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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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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Original Article Credit :  Joe Linton For Street Blogs LA

Downtown L.A. has new e-scooter drop zones. The two observed by Streetsblog are on downtown L.A.’s crowded sidewalks. The one pictured above is on Figueroa Street at 7th Street, right outside the 7th Street Metro station, and next to the MyFigueroa’s bikeway.

Ideally, L.A. could learn from Santa Monica and place some e-scooter parking in the street, so parked scooters don’t impede pedestrians. Santa Monica has sidewalk spots, too.

LADOT is billing their dockless shared e-scooter/e-bike/bike-share device program as the largest in the U.S. – see their full press statement below.

 

 

 

 

Original Article Credit: Erika Martin For KTLA 5

Los Angeles is set to have the nation’s largest fleet of electric scooters and bikes for rent as the city solidifies its system for permitting companies to operate the devices, officials said Friday.

About 26,500 scooters and 5,000 bikes from six different dockless operators will be available along city streets, the L.A. Department of Transportation said in a news release.

The agency began issuing conditional permits to various companies last November, but now it’s granted one-year permits to three of them: Lime, Spin and Bird.

Spin will have the largest footprint, with 10,500 scooters total. Bird will get 6,500 and Lime will have another 5,500, officials said.

The city has ordered each company to locate a portion of its fleet in areas it designates as disadvantaged communities.

 

 

Three other operators — Lyft, Wheels and Jump — are working to obtain a one-year permit but will continue operating under terms of the conditional permit that allows them up to 3,000 devices each until at least April 15.

More than 10 different companies could eventually be operating in the city, with permit requests for 500 scooters each from Bolt, CLEVR and Cloud, 500 e-bikes from HOPR and 670 scooters from Sherpa still under consideration.

 

The program expansion comes with new regulations, including designated drop-off zones to help clear sidewalks and the ability to report concerns about dockless devices to 311 or the MyLA311 app.

 

Currently, the city only has designated parking zones in downtown L.A., but various companies also have drop-off locations in their apps.

Transportation officials plan to expand the city’s parking zones over the next few months.

Not everyone has welcomed the dockless trend, with many residents complaining they’re a nuisance, an eyesore and dangerous.

 

 

In unincorporated areas of L.A. County, operators have agreed to limit their device’s reach while officials work to put regulations in place, according to the Los Angeles Times. Santa Monica and Beverly Hills have also taken action aimed at curbing the scooters’ spread.

Last week, a 53-year-old man died days after crashing a dockless scooter into a tree in downtown San Diego. It was the second fatality related to rented scooters in that county after a man riding a Bird was fatally struck by a car in Chula Vista late last year.

A recent UCLA study surveyed 249 people who were treated for head injuries, fractures, cuts and bruises at the university-run emergency rooms in Westwood and Santa Monica following electric scooter incidents. More than 90 percent of those hurt were scooter riders, but the group also included people who were accidentally hit by or tripped over them.

And last September, a 28-year-old man received L.A.’s first scooting under the influence conviction after Nicholas Kauffroath allegedly rode one while intoxicated and knocked over a 64-year-old pedestrian. Kauffroath was fined $550 and ordered to pay restitution.

For more information about the rules of the road, visit the LADOT website.

Original Article Credit:  Bianca Barragan For Curbed LA

Work is slated to begin on the tower after the Regional Connector opens

 

A proposed 30-story condo tower with office space and ground-floor retail could begin construction in 2022 and be complete three years later, new planning documents show.

The Gensler-designed tower would rise over an entrance to the the forthcoming Regional Connector’s Historic Broadway station in Downtown LA. The developer is Tribune Media Company. The project would rise across the street from Times Mirror Square, which Tribune sold in 2016.

Construction on the 30-story tower is planned so that it won’t overlap with work on the Regional Connector, the four-stop Downtown subway line that will link the Gold, Expo, and Blue lines. The connector is expected to open by the end of 2021.

Shortly after, work is scheduled to start on the high-rise, which will bring 107 condos, 534,000 square feet of office space, and 7,200 square feet of ground-floor shops to the Historic Core. (The site was formerly a surface parking lot that’s being used to stage construction equipment for the Regional Connector.)

Condos within the glassy, Jenga tower-like project will be mostly one- and two-bedrooms, with about a dozen studios and three-bedrooms each. The residences will range from 650 to 1,630 square feet. The tower will also hold parking for 628 cars.

An existing parking lot on the south side of the property would be retained, and the developer plans to add a paseo to connect the garage with the Broadway and Spring sides of the project.

Across the street, at the Times Mirror Square site, the plan is to erect two new high-rises reaching 37 and 53 stories high and incorporate the older buildings on the site, including the Moderne-style Los Angeles Times Building designed by Gordon B. Kaufman, which dates to the 1930s.

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The Story of How a Séance Led to One of Los Angeles’ Most Beautiful Buildings

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It’s one of the most beautiful and iconic structures in all of Los Angeles, but the Bradbury Building, at the corner of Broadway and 3rd, wouldn’t be the glorious, light-filled wonderland it is had it not been for the spirit world.

So the story goes: Lewis Bradbury made his fortune mining in Mexico and decided to move to Los Angeles, where he hoped to stake his claim and build his name.

“The only thing a man with money is going to do in late 19th-century America is build a business block or build a mansion,” said Kim Cooper, Los Angeles historian and founder of Esotouric Bus Adventures, who’s thoroughly researched the Bradbury.

The original plan was to work with Sumner Hunt, an architect whose firm designed a number of fashionable homes and offices across Los Angeles. However, Bradbury found Hunt’s work for him to be too conservative.

“He wanted something special,” said Cooper. “He’s Bradbury. He’s conquered Mexico. He’s pulled fortunes out of the soil. And he wants to leave something forever that people are going to talk about.”

Wandering Hunt’s office, Bradbury spied the drawings of a young draftsman named George Wyman. Wyman had been reading a hugely popular science fiction book by Edward Bellamy entitled Looking Backwards, which described a utopian society in the year 2000. Bellamy detailed the gorgeous buildings of the future dominated by glass and light, and Wyman interpreted the ideas in illustration.

“‘Young man,’” Cooper said, imitating Bradbury, “’I want you to build my building.’ And Wyman said, ‘No, no, I work for my boss. My boss is building your building.’ And apparently, Bradbury said to him, and this is the story that came through the children of George Wyman, ‘No, I’ve already decided I’m not going to work with your boss and you should go home and think about it.’”

“A medium would have ectoplasm coming out, and trumpets would play and voices would be heard and messages would be conveyed. This was very common—often theatrical, often fraudulent.”

Wyman would not ponder on this alone. Rather, he called in a medium. Spiritualism was in vogue in the latter years of the century. So many young men died horrifically in the Civil War that a small industry of charlatans arose to help calm the living.

“A medium would have ectoplasm coming out, and trumpets would play and voices would be heard and messages would be conveyed. This was very common—often theatrical, often fraudulent. But in private homes, it was just as common to get out a planchette,” said Cooper. “So that’s what he did.”

Wyman gathered around a table with some others and asked to summon his brother, who Cooper believes died of natural causes. “The question they were asking was should George [Wyman] take this commission. It could make him as an architect, at the same time it could cause conflict with his employer. And the planchette started to move and the pencil started to scratch into the paper. And it spelled in Palmer script, ‘Take Bradbury you will be’ and then there was just complete gibberish.”

One of the attendees left the table and when they returned they happened to see the writing upside down. They could make out the word: Successful. “Take Bradbury and you will be successful.”

“With the encouragement from the Beyond, [Wyman] took the commission and ended up spending all of Bradbury’s money and then some,” said Cooper. “He had the opportunity to essentially bring this vision of the future into reality [and Bradbury was] was willing to invest in it because it was to be his permanent memorial on Earth.”

And in many ways it was. Bradbury died in 1892, the year before the completion of the building. Wyman, on the other hand, fell into obscurity.

“He didn’t have a long or illustrious career,” said Cooper. “He had this wonderful commission. It just fell into his lap.”

 

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The Story of the Former Slave Who Built a Fortune

 

When Biddy Mason died in 1891, the Los Angeles Herald wrote a simple, six-sentence obituary. There was no mention, however, that at the time of her death, she was the wealthiest woman of color this side of the Mississippi.

Born into slavery in Hancock Country, Georgia, in 1818, Mason was forced to make the six-month journey to California in 1851 by the slave owner, Robert Smith, who came to these parts looking for gold. They settled initially in San Bernardino, but when word spread to Smith that California was a free state, he hid the slaves in the canyons of Santa Monica and prepared to take them to Texas. However, the slaves were soon arrested for their own protection while pleadings were made to a district judge for emancipation. On January 21, 1856, the judge handed Mason her free papers, ruling that, “All men should be left to their own pursuit of freedom and happiness.”

For more than a decade, she worked as a nurse and midwife and, as the Los Angeles Times reported in 1905, “on the basis of [her] frugality and keen business acumen have been founded the fortunes of her descendants.” With her savings, Mason purchased three pieces of land in Downtown: 331, 333, and 335 South Spring Street, all at a time “when South Spring Street was little more than a vineyard and settlement of [a]dobe houses.” The price was only $250. When she died, that investment was estimated to be worth more than $100,000 ($2.7 million today). Twenty years later, the estate was worth $300,000 ($8.3 million).

“In the slums of the city she was known as ‘Grandma Mason,’ and did much active service toward uplifting the worst element in Los Angeles.”

But her fortune wasn’t her only legacy. She established the first AME Church in Los Angeles, right there on Spring Street, and in her days, she was known as one the most charitable in the city. “In the slums of the city she was known as ‘Grandma Mason,’” reported the Times in 1909, “and did much active service toward uplifting the worst element in Los Angeles.”

The Times also reported this anecdote:

“During the flood of the early [eighteen] eighties, she gave an open order to a little grocery store, which was located on Fourth and Spring streets. By the terms of this order all families made homeless by the flood were to be supplied with groceries, while Biddy Mason cheerfully paid the bill. Her home at No. 331 South Spring Street in later years became a refuge for stranded and needy settlers. As she grew more feeble, it became necessary for her grandson to stand at the gate each morning and turn away the line which had formed waiting for her assistance.”

Biddy Mason’s original properties are long since gone, replaced instead by the appallingly unattractive concrete structure of Broadway Spring Center. There is, however, a plaque and display commemorating Mason that was erected in 1991.

 

 

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The Story of the Many Deaths and Murders of the Van Nuys Hotel

 

Even before the hotel at the corner of 4th and Main opened, calamity struck. The Los Angeles Herald reported in 1896 that “a large oil tank which was being hoisted in place in the new Van Nuys hotel building fell as a result of a weak rope breaking. In the descent it struck [James] McNulty, who was passing, bruising his body and crushing it badly in places.”

Nevertheless, the Van Nuys opened as scheduled in January of the following year, and was hailed as a marker of “an important epoch in the history of the city. Los Angeles now has a hotel that is equal in style and furnishings and comfort of the very best to be found anywhere in the United States.” But, the day after the opening, another bad omen befell the property. A runaway horse-drawn streetcar struck a telegraph post just outside, injuring the horses so badly that several of them died.

Then came the first of many, many deaths.

Then came the first of many, many deaths. A waiter, Charles Gamble, was “caught in the elevator and crushed, then released, dropping from the third story to the cement floor of the basement.” Horrifically, he was alive and conscious for another 30 minutes, despite his hideous injuries, which were described by the Herald: “mangled in a terrible manner, his head and one side of his face crushed to a pulp, both legs broken above the knees so that the bones protruded from the quivering flesh, one foot nearly torn off, injured internally and ejecting blood with every breath.”

Four years later, a janitor peered into that elevator shaft and was struck by the falling 4,800-pound lift car and instantly killed. In 1911, an elderly reclusive millionaire who’d been living at the hotel for five years died of heart disease, though the Los Angeles Times notes that “his life of ennui, confinement, and lack of exercise [hastened] the end.” A depressed man took revenge on his estranged wife in 1924, by swallowing cyanide, rudely doing so in the presence of a porter. And in 1937, a 71-year-old resident of Akron, Ohio, and guest of the hotel was found upright in her chair, bludgeoned to death—the Times reported that “a brick was found in the woman’s bed while the bed clothing also was saturated with blood.”

By this point, the hotel’s ignominious name was stricken, replaced with the Barclay. And it’s the strange case of Otto Wilson that is so inextricably linked to the Barclay Hotel.

He put the corpse in the closet then went off to see a Boris Karloff movie at the Million Dollar Theater on Broadway.

Wilson, a discharged Navy pharmacist, arrived at the hotel one November morning in 1944 with a young prostitute, Virgie Lee Griffin, whom he’d met at a bar down the street. They booked a room, withdrew to it, and drank whiskey together. At some point, Griffin asked for more money and Wilson hit her. Wilson confessed, “I socked her. And then I cut her. I was going to dismember the body and get rid of it, but I found that I couldn’t do it. So I left.” He put the corpse in the closet then went off to see a Boris Karloff movie at the Million Dollar Theater on Broadway. He picked up another prostitute called Lillian Johnson and took her to a now-demolished hotel that was once next to Grand Central Market on Hill Street, and on account of what he called “her cussedness,” killed her, too. He then walked across the street to a now-demolished bar that was next to Angel’s Flight, sat down and had a drink. He was arrested there and in 1946 tossed into the gas chamber. It’s suspected that this day of havoc wasn’t the first of his murders, but no others have ever been proven—though this hasn’t stopped some from dubbing him the L.A. Ripper.

Though now apartments, the Barclay’s still there, perched at that corner. Caddy-corner is one of the best restaurants in Downtown, Baco Mercat.

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The Story of the Wildest Saloon in Downtown

 

The Bismarck Café, a basement saloon on the corner of Main and Winston Streets, was better known by police as “the Bucket of Blood.” It was the epicenter for the rough-and-tumble down-and-out from the time it opened in 1906. It was the Cheers of Skid Row. “Most everybody goes down there,” said one of the patrons in 1907, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In an expose in August of 1907, the Times described it as a place where “only sandwiches and beans are served in the way of eatables,” with décor “fitted up in frontier style. The floor is covered in sawdust. With an ordinary garden rake the filth is cleaned out once a day.” It was alleged that women were paid to lure in other, younger women, mostly domestics, “whose dresses were above their shoe tops.” The men would lust after them, plying them with beer. Fights routinely broke out and thieves would often hide out here after a robbery.

The proprietor, a Chicago politician named Jack Edwards, showed up in L.A. in 1901 with only $4.50 in his pocket. As he told it to the Los Angeles Herald, “I had the 50 cents and my wife had the $4.” He was described as “muscular and fearless.” But after the Times story, business began to sour. Edwards tried, temporarily, to clean up the Bismarck. “No person of questionable age was admitted. The waiters were instructed to keep customers as quiet as possible. In several selections rendered by the band there were strains of sacred music.” Two Catholic priests even accidentally stumbled in, thinking it was somewhere better.

“The thirsty and gore-seeking public was turned away due to the canker of financial distress which seems to have eaten the vitals of ‘the bucket.’”

In didn’t last long. By the end of the year, the bar was, yet again, a Dickensian dive of lost souls. But in 1908, all well to rot. The Times reported in February that Edwards had “discharged a union bartender for dishonesty,” and replaced him two new bartenders who “were denied admission to the local union.” As a result, picket lines formed outside. In June, the police commission revoked the Bismarck’s restaurant license. And soon thereafter, Edwards went bust.

As the Los Angeles Herald reported at the time that, “the thirsty and gore-seeking public was turned away due to the canker of financial distress which seems to have eaten the vitals of ‘the bucket.’”

Edwards died in 1939. The Bucket of Blood is now Blossom, a very pleasant Vietnamese restaurant.

 

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The Story of the Bombing of the Los Angeles Times Building

 

William Randolph Heart’s paper, the Los Angeles Herald, ran the news first in October of 1910: “EXPLOSION DESTROYS TIMES BUILDING; 30 THOUGHT DEAD.”

“An explosion that shook the ground within a radius of half a mile wrecked the Times building at First Street and Broadway at 1:07 o’clock this morning, sending a sheet of flame high in the air and wrecking the structure.”

There would be no Los Angeles Times edition for October 1. But, the following day, using a different press, the Times resumed operations with the headline, “TWENTY-ONE KILLED AND MORE INJURED IN THE DYNAMITED ‘TIMES’ BUILDING – BOMB EXPLODED BY THE ENEMIES OF INDUSTRIAL FREEDOM AND OF THIS PAPER.”

In the fifth paragraph of the article, it was reported, “The union has struck. The great coup consists of broken hearts of innocent workers. That is all. The rest is as nothing.”

He drove the streets of Downtown in a limousine, on which was affixed a machine gun.

Los Angeles was an open shop town—it had successfully resisted unionization from the very beginning. The publisher of the Times, Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, did everything in his power to maintain the city’s anti-union sentiment, including turning his paper into propaganda. Gen. Otis was a Civil War veteran, who was lauded as larger than life. The legends surrounding him continue to this day—common (and unproven) lore insists that he drove the streets of Downtown in a limousine, on which was affixed a machine gun. To the unions and their sympathizers, he was a villain, plain and simple.

The culprits were the brothers McNamara—John, the secretary-treasurer of the Iron Workers union, was considered the brains of the operation, and James, a unionist, carried out the attack. James planted a suitcase of dynamite in Ink Alley, next to the Times building; he left another at the home of Gen. Otis, though it failed to detonate.

“O you anarchic scum, you cowardly murderers, you leeches upon honest labor, you midnight assassins.”

The bombing did nothing to dissuade Gen. Otis of his position on the unions; rather, he doubled down. Even before the brothers McNamara were identified and captured—that wouldn’t be until April of the following year—the Times ran a number of excoriating columns. Two days after the bombing, next to a cartoon of Justice without a blindfold, holding a sword on which reads, “For Industrial Freedom,” the Times wrote, “O you anarchic scum, you cowardly murderers, you leeches upon honest labor, you midnight assassins.” Two weeks later, they decried “the greed of monopoly in labor” and fantasized vengeance against the attackers: “Death at the end of a rope would be too much of a holiday. The bitter lesson of torture, by fire, long drawn out, would prove more fitting and more lasting as an example.”

In the end, John McNamara got 15 years and James life in prison; Gen. Otis died a rich man in 1917. In 1935 the L.A. Times moved into its Times Mirror Square headquarters, a city landmark, at Spring and 1st Streets—however, in 2018, the Times moved out of Downtown for El Segundo, just south of the airport.

DATE: March 21, 2019

Oceanwide Plaza: Cranes sitting idle since January 18th

On January 17th, Globest.com reported that Oceanwide was “Aiming to be the heart of DTLA”. The next day construction stopped.

Great News Today: Curbed Reports That Work Is Gradually Resuming at stalled megadevelopment Oceanwide Plaza. Work stopped January 18th with reports that It would begin by mid-February. According to an Oceanwide spokesperson, the $1 Billion project stopped to allow for capital restructuring.

 

As recent as February 10th ConstructionDive reported that $62 Million was owed to contractors. Currently, there are 9 active liens from contractors who are owed almost $100 Million.

On February 25th, The Real Deal Reported the Chinese owned company could be having trouble getting funds out of China due to restrictions on moving money abroad.

 

Hopefully they can get everything going again smoothly. DTLA doesn’t need an unfinished mega development lingering across from LA Live. The Hollywood Target Has Been Sitting Unfinished For 5 Long Years.

Fingers crossed for @oceanwideplaza.

Updates to follow………..

Original Article Credit : Atlas Obscura & Discover LA

L.A.’s Downtown Arts District

 

The 1970s brought a wave of artists into this former industrial area in Downtown Los Angeles. They sparked a fuse of creative imagination that burned for years. Up-and-coming creators took advantage of the then-low rents and built a foundation for the creative mecca that exists here today.

In its infancy, L.A.’s Downtown Arts District came to life behind-the-scenes, with artists mostly working in closed studios. Today, the art has spilled onto the streets in the form of colorful murals, attractive gallery spaces, and stylish storefronts. But the curious explorer can still find literal and figurative traces of the ‘70s. In addition to the more historic spots that remain, a creative, entrepreneurial spirit abounds.

 

Places To Explore

 

1. Descontrol

Begin your day at  the Arts District’s southernmost edge. Downtown L.A. was once the epicenter of Los Angeles’ legendary punk scene, and the Descontrol punk shop is a precious relic from this era.

Black as a void aside from a red awning that proudly proclaims the store’s merch (“PUNK SHOP/LEATHER WORKS”), the space might seem intimidating. But the purists who keep this shop open seven days a week are friendly and knowledgeable. Looking for a rare VHS tape, cassette, sticker, patch, or T-shirt? Descontrol offers an array of bric-a-brac of the pre-internet, analog variety. Even if your knowledge of punk history or music in general is iffy, pay the shop a visit and treat it like a museum filled with artifacts from a particular time and place. As an added bonus, the prices reflect a punk lifestyle and ethos: a graphic tee will cost you about $20.

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2. Two Bit Circus

Two Bit Circus Los Angeles

Next, make your way to a space that gracefully blends 1970s and ‘80s nostalgia with the future at Two Bit Circus, a “micro-amusement park” that makes use of cutting-edge technology.

Sidle up to the bar to be served by Gearmo del Pouro, a robot bartender affectionately nicknamed after the horror-fantasy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Drink in hand, you’re now free to choose from a wide menu of amusements. If your tastes skew more traditional, there are classic options, including pinball, arcade games, and four-player air hockey tables. The more adventurous can try their hand at virtual reality games, such as PING! (a multiplayer version of the classic ’70s arcade game Pong) and Birdly (a full-body VR experience that makes you feel like a bird in flight). If you prefer to eschew technology altogether, there are also a number of escape room-style communal mind games that can be booked for groups in advance.

634 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

3. Peter Lai’s Workspace

 

Peter Lai Little Tokyo

Head north, nearly reaching Little Tokyo, where a magical space awaits inside a nondescript warehouse.

Be sure to make an appointment before you visit the Japanese Cultural Village, a 5,000-square-foot home, loft, and workspace belonging to the fashion designer Peter Lai. It’s filled with Japanese objects that he’s collected over the course of three decades. An effervescent guide, Lai will offer you tea while you tour the space. The “Village” includes a traditional tea garden, Buddhist temple, design studio, and an infinite assortment of ceramics, statues, costumes, and ephemera.

The highlight is a fully functional Kabuki theater, a space where Lai himself occasionally performs for guests (a long-standing hobby of his that once put him on the same bill as Yoko Ono). The theater even has a “backstage,” where his collection of priceless Kabuki wigs and masks are on display.

454 Seaton St., #2 (Second floor), Los Angeles, CA 90013

4. A+D Museum

 

The A+D Museum is a too-often overlooked institution devoted to innovation in architecture, and the myriad ways that design affects everyday lives. With a mission centered on promoting progressive architecture, you might be surprised to learn that this hyper-modern museum first opened its doors in the circa 19th-century Bradbury Building in 2001.

Since its move to the Arts District in 2015, the A+D now offers rotating exhibitions that boggle the brain in a variety of ways. Recent shows  include the “Disgusting Food Museum,” an exhibit showcasing unusual delicacies such as fried tarantula and sheep’s eyeball juice, and “The Mars Pavilion,” which posed the question: “What if robots built our buildings alongside humans?”

900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

5. Hennessey + Ingalls

 

With an open-air entrance, concrete floors, and a minimalist approach to display, Hennessey + Ingalls resembles a contemporary gallery. Art lovers will feel right at home inside this book store specializing in art, architecture, and design.

Though the pricey periodicals and swoon–worthy coffee table books are fun to browse, the massive space is also filled with more esoteric volumes. Students, scholars, and obsessive aesthetes can rely on Hennessey + Ingalls for volumes ranging in subject from body art and tattooing to product design and color theory. If you’re interested in a souvenir, you’re also spoiled here for books that explore L.A. history.

300 S Santa Fe Ave M, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Alamo Drafthouse Downtown LA

Original Story Credit : Farley Elliot For Eater LA

Things are getting close for the Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown. The popular and food-friendly movie theater has been in discussions since 2013 to take over some serious real estate at the Bloc, but new paperwork sent around to neighboring businesses says a summer opening is happening.

 

The company also says to expect 12 “dine-in” screening rooms that each seats 80 or less customers, and with full food and beverage options available inside (including gluten-free and vegan food). There will also be a “casual full service lobby bar” on property when it opens. As for a firm date, that’s still up in the air.

Travesuras Reggaeton Party

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Travesuras Reggaeton Party

Founded by LA Local DJ/Promoter Sam (Swift) and Later Joined By Happening In DTLA  

The party grew in popularity over 2018 and was held at a number of Local Venues Like The Broadway Bar, The Blue J Lounge, The LA Reserve and other locations until the event reached a point where it needed a large scale venue to hold the massive crowds that started coming out.

 

Travesuras Reggaeton Party

 

Things have only gotten better  and the party has dates locked in just about every month this year at the Newly Renovated Globe Theatre in the heart of Downtown LA

If you like Reggeaton, Latin Trap, or any kind of Latin Nightlife Events

this is the party you don’t want to miss.

Travesuras Reggaeton Party

The Top DJ’s In LA

Amazing Visuals

3 Bars

Bottle Service

It’s Time For Travesuras

 

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Alameda Supper Club
Photo Credit: Jakob N. Layman

 

Pasta lovers and Chris Bianco fans, rejoice: We know the Manufactory’s ambitious 40,000-square-foot bakery, market and restaurant complex is in its final stages, because last night, one of the project’s last and most anticipated restaurants finally opened its doors—with fresh noodles galore from a James Beard Award-winning chef.

Alameda Supper Club
Photo Credit: Jakob N. Layman

 

The dinner-only Alameda Supper Club is here, a rustic but modern restaurant from the minds of Pizzeria Bianco’s Chris Bianco and the Tartine crew, and if the sample menu tells us anything, this is an opening worth your attention.

 

Alameda Supper Club
Photo Credit: Jakob N. Layman

Situated around the corner from the Manufactory’s all-day market, pastry window, wine bar, and the project’s other full-service restaurant, Tartine Bianco, Alameda Supper Club hosts a more intimate space, not to mention a patio featuring its own bar and trellised dining area. The whole thing sits above the Manufactory’s massive coffee roastery, and nearby the location of the forthcoming coffee lab and education center, the final piece of the complex’s puzzle.

 

Alameda Supper Club
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And while Tartine’s Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt joined forces with Bianco for the Manufactory’s concepts around the corner, Alameda Supper Club is where Bianco really gets to run free—in fact, this concept is so much Bianco’s brainchild that his father’s own oil paintings will decorate the space.

 

Alameda Supper Club
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Original Article Credit Mona Holmes For Eater LA

It’s unfathomable that Los Angeles has been a bit light on taco festivals lately. LA Weekly’s now defunct Tacolandia used to attract upwards of 10,000 taco lovers at the annual event. But the festival went away in 2017 after event curator Bill Esparza stepped away from his duties when new owners took over the Weekly. Esparza announced a new tortilla-filled venture last week, which is a new food festival at Skylight ROW-DTLA on June 15 called Taqueando.

After creating taco-related events with Tacolandia, Beverly Hills Food & Wine, and The Taste with Roy Choi, Esparza is building a slightly smaller but equally compelling event with up to 45 taco vendors from all over the globe, and will take place in front of the old American Apparel building.

With plenty of familiar and formidable names like Guerrilla Tacos, Taco Maria, Sonoratown, and Tacos 1986, Esparza also hand-selected taqueros including London’s Breddo’s Tacos, a group from Barrio Logan in San Diego, Tijuana’s Erizo Fish House, Barrio Café from Phoenix, Ensenada’s nearly 60-year-old Mariscos La Guerrerense, and one of Mexico’s most prominent restaurants, Pangea.

Taqueando Downtown LA

 

Esparza expects capacity to be no more than 4,000. And don’t expect carne asada from every taquero. Esparza says there’ll be plenty of variety, including non-meat options.

“I want it to be an experience that focuses on the vendors and the Mexican community,” says Esparza. “Jonathan Gold said tacos should be a verb. He was right to say that. (In Spanish), taqueando is the Spanish verb meaning ‘to taco.’ Eating tacos is an action, it’s a lifestyle and basis from our culture.”

Tickets start at $45, while $75 VIP tickets includes early entry, cash bar, a VIP area for exclusive tastings and special gift bag with a Taqueando t-shirt. Taqueando runs from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on June 15, 2019 at ROW DTLA, and tickets are available on the Taqueando website.

EVENT WEBSITE HERE

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The co-working trend in Downtown Los Angeles continues.

Washington D.C.-based Carr Workplaces announced that it will open at The Bloc in June. According to a press release on the company’s website, Carr Workplaces leased 24,000 square feet of space at the retail and office development at 700 S. Flower St.

“The Bloc in Downtown L.A. offers best-in-class amenities and programming to its tenants to which we will add our market-leading co-working, meeting space and concierge-quality business solutions platform,” Carr Workplaces President Austin Flajser said in the statement.

The space will offer more than 90 private offices along with concierge service, according to the release.

It will be Carr Workplaces’ 27th location, fourth in Southern California and first in Downtown.

FlexLA FlexDTLA Rideshare

FlexLA’s Mercedes-Benz Metris passenger vans driven by professional drivers will offer eligible riders access to up to eight reduced-fare rides per month within the eight-mile service area for $2 per person, per one-way on-demand ride as part of the new service.

FlexLA FlexDTLA Rideshare

FlexLA is a ridesharing pilot program aimed at providing “microtransit” options to complement the city’s public transit network which began operating in downtown Los Angeles last year. FASTLinkDTLA Transportation Management Organization, in partnership with LADOT, oversees FlexLA, and LADOT said the ButterFLi partnership will better service people with accessibility challenges.

FlexLA FlexDTLA Rideshare

“ButterFLi is grateful for the additional grant funding being provided by LADOT to support this service and is pleased to partner with LADOT and FASTLinkDTLA to make affordable, assisted on-demand and scheduled transportation accessible to seniors and persons with disabilities throughout the city of Los Angeles,” said Delilah Lanoix, ButterFLi co-founder and CEO.

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Live Jazz Wednesday – Saturday.

 

Sitting off 6th & Spring, the RHYTHM ROOM is an inviting basement lounge with a little bit of everything done to perfection: Jazz, Games, Food & Full bar.

It’s a unique location with great vibe from the open space with low ceilings and lots of concrete columns. You’ll be grateful you entered down the original marble staircase, the same stairway the owners entered when first discovering it.

Originally intending to open up anything but a bar, the owners just saw a world of possibilities on that first twenty minute visit which culminated in resurrecting the “Rhythm Room” which was a classic WWII-era cocktail bar that existed in the same exact location.

That original Rhythm Room disappeared sometime in the 70’s so we’re blessed the current owners decided to bring it back.

THE GAMES

Choose from 50 different board games, pool, ping pong, darts or foosball

The Rhythm Room is a great place to hangout with friends, be social and not necessarily need to drink. Relax listen to the sounds and/or play some games. Fun abounds with full-size billiards, Ping Pong, foosball, shuffle boards, dart boards and dart area and 50 board games on tap.

Looking for a place to hold a chess competition or foosball clash? Rhythm Room is the place you’re looking for.

Ping Pong in a Bunker

The most popular games are pool and darts but there is something for everyone and additions are continually made based on customer feedback.

THE DRINKS

Drinks with natural mixers made daily

The food and drinks follow the same formula. It should be simple, super delicious and only use high quality ingredients.

The drinks use mixes made inhouse daily with natural ingredients. Imagine a Mojito with actual fresh squeezed lime, fresh mint & real cane sugar.

Some great drinks on tap include Rhythm Room Signature Old Fashion, the delicious L.A Sour (Bourbon), Coolcumber Summer (Vodka + Cold Pressed Cucumber) and many more.

THE FOOD

 

Nachos

 

Just like the drinks, expect simple and excellent and tasty. With all the games and fun you’ll definitely need some sustenance to keep you going.

There are BITES such as House-Made Hummus, Spinach Dip and Holy Guacamole.

On the more extensive side 10” Flat Bread Pizzas, Chicken Meatball Sliders with meatballs tastily made in-house from scratch. Burger and chicken sliders as well. Everything is tasty and fresh!

Looking for sweets you’re in luck. They got Churros and the Dark & Creamy; a house-made banana bread topped with Vanilla ice cream.

 

THE AMBIANCE

 

With low ceilings and lots of concrete the Rhythm Room has an intimate environment where you might just need to talk to someone. And that’s the way the owners want it.

It’s a place where the old and young coexist in great social environment. The type of place you can bring your parents out and wonder how they’re having more fun than you are! You might just see a 21st birthday party next to a retirement party and that is great fun for all!

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties, chess tournaments; everything works in this super social environment.

LIVE MUSIC

Jazz, Soul the Blues and more. The Rhythm Room is downtown’s preeminent live music spot. With performances Wednesday through Saturday starting at 9PM, it’s the only place for live music!

Check their Instagram account to see what’s on tap this week! @rhythmroomla

EVENTS & INFO

Looking to plan an event or private party, Contact [email protected] for more info.

Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show

 

The Third Annual Event to Feature Unique Collection of Custom Motorcycles, Motorcycle-inspired Art, Entertainment.

 

The third annual Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show will return to Downtown Los Angeles on March 23, 2019 at the The Container Yard. The event will showcase a remarkable collection of Café Racer, Bobber, Classic, Tracker, Scrambler, Modern Classic, and Brat style motorcycles along with full custom builds.

The Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show, also referred to as The OG Moto Show, has brought a unique motorcycle experience to Southern California. The event will gather over a hundred of the top custom builders from across the country and thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts together in a one-of-a-kind setting.

An all-star roster of builders will be participating including: Shinya Kimura of Chabott Engineering, Maxwell Hazan of Hazan Motorworks, Mitsuhiro Kiyonaga of Kiyo’s Garage, Dustin Kott of Kott Motorcycles, Justin Webster, Michael LaFountain of Raccia Motorcycles, Roland Sands, Cristian Sosa of Sosa Metalworks, Hugo Eccles of Untitled Motorcycles, and Michael Woolaway “Woolie’s Workshop” of Deus ex Machina.

 

Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show

New bikes will be on display including the unveiling of the 2019 Kawasaki W800 Cafe Motorcycle and the all-new Royal Enfield 650 Parallel Twins – Interceptor and Continental GT along with the Himalayan adventure motorcycle.

Additionally, the event will feature the OG Moto Market with vendors, food trucks, coffee, and live entertainment. The OG Moto Art Gallery, an exhibit of motorcycle-inspired art, photography, and motorcycles will feature work from artists and photographers from around the world including an exhibit by the renown UK-based artist, Benedict Radcliffe. Other featured artists include: Tomas Pajdlhauser of Canada, Makoto Endo of Japan, Salvador Colin of Mexico, Jason Keam, George Yoo, Gary Musgrave, Jeff McMillan, Jose Gallina, Robert Schuleter, Shaik Ridzwan, Wayne Wreck, Tyler Cornelius, and more.

Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show

New to this year will be the OG Moto Showcase presented by The Mighty Motor, an interactive session with the industry’s top builders and the debut of their latest creations. Live interviews with the builders and brands from the show will be conducted by the NoBraking podcast. Service and Supply barbershop will be offering free hair cleanups and beard trims throughout the event.

The OG Moto Show is supported by: The House of Machines, Royal Enfield, Alpinestars, Bell, Kawasaki, Meguiar’s, Motodemic, Pelican, Roland Sands Design, and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

The OG Moto Show is open to the public and is $15 at the door with a limited amount of online pre-sale tickets for $10. Kids 12 and under are free with adult admission. Tickets can be purchased on www.ogmotoshow.com. The event will be held from 12 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, March 23 at The Container Yard, 800 E. 4th Street Los Angeles, CA 90013.

For more information, visit www.ogmotoshow.com

 

Grand Central Market Office Space

Original Article Credit : Kelsi Maree Borland For Globe St.

 

Langdon Street Capital has completed the renovation of 11,000 square feet of office space above Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. The modern space has all of the creative check marks: concrete floors, brick, roll-up doors, high ceilings and restaurant amenities from Grand Central Market. In fact, it is very similar to the kind of small, boutique office space you might find in Santa Monica of Hollywood. It’s a fitting space for the market, which is currently seeing a rise of creative tenants.

 

“Our vision for the space was similar to office conversions that we have done in the past,” Adam Daneshgar, principal at Langdon Street Capital, tells GlobeSt.com. “Obviously there is a high demand for office space that is open, more efficient and that attracts talent. A lot of companies that are taking these office spaces are competing for talent, and having an office space with lounge space, kitchens, roll-up doors and amenities seems to be a way to recruit talent.”

 

This is Langdon Street Capital’s first Downtown Los Angeles project, although the firm has completed other creative redevelopments in Santa Monica and Hollywood. To get a feel for the market, the tenant activity and the demand, the firm engaged a brokerage firm early on. “We look at each submarket differently, and we hire brokerage firms early on in the project,” says Daneshgar. “We ask them what is demand like and what do people want in the market. It tends to tweak our plans a little bit, but usually the general plan stays the same.”

While this office project is indicative of the rising creative demand in Downtown Los Angeles, the market still has an office vacancy rate that trends above the Greater L.A. average and a strong majority of financial services firms. The firm strategically chose to wait to market the property because of the higher office vacancy rate in until the redevelopment was complete. “We waited to openly market the property until we had further progress on the project,” says Daneshgar. “There is a higher vacancy rate in Downtown Los Angeles, and you have to set yourself apart. The last thing we wanted was to show an unfinished product.”

 

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