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Feb 142017
 

City Park (Tad Gormley) Stadium, circa 1938

2017 marks the 80th anniversary of Tad Gormley Stadium. The iconic City Park stadium, designed in the shape of a horseshoe, was completed in the fall of 1937 during the Works Progress Administration. From the Beatles concert, to the 1992 Olympic Track and Field Trials, to the thousands of high school games, Tad Gormley Stadium has hosted a remarkable variety of entertainment for the people of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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 »

Jan 052017
 
Hans Ganthier, 19 year veteran of the NOPD, serves as the Commander of NOPD's First District. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

Hans Ganthier, 19 year veteran of the NOPD, serves as the Commander of NOPD’s First District. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

As his second year as NOPD First District Commander dawns, Hans Ganthier plans to focus on curbing the same issues his squad faced last year.

First District, which covers Mid-City and Treme, has worked to decrease armed robberies and response times over the year with its new commander. The number of armed robberies decreased by 52 incidents last year, Ganthier said, and auto burglaries and thefts are also down – even through a rash of incidents late last week.

“These armed robberies, when we put them away, it really stops our issues,” Ganthier said. “We do catch them, we’re really good about catching them.”

There were a total of 14 armed robberies around Mid-City in 2016, which is about 27 percent down from 2015, according to NOPD numbers. There were 14 simple robberies in both 2015 and 2016, but two fewer murders last year than 2015.

Residence burglaries were up by one last year but business burglaries decreased by 44 incidents, Ganthier said.

“That’s quite the difference,” he said.

Ganthier said his focus for 2017 is similar to last year: reduce response times; combat armed robbery stats; and inform and educate the community through engagement. Part of NOPD’s consent decree requires community engagement efforts from the department, and Ganthier said First District is planning events and programs for 2017.

Those programs will include youth development and engagement, Ganthier said, since many people around the district have been asking for something youth-oriented.

Ganthier replaced Otha Sandifer in the First District, who stepped up to Commander of the Compliance Division.

Ganthier has served within NOPD for 18 years, where he first started in the Eighth District and moved on to spend 11 years in the Special Operations Division. From there, he was moved to the Second District and later sent to the Fifth District as Assistant Commander.

Ganthier is also a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering. He served in the Navy for five years after graduating.

Ganthier spoke to officers at the weekly First District crime meeting Tuesday afternoon where sergeants recapped the week’s activities and reminded officers about any protocol and paperwork duties. Officers discussed the city’s first homicide of the year – which occurred in Mid-City – to the dismay of Jim Olsen, chair of the Mid-City Security District.

Olsen said the First District’s misfortune in claiming the first 2017 homicide “is what it is.”

Ganthier, however, hopes for a little less luck throughout the year.

“As long as I don’t keep getting so lucky, we’ll be OK,” he said.

Nov 212016
 
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(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. 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 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.

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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 »

Aug 232016
 
Vera Williams of Community Book Center

Vera Williams of Community Book Center

Community Book Center has been an anchor in New Orleans for 33 years! It is no coincidence that “community” is within their name; step inside the doors and you are warmly welcomed by co-owners Vera and Jenn. They’ll guide you through their selection of cultural books, art, clothing, jewelry, soaps, community space, and more. Plus their new art installation, “The Baobab Tree of Knowledge & Life,” is a must see.

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 »

Aug 102016
 

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At around 800 years old, the McDonogh Oak is the oldest (and largest) Live Oak tree in New Orleans City Park! This magnificent tree got its name from philanthropist John McDonogh who acquired the existing Allard Plantation, which sat on Bayou St. John side of City Park, in 1845.

When McDonogh passed away in 1850, it was revealed that he left all of his possessions, including Allard Plantation, to the cities of New Orleans and Baltimore. Public sentiments of this bequest lead to Allard Plantation becoming a public park in April 1854. Continue reading »

Aug 092016
 
Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa of Kitchen Witch

Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa of Kitchen Witch

The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. 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.

While drainage system improvements and road construction make “shopping local” a bit more challenging in the short term, the critical improvements mean our city will be safer and stronger for generations to come. We hope you are inspired and continue to shop small and shop local—even if it takes a little extra time!

Shopkeeper: Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa
Shop: Kitchen Witch
Since 1999
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