Behind the scenes with Pirate’s Alley…
In this week’s edition, I’d like to re-introduce you to the part of uptown New Orleans that has played such a big role in the books: the corner of Nashville Avenue and Magazine Street.
In the books, the four corners of this intersection are taken up by DJ’s house; Eugenie Dupre’s house, with the entrance to her hair salon on the side; Marinello’s Pizza café; and Quince Randolph’s nursery, Plantasy Island.
In reality, Marinello’s is the Uptown Pharmacy, but is based on Reginelli’s Pizza, located a few blocks down.
In the spot where DJ’s house sits in the book, there has been kind of revolving door in the little house that used to be a residence. Before Hurricane Katrina, it was the Quilt Cottage. After Katrina, it sat empty a while and then was a meat market. Now, I think it’s being renovated yet again for a restaurant. DJ’s house is based on the house on Carondelet Street that was next door to my house:
If you look down Magazine Street from in front of “DJ’s house,” there’s a row of adorable shotguns and modified shotguns. The one next to DJ is supposed to be Alex’s house.
The building Rand bought for Plantasy Island was, before Katrina, a Starbuck’s. It sat empty forever and ever, but now there’s a Pita Pit restaurant there. Building looks the same, though, and it’s the building I based Plantasy Island on.
Through the trees here, across Nashville from DJ’s house is the place I chose for Eugenie’s house. It’s really a coffee shop/café called the Luna Café. There is a hair salon directly behind it, but I don’t know that the salon and the café are related.
When PIRATE’S ALLEY begins, DJ is staying with Eugenie. Her house met with an unfortunate end in ELYSIAN FIELDS, and although Alex and Jake fixed up Gerry’s old house in Lakeview, they didn’t get around to installing heat and New Orleans is having a cold wave. DJ eventually gets other accommodations, but Eugenie’s is where she starts out with a few sleepovers with Alex, of course .
I’m giving away a rare print ARC of Pirate’s Alley this week. You can comment on Sunday’s post for one entry and comment on this one for a second entry. The winner will be announced on Sunday. Come back tomorrow for the weekly TBR Five-Book Giveaway!