city government Featured good works land use

Ronald McDonald House is changing hands, and neighbors are wary of the new owner

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger Ronald McDonald Charities is saying goodbye to its longtime New Orleans home, the cheerful yellow house on Canal Street and North Alexander. The local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, will be taking its place. Both nonprofits are gaining more space to carry out their missions. Read More…

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Beloved Mid-City signs are returning to neutral grounds

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger The familiar red heart in a yellow crescent will soon return to three Mid-City neutral grounds. New Mid-City signs will replace the three signs blown down in Hurricane Ida. The colorful, whimsical signs on the neutral ground at South Broad and Tulane Avenue, South Carrolton Avenue and Ulloa Street, and Read More…

city government Featured land use public safety

Strip club on Tulane Avenue draws complaints from neighbors

By Jackie Galli, Mid-City Messenger Club Pressure on Tulane Avenue has everything a strip club should: dancers, poles, lots of cash. The one thing it doesn’t have is a permit to operate as a strip club. Pressure has been operating as a strip club since at least 2019, judging by the photos on their social Read More…

business Featured food and drink

Addis Nola is moving its Ethiopian kitchen to Bayou Road

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Addis Nola will soon be serving authentic Ethiopian dishes from a new home. The family-run restaurant is planning to move from South Broad to Bayou Road in the fall.  Addis Nola was opened in 2019 by Ethiopian native Biruk Alemayehu to connect New Orleans with the culture of her homeland Read More…

arts, books and music city government Featured land use

Jazz club planned for Broad and the Greenway clears a hurdle

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger It’s been a decade since Sam Smith Jr. embarked on a lifetime goal — opening a jazz club for locals in New Orleans. And it’s been more than a year since he received the city’s approval to create a bar and restaurant with live entertainment on North Broad at the Read More…

business Featured food and drink

Velveteen Lounge opens as Bayou Road’s new affordable neighborhood spot

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Velveteen Lounge & Restaurant opened in May as a new anchor for the Bayou Road corridor in the former home of Pirogue’s, the popular neighborhood bar and restaurant that shut its doors in 2020. The restaurant and bar at Bayou Road and North Broad Street is the brainchild of Brendan Gordon, Read More…

Featured good works health land use

CrescentCare planning medical clinic for United Way building on Canal

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger CrescentCare, a community health center formed from the NO/AIDS Task Force, is purchasing the United Way building on Canal Street to redevelop into a medical clinic. The building at 2515 Canal St. is currently under contract with CrescentCare,  United Way of Southeast Louisiana, the building’s owner and primary occupant since Read More…

events Featured parks and greenspace sustainability

Volunteers set to begin planting cypress forest along the Greenway

On Thursday (April 21), more than 130 volunteers, including participants from Navy Week, Ochsner, First Horizon, Emmanuel Church and Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co., are honoring Earth Day by coming together to plant the first 100 cypress trees of a 1,000-tree cypress forest on the Lafitte Greenway. This is a first step of a Read More…