Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Special Days & Times for 3 Days of Labor Day Weekend Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Los Angeles UPDATE

Special 3 Days of Labor Day Weekend Walking Tours of Historic Downtown LA!

The Last Bookstore (and its  2nd floor with 50,000 books at ONE DOLLAR each!)  Presents  2 hour walking tours of the The Secret Lives of Historic Downtown Los Angeles - Just Endorsed By - LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE!

For this Labor Day Weekend only, besides the 10:30 - 12:30 tour this Saturday August 31st which is confirmed - then - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - I will also give tours on both Sunday and Monday September 1st and 2nd with tentative starting times of 11 AM and/or 1:30 PM both days - since it is the end of summer - and it is projected to be from the mid-70's to low 80's during the walk on Saturday and the low  to high 70's with a later high of 80 on Sunday and Monday. UPDATE- Just received arequest by one person for 11 AM Sunday Morning? Any other interest in that time?

HOWEVER, this will only happen if I have four or more reservations by Saturday night for Sunday and Sunday night for Monday. BUT - since I am close to full  - but still have spaces - for Saturday already - I think I will be getting reservations for Sunday at least and I can also do a walk later Saturday afternoon if that might work

So either call me at 213-804-8396 or email me at bradywestwater@gmail.com. And if I do get a total of four reservations for any of those additional times and days, I will post those times and dates as being firm and anyone can show up without a reservation. 

And you will see - among many other things - where Eric Richardson founded blogdowntown in 2005 and the place where Eric was conned into, I mean... convinced by me... to run for a seat on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council.

Then the following Saturday, I will resume HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES 101  2 hour walking tour EVERY Saturday of September  starting at either 10:30 or 11 AM depending on public response.   And there will also be tours on other upcoming weekends.  And all tours start at THE LAST BOOKSTORE in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th and Spring and they are still only $15 per person.

And  besides our regular scheduled tours, we will be offering customized tours on different days and different times and from one to three hours including weekdays - depending on your schedule.  With a minimum of four reservations, we will design a tour of any part of Downtown focusing on any subject matter you choose.  These tours can be after work, during lunch breaks - or??

FOR MORE INFORMATION  - contact Brady Westwater at 213-804-8396 - or bradywestwater@gmail.com
All tours begin at THE LAST BOOKSTORE at 453 S. Spring Street in the Spring Arts Tower and will be led by long time Downtown resident Brady Westwater who, besides being involved with the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council, the Historic Downtown BID, Gallery Row, Art Walk, and the BOXeight and the CONCEPT Fashion Weeks, has brought over 150 businesses, artists and non-profit institutions to Downtown.  All tours are only $15 per person.  
Wyatt Earp

If you are a participant in 'Historic Downtown Los Angeles 101' Tour, you will see the first motion picture theater built,  the place where Babe Ruth signed his contract with the Yankees, the hotel where Charlie Chaplin lived when he made his early films (and the place where he made his Los Angeles vaudeville debut in 1910) - plus the homes and haunts of everyone from actor Nicholas Cage, the Black Dahlia, Rudolph Valentino, LA’s version of Jack the Ripper, President Teddy Roosevelt, the Night Stalker, western outlaw Emmet Dalton,  actor Ryan Gosling and more.  And you will also visit where O. J. Simpson bought his knife.

You’ll explore an intersection where all four buildings were often visited by gunfighter/sheriff Wyatt Earp since they were all built or occupied by friends of his from Tombstone during the shoot-out at the OK Corral.  At this intersection you will also discover what John Wayne, a prime minister of Italy, Houdini, Winston Churchill, boxer Jack Dempsey, Greta Garbo, President Woodrow Wilson and multiple Mexican boxing champions all had in common here.

You will also see where the first new lofts were opened, the places where Gallery Row and the Art Walk began and where Fashion Week returned to Downtown.  You will see many of the new boutiques, designer showrooms and stores that have recently opened in the area along with getting a sneak preview of what will soon be happening in the area.

Tickets for either tour are only $15 per person - free for children under 8 - and reservations can be made by calling Brady Westwater at 213-804-8396 or emailing bradywestwater@gmail.com.  All credit card orders will be processed  at Last Bookstore and cash payments may be made at the start of the tour.   All proceeds will go towards the revitalization and the study of the history of the neighborhood.  
Lastly, future tours will feature specialized areas of interest such as architecture, art of all kinds, shopping and food, single streets, sports (from steer wrestling to luchador wrestlers to a Sumo wrestler), transportation, specific periods of history, the hidden Wild West history of Los Angeles, movie locations, Downtown after hours and many other aspects of the neighborhood. And custom designed can be developed by request  for groups of four or more.
We will also be soon starting weekday and evening tours on what it's like to live in Downtown Los Angeles. You will be introduced to the many of stores, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues (and often their owners, too) - along with being given previews of one of a kind special events - so you can get a feel for what it is like to live in Downtown Los Angeles.

We expect this tour to be popular with not only people considering moving to Downtown and people who work in Downtown and who would like to know what to do after hours in Downtown - but also to recent and even long established Downtown residents who want to know more about their neighborhood.

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