What's Up Downtown
1 July 2016 Issue

The DDD would like to wish all our Downtown NOLA partners and friends a very safe and pleasant 4th of July weekend. In observance of the holiday, the DDD office will be closed on Monday, July 4. We will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, July 5. As always, the DDD Public Safety Rangers will be on duty from 10am to 10pm and may be reached at (504) 415-1730 or rangers@downtownnola.com.

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In celebration of Independence Day, Riverfront Marketing Group will present the stunning 26th Annual Dueling Barges Fireworks Show on the New Orleans Riverfront Monday, July 4, at 9:00 p.m. over the Mississippi River.
New Orleans' Dueling Barges Fireworks Show has been recognized as one of the "TOP Five Must-See" fireworks displays in America by the American Pyrotechnics Association. The free fireworks display can be seen from the East and West Banks of the Mississippi River, from the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk to Crescent Park at French Market. Don't miss it!

DDD is a proud sponsor.

CAC Summer Arts Camp 2016: Creatively You

CAC Summer Arts Camp 2016 aims to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the creativity of campers through the powerful combination of characters and stories. Each week campers explore a book that teaches them to appreciate what makes them unique and how accepting their differences can contribute to the world around them. While some characters stand tall from the start, others find their rhythm as they go, yet all will inspire campers to embrace who they are. Camp starts July 11 and runs through August 5. Register now!

REVOLUTION: Modernizing the New Orleans Fashion Girl

Inspired by a love of all things New Orleans and fashion, Girl's Guide and New Orleans Fashion Week have joined forces to create an innovative Summer Fashion Competition Series.  Going on now, Thursdays through July 14 at Gravier Street Social it allows emerging Designers to feature their work while celebrating the fashion history of New Orleans. 
Broken into the 1920s, 1960s and 1980s, designers modernize looks to explore a revolutionary approach to style. Featuring a live DJ with decade themed music, attendee costume contests, signature cocktails and more!

The DDD is proud to be a sponsor. Click here for more information. 

Bastille Day Wine Dinner

Thursday, July 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
The Windsor Court is calling all Francophiles this July with a special prix fixe wine dinner to celebrate Bastille Day. On Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m., join The Grill Room at Windsor Court for a champagne reception to kick off the French fête. At 7 p.m., sit down for six-courses of French fare paired with wines from the regions of Bordeaux, Fleurie, Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Alsace. Click here to view the menu.
Individual Reservations: 504.522.1994 or Book Online


Beginning Wednesday, July 7, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans City Council will host a series of community meetings to discuss budget priorities as the City begins its 2017 budgeting for outcomes process. Other City officials attending will include deputy mayors, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Michael Harrison, New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) Superintendent Tim McConnell and other department and agency leaders. Click here for a listing of meetings.


CAC, on behalf of installation artist Chung-Fan Chang, is seeking volunteers--both amateurs and professionals--to assist with the construction of CAC's Land, a unique large-scale, site-specific wall drawing, to be featured at the CAC during the upcoming exhibition, "A Building with a View": Experiments in Anarchitecture, opening August 6 for Whitney White Linen Night. 

Ideal candidates will be available to volunteer for regular shifts between July 15-29 (weekdays and weekends) from approximately 10am-12pm and/or 3-5pm. Email visualarts@cacno.org if interested.

Applications Open for 2017 Entrepreneur Season

The Idea Village has announced plans for its upcoming cycle of programs and events designed to drive entrepreneurial activity in New Orleans. The 2017 Entrepreneur Season, which begins this Friday, July 1, will culminate March 19 - 24, 2017, with the 9th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK.

Movies have returned to the Orpheum Theater. The meticulously restored, century-old performing arts palace in New Orleans' CBD is hosting a new summer screening series of contemporary and classic cinema. Co-presented by the Tipitina's Foundation, the series will see films screen every Monday and Tuesday through summer 2016. Admission to all Monday screenings is free, with tickets being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Orpheum box office, which will open one hour before each show. Proceeds from concessions sales during the free screenings will go to the Tipitina's Foundation. Click here for schedule.


The Millennials honors dynamic young professionals who contribute to the community through public service, make significant strides in business sectors, or serve as cultural ambassadors. This year's event will take place on July 16 at People's Health Jazz Market.


Pizza + beer = perfect weekend combo. Visit Blaze Pizza this summer on Saturdays and Sundays for a beer and a pizza special. 

 Art Downtown

Jonathan Ferrera Gallery
First Saturday Gallery Openings on July 6
6pm - 9pm

Curated by Matthew Weldon Showman
Now - July 30

400 Julia Street
Click here for a listing of exhibits

LeMieux Galleries
Celebrating One Year
Christy Wood and Jordan Blanton are celebrating the first year of gallery ownership in Downtown. Be sure to stop by at 332 Julia St., Saturday from 7pm to 9pm to toast them and checkout the 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.

 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. 


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


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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.