I'm sad to see friends move out of New York, but after staying at Marisa's newly renovated and impeccably designed home next door to Griffith Park in LA, I could see why she never came back.
Marisa's home is literally outside of the park. You can go hiking, running, see the view from the Observatory, eat at the Trails Cafe all within a few steps. The surrounding neighborhoods are Los Feliz/ Silverlake which is comprable to Carroll Gardens, Forte Greene, and bits of Williamsburg. It's exactly the type of weekend retreat I needed before power shopping with my Buyers for the next 3 days straight.
She's renting her place out, if you're ever in town: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/401663
How time flies: (left) May 2012 LA, CA (right) December 2002 Brooklyn, NY.
Places to visit in Los Feliz/Silver Lake area: whiskey bar, Thirsty Crow ---brunch spot Mohawk Bend---- shopping along Hillhurst Avenue: lingerie Panty Raid, vintage clothing Meowdy, shoes Vamp.