Jan 282013
 

Freret resident Andy Brott, hydrologist W. Scott Lincoln and meteorologist Tim Erickson inspect a rain gauge on top of Brott’s house in mid January. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For many New Orleanians, Hurricane Isaac will be remembered for the long week without power and the maddening uncertainty as to when it would return.

But for a group of National Weather Service researchers, Isaac has proven interesting for what did not happen — street flooding — despite their discovery of what appears to have been a band of abnormally heavy rainfall right across Uptown New Orleans.

“Our biggest question is, ‘Where did the water go?'” said emergency-response meteorologist Tim Erickson during a recent trip to Freret Street to investigate. Continue reading »

Jan 222013
 

This building in the 4500 block (photographed in October) will become the home of Wayfare restaurant. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Wayfare sandwich shop on Freret Street hopes to open Feb. 1; Martinique Bistro is launching an Italian pop-up on Mondays; and Cafe Luna on Magazine Street recently changed hands, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Jan 152013
 

Midway Pizza will donate a portion of proceeds all day Wednesday (Jan. 16) to help with medical costs for Becky Batchelor, an active member of the Faubourg Marengo Neighborhood Association and Lusher staff member, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Continue reading »

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Jan 152013
 

Neil Hamburger (via Twitter)

Nationally-known comic Neil Hamburger will headline the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival with two performances this week at La Nuit Comedy Theatre on Freret Street, according to the website. The festival features different shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night from Wednesday (Jan. 16) to Friday (Jan. 18), and other headliners include Nick Vatterott from Comedy Central, Ashley Barnhill and DJ Douggpound, according to the festival website.

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Jan 122013
 

The Dat Dog manager who was shot during a robbery attempt at the Freret Street store last month calls the bullet’s path through his shoulder a “miracle,” as he returns to work and discusses his support for a new $300-per-year tax on each property in the neighborhood to hire 24-hour private security patrols, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.

Jan 102013
 

Dat Dog owner Constantine Georges speaks in favor of a proposed security district to hire private patrols in the Freret neighborhood at a neighborhood meeting Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A fee of $300 per year on properties in the Freret neighborhood could generate enough money for around-the-clock private security patrols, organizers said this week after examining a map of tax-paying parcels. Continue reading »

Jan 082013
 

LaToya Cantrell

Newly elected City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will meet with members of the Freret Neighbors United group tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 8), as members consider two separate proposals to merge with the Milan Focus Group and to create a security district for additional police patrols. Continue reading »

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Jan 042013
 

Publiq House opens on Freret Street.(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After more than a year and a half in the works, the new Publiq House music venue on Freret Street is open and planning its first show this weekend.

Saturday night Erika Flowers and Liquid Peace Revolution will play at Publiq House.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 262012
 

Liberty Cheesesteak will open in the former Dat Dog (photo from Google Maps)

A Philly cheesesteak shop slated for the tiny hot dog stand that grew into Dat Dog across the street is among the next new wave of businesses opening on and around Freret Street in the coming year. Continue reading »

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Dec 202012
 

The upstart Krewe of Freret that had hoped to join the Mardi Gras parade schedule this spring issued a statement Thursday suspending those plans because of what it termed a “misunderstanding” by the New Orleans Police Department, but said it has already begun work to roll for the first time in 2014. Continue reading »

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Dec 202012
 

Freret Neighbors United, which has been serving a large swath of the Freret area for nearly four decades, is considering a merger with a much newer group of activists next door who began organizing in the Milan neighborhood about two years ago. Continue reading »

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Dec 182012
 

Mitchell Marks (via opcso)

Mitchell Marks, 29, initially told police he was with William Baham the night Baham shot Erroll Meeks in front of Friar Tucks bar in January 2011, that he had tried to talk Baham out of the shooting and then saw Baham running away from the crime scene moments after shots rang out, according to a report by John Simerman of the Times-Picayune. After Marks recanted his statement during Baham’s trial, prosecutors played jailhouse recordings of Marks planning to “play dumb” during the trial and secured a 10-year sentence on a perjury conviction against Marks, the report states.

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