New Orleans East, the East Bank of Jefferson Parish is a residential community nestled between the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the 17th Street Canal. The area is home to several noteworthy New Orleans landmarks and institutions, including the Venice Bienville Bridge, Audubon Golf Course, and Delgado Community College. The area was once a thriving, self-sufficient community that boasted over 5,000 residents. Today, it is a quieter community with 1,100 residents and many wonderful amenities.
The Venice Bienville Bridge connects New Orleans East to Downtown New Orleans and was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1938. The bridge has been designated as both a national landmark and a historic civil engineering landmark. A statue of Robert E. Lee stands at the crest of the bridge facing east towards downtown New Orleans.
Audubon Park is a place of great beauty, shaded by massive live oak trees that provide an inviting atmosphere for picnics or just relaxing under their cool shade. Several varieties of squirrels may be seen scampering about in search of food or playing tag with each other among the branches or on tree trunks. There are many walking trails throughout this park, so bring your walking shoes!
New Orleans East is a section of New Orleans, LA. East of the Mississippi River and Algiers, it is the portion of the city east of the Intracoastal Waterway.
The area was originally developed for middle-class African-American families in the mid-20th century. Although wealthier blacks had returned to live in uptown and other parts of New Orleans by this time, many black middle-class residents were still displaced from there by 1950s redevelopment efforts. Its heyday was in the 1940s through the 1960s. It is located directly across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans and is part of Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district.*
New Orleans East includes some of the city’s most affluent areas, such as Riverbend, which has been home to National Football League players and coaches, including Drew Brees and Sean Payton.*
The area is home to a somewhat sprawling shopping center called “Lake Forest Plaza,” anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter (the only location in New Orleans), which replaced a smaller Wal-Mart Supercenter that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. It also features a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and many restaurants.*New Orleans East is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. It is located in the eastern part of the city and is part of District A.
The area is bounded by Lake Pontchartrain to the north, the 17th Street Canal to the east, the Mississippi River to the south and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge to the west. The area was badly flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.