Infamous New Orleans Geography

While New Orleans is known for fun, it’s also a place where some make bad decisions. Here are a few infamous mishaps and where they happened.

Little Gem Saloon

Louis Armstrong Gets Arrested on Rampart Street

Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St.

One of New Orleans’ most famous residents got into some trouble near the Little Gem Saloon on New Year’s Eve 1912. Only 11 years old at the time, Louis Armstrong was outside the saloon and fired a pistol into the air to celebrate the New Year. He was arrested for the incident and was sent to the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys. While the arrest probably wasn’t the highlight of Armstrong’s life, he did join the band at the Waif’s Home, and most significantly, learned to play the cornet.

Nicolas Cage Makes a Scene at Stella!

Stella!, 1032 Chartres St.

If you’re going to have a rough night, you probably shouldn’t do it when the editor of a national magazine is sitting near you. When GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson witnessed a night of odd behavior from actor Nicolas Cage at Stella! in February 2011, he wrote about it for GQ in May ’11. “We were seated within wine-spitting distance of the bar,” Nelson wrote, “and could still see Cage literally bouncing off the walls, spilling vino down his sleeve, as if he were performing Leaving Las Vegas: The Musical for some perverse dinner theater.” Cage later broke a glass door panel and was escorted out by police.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Gets in a Fight on Bourbon Street

The Old Absinthe House, 240 Bourbon St.

A lot of people make interesting choices on Bourbon Street, and it was no different for Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. when he stopped by the Old Absinthe House in 2012. According to a press release from the New Orleans Police Department, the actor “allegedly pushed a bartender” around 3 a.m. July 31, ’12. The charges were later dropped, but part of the scuffle was caught on tape and the story was a popular piece of entertainment news.

You Might Also Like

Duty and The Beast

Benjamin Butler’s Occupation of New Orleans

The Wild West at the Time of Rex

Carnival’s formative years and the most dramatic period of the American West paralleled each other.

Showers & Waves

The water sculptures of the 1984 World’s Fair

Yes, We Have Bananas

New business ripples through the state



Add your comment:

Latest Posts

I’m So NOLA I Bought a House

I am so New Orleans that I can never even think about living somewhere else. And that’s not a slogan or a social media gimmick. It’s just the truth.

10 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

Our top picks for events happening in the weekend of July 25-27.

News You Can Use and Booze

A mish-mash of dining and drinking news

Flower Power

Use blooms in your rooms to brighten the décor and the day.

Seasonally Sipping

Three cocktails that meet the summertime cool-and-refreshing criteria, with fresh ingredients and a different spirit for each recipe.