City Takes Action on Flooding Problem on Bayou Road


photos courtesy Robert Thompson

flooding at Kruttschnitt Park

During the recent cleanup at Kruttschnitt Park organized by Robert Thompson, several volunteers noted that the storm drain was full of debris. Robert Thompson followed up with the City. Flooding at North Dorgenois and Bayou Road during rain events has been mitigated…for now.

Robert said, “This is a great step for our neighborhood effort to improve the area with focused action.”

Many thanks to Robert and all the neighborhood volunteers who are making a difference!

Check out Robert’s City Beautiful Clubs Facebook page for more:

Before Robert Thompson and the City took action, this area flooded during any rain event.
Before concerned neighbors and the City took action, this clogged drain caused street flooding in the area.

In 1906, the City designated the triangular portion of ground bounded by N. Dorgenois, Bell Street, and Bayou Road as a place of rest and recreation, then named it Kruttschnitt Place. Ernest B. Kruttschnitt (1852-1906) was a popular local attorney and educator. President of the Board of Education from 1890-1903, he was the nephew of Judah P. Benjamin. President of the Louisiana Constitutional Convention, a post to which he was unanimously elected, Kruttschnitt was also an administrator of the Tulane Education Fund and had headed the Pickwick Club. When he was laid to rest, on his 54th birthday, schools closed in his honor.

Anyone who has been through a major storm or regular rainfall in New Orleans knows that clogged catch basins contribute significantly to street flooding.

The pumps can’t pump what they can’t get. If your catch basin is clogged, please clean it today. If you need help, get with your neighbors and clean all the catch basins on your street. If you still need help, write to and we’ll help you get it done.

A catch basin, which is also known as a storm drain inlet or curb inlet, is an opening to the storm drain system that typically includes a grate or curb inlet at street level where storm water enters the catch basin and a sump captures sediment, debris and associated pollutants. Catch basins are able to prevent trash and other floatable materials from entering the drainage system by capturing such debris by way of a hooded outlet. The outlet pipes for catch basins on combined sewers (sanitary waste and storm water in a single pipe) are also outfitted with a flapper (trap) device to prevent the backflow of any unpleasant odors from pipes. Catch basins act as pretreatment for other treatment practices by allowing larger sediments to settle in the basin sump areas.

It is important to maintain catch basins to prevent storm sewer blockages and minimize the amount of pollutants entering storm sewers which may eventually discharge into local streams and waterways such as Lake Ponchartrain. Clogged catch basins can also result in the ponding of water along streets and parking lots causing a nuisance to motorists, pedestrians and businesses.

How you can help: When you are clearing your sidewalk or driveway, dispose of waste in trash receptacles instead of sweeping it into the gutters or catch basins.

If leaves or other debris are blocking a catch basin near your house or business, remove and dispose of the debris properly.

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If you have questions, or if your catch basin requires mechanical cleaning or maintenance, call 311 to report the problem.


HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:1) Clean litter and debris from the catch basins near your house. Also, clean the surrounding curb area, because any litter, leaves, or grass on the street or sidewalk can end up in the catch basin. Do not lift the drain cover or attempt to disassemble the catch basin; just clean what you can see. All you need is a pair of work gloves, a shovel or small rake, and a trash bag. Remember: If your neighbor is elderly or disabled, please help clean their catch basin too.

2) Dispose of trash and lawn clippings in trash cans. Do not sweep or blow yard waste into the gutters and catch basins. Remember: Trash in our streets ends up as trash in our lake!

3) Construction sites or sites with hazardous materials must take special precautions to properly dispose of their paint and chemicals. They should not sweep, blow or hose waste into the catch basins. Report any improper actions to the City of New Orleans by calling 311.

Residents are advised to stay at home during the severe weather unless an emergency makes it absolutely necessary for them to get on the road. The NOPD will ticket motorists who drive faster than 5 mph on streets with standing water.

The following is a list of streets prone to significant flooding during severe weather.

Calliope @ Claiborne towards Tchoupitoulas St
Calliope & Tchoupitoulas St On-ramps
I-10 and Tulane Exit towards Claiborne
Airline & Tulane Ave intersection
4400 Block of Washington
Washington Ave. near Xavier
All surrounding streets to St. Charles flooded, Gravier/Tulane/S Dupre, S Claiborne/Washington.
Claiborne/Orleans Ave.
S Carrollton/Palmetto
Magazine/St Mary
Broad/Louisiana Ave./S.Claiborne
Earhart/Jeff Davis-Carrollton
500 blk of Lake Marina
Canal Blvd/I-10/Navarre
Erato/S Genois/City Park/Carrollton
Washington Ave. near Xavier, Washington
Gravier/Tulane/S Dupre
S Claiborne/Washington
Simon Bolivar & Calliope coming from Loyola Ave under the overpass
Poland Ave from St Claude to N. Claiborne
S. Claiborne at Joseph
Holiday to the Crescent City Connection
Shirley and DeGaulle
DeGaulle under the Westbank Expressway
General Meyer from Pace to Shirley
Richland and General Meyer
MacArthur and Holiday
Garden Oaks
Vespasian and Wall

The City’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness monitors severe weather and keeps residents updated through e-mail alerts and the Twitter handle @nolaready.


press release from Southern Rep, photos by Lisa Amoss

Southern Rep Theatre, Rose CDC and Alembic Community Development Announce Plans for Performing Arts Space to Revitalize Historic Church Building on Bayou Treme Center campus on Bayou Road

announce1New Orleans, La. (February 18th, 2016) – Today, Southern Rep Theatre, Rose Community Development Corporation and Alembic Community Development announced plans for launching the Bayou Tremé Center campus development project, which will renovate the long-vacant former St Rose de Lima Church into a hub for the performing arts in the city and a cultural anchor on the Bayou Road corridor. The ceremony was followed by guided tours through the historic building and around the site of the upcoming campus development.

“This historic building is the perfect home for Southern Rep Theatre,” said Aimée Hayes, Producing Artistic Director for Southern Rep Theatre. “It offers everything we have envisioned in our search for a permanent space. The prospect of making theatre at this historic crossroads of New Orleans is inspiring and humbling for us. A permanent home of our own affords us the opportunity to build on the expansive arts education programs we already have in place, continue to produce artistically innovative new plays, and reach out to both the Tremé and neighboring communities in a comprehensive and vital way.”

announce2Originally constructed in 1915 to replace a 19th century structure that was lost to a fire, the iconic Gothic Tudor church operated for 90 years before being closed by the Archdiocese of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Rose CDC and Alembic will jointly own the 47,000 square foot campus, which includes the church building and two former Catholic schoolhouses directly across Columbus Street, and will work to redevelop the properties into an arts and education campus that supports the ongoing revitalization of Bayou Road and serves as a hub for the performing arts industry throughout the city. The project partners anticipate that construction will begin in 2017, with a projected opening date in 2018.

“Alembic is thrilled to be partnered with Southern Rep and Rose CDC, as well as a great team in MetroStudio, Ryan Gootee General Contractors and Spackman Mossop Michaels landscape architects, on this high impact project,” said Jonathan Leit, director of Alembic’s New Orleans office. “Southern Rep is such an important institution for the arts and creative economy in New Orleans, and we look forward to seeing it flourish in the re-purposed St Rose church building towards supporting the continued revitalization of Bayou Road.”

The centerpiece of the Bayou Tremé Center campus will be a 13,400 square foot theater complex operated by Southern Rep Theatre, New Orleans’ premiere theatre company. The theater complex includes a 125-seat Mainstage proscenium, a 65-seat Lagniappe Stage convertible to a cabaret or black box configuration, an Outdoor Stage for pre-performance activities, administrative offices, rehearsal room, and a bar/café.

In addition, the Bayou Tremé Center campus will include the renovation of the 23,000 square-foot schoolhouse at 2539 Columbus Street into a new space for a school operator, while the 11,000 square-foot schoolhouse at 2533 Columbus Street is planned as office space.

“When Rose CDC first began this project several years ago, it was with a community-driven vision to bring an arts and education campus to Bayou Road,” said Shawn Kennedy, board member of Rose CDC. “On behalf of the board of Rose CDC, I could not be more excited to share the announcement of our agreement with Southern Rep Theatre to occupy the repurposed St Rose church building. We look forward to seeing the impact that the pairing of this beautiful historic building and Southern Rep will bring to Bayou Road and the city.”

For more information about the project, please contact Jenny Windstrup by phone: 504-523-9857 or by email:, or Jonathan Leit by phone: 504-569-0014 or by email:

Founded in 1986, Southern Rep Theatre’s mission is to develop and produce new plays that reflect the diversity of New Orleans, to provide its audience with professional theatre of the highest artistic quality and achievement, and to establish a creative working environment that nurtures theatre professionals. As the city’s premiere nonprofit professional theatre, Southern Rep strives to use the artistry of theatre to enlighten, educate, and entertain audiences, and to further extend that service through educational and outreach programs.

Rose Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit community development corporation founded to rejuvenate the Bayou Road neighborhood, with an initial focus to realize the vision for the Bayou Tremé Center.

Alembic Community Development invests in long-term partnerships in underserved neighborhoods through real estate development and organizational capacity building.   Through its offices in New Orleans and New York City, Alembic has developed a range of mixed-use properties in collaboration with mission-driven partners, including affordable and supportive housing and commercial and community spaces.



Robert Thompson says, “Great fun this Saturday (11a-1:30p) in the Bayou Road near Broad shopping district. Soul Brass Band, reveal of spectacular mural by Brandan Odums, and the Shop Small Santa. Good time to drop in Kitchen Witch Bookstore and Community Book Center for good reads.”

Saturday, November 28th
StayLocal is kicking off the local holiday shopping season New Orleans style with a Second Line on November 28th! We’ll dance our way to four trailblazing businesses on historic Bayou Road and Shop Small Santa will be handing out treats. Bring your mom n’ dem!
November 28th || Starting at Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Rd || 11:00am – 12:30pm
Small Business Saturday Second Line on Bayou Road

StayLocal is kicking off the local holiday shopping season New Orleans style with a Second Line on November 28th!

Join Broad Community Connections, WWOZ 90.7 FM, our Stay Local krewe and Soul Brass Band as we dance our way to four trailblazing businesses on historic Bayou Road. Plus, Brandan “BMike” Odums, the artist behind Exhibit Be, will unveil his latest piece honoring community roots and local businesses. Bring your mom n’ dem!

Shop Small Santa will be coming along to hand out swag including gift certificates to some of our favorite local shops and NOLA ChristmasFest tickets!November 28th || Starting at Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Rd || 11:00am – 12:30pm

We’ll be dancing in to Domino Sound Record Shack, Kitchen Witch Cookbooks,
Community Book Center, and Pagoda Cafe!
StayLocal Members, doing anything special for Small Business Saturday?
Fill out this brief form and we’ll post it here and on our Twitter.
This offer is just for StayLocal members. Please email Charlotte at with any questions.
All over New Orleans, local businesses are celebrating Small Business Saturday with amazing deals and events.

Soava –  free domestic shipping on ALL products!Source – Mention “Small Business Saturday” to get 10% off your entire purchase!

Miette – Buy locally made gifts, take selfies with extraordinary hand-crafted float art, and meet the artists behind Mardi Gras!

Mint – Say “Small Business Saturday” to get 20% off full-price clothing, shoes, jewelry & home decor.

Garden District Book Shop – Book & tote giveaways and a gift certificate raffle!

Mignon Faget – “Buy More, Save More” 20% off on purchases $150+, 25% off on purchases $250+, 30% off on purchases $500+

Shine Spa:

  • Buy 3 massage gift cards & receive a gift card for a mini facial!
  • Buy 3 pedicure gift cards & receive a gift card for a manicure!
  • Buy 3 facial gift cards & receive a gift card for a 30 minute massage!

ZukaBaby (Uptown and Metairie) – Take holiday photos with Green Santa & enjoy tea and cookies.

Judy at the Rink – Receive 20% off any one item. Plus, personalized gifts by master laser engraver, Leonard Williams.

Magic Box Toys – Say “MAGIC” to receive 10% off your purchase. Free coffee, donuts & gift wrap!

Sucre – Post a photo of you & your Sucré with the hashtag #sucresmallbiz to be entered to win a 15 piece holiday macaron collection!

Tubby and Coo’s – 10% off everything in the store and show a receipt from another local biz & get 15% off.
Plus, “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” board games!

Bloomin’ Deals – 50% off of the entire store!!! Shop locally and sustainably!

Octavia Books – 14 local authors will be in store signing their books. A great personalized gift!

Feet First (Uptown) – Trunk shows by Porter Lyons and Kismet Cosmetics, Complimentary wine, 2x rewards on frequent shopper cards, & makeup touchups by local makeup artist Midori.

Feet First (Metairie) – Complimentary wine, 2x rewards on frequent shopper cards, a book signing by Ashley Merlin, and 2 trunk shows.

photo courtesy Robert Thompson
photo courtesy Robert Thompson


article by Robert Thompson | iPhone photos by Charlie London

Two of our neighbors, Dan E. and Shawna S. have undertaken a small but superior cafe within walking distance of our neighborhood.


Pagoda Cafe, at the corner of North Dorgenois and Bayou Road, has preserved and revitalized an old neighborhood curiosity – the Chinese Laundry and created a space for sandwiches and salads with some local specialties. These talented two have combined forces to revitalize the little shopping district with their venture, and should bring responsible business practices and healthy food to the area.

One of the awesome offerings is Terranova’s sausage served in a puff pastry. It is worth the trip from anywhere.

It’s a win every time a local business offers alternatives to corporate chains, and I think this is another neighborhood shop that offers us one more option of staying local.


Receipts at Pagoda are printed from an iPad used to enter your order.
Receipts at Pagoda are printed from an iPad used to enter your order.

FROM EATER NOLA: Seventh Ward: Pagoda Café | 1443 N. Dorgenois | Ian McNulty reports that Tulane architecture professor Dan Etheridge and business partner Shana Sassoon “are developing the space as a counter service breakfast and lunch joint with an espresso bar. All seating will be outside on new covered decks extending from the historic building” that’s only 300 square feet and has a pretty rad pagoda roof.

Pagoda Café

Coffee – Breakfast – Lunch
Made with love in the 7th Ward
Takeout and Outdoor Seating
What We Serve

Visit Us

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday. 7am – 4pm

1430 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(Bayou Road and Kerlerec St)
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IAN McNULTY WROTE ABOUT PAGODA in his October 30, 2013 article…

As the restaurant boom has rolled on, buildings of all description have been converted into new eateries and the dining concepts have grown ever more particular and specific. But even after all we’ve seen lately, two very new, casual additions have managed to turn heads right out of the gate.

One is Pagoda Café (1403 N. Dorgenois St., 504-644-4178;, which opened last week in a tiny building along Bayou Road that does indeed look like a pagoda. It was originally built in the 1930s as part of a string of Chinese laundries, though it had sat empty for years as a neglected, idiosyncratic outpost in the Seventh Ward before Tulane University architecture professor Dan Etheridge and business partner Shana Sassoon redeveloped it. They serve a short menu of breakfast tacos, salads and grilled sandwiches (one with Serrano ham, manchego and arugula pesto on Bellegarde Bakery ciabatta hit the spot), and the café doubles as an espresso bar.

The building is scarcely bigger than a food truck, and the open kitchen takes up practically the entire space. Seating is outside on a wrap-around deck and across a narrow yard. It all looks like something you’d find on a beach instead of Bayou Road, and during its first week in business it’s inspired frequent double-takes from passersby. Pagoda Café is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., though hours may expand.

Meanwhile, District Donuts Sliders Brew (2209 Magazine St., 504-570-6945; opened Uptown this month with a menu focused almost exclusively on the three items spelled out in its name.

Brew in this case is coffee, including cold-brew coffee on tap (a new trend in specialty coffee circles). Peer over the long bar counter and you’ll see mini-burgers sizzling for sliders (there are fried chicken and vegetable versions too). In back, you can also watch pastry chefs making gourmet donuts, the most elaborate of which resemble plated restaurant desserts more than any old donut shop dozen. One has candied thyme set in a maple and Sriracha hot sauce glaze, for instance. Another has spiced almonds, goat cheese and poached pears.

District has turned a one-time clothing boutique into what looks like a post-modern diner, with battered pianos, vintage office equipment and a collage of repurposed lumber all worked into the décor. Hours start early (6 a.m. daily) and run late (midnight on Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. otherwise).

100 Broad Trees

100 Trees

Support the greening of Broad and Bayou Road!


What is the project?  What are the benefits to the community?

In order to increase quality of life on the corridors, the Broad Street-Bayou Road Merchants Association has prioritized increasing landscaping along Broad and Bayou Road.  Focusing on street trees, the association has identified approximately 150 locations in which new trees could be planted.  The cost for each tree (including the tree, sidewalk cutout, installation, and watering equipment) is $250 through a partnership with Parkway Partners.  The total project cost comes to $37,500, which pays for 150 trees.  Funds will be used to partner with Parkway Partners in achieving the goal of planting 100-150 trees along Broad Street and Bayou Road.  By creating an inviting, pedestrian-friendly environment, the project will impact all business and property owners, encouraging more of the 35,000 vehicles per day that drive through the corridors to stop and shop, dine, or live near the tree-lined streets.  Additionally, 100 trees will help with water management on the corridor, helping store and gradually release storm water during rain events. 

 When will the project be implemented?

The project will run from August 2013 to May 2014, with fundraising and building community partnerships from August to October, and plantings beginning with the planting season in November, and running through May. 

 What are the goals?

The success of 100 Trees on Broad and Bayou Road will be evaluated through the measure of number of trees planted and cared for.  In the first year, BCC and the merchants association plan to

  • raise at least $25,000
  • partner with at least 20 merchants or property owners for tree plantings, and
  • plant 100 trees along the corridor.

The program will also be evaluated according to its educational component, in that the merchants association and Parkway Partners will work with each partnering merchant or property owner in education on proper tree maintenance and care.  Measures of success for the educational component include:

  • 100% of partners are trained in tree care,
  • 100% report that their trees have received correct and consistent care after 6 months, and
  • 100% of trees survive after 1 year.

In order to sustain and expand 100 Trees on Broad and Bayou Road, the program will need to secure future funding.  In the future, the project could be expanded to include trees and landscaping in the neutral ground, rain gardens, or benches.  The merchants association plans to sustain the program through a percentage contribution for trees from merchants and property owners, online campaigns, fundraising events, and future grants.  Parkway Partners has also offered its continued partnership in the program’s development and sustainability.

 How can I contribute?

If you are interested in supporting the purchase of a tree for the Broad Street and Bayou Road corridors, see the PayPal button or donation form.  All contributions will help us get to our first planting of 5 or more trees in the fall!  Donations are accepted by credit card or check.  The merchants association will provide honorary plaques placed next to sponsored trees for donations of more than $250, which can be a great way to celebrate and honor loved ones.  All donations are tax-deductible.

  • $25 pays for watering equipment for a tree.
  • $100 supports the purchase of a small tree on Broad or Bayou Road.
  • $250 supports the purchase of a large tree (live oak, etc.) for Broad or Bayou Road.

 $1000 supports the purchase of four trees to enhance a storefront on Broad or Bayou Road.

Can my family or business be a sponsor of the program?Sponsorships are also available for businesses or individuals interested in being involved with the project.  Sponsors will be promoted through signs in designated high-visibility areas throughout the corridors, as well as through honorary plaques placed next to sponsored trees.  Please contact if you would like to be involved in sponsoring 100 Trees on Broad and Bayou Road.

  • $500- Green sponsor
  • $1000-Gold sponsor
  • $5000—Presenting sponsor


How can I get street trees in front of my Broad Street/ Bayou Road business?

If you are a business or property owner interested in participating in the greening of Broad and Bayou Road, please contact Broad Community Connections at

Partnership with 100 Trees on Broad and Bayou Road entails:

  • A commitment to participate in an educational course in tree care through Parkway Partners
  • A commitment to water and care for adopted trees

 A contribution of 20 percent of the cost of adopted trees

We look forward to working with you!

Dinner and a Movie


2541 Bayou Road

Screening TUESDAY, May 7 of “This is Spinal Tap”. It will be held in the Bayou-Treme Center (the really cool St. Rose de Lima Church). NOLA Drive-In will be sharing this event with My House Nola.

Food Trucks 5-9, movie at 8.

Five bucks for movie. See you there!

Info below from Joey Lehrman:
The Bayou Treme Center, in collaboration with My House NOLA, is excited to announced a series of free food truck festivals and film screenings on the grounds of our Bayou-Treme campus. The 1st Bi-Annual Rolling Through Series will be held on the first Tuesdays of May and June in and around our beautiful church and will feature local food vendors and a film screening.

Bring your chairs and blankets, grab some food in the parking lot, and join us for the first screening in our soon-to-be-renovated performing arts venue. The details are as follows:

What: 1st Bi-Annual Rolling Through Series with food trucks and film screenings!
Where: Bayou Treme Center (2541 Bayou Road – near Broad and Esplanade)
When: First Tuesday of May and June (5/7 and 6/4) from 5-9pm
Cost: Free admission to festival with (5 dollars) suggested donation for film screening; various prices for food truck items

Joan Mitchell Center


April 17, 2013

Joan Mitchell Center invites YOU to Community Coffee every Wednesday from 11am to 3pm, starting April 17th.
Stop by and have coffee with us, and learn about the progress of our Artists in Residence Program (AIR), Community Partnership Program (CPP) and Neighborhood Fund (JMCNF).

• Take a tour of the site
• Sign up for our mailing list
• Meet and greet staff
• Employment opportunities

For more information, e-mail or just stop by and say hello!

2275 Bayou Road, New Orleans, LA 70119
office: 504-940-2500 fax: 504-940-2501