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Hollywood’s legendary Formosa Cafe will get a full restoration from 1933 Group

The Idle Hour and Highland Park Bowl owners just might do the place justice

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How the Beatles Really Ended Up at a Garden Party in Brentwood - Los Angeles Magazine

Unpublished photos of the Beatles are increasingly hard to come by, but Alison Martino found a few taken in Los Angeles to twist and shout about

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A Victorian Tourist's Photo Album Of Los Angeles, Circa 1894

The fledgling city was sold into being through real estate and railroad ads, which promised a paradise of health, beauty, and endless potential.

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Rediscovering L.A.'s Lost Neighborhood of Bronzeville

A new map charts the forgotten landmarks of a ghost town in the middle of the city

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Peek Inside L.A.’s Lost Iconic Buildings

Alas, you can no longer party at Pickfair or the Garden of Allah. But you can relive L.A.'s glorious, debaucherous past by delving into these photos. Read more about these historic wonders here.

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One Of L.A.'s Oldest Neon Signs Will Be Re-Lit On Thursday

The sign used to sit on top of the Hotel Californian near MacArthur Park.

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100 Places Where You Can Experience Retro Los Angeles

The city’s vintage charm is alive and well—if you know where to look

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Musso & Frank Grill: The Story of An L.A. Icon

Discover the history of one of L.A.'s most iconic restaurants, Musso & Frank Grill: "We treat locals like celebrities and celebrities like locals."

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This Jewish Pioneer Chronicled a Changing L.A. from 1853 to 1913

L.A. was an adobe town when Harris Newmark arrived in 1853. It was a metropolis when he died there in 1916.

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Santa Monica Sears could become big mixed use project

The landmarked 1947 building would be repurposed as creative offices and retail space.

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Neon Piece of Rock 'N' Roll History Going Up for Auction

A bright neon piece of rock 'n' roll history is going up for auction — a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club, Whisky a Go Go. The 13-foot sign, with letters alight in bright pink, adorned the West...

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Who’s responsible for protecting LA’s endangered restaurants?

Plus a sushi expansion and a decade-old Downtown pizza place shutters

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New details emerge about plans to salvage the shuttered Formosa Cafe

What can and can’t be done and when this all might happen.

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California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe

A 43-day storm that began in December 1861 put central and southern California underwater for up to six months, and it could happen again

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L.A. vs. the Saloons

To many in the late 19th century, saloons were an unwelcome reminder that the City of Angels did not always live up to its name.

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How a Cowboy Standoff Gave Hollywood’s Gower Gulch Its Name

Real cowboys waiting to be hired as Hollywood extras once hung out at the site of the Western-themed strip mall.

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This Vintage Bob’s Big Boy Training Film Is a 1940s-Era Treasure

Recently unearthed footage shows the day-to-day of a carhop when drive-ins were at their peak

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Why Doesn't It Snow in L.A. Anymore?

Snow once fell on the Los Angeles coastal plain roughly once per decade, but the city is now in the middle of a 54-year snow drought.

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Uncovering a Secret Gem From the Aquarius Theatre

Alison Martino unearthed a relic outside the club where Jim Morrison recorded “Absolutely Live”

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Photos: When Hollywood Was a Country Hamlet

Hollywood at the turn of the 20th century was a small country hamlet where lemon trees outnumbered people.

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    The Original Hipsters Moved to Silver Lake Over 100 Years Ago

    Artists, activists, architects, and socialists have long called these hills home

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      Remains of ancient elephant unearthed at L.A. subway excavation site

      During construction of the Metro Purple Line extension, workers stumbled across the remains of an ancient elephant. 

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        50 years ago, the Sunset Strip riots made L.A. the 'magical' epicenter of a revolution

        I laced my high-tops in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew up under a cloud of many illusions, one of which was the idea that Los Angeles was not worth visiting.

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          Secrets of Los Angeles, 1932-33: The Anton Wagner files

          When lost Los Angeles is your beat, as it is ours, you’re dependent on the stray relics that survive in photographic archives, books and on film. The buildings and vistas that obsess us were …

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            Take a trip down Wilshire Boulevard in the 1970s

            The Los Angeles Public Library has a groovy new photo collection