Swinging Doors — Club Tee Gee

Club Tee Gee is a long-standing bar in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Atwater Village. After the owner died in 2016, there were fears that it might be shuttered. After a sale and renovation, it reopened on 14 November 2018 -- and so in the interest of research, I headed over for a few … Continue reading Swinging Doors — Club Tee Gee

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There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting Peanut Lake

A few days ago I was wrapping up a semi-regular housesitting gig in El Sereno. Regular readers will know that that particular gig also involves taking care of a dog named Dooley, who during my stays accompanies me on explorations around the Eastside, Northeast Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Valley. On the last day … Continue reading There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting Peanut Lake

Houses of the Hallows — The Self Realization Fellowship Mother Center

Last Monday I visited the Self Realization Fellowship Mother Center (headquarters) with my friends Tammy Jean Park and Mike Morgan. I first explored the center's grounds in 2012, as part of a California Fool’s Gold exploration of the Mount Washington neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles. The historic building, long home to the Self-Realization Fellowship, was built … Continue reading Houses of the Hallows — The Self Realization Fellowship Mother Center

Los Angeles Linguistics Part 2: Regional Differences

Most metropolitan areas -- at least the ones I'm familiar with -- are divided both into neighborhoods and larger, multi-neighborhood administrative divisions or regions. Paris has its arrondissements, New York City its boroughs, Busan and Seoul have gu (구), Taipei has qū (區), St. Louis and New Orleans both have wards, Mexico City has municipios, and on. Their names vary, then, but the concept is generally the … Continue reading Los Angeles Linguistics Part 2: Regional Differences

Swinging Doors — A Gold Line Beer Crawl

In Los Angeles, I regularly find myself so spoiled for choice that it sometimes leaves me distressed; but really, there are surely worse problems than being presented with too many great possibilities with how to spend one’s time. On Sunday there was a nine kilometer hike in the San Gabriel Mountains which culminated with a … Continue reading Swinging Doors — A Gold Line Beer Crawl

Swinging Doors — Visiting The Verdugo

Verdugo Bar is located in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles at 3408 Verdugo Road. Verdugo Road (along with Verdugo Canyon, Verdugo City, the Verdugo Hills, Verdugo Park, and the Verdugos region) is named after José María Verdugo, Spanish soldier and landowner to whom Rancho San Rafael was granted in 1784. Andrew Glassell … Continue reading Swinging Doors — Visiting The Verdugo

Swinging Doors — Footsies

Footsies is a bar in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles. I’ve been going there with wavering semi-regularity for about 17 years — as many as I’ve lived in Los Angeles. Online historic information about the bar is minimal and I’d love to fill it in more, so leave comments if you can help … Continue reading Swinging Doors — Footsies

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Montecito Heights, the Wilderness of the City

SEASON 10, EPISODE 1: "MONTECITO HEIGHTS" Yesterday, compelled by voters like you, I explored the Los Angeles neighborhood of Montecito Heights in Northeast Los Angeles. It was unseasonably hot -- especially considering Angelenos had been told to brace for a "Godzilla El Niño." Instead, we have a record-breaking heatwave and Santa Ana winds carrying a brown … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Montecito Heights, the Wilderness of the City

Greater Streets — Exploring Yosemite Drive

Los Angeles has more streets than any other city in the US, about 12,000 kilometers of roadway, the surface of which covers approximately 15% of that of the entire cityscape. New bicycle lanes, reconfigured road diets, pedestrian advocacy, the rediscovery of public stairways, open streets events, and government programs like Great Streets have gone a long way … Continue reading Greater Streets — Exploring Yosemite Drive

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Atwater Village

INTRODUCTION Moorish-inspired homes in Atwater Village Atwater Village popped up on my radar soon after I'd moved to Los Angeles in 1999. My roommate with a job had found us an apartment just across the Los Angeles River in Silver Lake (Ivanhoe tract, to be exact) but we all frequently headed across the river — usually … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Atwater Village