What's Up Downtown
8 December 2016 Issue

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

Reveillon in Downtown NOLA

Reveillon (REH-vee-on). A Creole tradition from the mid-1800s where New Orleans' finest restaurants serve up decadent four-course holiday feasts with all the trimmings. Nightly, now - December 31. Click here for a list of Downtown participating restaurants.


YLC Re-Launches the "New Orleans: Proud to Call it Home" Campaign!

Volunteers Needed
In celebration of its 30th anniversary YLC is bringing back its famous "New Orleans: Proud to Call it Home" campaign as a way to reflect on how far we have come as a community and to inspire us all to keep working to improve our home - together.
Friday, December 16, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, YLC supporters will be taking to Poydras St. in Downtown NOLA for the campaign re-launch! They are seeking 30 or more enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to hold signs, hand out those ever-popular "Proud" bumper stickers, and get the community excited once again.
Click here  to volunteer.


Calling all kids! TOMORROW is the anticipated annual REINDEER RUN & ROMP and HOLIDAY SCAVENGER HUNT presented by the DDD and Entergy. This fun run and hunt for kids and families are part of the 2016 Canal Street: Home for the Holidays celebration presented by the DDD and Roosevelt New Orleans.

Registration starts at 8am. The run begins at 9am. 

And don't forget TONIGHT is the second MOVIE ON THE MISSISSIPPI , presented by the DDD and the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. It's "Frozen" starting at 6:30pm at Spanish Plaza. First 50 families receive a commemorative holiday blanket.

Be sure to visit our website at www.downtownnola.com for all the great holiday events happening Downtown.

 Art Downtown

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



The City of New Orleans has issued parking instructions and reminders in advance of events scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The public is encouraged to be patient and prepared for delays by making transportation arrangements accordingly.

Friday and Saturday, the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Prep Classic will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic is expected along Poydras Street between Loyola Avenue and S. Claiborne Avenue and in the surrounding area.

Click here for a map of parking garages and surface lots near the Superdome.

The New Orleans Police Department will be directing traffic and
parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.
In addition, RTA services, including streetcar and bus service may be interrupted during these events. Details on route changes are available at  www.norta.com .

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.