Thursday, July 24, 2014


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 »

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

Silver Lake, history ship

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 »