What's Up Downtown
29 April 2016 Issue
DDD Calling for Nominations for 2016 Downtown NOLA Awards

May 2 - June 3
Starting Monday, the 5th Annual Downtown NOLA Awards luncheon, which celebrates 5 honorees who have made a positive impact on Downtown New Orleans, will be accepting nominations. The deadline to submit nominations is June 3, 2016. Winners will be announced this summer and celebrated at the awards luncheon to be held Friday, September 16 at the JW Marriott located at 614 Canal Street.

Click here for more information and to submit nominations.

The Wonderful Indonesia Festival
The first Wonderful Indonesia Festival ever produced in the U.S. Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza, the event will provide an opportunity for visitors and locals to discover more about the Asian country through its music, food and traditional dances.
The free event will also offer a chance to win a vacation for two to Bali - one of the country's premier vacation destinations.
Please visit www.wonderfulindonesiafestival.org for more information.


The Arts District of New Orleans annual fundraising event Jammin' on Julia is set to take place on May 7 from 6-9pm. It is a free spring festival where visitors stroll through historic and artful Julia Street. It will coincide with the relaunch and rebranding of the district. In addition to the usual First Saturday Gallery Openings, each gallery will host a musical guest, the street will be closed to create a more exciting and open atmosphere for patrons, and local restaurants will setup for food vending in the street.


Affordable and accessible transportation option for residents
The City of New Orleans is calling for Request for Proposals (RFP) for the private operation and financing of a comprehensive bicycle share system. The system is expected to serve a wide range of residents and visitors across neighborhoods and provide year-round, equitable access to worksites and destinations. All proposals must be privately financed. No public dollars will be spent on the implementation, operation or maintenance of the system. Click here to download the RFP.


The Soul Rebels will be the featured performer at the May 4 Wednesday at the Square Concert at Lafayette Square. Also performing will be Tank and the Bangas.

The 12-week concert series will continue each Wednesday through June 1. The Young Leadership Council presents the weekly event that features live music, food and beverages and arts and crafts. The DDD is a major sponsor. For a complete list of performers and to volunteer, CLICK HERE.


This month marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture. 
The New Orleans Public Library is celebrating with events that include a workshop and reading by Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley, Pothole Poetry and Pizza Poetry for teens, and multiple readings by local poets. Click here for more details and poetry related programs.


The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) presents Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptiblethe largest solo museum presentation of the artist's work in the United States. Including film, wall paintings, ceramics, silkscreens (on mylar, plexiglass, steel, and canvas), the exhibition frames the artist's oeuvre as a complex dialogue between culture and system, a body of work invested in the cross-referencing of aesthetic and social histories.
LeMieux Galleries Art Listings

Jon Langford
Song Paintings
Now - May 28, 2016
Special Jazz Fest Reception
Thursday April 28th from 7-9 PM
Mama's Nightingale
Now - April 30, 2016
Original illustrations by Leslie Staub
LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia Street, 504-522-5988


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 scheduled to begin in March 2016 and last approximately three months. During this time Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours.
Gravier St.
Going on now and lasting in the summer months, Gravier St. between Baronne and O'Keefe streets will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours.
The scope of work includes excavating a portion of the roadway, replacing damaged or leaking water lines, placing fill material beneath the roadway, and paving the damaged portion of the roadway.
In general, construction crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work on the weekends is not anticipated; however, inclement weather may alter the project schedule. Residents are reminded to use caution when driving, bicycling and walking near construction sites.
Work in the Central Business District / French Quarter began in January 2014 and is scheduled to last through summer 2016. The construction contract was awarded to Boh Brothers Construction for $6.8 million.
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.