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Blakeview: New Orleans snowball stands

Hansen's, Plum Street, Sal's and SnoWizard
Since the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, our thoughts turn to snowballs and some of the oldest purveyors of that uniquely New Orleans treat. Hansen's Sno-Bliz has earned a national reputation for snowball superiority.

Blake Pontchartrain: Albert Polite Jr. and New Orleans utility box art

The Mardi Gras Indian spy boy appears in Linda LeBoeuf's work
Hey Blake, On St. Bernard Avenue and North Galvez Street is one of those painted utility boxes with a Mardi Gras Indian in a bright pink suit.

Blakeview: more local university leaders

Newcomb, Dominican, Dillard and more
This week we continue our look at some founding leaders of local institutions of higher learning. We begin with two well-known women's colleges: H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, founded under the auspices of Tulane University, opened in 1887 with Brandt Dixon as president.

Blake Pontchartrain: Jefferson Davis Parkway Bike Trail

The mile-long path opened in 1981
Hey Blake, When was the Jeff Davis bike path built?

Blakeview: New Orleans university leaders

The first presidents of several local colleges
With commencement season here, we remember some key leaders in the history of local higher education. Tulane University's first president was William Preston Johnston, who also was a former president of Louisiana State University.

Blake Pontchartrain: Poydras Home

The Uptown institution celebrates its 200th anniversary this year
Hey Blake, I heard that the Poydras Home for the elderly used to be an orphanage.

Blakeview: City Hall and the Civic Center

The complex was dedicated May 6, 1957
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of New Orleans' "new" City Hall and the accompanying 11-acre Civic Center. The complex was dedicated on May 6, 1957.

Blake Pontchartrain: Leroy Johnson

The Louisiana native was killed in combat during World War II
Hey Blake, In the recent PBS series The Great War, considerable time was given to the heroic and tragic story of Henry Johnson, a black soldier during World War I. It made me think of Leroy Johnson and the Army camp on Lake Pontchartrain named after him.

Blakeview: FDR visits New Orleans

The president arrived by train on April 29, 1937
This week marks the 80th anniversary of a presidential visit to New Orleans that led to one of the most beloved quotes by a mayor of this city. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his son Elliott arrived in New Orleans by train April 29, 1937.

Blake Pontchartrain: Kennedy Park in Bayou St. John

The park is named after Charles R. Kennedy
Hey Blake, I'm unable to find information on Kennedy Park in Faubourg St. John.

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.

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