Tuesday, June 29, 2010

music, music, music...

Check out the great, new song by our creative Jaz James on itunes called "World's Too Pretty." Keep an eye out for more to come from her in the future. And, continue to support your fellow Gaylord community residents. Enjoy!

Friday, June 25, 2010

4th of July Picnic!

Gaylord Residents, some of the Gaylord tenants are organizing a Pot Luck Picnic for the 4th of July. Sunday, July 4th from Noon to 5pm, patio & poolside. Music, dancing, sun & fun! Come out and mingle with your fellow residents and get in the spirit by wearing your best red, white & blue!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Lawn...

I see that the sod was laid down for the new lawn over at the school construction site across the boulevard, yesterday. The piles of dirt that once stood for the last 3 1/2 years, during construction, have finally disappeared. This is supposed to be one great lawn (much like the Ambassador Hotel previously had). According to the school site plans, to the right of the lawn will be a baseball diamond. And to the left of the lawn will be a soccer field (this will be in keeping with the sports theme when a golf course was there for the Ambassador guests). We have all been patiently waiting (especially those of us living on the Wilshire Blvd side) for this project to end and in 2 1/2 months it should all be over. We can all rejoice over the loss of constant beeping trucks backing up! Enjoy the new views.

Monday, June 21, 2010

LA Opera...

Last Friday night at the Opera, cheap seats, center, in the nose bleed section for a riveting performance of 'Das Rheingold', the prelude to the 16 hour long spectacle of Richard Wagner's 'Der Ring Des Nibelungen' at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Although my friend and I were seated in the far reaches, we still had a great view of this amazing piece with wild costuming and brilliant staging by artist Achim Freyer. The prelude was 2 1/2 hours (no intermission) of thought provoking wonder. (The entire opera is presented over 4 days.)

I thank my friend for this treat and when you can, inquire about those cheap seats either at the LA Opera or LA Philharmonic when in season. You will be glad that you treat yourself to these institutions with their grand flair.

We have here in LA, geniuses, with Placido Domingo as General Director of the LA Opera and Gustavo Dudamel as Director of the LA Philharmonic. (and the recently crowned NBA champions, the Lakers.) It is a good time to be living in LA!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Studio color!

This is how one resident introduced color into their Single unit. One accent wall with more color coming from the bed linens and area rugs to add to the textures atop the beautiful concrete floors.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

News on the park and school...

Information was unfortunatley limited today at the meeting regarding the school and park project across from our home here at the Gaylord. I did learn that the opening of the park has now been pushed back to late July or early August. And, all six schools (approximately 3,800 students) in the 3 structures will be up and operating by September 12th of this year. Two have already been in session for this current school year.

I voiced my concern about students entering and exiting the campus from Wilshire Blvd and was assured again that access will only be through Mariposa and Catalina Avenues and 8th Street. A fence line has been constructed along Wilshire Blvd and the new RFK Park.

Some of you were wondering about the community use of the track, basketball courts and other facilities, LAUSD has not yet worked out any logistics for this but are aware of the communities interest.

Security and maintenance issues for the new park are still being worked out between the LAUSD, LAPD, Dept of Recreation & Parks and the Wilshire Center BID patrol. All of these entities are looking for participation from those residents that live in the Gaylord, especially on the Wilshire Blvd side, to help keep an eye on the park.

As more information comes about from these impending projects I will pass it on to you.

One last note from today's meeting, our Senior Lead Officer from the LAPD, for our neighborhood, reported that crime in our district has been reduced by 50% over last year. Of all the districts in LA, we had the third largest drop in crime.

Meeting TODAY about the new park...

TODAY (June 17) at 12 Noon, there is a meeting at the Archdiocesan Catholic Center in regards to the new park (RFK Park) across the street from the Gaylord. The meeting will be held at 3424 Wilshire Blvd, entrance on Mariposa Ave, in the El Camino Real Conference Room on the 5th floor. The topic being discussed is a Neighborhood Watch for the park with the LAPD, LAUSD, Dept of Rec & Parks and the Wilshire Center BID. Please try to attend.

Friday, June 11, 2010

the weekend is upon us...

What one can do in L.A.? Plenty! Last Saturday night about 8pm, I randomly called the beautiful CoCo, our recent transplant from Chicago (you may have seen her with her bright Poppy, the granddaughter, poolside.) and asked her if she wanted to join me for dinner. She delightedly accepted and 15 minutes later we were off on an adventure. I took CoCo downtown and showed her a part of L.A. she has not yet had the chance to experience. What she discovered was a nightlife and inspirational structures and features.

We started at one of my favorites in the Arts District which I have mentioned before, Cafe Metropol. Dinner, wine and a lively jazz act that had a packed audience. Views of some graffiti art and a drive by of Urth Cafe, hidden amongst the lofts and warehouses.

From there, on through Little Tokyo and up the hill to Disney Concert Hall where I parked. I walked CoCo around the Disney gardens and the special Delft Blue 'Rose' water fountain, designed by Frank Gehry. (People this is one of the treasures of the city. There are times when I will go and sit in these gardens during the day (pack a lunch) or at night. Beautiful and peaceful (and secure) with great city views. CHECK IT OUT!) We strolled over a block for a look at the Music Center plaza and people were out and about everywhere.

Then a drive by the Cathedral, MOCA, Water Court, Central Library and the Biltmore Hotel. (With a glance at G.B. Harb & Son Fine Men's Clothing Store. Doors will be closing soon on this establishment so get in there to take advantage of the sale and get yourself a great suit!)

What CoCo was surprised to find on our little jaunt that night was that L.A. does constantly have its moments and spots that give you the big city feel & energy of a New York or Chicago, but in our own unique L.A. way. A grand cross section of cultures and activities. So once again, I implore my fellow Gaylord residents when you are not feeling L.A. just get yourself out there and explore. You will be amazed at what you might discover.

At the end of the night, when we returned to our happy home here at the Gaylord around 11:30pm, CoCo pronounced that she could not wait to get back downtown and experience the city some more.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Gaylord resident, Miranda, will be competing in this years International Make-Up Artist Trade Show on Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27. The event will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center. Miranda will be participating in the Student Competition. She is currently one of our talented residents that attends the Cinema Makeup School at the Wiltern. For more information on this event go to www.imatsshow.com. All the best to Miranda with this competition. I am sure her work will shine.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

more Frank...

...through Luca Ellis. Visit the site at frankisback.com and view our Gaylord resident, Luca, in action with his nod to ole' blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Be sure to watch the clip. It is a fun piece of musical film work.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Baby, it's a grand...

...and it is just begging to be played while the Gaylord residents collect their mail. Come bring music to our lobby!

Two Bed/Two Bath formerly decorated...

These are just a couple of pics of the former living room in unit #602. This shows you some of the possibilities on just how an interior can look in the Gaylord. This unit is now AVAILABLE. It is a Two Bed/Two Bath grand living space in 1400+ sq ft with views north, south and west! 9 ft ceilings and beautiful concrete floors. Lots of original detailing from 1924. The unit will rent for $2400.00/month, UTILITIES INCLUDED. (psst, Richard Nixon stayed in this unit.)

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Media Film Festival...

Looking for something to do this weekend...maybe check out the New Media Film Festival downtown this weekend from June 11-13th. The festival is being held at the Independent Theater located at 251 S. Main Street. Go to their website at www.newmediafilmfestival.com to find times & events. Enter 'T200' to receive a $2.00 savings on tickets for the rooftop pajama screening party on Saturday night!

Looks like it could be fun, interesting and NEW. And our very own Lana Bergen-Poulos will be working the event. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Character, Charm...the Gaylord

Bright, spacious units...all with 9 ft ceilings...from Bachelors to a Two Bed/Two Bath AVAILABLE.
A prestigious address on stately Wilshire Blvd. History, Charm, Community is what you experience at the Gaylord.
Bachelor units from $690.00 to $890.00/month.................330-495 sq ft.
Single units from $1075.00 to $1200.00/month..................500-670 sq ft.
One Bedrooms from $1350.00 to $1700.00/month............720-1100 sq ft.
and a grand Two Bed/Two Bath for $2400.00/month.......1400+ sq ft.
All rents, UTILITIES INCLUDED. 50% OFF First Months Rent!
24 HOUR FRONT DESK SERVICE, Fitness Center, Secure Bike Racks, Laundry Facility, Private Patio & Pool.
The famous HMS Bounty bar & restaurant and the Cafe Mermaid on site.
Close to Metro, bus lines & major freeways. Centrally located to all of L.A.
Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm. Saturday by appointment. (213) 389-4161.