Aug 242010

Monique Robinson and Anne Reily purchase produce from Gay Redler at the Uptown Farmers Market, August 24, 2010

With its fresh vegetables and baked goods undisturbed by the bureaucratic shuffle, the Crescent City Farmers Market was open and bustling at its Uptown location Tuesday morning after filing newly requested city permit paperwork, much to the relief of vendors who say who say any interruption would be a disaster.

After the New Orleans Fire Department gave the 15-year-old market a two-week deadline to begin filing for special-events permits, market organizers submitted all the paperwork as the city had requested, said Emery Van Hook, director of markets for, the nonprofit organization that runs the Uptown market and two others around the city each week. Organizers had previously estimated the city’s permitting fees would cost $10,000 annually, but Van Hook said the market has requested the city waive those fees. Continue reading »

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Aug 242010

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for an Uptown resident missing since late last week.

Yusef Aziz Ahmed, 25, went to get something out of his car in the driveway of his apartment in the 1100 block of Peniston Street about 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, but then drove away, his roommate told police. The roommate was unable to reach him by phone, and Ahmed has not been seen since, police said.

Ahmed (also known as Yusef Aziz White) is described as an African-American male, approximately 170-180 pounds and 5’10” tall, with black hair and brown eyes. He may driving a silver 2002 Chevy Malibu with a Virginia license plate.

Anyone with any information about Ahmed’s whereabouts is urged to contact NOPD headquarters at 821-8222, or the Second District at 658-6020.

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Aug 232010

The New Orleans Police Department Sixth District community walk this month will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Guste Homes Development at Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Liberty Street.

For information, call Sgt. Yolanda Jenkins or Officer John Favaloro at 658-6060.

The Second District’s crime walk will also take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Louisiana Avenue Parkway.

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Aug 182010

As the remnants of Tropical Depression 5 brought more rain to New Orleans, FOX 8 returned to the scene of last week’s flooding in the Uptown and brought the cavalry with them.

The city Department of Public Works showed up on Neron Place to demonstrate just how badly the drains are clogged:

The department’s number is 658-1851. FOX 8 later revisited the issue to describe the backlog of similar requests and shortage of employees to meet them.

Meanwhile, WGNO offers a list from the city of streets that frequently flood.

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Aug 172010

The current operator of Parasol’s will open a new bar called Tracey’s on Sept. 2 at 2604 Magazine St., the current location of the Irish Garden bar, while the longtime owner of Parasol’s has a new tenant in mind who he says will take it back to its sandwich-shop roots.

Meanwhile, New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co. will open its seventh location – which will include a full bar plus coffee and beignet shop – in November at the current site of Cannon’s, 4141 St. Charles Ave. No word yet on Cannon’s plans, other than “moving out.”

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Aug 162010

After flooding many Uptown streets late last week, the rainy remains of Tropical Depression Five have looped back into the Gulf of Mexico and are regaining strength for another run through New Orleans.

Today’s “oppressive heat” should give way to thunderstorms by late afternoon, and a flash flood watch goes into effect starting at 7 p.m. The storm could reorganize into a full tropical system on the way, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Aug 162010

“Restaurants owned by former waiters are much more fun and delicious than those run by chefs,” Tom Fitzmorris says of the Annunciation Street restaurant, noting its “passionate local following.” Clancy’s stands out among neighborhood haunts.

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Aug 142010

The Crescent City Farmers Market, which operates weekly in the Uptown as well as downtown and Mid-City, tells that the New Orleans Fire Department’s recent request for weekly permits for each of its tents would amount to 600 applications yearly at a cost of $10,000.

The fire department has given the farmers market until the end of next week before they will face fines or closure. Market organizers told Masako Hirsch of The Times-Picayune they are “optimistic” they can get an exemption and city officials also said they are working toward a solution.