By Chapman McDaniel | NewinNOLA.com
Forget everything you know about navigating. In New Orleans, usual directions do not apply.
At the parish line, north, south, east and west are replaced by lakeside, riverside, downtown and uptown. These are the cardinal directions of New Orleans.
Some background: as you have no doubt noticed, New Orleans is laid out in a big curve (S-curve, if you’re all the way in the Bywater). They don’t call it the Crescent City for nothing!
I could tell you that Loyola is on the northeast side of St. Charles Avenue and that Tulane is just northwest of it. We could talk about Touro being on the south side of St. Charles, and Lafayette Square being on the east side. But that’s just stupid.
The simple way is: Closer to the lake or the river? Upriver or downriver? And you’re done. Now you can buy the t-shirt.
Update: This post originally featured a New Orleans map from another website. As commenters have pointed out, it didn’t do the neighborhoods justice in their categorizations. We have replaced it with a better neighborhood map from NewOrleansOnline.com. It still doesn’t describe all of the neighborhoods in New Orleans, but it does a better job of helping you find your way around the city.