Archive for October, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Join us for a Halloween Night Showing of Ghostbusters in Old North

Join us Friday evening for some Halloween fun, including a costume contest, candy, and kids’ games, and the last of our October Movies in Old North. Because we wanted to ensure that the show would go on, rain or shine, we decided to move the event indoors to the former newly renovated Parks Drug Store building at the southeast corner of N. 14th & St. Louis Avenue. This week’s movie, Ghostbusters, will start at 7 p.m. Old North St. Louis Restoration Group has sponsored and coordinated the (mostly) Outdoor Movies in Old North with the professional expertise of Frontyard Features. Friday’s movie will represent the culmination of Frontyard Features’ 2008 series, which has included more than 200 movies throughout the state of Missouri.

For more information, call the ONSLRG office at 314-241-5031.

Last week, the very same space played host to the opening reception for Art Co-op’s “Halloweird” art exhibition. Below are a few scenes from that event.
Sunday, October 12, 2008

Great Time Had by All at Friday’s Outdoor Movie Night in ONSL… & Channel 5 Coverage of Crown Square

Neighbors from throughout Old North and friends from outside the neighborhood converged on the grassy lot at 2816 N. 14th Street on Friday evening for the first of four Outdoor Movie Nights sponsored by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group. The comfortable fall weather, the big screen from Frontyard Features, a free showing of “The Goonies,” and a good-natured crowd combined to make a pleasant evening in Old North.

Below: a few scenes of the attendees arriving and settling in with blankets, lawn chairs, baby carriages, friends to lean on, and refreshments for a night of outdoor relaxation and family-friendly entertainment.Above: Zoila Rendon, Mark Cockson, Claire Wolf, Tino Ochoa, and Leon Ochoa gather around Mark’s “popcorn stand” outside the Hostelling International-Gateway Council office.

NewsChannel 5 Covers Crown Square

Cordell Whitlock and his camera crew from NewsChannel 5 were in the neighborhood today reporting on the Crown Square development. The story aired on the 5 p.m. broadcast. We’ll provide a link to the report if KSDK posts an online version on their website.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Outdoor Movie Series Starting Friday

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group has recruited Frontyard Features to put on a series of FREE Friday night movies in Old North during the month of October, with the first one scheduled for this Friday, October 10th, featuring the 1995 Steven Spielberg classic, The Goonies. As the flyer above indicates, the movies will happen over the next 4 Fridays at 7 p.m., in a pleasant, grassy lot on N. 14th Street, just north of St. Louis Avenue. So, grab your lawn chair and come on out to have some outdoor fun with the friendly neighbors living in Old North.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Crown Square Progress (& Meeting Roundup)

On Tuesday evening Old North St. Louis residents, neighborhood stakeholders, and prospective Crown Square commercial tenants gathered inside the former Parks Drug Store building to hear about the progress at Crown Square.

Among the speakers addressing the audience were Andy Karandzieff (above) of Crown Candy who discussed his excitement about Crown Square, as a 3rd generation business owner and a neighborhood resident; Alderwoman April Ford Griffin; and Susan & Paul Sauer of Duffe-Nuernberger Realty who reported on the growing interest among business owners who are considering locating at Crown Square (such as the two prospective restaurant owners attending the meeting). The Sauers reported that we have received a reservation to lease space for a fashion boutique and serious interest from several other businesses. One of the goals of the meeting was to share information about the various resources that could help businesses locating at Crown Square and neighborhood residents interested in jobs at Crown Square businesses. Above, Ken Riddick of SLATE (St. Louis Agency on Training & Employment) explains the assistance available to job seekers.

Meanwhile, the construction up and down 14th Street is moving forward and transforming the stretch of formerly crumbling vacant buildings into magnificently restored historic buildings.

In addition to the commercial spaces along the street, many of these buildings will have apartments upstairs, and many of these will offer incredible views. Below is the view from the south-facing windows of one of the apartments at 2600 N. 14th Street.


Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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