Dec 072013
 

Franky & Johnny’s has reopened under new management on Arabella Street, the NOLA Smokehouse barbecue popup plans to open on Jackson Avenue in February, the Aline Street Beer Garden has a new permanent Dat Dog counter and the recent opening of Ivy on Magazine Street has prompted a contemplation of the restaurant industry’s place in the New Orleans economy by The New York Times. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

A concrete-batching plant under construction on a lot about a block from the South Broad Street overpass has been halted temporarily amid opposition from residents of the Zion City neighborhood; rapidly rising home prices in the Irish Channel made the area the focus for a recent case study of post-Katrina gentrification; and the dramatic reduction in appraised value of an assisted-living center on Magazine Street is being questioned, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

The fire station on Laurel Street near Wisner Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The fire station on Laurel Street near Wisner Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The proposal to create a coffee house called “Engine 37″ in the former Laurel Street fire station near Wisner Park won unanimous approval Thursday from the New Orleans City Council, whose members cited the support for it among neighbors and the benefits it will bring to the area. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Kristin Gisleson-Palmer had to make a tough decision this week about her future on the New Orleans City Council — a decision she may not have been planning to make even days before. Kristin thought she was doing a good job. She enjoyed the support of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and had carried some of his key legislation — especially Mitch’s ideas about changes in the taxicab industry — but also made enemies along the way.

Then came retired Judge Nadine Ramsey and the realities of the changing demographics in Algiers. Still, Kristin was carrying around a new poll from a nationally recognized Democratic pollster that showed her with a healthy lead over Nadine. Some insiders doubted the numbers but that didn’t stop Kristin from showing it to heavy hitters. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

5KOn Saturday, December 7, the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) will celebrate the continued rebirth of New Orleans by holding its annual 5K race along Freret Street. JLNO’s Freret 5K and half-mile fun run showcase this vibrant and growing economic corridor, promotes family fitness, and raises funds for JLNO’s community projects and volunteer efforts. These community projects include Bayou District, Judgment Call, Kids in the Kitchen, Lafayette School Support, Lemonade Day University, Rebuilding Together, Safe Sitter, and Senior League. Continue reading »

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Dec 042013
 

The International School of Louisiana'a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

A renovation project designed to seal the International School of Louisiana building on Camp Street from water intrusion and remove lead paint from its windows has yet to begin months behind schedule, and school officials are unsure whether the current plans preserve the historic nature of the building or when they will even begin.

The renovation project is being coordinated by the Recovery School District and includes replacing the roof, repairing cracks in the outside walls and repairing or replacing the windows and doors to seal the building from water intrusion during rainstorms, among other items, said Aviva Le, the facilities director at the International School. During heavy rains, Le has to set up “irrigation systems” in certain classrooms to control the water coming in, she said. Continue reading »

Dec 042013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

It’s the first week of December in New Orleans, and for the next five days the median high temperature will be an almost unbelievable 70 degrees.  Forehead meet palm.  This, while the city has already experienced a chilly (for these parts) 35-degree Thanksgiving eve last week.  Citizens of the Crescent City presently trim their homes with holiday cheer often adorning themselves in flip flops and shorts, all the while knowing the reality of the temperature outdoors remains a relative in-constant.  For let me ask you, as you read this, is perhaps your AC running?  If even the whisper of a yes or even a possibly maybe passed synaptically just now, my gut says you fully understand the season upon us is less known as ‘winter’ so much as ‘the layering time.’ Continue reading »

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Dec 042013
 

Freret Street will host two different rallies tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 4), a Christmas-themed roundup of food trucks at Dat Dog, and a $50-per-person fundraiser for Mayor Mitch Landrieu at Publiq House headlined by the Brass-A-Holics. Continue reading »

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Dec 042013
 
Newcomb College art pottery matte glaze vase in the “Moon and Moss” motif, 5 1/8 inches tall, circa 1930.

Newcomb College art pottery matte glaze vase in the “Moon and Moss” motif, 5 1/8 inches tall, circa 1930.

Wonderful pieces of Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, Russian icons (including one depicting Jesus from around 1910, plus a rare 18th century example) and Part 2 of the John Scheffler collection of Mardi Gras items are just a few of the 1,239 items that will come up for bid at a major two-day estates auction slated for Dec. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.

The event will be held in the firm’s New Orleans gallery, located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue. Categories will feature original artworks (including oil paintings by renowned regional artists), period American and European furniture, decorative accessories, pottery, estate jewelry, Persian rugs, Asian objects (including carved ivory figures) and Angela Gregory plaster figures. Continue reading »

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Dec 032013
 

Terrance Osborne, the New Orleans painter 2012 Jazz Fest poster was described by Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash as “an explosively colored clarion call to Crescent City music lovers and art lovers alike … [and] among the best of the long-running series,” will open a new exhibit of his art at the Isidore Newman School at a reception Wednesday evening. Continue reading »

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Dec 032013
 

Three Uptown elementary schools — Green Charter, Lafayette Academy and Singleton — have been granted multi-year renewals of their charters, and three other formerly-failing schools are being recommended for one-year extensions.

Meanwhile, Eleanor McMain Secondary School admitted nearly a quarter of this year’s freshmen class after telling OneApp applicants it was full, KIPP Schools are making news for a pricey employee retreat in Las Vegas, and New Orleans College Prep is willing to pay $10,000 help for finding a new elementary principal, according to recent reports. Continue reading »