What's Up Downtown
June 2 2017 Issue
Submit Your Nomination

The 6th Annual Downtown NOLA Awards luncheon, which celebrates 5 honorees who have made a positive impact on Downtown New Orleans, is now accepting nominations. The deadline to submit nominations is June 9. Winners will be announced this summer and celebrated at the awards luncheon to be held Friday, September 22.

The DDD created the Downtown NOLA Awards as an annual program to recognize exceptional accomplishments of Downtown property owners, businesses, residents, workers and organizations. We want to honor the people and places that inspire, innovate and integrate the Downtown NOLA brand into their Downtown neighborhoods!

Click here for more information and to submit nominations.


Please welcome to the Downtown Development District our newest employee, Joshua Vairin. Joshua will take over as the Marketing Coordinator for the DDD after having held the same role for a local architecture firm in Downtown NOLA. 

He is a New Orleans native, and an alumni of both Brother Martin High School and LSU. Joshua served as an LSU cheerleader during the course of his undergraduate studies and we're thrilled to bring him on board. While not at work, Joshua enjoys playing in recreational sports leagues throughout the city, spending time with friends, and walking his energetic dog, Grey.


The sixth annual Birdfoot Festival continues through Sunday, filling venues across New Orleans  with a "fiery, committed, intensely personal" music-making (as quoted by Chris  Waddington of the Times-Picayune). Click here for details.

DDD is a proud sponsor.

Summer Kick-off Food Truck Hop + Shop

The Shops at Canal Place Food Hop + Shop  returns TODAY from 11am - 3pm with a kid-friendly twist because Summer is coming!  Food Trucks will line the Canal Street plaza from 11 am to 3 pm for lunch hour with Live Music + Face Painters, Balloon Sculptors and fun activities for the Kids + complimentary treats inside. Stores will offer exclusive promotions and sales from 10am to 7pm.

Attending Trucks: Petite Rouge, Dat Dog, Thai DJing, Bonafried, and Frencheeze .



The Main Library in Downtown NOLA is hosting this reading and discussion series where participants will discuss race relations through the lenses of Ernest J Gaines' "A Lesson Before Dying," Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," and the PBS film "Slavery By Another Name." The sessions are being held Thursdays, now thru June 15. Reservations required. Call 504-596-2597 or email jmason@nolalibrary.org. Click here for details.



Tsunami is slowly becoming the new popular fishing hole in
Downtown NOLA.  Stop by for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday or Happy Hour weekdays 3-6pm, specials on sushi rolls and drinks. Happy Hour is extended until close on Tuesdays.


The popular New Orleans summer dining tradition continues at  Palace Cafe with Temperature Lunch. Returning for its 23rd year starting on Monday, May 29, Temperature Lunch is available Monday-Friday, 11:30-2:30pm. The two-course special is priced at the previous day's high temperature (85° on Monday=Tuesday's $8.50 lunch) and is available through Labor Day.

Arts Market Downtown presented by the DDD  is produced by  Arts Council New Orleans It is an intimate outdoor market featuring fine art and crafts, food truck favorites, and local musicians from 4-9 pm during select First Saturday Art Walks at the intersection of Julia and Carondolet Streets in Downtown NOLA. Space provided by Domain Companies.
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City RFP for Operator to Expand Homeless Services at the Old VA Hospital

The City of New Orleans has issued a national Request for Proposals (RFP) to find an operator to provide expanded homeless services at the former Veterans Affairs hospital. A nonprofit partner will be selected through a competitive process based on the organization's experience and proven track record serving the homeless population. The RFP can be found here external link.

Earlier this year, the New Orleans City Council approved a 5-year Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA), which provides $1.5 million in annual funding for the new shelter split between the city, the Downtown Development District and the New Orleans Convention Center.

 Art Downtown NOLA

First Saturday Gallery Openings
June 3
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Every first Saturday Arts District galleries stay open late.
Click here  for more information

Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures
Now - June 18
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen
Now - June 18
900 Camp St
Click here for listing of exhibits

LeMieux Galleries
Face to Face: A Group Show
June 3 - July 29
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3, 6-8pm

332 Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
Sidonie Villere
Now - July 22
Nurhan Gokturk
Now - July 22

400A Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits 

Stella Jones Gallery

June 3 - July 28
Opening Reception: June 3, 5-7pm

201 St. Charles Ave.
Click here for listing of exhibits

 Downtown Traffic Advisory

500 - 700 Blocks of Canal St. 

Lake bound traffic on Canal St. between Dorsiere and Bourbon streets will continue to be reduced to one travel lane through Saturday, 
June 3 due to the French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project. 

Click here to view areas throughout the city currently being impacted by construction.



To combat graffiti on private property, the DDD offers private property owners a fifty percent (50%) reimbursement up to a maximum of $2,500 (up from $1,000) per structure to offset the expense of graffiti removal from their property including repainting cost. To participate in the DDD's Graffiti Removal Program, please complete the Private Property Graffiti Removal Agreement.
The DDD Clean Team has been successful in swiftly removing graffiti from public property and encourages private property owners to do the same. Research shows that removal within 48 hours is effective in discouraging repeat vandalism.

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.