EAST LOS ANGELES -- Parklets - those slivers of public spaces that are turned into micro plazas and gathering spots - have arrived in East Los Angeles. On Wednesday, county officials, including County Supervisor Hilda Solis, gathered on Mednik Avenue outside a burger place to dedicate one of three parklets, which in this case resemble a backyard deck complete with seats, table and potted plants.
SILVER LAKE -- The transformation of the boarded up Sunset Pacific Motel - aka the Bates Motel - into a conceptual art piece is scheduled to take place next month when a French artist will spray the entire building - as well as the adjacent palm trees and billboard - in a ghostly coat of opaque limewash.
Suspected Highland Park gunman apprehended; demolitions temporarily banned in El Sereno historic district; O’Grady backs Ramsay in Council District 4 runoff
MORNING REPORT: Police apprehended a man who officers said was carrying a gun near Avenue 53 and Figueroa on Wednesday night ... The City Council approved a temporarily ban on demolition in a proposed El Sereno historic district ... Tomas O’Grady, who came in third during the Council District 4 primary, has endorsed council aide Carolyn Ramsay over hospital executive David Ryu
Set atop Eagle Rock’s peaceful urban hillside neighborhood of Eastridge Estates, west of College View Avenue, this tastefully designed, fully renovated Mid Century home with three-bedrooms, two baths and 1,428-square-feet of space has all that NELA living is about.
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 »
ECHO PARK -- The red-brick Del Mor apartment building - aka Grafton Lofts - serves as the retail hub of Echo Park Avenue, with its ground floor tenants selling everything from coffee and organic veggies to hair cuts and evening gowns. Now, one of those spaces, left vacant by shoe designer Beatrice Valencia, has come up for rent. But prepare to pay a big price for this small piece of Echo Park Avenue store frontage.
SILVER LAKE -- The standard, green-and-white "Dog Defecation Is To Be Immediately Removed By Owner" signs often get ignored at the Silver Lake and other dog parks. That's why a group of Silver Lake residents came up with the idea of making some new "creative dog etiquette" signs" to remind pet owners to pick up after their animals.
HIGHLAND PARK -- New York Times columnist Hector Tobar says that the gentrification of L.A. Latino neighborhoods like Highland Park, where his Mexican-American wife, Virgina Espino grew up, has helped end "decades of de facto racial segregation."
One dead in Lincoln Heights shooting; SUV careens off Boyle Heights freeway; living small in Mt. Washington
MORNING REPORT: The driver of a vehicle was shot dead near Altura Street and Eastlake Avenue in Lincoln Heights in what is believed to be a gang-related killing ... Three people were injured after a Mercedes SUV drove off the side of the 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights and hit a wall ... A contractor learns to live small in a 624-square-foot Mount Washington house
Kera and The Lesbians function like a diesel engine, sometimes taking their time to warm up but always efficient at their craft. Okay, maybe a combustion engine is not the best analogy for this group. But consider this: the vocals and guitar can be loose at times and all the while expanding the core components with heat.
Ramsay & Ryu to compete in Council District 4 runoff; Boyle Heights affordable housing projects; El Sereno woman kicks out cop car window
MORNING REPORT: A finally tally by the City Clerk showed that Council District 4 candidates Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu were the top vote getters in the March 3 primary ... A grand opening was held for a 51-unit affordable housing complex in Boyle Heights ... A Boyle Heights group wants to delay ground breaking for an 80-unit affordable housing and commercial complex at Mariachi Plaza ... A woman involved in a domestic dispute in El Sereno kicked out the window of a police car after being taken into custody
NELA Union's stylish “model” homes have made a huge impression, winning over fans and spurring rapid sales at this new urban community. With inventory down to the last few residences, these three unique and highly coveted model homes are now offered for sale.
Eastside Weekend: Mi Vida in Highland Park; Banetoriko’s noise-scapes in Echo Park; Sunday-night burlesque
Enjoy a live reading of the play Riot/Rebellion which revisits six historic days in 1965 Watts. This play explores race, the struggle of class and power in a section of Los Angeles that was often ignored in the media. First person accounts are weaved into the performances and a bilingual discussion will be conducted after the readings.
Just beyond the flowering cherry blossom trees on Denby Avenue sits this romantic 1926 Spanish bungalow in the heart of booming Frogtown. Lovingly maintained for the past 40+ years by the same family, this is a great opportunity to invest in Elysian Valley, one of the LA's hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods.
This weekend's open house options range from a well-preserved Eagle Rock Mid Century to a restored Craftsman in Echo Park and a contemporary-style property in Montecito Heights. Always check to make sure the open house has not been cancelled or rescheduled before you go for a look.
Frank McCourt says Chavez Ravine remains an NFL stadium alternative; Auntie Em’s to open Downtown restaurant
MORNING REPORT: Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who retains an ownership stake in the stadium parking lots, said the ballpark property remains an alternative site for an NFL stadium ... Auntie Em's Kitchen, which opened in Eagle Rock 13 years ago, is opening a second restaurant in Downtown L.A. ... Sign up for The Eastsider Email Digest for a daily dose of scenes, sightings and stories.
HIGHLAND PARK — It was only a few years ago when L.A. Unified launched a top-to-bottom shake up of Luther Burbank Middle School amid eroding academic performance. Since then, the school’s test scores have jumped and it was recently recognized as a role model for high-performing middle schools.