Dec 052011
 

Tour seven stunning homes – plus a bonus house – in the historic Garden District! Also, visit the tour headquarters to shop at the holiday boutique and dine at the cafe catered by Palate New Orleans Catering and Special Events.

 

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Dec 042011
 

Repairs to a leaking water main in the 7300 block of St. Charles Avenue will interrupt traffic and parking between Lowerline and Pine streets from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, according to the Sewerage and Water Board. Water service won’t be affected, the notice says.

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Dec 042011
 

Benjamin Morris

Oxymoronic as it may sound, pop-ups are now a fixture in our local landscape. Naturally for New Orleans, our chefs and restaurateurs first blazed the pop-up trail by finding new and creative ways to promote their creations, the vanguard formed by such establishments as MV Burger popping up at Slim Goodies Diner in Uptown, BooKoo Barbecue popping up at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in Mid-City, and down on Frenchmen Street, the taco truck formerly on Washington Square Park now popping up in the kitchen of Cafe Negril. Economically, pop-ups are brilliant: little to no overhead, the buzz surrounding their appearance a burst of free advertising, and an opportunity to cater to a hungry public with a minimum of staff or long-term maintenance costs.

But chefs take note. There’s a new game in town: the art gallery pop-up.

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Dec 022011
 

Two robberies were reported within minutes of each other in the university area Wednesday night, part of a surge of five robberies around Uptown in three days. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two robberies at gunpoint were reported within minutes in the Carrollton area Wednesday night, following an armed robbery on Magazine Street in the Garden District and a carjacking in Broadmoor the previous night and a carefully planned business holdup earlier this week, a crime spree that investigators say often intensifies as the holidays approach. Continue reading »

Dec 022011
 

A crime-scene technician stands among the shell casings found on the scene of Wednesday's fatal shooting near James Weldon Johnson Elementary School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The car used by several men in a fatal shooting Wednesday on Monroe Street just outside Johnson Elementary School fits the description of a car taken the previous night at gunpoint in a carjacking in Broadmoor, investigators said. Continue reading »

Dec 022011
 

Motorists on Lowerline Street no longer have to suffer sickening scrapes along the bottom of their cars, now that the infamous “Lusher Lump” has been flattened out after neighbors’ concerns were aired on UptownMessenger.com and in an Action Report with our partners at WWL-TV. Continue reading »

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Dec 022011
 

The Freretstivus holiday market in 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Freret Market is holding a double-header this month, starting with its usual first-weekend-of-the-month appearance from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Napoleon and Freret. Next weekend, the same space will transform into the Freretstivus holiday market, which will naturally include a Freretstivus pole, the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength” (as well as music, food and dozens of vendors). Continue reading »

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Dec 022011
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Tattoos. So many people have them nowadays, from the guy washing your dirty dishes at the diner to your doctor scratching out prescriptions. While body art still has rebellious connotations it doesn’t have quite the stigma that it used to, thanks to so many celebrities, athletes and plain-old average people getting more and more work done. Heavy helpings of ink are beginning to seem like the norm, making it feel almost mischievous not to get one. And while many employers aren’t keen on body art in the workplace the rules have changed drastically in the past few years as tattoos become more mainstream than ever. Continue reading »

Dec 022011
 

It’s getting chilly out there, so come on in to Fresco Cafe and try the new soup and salad special. For just $9, take your pick of a small Fresco salad (red onion, tomatos, artichokes, mixed greens, balsamic vinegrette dressing) or caesar salad (romaine, shredded parmesan, homemade croutons and homemade caesar dressing) plus your choice of soup of the day: currently, baked potato soup and roasted red pepper gouda. There’s no better or more affordable way to warm up on a cold winter’s afternoon, so come on in and try it today!

Whether you’re looking for a place to grab lunch between classes (Fresco Cafe accepts the Tulane SplashCard and NolaBucks), or need a spot to meet clients or colleagues, Fresco Cafe is the perfect choice. Fresco Cafe is located at 7625 Maple Street, and is open from 11-10 nightly. For more information visit the Fresco Cafe website at http://www.frescocafe.us/, visit their Facebook page, or call 504-862-6363 to place an order. Online ordering is available at http://www.frescoonline.com/.

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Dec 012011
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Congratulations to Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu for having the courage to attack the homeless problem in New Orleans and to bring in the very talented Stacy Horn Koch to lead the way. There is no question that Unity for the Homeless, led by Ms. Koch, has been doing an outstanding job in reaching out to those who need supportive services including affordable housing and health care. Continue reading »

Dec 012011
 

Go west this winter: the prairie look is in, combining comfort and color in a relaxed, yet contemporary, look. Otherwise, consider adding a little spice to your wardrobe: layer your tops and with a fake fur vest or jacket to go seamlessly from day to night. Sequined and metallic tops, miniskirts and shorts will catch the light and draw every eye towards you, perfect for an evening out. Complete the look with glitter shoes, wristbags, or a beaded belt.

Keep reading to learn more about this season’s creative outfits at gae-tana’s.

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Nov 302011
 

The International School of Louisiana found out Wednesday that its application to take over a failing New Orleans school is likely to be turned down, but the school is continuing to pursue three other opportunities to expand to new campuses. Continue reading »

Nov 302011
 

Tracy Davis stands behind police tape and prays in front of James Weldon Johnson Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon. Davis was coming home from work when he saw that a man had been shot to death close to his home. "It's ridiculous," said Davis. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting on Monroe Street. At least 22 bullets were found on scene. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Administrators at James Weldon Johnson Elementary School know all too well what to do when someone is killed by gunfire in the streets around the school.

First, lock down all the individual classrooms. Check the bathrooms to make sure no children are unaccounted for. Move lunch and PE inside the classrooms, and close the outdoor hallways, yards and community garden for the day.

“The students are totally resilient,” said Johnson Elementary Principal Wanda Brooks. “Unfortunately, they’ve gone through this several times before.”

The latest killing was just before noon on Wednesday, when a man was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds on the sidewalk in the 1700 block of Monroe Street, said NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams. His body lay three doors from the intersection with Hickory, and at least 22 shell casings were marked in the street alongside the students’ garden. Continue reading »