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Friday, August 1, 2014

Grab your Hula Hoop – It’s time to go dancing at Echo Park Lake

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ECHO PARK  – You can thank (or blame) DJ producer Henri for this music video of a man who can’t stop dancing.  “Joined by a posse of attractive Angelenos straight out of an American Apparel ad, the gentleman grooves and moves — and eventually hula hoops ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: A family tragedy haunts the past of an Angeleno Heights grocery

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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 »

Storefront Report: Silver Lake retail shake up in the works

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SILVER LAKE —  Stores are coming and going on a two-block stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Maltman Avenue, with long-time tenants having moved or preparing to move while there is talk of a French retailer eyeing one of the spaces. Living Room owner Steve Melendrez said ... Read More »

Morning Report: LAPD seeking man gone missing in Angeleno Heights; CicLAvia to run between Echo Park and East L.A.; Glassell Park designers inspired by the outdoors

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News & Notes: The LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit is seeking information about 62-year-old Jesse Vasquez, who was last seen in the 800 block of Laveta Terrace in Angeleno Heights. Anyone with information about Vasquez’ whereabouts is asked to Call Detective L. Saiza at (213) 996-1800. Lake-to-Lake: ... Read More »

Home Search: First-timers set realistic expectations in Montecito Heights

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MONTECITO HEIGHTS - High up on a hill, a  two-bedroom Montecito Heights home welcomes would-be buyers with its panoramic views as well as the sight of a  dilapidated Victorian Mansion across the street.  Max, 32 and Miriam, 29, who are looking to purchase their first home, are ... Read More »

Morning Report: One injured in Boyle Heights Gold Line collision; City Attorney wants to shut down pot grower’s market; Silver Lake senior stays active

News & Notes: One person was hospitalized after a Gold Line train and car collided this morning in Boyle Heights near First and Mission streets, reports NBC LA. The City Attorney wants to shut down the new Boyle Heights  farmers’ market for pot growers, reports L.A. ... Read More »

Feel Like a Superhero!

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I was never an athletic person. I never played team sports. Well, I did run cross-country for one year in high school, but I was the slowest runner on the team. However, since I became a member of AAY!, the way I perceive myself has changed. ... Read More »

Favela goes from drab to fab

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When The Eastsider posted a story in January about the faded peach apartments that climb a steep hill between Echo Park and downtown, readers said the buildings resembled everything from a Tibetan palace to a Brazilan favela. Now, the same complex, which sold for $2.72 million, ... Read More »

Silver Lake vehicle owners seek relief from catalytic converter thefts

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SILVER LAKE –  It takes a little more than a minute to make the two cuts to  remove a catalytic converter and drive away with the critical car part filled with precious metals. In Silver Lake and neighboring areas, some residents are being hit by catalytic ... Read More »

Spiderman vs LAPD at Echo Park Lotus Festival [updated]

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ECHO PARK — A person dressed like Spiderman attracted the attention of police at this weekend’s Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake.   The costumed character and police officers were also pictured on the LAPD’s Rampart Division Facebook page but it’s not clear why Spiderman was being ... Read More »

Morning Report: How to make Northeast L.A. bats feel at home; Eagle Rock City Hall gets a makeover

Not afraid of bats? The Boulevard Sentinel shares some tips on how  Northeast L.A. residents  can buy or a build a bat house.  “Bats are a bit choosey as to where they make their home,” says the story. Eagle Rock’s City Hall is closed until the ... Read More »

A super duper moon viewed from Glassell Park

GLASSELL PARK -- The Supermoon, an extra large full moon, put on quite on a show Saturday night. Matt Hartman took some shots from Glassell Park of what will be the first of three consecutive Supermoons that will take place this summer Read More »

Morning Report: Six injured in Glassell Park freeway crash; East L.A. to dive into Olympic-size pool; Silver Lake’s Chandelier Tree

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News & Notes: Six persons were taken to hospitals following a Friday night crash on the southbound 2 Freeway at York Boulevard, reports LAFD. No information was available on the nature of the injuries. A grand opening is planned this weekend for East L.A.’s  only Olympic-sized ... Read More »

Just Listed: 2BD/2BA Property in Eagle Rock — Open House This Weekend

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When it comes to rehabbed properties, the norm may not necessarily be what you’re looking for. And when you drive up to 4849 Ellenwood Dr in Eagle Rock, you’ll quickly realize this one is anything but the norm. Brazilian Teak (Cumaru) siding greets you at the ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Silver Lake gift store relocation; Golden ticket giveaways at Los Feliz eatery; & Garvanza watering hole officially opens

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Silver Lake gift shop and home decor store Dustmuffin has vacated its digs at Sunset Boulevard near Maltman Avenue for a new space just a couple blocks east. Now in the former home of Sumi’s, the new storefront offers a much more open and inviting ambiance ... Read More »

Eastside Weekend: The return of the Lotus Festival; Second Saturday Gallery Night; Talking About Food in Boyle Heights

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Looks like the lotus at Echo Park Lake could not wait to bloom for this weekend’s  Lotus Festival,  with many of the aquatic plants having already flowered, leaving behind a  large floating bed of floppy green leaves dotted with the large, remaining pink blooms. Still, it’s ... Read More »

Eastside Open House: A Weekend Guide To House Hunting

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The weekend is once again upon us, bringing with it a variety of open houses from which to choose. Properties include a five-bedroom modern update in Mount Washington and a beautiful El Sereno three-bedroom Spanish bungalow with large yard. Always check to make sure the open house ... Read More »

Councilman Cedillo blocks bike lanes on Figueroa

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After several months of community meetings and deliberation, Councilman Gil Cedillo has for now indefinitely halted  plans to install  bicycle lanes on Figueroa Street in Cypress Park and Highland Park, a proposal that would have required the removal of a lane for motor vehicle traffic. In ... Read More »

Morning Report: Tear gas ends Cypress Park standoff; Lincoln Heights pit bulls still free after attacking woman & her dog; Garcetti favors East L.A. – Whitter Gold Line extension

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News & Notes: Police fired tear gas into a Cypress Park home early this morning to capture a suspect who had barricaded himself for several hours, reports City News Service/Daily News. Two Lincoln Heights pit bulls that attacked a woman and her dog remain free a ... Read More »

Two New Homes from one of Wallpaper* Magazine’s “Emerging Architects”

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British design magazine Wallpaper* recently released their Architects Directory 2014, a “finely tuned index of the world’s best young architectural talents.” Just 20 names made the prestigious list and one of them is Simon Storey, principal of LA-based Anonymous. Tracy Do Real Estate is pleased to ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Highland Park gets juicy

HIGHLAND PARK — If the opening of the neighborhood’s first Starbucks has residents riled up about gentrification, imagine what they will think about the arrival of a new cold, pressed juice bar selling a 16-ounce bottle of Apple-Celery-Kale-Romaine-Parsley-Lemon-Ginger for $9?  We will find out soon as ... Read More »

Will Sunset Boulevard bike lanes go green?

SILVER LAKE –   Some Silver Lake residents would like to see  an approximately three-mile stretch of  bike lanes that run along Sunset Boulevard through Silver Lake and Echo Park painted a bright shade of green to increase the visibility of the lanes and cyclists. This week, ... Read More »

Eastside Property Listings: New-to-market homes and rentals in Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Lincoln Heights & Mt. Washington

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Eco in Echo Park: Open This Weekend 1423 Court Street, Echo Park: Unplug yourself for a tour of a breathtaking and unique urban retreat, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of city living while exploring over 6,000 square feet of county-certified farm, wild-life habitat and nursery  ... Read More »

FBI raids Atwater Village business

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ATWATER VILLAGE –FBI agents this morning served a search warrant in a building occupied by an Atwater ambulance company in the 3500 block of Casitas Avenue, with one resident reported seeing several FBI and LAPD vehicles at the scene. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said agents were ... Read More »

Occidental College interested in taking over Highland Park’s historic Lummis Home [updated]

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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 »

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