This is my not-so-secret spot in Los Angeles, a hidden gem most famously known for its scene in 500 Days of Summer. It’s one of those locations where in that moment you reach the destination, you really do feel an air of cinema. Outside of being serenely beautiful, the rolling green hills and cluster of large, shady trees overlooking the view of the Historic Bank District in Downtown gives off a sharp juxtaposition of being inside the park. It’s a type of paradox that makes you feel like where you’re standing is out of context from where you are. It’s also a place where you find couples old and young making out on the benches, usually on the “Honeymoon Phase” of a relationship. Fortunately, this is not a place for bad endings.
Photos by Jesse Fiorino.