A multimillion dollar effort is underway to renovate the building
A historic building is set to see new life this year when the old Jung Hotel on Canal Street reopens. The hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, originally opened with 325 rooms in December 1925 at the corner of Canal and LaSalle streets.
A statue at Camp and Calliope honors Margaret Gaffney Haughery
Hey Blake, Can you tell us about the statue of a woman and child that just says "Margaret" on it and is located at the triangle at Camp and Calliope streets?
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.
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"?
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."
On one of Uptown’s “pocket parks”
Hey Blake, Gilmore Park is on Laurel Street on either side of State Street.
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.
A brief history of an Uptown plantation
Hey Blake, I live in the Beaucaire Condo Association near Touro Infirmary.
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.
The Howard Avenue building opened in 1969
Hey Blake, What is going on with the Plaza Tower on Howard Avenue?
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."
When did the neighborhood come into existence?
Hey Blake, When did Mid-City come into existence as an entity?