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Apr 132017
 

Church Alley Coffee Shop will celebrate their Mid-City location with a grand opening on Saturday (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A former Central City coffee shop opened its doors in a new Mid-City location last week, and locals say the small eatery is fitting in well with the neighborhood.

Church Alley Coffee Bar, now located at 4201 Canal St., moved from Central City a few months ago. Renee Blanchard, owner, said she wanted a location with a little less commercial structures and more community appeal.

“We really wanted to be settled into a neighborhood,” Blanchard said. “Mid-City is a place i’ve wanted to come for a long time.” Continue reading »

Apr 132017
 

A scenario of land loss within 10 years if the Master Plan is not put in place (via Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The Louisiana coastline has been gradually disappearing for decades due to a whole host of issues. The National Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, wants to stem the loss of land.

But the foundation needs residential support.

Matt Phillips, representative from NWF, presented the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization at their monthly meeting Monday. The plan includes guidelines to help develop restoration projects that are consistent with the Master Plan. Continue reading »

Apr 122017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

After a man reported his dog was stolen after leaving a local bar, police said that report may not have been entirely truthful.

Police deduced the victim – who had spent the evening at Pal’s Lounge last week – did not have his dog stolen. The dog simply ran out of the house when the victim returned from the bar, Sgt. Gary Lewis said. Continue reading »

Apr 112017
 

A man was killed on the 300 block of Jane Place in Mid-City Tuesday evening.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A man was killed after a shooting on the 300 block of Jane Place Tuesday evening.

The shooting occurred in the 300 block of Jane Place and was reported by the NOPD just before 6:30 p.m., police said. Neighbors said they heard about 15 shots.

Tuesday’s murder marks the second Mid-City murder in three days. A man was killed Saturday on the 600 block of South Scott Street; when police arrived around 2:30 p.m. they found the victim lying in the street. Continue reading »

Apr 112017
 

A representation of reported crimes within a quarter mile of the “hotspot.” Crimes include assault, a homicide and vandalism (via CrimeMapping.com).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The New Orleans Police Department is working with city officials to address rising violence surrounding a Mid-City business, but officials need input from neighbors when the time comes.

NOPD First District Commander Hans Ganthier addressed the rising violence and drug arrests at or near Ulloa Street Playhouse – a small restaurant that’s been troubling neighbors for years. A man was killed a block from the restaurant Saturday in a hail of gunshots from at least two different weapons, Ganthier said.

Police officers responded around 2:30 p.m. and found at the man dead on the sidewalk. Ganthier said NOPD has been combatting rising violence and drug sales at that location for months.

“We have been hitting this area, but apparently that’s not been as effective as we’ve liked,” Ganthier said to the Mid-City Neighborhood Association on Monday. Continue reading »

Apr 112017
 

Bayou St. John outlined in red.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Cassie Pruyn, local author, is writing a narrative history of Bayou St. John. The book – which will be published by History Press in New Orleans – is scheduled to come out later this year.

Pruyn is still looking to interview people who are important to the area, or who have lived in the neighborhood for years, for the book. Continue reading »

Apr 102017
 

A map of the reported sex crimes in the Fairgrounds neighborhood over the past month (CrimeMapping.com).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

After a slew of sexual assault reports in the last few months, Faubourg St. John neighbors were concerned about a serial rapist in the area. Officials from the New Orleans Police Department assured residents against that idea.

Commander Doug Eckert, who’s in charge of the NOPD’s Sex Crimes Unit, spoke to the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association during their monthly meeting Tuesday. Eckert reassured residents that there’s no serial rapist running around the Fairgrounds, and only one rape has been reported so far this year. Continue reading »

Apr 072017
 

An overview of the station location map used during the public workshop.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Faubourg St. John neighbors have worked for weeks to identify the best future locations for bicycle sharing stations in the area, though residents aren’t sure their voices will be heard.

Steve Kaplan, member of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, said about a dozen FSJNA members determined the safest and most aesthetically-pleasing spots in the neighborhood for the stations. Neighbors shared their findings with city officials at the public bicycle share workshop in Mid-City on Monday.

“The program is going to happen,” Kaplan told FSJNA at its meeting Tuesday. “It’s going to happen, and where we put the stations initially is very critical. We tried to come up with the least invasive and most probably chance to succeed.” Continue reading »

Apr 062017
 

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating after two suspects stole a man’s dog, along with other, less furry, valuables.

Third District officers responded to the 2900 block of Ursulines Avenue on Tuesday after the victim reported a simple robbery. The victim said two unknown black men approached him from behind while he was coming back from Pal’s Lounge around 11:45 p.m., police said. Continue reading »

Apr 062017
 

The South Course features several lagoons and historic oak trees that once lined the former City Park golf courses destroyed by Katrina (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

City Park’s newest golf course includes a host of brand new designs, greens and features, while incorporating a few features from the two courses destroyed by Katrina.

Bayou Oaks South, which opens to the public April 21, plays in a returning 9-hole routing that runs south toward Harrison Avenue, then returning north to the clubhouse. The back 9 plays along the routing that used to define the back 9 of City Park West golf course, which was severely damaged in the hurricane.

Twelve holes include natural bayous, just like the historic courses, and 100-year-old oak trees line each hole around the 72-par course. Continue reading »