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Old Posted Aug 2, 2016, 6:31 AM
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70 Floors on Top of Los Angeles

At long last, one can finally see LA from a high vantage point that doesn't involve mountains. Skyspace recently opened on the 69th and 70th floor of the Library Tower (f*ck US Bank) and offers views of the city not often seen.

I was there on Sunday on what had to be the 2nd worst air quality of the year (Saturday being worse). It was also 2pm, which is a terrible time to take pictures.

Nonetheless, take them I did.

One of the unique (read: cheesy) novelties they added to the observation deck was an all glass slide, which takes you from the 70th to 69th floor. Nice idea in theory, but poorly executed. If it was two floors? Now we are talking! It's so short that you don't even quite realize what your are doing and then it's done. Oh well.

The deck itself is $25 and the slide is another $8.

I've been kicked out of this building multiple times in the last 25 years by security (and I'm too lazy to do the yearly stair run) so this was highly amusing for me.

I'm looking forward to going back in the wintertime in clear skies with snow-capped peaks and some nice late afternoon light.

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Because this was built long after the building, there is no express elevator. You have to change at the 54th floor, where they have the ubiquitous photo girl and some really cool LED displays to amuse you while in line...




Once you arrive at the 70th floor, you are immediately greeted by the slide guy. You don't have to do it right away, but we did.












There are inside and outside decks on the 69th floor and inside only decks on the 70th. The interiors and floors are white or soft colored finishes, which cause huge glare problems on the glass for pictures.








The slide, again...




And finally...the view...super hazy and smoggy...at least the mountains break up the sea of concrete...




















































































It will be really interesting once the Wilshire Grand is open. It will be similar to the old Prudential/Hancock relationship in Boston.
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My old home! DTLA is so dense, you really can't get a sense without some scale. The tallest building in this picture is 22 floors, and this is just one small part of downtown.
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Excellent photographs plinko....great views

...and what, pray tell, is that silvery slash hovering over Pershing Square?

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It's some kind of temporary art installation, but I can't find any further info on it.
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Very cool set! went up there last night for the first time to have a drink at the new restaurant and check out the views. BEAUTIFUL!
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"Flybird, please land on pad No.11", "Copy...done."
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It's called Liquid Shard. Pretty damn neat looking.

Cool shots there, plinko. All the cool cities are putting observation decks atop their tallest buildings years after the fact. One Liberty Observation Deck opened last fall here years after it would have been really nice to have. The building isn't even the tallest in the city anymore.


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^Cool pic from One Liberty Place.


Sweet photos - especially the ones of the Gas Company Tower and Wilshire Grand.
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Great news! And nice pics! LA really needs a proper observation deck. The one in Westin Bonaventure is a restaurant and only 35 floors. Need to get back just to see the views, was 15 years ago I was there!
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Cool photos, I will definitely check out the deck and slide when I'm next in LA.

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The helipads are numbered, first time to know.
"Flybird, please land on Wells Fargo building", "Wait what? Where is WtF building? Which one?"

"Flybird, please land on pad No.11", "Copy...done."
No, those numbers indicate the maximum weight the helipad can take. If I recall correctly, the max is the given number times 1,000 lbs, so a "12" means 12,000 lbs max.
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Great view and pics!
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Very cool photos, plinko! I appreciated the commentary as well ...I will definitely add to this my to-do list as well, the next time I find myself out in L.A. And it's good to see cities shift away from the post-9-11 paranoia that shuttered so many observation decks and public spaces in skyscrapers over the past decade and a half.
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great pics and the slide seems pretty neat, but didnt somebody get injured on it already (umm, alledgedly)?

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Fascinating views over Los Ángeles!

That observatory is something L.A. really neeeded and it is another attraction for that vibrant city.

Thanks for the pictures.

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Well done.
That slide however is the last thing on earth I would want to do.

Love that new highrise (supertall?) going up - Wilshire Grand I believe.


Also, this building intrigues me. You don't see too many highrises that utilize quoining all the way up the sides. lol

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Omg , put your fucking camera down and enjoy the ride. Ugh, you nerds and your cameras. Lol
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Great to see a photo report of this new observatory and the slide ride. Shame about the glass reflections but a lot of inside observatories have this problem.
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Yes, quite the treat for a Euro-hillbilly such as myself. Thank you Plinko for all the wonderful views.
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