JOIN US SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2018

For the 13th year we're walking across Los Angeles -- this time down 6th Street, through Koreatown, and then on to the ocean!

Save the date: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at 9 a.m. -- Meet at Pershing Square!

To join in, just EMAIL US at greatlawalk@mail.com or check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/greatlawalk

Make sure you're on the email list! And check back here for more details!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Offers Great Los Angeles Walk Specials This Saturday!


Fuel up before you hit the pavement this Saturday! Downtown's Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, located near our Pershing Square start point, is offering several great specials for Great LA Walkers! Among the specials:
Doughnut and Small Coffee $4
Egg Sandwich and Small Coffee $6
Fried Chicken Honey and Small Coffee $8

Astro will open at 8:30 on Saturday -- earlier than usual -- to accommodate us! Some info on Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken:
For childhood friends Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, it all started as a love of hockey and a good old- fashioned fondness for American comfort food. The first native Washingtonians to play for the Washington Capitals, Halpern and Spaisman grew up playing the sport together in Montgomery County, Md., often meeting for a post-game doughnut off the ice.

As adults, the two food lovers forged their childhood pastime into a local eatery offering lighthearted interpretations of two comfort food favorites: doughnuts and fried chicken. Leveraging Spaisman’s experience at Balducci’s (formerly Sutton Place Gourmet), the duo found ways to add a modern spin to classic recipes with inventive seasonal flavors, culturally relevant releases and sandwiches combining both items for a new take on the traditional southern combo of waffles and fried chicken.

In addition to playing for the Washington Capitals — twice — Halpern also graced the ice for the Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes. All that skating stirs up quite an appetite, so it was only a matter of time before the Princeton grad called upon his economics degree to partner with Spaisman, who had spent a decade in the antiques business honing his business acumen and putting his Ithaca communications degree to good use. When the cupcake craze began sweeping the nation in the 2000s, the duo noticed there was a superior confection flying conspicuously below the radar … and decided to do something about it.

Here's Astro's downtown address:

516 W 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Great LA Walk In The News: NBC4 and Los Angeles Times Recommend


The Los Angeles Times and KNBC-Channel 4 have been great in sharing word about the Great Los Angeles Walk over the years, and thanks to them the word continues to get out about the event!

As Alysia Gray Painter writes in her piece for NBCLosAngeles.com:

Count 'em up: How many shops or eateries or libraries or civic offices or churches or plazas have you zipped by, in a car or in a bus or on a bicycle, vowing to return later, on foot, to see just what that building was all about?

Do you go back? And poke your head into all of the head-poke-able places, to get to know our massive-o-polis of a city even better?

If so, high fives. If not, high fives, because you have the impulse, and, yes, a way-busy schedule.

But there's a Saturday to-do just ahead, that's totally free to join, and it is all about making good on your whole desire to track-back and check out some of the local sights you've seen through your windshield.

And, yes: To pay affectionate and grateful homage to iconic food writer Jonathan Gold, who passed away earlier this year.

That Saturday is Nov. 17, the event is the 13th annual Great Los Angeles Walk, and, once again, a group of local-loving Southern Californians will set off on a long stroll from DTLA to the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times lists this year's Walk in its roundup of events happening this weekend:

Who says nobody walks in L.A.? The 13th Great Los Angeles Walk is a 16-mile stroll through the city from Pershing Square to Santa Monica. This year’s route goes through Koreatown in honor of Jonathan Gold, the late L.A. Times food critic who loved the neighborhood’s food. Organizers suggest going slowly to take in the sights and the crowd; many new friendships and at least one wedding have come out of the walk.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Saturday's Weather Forecast: This May Be A Perfect Day for a Walk




This just in: Partly cloudy skies and low-70s temperatures, but no rain? Sounds like a good day to walk across Los Angeles.

According to the latest Weather Channel forecast, Los Angeles can expect a high of 71 degrees with no rain, and light winds. The UV index is just 4 out of 10 — but obviously pack plenty of sunscreen and a hat, just to still shield yourself from the sun. Need more info on how to prepare? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2018 Press Release


THE 13th ANNUAL GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK HITS 6TH STREET AND KOREATOWN, IN TRIBUTE TO JONATHAN GOLD, FROM DOWNTOWN TO THE OCEAN ON NOV. 17

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 1, 2018) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks on Saturday, November 17, for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2018 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”

This year, for the 13th edition, The Great Los Angeles Walk (http://www.greatlawalk.com) is paying tribute to the late Jonathan Gold by hiking down 6th Street. It's one of the key arteries through Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood, and according to Gold's assessment of Koreatown's restaurants, it also boasts some of the neighborhood's best food. 

Participants will meet at Pershing Square, in downtown Los Angeles, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

From downtown, we'll start off at Pershing Square, and head west -- along the way seeing sites such as the Standard Hotel, the Jonathan Club, the Pacific Dining Car restaurant, MacArthur Park, the Park Plaza (now known as the MacArthur), Lafayette Park, Chapman Market, Koreatown, Hancock Park, Park La Brea, the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA, and more. When 6th ends, we'll stroll up San Vicente to Burton Way, and walk through a strip of Beverly Hills, past the Courthouse and city center, and down Little Santa Monica, eventually making our way onto Santa Monica Blvd. for the rest of the walk to the ocean.

The Great Los Angeles Walk will conclude with a group photo and informal celebration in Santa Monica at a location to be announced later. Walkers will be encouraged to utilize Metro buses and its Expo Line, which offers public transportation at the finish of the walk back to downtown.

Like many Angelenos, we were heartbroken to learn of Jonathan Gold's death earlier this summer. If you loved Los Angeles, you loved J-Gold — one of the most important L.A. boosters ever. When the Great Los Angeles Walk first tackled Pico Boulevard in 2007, he gave us a list of restaurants to visit during our all-day hike — something we used again when we returned to Pico in 2016. 

L.A. journalist and blogger Michael Schneider launched the Great Los Angeles Walk in 2006 as a way to celebrate his tenth year in Los Angeles. Inspired by the book “Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles,” by Kevin Roderick (with research by J. Eric Lynxwiler), he decided to walk the street’s entire length.

In 2007, for an encore, he chose another downtown-to-the-ocean route: Pico Boulevard. The 2008 Walk took on Santa Monica Blvd. In 2009, the event kicked off in the historic West Adams district and walked to Venice Beach via Adams and Washington. In 2010, for its fifth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk reprised its original Wilshire journey. In 2011, participants marched to the ocean via Hollywood Boulevard. In 2012, the Walk traveled across Melrose Avenue; in 2013, Sunset Boulevard; in 2014, the Walk traveled across the San Fernando Valley via Ventura Boulevard; in 2015, the Walk took on Olympic Boulevard; in 2016, it returned to Pico; and in 2017, the Walk tackled Beverly Boulevard.

The Great Los Angeles Walk grew from dozens of participants to hundreds, and continues to expand each year as more Angelenos join in to explore their city on foot.

As always, the Walk is completely free. It is up to the participants to decide how much or how little of the walk they want to do. The Great Los Angeles Walk has been featured in Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, KCAL-Channel 9, KABC-Channel 7, LAist.com and KNBC.com. In 2012, the LA Weekly recognized The Great Los Angeles Walk in its "Best of L.A." issue. More recently, the Walk was included in the book "The Best Things to Do In Los Angeles: 1001 Ideas" by Joy Yoon.

The official hashtag of The Great Los Angeles Walk is #glaw. Social media users can follow along all day on the walk's official Twitter feed, @greatlawalk, as we continually post our location.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2018 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



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OK, you know the drill by now: Is walking 17 miles even humanly possible? (When you're taking your time on an all-day leisurely stroll, sure!) Can I bike it? (Yes!) Take the Metro? (Of course!) Bring a dog or my kid? (Sure!) Quit half way through? (Whatever you want!) Does it cost money (No!) Are you personally driving me back to my car? (Well, no.)

Here it is, the unofficial Frequently Asked Questions roundup for the GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK 2018! (This will be updated with new information as it comes available!)

1. WHEN/WHERE? Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 -- the Saturday before Thanksgiving, like we do every year. We're meeting at Pershing Square. Look for the crowd of people who look ready to hike their way through Los Angeles!

Feel free to get there early and grab breakfast at one of the nearby spots. At 9 am we'll gather for a pep talk and some info about the day. Then, we're off, some time after 9 am! THE WALK HAPPENS, RAIN OR SHINE! (We had light rain one year, but it cleared up by mid day.)

2. WHO? We're expecting 300 or so urban hikers this year. We're taking RSVPs at greatlawalk(at)mail(dot)com (yes, "mail," not "gmail") and on Facebook, but RSVPs are not necessary. We'll take anyone who shows up too!

3. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? C'mon, it's completely free! But you're on your own when it comes to lunch, dinner, water, etc. So don't forget to plan accordingly.

4. WHAT'S THE PATH? From Pershing Square we'll hike west, down 6th Street, through Koreatown and Hancock Park to its end — San Vicente, where Beverly Hills begins. We'll then walk up San Vicente to Burton Way, and continue west through Beverly Hills as it turns into South Santa Monica Boulevard. As that street merges into regular Santa Monica Blvd. around Century City, we'll continue on Santa Monica Blvd. to the ocean.

After hitting the ocean and taking celebratory photos, we'll then celebrate nearby at an after party (Location TBD).

We strictly walk down sidewalks. As for bathroom breaks along the way, it's up to you to find businesses that will let you go. Coffee shops like Starbucks and The Coffee Bean are usually pretty good for that.

5. WHAT IF I CAN'T GET THERE THAT EARLY, OR DON'T WANT TO START THAT FAR WEST? Just wait for us somewhere on the path and join in once we pass by. Several hikers will be Twittering as well -- including us, at @greatlawalk. Check one of those Twitter accounts to figure out where we are.

6. WHAT DO WE DO ALONG THE WAY? Explore! The whole excitement of exploring L.A. by foot is to get up close and personal with sites you might normally miss while cruising down the street in your car. And there's a lot to see this year, as we pass sites such as the Standard Hotel, the Jonathan Club, the Pacific Dining Car restaurant, MacArthur Park, the Park Plaza (now known as the MacArthur), Lafayette Park, Chapman Market, Koreatown, Hancock Park, Park La Brea, the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA, and more.

6. HOW LONG IS THE HIKE? Around 16 and a half miles.

IMPORTANT: This is not a race. Sure, you can sprint all the way to the end, but where's the fun in that? There's no prize for who gets there first. Instead, take a breath, and join the bulk of us as we leisurely stroll toward the end and stop frequently to take in the sights.

7. WHEN WILL WE GET TO THE END? With so many hikers, people will eventually start to space out. Impatient, faster walkers might get there soon after lunch. But the bulk of the walkers will get there around 4 or 5.

8. CAN WE BIKE IT? BRING KIDS? PETS? Because you're walking on your own accord -- remember, this is an unofficial gathering of passionate Angelenos walking the streets of their favorite city -- you can do whatever you want. Use your best judgement, of course. We're not responsible for you.

9. WHAT ABOUT INJURIES? Again, there is no infrastructure to our Walk, so you need to take care of yourself just like you would whenever you walk anywhere. Be careful, stay safe and stick with a group of walkers!

10. WHAT ABOUT LUNCH? We'll be taking a lunch break -- probably around an hour or so -- around the halfway point. Stay tuned for info about a possible lunch partner.

11. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WALK IS DONE? We'll take group photos at the end... and then celebrate by grabbing food and drinks between 4 and 8 pm at a location TBD.

12. HOW DO I GET THERE, OR GET HOME? Either plan with a friend and get to Santa Monica early morning, parking one car, then carpool to downtown (where you'll park the other car). OR: Park at downtown, walk to Santa Monica, then eventually take Metro back to downtown. OR: Park at Santa Monica at 7 a.m., allowing yourself enough time to board a Metro bus to downtown. Traffic's light that time of morning, so the bus ride is relatively quick. And that way, when you arrive in Santa Monica, your car is waiting for you. Check out LA Metro for bus or train times!

13. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING? Loose, comfy clothing. I'd wear shorts, a t-shirt (and perhaps a sweatshirt, depending on the temperature). Also, tennis shoes... sunglasses... a hat... sunscreen... extra socks... a blister kit (optional, of course -- I haven't brought one, although Band-Aids  are a good idea)... and most importantly, a camera! We'll all be documenting it and posting pics later.

14. HOW CAN I GET A T-SHIRT? T-shirts are now for sale at http://greatlawalk.spreadshirt.com (we don't make any money off of these). But order fast, in order get the shirts in time for the Walk.

15. HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR THIS? It's not a marathon, so training isn't really necessary. I suppose you could walk around your neighborhood in the days before hand... but I'd avoid any big gym routine the day before, so you're not sore the day you're hiking. But other than that... I didn't train at all for any of the previous nine walks, and have turned out just fine.

16. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? Why not? There's no special reason, no charity, no protest, no issue we're promoting -- other than a passion for Los Angeles. In 2006, I organized our walk down Wilshire to mark my 10th anniversary in Los Angeles. But it was so much fun, and it was a chance to meet so many new people, that we did it again in 2007, down Pico; in 2008, via Sunset and Santa Monica Blvd.; and in 2009, we hit West Adams as we walked down Adams and Washington to Venice Beach. In 2010, we returned to Wilshire for the fifth walk; in 2011, we hit Hollywood; in 2012, it was Melrose's turn; in 2013, it was all about Sunset Boulevard; in 2014, we hit the Valley via Ventura Boulevard; in 2015, it was Olympic Boulevard; in 2016, we returned to Pico; and in 2017, we hit Beverly Boulevard.

It's the Saturday before Thanksgiving as well, so somehow I don't feel as bad gorging on sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie a few days later. And hey, it'll be a cool conversation piece at your holiday party.

17. CAN I SEND IN PHOTOS? READ A RECAP LATER? Of course! We'll have an official GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK 2018 page on Flickr for you to upload your pics. And check out www.greatlawalk.com the Monday after the Walk to read a full recap! Send us links to your own recaps, YouTube videos, etc.

18. IMPORTANT: You are walking on your own volition. The Great Los Angeles Walk is just a casual opportunity to walk with other Angelenos through the city. It's not an official organization of any sort -- and is therefore not responsible for your conduct or anything that may happen during your hike. Be careful, and be respectful of others and of your city.

Any more questions? Add 'em below and we'll answer them!



Sunday, October 21, 2018

Great Los Angeles 2018 T-Shirts Now Available, And They Look Sharp!


Get your shirt now in order for it to arrive before this year's Walk! Wear it proudly on November 17 -- and show everyone that, yep, you spent all day walking from downtown to the ocean, via 6th Street and through Koreatown! Click below for the T-shirts... which this year comes in a a sharp dark grey, with golden overtones. The color isn't an accident: As part of our walk through Koreatown, we're also paying tribute to the late Jonathan Gold.

We've just posted a whole bunch of t-shirts at Spreadshirt, including choices for men, women and kids. We don't make any money on these; it's just to get everyone in the spirit. Go here: greatlawalk.spreadshirt.com.

Meanwhile, keep up with info about this year's GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK via our website (www.greatlawalk.com) or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/greatlawalk). And RSVP at our email (greatlawalk@mail.com)!

Friday, September 21, 2018

The 13th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk Explores Koreatown, Via 6th Street, in Honor of Jonathan Gold



For the 13th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk, we're hitting one of the most underappreciated streets in Los Angeles: 6th. It might not have the flash of a Wilshire, an Olympic, or a Santa Monica, but it's the workhorse street that gets you across town a bit faster than those other boulevards — and has plenty of sites of its own to explore.

But more importantly, 6th Street is one of the key arteries through Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood. And according to Jonathan Gold's assessment of Koreatown's restaurants, it also boasts some of the neighborhood's best food.

Like many Angelenos, we were heartbroken to learn of J Gold's death earlier this summer. If you loved Los Angeles, you loved Jonathan Gold — one of the most important L.A. boosters ever. When the Great Los Angeles Walk first tackled Pico Boulevard in 2007, he gave us a list of restaurants to hit during our all-day hike — something we used again when we returned to Pico in 2016.

Alas, Jonathan Gold is so synonymous with Pico that ideally that's where we'd return to celebrate him. But since we just hiked Pico two years ago, we wanted to recognize him in another way. Gold championed Los Angeles, its neighborhoods, and of course, its food. And he was particularly fond of Koreatown, and turned all of us on to countless great reasons to visit.

That's why, for 2018, we're walking down 6th.

From downtown, we'll start off at Pershing Square, and head west -- along the way seeing sites such as the Standard Hotel, the Jonathan Club, the Pacific Dining Car restaurant, MacArthur Park, the Park Plaza (now known as the MacArthur), Lafayette Park, Chapman Market, Koreatown, Hancock Park, Park La Brea, the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA, and more. When 6th ends, we'll stroll up San Vicente to Burton Way, and walk through a strip of Beverly Hills, past the Courthouse and city center, and down Little Santa Monica, eventually making our way onto Santa Monica Blvd. for the rest of the walk to the ocean.

Stay tuned for more details! Always check www.greatlawalk.com for updates, and feel free to drop us a line at greatlawalk@mail.com to let us know you're coming!

Most importantly: The date for the walk is SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018 at 9 am. Meet at Pershing Square! (It's always the Saturday before Thanksgiving -- just remember that!) More details to come!

Listen below as Jonathan Gold dishes about his favorite Koreatown restaurants: