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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.

Blake Pontchartrain: Francis William Gregory

The education leader was principal of what is now Warren Easton
Hey Blake, Who was Francis W. Gregory and what is his claim to fame?

Blakeview: "Livery Stable Blues" turns 100

The first commercial jazz recording was made in 1917
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band was not the First Group to play jazz, but historians agree its members were the first to record it commercially, with their landmark recording session 100 years ago this week. The band, led by cornetist Nick LaRocca, recorded "Livery Stable Blues," the first-ever commercial jazz recording, on Feb. 26, 1917.

Answers to Blake Pontchartrain's Carnival quiz

ANSWERS TO BLAKE'S CONFOUNDING CARNIVAL QUIZ 2017 (The questions were published in Gambit Feb. 14 and can be found online at www.bestofneworleans.com/blakequiz.) 1.

Blake Pontchartrain: Etienne de Bore

From sugar maker to the first mayor of New Orleans
Hey Blake, Can you give me more history about Etienne de Bore?

Blake Pontchartrain's confounding Carnival quiz

How much do you know about Mardi Gras?
Gambit’s own Blake Pontchartrain constructed this confounding Carnival quiz to test how much New Orleanians know about Mardi Gras, and his friend Rex Duke is giving away a prize to the person who knows the most about local Carnival tradition. One entry per person only (yes, Blake can tell), and the person with the most right answers will receive a $100 gift card to Emeril's (Deadline to enter: Feb. 19).

Blakeview: Bunny Matthews

The artist and writer is Krewe du Vieux Royalty
When Krewe du Vieux rolls on Saturday (Feb. 11), the irreverent parade will have as its monarch Bunny Matthews, the artist and writer whose own story is as colorful as the cartoons he draws. Thirty-five years ago, Matthews' most famous characters, Vic and Nat'ly Broussard, first appeared in the pages of Dixie Roto, a weekly tabloid published on Sundays by The Times-Picayune.

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