An Afternoon in Algiers Point | New Orleans

It looks like a movie set, at times surreal.  The mix of houses in disrepair and the ones restored is like nothing I’ve seen before.

I am in Algiers Point, just 10 minutes away from the French Quarter, crossing the Mississippi River to the west bank by taking The Algiers Ferry.

Established in 1719, this is the second oldest neighborhood in the city. This part of the city survived the floods of Hurricane Katrina and suffered less than many of the communities in the East bank of the river, although wind damaged roofs ended up ruining some of the old houses.

I’ve decided to spend the afternoon here and the neighboring McDonough, as from these locations you can get the best view to capture the New Orleans skyline at dusk.

The architecture and structures around here are really diverse, Creole Cottages, Single and Double Shotgun, and Victorian just to name a few, most of them were built raised to allow better ventilation, there are also a variety of porches and galleries that provides shelter from the heat and outdoor living space.

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of a typical house decorated with Mardi Gras accessories in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of a typical facade in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of a typical storefront facade in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of a typical street and houses in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of a typical facade in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of a of the side wall of an abandoned store in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of the Henry Allen Residence at 414 Newton Street, a famous trumpeter and band leader in McDonough a community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of a typical street and houses in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

 

This afternoon the town seems to be quiet, at times desolated, but then life suddenly blooms. I encounter kids playing in the streets, people walking jubilantly,  people riding bicycles over the Mississippi River Trail and  even the occasional tourist that perhaps like me, decided to step away from the craziness of Mardi Gras happenings in the French Quarter for a more traditional and quiet stroll for at least a few hours.

 

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: Man walks out of a baber shop in McDonough, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: Typical storefront in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: Young man skate boarding in the streets of McDonough, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: Young man riding a bicycle in the streets of McDonough, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

 

Later on that day, as I was setting up for the night shoot I met a young man, Joe, who was with his friend. They are curious to know what I am doing, they stayed around for a while asking questions, New Orleans is all they know, they don’t want to be photographed. Before they leave they tell me to watch my back “is not safe to be here alone with expensive cameras…” but I am determined to make my skyline shoot of New Orleans at night featured in my prior post and stayed, looking around constantly… so close to the city but far at the same time.

 

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of abandoned houses in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of the Mississippi River Trail and the Crescent City Connection bridge over the Mississippi River in New Orleans. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: View of a typical street and houses in Algiers Point, a popular community within the city of New Orleans in Louisiana. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

NEW ORLEANS - CIRCA FEBRUARY 2014: Structure of the Crescent City Connection over the Mississippi River in New Orleans at sunset. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

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  • Lee

    Beautiful pictures, Daniel !

    Glad you enjoyed the neighborhood.

    • Daniel Korzeniewski

      Thank you Lee, I really had fun!!!

  • Jeremy

    Great photos! But not all of these were taken in the Point. Nearby but not the Point.

    • Daniel Korzeniewski

      Thank you for the comments Jeremy, I know that´s why in the text I have also mentioned McDonough but the point is the most recognized location.