Suspect wanted in Peniston Street home break-in attempt, New Orleans police say

The Uptown Messenger -

New Orleans police are searching for a man in connection with an attempted home burglary on Peniston Street, authorities said. Derrick Cummings, 48, is wanted in connection with an attempted residential burglary that took place April 23 in the 2400 block of Peniston Street, according to a NOPD news release. Further details were not immediately [...]

Cohen High School seniors announce their college choices in festive “Declaration Day” ceremony

The Uptown Messenger -

Nearly 70 seniors at Walter L. Cohen College Prep High School were greeted with an auditorium full of exuberant cheers on Friday (May 4) as they announced which colleges they plan to attend after graduation, from as far Notre Dame and the University of Missouri or as close as Xavier and the University of New [...]

New restaurant, Saba, to celebrate grand opening with raffle to benefit Habitat for Humanity

The Uptown Messenger -

Chef Alon Shaya is opening his new restaurant, Saba, today on Magazine Street, and is raffling off a private dinner for 14 to benefit Habitat for Humanity as part of his opening celebration. Raffle tickets cost $50 each and must be purchased by 4 p.m. today (Friday, May 4) at the event website, noahhraffle.org. For [...]

Coffee shop, retail development envisioned to replace former Shell station at State and Magazine

The Uptown Messenger -

A small retail development anchored by a corner coffee shop is the planned future of the vacant lot left by the demolition of the former Shell gas station at the corner of State and Magazine streets, developers told neighbors Wednesday night. The 7,500 square foot building would house two or three shops at most, likely [...]

Lycee Francais CEO candidates offer thoughts on increasing school diversity, teaching special-education in French

The Uptown Messenger -

The finalists for the CEO position at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans were asked as part of the application process to detail their thoughts on critical issues ahead for the school, such as improving diversity within the student body, reaching special-education students while in a full-immersion foreign-language environment, and aligning the French national standards with [...]

Author Rick Bragg to present new book, “The Best Cook in the World,” at Octavia Books

The Uptown Messenger -

Pulitzer-winning author Rick Bragg — an Alabama native with a documented fondness for New Orleans (such as in his recent paean to The Columns Hotel and one of the nation’s most widely read interpreters of Southern culture — will present his newest book, “The Best Cook in the World,” on Thursday at Octavia Books. Bragg’s [...]

St. Charles Avenue repaving to move between Louisiana and Napoleon

The Uptown Messenger -

The St. Charles Avenue repaving project will move to its next phase this month, the stretch between Louisiana and Napoleon avenues, city officials say. The $1.3 million section of the repaving project will repave the street from curb-to-curb, install accessible sidewalk ramps, trim some trees in preparation for construction and replace street tiles, according to [...]

Kristine Froeba on Bravo’s Southern Charm New Orleans: Authentic as Canned Gumbo from Texas

The Uptown Messenger -

Where to begin with this contrived foolishness? I’ll start with the rent-a-voodoo princess who wears the bejeweled and feathered turban of a Hindu Maharaja. If that isn’t enough, she also travels with a Home Decor store crystal ball, Italian Tarot cards and sprinkles Arabian frankincense and myrrh from a miniature broom–the type my grandfather kept [...]

Lycee Francais announces three finalists in CEO search

The Uptown Messenger -

The three finalists for the top job at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans are the charter school’s current academic director, the principal of a high-performing Uptown charter high school, and the former administrator of an immersion school in Maryland, Lycee officials announced Monday night. Lycee’s CEO Search committee has been meeting for months to find [...]

City Planning staff recommend rezoning for proposed Drive Shack golf facility

The Uptown Messenger -

The Drive Shack golf facility under consideration for the former Times-Picayune site on Howard Avenue nabbed a recommendation for rezoning approval from City Planning staff, subject to a few building design changes suggested by the Design Advisory Committee. The proposed entertainment hub would require tearing down the old newspaper building completely, but the owners of [...]

Opposition swells against new Subway proposed for Magazine Street as City Council vote approaches

The Uptown Messenger -

The proposed new Subway sandwich shop in the corner unit of a strip mall on Magazine Street has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing battle over chain fast-food restaurants on the historic Uptown thoroughfare, with a broad array of neighborhood and civic activists organizing opposition as a vote by the City Council approaches. The [...]

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