Thursday, July 24, 2014

5 Questions for artist Jaime Zacarias, aka GERMS


BOYLE HEIGHTS — To glimpse a mural by the artist GERMS is to experience wild interpretations of Chicano culture and religious iconography. Where disembodied luchador masks float on tentacles and the sunbursts shine forth like La Virgen de Guadalupe. On East 1st Street in Boyle Heights ... Read More »

Protesters demanding a safer Figueroa march on council member’s office


HIGHLAND PARK — Wearing Dia De Los Muertos style-face paint and masks, a group of bicycle safety and pedestrian advocates, parents and children marched on Figueroa Street on Tuesday afternoon to honor  the pedestrians killed on the street and put more pressure on Councilman Gil Cedillo ... Read More »

Echo Park Walgreens temporarily shut down [updated]

Walgreens shut down | Photo by Eastsider reader

ECHO PARK — Shoppers who visited the Walgreens store on Sunset Boulevard early  Tuesday night found the chain drug store closed and a sign taped to the window saying it would be shut down for 48-hours.  It’s not clear what prompted the shut down but customers ... Read More »

Glassellland sign in trouble, again

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GLASSELLLAND – After being forced to remove his Glasssellland sign last fall from its most recent home, artist Justin Stadel set about to find a permanent location for the whimsical sign that has attracted a loyal following as it has moved from hillside to hillsides.  Not only ... Read More »

Morning Report: Highland Park toddler found dead under collapsed bed; Caltrans puts El Sereno homes up for sale; giant Silver Lake fungus

News & Notes: The body of a two-year-old girl was found Tuesday night underneath a trundle bed that had collapsed on her in Highland Park, reports L.A. Now. The girl was being baby-sat in the 5200 block of Glen Ellen Place when she disappeared. One officer ... Read More »

Creative & Classic Haircuts And Color For You


Perry McGrath Salon is dedicated to a creative and refined approach to haircuts and color. We offer precision haircuts & color for both men and women. We specialize in short hair, pixies, long hair, long layers, curly hair, various bobs and creative cuts. Complimentary bang trims are ... Read More »

Echo Park bus vs. tree

Photo by Michael Marquesen

ECHO PARK — A DASH bus crashed into a tree near Echo Park Avenue and Avalon Street early tonight, according to Michael Marquesen, who snapped the photo above. The bus was empty when it hit the tree, and police on the scene said there were no injuries, ... Read More »

Storefront Report: A one-stop shop for the well-groomed Echo Park man


ECHO PARK — From a straight-razor shave and haircut to wallets and suspenders,  the now under-construction Manly & Sons Barber Co. wants to be the purveyor of everything the well-groomed and well-accessorized man needs.  “It’s kind of the Ace Hardware for men,” said manager Eric Adams ... Read More »

Councilman Huizar wants to allow new Colorado Boulevard businesses to stay open longer


EAGLE ROCK — Councilman Jose Huizar wants to change city law to allow new restaurants, bars and shops along Colorado Boulevard to stay open beyond 9 p.m. Huizar introduced a  City Council motion to modify what’s called the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, an ordinance that has ... Read More »

Morning Report: Phony Silver Lake gun shop sign removed; a trip to Highland Park’s LAPD Museum; breakdancers leave Mariachi Plaza behind


News & Notes: A visit to the LAPD Museum in Highland Park reveals the city’s “dark side,” according to the California Report. Just A Prank:  Former Silver Lake gay bar won’t be turned into a gun shop, reports LAist. The Boyle Heights breakdancers who used to ... Read More »

My Favorite Workout: The Bouncy House


My favorite AAY! cardio workout so far has been the “Bouncy House Obstacle Course.” I remember being a kid thinking bouncy houses were the life of any party and I looked forward to any event that had one. When I heard our next AAY! workout would ... Read More »

Glassellland sign staging a comeback?


GLASSELL PARK — It looks like someone this weekend was attempting to return the Glassellland sign back to its previous hillside location. Well, at least it looks like the Glassellland sign.  Mark Mullen took the photo above this weekend showing “LAND” in big white letters.  We ... Read More »

Councilmen have different views on how high you can build in Echo Park*


ECHO PARK — The skyline of Echo Park is pretty much a low-rise affair, with only a few notable buildings, such as the dome of Angelus Temple and the Citibank office building, rising above two or three stories. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell would like to keep it ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Hillside Glassell Park home hits the market with a nearly $1 million price tag

Photo by Martha Benedict

GLASSELL PARK — With its walls of glass, cube-like forms and bright-white exterior, the two-story house at 4217 Scandia Way stands out – even from blocks away – among the more traditional buildings that dot a Glassell Park hillside. Now, the nearly 2,100-square-foot house built in ... Read More »

New Starbucks stirs up debate at Highland Park council meeting; gentrification town hall in the works*

HIGHLAND PARK — Like it or not, a grand opening will be held on August 15 for a  drive-thru style Starbucks on York Boulevard. While some Highland Park residents can’t wait for their Frappuccinos, the mere mention of the coffee chain’s name at a recent neighborhood ... Read More »

Morning Report: One killed in East L.A. shooting; SWAT team ends Boyle Heights standoff; Mt. Washington modern homes up for grabs; Cypress Park comedy label

Rio Grande, East L.A. | Veroomac/Instagram

News & Notes: An East L.A. shooting on Saturday morning left one man dead in the 1400 block of South Woods Place, reports ABC7. A SWAT team broke into a Boyle Heights apartment  after an hours-long stand off with three gang members, reports CBS2. All Things ... Read More »

Peaceful Mt. Washington Retreat With Jaw Dropping Views


616 Cross Avenue is a lovely turnkey home in breathtaking Mount Washington. This welcoming gem is a peaceful retreat with jaw dropping panoramic views! The open and bright living room features fabulous vaulted ceilings, dark hardwood floors, dramatic lighting and a ton of charm. The stylishly updated kitchen features ... Read More »

Morning Report: Eagle Rock has more time to comment on landfill expansion; Atwater concerned about river development rules; the brief run of the Eastlake Park Scenic Railway

News & Notes: The City of Glendale has given the public more time to comment on plans to extend the life of the Scholl Canyon Landfill, the dump immediately north of Eagle Rock in the hills above the 134 Freeway. The Glendale News-Press reports the comment ... Read More »

Echo Park palm trees torched during 4th of July fireworks

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ECHO PARK — Looks like two palm trees caught fire tonight in Echo Park amid the barrage of illegal fireworks that lit up the sky. One tree appeared to be located at Echo Park Lake, the other nearby, judging by photos and videos posted on Twitter ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Guisados too big to be contained by Eastside; Cannibas-centric market lights up Boyle Heights; and summer cool downs courtesy of Eagle Rock shaved ice-ery.


BOYLE HEIGHTS -  The beloved taco shop Guisados has become an Eastside fixture, having added a second shop in Echo Park last year. But now the restaurant’s reputation has spread beyond its Eastside’s confines, says LA Downtown News. Downtown patrons (and wayward Eastsiders, of course) can ... Read More »

Eastside Open House: A Weekend Guide To House Hunting

Eastside real estate homes

Open houses are a bit more sparse than usual this weekend in light of the With the 4th of July holiday. However, when the fireworks subside, and the barbecue cools. there are still plenty of great listings to check out. Properties include an airy, two-bedroom Glassell ... Read More »

Echo Park Hills Cottage Open This Sunday July 13 | 2 pm – 5 pm


An amazing opportunity to own a private retreat on one of Echo Park’s historic step streets. This charming light filled cottage has that seamless indoor/outdoor flow that makes Los Angeles living so highly prized. The 400SF deck offers plenty of space for relaxing while enjoying the ... Read More »

Pop, Pop, Pop: Were those fire crackers or gunshots?


Many Eastsiders have been asking this question as the Fourth of July holiday promises to deliver the annual barrage of fireworks with the occasional burst of gunfire or at least what sounds like gunfire. Police instruct residents to call 911 when they hear gunshots. But that ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Echo Chamber brings creative DIY spirit to Echo Park


ECHO PARK –  Echo Chamber will host a series of workshops and other events throughout the summer at the site of former music venue Echo Curio on Sunset Boulevard. Echo Chamber will act as a creative co-op with an emphasis on collaborations, and presenting the community ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Catch 4th of July fireworks with these views


Independence Day is nearly here, and, regardless of age, the majesty of fireworks is still one thing that captivates children and adults alike. Some will plot and plan to figure out where they can get the best views of the city’s best shows. Others will kick ... Read More »

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