Dec 102010
 

Attend a Christmas bash, catch up on shopping at the market, or belt out Handel’s Messiah — there’s no shortage of options to get into the holiday spirit this weekend. See below for a snapshot of what’s going on Uptown.

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Dec 102010
 

A new restaurant called Cowbell planned for the far Uptown end of Oak Street is nearing an agreement with its neighbors to be able to serve alcohol, despite a city moratorium on new liquor licenses in the area.

The Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association generally supports allowing Cowbell to serve drinks, if the restaurant’s owners will sign and abide by a good-neighbor agreement, said association president Jerry Speir at a Thursday night meeting. Continue reading »

Dec 092010
 

Kara Morgan, President of the Irish Channel, smiles while wearing a Saints-emblazoned Saints hat at the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association Christmas party at Tracey's Thursday evening. "We decided to have it at Tracey's to bring a more diverse crowd and because you can bring kids here," said Morgan. "We hope to pick up new members that haven't heard of the Neighborhood Association." The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association collected toys at the Christmas Party for Christmas in the Sixth, a toy drive by the NOPD Sixth District. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 092010
 

The five-member board of the Hurstville Neighborhood Improvement District filled two vacancies at its annual meeting Thursday night.

Marshall Page and Dennis Brady will replace outgoing members Arthur Huguley and Emily Arata, based on the unanimous vote of the members present. Remaining on the board will be president Louis Gertler, Bridget Bories and Mary Margaret Gorman.

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Dec 092010
 

A new dining phenomenon and a new interior-design store, both on the lower end of Magazine Street, are profiled in separate online publications this week.

MV Burger, the once-a-week hamburger experiment at Slim Goodies diner, gets a rave review at iheartnola.com, while Modern Market also receives high praise from Valerie Hart, the Visual Vamp at GoNOLA.com.

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Dec 082010
 

[Editor’s note: The following letter was sent by Greg Sonnier, owner of The Uptowner, to the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association after that group decided to withhold their support for his restaurant Tuesday night. Sonnier also sent a copy of the letter to UptownMessenger.com as a comment on the original story, and it has been reprinted here in full.]

Dear ARNA,

I was notified by a reporter from the UptownMessenger.com of the ARNA meeting where our application request for Gabrielle restaurant at 438 Henry Clay Ave was brought up. I apologize for not being able to attend but would like to take the time to address my request for the zoning change from non-conforming use to a restaurant (table service).

I think it best to summarize our predicament for you from the beginning in order to present the facts. Continue reading »

Dec 082010
 

An aspiring chef was stabbed just off Prytania and a bank manager was robbed in his car while driving through Fontainebleau in a wave of seemingly unconnected muggings around Uptown New Orleans over the last week, police said Wednesday.

Investigators have made arrests in several cases and have developed suspects in several others, but with no single underlying cause or pattern, the holdups are difficult to prevent, authorities said. Meanwhile, a rash of car break-ins have been reported all around Uptown, investigators said. Continue reading »

Dec 082010
 

The Uptowner, 438 Henry Clay

Amid unanswered questions about the plan for the proposed Gabrielle Restaurant on Henry Clay Avenue, the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association decided Tuesday evening to withhold its support as the project heads to a crucial city planning commission meeting next week.

The owner of the restaurant, Greg Sonnier, said upon hearing of the association’s decision that he has been primarily focused on preparing for the Dec. 14 hearing before the City Planning Commission, and that he had hoped to work with the neighborhood association later in the process. Continue reading »

Dec 062010
 

Two yoga studios have just opened on the quickly-growing Freret Street commercial corridor, and four new restaurants are on the horizon, area business leaders said Monday.

“This is one of the few areas in New Orleans where every time I drive by, there’s a new sign hanging on a door,” observed Jon Atkinson, a small-business consultent with SeedCo Financial attending the quarterly meeting of the Freret Business and Property Owners Association. Continue reading »

Dec 062010
 

[The following letter to the editor was written by Tim Garrett, administrator of NOLAhoods.com]

I would like to propose some changes to the way New Orleans Police Department uses NOLAReady.info to disseminate information. Currently, the volume of email being generated through NOPD’s 12 “channels” – representing eight Districts along with four administrative offices – is so enormous that it overwhelms readers’ in-boxes. In fact, since it first began using the City’s NOLAReady service in mid-August, NOPD traffic has been several times that of all the other channels (for example, weather advisories, Amber Alerts and boil water orders) combined! Continue reading »

Dec 052010
 

Pat Orlando (left), Ralph Dicosola and Marc Bellony celebrate after a touchdown during the first quarter of the Saints vs. Bengals game at Carrollton Station Sunday afternoon. The Saints won the game 34-30. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 052010
 

Art lovers had much to celebrate Saturday night, with the opening of exhibitions tied to PhotoNOLA and to Prospect 1.5 along Magazine Street Uptown.

PhotoNOLA, now in its fifth year, is an annual celebration of photography coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance that features exhibitions and events during the first two weeks in December. Prospect 1.5, a series of exhibitions that grew out of the Prospect.1 exhibition in 2008, will run until the middle of February.

Attendees look at "Cosmic Territory" a Cibachrome print by Christy Speakman at The Machine in the Garden at Octavia Gallery Saturday evening. The opening was part of Prospect 1.5 New Orleans, a fifteen-week program of exhibitions, symposiums, and public events taking place November, 6, 2010 through February 19, 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)


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