For many years, the 33-story World Trade Center overlooking the Mississippi River was one of New Orleans’ most important centers of business.
Powerful people, companies and government agencies including the Port of New Orleans occupied suites at the WTC. The 30th floor restaurant, the Plimsoll Club, was usually packed. You needed a reservation to get a table. The World Trade Center suite on the 29th floor was often the site of important civic press conferences and educational seminars. Located at the foot of the Mississippi River at the end of Canal Street, the WTC offered incredible views of the river, especially from the Plimsoll Club. At the top of the building a revolving bar called the Top of the Mart was an important social spot. During her years as a lobbyist for the Dock Board, Danae worked at the WTC Building and enjoyed it. She, along with her colleagues, thought the Plimsoll Club was a neat place for lunch.
Now, the primary question left to answer is how long the modulars will stay on the Magazine Street side of the campus — two years, five, or much longer?
The storm also proved the final blow to a number of large trees around the east Carrollton neighborhood.
Get Your Jane On!
For the second summer, the Louise S. McGehee School is bringing you Curious Jane in addition to other summer programs. Curious Jane is a project-based summer camp for girls with themes that revolve around writing, design, engineering and science. It was such a wonderful success when launched in New Orleans last year that McGehee is bringing it back for girls in the local community. Girls entering 3rd-6th grades are part of the older group, and girls entering 1st and 2nd grade are welcome to attend the Curious Jane, Jr. program.
Police and neighbors will march side-by-side in a statement against criminal activity in the streets of Milan and Hollygrove tonight (Wednesday, April 24).
Back in February, a sense of grief swept the entire New Orleans community when the Sisters of Blessed Sacrament, a Pennsylvania-based order, announced it would close the all-girls Xavier University Preparatory High School at the end of the school year due to uncertain financial sustainability. As many prepared to mourn the death of Prep as yet another failed black institution, the school’s alumni base wasn’t quite ready to deliver the eulogy. They couldn’t bear to see St. Katharine Drexel’s dream wither. They fought, fundraised and incorporated to preserve the school.
Attorney Shantell Payton, class of 1997, is the youngest Prepper among the coterie of six alumni who bought the school, along with Federal Judge Karen Wells Roby, Clerk of Court Dale Atkins, Judge Piper Griffin, attorney Keith Doley and Judge Edwin Lombard (including male alumni, a nod to the days when the school was co-ed). Payton’s allegiance and love for Prep is boundless. She chose to attend Prep over Benjamin Franklin High School, the number one ranked school in the state of Louisiana, reluctantly following in her sister’s footsteps.
Last September I wrote a piece regarding Uptown New Orleans real estate market activity, specifically the flip of a double at the foot of the Freret St revitalization. Last week another nearby example played out in a single family home and on a much shorter timeline. And like the Napoleon duplex, I was neither the listing or selling agent in any of these transactions. Ladies and gentlemen that watch the Crescent City realty trends, prepare yourselves for the totally true tale of 2124 Jena. And let’s go timeline on this one, shall we?
“Our mission is to continue to fulfill the vision and mission of St. Katharine Drexel,” said Dale Atkins, one of the alumni involved. “We accomplished this goal because the Prep family came together. The Prep family came together and attacked the challenge.”
The latest openings around Uptown include celebrated New Orleanian Wendell Pierce’s fresh-food convenience store, a pie and quiche specialty shop on upper Magazine Street, and two Vietnamese restaurants on Maple Street and nearby on South Carrollton.
The second round of nominations for the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans board of directors drew 22 applicants, including at least 10 parents of students at the school, according to documents released by the school Monday afternoon.
A suitcase left unattended on a Magazine Street sidewalk through the Garden District and Irish Channel caused a bomb scare that closed the street briefly on Monday morning, authorities said.
The other day, I heard an anecdote about a man who parked in a gas station in Orleans Parish and wound up in a confrontation with a tow company. Apparently, he’d pulled in to buy something from the convenience store, but first decided to check out the menu posted in the window of a restaurant next door. When he came back less than five minutes later, a tow company was already hooking up his car and demanded $90 to release it. The man protested and the police were called out, who promptly backed the tow company.
A group of alumni of Xavier University Preparatory High School “have entered into an agreement to purchase the school” from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and keep it open as an independent Catholic school next year, according to an announcement Monday morning.