I went to America last year and made friends with Star, a tall, twee elderly guy with an afro. This is his house in New Orleans: such crumbling, 1920s architecture is typical of the south. Star grew up in New Orleans at the height of the jazz age, when it was known as the Big Sleazy. It was a party destination, with people flocking to its clubs and casinos from all over the US. Star’s grandmother ran a brothel from this house, with girls working in different rooms. When he hit his teens, Star fled to California and worked as an orange picker. Then his grandmother died and he inherited the house. He drove back in that old blue Cadillac you can see out front and was in the middle of renovating the building when he heard Hurricane Katrina was coming. So he escaped to Texas – that’s why the car survived – but the building was mashed. You can see all the detritus from the storm on the kerb on the left, still there almost 10 years on. He was given a huge grant to fix … [Read more...] about Ivar Wigan’s best photograph: Star’s crumbling house in New Orleans
This is the shocking moment two tourists were brutally beaten and robbed in New Orleans by a gang of four men on Saturday night (24 June).Boston residents James Curran and Tim Byrne were walking through the French Quarter of New Orleans on the way back to their hotel just before 9pm when they were attacked from behind.CCTV footage of what appeared to be a well-coordinated assault – lasting just 20 seconds – was released by the New Orleans Police Department as they launched a hunt for the suspects.The video shows the two tourists stroll along Bienville Street before two men run up behind the pair and land a sucker punch to their heads.Byrne appears to be almost instantly knocked out cold and falls face first onto the pavement. At the same time, a dazed Curran is held in a head lock by the other attacker.With both victims immobilised, two other men rush over and start rummaging through Curran and Byrne's pockets, taking their phones and wallets. All four assailants then run … [Read more...] about Video shows tourists brutally beaten by gang of robbers in New Orleans ambush
The city of New Orleans surrendered early during the actual Civil War, after the Confederates left it poorly defended. This time, though, reinforcements from far afield have arrived to hoist the battle flag. “I will chain myself to that son of a bitch before I let them tear it down,” Wilford Seymour said Thursday, waving a hand toward a statue of General PGT Beauregard mounted in a bronze saddle. “By God I will ride that horse myself.” Seymour had driven overnight from Arkansas, as soon as he got word that the city of New Orleans was pulling down some of its Confederate monuments. The city’s first maneuver was a covert one, carried out at 3am Monday. A crew wearing masks and bulletproof vests, guarded by snipers overhead, dismantled a monument to the Battle of Liberty Place. It was the most obvious of four monuments marked for removal, since it commemorated an ignoble post-war uprising by white supremacists who didn’t like the direction New Orleans … [Read more...] about ‘If I had my gun on me, I’d shoot him’: the civil war over statues in New Orleans
Bar/restaurant off the beaten track One of my favourite drinking spots in New Orleans has got to be Lakeview Harbor. It’s well outside of the usual tourist area – though not really that close to the lake (Lake Pontchartrain). It is more of a locals’ spot, not trendy by any means. Its daily two-for-one happy-hour drinks make it a great place to catch up with friends after work, and its burgers (from $10.50) are on a par with some of the best in the city. Lakeview’s signature drink is the Typhoon and trust me, it will definitely put you in a good mood. • 911 Harrison Avenue, +1 504 486 4887, lakeviewharbor.usBrooke Boudreaux, manager of Circle Food Store, (the first African American-owned full service grocery store in New Orleans) Great live music Facebook Twitter Pinterest Photograph: Lee Celano/Reuters The Maple Leaf bar is where I first set foot on American soil in the 1980s (I grew up in Kent, in the … [Read more...] about ‘My favourite place in New Orleans’ – a top 10 guide by locals
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email If you're looking for a weekend away but don't know where to go, Surrey and Hampshire boast some top hotels. Whether you'd like to treat a loved one to a romantic night's stay at a luxury country house or fancy getting a group of friends together for a weekend break, we've put together a list of places that offer everything from king size beds, award-winning restaurants and indulgent spas all within an hour's drive. Plus, we've thrown in a few hotels just on the border in case you want something a little further away from home. 1. Ashdown Park Hotel, East Grinstead 4 STAR: Ashdown Park is one of the most sought after spa hotels in the area, where you can enjoy relaxing treatments and therapies in a luxuriously appointed country club which overlooks beautiful gardens and landscaped 18 hole par 3 golf course. Address: Wych Cross, RH18 5JR. Tel: 01342 824988 … [Read more...] about 28 luxury hotels in Surrey and Hampshire worth splashing out on
Americas In New Orleans, Katrina recovery continues Tanya Harris, Make it Right "My grandmother told me: 'Honey, your grandfather worked on the riverfront 35 years. He broke almost every bone in his body. He lost a lot and even had his dignity compromised out there - because those men weren't treated fairly all the time. He worked very, very hard for these three lots on Delery Street.' And she said: 'If you don't understand now, one day you will.'" In New Orleans, Katrina recovery continues Bill Waiters, Sustain the Nine "Have we made some progress? Yes, we have. Are we where we should be? No we're not. Has the Ninth Ward received its fair share of the federal dollars? No, we did not. Had we received our fair share of the federal dollars, you wouldn't see these vacant lots and overgrown lots. This is a testament to the state government and the city government as to how not to treat American citizens." In New Orleans, Katrina recovery continues Mwende Katwiwa, … [Read more...] about In New Orleans, Katrina recovery continues
A suspect was killed by police after a state trooper was shot and wounded following a routine traffic stop in New Orleans. The Louisiana State Police trooper was shot in the arm by a passenger in a car which he had pulled over because he thought it might be stolen. A witness said there was an exchange of fire with police and then a “rolling gun battle” as the gunman, the driver of the car and another passenger tried to flee through back gardens in a residential neighbourhood. Officers eventually cornered the men in the city’s 7th Ward and one of the suspects was killed. The search for the other two suspects, described as black males, was continuing today with SWAT officers wearing bullet-proof helmets and vests moving through the area house by house. The state trooper who was shot is expected to make a full recovery. “He has a bullet in his left elbow. It’s embedded in there,” Louisiana State Police Colonel Michael Edmonson said at a press … [Read more...] about US police shooting suspect killed after ‘rolling gun battle’ in New Orleans
ONE person has been killed and nine injured in a shooting in New Orleans. A man died as a result of his injuries after the incident in the French Quarter in the early hours of Sunday. Via twitter, local police confirmed "10 victims were shot" at the intersection of Iberville and Bourbon streets. No further information is known about the injuries of those taken to hospital. Read More Top news stories today Ava Stark gets second chance at life Revolutionary icon Fidel Castro dies Davie King: Rangers are way behind Celts Mum losing home due to benefit cuts … [Read more...] about One dead and nine others injured in New Orleans shooting incident
Elizabeth Olsen sure attracts the boys! Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's 23-year-old sister was spotted with a new mystery man Sunday in New Orleans. Wearing all black (she is an Olsen, after all) the Oldboy star and her similarly dressed male friend texted on their phones outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a Saints game. Mary-Kate gets cozy courtside with her beau Don't read too much into this new guy though. In addition to that "I'm not really interested" body language Lizzie's exhibiting, she was spotted earlier this month in New Orleans holding hands with Boyd Holbrook. Like the (at least temporarily) southern lady she is, she appears to be weighing her options! Here are even more celebrity siblings! … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Olsen, Mystery Man Head to Saints Game in New Orleans
Twitter.com/benedictarnold9 It's nice to see Liam Hemsworth's making friends while away from fiancée Miley Cyrus! The Hunger Games hunk, who's currently down in New Orleans filming his upcoming cop drama Empire State, recently took some time between takes to make nice with local fans. So what went down? Read on to find out... READ: Miley Cyrus' Engagement: "Congratulations!" Says Pal Bret Michaels Just the other day, Hemsworth got friendly with 21-year-old local college student Alexandra Arnold and her 17-year-old sister Arielle. "He was super nice!" Arnold tells us of the 22-year-old Aussie actor, who "kindly" waved the girls over after they asked to take a pic with him. "Me and four other fans were there, so it wasn't crowded," Arnold tells us. "We didn't ask for autographs or say anything about Miley or the engagement since we were starstruck and also wanted to be normal and keep our cool." PHOTOS: Party Pics Global Meanwhile, back in L.A., Hemsworth's bride-to-be Cyrus … [Read more...] about Liam Hemsworth Hangs With (Female) Fans in New Orleans, Miley Cyrus Parties in L.A.
Russell Brand got himself to the jail today.[/caption] The funnyman turned himself in to New Orleans police this afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the office window he smashed with a paparzzo's cell phone. Brand was booked on one count of simple criminal damage to property and released about an hour later after posting a $5,000 bond. We didn't think Katy Perry's ex would be locked up for long, especially since he already settled up with the owner of that broken window... MORE: Russell Brand Opens Up About Phone-Slamming Incident, Blames...Steve Jobs?! A rep for the law firm that was unpleasantly surprised Monday night by a flying iPhone told E! News that the window has already been replaced and paid for by one Lamb Productions. The film Brand is shooting in New Orleans is called Lamb of God, so...Make of that what you will. Brand's camp hasn't yet responded to a request for comment. The arrest warrant issued yesterday indicated that he would be fined at least … [Read more...] about Russell Brand Arrested in New Orleans for Cell-Phone Window Smash—Check Out His Mug Shot!
A couple of big stars in the Big Easy. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were seen making their way through the airport after touching down in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 13. And while the married duo kept things casual, the pretty pair still managed to look good. The couple, who recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary, are in town as Reynolds continues to work on his upcoming film Selfless. Earlier this year, Lively's rep shot down rumors the actress was pregnant. NEWS: Melissa Joan Hart told Blake Lively she hooked up with Ryan Reynold back in the day However, Reynolds did tell Details magazine in August that he and his wife are certainly not opposed to actually having kids one day. "We'd love to have a big family," he told the magazine. "We both come from big families—my parents did four, Blake's did five. A lot of people say it's crazy, but we'll only know when we're there, you know? We'll walk through that fire pretty happily, I think." PHOTOS: A look back at … [Read more...] about Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Spotted Arriving in New Orleans—See the Pic
Michael Yarish/CBS And the spinoff craze continues! CBS is looking to expand the successful NCIS franchise with a spinoff set in New Orleans, sources confirm to E! News. The project, executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and series star Mark Harmon, will be introduced in a two-part backdoor pilot, which will air in the spring. According to Deadline, who first reported the news of CBS' plans for the spinoff, NCIS: New Orleans (we assume that would be the title!) would center on NCIS New Orleans office which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as the Texas panhandle. SCOOP: Meet Cote de Pablo's potential NCIS successor! The "character-driven" project, which will film in February, will be written by Glasberg. This wouldn't be NCIS' first spinoff attempt: The popular NCIS: Los Angeles starring LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell launched in 2009 (after being introduced via a backdoor pilot on NCIS in 2008) and will hit its 100th episode this … [Read more...] about NCIS Spinoff Set in New Orleans in the Works at CBS, Mark Harmon to Executive Produce
PacificCoastNews.com Friends and family are bidding goodbye to Gia Allemand. About 50 people turned up in New Orleans on Saturday to pay tribute to the former Bachelor star, who died last week as the result of an apparent suicide. Per published reports, the memorial was held at a spot along the banks of the Mississippi River and was organized by Allemand's colleagues at Pure Barre gym, where the 29-year-old reality star and model worked as a fitness instructor. Those in attendance offered up prayers before throwing white flowers into the river in her honor. The invitation to the service read: "Today, we wear this white ribbon in Gia's honor. Please join us in prayer as we toss white flowers into the river to symbolize that our love and memory of her will continue to flow in our hearts." PHOTOS: Celebrity deaths in 2013 Allemand's NBA player beau, Ryan Anderson, found her unconscious last Monday in her New Orleans home after she apparently hanged herself. Gia was taken to a nearby … [Read more...] about Gia Allemand Memorial Takes Place in New Orleans
Amid heartbreak, life goes on for Ian Somerhalder. The Vampire Diaries star stepped out in New Orleans Tuesday, less than a week after reports surfaced that he and his costar turned girlfriend Nina Dobrev have called it quits. The 34-year-old Somerhalder, a Louisiana native, has reportedly been staying local and hunkering down with his family. He was spotted hanging with father as they popped into a gas station to grab a drink, and the actor, wearing jeans and a dark V-neck shirt, later surveyed a patch of land in the area. NEWS: Ian Somerhalder tweets about love as Nina Dobrev breakup rumors swirl Somerhalder and Dobrev, 24, met in 2009 on the set of their hit CW series and dated for three years. Although both have so far remained mum about their relationship status, the actor raised eyebrows when he posted a crytpic tweet last week, which has since been deleted. "A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: People change and forget to tell each other. -Lillian Hellman, playwright (1905-1984)," he wrote. … [Read more...] about Ian Somerhalder Spotted in New Orleans After Nina Dobrev Breakup Reports
She may have announced that she was splitting from her longtime beau and fiancé, Nick Loeb, just 48 hours ago, but Sofia Vergara appears to be all smiles during a family vacation in New Orleans. The Modern Family actress snapped several pics from her Who Say account of family members visiting her while she films her upcoming movie project. In one pic, the brunette bombshell is seen taking a tour of a local swamp with several members of her family and a few close friends. Vergara appears to have snapped the selfie and is shown keeping her famous face out of the sun with a camouflage-colored baseball cap. Vergara is also seen smiling in a solo shot that she captioned, "Swamp day!" HOTO: Sofía Vergara's famous booty is on full display! The Colombian beauty is currently teaming up with Reese Witherspoon for the Anne Fletcher-directed action-comedy, which stars Witherspoon as a straitlaced policewoman protecting a drug lord's sexy widow, played by Vergara, as they run from … [Read more...] about Sofía Vergara All Smiles After Split With Fiancé, Enjoys Family Visit in New Orleans—Check It Out!
Baby got back, all right, and she's making sure everyone knows it. Miley Cyrus seemed to be having the time of her life Monday night while out with some pals in New Orleans celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The 21-year-old performer made a stop at Cat's Meow for some karaoke with friends, and even got on the microphone to belt the lyrics to Sir Mix-A-Lot's famous 1992 hit "Baby Got Back." Wearing black leggings with cutoff denim shorts, a black beanie and black leather jacket (where was your green, Miley?!), the blond ball of fun danced around and did a little twerking while rapping a few lines of the song. VIDEO: Get to know Miley Cyrus' sisters! Surprisingly, Cyrus didn't seem to know the tune word for word (you'd think it was her anthem), but the single did come out the year she was born. At another point of the night, the star, who was in New Orleans for her Bangerz tour, joined her buddies for a late-night grub session, and while waiting for the food, Miley decided to give the … [Read more...] about Miley Cyrus Sings “Baby Got Back” at Karaoke Bar, Visits a Cemetery and Twerks (Of Course!) in New Orleans—Watch!
Watch out dolls, because Kim Kardashian may be reading your tweets next! The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star recently traveled to New Orleans with close friends including Jonathan Cheban, Simon Huck and makeup artist Joyce Bonelli. But while enjoying countless amounts of beignets during the day, Mrs. Kanye West managed to sneak some time in to celebrate a fan's special birthday. "Happy Birthday @MyleezaKardash! I'm so thankful to spend your 21st birthday with you here in New Orleans!" Kim wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon after snapping a selfie with the devoted fan. "You have always been so real & supportive! Your tweets light up my day!!! Love you forever doll." PHOTOS: North West and Kim Kardashian's cutest pics together So what do you talk about when you're hanging out with a woman that has more than 34 million Twitter followers? Apparently, a whole lot of juicy things. According to the fan's Twitter account, nothing was off limits as Keeping Up With the Kardashians … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian Celebrates Her “Favorite” Fan’s Birthday in New Orleans and Some Dolls Are Super Jealous
Josh Brasted/Getty Images Our invite must have gotten lost in the mail. While it's no surprise that Beyoncé's life is almost always cooler and more lavish than any of ours, it was apparent yet again that she does the most awesome things when we saw photos from her Fourth of July celebrations. Bey was all smiles for the camera while attending St. Heron's 17 Wards Weekend Wine & Grind for Essence Festival held at Etoile Polaire No. 1 on Saturday in New Orleans, La. The 33-year-old superstar was joined by her sister Solange Knowles, bestie Kelly Rowland and rapper Missy Elliot. Can you imagine hitting the dance floor with this group of ladies?! Her hubby Jay Z and Solange‘s husband Alan Ferguson were also in attendance, along with singer Erykah Badu. WATCH: Beyoncé's Dance Party Is Full of Rainbows, Cleavage and Happiness As She Celebrates Marriage Equality Missy performed some of her hits as the crowd enjoyed a variety of cocktails while grooving to the music. … [Read more...] about Beyoncé Has Star-Studded Fourth of July Celebration in New Orleans With Sister Solange, Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott
Wedding bells are ringing for Lady Gaga! After getting engaged to Taylor Kinney over Valentine's Day weekend, the "Born This Way" singer remains super quiet about her very own wedding day plans. Fame Monsters, however, got quite the thrill Friday afternoon when their favorite singer arrived in New Orleans for her best friend's big day! Wearing a lilac gown with heels, the talented singer easily dressed to impress for the special ceremony held at the city's botanical gardens. "Watching your best friend get married, these are the specialist times in my life," the proud bridesmaid wrote on Instagram just days before the big day. "Seeing happiness in the lives of all my friends." PHOTOS: Lady Gaga's top 10 red carpet moments A photo posted by @ladygaga on Mar 18, 2015 at 11:50am PDT As to when Gaga is going to walk down the aisle as a bride, that remains the million dollar question. While Tony Bennett recently announced that he will be singing at the pop star's wedding, he hasn't … [Read more...] about Newly Engaged Lady Gaga Looks Ready to Say “I Do” While Attending Her Best Friend’s Wedding in New Orleans