Oct 302014

A man was robbed Wednesday on Banks Street in Mid-City (NOPD)

A 66-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint Wednesday morning when walking along Banks Street in Mid-City, New Orleans police said.

The victim was in the 4000 block of Banks Street about 9:50 a.m. when an unknown man armed with a knife approached him and said “give me your wallet,” said officer and police spokesman Garry Flot.

The two men got into a fight before the victim dropped his bag. The man who robbed him fled the seene right after, police said.

Oct 302014

Rock ‘n’ Bowl is hosting the fourth annual Strike for STEM bowling event this Saturday (Nov. 1).

The event will benefit Core Element, a nonprofit organization advocating for quality teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) in the Greater New Orleans area.

The annual Strike for STEM event will take place from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 1) at Rock n Bowl, located on 3000 S. Carrolton Avenue. There will be live music by The Wiseguys and a performance by New Orleans dance troupe The Disco Amigos.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.strikeforstem.org. Continue reading »

Oct 292014

Bayou Wine Garden will connect to Bayou Beer Garden through an arched bridge between the two courtyards (Della Hasselle, Mid-City Messenger).

Mid-City wine lovers may soon rejoice.

The owners of the Mid-City bar and restaurant Bayou Beer Garden are planning a new venture, Bayou Wine Garden, slated to open adjacent to the ever-popular beer hall and restaurant in spring 2015.

Architectural plans call for an arched bridge to connect the two bars by courtyard. Although owners want to replicate the casual atmosphere of Bayou Beer Garden, the new bar will also be slightly more polished, offering “French Quarter-style” dining and wine sipping complete with in-house cured meats, cheeses and more than 150 different types of wine, according to David Demarest, general manager of Bayou Beer Garden and owning partner of Bayou Wine Garden. Continue reading »

Oct 292014

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Eric Skrmetta

Eric Skrmetta


It’s the most overused word in politics today. But every once in a while we learn about an elected official who exhibits bona fide leadership, living up to the qualities we’d expect from someone working on our behalf. Chairman Eric Skrmetta is an authoritative, commanding influence on the Public Service Commission. His leadership has shaped this state agency into one of the most efficient and envied in Louisiana. Continue reading »

Oct 282014

The 111-year-old jail on St. Phillip Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Jean-Paul Villere).

Nearly everyone who spoke about the proposal to convert the century-old New Orleans Police station at 2522 St. Philip Street into a bed and breakfast Tuesday afternoon before the City Planning Commission was in favor of it — including the neighbors, the commissioners and even the city staff.

Only the language of the city’s land-use bureaucracy stood in the way, but that obstacle proved insurmountable for now, and commissioners voted to postpone a decision on the request until they can figure out how to accommodate it. Continue reading »

Oct 282014

Two suspects are seen robbing a cashier at gunpoint in a store in the 9200 block of Airline Highway in late July (NOPD).

New Orleans police reported an armed robbery in the 9200 block of Airline Highway on Monday night, marking the 7th time since late July that the block has been targeted.

On Sep. 29, Mid-City Messenger reported that a Magnolia Discount, which is located on that block, was robbed for the second consecutive day in a row. At that point, there had been a total of six armed robberies at same convenience store in a two-month period, police said. Continue reading »

Oct 282014

New Orleans police are asking the public to help find a woman wanted in connection with an attempted stabbing that happened two weeks ago in the Bayou St. John area. 

Dana Harris, 25, went to see her boyfriend at his house in the 3100 block of Orleans Avenue about 7 p.m. on Oct. 14, police said. Once she was there, she confronted him at the door and they got into a fight. Continue reading »

Oct 282014

8x4-signLouisiana voters have a real opportunity on Election Day to clean up the Louisiana Public Service Commission by electing consumer champion and energy expert Forest Wright over Eric Skrmetta, the current LPSC chairman who has time and again sided with monopoly utility companies against consumers while taking massive amounts of contributions from those very companies he is charged to regulate on behalf of the public. Continue reading »

Oct 272014

When Liz Canache first laid eyes on the “Police Jail and Patrol Station” built in the turn of the 20th century in Esplanade Ridge, she knew she had to buy it.

The 6,291-square foot Queen Anne and French Renaissance Revival-style building, located at 2552 St. Philip Street, was falling apart. The structure had crumbled around the 111-year-old facade, leaving it exposed to drug dealers and criminals who frequented the area, Canache said. And she had a plan to save it.

Now, Canache and her husband have started a new hospitality company, aptly named “Down By Law.” If her plan goes accordingly, the pair will next year be opening “Inn at the Police Jail and Patrol Station,” a bed-and-breakfast designed to hold nine guest rooms. Continue reading »