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Sunset District Mediterranean Charmer Asks $1.39M

The house at 1921 17th Avenue has the charm and the features you would expect to find in one of the grand Mediterranean mansions in nearby St. Francis Wood, just on a smaller scale. Frankly, we can't believe how...

Our MASONIC AVENUE STREETSCAPE PROJECT is a GO for Mid-2016, Apparently – The Pros and Cons of This Grand Mal Projet

TweetHere you go, some non-pdf images that ppl will actually be able to find in six months, you know, after this official link will no longer be working, for whatever reason: Y dos: Getting Ready for Construction After a multi-year, community-driven planning and design process to create a safer and better Masonic Avenue, the city […]

Shootings wound 6 on South, West sides

Six people were wounded in shootings Tuesday, including three on the South Side. The most recent attack happened about 3:35 p.m. in the 7600 block of South Dorchester Avenue in the city's Grand Crossing neighborhood, according to Officer Bari Lemmon, a spokeswoman for Chicago police. Lemmon said...

Not bound by history, L.A.'s Caravan Book Store continues to turn pages

A shuffling step carries Leonard Bernstein onto Grand Avenue. The pilasters and garlands of the PacMutual Building rise above him. Nearly 70, a balding man with a gray cattle-catcher mustache, he finds his keys and stoops to the lock in the threshold. Two bells tied to a red ribbon jingle as the...

Grand Modernized Lake District Home Finally Sells for $4.3M

The big five-bedroom Lake District house that sits at 78 22nd Avenue has been looking for a buyer since last May, when it had an asking price of $4.6 million. It took a few cuts to that price as it...

Marine terrace in downtown Oakland

Oakland’s ice age features are subtle and easily overlooked. I’m here to help you see them. The photo above looks west on Grand Avenue from the tip of Lake Merritt. As you pass Harrison Street heading toward Broadway, you climb a low rise about 20 feet high. That rise is a deposit of sediment that […]

Broadway Gets a Grand Theater Back

There are several ways to define a Broadway theater, all tautological. It’s a theater that uses a Broadway contract. It’s a theater in the Broadway district — Sixth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, 41st Street to 54th Street — except when it isn’t. (The Hirschfeld is west of Eighth, and, oops,... More »

It’s That Time of Year: Goat Heads Are Starting to Appear in Brooklyn

Another day, another mysterious goat head in Brooklyn. This time, a man was walking his dog in Crown Heights on Thursday morning when he stumbled upon the goat head near St. Marks and Grand avenues. The sawed-off head was laid out in an orange ceramic platter and "surrounded by feathers... More »

Mapped: All of Frank Gehry's Los Angeles Projects

Gehry's plans for the Grand Avenue Project Starchitect and generally feisty dude Frank Gehry has been working in Los Angeles for more than 50 years, and is still going strong with a handful of big new projects underway in...

For One Night Only You Can Party in Pierpont Morgan's Original Library

Between 1902 and 1906 Pierpont Morgan built a library adjacent to his home on Madison Avenue and 36th Street unlike any New York City had seen. The financier already had a grand standing in the city. He descended from five generations of longtime New Englanders; both sides of his family [...]

Curb Appeal and Infrastructure in the Shaw Neighborhood

The Shaw Neighborhood caught my attention recently with some noticeable infrastructure upgrades along Shaw Boulevard. I'll start with the decorative cross walks at the intersections between Grand Boulevard and Tower Grove Avenue; but...Show More Summary

An Open Letter to the Governor of Iowa from Local Clergy

The Honorable Terry Branstad Governor of the State of Iowa 1007 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 Dear Governor Branstad, We are writing to encourage you to join those who are willing to welcome refugees from Syria. Sometimes horrific circumstances tempt us to lose sight of who we are. Show More Summary

Grand West Clay Park Fixer Sells for $2M Beneath Its Initial Ask

We've been following the huge seven-bedroom manse at 22 22nd Avenue since it first hit the market back in July. Although it was undoubtedly in need of many updates after not changing hands in nearly 40 years, the house still...

Beaux Arts Manse Designed by Architect of City Hall and Coit Tower Quietly Sells for $9.95M

From the huge white doors that open from Pacific Avenue straight through to the canopied gazebo in the backyard, this grand home at 2209 Pacific is spectacular. The Arthur Brown Jr.-designed house was never officially on the MLS, bu...

30 Amazing Vintage Photos of Paris in the 1900s

A collection of 30 vintage photos of Paris in the 1900s... Avenue du Bois de Boulogne Avenue of the Opera Avenue of the Opera Grand Palace Boulevard des Capucines and the Grand Hotel See more »

A legendary venture capitalist hired a 26-year-old homeless artist to paint a wall in his office, and the result was 'fabulous'

For the past two years, Stephen Redmond has sat outside of Grand Central Station in New York City, on Park Avenue, with a sketchbook and a "Homeless Artist" sign. During the day, he paints and sketches for money, and at night, he sleeps on the street. Show More Summary

5 injured in shootings on South Side

Five people have been injured in shootings Sunday on the South Side, Chicago police said. In the latest incident, a 23-year-old man was shot on the 4900 block of South Champlain Avenue in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood, police said. The man managed to get himself to Provident Hospital of Cook...

Microsoft Retail Experience Replaces Fendi on Fifth Avenue; Line at the ‘Answer Desk’

Hundreds line up outside the Microsoft store for its grand opening at 677 Fifth Avenue. I and a throng of journalists packed a double-decker tour bus this morning to get an overhead glimpse as Microsoft (MSFT) executives cut the ribbon on the company’s new flagship store on Fifth Avenue, five blocks down from Apple’s (AAPL) […]

ArtRx LA

4 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

This week curate.la celebrates its birthday, Grand Avenue has a block party, Richard Hawkins opens a two-venue exhibition based on Antonin Artaud, and more.

Regal SF Queen Anne Manse Under Renovation Could Be Yours

The elaborate six-bedroom Queen Anne mansion at 1450 Masonic Avenue in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood has had a rather rough year and a half. When it first went on the market in February 2014, we noted its grand ornamentation,...

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