"We don't just skate, we collaborate," says April Kibbe, the founder of Eagle Rock Sk8 Chix.

The sisterhood of skating in Eagle Rock

By Mira Tarabeine When longtime Eagle Rock resident April Kibbe launched the Eagle Rock Sk8 Chix! Facebook page in November 2020, she wanted to overcome pandemic isolation by uniting female roller skaters. Kibbe says she knew from experience that “it was lonely” to skate solo “and fun to skate with someone else.” The outreach worked. […]

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Metro’s rendering of the one-car-lane-each-way proposal for Colorado Boulevard shows one car driving east toward Maywood Avenue and one parked car. The reality would be more crowded conditions for cars, though bicyclists and pedestrians would benefit.

Metro to present proposal to reduce much of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to one car lane each way

By T.A. Hendrickson

The push is on for a bus rapid transit (BRT) route through Eagle Rock that would reduce Colorado Boulevard to one car lane each way between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Mount Helena Avenue.

Metro will present the one-car-lane-each-way proposal at a public Zoom meeting on April 1. Read More.

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As anti-Asian violence escalated in the past month, demonstrations like this one in Los Angeles in March raised awareness and called for a stop to the hate. | Photo: Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty Images

Asian Americans in NELA talk about anti-Asian hate crimes

By Indie Lau and Anthony Solis Sierra As communities across the United States continue to grapple with anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian Americans in Northeast Los Angeles have been alarmed — but not surprised — by the vitriol and violence. “I knew it would escalate to Asian Americans getting hurt,” said Mia Livas Porter, a Philippine […]

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At long last, students will be allowed to return to LAUSD schools starting the week of April 12. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

Schools to reopen in NELA but ‘back to normal’ it’s not

By Dafna Erana and Angela Guglielmino  Three elementary schools in Northeast Los Angeles — Dahlia Heights in Eagle Rock, Aragon Avenue in Cypress Park and Loreto Street in Montecito Heights — are among the 61 elementary schools that will reopen to students the week of April 12. The remaining elementary schools in the L.A. Unified […]

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The memorial shrine to Andres “Andy” Sierra at the W. Broadway homeless encampment under the 2 Freeway, Feb. 28, 2021. | Photo by Jane Demian

Homeless man in Eagle Rock encampment died of drug overdose, coroner finds

By T.A. Hendrickson  “Acute methamphetamine toxicity” caused the death of Andres Sierra, 62, the homeless man who died on February 23 in the encampment under the 2 Freeway in Eagle Rock.  In reporting the cause of death, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner also noted that Sierra had other significant medical conditions, including heart disease. […]

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Two new flashing beacons now signal pedestrian crossings at North Figueroa St and Avenue 60 in Highland Park. | Photo by Bill Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

Crossing the street just got safer in NELA

By Bill Hendrickson

Just in time for the reopening of schools, rapid rectangular flashing beacons were installed this week at three pedestrian crossings in Northeast L.A. Here’s where the new-and-improved crossings are and how they came to be.

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Work-from-home appeal made these the fastest selling homes in NELA

Home are selling fast in Northeast Los Angeles at prices well above asking. The median days on market in February was 45, which is two days faster than in February 2020, while the sales-to-list ratio, which compares the sale price to the asking price, was 104%. Still, some homes — like the three featured below […]

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This lot on N. Figueroa St. in Eagle Rock will be the site of prefab shelter units for the homeless under a motion approved on Wednesday by the City Council | Photo by T. A. Hendrickson/BoulevardSentinel.com

City Council approves motion to build prefab shelters for the homeless in NELA

By T.A. Hendrickson A motion by CD 14 City Councilmember Kevin de León to build small, prefabricated shelter units for the homeless in Eagle Rock and Highland Park was unanimously approved on Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council.  In Eagle Rock, the units — known as “pallet housing” — are slated for the parking lot […]

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Artwork by NELA-based artist Jeffrey Stuker (center) on display at the Huntington as part of the major exhibition "Made in LA 2020: a version." | Photo by Joshua White / JWPictures.com

Spring’s Awakening: Art and Culture in Northeast Los Angeles, April 2021

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia

Upcoming art and culture events in Northeast Los Angeles include the return of in-person exhibitions at nearby museums and galleries (albeit masked and distanced), as well as opportunities to enter your art in a juried art show and participate in a local book club’s first ever foray into the world of graphic memoir. Click on the image for more.

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The Stronghold Climbing Gym in Lincoln Heights, shuttered during the pandemic, has reopened at limited capacity for now but with hopes for a full recovery. | Photo courtesy of Stronghold Climbing Gym

Death, near death … and revival? Local businesses reflect on the year that was and the year ahead

By Anthony Solis Sierra and Mira Tarabeine
The pandemic has forever altered the local business landscape.

Some businesses are gone for good. Others have hung in there.

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Stronghold Climbing Gym en Lincoln Heights, cerrado durante la pandemia, ha reabierto por ahora con una capacidad limitada pero con ganas de una recuperación completa | Foto cortesía de Stronghold Climbing Gym

¿Muerte, cerca de la muerte… y renacimiento? Los negocios locales reflexionan en el año que fue y el año que viene

Read in English Por Anthony Solis Sierra y Mira Tarabeine Traducido por Jackson Eddy y Nicole Ríos [Nota del editor: Esta es la primera de una serie de perfiles examinando el precio de la pandemia en negocios locales.] La pandemia ha alterado para siempre el panorama para los negocios locales. Algunos negocios se han ido […]

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EAPD's President, Hans Johnson, addresses concerned residents and L.A. officials about the health hazards coming from the School Dump and calls for Glendale to stop its waste policies at a gathering in August 2014 - the start of 5 years of EAPD advocacy for closing the dump.

Sponsored: EAPD advocacy stops Scholl Canyon expansion

It was a foul-smelling, raw deal then for nearby residents. It is even more rotten today. Community organizing WORKS. After 5 years of advocacy, East Area Progressive Dems WON withdrawal of the dump expansion scheme. For more about that click the photo here.

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Sponsored Content: Make Music at Home with This DIY Homemade Guitar by MiniBop Music

There’s nothing like exploring and enjoying music with your children. Whether you’re showing them your favorite songs on those things called CDs, or you’re letting them sing karaoke, music facilitates amazing bonding and development. That’s why we started MiniBop Music, and we’re excited to announce the grand opening of our new studio at Verdugo Plaza […]

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Tom Nuccio, right, explains how to grow tea while Christopher Nyerges, left, photographs the tea plants. | Photo by Helen W. Nyerges

How I learned to grow my own tea — and you can, too

By Christopher Nyerges

If you’ve ever tried to grow your own coffee in Southern California, you were most certainly disappointed when the plants died in the first frost.

But tea is a different story. Would you like to know why? Click on the photo at the top of this page.

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à bloc cafe in Highland Park plans to exhibit the work of student artists.

New opportunities to create and display art in NELA now

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia Update: We have expanded our art and culture listing for the month of March with the following three new opportunities to exhibit and view art in Northeast Los Angeles.  Display your artwork à bloc cafe on York Blvd. currently seeks local student artists who are interested in having their work featured in […]

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Concepto para el mural "Earth Mother" por Ernesto de la Loza y su hermana, Sandra de la Loza.

Artistas seleccionados para crear el nuevo mural de Highland Park

Por Angela Guglielmino Traducido por Eduardo Garcia Se anunciaron el 22 de febrero los ganadores de la competencia para ver quienes pintarán el nuevo mural de Highland Park: Ernesto de la Loza, un muralista chicano estimado, y Sandra de la Loza, una artista, experta en murales y la hermana de Ernesto, trabajarán juntos para traer el diseño de Ernesto, Earth Mother, a la […]

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This lot on N. Figueroa St. in Eagle Rock would be used for prefab shelter units for the homeless under a motion approved on Thursday by the City Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee. | Photo by T. A. Hendrickson/BoulevardSentinel.com

Motion to build prefab housing units for the homeless in NELA clears key committee in City Council

By T. A. Hendrickson A motion by CD 14 Councilmember Kevin de León to build small, prefabricated housing units for the homeless in Eagle Rock and Highland Park was approved on Thursday by the City Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee. The motion will likely come before the full City Council in the next week or […]

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Adultos mayores de 65 años o más son candidatos para recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19 en L.A. Aun así la situación sobre la implementación de las vacunas ha estado rodeada de temor, información falsa y obstáculos prácticos, tal como las dificultades al navegar los sitios de web de registración. | Fotografía cortesía de Al Seib para L.A. Times via Getty Images

‘Una dosis de la verdad’ para combatir la inquietud a la vacuna en NELA

By Zach Goodwin

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Part of a line of people waiting to get a COVID-19 vaccination at the Glassell Park pop-up | Photo by Bill Hendrickson/BoulevardSentinel

On the Road to Immunity in Northeast Los Angeles

By Bill Hendrickson

Nearly 3,000 people in Northeast Los Angeles received their first Covid-19 vaccine shots at recent pop up vaccination sites in Highland Park and Glassell Park.

The sites were sponsored by NELA’s city councilmembers: Kevin de Leon of Council District 14 and Gil Cedillo of Council District 1. (Click the photo above to read more.)

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Artists' sketch of the mural "Earth Mother" by Ernesto de la Loza and his sister, Sandra de la Loza

Artists selected to create new mural in Highland Park

By Angela Guglielmino Winners were announced on Monday in the competition to paint Highland Park’s next major mural: Ernesto de la Loza, an esteemed Chicano muralist, and Sandra de la Loza, an artist, mural expert and Ernesto’s sister, will work together to bring Ernesto’s design, Earth Mother, to the side wall of the new Planned […]

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These reporters from Occidental College will help the Boulevard Sentinel cover more local stories, in English and Spanish. Bios on each are included below.

Meet the Team: The NELA Neighborhood Reporting Partnership signs up new members

By T. A. Hendrickson and Matthew Reagan
In October, the Boulevard Sentinel and The Occidental, the campus newspaper of Occidental College, announced the NELA Neighborhood Reporting Partnership (NELA NRP) — a professional collaboration between the two papers to bolster coverage of Northeast Los Angeles while offering Oxy’s reporters valuable local news experience. The Occidental has selected 13 student journalists to participate in the partnership this spring semester. Meet the Team.

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The socially distant line starting to form at the COVID-19 vaccination site in Highland Park sponsored by Council District 14. | Photo by Matthew Reagan

After a year of COVID-19, vaccines arrive in NELA

By Dafna Erana and Jamie Martinez  

COVID-19 vaccines have come to Northeast Los Angeles.  

From now through March 6, eligible residents of Council District 14 can get vaccinated at the L.A. Police Museum in Highland Park.  Interested? To know more, click on the photo above.

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A look at "In Yarrow We Trust," a part of a new exhibit opening at Oxy Arts on York Blvd. Photo credit: Oxy Arts.

Your Guide to Art and Culture in NELA

By Pablo Nukaya
As art and culture organizations have changed their ways in response to the pandemic, the result has been a creative outpouring of virtual exhibitions, online workshops and streaming performances. 

Here are upcoming art and culture opportunities in Northeast Los Angeles, many of which are free and all of which can be experienced remotely or at a safe distance.

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Andres “Andy” Sierra, shown here in a photo from 2019, died recently in the tent encampment on W. Broadway in Eagle Rock. | Photo by Joel Sappell/Boulevard Sentinel

Homeless man dies in his tent in Eagle Rock

By T. A. Hendrickson
Andres “Andy” Sierra, a longtime unhoused resident at the homeless encampment on W. Broadway in Eagle Rock, died in his tent on February 23. He was 62.

Sierra suffered from severe arthritis of his knees and other health conditions, said Jane Demian, the co-chair of the Eagle Rock chapter of the SELAH anti-homelessness coalition. Click on photo above to read more.

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Rendering of the proposed development at the corner of N. Avenue 64 and Garvanza Street in the Garvanza section of Highland Park | Rendering by SKYA Ventures.

Garvanza development hits a roadblock

By Bill Hendrickson The proposal to build an imposing, three-story apartment building at N. Avenue 64 and Garvanza Street failed to win a crucial approval on Tuesday. The developers of the project, Skya Ventures, were seeking a “Certificate of Compatibility” with the Highland Park-Garvanza Overlay Zone (HPOZ), a set of  guidelines on historic preservation and […]

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The original asking price for this 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Highland Park was nearly $1 million. After 166 days on the market, it sold for $850,000.

Three home sales that prove NELA buyers have not gone mad

Pandemic. Economic uncertainty. Political turmoil. Through it all, the housing market in Northeast Los Angeles continues to break records. Have NELA homebuyers lost their minds? The answer, in a word, is “No.” The main drivers of today’s prices are limited supply and healthy demand, as explained here.  Against that backdrop, the price of a house […]

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"Buy Local" raffle winner Monica Alcaraz (right), said the $150 gift certificate is the 'first time I've ever won anything." At left is Ace Aguilera, owner of Comics VS Toys, where Alcaraz chose to spend the money. | Photo by Bill Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

Winner is chosen in “Buy Local” raffle

By T. A. Hendrickson
Monica Alcaraz, a resident of Highland Park, is the winner in the Boulevard Sentinel’s latest “Buy Local” raffle. The Sentinel awarded Alcaraz a $150 gift certificate to use at the local merchant of her choosing. For Monica: “This is the first time I ever won something!” Ace Aguilera, proprietor of Comics vs. Toys, got the $150 and immediately took out his first ad in the Boulevard Sentinel! There’s more here.

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This logo for the ERNC Committee on Aging Neighbors created by Lindsay Kiesling

Help getting a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for Eagle Rock seniors 65+ years old

by ERNC
Help is here! In our little corner of Northeast LA, a small band of Eagle Rock residents are volunteering to graciously work safely from their homes to find available appointments or help with rides to the appointment. There is no cost to seniors, and all communication will follow safety protocol. Want or need help? Read more!

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6408 Ruby Street, Highland Park | photo from MLS.

History for sale in Highland Park

Historical charm and architectural significance are two of the biggest draws for NELA real estate buyers. Far from the condominium blocks of the Westside and the cookie-cutter sameness of the Valley, buyers are clearly willing to pay a premium for an Eastside 1920s Spanish Colonial or 1950s Craftsman. These two turn-of-the-century architectural gems, which recently […]

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Fall sunrise in NELA | Photo by Bill Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

NELA Weighs In: The top 10 posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page

In the last three months of 2020, the top 10 posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page reflected the complicated world we all are navigating. Breaking news — a fire in Highland Park and a fatal car crash in Glassell Park — grabbed readers’ attention, as did several posts on local aspects of the pandemic […]

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This craftsman in Eagle Rock, listed for sale for $949,000, sold in November for $1.285 million -- after only 33 days on the market. | Photo by The MLS.com

NELA Real Estate: Rising supply meets bottomless demand, boosting prices

By Jeffery Marino
Residential real estate in Northeast Los Angeles is a seller’s market like no other.

In November, the latest month with full sales data, both the number of homes for sale and the number of homes sold increased in NELA. Inventory rose by 7% year-over-year, boosted by a 34% increase in new monthly listings, while sales increased by 8% year-over-year. It was the third month in a row of rising inventory and sales.

And yet, through it all, home prices just kept climbing.

What’s going on? Click to know.

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