Feb 282011
 

A "No Walgreens" sign sits in a Joseph Street yard near the American Legion building on Magazine Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Signs are cropping up in Uptown: “Uptown Boycott! NO Walgreens at 5500 Magazine St.” Nestled in the windows of businesses and homes, these placards mark the initial stages of a grassroots opposition to the construction of a new Walgreens Pharmacy in the old American Legion building on Magazine. In their own eyes, these wary residents play the David to Walgreens’ Goliath.

There’s only one problem with this opposition. It isn’t coherent. Continue reading »

Feb 282011
 

Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans announces two upcoming events featuring Reverend Giorgio Hiatt, Associate Pastor at Christ Central Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rev. Hiatt will lead an upcoming workshop on justice and mercy, on Saturday, March 12, from 10.00-11.30am, at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church main office at 5937 Magazine Street. The following morning, Sunday, March 13, Rev. Hiatt will preach at the regular Sunday worship service at Redeemer, located at 6200 St Charles Avenue.

For more information about Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, visit RedeemerNola.com. Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans: Celebrating Christ, Serving New Orleans.

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Feb 272011
 

Attendees of the Krewe of Pygmalion throw their hands up in the air in hopes of getting beads as a Krewe of Pygmalion maid passes on a float Saturday night. The Krewe of Pygmalion was founded in 2000 by a group of Carnival veterans who wanted to provide a high-quality parade for the first week of the Mardi Gras Season. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 262011
 

This image from a security camera shows a robbery in progress on St. Mary Street. The victim was shot and his cell phone was stolen, police said.

Shaquille Cooper (via NOPD)

Investigators have identified the two men who shot a man outside a popular Uptown bar in an apparent robbery of his cell phone, and they are now searching for the suspects to arrest them, police said. Continue reading »

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Feb 262011
 

Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar invites you to come and celebrate Mardi Gras in style this year. A perfect Mardi Gras party stop, Tracey’s is only four blocks off the parade route on St Charles, and has a wide selection of cold beers, drinks, and po-boys available all day long, so owners Jeff and Jaimee Carreras invite you to come and celebrate with them before and after the parades. Home of the Best Roast Beef Po-Boy on Earth, Tracey’s has everything you need to make Mardi Gras memorable this year.

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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Feb 252011
 

Carnival will begin this weekend along the Uptown parade route, as the Krewe of Oshun rolls Friday evening under perfect skies, Ponchartrain rolls Saturday afternoon, Sparta and Pygmalion roll Saturday evening, and the krewes of Carrollton and King Arthur roll Sunday afternoon.

See our weekend calendar below for details, as well as Oscar parties, the Palmer Park Arts Market and a handful of other events. Continue reading »

Feb 252011
 

Tim LaCrosse is a local artist who has been hand carving jewelry for the last 10 years in the New Orleans area. LaCrosse’s designs vary from traditional fleur-de-lis jewelry, to more unique organic pieces that express the beauty of Louisiana.

LaCrosse will be featuring his latest line of jewelry, which is Louisiana sunken cypress hand inlaid in sterling silver at the Palmer Park Arts Market this Saturday, February 26. The cypress used in LaCrosse’s jewelry was sunken in the local bayou for over 100 years.

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Feb 252011
 

Attendees of "Gabrielle in Purgatory" enjoy a five course meal, which featured several of the signature dishes from The Gabrielle. Each course was paired with wines to match. The event was hosted by Vintage Orleans at The Uptowner at 438 Henry Clay Avenue. Greg and Mary Sonnier lost their Mid-City restaurant, The Gabrielle after Hurricane Katrina and have sense fought unsuccessfully to open the restaurant fulltime at the Uptowner. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 242011
 

A second-grade student circles answers in a Spanish-language workbook in a full-immersion class at the The International School of Louisiana in January. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana is hoping to launch a pre-kindergarten program that could begin accepting 4-year-olds as early as next year at its new West Bank campus, school officials said Wednesday night.

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Feb 242011
 

As the resurfacing of Magazine Street nears its lengthy second phase, officials tried to assure business owners that interruptions to their specific stores will be minimal.

While the resurfacing between St. Andrew Street and Napoleon Avenue is expected to take several months, construction moves rapidly down the street and should not be disruptive to any one business for a prolonged period of time, officials said at a Tuesday evening meeting at St. George’s Episcopal School.

State Department of Transportation and Development public outreach representative Meghan Legaux answered questions from an audience of more than 30 people alongside Ray Samolin, project contractor, and Michael Assaf, project manager, both of Plus Concrete. Their answers are presented below in Q-and-A format.

Q: What is the progress of the lower Magazine Street construction?

A: It is currently on schedule to be completed by Mardi Gras or the week after.

Q: How will parking be affected and how will residents be notified?

A: We will post no parking signs the day prior to entering an area.

Q: Will parking be off limits for months at a time?

A: Absolutely not. In the first phase, parking was restricted for a couple of days at a time, depending on the repairs needed in that area, and then during the repaving. It is a pretty quickly moving operation. Continue reading »

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Feb 232011
 

“Gabrielle in Purgatory” at The Uptowner, 438 Henry Clay Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Thursday night the Gabrielle will open one night only for “Gabrielle in Purgatory,” a special food and wine event hosted by Vintage Orleans (www.vintageorleans.com). Other Uptown events include book signings, meetings, parties, lectures and even salsa dancing. There is never a dull moment in Uptown.

See below for details of everything happening Uptown.

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Feb 232011
 

Common Ground Health Clinic announces new Youth-Initiated After-School Workshops. These workshops, conceived and developed by youth from the Algiers Riverview neighborhood, are an exciting addition to the lineup of events and services that CGHC hosts. See below for details of all the workshops and more.

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