“The view of Echo Park lake from my sisters flat. Hollywood sign & observatory on hill too!”

Echo Park resident Christropher aka Sippi will be showing art at Chango on Saturday, January 2, 2010 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Click here for more information on Sippi and the art show.

It’s officially vacation time for us here at Echo Park Now, but we’d like to wish you all Happy Holidays!

We’ll be back after Christmas, in the meantime we’d like to invite you to share your photos of Echo Park with us on our Flickr group.We are particularly interested to see your holiday decorations in action, click here to check out what we’ve got of Echo Park so far!

Chango and Echo Park Avenue look pretty killer in Train’s music video “Hey Soul Sister.”

Christmas is just around the corner, and before you know it, it’ll be time to ditch that live Christmas Tree.

For Echo Park, it looks like the closest drop-off point is the LA Zoo. You can also recycle your tree in your own green bin by cutting it up in sections, or curbside if your tree is too big for the bin.

You can find the full drop-off list and get more information on how to recycle your tree here.

Stop in, shop and enjoy some live music at Echo Park Pottery today – last chance for pet photos with Santa!

Located at 1850 Echo Park Avenue

From 12-5:00 pm

Live music from 3-5:00 pm

Shop locally for your holiday gifts!

Among many wonderful shops in Echo Park, Tavin is one of our favorites. They’ve decorated their storefront to get you in the holiday spirit (and to remind you Christmas is coming… soon!).


Store hours are now extended for the Holidays to 11am to 7pm every day.

Tavin has also opened their Etsy store online, click here to check out their goodies!


Posted earlier today on the Echo Elysian Neighborhood Council Forum by Dan Berlant:

“It was wonderful to wake up this morning to a neighborhood full of new street art.  Ridge Way, Douglas, Kellem and others all got hit last night.  Anyone have a pressure washer that could be borrowed to remove some of this?  The neighborhood really looks like shit.  Also saw a car got broken into last night on Douglas between Kensington and Ridge Way.”

The annual Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at the Echo Park Lake at 8:00 am. Led by Echo Park’s chief birder Judy Raskin, the Bird Count helps identify and record the different bird species that visit the Echo Park Lake.

“Over the years we have counted more than 60 different species of birds that call the lake their home for all or part of the year. They include cormorants, ring-necked ducks, American wigeons, blue herons, great egrets, and Canada geese. This is the 110th annual Christmas Bird Count. Join more than 50,000 volunteers across the U.S., Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and the Pacific to help determine the health and diversity of local and migratory bird populations. The Echo Park Lake and Vista Hermosa teams are among those fielded by the Los Angeles Audubon Society. It compiles the local figures and sends them to the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, which does the master tally.”

Time: about 2 hours. Terrain: level, easy walking.

Participation fee: $5. per person (for one or both counts). Make checks payable to National Audubon Society.

Binoculars recommended, bird guide too. Take along a snack or water for betweenwalks. Beginners and children welcome!

Information: (323) 663-6767. On count day call (213) 361-7273. Or email judycalifornia@yahoo.com.

In case you’re about to brave Echo Park between noon and 3:00 pm today, here’s the map of the Echo Park Community Parade. Sunset Blvd. will be closed between that time, so plan accordingly!

View Community Parade in a larger map


Just in time for the holiday season, we here at Echo Park Now have been taking a stroll around the neighborhood and getting to know some of our local shops a bit better. This week we went to visit a few of the boutiques on and around Mohawk Street on the north side of Sunset.

Mohawk General StoreThe Mohawk General Store is located at 1102 Mohawk just off of Sunset. Their men’s and women’s shoes, apparel and accessories are perfect for those who like their fashion clean, simple and classic. Their selection of accessories includes handbags, totes, sunglasses, jewelry and a very nice selection of shoes. You can check out their stuff online at http://www.mohawkgeneralstore.net/

Mohawk General Store

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This Saturday, December 12, Sirens & Sailors will be hosting a shopping fair featuring the work of a bunch of LA-based clothing designers, jewelry makers, crafters and artisans.

mohawk swap

The sale will be held in the 7,000 sq. ft. warehouse adjacent to their store at 1106 Mohawk Street (on the north side of Sunset). It will go from 12 to 6 pm and will feature music and refreshments. A $2 donation is required to enter, and the first 100 guests will receive a free tote/goodie bag!

For more information check out:

http://www.myspace.com/sirensandsailors OR http://www.sirensandsailors.com/


The LA Times Daily Dish posted a mouthwatering tid-bit about the Bacon and Eggs martini at Echo Park’s Allston Yacht Club. According to the article, the martini is made from “house-made bacon-infused vodka and garnished with a pickled quail egg.”

We recommend going to AYC anytime, but you can also check out the article for the recipe if you want to try it at home.

Some of us over here aren’t fond of bacon, but do let us know what you think!

Subject:  SR2 Freeway Terminus Project

Meeting, Metro Board of Governors

Thursday, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m. 3rd Floor Boardroom

One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, Ca 90012

On Thursday, December 10, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Governors will consider an agenda item

  • A. To receive and file the Draft Initial Study/Environmental Assessment Report (DIS/EA)
  • B. To Adopt the Hybrid as the Local Preferred Alternative
  • C. To authorize additional funds to prepare an environmental analysis  and preliminary engineering of the hybrid
  • D. To authorize Metro’s CEO to recommend the LPA to Caltrans.

At the Nov. 18 meeting of Metro’s Planning and Programming Committee, the Echo Park Community Action Committee spoke against recommendations A, B and D.  For item C, we do support provide additional funds to complete the environmental analysis and for preliminary studies of the hybrid, which we think should rightfully be called Alternative F.

Attached is a copy of our December newsletter, which more fully discusses our position on the hybrid alternative.

We urge you to attend the meeting at Metro on Thursday, December 10.  This is your chance to voice your opposition to the hybrid.

Judy Raskin, Chairperson
Echo Park Community Action Committee