The doors open at the Microsoft Theater and its surrounding square, as the first phase of L.A. Live—an entertainment campus now featuring sports and music venues, night clubs, restaurants, a bowling alley, museum and movie theaters. In 2008, Club Nokia opened along with world-famous The GRAMMY Museum®. Plus the first-ever..Read more
Home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers of the NBA—as well as the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and the Los Angeles Spark of the WNBA—the Staples Center opened in the fall of 1999, finally replacing the Great Western Forum in Inglewood. The $375 million facility hosts over..Read more
The Museum of Contemporary Art is founded, with one of the most comprehensive collections of late-20th-century art in the United States. Its main gallery (1986) is on Grand Avenue, designed by Arata Isozaki. MOCA galleries also include the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo and MOCA West in West Hollywood.
Dodger Stadium welcomes the former Brooklyn Dodgers to their new home in front of 52,564 fans—as the first Major League Baseball team west of Missouri. Back in September 1957, the city of Los Angeles gave 300 acres to the Dodgers in exchange for the deed to Wrigley Field in Los..Read more
That same year… they broke ground on the Hotel Figueroa. Those women were organized. The Hotel Figueroa was completed ahead of schedule (because: unstoppable women) and dedicated on August 14, 1926. Oh yes, there was dancing. More than 300 guests attended the inaugural soiree in the Fountain Ballroom, including reps..Read more
The social scene was likewise impressive: bridge parties, musicals, recitals, dances, golf, swim lessons and a gym. The Figueroa was managed by Maude N. Bouldin, a firecracker with “a personality all her own.” She found her way to Los Angeles in 1920 via Washington D.C. and New York, and dedicated..Read more
Around the turn of the century… Eleven proper ladies from New York City with a thing for empowerment (and being way ahead of their time) went West, just like the grasshoppers. They founded the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles (Young Women’s Christian Association) with a mission to advance young women..Read more
Originally named El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles in 1781 and lined with adobe-brick homes, our city soon became the Ciudad de Los Angeles. The glittering City of Angels. (And glittering actors.) The United States cast Los Angeles in 1848 through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, adding the..Read more