Jul 202011
 

Three robberies were reported in Uptown New Orleans this week.

Three armed robberies have been reported in Uptown New Orleans in as many days, but police have made arrests in one, linked it to the second, and identified a separate suspect in the third, authorities said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Jul 202011
 

Only two weekends left! Bee Sweet Cupcakes is continuing its St Joe’s Blueberry Mojito cupcake, after the drink of the same name at St Joe’s Tavern. Featuring Bee Sweet’s famous rum cake topped with blueberry-mint frosting, this cupcake is a tribute to St Joe’s and all things cool and delicious for summer, and will be available Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the rest of July. Cupcakes are $3 each (tax included), as always, so come on in and get yours today.

Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your cakes at 504.891.8333.

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Jul 202011
 

(Photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

You know when you’re at a party and someone is telling a story, and you think to yourself, “That can’t be real.  I mean, really, what they’re saying just can’t be true.  Fiction.  Fiction, I tell you.  It’s gotta be fiction.”  At a recent gathering I was half listening to a story about City Hall and “bumping” and these same thoughts clouded my head. Based purely upon seniority, city workers can take someone else’s job when the senior party’s present position becomes eliminated.  OMG and LOL, what a funny story!  That’s a good one!  Hooo, you had me.  I mean, you got me.  Ahhhhhh.  (Wipe a tear from eye).  Only it’s true.  (Pause).  Wait.  What?  It’s true!?  WTF?  Really!?  Though it reads like something out of Rocky & Bullwinkle, the bump is on the real. Continue reading »

Jul 202011
 

A map of the nearly 30 blocks officials say will experience low water pressure Thursday because of work in the area.

Nearly 30 blocks of Uptown neighborhoods will have low water pressure throughout the work day Thursday while Sewerage and Water Board workers replace two valves on a water main, officials said.

The streets affected include Coliseum, Robert, Upperline, Lyons, Valence and Jena.

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Jul 192011
 

The site plan for the additions to the Isidore Newman School's zoning. The orange buildings at the top represent the new early childhood center; the headmaster's house is at the bottom left and the Auto Paint building is at the bottom right.

The Isidore Newman School’s plan to incorporate two historic homes on Loyola Street into its new early childhood education center won praise from neighbors Tuesday night, but the broader zoning changes to property around the campus caused some concern.

Newman has applied for a number of land-use changes around its campus, but its only immediate plans are to build the early-childhood center and to use a house on the corner of Danneel and Jefferson for the headmaster’s home, school officials said Tuesday at a meeting with about two dozen neighbors. Several other buildings the school owns — including, most notably, the former Auto-Painting building at Dufossat and Danneel will be rezoned for “school use” to unify the land use across the campus, said school attorney Justin Schmidt. Continue reading »

Jul 192011
 

Kittens gather together at lunch time at Zeus' Place as they quietly purr between bites of tuna. All of these kittens are waiting to find good homes and can be adopted at Zeus' Place. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Meet Shaken, Kylie, Worm, Ring and Casper — just a few of the adorable and camera friendly kittens available for adoption at Zeus’ Place. Continue reading to learn more about their unique personalities and what brought them to Zeus’ Place.

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Jul 182011
 

Audubon Charter School's Carrollton campus needs substantial renovations but is not scheduled for any work, one of several points in the school-facilities master plan that drew criticism Monday night. (Photo by Alysha Jordan, flickr.com/photos/neworleanslady)

Which Uptown New Orleans school buildings need attention the most and how to divide the money for building and renovating them was debated by motivated and skeptical crowd of nearly 200 public-education supporters Monday night.

City and state school officials are seeking public comment on the latest master plan for spending a nearly $2 billion payment from FEMA to rebuild New Orleans schools, and Monday night’s meeting focused on buildings in the Orleans Parish School Board’s Uptown- and Carrolton-based District 6. Supporters of the various schools showed their allegience in T-shirts and signs, and during a somewhat free-form input session inundated officials with their opinions. Continue reading »

Jul 182011
 

Locations of reported street flooding (via New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness)

Monday morning’s downpour caused street flooding across the New Orleans area, including along Tchoupitoulas and through the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Jul 182011
 

Imagine: it’s sunset, and you’re by the water, the sun sliding gently over the horizon, the waves gently lapping against the shore. It’s nearing dinnertime, and you’re wondering what you’ll have to eat: roasted pork, perhaps, or freshly caught seafood. Plantains and grilled pineapple. A cocktail garnished with an umbrella. After that, you’ll head out for some music, and you wonder what the first notes you’ll hear will be.  “Beyond the reef,” you hear as you walk into the venue, the dreamy voice crooning over the beat. You stop and pinch yourself: are you in Honolulu?

Not anymore. Welcome to an evening spent with Hawaii 504: the only original New Orleans Hawaiian band.

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