Feb 232011

When people think of food and New Orleans, pizza isn’t first on the list.  Gumbo, po-boys, ettouffees, all bubble up to the surface first, followed by a little brochette this and goose-fat-rendered that.  But pizza?  Other cities get the goods there.  Not any more.  New Orleanians and pizza lovers, welcome to the 21st century. Continue reading »

Feb 222011

After 18 years, the Baronne Street Neighborhood Association has a new leader for the first time, and the group may soon have a new name as well.

The association board is seeking ideas for a new name from its members, new president Lynn Alline said at a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night. The primary concern, she said, is that defining the neighborhood by Baronne Street “doesn’t really represent the territory.” To her point, a new resident in the area responded that he had seen a sign for Tuesday’s meeting but had not realized it referred to his neighborhood. Continue reading »

Feb 212011

Waltdell Davis (via opcso.org)

A Central City man was left with only minor injuries from a gunshot to the mouth after his gold tooth apparently deflected the bullet, police said.

The victim was sitting in a car with his girlfriend in the 3300 block of Second Street, smoking marijuna that belonged to his 20-year-old brother, Waltdell Davis, said Sgt. Sandra Contreras of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crime division. When Waltdell Davis came home, he got angry about the marijuana, and an argument ensued, Contreras said. In an attempt to defuse the argument, the victim went inside the house, but Waltdell Davis followed him in with a gun, Contreras said. Continue reading »

Feb 212011

Cars pass by construction for the Magazine St. project at Magazine St. and Terpsichore St. on January 12, 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

State officials will give an update on the next phase of the Magazine Street repair project and the Baronne Street Neighborhood Association will meet, both on Tuesday evening, among the usual set of cultural offerings and civic meetings on tap around Uptown New Orleans.

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Feb 212011

Captain Bob Bardy, Commander of the New Orleans Police Department's Sixth District, smiles at the Bardy Family Benefit at The Howlin Wolf Sunday evening. Capt Bardy and his family lost their home on February 4, 2011, in an electrical fire. To help the Bardy's in their recovery, the New Orleans Police Department, businesses and community members came together for the benefit. " This is overwhelming. You have the clergy, cops, the community, family and friends gathered together for a good cause, which shows that the Central City district can come together for every good cause. This is something we should be doing everyday. In my 37 years as a cop, we must have done something right," said Capt. Bardy, who pointed out that now that his family is secure he must focus on policing Mardi Gras. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 202011

Interior of American Legion hall on Magazine Street (via Upper Hurstville Neighborhood Association)

The purchase and renovation of the old American Legion building on Magazine Street will cost nearly $6 million, requiring a tenant that can pay approximately $600,000 per year for the lease, the developer eying the property for a possible Walgreens told neighborhood leaders on Friday.

Stirling Properties plans to replace the brick facade with a glass wall, preserve some of the American Legion features inside the building and add a drive-through to the 40-space parking lot in the rear. Although the commercial zoning would allow the store to stay open 24 hours and sell alcohol, current plans are to do neither, closing instead at 10 p.m., the representatives of three neighborhoods surrounding the site wrote in a letter to members Sunday evening.

The neighborhood leaders recommended the developer call a meeting with the public to discuss the project, the letter says, but no date has been announced.

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Feb 192011

Minister Aaron Evans (front), from the SMBC Mime Ministry in Gretna, performs at the end of the third annual "Get Yah Praise On" in celebration of Black History Month at Audubon Zoo Saturday afternoon. "It was outreaching not only to those who came for the performance but those who came out to the park," said Minister Evans. Internationally acclaimed gospel artist Bishop Paul S. Morton along with praise teams from local African American churches performed at the gospel concert. "I thought it was phenomenal. There was a heavy anointing in the atmosphere. Everything worked together, even the weather," said M.C. Loretta Petit, of AMen 940, WYLD. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 182011

A Stefano Ferrara wood burning oven from Naples, Italy is delivered by a forklift to the future restaurant, Ancora Pizzeria Salumeria, on Freret St. Friday morning. The oven is one of twenty in the United States, according to the restaurant owners. Jeff Talbot, Adolfo Garcia and Josh Smith plan on opening the restaurant described as "affordable and casual" in the middle of April, which will serve Neopolitan wine, pizza and salumi only. Garcia is a chef at Rio Mar, La Boca and A Mano. Smith is also a chef at A Mano. "When we looked around the city the first thing we looked for was a business friendly location and we found that on Freret St.," said Garcia, who also pointed out Councilmember Stacy Head has enthusiasm for new businesses opening on Freret St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 182011

Priscilla Jenkins and John Puma star in The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts and Dance's version of "Waiting for Godot." The production is set in the Louisiana coastal wetlands, a location recently spoiled by the BP oil spill. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The arts — comedy, theatre, music, films and books — dominate the Uptown calendar this weekend. The New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival continues through the weekend, as does Loyola University’s run of the BP oil spill-inspired production of “Waiting for Godot.” On Saturday evening, Xavier Prep hosts a retrospective gala for alumni, and Sunday features two special musical offerings. Trinity Episcopal hosts a rare performance by the New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society, a Scottish folk ensemble, and downtown in the CBD, the Howlin’ Wolf  hosts a benefit for the family of Capt. Robert Bardy of the NOPD Sixth District, who lost their home in a recent electrical fire.

See below for details of everything happening Uptown.

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Feb 172011

The current boundaries of Uptown-based House districts (click to enlarge)

After years of representation in Baton Rouge by Jefferson Parish lawmakers, Carrollton residents see this year’s redistricting process as a chance to rejoin their neighbors in New Orleans, they told a panel of legislators in charge of the process Thursday night.

Similarly, the Irish Channel is seeking to have its neighborhood voice reunited in one legislative district, and at least one local state lawmaker called that request a goal he shares. Continue reading »

Feb 172011

Cowbell on Oak Street and Pepperoni Cafe on nearby Hampson Street will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages, the New Orleans City Council decided Thursday morning, but Bean Brothers Lounge was denied permission to reopen on Danneel Street in Central City. Continue reading »

Feb 172011

A sign encouraging an "Uptown boycott" to fight a possible new Walgreens sits in the window of St. Joe's bar on Magazine Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

In the window of St. Joe’s bar, across Magazine Street from the old American Legion building, sits a sign that reads “Uptown boycott! No Walgreens at 5500 Magazine.”

The American Legion building on Magazine Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Standing across the street Wednesday afternoon, two co-owners of Slice restaurant leaned against the wall of the American Legion building during a shift change. One eagerly anticipated the parking that could be opened by a new store; the other acknowledged the economic benefit for the block but said he wished the new business was something more local.

Such are the range of opinions that have already formed for a project that has not yet been formally announced. The building’s developers, Stirling Properties, have said no tenant has yet been decided for the property, but many community members feel a decision has already been made. Continue reading »

Feb 172011

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.

A woman was critically wounded in a gun battle in Hollygrove and a man was shot during an apparent robbery attempt caught on video outside a Lower Garden District bar in separate incidents Tuesday night, continuing the wave of bloodshed and violence across Uptown New Orleans since the weekend. Continue reading »

Feb 172011

Walker Hines

Walker Hines, who represents the Carrollton area in the state House of Representatives and recently switched to the Republican Party, could face current Secretary of State Tom Schedler or fellow Uptown resident Caroline Fayard in the Oct. 22 open primary, reports Bill Barrow of The Times-Picayune.

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