How to stop being intimidating


I had just gotten my dream job as the lucky writer who gets to spend the next year traveling to every destination on The New York Times’s annual 52 Places to Go list — and New Orleans happened to be both No. It’s a thrilling opportunity, and I’ve been a wreck.

I had to quit my job as staff writer at New York magazine, where I’ve worked since college; box up my entire apartment; and pack for a year on the road.

“We’re so cool, even our trees have bling,” I overheard someone say.

Many people I talked to didn’t even know the 300th was happening. I guess I’m part of this 300 years celebration in that I was born and raised here, and I’m 54, so of that 300 years I’ve got half a century,” said Curtis Walker, an Uber driver who loves music and recommends the late-night club Seal’s Class Act. But maybe I’ll get a lot of rides.” Still, 300 years is a significant milestone for a city that often seems to be at risk of sinking into the sea.

The aim of the scam, ICE said, is to “rob the empty homes.”This week NPR interviewed an undocumented immigrant in Houston, identified only as Arnulfo, who said he is afraid of going to the store for supplies or calling for rescue because he worries he will be arrested and deported back to San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

S., behind New York City and Los Angeles, according to recent Pew Research Center numbers.

The city is certainly in the midst of a post-Katrina upswing, with plenty of new dining and drinking spots (the St.

Roch food market, Latitude 29, for instance), but there are still boarded-up houses in many neighborhoods and a kind of lingering sadness about the hurricane’s most lasting impact, which was a loss of community.

Texas’s large Latino community is looking on with concern after 200 government immigration agents were deployed to assist with search and rescue efforts following Hurricane Harvey this week.“I worry that the immigration enforcement agents are going to increase the fear and have a chilling effect on people seeking help,” said Efrén Olivares, a lawyer for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

In the wake of the catastrophic storm, Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, came out to dispel rumors Monday that undocumented immigrants would be rounded up or asked about their immigration status at hurricane shelters.“If someone comes and they require help and then for some reason [someone] tries to deport them, I will represent them myself,” said Turner, an attorney.“There were rumors that if people called to be rescued from flooded houses, they would be asked their immigration status,” said Olivares, whose nonprofit takes up human rights cases like those of undocumented immigrants.

My view of the city is in no way a comprehensive one, but it was molded by my tastes (and by the Anne Rice-loving friend from Brooklyn who introduced me to the city). “It’s music, it’s fun, it’s food, it’s partying, it’s a parade all the time.” That feeling turns 300 this year, which marks the anniversary of when Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the French Quarter.

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