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New Orleanians are devilishly clever when it comes to devising imaginative and outlandish costumes. According to current travel guides, the city of New Orleans is in the top ten of the most visited cities in the United States, and tourism is a major staple in the area's economy. Overall a great place with nice big rooms and fab balconies. In an effort to diversify its economy, tax incentives for movie production companies began to be offered in Despite the name, it features not only jazz but a large variety of music, including both native Louisiana music and internationally-known popular music artists. A little loud from casino.
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Creole townhouses, notable for their large courtyards and intricate iron balconies, line the streets of the French Quarter. Throughout the city, there are many other historic housing styles: Charles Avenue is famed for its large Antebellum homes and its mansions in various styles such as Greek Revival , Colonial , and Victorian styles such as Queen Anne and Italianate. New Orleans is also noted for its large, European-style Catholic cemeteries, which can be found throughout the city.
For much of its history, New Orleans' skyline consisted of only low- and mid-rise structures. The soft soils of New Orleans are susceptible to subsidence, and there was doubt about the feasibility of constructing large high rises in such an environment. The oil boom of the early s redefined New Orleans' skyline again with the development of the Poydras Street corridor.
Census count for New Orleans was ,, and the population was estimated to be , just prior to Hurricane Katrina , according to the U. Postal Service figures found that in August just over , households received mail. This previously unchronicled group, combined with other estimates, could place the city's post- Katrina population closer to , A tanker on the Mississippi River in New Orleans. New Orleans is the home to one of the largest and busiest ports in the world, and accounts for a major portion of the nation's refinery and production of petroleum, has a top 50 research university in Tulane University as well as a half a dozen other institutions of higher education, and is renowned for its cultural tourism.
According to current travel guides, the city of New Orleans is in the top ten of the most visited cities in the United States, and tourism is a major staple in the area's economy.
Tourism employed 85, people, making it New Orleans' top industry. The city's colorful Carnival celebrations leading up to Mardi Gras during the pre-Lenten season draw particularly large crowds. Prior to Katrina, in the Greater New Orleans Area, there were hotels with an inventory of 38, rooms.. As of May, there are over metro area hotels and motels in operation with over 31, rooms in inventory. New Orleans ranked No. But, among the top 25 U. According to the results, New Orleans is the best city for both flea market and antique shopping and cheap food.
The Big Easy is also the top spot for cocktail hour, live music, going out at night, "wild weekends" and "girlfriend getaways". Residents of the Big Easy are also the most fun, according to the poll results. New Orleans ranked second for gay friendliness, overall food and dining, friendliness of residents and people-watching, behind San Francisco, California , Chicago, Illinois , Charleston and New York City, respectively.
New Orleans is also an industrial and distribution center and the busiest port system in the world by gross tonnage. The Port of New Orleans is the 5th-largest port in the United States based on volume of cargo handled, second-largest in the state after the Port of South Louisiana , and 12th-largest in the U.
The Port of South Louisiana, also based in the New Orleans area, is the world's busiest in terms of bulk tonnage, and, when combined with the Port of N.
Like Houston, Texas , New Orleans is located in proximity to the Gulf of Mexico , and the many oil rigs lie just offshore. Louisiana ranks fifth in oil production and eighth in reserves in the United States.
Other infrastructure includes 17 petroleum refineries with a combined crude oil distillation capacity of nearly 2. Natural gas and electricity dominate the home heating market with similar market shares totaling about 47 percent each. With all of the product to distribute, Louisiana is home to many major pipelines supplying the nation: The city is the home and worldwide headquarters of a single Fortune company: Entergy Corporation , an energy and infrastructure providing company.
Freeport-McMoRan , the city's other Fortune company recently merged its copper and gold exploration unit with an Arizona company and relocated that division to Phoenix, Arizona.
The federal government has a significant presence in the area. It is a large manufacturing facility where external fuel tanks for space shuttles are produced, and it also houses the National Finance Center operated by the United States Department of Agriculture USDA. Post-Katrina however it only delivers outpatient services.
There have been plans for a new Facility in downtown New Orleans and will be completed in the future. In an effort to diversify its economy, tax incentives for movie production companies began to be offered in This led to a substantial increase in the number of films shot in the New Orleans area and led to the nickname of "Hollywood South".
Farewell to the Flesh and countless other full-length films and documentaries. Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made New Orleans their home with the purchase of a home in the French Quarter, and a new movie studio complex is to be built in the Treme neighborhood. K-Ville , a cop drama series set in post-Katrina New Orleans, has been picked up for the Fox Network 's prime-time schedule, according to sources in Hollywood, a move that could pump millions of dollars of location production money into the local economy.
City leaders in New Orleans want a tax incentive similar to the one for movie productions, for Broadway plays. New Orleans is home to many historical theaters such as the Saenger Theater and believe a tax incentive would bring the nation's biggest Broadway plays and musicals to the city and would lead to Louisiana, primarily New Orleans, becoming known as "Broadway South".
The tax incentive bill would be included during the Louisiana Legislative Session and would have to be approved. New Orleans is one of the most visited cities in America [ citation needed ] and has many major attractions, from the world-renowned Bourbon Street and the French Quarter 's notorious nightlife, St.
Charles Avenue home of Tulane and Loyola Universities , and many stately 19th century mansions. Magazine Street , with its many historic antique shops, is also an area visited by many tourists.
Charles Avenue is the historic Pontchartrain Hotel. The French Quarter contains many popular hotels, bars, and nightclubs, most notably around Bourbon Street. Other notable tourist attractions in the Quarter include Jackson Square , St. To tour the port, one can ride the Natchez , an authentic steamboat with a calliope which cruises the Mississippi the length of the city twice daily.
Also nearby is Confederate Memorial Hall , containing the second largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the world in the oldest continually operating museum in Louisiana.
New Orleans is also noted for its many beautiful cemeteries. Gardens are also found in places like City Park and Audubon Park.
City Park still has one of the largest if not the largest stands of oak trees in the world. For those looking for an extra thrill, New Orleans also has its share of Haunted Houses set up each year by local churches, community organizations and private individuals.
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Kings Crown planned to add a casino and showroom as soon as possible. Lighting and sound system details for the showroom were being finalized in March , while Kings Crown planned to have the showroom opened in the summer. Sound men who designed the showroom consulted with sound engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, Parker was named as a part owner in the resort. The fire was believed to have been started by a cigarette.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the casino and showroom were scheduled for the weekend of April , Celebrities, including MacLaine, were expected to attend the ceremonies. Future plans included the addition of a story hotel structure with rooms. A New Year's Eve opening date had been planned for the casino, while the possibility remained for a showroom lounge and two new restaurants to open at that time,  although they ultimately did not.
In February , as the Gaming Board was considering the issuance of a gambling license, the hotel submitted multiple partnership changes that would include increasing Parker's ownership from eight percent to twenty percent. The Gaming Board deferred action on the gambling license until the following month. Leypoldt said, "I don't think it's fair to ask us to act on something that's entirely different from what was presented Monday.
It would do the casino industry a great deal of harm if you opened and in six months went broke because of lack of financing. The request for a gambling license was withdrawn in March , to allow more time to reorganize the partnership. The companies stated that other groups were interested in taking over the resort as soon as the leasees, including Chuck Luftig and Edward Nealis, could be removed. Phone service to the hotel was cut off in April , after approximately 50 guests declined to pay their phone bills.
The guests, whose bills dated back to January, were asked to leave the hotel. Construction of the high-rise was expected to begin later in the year. Johnson and Associates was the contractor and was hired to construct new facilities and renovate existing structures. Renovation plans included the remodeling of the showroom and lounge, as well as the casino and the hotel's front side. Elevators and escalators were also installed at the hotel's two main front entrances.
Two weeks after Prell's purchase, a new opening date of April 1 was announced due to the fast progress of renovations, while construction of the high-rise was expected to begin in the fall. A large group of investors owned the remaining stock. The resort opened as Milton Prell's Aladdin at midnight on April 1, , becoming the first new resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip in nine years.
Briare , Las Vegas mayor Oran K. A little more than a year after it was opened, the Aladdin was host to Elvis and Priscilla Presley 's wedding. Louis attorney Richard L. In August , several individuals were convicted by a Detroit Federal Jury of conspiring to allow hidden owners to exert control over the resort, and the Nevada Gaming Commission then closed the hotel. Newton sold his share to Torres 21 months later. The property was publicly put up for sale in , after months of unsuccessful private attempts to locate a buyer.
Trump decided not to purchase the Aladdin as he felt the price was too high. Interest in the property increased following the news of Trump's potential purchase, with several prospective buyers emerging. At the time, the resort consisted of a 1,room hotel and a 37, square-foot casino.
On December 6, , American rock band Phish performed at the Aladdin, marking the first appearance in Las Vegas by the band. The concert featured a guest appearance by members of the band Primus and a group of Elvis impersonators. The Aladdin closed on November 25, On April 27, , the hotel tower was imploded at 7: The Aladdin Theatre was retained and incorporated into the new resort. See you in It never had the glamour of the Sands or the exotic dancers of the Tropicana or the Dunes or Stardust.
Maybe it was location, but the Hacienda was farther out, and it was a success. Sommer took on London Clubs International as a partner in developing the new casino resort. The Aladdin was scheduled to reopen on August 17, , at 6: The opening was delayed while the Clark County building inspector completed its fire safety testing. Another delay was caused by last-minute repairs to the casino surveillance system. This left thousands of Aladdin visitors leaving in disappointment, as well as opening night hotel guests wondering where they'd spend the night.
Many high-rollers waited out on the sidewalks in front of the Aladdin for hours. Most were unable to even get to their luggage, since the hotel had been locked down for testing. Aladdin employees tried to arrange alternate accommodations for the guests with Paris and Bellagio.
The Aladdin finally opened the next day at 7: Eden's speech as well as the other festivities were drowned out by the bullhorns and the rest of the protest.
According to Josh Axelrad in his book, Repeat until Rich , he and other professional gamblers, primarily card counters , took advantage of the Aladdin's inexperienced staff its opening weekend and fleeced the casino for an undetermined but large amount of money.
The casino later introduced severe limits on mid-shoe bets in response. The Aladdin was in financial trouble from the time it opened, and entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September In February , Aladdin Gaming was searching for potential buyers. Renovations were carried out in stages, allowing the resort to remain open throughout.
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas includes an expanded casino, new restaurants , new nightclub and retail space. A redesign of the facade and pedestrian plaza was intended to correct defects that made accessing the property from the sidewalks on The Strip difficult.