The new year is upon us, and because the Lunar calendar starts a month after the Western one, the Chinese Zodiac has us aligned with the Year of the Monkey starting Feb. 8, 2016. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways in Los Angeles to celebrate this sign, known for mischievousness, curiosity and intellect. Read on to find out all the ways to "monkey around" the city, whether it’s at a museum, tattoo parlor, bakery or karaoke bar.
Restaurants across Los Angeles are welcoming the new year with lavish feasts and flowing bottles of champagne. The endless New Year’s Eve dining options feature global cuisines in every type of setting, from romantic dinners to extravagant events with cocktails, music and more. Read on for our guide to the best places to dine in L.A. on New Year’s Eve.
Now that you’ve finished tapping into Part One, read on for Part Two of our guide to 28 bars, breweries and restaurants to drink craft beer in L.A. County.
The Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the hottest neighborhoods in L.A. From the area’s beginnings as Jean-Louis Vigne’s vineyard to an orchard growing mostly oranges and grapefruit, by the late 1800s it became an industrial center for railroads and manufacturing. Eventually, the railroads gave way to the trucking industry and industry moved to other L.A. County areas like Commerce in order to build larger buildings to accommodate their growing businesses.
In the 1970s, artists braved dangerous conditions and began to occupy the area’s dilapidated buildings, having been priced out of areas such as Venice and Hollywood. Eventually, they opened art galleries and began to develop these buildings themselves, thereby preserving a big part of L.A.’s industrial history.
The area again underwent another downturn in the 1990s before being saved by Joel Bloom and his supporters, who officially renamed the area the “Arts District.” Today, it is home to many creatives, including those in green technology, architecture and entertainment. Read on for a visual walking tour of this burgeoning urban oasis.