WHILE walking down the streets of LA, one might notice a bright pink funicular train and a short stretch of track heading up to Bunker Hill. Originally built in the 1940s, Angel’s Flight was dismantled and rebuilt several times – the most recent being 1996 – but is now permanently closed after a passenger died in an accident involving two colliding trains.
The old structure is surrounded by a small park and looks out-of-place but charming amidst high-rise, modern skyscrapers; like a secret garden in the middle of a concrete jungle.
Just across the road is Grand Central Market, another old landmark that has been operating since 1917. Besides groceries and fresh produce, one will be spoilt for choice with food stalls, ranging from the mom-and-pop variety to hipster joints.
Colourful displays of juicy fruit and vegetables abound, while the smell of food and cooking fills the air :)
The place is a melting pot of cuisines from different cultures – Asian, Mexican, American, you name it, they got it.
There was also the quirkily named ‘Eggslut’, specialising in all things eggy. It had good reviews but we didn’t get to try it coz they were closing for the day.
Home made preserves and jams!
Treats from the four-corners of the world right here in LA.
Central Market is open daily from Sun – Weds (8am – 6pm) and Thurs – Sat (8am – 9pm).
317 S. BROADWAY
LOS ANGELES, CA 90013
Moving on, we made our way to another historic part of Downtown: one where dreams have lived and died for generations of actors, actresses and entertainers. Broadway is considered one of the oldest parts of LA, having been founded as early as 1847. It was America’s first theater and cinema district.
I imagined that in its heydays, the place was full of colourful characters, bright lights and glitzy theatres. Sadly, Broadway is now a shadow of its former self. Although still a busy part of town, the shops have been replaced with ones selling cheap goods and dusty prom dresses, and homeless people line the street pushing carts that hold all of their worldly possessions.
Many of the buildings looked run-down. Some had windows which had not been cleaned in ages. Once upon a time, mannequins must have lined those very windows with fancy clothing and the latest trends – now empty panes stared sadly down at visitors.
There are still a couple of historic theatres, for the nostalgic tourist.
Next to Broadway is the Jewelry district – so we passed by many gold and jewelry shops too.
Getting to Broadway
Metro Gold Line – Bus 745