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One of the best reasons to live in Downtown Los Angeles is the endless supply of cultural activities, and many of them are right outside the double-height lobby at 888 at Grand Hope Park, which currently houses new rentals that fit right in the DTLA scheme. If you are a resident of 888 at Grand Hope Park, you can spend every day checking out the world-class events that make the city one of the most renowned cultural capitals. Here are some options for a weekend (or weekday) of relishing the variety in this revitalized neighborhood.
Basketball season is upon us, so you can walk a few blocks and catch an evening Lakers game at Staples Center (1111 S. Figueroa Street). It doesn’t get more Los Angeles than that—experiencing one of the most legendary sports teams in the world, right above the celebrity-filled courtside made famous by names (and faces) like Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio. The Staples Center will host season games through April, so you will have multiple chances to catch the LeBron James version of the Purple and Gold right up the street from your Downtown Los Angeles luxury rental.
Having fulfilled your thirst for sports, it might be time to balance that out with one of the many museums that make DTLA a cultural hub of the city. The Broad (221 S. Grand Ave) is a relatively recent addition to the Los Angeles arts scene. Opened to much fanfare in 2015, this collection of modern and contemporary art gathered by local philanthropists Eli and Edye Broad is housed in a revolutionary vault building (designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro) surrounded by a white honeycomb-like structure known as “the veil.” Works (many of them very large-scale) by modern masters like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Jeff Koons, and Takashi Murakami, among many others, are on permanent display at The Broad. Admission is free, but make online reservations in advance because the standby line for this popular destination can mean a long wait to get in.
Right across the street is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) (250 S. Grand Ave), which shows a series of temporary exhibits that are always thought-provoking and compelling. You can use the same ticket to see the shows at MOCA’s Geffen warehouse space, right next to Little Tokyo and only a short walk from MOCA’s Grand Ave. location.
Speaking of MOCA’s Grand Ave. location and The Broad: look eastward, and you literally cannot miss the architectural masterpiece that is the Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 South Grand Ave). A jewel of a building designed by Frank Gehry, one of the world’s greatest architects, the iconic Disney Hall has sinuous metallic waves that envelop its acoustically perfect wooden interior. The venue is one of the two locations for the LA Phil, short for “Los Angeles Philharmonic” (the other one is the Hollywood Bowl), so every culture lover at 888 at Grand Hope Park should consider a pilgrimage to Disney Hall essential.
Much closer to 888 at Grand Hope Park, the cultural/entertainment mecca widely known as “LA Live/Staples Center” is also home to the LA Grammy Museum, with some of the world’s best music-related exhibits and talks; the Regal Cinemas, a state-of-the-art movie house showing films in standard format, as well as the latest sensory overload experiences (like 4DX and RealD 3D); and the Microsoft Theater, a music venue for blockbuster national and international acts. Near the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa Street), the city’s enormous complex for corporate and trade events, offers a weekly smorgasbord of the latest trends in pretty much everything under the sun.
When it comes to cultural to-dos within walking distance of the new rentals at 888 at Grand Hope Park, the options are endless—one of the many advantages of living in the urban heart of Downtown Los Angeles.