Archive for October, 2011

Prospect.2 in the Marigny

We’ve been gradually making the rounds soaking up the amazing art that the neighborhood is currently infused with during Prospect.2. Among the installations cross the street from us in The New Orleans Healing Center is one that explores the intersection of Blackhawk Helicopters and Haute Couture. You’ll get it when you see it. Around the corner, one of our neighborhood coffeehouse/galleries has its walls covered with gigantic sheep. I’ve always thought sheep were cool. Here they are paired with Super Heroes. Even cooler. A bit further down the street, the entire University of New Orleans St. Claude Gallery has been taken over for an installation of fencing. In this case white neon fencing inspired by wrought iron. Very Zen. There’s more on the show HERE.

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New in the Marigny

Grand Opening of the New Orleans Healing Center in Faubourg Marigny

Grand Opening of the New Orleans Healing Center in Faubourg Marigny

Brisk. It’s not a term we use to describe our weather much in New Orleans. But this morning was truly brisk, and energizing. Not that our Faubourg Marigny neighborhood much needed a weather change to be energized. We can hardly keep up with all that’s new and notable happening around us. Across the street the New Orleans Healing Center blossoms with a yoga studio, Voudou shop, fitness center, credit union, arts market, and a branch of the beloved local Maple Street Book Shop now open. Fatoush, the new Mediterranean restaurant around the corner offers a terrific menu of light Mediterranean fare…and even better, makes it’s own baklava everyday. We had an amazing vegetarian Korean meal the other night at the Wander Buddha a couple blocks away behind the HiHo Lounge. The young chef uses her mother’s recipes. The huge international art biennial Prospect.2 returns this month with cutting edge installations all over the neighborhood. And not only is our neighborhood now home to New Orleans’ emerging arts district, but its emerging performance district as well. Suddenly our historic hipster neighborhood isn’t a secret anymore. When Tripadvisor ranked New Orleans #7 among top US destinations, they actually mentioned Faubourg Marigny before the French Quarter. It’s a groovy time to be in the Marigny. sweetolive.com.

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