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June 5, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Contradictions fly along Hyperion Avenue when the Birdman of Silver Lake takes wing. Rik Martino rolls his wobbly cart with two mismatched wheels to the corner of Tracy Street and stops at Baller Hardware to buy two 20-pound bags of True Value Wild Bird Food. More than 30 years after arriving from his native Italy, the 58-year-old actor is still looking for his big-screen break. Square-jawed and body-builder muscular, Martino views himself as more Al Pacino than Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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.
November 16, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A triplex in Silver Lake that was once home to a teenage Steve McQueen is on the market for $599,900. The updated Spanish-style building, constructed in 1923, contains three one-bedroom units in 1,660 square feet on two levels. The landscaped property is walled and gated with a lawn and deck. There is also a storage room, wine cellar and laundry. McQueen, who died in 1980 at 50, was known for his tough-guy persona. The box-office star appeared in such films as "The Magnificent Seven" (1960)
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.
January 29, 2010 | By David Karp
Launched in 2001 by the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance, a nonprofit organization that benefits local youths, the Silver Lake farmers market successfully serves its community. Prepared foods and crafts stands -- such as gourmet coffee, books, LPs, sunglasses and clothes -- outnumber the produce vendors, giving the venue somewhat of a flea market ambience, but that seems to suit the area, with its mix of hipster and working-class residents. Locavores may cock an eyebrow at one vendor who sells imported bananas, papaya, mangoes and pineapples ("What's up with the dude selling bananas here?
March 11, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Community volunteer David Nott had taken middle school students on an urban hike through Silver Lake before, but they stumbled across something unexpected during a recent excursion - a roughly 11,000-square-foot area designed just for people on foot. "Look!" Nott said to the handful of 11- and 12-year-old students, pointing to the newly built pedestrian- and bike-only Sunset Triangle Plaza. "This has become a social environment," he said. Billed as Los Angeles' first "street-to-plaza" conversion, much of the new park originally was a two-lane swath of pavement that carried motorists along Griffith Park Boulevard.
May 25, 2006 | David A. Keeps
With a collection of rosewood and teak furniture, elaborate lighting fixtures and Northern European ceramics, Michael Belanger brought high-end 20th century design to Silver Lake. Starting today, he is preparing to close his gallery by offering the entire inventory at 30% to 60% off. Among the finds: dozens of dining chairs, Scandinavian tables and nightstands, and hand-blown 1960s Italian chandeliers, sconces and pendants, below. The store will be open daily until June 25.
September 19, 1999
Five decades of modern architecture will be celebrated during "Modernist Silver Lake: An Architectural Festival" Oct. 2 and 3. A highlight of the weekend will be a docent-led tour of six homes by American Modernist pioneers Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Gregory Ain, Harwell Harris and John Lautner from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3. The festival, sponsored by the nonprofit Committee to Save Silver Lake's Reservoirs, also will feature lectures and a self-guided driving tour. Tickets are $40.
July 15, 1993
In an effort to increase their visibility in Echo Park and Silver Lake, Los Angeles police officers are patrolling the area on bicycle. Northeast Division officers Joe Writer and Ray Garcia are riding through the areas once a week and plan to increase the frequency of the patrols. The days and times of the patrols vary. Pioneer Market has donated office space at their Sunset Boulevard store to police.
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