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Downtown: 24 Hours In the City's Center

Where every minute counts

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12:40 a.m.

The first train of the day-the Pacific Surfliner to Santa Ana-pulls out of UNION STATION.

1:45 a.m.

From the seductive depths of THE EDISON, the last partyers emerge.

2:00 a.m.

The L.A. WHOLESALE PRODUCE MARKET unlocks the gates for a rowdy crowd of top and not-so-top chefs.

3:15 a.m.

Big Mojo Wings are still there for the taking at the 24-hour L.A. CAFÉ.

4:00 a.m.

Business is blooming at the L.A. FLOWER MART.

4:30 a.m.

Time to slice heaps of turkey and roast beef for PHILIPPE'S French dip sandwiches.

4:35 a.m.

At CLIFTON'S CAFETERIA, bakers are stirring their first batch of Mexican wedding-cookie dough.

5:00 a.m.

Bleary-eyed shoppers begin to roam the aisles of the upscale RALPHS FRESH FARE supermarket.

6:00 a.m.

Garment cutters and sewers punch in for the day shift at the AMERICAN APPAREL factory.

6:45 a.m.

ANGELS FLIGHT

The ANGELS FLIGHT railcar makes its initial 298-foot ascent up Bunker Hill. ETA: Just shy of one minute.

7:00 a.m.

UNION RESCUE MISSION

UNION RESCUE MISSION on skid row serves the day's first meal-2,799 to go.

7:05 a.m.

CENTRAL LIBRARY

The bindery and mendery department at the CENTRAL LIBRARY digs in.

7:15 a.m.

LAZY OX CANTEEN

The lead prep cook at the LAZY OX CANTEEN makes the veal reduction.

7:30 a.m.

SEARS SHOE SERVICE

Businessmen trip into SEARS SHOE SERVICE in the Los Angeles Mall for a quick shine.

8:00 a.m.

SPICE TABLE

Bryant Ng, chefowner of the SPICE TABLE, inspects the morning deliveries, which include fish from Ocean Jewels in the Arts District.

9:00 a.m.

MUTTROPOLITAN LA

Canine grooming includes a $10 "Nail Pawlish" at MUTTROPOLITAN LA in Little Tokyo.

10:00 a.m.

LITTLE BARN

Little ones arrive at LITTLE BARN, the indoor playground on Beaudry that offers curbside dropoff.

10:05 a.m.

The FASHION DISTRICT

The FASHION DISTRICT displays the latest knockoffs.

10:07 a.m.

CITY HALL

If it's Tuesday, your city councilperson is pledging allegiance in CITY HALL.

11:00 a.m.

LAST BOOKSTORE

The presumptuously named LAST BOOKSTORE opens a few doors up from Metropolis Books.

11:30 a.m.

BLENDS

Sneakerheads can buy their transparent Mercury-winged Adidas hightops at BLENDS on 4th Street.

12:00 p.m.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Scheduled tours at the MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART get under way. No flashes, please.

12:10 p.m.

CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS

The CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS holds its final Mass of the day.

1:00 p.m.

LAS PERLAS

Raul Yrastorza, lead barman at LAS PERLAS, experiments with flavor profiles for new drinks.

1:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT

Lunch break ends for jurors at LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT.

2:00 p.m.

HOMEBOY BAKERY

Ex-gang members turned bakers prepare red velvet cupcakes at Father Greg Boyle's HOMEBOY BAKERY.

3:30 p.m.

FISHERMAN'S OUTLET

What's left of the fresh fish at Central Avenue's FISHERMAN'S OUTLET is sold.

4:00 p.m.

BORDER GRILL

It's happy hour at BORDER GRILL. How about a $4.50 mojito with that biosustainable ceviche?

4:30 p.m.

L.A. BARBER COLLEGE

Undergrads at L.A. BARBER COLLEGE wrap up the day's $5.50 haircuts.

5:00 p.m.

OIWAKE RESTAURANT

Little Tokyo's OIWAKE RESTAURANT fires up the 100-inch karaoke screen.

5:25 p.m.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

The front-page deadline arrives at the LOS ANGELES TIMES, which has been produced on 1st Street since 1887.

5:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB

Guests show up for the first seating in the dining room of the LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB.

5:45 p.m.

FARMACIA Y BOTANICA

Votive candles at Broadway's FARMACIA Y BOTANICA are extinguished. Say a little prayer.

7:34 p.m.

BONA VISTA LOUNGE

The BONA VISTA LOUNGE atop the Bonaventure Hotel completes another of its continuous 50-minute rotations.

7:45 p.m.

CALTRANS BUILDING

Automatic shutters on Thom Mayne's CALTRANS BUILDING, at the intersection of 1st and Main, begin to close.

8:00 p.m.

CLUB STARLIGHT

The CLUB STARLIGHT "gentlemen's club" on Broadway cashes in on $35-an-hour dances with pretty ladies.

9:00 p.m.

SASSONY ARCADE

SASSONY ARCADE calls it a day as Pac-Man chomps the evening's remaining strawberry.

10:30 p.m.

KYOTO GRAND HOTEL

The serene half-acre garden at the KYOTO GRAND HOTEL shuts its doors for the night.

11:00 p.m.

GALLERY BAR

Designate a driver before ordering your last Black Dahlia at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel's GALLERY BAR.

11:55 p.m.

WURSTKUCHE

Quick! Only five minutes left to place your order for a rattlesnake-rabbit sausage at the WURSTKUCHE.

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