November 17, 2011
EVENTS Downtown on Ice, Los Angeles' answer to the ice rink at New York's Rockefeller Center, offers frosty holiday fun even on balmy evenings. Framed by skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the outdoor rink is a festive environment for skating, special exhibitions, concerts, games and more. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., L.A. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Skating session $6, skate rental $2. (213) 847-4970. http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare
July 17, 2012 |
After 10 years of running their brand online, Poketo designers Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan recently opened their first brick-and-mortar store in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The interior of the 4,000-square-foot store is clean, minimal and modern so that products, such as Eric Trine's knockout chairs, above, can shine. “Poketo to us is about art and fun,” Vadakan said by phone from Comic-Con. “It's a very modern aesthetic.” On a recent afternoon, as the lunch crowd from Wurstküche spilled into Poketo's sunny space, shoppers browsed Poketo T-shirts, backpacks, fleece laptop covers, journals, sketch pads and limited-edition wallets by Tim Biskup , Japanese illustrator PCP and Matt Furie , among others.
April 28, 2011
Mediterranean, Brazilian, Mexican and more await you in downtown Los Angeles. And what's more, the area is wonderfully walkable. So put on some comfy shoes and spend an afternoon combing the colorful landscape. Tacos Tumbras a Tomas: Inside Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Stall A-5, (213) 620-1071, http://www.grandcentralsquare.com/vendors Sultan Chicken Restaurant: 311 W. 6th St., (213) 236-0604, http://www.sultanchicken.com Masis Armenian Sandwiches: 411 W. 7th St., 2nd Floor, (213)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2013 |
Thousands of Angelenos turned out Sunday to enjoy the music and food offered up at the 24th annual Fiesta Broadway. Many took advantage of picture-perfect weather to stroll the many food, craft and merchandise booths lining Broadway. A number of streets near City Hall are closed for the festival, which runs until 6 p.m. Broadway is closed from Temple to 4th Street; Spring Street from Temple to 1st Street; and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets between Spring and Hill streets. Road closures will be lifted before 5 a.m. Monday. ALSO: Road closures begin for Fiesta Broadway in downtown L.A. Bellflower man dies after his car veers off Highway 91 in Cerritos Granada Hills wins third national Academic Decathlon competition firstname.lastname@example.org
January 19, 2013 |
Here is a lovely country-in-the-city walk, with delightful views, varied greenery and an unlikely hilltop lake - all within 15 minutes of downtown Los Angeles. The Stats Distance: 3.5 miles Duration: 1 hour Difficulty: 2.5 (on a scale of 1 to 5) Details: Park at Hermon Park off Via Marisol or take Metro bus No. 256. FOR THE RECORD: L.A. Walks: In an article in the Jan. 19 Saturday section detailing a hike at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, the "Stats" box gave an incorrect duration for the hike.
June 29, 2013
Re "Creative destruction," Business, June 27 The demolition of the Wilshire Grand Hotel is certainly the end of an era for Los Angeles. When the hotel opened in 1952 as the Statler, it signaled a change for downtown Los Angeles. The Statler became the place to go for conferences, meetings and business lunches, taking away from the historic Biltmore. In some ways, the Statler signaled the rebirth of downtown Los Angeles, several years before Security Pacific National Bank decided to keep its headquarters downtown on Spring Street rather than moving west to mid-Wilshire, and 15 years before the completion of the Los Angeles Music Center.
March 22, 2013 |
The man who came up with the phrase "beautiful downtown Burbank" is not happy that NBC is considering moving "The Tonight Show" back to New York City. "Burbank is a great little place," said Gary Owens, who coined the phrase from his radio days then made it famous when he was the announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" from 1968 to 1973. "If you are in show business in any way, shape or form, you must be here. " Johnny Carson, who moved "The Tonight Show" from New York to Los Angeles in 1972, also used the "beautiful downtown Burbank" line but never tried to take credit for it. PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments "He said, 'We're using "beautiful downtown Burbank," and I told him, 'That's fine - not a problem,'" Owens recalled.
March 1, 2013 |
Nope, the incredibly tenacious cupcake trend isn't going away -- not if the lines at the new Sprinkles Cupcakes at the Grove are any indication. Now Sprinkles Cupcakes, the frosting-covered, quickly expanding empire begat by Candace Nelson (largely credited for spawning "the cupcake craze"), is opening its 12th location. A new Sprinkles outpost will debut at downtown Los Angeles' Figat7th shopping complex. The new store is set to open its doors on Wednesday at 9 a.m. and is baking "Golden Tickets" into 10 of its cupcakes -- each found ticket is worth a $100 Sprinkles gift card.
August 5, 2012
Re "Old shop reveals an L.A. treasure," Column One, Aug. 2 In the late 1950s I worked at the Security Bank at 5th and Spring streets in downtown L.A. The Dutch Chocolate Shop (which was open then but under another name that I can't remember) was our favorite spot for a morning or afternoon break. I knew nothing of tile maker Ernest Batchelder then, but I thought his creation was cute and different. One night I was driving by and saw workers hosing down the interior (all chairs and tables were on the sidewalk)
February 8, 2013 |
Sandwiched between Los Angeles and Main streets off a tiny road called Winston, the new downtown L.A. club the Lash may be situated off an alley, but from there any sense of place starts feeling a little fuzzy. A glowing door in a wall painted with diagonal black-and-white strips leads to a small set of steps that take you to the club's main bar. Inside, walls made of smashed white subway tiles, modern modular furniture, off-kilter mirrors and bleacher seating create an oddly cold but inviting minimalist space.