This past Saturday night, there was a community event on my block. Or at least that’s what the people there told me was going on. I wouldn’t have known about it if I hadn’t been home and wondering what all the noise was. My first thought was that Treme was filming in the lot across […]
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The weather forecast for Sunday looks perfect for the annual Bywater Neighborhood Association Home Tour which is a self-guided walking tour – my favorite kind. I walked the tour in 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed the laid back pace as I got a look into several homes I’d always wished to see and gardens only glimpsed […]
Since we’re at the mid-way mark of our journey to August 29, the 5th anniversary of the failure of the federally built levees in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, (whew!) I’ve put together all the photos from the previous 29 days into a slide show.
Many thanks to the people who have contributed photos to this project so far. All photos except five (that I’m aware of) were taken within the past four weeks with the others taken in the past year so we’ve captured a pretty accurate portrayal of some of New Orleans’ neighborhoods as they are today. We’ve got the good and the bad, the neglected and the restored. Every home and community is a part of our shared experience, our city and our lives whether the occupants are here or still in exile.
Once a New Orleanian, always a New Orleanian.
Sociological Images is a website I’ve been reading for a while now and has turned into one of my favorites. Today they have a little article with photos about our blue and white street tiles. Another reason we love New Orleans and a good reason to check out Sociological Images.
Originally posted on TravelingMermaid.
This shotgun in Bywater belongs to my friends Chris and Sage who moved here from the west coast in 2006 when they bought the house after the elderly woman who lived there died. I’ve published some before and after photos below of the renovations they’ve done since moving in – seems they are always building and hammering something on their house. They use as much recycled material as possible, both by dumpster diving and from salvage places like The Bargain Center (one of my favorite places), The Green Project, and Habitat ReStore and has done all reno all with their own four hands. The brick patio and fountain surround were constructed with reclaimed and recycled bricks from buildings destroyed by the federal flood or purposely demolished in the months after. That is one damn fine patio – a great place to relax to the sound of tinkling water from the antique fountain. You can’t really tell from the photos but they added a to-die-for huge walk-in shower with skylight to the bathroom at the back of the house. “The Swamp Shack” is an extra bedroom (I have experienced its authentic bohemian comfort!) and a laundry room separate, as you can see, from the main house.
This is what can and has happened to many homes since the storm – nursed back to health by the love and hard work of people who are committed to their neighborhoods and their city. It’s heartening to see that not all X-marked homes are empty. Painting the house is on the bucket list but I’m not sure if they intend to paint over the X. I’ll have to ask.
Photographed by Chris Lorenzen
Read about the objective of our journey here.
Photographed by Chris Lorenzen, Bywater resident
Read about the objective of this journey here.
I love it when one of our neighborhoods get a shout-out in a nationally recognized and widely read newspaper or magazine. We can use all the positive press we can get with the thing we won’t mention out in our Gulf. Today The New York Times Travel Section has a great slide-show about one of New Orleans’ coolest, quirkiest neighborhoods (and my favorite), Bywater. Check it out!
Halloween in New Orleans is a sacred yet decadent affair. In honor of our observance of the holiday, I’m sharing some photos I took during a tour of the Bywater this past May. Ms Sallie Ann Glassman’s VooDoo temple and Rosalie Alley were part of the tour – the best part in my opinion. Ms Sallie, who has been a practitioner of Voodou in New Orleans since 1977, was a very gracious hostess and allowed me to photograph her and the Temple. The artwork along the fence leading to the Temple was magnificent, as was the entire tour.
More photos of the Bywater Tour are here on my Bywater Flickr set.
Happy All Hallow’s, y’all.
2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the Bywater Neighborhood Association’s Mirliton Festival. Join us on Saturday, November 7 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Markey Park (corner of Piety and Royal streets). Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for BNA members. Kids 5 years of age and under are free.
This year’s event promises to be the best yet. The diverse and talented musical lineup includes The Valparaiso Men’s Chorus featuring Alex McMurray, DJ Jubilee, Happy Talk Band, R. Scully Rough 7, Guitar Lightning Lee, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Panorama Jazz Band, King Louie One Man Band and Ratty Scurvics.
The festival will also showcase food from some of the neighborhood’s best eateries. Returning this year are The Country Club, Jack Dempsey’s, The Joint, Markey’s Bar, Sally’s Country Gourmet Foods and Karma Kitchen as well as Bacchanal with a great selection of wines. Newcomers include Satsuma Cafe, Café Roux and Frady’s. For those with a sweet tooth, look for gelato from Sucré and gourmet popsicles from Meltdown. As in years past, Abita and Coca-Cola products will also be available.
The festival will also feature an eclectic mix of artists, a children’s activity area, and some great new merchandise including t-shirts, bumper stickers, and temporary Mirliton tattoos. Dr. Bob has designed this year’s limited edition 20th anniversary Mirliton Festival shirt, so be sure to pick one up. See you there!
For more information, visit our website at www.bywater.org.