Blood and Bourbon
On the far, west end of Uptown sits a district known broadly as Riverbend, due to the the fact that it encompasses the territory that lies on the edge of where the river bends around the city in its journey northward. Riverbend is largely residential, with two prominent sub-districts of its own. The first of these is the part of Riverbend beyond the St. Charles Streetcar toward the river, and it includes the area in and around Audobon Park (named for the famed naturalist John James Audobon) and the Audobon Zoo.
The second is the area above the streetcar, which includes the neighboring campuses of Tulane and Loyola Universities. This area is often known as “University District,” for obvious reasons, and is also sometimes called Greenville. The area has affordable housing for struggling college students, though some areas of the neighborhood are rather shady. The Riverbend Shopping Center is a sizeable riverside attraction, and one of the last along the river before one enters the suburb of Carrollton. Vidal’s Sheriff, Donovan, is rumored to keep a haven in Riverbend, but most believe he spends the majority of his time downtown, attending to his duties.
• Donovan (Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. late 19th century)
• Several tenants with a more than passing scholastic interest are thought to reside in Riverbend. Kindred merely interested in feeding on the universities’ student bodies usually do not make their havens in the parish, and consequently the permanent Kindred population is relatively small.
• Caroline Malveaux (Ventrue/Unaligned, e. early 21st century)
• A great many Kindred hold feeding rights in Riverbend. The campuses and adjacent bars to Tulane and Loyal University are excellent hunting grounds.
• Audubon Park: Named in honor of artist and naturalist John James Audubon, who began living in New Orleans in 1821, Audubon Park features sports fields and picnic facilities along the Mississippi River, in an area called Riverview Park. This riverside portion of the park is known colloquially as the Fly, an almost-forgotten reference to the modernist, butterfly-shaped river viewing shelter constructed in the 1960s and demolished in the 1980s in the aftermath of its severe damage one foggy morning at the hands of blundering river traffic.
• Audubon Zoo: Part of the Audubon Nature Institute which also manages the Aquarium of the Americas. The zoo covers 58 acres (230,000 m²) and is home to 2,000 animals. The zoo is located in a section of Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans, on the Mississippi River side of Magazine Street. The zoo and park are named in honor of artist and naturalist John James Audubon who lived in New Orleans starting in 1821. Some of the exhibits at the zoo include gorillas, orangutans, and the Louisiana swamp exhibit. The zoo is also home to two rare White tigers and rare white alligators.
• Cascade Stables:
• The Fly Pavilion:
• The Labyrinth:
• The Tree of Life:
• Audubon Place: Exclusive gated community along St. Charles Avenue that sits next to Tulane University and Audubon Park. Audubon Place homes typically cost in excess of $5 million. A guardhouse sits at the entrance to the street, with entrance restricted to those on a pre-approved list. Security is provided by the private military company Blackwater.
• Caroline’s home:
• Donovan’s home:
• The Zemurray mansion: The president of Tulane University lives in this mansion donated to the university by Sam Zemurray, one-time head of United Fruit, predecessor to today’s Chiquita.
• Babylon Café: Located on Maple Street, Babylon Café offers a variety of Middle Eastern cuisine in a relaxed, neighborhood cafe setting. The café prides itself for using only the freshest ingredients, from hand-rolled grape leaves to hand-made stuffed kibby. On-duty cops suspiciously started frequenting the café after 9-11, allegedly due to the delicious menu, but has since stayed, allegedly due to ‘security concerns’.
• Black Pearl:
• The Bower: The undisputedly upscale bar and restaurant located on Oak Street, the Bower serves exquisitely delicious (and costly) wines, cocktails, and tapas-style dishes exclusively created for the Bower by acclaimed chef Francois Burgau of Patois. Inspired by international flavors then refined for a New Orleans palate, its small-dish menu (e.g., deliciously crispy, fresh cut French fries adorned with curled, wispy shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and roasted garlic butter; beautifully rare hanger steak bruschetta with hunks of blue cheese and a tangy, sweet red onion marmalade) has been described as “sophisticated without being fussy.” The Bower’s vast wine cellar houses an impressive selection of varietals, including dozens of wines by the glass and nearly a hundred hand-selected bottles. No less renown are the bar’s signature cocktails, which includes the likes of a Jean Lafitte, made with New Orleans spiced rum, applce cider, and Peychaud bitters; Stormy Weather, made with rum, ginger beer, and lime; and a Josephine Baker, which features Van Gogh banana and chocolate-flavored vodka. True to its namesake, the Bower is located under the shade of soaring, spiraling live oaks. Inside, its unfinished cement floor, huge marble-toped bar, and towering ceilings ensure a similarly cool sanctuary from the sultry Louisiana clime. A stage hosts local musical talents, including live jazz, acoustic folk, and R&B performances, a mélange that allegedly provides an “atmosphere that is always cosmopolitan but never pretentious.”
• Children’s Hospital New Orleans:
• Fraternity Row: Although the University section is stately and refined, “Fraternity Row” along Broadway Street towards Claiborne Avenue tends to give it a slightly raucous flavor. House after house along Broadway has been renovated into fraternity quarters, and at Freret Street sits a cluster of businesses catering to the University communities.
• Jewish Cemetery:
• Loyola University: Loyola University New Orleans is a private, co-educational and Jesuit university. Originally established as Loyola College in 1904, the institution was later chartered as a university in 1912. It bears the name of the Jesuit patron, Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Loyola is one of 28 member institutions that make up the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and, with its current enrollment of approximately 5000 students, is among the larger Jesuit universities in the southern United States.
Loyola is located in the historic Audubon Park District on St. Charles Avenue. Its original campus, now called the Main Campus, was founded on a tract of land purchased by the New Orleans Jesuits in 1889. The purchased portion of land was much larger than the current day campus; in fact, the original land purchase contained the land now occupied by both Loyola and Tulane Universities and Audubon Place. Through the next twenty years, portions of the original land purchase were sold to different entities to raise money for the new university, resulting in the current Main Campus area of 19 acres.
• Maple Leaf: Far off the well-beaten path of the French Quarter and its musically-lauded Bourbon Street, Oak Street in Riverside has the surprising distinction of hosting the longest operating music club in New Orleans. The Maple Leaf features amazing music on a nightly basis, with the Rebirth Brass Band taking the stage every Tuesday night for a mind-blowing set. For starving musicians (and audiences) looking to eat rather than play, the club also offers decently affordable while still delectable dishes and drinks.
• Tulane University: Tulane University (officially The Tulane University of Louisiana or simply TU) is a private, nonsectarian research university. Founded as a public medical college in 1834, the school grew into a comprehensive university in 1847 and was eventually privatized under the endowments of Paul Tulane and Josephine Louise Newcomb in 1884. Tulane is a member of the Association of American Universities and the colloquial Southern Ivy League.
Tulane’s primary campus is located in Uptown New Orleans on St. Charles Avenue, directly opposite of Audubon Park, and extends north to South Claiborne Avenue through Freret and Willow Street. The campus is known colloquially as the Uptown or St. Charles campus. It was established in the 1890s and occupies more than 110 acres (0.45 km2) of land. The campus is known both for its large live oak trees as well as its architecturally historic buildings.
• Ursuline Academy
• Yvonne LaFleur: