I was wondering what the fine folks of tripadvisor would recommend as far as off the path, youth-oriented culture spots in Long Beach. For example the East 4th neighborhood sounds cool, I thought Belmont shore was too gentrified, I'm down for street art, record stores, edgy museums, etc. I will be staying in Seal Beach and would like to check out what I can in LB as Seal seems to not hold much in this regard.
Also is it safe to take the metro (train) from downtown LA to Long Beach? I take BART through Oakland a lot and know that, while that system passes through tough areas, it's not unsafe at all. BUT LA is not a city I know and the blue line seems to pass through a lot of well-known sketch like Compton, for example. Just making sure it's safe. Thanks!