NOLA to New York

Katrina survivors talk to New York


I am a freelance journalist and New York is my home.  But New Orleans was once.  I am in NOLA now, waiting to get home in the wake of Sandy.  So while I am pacing, worried about my husband, friends and my city, I thought up this project.  Who better than the people of New Orleans to talk to the people of NYC right now.  They know, they lived through Katrina.  They are still living with it seven years later.  

If you are a current or former resident of New Orleans that lived through the nightmare of Katrina and want to participate in NOLA to New York please write on a piece of paper what it is you would say to the people of New York if you could.  Anything: that you care, that you know what they are going through, don’t drink the water, make sure to be kind to your neighbors when times get worse before they get better - anything.  Then take a picture like the ones seen here.  

Send them to - or through

Please include who you are, where you live/d in New Orleans during Katrina and a brief note about how you lived through the storm.  

If you would like to share this site with friends, please do.  Also, if you want to post on Twitter, please use #NOLAtoNYC.  Thanks. 

(Unless otherwise noted all photos and content) Copyright 2012 Andy Kopsa

I think it is wonderful that so many news outlets are posting about this, however, PLEASE ask permission to use people’s pictures - especially those of the kids from Harriet Tubman.  And, I am not making any money off of this nor do I wish to so please (after you get permission) direct people to make donations to their local Red Cross or New Orleans Gives Back.  

**  NOTE:  This is about two of my “hometowns” NYC and NOLA.  This doesn’t seek to take attention away from or ignore the devastation on the rest of the eastern seaboard.  NOLA and NYC just happen to be those places to which I am deeply, emotionally attached.  Consider it a love letter from NOLA (and the Gulf Coast) to all Sandy victims!  xx A

PS - I am a woman, I know that whole “Andy” thing throws some people off.  I have had to ask people to correct HIM to HER….:)

PSS - I am NOT from New Orleans - people have been reporting that I am from there or lived through Katrina.  Neither is true.  I am a native Iowan, lived in NOLA and currently live in NYC.  Thanks.  Andy