Oct 042011
 

The panel discussion will address “New Orleans’ dire blight problem … and provide input on ways to avoid mass demolition of our city’s unique and distinct housing stock.” The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 4) at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Parish Hall at 8000 Plum Street. Continue reading »

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Oct 042011
 

A number of ongoing land-use issues will be discussed tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 4) by the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association, according to the meeting’s agenda. Continue reading »

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Oct 042011
 

Hands sore and tired after a long day at work? Nails chipping and peeling, and everything else you’ve tried not working? This month, come by the Retreat New Orleans for a special discount on Shellac nail treatment – the #1 treatment going today. Normally $35, this treatment is available at a special discount of $25 for readers of the Uptown Messenger – just mention this ad when you book your appointment and receive your $10 off today! Limit one-time discount per client – the last day of this special is October 31st.

Making New Orleans more beautiful since 2003, the Retreat is open Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday and Thursdays 10-8, Friday 10-6, and Saturday 9-5. The Retreat New Orleans is located at 801 S. Carrollton (at Maple). For more information or to book an appointment, call 504-866-7724 or visit their website at http://www.theretreatneworleans.net/.

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Oct 042011
 

5428 St. Charles Avenue (photo by Preservation Resource Center)

A plan to tear down a mansion on St. Charles Avenue designed by one of New Orleans’ most celebrated architects to make room for a new single-family home in its place must be decided by the City Council, after the committee that oversees demolition requests cast a split vote over the issue Monday.

Homeowner Jeff Goldring and his supporters touted the agreements they had reached with two neighborhood associations, the St. Charles Avenue Association and Hurstville, as well as the national reputation of their Covington-based architect, Ken Tate. Opponents countered that the architecture of the existing building is already significant, and that the family should not be able to tear the home down simply because they want something different there.

The Neighborhood Conservation District Committee’s vote was 6 to 5 in favor of allowing the demolition, falling one vote short of the seven needed for approval and sending the project to the City Council. Continue reading »

Oct 032011
 

Neighborhood Housing Services is hosting a forum tonight (Monday, Oct. 3) for residents with questions or concerns about the proposed nightclub — tentatively named the PubliQ House — in the first floor of their large building on Freret Street. Continue reading »

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Oct 032011
 

5428 St. Charles Avenue (photo by Preservation Resource Center)

The controversial demolition of a St. Charles Avenue mansion leads the agenda for this afternoon’s meeting of the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, which also includes properties in a number of other Uptown neighborhoods. Continue reading »

Oct 032011
 

One of the signs criticizing President Obama on Calhoun Street (via WWL-TV)

I’ll say this for Timothy Reily: There is no doubt as to his opinion of President Barack Obama.

The Uptown resident, whose home is located in the 1500 block of Calhoun Street, has adorned his house in custom anti-Obama signs.  To say these signs are unflattering is an understatement.  President Obama is depicted, alternatively, as a puppet, a dunce and a crying baby clothed only in a diaper.  High political discourse they are not. Continue reading »

Oct 032011
 

Say hello to fall! To celebrate the change in seasons, the Kupcake Factory is launching four new flavors this month: Peach Streusel, Pumpkin Spice, Pecan Sweet Potato, and a special new flavor, Pineapple Inside-Out (a cupcake version of a pineapple upside-down cake). That’s not all, though: because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Kupcake Factory is also offering special pink cupcakes all month long. Come on in and pick yours up today!

Offering 12 gourmet flavors daily, the Kupcake Factory serves three locations in the greater New Orleans area: 819 W. Esplanade Avenue in Kenner, 800 Metairie Road (Ste. Q) in Metairie, and 6223 S. Claiborne Avenue in Uptown New Orleans. Contact any location for details about cakes and pricing at 504.464.8884, or visit the Kupcake Factory website and Facebook page for news and an updated schedule of cupcakes. The Kupcake Factory is open daily from 11.30am until 8pm, or until all cupcakes have been sold.

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Sep 302011
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

When I was in college I got sucked into the world of fine dining. I started out looking for a job, one that would work with my class schedule and provide me with enough cash to pay rent, buy books for school and leave me with some extra spending money.  Being a waitress was the perfect fit: Just like any career, the profession certainly had its pros and cons, but I can’t think of any that are quite so colorful. Continue reading »