Blakeview: Howard K. Smith

This week (Oct. 19) will bring the final televised debate of a presidential campaign like no other. Did you know a Louisiana native moderated the very first televised debate in 1960?

Blake Pontchartrain: Roy Orbison at Audubon Zoo

A brief history of Roy Orbison in New Orleans
Hey Blake, A guest sent us a photo of this poster from a Roy Orbison concert at the Audubon Zoo.

Blakeview: Antoine's

Founded in 1840, Antoine's is the oldest restaurant in New Orleans and one of the oldest in America. It's featured in a new book as one of Ten Restaurants That Changed America (Libertine Publishing).

Blake Pontchartrain: Harry’s Dive Shop and the mysterious metal poles

What are those metal poles doing outside the Airline Drive scuba center?
Hey Blake, Every day I drive by Harry's Dive Shop on Airline Drive.

Blakeview: happy birthday, Anne Rice

Now a few words about novelist Anne Rice, who turns 75 this week. Born in New Orleans on Oct. 4, 1941, she was given her father's name at birth: Howard O'Brien.

Blake Pontchartrain: the history of Bottinelli Place

A family tribute at a dead end on Canal Street
Hey Blake, At the north end of Canal Street around the cemeteries is a dead-end street called Bottinelli Place.

Blakeview: The Desire streetcar line

Next weekend, streetcars are scheduled to roll down North Rampart Street after more than 18 months of construction and $40.6 million in work to return 1.6 miles of streetcar service to Rampart from Canal Street to Elysian Fields Avenue. Streetcars ran on Rampart from 1926 until 1949, when buses replaced them.

Blake Pontchartrain: George Thomas

A plaque commemorates the former superintendent of what is now the Department of Parks and Parkways
Hey Blake, What does the big rock with a plaque on Canal Boulevard in front of Dolly's Deli commemorate?

Blakeview: The Stormin’ of the Sazerac

This Friday, Sept. 23, the Roosevelt Hotel's annual Stormin' of the Sazerac event commemorates the first time women were allowed inside the hotel's famed Sazerac Bar in 1949. The hotel itself has gone by many names over the years, including Grunewald, Fairmont and Roosevelt.

Blake Pontchartrain: Don Bernardo de Galvez

A statue honors the Spanish governor who served from 1777-1785
Hey Blake, On a patch of lawn between the old World Trade Center and the ferry terminal on Canal Street is a statue of a man on a horse.

Blakeview: Spanish Plaza

Another famous fountain in the city is at Spanish Plaza at the foot of Canal Street near The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. Spanish Plaza took more than a decade to construct.

Blake Pontchartrain: the Mardi Gras Fountain

The lakefront landmark opened in 1962
Hey Blake, What can you tell us about the Mardi Gras Fountain on the Lakefront?


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