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EASTER EGG HUNT AT 1700 MOSS on April 2nd

Posted in CRIME, Featured, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2017 by katrinafilm

EASTER EGG HUNT

April 2nd at 11 a.m. at 1700 Moss
on Bayou St. John

There will be fun for all: games, crafts, and prizes, and an adult Easter Egg Hunt.

EASTER EGG HUNTHot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks (soft and otherwise) will be available.

Bring your own chairs.

Reservation is needed for adults and children
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Contact Rose Mancini at rmancini3@cox.net or 504-251-4970 or the Haus at 504-522-8014.

RSVP by March 17

EASTER EGG HUNT

The Easter Egg Hunt is an event produced by the Deutsches Haus

The Deutsches Haus has many events and interesting things to do all year long and is an important contributor to our community.  The Deutsches Haus has partnered with the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association year after year to help “Feed the First” each Mardi Gras weekend.

Feed the First” provides  3  meals each day during the long Mardi Gras weekend to the N.O.P.D. officers of the 1st District.   The officers work extremely long hours during the Mardi Gras weekend and are very grateful for  the hot meals and treats that the “Feed the First” initiative provides.

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DEUTSCHES HAUS HISTORY, PURPOSE, and MISSION

Incorporated in 1928, the Deutsches Haus was formed as a benevolent and social organization which evolved from the Deutsche Gesellschaft von New Orleans and several other Deutsche groups. The Deutsche Gesellschaft, whose origins dated back to 1848, provided support for the numerous German immigrants in the New Orleans area, providing them meals and housing, helping them find employment, and assisting them in reaching their ultimate destination in the United States and assisting in become U S Citizens.

Expanding on its foundation, the Deutsches Haus grew into an organization with a mission to celebrate and foster the rich culture, musical heritage, language and history of the German people. Our Oktoberfest and Volksfest Festivals features authentic German music, food and beverages for all to enjoy, as well as activities for the kids. These events are an opportunity for our local groups to generate revenue which is used to help sustain us throughout the year and assist in sponsoring future events celebrating our German heritage. But most importantly, these festivals introduce our German heritage to the New Orleans population. We sponsor speakers and German films about issues and events of interest to the German-American community that are free and open to the public.

Deutsches Haus established a scholarship fund, and working in conjunction with the University of New Orleans, Center Austria promotes the German language and German history for students chosen by the University to study in Germany during the summer.

Support is provided for the Deutsches Haus Damenchor and Mannerchor fostering our German musical heritage. Meeting space is provided for the International German speaking fraternity, Schlaraffia, promoting friendship, art, and humor.

We sponsor and support Benjamin Franklin High School and Jesuit High School, of New Orleans, in promoting German music and language through the free use of the Haus and grounds for fund raising activities for their exchange student programs and language programs.

In addition, we support other ethnic organizations, especially the Irish and Irish-Americans. We grant use of the Haus to the Irish to promote the Irish contribution to New Orleans. We offer the Haus for Irish dance and musical groups within the city, as well as, to traveling groups.

We are a Non-Profit Public Charity Corporation as defined in the Internal Revenue Section 501 (c) (3) with a volunteer Board of Directors and Officers.

The Deutsches Haus is proud to have one of the largest private archives of German memorabilia in the country, presently on extended loan to the Historic New Orleans Collection. (http://www.hnoc.org/)

The archives contain records from various German Consulates located in the city prior to 1870, local German newspapers and periodicals, genealogical records, sheet music and membership roles from early German singing societies and more. In keeping with this tradition as an educational organization the Haus sponsors German language classes, lectures and concerts.

The spirit of “Gemütlichkeit” pervades the Deutsches Haus year-round, but it is especially prominent in the early Autumn. Each year, thousands of people come to the Haus to enjoy the traditional German cuisine (everything from Schnitzel to Sauerkraut), dancing in the Biergarten, favorite folksongs and German beer and wine, all part of the annual Oktoberfest celebration. The Haus holds a number of other special events and festivals throughout the year, including Volkfest, Faschingfest (a Carnival celebration), and Tirolnacht, an evening for Austrian exchange students.

CRIME WAVE HITS AREA

Posted in CRIME with tags , , , on January 25, 2017 by katrinafilm

Monday, January 23, 2017 was a sad day for the neighborhood. Three major crimes were reported on the same day in this normally quiet area.

NOLA.com reported that authorities found “what appeared to be a stocking tied tightly” around the neck of a woman whose body was pulled from Bayou St. John on Monday, January 23, 2017. The woman, possibly in her 40s, was discovered in the water near the 4000 block of Davey Street, police said. The investigation was initially called an “unclassified death” by police, but has since been listed as a homicide. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to homicide detective Barrett Morton at 504-658-5300, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.


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Monday night, a neighbor on Crete Street found their truck missing as they attempted to use it to get to work the next morning.
Description of vehicle involved from the owner – Color: Black, Make: GMC, Model: Sierra, Year: 2003, Type: Truck, Other details: Crete Street near Desoto /Esplanade.


The owner also said the plate is a Saints Super Bowl license plate with the following numbers 27863. Faubourg St. John neighbor Doug Dunn owns the truck. Doug can be reached at 504-400-1148. The officer covering the case is Officer Eymard. Officer Eymard can be reached by phone at 504-658-5292 or by email at cleymard@cityofno.com.


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As a precautionary measure, take a couple of photos of your vehicle along with a photo of the license plate then keep it somewhere safe just in case.


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Also in the 1500 block of Crete Street on Monday, January 23, 2017, Tommy Lewis reported that a neighbor found the wheels missing from their vehicle.

If you feel uneasy about getting from your car to your home, why not have the Fair Grounds Patrol meet you there?

Have a gut feeling something isn’t right? Don’t second guess yourself,
call the Fair Grounds Patrol.

Call (504) 251-0276 or (504) 251-0111 and the Fair Grounds Patrol will meet you at your home to make sure you get in safely.

Enhanced NOPD Patrol

Mobile phone numbers of Enhanced Patrol officers:

(504) 251-0276
(504) 251-0111

As part of the ordinance allowing the New Orleans Fair Grounds to expand their operations to allow for slot machines the Fair Grounds is required to fund enhanced NOPD patrols in areas surrounding their facility. The patrol consists of two patrol cars operating 24 hours per day 7 days a week. The officers in the cars will have mobile phones and can be contacted directly by residents in the patrol area. The patrol area is defined as the area bounded by Desaix Boulevard to Moss Street to Ursulines Avenue to North Broad Avenue to St. Bernard Avenue to Desaix Boulevard.

Captain Scott, who leads the Fair Grounds Patrol says,
“The Fair Grounds patrol really helps to keep this area safer than non patrolled areas.”
Auto thefts top the list. Capt. Scott reminds everyone to please lock their vehicle’s doors.

The Fair Ground enhanced patrol began August 19th 2007.

Mobile phone numbers of Enhanced Patrol officers:

(504) 251-0276
(504) 251-0111

Please keep in mind that this patrol is in addition to regular police patrols. We should still call 911 in case of emergencies. After calling 911 it might make sense to call one of the numbers above.


Map of the Enchanced Patrol Area:

FairGroundsPatrolMap

Simple Crime Fighting Tips

Please use these tips to eliminate the opportunity for a crime in your home or on your street.

• Light Places Discourage Crime/Dark Places Encourage Crime: Leave a light on at your front and back door all night. Set timers on lights when you are away. Remove dead limbs and bushes from in front of windows. Report all street lights out as soon as you notice them. Call 311, and remember to get a service request number. When you call, give the pole number and the address of the house closest to the pole.

• Make sure you have your house number close to the front and back doors of your house.
Dark numbers on light trim are easiest to read. During an emergency, this could save precious moments.

• Install a peep hole in your exterior doors if you do not have glass around the door. NEVER open the door to a stranger. Call 911 if you are suspicious of a caller.

• Add deadbolt locks to all of your doors, particularly those with glass near the doorknob. Remove the key from the lock. If you want to keep a key close to the door for emergencies, make sure it is not reachable from the glass panels in the door.

• Make sure to notify your neighbors when you are going to be away. Set timers on both indoor and outdoor lights. Arrange for papers, mail and flyers to be taken in, and ask neighbors to place some trash in your super can and wheel it to the alley on trash day. Arrange for the lawn to be mowed while you are away. These simple steps can greatly reduce your chances of becoming the next burglary victim.

• If you have alarm systems in your car and home, use them. If you have an alarm system in your home, and you have a skylight, make sure to have the skylight wired to the alarm system. This is a new way of entering homes without being detected.

• Leave your emergency numbers with a neighbor, and leave a copy by the kitchen phone, if you have one.

• Do not leave lawn mowers, bicycles or baby strollers in the yard unattended. • NEVER leave your purse in a shopping cart at the market, in your desk at work unattended, or on the back of your chair in public. Not only will your money and credit cards be used, but you could loose your personal identity. Personal identity theft is the fastest growing crime in our area.

• Shred all documents that contain any personal information about you or your family members (bank statements, credit card receipts, etc.) to avoid being a victim of Identity Theft.

• Never take valuables to the Gym with you. Even lockers that are locked can be the scene of a theft.

• Check your surroundings before getting out of your car on your way into the house, and out of the house on your way into your car.

• Remove all valuables from sight in your car, especially GPS, iPods, CDs, cameras, laptops, purses and money. If you must leave something in your car, store it in the trunk. When valet parking, leave only your car key.

• NEVER leave your car running without you in it. Besides inviting a car theft, it is also illegal.

• If you witness a crime, write down the details as soon as possible, and keep the paper in a safe place. It could mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. Call 911 and read from your sheet.

• Get to know your neighbors. If you know who belongs on your block, it is easier to spot someone who does not belong. Report suspicious behavior to the police. If you suspect it is a crime, call 911. Use the words “Possible Crime in Progress.” Get involved in your community. Apathy is the partner of crime.

Police Ask Public to Provide Pedal Power for Children

Posted in CRIME, Featured, HISTORY, Living Well, More Great Posts! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2016 by katrinafilm

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, New Orleans Police Department and New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation donated 120 bicycles to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at ReNEW McDonogh City Park Academy. December 15, 2016.

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by Linda Landesberg

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Here is a great idea for your holiday gift purchasing:
The donation of a bicycle for a child in the name of a friend or loved one.

Forget about the Mall….without even leaving your house you can give a personalized gift certificate to someone on your holiday list saying that a bicycle for a child was donated in his/her name. Much better and easier than those random office gifts!

Please consider donating $50 for a bicycle for a child.

For the last three years the officers in our 1st District New Orleans Police Department have raised money to purchase bikes for needy pre-K, K and first graders in the district. I am writing in hopes that you can help this year; may I persuade you to “buy” one (or two) of these bikes for a donation of just $50 per bike?

1kidonbikestockphotoEvery positive interaction these kids have with a New Orleans police officer makes a positive difference, it is a great program, and your assistance will ensure that it continues.

This year the 1st District is working with McDonogh City Park Academy in the 2700 Block of Esplanade, Below is correspondence from Officer Gill and Commander Ganthier with more information about the program.

This is a charitable donation, checks should be made out to the “New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation” or “NOPJF”  with “First District Bike Givaway” in the note.  We will provide you with a receipt.

Donations are being collected thru December 12th.
Call Officer Gill (504) 385.7221 to pick up your check made out to the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation with 1st District Bike Giveaway in the note section. If you need further information, you can also email Officer Gill at kgill@nola.gov

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The note below is from Officer Kenny Gill

The First District is asking for donations of $50 to purchase bicycles for the Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade students at McDonogh City Park Academy. Below an appeal from The 1st District Commander for these bicycles. Please forward and verbally tell others in your neighborhood, friends and members in your association.

This is going to be our 4th year giving bikes to school kids. A different school is chosen every year. This year we are going to be very ambitious. 169 bicycles are needed for children at McDonogh City Park Academy in the 2700 block of Esplanade. Most of the students at McDonogh City Park Academy are very needy (but not all).

Our School Resource Officer got a head count of the Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Graders; 169 students/bicycles. As you can see, the classes are pretty large but we would like to try to and accomplish this with your help.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.

Thanks,

Officer Kenneth Gill
504 385 7221

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The note below is from N.O.P.D. 1st District Commander Hans Ganthier.
Click on the note below for a larger view in a PDF.

ganthierletter20162016donationletterforbicycles

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HISTORY AFFORDS US MANY INSTANCES OF THE RUIN OF STATES

Posted in CRIME, Featured, HISTORY with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2016 by katrinafilm

History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy.
~Ben Franklin 1774

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There’s still time!  Please contact the New Orleans City Council regarding Short-Term Rentals (STRs). On October 20, the City Council moved one step closer to legalizing widespread STRs, but they still have to craft and pass an ordinance. The ordinance could be voted on as early as December 1.

Last month, with great disregard for public outcry, the Council voted to allow STRs in every neighborhood except the French Quarter, with no limits on density. The Council eliminated the “Principal Residential” Whole House Rentals category but then allowed whole house rentals as “Temporary” STRs for up to 90 days a year. With this, any and every house could become a de facto hotel and, additionally – there is no way our City will be able to enforce the 90 day limit. The Council claims they will work with Airbnb on reporting, and will pull electric meters for non-compliant operators! We must insist our City use the leverage they have now and craft reasonable, rational regulation instead of passing a weak law that invites abuse.

Furthermore, the Council opened up Commercial and Mixed-Use areas to STRs with no density requirements, meaning every apartment, condominium and commercial building can be turned into entire complexes of STRs with no owner/operator on site. This will devastate our neighborhoods and housing stock and goes against the administration’s own affordable housing initiatives.

The most rational way to regulate STRs is to require operators live on site, and that they have a homestead exemption in order to qualify for a permit. Councilmember Guidry attempted to put this in place last month and the amendments she put forward were narrowly defeated. We need your help reminding the City Council that people come before profits and that neighborhoods are for neighbors.

Please write the City Council and ask that they insist STR permits require homestead exemptions

New Orleans City Council Contact Information

Councilmember At Large Jason Williams  –  jarwilliams@nola.gov / 658-1070
Councilmember At Large Stacy Head  –  shead@nola.gov / 658-1060
Councilmember District A Susan Guidry  –  sgguidry@nola.gov / 658-1010
Councilmember District B LaToya Cantrell –  lcantrell@nola.gov / 658-1020
Councilmember District C Nadine Ramsey –  nmramsey@nola.gov / 658-1030
Councilmember Distirct D Jared Brossett –  jcbrossett@nola.gov / 658 1040
Councilmember Distirct E James Gray –  jagray@nola.gov / 658-1050

Article courtesy the Louisiana Landmarks Society and Pitot House

1440 Moss Street

New OrleansLA 70119

HIT AND RUN BREAKS BACK OF BICYCLIST

Posted in CRIME, Featured with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2016 by katrinafilm

Please write to nopd1stdistrict@nola.gov if you have any information or a photo of the license plate of the vehicle in the video below.

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A cyclist in Bayou St. John suffered cracked ribs and a broken back Tuesday (Sept. 27) when a white sedan hit her before speeding off, according to her attorney, Charlie Thomas.

A video from a nearby house shows a cyclist, who Thomas identified as Michelle Phillips, in the distance riding towards the Mississippi River on Esplanade Avenue. As she crosses Crete Street, a white sedan drives through the intersection, striking her to the ground before speeding off.

There is a stop sign on Crete at that intersection.

In the video, the driver passes in front of the house with the camera.

New Orleans police confirmed they responded to a call about a hit-and-run at 6:09 p.m. They arrived to find a cyclist had been injured.

Thomas said Phillips was rushed to a hospital by ambulance and treated for cracked vertebra and ribs. She was released Thursday.

The crash comes on the heels of an arrest in another hit-and-run on a cyclist earlier this month.

Rebekah Abernathy was struck from behind Sept. 12 as she traveled on Magazine Street in front of the World War II Museum. The driver, Michael Foley was arrested Wednesday after turning himself in.

Magazine and Esplanade both have dedicated bike lanes.

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/09/video_cyclists_back_broken_in.html

Neighborhood Meeting October 4th

Posted in CRIME, Featured, More Great Posts! with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2016 by katrinafilm

copperdome320x100aAt the October 4, 2016 neighborhood meeting at 1368 Moss Street in New Orleans, Faubourg St. John residents will review many topics. A few of the items to be discussed are a zoning request, the increasing homeless population, and a possible new direction for the neighborhood’s internet presence. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. under the big dome on Bayou St. John at 1368 Moss Street in Faubourg St. John.

Current Topics/Guests

ganthier1     NOPD Update – First District Cmdr. Ganthier
hganthier@nola.gov
Joined NOPD in 1998
Commander since 2016

Ganthier is responsible for overseeing police services for the historic Treme and Mid-City neighborhoods. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Ganthier is a recipient of the Commendation Medal and the Medal of Merit.

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bbstroman   Homeless People & the Neighborhood — B.B. St. Roman, NOPD Homeless Assistance Unit
BBStRoman@nola.gov
cell: (504) 940-7325
office: (504) 658-6715
fax: (504) 523-2336

B.B. St. Roman [formerly Barbara Becker] is the only staff member for the New Orleans Police Department’s Homeless Assistant Unit. Before helping the homeless, she traveled the world, recording sound for documentaries. And, at one point, she became the tour manager for Dr. John, Louisiana musician and legend. Her film audio credits include Mother Teresa and Shamans of the Blind Country, a film ethnography of the Himalayas.

Homelessness is a growing problem in the city of New Orleans, and the shelter system is unable to keep up. As head of the Homeless Assistance Unit of the New Orleans Police Department, B.B. St. Roman works to get people back on their feet. With her warm smile and listening ear, B.B. brings hope to those who have lost everything. Please watch B.B. St. Roman in the video below:

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1620sauvage 1620 Sauvage Street. Click on the photo for a larger view

1620 Sauvage Request for Conditional Use – Adam Adamick, Architect
Adamick Architecture Plans

ZONING DOCKET 103/16 – Request by MKL-ELMWOOD, LLC for a Conditional Use to permit townhouse dwellings in an HU-RD2 Historic Urban Two-Family Residential District, on Square 1560, Lots D and E, in the Third Municipal District, bounded by Maurepas, Sauvage, Ponce De Leon and North White Streets. The municipal addresses are 1618-1622 SAUVAGE STREET.

Read a note from Adam Adamick and see the plans for 1620 Sauvage in the link below:
http://fsjna.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/AdamickArchitecturePlans.pdf

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cynthia-scott4web Cynthia Scott to report on short term rentals

Treasurer’s Report

Committee Reports/Updates
·     Membership Committee – Update
·     Events Committee – Update
·     Landscape Committee – Update
·     Public Safety – Update
·     Zoning Committee – Update

Old Business – Approval of March minutes
 From Floor

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New Business
FSJNA’s Website and Online Presence – Future Plans

computermarketing1aDo you know someone passionate about Faubourg St. John that is willing to donate a couple of hours each day to work the website at fsjna.org and promote the neighborhood via various social media outlets?

I’ve been doing it for over a decade and the time for a fresh perspective is long overdue.

strong-trueKeep in mind, it can’t be someone with an agenda other than the greater good of the entire neighborhood and one who will have the stamina to continue to be upbeat about Faubourg St. John year after year.

Please send a message to info@fsjna.org if you know someone you believe can take our internet presence to new heights with consistent and persistent marketing of our message.   The potential candidate must understand that this is a long term volunteer commitment.

Thank you for all you do to move New Orleans forward,

Charlie London
info@fsjna.org

Meeting Tuesday, September 6 at the Fair Grounds Black Gold Room

Posted in CRIME, Featured, HISTORY, Living Well, More Great Posts! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2016 by katrinafilm

Tuesday, September 6 is the quarterly FSJNA general membership meeting at the Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m.

Cookies and refreshments will be provided by Fair Grounds Racecourse and Slots at
1751 Gentilly Blvd. in New Orleans.

 

Guests/Current Topics:

guidry·District A Update – Councilmember Susan Guidry
September 7th has been declared to be Geaux Blue NOLA Day by the New Orleans City Council and encourages everyone who lives, works, and plays in New Orleans to wear blue all day, and to adorn their homes and businesses with the color blue to demonstrate our appreciation for our New Orleans Police Officers and their families. Details in the link:
http://fsjna.org/2016/08/geaux-blue-nola-day-september-7th/

ganthier1·NOPD Update – Commander Ganthier
Citizens may email specific quality of life concerns that require a response from law enforcement to  nopd1stdistrict@nola.gov  When sending an email, one should include the contact person’s name and phone number so that a district representative can reply.

scott1·Fairgrounds Patrol Update — Commander Scott
As part of the ordinance allowing the New Orleans Fair Grounds to expand their operations to allow for slot machines the Fair Grounds is required to fund enhanced NOPD patrols in areas surrounding their facility. The patrol consists of two patrol cars operating 24 hours per day 7 days a week. The officers in the cars will have mobile phones and can be contacted directly by residents in the patrol area at (504) 251-0276 or  (504) 251-0111.

     Details in the link:  http://fsjna.org/happy-birthday-grand-route/fairgrounds-patrol/

burley1·Sustaining Our Urban Landscape — Susannah Burley, Project Director
Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, SOUL, is dedicated to driving a resilient and equitable New Orleans through improving its water and food systems. Details in the link:  https://soulnola.org/programs/

vodanovich·800 N. Rendon (McDonogh 31) – Update on development plans, Adam Vodanovich
Demolition of one-story annex building to former school.   Details in the link:
http://onestopapp.nola.gov/Redirect.aspx?SearchString=16-19834-HDLC

felicelavergne·Front Yard Initiative — Felice Lavergne, Urban Conservancy
The Front Yard Initiative is an incentive program that reimburses eligible homeowners $2.50 per square foot of paving removed- up to 500 square feet- for a max of $1,250.  More in the link:
http://www.urbanconservancy.org/project/fyi/#resources

Black Gold Room at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots

(Accommodates 90-200): Located in the Derby Building, adjacent to the Grandstand, the Black Gold Room is the perfect place for an afternoon of racing fun or for an evening for that special get together.  Guests can enjoy the excitement of live racing in their own private room, with features including a private balcony overlooking the track, conveniently located mutuel tellers, self-service terminals, television monitors and a fully staffed buffet and bar.

The Black Gold room at Fair Grounds Racecourse and Slots

The Black Gold room at Fair Grounds Racecourse and Slots

1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119 (504) 944-5515