Monthly Archives: November 2009

Atwater holiday tree lighting is back on: Last week the organizers of Atwater Village’s annual holiday tree lighting canceled the upcoming ceremony in the face of budget and permit problems. But, this morning, Luis Lopez of the Atwater Chamber of Commerce got a call from a member of Councilman Eric Garcetti’s office with some good news. “The councilman wants the ... Read More »

Will cleaning up Echo Park Lake wipe away its historic landscape?

By Todd Walker The drainage and clean up of Echo Park Lake won’t begin for about a year but some residents have already begun to express concerns that the $84 million project is being planned without sufficient attention to the park’s historic landscape. The image of the park’s lake ringed by palms as well as pine trees has appeared in ... Read More »

News & Notes from Atwater, Boyle Heights, Echo Park, Highland Park & Silver Lake

Water main bursts in Highland Park. CBS2 The Echo Park churros truck on video. Good Food New Hampshire man channels his inner mariachi in Boyle Heights. LA Times Fashionably Silver Lake. LA Times Caltrans learns a lesson from 110 Freeway guerilla artist. Franklin Avenue Sleepy Lagoon trial activist Alice McGrath dies. LA Times Living small in Atwater Village. LA Times Read More »

Why settle for grass when you can have carpet?

Today’s Sunday swap meet down by Echo Park Lake (this is a crack down?) included a carpet vendor who had unrolled his wares across the lawn. The 12-foot-long sections cost $25 but the vendor said he would let it go for only $20. Never worry about grass stains again. Read More »

Atwater pulls the plug on holiday tree lighting *

*Update: The tree lighting ceremony is back on. The Eastsider Last year’s elaborate Atwater Village tree lighting ceremony attracted a big crowd and controversy. This year there will be none of that. Organizers of what would have been the 18th annual tree lighting next Friday have decided to let the approximately 50-foot tall redwood tree in the Glendale Boulevard median ... Read More »

Scenes of chaos and calm on Thanksgiving morning

Everybody wants to help out on Thanksgiving Day, which was clearly the case in Echo Park this morning as lines of volunteers and cars converged on The Echo nightclub for Gobble Gobble Give, a holiday food program that has in the past served up and delivered about 600 meals. Inside the club on the dance floor, an army of apron-clad ... Read More »

Look, above the gas station, isn’t that Echo Park?

Hipsters dance atop mural-covered buildings. Stairways climb up steep hills. A blimp hovers over Dodger Stadium and a skateboarder zips past some Victorian homes. Welcome to Echo Park as conceived by a local real estate broker, drawn by a cartoonist working from Stewartsville, New Jersey and, for now, splashed across the billboard hovering over the Magic Gas station at Echo ... Read More »

News & Notes from Atwater, Boyle Heights, Echo Park, Glassell Park & Silver Lake

Silver Lake and Highland Park to make guest appearances in Ewan McGregor indie film. Company Town Echo Park bookstore celebrates one year anniversary with free turkey chili. Stories LA Don’t call it a Christmas tree: Residents to celebrate Glassell Park Tree lighting. Council District 13 T-Mobile seeking to build a 38-foot cell phone tower next Atwater Village school and homes. ... Read More »

Readers might have less time to check out the new Silver Lake library

Ribbon cutting ceremonies and open house festivities greeted the grand opening of the Silver Lake branch library earlier this month. But, behind the scenes, there has been little to celebrate as Los Angeles Public Library officials look at trimming back operating hours at the Silver Lake library and branches across the city in the face of financial pressures. Library patrons ... Read More »

Eastside Property Report: Echo Park and Silver Lake home prices (at least those in the 90026 Zip Code) posted the biggest increase in the area during October. But Eagle Rock and northern Silver Lake and Atwater Village were not far behind. Click on the link below to view an Eastside Home Price chart of the ups and (mostly) downs the ... Read More »

Speed was a deadly factor in a fatal Echo Park accident

The car involved in Sunday’s fatal accident in Echo Park was traveling nearly 70 miles an hour on Sunset Boulevard when the driver lost control of the vehicle, an investigator said today. The driver, Stephanie Silvestre, 21, of Los Angeles, was killed and a passenger was left in critical condition following the accident near Sunset Boulevard and Mohawk Street. “Speed ... Read More »

It’s not easy being a snowman in Elysian Park

Workers at Elysian Park today installed this year’s batch of holiday snowmen and snowwoman – made from tumbleweeds spray-painted white – around the park. But there won’t be a snowman at the corner of Stadium Way and Scott Avenue this year, said lead senior gardener John Salaisas.He said that the snowman cutback was the result of several challenges, including a ... Read More »

Neighborhood Watch: An Echo Park resident whose car was broken into on Lemoyne Street near Berkeley Saturday wanted to warn her neighbors to watch theirs cars and mailboxes: “I found a partial pile of some of my stuff in the bushes at Berkeley and Lake Shore. Some stolen mail from other neighbors was mixed in with my stuff. And if ... Read More »