What's Up Downtown
28 October 2016 Issue

Early voting continues through Tuesday, November 1. Voting sites are open 8:30 am to 6:00pm. Downtown residents who wish to vote early may do so at City Hall, 1300 Perdido, Room 1W24.


The Children's Hospital Cancer Program will be kicking off Halloween weekend in New Orleans with its eighth annual Jazz Half Marathon and 5k on Saturday. The Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile race running from Lafayette Square in Downtown New Orleans to Audubon Park Uptown and back. The 5K is a 3.2 mile race run in the Downtown area and the post-race party will be held in Lafayette Square.
The final opportunity to register for the race will be today in the Patrons Ballroom at the Renaissance Arts Hotel ( 700 Tchoupitoulas St) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Tomorrow, Oct. 29, 11am to 2pm

The Shops at Canal Place  is inviting all little Ghosts and Goblins to join the fun! Complimentary candy totes will be distributed (while supplies last) to the kids for trick-or-treating at participating stores. Kids are also encouraged to come dressed to impress, with special prizes awarded for the best costumes. In addition, families can enjoy live entertainment, face painting, balloon sculptures, special store promotions, and gift card giveaways throughout the event. RHINO Contemporary Crafts will also offer kids the opportunity to create their own Halloween masks.
Trick or treat, then stay to shop and eat ... It'll be wicked fun!

Museum Mash

Tomorrow, October 29, 11am - 3pm

Ooey, gooey, booey fun! Celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe way at the annual Museum Mash at the Louisiana Children's MuseumDon your favorite costume and stop by for a spook-tacular day. Dig into a gooey bowl of slime, explore in our exhibits, and get moving with a dance party in the Atrium!
In line with the Museum's Health & Wellness Initiative, candy will not be distributed.

Halloween @Victorynola

Friday October 28th and Saturday 29th

Victory is getting out the spookiest cocktails, costumes and giveaways for Halloween weekend.

Come Dressed. Come Festive. IT'S HALLOWEEN, Y'ALL at 339 Baronne St.


The 3rd Annual Louisiana's Got Talent Expo is taking place on Nov. 10 at Harrah's New Orleans, Grand Ballroom from 3pm to 7pm. The Association of Corporate Growth, Louisiana has teamed with a few local organizations to host this free half-day expo that connects representatives from established businesses with local small businesses that can provide needed goods and services. The Expo is currently seeking large businesses that value doing business with local small businesses, many of which are minority owned and operated, and who are interested in taking part in the SpeedNetworking event.


 Art Downtown

LeMieux Galleries
Uncommon Materials
Now - October 29

Bombay Sapphire© Artisan Series
New Orleans
November 1-15, 2016
Art Talk and Regional Finals
Saturday Nov 5, 2016 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

332 Julia St.
Click here for a listing of exhibits.

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
Artist - Margaret Evangeline
Title of show - The Invisible Side of the Universe
Description - New, post-minimalist paintings
Opens - September 24  
Closes - October 29 
Artist - Adam Mysock
Title of show - What is Not Us
Description - New revisionist-Art Historical paintings
Closes - October 29 
400A Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits

ONA New Orleans: Lightning Talks

November 17, 6:30 - 8pm, ByWater Institute
ONA Local is coming to New Orleans, and want to celebrate by spotlighting the best digital storytelling innovations going on in the city right now with a Lightning Talks session. Come tell us about a data journalism project you've been working on, a new app or tool you're developing to get information into the hands of residence, how your team rocked election coverage, or how you've been experimenting with a new platform. Tell us about a time you failed and what you learned from it. Tell us about how you're engaging your audience in new ways. We want to hear it all - in 5 minutes or less.


Picayune Pl.

Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours while crews perform exploratory excavation work. Due to underground utility conflicts, the Sewerage and Water Board must redesign placement of the new waterline prior to installation. Once exploratory excavation work is completed, the street will be temporarily asphalted and open to vehicular traffic until waterline replacement work begins.
Waterline replacement work is expected to be complete sometime this summer. During this time Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours.

For more information about these projects, or to sign up for regular e-mail status updates on the FEMA-funded Waterline Replacement Program, contact Kristen Sawyer at  kksawyer@nola.gov or 504-658-8483.


View Areas Impacted by Construction


City of New Orleans Department of Public Works has traffic coordination maps for the major portions of the City that are currently being impacted by construction including Downtown New Orleans. Visit www.nola.gov/dpw/traffic-coordination to view them. The maps are updated every 2 weeks.



Downtown in the Palm of Your Hands

Download the free Downtown NOLA Mobile App featuring the Downtown guide, SafeWalk and ways to communicate directly with the DDD about Downtown matters. Download now by clicking on one of the links below to have Downtown NOLA in the palm of your hand.


Downtown organizations may register and add their company and/or event to the site for freeClick here to begin your post. 


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Register Your Security Camera with NOPD to Help Fight Crime


If you own a security camera in New Orleans, you can now register it with NOPD to help detectives solve crimes in your neighborhood and provide strong evidence to put offenders away. 


The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, in partnership with the NOPD, launched a new online service called Safecam NOLA.  The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with New Orleans Police. The SafecamNOLA project is an expansion of "Safecam8," which was an on-line program that Downtown residents and business owners in the Eighth Police District have been using for years to register their cameras with Eighth District police.  The 1,302 8th District cameras that are in that system are now included in the citywide SafecamNOLA system.  


Please visit www.SafecamNOLA.com to enroll today.


Glass Recycling Included 

Citizens in Downtown New Orleans can call 311 to request delivery of the blue recycling bins if their property is eligible for collection by the City.
Residents and small businesses can recycle paper, small metals, cardboard and plastics (#1-#7) on Tuesday of each week. Glass will be collected on Thursday.
Collection of recyclable materials operated by Empire Services. For more information visit www.nola.gov


The RTA Board of Commissioners has increased bus service by over 11 percent to support more job access and make weekend and late evening travel more convenient. Click here for the new schedule.
These changes include 5am start times and 24 hour service on many routes used by commuters to access Downtown employment centers, education facilities, and medical care.
These service enhancements are designed to restore weekend service in many areas, improve neighborhood access, provide connectivity to major transit lines, and increase frequency on many lines. Additionally, an express line has been added to the Louis Armstrong International Airport to provide access to jobs at the airport and at the new terminal construction site.