In New Orleans, winding streets where revelers meandered, listening to jazz in the sticky heat, are now flooded with murky water. Some businesses and landmarks are submerged or damaged; others escaped the water but were ravaged by looters. A list of famous spots in the city, and how they are faring, though the full extent of the damage won’t be known for some time:

• The French Quarter: This historic district is full of wrought-iron balconies and ornate colonial architecture, but was also a playground for adults who could roam the streets with cocktails in tow and listen to jazz and, during Mardi Gras, grab for beads and go wild. The area escaped much of the flooding.

n Bourbon Street: A hedonistic strip in the Quarter bursting with bars like Pat O’Brien’s, Molly’s on the Market, and Jean Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop. The latter, a piano bar, was supposedly the in-town headquarters of pirate Jean Laffite, who owned more than 10 vessels and raided American, British and Spanish ships in the early 1800s. The area escaped flooding but remains closed.

n Cafe du Monde: Established in 1862, this coffee shop on Decatur Street in the French Quarter was best known for its cafe au lait, made with hearty New Orleans-style coffee, blended with chicory, and beignets – crispy, square doughnuts. Still standing.

n Galatoire’s: Nearly a century old, the tiled and mirrored restaurant was famous for not taking reservations. The tuxedo-clad wait staff served Creole classics like shrimp remoulade and crab meat maison. Still standing.

n Acme Oyster House: Built more than 90 years ago at the gateway to the French Quarter, the menu included raw oysters (pronounced “ersters”) and traditional po’ boys, or fried oyster sandwiches. On the edge of the Quarter, should have escaped much flooding.

n U.S. Mint building: The building housed Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and produced money for the federal government until 1909. It later became home to jazz and Mardi Gras exhibits and the streetcar immortalized in Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The mint is still standing. The fate of the streetcar is unknown.

n Preservation Hall: A famed New Orleans jazz club located in an unassuming building originally built as a private residence in 1750 and was once a tavern, inn, photo studio and art gallery. Fate unknown; it is in the middle of the Quarter, and should be unaffected unless looters have trashed it.

n Anne Rice’s home: Tourists and fans of the “Vampire Chronicles” books would visit the Garden District home of author Anne Rice. She has also helped create several “haunted tours” of the city. The area was battered by high winds which knocked down trees. Rice no longer lives there.

n The Garden District: The Garden District was named for the collection of mansions and sprawling gardens, but Victorian homes were later built have become a well-known part of the neighborhood. Much wind damage; many of the trees were splintered.


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