Aug 152015
 
NOPD Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree speaks to a resident on Harmony Street after the nearby discovery of  a car believed to be stolen in a robbery. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree speaks to a resident on Harmony Street after the nearby discovery of a car believed to be stolen in a robbery. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

By MATT SLEDGE | The New Orleans Advocate

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

For more than a week, authorities say, Larry Vail outran the New Orleans Police Department, taking part in a string of Uptown armed robberies.

But Vail’s luck ran out Thursday night, minutes after he took part in two more stickups and then bailed out of a Honda CR-V, police said. Continue reading »

Aug 142015
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and property owner Ruppert Kohlmeier (seated, front row) listen to a question from the audience at the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and property owner Ruppert Kohlmeier (seated, front row) listen to a question from the audience at the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Just when the Irish Channel had come to accept that the little plot of land on Constance Street just off Magazine is not a park, on Tuesday — through the most tortured machinations of New Orleans bureaucracy — it became a park.

Of course, the little patch of ground is still not really a park. But what it will become after it stops being not-a-park remains stubbornly unclear, leading to a heated discussion Thursday night among the property owner, the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association and City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. Continue reading »

Aug 132015
 
A NOPD patrol officer confers with a detective on Joseph near Prytania following an armed robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD patrol officer confers with a detective on Joseph near Prytania following an armed robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two separate robberies were reported within minutes of one another Thursday night a few blocks apart on Prytania Street and St. Charles Avenue, followed by a third case hours later on Willow Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Aug 132015
 

New Orleans Police are looking for a ‘person of interest’ recorded on surveillance video to interview about the armed robbery two weeks ago of the Crescent City Pharmacy on Simon Bolivar Street in Central City, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Aug 132015
 

VFW final 2015 Vista Print

The New Orleans VFW is holding both a patron party at Grits Bar and a fundraiser event at F & M’s this Saturday, August 15. Both venues will feature special food, drink, and a silent auction. All proceeds go towards the VFW’s veterans’ outreach projects and its capital campaign. Continue reading »

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Aug 132015
 
Ballet students rehearse in a studio in the Lyons Center on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ballet students rehearse in a studio in the Lyons Center on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans Ballet Association, in partnership with NORDC, is leading free and ongoing tai chi, yoga, and dance classes at the Lyons Center through May 2016.  Continue reading »

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Aug 132015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s no secret to political insiders that State Treasurer John Kennedy has his eyes set on David Vitter’s U.S. Senate seat if Vitter is elected governor. Vitter would be in a unique position to recommend his successor and could easily select Louisiana’s popular Republican State Treasurer. Kennedy is now running a television commercial that depicts himself as a statesman worthy of voters’ support. Kennedy is also starting to be a stand-in for Vitter, defending the U.S. Senator on several tough issues. We should all expect more of that coziness as the campaign continues. Continue reading »

Aug 132015
 

Police investigate the crash of a vehicle Wednesday on St. Charles Avenue, following a police chase after it was taken in a carjacking in Mid-City. (photo via our partners at WWL; click image for full photo gallery)

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Police investigate the crash of a vehicle Wednesday on St. Charles Avenue, following a police chase after it was taken in a carjacking in Mid-City. (photo via our partners at WWL; click image for full photo gallery)[/caption]

After a woman was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday evening near the Fairgrounds, New Orleans police chased the teens inside her vehicle until they crashed on St. Charles Avenue, where they were arrested, authorities said. Continue reading »

Aug 122015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A woman in her early 20s was beaten with a gun Tuesday night in an armed robbery on Audubon Boulevard, New Orleans police said, following a weekend spree of four robberies across a wide swath of the Carrollton-university area detectives believe to be the work of a single suspect. Continue reading »

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Aug 112015
 
Alba Sanabria and Rolando Zelaya work at the Las Acacias corner store in March 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Alba Sanabria and Rolando Zelaya work at the Las Acacias corner store in March 2011.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

For the second time in its nearly seven years on Freret Street, the Las Acacias corner store is embroiled in a heated debate over its alcohol sales, drawing sharp opinions from neighbors on both sides of the question. Continue reading »

Aug 112015
 
A rendering by Garrity Accardo architects of the redevelopment along Freret near Cadiz. (via nola.gov)

A rendering by Garrity Accardo architects of the redevelopment along Freret near Cadiz. (via nola.gov)

One of the first announced tenants of the new development replacing the former Frank’s Steakhouse on Freret Street will be Bar Frances, a wine bar planned by the owner of classic French Quarter restaurant Tujague’s and more recently the Garden District wine shop Bin 428. Continue reading »

Aug 112015
 

When a hoarder’s property becomes overwhelming, it is quite a task to clean. All the junk that is saved needs to be properly disposed of, and the property cleaned and disinfected. At RestorePros Remediation Services, we understand that, and we know it can be accomplished! That is why we offer hoarding cleanup services and other remediation services that show results and help you achieve your goals. When it comes to cleaning your property, RestorePros Remediation is at your service.

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Aug 102015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Housing costs have been rising to unsustainable levels in New Orleans as the market struggles to increase supply to satisfy the demand. Alas, not everyone is sanguine about the ways in which demand is being met.

First, there is infill development, i.e., building housing on vacant lots in existing neighborhoods. However, in the most popular New Orleans neighborhoods, opportunities for development are scarce and developers are starting to build on smaller, irregular lots. Continue reading »

Aug 102015
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Uptown residents were robbed at gunpoint of their belongings and in one case a vehicle in four separate incidents Saturday and Sunday on Walmsley Avenue in Fontainebleau, on Cherokee and Adams streets in Carrollton, and on Laurel Street in the Audubon area, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Aug 092015
 
(Some of the "Art by Committee" Murals to be exhibited in "The People's Murals," via Creative Alliance of New Orleans)

Some of the “Art by Committee” Murals to be exhibited in “The People’s Murals” (via Creative Alliance of New Orleans)

The Creative Alliance of New Orleans and Alembic Community Development will be opening a new exhibition titled “The People’s Murals,” at the Myrtle Banks Building in Central City Saturday, August 15 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “The People’s Murals,” is a massive exhibition of murals worked on by hundreds of community members, and the opening event will include featured artists and citizens who worked on the murals, as well as light refreshments and food. Continue reading »

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Aug 072015
 
Davie Shoring pulls the first half of the house at 921 General Pershing onto Magazine Street to its destination in Central City. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Davie Shoring pulls the first half of the house at 921 General Pershing onto Magazine Street to its destination in Mid City. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A home on General Pershing Street previously slated for demolition to make way for the expansion of St. George’s Episcopal School is instead being moved to Mid-City, where it will be rehabilitated and sold to a teacher. Continue reading »