Blakeview: Bernard "Buddy D" Diliberto

This week we remember what would have been the 85th birthday of legendary sports journalist Bernard "Buddy D" Diliberto. Born Aug. 18, 1931, Buddy joined The Times-Picayune's sports page in 1950 and later became a columnist.

Blake Pontchartrain: The German Protestant Orphan Asylum

On the State Street Children’s Home in Uptown
Hey Blake, There was an orphanage somewhere around State Street Uptown that may have been the German Lutheran Home. Do you have any information about its history?

Blakeview: Riverwalk Marketplace

We move from the lakefront to the riverfront to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Riverwalk. Opened on Aug. 28, 1986, the mall was built on the former site of the International Pavilion of the 1984 World's Fair and cost $60 million.

Blake Pontchartrain: Lincoln Beach

A racially segregated park along Lake Pontchartrain during Jim Crow
Hey Blake, Where exactly was or is Lincoln Beach and can you still swim there?

Blake Pontchartrain: The Carroll-Crawford House

From sugar to cotton to Dixie beer
Hey Blake, What do you know about the Carroll-Crawford House on First Street?

Blakeview: St. Augustine High School

This month marks the 65th anniversary of the opening of St. Augustine High School, an important institution for Catholic education, particularly among African-American men. Speakers at the Aug. 27, 1951 dedication included Mayor Chep Morrison, Archbishop Joseph Rummel and the Rev. Thomas McNamara, Superior General of the Josephites, the religious order which founded the school.

Blakeview: Albert "Al" Flair

This week we remember a New Orleans baseball great on what would have been his 100th birthday. Albert "Al" Flair was born on July 24, 1916.

Blake Pontchartrain: Rhodes Funeral Home on Washington Avenue

The former Tivoli Theatre space opened in May 1926
Hey Blake, What is the story with the great-looking Rhodes Funeral Home building on Washington Avenue near Broad Street?

Blakeview: New Orleans Square

This space typically focuses on people and places in New Orleans, but this week we remember an event 50 years ago that brought a little bit of the city to southern California: Disneyland. The 3-acre section of the theme park called New Orleans Square opened July 24, 1966.

Blake Pontchartrain: fire station banners in New Orleans

A citywide arts project in the ‘90s placed artworks on nine fire stations
Hey Blake, Do you have any information about the art on the exterior of the fire station on Girod Street in the Warehouse District?

Blakeview: Regal Beer

While Dixie and Jax beers remain familiar to nostalgia lovers, and the Falstaff sign and weather ball are still beacons in Mid-City, one former locally brewed beer may not get as much attention. Regal Beer was brewed at the American Brewing Company's brewery in the 300 block of Bourbon Street until 1962.

Blake Pontchartrain: The oddly shaped Harmony Street house

From church to ballet studio to Beyonce
Hey Blake, I am reaching out to you to settle a question about a house located on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Harmony Street.


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