Category Archives: View from the 8th Floor

View from the 8th floor: Rocket Dog Shoes HQ’s Rooftop

See the woman in the pink dress? You have to look closely in the lower center of the photo–she’s standing at the corner of the railing on top of the Rocket Dog Shoes building on 9th & Broadway.

Just before she did her on-the-bow-of the-Titanic pose.
Just before she did her on-the-bow-of the-Titanic pose.

Seconds after I turned off my camera she did her best Rose-on-the-bow-of-the-Titanic pose…



Flower Moon and Saturn Meet at Twilight Tomorrow

Looking Southwest in DTLA
Looking Southwest in DTLA

Early tomorrow morning the full Flower Moon will slip behind Saturn.  I just happened to wake up at 4 a.m this morning and was drawn to the window to see this view that my iPhone camera doesn’t begin to do justice to.  If you get up before dawn tomorrow you’ll see Saturn come within a length  (two full moon diameters) of the moon.  According to Bob King who writes the Astro Bob Blog , Saturn’s rings are tipped nearly wide open right now so if you have a telescope or a good pair of binoculars it’s going to be pretty awesome.   On Bob’s blog you can also find out how to watch the phenomena online.  Australia and New Zealand will have the best view  with the naked eye.

And in case you’re wondering, that’s the crown of the Ace Hotel lit up in the foreground and the JW Marriott at L.A. Live towering in the background.  The redish-gold glow in the middle is the Jesus Saves Sign.


Tarina Tarantino on her roof with a camera


Tarina Tarantino, jewelry designer and makeup line creator, owns and works out of the seven-story building catty-corner across Broadway from the Eastern Columbia Building.  The other day I spotted Tarina as she popped out on the roof to snap  photos of two  girls (standing behind the metal tower). Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant serves as a talisman for all who cross the 9th & Broadway intersection whether they sew seams or pursue dreams of realizing their own creativity.