The mix of an excuse for a party and public infrastructure failure is distinctly New Orleans. Likewise, the mix of a small joke and big, viral reaction is distinct to our modern web powered society. These world collided on Tuesday (5.03) when a Sinkhole de Mayo party became an instant rage. Then, organizers were faced with the dilemma of managing a joke that became a very real event for over 1000 people.
“New Orleans is officially a hipster hotspot.” That is the judgment (and headline) of Jimmy Im over at the NY Post. Im continues to employ 833 words, several references to the Bywater, the David Bowie “second line,” and Shaya to put forth the un-ironic argument that NOLA is hipster haven. (Thanks for the, er, love NY).
NOLA is a magnanimous place. Sometimes, it’s too magnanimous. Tuesday’s (5.03) annual GiveNOLA Day was disrupted when the online “giving portal” crashed “due to the high volume of generosity for giving days across the county.” Donors were asked to give via phone and charitable organizations expressed concerns about decreased donations.
Some serious southern metal is coming to town tonight. There are also opportunities to check out folk, inside pop, and local NOLA tunes. On this day in 1699, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville returned home to France after exploring the northern coast of the Gulf. Now, more to do this Tuesday.
The rest of America is continuing to affirm what we already knew: the food in NOLA is great. On Monday (5.02) evening, tasterati gathered in Chicago for the annual James Bear Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant industry. New Orleans chefs took home three big honors.
Last week, NOLA’s Silicon Alley movement experienced the full scale of the global tech community. Over 11,000 developers, engineers, designers, investors, experts, and other assorted nerds descended on the Crescent City for Collision, a mega-conference summoning the best of the tech industry to the Dirty South. followed by a more intimate founders’ summit in the following days.
On the final big day of tourist seson, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responded to an unclassified death, a mugging, a shooting, CVS stickup, and a pedestrian killed by a car according to the Major Offense Log (MOL) for Sunday (5.01).
Jazz Fest is over. Once locals finish decompressing,there’s lots of music to be had from regular gigs to touring bands as well as a few lingering funk holdovers. On this day in 1964, New Orleans’ girl group The Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love” entered the Billboard Charts. Now, more to do in modern day NOLA.