Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scenes and Sightings

Edendale post office gets a touch up

edendale post office

ECHO PARK -- Workers this week are giving the shabby-looking Edendale post office, which serves much of Echo Park and Silver Lake, a new coat of white paint and repairing the panels that had peeled off the walls and left to dangle off the side of the Alvarado Street building for several months. It's a relatively minor makeover but any improvement is welcome.

Silver Lake detours ahead

A new water pipeline will mean road work on West Silver Lake Drive | Dan Gershon

SILVER LAKE —   The detours and and no-parking restrictions on West Silver Lake Drive between Hawick and Armstrong have gone into effect and will remain in place for several months while a new water pipeline is installed. Read More »

Monday Blues at Echo Park Lake

Blue fountain at Echo Park Lake | Stephen Roullier

ECHO PARK -- Stephen Roullier looked out his window at Echo Park Lake this morning and noticed something unusual - the fountain in the middle of the lake was spouting Dodger Blue-colored water. Is this photo for real? Yes, it is, said Roullier of the Tidy Bowl-Blue gusher.

Bye, Bye, Ralphs

Ralphs sign on the move after Silver Lake store closes | Marcus McInerney

SILVER LAKE -- The oval Ralphs supermarket signs were removed and trucked away today from the Silver Lake store, which official closed on Sunday. Whole Foods has said it plans to open in the same Glendale Boulevard location after it is remodeled and expanded.

The crazy colors of today’s sunset

Sunset view from Montecito Heights | Martha Benedict

Today's sunset painted the sky and clouds in many colors, ranging from lava-like orange to a silvery gray. Here are some sunset views captured from Echo Park, Montecito Heights and Silver Lake.

Echo Park gets buzzed


ECHO PARK -- What was with the multiple helicopter landings and departures from the top of the Citibank building on Tuesday night? It appeared that the same helicopter kept circling the neighborhood and returning to the top of the Sunset Boulevard office tower, owned by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, which has its circular insignia painted on the roof of the building.

Stepping across Echo Park

Echo Park | Mary-Austin Klein/Flickr

ECHO PARK -- A large group of urban hikers spent Saturday exploring 30 public stairways in a zig-zag route that covered 12 miles. The organizer of the trek, Dan Koeppel of Big Parade fame, and others posted photos of the walk on Twitter and other social media.

Stormy sky over Silver Lake [updated]


SILVER LAKE -- Dan Gershon snapped a photo this afternoon showing some ominous clouds on the horizon. Better keep an umbrella handy. The ABC7 doppler radar indicated light rain falling north and west of Silver Lake.

A welcome sign for cyclists at Echo Park Lake


ECHO PARK – About a dozen new bike-shaped bike racks have been installed at the entrances to Echo Park Lake. While the new racks, which include a lotus stamped into metal, will be welcome by cyclists, bikes are still not allowed on the paths circling the ...