Jan 102017
Bernice and Ms. Teede of Club Teede

Bernice and Ms. Teede of Club Teede

This family owned business provides customers great food, music, and games. Throughout the year, Club Teede hosts pool tournaments, backyard barbecues, seafood boils, and themed parties. Their customers are like family and they make sure everyone has a great time.

Shopkeepers: Ms. Teede and daughter Bernice
Shop: Club Teede
Since 1993

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
Bernice: My mother started Club Teede because she always wanted to run a business and have it to be family owned. After thinking about the type of business she’d like to start, she decided to open a bar and lounge. Continue reading »

Nov 212016

(via Friends of City Park)

Celebration in the Oaks, the annual winter lights display at New Orleans City Park, opens this week, marking its 30th anniversary! As one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the South, with more than 165,000 visitors to the month-long event, it takes a little magic and a ton of work to make this extraordinary display come to life.

There are hundreds of thousands of holiday lights that make up the displays covering over 25 acres of City Park, including the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland, and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. The “behind the scenes” team, which consists of a 6 person crew, works all year brainstorming, designing, creating, repairing, and executing the numerous displays. From installing outlets in trees and on lagoon islands, to complicated welding and electrical work, they do it all.

(via Friends of City Park)

(via Friends of City Park)

This year’s Celebration in the Oaks will feature the same classics of Mr. Bingle, The Cajun Night Before Christmas, and The Dripping Snow Tree, but will also contain new displays including a 16 foot lighthouse with a holiday beacon, enhanced display on the train ride, Menorah, and spinning dreidels! The lights are not the only attractions at Celebration in the Oaks, guests can enjoy live entertainment by local schools and groups each night in the entertainment tent, children and the young-at-heart can also stop by to see Santa, who makes a nightly visit to the train gazebo.

What is the best part about being a Friends of City Park member during the holiday season? Members receive FREE ADMISSION to Celebration in the Oaks! Friends’ members also have a designated entrance at the Oscar J. Tolmas Information Center where their card is scanned for admittance. Become a member here today and enjoy the festivities night after night!

(via Friends of City Park)

(via Friends of City Park)

Friday, November 25, 2016 – Saturday, January 1, 2017
Closed November 28-30; December 1; December 24; December 31
Open Christmas Night & New Year’s Day

Sunday-Thursday 6-10pm Friday & Saturday 6-11pm
Last entry into event is 30 minutes before closing time.

Bring your family and make this a can’t miss holiday tradition!

Explore City Park is brought to you by Friends of City Park, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds for capital improvement projects in City Park, in partnership with Mid-City Messenger.

Are you interested in other areas of the park or general park history? Let us know what you are interested in and it could be our next tour! Email Friends Executive Director, Casie Duplechain, at cduplechain@friendsofcitypark.com with any interests that you may have!

Nov 142016

by Stephanie Standige
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Paul Varisco, father-in-law to Steave Gleason, introduces the 'Gleason' DVD at its premiere event at The Cannery in Mid-City, Nov. 2 (Stephanie Standige)

Paul Varisco, father-in-law to Steve Gleason, introduces the ‘Gleason’ DVD at its premiere event at The Cannery in Mid-City, Nov. 2 (Stephanie Standige)

The Gleason DVD premiere was held in Mid-City at The Cannery on Wednesday, November 2. Attendees mingled as they awaited raffle drawings, a speech from Steve Gleason’s father-in-law, Paul Varisco, and the debut of the documentary, Gleason. Guests enjoyed refreshments, elegant scenery, and Pearl Jam (Gleason’s favorite band) background music prior to the viewing of the film. Continue reading »

Nov 112016
A residential development envisioned by Sidney Torres will go before City Planning Commission this month (Edwards Communities).

A residential development first envisioned by Sidney Torres (Edwards Communities).

Developers behind a new mixed-use site on the Lafitte Greenway are asking for a tax break to finance the project after agreeing to draw back in a plan for 14 affordable on-site housing units.

In a move backed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Council last week approved plans for the 382-unit, 5-acre mixed-development project, which was first proposed by businessman Sidney Torres IV. Continue reading »

Oct 262016
A vision for Tulane Avenue based on a 2011 report for the Regional Planning Commission (RPC).

A vision for Tulane Avenue based on a 2011 report for the Regional Planning Commission (RPC).

A beautification and safety enhancement project once slated to improve a section of the Tulane Avenue corridor by the end of August now has a new deadline, according to officials: the end of 2016.

Once finished, the Streetscape project will offer safer, wider streets by reducing six lanes to four, along with other improvements that will extend from South Carrollton to South Claiborne avenues.

Members of the Regional Planning Commission and Department of Transportation and Development, who along with the City of New Orleans are working on the project, have long touted the improvements, but the project has been marred by delays, changes in landscaping plans and budgetary restrictions. Continue reading »

Oct 242016

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger 

(Mid-City Security District)

(Mid-City Security District)

This year’s crime trends around Mid-City are similar to last year’s, but last week officers with the Mid-City Security District said they were working on ways to bring those numbers down.

Auto thefts in September peaked at 10, mostly due to people leaving their doors unlocked or cars running. Mid-City residents reported seven vehicle burglaries last month, but only one incident featured any evidence of an actual break-in, according to statistics from the New Orleans Police Department. Continue reading »

Oct 212016
The proposed Mid-City historic district is in green; Parkview is in purple, and Esplanade Ridge is the peach color. (via City of New Orleans)

The proposed Mid-City historic district is in green; Parkview is in purple, and Esplanade Ridge is the peach color. (via City of New Orleans)

As a decision over whether to create new historic districts in Mid-City and Parkview has been tabled until next month, a group representing the Tulane-Canal neighborhood has decided to take advantage of the time and ask to be considered separately for the pending proposal.

The plan, which first started to make traction in various study groups last year, would give both Mid-City and Parkview neighborhoods official historic designations under the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC). That’s the city’s regulatory agency for local landmark commissions outside of the Vieux Carre.

As of now, that plan considers the Tulane-Canal neighborhood part of Mid-City, rather than recognizing it as its own area.


Continue reading »

Oct 202016

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Warren Easton's new athletic field will be dedicated on Friday (photo by Claire Byun).

Warren Easton’s new athletic field will be dedicated on Friday (photo by Claire Byun).

After more than a decade of waiting and wishing, Warren Easton Charter School will officially dedicate their very own athletic field.

Legacy Field, which neighbors the Canal Street school, will be dedicated Friday during a special ceremony. School officials have been working toward a green space of their own since Hurricane Katrina, and with help from Orleans Parish School Board the “dream” was finally achieved.

“It’s just a dream come true,” said principal Alexina Medley. Continue reading »

Oct 052016


By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Nearly a year after the city’s newest greenspace officially opened, members of Friends of Lafitte Greenway are hosting a celebratory soiree on Friday night.

The Greenway Soiree 2016 will feature ten area restaurants and a night of drinks, dancing and a silent auction. Auction items were donated by businesses along the Lafitte corridor, and the event is open to Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s members and nonmembers, though ticket prices vary. Continue reading »

Sep 272016
Tamika Jackson and Matthew Rosenbeck of Junk Masters (via StayLocal!)

Tamika Jackson and Matthew Rosenbeck of Junk Masters (via StayLocal!)

Are you looking for that perfect vintage piece to add to your home or wardrobe? Look no further—the duo at Junk Masters has curated a special selection of all things vintage. Read more of their story below.

Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here. The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. Continue reading »