New Second District police station and indoor pool in Gert Town nears completion; opening date yet to be named

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The new headquarters of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District in Gert Town — as well as the new indoor pool on the same lot — are nearly complete after more than a year of construction, but no opening date has been announced. Construction on the station at 3411 Broadway Street began in [...]

Spree of three carjacking incidents reported within minutes on Lasalle, Octavia and South Robertson streets, police say

The Uptown Messenger -

A quick spree of three carjacking incidents was reported Saturday night all within steps of the busy university-area intersection of Freret Street and Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans police said. All three incidents took place within 20 minutes starting at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, and a scooter and a Toyota Rav 4 were taken, according [...]

Short-term rental proponents offer suggestions for policy reforms; residents vent frustrations

The Uptown Messenger -

Leading short-term rental advocates held a community discussion Thursday night on ideas for changes to the laws governing the controversial topic in New Orleans, tapping into the deep well of frustration with the city’s rental market from nearly all sides. HomeAway — an online short-term rental platform similar to AirBnB that lists 2 million properties [...]

Danae Columbus: Women’s Equality Day celebrates passage of 19th Amendment

The Uptown Messenger -

Thousands of women candidates across the country — like two running for Secretary of State in Louisiana, Renee Fontenot Free and Gwen Collins-Greenup — will be celebrating Women’s Equality Day on Sunday, August 26. During the battle over the Equal Rights Amendment, Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a resolution in 1973 recognizing the August 26, 1920 [...]

Major rehab of former Cafe Freret makes new location for Surrey’s, plus new coffee shop and empanada restaurant

The Uptown Messenger -

After a major historic structural renovation, the vacant former service station that for years was home to Cafe Freret is now slated to become a new location of popular Uptown breakfast spot Surrey’s, flanked on either side by a new family-oriented coffee shop called “Cafe au Play” and new location of Empanola. Cafe Freret closed [...]

Deanie’s brings Sea Food Kitchen to Magazine and Jackson (photos)

The Uptown Messenger -

The newest addition to the family of Deanie’s seafood restaurants is the Deanie’s Sea Food Kitchen at 2200 Magazine St. Owned by Chandra Chifici-Scarber of the same family, the space has bars upstairs and downstairs, balcony dining, and a kitchen with food options old and new. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, representatives of District B [...]

Fundraiser at Eiffel Society will benefit two education nonprofits

The Uptown Messenger -

A happy hour fundraiser tonight at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue will benefit two New Orleans education nonprofits, one that recruits more black male teachers to provide positive role models in the classroom, and one that promotes success in science and technology. Hosted by the philanthropic organization “trepwork,” the fundraiser will run from [...]

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