New Orleans Magazine - September 2008

A Secret Garden

Landscape architect Peter Raarup has a slick 30-page brochure showing his work. It features a grand mansion on Audubon Place, rooftop gardens on Tchoupitoulas and Girod streets and a variety of pools, patios and pathways pristine and ready for the…

Mastering the Soft-Shell

If it ever came to a last meal choice, what would yours be? Without a doubt, if I had any appetite at all, mine would be a fried soft-shell crab. Fried oysters would be tempting but the blue crab in…

Along the Running Path

Ed. Note: Baghdad Dispatch is now written by two Marines with local connections; Marine Capt. Mary Noyes, an attorney, and Marine Maj. Meredith Brown, an Iraqi Women’s Engagement officer. Their respective columns will appear in alternate months. Noyes moved to…

Healthbeat

Research by Imperial College London scientists suggests that by testing breath and phlegm, doctors can better treat children with severe asthma. Ten percent of children have asthma, which is often treated with oral steroids; unfortunately, when overused, “rescue steroids” can…

Looking for Leadership

More than three years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans remains one of the nation’s most dangerous cities. Since the storm, we’ve seen: unprecedented cooperation between the New Orleans Police Department and other criminal justice agencies, federal agents teamed with NOPD…

Survival of the Fittest

It may be years before Louisiana taxpayers can assess the full effect of the Science Education Act – legislation that allows school boards to approve supplemental materials to teach science. Is it a repackaged attempt by religious conservatives to attack…

Casinos Battle Recession

It is a good thing oil prices have been through the roof lately, at least from the perspective of state budget officials. All that dough rolling in from mineral royalties and taxes makes it easier to overlook the fact that…

UNO at 50

See related stories: Persona, pg. 22 and Chronicles, pg. 168.For most of its existence, it has been known as the University of New Orleans, though it was originally christened as LSUNO. Still young compared to its Uptown elders, the university…

Sounds of the town

The collective cacophony of New Orleans – the little peeps, the loud noises, the tuneful music and random conversations, the sounds of nature and the pounding of machines – all of it is grist for a new, interactive Web site…

Read and Spin

On Jan. 12-13, 2007, two mellow music legends illuminated the Allen Room at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. In front of a 50-by-90 foot wall of glass overlooking Central Park and NYC’s skyline, Willie…

The Tremé Street Brass Band Rolls On

In the mere half-century that snare drummer Benny Jones has been marching through streets of New Orleans, the repertoire of brass bands has shown a determined flexibility, absorbing new currents of popular song, while holding the traditional sound solidly in…

Fun in the Scrum

Young local athletes in a sport that’s largely unknown in New Orleans are making a big name for themselves in national circles. For the third consecutive year, an all-star team of rugby players representing three New Orleans-area high schools won…

Restaurant Insider

September brings the end of summer on the calendar, regardless of what the thermometer says. It’s not uncommon to have balmy temperatures for Halloween but September always puts me, at least, in the mindset of fall and colder weather –…

Dining in Fat City

Wedged alongside the corporate sprawl of Lakeside Mall lies the tiny enclave of Fat City. This area, whose name derived from a now-extinct snowball stand, served as Metairie’s rough equivalent of Bourbon Street during its heyday in the late 1970s…

Making sure MR-GO goes

Locals may have cheered at news of the federal government’s decision earlier this year to close its Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. After all, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina made clear the man-made waterway’s role as it funneled storm surge into local…

PERSONA: Tim Ryan

Timothy P. RyanAge: 58Born: New Orleans (Christmas Day)Family: Wife, Louise Schreiner; two daughters: Rebecca, who attends Emory University, and Katherine, who attends nursing school at Louisiana State University.Resides: LakeviewEducation: Graduate of Jesuit High School; bachelor of arts in economics from…

Letters to the Editor

ON THE CASERe: “Anatomy of an Uptown Murder,” Crime Fighting column by Allen Johnson Jr. May 2008 issue.I feel ashamed to say so, but your story, “Anatomy of an Uptown Murder,” was a very good read. My heart is still…

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…

Marquee

For the Love of GershwinA tribute to the late American composer George Gershwin will take place at Le Chat Noir this month with an original musical cabaret show, “He Loves and She Loves: The Gershwin Music We Love.” Gershwin, who…

The Class of '98

From the neck up, you can see the resemblance between father and son. That was apparent a decade ago for our 1998 People to Watch issue. On the cover were Jazz Fest promoter Quint Davis and his dad, esteemed architect…

The Praying Man

This was the flight that was supposed to be relaxing. We were on the last leg of our trip as the Jet Blue plane took off from New York’s JFK airport heading through the night to New Orleans. Through crafty…

Bonnie Broel’s Doll World

“At least the past is safe – though we didn’t know it at the time. We know it now!”            – Susan Sontag, authorLet us go back in time to the whims of our childhood. Now, that the past…

The Early Days of LSUNO

Few people would regard the late Governor Earl K. Long as a major figure in the preservation of New Orleans culture but because the North Louisiana politician was bound and determined to put a public college in the hometown of…

Modern Driving

Now that we can’t afford gas no more, people are starting to notice their kids got legs. My daughter Gladiola has actually learned to walk as far as the bus stop.She ain’t too happy about it. She is finally old…

Last Call

A Toast for the SaintsOn Nov. 1, 1966, New Orleans was awarded the 16th franchise in the National Football League, and the name of the team was never in doubt. For over 40 years, the New Orleans Saints have been…

Etc. Editorial

Creative Art at Axelle Owned by Bertrand Delacroix, Axelle Fine Arts Galerie is a sleek establishment on Magazine Street that’s managed by Beau Martz. With limited editions, prints and original paintings by contemporary artists, Axelle “represents a prestigious group of…

NOLA By the Numbers

1964The year the Beatles performed in City Park. 2640Miles of Interstate 10. 7•27•1966Date the brown pelican became Louisiana’s official state bird. 15,000Miles of coastline in Louisiana – the longest of any state. 41Percentage of the nation’s wetlands located in Louisiana.

Dining Editorial

Ralph’s and the ParkOwned by Ralph Brennan and managed by Roy Barre, Ralph’s on the Park has become a Mid-City destination for fine dining. The building that houses the restaurant dates back to the 1860s. It was constructed as a…

30˚90˚ Calendar

Through Sept. 21. “A Tribute to Cole Pratt: His Gallery’s First Fifteen Years, 1993-2008;” New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, 658-4100, www.noma.org.Through Oct. 12. “Gentlemen Callers: Paul Cadmus and George Dureau;” New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, 658-4100, www.noma.org.Sept. 5.…