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Blakeview: Joseph M. Bartholomew

The local golfing great built several courses
As we revisit Bayou Barriere's history and see the opening this week (April 21) of the new Bayou Oaks Golf Course in City Park, we remember a local golfing great who designed many local courses. Joseph M. Bartholomew was born in New Orleans in 1885 and became a caddy at Audubon Park Golf Course when he was just 7 years old.

Blake Pontchartrain: Bayou Barriere Golf Club

Maurice's Plantation Bistro was open less than six months
Hey Blake, I read that the Bayou Barriere golf course has closed.

Blakeview: Merlin Candies

The company behind Merlin's chocolate bunnies was founded in 1947
For 70 years now, New Orleans children have been delighted to find a Merlin's milk chocolate bunny rabbit in their Easter baskets. This year will be no different.

Blake Pontchartrain: Causeway utility vaults

Nineteen small structures house the bridge's power and fiber systems
Hey Blake, About every two miles on the southbound Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, you will see little houses or sheds that jut out over the water.

Blakeview: DeGaulle, Meyer and Collins

Three West Bank thoroughfares named after military generals
I thought we'd go to the West Bank this week for a little history about three thoroughfares named for military generals: DeGaulle, Meyer and Collins. The oldest of the three, Gen. Meyer Avenue, is named for former Congressman Adolph Meyer.

Blake Pontchartrain: Our Lady of Lourdes church

The former rectory is being converted into offices for the New Orleans Opera Association
Hey Blake, Once upon a time my family lived on LaSalle Street across from Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Blakeview: The Poydras Market

The outdoor market closed in 1932
For much of Poydras Street's history, a two-block area of the thoroughfare was home to an outdoor market. The Poydras Market existed from 1838 until 1932 and was one of many outdoor markets operating in the city during that time.

Blake Pontchartrain: Sculpture for New Orleans outdoor art project

More than 70 sculptures have popped up since 2007
Hey Blake, I noticed that the sculptures of the two women in bathing suits on Poydras Street have been taken down.

Blakeview: William J. McCrossen

New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent from 1973-1993
This week, as we celebrate all things Irish on St. Patrick's Day, we remember an Irish Channel native who carried with him a deep love for his city — and his Irish heritage. William J. McCrossen was superintendent of the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) for nearly 20 years, from 1973 until 1993.

Blake Pontchartrain: Jackson Avenue ferry landing

A defunct passenger terminal above Tchoupitoulas
Hey Blake, What's with the overhead walkway across Tchoupitoulas Street at Jackson Avenue?

Blakeview: Eleanor Roosevelt in New Orleans

The former First Lady visited March 6, 1937
This week we remember a visit to New Orleans 80 years ago by first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. According to press accounts, Roosevelt arrived by train on March 6, 1937 and spoke to a crowd of thousands at Municipal Auditorium.

Blake Pontchartrain: Country Club Gardens

The neighborhood was part of the Hazeur Plantation
Hey Blake, We just moved to the Country Club Gardens neighborhood.

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