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 »

Aug 272013
 
A spray-painted welcome to President Bush on St. Claude Avenue on Aug. 29, 2006. (photo by jewel bush)

A spray-painted welcome to President Bush on St. Claude Avenue on Aug. 29, 2006. (photo by jewel bush)

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When President George W. Bush’s motorcade drove down St. Claude Avenue on August 29, 2006 — the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — there were many signs, like sentries, stationed along his route to Fats Domino’s house in the Ninth Ward, one stop on his itinerary of ceremonial rounds.

The messages, posted on signs lined along the neutral ground and on the actual storm-clobbered buildings, weren’t flattering greetings from the city’s welcome committee. The collective reverberation to the commander in chief’s obligatory pilgrimage to the place he neglected a year earlier was that of a shimmering rage, pithy and piercing in delivery.

One of the strongest indicators of this sentiment was a lop-sided, green Port-a-Potty positioned on the very edge of the neutral ground somewhere along St. Claude, a strategic locale sure to catch the eye of, if not, the president himself, someone in his party. Among protest notes scribbled in gold spray paint on all four sides of this freestanding structure, the standout read: “Reserved for Bush.”

Mr. President, welcome to New Orleans. Continue reading »

Aug 272013
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu fields questions during a 2012 community meeting about the city budget. (UptownMessenger.com file photo via WWL-TV)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu fields questions during a 2012 community meeting about the city budget. (UptownMessenger.com file photo via WWL-TV)

Joined by City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will host his final meeting on the coming year’s budget priorities for residents of District B at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at KIPP Central City Academy (2514 Third Street). Continue reading »

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Aug 262013
 

The remaining trees along Jefferson Avenue between South Claiborne and Danneel will be removed starting this week. (UptownMessenger.com file photo from April 2013)

The remaining trees along Jefferson Avenue between South Claiborne and Danneel will be removed starting this week. (UptownMessenger.com file photo from April 2013)

The trees remaining in the Jefferson Avenue neutral ground between South Claiborne Avenue and Danneel Street will be removed starting today (Monday, Aug. 26) in preparation for the installation of a major new underground drainage canal, authorities said. Continue reading »

Aug 262013
 

Owen Courreges

The official motto of the Landrieu Administration’s blight eradication efforts should probably be:  “We can’t do much, but we’ll do more of it!”

Case in point: A week ago, I read an Action Report from Bill Capo at WWL about a house in Central City that is nearly collapsing onto another.  An entire wall has become detached.  A couple of two-by-fours mounted between the homes is all that is preventing it from completely falling over. Continue reading »

Aug 262013
 

YNDIt is indeed that time of year again– back to school time!  Some of us view this time as a New Year in a way: a time to start again, with a clean slate. At Your Nutrition Delivered, we believe in starting anew with your health and nutrition at multiple points during the year.

There is never a bad time to get healthy! Here are five tips to jump start your health this school year:

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Aug 232013
 
D'Artanian Stovall's house on Upperline Street, where he is stripping and repainting one section at a time to avoid the ire of city inspectors. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

D’Artanian Stovall’s house on Upperline Street, where he is stripping and repainting one section at a time to avoid the ire of city inspectors. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Residents of the Freret neighborhood are banding together to help out two longtime homeowners, supporting one man in the struggle to keep the city from selling his home at sheriff’s auction and raising money with a fundraiser tonight to help repair another woman’s damaged roof. Continue reading »

Aug 222013
 
John Besh greets a neighbor of the his new Pizza Domenica restaurant proposed for 4933 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

John Besh greets a neighbor of the his new Pizza Domenica restaurant proposed for 4933 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Pizza Domenica is intended as a more casual, smaller-scale spinoff of the acclaimed Domenica restaurant downtown. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Pizza Domenica is intended as a more casual, smaller-scale spinoff of the acclaimed Domenica restaurant downtown. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors of celebrated New Orleans restaurateur John Besh’s proposed foray into Uptown got a literal taste of what’s to come Thursday night at an open house for the Pizza Domenica on Magazine Street. Continue reading »