Updated: Apr 29, 2020
There has long been a rivalry between the East and West Coasts of the USA, with many people saying there are strong cultural differences between them. As I’m British I couldn’t possible comment myself, however from what I can gather while the West Coast boasts the “Cali” lifestyle, where a stress-free more chilled outlook on life is common, the East Coast has more of a fast paced, business orientated way of life.
Back in the 90’s a big feud started creating a bigger rivalry between the two coasts, with the rise of the Hip-Hop music scene. Rap artists from both sides of the US started a famous feud that lasted throughout the 1990’s, with the main focal points being between The Notorious B.I.G (East Coast) and Tupac Shakur (West Coast). Sadly both were fatally shot in separate drive-by shootings only a year apart.
Slap-bang in the centre of Downtown Los Angeles, The Standard Hotel is in a prime position for the recent resurgence of the Downtown area or DTLA as the locals refer to it. Over the past decade a lot of investment has been ploughed into the Downtown area to entice people back into the city and make it a neighbourhood of its own, not just a cluster of office blocks. A recent addition to the DTLA art scene includes The Broad which opened in 2015, a new contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue, which features a white honey-combed style exterior designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro and is free to visit. Across the road is the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and further up the street is the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall, a strikingly gorgeous building designed by Frank Gehry to resemble a ship sailing down Grand Avenue.
Along with numerous theatres, music venues like the Staples Centre, art galleries and museums, DTLA also boasts a funky nightlife scene too, with many new recently opened restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Surrounding The Standard Hotel are a wide selection of eateries with a particular favourite being the grand but intimately beautiful restaurant and Patisserie Bottega Louie. Other notable restaurants are Redbird, serving American cuisine in what has to be one of the coolest interiors I’ve come across and Sugar Fish on West 7th Street for some of the best Sushi in LA.
If like me you enjoy a little beverage or two, then DTLA has a great selection of bars to choose from too with the cute Perch rooftop bar, the intimate Library Bar literally across the street from The Standard Hotel and the cool speakeasy bar Varnish. To finish the night off, why not head to the The Edison, a huge 1920’s themed dance club housed within a former power plant.
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So how about the area around The Standard High Line NYC then? Situated in my favourite neighbourhood of The Big Apple, the Meatpacking District, soaring above the amazing High Line park…not bad eh?
Back in the 1920’s the area was home to over 250 slaughter houses and packing plants hence it’s name, however during the late 1990’s the area saw a transformation and went from a being a seedy red-light district to the fashionable and trendy area it is today.
If it’s designer fashion you’re after, then all the big name boutiques are here, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney to name a few. The area also boasts less known up and coming high-end fashion designers such as Jay Godfrey and Owen to find those unique pieces.