Blakeview: Po-boys, the Martins and John Gendusa

How a coffee stand, streetcars and a rectangular loaf made the city's signature sandwich
Update: 2017's Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is postponed to Nov. 12 due to threat of rain. On Sunday, Oct. 22, thousands of people will fill Oak Street for the 11th annual Po-Boy Festival, a celebration of the city's signature sandwich.

Blake Pontchartrain: "Shoeless Joe" Jackson in New Orleans

The player spent the 1910 season playing for the Pelicans
Hey Blake, Is there any information referencing Shoeless Joe Jackson's playing days here?

Blakeview: Storyville closes

The infamous red light district closed in 1917
This week marks the centennial of the closing of Storyville, New Orleans' famous red light district. The 16-square-block area, bordered by Basin, North Robertson, Iberville and St. Louis streets, was established by city ordinance in 1897.

Blake Pontchartrain: MLK in New Orleans

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made several visits to the city throughout the civil rights movement
Hey Blake, I enjoyed your story about the ILA Hall on South Rampart Street (Aug. 22).

Blakeview: Deutsches Haus in New Orleans

Oktoberfest runs each weekend through Oct. 21
Beginning this weekend, you'll find lots of beer and bratwurst and hear the sounds of oompah bands and the chicken dance on Bayou St. John as Deutsches Haus presents its annual Oktoberfest. The group was founded in 1928 as a benevolent and social organization for local Germans.

Blake Pontchartrain: The Puppy House on Bourbon Street

From a Puppy House to a Hunk Oasis
Hey Blake, In going through some of my deceased uncle's possessions, I found a photo that has created much discussion in the family.

Blakeview: FDR visits New Orleans

The president toured Higgins boat manufacturers on Sept. 29, 1942
This week we mark a moment in New Orleans history that also is important in World War II history. It marks the visit 75 years ago this week of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who came to New Orleans to meet Andrew Jackson Higgins.

Blake Pontchartrain: Albert Ledner's New Orleans architecture

Ledner designed the Maritime Union building on Tchoupitoulas St.
Hey Blake, What is the history of the building at Washington and Tchoupitoulas that looks so much like the original Robert E. Smith Library at the corner of Canal & Harrison in Lakeview?

Blakeview: King Tut in New Orleans

"The Treasures of Tutankhamun" opened Sept. 18, 1977
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of a blockbuster exhibit that drew thousands of visitors to the New Orleans Museum of Art, taking the city by storm. The Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit opened Sept. 18, 1977.

Blake Pontchartrain: Where did 'Tipitina' come from?

The mystery behind the name of the music venue named after Professor Longhair's song
Hey Blake, For the first time in my life, I wondered recently: What does Tipitina's mean?

Blakeview: Pope John Paul II visits New Orleans

A three-day trip in 1987
Thirty years ago this week, New Orleanians of all faiths witnessed the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to New Orleans, a whirlwind three-day trip that Archbishop Philip Hannan and leaders and volunteers within the Archdiocese of New Orleans spent 16 months planning. The Holy Father's stop was part of a nine-city U.S. tour.

Blake Pontchartrain: The naval base on Poland Avenue

The facility was built in 1919
Hey Blake, What can you tell me about the past, present and future of the old Navy base at Dauphine Street and Poland Avenue?


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