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Mailbag: Keep Royal's Pedestrian Mall Open

Earlier in December, Brennan’s restaurant spearheaded a push to close the pedestrian mall on Royal Street. Reader Chris Olsen, a small business owner working out of the Quarter, was appalled by the idea. He launched a petition and penned an open letter to Council-Member Nadine Ramsey.

Royal St. Pedestrian Mall to Reopen

Doreen and her band will be playing in front of Rouse’s once again. Following the Paris terror attacks, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) temporarily opened Royal Street to vehicular traffic, but the Department plans to return the road to its normal pedestrian use from 11a.m. to 4p.m. daily beginning on Saturday (12.05).

Cruise's Krewe

Given the state of the lower quarter of the Lower Quarter, one might be forgiven for thinking they imbibed far too much on Halloween night and the last month has been a long dream. Royal Street is once again decked out with ghosts and ghouls. The retro makeover is all part of a massive movie shoot scheduled to continue through the weekend.

Laundry Day

Dirty Linen Night Rolls on Royal

Do you still have pile of unwashed clothes from White Linen Night sitting under your bed? Fear not! Saturday (8.08) is Dirty Linen Night an evening to celebrate art in the Quarter whilst indulging in a soiled sartorial sensibility.  

R-Bar Robbery

Updated 6.03.15

Cops on souped-up golf-carts aside, summer always brings crime.  Early Tuesday (6.02) morning, two men were robbed at gunpoint at the R Bar (1431 Royal Street) according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). Other sources describe the incident as set down the block from popular drinkery.

Digging For Answers

Site of Royal Street Collapse Yields Archaeological Sandbox

New Orleans is a city that knows a bit about finding silver linings. So, when a historic building collapsed last October, the University of New Orleans’ Dr. Ryan Gray also received an opportunity. The urban archaeologist is now leading a team of students in a rare excavation within the French Quarter.

R.1 (Not P.3) Art Installation Appears at French Quarter Collapse Site

Updated 11.16, 8:16p.m.

For weeks, the city has been saturated with the distinctive pink P.3 logo of the Prospect 3 art biennial. One street artist has taken to mimicking the campaign with a rectangular pink “R.1” tag wheat-pasted around downtown. On Friday (11.14) night, the unknown artist took the public installations one step forward installing a large piece at the scene of a collapsed building in the French Quarter. Muriel's Jackson Square identifies the artist as Reggie Ford. NoDef is verifying.

Royal St. Rampage: Vandals Leave their Handles in Marigny

Mischief Night was no laughing matter to many Marigny residents. A string of vandalism incidents were reported on Royal Street join Thursday (10.30) night. Automobiles in the Marigny were “keyed” and tagged with paint along a multi block stretch of the street.

Royal Crush

French Quarter Building Collapse in Photos

A three story building partially collapsed at 808 Royal Street near the corner of St. Ann Street on the afternoon of Oct. 21. Water spewed from broken pipes as onlookers stood aghast at the historic facade's demise. The Fire Department and NOPD blocked off the street to control the scene. Remarkably, no one was hurt.

Third Thursday

Lower Royal Galleries Launch Their Own Art Walk

Julia Street has art walks on the first Saturday of the month, and St. Claude has the second Saturday. Now, the Royal Street galleries are introducing a monthly art walk of their own: Third Thursday. As the name suggests, the Quarter galleries will be straying open late and offering some lagniappe to culture crawlers on the third Thursday of each month beginning tomorrow (9.18).

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