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WILSHIRE COURTYARD WINS THE 2015 LA TOBY AWARD Tishman Speyer congratulates the LA team on receiving the prestigious Outstanding Building of the Year Award, recognizing excellence in commercial property management. Operated and managed to world-class standards, Wilshire Courtyard is the distinctive jewel of LA’s Miracle Mile. The million-square-foot, two-building sustainable property has recently completed extensive renovations to complement a variety of desirable amenities for its industry-leading tenants.



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The annual edition is delivered to residents, businesses and employees in the greater Miracle Mile area. It also is delivered to residents in Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Fremont Place, Park LaBrea and Larchmont Village, bringing the total readership to 100,000. COVER PHOTO by Bill Devlin Photography: Right foreground, the re-imagined and remodeled Petersen Automotive Museum. Left foreground, the southeastern edge of the former May Company building (now being remodeled into the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures) and the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) and other buildings of LACMA. The tall tower in the foreground is 5900 Wilshire. The tower in the background, east of SAG-AFTRA Plaza, is 5670 Wilshire. P_0116.149_WC8x10Ad_AF_R8_ol.indd 1

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Apartments offer proximity to shopping, entertainment Living in the Mile Sandra Bruno is an enthusiastic resident of Miracle Mile. She lives in an apartment in a French Colonial-style building on Cloverdale Ave. She selected the area because of the interesting architecture. Another bonus for Sandra is the proximity of shopping and cultural venues. She doesn’t drive, so “I can walk everywhere,” she says. Sandra picks up her groceries at Trader Joe’s or Farmers Market, attends events at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Grove and likes to dine at a

Oakwood alternative to staying in a hotel Where to put out-of-town guests? Oakwood Miracle Mile, which recently opened at 5659 W. Eighth St., has the answer. Oakwood provides furnished apartments with an open kitchen with granite countertops and master suites. There is a library with coffee and tea bar, a courtyard with a barbecue grill, spa, and conversation seating areas. Other amenities include a fitness center and concierge services. Rooms start at $219 per night.

variety of restaurants including Callender’s on Wilshire. “The only downside is the parking. When my son visits, he has a difficult time finding parking on the street.” Mediterranean, English Tudor, Colonial, Moderne and Spanish-style apartment buildings flourish in Miracle Mile, ranging from plain to fancy. Prices fluctuate too, depending on size and amenities. Windsor Court at 401 S. Detroit Ave. is in the “fancy” category. It is one of four buildings managed by Essex Properties that offer rooftop pools, fitness centers, security gates and high speed internet. Pets are welcome but there are breed restrictions. Parking is available for two cars and there is guest parking. Residents living in Park La Brea have the amenities of a resort with two pools, fitness center, landscaped parks and jogging tracks, theater with an activity schedule. There are 4,244 apartments ranging from one, two and three-bedroom in towers and one and two-story garden-adjacent units. Pets are permitted. Gas fireplaces add a welcom-

WINDSOR COURT units at 401 S. Detroit Ave. are pet-friendly.

ing touch to apartments at Palm Court, 760 S. Burnside Ave. The 132-unit building features a pool, Jacuzzi, balconies, rooftop sundeck, fitness center and security guard on staff. Amenities at the high-rise at 5550 Wilshire Blvd. include garden courtyard, gas barbecues, theater, sauna/steam room with lockers and fitness center. Rents at most of the upscale buildings start at $2200 for a one-bedroom, $2800 for two bedrooms. Brick covers the four-story English Tudor building at 603 S. Cochran Ave. One-bedroom apartments start at $1425.

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Renaissance underway on, over Wilshire Museums in the Mile By Suzan Filipek Art museum director Michael Govan is perhaps the greatest fan of the futuristic design in the works for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “I think it’s going to be beautiful… It will be fantastic,” he enthused one day last month. The $600 million project, which includes a gallery space over Wilshire Blvd., is planned to open in 2023. Its designer, Peter Zumthor, of Switzerland, is among the “greatest architects in the world,” has built two worldclass museums in Europe and this will be his U.S. showcase. “But that’s not the point,” says Govan. “You’re going to have a safe, much more accessible, userfriendly museum and a better experience in the park.” The 100,000 square-foot museum will replace a hodgepodge design started in the 1960s. Four buildings will be demolished. (The Japanese Pavilion, Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the Resnick

LACMA CEO Michael Govan prepares for 2023 opening.

Pavilion will remain). In place of the demolished buildings (Ahmanson, Hammer, Art of the Americas and Bing) will be seven inhabitable pillars holding up a “table top” gallery space which will reach across Wilshire to the Spaulding Ave. parking lot. Standing on pillars 26 feet from the ground, the transparent glass building reflects a changing societal value system, moving away from the thick temple-like facades of the 19th century, Govan explains.

The suspended design returns about two acres of ground space to the park. “That’s the genius of going across the street,” said Govan. He will soon visit Zumthor and his team in Switzerland prior to the project’s environmental impact review set to start with the city in late spring. Its opening in 2023 is timed to debut with the opening of a Metro subway station, what Govan calls, “a game changer” that will provide visitors from downtown and elsewhere easier access to the museum. Inroads in technology will make for a more refined, “revolutionary” experience. Viewers will be able to in a glance learn about the art and history of a picture in the city’s 300+ languages, predicts Govan. The Muirfield Road resident took over the reins at LACMA a decade ago, leaving friends behind who wondered why he and his wife and daughter left a good life in New York for a cultural wasteland. “Most of our New York friends didn’t see it as a step up. Now they’re all looking for houses in L.A.,” he smiles. “It’s a really exciting place to be... It seems like the right

LACMA'S design traverses over Wilshire Blvd. View above faces west, with the 5900 building behind the proposed gallery.

time to be here. L.A. has so much to offer.” An artist in his youth, Govan majored in art history and was drawn from graduate school to join the Guggenheim Museum. He stays in touch with artists throughout the country via his single-engine plane, and he will continue to plan exhibits, which during construction will take place in BCAM and the Resnick. “The idea is for us to close [partially] as [the Academy Museum] opens,” Govan says. The $388 million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, under construction at the Wilshire May Co. building, is targeted for a 2018 debut. Like Zumthor, its architect Renzo Piano is a Pritzker win-

ner; he is restoring the historic May Co. building at the corner of Fairfax Ave. to include six floors of exhibition spaces. Movie memorabilia will include hundreds of items, from a full-scale model shark from “Jaws” to Dorothy’s slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” Glass bridges will connect the building to a sphere in the rear featuring a 1,000-seat theater and a rooftop terrace. Petersen progress A pizza oven, an à la carte menu and a full bar will greet visitors at Drago at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The Italian-California restaurant will be ensconced within the museum’s ribbon-patterned stainless steel façade, evok(Please turn to page 8)

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'What do you think of the new Academy Museum?'


That is the question inquiring photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked visitors at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at the top floor of the Broad Ccontemporary Art Musuem, adjacent to the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

LOCAL ARTISTS are featured in upcoming shows at CAFAM.

70,000 visitors per year who enjoy juried art exhibits, movies and language classes.   Japanese language classes, traditional tea ceremonies and movies take place at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, inside the Wilshire Courtyard. The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States. Founded in 1961 by a group of survivors, the Museum moved to its permanent home in Pan Pacific Park, an award-winning building designed by architect Hagy Belzberg, in 2010. Learn German and attend cultural events at the GoetheInstitut, inside Wilshire Courtyard. Zimmer Children's Museum offers sing-a-longs and more for toddlers on up. See page 26.

focus on Los Angeles-based artists. CraftNight is on the first Thursday of the month and CraftLab is on the second Sunday of the month. Craft Affair, an annual gala, takes place in October. “We also have a new buyer in our CAFAM Shop, which has a new look and products. People can shop online, at,” says spokesman Sasha Ali. History, art, movies The Korean Cultural Center, at 5505 Wilshire Blvd., is housed in a building that opened as a Bank of America in 1929. It was purchased in April of 1980 by the South Korean government, and was re-designed by Han Yu- ICE AGE Hair Ball promises a jung. The museum has about wild time June 4.

“Finally there’s going to be a museum dedicated to the movie industry in Los Angeles. It’s long overdue and much appreciated.” Robert Mostacci West Hollywood

“The design looks like a glass spaceship landing on Fairfax. With the lights at night, it will be beautiful. It will be great because of the location connected to LACMA. When the subway is finished, it will be so nice because you don’t have to drive here in your car!” Ben Barcelona Silver Lake

“I think it’s a great idea to upgrade the area with the Academy Museum.” And “I love that they are going to incorporate the older (1930’s May Company) building into the plans.” Kay Burt and Elizabeth Cummings Long Beach

“I’ve been reading about it and I’m excited because it’s right here, so when we come up to LACMA with our out-ofstate friends and family, who I know will want to come see it, we will be able to do both!” Renee King Orange County

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(Continued from page 6) ing the speed and curves of an automobile. Felderman, Keatinge and Associates is the architecture firm. Seating will include an outdoor patio shaded in the style of the exterior red metal ribbons. The restaurant opening is expected this summer. The recently completed renovation at the museum, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, added 15,000 square ft., while the original 1962 Welton Beckett building (once an Ohrbach’s Dept. Store) remained architecturally intact. World-famous site Comedian Will Ferrell meets a life-size (puppet) sabertooth cat on his hashtag stop at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Share your experiences at the world-famous excavation site at #HowDoYouMuseum. Wear an over-the-top hairdo to the annual Ice Age Hair Ball Sat., June 4, with cocktails, dancing and fashions inspired by the La Brea animals. Day, overnight and weekly camps for boys and girls are offered, and don't miss the new 3D film "Titans of the Ice Age." Upcoming exhibitions at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

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Black Dog owner reflects on beginnings Working in the Mile By Billy Taylor Most days you can find Brad Gold behind the counter of one of Miracle Mile’s most beloved café and coffee shops, a business he has owned and operated for over 17 years. Located at the corner of Wilshire and Hauser boulevards, Black Dog Coffee serves breakfast, lunch and a wide selection of beverages to residents and tourists alike. How it all began A Los Angeles native, Gold grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the 1950’s. “When I was in school, almost everybody was from somewhere outside California.” As a boy, his parents owned an Orange Julius franchise in Burbank where he worked while in high school and college. The experience instilled a strong understanding of what it takes to be successful in the restaurant business. “Hospitality and food are in my DNA,” he says. After years of working as a senior manager for a restaurant chain, Gold was laid off at the age of 53.

“The chain had expanded too quickly and signed a few too many leases in locations that were marginal,” says Gold. “Over the years, I had interviewed enough middle-aged job applicants to appreciate that it was time to become self-employed.” Even with experience in the industry, Gold knew it wasn’t going to be easy: “I was short on cash and in a big hurry.” With these limitations, Gold set off to find a location. “I needed to find an underperforming café, that already existed, with an owner motivated to sell,” says Gold. Luckily, he found just what he was looking for eight blocks from his home. Using a small amount of money borrowed from family and friends, Gold took control of 5657 Wilshire and quickly changed the name, menu and look of the café. “My wife did a great job of designing on a dime,” he says. What’s in a name? According to Gold, deciding on the name Black Dog Coffee

was a long, but funny process. “We had a contest to come up with something. It got to the point that friends were leaving names on my answering machine.” Gold says “Jews for Java” and “He-brew” were both being considered until one day he and his wife were talking about a black Lab he had owned years ago. Tears filled his eyes as he recalled the special bond they’d shared. (Please turn to page 22)

OWNER Brad Gold stands with his staff at Black Dog Coffee.

Miler likes area's history and its diversity Edward Rubin is a fourthgeneration Angeleno. His parents built a home on Alta Vista in 1934, near where he lives today with his husband of 26 years, poet Sam Ambler. “My grandmother supervised the construction to make sure that all the details that she wanted were perfect,” he said. As a child, his mom would take him to Van de Kamp’s Bakery on Wilshire Blvd., and the Farmers Market on Fairfax. “I used to visit Santa Claus at the May Company at Christmas, and play in the park at the Tar Pits.  I even remember the old Carthay Circle movie

theatre.   “I never expected that, decades later, I would purchase a home in the neighborhood where my family is from… but I knew that the Miracle Mile was perfect for us.   “We wanted a neighborhood that had an identity, a history, a diverse population, and where you could walk to stores easily, and was also near a major cultural institution. LACMA certainly fulfilled that wish! “Every time we walk in our neighborhood, even after 19 years, we still talk about how lucky we are to live here. There is so much going on, and it is all at our fingertips. The Mira-

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Congratulations to the Larchmont Chronicle for 53 Years of publication in the Miracle Mile! Stay informed of the latest news on the Purple Line Extension: 213.922.6934 Don’t forget to support local businesses in the local Eat Shop Play Wilshire program. Make the pledge at Cheers to 53 more years.

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Metro Miracle Mile work continues News of the Mile With not one, but two, Miracle Mile subway stations planned for the Purple Line Westside Extension to Westwood and beyond, the Mile will be a hub of construction activity for some time to come. When completed, the extension will reach west for about nine miles with seven new stations. The high-capacity, high-speed, dependable alternative now available for riders from the San Fernando Valley or Wilshire Center to Downtown will also become a plus for those who live and work in Miracle Mile. New destinations to be available for all Purple Line riders will be in Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood. The under-construction first section of the Purple Line Extension is funded by local Measure R funds that were approved by voters in November of 2008, along with federal “New Starts” matching funds and a low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program.

This first tunnel section from Western Ave. to La Cienega Blvd. includes new subway stops at La Brea Ave., Fairfax Ave., and La Cienega. Current activity in the Miracle Mile involves preparation for the decking to go over the La Brea Ave. station site. The actual decking activity will take place beginning in June and will last for 22 weekends. That approach—weekendsonly for the street closures, versus a single seven-week street closure option—was the consensus choice of community members and city elected leaders. The closure will consist of three separate decking phases at, and near, Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. The first phase will involve three weekend closures from Detroit St. to La Brea. The second phase will close the La Brea intersection for three weekends. The third, and longest, phase involves 16 weekend closures from La Brea to Highland Ave. In the meantime, Metro’s contractor will continue to

install the “soldier pile” steel I-beams that not only provide lateral and subjacent support for the soil outside of the excavation area, but also will serve as the columns upon which the edges of the concrete deck units will rest. Pile installation takes place daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pile installation work on the north side of Wilshire is expected to be completed in April, and then work will begin on the south side of Wilshire. Find detailed information on Purple Line construction, as well as Metro’s “Eat, Shop, Play” support program for affected local businesses, at (Please turn to page 14)

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DESMONDS on the fashionable Mile in 1936 is included in the group’s photo archive.

YouTube productions, curbing development on MMRA agenda By Suzan Filipek The digital age is thriving at the Miracle Mile Residential Association which sports its own YouTube channel, Tweets and publishes an online newsletter. Residents of more than 1,600 homes and apartments are privy to interviews with the new city councilman and experts on city zoning and preservation issues in their neighborhood through the MMRA Channel. A recent interview with Jill Stewart, spokesperson for the Neighbor Integrity Initiative that seeks to curb development

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citywide, was linked to the group’s February newsletter. “We’re also planning a revamp of our website this year. We had a record number of visitors to our site last year— our historic photo collection is very popular,” said MMRA vice president and director of communications Ken Hixon. He initiated efforts to bring the group out from the pre-digital dark ages three years ago. “Part of it is a generational thing,” said Hixon, who was inspired by his son to reach out to a younger audience. “If they can’t connect by a smart (Please turn to page 30)

Residents await next step for historical preservation By Sondi Toll Sepenuk The wait is almost over. He hopes. After two years of countless meetings, fundraisers and the distribution of door-to-door fliers regarding the pros and cons of establishing an HPOZ (Historical Preservation Overlay Zone) in the southern Miracle Mile area, residents are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. “During the HPOZ process, we were required to do a historical survey,” says Mark Zecca, board member of the Miracle Mile Residential As-

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A community meeting at which the latest Purple Line news will be presented and discussed with stakeholders will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in LACMA’s Dorothy Collins Brown Auditorium on St. Patrick’s Day, Thurs., March 17. Before or after the meeting, Tom Bergin’s and Molly Malone’s will be welcoming guests just south and north on Fairfax Ave.

Mid City West sets agenda for council elections

sociation (MMRA) and HPOZ committee chair. “The MMRA paid about $65,000 for Architectural Resources Group, Inc. (ARG) to prepare the survey.” Now that the survey is complete, the MMRA is awaiting approval from the City of Los Angeles Planning Department. If the department approves the survey, it will then conduct public workshops to create a preservation plan for area located between Wilshire Blvd. on the north, San Vicente Blvd. on the south, Fairfax Ave. on the west and La Brea Ave. on the east. Many residents have already

By Billy Taylor Board members of the Mid City West Community Council gathered Feb. 9 in the auditorium of the National Council of Jewish Women to debate, among other things, the election season. “The big news this month is the upcoming election,” said Board chair Scott Epstein, as he opened the meeting. No, the 22 officers present weren’t discussing the race for the White House, they were debating the most effective way to promote the upcoming Mid City West Community Council Election. Neighborhood councils elect board members to serve a two-year term. Anyone who lives, works or has a vested interest in the area can vote. The election will be held on May 1 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; but if you can’t make it to the polls, you can now vote online, says Epstein. “Online voting is a new tool added to the neighborhood council election system this year,” he added, noting that stakeholders can vote online starting April 10 until 3 p.m.

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THE PERMANENT I N S TA L L AT I O N ACROSS FROM LACMA I S 4 3 3 F T TA L L . If art is a work produced by inspired imagination and skilled creativity, then 5900 Wilshire has to be considered. Perhaps that’s why it is home to the best and brightest in entertainment, art, and media. Located across from LACMA, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, and the La Brea Tar Pits, and minutes from some of LA’s best shopping and dining, 5900 Wilshire features unobstructed 360º views of the city. Come and take a look at the most centrally located business address in town. We think you’ll find it a work of art.

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Newcomers, oldtimers among galleries on Mile

By Georgia Dolenz The Miracle Mile has long been renowned for its collection of art galleries, offering locals and tourists some of Los Angeles’ finest art collections. New to the neighborhood, Sprüth Magers has added Los Angeles to its list of addresses, which include Berlin, London and Cologne and soon-to-be Hong Kong. The gallery's specialty is groundbreaking modern and contemporary art, and the Mile site opened last month with an exhibit of new work by John Baldessari. Meanwhile, other galleries have left the area. “Unfortunately, a couple of galleries recently had to relocate due to the new Metro stop at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax,” explains James Panozzo, founder of LAUNCH LA, a nonprofit art gallery and event company based on La Brea. While the new Metro line has been blamed for some relocations, the decline began several years before with some galleries migrating to Downtown and East Los Angeles. Rozalia Jovanovic wrote in 2014 for Art Net LA, “The presence of larger and more

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established galleries Downtown... indicate that the area is less wooly and more accessible than it might have once been.” She questioned if the migration was a “sign that the Los Angeles art world is maturing, or is this just a matter of course in the episodic and migratory nature of L.A.’s perennially de-centered gallery scene?” Maybe, but meanwhile galleries continue to make the Mile their home. Here's a few that showcase local, national and international art: ACE Gallery 5514 Wilshire Blvd. ACME Gallery 6150 Wilshire Blvd. MK Gallery 170 S. La Brea Ave. 1301PE Gallery 6150 Wilshire Blvd. Papillon Gallery 357 S. Curson Ave., 8K, Sprüth Magers 5900 Wilshire Blvd.

Neighborhood bars and lively venues to try

By Georgia Dolenz The Miracle Mile has been home to some of the best food, nightlife and venues Los Angeles has to offer. Here are a few of the local venues that call the Mile their home. Voted #1 sports bar in Los Angeles by MSN, Busby’s is a Mile staple and offers a selection of beers, pub food and of course, their free karaoke sessions on Wednesday nights. 5364 Wilshire Blvd. 323-839-4835 The El Rey is a City of Los Angeles historic-cultural monument in the heart of the Miracle Mile. With its art deco design and live-music acts, this landmark venue offers a unique night out. 5515 Wilshire Blvd. 323-936-6400 Voted Miracle Mile’s best neighborhood bar, Little Bar boasts a New England style and serves up creative cocktails and a selection of 18 beers on tap. Relax with a game of darts and play some of your favorite tunes on their jukebox. 757 S. La Brea Ave. 323-937-9210 (Please turn to page 21)

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Last year, the festival included food trucks, kid’s activities, live music, wine bars, an art pavilion, dance performances and live paintings. A variety of new, innovative artists and musicians can be expected at this year’s event, says founder James Panozzo. The dates and times for the 2016 Tarfest will be released over the coming months, as well as program details for each weekend. For more information visit

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CELEBRATE WITH US ALL YEAR LONG! THE ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET 2016 ACTIVITIES & EVENTS ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION: Thursday, March 17, All Day: Stop by for traditional Irish food and music, including the sounds of Glen the strolling bagpiper from 12:30-3:30pm and Stuart Marks & The Paddy O'Dors Band from 6-9pm in the West Patio. Magee's Kitchen will be serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Green beer and imported Irish beers will be on tap from E.B's and Bar 326!

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC AT THE MARKET: Friday Evenings, May 27–August 26, 7–9pm: Free concert performances every Friday on the West Patio featuring L.A.’s best musicians.

22ND ANNUAL GILMORE HERITAGE AUTO SHOW: Saturday, June 4, 11am–5pm: Nearly 100 breathtaking American classics are on display throughout the Market; everything from customs, hot rods, trucks and more! This year's theme is, The Sky's the Limit — A Tribute to the American Convertible.

TASTE OF FARMERS MARKET: Tuesday, July 19, 5-9pm: For one evening only, our merchants take you on a strolling gastronomic and shopping adventure throughout the Market, letting you enjoy delicious food and live music. Ticket info will be available on in early June.

FALL FESTIVAL: Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, All Day: A favorite event since 1934, Fall Festival features a bounty of live music, a petting zoo, arts & crafts for kids, world famous pie-eating contests and more!

HANUKKAH CELEBRATION: Tuesday, December 27, 2:30pm: Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant menorah, music and arts and crafts.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES: December 18-24: The Market is decked out in Yuletide finery to welcome the season. Celebrate the holidays with music, arts & crafts, variety shows, Dickensian carolers and more. All activities & events are free unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change. Visit regularly for updates.



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Lift a pint of green ale on St. Patrick's Day at these classic spots By Helene Seifer Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. For those who wish to lift a pint for Erin go Bragh, there are several classic Irish pubs on the Miracle Mile to try. For 80 years, crowds have

flocked to Tom Bergin’s for St. Patrick’s Day. Owner Derek Schreck tents the parking lot so up to 1,000 people can attend at a time. “At 6 a.m., we start serving a full Irish breakfast, with bangers, eggs, beans, roasted tomatoes—and

Irish coffee!” The party continues until 2 a.m., and usually 5,000 to 6,000 people attend. Shreck says there’s a DJ and, “We have corned beef sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, whiskey ice cream,

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On St. Patrick’s Day, Magee’s serves corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and a few sides from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. “We serve over a 1,000 pounds of corned beef that day!” The Farmers Market goes full Irish, as Call explains, “There’s live music (bagpipes) and green beer!” Established in 1969, Molly Malone’s is known for live music, but on St. Pat’s, they really rock—with a bagpiper and live bands playing rock ‘n’ roll from noon till 2 a.m. Brew-slinging starts at 6 a.m. According to manager Ernesto Sanchez, about 1,200 people are served, fueled by corned beef and Irish stew!

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Bars in the Mile (Continued from page 18) The Mint was established in 1937 and has showcased some of the music industry’s greatest musicians over the years. Whether you’re catching a show or just enjoying the atmosphere, The Mint serves up tapas-style cuisine and live music every night of the week. 6010 West Pico Blvd. 323-954-9400 Communal seating and a $6 happy hour menu every night of the week makes Ras-

young and old, rich and poor, everybody!” Chef Manzke’s cooking reflects that diversity, serving both rotisserie chicken with fingerling potatoes and black kale, and salmon crudo with celery root, pink pomelo, smoked sesame and tangerine dashi. “If I have any secret weapon, it’s the farmers’ markets. I buy every fruit and vegetable there. I don’t work with recipes; I work with what’s fresh at the markets.” He frequents at least five different markets a week! ••• Karen Hatfield explains why she and her husband Quinn opened Odys + Penelope in the area. “In my view this is cal a popular bar and restaurant with the locals. Rascal’s Wednesday night Burger Bash and all-day Sunday happy hour are worth checking out. 801 S. La Brea Ave. 323-933-3229 Candela is a chic little restaurant specializing in authentic, tantalizing Mexican food in a relaxed atmosphere. With $1 tacos all-day Wednesday, it’s easy to see why this joint is a favorite with the locals. 831 S. La Brea Ave. 323-936-0533

the most central place in Los Angeles. It’s adjacent to everything! We love it here and feel very attached to the community.” She has no doubt about their secret weapon. “I stand near the front and I see it. People walk in, take a breath, and go ‘aaah!’” The meat and wood smoke fragrance emanating from two grills and a smoker is “captivating.” Apple, oak and almond wood provide unique aromas for their smoked lamb lettuce cups with green hummus, grilled trout with roasted fennel and beets, and dry-aged churrasco sirloin cap, crispy onions and horseradish potatoes.

••• “For me, being in the Miracle Mile is like being in the middle of nowhere, but the center of everything!” explains Eric Greenspan, whose The Roof on Wilshire has a prime view from atop The Hotel Wilshire. “We’ve got a great, diverse community. Relaxed. Not sceney like Hollywood; not posh like Beverly Hills. All ethnicities, age groups.” His secret weapon? “We cook almost everything on a griddle. We cook our fish on a griddle to get a crispy skin. We roast our steaks on one. I wave the flag of a good old-fashioned pancake griddle!” Besides branzino with fennel and oven dried cherry tomato, and filet

mignon with fingerling potatoes and salsa verde, Chef Greenspan does make pancakes on his griddle, too! ••• LACMA’s Ray’s and Stark Bar exemplifies both fine and food arts. Perhaps LACMA’s art inspires Executive Chef Fernando Darin to plate spaghetti alla chitarra with Santa Barbara sea urchin, finger limes and black garlic, and braised beef cheeks with carrots, roasted cippolinis and salsa verde. But he says his secret weapon is “Definitely vinegars and citrus. Finding balance is essential in cooking, and using the right acidity is fundamental. I have close to 15 different vinegars.”

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By Helene Seifer The Miracle Mile is known for its museums, but recently its artsy reputation extends to the art of food, as acclaimed chefs are helming restaurants along the corridor and cross streets. We asked a few of the best why they settled in this part of town and also to reveal their secret weapons in the kitchen. ••• “I feel like where I am is kind of the crossroads between neighborhoods,” République chef Walter Manzke states. He loves the proximity to Hancock Park, Koreatown, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. “We get such a diverse clientele;

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'Black Dog' owner reflects “So, Black Dog it was,” he says. Gold’s love for canines doesn’t just end with a namesake. Not only is the café dogfriendly, but a portion of sales every Friday goes to support The Best Friends Animal Society. Gold also promotes in his monthly newsletter what he calls “adorable fur babies who are up for adoption” by the No-Kill Adoption Center. Gold says he’s grateful to have so many regular customers, and he credits customer service and quality ingredients as reasons for his success. He has three homemade soups on the menu that change daily, and a large selection of vegetarian and vegan options. But how’s the coffee? Black Dog uses organic and fair trad-

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ed coffee beans from Groundwork Coffee for its caffeinebased drinks and also offers the beans in one-pound bags, which can be ground to order. Visit

Photographer, art director (Continued from page 10) urban area while still being able to have a house and a garden on a quiet street.  Plus, it is easy access to downtown, the West Side, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.   “My great grandparents got to Los Angeles in 1900, and living in the Miracle Mile– where my family established their roots–makes me really feel like I am always home. “The area’s 1930’s architecture, from Spanish to French chateau, make it visually interesting, a plus for a photographer.”  

Vermont, by way of Mile His first book, however, takes a look at a different place: “Vermont, an Outsider’s Inside View.” The Emmy-award winning art director, artist and internationally exhibited photographer first visited the picturesque state when working on an independent film in 1998. He became friends with a seventh-generation Vermonter. “I realized that I needed to photograph the special world [he] was showing me—the real world of Vermonters who live and work there and love it,” he said. Funding the four-year project on a home equity loan, Rubin interviewed and snapped 20,000 photographs of the state’s inhabitants—from the state governor to its farmers, artists, mechanics, supreme court justices, waitresses and activists. “I had no plan—I photographed friends, and then

Personal coach helps clients lead happy, fulfilling lives Life coach Catherine Barron has helped people from all walks of life, online. “It’s a mobile-friendly business,” says Barron, Cochran Ave. The former property investment consultant had a friends of friends, and then strangers,” he said. The artistic journey took him to Verona, Italy, where he helped guide the printing for the project. The result is the coffee-table-sized, 228-page book featuring 200 color and black-and-white photographs, recently published by Fine Arts Press. “I believe my book will become a lasting, classic document of a very particular place and time, and also a record of perhaps what is being lost now in the United States—a sense of community,” he says.

spiritual awakening which inspired her to return to school to study psychology to help people CATHERINE have fulBARON filling lives that are generated by real, not superficial, “happiness,” she says. Successful people, those who want to be successful and others who have suffered for years—from grief, loss, separation or divorce—are among her clients. “I have helped clients break the cycles that control them; such as, obsessions, fears, shame or guilt. Many of these components keep people from growing into their full potential as a human being.” Sometimes they just need a little help in realizing their true “genius,” “hidden strength” and “magnificence,” she says. She enjoys visiting the Grove and patronizing other local spots. “I do walk everywhere, to eat, market, work out, and shop too; as there are many specialty and interesting places to buy from and see.” Visit her at

Exciting changes are in the air in Sycamore Square Change is constant in Sycamore Square with new construction, new businesses, new housing and the Metro Purple Line. “The changes are exciting and will bring a lot to our neighborhood, we just have to survive the chaos in the meantime!” says Charla Gardner, president of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association. Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins opened their doors in February. “The convenience of having a food store, with natural and organic options, within walking distance is great,” said Gardner.    The Mansfield, a six-story, 138 unit mixed-use project at 5100 Wilshire Blvd., has a move-in ready completion date of October 2017.    The Association is working to bring a city Historic Preservation Overlay Zone to the area, as just last month two homes were demolished on the 800 block of Citrus Ave. A hearing date is set for Wed., March 23 regarding an application for a 7-11 store to open at Olympic and La Brea for 24 hours operation and license to sell beer and wine.   Visit

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locate funds for print advertising. Guest speakers A Los Angeles Fire Dept. community coordinator for Battalion 18, Chin Thammasaengsri, stressed the importance of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for residents. The free program prepares citizens for

emergency and disaster situations. Thammasaengsri said new classes are starting across the city in March. More information is at LAPD Wilshire Division Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker was on hand to highlight a new tool available to Wilshire Division police officers—cameras attached to patrol vehi-

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Residents await next step in HPOZ As he travelled the neighborhood for work, he began to witness homes closer to his own being torn down one-byone. “I saw Beverly Grove homes being demolished, and it completely destroyed the character of the area.” Zecca decided that the historic architecture of the Miracle Mile neighborhood was too important to leave to developers whose primary motivation appears to be adding square footage. “There are three main reasons to establish an HPOZ,” says Zecca. “One, to protect the historic integrity of the neighborhood. Two, to protect multi-family units, which will help stabilize rents and save affordable housing. And three, to give the neighborhood a voice in local development.” In addition, Zecca points out that HPOZs stabilize neighborhood rental turnover rates and add to home values. “Housing built before 1978 is rent stabilized, so rents don’t increase dramatically when the lease is up. People stay longer instead of it being like a giant beehive with people zipping in-and-out (Please turn to page 24)

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(Continued from page 14) contributed generously to the cost of the survey, but more is needed. “The cost has been substantial but for a worthy cause,” says Zecca. Zecca was one of the first Miracle Mile residents to push for an HPOZ back in 2014. He realized that his neighborhood was in a “donut hole,” surrounded by other established HPOZ neighborhoods but left unprotected itself. “I knew that if we didn’t act, the developers were going to come after us,” says Zecca. Zecca moved from West Hollywood to the Miracle Mile in 2010. He loved the charming 1920s architecture and fell in love with an English Country style home that was painted pink on the interior. After years of restoration, his labor of love now reflects the home’s original character. “When I lived in West Hollywood, I witnessed the city tearing down every vestige of old Hollywood and it really upset me,” reflects Zecca. “If you erase history, why would anyone want to come to see the area anymore?” Zecca is a realtor for Keller Williams on Larchmont Blvd.

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(Continued from page 14) on May 1. Get out the vote Debating a motion that would allocate funds to promote the election, members of the Board’s Ad Hoc Elections Committee told the group they recommend using only Facebook advertising as the vehicle to communicate details to the general public. Board member Josh Paget led the charge saying “print media is a waste.” Paget’s assessment was met with fierce opposition, as other board members scoffed at the idea of voters—especially the elderly—heavily connected to social media. In the end, the Committee’s recommendations were ignored by the Board, who approved an amendment to al-

cles with accompanying audio recording boxes on the officers’ belts. The equipment is part of a program to increase the number of recording devices available to officers in the field. For more information on the Mid City West Community Council, visit midcitywest. org.

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News: Next step in HPOZ (Continued from page 23) each year, therefore, the residents are more invested in the area. Homeowners like stability, and an HPOZ gives them that.” During the city workshop process, which will occur after the survey is approved, the neighborhood THE AREA was unprotected from is encouraged to design its out-of-scale developments. own HPOZ “preservation plan,” which would encom- “ARG did a bio of each and pass all of the guidelines that every home to determine if property owners would have the house is a contributor or to follow when making cer- a non-contributor to the histain changes to their proper- toric significance of the neighties. For the Miracle Mile area, borhood. The firm also looked neighbors are mainly con- into the history of the neighcerned with McMansioniza- borhood itself. It found that tion and protecting the front Jewish retailers were not welfaçades of the original 1920s come in downtown L.A., so the homes. developer A.W. Ross, who de One of the most fascinating veloped the commercial strip parts of the HPOZ process, ac- on Wilshire Blvd., welcomed cording to Zecca, has been the them to open their upscale desdfsdf historical survey. partment stores in the Miracle

Mile. Other neighborhoods of the time had restrictive covenants outlawing Jews and other minorities from living in certain neighborhoods. This area was free of covenants, so Jewish families settled here.

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Zecca hopes the HPOZ will gain final approval by March of 2017. “We have to think about the future,” he says presciently. “We need to preserve the neighborhood for future generations.”

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Parade, Safety Summit on Civic agenda

KICKOFF FOR last fall for TarFest drew County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Chamber president Steve Kramer at LACMA.

Chamber expands borders, plans forum on area future The Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce is changing its name to reflect an expansion in the area it covers. The addition of “Greater” to the name indicates wider outreach to businesses from Pico Blvd. to Melrose Ave., Nor-

mandie Ave. to La Cienega Blvd. The organization, which was brought back to life by Stephen Kramer in 1993, provides resources for its members, advocacy for community issues and networking opportunities. Civic, state and county lead-

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By Jane Gilman A recent “Ceremony of Trees” brought together members of the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition to say farewell to the 82 mature trees that will be removed from the Wilshire Blvd. medians and parkways.   “However,” said Lyn MacEwen Cohen, MMCC president, “we are so pleased that two of the palms have been replanted at Wilshire Police Station.” “We are also planning a Fourth of July patriotic parade to celebrate the nation’s birthday and to commemorate our organization’s 30th anniversary,” Cohen said.   She added that a Safety Summit is planned in the next few months with the theme “cyber terrorism.” The summit draws key speakers from law enforceers have been featured speakers at Chamber meetings. The group is the originator of TarFest, a mixture of music and art events that is held free of charge at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum grounds each September. A forum on “The State of the Mile” will draw business leaders to the El Rey Theater on Thurs., May 12. The Chamber-sponsored event will address the future of the area as seen by museum, civic and business officials, said Meg McComb, executive director. Black Dog Café will cater the luncheon meeting, which begins at 11:30 a.m.

CEREMONY to say goodbye to median trees drew, left, Lyn MacEwen Cohen, Randy Murphy, Walter Marks III and Steve Rosenthal.

ment and military agencies.       MMCC also plans an event to honor the victims of 9/11 on its 15th anniversary. “For his work with the Coalition, we

will honor Brad Burlingame who died recently. Our group works closely with First-In Fire Foundation to support first responders,” Cohen said.

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Art, science and music programs are offered at various venues Whether your child wants to explore the Pleistocene era, hear stories, create art and music or watch movies and play games, you can find it at the following venues.


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Other programs vary, but include craft, entertainment and education programs for kids, and craft, Student Smart SAT and college essay workshops for teens. Contact the branch for more information. Fairfax Library 161 S. Gardner St.

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323-936-6191 branches/fairfax Storyteller, movies, games Families can enjoy an afternoon of stories and music about plants, animals and the natural world with a musical storyteller Wed., March 9. See Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” Mon., March 21 at 4 p.m. Other activities include teen council, craft programs, movies and game days. Contact the branch for a schedule. Memorial Library 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 • • •


Craft and knit Bring the family and learn how to emboss and paint on thin aluminum sheets to create metal art Sun., March 13 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome to join the Yarn Bombing Los Angeles Knit Graffiti Collective monthly meeting Sat., March 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. CraftLab Workshops offered on the second Sunday of the month are appropriate for all ages. Craft & Folk Art 5814 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-4230;

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Hancock Park Elementary 408 S. Fairfax Ave. Ph: 323-935-5272 Principal: Ashley Parker Grades: K to 5, 800 students Wilshire Crest Elementary 5241 W. Olympic Blvd. Ph: 323-938-5291 Principal: Carolyn Mayes Grades: K to 5, 292 students

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Day camp, critters, puppets Kids in grades kindergarten to four can attend Adventures in Nature spring day camp Mon., March 21 through Fri., March 25, where they can have hands-on experiences with plants and animals. Other activities are critter clubs for children ages 3 to 5 and junior scientist clubs for kids ages 6 to 9, where youngsters can learn about spiders, flies, butterflies and other critters. The “Ice Age Encounters” puppet show features a puppet saber-tooth cat and her kitten Nibbles. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays. Check website for schedule. Page Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6300; Puppies, art, culture Children can hear stories (Please turn to page 27)

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Girls’ and Boys’ classes Ages 3 and up beginning to advanced levels

cluding drawing, painting, sculpture, and more. Internships for high school students are also offered. The Boone Children’s Gallery in the Hammer Building is a free creative space where visitors of all ages are invited to learn the art of East Asian brush painting Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m. Check the website for a schedule of classes. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6000;

Fusion Miracle Mile 5757 Wilshire Blvd. 1st Floor Promenade 323-692-0603 Principal: Katheryn Nguyen

Grades: 6 to 12, 25 one-onone students John Burroughs 600 S. McCadden Pl. Ph: 323-549-5000 Principal: Steve Martinez Grades: 6 to 8, 2,200 students NEW LA CHARTER 1919 S. Burnside Ave. 323-939-6400 Principal: Brooke Rios Grades: 6 to 8, 300 students. HIGH SCHOOLS Fairfax 7850 Melrose Ave. Ph: 323-370-1200 Principal: Carmina Nacorda Grades: 9 to 12, 2,000 students Los Angeles 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. Ph: 323-900-2700 Principal: Helena Yoon-Fontamillas Grades: 9 to 12, 1,600 students

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themed tea party or come to a craft fair at Whimsic Alley, scheduled every couple of months. Or book a birthday party or other event in the Great Hall. Call store for availability and schedule. Whimsic Alley 5464 Wilshire Blvd. 310-453-2370

Basketball, swimming, funday Royal Basketball for ages 3 to 17 is on Mondays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 2 to 6 p.m. Family swim time is on Sundays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. JExplorers is for kids learning about Jewish culture, religion and heritage through fieldtrips and other activities.

The Sunday Funday series has classes for youngsters from 18 months to 11-yearsold on soccer, cooking, painting, dancing and more. Contact WJCC for a schedule. Westside Jewish Community Center 5870 Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2531

NATIONAL PUPPY day will be celebrated at Zimmer. Two kids exploring Camp Zimmer's Construction Zone area are on page 3.

Activities for children and teens (Continued from page 26) about women who have contributed to a more just world on National Women’s Day, Sun., March 6. Celebrate spring with Holi, the Hindi Festival of Colors Sun., March 13. Hang out with puppies for National Puppy Day Sun., March 20. All activities begin at 3 p.m. Other programs include an art studio and shadow play on Mondays; sing-a-longs on Tuesdays and Fridays; work with chalk on Wednesdays; story time is Thursdays; and exploring the world with your senses is Fridays. Zimmer Children’s Museum 6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100 323-761-8984

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Batman v. Superman, Lady Midnight book signing Cassandra Clare signs her new young adult release, “Lady Midnight,” a continuation of the Mortal Instruments series, Tues., March 8 at 7 p.m. Teens on up can celebrate the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Injustice” movie Sat., March 19 at 7 p.m. There will be a trivia event sponsored by DC Entertainment with prizes and giveaways. Call store or check website for other events. Barnes & Noble 189 The Grove Dr., Ste. K 30

323-525-0270 Parades, music, crafts Bring the family to the Wags and Walks pet adoption event Sat., March 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hear bagpipes and eat corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day Thurs., March 17 starting at 12:30 p.m. Other family activities include live music, parades and other activities the rest of the year, usually centered on holiday and seasonal events. Check calendar online for schedule. Farmers Market 6333 3rd St. Games, toys, events Arguably the oldest toy store on the Mile, Kip’s Toyland carries a selection of classic and retro toys. They also have a yearly toy drive. Kip’s Toyland, Farmers Market 6333 W. 3rd St., Stall 720 323-939-8334 Toy launches Youngsters can partake in seasonal parties and events at Miracle Mile Toys. Contact the store for more information. Miracle Mile Toys 5363 Wilshire Blvd. 310-651-1414 Tea parties, craft fairs All ages can partake in a

Art Deco explored on Mile tour The changing profile of Mir- Auto Supply, now the Interacle Mile will be highlighted national House of Pancakes,” by the Art Deco Society of Los said Lynxwiler. The DominAngeles’ tour guez-Wilshire Sat., April 23 at building was 10 a.m. named after its The two-hour developers, the tour begins at Dominguez famthe Stiles Clemily, heirs to the ents-designed, land grant given black and gold in California by terra cotta bank King Carlos III building at 5209 of Spain. Wilshire Blvd. Project archi “Along the tects were Morwalk we’ll see gan, Walls & Clewhat remains of the Art Deco ON TOUR, the Domin- ments. Lynxwiler n e i g h b o r h o o d guez-Wilshire building. is co-author of and review how it’s changing. Landmarks “Wilshire Boulevard: Grand include the former Sontag Concourse of Los Angeles.” Drugs, Dominguez-Wilshire, Tickets must be ordered in Wilshire Tower, and Western advance. Visit

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HOME ON Sierra Bonita Ave. was listed for $1,549,000.

The following is a list of some homes currently for sale or recently sold.* 748 S. Cloverdale Ave. 801 S. Burnside Ave. 922 S. Sierra Bonita Ave. 916 S. Masselin Ave. 907 S. Hauser Blvd. 854 S. Dunsmuir Ave. 5826 W. Olympic Blvd., #PH 402

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$2,600,000 1,699,000 1,549,000 1,395,000 1,137,000 1,090,000 999,000 *List prices.

Miracle Mile Apartments Following is a list of many apartment buildings in and around the Miracle Mile area. It is not exhaustive. Write to info@ with additions or corrections. Call the numbers listed to get information on units available to rent. All are ZIP Code 90036 unless noted. Avalon Wilshire 5115 Wilshire Blvd. 864-558-2875 Broadcast Center Apartments 7660 Beverly Blvd. 323-594-8180 Burnside Villas 649 S. Burnside Ave. 818-430-4109 Carthay Circle Apts. 6209-6225 Olympic Blvd., 90048 877-671-1579; 323-936-3793 Cochran Apartments 657–665 S. Cochran Ave. 844-560-1982 Cochran Island Apartments

342 S. Cochran Ave. 323-932-0450 Cochran House 740 S. Cochran Ave. 323-606-8720; 844-782-0223 The El Rey Apartments 660 S. Cloverdale Ave. 323-243-1365 HPG Miracle Mile 318 S. Detroit St. 213-634-1581 Linda Manor Apartments 456 S. Cochran Ave. 844-739-2871; 310-430-2973 Masselin Park West 5700 6th St. 877-392-8602 Micropolitan at Urban Lights 739 S. Ogden Dr. 213-805-6143 Museum Garden Metro 5353 Wilshire Blvd. 213-893-8501 Museum Terrace 600 S. Curson Ave. 213-893-8486; 323-931-9583



Palazzo Communities 348 S. Hauser Blvd. 844-807-8617 Palm Court Apts. 740 S. Burnside Ave. 323-930-2564 The Preston 630 S. Masselin Ave. 213-893-8491 Ridgeley Apartments 649 Ridgeley Dr. 877-362-8150 Oakwood Miracle Mile 5659 W. 8th St. 323-931-5659 Tiffany Court 616 Masselin Ave. 323-937-5737 Wilshire Embassy Apts. 5805 W. 8th St. 323-933-6020 109 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-665-1700 632 S. Cloverdale Ave. 310-933-4191 630 Hauser Blvd. 844-591-4029 640-641 S. Detroit St. 310-425-9070 806 S. Detroit St. 323-957-2255 908 S. Detroit St. 310-271-2229 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 818-334-8926 5600 Wilshire Blvd. 877-620-0664; 323-937-0306 5880-5882 W. 8th St. 310-425-9070 6300 W. Olympic Blvd., 90048 310-425-9070 6526 W. Olympic Blvd., 90048 310-425-9070

Directory of elected officials Sen. Barbara Boxer 312 N. Spring St., Ste. 1748 213-894-5000 Sen. Dianne Feinstein 11111 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 915, 310-914-7300 Rep. Karen Bass 4929 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 650
 323-965-1422 State Senator Ben Allen 26th District 2512 Artesia Blvd., #320 Redondo Beach, CA 90278 310-318-6994 County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl 500 W. Temple St., #821
 213-974-3333 Councilman David E. Ryu 200 N. Spring St., 
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NEWS: MMRA (Continued from page 14) phone they don’t connect at all,” Hixon explains. While spearheading fullspeed into the future, the group stays close to the Mile’s early 20th-century roots. It boasts a 500-photo archive that helped drive a record 120,000 visitors to its website last year, said Hixon. A recent comment on the site was posted from a former employee at Ohrbach’s, who recalled “dealing with” Joan Crawford in the department store (now the Petersen Museum). Almost every week someone remembers going to Du-Par’s (still a Farmers Market favorite) or a Van de Kamp’s bakery on Wilshire (now Rite Aid), adds Hixon. In other news, the group is on a first-name basis with its one-time foe, Metro. “We had a bumpy year and a half, especially about night-

Ken Hixon behind the camera.

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time utility relocation,” said Hixon. Problems arose when Metro began construction on its Purple Line subway extension. The group quickly mobilized and mounted a petition drive. Coming of age in the 1960s, when civil unrest was the norm, comes in handy, said Hixon. “We learned to be assertive back in the 60s,” Hixon says of his fellow board members. Metro officials found a savvy group, who did their home work, studying environmental reports and construction analyses. Their hard work paid off… and continues to pay off. They meet every six to eight weeks with Metro officials on ongoing construction plans and how best to minimize the effects on the neighborhood. “They have to be at the top of their game,” Hixon says. After all, members of the MMRA are at the top of theirs. The group formed in the early 1980s when planned twin office towers would have encroached into the residential area. Several developments later, they haven’t looked back. “You don’t want to see my files,” laughs MMRA president James O’Sullivan. Visit

Playground dedicated at Wilshire Green Park Privately owned Wilshire Green Park got a huge public benefit when it was outfitted recently with new playground equipment. The new modern equipment, padded ground covering, and a new fence drew rave reviews from the nearly dozen children who attended the dedication ceremony. Miracle Mile Residential Association President James O’Sullivan and Caria Gorman, Wilshire Courtyard property manager, officiated at the ribbon-cutting held in January at the park on 8th St. behind the Wilshire Courtyard complex. The playground was in need of updating, and the original fence was corroded and unstable. Tishman Speyer, owner of Wilshire Courtyard, spent $70,000 on the repairs and improvements. Tishman Speyer and the Miracle Mile Residential Association co-manage the park created in the early 1980s by Wilshire Courtyard developer Jerry Snyder and the MMRA as a buffer between the twoblock long office complex and the adjacent residential area. Calvin Hamilton The playground is named in honor of former city Planning Director Calvin Hamilton who

FROM LEFT Caria Gorman, Wilshire Courtyard property manager; James O’Sullivan, MMRA president; and Desiree Cirrincione, director, Tishman Speyer. Photos by Ken Hixon

helped facilitate the negotiations. Hamilton established the “Centers Concept” portion of the city General Plan that is directing real estate developments around subway stations in Hollywood, and soon, the Miracle Mile. MMRA’s beginnings At the dedication ceremony, O’Sullivan related how the area’s residential association was created to combat the original plans of Wilshire Courtyard, which featured twin office towers with minimal set-back from the residential area. O’Sullivan paid tribute to the MMRA’s founding president, Lynn Cohen, and devel-

PARK’S NEW playground got an a-okay from area youth.

oper Jerry Snyder for mitigating the impacts of the project by building the park that has proved to be such an enduring asset to the neighborhood. Ken Hixon contributed to this article.

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