Nov 152011
 

KIPP Believe College Prep on South Carrollton is headed to a new school building in Gentilly, and Benjamin Banneker Elementary in the Riverbend is slated for a new campus in Hollygrove, according to school assignment plans being aired publicly by the Recovery School District this week. Continue reading »

Nov 142011
 

Three robberies reported in the Sixth District this weekend. (via NOPD.com)

A Dominos Pizza driver making a delivery just off Louisiana Avenue was confronted by a group of masked and gunwielding robbers, a Hoffman Triangle resident was robbed in front of his house by another set of gunmen and a van driver on St. Charles Avenue had his windows smashed with a hammer by another would-be robber in separate this week incidents all under investigation by NOPD Sixth District detectives, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 102011
 

Nearly $75 million in investments have already been made along O.C. Haley Boulevard, City Councilwoman Stacy Head told our partners at WWL, and supporters are hoping the area is next in line for a residential and commercial renaissance akin to that on Freret Street. This weekend’s Crescent City Tour of Homes and O.C. Haley Art Market (as well as Thursday night’s Patron Party) are all intended to showcase the improvements that have already been made to the neighborhood and the potential for future growth.

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Oct 282011
 

Lorenza Conner (via opcso.org)

A 25-year-old was shot to death Thursday evening near the intersection of Philip and Magnolia streets, and police arrested an armed man fleeing the scene moments later and charged him with murder, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 072011
 

Prince of Wales 2011 route map

Second-line season returns to Magazine Street on Sunday when the Prince of Wales and Lady Wales clubs put on their 83rd annual second line through the Irish Channel and Garden District. Continue reading »

Aug 292011
 

The current Orleans Parish School Board boundaries. (Click to enlarge)

Redistricting the seven-member Orleans Parish School Board could produce more dramatic changes than the recent reshuffling of the New Orleans City Council, even though the same population shifts are being accounted for, officials said Monday. Continue reading »

Aug 252011
 

Firefighters arrive on O.C. Haley Boulevard to extinguish a burning church van. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Central City church lost the van it uses to transport children and seniors Thursday afternoon, when it caught fire while a church member was working on it.

The Living Witness Church of God in Christ van had been having engine trouble for several days, and Christopher Johnson was working on its carburetor around 4 p.m Thursday where it was parked on O.C. Haley Boulevard. When he tried to start it, the carburetor backfired and the whole engine caught fire, Johnson said. Continue reading »

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Jun 252011
 

Billed by street-culture diva Big Red Cotton as the “last second line of the season,” the Uptown Swingers will roll through Freret, Milan and Central City starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

For turn-by-turn directions and video from 2010, see Cotton’s post at Gambit’s bestofneworleans.com.

Jun 022011
 

Three robberies have been reported this week, and police are continuing to investigate last week's home-invasion robbery on Annunciation as well.

Three more armed robberies have been reported in Uptown New Orleans this week, including one in which a man was shot while trying to run away from his assailants, police said. Continue reading »

Apr 152011
 

An excavator pulls down a blighted house at 2706 South Derbigny Street on Thursday afternoon. The blighted house was featured on a "Treme" season-one poster and DVD packaging. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The clash between neighbors’ urgent desire to rid themselves of dangerous, derelict properties and the threat of destroying the city’s character in the process played out in public on Thursday, when the city demolished a row of blighted Central City homes used in the iconic poster for the HBO series “Treme.” Continue reading »

Apr 082011
 

The Single Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Club will take to the streets on Sunday in a winding path through most of Central City.

The route will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Foxx Lounge on Washington Avenue and end at Sportsman’s Corner on Dryades. For turn-by-turn directions, see Red Cotton’s post at Gambit’s Blog of New Orleans.

Apr 012011
 

Police interview a woman about a shooting on Louisiana Avenue Parkway on March 18. The suspect in that shooting, Jeremy Williams, may be tied to a number of shootings over the last month, police said this week. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Jeremy Williams (via NOPD)

The father of a toddler gunned down in a shootout after a Central City second-line last fall is now wanted in connection to a shooting that wounded a woman earlier this month, and police say he may have been involved in a spree of recent Uptown shootings from Gert Town to River Garden.

Jeremy “Noonie Man” Williams, 21, is wanted on a warrant as a principal to attempted second degree murder in a March 18 shooting near Louisiana Avenue Parkway and South Broad, police said Thursday. Two women were walking on the sidewalk about 7:30 p.m., when someone in a black vehicle on the street began firing in their direction, said Sgt. Sandra Contreras of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crime unit. Continue reading »