Jim Feuerstein is co-editor of LNF Weekly; he also designs and manages the website.
Jim Feuerstein is a software developer and website designer.
He relocated from the New York City area to San Antonio in 1994, when he sold his original software and consulting business to a San Antonio company. He hadn’t intended to stay here, but when he moved to the Lavaca neighborhood in 2005, he fell in love with the area.
‘This is a real neighborhood,’ Jim says, ‘I know my neighbors. My friends live down the block, and we run into each other on the streets and in restaurants. At the same time, there’s an active business, entertainment, and civic life that makes things interesting.’
From the time he moved here, Jim has been active in the community, serving on the board of the Lavaca Neighborhood Association and working with his business partner, Jane Gennarelli, to organize a neighborhood happy hour, to put together the 'Lavaca & Friends' website, and now to co-edit the 'LNF Weekly'.
Jim’s first job out of college was in journalism, with a small county newspaper in Wisconsin, where he primarily covered sports, so the 'LNF Weekly' is a return to those roots.
He and Jane Gennarelli have been business partners for almost two decades, and now, here in Lavaca, they’re also neighbors, living less than a block apart.
Check out Jim's web design company, Loft 2203.
It's officially winter, and we've got some tips
Let's not get technical about the 'solstice' -- it's been cold, it's been gray, and I'm already playing Christmas music. So we've got some advice for shopping, eating, and enjoying yourself.
Why is FedEx so awful?
FedEx used to be really good. What the heck happened?
A cookie for every occasion
Want a special treat for a special occasion? Try 'Southtown Sweets' custom cookies, handmade right here in the neighborhood.
Worth a read
Want to kick the doomscrolling habit? Here are some periodicals that are worth a read.
This is it! Season Two, Episode One!
Once again, we've packed together stories for every interest -- pets, food, art, beer, history. It's mostly good news, but maybe not all of it. Here's what we've got in this month's issue...
We're making a change
The magazine is switching from monthly to quarterly.
Looking back at year one
It's been a full year for LNF Weekly. Here are the top articles of our first twelve months, both the most popular and our personal favorites.
Artist Robert Tatum says his work is 'a little strange'.
We live in the heart of multiple historic districts, and Beethoven Männerchor is about as historic as it gets.
Not a safe place to visit anymore
A friend says he won't visit me here in San Antonio. It's not safe.
We've got lots of stories, and something for every taste.
SAALM picks artist of the year; the Noise Ordinance Task Force receives a report; funk survives; San Antonio has an architectural first; Jane cooks Jambalaya; and more.
There's still some funk in the neighborhood
We've paved paradise and put up a parking lot; but there's still an island of funkiness in Lavaca.
City's sound experts submit a plan
The city's sound experts have given us a plan; it's time to decide
We've got more voices than ever in this issue
We’ve got multiple stories on neighborhood businesses, Sarah Sorensen on schools, Tommy Newman on music, Jen Beckmann on wine, and Alison Galvan on fitness. We’ve also got photography from Al Rendon, art from Sandy Whitby, a recipe from Jane Gennarelli, and a brand new feature (Worth a Read) that’s all about books.
One of the things that makes a real neighborhood is local retail. Pig Liquors is a long-time anchor with an inventory that's worth exploring.
Worth a read
It's time to stop doomscrolling and really read something; here are a few books you might want to try.
It's summer break, but schools are our focus this month
We've got a couple of important articles about our schools, but, as always, we've got more than that. We've got art, food, music, wine, pups, and more. Dive in.
Community schools -- a better approach?
This approach is working elsewhere. Can it help us in SAISD?
From rowing to ropes, a full-body workout
EnergyX, the fitness studio in Hemisfair, has an introductory offer for neighbors
It's July. No wait, it's only June.
Summer is well underway. There's not much we can do about it, except maybe kick back with a box of wine, put on some house music, and make sure your pup has lots of water.
Lavaca needs a comprehensive traffic study
With multiple, major traffic generators coming to the northeast corner, the Lavaca neighborhood needs a plan.
SAFFE officers work with the neighborhood
There's now an officer dedicated full-time to the Lavaca and King William neighborhoods
It's all our 'voices' that make the magazine come alive
Music, art, food, non-profits, fun for kids. We've got voices talking about all that and more again this month.
Consultants submit first noise ordinance report
As part of a reset, the city hired a sound consulting firm to advise the noise ordinance task force. They've submitted their first report.
Preserving the native music of San Antonio and South Texas
Conjunto music developed here in South Texas. A San Antonio non-profit is working to preserve it.
Lavaca Neighborhood Association sets goals for 2022
The LNA's newly-elected board has set some ambitious and important goals for the coming year.
Sourdough Bread Part 5: Upping your game
Last month you learned how to make sourdough bread with the fabulous Tartine method. This month, we go a step or two farther.
We've got another mix of good reading and good art aimed at Southtown
We've got important reads, fun reads, informative reads. We even teach you how to make a Southtown sourdough bread that beats San Francisco's.
Sourdough Bread Part 1: The Basics
The best bread in the world can come out of your own kitchen.
Sourdough Bread Part 2: Creating a Starter
San Francisco sourdough starter is famous, but it's got nothing on native Southtown starter.
Sourdough Bread Part 3: Mixing the Dough
The process takes some time, but it's easy and you don't have to do much.
Sourdough Bread Part 4: Baking
Finally, the reward -- golden, crusty, and delicious.
Two big issues this month: The noise ordinance and our school district budget
This month’s issue is what we always shoot for, a blend of important issues and fun reads. Learn about Austin’s approach to sound management, our school district’s revenue shortfall, great little boutiques in Lavaca, and lots, lots more.
Austin's approach to sound management
Austin faced the same 'noise' problem as San Antonio. Here's what they did.
The 'noise ordinance' task force is getting a reset
The city has hired an expert to assist the task force
The 'Popular Sports' Olympiad is coming to San Antonio
The IVV will host its 2023 Olympiad here in San Antonio -- for the first time anywhere in the Americas.
We're introducing two new voices in this issue of LNF Weekly
LNF Weekly keeps growing, and the best part of it is our neighborhood voices. Now we've got two more.
Would this work here?
This small town raised a bunch of money and had fun doing it.
Find funds for your small business
Do you need funds to start or grow your small business? LiftFund can help.
The big story this month is the noise ordinance
We’ve got recipes, dog news, COVID advice, and more. But we think the piece that’s most important is the article on the city’s noise ordinance task force.
Noise Ordinance Task Force: Let's Start Over
The city has a task force to look at noise problems. It's not going well.
COVID: This time it's different
We talked to neighbor and epidemiologist Cherise Rohr-Allegrini about the latest variant
This is our holiday edition, and we've got a bit of everything
The holidays have arrived, and we've got you covered. We'll tell you where to find gifts, music, art, wine, and food. How to keep your pets safe while you're celebrating. And, best of all, we even found a bit of snow for the home page.
Vinyl is back, and we've got some
Streaming may dominate the music scene, but vinyl is back, and you can get it right here in the neighborhood.
Twelve months of art, year after year
There's an under-appreciated gem right in the heart of King William
Jim's eggnog recipe
What is Christmas without eggnog? And this is the world's best eggnog recipe, tested by experts in severe winter weather.
Make sure you don't miss out
We're living in the most exciting part of San Antonio; make sure you don't miss out on anything
There's even more in this edition of the LNF Weekly
It will take a while to hit our 'weekly' target, but we're already growing our content and our voices.
The best cookware at the best price
The two best places for getting great cookware at a great price are right here in the neighborhood.
The Lavaca Neighborhood Association
The Neighborhood Association speaks for the Lavaca neighborhood, but it doesn't carry the weight it ought to carry.