N.O. City Hall to be closed on Friday

New Orleans — City Hall will be closed Friday in anticipation of record visitors to the downtown and Superdome area for Super Bowl XLVII.

Hours of operation will be extended from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and were also extended Monday and Tuesday.

Taxpayers trying to pay their property taxes for 2013 will find traffic and parking difficult, and city officials are advising people to pay by mail instead, by sending a check and payment stub to P.O. Box 60047, New Orleans, LA 70160-0047. Using the payment stub provided on the bill will ensure accurate posting.

Mailed payments must be postmarked by Jan. 31 to receive timely credit.

Taxpayers can view and pay their property tax bills online by visiting http://www.nola.gov/pay-taxes and selecting “Pay Real Estate Tax.”

To pay online, taxpayers need their tax bill number. Credit or debit card payments are accepted, but a 2.49 percent processing fee is added.

There is no convenience fee to pay using a checking account by inputting the bank routing number and account number. Using a debit card linked with a checking account will incur a fee.

For 2013 only, due to the Super Bowl traffic and parking situation around City Hall, three drop-off locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, inside the following New Orleans public libraries: Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive; East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.; and Mid-City Library, 3700 Orleans Avenue in the American Can Building.

Those locations can only be used to drop off a check and payment stub. No cash will be accepted except at City Hall.

A payment stub must be included with the check in an envelope, and taxpayers are asked to write their tax bill number and property address on the face of the check.

Tweet favorite places, mayor asking locals

New Orleans — Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking New Orleanians to take to Twitter to offer tips to Super Bowl visitors on the best the city has to offer.

Landrieu is asking locals to tweet their favorite hot spots using the hashtag #BestOfNOLA. Super Bowl visitors can follow the hashtag through the week. @mayorlandrieu. The official Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee Twitter handle is @nolasuperbowl. The Host Committee will be using #superbowl and #SB47 throughout the week.

NFL Experience also announced

Landrieu’s Twitter handle is autograph appearances. New Orleans — The NFL Experience, pro football’s interactive theme park, announced the schedule and names of NFL players participating in public autograph signings during the event that begins Wednesday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

All player appearances are subject to change without notice.

The official autograph signing stage is in Hall D. NFL players are scheduled to sign in two-hour time blocks. Fans can visit http//www.SuperBowl.com to get the most up-to-date schedule and list of autograph sessions.

Players scheduled to appear include:

Wednesday: Mark Ingram, 3 p.m.; Deuce McCallister, Kyle Rudolph and Malcolm Jenkins, 5 p.m.; Toby Gerhart and Stephen Tullock, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Antonio Brown and Victor Cruz, 11 a.m.; Brandon Carr and Chris Givens, 1 p.m.; Carl Thomas and Marshawn Lynch, 3 p.m.; Calais Campbell and Jamaal Charles, 5 p.m.; Kordell Steward and Ben Watson, 7 p.m.

Friday: Doug Martin and Darnell Dockett, 11 a.m.; Randall Cobb and Sean Weatherspoon, 1 p.m.; Luke Kuechly and LeSean McCoy, 3 p.m.; Chris Long and Joe Montana, 5 p.m.; Lance Moore, 7 p.m.

Saturday: Ahmad Bradshaw and Ladainian Tomlinson, 11 a.m.; Antonio Pierce and Archie Manning, 1 p.m.; Antonio Cromartie and Willie Roaf, 3 p.m.; Plaxico Burress and Toby Gerhart, 5 p.m.; Willie McGahee, 7 p.m.

Sunday: Derrick Brooks, 10 a.m.; Chris Givens and Earl Thomas, noon; Charles Tillman, 2 p.m.

WWII Museum offers football exhibit

New Orleans — The National World War II Museum and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are presenting “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

Gridiron Glory gives a panoramic view of the story of professional football — from its beginnings in the late 19th century to today.

The exhibit, which opened Saturday, runs through May 5.

Only the National WWII Museum edition of Gridiron Glory features a special section on pro football players who served the country during World War II.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau