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Considered the artistic hub and bohemian capitol of New Orleans, the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods are popular with artists, musicians and other offbeat residents. Home to Frenchmen Street, arguably the local's most popular corridor for live musical performances, you'll find colorful Creole cottages, and a variety of independently owned shops, restaurants, cafes, and galleries.

Like the French Quarter, the Marigny/Bywater has homes and houses with cultural and historical significance, but there are also amazing deals to be had if you know where to look. This area is a singles-friendly and artist-friendly neighborhood where creative souls from around the world now call home.

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Arts & Culture

The Marigny/Bywater is considered by many to be the artistic hub of the Crescent City. This neighborhood is home to the Dr. Bob Folk Art Studio, featuring his collection of folk art that is sold locally, nationally, and worldwide. Frenchman Street is another center of culture, a street not too far from the French Quarter which features a string of jazz clubs, dance halls, and restaurants, where jazz and funk legends perform in weekly shows at bars such as D.B.A., Snug Harbor and Apple Barrel.

The biggest festival in the neighborhood is Krewe du Vieux, a wild, bawdy celebration of all things politically incorrect. The floats that roll during Krewe du Vieux will make you blush, but the fun times are hard to duplicate anywhere else.

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The galleries and boutiques bring shoppers by day, but the many jazz clubs and live music venues draw crowds to Marigny Triangle and Frenchman Street by night. From Three Muses to D.B.A. to Snug Harbor to Bacchanal and others, you'd be hard-pressed to find more unique and fun nightlife in the city.

There have also been an influx of excellent restaurants in the area, including Satsuma, Maurepas, and Booty's International Street Food.

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The Marigny/Bywater is an urban area, but there are green spaces both along the levee and in several parks and green spaces that dot the neighborhoods where residents can exercise, play sports, bike and more.

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The Marigny/Bywater is an evolving area that has a tight-knit community watch group and has an active young group of residents that is committed to improving the safety of the neighborhood.

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The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is not the only educational institution in the Marigny/Bywater area; the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is a regional, pre-professional training arts center, spanning a wide variety of culinary, dance, and media arts. Students from around the entire state compete to be able to take classes at NOCCA to supplement their education. Together, both institutions support the artistic culture of this unique area.

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The Marigny/Bywater area is among the most walkable in New Orleans. Everything you could want--whether it be coffee shops or boutiques or restaurants--is within walking distance. Biking is also immensely popular in the area.

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