopping inside her home Monday afternoon, according to Tania Dall of our reporting partners at WWL-TV. When gunfire broke out near South Robertson Street around 3:45 p.m., her fiance ran outside to check on the children, and came back inside to the woman with a gunshot wound to her upper body.

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition, and police are looking for a newer model black Honda that may have been involved. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

Jan 162012
 

Top: 7008 and 7016 Zimple, both owned by Tulane. Bottom: 5514 and 5518 Tchouptioulas. (all photos via Preservation Resource Center, blog.prcno.org)

A pair of Tulane University properties in the 7000 block of Zimple and a pair of homes next to the carwash on Tchoupitoulas are among the demolition requests slated to come before the city Tuesday. Continue reading »

Jan 162012
 

Owen Courreges

Mayor Mitch Landrieu claims that he is genuinely concerned about the due process rights of those accused of automated traffic camera violations. So does Council President Jackie Clarkson.

Indeed, when State Representative  Jeff Arnold (D-Algiers) began making noise about the issue last May, he was openly lauded by Landrieu as “a steadfast advocate for due process rights for those accused of an automated camera violation.” Continue reading »

Jan 152012
 

Jakawan Joseph, 13, carries a sign reading "Keep the Dream Alive" during a march through Central City honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. late Saturday morning. The march was organized by Recreating the Environmental Ability to Live, a nonprofit organization based in Central City. Joseph said the march meant a lot to him. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 152012
 

Benjamin Morris

The making of a good hamburger requires a number of elements: quality, freshly-made ingredients. Premium ground beef, preferably made in-house. Creative, insightful presentation on the plate. A generous portion of sides. Good company, great service, a convivial setting in which to enjoy it, and of course, an ice-cold brew to wash it all down – when it comes to burgers, these are a few of my favorite things.

But there’s one more thing that a hamburger has to have, otherwise it’s all for naught.

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Jan 132012
 

"Guiding stars" now adorn the shelves of Langensteins, suggesting healthy products to shoppers. (Christy Lorio for UptownMessenger.com)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Up there with quitting smoking one of the most common New Years’ resolution is eating healthier, which can be hard to do in this town. I live walking distance from no less than eight restaurants, and while I’m always down for supporting the local restaurant scene, sometimes it really adds up, both in the monetary and caloric sense. Continue reading »

Jan 132012
 

A map showing robberies reported in the Uptown area since Jan. 1 (via NOPD.com)

A wave of robberies and carjackings since the holidays may be feuling some of Uptown’s bloodier feuds, but police officials are hoping a number of recent arrests and ongoing investigations will slow the rapid pace of muggings.

More than a dozen armed robberies have been reported in the Uptown-based Second and Sixth police districts since Jan. 1, a pace of more than one a day so far this year. But arrests have been made in at least five of them with direct links to three others, police say.

“These apprehensions will slow the robberies,” said NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy during Thursday’s weekly meeting of his district’s ranking officers. Continue reading »

Jan 132012
 

The Krewe of Carrollton parade gets ready to roll down Napoleon Avenue in 2011. The area will be under construction in 2013 and 2014, but Mardi Gras this year won't be affected. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A massive, multi-year project to install a new canal underneath Napoleon Avenue won’t affect the parades that line up there during this year’s Carnival season, but the work is likely to have an effect on Mardi Gras in future years, officials said Thursday. Continue reading »

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Jan 132012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The recent election of State Senator John Alario as Senate President, State Rep. Walt Leger as House Speaker Pro-Tem, and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne as the state’s top tourism leaders are big signs that New Orleans could win big at the upcoming legislative session. Continue reading »

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