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Blakeview: The Athenaeum

With Mardi Gras little more than a month away, this is prime time for Carnival balls. For more than 40 years, from 1896 until 1937, a landmark on St. Charles Avenue played host to many of the city's Carnival balls.

Blake Pontchartrain: “Huba Huba!” to the West Bank

Signs on the bridge told drivers to keep moving
Hey Blake, Did I dream this or did there used to be a sign on the top span of the old Crescent City Connection going to the West Bank that said "Hubba Hubba"?

Blakeview: Tipitina’s

This week marks the 40th anniversary of a New Orleans institution that feels like it's been at the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street forever: Tipitina's. The legendary music club opened on Jan. 14, 1977 in a building that formerly housed a bar known as The 501 Club, which borrowed its name from the spot's address at 501 Napoleon Ave. The club's new name was inspired by the Professor Longhair song "Tipitina."

Blake Pontchartrain: Gilmore Park on Laurel Street

On one of Uptown’s “pocket parks”
Hey Blake, Gilmore Park is on Laurel Street on either side of State Street.

Blakeview: McKenzie’s Bakery

This week, as we mark Twelfth Night (Jan. 6), we also celebrate the kickoff of king cake season. For nearly 80 years, one bakery's name was synonymous with the Carnival pastry: McKenzie's.

Blake Pontchartrain: The Fink Asylum and The Delachaise house

A brief history of an Uptown plantation
Hey Blake, I live in the Beaucaire Condo Association near Touro Infirmary.

Blakeview: City Park’s Storyland

This week marks the 60th anniversary of a spot that has delighted children for generations. City Park's Storyland was dedicated on Dec. 30, 1956 and cost about $50,000, most of which was donated by Pontchartrain Beach owner Harry Batt Sr. One of Batt's grandchildren, 4-year-old Barbara (cousin to actor Bryan Batt and former City Councilman Jay Batt), cut the ribbon to open the park.

Blake Pontchartrain: Plaza Tower

The Howard Avenue building opened in 1969
Hey Blake, What is going on with the Plaza Tower on Howard Avenue?

Blakeview: Iris Kelso

This week we remember Iris Kelso, a journalist who chronicled state and local politics for nearly half a century and would have turned 90 years old Dec. 10. When she died in 2003, Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos, who considered Kelso a mentor, called her "the last of the Steel Magnolias" and "the queen bee of Louisiana political writers."

Blake Pontchartrain: on Mid-City New Orleans

When did the neighborhood come into existence?
Hey Blake, When did Mid-City come into existence as an entity?

Blakeview: The Rolling Stones headline the Superdome

Where were you on Dec. 5, 1981? If you were one of the 87,500 people at the Superdome to see the Rolling Stones, you remember making music history.

Blake Pontchartrain: Encore, a rose sculpture in City Park

New York artist Will Ryman created the sculpture
Hey Blake, A while ago you wrote about a large sculpture of red roses in City Park.

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