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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Giving thanks to Garcetti

A Thanksgiving Day LA Times’ editorial listing things to be thankful for included Echo Park resident and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. He was listed after bus drivers and before Prop. 8 protesters: “We don’t appreciate everything the City Council does — it bobbles ... Read More »

A Thanksgiving story from 1963

On what must have been an even slower than usual day for news, the LA Times paid a Thanksgiving Day visit to a local animal hospital to check on the condition of Room 8 cat, the beloved feline mascot of Elysian Heights Elementary School: “The children ... Read More »

Young actors rediscover the Elysian Park amphitheater

A long forgotten stage and amphitheater in Elysian Park came back to life Tuesday morning thanks to an actress and a recreation center for people with disabilities. Children took to the stage of the Elysian Park Therapeutic Recreation Center to perform “A Thanksgiving Story” under the ... Read More »

Big plans for Boyle Heights apartments have residents on edge

The housing market continues to tumble, but the owners of the sprawling Wyvernwood Garden Apartments in Boyle Heights are preparing for an eventual rebound. Many Wyvernwood tenants, however, are preparing for trouble . More than two hundred of them expressed their concerns at a meeting about ... Read More »

News & Notes from Atwater, Echo Park & Glassell Park

Saturday night stabbing in Echo Park. Echo Elysian Forum Would you like some Scotch Rarebit on your burger at the Tam O’ Shanter? Serious Eats What’s this? Call for artists from the Elysian Park Museum of Art. EPMOA Glassell Park is not all that bad. LA ... Read More »

Why would anyone want to open a business these days?

The Dow has plunged, unemployment has soared and everyone is thinking twice – make that three times -about spending money. It’s probably not the best time to open a store, but it’s too late to turn back for several entrepreneurs who have recently or are about ... Read More »

Perhaps he should have advertised on a blog

Some residents get angry over tagging. Others by abandoned sofas. But for many on Mt. Washington, the most hated form of urban blight are those fliers stapled and taped to light posts. A group is now seeking punishment for a C.P.A. who blanketed the neighborhood with ... Read More »

New format for Dov Charney’s used clothing store

What happened to California Select? American Apparel opened the Echo Park vintage clothing and accessories store last year on Sunset Boulevard as part of a new retail concept. But the Echo Park store is now gone. Did American Apparel founder Dov Charney overestimate the demand for ... Read More »

News & Notes from Atwater, Echo Park & Silver Lake

Police still trying to make sense of the triple-murder and suicide in Silver Lake. LAPD What will Westsiders think? Many of the shelves from the new Echo Park bookstore, Stories, came from the recently closed Dutton’s in Brentwood. City to offer a $50,000 reward in the ... Read More »

Echo Park Vons might get super-sized

An employee at the Echo Park Vons told customers this weekend that the grocery store chain plans to expand the small supermarket out into the parking lot at Alvarado and Montana. If this is true, it probably means the end for one of the area’s last ... Read More »

Fighting fires and gang life

In the face of blazing brush and forest fires, Ramon Maestras is a heroic fire fighter and admired team player. But in Echo Park, the 23-year-old is known as a gang member known as Little Ray, his head tattooed with a woman’s red lips and “90026” ... Read More »

Boyle Heights to get its own mortgage bail out

Foreclosure signs and notices are popping up all across the Eastside, with perhaps homeowners in Boyle Heights suffering the most. The number of Boyle Heights homes on the verge of falling into foreclosure number about 100, according to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. And that’s not ... Read More »

Eastside Facts & Figures

Men, women & children lined up for free groceriesat 8:40 a.m. today at Cathedral Center in Echo Park: 151 The price of a brioche doughnut at Silver Lake’s LA Mill: $3.50 Artists exhibiting on this Sunday’sArroyo Arts Collective Re-Discovery Tour: 130 Median home sales price for ... Read More »

Nirvana album baby surfaces in Echo Park

Remember our recent post about the 17-year-old from Eagle Rock who as a baby was photographed floating naked in a pool for Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover? Well, Spencer Elden is now apparently testing the waters of commercial art as an intern at Shepard Fairey’s Echo Park ... Read More »

Shepard Fairey can’t live on Obama posters alone

Artist Shepard Fairey is best known for his colorful Obama posters. But Fairey’s political pop and street art have overshadow a more practical, and probably more profitable, ad agency that he runs out of his relatively new Echo Park office and gallery called Studio Number One. ... Read More »

Buy him a drink and he will tell you why Echo Park is so hot

Is it the history or rich culture that’s made Echo Park so popular among a younger generation? Not really. How about that great urban planning that made it one of America’s 10 Greatest Neighborhoods? Yeah, right. What’s really behind Echo Park’s popularity, at least according to ... Read More »

Cable car service comes to Boyle Heights

The Metro Gold Line through Boyle Heights is expected to open next year. But, about 120 years ago, the same neighborhood was already served by a cable railway line, shown here on opening day in November 1889. Photo from MTA archives. Read More »