CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2012 |
A few years before he died, photographer C.C. Pierce practically gave away his life's work - a vast collection of remarkable pictures focused on 40 years of explosive growth in Los Angeles, from bucolic outpost to bustling metropolis. The Huntington Library, then a young institution with little money for acquisitions, was finally able to come throughwith a small sum for Pierce, getting an incredible bargain for an archive that is now priceless. "As each year goes by, it seems to take two or three years off my effectiveness in carrying on the business," he wrote to the Huntington in 1939 in hopes that it would buy his more than 10,000 photos.
June 1, 2012 |
Wealth manager and restaurateur Kerry Moy is joining the live-in-downtown crowd at the Ritz-Carlton Residences. He has purchased a one-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with a den/study. The sales price is not yet available on the public record, but similar homes are listed in the $1-million range. The 1,303-square-foot condo takes in views of the swimming pool, the downtown skyline and L.A. Live. Moy, who owns and invests in restaurants as a sideline to his day job at Merrill Lynch, customized the place by opening up the office area to capture the views and moving walls so his dinner guests also can enjoy the vista.
May 10, 2012
MUSIC French composer Yann Tiersen may have first caught your ear as part of the soundtrack to the supernaturally twee 2001 movie "Amélie," but his recordings removed from the silver screen are equally deserving of notice. His new album "Skyline" features a lush mix of fuzzy electronics, echoing guitars and distant vocal echoes, sounding like a soundtrack for that exclusive film constantly screening between your ears. The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd. 8 p.m. Sat. $25 http://www.ticketmaster.com.
May 6, 2012 |
Hong Kong - India has the Taj Mahal. In France, of course, it's the Eiffel Tower. Russia has Red Square and South Africa has Cape Town's Table Mountain. Each a treasure, and each reason enough for a pilgrimage. In Hong Kong, the sight to see is not a single monument or even a majestic natural vista. It is the city's glittering homage to the modern skyscraper - a breathtaking skyline with verdant Victoria Peak as the picture-postcard backdrop. Still, when I arrived in Hong Kong for a long weekend last May, I was a bit worried that my first visit to the city of 7 million would be a disappointment.
April 27, 2012 |
Welcome home, space shuttle Enterprise. The NASA shuttle soared over the Statue of Liberty and the world's most famous skyline Friday morning before landing safely at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Hundreds were waiting to greet the aircraft, including NASA dignitaries, fidgety schoolchildren and Leonard Nimoy. "It feels like a reunion," Nimoy told CNN. Nimoy, who played Spock on the 1960s sci-fi series "Star Trek," recalled being photographed with the Enterprise when it was first unveiled as part of a politics-meets-pop culture moment.
April 22, 2012 |
After an extended lull brought on by the economic downturn, commercial real estate developers are building again. Some of the activity involves the revival of projects that stopped during the recession, but many others are new from the ground up and mark the return of construction cranes to the Southern California skyline along with the injection of billions of dollars into the local economy. An intense demand for apartments is the biggest driver of development, as the improving economy supports the formation of new households.