May 062011
 

The white area of the map shows current boundaries of the Historic District Landmarks Commission in the Lower Garden District. The red line roughly traces the boundaries being propsed for it.

City oversight of how buildings are designed and maintained could tighten throughout the Lower Garden District and into Central City and Mid-City, based on a proposal working its way through the city council.

Based on a motion by City Councilwoman Stacy Head, the city will create new committees to study the possibility of expanding the reach of the Historic District Landmarks Commission from its current territory in the Lower Garden District, roughly between Prytania and Annunciation streets, to the entire swath from the river to Carondelet between Jackson Avenue and the Ponchartrain Expressway. The committees will also consider designating new areas in Central City and Mid-City for the HDLC to cover. Continue reading »

May 062011
 

This corner store at 2401 Danneel won't be demolished, the city council decided Thursday. (image via Preservation Resource Center)

The City Council gave its blessing Thursday to three land-use requests around Uptown New Orleans that have been pending for several months, but postponed hearing about a Freret Street corner store’s controversial request to sell alcohol for two more weeks. Continue reading »

May 062011
 

The Valence Cemetery, 1824 Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District and the Buddy Bolden House at 2309 First Street in Central City are all among the Louisiana Landmarks Society’s 2011 list of New Orleans’ Nine Most Endangered Sites, according to Bruce Eggler of The Times-Picayune. Also on the list in more general terms are historic shotgun houses slated for demolition and abandoned historic school buildings.

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May 062011
 

Commanders Jeff Walls (left) and Bob Bardy of the Sixth District congratulate one another during March's promotions ceremony.

Barely a month after his promotion into NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas’ inner circle of commanders, the former second-in-command of the Uptown-based Sixth District has been appointed to lead the Eighth District in the French Quarter and Central Business District. Continue reading »

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May 062011
 

Central City residents gather to watch the movie "Stomp the Yard" at the Stomp Dat Violence movie showing at the park on MLK Blvd. and S. Liberty Thursday night. The moving showing was presented by Solutions Not Shootings, a community-based violence prevention program. "Part of our program is community mobilization. We have been doing shooting responses, but we are starting monthly events in the community just to get the community out and for people to get to know one another, " said Johnetta Presley, with Stomp Dat Violence. The group plans to have community events at the park the first Thursday of every month. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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May 052011
 

Caroline Fayard is congratulated by supporters in October 2010 after advancing to a runoff for lieutenant governor. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Uptown resident Caroline Fayard announced this week that she is organizing a campaign for Secretary of State, her second bid for state office after her strong second-place showing in the lieutenant governor’s race last year. Continue reading »

May 052011
 

No matter which kind of hat you like to wear — a sombrero or a Stetson — Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar has the party for you this week. Celebrating both Cinco de Mayo on May 5 and Derby Day on May 7, Tracey’s is offering drink specials in honor of both holidays. On Thursday, Cinco de Mayo, toast your Mexican compadres with a Suaza Tres Generaciones margarita for just $5. Then come back on Saturday and cheer on your favorite horse with a Makers Mark Mint Julep in a limited edition glass, which you can use for discounts on drinks at Tracey’s in the future. No matter your persuasion or thirst, Tracey’s has just the drink, and the celebration, for you!

Serving, as always, the Best Roast Beef Po-Boy on Earth, Tracey’s is located on Magazine and Third, in the heart of the Irish Channel, and opens at 11am daily. More information at traceysnola.com.

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May 042011
 

A student at the International School of Louisiana on Camp Street, pictured in January. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

State budget cuts for education will likely prevent the creation next year of a new pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds at the International School of Louisiana, officials said Wednesday night, but public early-childhood education remains a part of the charter school’s long-range plans. Continue reading »

May 042011
 

The City Council is scheduled to make a final decision Thursday on four projects of interest to a variety of Uptown neighborhoods: a Freret Street convenience store’s request to sell alcohol, the re-use of a St. Charles Avenue mansion for a school building, and a new restaurant and an architect’s office on lower Magazine Street. Continue reading »

May 042011
 

Clouds and cooler weather rolling in? Come and find the sunshine inside: get your groove on with the homegrown funky sound of Spy Boy Band, playing tonight, May 4, at Le Bons Temps Roule on Magazine. They’re pulling out all the stops for this gig, playing a mix of tracks from their debut album, Spy Boy, and a little new material as well. The gig starts at 10pm, featuring legendary producer Karl Denson on sax and flute. Consider yourself warned: it could get funky.

Spy Boy Band is guitarist Benny Dominach, backed by Doug Dietrich (bass), Dan Caro (drums), Rik Fletcher (keys), and Andrew McLean (guitar). Find out more about Spy Boy by visiting their website, spyboyband.com, where you can read biographies of the musicians, check out their artwork, and listen to their debut album for free.

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May 042011
 

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Ready or not, Kid Rock will open for The Nevilles as Jazz Fest draws to a close this coming Sunday. That’s right: Kid. Rock. And The Nevilles.  Odd pairing?  Unlikely bedfellows?  Don’t be so quick to judge.  On the surface, yes, this line-up would seem misguided or ill-conceived, like if Faith No More were to open for The Temptations.  I don’t know; I’d go see that.  And I may just go see Kid Rock too.  Despite the headline, I’m actually not anti-Kid Rock.  And no, he shouldn’t die, but should he play Jazz Fest? Continue reading »

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May 032011
 

Whole Foods Market - Arabella Station (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Whole Foods on Magazine Street found common ground with its Uptown neighbors on a handful of minor issues Tuesday night, but the store and the neighborhood have yet to reach an agreement on the large delivery trucks that the grocery needs more of but the residents hate. Continue reading »

May 032011
 

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Band of Excellence performs during Battle of the Bands at the "Instruments A-Comin" benefit concert, silent auction and community arts fair in front of Tipitina's Monday evening. The event, which benefits the JPSO Band Of Excellence and local school music programs, allocated part of its proceeds for music relief and recovery efforts in Japan. Japanese beneficiaries include Yoshio and Keiko Toyama's Wonderful World Jazz Foundation, and the Swing Dolphins youth big band. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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May 022011
 

Eleanor McMain High School, the International School of Louisiana (at both campuses), James Weldon Johnson Elementary, KIPP Believe College Prep and Central City, Lafayette Academy and Sojourner Truth are all among 32 area schools to receive salad bars donated by the United Fresh Produce Association, according to Andrew Vanacore of The Times-Picayune.

May 022011
 

Musical luminaries including Galactic, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Ivan Neville and the Hot 8 Brass Band are converging on Tipitina’s on Monday night to return the generosity Japan bestowed on New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina back to the earthquake-stricken nation.

“People in Southeast Louisiana can genuinely understand the suffering and anguish caused by this tsunami, and naturally want to reach out and help” said Tipitina’s Foundation co-founder Mary von Kurnatowski in a news release. “We’re also mindful of the generosity and support we received, from Japan and elsewhere, after our own catastrophe. It’s time to pay that forward.”

The 10th annual “Instruments A-Comin'” benefit will include performances by the above-mentioned acts and others, a battle of local marching bands, a silent auction and a community arts fair. Part of the proceeds from this year’s event (originally conceived to buy instruments for local public schools) will be allocated for musical relief and recovery efforts in Japan.

Also of interest to Uptown residents, the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association will meet Tuesday to continue its discussion of requests by Whole Foods Arabella Station. For full details and links to these and other events around Uptown New Orleans in the coming days, see our calendar listings below. Continue reading »