Mar 142011

Jamon A. Vaughn

A man who robbed a Palmer Avenue resident at gunpoint on his front porch and then fired at two Tulane University officers who tried to intervene is now in custody on robbery and attempted-murder charges, police said. Continue reading »

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Mar 142011

Karen Carter Peterson

Over the next two days, State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson will visit the Irish Channel; Freret Street will examine the proposed expansion of a coffee shop and liquor sales at a corner store; and the Uptown-based NOPD Second District will hold their monthly meeting with community members.

On Monday evening, The Freret Business and Property Owners Association will hold its quarterly meeting, hearing a request from Village Coffee to expand its business upstairs and an update on the Freret streetscape project. Also on Monday, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson will hold a neighborhood town hall meeting in the Irish Channel, similar to an event she has planned for Thursday for the Riverbend – both community have expressed concerns about the upcoming redistricting.

On Tuesday afternoon, the City Planning Commission will hear three requests related to Uptown properties: three Uptown requests: a conditional use to sell alcohol at Supermercado Las Acacias at 4929 Freret, a conditional use for a restaurant larger than 5,000 square feet on a lot at 2200 Magazine and a zoning change to allow a mixed use development in the 1500 block of Constance. Tuesday evening will also feature the Uptown-based Second District’s monthly meeting with community members.

For full details on these events and other cultural offerings in Uptown New Orleans over the next 36 hours, see our calendar listings below. Continue reading »

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Mar 142011

It’s a Mardi Gras tradition in New Orleans that spans more than a century and a half. Today, flambeau carriers still march and dance at the head of Mardi Gras parades to light the way for floats to roll down the streets of the city. NOLA Brewing Company is paying homage to the beacons of light with their latest brewery concoction Flambeau Red Ale.

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Mar 142011

In this December photo, the parking area can be seen at the right side of the Romney Pilates building.

Earlier this year, two zoning battles were waged in Uptown New Orleans. First, Trinity Episcopal Church applied to construct additional parking lots in the 1200 block of Josephine Street. The lots in question were empty, having been occupied by structures that burned down following Hurricane Katrina.

Second, there was a battle waged over parking for the new Romney Pilates Studio in the 5600 block of Magazine Street. There, the lot was also empty, the prior structure on the property having been neglected and later demolished following Hurricane Katrina.

In both cases, nearby residents were concerned about a lack of street parking and lobbied the city council for additional spots. However, while Romney Pilates was ultimately intimidated into including additional spots as a concession, Trinity’s proposed parking lot plans were flatly denied. In one case, the city wanted parking issues mitigated, while in the other, the city could not have cared less. Continue reading »

Mar 142011

Gregg Kagler (via

Shaquille Cooper (via

Two men accused of shooting a bar patron during an apparent robbery of his cell phone outside a popular Lower Garden District bar last month are now in custody on robbery charges, according to police.

The victim had just stepped outside the Saint bar in the 900 block of St. Mary Street about 3 a.m. Feb. 16 when he was confronted by Gregg J. Kagler Jr., 20, and Shaquille R. Cooper, 19, police said. Cooper hit the victim in the face and Kagler pulled out a gun, and the victim tried to run back inside the bar, but both attackers followed, police said. Continue reading »

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Mar 132011

Alba Xiomara helps Rahee Hall, 11, at Super Mercado Las Acacias on March 11, 2011. Hall lives three blocks from the store. (Sabree Hill,

A Freret Street corner store will request the city’s permission this week to begin selling alcohol, drawing reactions that vary widely from sympathetic support and to outright opposition from its neighbors. Continue reading »

Mar 112011

Kermit Ruffins

Audubon Zoo’s Soul Fest will feature Kermit Ruffins and a number of other jazz, hip-hop, gospel and R&B performers as well as soul food and cultural displays Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Last year’s festival drew an estimated 21,000 attendees, according to the park.

See below for a complete lineup of performers each day. Continue reading »

Mar 112011

Be there as Tracey’s Irish Channel Bar celebrates its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration! At both  the St Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12, and the Tracey’s Annual Block Party on Thursday, March 17, Tracey’s will serve up its world famous roast beef poor boys along with cabbage and corned beef and plenty more goodies from the kitchen. See below for details of all the St Patrick’s Day events.

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Mar 112011

This map shows lot clearings conducted by the city in January. None were conducted in Uptown New Orleans because of a dispute with the contractor, though officials said Thursday that the new contract is "imminent."

The city’s return to clearing vacant lots in Uptown New Orleans is “imminent,” as officials work out the final details of the contract this week, they said Thursday. Continue reading »

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Mar 112011

The 2008 St. Patricks Day parade (via

Less than a week after the largest Mardi Gras ever, parading returns to Uptown New Orleans this weekend via the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade through the Irish Channel.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Felicity and Magazine, then heads up Jackson Avenue, up St. Charles Avenue, down Louisiana Avenue and back down Magazine Street.

For details and links on the parade and other weekend events, including the two-day Soul Fest at Audubon Zoo, see our calendar below. Continue reading »

Mar 102011

Lola's Boutique assistant manager Torea Torry works next to a window that a burglar used to break in to the store on two different occasions, despite increased security efforts at the Riverbend shop. (Sabree Hill,

A rash of business burglaries in the Riverbend area that preceded the long Carnival weekend has since subsided, police said, but with the cases still unsolved, the burglar could resurface at any time.

“We haven’t had any more,” said Sgt. Marc Amos of the NOPD Second District property-crimes unit. “But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist anymore.” Continue reading »

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Mar 092011

Jackson Ave. is lined with people during the Krewe of Zulu parade on Mardi Gras Day. Krewe of Zulu was founded in 1916, and organized by the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Zulu's decorated coconuts are perhaps Carnival's most prized throw. (Sabree Hill,

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