It’s a short ferry ride from the foot of busy Canal Street in New Orleans’ downtown to bucolic Algiers Point, but the transition is dramatic. With great views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans’ skyline, it’s a quiet, seemingly untouched pocket of the city that was actually New Orleans’ second neighborhood. Part of Orleans Parish since it was annexed in 1870, Algiers Point feels like a village, complete with schools, parks, children playing in the streets, and iconic neighborhood restaurants and bars. Artists and musicians, including some jazz pioneers, have long been attracted to the area for this reason. Many residents commute on the ferry for work, and have for centuries — the ferry connecting Algiers with the French Quarter was established in 1827.