New Orleans Magazine - August 2006

NEWSBEAT: Union bankrolls renovations

The announcement that the national labor group ALF-CIO will invest $700 million in the rebuilding of New Orleans already has developers, nonprofits and other organizations lining up with redevelopment plans to put that money to use. In June, when the…

WINDOWS

New Orleans provided a window to the world last August, and what the world saw was not a pretty sight. Away from the television cameras, other windows provided different perspectives. To the trapped peering from the back of their house…

SPECIAL COMMENTARY: Press of Time

For Bruce Katz the biggest moment of his career was also one of the worst of his personal like. Katz is the chief meteorologist for WGNO, Channel 26, the local ABC affiliate. For reasons having everything to do with position…

CHRONICLES OF RECENT HISTORY:

That steady hum in the August air in New Orleans may not be summer insects – it could be the whirr of countless sewing machines as seamstresses of the city get ready for another formal social season. Debutante gowns, Mardi…

TABLE TALK: New restaurants along and near the Avenue.

We came back to New Orleans last fall, after months away, ready for a table at Galatoire’s, a dozen raw oysters at Casamento’s and a snowball at Hansen’s. While we longed for old favorites, a few brave restaurateurs opened ambitious…

HOME: COMING BACK BETTER

Hurricane Katrina was not kind to the Lakefront home of Char and Mark Schroeder. Like so many others in the area, the once pristine home ended up as part of Lake Katrina when the levees failed. For days, three feet…

3090: BE NEAR THY BEER – A guide to where to do the brew

Hurricane Katrina’s storm winds peeled back the siding on Elizabeth’s Restaurant, a corner café in the Bywater near the river levee, and revealed an artifact of New Orleans history. Beneath the modern siding on the second floor of the old…

MUSIC: Norwegian Seamen’s Church … and jazz

On a steamy May morning (before coffee) my phone delivered a producer from CNN: Can you do a satellite interview about the priest in Rome the pope just removed? My last book exposed that reprobate priest. You bet I said…

STREETCAR: BETWEEN PIETY AND DESIRE

Piety and Desire run parallel but do not intersect. That is true in life and it is true in the Ninth Ward where the two streets stretch from the river, cross St. Claude Avenue and then head to the now…

SPEAKING OUT

We are a different people now than we were a year ago. Sure, except for a few Katrina pounds and hair spots that are graying or thinning, we still look pretty much the same. We still believe that this can…

NEWSBEAT – Charter schools – the future is here

Of all the changes that swept into New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, one of the most significant in the realm of education has been the surge in charter schools. Most of the public schools to reopen since the storm have…

MARQUEE – places to go, people to see, things to do

Full of Hot Air Around the world in 80 days doesn’t seem so far fetched after you see what balloons can do at the Pennington National Hot Air Balloon Championship, Aug. 2 to 6, and the Louisiana State Championship, Aug.…