Aug 012016
 
A visitor to Terpsichore Street poses with the mysterious new Pikachu statue on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A visitor to Terpsichore Street poses with the mysterious new Pikachu statue on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lower Garden District stands out among New Orleans neighborhoods for its elegant parks and statuary, such as the elegant fountain at Coliseum Square, the historic Margaret Haughery statute dedicated to the “Mother of Orphans,” the classical “Birth of a Muse” … and now, Pikachu. Continue reading »

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Aug 012016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Oscar Wilde once called experience “the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” In this sense, it is very useful to discuss Austin’s “experience” in building commuter rail. You see, commuter rail was originally envisioned as a remedy for congestion and an environmental boon, a sound investment in transportation infrastructure.

Instead, it turned out to be a cautionary tale, one New Orleans would best heed. Continue reading »

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Jul 312016
 
Sisira Holbrook, first in line for the midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," smiles in anticipation as Octavia employee James Wilson hands her a copy of the book. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sisira Holbrook, first in line for the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” smiles in anticipation as Octavia employee James Wilson hands her a copy of the book. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The quiet corner of Octavia and Laurel streets became a hive of magical activity Saturday night, as hundreds wizard-hat wearing, magic-wand waving fans of Harry Potter (and their parents) gathered for a midnight release party for the series’ eighth book, “The Cursed Child.” Continue reading »

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Jul 302016
 
Mandisa Moore-O'Neal of Black Youth Project 100, Ursula Price of the NOPD Independent Police Monitor's office, and Marjorie Esman of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss issues of police militarization at the Green Party state convention Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mandisa Moore-O’Neal of Black Youth Project 100, Ursula Price of the NOPD Independent Police Monitor’s office, and Marjorie Esman of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss issues of police militarization at the Green Party state convention Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In contrast with high-profile incidents around the country, the New Orleans Police Department has not had a single officer-involved shooting so far in 2016, prompting civil-rights activists to suggest that the sweeping reforms of the NOPD should be expanded in other communities like Baton Rouge and applied to officers from other agencies like the Louisiana State Police or Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office who come into the city.

“NOPD has not fired their weapon at any human being this year,” said Ursula Price of the Independent Police Monitor’s office. “We are making progress.” Continue reading »

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Jul 292016
 
Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Mayas Nuevo Latina will soon be celebrating its tenth year, offering Zagat-rated Central American Caribbean fusion in New Orleans. The restaurant is a frontrunner for those seeking a casual, but elegant, gourmand Latin American experience Uptown.

Chef Edgar Irias and co-owner, Trinity Cazzola, founded the restaurant in 2007 and are about to expand their reach with a second restaurant further upriver. The concept will be an authentic Mexican menu, with zero Tex-Mex influence. Expect goat meat and imported local cheeses.

For now, you can enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner at their flagship restaurant in the LGD. Continue reading »

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Jul 292016
 
Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Audubon Park prepares for upgrades to some of its more popular picnic shelters, officials are asking the public what to do about one such closed structure on Magazine Street. Should the park renovate Shelter 13, tear it down for green space, or convert it into a security station? Continue reading »

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Jul 282016
 

Bridgehouse

On Sunday, July 31, Bridge House/Grace House will host “Christmas in July”, a dinner that provides a traditional holiday meal, toiletries, and more for the homeless. The dinner also raises awareness of the substance abuse treatment services provided by Bridge House/Grace House. Continue reading »

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Jul 282016
 
Surveillance video shows the man who robbed the Subway on South Claiborne, police say. (image via NOPD)

Surveillance video shows the man who robbed the Subway on South Claiborne, police say. (image via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A couple was robbed at gunpoint in the Garden District on Wednesday morning, a driver was robbed at gunpoint on Dryades Street in the afternoon and the Subway on South Claiborne was robbed Wednesday night, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jul 282016
 
Hillary Clinton speaks to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in a photo by Louisiana delegate Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Hillary Clinton speaks to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in a photo by Louisiana delegate Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination for President tonight will be a huge milestone in the long drive by millions of women for electoral equality. Will Hillary’s support from women, black and Hispanic voters be strong enough to elect her in November? Continue reading »

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Jul 272016
 
(via Bounce Fitness w/MoeJoe)

(via Bounce Fitness w/MoeJoe)

As part of July Jubilee, a month-long celebration of dance in New Orleans, the city’s dance community will host a $5 Dance Class Challenge and the National Dance Day Celebration.

The $5 Dance Class Challenge, which runs from July 25 to August 6, will offer $5 classes for all skill levels in a range of genres including African, ballet, belly dance, bounce, contemporary, hip hop, and salsa. Participating dance studios and programs include Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, Bounce Fitness, Crescent Lotus Dance Studio, Dance Quarter/NOLA Spaces, NORDC/NOBA, and more.
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Jul 272016
 
The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hookah House Cafe on Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends, after overcoming an unusual objection from the building’s owner. Continue reading »

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Jul 272016
 
Prospective board members Gary Solomon, George Wilson and Quentin Messer attend a meeting of the Lusher Charter School governance committee on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Prospective board members Gary Solomon, George Wilson and Quentin Messer attend a meeting of the Lusher Charter School governance committee on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School is considering adding three new members to its governing board, and may need a fourth after another recent resignation, officials said Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

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Jul 272016
 
Firefighters battle a blaze at 1221 Magazine Street on Tuesday morning. (photo via New Orleans Fire Department)

Firefighters battle a blaze at 1221 Magazine Street on Tuesday morning. (photo via New Orleans Fire Department)

An apartment building on lower Magazine Street caught fire Tuesday morning, but the blaze was extinguished and none of the occupants were harmed, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Jul 262016
 
Attorney Michael Whitaker describes the beginning of mediation in 215 claims against the Sewerage & Water Board over damages allegedly caused by the SELA drainage projects. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorney Michael Whitaker describes the beginning of mediation in 215 claims against the Sewerage & Water Board over damages allegedly caused by the SELA drainage projects. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A retired federal judge has been appointed to mediate $86 million in damage claims from property damage from the ongoing SELA drainage projects along four major Uptown corridors, attorneys announced Monday. Continue reading »

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