LA Parks: Elysian Park

by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum

We probably spend more time in Elysian than in any other park just because it's so close to home. On the weekends, it's full of families barbecuing or birthday partying. On Cinco de Mayo, though: low riders. We attended this car show on accident, but then sort of fell in love with its strange beauty. The reflections of palm trees on the cars' very shiny surfaces nearly killed us. 

Aside from cars and soft serve, there's also Dodger Stadium, the Police Academy (and the cafe inside, a semi-secret), miles of trails, Angel's Point (for downtown views), Buena Vista Point (for LA river/Glassel Park views), an Arboretum, courts for basketball and tennis, and...probably many other places that just aren't coming to mind at this particular moment. It's worth exploring, and that is the real point.

The bball courts in Elysian are usually not too busy, which is convenient for people who are not hot shots (read: us), and who don't tend to dominate spaces (us, again).  On this particular day we brought snacks and our friend Thomas along.

LA Parks: The Cornfield

by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum

We've been spending a lot of time at The Cornfield/Los Angeles State Historic Park lately. We almost don't want to talk about it, because we like having it to ourselves. It's not the best park for hiking (it's flat) or picnicking (it's too close to Nick's Cafe, which is where you have to eat). But it's a perfect place for standing around, watching trains pass, having girl talk, sneaking overripe berries from the community garden, and enjoying the view of Downtown. We can't really explain the Squirt product placement, because we certainly weren't compensated in any way. Basically, the bottle is a pretty color and we wanted to get into a tiny bit of trouble by making something explode. 

Nick's Cafe

1300 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

LA State Historic Park

1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012