Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Angels Knoll

Have you seen the movie "(500) Days Of Summer?"  Well if you have you know Angels Knoll very well!  This park and a certain bench is the main character Tom's favorite spot.  Located on what was once an empty dirt lot, Angels Knoll Plaza is a urban pocket park in downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the Metro Rail station at Pershing Square and Angels Flight, a historic funicular. The park sits on Bunker Hill and the trolley (Angels Flight) will take you to the top, or you can climb the stairs.  There are about a dozen benches, one of which is commemtrated as being the "(500) Days Of Summer" bench.  

Angels flight is a historic monument in itself! From the 1880s to the 1950s, the heart of Downtown LA was filled with Victorian houses and tenements. The neighborhood, Bunker Hill, was one of the busiest, most populated neighborhoods in Los Angeles. These residents got around on a streetcar that ran uphill/downhill for several blocks. Eventually most of Bunker Hill was torn down in 1955 but one block of railway was saved, and that's what Angel's Flight is today. An adorable one-block section of railway, on which two wooden orange streetcars run uphill and downhill for 25 cents a ride.

You can sit on one of the benches in the park and get a great view of the city's downtown historic buildings.  It's a relaxing getaway in the middle of the bustling city.  The best time to go is Best times to go is 1 hour after sunrise OR 1 hour before sunset. and Spring is a good season for viewing.  The trees bloom of pink and white blossoms.

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