Sunday, May 28, 2017

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Old Echo Park bank gets a new paint job

The Bank of America branch at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard is going from a shade of gray to a cream color. Now if they could only get rid of those big, red plastic signs, which detract from the decorative columns and ... Read More »

Will Voodoo dolls cast a magic spell on Echo Park?

If your are an expert in Voodoo or Hoodoo, your expertise is needed at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Lemoyne Street where a pair of voodoo-like dolls were pinned to utility posts. Restaurant owner Rhonda Reynolds spotted one of dolls last week after it appeared ... Read More »

The 17 rules of Echo Park Lake

Visitors who come to Echo Park Lake on Saturday for its grand reopening celebration will come face to face with some new signs (see the close up image below) that spell out the rules of the park. How many rules?  Looks like 17 rules plus additional ... Read More »

Signs of change over Echo Park

Looks like the name of Echo Park’s La Guadalupana Market is getting de-Latinized.  The freshly painted sign on the green awning now reads “LG Fresh Foods Market.”  The Sunset Boulevard market, which has long catered primarily to Latinos, has recently appeared to be courting new customers ... Read More »

Is that Cypress Park in the new iPhone commercial?

Why, yes it appears that Cypress Park – along with Glassell Park and Mt. Washington – make a very brief appearance in a commercial for the new iPhone 5.   Jorge Rosas snapped a screen shot (posted above) of the commercial now playing on YouTube. Looks ... Read More »

Anyone see a naked man around here?

That was the question being asked last night by police officers on Laguna Avenue in Echo Park, according to one resident. The details: Got home from work about 8:30. My neighbor said he went outside to his car, and the police asked him is he’s seen ... Read More »

Pot Shop Minimalism

Apparently there’s no need to give your Silver Lake pot shop a name. Just paste strips of green tape to your window and plastic sign box and your in business.   The owners of this new pot shop at Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way could have ... Read More »

Statue turns its back on Echo Park Lake

You would think that Echo Park’s Lady of the Lake statue – a 1930s sculpture formally known as Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles – would face in the direction of the lake.  Nope. Instead the  female figure, with arms raised and palms pointed outward,  looks north ... Read More »

Echo Park pre-hipster artifact up for sale

The crossroads of Echo Park Avenue, Delta Street and Morton Avenue was known to many residents as Chicken Corner, a reference to the barnyard animals to be found at the former empty lot now occupied by condos. The chicken theme spread to a chicken mural on ... Read More »

Artist keeps cleaning up after Echo Park taggers

The young  artist known as Forest was back in Echo Park today cleaning up the tagging of the mural he recently painted at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Douglas. Jovelle Schaffer posted a photo of Forest at work today on her Echo Park Cool Twitter ... Read More »