Corner store and market on Virgil Avenue

Old & New: A restaurant selling pupusas, tamales and jugos on the northeast corner of Virgil Avenue and Monroe Street. Meanwhile on the southwest corner, a line of patrons outside Courage Bagels waits for Montreal-style bagels.

East Hollywood - It seems out of character for this neighborhood to be called “L.A.’s Newest ‘It’ Neighborhood” as L.A Magazine did in January.

The neighborhood usually flies under the radar. It even landed on Thrillist’s list of  “17 Best Neighborhoods for Eating,” without actually being mentioned by name. (It was lumped in with Thai Town/Little Armenia/Los Feliz.)

Photos of buildings under construction in East Hollywood

New construction rising on Santa Monica Boulevard (top left), Burns Avenue (top right)  and at the Vermont and Santa Monica Metro station (bottom).

Customers sitting at sidewalk tables on Virgil  Avenue

Cafe society on Virgil Avenue

Storefront with Coffee and Espresso written on awning

Cafe on Heliotrope Drive near Melrose Avenue -- aka Hel Mel

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Barry Lank has worked for newspapers on the East and West Coasts, and earned an MS in journalism from Columbia University. He formerly produced "National Lampoon Presents: The Final Edition." A native of San Gabriel Valley, he now lives in East Hollywood.

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