Plane Spotting at SMO

Santa Monica Airport, a small reliever airport located just a bit north of LAX, is the perfect spot for plane spotting in Los Angeles. Home to smaller single piston planes and and business jets, SMO is much more public-friendly than other airports in the region. In fact, they encourage public visitation! Located at the airport administration building, there are two observation decks (one on the … Continue reading Plane Spotting at SMO

Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area

Nestled where Encino meets Van Nuys, the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area offers numerous activities and views that are perfect for a family day trip. If you get a chance to visit, here are my recommendations: Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park (pictured above) – My personal favorite spot. Pack a picnic blanket and food for the trip and find a spot on the grass along the … Continue reading Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area

Turnstyle Underground Market

When grabbing a bite to eat, getting a haircut, or shopping for clothes, jewelry, and even homemade soaps, a subway station is the last place that comes to mind. Turnstyle Underground Market, however, offers just that. Nestled underground, adjacent to the Columbus Circle subway station and stretching an entire city block, Turnstyle features a diverse array of unique eateries and boutique shops. If you get a … Continue reading Turnstyle Underground Market

High Line Hotel

Sprinkled throughout the common areas of the hotel are vintage typewriters and other tasteful antiques. The focal point of the High Line Hotel is its hip Intelligentsia coffee bar and its accompanying outdoor garden. Secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, this spot offers a beautiful view of the Neo-Gothic architecture of the building, originally used as student housing for the General Theological … Continue reading High Line Hotel

Plane Spotting at LAX (2/2)

The previous part of this post is definitely the optimal plane spotting location to get up close and personal with the jetliners that frequent LAX. However, if you’re in the mood for a more relaxing spot, away from the loud and busy LA traffic, I highly recommend Dockweiler Beach. This small beach in Playa Del Rey is located directly under the takeoff path at LAX, … Continue reading Plane Spotting at LAX (2/2)

Samsung 837 – High-Tech Work Space?

In February of 2016, tech giant Samsung opened the doors to Samsung 837. The first of its kind, 837 is what Samsung describes as a playground. And it really is. When you step foot in the industrial building, you are greeted by formally dressed employees and LED screens of all sorts. The entrance floor of the building is sprinkled with Samsung’s most recent and coolest … Continue reading Samsung 837 – High-Tech Work Space?