Mar 242015
 
(image via SOFAB)

(image via SOFAB)

Children can learn about St. Joseph’s Day altars, as well as decorating and eating cannoli, on Saturday when the Southern Food and Beverage Museum offers its free monthly admission to Louisiana families. Continue reading »

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Mar 232015
 
The former Le Roux banquet hall at 1700 Louisiana Avenue, photographed in January 2015. (photos courtesy of Nina English).

The former Le Roux banquet hall at 1700 Louisiana Avenue, photographed in January 2015. (photos courtesy of Nina English).

The former Le Roux banquet hall on Louisiana Avenue that was damaged by fire last year has been approved for demolition, and the owner is considering replacing it with a new condo development. Continue reading »

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Mar 232015
 

NOFD logoA two-family home on Fontainebleau Drive was heavily damaged by fire Saturday morning — forcing one resident to jump from a second-story window to safety — and an 18-unit apartment building was scorched in a separate blaze early Monday morning, New Orleans fire officials said. Continue reading »

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Mar 232015
 
(map via roadwork.nola.gov)

(map via roadwork.nola.gov)

Owen Courreges

The city of New Orleans has never been very good at doing things, although it has consistently shown a remarkable ability to publicize those few things it actually does.

It’s like a child who draws crude stick figures and insists on displaying them prominently on the fridge. Were they older, the self-promotion would seem ridiculous, but because of lowered expectations afforded to children onlookers are expected to feign awe and admiration.

These thoughts came to mind when I heard about the city’s new website, RoadWork (http://roadwork.nola.gov), a joint project between the Department of Public Works and the Sewerage & Water Board designed “to inform citizens about past, current, and future road work projects that affect their daily lives.” Continue reading »

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Mar 222015
 
Members of the NOPD Sixth District task force search for an armed robbery suspect on Peniston Street in January 2012. The number of task force officers assigned to individual districts has dramatically decreased since then. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Members of the NOPD Sixth District task force search for an armed robbery suspect on Peniston Street in January 2012. The number of task force officers assigned to individual districts has dramatically decreased since then. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

During every parade of Carnival season, thousands throng the sidewalks and neutral grounds of St. Charles Avenue, lured by the promise of thrown beads, the blaring bands or the spectacle of the floats. Within that chaotic revelry, however, also lurks the threat of deadly violence in the form of concealed handguns.

The elite New Orleans Police Department officers specifically tasked with finding those guns do not see much of the floats. Instead, they are hyper attentive to parade-goers’ hands, looking for anxious fingers unconsciously seeking reassurance from heavy metal held in a waistband. Or, the officers evaluate gazes – looking for the one young man walking just a little faster than his friends, his eyes straight forward, more intent than the others on reaching his destination because of the dangerous cargo he has in tow. Continue reading »

Mar 212015
 

Posigen2A single draft study from a well-recognized mouthpiece for monopoly utilities, lacking any expert peer review, public comment or input from the targeted Louisiana solar industry threatens to destroy approximately 200 small businesses and 3,600 jobs. Continue reading »

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Mar 192015
 
People observe the elaborate altar at St. Stephen's church. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People observe the elaborate altar at St. Stephen’s church. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday, churches across the greater New Orleans area celebrated St. Joseph’s Day. A celebration originated in New Orleans’ Sicilian community, the day pays homage to St. Joseph who, according to legend, saved Sicily from famine during the Middle Ages. St. Stephen’s church on Napoleon avenue had an elaborate altar while also serving free food outside the church. Continue reading »

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Mar 192015
 
The former site of the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital. (via New Orleans HDLC)

The former site of the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital. (via New Orleans HDLC)

As Children’s Hospital finalizes its plans to expand across Henry Clay Avenue onto the site of the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus, the city Historic District Landmarks Commission has nominated most of the NOAH site as a landmark.

The motion exempts six of the 15 buildings on the site and the Henry Clay Avenue portion of the wall (separating the two campuses) from landmark status, acknowledging negotiations thus far between Children’s Hospital and preservationists about the demolition of those structures. But if the remainder of the site is formally designated as a landmark at a subsequent HDLC meeting, Children’s Hospital will subject to HDLC review of any future construction on the NOAH site. Continue reading »

Mar 192015
 
The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads "We Speak French" at Fete Francaise Saturday afternoon.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads “We Speak French” at Fete Francaise in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans will host its wildly popular fundraising street party, the 16th annual Fête Française, on Saturday, featuring various musical performances and restaurants providing food and drink with a French flair. Continue reading »

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