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November 19, 2013
Re "Silver Lake evolution lures newcomers, worries locals," Nov. 16 I find it amusing that residents now long for some golden old days of Silver Lake. When we built a house in 1991 two blocks from the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue, my partner and I spent every Saturday getting up at 7 a.m. to paint over gang graffiti, pick up trash in the streets and water some of the two-dozen trees we persuaded neighbors to plant. Our new house overlooked a previously private corner, and we soon discovered we had to shine lights to drive away the cars in which local prostitutes serviced clients.
April 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Justin Long, the actor who took a few to the head in the 2004 film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” has sold his Hollywood Hills house for $2.055 million. Long works on both coasts and no longer needed the house. The contemporary Mediterranean was built in 1990 and sits on nearly a third of an acre.  Hand-hewn wooden doors open to an enclosed courtyard. The fenced and terraced yard features fruit trees and a lawn. The two-story living room has beamed ceilings and a fireplace.
September 20, 2012
The first poem Peleg Top put in the poetry box outside his Silver Lake home: “Bless This Journey” I look ahead and see no destination I look behind and see thousands of questions I look down and hear my heart melting I look forward and take a deep breath   The next step could be the one that drowns me that drops me into my abyss   The next step could be the one that leads me into my unknown ...
April 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife, Amy Wakeland, have put the home they own in Silver Lake up for one-year lease at $8,500 a month. Built in 2010, the boxy contemporary features an open living room, dining room, media room, office/gym, six bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,000 square feet of living space. The top-level master suite has views of the reservoir. Concrete counters and a walk-in pantry are among amenities in the sleek kitchen. There are multiple decks. The street just got a fresh coat of slurry, so it would appear the place is ready for new occupants.
November 15, 2013 | Sandy Banks
In its recent ranking of popular spots, CNN's business website called Silver Lake the nation's second-best big city neighborhood. It's "a haven for families as well as hipsters ... packed with shops and hotspots, defying the 'no walking in L.A.' cliche. " There is indeed plenty of walking on Silver Lake's main drag, but that's because there's practically nowhere to park along that busy stretch of Sunset Boulevard. Look up the hill along Hyperion Avenue and you'll see those visitors' cars - hogging spots that local residents have long considered theirs.
May 11, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
When the lush coffeehouse LA Mill opened blocks from the Silver Lake Reservoir, with its menu by Michael Cimarusti of Providence and its far-out caffeinated creations, Silver Lake officially crossed over from hipster haunt to artsy haven of health-conscious professionals. Next to take up residence on Silver Lake Boulevard's burgeoning stretch of Larchmont by the lake was Gloria Felix's Reservoir.
September 23, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A city employee was struck by a car Monday morning as he crossed the street toward the Silver Lake Dog Park, police said. The man, whose name has not been released, was crossing Silver Lake Boulevard near Fanning St. about 8:10 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north, said LAPD Central Traffic Det. Michael Kaden. The man, employed by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, was walking to the Silver Lake Dog Park to repair lights, he said. The driver was extremely distraught and stayed on the scene, Kaden said, adding that he did not know the victim's condition.
February 11, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
You might have noticed the Neapolitan puppet, Pulcinella, painted on the wall at the corner of Silver Lake and Sunset boulevards next to Rudy's Barbershop. It's the mascot for Seattle-based Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co., which opened its first Los Angeles cafe in Silver Lake today. Give it up for yet more caffeine along the Eastside stretch of Sunset, including Intellgentsia at Sunset Junction and the months-old Taza in Echo Park (you might miss the latter if you're driving along Sunset and blink after Happy Tom's Burgers)
October 8, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
Lots of attention is being focused on Silver Lake now that Forbes has named it "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhood. " In a stunning feat of skinny-jean-clad domination, it beat out such messy-haired hubs as San Francisco's Mission District and Brooklyn's Williamsburg for the dubious title. Whether the moniker makes you want to laugh or cry, it's here to stay. As a former longtime Silver Lake-ian, the announcement made me want to drink, which is why I'm pleased to announce that the revered Silver Lake indie rock club, the Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
November 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
L.A. police are investigating whether the fatal shooting of artist Joseph Gatto, the father of a state assemblyman, is tied to an assault earlier in the week in Silver Lake. Joseph Gatto's daughter found him at his Silver Lake home Wednesday evenig, slumped over a desk, with a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen. LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said detectives had “no information whatsoever” that Gatto's death “has anything to do with his son's politics.” Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles)
April 19, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Matjames Metson's Silver Lake studio is in a 1930s Art Deco duplex perched atop a steep flight of aging, concrete stairs overlooking a cul-de-sac, which overlooks a hillside, which overlooks a bustling intersection that, from above, appears to be teeming with tiny toy cars and action-figure people. Inside, Metson's dusty, sunlit living room-turned-art studio is also full of tiny treasures. The assemblage artist builds intricate, architectural sculptures, wall hangings and furniture made from his abundant stash of objects, most of which he finds at estate sales.
April 5, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Gregory Kelly is a small-scale historian who is out to memorialize big-time Southern California landmarks, one by one. There's the miniature Watts Towers, an elaborate depiction of Newport Beach's Balboa Pavilion and a proportionally correct model of Silver Lake's Music Box Steps - all tucked in Kelly's crowded Tustin hobby shop. Not bad for a man who had never even built a plastic model airplane before deciding at age 20 to open his own shop in a building owned by his father.
March 17, 2014 | By Carren Jao
 A sliver of a yard can be a powerful thing. Materials & Applications has proved this time and again by collaborating with architects to put up fantastical creations on a 25-by-40-foot gravel yard fronting Silver Lake Boulevard. Past double-take-worthy installations include a golden-leafed Mylar canopy in the shape of a black hole by Ball-Nogues Studio, a motorized vegetative cover that opens and refolds like origami by Eddie Sykes and a sinuous, fire-shaped gazebo made of pressure-laminated panels by Edmund Ming-Yip Kwong.
March 14, 2014 | By Jason Wells
No injuries were reported Friday morning after a small landslide was triggered at a residential construction site in Silver Lake. The cascade of dirt occurred on a barren, three-home hillside lot in the 1400 block of North Occidental Boulevard at about 8 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. None of the multi-story homes was affected by the flow of dirt, which partially came down onto the street below. Six fire engines were sent to the scene. Aerial television news footage showed construction workers assessing damage to the hillside as a small Bobcat-type excavator worked to dig out the dirt.
February 25, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Morrie Markoff is not now and has never been a man of half measures. When he saw Depression-era evictions in his New York tenement, he became a fiery political activist. When he trained as a machinist, he was top of his class. When he argued with his wife, he left nothing in the tank. There's much to be learned from people like Markoff, who died briefly in 2012, but, true to his nature, clawed his way back to life. "His heart stopped, his eyes shut, his mouth fell open and his tongue dropped out," Morrie's daughter Judy said to me in an email, adding that the grieving family retreated to Good Samaritan Hospital's meditation room.
February 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
In one of his earliest boyhood memories, Dion Neutra walked out the front door of his family's Silver Lake home and down to the water's edge. It was the early 1930s, and the wall around Silver Lake Reservoir was so low that he could fling a fishing line above it and into the water. But over the next eight decades, the architect - who trained under his father, Richard Neutra, a master of Modernism who lived and worked out of Silver Lake - watched as the water he loved began to change.
November 24, 2012 | By Shan Li
After the Black Friday shopping madness, small boutiques in Silver Lake were anticipating customers who were less about giant malls and more about supporting local business. Dubbed Small Business Saturday , the shopping event was invented by American Express in 2010 to encourage consumers to spend some dollars at neighborhood shops and independent retailers. The day has high-profile supporters such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Obama, who took his two daughters to a bookstore in Arlington , Va., on Saturday.
January 25, 2009 | David Ng
In a city that contains hundreds of miles of recreational walks, routes and trails, the opening of a new jogging path sounds about as noteworthy as a Pinkberry christening or another starlet DUI. But the new scenic path that opened in December along the east side of Silver Lake Reservoir is no ordinary playground for fitness nuts and leisure strollers. Several tortured years in the making, the path represents the latest leg in L.A.'
February 6, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Cultural Heritage commissioners voted Thursday to reject a proposal that would have designated a Silver Lake home the city's 1,038th historic-cultural landmark. Neighbors and other preservationists had urged the panel to preserve the Waverly Drive residence designed by pioneering Chinese American architect Gilbert L. Leong. Last year, a Beverly Hills developer purchased the so-called Tirado house - built in 1959 for Dr. Miguel Tirado and his wife - and announced plans to build five three-story houses on the lot through the city's small-lot subdivision ordinance.
February 4, 2014 | By Bob Pool
It's a mid-century modern home with a famous designer and a fabulous view. But is it a Silver Lake cultural monument? The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will wrestle with that question Thursday when it decides whether to recommend that the Waverly Drive house become the city's 1,038th historic-cultural landmark. Such a designation would stall a plan by a Beverly Hills developer to demolish the ranch-style house designed by pioneering Chinese American architect Gilbert L. Leong and replace it with five three-story homes.
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