AS TEMPERATURES BEGIN to cool in Los Angeles (average September high temperature is a beautiful 83 degrees), the city hums with activities. The arts scene buzzes with new exhibits at The Broad, The Getty Center, the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where a new $659 building proposal by the award-winning Swiss architect Peter Zumthor is moving forward.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Before I moved out of Manhattan in the 1970s, I spent a lot of time on the Upper West Side, between 110th and 116th streets. It was nice to return for a visit to a “newly” opened (fall 2018) restaurant on 109th Street and Broadway called Atlas Kitchen.