Monday, September 1, 2014


Echo Park road work reveals possible reminders of the Red Car

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ECHO PARK –   Some recent road work on Glendale Boulevard revealed some splintered railroad ties and rusty spikes and brackets that appear to be part of the former Red Car street car line that traveled down the same street. Scott Fajack of Echo Park snapped photos ... Read More »

Ready to fork over some money to save the Cindy’s Coffee Shop sign?


EAGLE ROCK — After Monique King and Paul Rosenbluh purchased Cindy’s Coffee Shop  earlier this year, the couple updated the menu but decided to keep and preserve as  much of the Mid-Century features of the Colorado Boulevard restaurant, including the Naugahyde booths, countertops and wallpaper. One of ... Read More »

Southwest Museum in the spotlight for its 100th anniversary

Photo by Martha Benedict

MOUNT WASHINGTON –   The Southwest Museum celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday with a day-long series of programs and displays. But the celebration continued into the evening with an unofficial event after an anonymous individual arranged to have the museum’s iconic tower  bathed in a searchlight. ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: A family tragedy haunts the past of an Angeleno Heights grocery

The former Smookler Market in Angeleno Heights | Marni Epstein

ANGELENO HEIGHTS —  Angeleno Heights has played host to a great many neighborhood markets over the years, including one connected to a tragic family incident. The neighborhood’s small stores have included Bob’s Market, which has  been in business since 1926 (although under a different name and ... Read More »

Occidental College interested in taking over Highland Park’s historic Lummis Home [updated]

Photo by Martha Benedict

HIGHLAND PARK — The city’s Recreation & Parks Department will begin negotiating with Occidental College to have the school manage and restore the Lummis Home, one of the Northeast L.A.’s most important historic landmarks that is in need of repairs and renovation. The Board of Recreation ... Read More »

Demo Watch: Morton Avenue house in Echo Park gets torn apart [updated]

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ECHO PARK — An 111-year-old house on Morton Avenue looks like it is being demolished. But, at least as far as the city is concerned, this is major remodel – not a demolition. Building permits for the house at 1708 Morton Avenue describe this project as ... Read More »

Former Highland Park church moves closer to landmark status [updated]

HIGHLAND PARK –  Graeme Flegenheimer’s  effort to transform the former  York Boulevard Church of Christ into a live music and performance space were rejected by city, forcing him to close what he called The Church on York. But the city is apparently more  receptive to a proposal ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: The Lincoln Heights office building with enough noir for a novel

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LINCOLN HEIGHTS —  Talk of suicide,  a family feud and a courtroom battle over a father’s will. That’s enough intrigue and noir to fill a Raymond Chandler novel. And with a setting that looks like this, how could you expect anything less. It is the Di ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: The Shakespeare Bridge of Los Feliz

LOS FELIZ — This past January marked the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake – a quake which shook the Franklin Avenue Bridge to its core. A survey of the structure after the quake showed the bridge required major retrofitting, which  the Franklin Hills Resident Association ... Read More »

Scenes & Sightings: Over-the-top Atwater Village dining nook


ATWATER VILLAGE — The Eastsider stopped by an  Atwater Village open house on Sunday and saw this over-the-top built-in dining nook in the back house on the property. But the best part is the carving at the edge of the table (photo below). Anyone see this ... Read More »