Where will you shop after the Silver Lake Ralphs closes? [updated]

SILVER LAKE — It was only a few weeks ago that Ralphs employees were telling customers that their Glendale Boulevard supermarket was going to remain open. Now, it's a different story. Employees and managers of the Silver Lake store have been told that their supermarket will be closing as Whole Foods says it's moving into the same space. "That location will be closing on or around March 15th," said Ralphs spokeswoman Kendra Doyel.

East L.A. mourns 14-year-old stabbing victim

EAST LOS ANGELES -- Steven Cruz, the 14-year-old who was stabbed to death in front of Griffith Junior High School on Jan. 23, was buried today following a weekend of memorial services and fundraisers.

Cruz, a student at Garfield Senior High, was headed home on a Friday afternoon when he stopped at Griffith Junior High to visit friends, the L.A. County Sheriff Department told EGP News.

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Echo Park church is blessed with a faithful repairman

ECHO PARK — Congregants of Echo Park United Methodist Church know that long-time church member 81-year-old Walter Elmer is the man to turn to for maintenance and repair. In 2010, he stood four stories atop the church’s dome to repaint it gold, and, as the chairman of the board of trustees, Elmer has solved numerous projects large and small with his team of handymen. Read More »

Councilman favors lane change on Colorado Boulevard

A community meeting tonight will measure public sentiment in Eagle Rock for adding bike lanes to Colorado Boulevard, a proposal that would mean cutting down the number of traffic lanes to two from three in each direction.  The proposal has won favor among cyclists as well as many residents and groups seeking to slow down traffic and create a more ... Read More »

The Plachinta Melt: A tasty Romanian twist on lunch

By Valentina Silva Not too far from Verdugo Bar, hiding under a “Bakery #1″ sign in a Glassell Park strip mall, is a breakfast and lunch spot that should be packed every day. It’s not, and selfishly I’d like to keep it that way, but I believe in restaurant karma. So, here it goes: Lemon Poppy Seed Kitchen is a ... Read More »

Eastside Flower Power

A field of flowers blooms next to the train tracks in El Sereno. No need to head up to Antelope Valley or the L.A. County Arboretum for a display of spring-time blooms. A Saturday drive from City Terrace to Highland Park revealed that the Eastside was in full bloom, with fragrant clumps of wisteria hanging over homes and carpets of ... Read More »

New community garden grows in Elysian Valley

After more than two years of work, the Elysian Valley Community Garden will hold a grand opening garden party on Sunday, March 24 on the nearly quarter-acre parcel on Blake Avenue. The garden was the idea of Cyndi Hubach, a Silver Lake resident who owns the lot and the live-work loft building across the street. After leaving behind a career ... Read More »

Bruce Lee 1, Gil Cedillo 0

Photo by Martha Benedict Highland Park’s newest rooftop attraction – a Bruce Lee-like figure that stands atop a swamp cooler above the new Ayta Grill – seems to be taking an aggressive stance against a nearby billboard promoting First District Council candidate Gil Cedillo. Martha Benedict, who took the photo above, noted that the billboard has a gash down the ... Read More »

The tasty and the ridiculous now serving at Echo Park’s Brite Spot

A Burger For Breakfast at the Brite Spot/ Photo by Valentina Silva By Valentina Silva Drunk, ravenous and too late for anything else. For years, all three conditions had to be met for me to brave The Brite Spot. But, it’s a new day, and the classic Echo Park diner recently received a makeover by owner and habitual restaurant revamper ... Read More »

Glassellland disappears from sight

The Glassellland sign on Monday. The same spot (pictured at right) this afternoon. It was fun while it lasted. Only one day after it appeared on a Glassell Park hillside,  the “Glassellland” sign was gone this afternoon. A pair of men were seen taking down the white letters that popped up overnight above Verdugo Road near the southbound 2 Freeway ... Read More »

Silver Lake street loses traffic lanes after being put on a “road diet” *

The detour signs, construction workers and traffic barriers were gone from Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake today after the fourth phase of a months-long  LADWP water pipeline construction project was completed. But there was something else missing: two traffic lanes.  Without much fanfare, Rowena Avenue was put on what’s called a “Road Diet,”  with the former four-lane street reduced down ... Read More »

New art from old glass debuts at The Judson Studios

New glass sculpture in front of historic Judson Studios/Photo from United Environment Architecture By Nicole Possert A new contemporary sculptural showpiece of old, massive colored glass and new metal was recently installed in front of the historic architecture that has houses The Judson Studios, world renowned Garvanza glass studio known for creating stained, faceted and architectural glass since 1897. The ... Read More »

Blog comments about parking, murder & sidewalk sofas come to life

“Unmoderated: Readings from the Eastsider LA.com comments section” from Rory Mitchell on Vimeo. The lounge at Taix restaurant in Echo Park was packed Saturday afternoon to hear a group of actors lend their voices to a sampling of Eastsider reader comments  covering everything from murder and gentrification to abandoned couches and the correct spelling of Silver Lake (two words, please).  ... Read More »