Neighborhoods around the city are preparing to celebrate the “National Night Out Against Crime” tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 11), and Uptown groups are all doing it their own way, with a movie night, a charity flea market, a health fair, multiple cookouts and live music. Here’s a list of events around Uptown:
Palmer Park (corner of South Carrollton and South Claiborne): Likely one of the largest events of the evening, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Music by Shocking Blond, food by Plum Street Snoballs, Crepes a la Cart and Fruit Sensations, prize wheel and fire engine exhibit. Hot dogs for $1 donation, and fundraising drive in support of NOPD and the fire department. Organized by the Carrollton Area Network (Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association, Carrollton United, Central Carrollton Association, Fontainebleau Improvement Association, Maple Area Residents Inc., StateStreetDrive.com, Northwest Carrollton Civic Association, Palmer Park Neighborhood Association).
Sculpture Kim Bernadas, unveils “Birth of a Muse,” in the Terpsichore finger park near Prytania Friday evening. After Hurricane Katrina, the Percent for Art program focused on restoration of public art, and “Birth of a Muse” is the first new work commissioned since then.
The Coliseum Square Association has postponed its September meeting from its usual Monday time until Wednesday to accommodate the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance review for the neighborhood, neighborhood leaders said. “The agenda for this month’s meeting includes a presentation from Global Green on their NOLAWise program and planning of the Night Out Against Crime on Oct. 11th and the CSA House Tour on Oct. 16th,” according to the association website. This month’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street.
Two alleged armed robbers were arrested Saturday afternoon shortly after stealing a man’s SUV from him at gunpoint just off of Coliseum Square, police said. Shortly before 2:45 p.m. Saturday, a man was parking on Terpsichore just off Prytania when he noticed two men standing on the corner, one standing and one on a bicycle, said Detective Kristen Krzemieniecki of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crimes division. The man headed on to an address in the 1400 block of Terpsichore, but as he put the keys in the front door, the man on the bicycle rode up to the house, ran up the porch and pointed a gun at him, demanding his keys, Krzemieniecki said. The victim started to hand over the house keys, but the gunman said he wanted his car keys instead, “the keys in your pocket,” and when the victim tried to pull the car key off the ring, the gunman grabbed the set and ran off the porch toward the SUV, leaving the bike behind, Krzemieniecki said. The victim ran inside and called police, and when he looked outside again, his SUV was gone, Krzemieniecki said.
Amid concerns that a bed-and-breakfast proposed for a historic Constance Street mansion would have too great an impact on its neighbors, the Coliseum Square Association decided Monday night to back off its previous support for the project and remain neutral on the issue while surveying members to get a broader opinion. Citing the need for additional income to help with ongoing renovations of the 1852 house built by noted New Orleans architect Henry Howard, homeowner Matt Ryan has proposed operating a bed-and-breakfast in several rooms inside the house. He originally conceived of four rooms — two in the house itself, and two in a side cottage that faces Euterpe — but has recently decided to make the side cottage a standard long-term rental after discovering city ordinances that place additional regulatory burdens on bed-and-breakfasts with more than two rooms, he said Monday. The Coliseum Square Association enthusiastically endorsed Ryan’s idea in an April meeting but decided to revisit the issue Monday night after a handful of neighbors voiced strong opinions against the project. Ryan gave the association board a petition of most of his immediate neighbors supporting the project, and several attended the meeting to speak on its behalf.
Tonight’s meeting of the Coliseum Square Association will include a reconsideration of the bed and breakfast proposal at 1431 Constance and updates on the Terpsichore finger park and outdoor film screenings, according to the agenda. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. (Monday, Aug. 15) at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine.
In hopes of using sunshine as a disinfectant, the residents of Coliseum Square are compiling a list of the 12 most-offensive blighted properties in their neighborhood. Meanwhile, they are also continuing their efforts to improve the parks in the neighborhood, cleaning out the Coliseum Square fountain and preparing a finger park on Terpsichore for an iconic new statue, they said Monday evening during the association’s June meeting. The association was scheduled to discuss a proposal by Second Line Stages to buy and close a section of Chippewa, but the company’s owners asked before the meeting for more time to look into the issue, said association president Frank Cole. Discussion of a new home planned for the former site of the Coliseum Theatre at 1233 Coliseum Street was also postponed, leaving the majority of Monday’s meeting a review of some the association’s ongoing activities. One effort, the blight list, was compiled from association member’s suggestions, and after paring the list to 12 worst offenders, the association’s blight committee is now photographing each to be placed in a graphic on the association website and sent to preservationists and the city.
Three main discussion issues — Second Line Stages’ interest in buying a closed street, designs for a project at 1233 Coliseum Street and maintenance of the Coliseum Square fountain — are scheduled for the meeting of the Coliseum Square Association to be held tonight (June 20), according to the group’s website. The association meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street.
The New Orleans Film Society is presenting a free outdoor showing tonight of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in Coliseum Square Park. See full details below. WHAT: New Orleans Film Society presents an outdoor screening of the 80s classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Join us as we celebrate summer with a movie night under the stars. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and come early to reserve your spot.