McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music on Tchoupitoulas, not only a bookstore but a comfortable venue for experimental musicians, recently announced that they will be closing their doors on January 29, 2014.
In December, the city of New Orleans announced the opening of the Wisner Dog Run, the first free, official place for dogs to play without a leash in the city limits, accomplished by a maze of new fencing between the existing Wisner Park softball field, basketball courts and playgrounds that allows pets ample room to romp.
“This is something that people in the neighborhood have been waiting for for a very long time,” said Sam Winston of the Friends of Wisner Park. “People are just thrilled.”
Though Uptown dog owners and neighborhood residents cheer the development, it represents a significant departure from a much more ambitious plan discussed at public forums throughout the city in 2012 for as many as 20 new dog parks and dog runs on vacant land across the city. Instead, city officials are now evaluating new spaces for dogs to get off-leash exercise on a case-by-case basis, and Wisner may represent the new model for the future of how dogs, their owners and other park-goers play together in New Orleans in the future.
Sure, New Orleans already has an “official” oyster festival. But Woody Ruiz of the ubiquitous festival fish tacos thought the middle of summer was kind of an odd time to eat oysters, and he wanted a chance to give the big names downtown a run for their money on oyster preparation.
On Sunday (Jan. 19), Ruiz will get his chance, when he partners with the founders of Freret Market to create the first (hopefully annual) Freret Oyster Jam in the parking lot of the Publiq House.
Challengers David Capasso, Jason Coleman and Drew Ward debated issues of economic inequality, crime, public infrastructure and progress since Hurricane Katrina with City Councilwoman Susan Guidry last week at a candidates’ forum at Dillard University, according to Della Hasselle of MidCityMessenger.com.
Jeffrey Orshoski, whom relatives reported missing on Wednesday after he failed to show up at his job all week, has been found “alive and well,” police officials said Saturday evening.
On Saturday in Central City, volunteers, both local and visiting, came out to fix up A.L. Davis Park as well as Carter G. Woodson School as part of the sixth NOLA for Life Day effort.
A set of new laws concerning conduct during Mardi Gras parades will not ban toilet paper from being thrown from floats, in a change from a draft of the laws introduced by the City Council earlier this week.
The artwork of a New Orleans artist based in Brooklyn will be on display at an opening at the Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street on Saturday evening, accompanied by a set from his band.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8973 — located Uptown, just off Wisner Park — is collecting American flags that are no longer fit for public display and will give them a proper disposal ceremony at noon Saturday.
A man was shot down in a volley of gunfire Thursday night on a Freret neighborhood street, stunning neighbors who have become unaccustomed to violence in recent years in an increasingly high-profile area of New Orleans.
Either the city of New Orleans made tremendous progress in the last four years, or it has not really come as far as its leaders are saying. Or, is it going in the wrong direction entirely?
These were the three positions staked out by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Judge Michael Bagneris and NAACP President Danatus King in a debate before the Alliance for Good Government on Thursday evening. Landrieu, defending his first term, argued that his administration has made impressive strides in a city with both immediate and long-term problems. Bagneris accused Landrieu of misleading the public with distorted reports, and King argued that Landrieu has enacted policies that will ultimately weaken the city through the inequality they create.
New Orleans police have released a man detained in connection with a fatal shooting Thursday on Calhoun Street, saying the incident was a “justifiable homicide” and forwarding the case to prosecutors for review.
Efforts to revitalize the area around A.L. Davis Park with a showing from a wide range of city agencies will take place in the NOLA For Life Day on Saturday, officials said.
A dispute between a woman and her ex-boyfriend turned deadly late Thursday morning on a quiet stretch of Calhoun Street, when a third man intervened in the argument and ended up shooting the ex-boyfriend to death, New Orleans police said.
In simple terms, many of New Orleans’ races this year’s races are breaking down to the status quo (incumbents) and those who say not good enough for us (the challengers). This “Tale of Two Cities” campaign theme was imprinted by new New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and is inspiring progressives and liberals around the country including Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor.
There is more consistent and insistent talk about income equality, which even President Obama has called “a fundamental threat to the American dream.” Even the newly elected mayor in Seattle, home of many prosperous tech companies and their high-paying jobs, has created a task force to examine the issue. de Blasio says there is a progressive movement in America that is having a real effect with mayors from around the country talking about fighting inequality and poverty and expanding access to early childhood education.
The Alliance for Good Government candidate forums, which begin tonight (Thursday, Jan. 9) with several City Council districts and the mayoral candidates, will be held in the second-floor auditorium at Holy Name of Jesus School.
A woman was found dead in a tent Wednesday afternoon underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass at the edge of New Orleans’ Central Business District, after a night so cold that area homeless advocates were out trying to get as many people indoors as possible.