First, thanks so much for all the advice already given. Now I have another question (hey, I only have three days in NO and I want to make the most of it). How is Gabriele (?) I think its in the CBD area (am I getting the hang of the acronyms yet??)Someone here in NY mentioned this place to me and I wonder what you all think. Also, in all the guide books there are these safety warnings, making NO sound like some kind of war zone - what gives? I live in Brooklyn and often hear outsiders describe Brooklyn in the same way and I feel perfectly safe (taking normal caution which I think you have to do everywhere these days). So, what's the truth; guidebook paranoia or should this Brooklyn girl worry????