Oct 122011

Arthur Joseph faithfully mans the corner of Napoleon and Freret. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Inserts for Bean's Formal Wear, a Freret Street stalwart, are among the day's advertising inserts. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

It’s a Sunday morning in New Orleans, and for the next few hours a ritual will unfold.  Light traffic whispers through the streets as if trying not to wake anyone.  Sunlight warms the dew on last night’s Dixie cups strewn on a nearby sidewalk.  And corner newspaper purveyors appear like a sort of urban legend.  For but a few scant hours and during these hours only, the South’s oldest and New Orleans’ only newspaper, The Times-Picayune, will soon be personally handed off one by one.  And why?  I have no idea. Continue reading »

Oct 122011

An architect's rendering of the Publiq House patio and entrance from Freret Street.

The fate of the “Publiq House” bar and live-music venue proposed as the next addition to Freret Street could depend on the opinions of the building’s closest neighbors, based on an initial hearing before the city Tuesday afternoon.

The bar is proposed for part of the first floor of the large, light-blue Neighborhood Housing Services building between Cadiz and Jena streets, and owner Rhett Briggs has pitched it as a casual neighborhood bar with an art space and a stage for both local and traveling musicians. It will be 21 and older to avoid a college crowd, and will also feature an outdoor patio with a designated parking area for food trucks, instead of its own kitchen, Briggs recently told the neighborhood. Continue reading »

Oct 112011

Neighborhoods around the city are preparing to celebrate the “National Night Out Against Crime” tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 11), and Uptown groups are all doing it their own way, with a movie night, a charity flea market, a health fair, multiple cookouts and live music. Continue reading »

Oct 112011

Fall is just around the corner, and to celebrate the change in seasons, the New Deal Hair Salon is pleased to offer a discount on all wetline hair products for the month of October. With the mention of this ad on the Uptown Messenger, all shampoos and conditioners from Framesi and Eufora will be 20% off all month long. Call Randy Spitler to set up your appointment today.

The New Deal Hair Salon is where you go when you want to experience talent and a true desire to make you happy with your hair. Free consultations are always available. The New Deal Hair Salon is located at 7321 Freret, just two blocks from Tulane, next to Café Freret. Sessions are by appointment only – for appointments call 504.861.7111.

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Oct 112011

A recently-opened Costco Wholesale store in Burnsville, Minnesota (via costco.com)

Costco, the warehouse-style wholesale retailer eyeing an old shopping center on South Carrollton as its first Louisiana location, has begun reaching out to area neighborhood groups with its design plans, and so far, the residents like what they see.

“I think everyone is pro-Costco,” said John Schackai, chair of the Carrollton Design Review Committee, noting that the store is a work in progress but praising the developers’ willingness to listen to suggestions thus far. Continue reading »

Oct 102011

Parents planning to send their children to the second incoming class of students at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans may have to wait until January to apply, after state officials insisted the school reject all applications for the next three months. Continue reading »

Oct 102011

The expansion of Audubon Charter's campus will be added near Pine Street, as shown in this architect's rendering from January. (courtesy Jacobs/CSRS)

Audubon Charter School will postpone the legislative process toward expanding its Broadway campus for 30 days while it meets with neighbors to iron out operational issues, an official said Monday. Continue reading »

Oct 102011

This Loyola Avenue house was slated for conversion into an early childhood center for the Newman school, but will remain untouched for the coming year after the school withdrew its plans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After spending the summer meeting with neighbors and city officials, the Isidore Newman School has decided to withdraw a zoning request that would have allowed an expanded preschool facility for the coming year. Continue reading »

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Oct 102011

Owen Courrèges

At this point, the theme song for New Orleans’ Greek System should be “Another One Bites the Dust.”

Just yesterday, Tulane’s Zeta Chi fraternity was hit with a three-alarm blaze just before 5 a.m., following a Halloween party. Firefighters struggled to extinguish the flames while avoiding tarps and nets being used as decorations (nobody said being a fireman was easy). The fire had already spread from the kitchen up to the attic when firefighters arrived. Continue reading »

Oct 102011

Zatarain’s is proud to support Chefs Move!, a year-long scholarship program for minority students from New Orleans to attend culinary school at the French Culinary Institute in New York. This year, Chef John Besh will be the local-area mentor for the program. The scholarships, which include full tuition, room and board, equipment, and travel, are paired with job placement assistance while in New York and an intensive 8-week internship with a Besh Restaurant Group restaurant.

Keep reading for more details on the Chefs Move! program.

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Oct 072011

Both campuses of Lusher Charter School, “Baby Ben” Franklin Elementary and the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus are all newly slated for renovations under the latest plan to spend the remainder of a $2 billion FEMA payout for school repairs, and Johnson Elementary will have a renewed shot at moving to the Priestly site. Continue reading »

Oct 072011

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park earlier this week. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Colby Wilson, for UptownMessenger.com

Nearly six months after the startling disappearance of a large population of birds from Audubon Park’s Bird Island, the rookery has yet to recover, and local birdwatchers are still feeling its loss.

“Our park patrons have a lot of personal and emotional investments in Bird Island,” said Sarah Burnette of the Audubon Institute. “The primary negative impact isn’t necessarily on the wildlife. It’s on the people.” Continue reading »