Feb 062011

Liz Money stands in the doorway of her home Thursday, where her belongings are still in disarray. After living though a home-invasion Sunday, Liz stopped staying at the house, and it was broken into again on Thursday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

On the floor of her shotgun home, her hands bound with a pair of her tights and a sweater wrapped around her head as a blindfold, the sassy, self-described computer geek known to much of New Orleans as “Liz Money” tried to keep calm and avoid making any sound that might aggravate the man ransacking her house, her mind teeming with rapid-fire questions as she struggled to figure out how to stay alive.

After turning her house and her life upside down in a search for a safe that she never had, the man left without harming her. But in the week since that traumatic evening, another home has been invaded under nearly identical circumstances, her own home has been broken into yet again, and the mystery has only deepened as to why she has become a target in what New Orleans police are calling someone else’s drug vendetta. Continue reading »

Feb 052011

Map of Sunday's second line route (Click to enlarge)

After being canceled last weekend because to rain, the Ladies and Men of Unity Fifth Year Anniversary Parade is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Rock Bottom Lounge on Tchoupitoulas.

Featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band, the second line will head up to Magazine Street, then Louisiana Avenue, St. Charles Avenue, loop through the corner of Central City, then follow Louisiana Avenue all the way back down to Tchoupitoulas.

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72 Hours: Warm Winter Weekend

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Feb 042011

Freret Market. ( Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Though the threat of rain has postponed Friday Night Fights by a week, better weather is expected for the rest of the weekend and plenty of choices remain, including the return of the monthly Freret Market, a second line down Magazine Street and an array of cultural offerings. Continue reading »

Feb 032011

The Uptowner, 438 Henry Clay Avenue (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans City Council delivered a unanimous message Thursday to the owners of the former Gabrielle restaurant: Please reopen your restaurant, but not on Uptown’s Henry Clay Avenue.

“There are many locations that would be appropriate,” said Councilwoman Susan Guidry, after a lengthy explanation of her reasons for opposing the Sonniers’ request to convert The Uptowner banquet hall into a revival of the Gabrielle. “I do not believe this is one.” Continue reading »

Feb 032011

Boundaries of the liquor-license moratorium proposed for the Riverbend area run roughly along Birch Street, Broadway Avenue, along Audubon Park and the Mississippi River.

Two Uptown restaurants seeking liquor licenses – and a modified ban on new alcohol permits in the Carrollton area – will come before the New Orleans City Council at its 3 p.m. meeting today, as will the proposed Gabrielle restaurant.

Cowbell on Oak Street and Ignatius on Magazine Street both have the recommendation of the City Planning Commission for permission to sell alcohol, while the Gabrielle was denied its recommendation to convert the Uptowner banquet hall on Henry Clay Avenue into a full-time restaurant.

Meanwhile, the city council is also considering modifying its general ban on new liquor licenses in the neighborhoods around Riverbend area. Continue reading »

Feb 032011

Properties around the Freret business corridor are shown on this screenshot from Whodata.org.

Whodata.org classifies property in Freret, Milan, Central City and Gentilly Terrace based on its occupancy and condition on an interactive map. A collaboration between the University of New Orleans and Neighborhood Housing Services, the site is expected to include more neighborhoods as it develops. (Via nola.com)

Feb 022011

Two Uptown New Orleans homes were broken into this week by men who tied up the women inside and then ransacked the home in cases that police say share so many similarities that they are almost certainly related.

In separate cases, police have also seen a rash of gun violence in the Leonidas area and captured a man they say stole a stack of computers from a Freret Street nonprofit, officers and investigators said Wednesday at the weekly meeting of the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District. Continue reading »

Feb 022011

Round card girl Katie Budge holds up a card before walking on the ring at Freret Street Gym's Friday Night Fights. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Freret Street Boxing Gym will be holding Friday Night Fights winter wonderland show, featuring Frosty the Snowman,  Friday, February 11, 2010. The fights moved from February 4, 2011 due to concerns about the weather.  The outdoor fight, sanctioned by USA Amateur Boxing, includes boxing, live entertainment and ring girls.

Feb 012011

Greg Sonnier of The Gabrielle restaurant addresses the Audubon-Riverside neighborhood about his desire to reopen his restaurant on Henry Clay Avenue. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The owner of the Gabrielle restaurant found sympathy but not support Tuesday night, as the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association decided against supporting his plans to reopen his restaurant in the Uptowner banquet hall on Henry Clay Avenue.

Just as soon as that issue was decided, another emerged – a series of requests by Whole Foods to alter their land-use agreement with the city that many said was the impetus for the creation of ARNA years ago. Continue reading »

Feb 012011

NOPD officers gather at State Street Drive and Walmsley Avenue in the Fontainebleau neighborhood for an anti-crime march in late September. The area is now considering hiring off-duty or private officers to increase security. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A neighborhood association that stretches from some of Uptown’s most placid blocks to some that have suffered through open warfare between criminals and police is now exploring the idea of increasing its police presence with off-duty officers.

The Claiborne-University Neighborhood Association held a sort of fact-finding session Thursday night about fee-based security districts, the first in what association president Scott Barron said would be a series of meetings informing residents about the concept. Continue reading »

Feb 012011

Jerome White of Lusher Charter School restyles pop hits into homemade videos praising algebraic formulas and designed an internationally-acclaimed equation to model parallel parking, according to a profile by Cindy Chang of The Times-Picayune.

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Feb 012011

Freret Street Boxing Gym will be holding Friday Night Fights winter wonderland show, featuring Frosty the Snowman, this Friday, February 4, 2010.  The outdoor fight, sanctioned by USA Amateur Boxing, includes boxing, live entertainment and ring girls.

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Jan 312011

NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas speaks at a forum on crime at Touro Synagogue in mid-January.

The greatest weapon the New Orleans Police Department has in the fight against crime is civic engagement and neighborhood organization, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told a group of young professionals Monday evening.

“When you use your neighborhood and expect behavior of yourself and others, criminals will find somewhere else to go,” Serpas said at a forum hosted by EngageNOLA, a young professionals’ organization. “When you blink, they win. If you don’t blink, they will find someplace else to go.” Continue reading »

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