It’s been not-so-sunny lately, and sometimes I wonder whether my fellow citizens are lacking adequate access to the Weather Channel, the Internet, or a newspaper in the morning (or…a window). Not because I feel uncomfortable in elevators and need something quick to babble about for 45 seconds until all riders part for their separate floors, but because regardless of Dallas Raines’ forecast, I’m terrified of the drivers who missed the memo about 150% chance of pouring rain. No matter if its 75 or 57, sweltering hot or cats & dogs, there are those who drive 95 mph on the 101 as if slip-and-slide season were all year.
When the rain comes out, I try to avoid driving as much as possible. The Metro Red line is conveniently located less than a mile from where I live, and in honor of my favorite, often hassle-less mode of transportation, here are some things to do off the Red line route when it’s just sprinkling outside. Please note that some of these destinations require walking (I still think Missing Persons were missing something when they sang, “Nobody walks in L.A.”), an umbrella might be useful, so long as it’s not pouring out.
Museum Row in the Miracle Mile District off Wilshire Boulevard gets an honorable mention because they’re not subway-accessible (yet!). The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Natural History Museum & La Brea Tarpits and several other museums are located off Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson Avenues.
Go here for a Google Map I’ve made of the Metro Red line route, Museum Row and the following destinations.
Pershing Square stop, 4th & Hill Streets: MOCA, Angels Flight & Grand Central Market. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and grab a bite to eat at the Grand Central Market. This stop also drops you off at Angels Flight (see a previous post about the historical landmark here). To get to MOCA, which is free after 5 p.m. on Thursdays (otherwise $10, or $5 for students and seniors) walk up the stairs along Angels Flight through the California Plaza to Grand Avenue. The Grand Central Market, where you can get fresh produce or have Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese food and more, is located across the street from Angels Flight. Though technically the address is located off Broadway Street, you can get to the market from the back off Hill Street.
Vermont/Sunset stop: Barnsdall Art Park. Take the short walk uphill and check out local & international art, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House and more at Barnsdall Park.
Hollywood/Vine stop: Amoeba Records. It’s hard to leave this massive music mecca empty-handed. Located at Ivar Avenue and Sunset Boulevard (south of the Hollywood & Vine stop), there’s also an Arclight theatre across the way.
Hollywood/Highland stop: Hollywood Boulevard, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre & more. Parking at the Hollywood & Highland mall, or driving on Hollywood Boulevard for that matter, is a stressful experience in itself. Though this area is a hot spot for tourists, it’s also fun to people-watch or observe the character actors (see a past interview with “Professor Dumbeldore” here). There’s also the Wax Museum (which I haven’t visited yet) and the Guiness Book of World Records Museum (Not mind-blowing, but fun to walk through if you’ve got spare time and money).
North Hollywood stop: EAT, theatres & shops. If you’re up for breakfast until 3 p.m., try EAT at 11108 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. There’s thrift & vintage stores next door, and if you walk south on Lankershim, there are also plenty of small art galleries and theatres.
For subway timetables, visit Metro.net.