Sunday, November 27, 2011

What they found at the bottom of Echo Park Lake

Echo Park Now just posted a blog, which references my blog, I'm famous!

We’re a few months into the Echo Park Lake rehab project, but besides the torn up sidewalks and construction vehicles, you wouldn’t really be able to tell the lake had been drained after the recent heavy rains. In addition to a few photos by Angelino Heights resident Steve (who took the above photo and posted it on his blog, Above The Lake), we have the official list from the city of what (and how many) was found in the lake after the draining. We’re not really surprised they found a couple of guns, but a telephone booth?! Check out the list below:
Park Trash Cans – 20
Construction cones – 36
Shopping Carts – 7
Portable Stereos/Boombox – 3
Pay Telephone – 1
Skateboard – 6
Parking Enforcement Boot – 1
Toilet – 1
Glass bottles – Hundreds
Model Boat – 2
Frisbee – 20
Weapons (guns) – 2
Office Chair – 6
Miscellaneous toys, Trash, Debris – Hundreds
Of course you can’t count every single thing, and once they start dredging the lake, they’ll probably find more items in the muck.
Check out more photos of the Echo Park Lake rehab project on our Flickr set.
Posted by Kelly on Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Lake The Rain

So, late November and here's where we are with the Echo Park Lake redevelopment project.
It rained a week ago, so having a dry lake to lay the new lake bed in seems a little tougher.

But all sidewalks have been ripped out, and digging continues.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Grocery store owners to open restaurant

Echo Park’s Cookbook starts new chapter

 The owners of Cookbook, Echo Park’s upscale grocery store, are now planning to open a new restaurant a few blocks away. The yet-to-be-named restaurant is now under construction in a brick building on Allison Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.  Cookbook owner Marta Teegan, who appeared tonight before the Echo Park neighborhood council’s planning committee, did not want to disclose too many details about the place except to say it will be “a small neighborhood place with tasty food.”

Teegan plans to operate Cookbook,  which opened in August 2010 on Echo Park Avenue,  and the new restaurant simultaneously.

The 1,250-square-foot restaurant  is located in the same building as Novak, a new salon that opened in May.
The planning committee supported Teegan’s application to serve beer and wine at the restaurant. The only concern raised was about parking. Parking is hard to find in the area and new restaurant will not be required to provide off street parking. “Parking there is horrible,” conceded a consultant working with Cookbook.
But Teegan noted that her Echo Park Avenue store also lacks off street parking. Most of Cookbook’s customers walk to the store, she said. “We’re expecting the same” at the new restaurant, she said.