May 142015
 
Tall tarps line both sides of Prytania Street, seen from Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction closes Prytania Street at Nashville Avenue, photographed in February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A group of Uptown property owners — three families to start, but expected to number in the hundreds as the case grows — filed suit this week against the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, seeking compensation for damage to their homes from proximity to the installation of major new drainage canals along some of Uptown’s largest thoroughfares, their attorney said. Continue reading »

May 142015
 
Billy Nungesser speaks at the Lafourche Republican Women's Meet and Greet. (photo via facebook.com/BillyNungesserPage on April 28)

Billy Nungesser speaks at the Lafourche Republican Women’s Meet and Greet. (photo via facebook.com/BillyNungesserPage on April 28)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Whether someone is a Democrat or a Republican, it’s hard not to admire former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. If New Orleanian are asked the names of natural leaders who were on the scene fighting to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina or to punch back after the BP oil spill, Nungesser’s name almost always comes up. The national media often flocked to this unabashedly outspoken but folksy businessman because of his obvious love for the region and his insistence that Louisiana deserves better. Continue reading »

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May 132015
 
A rendering of proposed early-childhood buildings in the 900 block of General Pershing.  (Rendering by Waggoner & Ball architects, via nola.gov)

A rendering of proposed St. George’s Episcopal School early-childhood buildings in the 900 block of General Pershing. (Rendering by Waggoner & Ball architects, via nola.gov)

The Louise S. McGehee School's future Mathilde Hall at 2318 St. Charles Avenue. (via the McGehee school)

The Louise S. McGehee School’s future Mathilde Hall at 2318 St. Charles Avenue. (via the McGehee school)

Two Uptown private schools — St. George’s Episcopal School on Napoleon Avenue and Louise S. McGehee School on St. Charles Avenue — both received approval Tuesday afternoon from city planners to expand their campuses, though the St. George’s request may involve the demolition of a shotgun house on General Pershing Street. Continue reading »

May 132015
 
A screenshot from Fantasy Forest Story, one of the many pay-as-you go mobile apps that can allow children to spend thousands of dollars on unsuspecting parents' credit cards. (via apple.com)

A screenshot from Fantasy Forest Story, one of the many pay-as-you go mobile apps that can allow children to spend thousands of dollars on unsuspecting parents’ credit cards. (via apple.com)

Wendy Romero

Wendy Romero

By Wendy Romero

Earlier this month, as I was preparing for my son’s 9th birthday party, I allowed him to play on the iPad.  Because I was busy, I allowed him to play on it longer than his usual allotted time.  I think most parents are guilty of that from time to time.

He was sitting on the living room sofa, in plain view — I am definitely an advocate for kids’ bedrooms as technology-free zones, for safety reasons and also to keep it a restful, peaceful place. Anyway, during this time, right in front of me, my son charged $3,800 worth of in-app purchases to our debit card! Continue reading »

May 132015
 
18th/19th century Georgian walnut bow front chest with brush drawer

18th/19th century Georgian walnut bow front chest with brush drawer

Estates from Metairie and New Orleans plus a container from Europe

Come join us at The London Shop for our Magazine Street Antiques Fair May 15th-17th! We will have items from Estates in New Orleans and Metairie. We also have a container full of beautiful European antiques that just arrived! Wholesale Prices!

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May 122015
 
(images via NOPD)

(images via NOPD)

New Orleans police have released images of a man who alleged robbed a victim at gunpoint Monday afternoon– forcing him into his home and then driving off in his car — on Freret Street in the university area, authorities said. Continue reading »

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May 122015
 

In 2015, people typically spend more time on their computers than in their beds. So if your computer is broken, it is priority #1 to get it fixed as soon as possible, and preferably affordably too.

wisp-computer

That’s where we come in. At Wisp, we love technology. We’re 4 co-owners, tinkerers, and fixers who are all about keeping your PC or Mac in tip-top shape. Continue reading »

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May 112015
 
The Super Discount Gas station at South Claiborne and Washington in June 2014 (via Google maps)

The Super Discount Gas station at South Claiborne and Washington in June 2014 (via Google maps)

The owner of a gas station on South Claiborne Avenue has received initial approval to tear down the convenience store and cluster of shops attached to it and rebuild the entire business. Continue reading »

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May 112015
 

salire-bootcampWorking out alone and with the same machines every other day is boring and causes a lack of motivation. Without change in the routine, you become stagnant and your goals get further and further away from you. At Salire Fitness on Magazine Street, we understand that not everyone likes gyms or has an interest in doing the same fitness exercises day in and day out. That is why we have developed one the highest rated group fitness training classes in the city. Our NOLA Boot Camp is perfect for people of all fitness levels because we use multiple, proven methods of stimulating your muscles and your interest! It is also perfect for those who love to get out in the great Outdoors and the beauty of City Park.

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May 082015
 
The intersection of Freret and Jefferson -- photographed Tuesday, May 5 -- is currently scheduled to reopen May 15, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The intersection of Freret and Jefferson — photographed Tuesday, May 5 — is currently scheduled to reopen May 15, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

While navigating Uptown New Orleans is likely to remain challenging — to put it charitably — until the final major drainage projects finishes in 2018, one important thoroughfare will soon become a viable option again as Freret Street begins to reopen on both ends of its commercial corridor in the coming weeks. Continue reading »

May 072015
 
State Sen. J.P. Morrell (left) and state Reps. Helena Moreno and Walt Leger are introduced Thursday night at Publiq House for a Politics and Cocktails event and legislative briefing. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

State Sen. J.P. Morrell (left) and state Reps. Helena Moreno and Walt Leger are introduced Thursday night at Publiq House for a Politics and Cocktails event and legislative briefing. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The $664 million that the state House of Representatives dedicated Thursday toward higher education in Louisiana is both a major accomplishment in its own right, a trio of state lawmakers from New Orleans said — and yet still only a start toward preserving the state’s most essential services amid a major budget deficit.

“There are holes in the budget that need to be filled,” said state Rep. Walt Leger. “We made major steps in the right direction today, we’ve got a long way to go.” Continue reading »

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