Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Washington Heights, Echo Park - The History of Sunset Blvd

The Washington Heights section of Echo Park was laid out in 1887. The commercial section along Sunset Boulevard dates to the 10's and 20's. This stretch of Sunset Boulevard allows one to see 19th Century Los Angeles side by side with 20th Century Los Angeles.
Historic Echo Park 
From ValleySpringLaneHC

Saturday, April 21, 2012

For the Vegan - Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

We have been meaning to try this restaurant since it opened in the space that used to be Mooi, and last night we finally did.
I am a meat eater, but am very impressed now with the food that is crafted from vegetables, especially when it comes out as good as Sage makes them!
This is a true vegan restaurant that uses no dairy products, but the combination of vegetables and rice or quinoa make a truly delicious meal. We started with Fried Artichoke hearts that are breaded and come with a tomato sauce, which tastes extremely similar to Fried Calamari.
Then we had 3 different bowls, each a creation that was very tasty. Looking forward to try other dishes on the next trip. Their menu is available at their website, Sage Vegan Bistro
Inside the restaurant is Kind Creme, which is Gourmet, raw, organic vegan ice cream. It's made using cashews instead of cream. Lots of very tasty desserts, which we will try next time as the portions at Sage were very filling! Check out Kind Creme at Kind Creme Website
Sage is located in the middle of Echo Park on Sunset Boulevard, and if you are in the area, you should definitely give it a try, whether you are vegan or not.
Sage Organic Vegan Bistro
1700 West Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tel. 213-989-1718

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lake Reconstruction Goes On and On

While the new banks are being built around Echo Park Lake, a
lot of digging in the lake is going on too.
Looks like some kind of puzzle now, and I'm really glad they
have the plans and know what they are doing.
In July it will mark one year of the reconstruction, with another
year yet to go before beauty returns to our lovely lake. Cannot wait!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

What to expect in Echo Park on Dodger Stadium Opening Day

The new season of baseball at Dodger Stadium (with new owners!) is also going to be it’s 50th year – that’s right, the stadium opened in 1962 after bulldozing a whole neighborhood in Chavez Ravine.
But we all know about that – so here’s what you can expect in Echo Park if you’re new to the whole Opening Day hoopla at Dodger Stadium, taking place on Tuesday, April 10 at 1:10 pm in a game versus Pittsburgh:
  1. Pre-gaming: Tailgating has started as early as 7:00 am, loud music for us neighbors to hear included. But the LAPD will be in full force, arriving as early as 4:00 am to the command post, to crack down on any debauchery.
  2. The Scott Avenue gate will remain open this season for outgoing traffic only (it was just re-oponed a few years ago after being closed for a decade).
  3. Gates open at 10:00 am – which could be a good thing or a bad thing. Last year the
  4. Pregame ceremony starts at 12:30 pm, and will include a military flyover 10 minutes before the start of the game
  5. As in past years, the Dodger Stadium Express Metro service will run. Service will run from Union Station every 10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before the start of the game, after which it will run every 30 minutes. Ticket-holders ride free, or it’ll cost you a mere $1.50 (better than the $15 parking fee!).
  6. Traffic, traffic, traffic: Department of Transportation personnel will be deployed to certain intersections to help mitigate traffic issues. Since the game is pretty much sold out, the 50,000 fans that descend on Elysian Park will certainly cause some heavy traffic before and after the game, so plan appropriately!
As we mentioned, the LAPD will be out in full force to keep everyone under control – it’s been just over a year since Bryan Stow was beaten to near death by some trouble-makers in Dodger gear, so we hope the same tragedy won’t be made again.
Be sure to call the Neighborhood Focus line at 323.224.2636 if you any issues.
Posted by at EchoParkNow

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pass the PETA

PETA's West Coast Headquarters  recently had it's Grand Opening.
Located in Echo Park on Sunset Boulevard, it is known as the Bob
Barker Building.

At the opening, the food was definitely Vegan.
Bob Barker donated 2.5 million dollars to renovate the closed furniture store, and I just learned it will be expanding into an antique store located next to it.
The building is located at
2154 W Sunset Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90026

Monday, April 2, 2012

If Echo Park Were A Nintendo Game

It might only be March 31, but tomorrow is April Fool’s Day and Google has transformed its interactive maps into an 8-bit video gamer’s dream. Along with the retro maps, there’s a video about how they’ll be releasing a NES on those old-school cartridges. If only! Apparently there’s even monsters and Easter eggs, but Echo Park (shown in 8-bit above) seems to be in the clear. However, landmarks like Dodger Stadium, The Echoplex, The Park, and others are still indicated on the map.

All you have to to is click “Quest” in the upper right hand corner (by the Earth and Satellite options) to view the 8-bit format. To explore more, check out the street view! The above screenshot of Echo Park Lake reminds me of the old Sierra computer games from the ol’ days.
h/t Mike Fisher
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