Sunday, April 13, 2014

Elysian Heights stories, photos and more

What’s a woonerf? We will find out when a new Echo Park development gets built

ECHO PARK — It does not look like it but some preliminary construction work has begun on the hillside site of 18 townhomes designed by noted L.A. architect Barbara Bestor, according to a spokeswoman for the project known as Blackbirds.  An official ground breaking is scheduled ... Read 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 »

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 »

An Elysian Heights goat named Caprice on the mend after dog attack

In a shady and rustic corner of Elysian Heights, a small corral and barn next to Elysian Park serve as home to a goat named Caprice and her barn mates, a pair of horses named Meiko and Panda. Caprice’s main job is to graze on the ... Read More »

Dairy industry trucks in a moo-bile classroom to Elysian Heights school

The students at Elysian Heights Elementary got a lesson in the care of cows on Monday morning after a dairy industry trade group trucked in a cow and a calf  as part of what’s called a Mobile Dairy Classroom. The dairy association “brought a cow (‘Lola’) ... Read More »

Kids show off their cooking skills at the Taste of Elysian Heights


Elysian Heights Elementary recently hosted its first-ever Taste of Elysian Heights, with appetizing and healthy snacks prepared by the students themselves.  The event was organized by 2nd grade teacher Sheryl Gallo as part of a hands-on lesson in cooking and nutrition. What was on the menu? ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Elysian Park’s Grace E. Simons Lodge

Grace E. Simons Lodge in Elysian Park | Marni Epstein

On any given day Elysian Park plays hosts to family picnics, leisurely nature walks, birthday parties, and weddings. There’s nothing like a President’s Day Weekend heat wave to draw a crowd and remind us of this fact. As the city’s oldest park founded in 1886, Elysian ... Read More »

Morning walk reveals stolen Echo Park mail

If you live on Park Drive or Morton Place and your mail box seems emptier than normal, you may want to take a walk around the neighborhood.  An Echo Park woman walking along 1900 block of Park Drive this morning came across a pile of about ... Read More »

Signs of Elysian Park trees in trouble


A bright orange “X” has popped up on trees in Elysian Park that are destined to be cut down after they have died or have been weakened as a result of drought and bugs. Jeanne Wyshak came across the “X”s on a recent walk through the ... Read More »

Got no garage? Why not park on the roof?

Echo Park architect Simon Storey, whose novel residential designs include a 15-foot-wide black box and a house with a tree growing through the roof, has attracted attention yet again with another neighborhood project, a sleek gray cube with rooftop parking. The recently completed two-bedroom home, perched ... Read More »