Nov 212011
 

Finger Lick'n Wings owner Marlon Horton, also known in his rap career as 10th Ward Buck, invites customers to his restaurant on Jackson Avenue in this image from a commercial on his website, fingerlicknwings.com.

Concerns about what neighbors described as repeated disruptive block parties at a Jackson Avenue chicken wings restaurant led the Coliseum Square Association to withhold its support for a liquor license at the establishment Monday night. Continue reading »

Nov 212011
 

The driver told police he was shot in the head at Annunciation and Toledano. (via NOPD.com)

Deemed “the luckiest man in the world” by investigators, a driver in the Irish Channel survived being shot in the back of the head and even managed to drive himself to a nearby hospital for treatment, authorities said. Continue reading »

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 102011
 

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson and state Rep. Walt Leger at a town hall meeting in the Irish Channel in March. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With state and local elections a little over two months away, the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association is hosting a “Meet the Candidates” social on Thursday. Continue reading »

Jun 092011
 

Jerry Carmouche (NOPD)

(Updated 2:36 p.m. Thursday)

Three teenagers arrested immediately after an armed-robbery attempt in the French Quarter on Tuesday night have also been charged in a mugging in the Irish Channel from about an hour earlier, and investigators are looking into the possibility of their involvement in more of Uptown’s armed robberies, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 092011
 

A map of major burglaries and robberies in the Irish Channel in May and early June. The shooting near the River Garden Development is also shown. (via NOPD.com)

NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy will be among the speakers at tonight’s meeting of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association.

The Irish Channel has fared relatively better than some Uptown neighborhoods amid the last month’s wave of armed robberies: about three muggings have been reported in the channel, and other than those incidents, a half dozen home break-ins have been the most serious crimes reported since the beginning of May. Suspects from a shooting in the nearby St. Thomas development, however, fled into the channel before police found them. Continue reading »

May 112011
 

Two Uptown neighborhood associations and a charter school board are all scheduled to have their monthly meetings on Thursday.

The ReNEW Charter Management Organization board – which oversees Batiste Cultural Arts Academy at Live Oak and SciTech Academy at Laurel, both in the Irish Channel – will meet Thursday afternoon. That evening, the Irish Channel and Carrollton-Riverbend neighborhood associations are scheduled to have their May monthly meetings.

For further details and links to these and other events, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

May 102011
 

With relatively minor opposition, both a corner store’s request to reopen on Jackson Avenue in the Irish Channel and the conversion of a residentially-zoned building on General Pershing into the childcare center for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans received the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

May 092011
 

A city planning hearing on an Irish Channel corner store, the final meeting of the year for the Lusher Charter School board and an arts forum sponsored by a Congressman are among the meetings and events of interest on deck in Uptown New Orleans. Continue reading »

May 062011
 

Round card girl Katie Budge holds up a card before walking on the ring at December's Friday Night Fights. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friday evening brings the return of Freret Street’s celebrated monthly outdoor boxing matches and tailgating party, and Saturday morning several Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods invite you to join them for a walk. Continue reading »

Apr 212011
 

An officer wraps crime scene tape around the Chippewa Street location of one of three shootings in the Irish Channel on Saturday.

Arrests made in a sprawling weekend gun battle and police assurances that their investigations into the violence remain active brought little comfort Wednesday night to Irish Channel residents, who say the sound of gunfire still occurs all too frequently in their neighborhood.

Three separate shooting incidents took place Saturday afternoon, all of which appear to stem from the same argument between two rival neighborhood groups, police said Wednesday at the Sixth District’s monthly meeting with community members. Continue reading »

Apr 202011
 

Officers and onlookers at a shooting scene on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Saturday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After gunfire through the streets of the Irish Channel left at least one man wounded this weekend, neighborhood leaders are encouraging residents to attend tonight’s community meeting with the leaders of the NOPD Sixth District.

Kara Morgan, president of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association, emailed residents Sunday with descriptions of three reported shootings around the area Saturday “all related to an argument between two groups of kids,” including the Chippewa Street shooting that injured a man, she said.

“In addition to yesterday’s events, we’ve seen a general increase in shootings over the past month or so, including a drive-by down my street while I was laying on the couch with my 6-year-old,” Morgan wrote. “This is incredibly disheartening and discouraging, especially given how hard we are working to improve the Channel and make it a safe and happy place for all to live.”

In response, Morgan suggested residents attend the Sixth District’s community meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau on St. Charles Avenue for updates on the shootings. She also encouraged them to get more involved with recreation efforts in the neighborhood, “in the hopes of stopping the kids from ever having a gun.”

For details and links to other upcoming community meeting and events around Uptown New Orleans, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

Mar 112011
 

The 2008 St. Patricks Day parade (via irishchannelno.org)

Less than a week after the largest Mardi Gras ever, parading returns to Uptown New Orleans this weekend via the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade through the Irish Channel.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Felicity and Magazine, then heads up Jackson Avenue, up St. Charles Avenue, down Louisiana Avenue and back down Magazine Street.

For details and links on the parade and other weekend events, including the two-day Soul Fest at Audubon Zoo, see our calendar below. Continue reading »