Oct 052011

Harvesting honey at Avital's Apiary in Ithaca, N.Y. (courtesy of Lesli Sagan)

Bees at work in a Black Pearl backyard. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

Ever hear of the Black Pearl Apiary?  That’s because it doesn’t exist.  Yet.  Thursday evening, ten finalists for this year’s PitchNOLA will throw down in Freeman Auditorium on Tulane’s campus competing for seed monies to jumpstart entrepreneurial innovations in the Crescent City.  Among these top 10  is a duo that’s eager to transform a little bit of the Black Pearl — that little triangle bound by St. Charles, Broadway, and Leake Ave (aka River Road) — into a sweet, sustainable proposition: an apiary.  Not an aviary, mind you, but an apiary.  The former is a sort of bird refuge, and the latter, well, it’s for bees, a collection of hives. Continue reading »

Sep 132011

This image, taken Tuesday from a gas station on Downman Road, shows a suspect identified as Trebor Blanton who is wanted in connection with several robberies at knifepoint around the Carrollton area. (via NOPD)

Investigators have released new images of a pair of men who held up the Rite Aid pharmacy on South Carrollton Avenue during Tropical Storm Lee and of a man now believed to be responsible for at least four robberies at knifepoint around the Carrollton neighborhoods. Continue reading »

Jan 192011

A view from above of the proposed expansion of Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus (all images courtesy of Jacobs/CSRS)

The Audubon Charter School community — parents, teachers and neighbors – got their first look Wednesday at what the Broadway campus will look like after expansion, even as officials continue to look for a temporary home for the Broadway students during the two-year construction project. Continue reading »

Dec 012010

An architect's rendering of the Pine Street view of the rear of the Audubon Charter School expansion. The yellow portions represent the size of the additions (without architectural features included yet); the gray portion is the existing building. The expansion will be completely contained behind the current building and not visible from Broadway.

Audubon Charter School parents, teachers and neighbors literally applauded a new design for the expansion of the school’s Broadway campus on Wednesday night, but as more details began to emerge, so did more vocal concerns about traffic flow around the school as children come and go.

Ultimately, the streets on either side of the school may need to be made one-way, said one neighborhood leader. Continue reading »

Nov 292010

The Audubon Elementary School has called a meeting for Wednesday, December 1st, at 6.30pm, to discuss plans for the development of the Audubon Elementary school building. At a previous meeting last month, parents, teachers, and neighborhood residents discussed a range of proposals for the expansion of the site, proposals which remain under consideration. The meeting will take place at 6.30pm in the Audubon School cafeteria at 428 Broadway.

Nov 232010

Detectives with the NOPD Second District confer after a shooting Monday afternoon on Hillary Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Police have identified two suspects in Monday’s shooting on Hillary Street in the Black Pearl, and say the incident appears unrelated to other recent shootings that have frightened residents there. Continue reading »

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Nov 102010

Police were called to the intersection of Camp and Jena streets early Wednesday morning by a man with a gunshot wound to the hand who reported an attempted robbery nearby under circumstances police now deem questionable, they said.

Meanwhile, Uptown officers are adjusting to a new policy that will radically reduce arrests on minor warrants in the city, and concentrating in the Black Pearl to combat a recent spike in property crimes there, they said Wednesday at the weekly meeting of the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District.
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Oct 242010

Hillary Street will host its fourth annual Halloween block party from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

The Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association will close off the 300 to 500 blocks of Hillary Street to give the kids a safe area for trick-or-treating. For information, call Linda at 606-7315 or email Linda@BaynhamEnvironmental.com.

Oct 122010

Singleton's Mini Mart, at the corner of Garfield and Millaudon streets in the Black Pearl (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a six-month investigation culminated in raid police say yielded three pounds of marijuana and nearly $14,000 in cash, the New Orleans Police Department is now seeking to seize the Black Pearl convenience store where the drugs and money were found, authorities said.

The owners of Singleton’s Mini Mart protest that they have nothing to do with drug sales, however, and neighborhood residents are left with mixed feelings about the store. Continue reading »