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The Bywater is a cool neighborhood of shotgun houses and creole cottages, and is home to a thriving bohemian art scene. It is a bit east (down river) from the French Quarter with a fun mix of local folks who grew up here, and more recent bohemian arrivals. Artists and musicians relocated here when the French Quarter became too pricy. It's not uncommon to hear the sounds of a piano or guitar playing in the afternoon through an open window.
There are lively pubs, restaurants and randomly placed artwork on corners. Over the past few years it has become quite popular with visitors and residents from other parts of the city because of the neighborhood's oldtime, laidback charm.
Crescent Park, just blocks from the house, offers some of the best riverfront views in New Orleans. It is a 1.4 mile, 20acre park that winds alongside the Mississippi. It's one of the coolest places on earth and great for morning walks. You cross over into the park via a giant iron "Rusty rainbow" which takes you over the railroad tracks and into the park with dramatic views of the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans.
The Piety Street Market is held the second Saturday of the month around the corner from the house. It is a neighborhood market for local art, crafts, vintage and flea market goods. It is worth checking out while you're in town and right across from Pizza Delicious and Brat's Y'all, a great new German beer garden.