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NOLA Lore: The Unknown Communities of New Orleans

The Grunch, Pukwudgies, and Pookas



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the legends of the Grunch people, and their outcast ancestors the Pukwudgies and the Pookas.


Mexcellent: Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo


We here in New Orleans are never short on reasons to celebrate — whether festivals or second-lines, we've got the whole party thing down. Still, perhaps given our French roots in the Crescent City, it's tricky to find a place to party for Cinco de Mayo, which marks Mexico's defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla.

 

NoDef offers a run down of the best events around town honoring the holiday this Friday. 


Louisiana Ranked Most Fun State in the Southeast


We here in New Orleans have always known that we are particularly skilled at having a good time — but now, it’s a scientific fact. According to a new survey, Louisiana is one of the top ten most fun states in America. 


NOLA Lore: A Real American Horror Story



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the horrors perpetrated by a society woman in the French Quarter, Madame Delphine LaLaurie.


NOLA Lore: The Real Vampires of New Orleans



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. For the fourth installment, Lloyd continues with her experience meeting the real vampires of the Crescent City. 


Living in the New New Orleans

Salty on All Sides as Airbnb Legalization Changes Flavor of NOLA Tourism



In 2015, a record-setting 9.78 million visitors travelled to the Crescent City, contributing over seven billion dollars to the New Orleans economy. It was a 3.5 percent increase in tourist spending in comparision to the record set the year prior, according to numbers released by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. With all of that traffic in and out, and the Big Easy's reputation as a welcoming — if somewhat lawless — playground, long-term residents often get left holding the bag. One area of particular concern has been the rise of vacation rental platforms like Airbnb across the city, designed to give travelers a more “authentic” experience. Following many months of public forums, the oft-debated series of city ordinances are now in place.


Promotin’ the General Welfare



Well, we may have just gone and done it, finally. 

 

Not that the city hasn’t been up for sale before, but this time it’s a wholesale takeover.  These folks have come here and turned some of the most sacred N’Awlins traditions into a common cavalcade of quirky Americana.


Spin Cycle

NOLA Residents Sound Off On Bike-Share Program



Wednesday night (3.29), the City of New Orleans and Social Bicycles (SoBi) hosted the second outing in a series of workshops on the upcoming bike-share program. Held in the Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Resource Center, the evening saw residents of the 7th Ward, Treme, and Esplanade Ridge came out to discuss the program and sound off on possible bike station locations.


Report Highlights Economic Impact of Immigrants in New Orleans


A new report finds that immigrants make outsized contributions to the economy of New Orleans. “New Americans in Greater New Orleans,” released by think tank New American Economy (NAE) and the City of New Orleans, notes that immigrant households tremendously impact the city through large tax contributions, support for federal social programs, as well as higher rates of education and entrepreneurship in comparison to U.S.-born citizens. 


'NOLA Circus' Shares Surreal Rivalry Between NOLA Barbershops


NOLA Circus, a French-produced dark comedy about a rivalry between two New Orleans barbershops, dropped its U.S. release date and new trailer this week. The film is a Romeo and Juliet-type tale set near the Mississippi, shot in New Orleans from May to June 2014. 


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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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