Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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 »

Neighborhood Fixture: The Art Deco legacy built by an Echo Park Salvation Army worker

ECHO PARK — 1650 Echo Park Avenue  is a brick, four-story apartment building that dwarfs the surrounding homes and apartments.  Now known as The Heights At Echo Park, the 28-unit building features an ornate green terra-cotta Art Deco facade with burnt orange accents.  Tenants enter through ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Silver Lake’s Good Ship Grace

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It’s pretty hard to miss a ship that’s run aground on Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake. So each time that I pass that ship-like structure at 2432 Hyperion I wonder how the odd structure, also known as the Good Ship Grace, drifted out this way. While ... Read More »

El Sereno’s Soto Street Bridge may not have a historic leg to stand on

The Soto Street Bridge appears to have a date with a wrecking crew after a city staff report said that the nearly 80-year-old El Sereno span was not worthy of historic monument status, which could  keep the bulldozers at bay. The nearly 500-foot-long bridge, which once ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: East Hollywood’s American Storage Building

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The Public Storage facility sitting on the edge of Silver Lake  isn’t like most storage facilities. The building is striking: it’s impressively tall, has Gothic detailing surrounding the building on all sides, and ascends with ‘wedding-cake’ stepped set-backs. The building’s ornate details are clearly a nod ... Read More »

Councilman proposes El Sereno’s first historic district


Councilman Jose Huizar has his eyes set on a corner of El Sereno for historic preservation. Huizar wants to create a historic district, called the Berkshire Craftsman and Revival Bungalow District, in the northeast part of El Sereno next to South Pasadena. The homes and streets ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Elysian Park’s Grace E. Simons Lodge

Grace E. Simons Lodge in Elysian Park | Marni Epstein

On any given day Elysian Park plays hosts to family picnics, leisurely nature walks, birthday parties, and weddings. There’s nothing like a President’s Day Weekend heat wave to draw a crowd and remind us of this fact. As the city’s oldest park founded in 1886, Elysian ... Read More »

Eagle Rock women’s club prepares for a second century of service


After years of fundraising and planning,  the women of Eagle Rock in 1914 saw the completion of their very own clubhouse known as the Women’s Twentieth Century Club (WTCC).  This weekend, club and community members will gather at the now century-old Craftsman-style clubhouse for a benefit ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Atwater’s Red Car Pylons

Situated next to the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge are the Red Car Pylons, support structures built in 1929 that allowed the Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway to shuttle busy passengers between Silver Lake and Atwater Village along its route, which extended into Glendale and culminated in ... Read More »