Turn by turn directions can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/n3VvQqTViYn6eLs87
Stop 1: 2 Oaks Apartments
Stop 2: Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
Built in 1983 in what is now known as Village de l’Est, Mary Queen of Vietnam established the first Vietnamese parish in the country.
This is the home of Tet – Feast of the First Morning of the First Day – the Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival in February.
Stop 3: Veggi Farmers Cooperative
VEGGI was established following the BP oil spill in 2010. When many community members lost their jobs as a result of the spill, VEGGI was developed to provide sustainable economic opportunities in urban agriculture.
In late 2011, they trained 12 community members to utilize aquaponics and greenhouse technology and provided microgrants so they could build systems to grow fresh, quality produce.
Stop 4: MQVN Community Development Corporation
Katrina decimated not just houses, cars, businesses and infrastructure in the east. This included closing two hospitals and the lack of basic retail services that once thrived. Due to the extent of the damage in the region and the relatively low population in the east, this area didn’t receive resources as quickly as other parts of the city.
Mary Queen Viet Nam Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC) helped Vietnamese-Americans in New Orleans East rebuild.. MQVN CDC initially provided emergency relief to 3000 Vietnamese-New Orleanians. They developed a trailer site encompassing 199 homes. They organized residents rebuilding the New Orleans East.
More recently, MQVN established a community plan based on what community members wanted in the redeveloping community. Today they work on issues including health care, environment and agriculture, education, housing, social services, economic development, and culture and the arts.
Stop 5: Dong Phuong Bakery
Cause you’re gonna get hungry.
In 1982, De Tran and Huong Tran opened Dong Phuong, one of the area’s first Vietnamese bakeries. Dong Phuong means “East” and exemplifies how the Vietnamese community has become a vital part of the local culinary landscape. The bakery supplies dozens of cafes and shops with thin, crackling-crust bread with a pillowy interior, not the most traditional french bread, but ideal for building the city’s iconic po-boy sandwiches.
Note: Dong Phuong is open for pick-up orders! Order ahead: https://dpbakeshop.com/ Their website is gorgeous and fun.
Stop 6: VAYLA
Stop 7: Entergy Michoud Plant
Construction on the Michoud Power Plant is currently underway.
While you are riding, bring masks and hand sanitizer, respect physical distancing, and make sure that you have an emergency contact who knows where you are and can pick you up if needed. We also have some more in-depth tips for safe biking in the pandemic, check them out! Please be aware that NOLA to Angola cannot provide logistical or emergency support to individual riders this year. Take care, and safe riding!