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Christmas on Canal Street – New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Christmas lights wrapped around palm trees and light posts help brighten Canal Street even more during the holiday season in the the heart of downtown New Orleans.

There are over 1 million lights that glow all night long on Canal Street that run from the Mississippi River to Elk Place.

Canal Street is the widest street in downtown New Orleans. Its straight and runs the length of the city with streetcars running in the middle. The streetcars are popular and used by 1000s of people daily to get around the city.

And William, it was wonderful meeting you briefly and talking camera-shop. It’s always exciting to meet other photographers on the streets of New Orleans. People come from all over the world to photograph this wonderful city. And like New York, it never sleeps.



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Construction Bourbon St. New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The construction on Bourbon Street is part of the $6M French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project in New Orleans, LA.

The project is still ongoing. The updates include replacing existing water and drainage lines, repaving roadways, reconstructing sidewalks, repairing sewer lines and adding new curb ramps compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.

A gentleman on the site stated that the construction should be finished in a few more months.

The project was coordinated with The City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works, along with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

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St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, LA

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in continual use in the United States located at 615 Pere Antoine Alley in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans, LA.

It was founded as a Catholic Parish in 1721 along the banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans. The St. Louis Cathedral is world renown and a major landmark in New Orleans.

Visitors are allowed to take photos inside the Cathedral without any flash. They can freely walk around this beautiful house of God or sit down in the pews to take in all the beauty.

♦ Daily Mass: 12:05 p.m.

St. Louis Cathedral
615 Pere Antoine Alley
New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
+1 504-525-9585

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The only camera you will ever need under $300

NEW ORLEANS, LA –  The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS was tested on Bourbon Street. What I found was this is the only camera one would ever need; it does it all.

The music video below is a photo gallery taken while the sun was setting. This is a time known by photographers as the Golden Hour or Magic Hour.

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS (can find under $300)

Windows Movie Maker  (free)

MUSIC (free)
YouTube Audio Library

Photoshop ($9/mo)

Managed WordPress Hosting at Godaddy (7.99/mo)

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Bourbon Street, people, lights (photo gallery)

BOURBON STREET –  These photos were taken while on Bourbon Street before nightfall that feature the people, the lights and historic architecture.

Together these elements create a bit of mystic for the French Quarter neighborhood in New Orleans, LA.

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Bourbon Street Balconies (FOR RENT)

Balcony Bar for rent at 700 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA/photo credit from
Balcony Bar for rent at 700 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA/photo credit from

Bourbon Balconies is a booking company that features fifteen different balconies for rent that run along the historic Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

Whether its for a private party or for the world famous Mardi Gras celebration, Bourbon Balconies is the best choice for party space rentals in New Orleans.

For reservations or questions call Ella Fountain at (504) 813-4882

Bourbon Balconies
Ella Fountain
(504) 813-4882

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Hibernia Tower Apartments, New Orleans, LA

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Hibernia Tower Apartments with its popular cupola tower is featured in background shots in many shows such as The Originals that was shot mostly on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA.

Cupola defined: a lighted dome or roof that serves as a beacon of sorts and a lantern for the structure.

The tower once served as a beacon for ships navigating through the Mississippi. Today, during the Holidays, the tower is lit up with red and green lights. And for Mardi Gras it’s purple, green, and gold that can be seen all over the downtown area.

HRI Properties renovated the offices into 175 apartments for $63.3 million and move its corporate headquarters here.

Floors 20
Completed 1921
Height 355 (108 m)
Ranks 18th tallest
Designed by Architects Favrot & Livaudais
Hibernia Tower Apartments
812 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Champions Square outdoor venue, New Orleans, LA

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Champions Square is a outdoor concert and sports entertainment venue adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

Champions Square was built after the Saints won the 2010 Super Bowl. It replaced the former New Orleans Center Shopping mall after a 13.5 million renovation project.

The developers involved in the renovation project were the New Orleans Saints and the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District.

Champions Square
Lasalle St, New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 587-3663
Map: Google Maps

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Freeport McMoRan Building, New Orleans, LA

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Freeport McMoRan Building is a 23-story office and retail building completed in 1984 in New Orleans, LA.

Floors 23
Completed 1984
Height 276 ft (84 m)
Ranks tied at 30th tallest

Freeport McMoRan Building
1615 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 582-4000

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Entergy Tower, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA – Entergy Tower is 360 feet, 28-story office tower built in 1983 in New Orleans, LA.

Floors 28
Completed 1983
Height 360 ft (110 m)
Ranks 17th tallest

Entergy Tower
639 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA
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Plaza Tower, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA – The Plaza Tower is a 531-foot skyscraper, onced full of offices and residential units, has been vacant since 2002 due to toxic mold and asbestos problems located in Central Business District neighborhood of New Orleans, LA.

This year Joe Yager, a successful real estate developer in New Orleans, purchased the Plaza Tower.

1964 – construction began.
1966 – construction halted.
1984 – remaining residential apartments were made into offices.
2001 – tenants start lawsuit due to exposure to toxic mold and asbestos due to lack of proper maintenance.
2002 – building evacuated.
2002 – unused since.
2005 – purchased by Giannasca Development Group LLC for $4 million and defaulted on loan after damage from Hurricane Katrina.
2007 – purchased by Plainfield Asset Management for $583,000 at auction.
2009 – mold remediation work began to rid building of toxic mold and asbestos at a cost of around $11 million.
2015 – Joe Yager, a New Orleans real estate developer purchases Plaza Tower.

Floors 45
Area 485,000 sq ft (45,058 m2)
Completed 1969
Height 530 (162)
Ranks 3rd Tallest

Plaza Tower
1001-1027 Howard Ave, New Orleans, LA

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Strand Apartments / Aloft Hotel, New Orleans, LA

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Strand Apartments share the same newly renovated building with Starwood-brand Aloft hotel at the corner of Baronne and Gravier in New Orleans, LA.

HRI Construction was the company contracted for the renovations of the former office building with a cost or around $100-million.

The name ‘Strand’ comes from the former Strand movie theater that was demolished to make way for the 1962 skyscraper that now houses the Aloft and Strand.

The Strand has 192 apartments in the upper half with thirteen floors 18-30. The Aloft hotel takes up 188 rooms in the lower half with seven floors 11-17.

One-bedroom from $1,450 to $2,000
Two-bedrooms from $2,200 to $2,600
Penthouse from $4,500 to $8,500

Floors 29 stories
Area 420,0000 sq ft
Completed 1962
Height 362 (110)
Ranks 15th tallest

The Strand
909 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 | Google Maps