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New Orleans/Eastern New Orleans

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Dec 17, 2021

Eastern New Orleans, sometimes called “New Orleans East”, is a large area of New Orleans to the north east of the older central portion of the city.

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Before World War II, what became Eastern New Orleans consisted mostly of a few small scattered communities in a large expanse of undeveloped land. The area grew in population with major suburban style development from the 1960s to 1990s. In 2005, the area experienced devastating flooding in the levee failure disaster during Hurricane Katrina. Recovery has been slow, and 6 years later the population is still just a fraction of what it was before Katrina.

Little Vietnam is a Vietnamese neighborhood in Eastern Orleans Parish; take Chef Menteur Highway (US-90) past the urban area to the area from Michoud Boulevard to Alcee Fortier Boulevard. There is an exotic collection of Vietnamese shops, groceries, bakeries, and restaurants. New Orleans boasts some of the best Vietnamese food in North America, and the restaurants here are generally very reasonably priced.

Eastern New Orleans in its entirety

It is pointless to try and get around this area without a car. The principal highway is of course I-10, which most travelers use to rocket through the area without visiting, but US-90 (Chef Menteur Hwy) cuts through or just south of the populated areas, and is the route to take to Little Vietnam or eventually all the way to Fort Pike. Bear in mind that this area is huge—about the size of the entire rest of the city. Plan to be driving for quite a while if going to Fort Pike, closer to the Mississippi State border than it is to the French Quarter. East of Little Vietnam, the district is nearly empty, so don’t go out on US-90 with an empty tank.

  • 30.166751-89.7372941 Fort Pike, 27100 Chef Menteur Hwy (US-90), +1 985-624-4618. While officially within the city limits, the fort is some twenty miles distant from the urban area, on Highway 90 towards Slidell, at “the Rigolets”, a water pass into Lake Pontchartrain. Interesting well preserved old fort built in the 1820s, saw some minor action during the American Civil War. Visitable by appointment only, to be scheduled (at least two weeks in advance) between the hours of 9AM-5PM. Free. (updated May 2017)
  • Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd (On the lake shore just east of the Industrial Canal). This was the city’s airport back before the arrival of the big jets and the new New Orleans International airport was built out in Kenner. Lakefront Airport still keeps busy with private and company planes. The 1930s vintage main terminal building and the nearby sculpture fountain by Enrique Alfarez are treats for lovers of Art Deco. The terminal’s main facade was freshly restored in 2010; restoration work on the interior is ongoing. 
  • NASA Michoud, 13800 Old Gentilly Road. This was formerly the site of the village of Michoud before it was absorbed into New Orleans, then a World War II Defense plant that made landing craft and aircraft, and since 1961 a NASA facility. Apollo Moon Rocket boosters were built here, and in recent decades, the fuel tanks for the Space Shuttle. With the end of the Shuttle program, the future for NASA Michoud is uncertain. Meanwhile, visitors can park briefly in the little visitor lot on Old Gentilly Road, to look or take a snapshot of an Apollo Saturn V booster on display out front, a pair of smokestacks from the antebellum Michoud Plantation preserved in front of the main building, and what you can see of the outside of the Assembly Building from this spot. (Visitors are not allowed inside without advance arrangement and a sponsor, although on rare occasions limited numbers of the public are allowed in to part of the facility for special events.) 

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