New Orleans has a variety of eclectic neighborhoods and one not to miss is Algiers Point on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. Established as a National Historic District, some houses in the Point date back to 1840. During the times in the colorful musical history of New Orleans, many notable jazz musicians have made their home in Algiers Point.
Located on a short boat ride away on the opposite side of the Mississippi River, the Algiers Point Ferry boat runs daily for a cost of $2 each way. The ferry departs adjacent to the Audubon Aquarium on the East Bank and offers gorgeous views of the Crescent City Connection Bridge, the Central Business District high rises and the St. Louis Cathedral and French Quarter.
This tight knit community has established quite a few annual traditions in Algiers Point. Every March, near St. Patrick’s Day, the residents of the Point celebrate Friendship Day. Held at the Old Point Bar, attendees are encouraged to wear green, enjoy complimentary green beer and hot dogs and participate in a large block party. Friendship Day is a family-friendly event and children are often found “sledding” down the levee hill on cardboard boxes.
Beginning in June, the Algiers Development District hosts Wednesday in the Point, a weekly music series that continues until early Fall. Wednesday at the Point showcases are variety of local musical acts, arts and crafts vendors, several food trucks and cocktail bars. Don’t forget to charge up your smart phone for pictures of the breathtaking city views at sunset.
To celebrate the holidays in December, Algiers Point hosts another gathering known as the Bonfires on the Levee. Large structures are erected then set ablaze, while various bands hold a concert.
While in a different territory than the French Quarter of New Orleans, a ferry ride to Algiers Point is worth a trip across the river!