January 2011

Editor’s Letter—January 2011

A lot is made of the differences between Los Angeles and New York. Generalizations are bandied about on subjects ranging from cars and culture to bagels and sports. But in spite—or maybe because—of all that, I see more similarities.

Wait before you push the Send button on that email telling me I’m nuts—hear me out. The likenesses between the two metropolises lie in their residents. Both are places to which people flock to realize their dreams. It’s where they live while attaining their goals and where they remain once they hit the pinnacle. And it seems the only place inhabitants of either city want to move is the other. And even without an actual relocation, there is a whole lot of back-and-forthing.

Which brings me to the issue at hand—New York. And who better to set the tone than the uncrowned king of the city, Robert De Niro? In “RDN=NYC,” photographed by Hedi Slimane, De Niro tells Robin Sayers about his deep identification with Gotham, specifically the neighborhoods below 14th Street.

Welcome, L.A., to “The New New York.” We’ve culled the places you need to hit on your next visit. We don’t claim a comprehensive list, but we have aimed for an insiders’ compendium of recent additions to art, architecture, retail, culture, hotels, restaurants and bars. So, whether it’s a stroll down the High Line, a cocktail at Death & Company, an eatery that specializes in meatballs or a preview of Tony Kushner’s new play, you’ll find it in these pages.

We have another New Yorker to share: Amy Poehler. In this month’s Q + LA, the actress and former standout SNL-er waxes sentimental on the town she has called home for some 15 years.


In late November, WikiLeaks released approximately 250,000 confidential U.S. State Department documents. Deep among them was a handful of exchanges between the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, and Washington, D.C., about Dr. Hossein G. Vahedi, a Los Angeles dentist of Iranian birth who was forced to flee for his life after being detained in his homeland during a visit to his parents’ graves. In “Out of Iran,” Annie Jacobsen’s exclusive interview with Vahedi, he relays the terrifying details of his escape.

In closing, I’d like to draw your attention to the magazine’s stylish new addition, “Image.” Reimagining the style section of the Los Angeles Times for our pages was a thrill, and the result far exceeds the sum of its parts. And we’re just getting started. What a great way to begin 2011!