NolaVie Presents : Bywater

The (cafe) flora and fauna

Cafe Flora

Around 8:30 a.m. one steamy summer morning, I pulled up to Café Flora, on the edge of the Marigny, and found a police car parked outside. Well, technically, it was across the street from Café Flora, closer to the entrance to Big Daddy’s, out of which people stumble as late as 9 a.m., forearms raised to block the sun from their squinting eyes, still clad in going-out skirts and boots. But I assumed that whatever was going on was going on inside my favorite coffee shop, which made me catch my breath. Nonetheless, I went inside. Read More »

From Lakeview to Bywater

The allure of the Bywater lies partly in its charming architecture

“Are you crazy?” “I hope you have your concealed carry [license].” These are the sorts of responses I get when I tell people about my move from Lakeview to the Bywater. But then there are exclamations like these ... Read More »

AUDIO: "Along St. Claude- Part I"

In making 'Along Saint Claude', Eve Abrams put signs in Saint Claude's neutral ground asking people to talk while they waited for the train to pass. credit: Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Editor's Note: Last night, an original audio documentary produced by local mediamaker Eve Abrams premiered on WWNO. "Along St. Claude" is a seven-part radio piece compiled of dozens of interviews Abrams conducted with downtown-area residents -- past and ... Read More »

Love this city, sometimes unexpectedly


“I’m going to try to say this without using any French,” I told my dad, who was on the other end of the line. “I frickin love this city!” There! I did it, no French. Laughing, he replied, “Yeah, it ... Read More »

Love NOLA: To those who come here to save our city

Brett Will Taylor, the game-day face. Photo credit: Jason Krupa

Did you know that taxis did not go to the Bywater until December of last year?  Neither did I. Until yesterday when, while avoiding something I should have been doing (like writing this column), I came across a ... Read More »

The bubbles of safety are getting smaller

Marco Topete (photo by Jason Kruppa)

Marco Topete, 30, a Mexican immigrant who came to New Orleans in 2005 with other members of the Texas Volunteer Firefighters Association as part of the initial search and rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina, finds that his experience here has changed since becoming a father. Read More »

Love NOLA: When bullets came to my street

Brett Will Taylor (photo by Jason Kruppa)

Was it four shots? Eight? Ten? I’m not sure. It all happened so fast … and so terrifyingly, paralyzingly slow. There was a gunfight outside my house yesterday afternoon. Not gunfire. A gunfight. At 3 p.m. on a ... Read More »

Twenty(something) Questions: Who am I?


After you graduate college, time seems to speed up to dog years. Each year is worth what feels like 2,555 days of growth spurts, face plants, career changes, breakups, and breakdowns. It’s filled with constant reevaluation of who ... Read More »

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