It is a short ferry ride from the foot of Canal Street in busy downtown New Orleans to Algiers Point, but the transition is dramatic. Algiers Point is New Orleans’ Brooklyn without the bustle - the neighborhood has great views of both the city skyline and the Mississippi River.
Part of Orleans Parish since the city annexed it in 1870, Algiers Point still has the feel of a village. The character of this neighborhood has made “The Point” a favorite with musicians and artists.
Algiers was part of the land grant given to New Orleans founder Jean Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de Bienville by the Company of the Indies in 1719. At its heyday, this sleepy town had six ferries to New Orleans’ East Bank, including one ferry capable of shuttling railroad cars and livestock.
With such vast enterprises employing hundreds of men, it’s not surprising that Algiers had 36 music and dance halls in 1911. The local scene benefited from the many musicians, including Henry “Red” Allen, Peter Bocage, Oscar “Papa” Celestine, “Kid” Thomas Valentine and Elizabeth “Memphis Minnie” Douglas, who lived in Algiers.
Once crowded with industrial sheds, the Algiers riverfront now offers three miles along the levee for walking, biking, and picnics. Theaters and corner stores have found new life as recording studios, glassblowing workshops, and specialty stores. A walk through the streets of this village will reveal community parks, ancient oaks, and tidy Victorian cottages adorned with gingerbread woodwork. Some notable places of interest include the Jazz Walk of Fame, honoring the musical legends of New Orleans, and Confetti Park, a whimsical playground for kids with original fence work by artist Steven Kline.
If you would like to stay the night there are nearly a dozen bed and breakfasts in The Point.