Game Summary

On a typically beautiful LA night, LAFC played it’s first game in Banc of California Stadium, the most expensive and newest soccer specific stadium in the US.

To complete the four-year journey LAFC scored the game winner on a 30-yard kick in the 93rd minute of stoppage time; beating the Seattle Sounders.

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First Half

In the first-half, Seattle controlled a majority of the action by attacking the left side and setting up crosses. There were dangerous moments for the home team with opportunities by Midfielders Nicolas Lodeiro and Alex Roldan. But LAFC survived without allowing a goal to be scored in the new stadium.

Second Half

LAFC started much better in the second-half and controlled the action.

Benny Feilhaber had a shot in the 25th minute that went just wide. In the 78th minute, Walker Zimmerman just missed heading a deflection over the bar.

Finally, in stoppage time, 2015 MLS Defender of the Year Laurent Ciman fired a knuckling free kick from 30-yards out that dropped at the last second; finding the back of the net. Clearly with help from Seattle Keeper Stefan Frei who makes the save 99 times out of 100. It was Ciman’s second goal in as many games.

In the post-game press conference, Coach Bob Bradley suggested divine intervention from the “Football Gods”.

The win jumped LAFC into second place of the Western Conference two points behind Sporting KC.

Next Up – May 5th Home Game

Next up is a 1 PM Cinco de Mayo home game against FC Dallas. A Cinco de Mayo match looks to be quite the don’t-miss event considering LAFC’s large Mexican-American fan base.

See you on the Pitch at the World’s Greatest Soccer Stadium !!

Entrance to Banc of California Stadium
Bermuda grass on a sunny LA day

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LAFC team shot!
Haydon in the front row!
Navy Seals coming for the pregame
Pregame festivities continue
Carlo Vela, LAFC’s first player
LAFC’s 2nd-half attack picked up with addition of Latif Blessing. Here working towards a cross. 
#9 Uruguayan Diego Rossi, playing keep-away from Seattle players.
LAFC fans going crazy in the North-End after game winning goal.
“Ball Kids” Celebrating the goal!
Team’s Victory Celebrations.

Photography by Richard Harris (📸 @agentrichla)

  1. City Hall Observation Deck
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Chances are you probably haven’t heard much about visiting LA’s City Hall…unless you’ve done jury duty there or know someone who works there. But, did you know you can visit the observation deck on the 27th floor for FREE and see great views of the city? From a spectacular view of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the entire DTLA skyline, this is one of my favorite views in the city of Los Angeles.

If you are planning a visit to the Observation Deck at LA’s City Hall, you will need to bring a government ID (you check in at the front desk and will get a visitor sticker. You will also have to go through a metal detector.) and go on a weekday during business hours – it’s only open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. You can walk 360 degrees around the outside deck on the 27th floor and enjoy stunning views of the city. LA’s City Hall is located at 200 N. Main St. in downtown Los Angeles.


 

  1. Visit Olvera Street & Free Walking Tour
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Olvera Street, in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, is known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles.” According to the City of Los Angeles, “El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781.” Today it is home to monumental and historic buildings mostly built in the 1800’s that are open to the public as either businesses or museums and a beautiful outdoor marketplace on Olvera Street, all of which is waiting to be seen and explored.

According to the Olvera Street website, “Olvera Street was created in 1930 ‘to preserve and present the customs and trades of early California.’ Many of the merchants on Olvera Street today are descended from the original vendors.If you are interested in purchasing anything while strolling through the merchants on Olvera Street, you will see a variety of beautiful handcrafted items such as clothing, purses, leather items, art, pottery, jewelry, and more.

Las Angelitas del Pueblo gives free hour-long tours of Olvera Street, Tuesday-Saturday at 10am, 11am, and 12pm (subject to the availability of docents). Click here for more information on the free walking tour, or visit Olvera Street on your own at: 845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.


 

  1. Hang Out at The Last Bookstore
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The Last Book Store

The Last Book Store
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A book lover’s paradise, The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store. This two-story bookstore covers 22,000 square feet and is located in the heart of DTLA. This eclectic and enchanting place to explore has over 250,000 new and used books, thousands of vinyl records, and lofts full of local artists’ studios and galleries.

You will need to purchase any books that spark your interest, of course, but it’s an adventure in itself (and a free one!) just walking through this mecca of a bookstore. If you decide you want to pay it a visit, don’t forget to look for the Labyrinth (awesome-looking tunnel of books that you can walk through), rainbow color-coded bookshelves, book frame wall, and many other unique and special design touches throughout the bookstore. Check out this one-of-a-kind bookstore, open at 10:00am daily, at 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Visit The Last Bookstore’s website for more information.

 


 

  1. Game & Trivia Night at Grand Central Market
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Grand Central Market – a historic Downtown L.A. landmark since 1917 – hosts a variety of mouth-watering food options from their 90+ vendors. Although you’ll have to pay if you want to order anything to eat or drink, Grand Central Market hosts FREE game nights every Thursday evening until 9:00pm. You can choose from both the classics and newer games, including cornhole, jenga, board games, card games, ping pong, and more! Game night is located at the Hill St. Platform. Grand Central Market also hosts FREE trivia nights on Tuesdays at 8:00pm.

A true culinary gem in DTLA, you can check out all of the vendors here before you plan your free Game Night or Trivia Night at Grand Central Market. Go and get you’re your game on – Grand Central Market is located at 317 S Broadway; Los Angeles, CA 90013, and you can visit their website for more information.


 

  1. Check Out The Murals in DTLA’s Arts District

When I first moved to L.A, I had never before seen so much beautiful, colorful street art. The Arts District in Downtown LA, in my opinion, is the best place in the city to see some unique and colorful murals. In this neighborhood, you’ll have plenty of public art and expression to marvel at all around you as you explore – all for free of course. In a city full of grey walls and buildings, prepare to be inspired by the amount of color and self-expression at every turn here.  Click here for a map of the Arts District; feel free to start your adventure anywhere around this area (central starting points could be Angel City Brewery, Wurstkuche, or Umami Burger), walk around and explore at your leisure.

You can also tour the Arts District Murals and Murals around Los Angeles with Cart Wheel Art Tours.  They’ve established a solid reputation and have access to places and spaces that you may not.

Here are some examples of murals located in the Arts District to get you inspired to visit:

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5 fun free things to do in Downtown LA

After 3 years of plotting, planning, and hard work; Donut Friend has officially opened its doors in Downtown LA.

Donut Friend Downtown LA

The “Build-A-Bear of Donuts” has spent the last 5+ years proving that  its Donuts Insanely Good and for a lack of better words almost “addicting”. Combine that with a solid track record of customer loyalty, and a simple yet strong brand identity that brings people within and outside of the community that is calls home together; and you’ve got yourself a recipe for continued success.

 

Donut Friend Downtown LA

 

And when we peer into the future of Donut Friends Downtown Location we definitely see success; and LOTS of it.

Kudos to them for continuing to keep things simple and to the point.  Walk up to the counter and you’ve got your tried and true selection of staple donuts and coffee, and of course their Build Your Own Donut toppings, options, and more.  Add coffee, espresso, hot tea, and Ice Cream and you’ve got yourself the Official Menu For Heaven On Earth.  This place will be PACKED 7 Days A week. You can bet on that.

It’s really amazing to see their growth; starting out in Highland Park when the neighborhood was still in the early waves of change. They built the brand, a loyal customer base, and to this day hold the position as one of the most popular businesses on York Blvd.  Attracting foodies and everyday people from all over Southern California.  The Downtown LA Location is most likely going to be just as popular if  not many times more.  With the massive pace of re-development, and immigration into the City Center, things are looking pretty good for this Decadent Donut Dreamland.

 

Donut Friend Downtown LA

 

Reading this article will only get you so far.  Now it’s up to you to make the pilgrimage and pay homage to one of LA Iconic Small Businesses.  Enjoy.

Lucky Bird LA

 

Lucky Bird is the newest stall serving Free Range, Organic Fried Chicken from Chef Chris Dane. Come down and grab a sammie, bucket, chicken and waffle with habanero honey or some biscuits…plus lots of daily specials and picnic sides to pair with our citrus brine chicken.

 

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Lucky Bird was originally supposed to be called Spring Chicken, but chef/owner Chris Dane decided to flip the name somewhere along the way. The menu itself is still just as straightforward though, with room for three- and five-piece fried chicken sandwich plates and buckets, plus a simple fried chicken sandwich with smoked paprika aioli. To round things out, look for a chicken and waffles plate as well as a bunch of sides like biscuits and coleslaw, plus the addition of beer and wine. (Paragraph Credit: Farley Elliot For Eater LA)

 

Lucky Bird LA

 

Lucky Bird is Located at Grand Central Market, with room for 12 at the counter. Their Hours Are:  10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA.

 

Lucky Bird LA

 

We love skating the banked and we want to share it with you! Grab a buddy and come spend time on the track getting to know what it feels like to fly around those turns. We will have Derby Dolls on hand to help guide you through skating skills you need on the track in a fun, low pressure environment.

 

Whether you are interested in roller skating for fun and have never skated before or are a roller derby skater who want to dip their toe stop in banked we have a skate session for your skill level.

New Skater session (4pm-6pm) is for those who have never roller skated or are new to skating while the Experienced Skater session (6pm-8pm) is for skaters who feel comfortable rolling around and our flat track friends

At our facility we have roller skates and all protective gear needed to get rolling! We do offer generic mouthguards for sale of $3 at the track but we recommend Sisu or Shock Doctor for the best breathability.

Bring your health insurance card, water bottle, and skate date!
YOU MUST BE 18+ TO ATTEND
Tickets are limited, get them here http://bit.ly/SkateDate26

 

 

Original Article Credit: MICHAEL JULIANO For TimeOut LA

And here we thought that by leaving 2018 behind we’d ditch Instagram-friendly pop-ups, too. Well, don’t we have egg all over our face (ba dum…).

Egg House, which has previously brought egg-themed installations to New York and Shanghai, will descend upon L.A. this February. The warehouse space will feature five eggy snack stations and 15 scenes inspired by L.A. attractions, including a Santa Monica Pier-like beach scene plus a pink and blue basketball court that somehow pays homage to the Staples Center (pastel Clippers colors, we suppose?).

The pop-up will take over 1001 Wilshire Boulevard (it’s a nondescript building just on the other side of the 110 from DTLA) from February to April 2019. Tickets are expected to go on sale this January. In the meantime, check out this look at Egg House’s New York run.

The Egg House Los Angeles

 

 

Smorgasburg LA 2019

 

Original Article Credit : Alysia Gray Painter For NBC Los Angeles

 

January is a month that’s positively rife with new-o-sity.

After all, we’re probably rocking the new socks we opened in December, and maybe a new shirt, and chances are probable that we’ve committed to walking more, or hitting a spin class now and then.

But major ongoing events, too, can have a whiff of the new, even as they remain true to their vision, and character, at their cores.

Smorgasburg LA, the large-scale, every-Sunday, foodie-dreamy market pop-up at ROW DTLA, has become known over the last couple of years for its eclectic and appetizing assortment of vendors and its adjacent happenings, like its every-now-and-then Record Fair.

But it also welcomes fresh food-makers on the regular, which it shall do during its “Grand Re-Opening” on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Nope, it didn’t really go away-away; it simply took some downtime for the holidays.

As for the newbies starting at the market at the start of 2019?

Well, Moo’s Craft BBQ isn’t unfamiliar to regulars, for it joined the most recent Smorgasburg LA pop-up at Santa Monica Pier, as well as the special BBQ Day at the ROW DTLA event.

Smorgasburg LA 2019

Now it is a permanent addition, so ladle on the sauce and tuck in that bib.

You’ll want to protect that new shirt you just opened after all, and maybe even your new socks, if you’re an especially enthusiastic eater of BBQ. And who isn’t?

Also joining the delicious fun as permanent vendors?

Tacos 1986, which was also seen/eaten at the Santa Monica Pier pop-up, and Broad Street Oyster Co., which can be found next to the Jolly Oyster booth.

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Special goings-on, special chompable chows, and other happy happenings are coming up, over the next several Sundays, so keep watch.

Or simply show up at ROW DTLA, from 10 a.m. to 4 in the afternoon, and see what you can scarf.

Entry, as always, is free, while the dollars in your pocket are for fried chicken sandwiches, and burritos, and ice cream cones, and Micheladas, and French fries, and tamales…

First And Broadway Park Downtown Los Angeles

After years of prep, a two-acre park next to City Hall is finally approaching a groundbreaking. Documents filed recently with the Department of City Planning say that construction of the First and Broadway Park, at the northwest corner of that intersection, is slated to start by the fall.

Original Story Credit: Bianca Barragan For Curbed LA

 

After a round of community feedback, the design for the newest park in Downtown LA’s Civic Center has evolved from a hardscape-centric one to a more lush and landscaped vision, reports the Downtown News.

The design for the park at First and Broadway comes from LA-based Mia Lehrer + Associates, which won a design competition last year with its blueprint for a park that mixed hardscape and greenery, with a two-floor restaurant, a beer garden, and photovoltaic shade structures meant to mimic California poppies.

But community feedback revealed that stakeholders really wanted to see more green.

“One of the things we heard most with the original design was ‘more trees,’ so we added more, and wanted to make sure they’re big enough to provide deep shade,” Ben Feldmann, a principal at Mia Lehrer + Associates, told the News.

So trees have been added. Nearly 10,000 square feet of a planned paved plaza has been reclaimed for “meadow” space.

First And Broadway Park Downtown LA

 

Other changes include adding a rooftop deck to the two-story restaurant onsite and moving the entrances to the park to the corners of the parcel.

The $28-million park is planned to break ground in the fall of this year, with the park’s open date scheduled for sometime in early 2020.

 

First And Broadway Park Downtown LA

 

 

Ritz LA LIVE

DTLA November Condo Summary

In November 2018, there were 19 Condos sold in 15 buildings totaling – $17,503,538.

As usual the most sales were in South Park with seven sales for the month.

Sales by District

  • Arts District – 3 sales @ $3,705,000. Average sale: $1,235,000.
  • Bunker Hill  – 2 sale @ $1,215,000.
  • Central City West  – 1 sales @ $970,000.
  • Financial District  – 1 sales @ $1,100,000.
  • Historic Core – 1 sales @ $715,000.
  • Little Tokyo – 4 sales @ $1,819,000. Average sale: $454,750.
  • South Park  – 7 sales @ $6,179,538. Average sale: $882,792.

The highest November sale was at The Ritz Carlton LA LIVE; one of the most sought out full service luxury buildings in DTLA.

The unit was a 2,140 Sqft. 2-Bed / 2.5-Baths  with jetliner views from Pasadena, sweeping the Hollywood Hills and finishes with magical sunsets over Santa Monica Beaches. The 48TH floor Condo sold for $2,280,000. 

November 2018

Condo Sales

ALL DTLA SALES
(November 2018)
SALES DATE AREA BUILDING SQFT PRICE
11/2/2018 Little Tokyo Teramachi Homes 970  $582K
11/5/2018 South Park Ritz Carlton 1,750 $1.8M
11/8/2018 Central City West Vero  1,610 $970K
11/8/2018 South Park Evo 920  $631K
11/8/2018 South Park Evo 760  $518K
11/9/2018 Arts District Biscuit Company Lofts 1,553  $2M
11/9/2018 Little Tokyo Tokyo Villa 839  $450K
11/14/2018 South Park Metropolis Tower 1 480  $551.5K
11/15/2018 Historic Core Rowan Lofts 710  $715K
11/15/2018 Arts District Toy Factory Lofts 1,464  $1M
11/19/2018 Fashion District Textile Building 1,400  $1.1M
11/21/2018 South Park Ritz Carlton 1,700  $1.65M
11/21/2018 Arts District Savoy 1,042  $655K
11/21/2018 South Park The Skyline 1,193 $549K
11/26/2018 Bunker Hill Promenade West 1,348 $580K
11/27/2018 South Park Ritz Carlton 2,140 $2.28M
11/28/2018 Little Tokyo Tokyo Villa 588 $374K
11/29/2018 Bunker Hill Bunker Hill Tower 1,172 $635K
11/30/2018 Little Tokyo Little Tokyo Lofts 900 $520K
TOTAL $17,503,538

 

 

The Red Chickz Hot Chicken Downtown LA

 

The Red Chickz is a HOT new Nashville Chicken Spot that is opening up in the heart of Downtown LA on Thursday January 10th.

Join Happening In DTLA for their Epic Grand Opening Event on that day from 7PM – 10PM.

Enjoy Epic Giveaways ALL NIGHT including all of the following perks.

  • Free Meal For The First 20 In The Door (Must Mention Happening In DTLA)
  •  50% OFF ALL FOOD : For Everyone Who Follows > > >  The Red Chickz On Instagram
  • $5 Beers All Night For All Attendees

On top of that they will be holding raffles for epic prizes all night long.  With a Live DJ, Cool Peeps & More.

Don’t Miss Out.

 

BE SURE TO RSVP HERE TO CONFIRM YOUR SPOT

And Of Course.  Here is a sneak peak of the food.  It’s Going to be delicious.

 

The Red Chickz Hot Chicken Downtown LA

 

Located :  557 S Spring LA, CA

Hours : Sunday – Thursday  (11AM-9PM)
Friday – Saturday (11AM-3AM)

E Etretto Downtown LA
Photography By: Olivia Frescura

Original Article Credit:  Farley Elliot For Eater LA

 

It’s time for sandwiches in wine in Downtown. The new E Stretto sandwich shop quietly opened on Broadway inside Bar Clacson, doing a simple assortment of sandwiches on ciabatta bread. There’s the Il Papa with mortadella and capicola, and a pressed roast beef option with cheese dipping sauce on the side. Salads and sides are also in abundance, along with espresso and wine. Current hours for the Joel David Miller (The Wallace) and Dave Fernie (Honeycut) project are 11 a.m. until sell out, with a more official opening on January 8. 351 S. Broadway, Downtown. The opening posted menu is below.

 

E Etretto Downtown LA
Photography By: Olivia Frescura

Original Article Credit:  Farley Elliot For Eater LA

Pie Hole Los Angeles

 

The New Year has made its introduction and so has the newest Pie of the Month and Drink of the Month flavors at The Pie Hole.  During the month of January, The Pie Hole is letting fruit, nuts and yogurt take you into 2019 with a citrus flair, offering a Candied Blood Orange Yogurt Pie and Blood Orange Ginger Latte.  The Candied Blood Orange Pie starts with a pecan shortbread crust filled with tangy yogurt sweetened with a bit of brown sugar, topped with blood orange gelée and almonds, then drizzled with spiced orange syrup.  The Blood Orange Ginger Latte is made with the Pie Hole’s housemade spiced turmeric and ginger orange syrup, garnished with a housemade candied blood orange slice.

 

 

If you’re already looking forward to your first cheat day on your New Year’s fitness resolution, try one of the bite sized pie holes and keep the guilty pleasure to a minimum.  Pie Holes come in seven flavors: Caramel Apple, Blueberry Crumble, Mexican Chocolate, Nutella, Boysenberry, Guava Cream Cheese and Strawberry Lavender, and can be purchased individually for $1.00 or a Baker’s Dozen for $12.00.

 

The Pie Hole has eight locations across Southern California: Arts District, Pasadena, Hollywood, Orange County, Glendale, Venice, Long Beach, and Rancho Cucamonga.  Stay up to date on The Pie Hole by following #pieislove #pieordie and @thepieholela on social media or visit www.thepieholela.com.

 

 

 

Original Article Credit Ryan Fonseca For The Laist

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Dozens of Los Angeles city firefighters battled a great alarm structure fire at Urth Caffé in downtown’s Arts District Friday morning, putting it out just after 8 a.m. Almost 100 firefighters were on the scene and also worked to defend two attached businesses, LAFD officials said.

The fire started in the kitchen at roughly 6:45 a.m., according to LAFD spokeswoman Margeret Stewart, though an Urth Caffé spokeswoman later said it actually started in the coffee roasting department. Flames quickly reached the attic of the popular coffee bar and eatery, located at 459 S. Hewitt St. Video on social media shows smoke filling the air of the neighborhood as sirens ring out in the street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are six transportation storylines to keep an eye on in 2019.

Original Article Credit:  Sean P. Thomas For LA Downtown News

Metro Blue Line Los Angeles

 

Blue Line Closure: Brace for impact. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to begin a massive, $350 million modernization of its oldest rail line. Expect commuting headaches as there will be a pair of four-month closure periods for the Blue Line, which links Downtown with Long Beach. From Jan. 26 to late May, service will be halted from the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station to the Long Beach terminus. From late May through September, service from the Willowbrook station to the Seventh Street/Metro Center station in Downtown will be closed. Metro plans to run shuttles between the impacted stations, but rest assured, for the tens of thousands of people who use the line each day, there will be upheaval.

 

 

Main and Spring Forward: The street-improvement project from 14th District City Councilman José Huizar and the Department of Transportation is scheduled to finish this year. Main and Spring Forward involves bringing improved signal crossings, new bike lanes and protected barriers to a stretch of Spring Street between First and Ninth streets. Work wrapped on the Spring Street portion of the project in October. The next phase will deliver similar improvements to Main Street from Cesar Chavez Avenue to Ninth Street. The $1.9 million project is part of the City’s Vision Zero initiative, which seeks to eliminate pedestrian injuries and traffic fatalities by 2025. Expect traffic delays as crews complete the work.

 

 

Dockless Scooters: By now, you have noticed the prevalence of electric scooters standing (or laying on their side) at various locations across the Central City. Those dockless scooters will remain in the new year as the city finalizes guidelines to regulate the mode of transportation. Dockless scooters are allowed in Downtown Los Angeles on a one-year pilot program approved by the City Council in September. Currently, operators such as Bird and Lime are each allowed to deploy up to 10,500 of the devices in the city through a temporary permit. Fans of the scooters laud the pick-up-and-go nature of the machines, while detractors are concerned over sidewalk clutter and safety (few riders wear helmets). If the number of scooters in Downtown approaches the ranks seen in communities such as Santa Monica, things could get ugly.

 

 

DASH Expansions: The new year will also bring changes to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s fleet of DASH buses. Riders of the shuttle-style neighborhood buses will soon notice expanded hours, increased stop frequency and changes to Downtown routes. The alterations will be rolled out throughout 2019 and into 2020. Among the most welcome is the DASH A route, which ferries riders through the Arts District. It saw some expansion in September.

 

 

Regional Transit: It’s going to be a big year for huge projects. Metro is in the planning stage for a new rail line connecting Downtown to Southeast Los Angeles County. The 20-mile, $4.6 billion West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor would be funded through Measure M and would run from Artesia to Downtown. Although construction is not likely to begin until 2022, Metro is determining the Downtown portion of the route and whether it would end at Union Station or in the Financial District. Recently, a number of local stakeholders complained about a proposal to pull the Pershing Square station out of consideration. Then there is the ongoing work on the $1.8 billion Regional Connector. The massive project will create three stations in Little Tokyo, on Broadway and Bunker Hill as it streamlines cross-county travel. The project is forecasted to open in 2021.

 

Metro River Bike Plan: One of the city’s potentially most inviting bike routes could move forward this year. Metro hopes to create an eight-mile bike path along the Los Angeles River in Downtown that would connect to paths to the north and south, creating a 32-mile path that runs from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach. Dubbed the Los Angeles River Bike Path Gap Closure Project, it has a budget $365 million due to some big engineering hurdles. Plans call for a groundbreaking in 2023 and an opening by 2027. The new year will involve revealing the final design scope of the project, and dreaming about a future of easy bike travel.

Original Article Credit: Josh Haskell For ABC 7

A robot is set to help patrol a shopping and office center in downtown Los Angeles.

The bot is the Bloc’s newest employee. It’s part information directory and part security officer.

“It will constantly move, keep an eye on what’s going on, but an added feature is that it will interact with the consumer. You can walk up to it, ask it questions, maybe try to find a particular service or product,” said Bloc General Manager Dan Cote.

The robot will also have a 360-degree camera, WiFi and sensing units. It operates autonomously and can stream live video, read license plates, and send information directly back to security headquarters, who can respond appropriately.

The goal of the robot isn’t to replace humans, but to add to existing security while also acting as a mobile concierge.

 

You won’t see the robot up and running right away at the Bloc. It will need some time to familiarize itself with its new home.

A contest is underway to come up with a name for the robot.

You can participate and vote on Instagram at @theblocla. The winning name will be announced Dec. 22.

Honeycut Bar DTLA Sold

Original Article Credit : Farley Elliot For Eater LA

 

Five-year-old cocktail hotspot Honeycut will close at the end of the year. Eater has learned that the last day of service for the well-known Flower Street bar is to be New Years Eve, 2018.

Honeycut burst onto the Downtown bar scene in 2013 as a bigger, flashier new contender for the city, angling to expand the 213 Hospitality portfolio beyond more mellow places like Cole’s, Golden Gopher, and Seven Grand. Proprietors LLC’s Alex Day and David Kaplan helped to make Honeycut a certifiable cocktail scene almost overnight.

In 2016, all parties involved gave Honeycut a bit of nip and tuck, opening a psychedelic side project inside called The Deep End, complete with big, bold ‘80s cocktails. Now the team is moving on, having sold the Honeycut space to a still-unnamed group. Reps for 213 Hospitality declined to say who has bought the place, sending along the below statement instead:

 

READ THE STATEMENT ON EATER LA HERE

Ring in the New Year Little Tokyo Style January 1st – 3rd
NYE In Little Tokyo
Celebrate 2019, the Year of the Pig, with Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering insights into one of LA’s most lively neighborhoods. Known as Oshogatsu, the New Year is one of the most important holidays in Japanese culture. As an exceptional time of the year, the historic shopping district and neighborhood is highlighted with celebratory cultural events, including the free all-day Oshogatsu Festival on New Years Day! Usher in the first day of 2019 with Go Little Tokyo’s stimulating mix of sights, sounds and savory flavors with these five events:
  1. Oshogatsu Family-Festival Fun: With three different locations across Little Tokyo, experience all the magic of a traditional Japanese New Year. Enjoy an energetic day full of live entertainment, traditional food vendors, music and more! Presented by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, this can’t miss event will delight the whole family!
    Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 10:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m. various locations, free. Weller Court, Japanese Village, and Frances Hashimoto Plaza.

  2. Delight in Delicacies: Stop by Tanota, one of Little Tokyo’s newest walk-up hotspots, for a popular New Years treat. As masters of takoyaki, a delectable snack traditionally filled with octopus, Tanota will be a featured vendor at the Oshogatsu Festival. Osechi ryori is a meaningful twist on the bento box – every dish within is imbued with meaning and meant to bring happiness and good fortune for the New Year.
    Murakai Market, open 9:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m. on New Years Day.

  3. Let Them Make Mochi: Japanese American Community Cultural Center’s (JACCC) annual day-long event for little ones inspires children’s creativity with the Children’s Oshogatsu Workshop. Lessons include modern calligraphy, gyoza-making, taiko drumming, t-shirt screen printing, and traditional mochitsuki-making! Reward a well-earned appetite with a bowl of buckwheat soba noodles at Suehiro Cafe, a classic dish to welcome in the New Year.
    Children’s Oshogatsu Workshop, Friday, December 28, 9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. Ages 7-13, (Tickets, Early Bird JCCC Members, $35, Early Bird Public, $40)

  4. Reflect and Remember: On New Years Day, participate in the time-honored ritual of Hatsu Goma (first fire rite) at the Koyasan Buddhist temple, and up until January 3 ceremonial charms and amulets are available for purchase to help usher in a fresh start. Remember hope and strength in the face of adversity at Gombatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit Exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum. Fascinating photographs of Japanese Americans detained during World War II highlight the sacrifices made and the rich legacy left behind.
    Koyasan Buddhist Temple 341 E. 1st St, Jan. 1-3 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Gombatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit, Nov. 17-April 28, 2019. General Admission: $12

  5. The Celebration Continues: The festivities don’t stop on New Years Day! Venture back to Little Tokyo on January 6 for a stunning display during Kotohajime. In its 36th year, Kotohajime is a feast for the eyes and ears with visionary dance performances and mesmerizing music.
    January 6, 1:00 p.m., Artani Theatre, JACCC. Tickets available for $18 for JACC members and $20 general admission.