White Linen Night returns to Houston Heights this summer. Here’s what you need to know
With more than 20,000 people expected to attend, White Linen Night is known as a vibrant community event that started in 2006 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by the New Orleans community that moved to Texas and missed their original event.
‘That was the last time I kissed him’; Woman grieving after husband dies in Heights crash that HPD officer is accused of mishandling
A Houston police officer was suspended for 10 days for mishandling a pedestrian crash investigation that killed a man while he was running in the Heights earlier this year, according to an internal department memo obtained by Axios Houston.
Community activists call for Pct. 1 deputy constable to be fired after video appears to show him ‘brake check’ cyclists
On Tuesday, community activists called for the termination of a Harris County Precinct One Deputy Constable accused of intentionally driving his patrol unit recklessly during a confrontation with a group of bicyclists.
Mayor Turner gives green light to 11th Street safety improvement project
A reconstruction project in the Heights has a lot of residents talking. The 11th Street reconstruction project in the Heights neighborhood is set to turn the street from two lanes in each direction down to one lane in each direction, and a lot of folks stand on both sides of the aisle when it comes to these changes.
Check out today’s winner for the Houston Life Prize Wheel!
HOUSTON – Today’s lucky winner is Kim Lytle from the Heights who’s taking home a Tiffany cuff valued at $1400! If you want a chance to spin to win live on the show join KPRC 2′s Insider Program. It’s free to join with great perks like discounts, giveaways and more! Good luck and happy spinning:
Woman says man exposed himself to her while she was walking in The Heights
THE HEIGHTS – One Heights resident wants to warn others about her horrific encounter during her Sunday walk. Lauren Hammelman said a man followed her in a car and then exposed himself and yelled inappropriate things to her before taking off. Now, Hammelman is sounding the alarm and hoping that this man is caught. Hammelman was walking her dogs Sunday evening in the Heights, the neighborhood she has lived in for more than 10 years. “I screamed and ran away with all three dogs.”Hammelman described the driver as a man in his 30s.
New welcome center in First Ward gives nod to Houston’s local art scene
HOUSTON – Houston’s art scene is about to get bigger this year. Arts District Houston in Winter Street Studios will open their welcome center this Saturday at 1 p.m., bringing large-scale public art inside and out as a way to support local artists impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, a news release said. The new welcome center is roughly 230 square feet and will feature artwork from a local artist every month, and the grand opening will coincide with Sawyer Yards’ Second Saturday event, where visitors have the chance to meet hundreds of local artists during open studio hours, socially-distanced. Arts District Houston will also serve as a directory for visitors with suggestions of places to do in the area, the release said. Business hours are from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Master gardener gives advice on reviving your garden after the freeze
However, passionate gardeners like Sue Schwaller understand the heartbreak of seeing your plants after a long freeze. Kornegay swears by the scratch test. That plant’s going to be just fine,” Kornegay said after performing the test on a plant at his shop. Cut the plant’s limbs or leaves only if they do not pass the scratch test or if the parts are mushy, he said. ”You just cut all of those back and those roots will be just fine,” Kornegay said.
Learn the artistic technique of glass blowing at Juggernaut Glass in the Heights
HOUSTON – After the popularity of the Netflix show ‘Blown Away,’ more and more people have gotten interested in the art of blowing glass. Glass artist Will Jackson at Juggernaut Glass in the Heights took us into his glass-blowing studio to talk about some of the technical aspects of their equipment and tools, the different seasonal craft techniques, and the classes they offer throughout the year. With such a fragile material, often things can break - which can be frustrating…but it also makes the successful projects that much more rewarding and fulfilling. Working glass is a fascinating process, and in Will’s opinion, it’s one of the only art forms where the subject appears more beautiful during creation than the final product. Glassblowers are blessed to be able to see this transitional form, the art is the process, and the byproduct that’s left is the final piece.
Thousands of residents outraged by new storage facility in the Heights
HOUSTON – Big Tex Storage is slated to move into Houston Heights and some residents are not happy about it. Heights residents are protesting the seven-story building project, one of the tallest buildings in Houston Heights, located on 11th Street near Studewood. Big Tex also operates storage facilities in Houston: River Oaks, Garden Oaks, Montrose. Our Heights facility will bring a first-class storage experience to the Heights neighborhood. Statement from Abbie Kamin, Houston City Council Member (District C):As a City with no zoning, we need stronger neighborhood protections.
M-K-T Sunset Market brings ‘feel good’ vendors to Heights area this Thursday
Houston's first "feel good market" comes back to the Heights this Thursday. HOUSTON – Local Houston businesses will hit the Heights at Houston’s first “feel good market.”Located at M-K-T Heights on Shephard, M-K-T Sunset Market’s goal is to connect Houstonians with local businesses with farmers market vendors selling the freshest groceries and vendors you typically do not see often. Guests can also enjoy a socially-distant picnic lunch at M-K-T Sunset Market by supporting local food vendors and restaurants in the area. Many of the local vendors include KIN HTX by Chef Evelyn Garcia (from Food Network’s “Chopped”), Driftwood Meadows, and Hello Harper. IF YOU GO:M-K-T Sunset Market at the HeightsAddress: 600 North Shephard, HoustonDate and time: Jan. 21 4-8 p.m.
‘It’s heartbreaking’: Doors at Heights Hospital locked because of nearly $1 million in back rent
HOUSTON – Employees at The Heights Hospital said they couldn’t get into the building Monday when they showed up for work. “We came to work and we were locked out,” said clinical coordinator Barbie Ortega. One indicates more than $322,000 in back rent, and the other indicates more than $948,000 in back rent. She said patients still showed up so staffers took matters into their own hands, treating what they could in the parking lot. The hospital’s website is currently down and some employees said they do not know if they will still get paid.
Monolith appears in Houston neighborhood
Monolith in the Houston Heights area on the corner of 11th and Beverly. HOUSTON – Houstonians in one neighborhood are baffled by the appearance of a silver monolith, similar to those discovered around the world. Residents told KPRC 2 that it showed up in the area about a week ago. “I was surprised,” one resident told KPRC. The first monolith was discovered in San Juan County, Utah on Nov. 18, with several European countries and Africa having reported several similar monoliths.
VYPE Preseason Girl's Basketball: No. 9 Heights
Heights was impressive last year. Heights finished last year with a 26-9 record and bring back all five starters as they seek a 14th-straight playoff appearance. District MVP Gracelynn Alvarez is back averaging after averaging 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Also back are first-team, all-district selections Tierra Simon (12 ppg, 7rpg), Aaliyah Macias (5 ppg, 3 rpg) and Sincere Roberts (11 ppg, 4 rpg). Heights also adds transfer Trinity Frias.
Homeowner frustrated with Heights business’s blinking, blaring alarm
“Blinking lights and it is loud enough to where it hurts your ears on the inside of your home,” Shearer said. Shearer took to social media to share her concerns not only about the alarm but about work crews she says are creating parking problems along the street. Besides having their alarm company disable the outside alarms, they’re also planning to do more. We’re going to talk to our team about how can we not reverse and maybe go forward and forward out,” said Viers. ”We want to work together to make the Houston Heights the best neighborhood in Houston,” said Shearer.
Ask 2: Who has the right-of-way at a 4-way stop?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Cynthia, from the Heights area, wants to know: Who has the right-of-way at a 4-way stop? Here’s what you need to keep in mind:First come, first served: At a 4-way stop, the first car to arrive at the intersection goes first. Drivers yield to the right: If two vehicles come to a stop at a four-way stop at the same time and are next to each other, the right-of-way goes to the person who is on the right. When two vehicles arrive at a 4-way stop at the same time, and they are head-to-head and one of the vehicles is wanting to turn and the other intends to go straight, the vehicle going straight has right of way.
Check out these 8 stunning sculptures in Houston Heights before they’re gone
With a mission to create an outdoor public exhibition, TRUE NORTH, a Heights Boulevard sculpture project, collaborated with notable Texas artists to construct eight sculptures in the Houston Heights community. The project including sculptures representative of regional works of contemporary art is located alongside the esplanade’s jogging trails. The eight sculpture exhibit features unique works including a carbon sink, dodecahedron, wind vane and weather station and more. “TRUE NORTH’s mission is to organize an outdoor public exhibition on the esplanade of Heights Boulevard — representative of regional works of contemporary art — for the enjoyment of our community and visitors and to advance the understanding and appreciation of art,” the Houston Heights Association states on its website. Houstonians are welcomed to explore the diverse works through December.
LA-based Rakkan Ramen to bring five locations to the Houston-area, including one in Heights
HOUSTON – Los Angeles-based Rakkan Ramen will plant an outpost in Houston’s Heights area in March 2021. The Japanese chain opened their first restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles' Little Tokyo in 2017 and has expanded to five locations within the area and outside California. Eater Houston reported that a new Houston location will open in March 2021 at 600 North Shepherd, part of a potential five-location Houston expansion. Comment below how you're liking it and tag your vegan friends 👇🌱 Got a favorite foodie influencer? Tag them below too 🤗 Posted by RAKKAN Ramen on Tuesday, September 15, 2020Rakkan Ramen is known for its vegetarian and vegan ramen options served with miso, umami, and white soy sauce flavors.
WATCH: Video shows person walking away from vehicle fire minutes before arson investigator was killed
HOUSTON – KPRC 2 has obtained video from a home in the Heights showing a car set on fire just minutes before Houston Fire Department arson investigator Lemuel Bruce was shot and killed. The video surveillance provided by a homeowner showed a person walking away from a vehicle fire moments before a shootout that left investigator Bruce and an arson suspect dead. RELATED: Houston Fire Department arson investigator dies after shooting in NW HoustonPolice said the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the 2100 block of Seamist Drive and W. 18th Street. HFD Chief Sam Peña said Bruce noticed a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle. Bruce was shot multiple times and was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he later died, according to HFD Chief Sam Peña.
Man accused of setting 7 fires in the Houston area, arson investigators say
HOUSTON – Rauch went before a probable cause judge Saturday night in connection with an arson outbreak in the Houston area. He is accused of setting at least seven fires across the Houston area, including several still under investigation. Rauch is accused of setting cars, trash and sheds on fire and is being questioned by arson investigators. Burnt cars in the HeightsKPRC 2 found several burned cars in the Greater Houston Heights area on Saturday. It’s unclear if Rauch is connected to the car fires, but people say they’re glad he is off the streets.
HFD investigating rash of cars fires around Heights area
HOUSTON – The Houston Fire department is asking for the public’s help in investigating a rash of fires in and around the Heights area. One of those fire’s occurred early Thursday morning near 18th street and Harvard. “It almost seemed like foul play was there from the get-go, the back of the car was just catching fire,” Posterick said. HFD said they have no suspects at this time and are working to figure out who is behind the fires. Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.
Ask 2: Is the Heights the most elevated area in Houston?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Is the Heights the most elevated area in Houston? Answer: Although the Heights got its name for its site on high land, according to the Texas State Historical Association, it is not the most elevated area of the Houston metro area. According to a topography map online, the Heights is only around 80 feet elevated, much like other areas within the loop. Meanwhile, areas of northwest Houston outside of the loop tower more than 250 feet above sea level.
Houston church’s Black Lives Matter banner targeted for second time
HOUSTON – A Houston church community is praying that thieves and vandals stop making them a target. For the second time in two months, someone has destroyed or stolen a Black Lives Matter banner from the front of Resurrection MCC Church on West 11th Street near the Heights. This isn’t the first time someone tampered with a Black Lives Matter sign at Resurrection MCC. “I cannot believe that I just drove by your church and you have the sign of Black Lives Matter,” the voice said. “It matters enough to our congregation and it matters enough to our world right now to say: Black Lives Matter,” said Threash.
Katz’s opens new Heights location with plenty of new, and classic food items
HOUSTON – Katz’s brand new Heights location on Shepherd just opened this week, this and it’s completely different than the original location on Westheimer and Montrose. All of your favorite items are still on the menu, plus some new menu ones like the salmon salad, Reuben Klassic, 7 Layer, fried pickles, and grilled shrimp sandwich. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to accommodate social distancing, and it’s pet friendly! The bar features some unique new adult beverages, and plenty of Texas wines to choose from. Watch Lauren Kelly chat with owner Barry Katz about the new location.
Katz’s Deli is bringing 24-hour, late-night eats to new Heights location
HOUSTON – Houston’s popular deli Katz’s has reportedly opened up a new location in the Heights area, along with a brand new look. Eater Houston reported this is the third location for Katz’s in the Houston-area, which includes The Woodlands and Westheimer. The deli restaurant, which opened on Sept. 15, will also bring in a new look that sets apart from the other locations,Customers can expect the same New York-style deli sandwiches, Kosher hot dogs and other popular items at the new Heights location, according to Eater Houston. Katz in the Heights expects to roll out their “Katz’s Never Kloses” slogan and will transition to 24-hour service starting Tuesday. It is located on 2200 North Shepherd.
Miss Mini Donuts: Where to find this Kardashian-beloved shop tucked away in the Heights
HOUSTON A popular California doughnut shop beloved by celebrities like Kim and Kourtney Kardashian has opened in Heights area. Newport Beach-based Miss Mini Donuts, known for its tiny, candy-topped donuts with flavors such as Reeses, Circus Animal Cookies and Smores, is open inside Bosscat Kitchen +Libations (BCK) Restaurant at 920 Studewood, which recently reopened after being temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Eater Houston reported. The doughnuts are sold in boxes that range between four to 100 donuts each. Customers can also purchase a Donut Kit, which comes with 25 donuts, frosting and four toppings of your choice. You can place an online order at missminidonuts.com and pick it up at BCK.
WDH: Safer streets for people who walk or bike in the Heights
HOUSTON Walking and biking in the Heights will soon feel a lot safer when traveling on North Shepherd and Durham drives. In July, the Shepherd-Durham Major Investment project, which stretches from 610 to Interstate 10, was awarded $40 million dollars to continue building out Phase 2 of the project. Residents in the area can expect wider sidewalks and the addition of bike lanes on these main thoroughfares. The first phase spans from the North Loop to 15th Street on Shepherd and Durham. The second extends from 15th Street to I-10, the newly awarded $40 million dollars will help fix this stretch.
Heights resident says neighborhood dead-end has turned into a garbage dumping ground
HOUSTON A resident of the Heights neighborhood in Houston said her a dead-end in her neighborhood has been a dumping ground for garbage that isnt welcome. She said the garbage is creating a hazard for reisdents who live nearby but said she is struggling to be heard. Cheri Goodwin lives near Maxroy Street and Hurst Street in the Heights. "There's these big beautiful trees and a lovely little park area, and as I walk down [Hurst Street]...I could see [sofas]!" She hopes the garbage will be cleaned up and that it is maintained.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Get to know Smoothie Strong, whose mission is to ensure Houston-area customers get proper nourishment and satisfaction
HOUSTON If youre looking to support a local business, you should get to know Smoothie Strong -- a Houston smoothie shop founded by proud small business owner Sarai Gates Mendoza. Smoothie Strong offers drinks, bowls and acai bowls made with organically grown fruit and fresh ingredients to ensure proper nourishment and satisfaction for each customer. However, two weeks after the grand opening of the H-E-B location, the city and the business were hit with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Smoothie Strong shop is located at 1525 W. 18th Street, Suite 18. To track the smoothie truck, click here and type code 2919.
Alice’s Tall Texan Drive Inn closes after 40 years in the Heights
Like many other businesses, Alice’s Tall Texan Drive Inn was forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Alice Ward said, after 40 years in business, there was just too much working against the business. People said Alice’s Tall Texan was more than a bar, and it will truly be missed. Alice’s Tall Texan was referred to by man as Houston’s friendliest bar. Ceida Rodriguez has worked at Alice’s Tall Texan for four years and has too many memories.
THE PRINCE of HISD: Heights' QB Morrison headlining state's biggest district
The Heights quarterback Jalen Morrison lit it up in 2019, throwing for over 2,500 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore. "J-Mo" earned Newcomer of the Year honors and will strike fear in district opponents for the next two seasons. The 5-foot-11 dual-threat is putting in the work this summer with teammates and QB guru Jerrod Johnson, who now coaches for the Indianapolis Colts. His football IQ is off the charts for his age and he has gained 20 pounds of good weight over the COVID19 layoff. VYPE caught up with top HISD prospect before he hits a few showcase camps.
The cheapest apartments for rent in the Heights, Houston
2810 Beauchamp St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperThis one-bedroom, one-bathroom abode, situated at 2810 Beauchamp St., is listed for $990/month. 935 Byrne St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperHere's a 600-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom abode at 935 Byrne St., which is going for $1,100/month. 1548 Ashland St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperFinally, check out this 515-square-foot studio apartment at 1548 Ashland St., listed at $1,125/month. This story was created automatically using local real estate data from Zumper and Apartment Guide, then reviewed by an editor. Additionally, if youre in the real estate business learn how to do local real estate advertising in your ZIP codes.
Rooftop Cinema Club’s Blvd. Place location will open on June 16. Here’s what you need to know.
HOUSTON – Summer nights on the rooftop are coming back to Houston as Rooftop Cinema Club’s Blvd. Place location will reopen with classic movie showings starting June 16, Houston CultureMap reported. Opening Night will start off with popular classic films such as “Pretty Woman,” “Love Jones” and “The Birdcage”, Rooftop Cinema Club said on their website. To purchase tickets, click here. Rooftop Cinema Club has two other drive-in locations in the Heights area (at Sawyer Yards, 2301 Summer, Houston) and Spring (next to Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, 213000 I-45 Frontage, Spring).
Houstonians are suing Gov. Greg Abbott over executive orders amid coronavirus crisis
Adams is among two dozen people and groups suing Governor Greg Abbott, declaring his executive orders unconstitutional. "Let me make something real clear, nobody loves Governor Greg Abbott more than I do," Adams said Friday. “The 1975 disaster declaration act is unconstitutional, we believe, to the extent that it does allow him to suspend laws. The constitution makes very clear that only legislature can suspend laws,” Woodfill said. The 45-year-old law gives broad powers to the Governor of Texas to supersede and suspend laws in emergency situations.
Family-owned Italian restaurant earns $1,000 tip during coronavirus pandemic
HOUSTON – Founded in 1983, Cavatore Italian Restaurant is a family business with deep roots in the Heights neighborhood. However, the restaurant received a tip this week the owner said they would never forget. "When this all started a few weeks back, we all expected this to end in two weeks," said Federico Cavatore, the owner of Cavatore Italian Restaurant. Three years ago, Cavatore started a farmer's market on the restaurant property, inviting dozens of local and small vendors to sell their goods. "It's a much safer environment to shop in," another small business owner said.
Russo’s New York Pizzeria to open Heights location in early 2020
HOUSTON – Good news Heights-area pizza lovers: A new pizza shop is headed your way. Russo’s New York Pizzeria announced it will open a Heights-area location in early 2020, according to a report from Franchising.com. Russo’s New York Pizzeria offers New York-style pizza and Italian cuisine. The new shop is located at 2805 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX. Click here for more information about the restaurant franchise.
Traffic on I-45 North Freeway moving again in Heights after crash
HOUSTON – Traffic on a part of the North Freeway was moving again Friday after a crash near the Heights neighborhood of Houston caused a major backup. The two-vehicle crash was reported about 6 a.m. on the northbound side of Interstate 45 at North Street. Cameras also showed traffic was backed up to near Dallas Street. By 7 a.m., traffic appeared to be moving again. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.