a transplant's perspective: staying fit in the big easy

We all love those Po-Boys and jambalaya, crawfish, king cakes, beignets, and bananas foster. I'm salivating even thinking about all those deliciously delectable foods that make the Big Easy so sweet.

There's double meaning when it comes to that sweetness, though. During my time in the Crescent City, eating healthy was one of the biggest challenges I faced - never, ever did I think lard would be so charming and delicious.

As a transplant to New Orleans, I had to look for hidden gems throughout the city to help stay healthy and create a workout routine that also catered to my festival calendar - no easy task. Many people visiting, moving or continuing to live in New Orleans face the same dilemma: How do you stay healthy in the city with the most delicious food? As you cruise the Blues Highway on a road trip down south or head to the French Quarter on a normal weekend at home, keep the following four tips in mind to keep yourself in check (and to keep the conscience clear when you decide to indulge).

Source: NolaVie

Full Article: http://nolavie.com/transplants-perspective-staying-fit-big-easy-73032/

a free gym is taking over the lafitte greenway

A local fitness buff saw a way to make the city healthier and deter crime, all with one building: the FitLot.

While the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood surrounding the Laffite Greenway is notorious for it’s crime and poverty-stricken population, Adam Mejerson, local fitness expert, and the ReFresh Project are working to change that image.

The ReFresh Project is a coalition of 40 health organizations devoted to providing healthy and accessible foods to people in the Broad Street and Treme areas. Mejerson’s FitLot, a free fitness center open to the public, will complement the project by adding a physical fitness element to the initiative.

Source: Loyola University-The Maroon

Full Article: http://www.loyolamaroon.com/10007899/showcase/free-gym-taking-over-the-lafitte-greenway/

weekend picks: hike the lafitte greenway, "pretty in pink", and more

If this weekend had a color scheme, it’d be pink and green. Actually, make that pink and greenway. The Orpheum Theatre screens “Pretty in Pink” in honor of its 30th anniversary (do you feel old yet?), while the Lafitte Greenway encourages participants to explore New Orleans’ wild side. The Julia Street art walk rings in the new month, CeeLo takes Tipitina’s, dachshunds race at the Fairgrounds, and Lark in the Park benefits our other favorite urban green space, City Park.

Source: GoNOLA

Full Article: http://gonola.com/2016/02/29/weekend-picks-lafitte-greenway.html

10 Ways to Fall in Love with NOLA this Spring

Mardi Gras may be over, but the fun is only just getting started in New Orleans. Springtime in NOLA means crawfish, live music, outdoor adventures and all the festivals you could ask for. And while it’s still chilly in many parts of the country, there’s no better time to explore the city and soak up the beautiful weather, NOLA-style.

To help you get the best of the season, we’ve put together a list of our favorite springtime activities:

#7 Hike, Bike and Stroll

New Orleans is a very walkable city and you can see all the best sights by bike or foot! Hike the brand new Lafitte Greenway, or checkout Bayou St. John or Crescent Park in the Bywater for a beautiful view along the riverfront.

Source: New Orleans Online

Full Article: http://www.neworleansonline.com/news/2016/Feb/spring-in-nola.html

Bayou St. John High-End Development Work to Start This Spring

Crews will start work this spring tearing down empty warehouses along a stretch of the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City where investors have proposed a high-end housing and retail development. Sidney Torres IV, owner of IV Capital, the venture capital group behind the proposal, said Wednesday (Feb. 24) that plans for the development still need to be finalized and vetted by the community, but he is optimistic construction could start before the end of this year.

Source: The Times-Picayune

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Bart Everson: Hiking the Greenway - Tenth Time's the Charm

Here’s a great example of magical thinking. For years, hundreds of us have been tromping through Treme, Lafitte, Mid-City, all the way to Lakeview, as part of an annual ritual. We’ve been tracing a path that exists only in our collective imaginations, picking our way through weeds and brambles, following a dream, chasing a vision.

And now, after nine repetitions of this yearly rite, the fantasy has been made real. The ground beneath our feet has been transformed. We’ve walked this trail right into existence. 

Source: Mid-City Messenger 

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/02/22/13328/


New Lafitte Greenway Feature Welcomes Cyclists

Cyclists can take advantage of new bicycle racks along New Orleans' Lafitte Greenway.

The City of New Orleans, Friends of Lafitte Greenway and the Young Leadership Council partnered to install 28 racks. "Providing bike racks promotes healthy living and economic development along the Lafitte Greenway," said Sophie Harris, Executive Director of the Friends of Lafitte Greenway. "Over 600 people use the Greenway daily. These quality bike racks encourage folks to use their bikes to visit the local businesses, parks and playgrounds along the Greenway."

Source: KSLA News 12

Full Article: http://www.ksla.com/story/31286155/new-lafitte-greenway-feature-welcomes-cyclists

New Orleans Home and Garden Events


HIKE THE GREENWAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Basin Street Trailhead. Hike the Lafitte Greenway from Basin Street to Bernadotte, a 3-mile walk guided by Greenway Ambassadors. Block Party at conclusion, with music and free shuttle back to Basin Street. Free. (504) 702-6776, nellie@lafittegreenway.org.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate

Full Article: http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/features/14909415-148/new-orleans-home-and-garden-events-feb-20-2016

Tour and Hotel News: Biking Trips, Fast and Leisurely

Cycling Three Ways (Slow, Serious, Scenic)



Visitors to New Orleans this Mardi Gras season will find a new and as yet unbeaten path in the city. The Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path is a 2.6-mile linear park that links several neighborhoods, from the French Quarter and Treme to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. Originally a canal site and later transformed by a railroad, the new park includes a 12-foot-wide asphalt path for cycling, running and walking, as well as new recreation fields and over 500 newly planted trees. 

Source: The New York Times 

Full Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/travel/tour-and-hotel-news-biking-trips-fast-and-leisurely.html?src=twr&_r=3 

Friends of Lafitte Greenway Plan "Hike the Greenway" Event for March

The Friends of Lafitte Greenway will hold their annual Hike the Greenway event this spring, they told the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association on Tuesday evening.

According to organizers, the event has been hosted many times in previous years, but this year will be the first hike on the Greenway since it has been officially open in September.

Sophie Harris, Executive Director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, said this year the event will have a “celebratory twist to the typical event.”

Source: Mid-City Messenger

Full Article: http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/02/03/friends-of-lafitte-greenway-plan-hike-the-greenway-event-for-march/