Monthly Archives: July 2011

Boyle Heights church returns to normal after deadly standoff

Rev. Eliseo Morales arrived early this morning to his Boyle Heights church –  El Divino Salvador Presbyterian –  to oversee its transition from deadly crime scene back into a  house of worship.  The last of the LAPD officials who were investigating Saturday afternoon’s deadly shooting in the church hallway left at 6 a.m. only a few hours before children and ... Read More »

Found: Friendly & gentle Echo Park cat

An Echo Park resident named Alex is trying to find the owner of a friendly cat: This cat appeared at our door near Alvarado & Branden, Monday July 18 in the morning. No chip and no collar. Very friendly and gentle. If this is your cat, or you know whose it is, email [email protected] Lost & Found is part of ... Read More »

SUV vs. Echo Park house crash

An SUV crashed into an Echo Park cottage near Lake Shore Avenue and Berkeley Street this afternoon, punching a hole into the building. The vehicle, which is pictured above being towed away from the scene, caused some damage to the base of the home, said David Torres, who was driving by at about 1:40 p.m. It’s not clear if anyone ... Read More »

Only a marquee and memories remain of an Echo Park movie house

The marquee of Echo Park’s long awaited Mohawk Bend restaurant currently reads “Opening Soon Very Soon.” But at one time, the marquee overlooking the 2100 block of Sunset Boulevard promoted films shown inside a  theater that opened nearly a century ago when the nearby  Edendale studios were churning out silent films.  The Sunset Boulevard theater clad in an exterior of ... Read More »

News & Notes from Eagle Rock, East L.A. & Echo Park

Deco details, Glassell Park | Photo by Googiesque/Flickr Man robbed at gunpoint at Eagle Rock Vons. Patch Echo Park sidewalk lobster – or is it a crayfish? – takes a beating. Echo Park Now McCourt’s divorce could end up costing $35  million. L.A. Times Are you an Echo Park Shagster or an East L.A. Greaser/Goth? L.A. Weekly Happening Today: A ... Read More »

CHP pursuit ends in Echo Park

CHP units pursued a vehicle through Echo Park tonight as it sped northbound on Glendale Boulevard. Early reports indicate the pursuit may have ended at about 10: 30 p.m.  in the intersection of Glendale Boulevard and Alvarado Street, where the CHP has asked LAPD to help with traffic control, according to an officer at the Northeast Division. Update @ 11:21 ... Read More »

Looming large over Echo Park

A 100-foot high crane towering over the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue has temporarily joined the Echo Park skyline, swinging construction materials over the site of the $10 million Parkview Living senior apartments.  The nearly block-long, 75-unit retirement complex is scheduled to be completed by May of next year, said Greg Campbell, head of the Foursquare Foundation, an ... Read More »

Around The Eastsider

News and items from other parts of the blog and beyond: Construction picks up at Echo Park’s Red Hill. Shopper & Diner Lost: Guitar amps stolen in Echo Park. Eastsider Forums Read More »

Update: Construction work picks up at Echo Park’s Red Hill

The conversion of the former Phoenix Bakery in Echo Park into a “neo-American diner” called Red Hill seemed to come to a standstill in recent months. Owner Jason Michaud, who also owns Silver Lake’s Local restaurant, spent three months wrangling with the city and property owners over a driveway easement.  “None of this would have been a problem but the ... Read More »

Lost: Guitar amps stolen in Echo Park

Someone took Jim Lang’s guitar amps last weekend and now he wants them back: I had a couple of guitar amplifiers stolen out of my place at Allesandro and Whitmore on Sunday the 24th- A Fender Pro Junior and a Marshall Valvestate 50. They were taken out of a door that had been left open by mistake- probably about 6 ... Read More »

Save the Date: Weekend Edition

Heritage Square in Montecito Heights concludes its outdoor Silent & Classic Movie Nights on Saturday with the screening of  “Kiss Me Deadly,” a 1955 film noir classic staring Ralph Meeker as detective Mike Hammer and featuring scenes set across downtown and Bunker Hill.  In other upcoming events, an exhibit by street artist Sunny Phono opens  in Echo Park, the Eagle ... Read More »

Mickey Mouse version of the Glendale-Hyperion bridge now under construction

A renovation of the Disney California Adventure theme park in Anaheim will include a replica of a landmark familiar to many Atwater Village and Silver Lake residents: the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge.  Construction  of  the Disney version of the approximately 80-year-old bridge began earlier this month and will replace a replica of  San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge at the park’s entrance, according ... Read More »

Highland Park veterans memorial becomes a symbol of homelessness

The  traffic island at the corner of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard in Highland Park has served as the site of a memorial to U.S.veterans since the mid 1970s. But for many residents, the traffic island is better known as a gathering place for the homeless than a place to honor veterans. Here, under a large American flag, the homeless ... Read More »

Evening gunfire but no injuries reported Echo Park

Police said there were no reports of injuries in Echo Park on Thursday night after a resident reported hearing multiple gun shot blasts near Alvarado and Reservoir streets. A resident named Jennifer said she heard four gunshots at about 10:30 p.m.: There were three blasts, a short pause and a final blast …  Glad to hear they didn’t find any ... Read More »