What's Up Downtown
23 November 2016 Issue

The DDD would like to wish all our Downtown NOLA partners a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. In observance of the holiday, the DDD office will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. We will resume normal office hours on Monday, November 28. As always, the DDD Public Safety Team will be on duty and may be reached at (504) 415-1730 or rangers@downtownnola.com


The DDD and the Astor Crowne Plaza along with Mayor Landrieu, the City Council and Santa officially kicked off the holiday season with the annual Canal Street Lighting Ceremony. Tuesday, hundreds of revelers joined in as we "flipped the switch" turning on more than one million twinkling lights, brightening the historic street for holiday shoppers, diners, visitors and revelers. This year, the  Riverwalk and Convention Center contributed to the majesty with the lighting of the 50ft Christmas Tree and Convention Center Boulevard, creating a stunning display of 2 miles of continuous, twinkling holiday lights.
The Canal Street Lighting Ceremony is only the first event in the 2016 Canal Street: Home for the Holidays celebration, presented by the DDD and The Roosevelt New Orleans hotel. Be sure to join in on all the fun. Click here for a list of events.


Celebrating 43 Years!

The DDD would like to welcome Bayou Classic to Downtown New Orleans. The DDD is proud to be a sponsor of this historic event and we hope the thousands of fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University will enjoy all the excitement and culture that Downtown has to offer. For a list of all the events visit  www.mybayouclassic.com


Celebrate the Holidays in #DowntownNOLA!

Visit  downtownnola.com/downtownnolaholidays   for a list of events.


Tuesday, November 29

Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation with partners Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Louisiana Department of Economic Development invite you to sharpen your business skills through the first Creating Profits with Passion Boot Camp! Develop Strategies and learn best practices for building a successful Cultural Business. This 12-hour (four 3 hour sessions) boot camp is specifically designed for small businesses in the Creative Industries.
All businesses MUST be SEBD certified to participate. Visit ledsmallbiz.com for details. 


December 8 & 9

The Greater New Orleans Foundation and City of New Orleans in partnership with the Surdna Foundation present the Urban Water Series: Technical Master Classes, a series of lectures and workshops which aim to deepen the technical knowledge of private and public sector professionals and improve their ability to design, install, and maintain green infrastructure. The first free public lecture will be held on December 8th, 5:30-7pm when Danish architect Flemming Rafn Thomsen, co-founding partner of the trailblazing design firm THIRD NATURE (Tredje Natur), will discuss ways that humans and nature can thrive together-rather than apart-in hybrid urban/natural environments he calls "Third Nature."  Click here for information on the series.


 Art Downtown


Christian Marclay's The Clock
Now - December 4

24 hours. 8,000 film clips. 3 years to make. From now - Dec. 4 at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Prospect New Orleans will host the Southern premiere of Christian Marclay's groundbreaking 24-hour video masterpiece, The Clock. The Clock samples thousands of film excerpts from the history of cinema that indicate the passage of time that edited together unfold on the screen in real time as a 24-hour montage. The event is free and open to the public. For a full schedule and live updates on visiting The Clock, visit ProspectNewOrleans.org.
900 Camp Street
Click here  for a listing of exhibits.

LeMieux Galleries
Shirley Rabe Masinter
"Louisiana Living"

Mary Lee Eggart
"Circles of Prayer"

Now - Dec. 31

Reception with the artists:  Saturday, Dec. 3 from 6-8pm
Luna Fete Special Reception Saturday, Dec 10 from 5-7pm
332 Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits


Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
Artist - Peter Sarkisian
Title of show - Recent Video Works
Description - Video projection installations
Now -  Dec. 31
Artist ::: Carmon Colangelo
Title of show - Here Be Dragons
Description - New monotype relief prints
Now -  Dec. 31

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

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.