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Glenn O’Brien’s Friends Remember a ‘Successful Maniac’ - The New York Times
Andy Warhol hired him. Madonna sang at his 50th birthday party. He taught readers of GQ and Details how to dress. Few people have navigated New York’s tribes — art, fashion, media, music — quite like Glenn O’Brien.
glennobrien  art  fashion  media  music  nytimes  newyork  downtown  scene  downtownny 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Behold the Fantastical New Clifton's, Opening September 17
For the new owner of downtown’s storied cafeteria pleasing preservation activists, club kids, and old-timers—while also revitalizing a neighborhood—is a tall order
cliftonscafeteria  losangeles  downtown  dtla  restaurants  development  lamagazine 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How the Evolution of L.A.'s Broadway Traces the Life of the City
In the 1930s, an Angeleno looking for a night of entertainment could roll out of his rented room in a rambling old Victorian manse (which had long ago been converted into a boarding house), hand the landlord a sawbuck for his rent and amble over to the upper station of Angel's Flight, his long shadow preceding him as the sun began its lazy, languorous descent into twilight.
losangeles  downtown  broadway  city  curbedlosangeles  urban  cities  history 
november 2014 by brendanmcfadden
A Scene of Lively Activity: Grand Central Market, Then and Now
"You can learn a great deal about life as well as about living at the Grand Central Market." -- L.A. Times, December 11, 1928
grandcentralmarket  losangeles  downtown  dtla  food  restaurants 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
L.A.’s Wildest Cafeteria Served Utopian Fantasy With a Side of Enchiladas
On a decrepit block of Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, hidden behind a dilapidated, aging façade, lies the ghost of a palatial dining hall filled with towering redwoods and a gurgling stream. Known as Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria, this terraced wonderland recalls a different time, when cafeterias were classy and downtown living was tops. Against all odds, the Brookdale outlasted attacks from notorious L.A. mobsters and decades of neighborhood decline. Over the last few years, Clifton’s has been closed while staging its comeback, finally being restored to its original Depression-era grandeur.
collectorsweekly  losangeles  downtown  cliftonscafeteria  dining  restaurants  buildings 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
At Grand Central Market, a New Wave of Vendors Is Changing Up an L.A. Mainstay
Many years later, as Grand Central Market faced the renovations that would once again shift its fortunes, Filomena Eriman remembered the day when she first arrived here, one of this country's oldest and largest public markets.
losangeles  food  laweekly  california  grandcentralmarket  restaurants  downtown 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Newly discovered building remains may be linked to old LA Times offices
Construction and development towards the expansion of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles found a possible link to Los Angeles a century ago.
latimes  losangeles  california  downtown  kpcc  history  architecture 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden

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