- February 16, 2016
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New Orleans’ 2nd Oldest Neighborhood – Algiers Point
Historic Algiers Point – New Orleans’ Best Kept Secret
In this episode, I talk with Mark Rosenbaum, the owner and artist behind Rosetree Blown Glass. Mark and I discuss Algiers Point, New Orleans’ 2nd oldest neighborhood. Mark is a resident of the Point and an active member of the community.
Never heard of Algiers Point? It’s located just across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter and is the only portion of New Orleans on the West Bank, or “Best Bank” as residents over there refer to it.
Algiers Point is known as New Orleans’ best kept secret for good reason – even many locals like myself haven’t spent much time in the historic district. That’s too bad because a morning or afternoon of exploring can yield fabulous views of the New Orleans skyline and the river traffic, unexpected art like Mark’s blown glass studio, neighborhood restaurants and bars, and 19th century architecture.
Rosetree Blown Glass Studio and Gallery (446 Vallette Street, phone #504-366-3602) is a relatively short 8-block walk from the ferry landing in Algiers. You can find them on Instagram and on Facebook. Be sure to sheck out their ‘Blow Your Own’ events, or schedule time with Mark on Monday or Wednesday afternoons.
The Algiers Point Association website is the source for information about the neighborhood. The site includes listings of business, events, and two separate self-guided walking tours.
The best and most scenic way to get to Algiers Point is via the Canal Street/Algiers Point pedestrian ferry.
A Special Thanks!
A big shout out to local photographer Rebecca Ratliff for connecting me to Mark Rosenbaum. Rebecca posts great photos of Algiers Point and other parts of New Orleans on her Instagram feed. Please check out her work and say hi!
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