Author: Julia Street

Julia Street: Radio Days

Dear Julia, I grew up on the Alabama coast (Orange Beach) in the mid ‘50s. My parents managed a hotel (Gulf Gate Lodge) and all family members worked there. At night, I used an old Crosley radio to serenade me to sleep.…

Pecking Order

Dear Julia and Poydras, Someone once told me that there was a chicken business in New Orleans where the owner claimed to have once eaten an entire chicken in three minutes. Is that true? Was he connected to Popeye’s?  -…

Sashay By

Dear Julia and Poydras, When my wife and I were dating, we have been together 27 years, we would go to the revolving restaurant atop the Trade Plaza by the bridge and river on Canal Street. We had a routine…

Julia Street: Lakehouse Mystery

Dear Julia and Poydras, About 1960, my friend and I regularly rode our bikes down the Lake Pontchartrain levee from the Green Acres area to the Causeway. Down near the Causeway, we found an abandoned white clapboard building built on…

Julia Street: Did the baby get away?

  WHERE’S JULIA? HERE To maintain proper social distancing, Julia and Poydras are working these days from the company website. Nevertheless, they are both eager to receive your questions. Contact them at Julia@myneworleans.com. Include your name and town. For the subject…

A Mysterious Building In The Lake

WHERE’S JULIA? HERE To maintain proper social distancing, Julia and Poydras are working these days from the company website. Nevertheless, they are both eager to receive your questions. Contact them at Julia@myneworleans.com. Include your name and town. For the subject…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, My grandmother grew up in the River Parishes and often mentioned riding the old rural ferry boats. She enjoyed the actual ride between Luling and Destrehan, but the wooden boarding ramps were scary to a little country girl…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Hi Julia, A couple of years ago, I was at an estate sale on the north shore and bought a framed poster from the World’s Fair in 1984. The poster features a man working on the Mississippi River and he…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia and Poydras, The COVID-19 pandemic brings to mind the Spanish Flu, which my grandparents lived through, although some of our extended family did not. I even heard that the Southern Yacht Club was a hospital. Is that true?…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, Some of our beloved oaks in City Park stand in a row all leaning in one direction. My question is this:  did a strong, possibly hurricane force, wind sometime in their long history cause them to grow that…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

  Dear Julia, I recently saw a vintage picture of an electric bus operating on Magazine Street. I think the picture was from the 50s but I would like to know more about these strange bus-streetcar hybrids and when they…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia and Poydras, I remember reading, years ago, about Tokay Tea Baseball Park. Can you tell me anything about its namesake product? Was Tokay a local brand? Craig Pierce (Metairie) The New Orleans Import Company, Ltd., which was established…

Julia Street Answers Your New Orleans Questions

Dear Julia, When I was a young child, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was located near where Xavier University is today and part of it was dedicated to a lady whose name was on the…

Julia Street

Dear Julia and Poydras,I recently came across an old damaged photograph of an establishment on Magazine Street that bears our family name, which is not a common name. Our father had said a relative had owned a store a long…