Dec 242015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

While many of our readers are busy making their last minute holiday preparations, we always remember December 24th as the day that one of New Orleans’ greatest champions for the African-American community – Ernest N. Dutch Morial – died 26 years ago. Morial grew up in a highly segregated society where racism was pervasive and dedicated his life to bringing racial reform.

While critics often called Morial pompous, arrogant, vindictive, and ruthless, others viewed Dutch as a confident and decisive leader and civil rights trailblazer. The son of a seamstress and cigar maker who nicknamed his son “Dutch” because he resembled the boy on the label for Dutch Boy paints, Morial played an extremely significant role in improving the lives of African-Americans in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Dec 242015
 
NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel, center, discusses armed robberies at a September 2015 news conference surrounded by (from left) Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree, Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens and Chief Michael Harrison. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel, center, discusses armed robberies at a September 2015 news conference surrounded by (from left) Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree, Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens and Chief Michael Harrison. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy and Central City activist Barbara Lacen-Keller speak at a crime scene in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy and Central City activist Barbara Lacen-Keller speak at a crime scene in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Deputy Superintendent Bob Bardy is retiring from the New Orleans Police Department after a career spanning four decades, and Second District Commander Paul Noel has been promoted to the department’s second-in-command position in his place. Continue reading »

Dec 242015
 
The Aidan Gill For Men badger brush and shave set. (via aidangillformen.com)

The Aidan Gill For Men badger brush and shave set.

Still trying to find the perfect gift for a man with impeccable taste? Aidan Gill For Men has the answer, from the finest shaving products to be found to a wide variety of neckties, accessories, books and other items. Continue reading »

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Dec 232015
 
A still image from surveillance video in the robbery at Dryades and General Taylor. (via NOPD)

A still image from surveillance video in the robbery at Dryades and General Taylor. (via NOPD)

A business on Washington Avenue in Gert Town was robbed at gunpoint by a man seeking a check Tuesday afternoon, and two separate robberies were reported on Dryades Street and St. Charles Avenue later in the evening, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Dec 232015
 
oysterpatties

Oyster Patties (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

No culinary topic in New Orleans evokes quite the response that Oyster Patties do. The mention of the dish by New Orleanians causes instant sensory memory— “Ah, Oyster Patties!” They begin by telling you who in their family made them, how they were made, and over which particular holiday the Oyster Patty held sway. The conversation rapidly turns to family recipes. Next is the ubiquitous reminiscing over McKenzie’s Bakery. Then a pause, finally, when the idea dawns: “Hmmm, who’s still making the shells?” Happily, they are still available.

The New Orleans Oyster Patty tradition harkens back to Creole New Orleans. The origins of the French dish entered the New Orleans lexicon of cooking as far back as the 1840s. It was already a mainstay of Creole entertaining long before the turn of the century. Bouchées d’Huitres are documented in New Orleans’ cookbooks as early as 1922. Oyster Bouchées, Oyster Vol-Au-Vents, or as they have come to be known, Oyster Patties, continue to be a mainstay in New Orleans entertaining and holiday meals. Continue reading »

Dec 202015
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting in 2011 on Monroe Street just outside an elementary school while classes were in session. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Police investigate a fatal shooting in 2011 on Monroe Street just outside an elementary school while classes were in session. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

On a Thursday in late November, the entire indomitable city of New Orleans recoiled in shared horror at security video of a young medical student collapsed on the sidewalk just off Magazine Street, clutching his bleeding torso, as a hooded assailant stood over him with a gun aimed at his head. The film’s dreadful silence only amplified the menace as the gunman apparently tried to squeeze the trigger, twice, to finish off his already-incapacitated victim, giving up only when a mechanical mercy intervened and the gun refused to fire.

Two nights later, Bunny Friend park in the Ninth Ward — its almost comically benign name a memorial to a teen who died in an accident in the 1920s — became the scene of the city’s next headline-grabbing gun battle. A block party and planned music-video shoot were rent apart by a hail of gunfire, leaving 17 people wounded, and at least a half dozen people have been named as suspects as investigators try to piece together how the celebration turned to chaos.

The bloodshed continued the following weekend, when more young men’s lives would be claimed around some of the city’s most best-known places: 26-year-old Brandon Robinson killed on Bourbon Street, 19-year-old Richad Dowell on Canal Street and 19-year-old Devin Johnson near the newly opened Lafitte Greenway.

And yet, city officials continue to insist that the struggle against violent crime in New Orleans has made significant strides in recent years, and many measurements as well as newly-published academic studies back them up. But if things are getting better, why does the carnage still insist on making its way onto playgrounds, green spaces and tourist thoroughfares? If the violence is the work of a relatively small group of people, why are they so hard to stop? Continue reading »

Dec 182015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A woman returning to her Coliseum Street home Wednesday evening (Dec. 16) was attacked by three people wielding a stun gun and pepper spray after they asked for her help with car trouble, and a couple was robbed at gunpoint on Perrier Street on Thursday night, New Orleans police and authorities said. Continue reading »

Dec 182015
 
A construction worker guides a passing SUV across Prytania Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A construction worker guides a passing SUV across Prytania Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Property owners near the construction of major new drainage canals across Uptown New Orleans are asking a judge to intervene in the management of the project contracts, seeking an end to the interminable delays, they announced Friday morning. Continue reading »

Dec 172015
 
(via New Orleans Opera)

(via New Orleans Opera)

The annual Hansel & Gretel Children’s Opera, hosted by the Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera,will be a 45-minute costumed performance by the MetroPelican Opera. The event will take place Sunday, December 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Opera Guild Home, located at 2504 Prytania Street.

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