Monday, March 2, 2015

Silver Lake stories, photos and more

Name that Silver Lake hummingbird

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE -- Sandy Driscoll's backyard has attracted a colorful hummingbird that she has not seen before. She asks if anyone can help identify it. "This absolutely stunning little hummingbird has been flying around in my backyard for an hour. He's not the usual hummer that I see around here."

A modern take on Kansas City BBQ opens in Silver Lake


SILVER LAKE -- A new barbecue spot, Charcoal, on Hyperion Avenue is seeking to be the pitmaster of Silver Lake, reports EaterLA. It replaces the old Lago D'argento Pizzeria and opened this week. Charcoal touts itself as a modern Kansas City style of barbecue, with chef Jeremy Zimmerman in charge of a 1,700-pounds smoker.

Barbara Bestor-designed Silver Lake modern seeking $4.25 million


SILVER LAKE -- When this Barbara Bestor-designed home went on the market in 2007, the property sold for $3.35 million in only 11 days amid the last real estate boom. A few years later in 2012, the same hillside house on Baxter Street sold for $3.07 million - $280,000 less - after the real estate market had tanked. Now, the contemporary-style house is back on the market, and the buyers are seeking to cash in on the run up in prices by asking $4.25 million.

Silver Lake furniture store moves out, taggers move in

Silver Lake furniture store tagged up 2-8-2015 2-45-12 AM

SILVER LAKE -- The Sunset Boulevard building that once housed Living Room, a furniture store that moved out in the face of a steep rent increase, has been leased to new tenants. But before those newcomers arrive, the taggers have moved in, covering the building's brown exterior, windows with a variety of messages and drawings. There are even some tags inside the building.

Got to go? Echo Park and Silver Lake homeless to get maps of neighborhood public restrooms

SILVER LAKE -- The rise of the homeless population across Echo Park and Silver Lake has been accompanied by complaints of street people urinating and defecating in public or in the yards of residents. Now, the Silver Lake Council has taken a step to deal with the problem by having maps of the public restroom and shower facilities in both neighborhood distributed to the homeless. As it turns out, most of the facilities are in Echo Park.

Where will you shop after the Silver Lake Ralphs closes? [updated]

SILVER LAKE — It was only a few weeks ago that Ralphs employees were telling customers that their Glendale Boulevard supermarket was going to remain open. Now, it's a different story. Employees and managers of the Silver Lake store have been told that their supermarket will be closing as Whole Foods says it's moving into the same space. "That location will be closing on or around March 15th," said Ralphs spokeswoman Kendra Doyel.

King Middle School to get a bold, blue makeover

Thomas King02 PS-2

LOS FELIZ -- Painters will be busy this summer at Thomas Starr King Middle School as the entire school will be painted over in a bold blue palette. The color was chosen to complement nearby buildings and John Marshall High School, which is currently undergoing a $3 million renovation, said Renae Plant, treasurer of Friends of King, a school support group.

Power out in parts of Echo Park and Silver Lake

A section of Silver Lake and Echo Park lost power tonight, darkening a stretch of Sunset Boulevard. One Twitter user posted a photo of a darkened storefronts on Sunset Boulevard near Coronado Street. It's not clear how many homes and businesses are without electrical service. Read More »

“That was a sunset!”

Photo by Martin COx

That was the reaction of Echo Park photographer Martin Cox as he enjoyed and photographed the sky turn a deep red and gold at the end of the day. Dan Gershon also enjoyed the sunset from his vantage point in Silver Lake. “It was pretty spectacular,” ... Read More »

Name that Silver Lake mystery bird

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE — Sandy Driscoll’s garden attracts a lot of birds, but a recent visitor was a newcomer that she did not recognize. “Even though it doesn’t look unusual it was smaller than a sparrow, and only a bit larger than a hummingbird. I would guess ... Read More »