The city's second-oldest neighborhood, Algiers Point was part of a vast swatch of land granted to Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Sieur de Bienville, founder of New Orleans, and was part of the food supply chain for French settlers. Though physically separated from the East Bank by the Mississippi River, a ferry system (exact fare, cash only) has kept the two banks connected since 1827. The neighborhood has a village-like ambience and is rich in architectural history, with residences dating to the 1840s. It also was home to jazz pioneers including Papa Celestin and Kid Valentine. A paved path atop the levee is used by joggers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Visit the Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum (by appointment).
The Algiers Point Association offers free self-guided tour maps at www.algiers- point.org.
Old Point Bar has live music Thursday through Sunday and cheap drinks and interesting characters all the time.
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