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June 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
In the cramped island of Manhattan , every bit of green space counts. So it's no wonder that the little mile-long High Line park has become a new urban escape for locals and a new stop for visitors. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other New Yorkers turned out Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the second section of the park, a former elevated railway that stands 30 feet above the city's West Side, running from West 20th to West 30th streets. Photos : High Line park in New York City The new stretch offers places to sit, places to walk and places to gaze at some landmark skyscrapers, such as the Chrysler Building and theEmpire State Building, from a new perspective.
May 29, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times
When it opened in 1956, the Capitol Records building was surrounded mostly by surface parking lots, making it easy to spot from the nearby — and brand-new — Hollywood Freeway. The cylindrical design for the building, by Welton Becket and a young architect in Becket's office, Louis Naidorf, played beautifully to its mobile audience and that wide-open urban landscape. The result was a 13-story tower with the confidence and allure of a major skyscraper. Hollywood has changed a great deal in the intervening years: Along with a stretch of subway and a more crowded skyline, it has acquired a freshly scrubbed civic reputation.
May 25, 2011
Behold, the man who brought you "Survivor," "The Voice" and "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" has found religion. Executive producer Mark Burnett is bringing the docudrama "The Bible" to the History channel, the network announced Tuesday. The five-part, 10-hour series is planned for 2013 and will cover the Good Book from Genesis to Revelation, using CGI to re-create famous stories, including Noah's ark and the Resurrection of Jesus. The cable channel also said that Kevin Costner will star in "The Hatfields and McCoys," a miniseries for next year about the feuding families from the late 19th century American South.
April 4, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Los Angeles architect Neil Denari's new residential tower on the West Side of Manhattan is a standout building in ways that begin with — but aren't limited to — its gymnastic form. Known as HL23, for its site where 23rd Street meets the High Line elevated park, the 14-story tower is among the most ambitious of the many buildings spawned by the opening of the wildly popular park in 2009. And in a reversal of the architectural setbacks for which New York has long been famous, HL23 doesn't get narrower as it goes up; it rises from a small footprint in the shadow of the High Line and grows opportunistically wider, so that portions of its upper half lean out over the park itself.
February 17, 2011 | By Rich Connell, Los Angeles Times
California bullet train supporters began angling Wednesday for a sizeable share of $2.4 billion in federal high-speed rail funding that Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected. Scott, a Republican, told reporters he didn't believe projections for a proposed high-speed train between Orlando and Tampa and feared Florida taxpayers would end up having to subsidize the service. The Obama administration, which has made high-speed rail development a signature initiative, said after Scott's announcement that it will consider redistributing the stimulus funds to states that are proceeding with new, high-tech rail systems.
December 21, 2010 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
After years of debate, the Federal Communications Commission adopted the first-ever regulations to forbid owners of high-speed lines and airwaves from favoring their services over competitors. The rules are aimed at preserving open access to the Internet and allowing consumers the continued, unfettered use of such online services as Netflix and Hulu video and Skype and Vonage phone. The FCC's action, in a 3-2 vote Tuesday along party lines, comes as consumers are increasingly using broadband Internet connections for both wired and wireless devices to watch TV shows, movies and video snippets ?
December 5, 2010 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Staying at a plush new hotel is possibly the last thing most Americans are thinking about this holiday season. Dreaming about, maybe, because who can afford it? So here's a morsel of consolation: Although the economy in much of the country continues to stagger, an unprecedented 34 hotels have opened this year in New York, and 28 more are under construction. Occupying new buildings, joining a host of ever-permutating chains and pioneering neighborhoods across the five boroughs, the roster of just-launched properties offers visitors a wide selection in price and style.
December 20, 2009
The importance of a great standalone building should never be underestimated. But in Los Angeles, as in other still-developing or densifying cities, other kinds of design excellence are arguably more meaningful to the life and future of the metropolis. This list, then, includes a handful of terrific buildings, yes, but also an elevated park, a couple of books, a movie, a transit line, a new pedestrian zone and a pair of museum installations by emerging architects. "Small Case Study House," a January installation at REDCAT.
June 5, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
At a time of skyrocketing gas costs, soaring airline fares and global-warming fears, the timing would seem perfect for a statewide vote on a 200-mph bullet train. But five months before voters decide whether to approve bonds for the high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the $30-billion project has hit a new obstacle. An old-guard railroad is declining to share its right-of-way.
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