Art under Figueroa

Cypress Park’s new underground art scene/ Photo by Nathan Solis

Saturday night saw the grand opening of one of Northeast L.A.’s most unusual art spaces: a Cypress Park pedestrian tunnel under Figueroa Street. Eastsider contributor Nathan Solis, who wrote about the tunnel last week, returned Saturday night for the opening show.  Yancey Quinones, owner of Antigua Coffee, gets credit for convincing city officials to reopen the tunnel near his cafe as public art space.

“Here’s to hoping for more galleries in the area, above and underground,” said Solis.  He posted more photos and observations on his blog, Avenue Meander.

Descending into the tunnel /Nathan Solis


  1. I’ve thought for a while that they should find some sort of use for all those locked-off pedestrian tunnels around the city. My thought had been newsstands or food vendors, but this works too. The idea would be to have some local person who is always around and keeping the space safe and clean, while allowing pedestrians to get through. I suppose given the number of vacant storefronts in some of the neighborhoods that are bisected by streets big enough to have these tunnels, it doesn’t make sense to try to convert them into commercial space, so an art tunnel sounds great.

  2. This is an amazing idea. Congratulations to Mr. Quinons for his perseverance in creating a beautiful,creative, community space in a long abandoned tunnel. We need more fine folks like him doing good for the world!

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