New Orleans audio tour: Bywater Stroll

About the Tour

Take a walk through the evolving Bywater. Historically a working class neighborhood, it has become a destination for artists and those seeking alternatives to the spectacle of the French Quarter. With its artist-run collectives, new bars and restaurants, and music venues popping up all over the neighborhood, nightlife has begun to migrate here. This walk will wind you through some of its non-commercial, daytime offerings, with an eye toward some of the natural, historical, and overlooked details that give it character. Along the way, your walk will be punctuated with poetry, and you will have some personal time with the Mississippi River that makes the city "crescent."

Tour Producer

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Andy Young

Andy Young's poetry collection All Night It Is Morning was published last year by Diálogos Press. She works at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and at Tulane University and has lived in New Orleans for most of her adult life. Her writing has been published throughout the United States as well as Lebanon, Egypt, Mexico, and Ireland and has been used in flamenco productions, jewelery designs, classical and electronic music productions, and art exhibits.

Major Landmarks

  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

  • Dr. Bob's Art Studio

Directions to Starting Point

You will begin your walk right by the railroad tracks which divide the Marigny from the Bywater at the site where Homer Plessy performed his famous act of civil disobedience by boarding a whites-only train. The plaque is at the corner of Royal and Press Streets and is an easy, 15 minute walk from the French Quarter, following Royal Street with the big buildings of the Business District behind you until you see the tracks. You can also take the RTA #5 bus line from Canal and N. Peters.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Pizza Delicious, Euclid Records, Piety Street Market, 5 Press Gallery

Best time of day

Early morning in summer before it gets too hot or just before sunset so you can catch the skies along the river before Crescent Park closes.

Precautions

Unless you are here during our quick-lived winter, be prepared to walk slowly through the humid air. Bring a water bottle and sun hat. Be aware of what's around you. Unfortunately, New Orleans is known as much for its crime as for its languid bohemian atmosphere.

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