New Shopping And Dining Coming To The New Orleans Area

New shopping and dining options are coming to Metairie in the Elmwood Shopping Plaza. These new additions will make 1st Lake’s nearby apartments in Metairie, River Ridge and Kenner more attractive to live than ever!

The massive 65,000 square foot expansion in the popular River Ridge shopping center includes three new buildings – one focused on women’s wear and two for exciting new restaurants. The building on the north side of the main entrance dedicated primarily to women’s retail will house DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse), Ulta Cosmetics, Charming Charlie’s and Kay Jewelers among other women’s clothing, jewelry and accessory stores. The new dining options will include Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Zoe’s Kitchen, Theo’s Pizza, Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt and Chipotle Mexican Grill among others.

This new construction comes off the heels of the extensive widening of the Huey P. Long Bridge that connects 1st Lake’s Metairie apartments with the Mandeville, Slidell and Covington apartments on the Northshore. Once the bridge is completed in 2013, it will ease the traffic flow and allow easy and quick access to the shopping center, especially for visitors coming from the West Bank and Northshore.

Also new to the area on Veterans Blvd. between Transcontinental Dr. and Clearview Pkwy. are even more delicious dining options, including Panera Bread, Bonefish Grill, Pei Wei and Coyote Blues.

Want to have access to this new world of shopping and dining in Metairie? Check out 1st Lake’s Metairie apartment rentals to be close to the action!

Fishing For Fun Near 1st Lake Apartments

Louisiana is called the “Sportsman’s Paradise,” and with good reason. Located along the Gulf Coast, there are plenty of beautiful waterways throughout the state to fish, boat and play water sports in. One of the most robust fishing communities in Louisiana is on the Northshore, which conveniently is where the fabulous new Brewster Commons apartments are!

The Tchefuncte River that feeds into Lake Pontchartrain is a popular natural resource for fishing and boating. The Tchefuncte River is serene and relaxing with a fun local dining and leisure scene surrounding it in Madisonville, right next to Covington where Brewster Commons is located. The Tchefuncte is open to the public and has a healthy population of fish that can be caught, like the Largemouth Bass, Catfish and Striped Bass.

The St. Tammany Parish fishing pier just officially opened in June and is available for public use from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter. The entry fee is $3 to fish and $1 just to sightsee. This is an exciting new addition to the area that makes fishing that much more accessible, and is a great family-friendly activity that’s free for children under 12. The fishing pier, located in Slidell, is close to and easily accessed from both the Audubon Gates and Brewster Commons apartment communities.

If you love to fish, or just love being by water, then these two Northshore apartment communities are set in the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful nature and wildlife of Louisiana with the comforts of home.’

Hurricane Preparedness Calm Before The Storm

It’s a fact: hurricane zones are usually awesome places to live. See: New Orleans, Louisiana’s North Shore, beachfront property. Even though hurricane season presents a risk every year, most people still choose to settle in areas within tropical storms’ reach, because of their many other advantages. However, making this choice also comes with a certain required amount of hurricane preparation, and whether you’re new to the area, or you’ve been here for years, make sure to follow these emergency precautions – pre-storm.

If you’re located along wetlands, be it near a river, lake or ocean, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the kinds of protection you can get, in the form of renters insurance. Basic renters insurance is affordable and will cover any damage to your possessions that a landlord’s plan will not. Confirm that your policy covers wind damage and be aware of what it doesn’t cover. Hurricane Katrina taught the unfortunate lesson that if you’re located in a flood zone, then flood insurance is needed in addition, as renters insurance will not cover damage due to rising water.

Besides obtaining insurance, find out if you are in an evacuation zone. If so, make the necessary provisions, like a plan of where to evacuate and a keeping a hurricane supply kit on hand. This type of kit should include lots of bottled water, canned food, canned beverages, first aid kit, batteries and supplies for children and pets. Review the complete list of hurricane evacuation supplies to check what all you’ll need.

In the event that a mandatory evacuation is called, make sure to decide on a destination ahead of time and have a route mapped out to get there, avoiding major highways if possible. Make sure to have a full tank of gas when you head out and an extra supply if you’re going a long distance as some gas stations might be closed if it’s an evacuation scenario.

If you’ve never had to evacuate because of moody Mother Nature, then you probably have no idea what to do in such an event. But if you follow these basic guidelines, it will make the unfortunate experience a lot more tolerable. Let’s hope this hurricane season is kind, but if it gets testy – be prepared!

New Orleans Mardi Gras Tips

Mardi Gras is kicking into gear, and the entire greater New Orleans area is about to become a party! While locals and tourists alike can get together to enjoy this fantastic carnival season, it’s also imperative everyone be prepared.

Parking –

Dealing with your parking situation can save you a lot of headaches and money! This time of year, there is always a very limited amount of parking around parade routes.

  • If you’re traveling to a heavily populated area such as the French Quarter, try carpooling, taking the streetcar, a taxi, or having a friend drop you off near the festivities to save you the hassle. Getting back and forth to where you’re going without having to drive a vehicle can save you a lot of time and stress.
  • If you are driving to and from the parades, make sure you observe all restricted parking areas around you. This includes not parking in front of fire hydrants, driveways, no parking zones, loading areas, and other places that may get you ticketed or towed!
  • It is also imperative you do not park on the parade routes at any time near the parades. The New Orleans City Ordinance states that there is to be no parking on the parade routes 2 hours prior or 2 hours after the parades. If you think you may be on the parade route, double check and make sure that you get your vehicle moved before it’s too late!

Possessions –

Once you’ve ensured your vehicle is parked safely and legally, make sure that your vehicle isn’t a target for vandals.

  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle, or if you have to leave something of value in the vehicle, move it or hide it from public view.
  • Make sure all doors on your vehicle are locked before walking away. Sometimes, this simple mistake can make things all too easy for a potential thief.
  • Take a walk around to  make sure that your windows are closed and keys are on your person.
  • Either memorize or keep something with your license plate information on you at all times. In the unfortunate event your vehicle is towed away or stolen, this will assist the police in quickly determining what has happened and locating your vehicle.

If you follow these basic rules and exercise common sense, you can have a fantastic and safe Mardi Gras season!

French Quarter Living

New Orleans’ French Quarter is likely the most well-known of all the neighborhoods in town. The neighborhood is bounded by Esplanade Avenue, Canal and North Rampart streets, and the Mississippi River. Iconic local landmarks including the US Mint, French Market, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and Moon Walk (named not for an astronaut but deceased local political icon “Moon” Landrieu) lie within this neighborhood.

A Bit of History

The Vieux Carre neighborhood is older than the United States itself, dating back to the cusp of the 17th century when the French Quarter was born as a meager stretch of roughly 40 square blocks. Rife with the mystery of hundreds of years, the French Quarter abounds with stories of sailors, pirates, musicians, and Voodoo queens. Certainly fascinating for its myriad of architectural styles, restaurants, and nightlife, the French Quarter’s history is alive and well, blooming and thriving, like flowers in the neighborhood’s many secret gardens, amongst the wild revelry.

Much of this history is kept alive through the work of The Historic New Orleans Collection, headquartered on Royal Street. The HNOC functions as both a museum and research center. The Louisiana History Galleries are only one section of the HNOC’s work but this collection of permanent exhibits on Louisiana history is a must-see for residents and visitors alike.

Fun and the French Quarter

The French Quarter is known to be party central in New Orleans all year round. There is to-die-for antique and art shopping along Royal Street, masquerade shopping on St. Ann, and of course, there is always Bourbon Street for rousing and carousing any day of the year. Not to be forgotten is Harrah’s Casino, which borders the French Quarter at Canal Street.

Though fine dining may not be one’s first thought at the mention of Bourbon Street, the Red Fish Grill on is worthy of changing some minds. Proprietor Ralph Brennan, of the Brennan Restaurant dynasty, serves up incredible Gulf seafood dishes including, of course, redfish.

Galatoire’s Restaurant, also on Bourbon Street, has been a New Orleans staple for more than 100 years. As one might imagine of such an institution, tradition at this establishment is as rich as the food.

Canterbury Square apartments in Metairie, LA features large patios, beautiful New Orleans style courtyards, two swimming pools and a playground area.

French Quarter Style Living Without the Hassle

If you want to be near the excitement of downtown, but don’t want to live in the middle of all of the noise that French Quarter living affords, you might prefer Canterbury Square apartments in Metairie, LA. This beautiful apartment community is just minutes from downtown New Orleans, but these two bedroom town house style apartments offer peaceful luxury with the styling of a French Quarter condo. This community features large patios, beautiful New Orleans style courtyards, two swimming pools and a playground area.

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