This is a last minute addition to our calendar--but well worth considering. We will meet briefly in East L.A.'s Boyle Heights at 10:45am at the Mariachi Plaza at Boyle Avenue & Caesar Chavez Avenue for pan dulce (Mexican breakfast pastries) and coffee. At 11:15am we will then walk to the tour start point at 501 N. Boyle Avenue to participate in a self guided 11:30am-1pm (approximated) walking tour of East L.A.'s Boyle Heights neighborhood sponsored by the Boyle Heights Historical Society AND the Los Angeles Conservancy. Docents will be stationed along the tour at each site to answer questions and convey interesting historical information. (This is a very special one day event and not one of the Conservancy's regular neighborhood walking tours). East L.A. is only 10 freeway minutes from Hollywood and 5 freeway minutes from downtown L.A. and is home to a lot more than low income Latino families and gangs!
The Boyle Heights area was named for Andrew Boyle. In 1858, he bought a parcel of the land that had been the 1781 Mexican settlement called El Pueblo de Los Angeles (now referred to as Olvera Street), and built a home on what became Boyle Avenue. After his death in 1871, his son-in-law, William H. Workman, subdivided the area and named it Boyle Heights. In the 1930's & 40's it was a unique melting pot of new immigrant cultures with a unique mix of both a Mexican American and Russian/Jewish population. (My parents both lived in Boyle Heights during this time period and my mom was a championship, tropy winning jitterbug dancer whose male dance partner was of Jewish decent). Boyle Heights was one of the city's first Jewish enclaves and the tour will tentatively include entry into the historic Breed Street Shul (exterior pictured above), the Gless Home, Boyle Hotel, Hollenbeck Chapel (1908) and more. The famous Canter's Delicatessen was originally located in Boyle Heights before it moved into a closed down art house movie theatre space on Fairfax Avenue on the Westside in the 1950's.
More historical neighborhood info can be found on Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyle_Heights,_Los_Angeles,_California)Here is an area map link. (http://www.bing.com/maps/?FORM=Z9LH9#JndoZXJlMT01MDErTitCb3lsZStBdmUlMmMrTG9zK0FuZ2VsZXMlMmMrQ0ErOTAwMzMtMTYwMSZiYj0zNC4wNTUyNTQ3MTc1NzA3JTdlLTExOC4yMTE0NjAxNDc1MjUlN2UzNC4wNDc1MjkyODI0MjkzJTdlLTExOC4yMjM4OTE4NTI0NzU=)
Then at about 1pm we will walk a short distance to the famous La Parilla Restaurant for a late SANGRIA LUNCH with Mexican food items and sangria wine made from fresh fruit juices. If you want more info please visit the restaurant's website. (http://laparrillarestaurant.com/east/index.html)