Residents of the Freret neighborhood are banding together to help out two longtime homeowners, supporting one man in the struggle to keep the city from selling his home at sheriff’s auction and raising money with a fundraiser tonight to help repair another woman’s damaged roof.
Neighbors of celebrated New Orleans restaurateur John Besh’s proposed foray into Uptown got a literal taste of what’s to come Thursday night at an open house for the Pizza Domenica on Magazine Street.
The Uptown-based Second District of the New Orleans Police Department is down yet another officer after a rookie already known for his strong work ethic was injured in a crash over the weekend, authorities said.
The 1963 March on Washington will be commemorated in New Orleans with a march in Central City and rally Saturday that will also honor the overall civil-right movements of the era and its continuation today, organizers said.
The latest new business on Freret Street is Rook Cafe, which is now open and serving hot and cold coffee drinks in a space meant to serve the New Orleans tabletop gaming community.
Several weeks ago, we wrote a column listing a number of reasons why Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to move City Hall to the iconic but empty Charity Hospital was an excellent idea.
In the course of our interview with him, Pres Kabacoff said he hoped that the Civil District Court judges would reconsider their plans to build a new Civil District Court building in Duncan Plaza – adjacent to the current City Hall on Loyola Avenue – and instead decide to join Mayor Landrieu’s administration and the City Council in the move to Charity.
That all seemed reasonable enough to us, but then we received a visit from Civil District Court Judges Michael Bagneris and Kern Reese who told us the court is dead set on building their own structure and won’t be swayed by the mayor to move to Charity.
New Orleans police have released a video that shows a couple allegedly trying to break into cars parked just off St. Charles Avenue, and, in a separate incident, photos of a skateboarder suspected of spray-painting graffiti on a Central City store.
The New Orleans Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Lyons Street will have its annual fundraiser Saturday at F&M’s Patio Bar, with a patron party ahead of time at the VFW hall.
Martin Wine Cellar is back on track to rebuild next year its at its original New Orleans location, the massive lot on Baronne Street that has been empty for years, the store’s owner told the surrounding neighborhood association Tuesday evening.
PROLOGUE: In 2009 on Freret St at an open house I held, a septuagenarian realtor I can only imagine being more local than local sneered in my general direction as she exited, “Freret’s never coming back.” Then being a believer myself, I felt at once insulted and repulsed, as if she’d purposely urinated on the floor and thought nothing of it. After all, in many ways I came to feel it was her generation that had largely abandoned the city proper, swapping distinctive neighborhoods for blanched strip malls and multi-laned thoroughfares, leaving behind a devil-may-care swath of once vibrant stretches, the very core that the surrounding region’s commerce and population sprang from. Now, in 2013, Freret crowns front pages, but without question there’s still much to be done.
Deemed a “public nuisance” by city officials for its occasional loud music, litter and at least two shootings, the Young at Heart bar in west Carrollton lost its alcohol permit in a hearing Tuesday that its owners did not show up to contest.
The Florida housing development has undergone a metamorphosis at the hands of Brandan “BMike” Odums, a 27-year-old art educator and literacy advocate.
When Hurricane Katrina hit, 127 shiny new apartments had recently been built in the Florida housing development, an 18.5-acre tract of land in the Upper Ninth Ward. The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) had plans to build more. That didn’t happen, though. The units were damaged so badly during and after the storm that HANO closed down the Florida. The property has sat abandoned and rotting for eight years, yet another Katrina eyesore in the city.
Odums has taken the 17 or so crumbling townhouses that remain and turned them into mini art galleries called #ProjectBe — artistic alchemy, if you will, his way of transforming the ugliness of blight into an electrifying participatory art project.
Kingsley House, which has been providing family services and community programs for more than a century, plans to expand across the street from its Lower Garden District main campus with a new preschool and adult daycare on a long-vacant plot of land, officials told neighbors Monday evening.
“To-go cups or not to-go cups, that is the question.
Whether ‘tis nobler in a bar to provide cups for patrons
to carry their alcoholic beverage out into the street,
Or to take arms against a sea of bureaucrats and busybodies,
and by opposing, end them?”
After years of planning, Bricolage Academy opened its doors Monday morning at Touro Synagogue on St. Charles Avenue for the first day of its first school year.
By Alfred Bostick
The recent Uptown Messenger article “Good neighbors: Freret’s revival has largely avoided the issues that often accompany gentrification” is an intelligent and well considered fine piece of writing on a complicated subject. It is much appreciated. I also would have liked to have seen some treatment of the larger economic change that has hit the traditional middle-class quite devastatingly, not only here, but nationally and world-wide. I know it sounds like an extraneous issue to raise and examine in such a tightly focused urban neighborhood discussion, but it seems to me to play a pivotal role.
New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School enrolled 410 students for the 2013-14 school year, and had nearly 96-percent attendance after the first week of classes, according to a report by Erin Krall of The Lens. Sci High had 369 students in the 2012-13 school year, according to the most recent New Orleans Parents Guide to Public Education.
A Central City resident who renovated her home is using plywood nailed to the outside wall to prop up the blighted house next door in hopes of keeping it from collapsing, according to a report by Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.