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Sponsored Post: A DIY soda experience, 23 soda samples and the water that Elvis loved…

Sponsored Post: A DIY soda experience, 23 soda samples and the water that Elvis loved…

So many sodas to be sampled./Martha Benedict Galco’s Soda Pop Stop is ramping up its soda-sipping offerings for its now annual Summer Soda Tasting event – to be held Sunday, July 28 from 5 pm – 8pm – and will also introduce a one-of-a-kind soda making experience to the public. As if having more than [...]

Storefront Report: The cost of doing business in Sunset Junction

Storefront Report: The cost of doing business in Sunset Junction

The weekend and many evenings find the sidewalks of Sunset Junction in Silver Lake busy with shoppers, diners and people who just want to soak up the scene.   But any entrepreneur who is thinking about joining the pack of shop and cafe owners along Sunset Boulevard better have deep pockets and a sharp business plan [...]

Echo Park Ahoy! Pedal boats return to Echo Park Lake

Echo Park Ahoy! Pedal boats return to Echo Park Lake

A fleet of bright-yellow pedal boats traveled across the surface of Echo Park Lake today on the first day that a new boating concession began operating from the park’s landmark boathouse.  It’s been about four years since the city halted its pedal boat operation as a part of a cost cutting move. The sight of [...]

iPhone app helps capture Echo Park robbers

iPhone app helps capture Echo Park robbers

Yutaka Tsutano/Flickr Four employees of Allumette restaurant were on Echo Park Avenue early this morning when a group of robbers – one of them armed with a shotgun – jumped out of a van and confronted the workers. The robbers drove off with cash, personal belongings and an iPhone during the 1:30 a.m. crime. But [...]

That tanker-truck fire was bad but what about those news helicopters?

That tanker-truck fire was bad but what about those news helicopters?

Channel 7 overhead/ niXerKG/Flickr Many residents who live near the 2 and 5 freeway interchange are used to noise. But apparently the nearly constant roar of freeway traffic pales in comparison to the drone of the TV news choppers that converged in the skies over Elysian Valley to cover this Saturday’s tanker-truck fire and subsequent [...]

The six best music videos shot in Echo Park

The six best music videos shot in Echo Park

“Thing” on Scopitone/YouTube The L. A. Weekly published a post this week on The Five Best Music Videos Shot in Echo Park, with a list that includes a 2011 “Warpaint” video shot underwater at the Echo Park  Deep Pool and Madonna break dancing under the Beverly Boulevard viaduct in the 1984 “Borderline” production.  But perhaps [...]

New pedal boat fleet docks at Echo Park Lake

New pedal boat fleet docks at Echo Park Lake

Pedal boats at Echo Park Lake dock./Darrell Kunitomi It’s been about four years since the last pedal boats skimmed across the surface of Echo Park Lake after the city dry docked the boats to save money.  But on Saturday morning, the public will once again be able to rent a pedal boat at the park [...]

News & Notes From Echo Park, Elysian Valley And Mt. Washington

News & Notes From Echo Park, Elysian Valley And Mt. Washington

Marilyn, Highland Park | Caroline Carrigan/Eastsider Flickr Pool 5 Freeway lanes reopened as repairs continue at fire-damaged interchange. L.A. River suffered minimal damage as a result of fiery fuel spill. A look back at the Mt. Washington railway. Echo Park writer takes an entrepreneurial approach to story telling. The Eastsider thanks Joshua Joy Kamensky of [...]

A Tasty Way to Beat the Heat: 3 good ice cream shops in Highland Park, Lincoln Heights & Silver Lake

A Tasty Way to Beat the Heat: 3 good ice cream shops in Highland Park, Lincoln Heights & Silver Lake

By Valentina Silva Summer heat gives you the right to indulge in ice cream at least every other day, right? You’re lucky, too, because there are so many great ice cream shops on this side of town, most of them making beautiful ice creams, gelato, and frozen yogurt on the premises. Here are three great [...]

Tanker fire and fuel spill shuts down L.A. River recreation area

Tanker fire and fuel spill shuts down L.A. River recreation area

Video above shot by L.A. River Kayak Safari Burning fuel pours into L.A. River bed./Anthea Raymond Only a few weeks after a 2-1/2 mile section of the L.A. River opened for boating and recreational uses  for the first time in decades, the recreation zone through Elysian Valley remained  closed today after Saturday’s tanker truck fire [...]