MAJOR PROJECTS TO BE COMPLETED IN 2018-2019
Audubon Zoo’s African Lion Habitat expansion
- The Audubon Zoo has begun construction on a new habitat for African lions.
- The new exhibit will be a replica of an abandoned 1920’s-era train station and the design will offer panoramic views of the site along with places for up-close looks at the animals. The habitat will be built to accommodate multiple lions.
- The project will return lions to Audubon Zoo after an absence of several years.
- For more information visit www.audubonnatureinstitute.org
The National World War II Museum's Bollinger Canopy of Peace
- The Bollinger Canopy of Peace will soon take its place as a new landmark on the New Orleans skyline. The iconic architectural structure will rise 148 feet above the center of the institution's campus.
- During the daytime, the towering bright-white Canopy will serve as a beacon to visitors and locals alike; after sundown, a state-of-the-art lighting system will transform the Canopy and its support legs into a stunning new nighttime landmark for the city.
- The Canopy is made possible through a generous donation from longtime WWII Museum Board of Trustees member Boysie Bollinger.
The Seignouret-Brulator House
- The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) will expand its operations to a third building in the French Quarter.
- Located at 520 Royal Street, the new campus will include the renovation of a 19th-century structure known as the Seignouret-Brulator Building, with a state-of-the-art rear addition plus a beautiful interior courtyard.
- With nearly 40,000 total square feet, the site with house the institution's largest gallery spaces for permanent and changing exhibitions, dynamic interactive displays and a hands-on educational display for children and families.
- The new site will also include a larger footprint for the museum shop and cafe.
- For more information visit www.hnoc.org.
Historic Redevelopment Projects Opening Access to NOLA’s Riverfront:
Esplanade and Governor Nicolls Wharfs riverfront development
- In June 2017, the City of New Orleans, the Port of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Belt partnered to align the Public Belt Railroads and its assets under the Port of New Orleans while the Port transferred the Governor Nicholls Street and Esplanade Avenue Wharves along the Mississippi River to the City of New Orleans.
- This agreement will complete the three miles of contiguous public access to the riverfront from Crescent Park to Spanish Plaza.
- In 1975, Mayor Moon Landrieu envisioned the removal of abandoned port warehouses in front of Jackson Square and the construction of a pedestrian boardwalk with trees and seating along the river.
- Today, The French Market Corporation has invested $3 million to revitalize the riverfront promenade that extends from St. Peter to St. Philip streets.
- The project includes additional shade trees and native plant materials, enhanced walking surface, new lighting and improved connection from the city to the Mississippi River with prominence at Washington Artillery Park.
- The pedestrian only connection between the top of Washington Artillery Park and the riverfront solidifies the “elegant connection” from the Mississippi River to the heart of the French Quarter envisioned in the 2008 Riverfront Master Plan. The connection adds additional plaza space for river viewing.
- New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the New Orleans Building Corporation are investing $7.5 million to install new paving, a fountain, trees, plants, lighting and seating to celebrate the Spanish Plaza as a primary destination on the riverfront and a world-class public venue and tourist attraction.
- The original tiles, given to the city by Spain, represent the Spanish Provinces and will be retained along the interior face of the fountain. The renovated plaza will enhance the plaza’s pedestrian experience, enhance the circulation between the Riverwalk and the RTA Ferry, and provide a more functional space for restaurants and other vendors to provide services to plaza patrons.
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
- Audubon Nature Institute recently invested more than $6 million in Woldenberg Riverfront Park improvements. The work covers extensive wharf repairs, sculpture restoration, plaza perimeter repair and landscaping, including 35 palm trees, and a 90-foot linear splash pad that features a variety of light shows along the riverfront in front of the Aquarium.
- Audubon is planning to invest approximately $1 million in a new project that includes extensive brick repair on the plaza, lighting improvements, more landscaping and signage.
New Orleans is in the midst of a hotel boom with 15 properties having opened in the last five years. Visitors can look forward to several new hotels openings to please every lifestyle and budget, from HI New Orleans hostel accommodations to luxury accommodations Maison de la Luz by Atelier Ace. Read on for the most anticipated hotels.
Opening Fall 2019
Leblanc+Smith, the local hospitality team behind Cavan, Barrel Proof, Sylvain, Meauxbar and Longway Tavern, have added a hotel to their portfolio. The Corsair will be a boutique-style hotel and feature 15 rooms including four suites, a restaurant with seat for up to 120 guests, a pool, pool bar and lobby bar. The hotel will also feature magnificent 13-foot ceilings, original fireplaces and other historic details. Located Uptown at 4125 St Charles Avenue.
HI New Orleans
HI New Orleans, the latest development from Hosteling International, will open in New Orleans Downtown in March 2019. The hostel will feature 24 private rooms, 122 dorm beds, a large common space, public cafe and community room.
Higgins Hotel & Conference Center
The National World War II Museum will open the Higgins Hotel & Conference Center in 2019. The hotel will feature 230 guestrooms and a second-floor conference center with more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space.
Maison de la Luz
Designed in partnership with the acclaimed Studio Shamshiri, Maison de la Luz is a distinctive new guest house from Atelier Ace. An elevated experience of bespoke hospitality that defines luxury as moving through the world with grace. The property features 67 guest rooms, a library bar and a curated concierge service.
- The Link Restaurant Group (LRG) is opening Gianna, an Italian restaurant with chef/partner Rebecca Wilcomb. The restaurant is named after Rebecca's Grandmother, who resides in the Veneto region of Italy and has been a major influence guiding the roots of Rebecca's cooking.
- The menu will reflect the rustic style of cooking the team experienced on their extensive travels throughout Italy. Fresh pasta and wood burning oven specialties will be feature from the tiled open kitchen. The beverage program will highlight curated Italian wines along with a variety of imported and house-made Italian liqueurs.
- Along with partners Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Rebecca Wilcomb, long time LRG General Manager Heather Lolley and Ryan Prewitt of Pêche will be joining the ownership team.
- The restaurant is located at 700 Magazine Street at the corner of Girod, on the ground floor of the Kalorama development in NEw Orleans.
- Executive Chef/Partner Rebecca Wilcomb, General Manager Brandy Trepagnier.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s 50th anniversary
- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the historic milestone, the festival has added and extra day to the lineup making Thursday, April 25th this year's opening day.
- Headliners for this year's festival include Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Santana, Pitbull, Van Morrison, John Fogerty, Al Green, Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffet and many more.
75th Anniversary of D-Day at the National World War II Museum
- This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, D-Day. The National World War II Museum will honor the courage and sacrifice of those who secured our freedom with special programming for the special anniversary.
- The Museum will offer a slate of programs during the week of D-Day's 75th anniversary, with the majority of the programs taking place on June 6th, 2019. Programs will consist of film screenings, panel discussions, hands-on activities, live performances and ceremonies commemorating D-Day. From Monday, June 3rd through Wednesday, June 5th, there will be tours of the Normandy Galleries, as well as special screenings of the RTB Normandy Film in the H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center. Each night leading up to D-Day there will be a different film featured that will focus on D-Day, culminating in the Museum's newest documentary, Seize and Secure: The Battle for la Fiere.
- The D-Day Commemoration Day programming will be extensive and will kick off at 6:30 a.m. with the H-Hour Ceremonies. Throughout the day there will be special timed activities as well as all-day activities. During the day, there will be lectures, panel discussions, hands-on activities for all ages, as well as special talks surrounding the museum's newest exhibition Guy de Montlaur and featuring the Higgins Boat installation. This special slate of programs will be free for museum visitors. The day will conclude with a special performance by the Museum's Big Band and a special screening of The Longest Day.