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Oct 052016
 

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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 »

Sep 262016
 

A proposal to create official historic districts in Mid-City and Parkview is headed to City Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Proposed Mid-City and Parkview historic districts (photo from HDLC).

Proposed Mid-City and Parkview historic districts (photo from HDLC).

In March, a study committee designated by the city voted to give both Mid-City and Parkview neighborhoods an official historic designation under the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC), the City’s regulatory agency for local landmark commissions outside of the Vieux Carre.

The vote came after months of research and input from impassioned neighbors. Should New Orleans City Council ultimately approve the proposals, the HDLC would have control over both demolitions and new construction in the Mid-City district, which would be defined in part by its National Register of Historic Places boundary. The same organization would only have oversight over demolitions in the Parkview area.

Now, the City Planning Commission staff is recommending a modified approval of the Mid-City Local Historic District, as proposed by the study committee, and full approval of the district in Parkview. Continue reading »

Sep 222016
 
(Photo by Marta Jewson for www.MidCityMessenger.com)

(Photo by Marta Jewson for www.MidCityMessenger.com)

Warren Easton instructors will begin teaching a new and updated “comprehensive sexual education” course as part of its existing health curriculum, members of the school’s board of directors announced Wednesday.

Board members voted to adopt the Health Smart curriculum, which has been approved by the Orleans Parish School Board and is in line with requirements mandated by state law, according to Alexina Medley, the school’s principal. Continue reading »

Sep 162016
 

By Claire Byun

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Mid-City homeowners will have to shell out an extra $20 next year to pay for an established neighborhood safety program, thanks to inflated police and vehicle costs.

The Mid-City Security District voted Thursday to increase their fees by 10 percent in order to keep up with rising patrol costs and police salaries. The board approved the hike after inflated insurance rates and patrol salaries pushed the projected 2017 budget to more than $1 million. Continue reading »

Sep 132016
 
Albert Silvera of Pirogues

Albert Silvera of Pirogues

One of New Orleans’ newest bars is now open at the intersection of historic Bayou Road and Broad Street; Pirogues Bar offers a welcoming blend of friendly bartending with a classic neighborhood bar feel.  Come out with a group of friends, and be prepared to make more, as good conversations and high spirits are afloat. Don’t leave without trying one of the house daiquiris!

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 »

Sep 132016
 

mid-city-messenger-display-ad-1Friends of City Park takes over the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, September 16th for their daring fundraiser, Martini Madness! This martini tasting features more than 25 specialty martinis, from classics to one-of-a-kinds! Sip on a Basil Lemon Drop with Henricks Gin, Summer Thyme Blues with Absolut Mandarin, or Cucumber Lime with Svedka Q-Cumber.

Looking for a good old classic? Don’t worry, they got you covered with a ‘make your own martini’ station, where you can choose your own vodka or gin. In addition, 25 local restaurants, including Apolline, Café Henri, Bacchanal, Canal Street Bistro, Manhattanjack, will be serving up samples of their delectable cuisine to ensure a happy belly! Continue reading »

Sep 072016
 

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

One environmentally-friendly group is seeking to make all of New Orleans a little greener, starting with the Fairgrounds community.

Sustaining Our Urban Landscape works with volunteers from Oklahoma through Lakeview Presbyterian's LAMP program to protect Bald Cypress from invasive species in New Orleans City Park (Facebook/SOUL).

Sustaining Our Urban Landscape works with volunteers from Oklahoma through Lakeview Presbyterian’s LAMP program to protect Bald Cypress from invasive species in New Orleans City Park (Facebook/SOUL).

Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, founded in June by Susannah Burley, seeks to add more than one million trees across New Orleans to replenish centuries of deforestation. Burley proposed her initiative to the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association at their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Burley said the addition of trees would improve water systems – including storm water drainage – and crop growth across the city. She added that forestry reduces air temperatures, improves soil, produces oxygen and decreases energy and heating bills.

“We’re the most deforested city in the country, and that matters enormously because our urban forest matters in how we process storm water,” Burley said.

Burley asked FSJNA members to consider creating a committee focusing on tree replenishment in the community, and that committee would join other neighborhoods for her pilot project. Algiers, Algiers Point and Broadmoor neighborhood associations have already agreed to the initiative, Burley said. Continue reading »

Sep 022016
 
A residential development envisioned by Sidney Torres will go before City Planning Commission this month (Edwards Communities).

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

The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance has spoken out in opposition of a proposal to scratch 14 affordable housing units in a 5-acre mixed-used development along the Lafitte Greenway, and instead replace them with a rotating fund that would help lower income residents buy homes elsewhere in Mid-City.

The money would be given to 14 first-time homebuyers for a soft second mortgage, as a long-term loan. According to Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, the $640,000 in funds, offered to those who make between 60 percent and 80 percent of the area’s median income, would help lower income families in Mid-City create wealth by helping them invest in property of their own, rather than continue to pay rent.

But in August, the Housing Alliance countered that the money wasn’t enough to create 14 homebuyers in today’s market. Continue reading »

Sep 012016
 
Site 61 hostel at the junction of 3701 Tulane Ave./Ulloa St., and Telemachus St., has been designated a Certified Historic Structure by the U.S. Department of the Interior (Google Maps)

Site 61 hostel at the junction of 3701 Tulane Ave./Ulloa St., and Telemachus St., has been designated a Certified Historic Structure by the U.S. Department of the Interior (Google Maps)

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Mid-City is rife with historic buildings that have put New Orleans on the map, but one local hostel is taking advantage of a state tax credit that rewards renovated landmarks.

Site 61 Hostel, which opened in 2014 after much renovation, has earned a designation as a Certified Historic Structure by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The hotel, located at 3701 Tulane Ave., is now eligible for state tax credits due to the extensive renovations. Continue reading »