Julia Street Blog

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 have a question about the transport of German prisoners of war through the Port of New Orleans during World War II. When I was a young boy of nine, I traveled, during the war, by train with…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, I was recently at an estate sale in Kenner and found a bin of collectible spoons from around the world. I found one that depicts a New Orleans streetcar and says “Last Streetcar New Orleans.” Any idea what…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, I was parking my car in the lot of 2645 Toulouse Street, in front of the SBP building and adjacent to the Broad Theatre. It’s a spot I park in frequently. Today’s rain revealed a white placard in…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, Is it true that the first plane to fly across the Atlantic visited New Orleans? I have heard this was the case but the person who told me about it did not seem to know the details.  Can…

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 with Poydras The Parrot

Dear Julia, Of a recent trip to the Barataria Unit of Jean Lafitte National Park, I saw the biggest grasshopper I’ve seen in my life. My companion said it was called a  Lubber or a Devil’s Horse. If these enormous…

Julia Street with Poydras The Parrot

Dear Julia and Poydras, My uncle gave me an old wooden nickel from Ted’s Frostop Drive-Ins. At one time, it could be exchanged for a free root beer. I know it expired decades ago, but do you or Poydras have…