- Atwater Villager Miles will not vote for
prowlerscandidates who open his gate and free his dog
- Let's hope it's not considered dog abuse
- The Urban Epicurean lists some eastside farmer's markets
- Listen to a 30-second audio file of Grandma's big black backyard bell
- What's for rent in Atwater Village: $1,500 , $1,195, $925, $700
- What's for sale: sofa, desk, wood, fridge
- Not-so-ancient ruins of LA are not too far from LA's most inspiring playground
May 30, 2006
In my humble circle, there's another name sure to elicit glee and envy for anyone who spots her out and about.
That's right, Lorelai's daughter. Known in real life as Alexis Bledel, from our #2 TiVo season pass. (Behind "24.") Known by my guy friends as Becky from "Sin City."
After moving to LA less than three months ago, this sighting came suddenly. It was unannounced by fervor from passersby, in one of those Hollywood-adjacent places where everyone plays it cool: they want you to suspect they might be famous, but they don't want you to think you are. No one approaches. No one wants to be A Fan. (Or they're just being respectful.)
I was hunting cream cheese Monday evening at Trader Joe's on Hyperion Ave. Of the three TJ's near Atwater Village, it's our least favorite, but it's on the way back from the beach, so what can you do.
Standing in a cashier line, unlike some celebrities who are exempt from paying retail, there was Ms. Bledel, freckles and all. She wore a cute young man all over her cute purple sundress, with flip-flops. (Sorry, I don't watch enough WB to ID the cute young man.) Might've been beach day for them, too.
Drew Carey, now Alexis Bledel. We're done. Now we can move back.
May 28, 2006
Veteran Angelenos (that is, anyone here at least a year) know the disappointment of waking to skies as gray as freshly poured concrete, of noons that appear filtered through the dome of a dirty milk glass and of afternoons that play out in miserable dullness until, like a cruel gift, sunset roars through a slit on the western horizon in colors of magenta and gold.
May 27, 2006
Last night Mrs. Newbie and I hankered for "dinner in the round" and I tackled the Internets to find out what non-newbies think is LA's best pizza.
Of course the lists were pepperoni'd with addresses in Santa Monica and Venice and West Hollywood - too far for starving (and self-respecting) eastsiders like us.
But two eastside joints kept popping up: Masa of Echo Park and Casa Bianca Pizza Pie in Eagle Rock. A mental coin-flip took us to Masa, 1800 W. Sunset, about four miles from Atwater Village.
(Those among you who believe tropical fruit may not peacefully co-exist with other pizza ingredients should read no further.)
When we found out Masa's signature deep-dish pie takes - for all the right reasons - an hour to cook, we went with the thin-crust prosciutto, jalapeno and pineapple.
Pizza: good. Service: better than good. Location: easy enough.
Will we go back? Probably. But life is too short - and this city too big - to visit the same restaurant twice in a row. Next, likely, is Casa Bianca. Or someplace else. The search continues...
May 25, 2006
- Some controversial graffiti - to say the least - pops up on Los Feliz Blvd.
- Real estate agent loves selling condos downtown but living in Atwater Village
- Gathering LA River sounds for public radio
- Starbucks! No Starbucks!!! They bicker, you decide
- Maybe this was the film shooting last Sunday
- Getting skanky at Del Taco
May 24, 2006
I come from, a log-cabin structure signals a ghost town, a mountain spa or a neo-Luddite suburban retreat. In Los Angeles, it's a theme bar.
[Image from stutefish.]
(I'm interested because 1) I'm a former stringer for a newspaper 60 miles away in a different city, and 2) I live along the LA-Glendale "border" between these two papers.)
So what's their excuse: Evan George's observation of financial and editorial laziness by a common owner, or PW editor Kevin Urich's need to distribute his own "outstanding" piece to the biggest possible audience?
It's silly to argue that the papers "intersect slightly only in border areas like southern Glendale and downtown LA." National Guard efforts aside, newspaper readers don't stay on their side of the line.
How many Angelenos slum in Old Town, absently picking up PW? How many Pasadenans (is that a word?) desire home furnishings beyond Z Gallerie, and must venture into The City, accidentally browsing LACB?
Worse, how many media junkies pick up both - or, like me, see both online? Surely the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County has enough stories to cover its own.
Ironically, this twice-baked article covers the struggle of alternative newspapers to remain relevant. Might help if they ran new news on the cover.
[See the original coverage and the ensuing back-handed ass-kissing here.]
Pompea Smith, whose Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles runs the Atwater Village market (among others), which is coming up on its first birthday, says, "The community is very supportive of the concept, a way of bringing the community together. We have activities, storytelling almost every Sunday, local musicians for the children. We encourage local people, like a local man who makes mozzarella. One lady started a little business selling herbs from her backyard." [more]
No word on if Joan Baez would be willing to sit in a tree for those backyard "herbs." See the rest of LA's "certified" farmer's markets here. (Buy berries from the guy on Brunswick Ave. at your own risk.)[Image from Eric Garcetti]
May 23, 2006
- Never mind that Atwater Village is north of downtown. Downtown LA's not exactly in the middle, is it. Must be why this map puts AV firmly on the east side
- Call it a grande office-ccino: Slaving away in Starbucks from Atwater Village to Canoga Park
- Free cortadito at Porto's Bakery in Glendale (winner, best Cuban bakery/deli) when you show a copy of Tu Ciudad's best of Latino LA issue - a magazine already published in the national language
- Number of Chris Gore's Top 10 LA movie landmarks that are actually in LA: 10
- Does anyone know what they were shooting in Atwater Village on Sunday afternoon?
- Does anyone know who they were shooting in Atwater Village on Sunday night?
Solar Studios, just over the tracks from Atwater Village, hosted the second annual Destination LA fundraiser May 20.
The event was part of a weekend geek-fest for fans of ABC's "Lost." An auction benefited the Children's Defense Fund, a favorite charity of show creator JJ Abrams. In the past the auction boasted TV Guide covers vandalized with Sharpie hearts, though this year's Drive Shaft faux tour poster must've been a big hit.
Also at this year's party, "Lost" executive producer Bryan Burk (photo from an expansive DLA2 gallery; note Oceanic Airlines logo on laminant) auctioned a charitable non-committal comment about tomorrow's season finale to SciFi Wire:
"The entire episode has a lot more going on than the season finale of last year, so I believe that, while you're going to be getting a lot more answers to a lot of questions, you're also going to have a lot more to discuss over the summer."
May 22, 2006
- Even though "Atwater Village isn't the first neighborhood that comes to mind if you’re thinking about upscale dining," Los Angeles Alternative writer Deborah Klugman's article borrows a Beck song title for her glowing "Where It's Atwater" review of that "Eastside culinary cove," Asia Los Feliz
- Middle-aged lady from Pasadena makes for bittersweet move to AV
- Atwater Villagers walk the river, with photos from City Council member Eric Garcetti
- Bud, Bud Light, Coors, Coors Light, Miller or Miller Lite: Have any beer you want
- Best. Playground. Ever.
May 19, 2006
Here's an Internet challenge: Find a round-trip train route (with schedules and fares, of course) from anywhere in LA to anywhere not in LA. On a weekend. Good luck.
(And to this they want to add a separate monorail? That's exactly what Los Angeles needs: one more autonomous public transportation system.)
P.S. - I still like it here.
May 18, 2006
May 17, 2006
What is this neighborhood called? It's a sliver two blocks wide, about 30 blocks long, sandwiched between I-5 and the LA River.
Glendale Freeway (Hwy. 2) runs across the north end; Pasadena Freeway (110) pinches off the south. The mostly residential 'hood is accessible only via Riverside Drive as it snakes under I-5's east side.
I haven't seen neighboring areas lay claim. Atwater Village stops at Fletcher Drive, supposedly. This map seems to split the land between Silver Lake and Elysian Park, but it doesn't seem like part of either.
May 16, 2006
- History lesson: How Atwater Village streets got their names
- Photographic proof that people do have a good time at pancake breakfasts
- Housesitting in the Atwater Village of Paris
- Small village: "My new neighbor is this guy Octavio"
- A writer from some place called Monrovia drives a few loops around AV and wonders, "This is worth all the hype?"
- Gilded Moose Architecture Review: Inside The Beastie Boys' Live/Work Studio
[Image from Friends of LA River]
For three weeks (so far) men in orange and trucks in yellow have been removing, chunk by chunk, the sidewalks on my block, here in the "Beverly Hills" of Atwater Village.
The goal is to trim tree roots that have been pushing up the 80-year-old walks. Then, re-pave, minus those jagged slopes that heretofore made it impossible to push a stroller.
Today, the chainsaws are out. I'm glad I'm not a tree.
1. Luna - California (All The Way)
2. Beulah - Gene Autry
3. Van Dyke Parks - Laurel Canyon Blvd.
4. Eleni Mandell - Silverlake Babies
5. The Decemberists - Los Angeles, I'm Yours
6. Guns N Roses - Welcome To The Jungle
7. The Game - Westside Story (feat. 50 Cent)
8. X - Los Angeles
9. Morrissey - First of the Gang to Die
10. Deathcab For Cutie - Why You'd Want To Live Here
11. Van Dyke Parks - Palm Desert
12. Van Dyke Parks - Laura Canyon Blvd
13. Death Cab For Cutie - 405
14. MC Honky - The Devil Went Down To Silverlake
15. Beulah - Sunday Under Glass
16. Van Dyke Parks - All Golden
17. Elliott Smith - L.A.
18. Tupac - California Love
May 15, 2006
The best discovery so far, though, has been Cardone’s Mozzarella. Richard Cardone makes fresh ricotta, mozzarella and boccocini right here in my neighborhood and sells it at both the Silver Lake and Atwater Village Farmers' markets every weekend. It’s fabulous stuff, especially the ricotta. In fact, we like it so much it found its way into many a dish this past week - sprinkled on our ratattoulle, mixed in our potato-asparagus hash, and stuffed inside our mint and pea ravioli. The boccocini, on the other hand, don’t mix with anything other than a plate of olive oil, salt and pepper and then head into our mouths.
- J. Ferrari Gallery at The Complex
- 3015 Glendale Blvd.
- Preview: Friday June 9, 6:00pm
- Opening: Saturday June 10, 6:00pm
May 14, 2006
From a historic site, above is a northeast aerial view looking from Silver Lake toward Atwater Village (at the top). This is February 1929, the month of the first Academy Awards. Look how densely developed AV already was, compared to the sparseness of Silver Lake. Many of those AV homes still stand.
That's Hyperion and Griffith Park Avenues along the left, crossing each other toward the top (just like a few other "parallel" Los Angeles streets). The LA River runs left to right, just below Atwater Village.
Below, a similar, yet less elegant, aerial vision from Google Earth today. Look at Silver Lake's development in the last 77 years. Atwater Village, if it weren't so fuzzy in this image, would look about the same.
May 13, 2006
After a random Saturday afternoon's drive around Palos Verdes Peninsula, Mrs. Newbie exclaimed, "This looks like something." We veered into the parking lot and discovered she was right. It was something. But on Wikipedia it wasn't. So I added this to the page for San Pedro:
One of the more "raucous" places in all Los Angeles - especially on Saturday afternoons - is San Pedro Fishmarkets (Berth 78, 1190 Nagoya Way, San Pedro). The mashup of sit-down restaurants, pick-and-cook seafood counters and outdoor cerveza-garden harbor-side picnic-table dining offers poplular "fajitas" trays ($15-40) piled inches high with spicy shell-on shrimp, peppers, chiles, onions, and garlic bread.
Like Grand Central Market in downtown LA, it's a real find for a Newbie like me, and one of those attractions I rarely hear white Angelenos (and their media outlets) mention.
May 11, 2006
In and around the Village today:
- Bevy of bodyguards and big black Hummer - license plate TABOOH - spending today outside House of Peas
- Campus real estate porn: New rendering (PDF) of LACC Northeast, San Fernando Road; construction starts October
- AV croons through Curbed LA's R&B
- Boi from Troy confirms that even beyond "best of" lists, West Hollywood and Los Angeles are, in fact, two different cites
- A vote for Angela Brown is a vote for attractive criss-cross grill marks on tomato slices
- What becomes of the Satellite when Griffith Observatory re-opens? (last item here)
Not exactly high Bs, either. All three scored 83% or less - with cockroaches (!) in April 2006 at Bonaventure, after three straight A ratings.
So how scores Atwater Village? Mostly As, a handful of Bs:
- EL BUEN GUSTO - 3140 N GLENDALE BLVD - 81
- EL CANONAZO MARKET - 3168 GLENDALE BLVD - 81
- GIAMELA'S RESTAURANT - 3178 LOS FELIZ BLVD - 82
- ROLLING PIN BAKERY - 3156 GLENDALE BLVD - 85
- SUN HAI INN CHINESE - 3176 LOS FELIZ BLVD - 85
- TACOS VILLA CORONA - 3185 GLENDALE BLVD - 86
- THAI TASTE RESTAURANT - 2328 FLETCHER DR - 84
- THE COFFEE TABLE - 2930 ROWENA AVE - 82
- THE ROOST - 3100 LOS FELIZ BLVD - 86
- LOS FELIZ DELI (CHEVRON) - 3050 LOS FELIZ BLVD - 86
- MANILA ORIENTAL MARKET - 3323 GLENDALE BLVD - 78
[Image - not in Atwater Village, but in downtown LA - from Flickr]
May 10, 2006
May 9, 2006
- Not crazy about the ol' Ranch Market mural on Glendale Blvd. where the new Starbucks will allegedly locate? Neither is RealityGirl (2nd to last item)
- AV residents get 10% off acting workshops - assuming everyone agrees on neighborhood borders
- A shooting? In broad daylight? On Easter Sunday? Farmkat reports (last item)
- "Gorgeous white kitty"
needsgets loving home
- Atwater Village (4:20) - "Small town in the the big city"
- Los Feliz (4:00) - "The happy people"
- Griffith Park (4:20)
- Echo Park (4:45)
- Down by the L.A. River (3:30)
More from in and around Los Angeles:
- L.A. Without a Car (4:30)
- Artist District (2:45) - Downtown L.A.
- Gangster L.A. (4:30) - Sunset history hosted by Rachel Ray lookalike
- MacArthur Park (3:00)
- Little Ethiopia (3:20) - Note prominent "B" in the window
- West Hollywood (3:45)
- Fairfax District (3:00)
- Santa Monica Bike Path (5:30) - Currently most-watched TurnHere video (hmm, bikinis?)
- Ventura Surf Spot (5:00)
- Oceanside (3:30)
May 8, 2006
Where other cinemas charge $11.00 and up, the renovated Vista at 4473 Sunset Blvd. manages to keep evening admission to a mere $8.00.
I guess the mysterious investors behind the non-chain Vista have solved what perplexes many old-time theater owners across the country. How do you compete against stadium-style mega-plexes with an 80-year-old one-screen cinema? How about turning it into a neighborhood destination by:
- Upgrading projection & sound
- Keeping prices low
- Removing every other row of seats for lots of leg room
- Showing films from Scientologists
More about the Vista in photos, an article, more photos and this Cinema Treasures profile. But good luck finding an official site.
May 7, 2006
Here's a slice of indie rock history with Mark Everett, better known as Eels frontman "E." He must've moved to LA when, 1989? Was this also when he became a friend and neighbor of Elliot Smith? From the official biography:
At the age of 24, feeling stifled by the lack of inspiration and creative community in his Virginia neighborhood, E packed up everything he owned into a car and drove 3,000 miles across the country to Los Angeles, where he knew not one person.
He eventually moved into a tiny apartment above a garage in Atwater Village, on the East side of Los Angeles, and resumed his antisocial routine of waking up, writing and recording 4 track cassettes, going to one of many shitty jobs that he hated, coming home, writing and recording more, and going to sleep.
Saturday was a day for spring-cleaning along the Los Angeles River.
Friends of the Los Angeles River organized 4,000 volunteers from Long Beach to the San Fernando Valley as part of the 2006 Great Los Angeles River Cleanup, or La Gran Limpieza
Cleanup locations included the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, Atwater Village, Griffith Park and the Tujunga Wash.
P.S. - The LA River cleanup volunteer featured on CBS2 seems like she could be the same author and LA-based specialist, Dr. Valerie Ulene, daughter of medical guru Art Ulene, who also files health reports for LA Times and KTLA. Nice crossover!
May 6, 2006
|Anyone know where to find this "dilapidated," "drab," "skeezy" spot? It's the "creative command post" for Will.I.Am Adams from the Black Eyed Peas. So sayeth the Washington Post:|
"The dilapidated brown building sits on a grungy corner in Los Feliz [Ahem, Atwater Village], wedged between the Los Angeles River and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, a few car lengths east of the interstate.All this from a Washington Post reporter named "J. Freedom du Lac," who apparently doesn't get out much back east. Unless Washington DC has been suddenly purged of all skeez.
No, it's not a new dealership along the Brand Blvd. of Cars. It's a new gallery from artist Jazmin Ferrari coming to the little green building on Glendale Blvd. - near Creative Grounds coffee shop and Dave's Accordion School! - just this side of the Hyperion Bridge.
See the forum post from the artist. Grand opening June 10.
I love that your world-class museum is a mere 20 miles from Atwater Village.
I love that you open your doors to all, for free.
But if you're screening a film famous for consisting of one, uncut 90-minute take, doesn't it sort of ruin the point to project from a 35mm print with missing frames?
It's like exhibiting the Mona Lisa with her eyes poked out.
I know the film's distributor has recently faded away, but I imagine a visual arts organization with your clout ought to be able to secure a pristine print.
Or at least screen it digitally! (That's how it was shot, no?)
Your Humblest Fan,
Atwater Villlage Newbie
I'd always heard that odd-numbered US highways travel primarily north-south. The start of Highway 101, some 1,500 miles away in Olympia, WA, certainly appears to be almost due north of the end in Los Angeles.
But there's always The Valley.
In the San Fernando Valley through Southern California, the 101 cuts directly east-west. In the Valley, when you cross the 101, you are traveling north-south. There is no east of the 101. There is no west of the 101.
Then the 101 cuts an angle - northwest-southeast - across the Hollywood Hills through Hollywood and downtown LA.
Hollywood's major surface streets cross the 101 from east to west. So if I come from Atwater Village in east LA, and I get on Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd., or Santa Monica Blvd., I'm traveling west across the 101.
But why would I want to do that?
(Kidding. I know the ocean is west.)
May 4, 2006
[More at Los Angeles City Beat]
West Hollywood, Burbank, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Malibu and Santa Monica are all different cities. Some of them even have their own mayors. But you'd never know from these lists:
- Gayot Top 10 LA Burgers: 4 are in LA
- Citysearch Top 10 Things To Do in LA This Fall: 4 are in LA
- About.com Top 10 LA Sports Bars: 2 are in LA
- Citysearch's Top 10 LA Experiences: 4 are in LA
Even better - for us Atwater Villagers - what about something even more specific? What about Top Tens in East LA? Who really wants to cross the 101 for burger, even at 3am?
May 3, 2006
|Apparently 97.75% of voters at Star 98.7FM want to hear the return of Jamie, Jack & Stench. (When, after Jamie's maternity |
LAist suspects ballot stuffing. I suspect only 2.25% have actually listened to Jamie, Jack & Stench.
I had to listen to Jamie White go on - and on and on and on - when she was in Denver. Back then it was Jamie, Frosty & Frank. (Yes, that's F&F of LA's Frosty, Heidi & Frank show - poor Frank, always holding up the rear - now on 97.1 FREE FM, slogan: "Free! And worth every penny!")
Then off went Frosty & Frank, but somehow Jamie remained, this time with Danny Bonaduce in a show broadcast to Denver and LA. Jamie pretended hard to make the show generic enough that no one would think it was all about LA. (As if Denverites wouldn't know what a freeway was.)
And now it looks like 97.75% of voters (or at least radio station staffers immune to loggorhea and en route to carpal tunnel syndrome) want to continue to cram Jamie White into my ears.
Is it any wonder that 100% of my music time is split between KCRW and an iPod?
May 2, 2006
Six companies of Los Angeles firefighters arrived quickly at industrial firm Huntsman Advanced Materials [5121 San Fernando Rd.] to a calm self-evacuation of personnel after a trio of 55-gallon drums in a covered exterior breezeway between buildings suddenly discharged their lids, producing voluminous acrid vapors without fire.
LAFD Haz-Mat experts utilized thermal imaging cameras to determine that portions of the drums exceeded 200 degrees Fahrenheit and had become increasingly unstable while producing sizable and intermittent vapor clouds.
There were no civilian or firefighter injuries ... and a precautionary evacuation of a commercial area to the east in the City of Glendale was handled entirely by Glendale authorities.
[Image from Windows Live Local Beta]