New Orleans Public Library
New Orleans Cotton Exchange
Some would say New Orleans was built on cotton. In the mid-19th century, when one-third of all cotton produced in the USA was routed...
Edgar Degas painted The Cotton Market in New Orleans while visiting his uncle’s office in this building in 1873.
United Fruit Company
A cornucopia of tropical produce graces the entrance to this building. The United Fruit Company, infamous for controversial neocolonial...
Once New Orleans’ premier site for major touring troupes, the Saenger’s ornate 1927 interior is one of the best indoor spaces in the city.
Alibi is more bar than restaurant, but we’re including it here because it’s one of the better 24-hour joints in the Quarter (popular...
New Orleans Public Library information
Lonely Planet review
The New Orleans Public Library fights the good fight despite limited resources and severe damage from Hurricane Katrina. In the aftermath of the Storm, 90% of NOPL employees were laid off, leaving a staff of 19 for the entire NOPL system. At the time of writing three of 14 branches are served by temporary structures, five are closed indefinitely and six, including the main headquarters listed here, have been reopened. The library is worth visiting just for the sake of supporting its good works, although it is a lovely building in its own right. The Louisiana Room, on the 3rd floor, is a good resource of regional history, while the computer room is handy for getting online for free.