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300 Stairways Or Bust: Hiker prepares for urban adventure

300 Stairways Or Bust: Hiker prepares for urban adventure

Long-distance hiker and walker Liz Thomas on the West Avalon Stairway in Echo Park. Photo by Robert Inman Liz Thomas’ love for hiking and the outdoors has found  her trekking along some nation’s most well known hiking and walking trails, including  the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail and the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail.  But on [...]

Everything’s coming up tulips

Everything’s coming up tulips

Photos by Angel Garcia All kinds of flowers, trees and vines seem to be blooming. But it was a modest by eye-catching patch of  yellow and orange tulips blooming in front an old Echo Park bungalow that made Angel Garcia stop on the way to work and take photos. Said Garcia of the Rockwood Street [...]

Drinking up the history of Echo Park’s Short Stop Bar

Drinking up the history of Echo Park’s Short Stop Bar

Besides being popular with Dodger fans,  the Short Stop bar in Echo Park is probably best known for its connection with the crooked cops involved in the Rampart scandal. But the bar’s past includes many other sordid as well as amusing stories that historian Rory Mitchell reviews in a new video, “The History of The [...]

Highland Park market to showcase the art and craft of Eastside handmade merchandise

Highland Park market to showcase the art and craft of Eastside handmade merchandise

Purse by Samantha Biggs; Earrings by Jennifer Cline Sheryl Cancellieri of Highland Park had long wanted to organize a market featuring handmade items created by local artists and artisans.  Now, Cancellieri’s idea is going to come to life later this month when Eastside Handmade holds its first show in Highland Park on April 13. Approximately [...]

News & Notes From East L.A. and Highland Park

News & Notes From East L.A. and Highland Park

Cult Cat, Echo Park | Photo by Jack McLoughlin/Eastsider Flickr Pool Neighbors come out against Highland Park church’s plan to build 62-unit senior apartment building. Patch East L.A. man loses three brothers in Nevada van crash. L.A. Times The Eastsider thanks A. Steinman of Echo Park for purchasing a Reader Sponsorship. Happening Today Origami Dragon [...]

Anybody want a century-old Echo Park Lake wagon wheel?

Anybody want a century-old Echo Park Lake wagon wheel?

Photos from Greenwood & Associates They found no bodies when Echo Park Lake was drained for an $85 million clean up. What did turn up were shopping carts, skateboards and parts of an approximately 100-year-old wooden wagon wheel and axle, which might have been part of a wagon used during the construction of the lake [...]

News & Notes from Boyle Heights & Echo Park

News & Notes from Boyle Heights & Echo Park

Agave Bungalow, Echo Park | Photo by Mary-Austin Klein/Flickr Watch Out For Traffic: Dodger season home opener begins at 12:15 p.m. KTLA Expanded restrooms and stadium Wi-Fi to greet Dodger fans. KPCC Boyle Heights residents exposed to cancer-causing emissions from battery recycling plant. Boyle Heights Beat L.A. Unified schools, courts  and most state offices closed [...]

Media spotlight shines on police shooting of an Echo Park man named Dizzy

Media spotlight shines on police shooting of an Echo Park man named Dizzy

Family and friends being interviewed by news crews. Martinez’ wife, Gina Benavidez (right) at today’s press conferenceNews crews interviewing family and friends of David “Dizzy” Martinez. The northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue was more chaotic than normal this afternoon as English and Spanish-language news crews descended on Echo Park to cover [...]

Shopper & Diner Report: Coffee now brewing at Echo Park’s Tierra Mia; work underway on Sonny’s Hideaway in Highland Park; MILK coming to Silver Lake?

Shopper & Diner Report: Coffee now brewing at Echo Park’s Tierra Mia; work underway on Sonny’s Hideaway in Highland Park; MILK coming to Silver Lake?

The new Tierra Mia Coffee officially began pouring horchata lattes and serving Tres Leches muffins on Thursday in the former Downbeat Cafe in Echo Park. In the newly remodeled Alvarado Street storefront,  baristas dressed in black shirts and ties take orders for coffee drinks as well as single cups of coffee made using the pour-over [...]

Midnight visit to an Echo Park taco truck ends with a burst of police gunfire

Midnight visit to an Echo Park taco truck ends with a burst of police gunfire

David Martinez aka “Dizzy” David Martinez returned to Echo Park  last week after spending a few days in jail, and he was hungry.  That’s why Martinez and his wife, Gina Benavidez, and her sister were ordering tacos at about midnight from the taco truck at  Logan Street near Sunset Boulevard when an LAPD squad car [...]