The Prince of Wales 82nd Annual Second Line will parade through several Uptown neighborhoods Sunday. The second line begins at 1 p.m. at the Rock Bottom Lounge, 3801 Tchoupitoulas, and heads up to Magazine Street, up Louisiana Avenue, then back down through Central City, the Garden District and Irish Channel before disbanding at the Rock Bottom Lounge. Stops include: Reesie’s Snowball Stand on Magazine (marked “1” on the map), Sandpiper Lounge (2) on Louisiana, Charlie Wright’s Watering Hole (3) in Central City, Commander’s Palace (4) in the Garden District and CTC Steppers (5) in the Irish Channel. This year’s second line is dedicated “in memory of Dinneral Shavers, Brandon Franklin and all our departed Prince of Wales/Lady Wales,” according to the announcement. (via patjolly.com)
An armed robber frustrated that his victim had little to steal threw her to the ground in an unusually violent robbery attempt in the Garden District this past weekend, police said Thursday. The woman was walking to her parked car near the intersection of Josephine and Prytania streets around 5:30 p.m. Friday when the robber approached her from behind, grabbed her pony tail, and demanded her belongings while brandishing a chrome semi-automatic handgun, said Sgt. Sandra Contreras of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crimes division. When he saw that all she had was a dollar and a pack of cigarettes, he threw her to the ground and left, in what Contreras said was an unusual display of force by a robber. “Usually they don’t put their hands on them,” Contreras said.
A plan to create formal councils of neighborhood groups to increase citizen participation in city government would only “many more layers of bureaucracy” and should be scrapped, according to a letter from the Garden District Association published by The Lens. The letter suggesting changes to the Citizen Participation Project was written by Shelley Landrieu, director of the Garden District group but also a leader of the Baronne Street Neighborhood Association and Audubon Area Zoning Association. Instead of new councils based on city planning districts, the Garden District would prefer more formalized opportunities for neighborhood association input within the city’s existing policy-making process. The director of the group that drafted the plan told Karen Gadbois of The Lens that the Garden District had drawn “inaccurate conclusions.” The letter was copied to numerous other neighborhood groups, including many in the Uptown: the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association, the Touro Bouligny Association, the Baronne Street Neighborhood Association, the St.
In addition to the deadly shooting Tuesday on South Roman Street, officers and detectives in the New Orleans Police Department’s sixth district have been kept busy over the last week with a series of robberies and burglaries in the Magazine Street area of the Garden District and a violent feud in Central City. The sixth district has experienced a few weeks of relative calm, but now “things are starting to spiral up” in comparison, noted Capt. Robert Bardy.The Garden District saw two robberies last week, officers reported. In the first, the victims were in the 1200 block of St. Mary Street leaving the Half Moon when they were approached by men with T-shirts over their faces, one of whom was armed with a silver handgun. One of the victims dropped her purse and fled, but the robbers held the other victim at gunpoint and went through his pockets before telling him to run also.