The New Orleans Public Library started with a generous donation from a wealthy merchant in 1843. In his will, Abijah Fisk left his house at the corner of Iberville and Bourbon streets to the city of New Orleans “on condition that it shall be appli…
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Part empowerment seminar, part music festival and part sisterhood gathering, the Essence Festival calls itself a “party with a purpose.” The annual festival, typically held July 4th weekend, has been held in New Orleans since it was created by Geo…
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Until E.J. Bellocq’s photos of Storyville prostitutes surfaced in 1970, the hundreds of prostitutes who worked the district were just part of its legend. But here, in black and white, were photos of these women. Some were nude; others were dressed…
Monday, June 19, 2017
Bayou St. John could be considered the cradle of New Orleans. Indian tribes, including the Chapitoulas and the Choctaw, lived along the bayou, or Bayouk Choupic, In 1699, the Indians showed French explorer Pierre Le Moyne Sieur d’Iberville the por…
Sunday, June 18, 2017
A muffuletta is fresh bread, cold cuts, olives, cheese and Italian heritage all wrapped in one white paper package. Unlike the other quintessential New Orleans sandwich — the po-boy — the muffuletta is not subject to refinements. The sandwich is a…
Saturday, June 17, 2017
So many Italians lived in the French Quarter in the early 20th century the Vieux Carré earned the nicknames “Little Italy” and “Little Palermo” for the number of Italians, and more specifically, Sicilians, who lived there.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Once, Dixie, Jax and Falstaff were more than landmarks in the New Orleans’ skyline. For years, New Orleans was the center of brewing in the South, and Jax Brewing Company was the largest brewer in the South.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
The banana trade that called New Orleans home for much of the 20th century left a mark on the city, but it literally reshaped Central American countries.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tennessee Williams, a native of Columbus, Mississippi, considered New Orleans his “spiritual home.”
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The interwoven history of St. Domingue, now Haiti, and New Orleans predates the founding of city. Haiti was the jumping off point for Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville when in 1698 he traveled to the Gulf Coast to establish a settlement.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Allen Toussaint was the genesis of an entire generation of New Orleans’ music. His influence was even longer lasting and more widespread. The self-taught musician, raised in Gert Town, started his career as a performer, playing as a studio musicia…
Sunday, June 11, 2017
New Orleans’ old-line restaurants offer more than just traditional Creole fare — they allow visitors to step back into time.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Ferries have moved people across the Mississippi River since New Orleans was founded in 1718. Slaves brought to New Orleans were ferried and housed in what is now Algiers Point.
Friday, June 09, 2017
Originally a high-toned posh museum with a small collection, over the last century, the New Orleans Museum of Art has become a museum for the masses.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Andrew Higgins, according to Dwight D. Eisenhower, was the man who won World War II for the United States.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
New Orleans fans topped the charts for craziness during the Beatles’ visit here in 1964. The band played at City Park Stadium on Sept. 16 to a crowd of 12,000 fans, who paid $5 each to see the Beatles’ first tour in the United States. After openin…
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Neutral ground: an original New Orleans’ term that has an only-in-New Orleans origin. The phrase, which means the piece of ground in the middle of a street, is called a median in lesser parts of the United States. In 1800s New Orleans, though, the…
Monday, June 05, 2017
The Garden District was designed a National Historic Landmark District on May 30, 1974, perhaps to escape the crowded French Quarter as well as its residents, wealthy Americans built elegant homes on lots upriver in what would become the Garden District.
Sunday, June 04, 2017
St. Joseph’s Day is not unique to New Orleans, but the way the city celebrates the feast day — with Mardi Gras Indians and altars at bars — most certainly is.
Saturday, June 03, 2017
Issac Delgado, known for philanthropic efforts during his life, gave his biggest gift to the city after his death: Delgado Community College. Delgado provided the residue of his will, about $800,000, to New Orleans for the creation of a trades sch…
Friday, June 02, 2017
New Orleans’ unique rhythm — its funk — is embodied in the Meters. The group was led by Art “Papa Funk” Neville on the keyboards. "I modeled the band after Booker T. and the MG's," Neville has said, "but added some swamp fever of my own.”
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Slidell, chartered in 1888, was a sleepy railroad stop for almost a century. It was home to a creosote plant used to build the railroad bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, a large brick plant and even a shipyard.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The Marsalis family has been a force for contemporary jazz in New Orleans and throughout the world.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Fiscally conservative New Orleans stalwart, the Whitney Bank survived the Great Depression, two world wars and the 1980s oil bust. It was undone by the real estate bust in 2008 and was acquired by Mississippi’s Hancock Bank in 2010. The acquired b…
Monday, May 29, 2017
Whether it’s the food, the drinks, the service or simply the tradition, Galatoire’s restaurant holds a unique place in New Orleans.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
New Orleans may not be known for hot dogs, but an orange-and-yellow Lucky Dog cart is like haute cuisine on wheels to many late night revelers in the French Quarter.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Pontchartrain Beach was the last in a long line of lakefront amusements for New Orleans’ residents. Almost since the city’s founding, residents would ride to the lakefront to cool off in the summer at Spanish Fort. Elysian Fields Avenue eventually…
Thursday, May 25, 2017
From Irma Thomas to Benny Spellman, New Orleans cemented its legacy in rhythm and blues music in the 1950s and 1960s with countless hits. According to KnowLA.com, a project of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, from 1947 to 1971, more tha…
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Al Hirt’s trumpet and Pete Fountain’s clarinet created the soundtrack of 1960s Bourbon Street. Both Hirt and Fountain were New Orleans’ natives who were huge national successes on radio and television. Both returned to New Orleans and established …
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Gentilly, one of the areas with the lowest elevation in the city, was one of the last to be developed.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Just as the New Orleans Pelicans — nee Hornets — stuck with the city through tough times after Hurricane Katrina, the team’s loyal fans have remained loyal to the team through its own ups and downs.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
“A Confederacy of Dunces” in many respects is like a deep underground guide to New Orleans. In the book, author and native John Kennedy Toole showcased the city’s grandeur and its decay. Toole’s rendering of the city’s seeming contradictions is br…
Friday, May 19, 2017
K&B was, and is still, beloved by New Orleans, not just because of its Creole ice cream or own line of YENDIS liquor: New Orleans embraced K&B because it was their drug store. K&B’s ever-present purple made clear the connection between…
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
New Orleans is arguably still reaping the benefits of the 1988 Republican National Convention, which for four days let the city showcase its food, music and hospitality to the nation.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Almost everyone sees floats during Mardi Gras. It’s only the lucky — and the determined — who see a small group of men parading in their skeleton costumes and handmade skulls early Mardi Gras morning. Others are lucky to catch glimpses of ladies i…
Monday, May 15, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Commander’s Palace may be a New Orleans’ institution — but the Garden District stalwart is a living, changing institution. It helped create New Orleans as a food destination, not only for traditional Creole dishes but for Creole food reimagined. T…
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Of the 106 historically black colleges and 251 Catholic colleges in the U.S., only one — Xavier University of Louisiana — is both Black and Catholic.
Friday, May 12, 2017
New Orleans is home to a football dynasty — the Mannings. The city has been a football town since even before the New Orleans Saints began playing here in 1967. But the multiple Super Bowl successes of New Orleans sons, Peyton and Eli Manning, has…
Thursday, May 11, 2017
In black and white, the photographs of Walker Evans capture the stark reality of New Orleans and Louisiana during the Great Depression. Evans came to New Orleans in 1935 to photograph the city and the region. A student of the documentary style of …
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Reportedly there were gambling halls before there were churches in New Orleans. After St. Louis Church was opened in 1727, gambling was outlawed during religious services and then altogether.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
A relative newcomer to the New Orleans’ tourism and art scenes, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has become an anchor for both since opening on Camp Street.
Monday, May 08, 2017
When it was built in the 1830s, the New Orleans Mint was a physical acknowledgement of the city’s wealth and position in the country.
Sunday, May 07, 2017
The Ursuline nuns, sent to New Orleans by Pope Pius III and Louis XV of France in 1727, were a civilizing influence on the early development of the fetid and wild city. At least 12 nuns made the journey from France to start a school for young girl…
Saturday, May 06, 2017
New Orleans — at times decadent and over-the-top itself — seems like a natural spot for one of the largest gay festivals in the nation: Southern Decadence.
Friday, May 05, 2017
Morgus the Magnificent was a mad scientist, a weatherman and a movie host. But most of all Morgus was, and still is, a cultural icon for generations of New Orleanians.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
In the years after World War I, the cheap rents of the then decaying French Quarter began attracting artists, turning the French Quarter into a “bohemia” for writers, artists and actors.