What's Up Downtown
23 September 2016 Issue

Submissions due MONDAY

The DDD is holding an open call to artists, designers, architects, landscape architects, urban planners and any other local activists to submit design proposals to be constructed for New Orleans PARK(ing) Day. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public places.

Click here for more information.


Today, The Shops at Canal Place is presenting FOOD HOP + SHOP with some of the city's most popular Food Trucks on site from 11am until 3pm, and great shopping all day...Hope to see you there.


If you like big fireworks displays, there will be one tonight on a barge in the Mississippi River in front of Jax Brewery at around 9:45pm. The American Pyrotechnics Association is meeting in New Orleans this week and a major manufacturer wants to show off his product line to everyone attending the conference. Be sure to check it out and see the skies light up in gorgeous colors. For those near Jax Brewery, there will be a sound system at ground level playing a soundtrack to which the fireworks are choreographed.


The inaugural Fried Chicken Festival is set to take place on Sunday, September 25, 11am - 8pm, at Lafayette Square in Downtown NOLA.  FCF is a free outdoor festival that brings food, music, family and festivities together, all in celebration of the classic southern dish. 


Soak up the sights and sounds at the 7th annual Scales & Ales event with wine and beer from open bars and delicious cuisine from more than 40 local restaurants. Live entertainment and a unique aquatic atmosphere are highlights of the event as it flows throughout the  Aquarium  and onto the plaza overlooking the Mississippi River. The event will be held Friday, September 30 at 7pm.

The DDD is proud to be a sponsor. All proceeds benefit the Aquarium's valuable work in education and conservation.

"The Shop" 
Co-Working Space at the CAC

The Domain Companies has announced plans for a comprehensive co-working development at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. The space, set to open in early Summer 2017, will target technology, arts, and cultural-based businesses and serve as a hub of entrepreneurship in the developing Downtown innovation corridor. All of The Shop's amenities have been designed to offer small businesses, entrepreneurs, and arts-based professionals the resources they need to grow. The Idea Village will move its operations to The Shop in August, 2017 and move next year's New Orleans Entrepreneur Week to the CAC.

New Castle Hotels & Resorts Opens

New Castle Hotels and Resorts, a leading third-party management company, developer and owner of a diverse, international portfolio of hotels and resorts, celebrated the opening Wednesday of the 103-suite Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter Area, the company's first project in this top US convention and leisure market.
The historic hotel, built in 1910 as the Interstate Electric Company, was acquired by New Castle in April of 2015 and underwent a $10 million transformation utilizing historic tax credits for the preservation of the building's fa├žade and interior structures.


On October 1, Art for Arts' Sake | DOWNTOWN 2016 celebrates the CAC's 40th Anniversary Season with special member benefits and art experiences. From 6pm to 8pm, join over 30,000 people throughout the Warehouse District and along Julia Street and Magazine Street. Created by the Contemporary Arts Center in 1980, this annual rite of fall has become one of the hottest events of the year for art lovers in and around New Orleans.
The DDD is proud to be a sponsor. The event is free and open to the public.


Help raise funds for groundbreaking breast cancer research, life-saving education, and critical patient services by walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Making Strides of New Orleans. Saturday October 1 at Champions Square.


After spending more than two decades on the corner of Magazine and Girod streets, the downtown Crescent City Farmers Market is moving to a new home in Downtown NOLA. Starting Oct. 1, the Saturday morning market will be at the parking lot outside the May Gallery, at 750 Carondelet St.
Real Estate developer The Domain Companies, which is a partner in the lot and adjacent buildings, has donated space to both the gallery and the market.

Sign Up for NOLA Ready For National Preparedness Month 

This September is National Preparedness Month and City officials are urging all New Orleans residents to sign up for the NOLA Ready Emergency Alert System, which provides accurate, immediate emergency notifications from the City of New Orleans to residents' cell, work or home phones via text message, e-mail or voice message. The City also urges any resident who may require special assistance during emergencies to sign up for the City's Special Needs Registry. Residents can get more information and sign up for both at ready.nola.gov

 Art Downtown

LeMieux Galleries
Uncommon Materials
Opening reception the night of Art for Arts' Sake 
October 1 - 6pm-9pm
It will run through October 29

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
Opens - September 24 
Closes - October 29 
400A Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits


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. 


Don't miss this opportunity to let us help promote you!


And be sure to follow us on Twitter @DDDNewOrleans & Instagram @DDDNewOrleans and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/DowntownNola


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.