Nov 052011

Lusher Charter School will continue reserving space for children of Tulane University employees and Tulane will continue providing free classes for Lusher high school students for the next five years, based on an agreement pending between the two institutions. Continue reading »

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Nov 042011

Location of the Capital One branch the victim was headed to -- exact location of robbery not shown. (via

A businessman was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning as he attempted to make a deposit at a Claiborne Avenue bank, and while investigators do not believe he was followed or targeted, they are searching for video in the area that may help identify his assailant. Continue reading »

Nov 042011

Scandinavian sandwiches and sweets, Norwegian jazz and handmade crafts, clothes and gifts will be on offer this weekend at the Scandinavian Festival and Christmas sale at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church at 1772 Prytania St. Continue reading »

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Nov 042011

Tomorrow being the first Saturday of the month, “New Orleans’ most interesting market” returns to Freret Street from noon to 5 p.m. at the corner of Napoleon. The market will feature 90 vendors, the Big Easy Rollergirls, and music by Lagniappe Brass Band, Tin Men and The Help.

Nov 042011

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Everyone wants to support local businesses, right? I mean, how can you not love that mom and pop store that’s been on the same corner for 20 years or the boutique business owner that remembers your name every time you come in? Personally, I want to spend my money at that new, tucked-away shop and my old favorites just the same and I always recommend new restaurants and quaint boutiques to my friends so they can discover these places as well. But if I have a less-than-stellar experience somewhere, chances are I’ll pass that information on as well.  Unfortunately, not all establishments are made equal and some provide truly awful customer service. Continue reading »

Nov 032011

A fire engine's hose runs into a vacant home on Willow Street damaged in a fire Thursday night. (Robert Morris,

A Thursday night fire displaced two families from a double on General Taylor Street and damaged a vacant home around the corner on Willow Street, officials said. Continue reading »

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Nov 032011

Japanese restaurant and sushi bar Origami shortly after officially opening Thursday evening on Freret St. Mitsuko Tanner, veteran local sushi chef, opened the restaurant with business partners Masa Tsukikawa and Thuan D. Vu at the former Friar Tucks location. The restaurant has a full bar, including a variety of sakes, and will serve both lunch and dinner. (Sabree Hill,

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Nov 032011

A new restaurant on Magazine Street, a new nightclub on Freret Street and a new home in place of a historic one were all given approval by the City Council on Thursday, though each project has drawn its share of objections.

Johnny V’s restaurant next to Monkey Hill bar and the proposed Publiq House in the first floor of the Neighborhood Housing Services building on Freret were given tentative approval to step forward, receiving an affirmative vote that will not go into effect until good-neighbor agreements are signed. Meanwhile, a historic home on St. Charles Avenue can be demolished, after the council decided that the home that will replace it represents an improvement to the showcase street. Continue reading »

Nov 032011

Walter L. Cohen High School is slated to be gradually taken over by NOLA College Prep over the next two years, one of nine struggling Recovery School District campuses around the city to be placed under control of a new charter operator, officials said this week. No other Uptown school was included in the list, but the announcement casts the challenges that Sojourner Truth Academy faces this year into sharp relief. Continue reading »

Nov 032011

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Every resident of Uptown New Orleans has reason to be afraid today. On Halloween night, shootings in the Vieux Carre, on Canal Street and in two neighborhoods left two dead and 16 wounded. While the violence didn’t occur Uptown, it was surely close enough to send a ripple of fear through the community. Continue reading »

Nov 022011

Three Uptown land-use projects that have each generated a fair amount of controversy — the proposed demolition of a historic home on St. Charles Avenue, permission for a restaurant to open in spite of unpermitted additions and a new nightclub on Freret Street — are all slated for New Orleans City Council hearing on Thursday, according to the agenda. Continue reading »