Sunday, April 13, 2014

Highland Park stories, photos and more

What does a Craftsman-style supermarket look like?


HIGHLAND PARK –  The L.A. Conservancy reports that the Googie-style facade of the Superior Grocers store has been demolished a few months after Councilman Gil Cedillo sided with the property owner and blocked the historic landmark nomination that would have helped preserve the structure. Instead, the ... Read More »

Highland Park repair shop enjoys a typewriter revival


Since typewriter repair shops have nearly disappeared, it’s no surprise that one of the few remaining places to get your typewriter fixed – U.S. Office Machine Co. in Highland Park – has a couple of video tributes to watch. Ruben Flores is now in charge of ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Yoga studio brings new life to old Highland Park building

HIGHLAND PARK — It’s no secret where Highand Park’s newest yoga studio is going to open. The dead ringer would be the large letters that read “HOT YOGA” inside the broad windows at 5612 Figueroa Street, just a few doors down from the Highland Theater. New ... Read More »

New Highland Park church owners putting their faith in a nightclub

HIGHLAND PARK – The York Boulevard Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1913 to serve a congregation of mostly conservative Midwestern newcomers.  More than a century later,  the new owners of the now vacant church have a new flock in mind, those who are more interested ... Read More »

Blame the film crew for last night’s Highland Park shooting spree


The barrage of gunfire heard last night near Figueroa Street and Avenue 56 was frequent and noisy – even by Highland Park standards. All that gun fire came courtesy of the cast and crew for Battle Creek, a new TV detective series.  But all those fake ... Read More »

5 Questions for an 84-year-old Highland Park shuffleboard player

Highland Park shuffleboard players. Photo by Nathan Solis 3-19-2014 9-54-036

Albert Torres keeps getting pushed into the kitchen.  That’s shuffleboard jargon for losing points. Torres watches as his puck slides to the back of the pyramid painted on the floor. He lets out a quick laugh when his opponent’s puck pushes his further back. He loses ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Highland Park dive bar to get a “bungalow” makeover

Dusty’s Bar will be undergoing some changes as the new owners look to spruce up the Highland Park dive bar. The Garvanza Improvement Association’s Facebook page says the plan to replace  Dusty’s dive-bar mystique with a “bungalow-like design”  appears to be aimed at attracting a different ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Highland Park Craftsman on “Professors Row” sells for nearly $100k over asking

Sycamore Terrace became known as “Professors’ Row” after some teachers at Occidental College, which was once located in Highland Park before moving to Eagle Rock,  lived in some of the impressive, Craftsman-era homes that line the winding lane.  One of those Sycamore Terrace homes, a 114-year-old ... Read More »

Sponsored Post: The Contemporary Homes of Park 9 are Now Selling in Highland Park


It’s a new Highland Park neighborhood that can’t escape notice. And once you notice it, you can’t help but react to it. The developer, Williams Homes, has heard all kinds of comments from locals and visitors alike, making Park 9 one of the most talked about ... Read More »

5 Questions for Highland Park tattoo artist Baba Austin

Baba Austin of Vintage Tattoo Art Parlor in Highland Park laughs when I ask for an interview.  He says that previous interviews were train wrecks, and it’s not that big of a stretch for a tattoo artist to be a bit surly. He’s been practicing his ... Read More »