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One of the most popular sandwich chains in America, Earl of Sandwich, has signed a lease to open a new store in Downtown LA

OMG: Earl of Sandwich Coming to Bunker Hill in Downtown LA

One of the most popular sandwich chains in America is FINALLY planning to open one here in Downtown LA! Ever since I tried Earl of Sandwich for the first time back in 2012 while visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, I’ve been a huge fan of their delicious Full Montagu packed with juicy and tender slices of roast beef and turkey on toasted wheat bread. Unfortunately, those Earl-sandwich cravings meant I’d have to drive all the way out to Downtown Disney in Anaheim just to get one (that’s been the only one in the LA metro area so far, although a brand new one just opened at Tom Bradley at LAX).

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The newly remodeled Nick + Stef's on Bunker Hill reopened in October 2015 (Photo: Nick + Stef's)

Nick & Stef’s Reboot Combines Great Steaks and Fine Dining in Downtown LA

It’s no secret that Bunker Hill has seen a surge of redevelopment activity recently. The debut of new housing and restaurants including The Emerson Apartments and Vespaio affirm the neighborhood’s continued role in Downtown L.A.’s renaissance, while the grand opening of The Broad Museum has cemented Grand Avenue as one of the California’s most important cultural corridors. (Click here to take a tour of the new museum and its amazing contemporary art collection.)

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Now open in Downtown LA, the new $140 million Broad Museum houses billionaire Eli Broad's 2,000 piece contemporary art collection (Photo: Hunter Kerhart Photography)

Full Tour: The Broad Art Museum Finally Opens in Downtown LA

Last week, one of the most anticipated projects in Downtown LA finally opened after almost 4.5 years of construction and delays (click here to see when the Broad first broke ground in 2011). The $140 million Broad contemporary art museum opened its doors to the public on Sept 20th to completely full capacity. Even though the museum will have free admission forever, people still have to register and crowds still have to be controlled to maximize the museum-going experience, so attendees are limited to 400 an hour and a total of 4,000 a day. Demand is so high that tickets have been sold out for pretty much the rest of October and weekend tickets won’t be available until mid-December.

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One Cal Plaza Gets Million Dollar Makeover on Bunker Hill in Downtown LA

Phase one of the newly remodeled retail corridor at One Cal Plaza, renamed 1Cal Marketplace, is now completed

Phase one of the newly remodeled retail corridor at One Cal Plaza, renamed 1Cal Marketplace, is now completed

Bunker Hill is finally starting to feel more coherent now with the completion of The Broad museum (opening Sept 20th) and the Emerson luxury apartments that filled in two major empty deadzones on Grand Ave. Fortunately, more much-needed upgrades are coming to Bunker Hill that will help make the district more inviting, less fortressy. One California Plaza owned by Beacon Capital Partners — a 42-story office tower designed by renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson — is well in the process of remodeling its retail corridor, which sits underneath the main pedestrian walkway that connects the entire California Plaza, which includes the taller 52-story Two California Plaza owned by CIM Group, to MOCA and the Colburn School next door.

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New Bunker Hill Crosswalk Connects The Broad with MOCA in Downtown LA

A new crosswalk has been installed on Grand Ave connecting The Broad and MOCA on Bunker Hill

A new crosswalk has been installed on Grand Ave connecting The Broad and MOCA on Bunker Hill

One of the most anticipated new projects opening later this year in Downtown LA is The Broad contemporary art museum on Bunker Hill, which will house the over 2,000-piece permanent art collection belonging to billionaire Eli Broad. As part of the infrastructural improvements to the area and to prepare for the grand opening of the museum slated for Sept 20, a new crosswalk on Grand Ave was installed in early May approximately mid-block between 2nd and 3rd Street.

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The Emerson: Redefining Luxury Apartment Living in Downtown LA

The Emerson is Downtown LA's newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

The Emerson is Downtown LA’s newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

Downtown LA’s newest luxury rental building, The Emerson, developed by Related California is setting a new benchmark for apartment living in the city’s cultural center. With stunning interiors designed by celebrated design firm Marmol Radziner, The Emerson brings simple elegance and superb interiors to the DTLA apartment landscape. Rising 20 stories high with residences ranging in size from studios to one and two-bedroom layouts, The Emerson offers an unparalleled level of services and amenities.

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The Emerson: Redefining Luxury Apartment Living in Downtown LA

The Emerson is Downtown LA's newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

The Emerson is Downtown LA’s newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

Downtown LA’s newest luxury rental building, The Emerson, developed by Related California is setting a new benchmark for apartment living in the city’s cultural center. With stunning interiors designed by celebrated design firm Marmol Radziner, The Emerson brings simple elegance and superb interiors to the DTLA apartment landscape. Rising 20 stories high with residences ranging in size from studios to one and two-bedroom layouts, The Emerson offers an unparalleled level of services and amenities.

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The Emerson: Redefining Apartment Living in Downtown LA

The Emerson is Downtown LA's newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

The Emerson is Downtown LA’s newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

Downtown LA’s newest luxury rental building, The Emerson, developed by Related California is setting a new benchmark for apartment living in the city’s cultural center. With stunning interiors designed by celebrated design firm Marmol Radziner, The Emerson brings simple elegance and superb interiors to the DTLA apartment landscape. Rising 20 stories high with residences ranging in size from studios to one and two-bedroom layouts, The Emerson offers an unparalleled level of services and amenities.

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Pez Cantina Brings Mexican Seafood to Bunker Hill in Downtown LA

A new Mexican seafood restaurant is now open perched high on Downtown LA's up-and-coming Bunker Hill (Photo: Eater LA)

A new Mexican seafood restaurant is now open perched high on Downtown LA’s up-and-coming Bunker Hill (Photo: Wonho Frank Lee | Eater LA)

This is when you know a city is finally starting to mature. Hidden spaces once forgotten and ignored are re-purposed and brought back to life. Pez Cantina — the new Mexican seafood restaurant helmed by chef Bret Thompson (of Milk) — has carved out a space within an office building on Bunker Hill, an up-and-coming district dominated by office skyscrapers aiming for activity even after the work day ends. What used to be an underutilized conference room in the lobby of the 26-story CBRE tower has been transformed into a gorgeous restaurant space with soaring high ceilings and an unique sprawling outdoor patio.

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Holiday Lights Aglow: It’s Christmas Time in the City in Downtown LA

The lighted Christmas tree stands prominently over the Jonathan Club in Downtown LA (Photo: Hunter Kerhart)

The lighted Christmas tree stands prominently over the Jonathan Club in Downtown LA (Photo: Hunter Kerhart)

For someone who thrives being in the middle of the city, walking, and taking in the sights and sounds of a bustling urban center, there’s nothing quite like all that added on top of the holidays. Some people dread the holidays, but I love it. To me, I enjoy seeing all the buildings come alive by getting decked out in colorful lights and ornamentation. I love seeing Christmas trees spring up around office lobbies and outdoor spaces. Over the past several years, I’ve been noticing that Downtown LA is becoming more and more festive as our resident population continues to grow and a renewed sense of pride fills our city once again. Walk down almost any street, look up, and you’ll see Christmas trees abound glowing warmly inside living rooms or lights strung across balcony railings.

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Chef Agostino Sciandri Opening VESPAIO at Luxury Rental Emerson in Downtown LA

Rendering courtesy of the upcoming Vespaio at The Emerson on Bunker Hill (Click to enlarge)

Rendering courtesy of the upcoming Vespaio at The Emerson on Bunker Hill (Click to enlarge)

Bunker Hill is really on the cusp of achieving some great critical mass. Not only is the very much anticipated Broad museum opening in late 2015, but one of downtown’s most luxurious new residential properties, The Emerson, opened earlier this month with its first resident move-ins (take a lovely tour inside via Curbed LA). Developed by Related California, the upscale 19-story rental property located adjacent to The Broad is chock-full of amenities from a penthouse lounge with an outdoor terrace to a state-of-the-art media room and library next to a fully equipped fitness center with steam and yoga rooms. Now Emerson residents will have one more thing to brag about: Renowned Italian Chef Agostino Sciandri will be opening Vespaio on the ground floor of The Emerson.

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West Coast’s Tallest Observation Deck Coming to Library Tower in Downtown LA

Library Tower (aka US Bank Tower): The tallest skyscraper on the west coast to get an observation deck by 2015

Library Tower (aka US Bank Tower): The tallest skyscraper on the west coast to get an observation deck by 2015

Back in February, there were rumors flying around that the Library Tower (aka US Bank Tower) could go part residential and hotel in addition to office. And although the LA Times confirmed today that won’t happen, exciting rumors also from February of the observation deck and upgraded lobby did stick. By this time next year, Library Tower—the tallest skyscraper west of Chicago at 1,018 feet tall—could become one of LA’s most sought after tourist attractions with a new observation deck and restaurant. In fact, the owners of the skyscraper hope to attract 500,000 visitors a year, which could become a nice economic boost to the local businesses and restaurants nearby in the Financial District and Bunker Hill. For me, I think it’s about time Library Tower got an observation deck (25 years later).

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Grove of 100-Year Old Olive Trees Now Planted at New Broad Museum Plaza in Downtown LA

A new grove of fifteen 100-year old Barouni olive trees from Northern California has been shipped down as part of the new Broad plaza on Bunker Hill in Downtown LA

A new grove of fifteen 100-year old Barouni olive trees from Northern California has been shipped down as part of the new Broad plaza on Bunker Hill in Downtown LA

Bunker Hill is shaping up to be one of the most culturally powerful centers in the country. A centralized cultural collection along Grand Ave consisting of the LA Music Center, MOCA, and the Colburn School will finally be joined by The Broad contemporary art museum — a cultural gem in the making now under construction next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and slated to open sometime in 2015 after a frustrating 15-month delay. When completed next year, The Broad will house billionaire Eli Broad’s contemporary art collection with over 2,000 pieces of art from the likes of Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, and Ed Ruscha. But beyond the amazing art itself, it’s also just as much about making Downtown LA an enjoyable existence for the pedestrians of Los Angeles. The Broad will be adding an exciting outdoor plaza that will make Grand Ave more pedestrian-oriented, and ultimately, help make Downtown LA a cohesive walkable community — the urban oasis Los Angeles yearns for.

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Adaptive Reuse on Steroids: Library Tower Could Go Residential/Hotel in Downtown LA

The tallest skyscraper on the west coast, Library Tower in Downtown LA, may be getting some very exciting changes in the future from new owners Overseas Union Enterprise

The tallest skyscraper on the west coast, Library Tower in Downtown LA, may be getting some very exciting changes in the future from new owners Overseas Union Enterprise

Several independent sources have informed me that some very big and exciting changes are in the preliminary planning stages for Library Tower in Downtown LA. Last year, Library Tower (aka US Bank Tower) was purchased by Singapore-based Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE) for $367.5 million from MPG according to the LA Times. The 73-story office high-rise stands at 1,018 feet tall and still holds the title of tallest skyscraper west of Chicago. However, Library Tower also has one of the highest office vacancies downtown hovering at around 45% (that’s 585,000 square feet of empty space out of 1.3 million total). In an effort to turn the property around and raise the profile of OUE’s new LA acquisition, the Asian investment company had to think outside of the box as the office market has been stubbornly soft and more and more companies are shying away from traditional office space in favor of creative spaces. But wait a minute: everyone knows that the red hot economic engine downtown has involved both residential and hotel developments. Aha!

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Angelenos United: Downtown LA Grand Park’s First New Year’s Eve Celebration Attracts 25,000

New Year's Eve Grand Park in Downtown LA

Over 25,000 revelers showed up at Grand Park on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the countdown to 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Gene Blevins)

How crazy is it that a city as worldly famous as Los Angeles hasn’t had a new year’s eve celebration where Angelenos from far and wide could congregate outside on public space together — until now? Better late than never. This past new year’s eve things were very different as 25,000 revelers packed into Grand Park (and spill over onto the Music Center steps) to countdown to 2014. The amount of people who took metro to the event was staggering as trains brought hordes of Angelenos back into the city to celebrate in the symbolic heart of Los Angeles — in Grand Park in front of our towering city hall where fanciful digital artwork was projected onto for all to see including the final exciting countdown (10…9…8…!). Finally, there was a celebratory venue with enough energy to be felt throughout the city instead of the chirping crickets most suburban Angelenos were accustomed to beforehand. Next year, expect the event to be even bigger.

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