Eleven years ago, a few thousand Angelenos came together for HomeWalk and helped change lives for the better.

Los Angeles was struggling to stop homelessness from growing and needed a way to rally support. The first HomeWalk answered the call, proving that Angelenos could -- and would --  come together to rally and fight to end homelessness.

Today United Way continues to gather thousands to walk, raise awareness and to fundraise — because United,  we can end homelessness in L.A.  for good.

As a community, we’ve made significant strides in our mission to create pathways out of poverty in L.A. County: thousands of Angelenos have received the education, housing, and financial stability assistance they need to live better lives. While United Way has led the effort to raise nearly $5 billion in public funding to end homelessness, there’s still a lot to be done to get more than 57,000 Angelenos off the street.  No man, woman, child, or veteran deserves to suffer at night. We have the resources to end this.

Join us at DTLA LIFE MAG ® and team Paramount Pictures on November 18th, for the 2017 HomeWalk in Downtown LA. Your help can change this. Please Join our Team, Run, Walk or Simply Donate at: https://homewalkla.donordrive.com/team/ParamountPictures

Photos Courtesy of United Way of Los Angeles.


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On Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, the 10th Annual Halloween Festival for Kids brings together Downtown LA ghouls and boys for a night of family-friendly Halloween fun. 

This community event has grown every year since its inception and features food, arts & crafts, entertainment, and of course trick-or-treating. 

Join ghouls, goblins, princesses, pirates, witches, animals and comic book heroes; for an evening of trick-or-treating from giant, decorated front doors; plus face painting, bounce houses, arts & crafts, puppet shows, and more. Lots of smiles from parents and children alike, showcasing the growing number of DTLA families.

10th ANNUAL HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL FOR DTLA KIDS | www.downtownla.com/halloween


919 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015


Photos Courtesy of DCBID.


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Los Angeles’ iconic Grand Central Market - the granddaddy of U.S. food halls - turns 100 years old October 27 and has invited the city of Los Angeles, led by Mayor Eric Garcetti, to blow out the candles on appropriately enough, one of the tallest birthday cakes ever created standing one-story high with more than 100 layers.

The world-renowned market opened its doors on October 27, 1917, and has been in continuous operation ever since. Today, classic neon signage over Market stalls spotlights the flavorful mix of fresh produce, meat, spices and prepared foods that reflect the ethnic diversity of L.A. and the most exciting culinary trends coming out of the City of Angels.

“Grand Central Market is proud to be one of very few institutions to survive 100 years in Los Angeles,” said Adele Yellin, owner of Grand Central Market.  “Its longevity is due in large part to how the Market has kept reinventing itself as Downtown and the entire city has changed and evolved.  It’s exciting to celebrate the rich history of the Market and imagine what’s in store in the decades to come.”  

As the sun rises on the Market on its 100th birthday, a massive installation of 13,000 balloons - the largest ever in DTLA and created by world-renowned artist Jihan Zencirli of Geronimo Balloons -- will cascade over the Hill Street facade of the building signaling the start of the celebration. Individual balloons will range in size between 10 inches and 8 feet.  It will take a total of 300 man hours to assemble this whimsical, site-specific balloon sculpture.

The festivities kick into high-gear at 10:30 a.m. with the unveiling of a 100-layer, one-story tall birthday cake created by Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections with free slices for everyone. The construction of the cake will involve a series of many multi-layer bricks to create one large structure. In this instance, Valerie will use 90 six-layer cakes, varying in size from 8 to 6-inch squares and 12 ten-layer cakes, varying in size from 10 to 16-inch squares.

Ingredients for this remarkable cake include 390 pounds of butter, 325 pounds of sugar, 1750 eggs and 125 pounds of chocolate. The cake is layered chocolate and vanilla with strawberry filling. The exterior of the cake is decorated with whole fruits, large foliage, and flowers - an homage to the cover of the recently released Grand Central Market Cookbook.

From 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Market thanks Angelenos for 100 years of support with a free birthday bash. Market vendors will serve up specials inspired by the food hall’s history and the number 100. These will range from Belcampo’s 100-day dry aged burger for $19.17, and 100 cent specials at Villa Moreliana, The Oyster Gourmet and Ramen Hood to old-fashioned Egg Cream floats at McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and Aguas Frescas at G&B Coffee that pays tribute to beverages that were sold in times past.

Over a century ago, Angelenos rode the Angels Flight Railway from stately Victorian mansions atop nearby Bunker Hill down to do their food shopping at the city’s premier purveyors in the Market.  All visitors who check in at the Market between 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. will receive a token for a FREE round-trip ride on historic Angels Flight, while kids 12 and under ride Angels Flight FREE all day.

The evening will also be filled with musical groups representing the different decades of the Market’s history, a Paper Moon Vintage photo booth, costume contest, commemorative lapel pins, book signing of The Grand Central Market Cookbook and more.

GRAND CENTRAL MARKET | www.grandcentralmarket.com


Photos Courtesy of Grand Central Market.





Audio specialist Sennheiser has collaborated with Los Angeles-based tech and fashion curator BrandsWalk to create an immersive 3D audio and visual art installation unlike any other: The Sounds of LA. The public art installation, to be held between October 14th through October 20th at Downtown L.A.'s The Bloc, allows visitors to interact with their favorite sounds of the city — all captured on the AMBEO SMART HEADSET by L.A. social influencers and content curators. The AMBEO SMART HEADSET will be available in the U.S. from 19th October.

The art installation features a large 6' gallery cube on which a static image from each storyteller is cast. Accessing an adjacent kiosk with a pair of headphones, attendees can then listen to a fully immersive, 3D audio track that each storyteller created while experiencing a different 'unique slice' of L.A. — each segment captured using the Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET. The content itself ranges from skating through the streets of downtown L.A. and hiking Los Liones to the sounds of music and the city.

"We invite the public to visit the ‘Sounds of LA’ art installation, which provides a startling glimpse into the future of audio," commented Stefanie Reichert, Director Trade Marketing, Retail, Americas at Sennheiser. "With the help of our friends at BrandsWalk, The Bloc and our talented pool of influencers and content curators around L.A., we are showcasing a revolutionary way of capturing content that requires the use of just a smartphone and the new Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET. Immersive audio technology has arrived for the masses, and the possibilities are only limited by each user's imagination." 

The Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET is a headset featuring a recording function that allows users to experience and produce 3D video sound. The headset's binaural audio delivers an immersive 3D experience, placing the listener inside the soundscape and replicating the direction of sounds and spatial characteristics of the user's environment. For the binaural audio recordings, the earpiece of the headset is fitted with two quality microphones. The immersive effect, which can be experienced on playback with any stereo headphones, is made possible by reproducing the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear.


A sonic vantage point:
Chris Ray, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, is among the content curators to be featured during the installation. An L.A. native and passionate skateboarder for more than 15 years, Ray is intimately familiar with the sounds of L.A. as experienced from the unique vantage point of his skateboard deck. The ‘Sounds of LA’ installation imparts this sensation to listeners as he traverses the sidewalks, hills and busy streets of the city.

"Los Angeles is the capital and birthplace of skateboarding, and the sound of a skateboard always makes me turn my head," he says. “With the Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET, I am able to capture flawless audio in 360 degrees while using just a pair of headphones. Playback gives one the feeling of being there in real life, and the listener can hear exactly what the skateboarder heard while he was on his board.”

A context for self-expression:
The Bloc and BrandsWalk present an ideal platform for the ‘Sounds of LA’ cooperation, combining a vibrant, open-air environment with a community that is deeply rooted in both fashion and technology. The Bloc — which spans a full L.A. city block and is a convergence point for four separate Metro lines — combines a truly unique array of retail shops and entertainment to create a stimulating urban center. 

Inside the BrandsWalk store, which is directly adjacent to the installation area, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the AMBEO SMART HEADSET from Sennheiser brand ambassadors. Also, visitors can take time to browse through the store's immaculately curated collection of tech-fashion products that speak to the individuality and tech-savviness of the millennial generation.

“We are excited to debut the Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET at our Los Angeles flagship store at The Bloc in downtown LA,” said Mary Lee, President of BrandsWalk. “It’s been our vision to provide our customers the experience to touch and feel the products in our store, and we would like to thank Sennheiser and The Bloc for making this possible.”

Several AMBEO SMART HEADSET loaner units will be made available each day, so attendees can experiment capturing the sounds of L.A. using their smartphones. Playback of the immersive audio content is effective through any pair of stereo headphones — including Sennheiser's HD 1 Wireless and PXC 550 Wireless models, which will also be on display during the installation.

BrandsWalk’s Los Angeles flagship store is located at the plaza level of The Bloc, 700 South Flower, Los Angeles, CA 90017.   For more information about the Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET, please visit:


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The Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) and more than 1,000 DTLA workers and community members honored its first responders September 28th at the 18th Annual Public Safety BBQ at Bank of America Plaza, DTLA’s longest running service celebration event. Members of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, FBI, California Highway Patrol, LA County Sheriff’s Department, and other safety personnel were feted with a free BBQ lunch, live music, and the camaraderie of the downtown LA community. The event was highlighted by a $5,000 charitable donation to the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, an organization that provides support programs and assistance for firefighters and their families.

This year’s donation was made possible by the generosity of event sponsors including Brookfield, Allied Universal, Central City Association of Los Angeles, Coretrust Capital Partners, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, South Park Business Improvement District, St. Vincent Jewelry, the Los Angeles Downtown News, and the DCBID.

Once again, the Downtown LA community came out to show their civic pride and their support of the people who work tirelessly to make DTLA a great place to live, work and visit. “Our first responders are so incredibly good at what they do, we often take their brave and lifesaving efforts for granted,” said Carol Schatz, President, and CEO of the DCBID. “That’s why we are so very proud to host this event each year as a way to recognize their unwavering commitment and to say thank you for all they do.”

For nearly 20 years, the DCBID has been a catalyst in the transformative Downtown Los Angeles Renaissance, and especially the central Financial District. Since 1999, Downtown has seen its residential population blossom from approximately 20,000 to more than 65,000. Driven largely by this residential growth, Downtown LA has seen a recent influx of billions of investment, hundreds of new businesses, restaurants, and retailers, becoming the true heart of the city.

For a recap of the event and more information about the DCBID, please visit, www.downtownla.com

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(l to r) Robert Cushman, Senior VP, Operations, Brookfield Properties, Cari Wolk, President, Athena Parking & DCBID Chairperson, Captain T. Scott Harrelson, LAPD, Blair Besten, Executive Director, Historic Core BID, Captain Marc Reina, LAPD, Ellen Riotto, Executive Director, South Park BID, Chief Phillip Fligiel, LAFD, Bob Steinbacher, President, Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, Councilmember Jose Huizar, CD14, and Suzanne Holley, Senior VP & COO, Downtown Center BID







Looking for the perfect place at Eastern Columbia, your search is over. Uber chic loft with great views of the south park district, the now famous Ace hotel, and the iconic “Jesus Saves” neon sign, will make you feel like you finally arrived in DTLA! The loft features finished cement floors. The building is one of the most sought out buildings in downtown and recognized around the globe, with its terracotta turquoise tile, art deco architecture, roof top pool, outdoor fireplace, hot tub and exercise room. Rare 2 beds, 2 baths including a walk-in closet and 2 reserved parking spaces. Also available for lease.

Listing Courtesy of Alex LiMandri - DTLA LIFE.






900 W Olympic Blvd 48G | Los Angeles, CA 90015

Welcome to the Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA LIVE Unit 48G. When the celebrity owners of this amazing one-of-a-kind condominium in Downtown LA asked DTLA LIFE to sell their property, we could not imagine a better setting for a temporary gallery featuring “Art in the Sky.” This spectacular Ritz-Carlton Residence offers 4,170 square feet of luxury and was ideally designed for art aficionados. The high ceilings easily allow for eight-foot sculpture displays framed by a backdrop of the city skyline. The custom-designed, multi-directional lighting perfectly illuminates art in an elegant living environment. Downtown Los Angeles is fast becoming the premier destination for culture and entertainment with a concentration of venues like Staples Center, the Microsoft Theater, LA LIVE, the Grammy Museum, MOCA, the Geffen Contemporary, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and now the new iconic Broad Museum. The Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA LIVE are ideally located amidst all these world-class museums, entertainment venues, and restaurants. Ritz-Carlton Residences Unit 48G is the epitome of Luxury Living!

You are a breed apart — well-educated, extremely successful, demand discretion, specific about what you want, philanthropic, and appreciate a culturally rich lifestyle. Your home transcends the ordinary and mirrors your personality and aesthetic pursuits. High Art is your milieu. A Ritz-Carlton Residence is your perfect environment.

Live an artful life framing the panoramic landscape of museum-rich Los Angeles in this spectacular 48th-floor, 4,129-sq.-ft. residence being offered at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at Downtown L.A. Live — the city’s newest and most vibrant sports and entertainment district! Built in 2010, the Ritz-Carlton Residences Unit 48G has been newly customized to suit unparalleled 5-star luxury living. This residence features impeccably designed high-tech lighting and a floor plan encompassing three en-suite bedrooms, a guest powder room, a family media room with five TVs, a chef’s kitchen with premium Gaggenau built-in appliances, granite countertops and cabinetry, adjoining pantry, a fully equipped laundry room, and gracious open-concept living spaces with stellar city views of Downtown L.A. all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The master-bedroom appointments include automatic-bypass entry doors, a built-in king-sized bed foundation, and nightstands, a makeup vanity ‘pour madame’, an armoire unit with charger station for PDAs, a handcrafted TV lift cabinet, separate spacious his/her walk-in wardrobes with LED lighting systems throughout, and electronic blackout window shades. The master bath is lushly finished with a self-cleaning whirlpool tub, designer fixtures and storage amenities, custom shower enclosure, and a gentleman’s urinoir.

A technologically advanced Crestron Control System allows for streamlined management of every facet of the residence’s electronic operation — illumination, gallery-style fine-art lighting, window shades, TVs, AV, and HVAC — from an iPhone or iPad. Finely crafted and darkly stained 5” oak-plank hardwood floors and luxuriant carpeting accentuate each room in which no bespoke detailing have been overlooked. Certainly, high-art living at its finest!

Listing Courtesy of Alex LiMandri - DTLA LIFE & Aaron Kirman - JOHN AAROE GROUP.





The future is here: iPhone X. Last month Apple announced iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, in a gorgeous all-glass design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. iPhone X delivers an innovative and secure new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera. iPhone X will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3. 

Packed with Innovative Features Including a Super Retina Display, TrueDepth Camera System, Face ID and A11 Bionic Chip with Neural Engine, it is the perfect 10 years anniversary device. “For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realization of that vision,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone — one in which the device disappears into the experience.”

The all-glass front and back on iPhone X feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in two beautiful colors, silver and space gray. “iPhone X is the future of the smartphone. It is packed with incredible new technologies, like the innovative TrueDepth camera system, beautiful Super Retina display and super fast A11 Bionic chip with neural engine,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The Super Retina display employs new techniques and technology to precisely follow the curves of the design, all the way to the elegantly rounded corners.iPhone X introduces a revolutionary design with a stunning all-screen display that precisely follows the curve of the device, clear to the elegantly rounded corners. 

The HDR display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, which together make photo and video content look even more amazing. The addition of True Tone dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience.

Face ID on iPhone X introduces a revolutionary new way to securely unlock, authenticate and pay. Face ID revolutionizes authentication on iPhone X, using a state-of-the-art TrueDepth camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by A11 Bionic to accurately map and recognize a face. 

The new 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID features wide color capture, auto image stabilization and precise exposure control, and brings Portrait mode to the front camera for stunning selfies with a depth-of-field effect. iPhone X also features a redesigned dual 12-megapixel rear camera system with dual optical image stabilization. 

The cameras on iPhone X are custom tuned for the ultimate AR experience. Each camera is individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking.

The new Apple-designed AirPower mat, coming in 2018, can charge iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously. The glass back design enables a world-class wireless charging solution. Wireless charging works with the established Qi ecosystem, including two new wireless charging mats from Belkin and mophie, available from apple.com and Apple Stores.

Apple gave a sneak peek of AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging accessory coming in 2018, which offers a generous active charging area that will allow iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X customers to simultaneously charge up to three devices, including Apple Watch Series 3 and a new optional wireless charging case for AirPods.

iPhone X will be available in silver and space gray in 64GB and 256GB models starting at $999 (US) from apple.com and Apple Stores and is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers (prices may vary).

IPHONE X | www.apple.com

Photos Courtesy of Apple.





Downtown Los Angeles can be noisy. Meditating in the city is difficult, and we found a device that can help you concentrate. Muse is a brain-sensing headband that makes meditation easier. 

Meditation has been proven to reduce stress and increase focus, but it can be hard to know if you’re doing it right. Muse provides you with real-time audio feedback on what’s happening in your brain when you meditate, letting you know when your mind wanders and teaching you to regain focus. Think of Muse as your guide to meditation as you journey toward a calmer and more present self.

Muse is an easy-to-use interactive tool that helps users connect with their mind in new ways. Using an app called Calm, Muse uses attention-focused exercises to help increase focus, ease the symptoms anxiety and stress and boost mental wellbeing. Muse connects wirelessly to smartphones or tablets via Bluetooth and Calm guides them through focused-attention training exercises. Users receive real-time feedback and can view their results on their devices. 

For more information about Muse and related products, visit the website at www.choosemuse.com.

MUSE | www.choosemuse.com

Photos Courtesy of Muse.





“Halloween Horror Nights” Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood featuring More Mazes and More Scares than Ever as Southern California’s Most Extreme Halloween Event.

"Halloween Horror Nights" at Universal Studios Hollywood, brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. The popular event features a new slate of unrivaled film and television production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience – all uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties. 

Touting more mazes than ever, this year’s Halloween Horror Nights” lineup includes: The Shining, inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s psychological thriller; “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” based on FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series; “The Horrors of Blumhouse,” featuring iconic and unnerving moments from The Purge franchise, Sinister movies and upcoming Happy Death Day, inspired by prolific filmmaker Jason Blum’s blockbuster films; “Insidious: Beyond the Further,” based on Universal Pictures and Sony Picture’s upcoming supernatural thriller Insidious franchise including, Insidious: The Last Key; “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” based on Starz’s comedy horror television series; “SAW: The Games of Jigsaw,” inspired by the SAW film series and the upcoming series installment, JIGSAW; “Titans of Terror,” which unites slasher film villains, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface; and “The Walking Dead” attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series. 

The all-new “Titans of Terror Tram: Hosted by Chucky” ratchets up the scares, transporting guests into a nightmare of carnage on the world-famous studio backlot, pitting guests against Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface and the infamous serial killer doll, Chucky. The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip-hop dance crew also returns by popular demand.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD HORROR NIGHTS | www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood


Photos Courtesy of B. Goldsworthy.


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GDCA Gallery is proud to present: “TWILIGHT” – A photographic journey into the subconscious.

“Andrew Eyler's first solo exhibit, "Twilight" has been called primitive and alluring. Witness life-size impressions of earth transform into reflections of a primordial past; a real Jungian experience with images designed to alter space and time.”

The identification is immediate. We are drawn in by the perceived familiarity of the images. We could swear we have seen these images before – or something almost exactly like it - or have we? Andrew Eyler argues that we have not only seen but rather lived these images before -– only it may not have been in this incarnation…not in this lifetime.
Encountering Andrew Eyler’s haunting, timeless landscapes, we are swept into a world of memories, associations, and emotions, leaving us breathless, stunned and deeply moved. What just happened here? What trickery is this? As a Jungian psychologist, Eyler believes that we as a species are imprinted and shaped by certain Archetypes, which we recognize in art and other human constructs, because they are part of our collective unconscious, etched into our emotional and psychic DNA.

“Jung’s view of the world inspired me to photograph what I describe as ‘archaic memories,' close-up impressions of earth, that appear to accentuate “Pareidolia,” a phenomenon where illusive shapes become (through the mind’s eye) recognizable and meaningful objects.” A.E.

According to Eyler, the images that unfold before us, when we take the time to “see,” to “observe,” have always been there – waiting to be revealed. However, the experience is supremely personal, as the imagery the viewer identifies, will depend entirely on their archetypal make-up. The scale of his photographs is purposeful. They feel close to life-size, allowing us to project ourselves into them.

“The more you observe, the evolutionary images and memories (interwoven within and all around) materialize for a brief moment, then reappear at another place in time; transforming when darkness is upon us.” A.E.

Eyler’s sensitive photographic eye makes the invisible visible. He coaxes to the surface of our awareness, forms, and faces buried in our visual and emotional collective psychic memory. His works are roadmaps to a forgotten world. A metaphoric Rosetta Stone bridging the unknown to the known. One can practically feel our psychic split healing before our very eyes. We are one step closer to a unified existence. One step closer to HOME.

Andrew Eyler’s photographs will be on view at GDCA Gallery October 5th – October 31st, 2017. For more information, please contact Petra@GDCAgallery.com or call # (323) 309-2875.



Photos Courtesy of GDCA.


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After years of success in Washington, DC, and Virginia, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken opened its first West Coast location in Downtown Los Angeles, bringing its seasonal and creative menu to a town that is notoriously in love with doughnuts. 

The story behind Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is as whimsical as their unique roster of doughnuts and sandwiches.  Co-founders Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern grew up playing hockey together, and doughnuts were the reward of choice after games.  Halpern later went on to play professional hockey including a season with the Los Angeles Kings.  Spaisman, with a long-standing career in antiques, was always a lover of food, having worked at a gourmet food market throughout his high school and college years.  Inspired by a fond childhood memory, he and Halpern decided to offer a fun interpretation on two comfort food favorites.

The new, 400-square-foot dining room in Los Angeles has limited indoor and outdoor seating and features reclaimed wood with industrial metal accents, quartz countertops, as well as a show kitchen where customers can watch the frying magic happen. 

ASTRO DOUGHNUTS | www.astrodoughnuts.com

ASTRO DOUGHNUTS | 516 W 6th Street - Los Angeles, CA 90014


Photos Courtesy of Alen Lin, Rachen Lyn & Scott Suchman.


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This Fall NewCities Launches LA CoMotion, an Innovative Global Event in Los Angeles on the Future of Urban Mobility. This inaugural edition of LA CoMotion will take place November 15-19, 2017 throughout the famed Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles.

 LA CoMotion brings together emerging global ecosystem around new mobility in an animated, interactive event featuring demonstrations of nextgen mobility and transportation.
 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: LA CoMotion underscores that Los Angeles is the “center of smart and innovative global thinking about mobility in the future.”

Los Angeles, California, and Montréal, Canada – November 30, 2016. NewCities Foundation today announced an ambitious new annual event on the future of urban mobility, LA CoMotion. LA CoMotion is a hybrid event celebrating the future of mobility through conferences and workshops with global mobility leaders, as well as extensive demos and exhibition spaces throughout Los Angeles’ vibrant Arts District.

The five-day annual event gathers urban mobility players from cities around the world — from scrappy start-ups to the world’s largest transportation companies, from VC firms investing in new mobility solutions to vehicle design shops, public transport authorities and cutting-edge research labs at leading global universities. Participants include leaders from across this emerging urban mobility ecosystem whose goal is making our cities move more efficiently and effectively.

Taking place in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting and creative cities, LA CoMotion is designed to transform the city’s Arts District into an animated and interactive venue demonstrating the latest developments in mobility, from autonomous vehicles, drones and car and bike sharing pioneers to the world’s most innovative public transportation solutions. Across the neighborhood, there will be test tracks, drone races, vehicle demos, and show-and-tell activations.

Los Angeles is a natural leader of the new mobility revolution. As the city that invented the culture of the automobile, L.A. is now taking bold steps to reimagine mobility in the decades ahead. L.A.’s Mobility 2035 Plan, adopted last year by the Los Angeles City Council, aims to radically transform how Angelinos will move around their city in the future. And on November 8, Los Angeles County voters massively adopted Measure M, designed to raise billions of dollars of new funds for transportation projects in and around Los Angeles.
John Rossant, Chairman, NewCities said: “Urban mobility is driving change in cities around the world and the incredible rate of innovation in recent years has redefined our experience in cities. 

Advancements that are underway in the urban mobility world – car-sharing, Mobility as a Service solution, drones, data and, of course, autonomous vehicles – will transform the urban world more than anything else over the next ten years. Long the iconic city of the motor car, Los Angeles is now set to lead the way in changing how we move through 21st-century cities.”

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, said: “Los Angeles is making bold and historic investments in transportation infrastructure that will transform how people connect with the people and places they love. L.A. is redefining urban mobility in the 21st century — and we welcome the energy and innovative ideas that the LA CoMotion conference will bring to our city and region.”

LA COMOTION | www.lacomotion.com

Photos Courtesy of LA COMOTION.





Due to overwhelming demand, The Broad has announced additional tickets and extended hours for the upcoming special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. These newly announced tickets will go on sale Monday, October 2 at noon PT, and are expected to sell out quickly.

During the September 1 ticket release, the initial offering of 50,000 tickets sold out in less than two hours. The Broad has decided to stay open an additional 14 hours each week, for a total of 62 operational hours per week. In addition to these extended hours, the museum is also increasing the number of visitors it will accommodate during operating hours.  This increase in both hours and visitors per hour will allow for nearly 40,000 additional advance tickets to be made available in the upcoming release.
Interested ticket buyers should visit thebroad.org anytime between 11 a.m. and noon PT on October 2 and will be placed in an online waiting room. All users in the waiting room by noon will have an equal opportunity for access to tickets. At noon exactly, all users in the online waiting room will receive one of two messages: they will either receive a randomized number that will allow them to book tickets, or they will be informed that they were not randomly selected. Due to extremely high demand, not every user who joins the online waiting room will be able to purchase tickets. All users who receive a number will be able to purchase tickets.
In addition to this second ticket release, a limited number of same-day standby tickets will be available each day throughout the run of the exhibition, for both regular hours and extended hours. Standby tickets will be available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors opens at The Broad on October 21, 2017, and runs through January 1, 2018. The traveling exhibition is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

THE BROAD | www.thebroad.org

Photos Courtesy of The Broad.





UnSilent Cinema follows up last year’s success with feature-length silent films and female artists Juana Molina and Julia Holter performing the World Premieres of their original scores on September 28 & 29

Los Angeles, CA August 21, 2017 – In a two-night production, the not-so-silent silver screen is returning to downtown Los Angeles to excite the senses at UnSilent Cinema. The outdoor event will take over downtown Los Angeles’s premier shopping and dining destination, FIGat7th to showcase classic silent films brought to life by contemporary live scores. 

Bridging early 20th-century film masterpieces to present day’s contemporary music culture, this year’s UnSilent Cinema is inspired by female-focused music and film. Two full-length features with strong female leads have been paired with world premier scores written and performed by two top female musicians. 

Screening on Thursday, September 28 is The Goddess (1934, directed by Wu Yonggang), with Argentinian singer and songwriter, Juana Molina, performing an original score written especially for UnSilent Cinema. On Friday, September 29, The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer) will be screened with a unique performance by American singer, songwriter and artist Julia Holter. Both showings open with a live set by composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate, who performs under the moniker Noveller and recently toured Europe and the US with Iggy Pop. 

UnSilent Cinema is produced by Arts Brookfield, the cultural arm of global real estate corporation Brookfield Property Partners, Martin Fleischmann of Rum & Humble, and David Spelman of the New York Guitar Festival (NYGF). 

“Arts Brookfield is committed to providing unique and accessible experiences for the downtown Los Angeles community,” says Bert Dezzutti, Executive Vice President of the Western Region for Brookfield Office Properties. “We are excited to collaborate with Rum & Humble and David Spelman again to produce UnSilent Cinema, especially with this year’s strong female leads across both film and music.” 

“The sonic range of this year’s women composers dovetails with the ineffable mysteries of the central female characters on-screen. It's a correspondence of sound waves with emotional journeys depicted in silence -- imbuing a voice to the voiceless, as it were," says Spelman. 

Visit FIGat7th for this special, two-day event on September 28 & 29. Come early for an outdoor drink at TASTE Courtyard along with a variety of great dining options from all the eateries at FIGat7th. Picnicking is encouraged and blankets provided while supplies last. DJs spin at 7:00 p.m. with performances and screenings at 8:00 p.m on the FIGat7th Plaza. 

UnSilent Cinema is free and open to the public as part of Arts Brookfield’s mission to bring Brookfield’s public spaces to life through visual and performing arts. No tickets or reservations required. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.

For more information about Arts Brookfield and UnSilent Cinema, visit:

Arts Brookfieldwww.artsbrookfield.com

Photos Courtesy of Arts Brookfield.

Photos Courtesy of Priscilla C Scott, Juana Molina & Julia Holter.


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The Downtown Center BID today announced the launch of its biennial Downtown LA Survey. The survey results will help shape the future of DTLA by providing key insights into attitudes and behaviors, exploring the live / work dynamic and generating data that will enhance the downtown experience and help attract new retailers, employers, and residents. 

“We are committed to creating a world-class downtown,” said Carol Schatz, President, and CEO of the DCBID. “A key part of that effort is understanding the perceptions, engagement, and needs of the people who work, live and visit DTLA. This is our 6th Downtown LA Survey, and historically the data has helped us develop outreach programs to meet opportunities and challenges of our dynamic city. We have experienced more than 19 years of downtown growth, and there are no signs of slowing down.”

Residents, workers, and visitors can take the Downtown LA Survey online https://goo.gl/xkj4yP or in-person at DCBID events as well as a selected office building, retail and restaurant activations throughout DTLA. Facilitated by a 3rd party partner, the anonymous and confidential survey not only gives participants the chance to share their views but upon completion, survey takers will automatically be entered to win VIP Staples Center game tickets, $250 Whole Food gift cards or a DTLA hotel stay. The Downtown LA Survey runs through November 3, 2017, with results announced in early-December.






The home-buying approach varies from generation to generation—and to overcome down payment hurdles, millennial buyers are transforming the standards of homeownership set by baby boomers, according to the 2017 Zillow Group Report. In fact, less than half (39 percent) of millennials submit offers with the recommended 20 percent down payment. Twenty-one percent put down the minimum: 5 percent or less.

The financial challenges don’t stop at down payments. Thirty-three percent of millennial buyers report having difficulty qualifying for a loan, and 43 percent have trouble finding out what they can afford. These complications likely stem from a lack of experience, as 71 percent of millennial buyers are purchasing their first home.

“In many cities across the U.S., the housing market is extremely competitive, especially for first-time buyers who are looking to purchase a starter home,” says Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Young buyers often start their careers in fast-growing cities in which the market is particularly tough—and they’re trying to save for a down payment while making record-high rent payments.”
Most millennials are not confident in their buying power. Sixty-two percent simultaneously search for rentals as a backup in case of challenges in their home search, such as finding suitable properties in their price range or within their required time frame.

Millennials will, however, look for creative ways to achieve the home-buying dream. Twenty-nine percent of millennial buyers ask friends or family for down payment help, often coming up with the full amount using various sources.

Millennials will also jump on the opportunity to claim a home. They do not shy away from multiple offer situations and are not afraid to go over budget. More than 53 percent of first-time millennial buyers make multiple offers on the homes they want, and 37 percent don’t keep to their financial plan. This can prevent plans to sell if market conditions don’t allow the sale of the home to cover remaining mortgage balances. The typical homeowner still owes 62 percent of their home’s value, and 46 percent of millennial sellers won’t sell their home in their desired price range.

The economic landscape may or may not change for the next generation, but they will likely tackle these financial challenges in their way, the report shows. Generation Z is just now starting to enter the housing market as renters.
“It’s encouraging to see that Generation Z is inheriting the same notion of what home means to their parents and millennial siblings,” says Jeremy Wacksman, chief marketing officer at Zillow Group. “These tech-savvy yet risk-averse renters are bringing their social personalities home, desiring communal amenities geared toward bringing people together.”

While Generation Z buyers embrace homeownership as fundamental to achieving the American Dream, high rent prices may stand in the way when it comes time for them to buy. Thirty-seven percent of renters who didn’t move in the past year state that lack of affordability is the main reason for staying put.

Since 47 percent of Generation Z identifies as non-white, it is the most racially and ethnically diverse generation in U.S. history, the report shows. This may bring to light challenges facing minority buyers today. Thirty-seven percent of African American/black buyers, 33 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander buyers and 25 percent of Hispanic/Latino buyers, indicate they are dissatisfied with the home-buying process. This is due mainly to higher denial rates for minority buyers on pre-approvals and mortgages.

The millennial generation is redefining the way homeownership is approached, and Generation Z will have its impact on the housing market in a few years, the report shows—especially since they will likely outnumber millennials by nearly 1 million people by 2020.
“As they mature and look toward homeownership, it will be interesting to see how their aspirations and preferences will shape the housing market,” says Wacksman.

Liz DominguezRIS Media | ldominguez@rismedia.com




#34 | FALL 2017

Summer is over, but the fun does not stop in Downtown LA. The Fall is always bringing new beginnings, events, and cooler weather. 

Besides the new seasons of our favorite TV-Shows, the ten years anniversary iPhone X, and Halloween just around the corner, there are plenty of exciting things to discover.

Grand Park if offering a fantastic line-up not to miss, our favorite galleries are bringing you amazing artists for your pleasure, and a lot of few venues are popping up in your neighborhood. So enjoy this season to the fullest while waiting for the holidays in a few months.

Alex LiMandri | DTLA LIFE | Editor in Chief, Publisher - Realtor ®