Los Angeles Magazine’s Best of LA

Ξ July 30th, 2008 | → Comments Off | ∇ 90041, 90042, 90065, Best Of, Food, Highland Park, Shopping |

Sorting through my three-week-tall stack of mail, I picked out Los Angeles Magazine’s August issue because 1. I needed something to write about and 2. I’m a sucker for “Best Of” issues.  Fortunately for me, our (extended) neighborhood was reasonably well represented.  The honorees:

 Best Mexican Breakfast: El Huarachito in Lincoln Heights.  I’ve been dying for chilaquiles so I may try this spot this morning.

Best Newly Remodeled Library: Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library.  I really love the architecture and interior space of this spot.  My only gripe is the magazine’s reference to the design as “early-20th-century Craftsman” when my understanding is it is really influenced by El Alisal.

Best Hip Kids’ Clothing: Rocking Kid Show in Eagle Rock.  I can’t say much about this spot as I don’t have kids (and if I did I probably wouldn’t dress them in skinny jeans and Ramones/Blondie Tshirts, but unto each their own…) 


So Much to Love

Ξ March 4th, 2008 | → 16 Comments | ∇ 90041, 90042, 90065, Best Of, Glassell Park, Highland Park |

(Image borrowed from Avenue 50 Studio)

So it’s been a slow week for us at YORK BLVD, which has left some less than positive posts on our front page. I find it devastating to hear anybody describe this great neighborhood as a “ghetto,” and can only imagine that it comes from somebody who doesn’t really know the neighborhood or its residents. I have lived in the area for nearly 10 years and seen how the community is building itself and changing, and how safe so much of it really is.
It’s true that there some bad elements and some bad people here, but anybody who walks down York or Fig, talks to the business owners or their neighbors knows that these are the exception, not the rule. Unfortunately, true to the old newspaper motto “if it bleeds it leads,” the Times prefers to cover the unsavory aspects of our neighborhood (among others) and doesn’t hesitate to talk about gang violence like it’s part of our daily life.

Every time I hear this though, I actually can’t help but think of everything that I love about Highland Park and the surrounding area. Our neighborhood has so much personality, culture and vibrancy I often find it difficult to see anything else. We post these things constantly, but sometimes it’s nice to see them all together.

So here’s some of what we love about Northeast L.A.
-Taco Trucks at 3am
-Conversations at the York sink
-500 beers at Galcos
-Tacos La Estrella red sauce
-French fries and aioli at The Oinkster
-The Gold Line
-The view from the 134 (between Figueroa and Harvey)
-Pho at Lemongrass
-Beer on tap and to go at The Verdugo
-Street parking
-Oinkster pastrami
-Being able to buy a house in L.A.
-Going for coffee and getting beer while listening to live music at La Casa Blue
-Chillin’ and Grillin’ with Dave and his sandwiches
-Second Saturday NELA art walks
-Quick commutes to Downtown
-Ugly nudes at Footsies
-Classic cars at Pete’s Blue Chip
-Oxy sports
-Up-and-coming bands at Mr. Ts
-Dog walks at Debs Park
-LA’s best pizza at Casa Bianca

We know all you have lots of reasons too. Sound off and add them to the list!



Ξ January 27th, 2008 | → 3 Comments | ∇ 90065, Best Of, Drinks, Night Life |

Maybe because of the new year, or maybe because of the constant rain lately, or maybe just because we have been to the York almost every weekend for about 6 months straight, for whatever reason, this weekend we decided it was time for a change of venue. Something different. Completely different.

So after some discussion and some Yelping, the guys at YORK BLVD. decided to head a little out of our neighborhood and go down to Footsies. Highly regarded on Yelp, post after post listed Footsies among the best dives in Los Angeles. Already intrigued, the review by a girl reminiscing (not fondly) about dating a foot fetishist who she had previously dubbed “Footsie” pushed me over the edge. This would be the place. Plus, it was just a couple doors down from our previously reviewed “El Atacor #11,” and I was already jonesing for some good tacos.

Just past Cypress on Fig, Footsies can be easy to miss, especially when it’s pouring out. Like every hip bar these days, Footsies has no signage out front, other than the now ubiquitous neon “Cocktails” sign over the door. Inside, however, could not be any less understated. Dark wood paneling, leather booths, and pictures of ghostly, naked women adorning the wall, the place felt as though somebody turned Disney’s Haunted Mansion into a burlesque house. Towards the back was a classy looking pool table, up front was a jukebox (loaded with The Clash, Fugazi, Johnny Cash and currently pumping out some Blondie), and to our right was the bar. Guess where we went first.

The ladies grabbed a booth beneath one of the spooky sultresses while we checked out the drink selection. Besides the full bar and standard well drinks, the choice of beers was pretty decent—with the glaring exception of nothing on tap. Regardless, Footsies stocks Stella, Newcastle, Pyramid Hefe, Longhammer IPA, Corona, Bud and even better, Pabst Blue Ribbon. Most bottles are $4, and PBR is a something of a bargain at just $2 a can.

The scene at Footsies is exactly what you would expect at a hipster dive bar, although it was a little surprising to find such a hipster dive deep in Cypress Park. Dreadlocks, mod hairdos and Goodwill clothing outfitted most patrons. The jukebox was jamming until the DJ took over (much to the chagrin of our recently deposited dollar), and all in all everyone was having a laidback good time.

Footsies definitely made its way onto my list great bars, and I can see myself going there frequently, especially if I’m in the mood for tacos and beer. Of course, it would be so much better if they had even just a couple of beers on tap, but then, nobody’s perfect.

2640 N Figueroa Street
(323) 221-6900


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