Monday, October 24, 2016

Silver Lake is so over; York Boulevard is the place to be


Cafe tables and “bike corral” on York/LADOT People St

So says food and restaurant blogger Valentina Silva in a story for Conde Nast Traveler.  Silva, whose Eastside Food Bites restaurant reviews are published in The Eastsider, proclaims Highland Park’s York Boulevard as the new “Coolest Street in L.A.:

Gone are the days when Silver Lake was fresh, edgy, and undiscovered—nowadays, every visitor and their mother has become hip to Sunset Boulevard and its artsy boutiques. But now that Silver Lake’s been overrun with tourists and hipsters, where are the locals escaping to for their fix of authentic vintage shops, artisanal gelato, and cafe con leche? Highland Park’s York Boulevard, true Angelenos will tell you—it’s the new coolest street in L.A.

Click here to read Silva’s pick of York Boulevard restaurants and shops.

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  1. In a couple years, this article will be written about a new neighborhood and how Highland Park is passé.

  2. Yeah but is there a 2 Girls 2 Shirts yet?

  3. Highland Park is great for people who can’t afford Silverlake! I highly recommend it!

  4. Watch out, Soto Street, they’re coming for you!

  5. Please everyone head over to Highland Park. I’ll stay here in Silverlake…

  6. Good. SO glad it’s over. Now I can go buy my artisan coffee in peace, without standing in line with 21yo know-it-alls with handlebar mustaches dressed in period costumes talking about who talked smack at last night’s event. Well, mostly. There are still a few left. Now I can walk down the street and occasionally hear the English language spoken. Now the graffiti is clearing out, and I only have to call the police, say, once a year. Now I can enjoy the lush trees, the views, the community, and be around attractive, creative, successful people, none of who feel the need to equate authenticity with grit and crime and blight. So, yes, Silverlake is over. Enjoy your urban decay on your way out east, and take your fixies with you.

  7. Please don’t take over our neighborhood! It became nearly impossible to find parking on that stretch of York now!

  8. hmmm. Looks just like Atwater but twice the distance from passe Silver Lake.

  9. Totally! Hands down the hippest place to rent chairs, buy water or wash clothes anywhere!

  10. Wow HP, Do they have a “hipster holiday”there too? Like the one in the song?

  11. The funny thing is that I love the “other” street in HP. I love the Figueroa theater, the doughnot shops, nail salons, cheap clothing stores, the Goldline, etc. Figueroa has always been a fun street to walk and discover. I don’t think it is hip, but it sure has some great character and good tacos and jugos AND it is only a few blocks from Tropicana Market. I love that Tropicana market!

    • Don’t worry, Fig will get too popular, too.

      I lived close to York up until 2011, so it looks like I got out just in time. 🙂 The town I live in was just named by Conde Nast as the Best City in the World, so I suppose it’s just a matter of time before the rents go up in my gritty little neighborhood (I pay $233/month for a 2 bdr).

  12. yes, yes! got to york blvd eat at Ba and Maximiliano! every weekend! (maybe now i can finally get a table at L&E)

  13. In another ten or fifteen years – or sooner – I predict that Commerce Avenue (north of Foothill) in Tujunga will become the next hip spot. (Do people even use the expression “hip spot” anymore?) It’s a very walkable little street, with ample parking, and though it’s down on its heels now, at some point I think more artists will discover it, along with the rest of the (relatively-affordable) Sunland-Tujunga area.


    • Oops – link didn’t work. I was trying to send a link to Google Maps – Commerce and Foothill, Tujunga, CA.

      • You might be right, but I think Tujunga is a bit far off the beaten path for the demographic attracted to HP. Maybe Tunjunga will be the next Montrose. I haven’t been there in a few years, but I imagine it could use a bit if gentrifying. We used to buy drugs up there back in the day.

  14. Stupid LA, ill stay in safe sane Laguna Niguel, thank you.

  15. Sherman Way in Canoga Park

  16. These Vs. blogs bore the sh*t out of me…. I prefer McArthur Park…..it’s more fresh and edgy than either, and the MS13 gangs add a nice touch of “aristic realism”

  17. Truth hurts…..

  18. I’ve lived in Silver Lake for 30 years and love it! It’s not all about Sunset & trendy (or not) shops. I’m amazed that an article about restaurants on York Blvd doesn’t include Ba. It’s a lovely spot with very good food and a wonderful chef/owner! http://www.restaurantba.com/

    Forget the hip coffee shops…….I make my own delicious coffee at home!

  19. This so seems to be the standard now, in which writers can’t simply discuss a neighborhood on its own merits and demerits, but always must leapfrog into the piece by appointing themselves an authority on such meaningless matters and first declaring passé some other community whose long-lived popularity thus makes it a cheap and easy target for dismissal.

    It would be one thing to compare/contrast with an adjacent area to Highland Park such as Eagle Rock but by declaring Silver Lake over (something that’s been done for the last 10 years), is a bit like profiling Silver Lake and declaring Melrose done.

    • Well said, Will!

    • Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I believe their comments are still valid.

      Silver Lake is so over. So is Melrose. And you know what, Hitler and fascism is so over. Anyone want to argue that one?


      • Never said anyone wasn’t entitled to their opinion, but thanks for going the next big step in jumping from what’s no longer hip to Hitler and making your’s the Best Reply Ever.

    • Exactly! You hit the nail on the head. I hate the whole dialog surrounding what neighborhoods are or aren’t “hip.” All that’ll do is contribute to the rising rent costs that drive out original populations and first-wave gentrifiers — and they tend to be the only groups who actually care about the integrity and feel of the neighborhoods to begin with. One only needs to think back to Silver Lake in 2005/2006 and compare it to the Silver Lake of today — run by outside investors, transplants and greedy developers who aren’t committed to preserving what made Silver Lake, well, Silver Lake. It’s a move that WILL render Silver Lake as dead as Melrose in the next 3-4 years unless someone intervenes NOW.

      I lived in Silver Lake for several years, but I just recently moved to Echo Park. I also considered Atwater, HLP and Glassell Park. All of these neighborhoods have their pros and cons, but I would never want to argue that one is “better” than the other. They’re all great and all worthy of people checking out and becoming familiar with.

      • But I need my property value to go up, so I’m fine with branding and selling neighborhoods.

      • @kat
        “…if someone intervenes NOW”….?

        Who would have the incentive to intervene in keeping rents low? That makes no sense. Maybe you should say “we should try to stifle investment”, but of course our city/state leaders do a pretty good job of that already.

        What you should be fighting for is baning rent control. That is what drives rents to lofty levels and creates wild and unnecessarily inflated conditions.

  20. Wow, I read “…creates wild and unnecessarily inflated conditions,” as “creates wild and unnecessarily inflated condoms.”


  21. This thread needs to go into the next unmoderated show. Allegations of racism, hipster hating and a Hitler appearance. It’s got everything!

  22. Just don’t come to our hood and be rude (asking us if we speak Mexican) unless you’re cool with getting socked in the face.

    • Socked in the face?
      I’m not sure about speaking “Mexican”, but you sure know how to speak “neanderthal”.
      Nicely done, knuckle-dragger.

  23. We don’t need new stores that the folks living in these neighborhood for years don’t care for/ can’t afford. Highland Park is not some new place for you all to “discover”. Poeple bring in new stores catering to a specific crowd (people looking for something out of their norm, looking for some culture..idk what..also people who tend to have money) and driving out the families who have been living here for years, folks who run panaderias, taco trucks (affordable one’s at that) people who have lived in this community, now all of sudden with these new crowds coming in (who also tend to be white) this community is all of a sudden hip? Where is this attention when our school system needs funding for low income community (the type of community HLP is). Please be critical of this article and the many others like it. We don’t need people from outside this community coming in as some kind of colonizer looking for a new “hip” way of life.

    • In my experience, low-income schools in California receive plenty of funding, at least in comparison to middle-class schools. There’s Title 1 funding and Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) funding, for starters. Class sizes are often smaller at schools in low-income areas due to QEIA funds, and Title 1 money seems to represent a sizable portion of a school’s budget. Despite all this money, schools in low-income areas continue to struggle. The best thing that could happen to Franklin HS and all the other public schools in Highland Park is if enough middle-class folks (white or not) move into the area and decide to enroll their kids in the local public schools. In any case, there are plenty of Latino families who have made out pretty well in this real estate market; try not to paint with such a broad brush.

      • As a parent whose child attends a Title 1 school and who has been on the school site council for the past two years, I can attest to the fact that we operate on a bare bones budget. We have a nurse on site once a week. We have one full time office staff person. We do not have an assistant principal. (For those of you who have children in school, you know how critical these positions are in order for the school to run efficiently and to be safe.) At the end of the year, we scramble for basic supplies. Not to mention the lack of art, music and physical education.
        As a middle-class person, I reject the notion that the only solution to have a school be successful (in a multitude of ways) is to attract more middle-class families into our schools. We need to find ways of empowering our public school families – to grow and develop those communities. That being said, I recognize that when those who have means and resources and who feel empowered are not in our public schools, only then are we paying attention to what’s happening in the public education system.

        • Kim, you’re inadvertently proving my point; you seem involved in your child’s school, and I commend you for that – and you identify yourself as middle-class. In my experience (six years as a teacher at a very low-income elementary school just south of Downtown Los Angeles and nine years at a low-income high school), it’s very difficult as a teacher (i.e., an outsider) to “empower” low-income families unless the initiative comes from within the community. We had parents (mostly mothers) who were involved, but they tended to focus on non-academic issues such as cleanliness of the school site, and they would help with the arts and crafts during school presentations or holidays. Unfortunately, I don’t think those efforts translated to higher academic achievement.

          Many low-income parents are too busy staying afloat to participate in transforming their children’s schools – and unfortunately, plenty of low-income parents are content to leave the tough business of education to the teachers – even though what goes on at home is just as important, if not more so. That said, keep fighting the good fight.

  24. Nothing sucks more than a bunch of people who think they are too highbrow and hip for society. I walked into the experimental ice cream shop, and everyone stared at me like I didn’t belong to the scene. I’m making a shirt that says “HLP LOCALS”…maybe just maybe it’ll possibly make me feel like I belong in my town.

    • the great cornJULIO!

      When they stare at me it makes me feel like “acting the fool.”
      just like when the liquor store clerk would follow me around :p

  25. Why is everyone taking this article so seriously? Seriously? Aren’t we way past this discussion? Are we that insecure that we take this article seriously? Silver Lake is Silver Lake for all it’s attributes and faults. And York Blvd. is a small, sleepy little community that is quaint and cute, but it doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of Silver Lake, Echo Park. You can’t even compare the two communities at all. Frankly, I couldn’t care less about the “hipster” issue. I like people who know how to be themselves and are inclusive with other people. That’s who I hang out with. I don’t know. I don’t hang around in coffee shops anyway, haven’t since the 90s. I think the article is meant to be a little tongue and cheek.

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