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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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A veggie stack that satisfies now serving in Cypress Park

Cypress Park’s Antigua Coffee House, with its friendly, familiar vibe, vibrant decor and strong brew, is an easy place to love. Owner Yancey Quiñones treats every customer like he’s known them forever, setting a communal tone for the daily crowd of laptop-pounding and just-hanging patrons, which ... Read More »

The art of punk and the dive at Cafe NELA

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Illuminated by the glow of a neon beer sign, David Travis crosses the checkered-tiled floor of Cypress Park’s Cafe NELA as a hardcore punk band plays on a modest stage. Patrons and performers come in all shapes and dress: tattered leather jackets with safety pins, women ... Read More »

Toddler dies after being hit by grandfather’s van in Cypress Park*

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An 18-month-old girl was killed Saturday afternoon after being struck by her grandfather’s van as he backed the vehicle down his driveway. CBS2 reports that the girl suffered major trauma after being struck by the van at about 1:50 p.m. in the  3500 block of Marmion ... Read More »

What’s 400-feet long and orange? The planned Taylor Yard river bridge

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Concept designs for the Taylor Yard bikeway and pedestrian bridge were revealed to a crowd at the Elysian Valley Recreation Center Tuesday night, with mock ups and a model showcasing a bright orange, light weight steel span  that will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: A tribute to the king of tacos in Cypress Park; fresh details on Atwater Village’s Italian eatery; new Silver Lake vintage store stocks up on Mid Century goods

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This month, Los Angeles mourns the passing of a true food innovator. Raul Martinez, Sr., who opened the first King Taco in Cypress Park, passed away earlier this month at the age of 71, says the L.A. Times. Martinez started simply, selling late-night tacos al pastor ... Read More »

City makes a move to buy Taylor Yard riverfront parcel

The City Council has moved to begin negotiations to buy more than 40 acres of the former Taylor Yard rail yard on the border of Cypress Park and  Glassell Park and turn the contaminated land  into  public green space and restored wetlands along the L.A. River. ... Read More »

Lost in Cypress Park: Black Lab and Pitbull/Great Dane mix

Submitted by Brooke Kent Shadow is a female black lab, with a white chest. She has a heavy build (overweight) and is wearing a red collar. Jackson is a greyish brown Pit/Dane mix, he has a white chest and a white streak on his nose as ... Read More »

Is it too late to save the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge?

Time is quickly running out for the old Riverside-Figueroa Bridge.  Demolition of the main part of the  L-shaped bridge, which is a combination of  steel and concrete structures built from the 1920s through the 1930s, is expected to begin next year as a new, concrete replacement ... Read More »

Sidewalk dining may boost business along Figueroa, says councilman

Sidewalk cafes are not only cute  but  they may also stir up economic development, attract new businesses and raise city tax revenues. Or at least that’s what Councilman Gil Cedillo  hopes will happen by allowing Cypress Park and Highland Park cafes and restaurants along a two-mile ... Read More »

Police ask for public’s help in Cypress Park double-homicide

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View Cypress Park drive-by in a larger map Victims were shot near Cypress Avenue and Future Street (red marker) in Cypress Park before their vehicle crashed near Eagle Rock Boulevard and Verdugo Road (blue marker) in Glassell Park. The suspects who opened fire and killed two ... Read More »