East Bank-Nicollet Island Neighborhood News and Events

Nicollet Island

Photo by Ed Kohler licensed under Creative Commons

The Nicollet Island/East Bank neighborhood comprises Nicollet Island on the Mississippi River just east of downtown and the portion of the eastern riverbank located between Central Avenue and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad line.

The neighborhood is at the geographical and historical center of Minneapolis. The island is named for Joseph Nicollet, a scientist, geographer and mathematician born in Savoy, France. He led three expeditions through Minnesota, and authored the influential book Map of the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi.

Hennepin Avenue East and First Avenue Northeast are two of the main roads that connect the island to the rest of Minneapolis. The island spans 47 acres, and all but two of the houses on the island date from 1864 to 1898.

The island is part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Zone.

Full profile coming soon. Please visit www.northeastminneapolis.com to learn more about the neighborhood.

(Description from City of Minneapolis website)

For detailed demographic information, see the neighborhood profile from Minnesota Compass.

The many lives of filmmaker Craig Laurence Rice, Part II

Image from Butter City

In Part One of our little fireside chat with filmmaker Craig Laurence Rice, we learned that, before he got around to programming this year’s “Minnesota Made” films at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, he had dropped out of Lutheran high school, become a hard-living bass player, and happened upon a scholarship to one of the best film schools in the world. We left him in L.A. with his broken-down car, desperately wanting to hightail it back to Minnesota.


The many lives of filmmaker Craig Laurence Rice, Part I

Courtesy Craig Rice

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