Fighting Poverty with Passion
Lately, I have been working on putting together a brochure for volunteers about what to do when they come to New Orleans. A lot of our volunteers from come from out of town, and they’re always asking us for suggestions of stuff to do in the evenings or on their days off. It’s been really fun to work on, and gave me a chance to think about some of my favorite places around the city. Elizabeth, a photographer friend of Andreas’s came to visit and took some amazing pictures of the places we wrote about. Here is a random sample:
Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream $
Brocato’s is a popular pastry and ice cream parlor located conveniently off the Canal streetcar line. Stop in for gelato, coffee, Italian ice, and classic Italian pastries like biscotti, pigniolata, or cannoli.
*214 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
Open: All day
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Free
This park consists of six separate sites and a headquarters. One site, the Barataria Preserve in Marrero, Louisiana, has trails and canoe tours through hardwood forests, swamps, and marsh. Barataria was where the legendary pirate Jean Lafitte and others docked their ships and traded pillaged goods. Now, it is a great way to see the beautiful swampland of Louisiana.
*6588 Barataria Boulevard, Marrero, Louisiana 70072
Staff recommendations: Andreas-Coquille Trail
Mississippi River Free
No trip to New Orleans is complete without spending some time at the Mighty Mississippi. Make sure to check out the houses on the other side of the levee. Those who live in these one-of-a-kind homes are exempt from paying property taxes. You can find them by walking two blocks south of the office to Oak Street, turning right, and walking to the end of the street. For more information about the Mississippi River batture, as they’re called, and the people who live there, read this NPR story: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/17/140553646/on-the-edge-in-mississippi-residents-cling-to-land