|IT LOOMS ORANGE over us, the fire burning right now on the other side of Griffith Park. Sirens all over. Copters in the air. I am feverishly uploading photos to this new Flickr set. Stay tuned.|
UPDATE 2:45PM - Seven photos loaded
March 30, 2007
March 29, 2007
|EXPANSION NEWS FROM Atwater Village's biggest and best dance, exercise, yoga and ballet workshop, studio and family center and school:|
Though the "mega" housing development was stalled in that neck of the Village, it looks like other neighborhood businesses are going ahead with their own Casitas Avenue projects.Heartbeat House 2 will be celebrating its official opening this Saturday night! Performances, drinks, and mingling will all be included in this festive affair celebrating the opening of not just Heartbeat House 2, but also various other photography, design, and art studios located in the same building...
|LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICERS are in Atwater Village today putting the "serve" back in "to protect and to serve" with the Tip-a-Cop program. Come watch cops juggle buns and guns at Mimi's Cafe. All tips go to local Special Olympics programs.|
March 28, 2007
|IT LOOKS LIKE THE VALUE of re-directing this URL - sports.latimes.com - to The Sports Network is more valuable than retaining Los Angeles Times sports readers online. At least that's the theory put forth by Mark Cuban. But we here in LA just know it's just par for the course, excuse the pun, for latimes.com.|
March 27, 2007
|EARLIER TODAY MY Atwater Village Newbie photostream earned its 5,000th view on Flickr. Sorry, viewer, no balloons or Disney trips. Maybe at 10,000.|
My most popular image - with more than 15% of total views - is that stunning shot of the old Pacific Electric red car on a steel bridge over Fletcher Drive, courtesy of the Metro Transportation Library.
My newest, Path of Friends, is supposed to be more of a mystery. I added it to the Guess Where LA pool tonight. But I have a hunch it'll be guessed by morning.
UPDATE! The location has been guessed. This is the Path of Friends at the entrance to Shane's Inspiration playground in Griffith Park. Again, no prizes. But thanks for playing.
|I HADN'T BEEN TO OUR closest IKEA store, the one in beautiful downtown Bubank, for a while. But it seems to me last time I went those handy, large plastic IKEA bags, the ones into which you stuff your own stuff, holding up the line whilst cashiers impatiently gossip amongst themselves, were free. No cost. Piled at the far end of the conveyor belt, awaiting your Swedish-themed doodads, for no additional charge.|
No more. Now the plastic bags are five cents. And they've been relocated. Now they're at the front end of the conveyor belt. And the cashier impatiently points you toward them and then rings them up, one nickel at a time.
Help keep costs low, IKEA implore on signs throughout the store. OK, I'm game. But please assure me you're not trying to lower your reputation at the same time.
|WHILE THE NEIGHBORHOOD waits and waits and waits more than seven months, so far, for the new Starbucks on Glendale Blvd., yummy things are going on up the block at Atwater Village fave Kaldi Coffee. From Chowhound:|
Kaldi (3147 Glendale Blvd.) is my regular place for coffee since it's so close to my house. I bypassed my usual (expensive and sweet) coconut mocha and tried their "cold press coffee" something they had been touting with a little info card on the counter.
|JUST BECAUSE HIS EPISODE of TLC's "My Life As a Child" has already aired doesn't mean we've seen the last of this cable-ready Atwater Village youngster. Here's an update:|
TLC has also added a post-filming update from Cole here.I thought I should let you know Cole was nominated (by me) and has been entered to Karate Angel's 2007 Karate Kids Hall of Fame. You can read the entry here.
|LA CITY NERD IS CALLING FOR photographs of all 178 Los Angeles neighborhood signs and has a Flickr group dedicated to the cause. I already submitted this photo of an Atwater Village sign on Glendale Blvd., and placed it on the Flickr map. The challenge is on.|
March 21, 2007
|JUST A SAMPLE OF WHAT people on the Internets are saying about Atwater Village, also known as Baja Glendale, also known as the neighborhood formerly adjacent to Tropico.|
More: atwater chatter
March 20, 2007
|COULD ROCK CHANTEUSE Amy Winehouse not get a decent restaurant recommendation in Silver Lake for tonight? Why else would her Spaceland show, as LAist and Losanjealous report, get canceled mere hours in advance?|
Attention venue managers! For future reference, page 4 of Winehouse's tour rider clearly demands "recommendations of GOOD QUALITY restaurants... Chinese, Mexican, grill... Anything good really..."
Surely there must be something in these parts. I guess we'll see if she makes it to Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow.
|THIS TAKES SOME OF the sting out of committing to a three-year subscription on my new dual-tuner TiVo. This morning I rented "Idiocracy" online from Amazon Unbox for $3.99. By noon the movie was waiting on my TiVo. It will stay there up to 30 days. When I hit play, I have 24 hours to finish it. Fair enough, TiVo. Fair enough.|
|WITH ALARMING SPECIFICITY, this Terminix brochure arrived in the mail. "According to our experts," it warns, "homes in the 90039 area are 2 times more likely to suffer a termite infestation that the average home nationwide."|
How do they know? Footnote: "Infestation calculation is based on an algorithm using data from the EEA and Terminix International."
Right. Who's the EEA? In any event, this Termite Infestation Probability Map shows Terminix may be right. I mean, California is at least twice as dark as, say, Idaho.
They go on: "And now, with termite swarm season predicted to start on 4/14/2007, it's even more critical to know that your home has Ultimate Protection."
It's a Biblical plague, Los Angeles, right between Easter and Tax Day. Again, how do they know? "Swarm predictions based on historical data." Right. Just like Easter.
March 17, 2007
March 16, 2007
|LAST YEAR WE MOVED HERE to Los Angeles. We weren't the only ones. What helped the city cross the 4 million population mark in 2006, Curbed LA reports, was U-Haul.|
LA was the number one destination for U-Haul moves. And since #47, Van Nuys, is a district within a region within the city of Los Angeles, it makes the lead over Houston, of all places, that much greater. We're Number One Plus!
Of course we didn't rent a U-Haul to move from #11 to #1. We used Budget Rentals. And our truck broke down three times. Let that be a lesson.U-Haul Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities
March 15, 2007
|FROM HIS HOME IN THE Hollywood Hills, filmmaker Werner Herzog gets grizzly in the April 2007 Esquire:|
Imagine him saying it in the sharp German accent that narrated Grizzly Man. Then imagine him bitch-slapping Carrie Bradshaw. First Maher, now Herzog. It's on, Big Apple."Los Angeles is the city with the most substance in the United States - cultural substance. There is a competition between New York and Los Angeles, but New York only consumes culture and borrows it from Europe. Things get done in Los Angeles."
March 14, 2007
|THOUGH ATWATER VILLAGE-BASED Arthur Magazine seemed to meet its untimely demise in late February, now comes an update from editor Jay Babcock via LA City Beat:|
So much for Babcock's earlier assessment that "the magazine can't be restarted" and "the situation can't be unfucked.""As of early March, however, new developments may mean there's still hope for Arthur.
Funeral arrangements on hold till further notice.
|ONE OF THE HANDIEST housing tools is Rentslicer. This Craigslist mashup maps available rentals and average rents. I relied on it when we moved to Atwater Village last year. It was the easiest way to find Los Angeles neighborhoods and learn how much they cost.|
Now Rentslicer has expanded from LA to hundreds of US cities, thousands of neighborhoods. And it dropped Atwater Village.
Today Craigslist has 16 Atwater Village rentals. But where are they on Rentslicer? Did we get wrapped into another neighborhood - or another city?
Man, first FOX11 tosses us out of LA. Then Urbanspoon annexes us to Glendale. Now Rentslicer drops us off the map altogether.
Atwater Village: the Rodney Dangerfield of LA neighborhoods.
|BILL MAHER HAS BETTER dinner plans. From last weekend's Real Time on HBO, a comedic commentary that falls somewhere into the sliver of zeitgeist between Eater LA and Curbed LA:|
The bit starts at the 0:30 mark on this YouTube clip."New rule: Ex-New Yorkers have to stop bitching about how there's no good pizza in LA.
Maher adds, parenthetically, "I just bought another three years of bad press in New York." No word on how much bad press he bought with people paying overpriced rent in LA.
March 13, 2007
|IT'S A DUMB QUESTION, but I don't know the answer. I have a cell phone. No land line. I have to enter all ten digits.|
I see storefronts posting signs - new signs, even - that don't list the area code. Seems silly to make people guess. Unless the area code is obvious to everyone but me.
CommunityWalk Map - Artwater Village
|THE NEIGHBORHOOD MAY BE in serious danger of getting one of those Gallery Rows everyone talks about.|
Newbie friend Swirl Syndicate emailed me the scoop on the newest art scene in Atwater Village. Taking over the Heart To Heart Candies space at 3195 Glendale Blvd. is LittleBird Gallery. Artist opening and reception is planned for Saturday March 31, 7:00pm.
So that's five galleries on that side of Glendale Blvd. If only they could schedule their openings on the same nights...
March 12, 2007
|LAST WEEK MRS. NEWBIE and I ventured out to The Edison, the new-ish conventioneer/loft-dweller bar in downtown Los Angeles. When it turned out we were more hungry than we were fascinated with people falling on their asses before 8:00pm, we climbed out of the converted power plant and into this conversation with a sun-worn rumpled guy trolling Harlem Place Alley.|
Oh, I'm sorry. Were you paying me by the word? We ignored his editorial feedback and sauntered around the corner for a middling white pizza and a better-than-expected steak salad at Pitfire Pizza.Rumpled Guy: What's it like in there?
There. Can you work with that, Rumpled Guy?
March 9, 2007
|MY FASCINATION WITH DEFUNCT Los Angeles transportation systems continues, with this gem of a map from the Metro Transportation Library and Archive Collection.|
Click the top or bottom half of this Burbank-Glendale Line map to see amazing detail of Pacific Electric Railroad conveniences gone by.
In fact look along the top border of the bottom half for a handwritten note, "high bridge," referring to the long-gone Fletcher Drive trestle. And hey, there's the lost city of Tropico again!
March 7, 2007
|BACK IN THE DAY, a Pacific Electric Red Car floats along a steel bridge over Fletcher Drive in Atwater Village.|
From transportation photographer and prolific publisher Donald Duke, courtesy Metro Transportation Library and Archive Collection.
UPDATE: More coming! The Metro Library has been quite accommodating with my Atwater Village train history research. I'll try to post 2-3 more photos and one amazing rail map before the weekend.
March 5, 2007
|ACROSS THE JOB TRANSOM this morning comes this opening for Photographers - Real Estate Exteriors:|
The company's Web site gives a few more details:"Zaio Corporation is seeking 10 very hard working exterior real estate photographers to walk the streets throughout LA COUNTY (and 10 more needed in Orange County) to gather one photo of every residential property to create a real estate database...
March 4, 2007
|ATWATER VILLAGE MAY BE the quintessential Los Angeles neighborhood. We have it all. Taco trucks, river dwellers, sex offenders and, now, Christian filmmakers.|
The LA Daily News exposes them:
Besides, who doesn't love a good post-Rapture movie. The Lllewellyns also have a film screening as part of the 168-Hour Film Project. Hey, that's seven days. Shouldn't they be resting?"One of those filmmakers - a graduate of Act One, a Hollywood-based organization that trains Christian scriptwriters - is Atwater Village resident Amanda Llewellyn.
|I MUST AGREE WITH that thorough blog Goodgoings about the taco stand at Fletcher and Larga in Atwater Village. Excellent price ($1 each). Jolly service. Off the hook.|
March 3, 2007
|FROM WHAT HAS BEEN hailed as the best restaurant mapping thingy ever, comes this breaking news. Urbanspoon maps show that former northeast Los Angeles neighborhood Atwater Village has been claimed in a hostile takeover by the adjacent city of Glendale.|
More than 80 years after the failed Tropico-LA-Glendale Mega-Merger, this new foodie invasion is leaving a suburban aftertaste in the mouths of Atwater Village residents.
March 2, 2007
|EVEN TV PEOPLE LIKE Atwater Village. Or at least its "potential." From a March 4 LA Times story about how they just don't flip houses like they used to:|
"Michael Corbett, a veteran home flipper, author of 'Find It, Fix It and Flip It!' and host of the 'Mansions & Millionaires' segment on TV's 'Extra,' recommends looking for property in historically low-priced areas that may be on the upswing.