Houston Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department responds after Midtown night club promised ‘exotic animals in cages’
Houston’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department released a statement Friday after KPRC 2’s Bryce Newberry reached out for comment concerning a club called Babylon that promised “exotic animals in cages” for its debut on July 1 in Midtown Houston.
‘Exotic animals in cages’ a promised feature of nightclub to open in Houston’s Midtown
A 6,000-square foot nightclub called Babylon is opening in Midtown Friday and promising an attraction of “exotic animals in cages,” according to a news release from nightlife group Jet Hospitality that says it’s opening the club.
Game plan for Spring Break traffic
Spring Break is just around the corner and folks should expect a lot of traffic and major demand for parking spaces especially within a five-mile radius of the Texas Medical Center. So to help traffic flow smoothly, here’s your game plan for a successful Spring Break.
‘Should never work around women’: Deputy accused of sexually assaulting woman after nightclub had prior charge involving child
A woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy after leaving a popular Midtown nightclub has filed a lawsuit, with her lawyer saying the officer should have never been allowed to work around women due to his previous criminal charges.
‘Maddening and heart breaking’: Local, state leaders react to shooting of 3 HPD officers during possible chase
Support from leaders and law enforcement agencies in Texas and the Houston area are pouring in following the news of three Houston police officers being shot Thursday afternoon following an apparent chase.
And just like that, ‘And Just Like That’ is finally starting to get good
We’re six episodes into the reboot of “Sex and the City” series called “And Just Like That,” and after a bit of a rough start, the new show is finally starting to feel like the show that viewers fell in love with over 20 years ago.
Crispy goodness at Taste Bar + Kitchen in celebration of National Fried Chicken Day
Taste Bar + Kitchen, located in Midtown at 3015 Bagby, offers globally inspired comfort foods & craft cocktails in an energetic, casual dining environment. Their popular elevated chicken and waffles serves as the star every National Fried Chicken Day celebrated on July 6th.
Electronic scooters could soon be banned from Houston sidewalks
“We don’t want scooters on the sidewalks, just as we don’t encourage people to ride bikes on the sidewalks. A: The Chapter 26 amendment specifically prohibits the commercial display and rentals of motor-assisted scooters in the public right-of-way. This means that parking in a legal public parking space for the purpose of renting scooters is prohibited. The public right-of-way is for the public use of pedestrians, public vehicular traffic, and utilities. Personal riders are subject to citations for violating the prohibition of riding motor-assisted scooters on sidewalks.
HPD: 2 people fatally shot in Houston’s Midtown area
HOUSTON – Two people were fatally shot late Friday night in Houston’s Midtown neighborhood, according to the Houston Police Department. A group of individuals on scooters were riding through the area. Two of the individuals left the group and traveled through the parking area of a McDonald’s location. Two people were fatally shot in the incident. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Houston rapper chased down and shot to death in Midtown, police say
A Houston rapper was killed during a shooting in the Montrose areaHOUSTON – A Houston rapper was chased down and killed during a shooting in Midtown on Monday morning, police said. They said a vehicle following him stopped and two people exited the vehicle and shot him multiple times. Roberson’s business partner said the rapper will be remembered for playing basketball overseas in Colombia and being a community activist. Houston rapper and community activist Trae Tha Truth posted a picture of Roberson on his Instagram page, saying the rapper didn’t deserve what happened to him. AdAnyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Man dead after getting chased down, shot in Midtown, police say
HOUSTON – A man who was chased around and shot in the middle of the street in Midtown Monday has died, police said. Investigators said there are reports that two people in a vehicle were going after the man before shooting him down in the 2900 block of Fannin around 2:32 a.m. The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he later died, police said. As of now, police said no suspect information has been released and police don’t have anyone in custody.
James Harden’s new restaurant “Thirteen” to open to the public Thursday
HOUSTON – Ex-Rockets star James Harden’s new restaurant is still scheduled to open Thursday. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, left, gets a pat on the head from guard James Harden during a timeout in the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Los Angeles. The new, 15,000 square-foot upscale restaurant will also feature a hookah lounge and suspended lighting customized as a replica of Harden’s signature and will have outdoor seating and a private VIP room. Fresh Oysters served at Thirteen by James Harden (Toshay Harvey)Menu items include fresh seafood, dry-aged tomahawk steaks, and New Zealand lamb chops. AdIF YOU GO:Thirteen by James HardenAddress: 1911 Bagby, HoustonDoors open at 4:30 p.m. Reservations required, make a reservation here.
Brazos Bridge on Spur 527 in Midtown reopens after monthslong repair
The Brazos Bridge on US 59 (Spur 527) that runs over Smith St and Holman St in Midtown has reopened. HOUSTON – After monthslong repair and construction, Brazos Bridge on Spur 527 that runs over Smith and Holman streets in Midtown has reopened, according to the Houston Public Works. A hole is seen in the deck of the Brazos Bridge near Houston's Midtown neighborhood July 1, 2019. While the Brazos Bridge underwent construction, traffic was being detoured to Travis or Louisiana streets. improvement schematic designThe new construction will help slow vehicles down while turning onto Holman Street from Smith Street.
Owner of Spire says nightclub was following coronavirus occupancy rules
Zach Truesdell, owner of Spire Nightclub, said he had hired 14 Harris County sheriff’s deputies to work Saturday night. “Our Harris County officers, their permit had been pulled to work our event for the weekend,” Truesdell said. We would have never gotten bombarded if we would have had Harris County sheriffs working the night.”To stop the crowd, Truesdell said, security placed a barricade at the door. “It didn’t provide a safe exit for people to exit the club,” Truesdell said. “I’m telling you ahead of time.”The Harris County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.
Search called off for woman who went missing after her child was found alone in vehicle, group says
HOUSTON – Texas EquuSearch is calling off the search Monday for a woman who went missing over the weekend. Read was reported missing after her 1-year-old son, Xayden, was found alone in a vehicle, Texas EquuSearch said. Tim Miller with Texas Equusearch said searchers found her cell phone in Marshall’s on Sunday. “It’s horrible,” said Read’s father, Randy. A representative of Texas EquuSearch said Read’s child was found alone in a vehicle in Midtown, just outside a Dollar Tree.
HPD, family members of man shot to death in Midtown ask for public’s help identifying suspect
Family and Houston ask for public's help in identifying suspect involved in young man's death. HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department and the family members of a young man who was shot and killed in Midtown Saturday are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect involved. At 3 a.m. Saturday, officers said they were dispatched to the intersection of San Jacinto and McIlhenny streets in reference to a shooting. He was my baby.”She asks for the public help to please say something if it will help lead to the arrest and identification of the gunman. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that can help lead to an arrest or conviction.
HPD: Man shot to death in Midtown
HOUSTON – A man was shot to death in Midtown early Saturday, according to Houston police. At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to the intersection of San Jacinto and McIlhenny streets in reference to a shooting. On arrival, officers located a gunshot victim dead in the street. The victim, described by officers as a young, adult male, had exited a nearby club to meet a rideshare. At some point a man in a hoodie confronted him, officials said.
2 local artists design mini murals highlighting COVID-19, social justice in Midtown
Midtown Houston has partnered with UP Art Studio to create relevant, unconventional mini murals in the district. HOUSTON – Midtown Houston and UP Art Studio commissioned local artists to create mini murals that focused on the global pandemic and social justice issues. They have more than 300 mini murals currently on display. It also includes representation of children from different backgrounds to capture what a truly inclusive community might look like. “I thought it was important that the artists selected use this opportunity to create work that was relevant and important to them,” said Cynthia Alvarado, Operations Manager at the Midtown Management District.
Local clinic spreads holiday cheer with patients with drive-thru party
Santa, Mrs. Claus and all their helpers – decked out in masks — gathered outside Christus Health in Midtown to spread some holiday cheer to the young patients of San Jose Clinic. For 85 years, San Jose Clinic has hosted a Christmas party. This year’s party took place Saturday morning in a drive-thru style due to the pandemic. “Oh, it’s going to be very different this year but can’t disappoint the children at all,” said Mrs. Claus. Santa is helping to put food on the table this Christmas along with presents under the tree.
COVID-19 testing site opening at HCC’s Midtown location Saturday
HOUSTON – A coronavirus testing site is opening at the Midtown location of Houston Community College on Saturday. According to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), the site, located at 3000 Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will provide both drive-thru and walkup testing. No pre-registration is required. Masks will also be distributed at the site.
Update: Photos released of 2 charged in shooting at Midtown bar that left 3 aspiring rappers dead
HOUSTON – Houston police released photos on Friday of two people charged in a shooting at a Midtown bar Oct. 20 that left three aspiring rappers dead and another man injured. According to a security guard at the club, there were two shooters. The security guard told investigators he had never seen the suspects before and searched them before they entered the club, police said. The security guard said the suspects didn’t have any weapons on them, so he believes they snuck the guns into the club. Further investigation led to the identities of Williams and Hall as suspects in this case and they were charged on Tuesday.
Woman gunned down in shooting calls OnStar before dying in Midtown, police say
HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating after they said a woman was gunned down while sitting in her car in Midtown Tuesday. Police said the shooting happened in the 1200 block of Webster around 10:06 p.m. Police said they are questioning a person of interest that fits the description the woman gave OnStar. Investigators said there is also a video from a cab driver that was behind the car when the shooting happened. The other woman that was in the car was sleeping when the shooting happened, police said.
‘We want Bagby Park reopened’: Residents decry construction delays at beloved neighborhood park
HOUSTON – People who live, work and play in Midtown Houston are wondering when construction on a beloved neighborhood park will finally be complete. The 30,000 square foot Bagby Park along Gray Street was partially closed for renovations in June 2019. According to a June 2019 blog post on the Midtown Redevelopment Authority (MRA) website, the upgrades would be complete in Fall 2019. In a recent post to the neighborhood social media app, Nextdoor, one woman opened a thread on the topic with, “we want Bagby Park REOPENED.” Other neighbors chiming in on the lack of information about why the renovations were delayed. For public safety purposes, public access is restricted from the areas of the park which are undergoing active construction.
Man shot with rifle during robbery outside Midtown apartment complex, police say
HOUSTON – A man was shot with a rifle during a robbery outside a Midtown apartment complex on Monday, according to Houston police. The incident happened around 7 p.m. outside the Dolce Midtown apartment complex’s leasing office. Police said the man was walking out of the apartment building when one of the suspects pulled out a rifle and shot him and then fled in a dark-colored vehicle. The man was taken to an urgent care nearby and then transported to a hospital where he is expected to survive, police said. The description of the suspects has not been released.
Man dies after being shot inside Midtown apartment, police say
HOUSTON – Police said they are investigating after a man was found shot in a high-rise apartment in Midtown Wednesday. Officers said the incident happened near Fannin and McGowen streets around 1:15 a.m. According to investigators, the victim called his friends and told them he had gotten shot. Police said they rushed to help and called 911, but despite their efforts, the man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Officers said so far, it is unclear what led up to the shooting.
Man dies days after being shot in face during road rage incident near Midtown, family says
HOUSTON – The victim in a road rage incident has now been pronounced dead from his injuries, according to a close family friend. READ: Man shot in face during road rage incident on Highway 59 near Midtown, HPD saysMariano Gonzalez was near the scene and stopped to help. Houston Police said Mouton and the suspected shooter were engaged in a road rage incident and used their cars as weapons. “It hurts, it hurts because I felt good telling this story and now it doesn’t feel good telling the story anymore because it hurts,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez told KPRC 2 he hopes to connect with Mouton’s family someday, even if it was just for a warm embrace.
Man shot in face during road rage incident on Highway 59 near Midtown, HPD says
HOUSTON – A man was hospitalized after he was shot in the face during a road rage incident on Highway 59 near Midtown Friday, according to Houston police. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Highway 59 exit ramp to Highway 288 South, police said. Officers said the road rage incident lasted about 10 minutes with both drivers using their vehicles as weapons to hit each other. Police said the suspected shooter and one other person were taken into custody. The truck the suspected shooter was in had a tailgate branded with the company name JJ AC and Heating.
1 hospitalized after road-rage shooting on highway near Midtown
HOUSTON – One person has been hospitalized after a road-rage shooting on a highway near Midtown. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Highway 59 exit ramp to Highway 288 South, police said. Officers with the Houston Police Department told KPRC 2 reporter Bill Barajas that the shooting happened during a road-rage incident and one person was hit in the face. Police said the suspected shooter and one other person were taken into custody. The truck the suspected shooter was driving remains at the scene and the tailgate is branded with JJ AC and Heating.
Police release names of local rappers killed in shooting at Midtown bar
HOUSTON – Three men were killed and another was injured in a shooting Tuesday night at a night club in Midtown, according to Houston police. According to a security guard at the club, there were two shooters. The security guard told investigators he had never seen the suspects before and searched them before they entered the club, police said. The security guard said the suspects didn’t have any weapons on them, so he believes they snuck the guns into the club. “About 10:30, you hear boom, boom, boom, boom so everybody just took off running from outside and that’s when you see people coming out of there running for their life," Stephenson said.
Several people line up outside the Mexican Consulate near Midtown for COVID-19 testing
HOUSTON Several people lined up outside of the Mexican Consulate near Midtown waiting to be tested Wednesday morning. The Houston Health Department has set up 20 free testing sites across Houston, including four mega-sites. People needing information about UMMC test sites can call 1-866-333-COVID or visit ummcscreening.com. The department and its agency partners may shift locations and schedules of test sites to better meet community needs. Houstonians can visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for current Houston testing sites and information about stopping the spread of the virus.
Fiesta closing its Houston Midtown location
HOUSTON – Fiesta has officially closed its location in Midtown near 59. The Fiesta website information for the location at 4200 San Jacinto now says “store permanently closed.” The closure goes into effect Friday. The Houston location -- known as “No. The area is under development as at least one major project at the former Sears location is underway. Let us know in the comments where you plan to shop for groceries in the area in the future.
Investigation underway after man found stabbed to death in street in Midtown, police say
HOUSTON An investigation is underway after a man was found stabbed to death in the middle of the road in Midtown Thursday night, police said. Police said the incident happened at Sutton Street and Genesee Street at around 11:40 p.m.Officers said they had originally responded to the scene thinking the man had been hit by a car, but after the medical examiner took a look at him, they realized the victim was stabbed five to 10 times in the neck and chest. Police said the victim is a man in his 50s. An investigation into who killed the man is currently underway.
The most affordable apartments for rent in Midtown, Houston
So what does the low-end rent on a rental in Midtown look like these days and what might you get for your money? 510 Gray St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperThis short-stay studio apartment, situated at 510 Gray St., is listed for $920/month for its 490 square feet. When it comes to building amenities, expect garage parking and a gym. 2403 Bagby St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperHere's a one-bedroom, one-bathroom short-stay dwelling at 2403 Bagby St., which, at 692 square feet, is going for $1,055/month. The building features garage parking.
What apartments will $1,400 rent you in Midtown, today?
Data from rental site Zumper shows that the median rent for a onebedroom in Midtown is currently hovering around $1,374. 3408 Crawford St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperNext, there's this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment over at 3408 Crawford St. 2222 Louisiana St.Photo: ZumperHere's a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment at 2222 Louisiana St. that's going for $1,330/month. 2410 Smith St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperNext, check out this 917-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment that's located at 2410 Smith St. 312 Smith St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperFinally, listed at $1,350/month, this 695-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is located at 312 Smith Street.
Artist paints mural of George Floyd on The Breakfast Klub
HOUSTON A popular Houston restaurant in Midtown and a local artist created a new mural to honor George Floyd. Colls and her family, visiting from Georgia, came straight to The Breakfast Klub from the airport. The Breakfast Klub used this space to make an impact for more than a decade and inspire change. Our goal is to have this appreciated by Houstonians and by Americans and have the message that its communicating, said owner Marcus Davis. To be a source of empowerment and inspiration for the community.The mural is expected to be finished Thursday evening.
Social media reacts to videos of overcrowded pool party in Houston during coronavirus pandemic
HOUSTON – Social media is reacting this weekend after videos show a jammed packed pool party in Houston. A large number of people who didn’t appear to be social distancing or wearing masks were seen in videos at Clé Houston, a club in Midtown. “There are too many people that are coming together to some of our clubs, our bars, swimming pool parties, no social distancing, no masks,” Turner said during a press conference Sunday. “Crowding into any environment with no social distancing and masks will expose everyone.”Here is some of the reaction from social media:Why y’all worried bout them people going to Houston😂 — marshy. (@_LoveKaye) May 24, 2020Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta & Houston pic.twitter.com/n3P8KsHxTL — Swing Trade Jawn (@Thacoolbreeze) May 24, 2020
Renter’s rights: Can you be evicted during the coronavirus pandemic?
HOUSTON – Like most of us, Emily Whitten of Houston is spending almost all her time indoors because of the coronavirus. Luckily for thousands of renters, the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order last week temporarily putting a halt on all evictions until April 19. However, KPRC 2 Investigates has found that despite that order, hundreds of eviction cases have since been filed in Harris County. One day after the Supreme Court order, 74 new eviction cases were filed on March 20. A total of 223 eviction cases filed since the order went into effect.
This kid-friendly Park is in the middle of bustling Midtown Houston
Address: 2811 Travis St, Houston, TX 77006Right in the middle of bustling midtown was a big empty lot. For years we saw it as we drove downtown… and then after Houston’s Super Bowl, it blossomed into Midtown Park! There is a climbing sphere, sound tubes, swings, rock play area and swings (with the swings are just outside the fence). Midtown Park is also very close to Simply Pho (and within a short walk of Pho Saigon and the Houston Fire Museum). Rock Slide at Midtown Park (Jill B. Jarvis)This article originally appeared at JillBJarvis.com and is being featured here as part of a partnership.
Victim robbed, dragged while attempting to sell phone on mobile resale platform
HOUSTON – A Houston woman said she is struggling to cope after a terrifying ordeal that she said she will never forget. She said she was robbed and dragged while attempting to sell her phone on Offer Up, a mobile-driven local marketplace. “It is was really bad," said the victim, whose identity has been concealed for safety concerns. “The driver she was just telling the passenger, ‘just push her, push her out,’” the victim said. With the suspect and her passenger still at-large, the victim said this should be a warning to others.
The cheapest apartments for rent in Midtown, Houston
So what does the budget rent on a rental in Midtown look like these days — and what might you get for your money? Listed at $850/month, this studio apartment, located at 1624 Holman St., is 38.2% less than the $1,375/month median rent for a studio in Midtown. Building amenities include outdoor space, on-site laundry and garage parking. This story was created automatically using local real estate data from Zumper and Apartment Guide, then reviewed by an editor. Additionally, if you’re in the real estate business learn how to do local real estate advertising in your ZIP codes.
New bar ‘Lost and Found’ making a name for itself near Midtown Houston
The Golden Cadillac contains tequila, Hennessey VS, pineapple juice, lime juice and Grand Marnier. Golden Cadillac drink at Lost and Found. The sugary drink called DGK contains Sour Patch Kids that are infused with vodka, lime juice, cranberry juice and topped with a sugar rim. The cocktail is made with Tequila, lime juice, coconut syrup, pineapple juice, chocolate and absinthe. Crawfish bread at Lost and Found (KPRC)Its shrimp-and-crawfish dip is a mouthful for those who love seafood.
Seeing green: More bike lanes are coming to Houston in 2020
HOUSTON – Drivers in the Midtown neighborhood are seeing a lot more green as a new bike lane is about to open in the area, and it’s the first of many coming to Space City in the new year. “We know a lot of people are already biking in Houston, and a lot more want to bike in Houston, but they don’t have a safe way to do it,” said Ian Hlavacek, an engineer with Houston Public Works. “Always make sure that you’re yielding to pedestrians and bicyclists who are coming into conflict with cars,” Eccles said. Go around, if you can, and don’t go into the bike lane.”Crews are expected to later install traffic lights that will help control the cycling traffic. The Gray Street bike lane is expected to be completed in March.
Budget apartments for rent in Midtown, Houston
Midtown is very walkable, is quite bikeable and offers many nearby public transportation options, according to Walk Score's rating system. So what does the low-end pricing on a rental in Midtown look like these days — and what might you get for your money? We took a look at local listings in Midtown via rental sites Zumper and Apartment Guide to find out what budget-minded apartment seekers can expect to find in this Houston neighborhood. 3603 Chenevert St., #53172This one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, situated at 3603 Chenevert St., #53172 is listed for $1,100/month for its 672 square feet. 2350 Bagby St.Then there's this apartment with one bedroom and one bathroom at 2350 Bagby St., listed at $1,198/month.