Sunday, April 13, 2014

Echo Park stories, photos and more

LAPD won’t be playing around on Dodger opening day

Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park

ECHO PARK — With thousands of fans and their autos descending on Dodger Stadium for Friday’s season opener, the LAPD is planning to deploy its own team of blue to keep things orderly in the ballpark and surrounding neighborhoods, where opening day can resemble a cross ... Read More »

5 Questions with Echo Park record shop owner Neil Schield


If you ask Origami Vinyl owner and Echo Park resident Neil Schield what is the best part about owning a record shop , he’ll tell you it’s getting to meet his neighbors. He’s even played a neighborhood matchmaker of sorts, bringing together new couples and friends ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Trencher seeks to satisfy Echo Park’s sandwich cravings

Photo Courtesy Trencher 4-1-2014 10-41-09 AM

ECHO PARK –  After about a year of work,  Trencher, a sandwich shop on Portia Street near Sunset Boulevard,  is scheduled to make its debut today just in time for Dodger season.  Owners Justin Foster, Hussein Katz and Danny Zackery plan to offer a to-go lunch ... Read More »

Dodgers prepare for reopening of Scott Avenue entrance this week

ECHO PARK — Residents living near Dodgers Stadium are supposed to receive placards and “neighborhood protection information” beginning today that will allow them to drive beyond police check points and barricades that will be set up on game days, according to Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. O’Farrell, during ... Read More »

Police make Echo Park arrests in connection with 2010 murder

ECHO PARK — Police made five arrests today after serving search warrants at five homes in the Echo Park area as part of an investigation into a 2010 murder.  Detective Brian Putnam with the LAPD Central Division said officers also confiscated several weapons and ammunition during ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Apparel company revs up Echo Park; East L.A’s tastebud-stinging torta; new ‘Bigfoot’ sightings in Atwater*

Echo Park, shopping

Grease is the word in Echo Park. Chopper Fever, an old timey, motorcyle-themed apparel company has just opened up in Echo Park. The Sunset Boulevard storefront sits above the owner’s current Sunrise Cycles custom motorcycle manufacturers.  Owner Kosuke Saito notes he’s been waiting five years to ... Read More »

SWAT Team in Echo Park*

ECHO PARK — An LAPD SWAT Team was finishing up an operation this morning in Echo Park near Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street.   Sgt. Phillips at the LAPD Northeast Division said she had no further details at this time. * Update @ 7:30 a.m.: Officers ... Read More »

Scenes & Sightings: A new restaurant would be nice but there’s nothing like free parking

ECHO PARK — As parking in Echo Park gets increasingly difficult — especially on weekend nights — residents have to get creative with where they find open spots. That’s why some  have turned to the triangle, dirt lot on the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Montana ... Read More »

Councilman asks Dodgers to postpone reopening of Scott Avenue entrance

ECHO PARK — Councilman Mitch O’Farrell asked the Dodgers tonight to postpone their controversial decision to reopen the Scott Avenue entrance of the ballpark on game days. With the season opener only about a week away, O’Farrell  made the request during a packed and often heated ... Read More »

Cause of deadly Echo Park fire remains undetermined

Echo Park Bonnie Brae Fire 12-16-2013 4-54-09 PM

After a fire swept through an Echo Park apartment house and killed two people last December, officials with the L.A. Fire Department called the blaze  “suspicious” as arson investigators inspected the ruins of the Bonnie Brae Street building.  But more than three months after the Dec. ... Read More »