By the calendar, summer has definitely arrived, but this year the term "endless summer" really resonates as we've had an unprecedented warm winter. We're bracing for a warm and very dry season but don't expect dry if you visit Universal this summer. Its newest attraction Despicable Me, a fantastic 3D ride is coupled with a Family Fun Zone that features a water park that's the best "running through sprinklers" that's sure to delight the small set. If you haven't been to Universal lately, do take writer Karen Yin's advice and put it on your list.
If strolling Hollywood Boulevard isn't what you're seeking for an outdoor activity, Michael Goldstein's article on nearby parks directs you to where you can easily hike as well as visit some movie locations. Griffith Park and other nearby mountain trails have been stand ins for more exotic and faraway climes since silent movie days. Most remain much as they did decades ago.
Hollywood's historic past is embedded into this community in its sidewalks, its 1920s and 30s buildings, the homes that dot the hillsides and cottages that can be found steps from the Walk of Fame. We're in the midst-after a brief lull-in an unprecedented building boom. Since DeMille and Lasky first discovered Hollywood, 100 years ago, all roads lead here and today is no different. Our challenge is to retain our authenticity and grow and prosper over the next 100 years. It's not an easy road.
When the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that its planned museum was not going to be in Hollywood but adjacent to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, we sympathized with actress Debbie Reynolds and her tireless, decades long effort to find a permanent home for her collection of movie memorabilia. Last May the final auction of her treasures, the largest collection ever assembled, was held. Through it all, Debbie has emerged triumphant and will always be Hollywood's sweetheart.
Enjoy the summer whether visiting or in your back yard. We expect another banner year of visitors. We hope they take advantage of the new shuttle service from the Greek Theatre to the best view of the Hollywood Sign. It's much safer and resident-friendly. Take advantage of riding our subway, the dash bus or, the best way to see everything-walk.
Happy trails to you.