Ed­i­tor’s Note

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Re­vis­it­ing 50 years of Where New Orleans.

This year marks Where New Orleans’ 50th an­niver­sary. To com­mem­o­rate the mid-cen­tury mile­stone, we opened our ar­chives, dusted off back is­sues and through­out 2018 will be re­vis­it­ing years past. This month we set the way­back machine to 2008.

The 73rd an­nual Sugar Bowl kicked things off, fol­lowed by the BCS Cham­pi­onship play­off and the NBA All-Star Game, for which Where went one-on-one with then-ris­ing star of the then-named New Orleans Hor­nets, Chris Paul. Don Shula’s Steak House fed sports fan hunger at the JW Mar­riott, while celebrity chef Todd English rolled the restau­rant dice at Har­rah's Ho­tel with Riche, which would soon be trumped by Ruth’s Chris Steak­house.

Trump Tower had big plans for Poy­dras Street (that never ma­te­ri­al­ized), the St. Charles street­car got back on track post-Ka­t­rina and the Audubon In­sec­tar­ium opened on Canal Street. We checked in with “Blue Dog” artist George Rodrigue, along with le­gendary pop artist Peter Max (who cre­ated our Novem­ber cover in cel­e­bra­tion of the in­au­gu­ral Prospect.1 con­tem­po­rary art bi­en­nial) and checked out “Napoleon’s Trea­sures” at the Old U.S. Mint.

Wine bars and ab­sinthe col­lectibles were all the rage, neo-bur­lesque was shak­ing things up at the Royal Son­esta Ho­tel, Paste mag­a­zine named the Louisiana Mu­sic Fac­tory among the “17 Coolest Record Stores in Amer­ica” and where­trav­eler.com de­buted, of­fer­ing on-the­ground, on-the-go travel info for 40-plus cities.

Get go­ing! Ex­plore the city at where­trav­eler.com.

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