Sophie B. Wright Charter School is looking for places for its sports teams to practice after the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission demanded $3,000 for the school to use Harrell Park. Meanwhile, construction has halted on the new gym at Eleanor McMain Secondary School amid a conflict over minority participation in the contract, and ENCORE Academy is enrolling more students than it originally expected, according to recent reports about Uptown schools.
Starting Monday (July 29), Freret Street drivers will be unable to cross Napoleon Avenue for about a month while a drainage canal is installed underneath the neutral ground there, officials said.
The People Say Project — an ongoing discussion of musicians’ culture and money in New Orleans — will host the second annual Backyard Cut Session, “an uptown party featuring four DJ’s spinning vinyl under the stars,” at a Freret home Saturday evening.
A traffic stop on Wednesday led narcotics officers to a home in Hollygrove with a stash of several thousand dollars in cash and a pound of marijuana, New Orleans police said.
A bagel shop and deli with house-made cheese and consignment boutique for plus-sized women plan to open side-by-side in two vacant storefronts in the center of the Freret corridor.
I’m writing this column while sitting in our front room, which looks like the love child of Chaos and Literacy. It is a complete mess of books, boxes, various packing materials, ladder, some no-longer-hanging artwork, disheveled furniture and other stuff. In other words, we have a sidewalk sale coming this Saturday as we continue clearing out the house ahead of the move.
This isn’t your normal, rent-a-trailer move. This is a begin-again, let it all go, roll with what you can fit in one minivan, complete disengagement. We arrived in New Orleans the same way nine years ago, and I’m amazed at how much we’ve collected. Anyone is, if they’re stayed in one spot more than a year or so. We have two cats, so we have to reserve space for them. There are a few electronic items and some valued personal possessions and we’ve done some severe reduction of our wardrobes. Only one small piece of furniture will make the trip. Add in a bin of paperwork and we’re pretty much full.
I thought the hardest part would be deciding which books to take, since we have many and I have a thing for real books over a Nook or similar device. But now, looking at the kitchen, it appears to toughest decisions are still to come.
On the instructions of a federal judge, the New Orleans City Council quietly retreated on Tuesday from its prohibition against overnight preaching on Bourbon Street.
Nothing in New Orleans is ever simple. For example, consider Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to move our obsolete City Hall over to vacant Charity Hospital.
Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris says that’s a fine idea for city government but it doesn’t work for the Civil Courts who have their own plans and money to refit the former state office building site in Duncan Plaza. “We won’t be moving to Charity Hospital,” says Judge Bagneris. Evidently many other CDC judges agree.
Although Uptown residents were told Wednesday that their water was safe to drink, some Carrollton residents may not have the chance as water pressure drops during repairs to the transmission line that broke Tuesday.
Residents around the 7800 block of Cohn were without power for much of Wednesday during the repairs, and that could happen again today as work continues, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
“Sometimes when I’m in the studio streaming ‘OZ, I hear the live wire music line-up for the evening, and I want to hop on my bike and take a ride into the Quarter and see what’s goin’ on,” says Andy Dahl. ”I really miss New Orleans, but I’m really enjoying what I’m doing here too so – - -,” he adds. Woven into the fabric of most metropolitan areas are the working class – and often starving – artists. New Orleans possesses its fair share, and in the course of the last year or so, one such soul transplanted to Baltimore. On a recent road trip up east I briefly caught up with Andy and peered into what he’s been up to since having left (hopefully temporarily) the Crescent City.
The failures of the New Orleans city water system — first by a major water-line break that flooded an east Carrollton neighborhood Tuesday, and subsequently by the prohibition against using any water while it is tested for contamination — continue to affect Uptown residents a day after the incident.
The second boil-water notice of the year is causing businesses around Uptown to use bottled water to stay open, a routine they are getting used to, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. The water sample analysis will take until around 3:30 p.m. today (Wednesday), so the boil-water order will remain in place until at least that time, Hernandez reports.
The robbery of The Mushroom record store on Broadway Street in the university area was captured on surveillance video, and New Orleans police are hoping the public can help them identify the suspect, authorities said.
A 14-year-old Carrollton girl who had been missing since Monday afternoon was located Tuesday shortly after media reports began airing about her disappearance, New Orleans authorities said.
Residents of a broad swath of Uptown New Orleans from the neighborhoods around St. Charles Avenue down to the Missisippi River should boil tap water before using it for drinking, cooking or bathing until further notice, authorities said.
Costco will open its Carrollton warehouse store in a ceremony set for Sept. 21, about two weeks later than anticipated because of ongoing street work around the site, according to a report at Mid-City Messenger.