I watched Daniel Day Lewis in The Gangs of New York again today. What an awesome movie!
Did Abe ever visit NOLA?
It's hard to separate the book/movie in question from his real life, not having studied much Lincoln history, but a quick search shows he made two visits to New Orleans by flat boat, where he witnessed a slave auction and had a famous bar fight, then eventually walked home to Illinois.
They used my friend's property in the warehouse district to film interior and exterior shots. They fixed up the building, painted the whole thing and gave them money for the trouble. Nice.