Aug 312013
 

The Krewe of OAK rolls in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Krewe of OAK rolls in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Krewe of O.A.K. — Outrageous And Kinky — rolls tonight at 7:30 p.m. from the Maple Leaf bar for its annual Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Parade. This year’s theme is “OAKtopussy Riot:a Tribute to James Bondage” and costumes are encouraged, but organizers strongly request that no toy guns of any kind be brought.

The parade will march from the Maple Leaf bar to Palmer Park and back.

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Aug 302013
 
Parents of Londyn Samuels Keion Reed and Andrea Samuels hold each other at the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Parents of Londyn Samuels Keion Reed and Andrea Samuels hold each other at the vigil.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The day after a 1-year-old was shot to death in her babysitter’s arms on Saratoga Street sent a cascade of strong emotions coursing through Central City.

At dawn, neighbors awoke to an armed standoff at a Central City home involved in the investigation. The day progressed with an intense burst of grief from the child’s parents and their supporters at Cafe Reconcile, followed by an angry denunciation from city leaders for the lack of information in the case, and ended at dusk with a vigil mourning the slain child.

“She was my world,” said her father, 20-year-old Keion Reed, in a brief public address Friday afternoon. “She was my everything. She was my reason for getting up in the morning.” Continue reading »

Aug 302013
 
Fat Harry's kitchen manager Jean-Paul Martin prepares a sandwich on Friday afternoon, the first lunch served in the bar since it was destroyed by fire after Hurricane Isaac. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Fat Harry’s kitchen manager Jean-Paul Martin prepares a sandwich on Friday afternoon, the first lunch served in the bar since it was destroyed by fire after Hurricane Isaac. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Patrons line the bar for a Fat Harry's lunch on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Patrons line the bar for a Fat Harry’s lunch on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

It has taken a year — 362 days, to be exact, since a devastating fire following Hurricane Isaac — but landmark St. Charles Avenue bar Fat Harry’s reopened its kitchen Friday in preparation for a grand reopening party on Sunday. Continue reading »

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Aug 302013
 

“Though road construction and rush-hour bottlenecks continue on Carrollton Avenue less than a month before Costco plans to open its doors, the city says the streets will be ready for the wholesale retailer’s grand opening,” reports Marta Jewson of MidCityMessenger.com. The opening date is Sept. 21, less than a month away.

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Aug 292013
 
Police officers and detectives fill South Saratoga Street as they investigate the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers and detectives fill South Saratoga Street as they investigate the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas confers with Lt. Frank Young and Commander Bob Bardy at the murder scene. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas confers with Lt. Frank Young and Commander Bob Bardy at the murder scene. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For the fourth time in as many years, a young child in Central City was gunned down Thursday evening for no reason other than the simple misfortune of being there when the shooting started.

“This is indescribable,” said Barbara Lacen-Keller, a longtime Central City activist. “There’s no way you could make a reason out of this. I know the Bible says to forgive, but, I don’t know… “ Continue reading »

Aug 282013
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses District B residents about the city's budget Wednesday evening at KIPP Central City Academy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses District B residents about the city’s budget Wednesday evening at KIPP Central City Academy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new Second District police station — meant to replace the crumbling century-old building on Magazine Street — will be in Gert Town, likely in combination with a new Gert Town pool and possibly other facilities, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials said Wednesday evening.

“I think it will be a big shot in the arm for Gert Town,” said Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant. Continue reading »

Aug 282013
 
Signs on Freret Street at Marengo show that traffic is one-way in the downtown direction as road repaving begins. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Signs on Freret Street at Marengo show that traffic is one-way in the downtown direction as road repaving begins. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the repaving of Broadway and Leonidas streets now at “substantial completion,” the section of Freret Street in the Milan neighborhood from Louisiana to Napoleon has become one-way as the repaving project begins there, officials said. Continue reading »

Aug 282013
 
Surveillance photo from an Aug. 18 shoplifting in the 3300 block of Magazine Street. (image via NOPD)

Surveillance photo from an Aug. 18 shoplifting in the 3300 block of Magazine Street. (image via NOPD)

American Apparel on Magazine Street was the target of shoplifters on two different occasions last week, but photos of the suspects were captured on surveillance cameras each time, and New Orleans police are seeking the public’s help in identifying them. Continue reading »

Aug 282013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

With the annual replenishment of the Crescent City’s back to school population each August (read: freshmen, grad / med / law students, and transfers), my ears perk up over the newer voices one encounters and how they finesse our local vocab.  My audio focal point will forever be the new crop of WTUL deejays who unmistakably take the crown for what I can only describe as interpretive “annunciation.”  Between the butchering of street names, there are always the local musicians’ monikers that invariably twist tongues.  I mean, is Torkanowsky really that hard to correctly pronounce?  Le sigh.  Let’s go over a few basics on the rue tip: Continue reading »

Aug 272013
 
An officer detains a man near the scene of a fatal shooting Tuesday evening in the 400 block of Felicity Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An officer detains a man near the scene of a fatal shooting Tuesday evening in the 400 block of Felicity Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

One man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting Tuesday evening on a short, busy stretch of Felicity Street next to the parking lots around the Walmart shopping center off Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Aug 272013
 

A plastic go-cup from Domenica restaurant. (UptownMessenger.com)

A plastic go-cup from Domenica restaurant. (UptownMessenger.com)

Pizza Domenica, the proposed expansion of Chef John Besh’s popular downtown pizza restaurant onto Magazine Street Uptown, will head to the City Council without a recommendation from the City Planning Commission, after a split vote by commissioners Tuesday afternoon.

Any observer might be forgiven for assuming that Pizza Domenica’s plans were scuttled by their request to allow patrons to take their drinks out the door in a plastic cup to-go. After all, go cups dominated Tuesday’s discussion of the restaurant, just as they have the New Orleans media scene in the two weeks since go-cup rights activists began warning of a looming “go-cup battle” out of City Council.

But the commissioners who voted against Pizza Domenica on Tuesday said afterward that, surprising as it sounds, the go-cup issue was not even a factor in their decision. Continue reading »