The Lower 9th Ward is celebrating the opening of a new, state-of-the-art community center this week. The Sanchez Community Center replaces a slightly smaller community center that was destroyed in the flooding following Hurricane Katrina. Located at the corner of Caffin and Claiborne across the street from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The anniversary of author Ian Fleming’s birth is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the impact on popular culture of his most famous creation, James Bond. That being said, I really only know about music and booze.
More than 80,000 historical films from the British Pathé Archive are now available for free viewing on YouTube. The archive is the largest on YouTube and contains mostly news reels and movies spanning 1896 to 1976. While the collection is particularly rich in its materials from both World Wars, there are also many more lighthearted features, including footage from our own fine city.
French Quarter history buffs can dig this-- the Historic New Orleans Collection's Vieux Carré Survey is available online. The database includes extensive records of nearly every property within the Quarter, including historical, architectural, legal, and sociological information.