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Neighborhood Fixture: CalFed is gone but it left its midcentury mark on Eagle Rock

Neighborhood Fixture: CalFed is gone but it left its midcentury mark on Eagle Rock

When it was built nearly 50 years ago, the modernist form of the steel and glass California Federal Savings building in Eagle Rock stood out in a neighborhood of stucco Spanish-Colonial homes, clapboard bungalows and  brick storefronts.  Even today, the building (which now houses a Citibank branch) at the corner of Eagle Rock Boulevard and  [...]

Eastside Property: Garvanza Craftsman pushes the price barrier

Eastside Property: Garvanza Craftsman pushes the price barrier

Photo from Redfin It’s hard to find much wrong with this restored, 102-year-old Craftsman in Garvanza. The flippers who purchased the Highland Park-adjacent property in February for $251,000 have preserved and restored many of the home’s original features, including Douglas fir floors, a brick fireplace and built-in cabinets; and wood window and door moldings, according [...]

Watch out for your Toyota if you live south of Sunset

Watch out for your Toyota if you live south of Sunset

A week in Grand Theft Auto as reported by Rampart Division−which patrols Echo Park and Silver Lake south of Sunset Boulevard and all of Angeleno Heights and Historic Filipinotown–shows that thieves preferred Toyotas by a wide margin. Between Aug. 12 and Aug. 18, six of the eight vehicles stolen between Sunset Boulevard on the north [...]

Eastside Garden: A Box Car Willie grows in Silver Lake

Eastside Garden: A Box Car Willie grows in Silver Lake

Photo by Sandy Driscoll Sandy Driscoll, she of Silver Lake Long Lemon fame, has another odd-shaped, home-grown edible to share. The photo above shows a Siamese Twin-like Box Car Willie heirloom tomato Driscoll grew in her garden. “I think this tomato is trying to rival the oddly shaped lemon,” said Driscoll. She planted the Box [...]

Sponsored Post: Sophisticated home in prime Los Feliz now available for showing

Sponsored Post: Sophisticated home in prime Los Feliz now available for showing

Sophisticated and stylish, 4635 Gainsborough Ave. is a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Los Feliz that was just listed for sale at $1,449,000. The 2,664 square foot home has been carefully renovated and restored by the current owners and features beautiful, high-end finishes throughout. Call or email Rob Kallick for showings!   Click here for more [...]

Farmers’ Market Report: Savoring the Summer Squash

Farmers’ Market Report: Savoring the Summer Squash

Photo by Samuel Temblador A weekly taste of the Echo Park Farmers’ Market. By Samuel Temblador Summer squash comes in many forms, from the familiar zucchini to the long, wriggly, serpentine Tromboncino. It can be shredded into spaghetti squash noodles and baked into  zucchini bread. “It’s weird. You think, ‘Okay banana bread, that makes sense. [...]

Bulletin Board: Frogtown Art Walk seeks artist submissions for juried POD project

Bulletin Board: Frogtown Art Walk seeks artist submissions for juried POD project

Submitted by Elysian Valley Arts Collective The Elysian Valley Arts Collective is sponsoring a series of temporary exhibits in storage units (PODS) to be located along Blake Ave during the 2012 Frogtown Artwalk. POD exhibits to be selected by a jury from submitted proposals. This is an excellent opportunity for local artists who do not [...]

The view from the bottom of Echo Park Lake

The view from the bottom of Echo Park Lake

Photos by Martin Cox It’s hard to believe but the photo above shows the spot where Echo Park Lake’s lotus bed once blossomed before the plants died off and the lake was drained and reconstructed as part of a multimillion clean up project. Now, the same location resembles a giant swimming pool under construction or, [...]

Storefront Report: A new look and name for an Echo Park coffee house

Storefront Report: A new look and name for an Echo Park coffee house

The new owners of the Downbeat Cafe have given the Echo Park coffee house a new look and name: Echo Lake Coffee Co. Six months after brothers Cesar and Sergio Diaz purchased the business, the new Echo Lake Coffee name appeared over the weekend on a bright blue awning that replaced the Downbeat’s faded purple [...]

Three killed in Eagle Rock freeway crash

Three killed in Eagle Rock freeway crash

Three persons, including a child, were killed and another three were injured tonight after their minivan plunged off the eastbound 134 Freeway near Figueroa Street in Eagle Rock, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.  The eastbound 134 has been closed as officials continue their investigation into the crash that took place at about 7 [...]