August 18, 2011 |
One of the world's biggest casino operators has hired Los Angeles shopping center magnate Rick Caruso to develop a $550-million retail and entertainment district in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip crowned by an enormous Ferris wheel. Caruso, who is weighing a run for mayor of Los Angeles, was tapped by Caesars Entertainment Corp. to oversee creation of the Linq, a new open-air attraction across Las Vegas Boulevard from Caesars Palace. The outdoor venue would have more in common with Caruso's Grove shopping center in Los Angeles than it would with hermetically sealed casinos.
April 3, 2011
Beginning April 2 Dig This Where: Rancho Drive (West of the Strip) Highlights: Visitors get to relive their sandbox days using full-size earthmoving equipment. Info: (888) 344-8447, http://www.digthis.info Through Easter Hop Into Spring Where: Ethel M Chocolates (Henderson) Highlights: Indulge in handmade chocolate Easter eggs and other delights while enjoying a factory tour. Info: (702) 435-2655, http://www.ethelm.com Through May 8 Carnival in the Garden Where: Bellagio Conservatory Highlights: Filling the air are the scents of daises, hydrangeas and tulips, planted surrounding a whimsical carousel and a Ferris wheel.
January 7, 2011 |
Pacific Park, the brightly lighted amusement park on Santa Monica Pier that has become an international symbol of Southern California, has been acquired for $34 million by a Florida real estate trust. CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc. said Thursday that it bought Pacific Park and a ground lease for the two-acre property from Santa Monica Amusements, a group of investors who built the park and opened the first phase in 1996. FOR THE RECORD: Pacific Park: An article in the Jan. 7 Business section about the sale of Pacific Park, the amusement park on Santa Monica Pier, said Curt Caffey was the managing director of CNL Lifestyle Properties.
September 5, 2010 |
Last year's first installment of Fashion's Night Out, an effort to jump-start a sagging industry with an evening full of shopping events in major cities all over the world that was brought to us by New York-based Vogue magazine and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, was, not surprisingly, very Manhattan-centric. Southern California was barely represented, with a few local scattered efforts staged at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills and the Fred Segal Center on Melrose Avenue. What a difference a year makes.
August 11, 2010 |
Pat Boone would like to set the record straight: He never had a clause in his movie contract at 20th Century Fox that he wouldn't kiss his leading ladies. To prove it, he ticks off a list of actresses he kissed, including Diane Baker in 1959's "Journey to the Center of the Earth", Barbara Eden in 1961's "All Hands on Deck", Debbie Reynolds in 1964's "Goodbye Charlie" and even sex kitten Ann-Margret in the 1962 musical "State Fair. " Still, he jokes, "I guess my love scenes didn't set the screen afire.
April 19, 2010 |
The Empire Polo Fields are 90 acres of pristine green in a land of craggy brown and represent a field of dreams for music fans as the home of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But a few years ago, the festival, which brings international travelers together in this small, low-desert city, came close to being buried by bulldozers. At the height of the real estate boom, owner Alexander Haagen III was tempted to chop up the polo grounds and covert them to residential uses at a big windfall.
March 19, 2010
Low-cost fun by the sea Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz Founded: 1907 35 rides Pacific Park Santa Monica Founded: 1996 12 rides Balboa Fun Zone Newport Beach Founded: 1936 Three rides (a Ferris wheel, a carousel and a bungee-jump attraction) Belmont Park San Diego Founded: 1925 10 rides
March 18, 2010 |
In the midst of one of the worst recessions in decades, tiny beach-side amusement parks along the California coast are reporting robust business and big crowds while most of the state's big theme parks have seen shrinking revenue. Small, privately owned seaside parks, such as Pacific Park at the pier in Santa Monica, Belmont Park in San Diego and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, don't have multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns or 3-D attractions as do Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood.
September 14, 2009 |
A Santa Monica architect known for his high-rise designs is working on what may be the ultimate "spec" building -- a 224-story skyscraper with green ambitions that would be the tallest structure in the world. The tower is envisioned for a man-made island in Abu Dhabi, if leaders of the oil-rich emirate decide they want to make a statement to rest of the world and perhaps one-up neighboring Dubai. A conceptual design for the $3.5-billion project in the United Arab Emirates is under consideration by an Abu Dhabi planning committee, said Tommy Landau, the architect who created the design and is part of an unusual team of U.S. real estate players trying to get the ambitious project launched.
July 12, 2009 |
The markets of this chaotic city are usually cacophonous places, alive with the din of motorcycle rickshaws and legions of Pakistanis sizing up the pyramids of mangoes in one stall, office furniture in the next. But on a recent dusky evening at Sadar market, shopkeepers sipped tea and looked out into an empty street. No one, they fretted, wants to risk being there the next time a suicide bomber strikes.