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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.

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)

DATES
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

HOURS
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!

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.

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 »

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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Aug 012016
 
Alex Edwards, far left, discussed how her group addressed a real-life scenario they were given, the struggle of a refugee in Syria. Students displayed their work from the fifth annual architecture and design summer camp put on by the National Organization of Minority Architects. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Alex Edwards, far left, discussed how her group addressed a real-life scenario they were given, the struggle of a refugee in Syria. Students displayed their work from the fifth annual architecture and design summer camp put on by the National Organization of Minority Architects. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, students from from the fifth annual Architecture and Design Justice Summer Camp hosted by the National Organization of Minority Architects’ Louisiana chapter gathered at the Joan Mitchell Center to display their work from the camp. The camp consisted of New Orleans-area high school students mentored by college students or professionals. Continue reading »