Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Fashion District Balls Are ON!!!!

This isn't Angels Knoll Park, Angels Flight, or an Automated Public Toilet, these are lit up balls! Something actually got done in this great city of ours. The Fashion District balls are on! The lit up balls can be found at Spring St./Main St. and 9th St. I just can't believe that this project was complete in a reasonable amount of time. (sorry for the bad pictures, still learning how to shoot at night...)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sunset Junction 2008

It's hard to believe that it cost 20 bucks to get into Sunset Junction these days. Was it worth it? Yes and No. The festival food in itself is worth it to me, gyros, polish sausage sandwiches, any meat you can think of on a stick! Also, Broken Social Scene were playing and that is worth it, but the technical difficulties made it unbearable. It wasn't the band's fault but rather the stage hands. Microphones kept going out while the band was in the middle of a song. All in all I felt ripped off. So... not worth it. Sunset Junction continues Sunday with !!!, The Germs, Black Keys, Kinky, Jeffrey Osborne, and Stephanie Mills playing. Also, don't drive! Take the Metro 2 or 4 bus from downtown which drops you off just steps from the entry gates. Get off at Sunset and Maltman. You can also take Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset, or Vermont/Santa Monica stations and walk it.

What's up with Sunset Junction and lube?

Broken Social Scene

Friday, August 22, 2008

9th Street Lofts/Emil Brown Building Conversion

It's great to see another conversion happening here in the Fashion District. The Emil Brown Building, built in 1922, architect John M. Cooper is being converted into 37 loft apartments. The building is located at 9th St. and Santee St. The roof will be used to house penthouse units with private rooftop decks. The roof will also include a large landscaped deck for the tenants. The ground floor retail already includes a Starbucks and a Quiznos and several clothing retailers such as Shoe Monster! The conversion architects are David Gray Architects. They are behind conversions such as Great Republic Building, National City Tower Lofts, The Judson, Tomahawk Building, and the Orpheum Lofts. Judging by those conversions this building will surely look just as great.

Rooftop rendering and floorplans via architect's website.

The following picture is from the USC Digital Archives:
Birdseye view of Los Angeles from 1024 Santee Street, June 1, 1929.

You can see the Emil Brown Building in the middle right of the picture.

Slow Progress on the Medallion Project

Is it just me or is this project moving at a snail's pace? The Medallion project will eventually have 192 residential lofts. It will also have 203,000 sq. ft. of retail space and 700 parking spots. The project practically encompasses an entire city block bordering 4th St, Los Angeles St., Main St. and 3rd St.

Renderings via architect's website. I wish they could have gone taller for these buildings:

Monday, August 18, 2008

Masa of Echo Park

Chicago style pizza is not easy to come by here in Los Angeles, but Masa of Echo Park really comes close to the original. Ever since going to Chicago and having deep dish pizza at Pizzeria Uno I had a hard time finding something similar here in LA.

As you can tell by the picture, this is the real thing. We had the Lots of Meat deep dish which came with sausage and pepperoni. A large is $19.95 which is a deal.

Masa of Echo Park
1800 W. Sunset Blvd.

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