Jun 052014
 

The former Augustine Middle School in Mid-City. (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com)

Officials from the International School of Louisiana toured the vacant former Augustine Middle School building on Broad Street in Mid-City on Wednesday as they “weigh options” for a larger campus, according to a report by Della Hasselle of MidCityMessenger.com. The school’s Camp Street campus is too small for the growing student population, and school officials have been looking for new alternatives — though facilities director Aviva Le told Mid-City Messenger that the challenges of a renovation at Augustine would be “humongous.”

Click here to read the full report at MidCityMessenger.com.

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Jun 052014
 
Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cody Williams (via opcso.org)

Cody Williams (via opcso.org)

U.S. Marshals have arrested a man in connection with a March shooting on South Saratoga Street that left two women dead and another man wounded, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jun 032014
 
Employees clean up after what they called a "minor" fire Tuesday afternoon inside a wall at Vincent's Italian Cuisine on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Employees clean up after what they called a “minor” fire Tuesday afternoon inside a wall at Vincent’s Italian Cuisine on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A small fire Tuesday afternoon was expected to close Vincent’s Italian Cuisine on St. Charles Avenue for the evening, but the damage was “minor” and employees hoped to see the restaurant reopen for dinner Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Jun 032014
 
820 General Pershing Street, photographed in December 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

820 General Pershing Street, photographed in December 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The proposed demolition of a century-old home on General Pershing just off Magazine — a point of contention for years between owners who want to tear it down and neighbors who want to see it renovated — was rejected again Monday afternoon for the third time in less than two years. Continue reading »

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Jun 032014
 

Three Uptown swimming pools — at the Lyons Center in the Irish Channel, the Harrell Center in west Carrollton and A.L. Davis Park in Central City — opened for the summer on Monday and will remain open to the public until August, according to a report by Alicia Serrano at MidCityMessenger.com. Continue reading »

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Jun 032014
 

historyofpokerheaderThe following infographic created by Full Tilt Poker depicts the history of poker from its origins to online poker today. Since it’s beginning, poker has greatly changed and evolved. The game may have developed over the hundreds of years it has existed, but aspects like the use of ranking cards and psychological strategy have always existed.

During the 1800s,  poker found its place in New Orleans. By the time New Orleans became part of the United States in 1835, the French game pogue had transformed into poker. From New Orleans, poker continued its journey along the Mississippi River and spread to the rest of the USA. Continue reading »

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Jun 022014
 
The corner of Freret and Cadiz, showing the row of large commercial buildings owned by the Barreca family. The brick buildings to the right are slated for demolition; the white building on the left will be preserved. (UptownMessenger.com file photo dated March 21, 2012)

The corner of Freret and Cadiz, showing the row of large commercial buildings owned by the Barreca family. The brick buildings to the right are slated for demolition; the white building on the left will be preserved. (UptownMessenger.com file photo dated March 21, 2012)

Arnold Kirschman holds a painting of his plan for the buildings in the 4500 block of Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Arnold Kirschman holds a painting of his plan for the buildings in the 4500 block of Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The blighted former Frank’s steak house on Freret Street can be demolished to make way for new development once it is sold to its new owners, a panel of New Orleans city officials ruled on Monday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jun 022014
 
Rendering of the new Krystal burger restaurant planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (Rendering by Mouton Long Turner Architects)

Rendering of the new Krystal burger restaurant planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (Rendering by Mouton Long Turner Architects)

A new Krystal Burger restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue received unanimous New Orleans City Council approval last week, the first in plans for a wave of a dozen or more new locations around the area. Continue reading »

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Jun 022014
 
(photo by Owen Courreges)

(photo by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courreges

Every now and again I drive past the intersection of Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley in Central City. There, in the neutral ground, stands a statue that can only be described as a Lovecraftian horror. The ten-foot tall egg-shaped grotesque features several sets of hands with misshapen, distended fingers reaching out in bizarre fashion.

It’s a wonderfully disturbing statue, something straight out of movie “Beetlejuice.” Alas, there is no plaque on the statue, or other indication of what this nightmarish form was intended for. It simply appears to be a bit of random art with no specific purpose. Continue reading »

Jun 022014
 
Tulane President Scott Cowen speaks about the university's proposed stadium at City Hall in June 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Tulane President Scott Cowen speaks about the university’s proposed stadium at City Hall in June 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Tulane president Scott Cowen will discuss the impact that volunteerism has had on both his tenure at the university and New Orleans as a whole this evening (Monday, June 2) before the Junior League of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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May 302014
 
Commander Frank Young receives his promotion from NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas on Friday morning. (photo courtesy of NOPD Sgt. Walter Powers)

NOPD Commander Frank Young (left) receives his promotion from Superintendent Ronal Serpas on Friday morning. (photo courtesy of NOPD Sgt. Walter Powers)

The lieutenant who has led the investigations into a number of major Uptown crimes over the past two years was promoted Friday morning to take charge of the citywide anti-gang investigations, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »