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NELA! This hood is good. With a growing Parkour community the Youth has a brighter future. The next generation has a choice besides Gang warfare. Ride your bike empower yourself stay healthy.

— Gnarly Charly
June 12, 2013 at 1:25 p.m.

Cypress Park is a family-friendly neighborhood, nestled between the LA River and Mt. Washington. It's one of the oldest neighborhoods of Los Angeles, lined with old homes with lots of character, yummy dives where you can get fresh sweet bread and home-style Mexican dishes, brushed up against local factories and businesses, including a court house! Cypress Park gets a lot of bad wrap, but I have never experienced any gang violence or issues on my block. Cypress Park is home!

— Jennifer C.
November 9, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.

I grew up in this neighbohood since I was a baby.I attended Aragon Elementary & even my cousin is a 4th grade teacher there.I loved growing up there because almost every family has lived there generation after generation.Everyone knows everyone and all the people are very much to themselves and friendly.But after the murder of Sherriff Abel Escalante and seeing his dead body it was my wake up call to leave it behind.It was not the first dead body I had seen in Cypress Park but his death got to me because it was an innocent man working hard for a living. I visit frequently and many memories I have in Cypress Park are so sacret to my heart but things that go on in the community I just don't wan't to be around in anymore. Now that I have children I decided to keep them away from growing up there.Not because it's a bad place filled with negative people but because of what I've been threw living there and what I have seen living there.

— Cynthia
August 31, 2011 at 11:11 p.m.

I was raised in cypress park since 66 went to school at aragon,divine saviour,then went to cathedral h.s. and lincoln h.s.I could say I had good times there played baseball a cypress park 4yrs, had alot of friends even the older cholos were my friends they knew my family but never got involved with the gangs I guess its really up to the indivual if he wans to go that passage.all I could say is that cypress park wasnt so bad the time I lived there,also had some good memories there.just want to say to all of you that lived in cypress park and knows me stay up and safe.

— h.reyes
May 23, 2011 at 3:39 p.m.

Cypress Parque for Life,

We are the Spartians of North East Los Angeles....CXP BOYS Chowwwwwwwwww

— J Ramirez
April 18, 2011 at 12:40 a.m.

Cypress Park - birthplace of El Atacor and King Taco! I administer a Cypress Park Facebook page for anyone interested:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cypress-Park/144237585630019

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 1:15 p.m.

I LOVE CxP because of the beautiful mountain sunsets and its easy access to freeways, some people not the idiot gang members how are just killing there own maybe some day they will wake up and stop giving hard working Hispanics a bad name.

— JAMES
January 18, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.

I've lived in Cypress Park for the past seven years, I grew up in Lincoln Heights went to Hillside elementary, Nightingale Jr. High and Lincoln H.S. For the most part Cypress park is a good community a lot of the residents take good care of their houses and yards we spend a lot of time at the park with our kids playing sports plenty of the same people enroll their kids in the programs as well as me and my wife, we have played in the adult soft ball league there for the past 2 years. It's a nice place to grow up plenty of friendly neighbors, i thinks the only two problems are parking sucks and some of the people stuck in the past hitting up gang graffiti like if that s*#t matters anymore, grow up man!!!!!! Get a job and get out of your moms house.....

— Alfredo B.
December 23, 2010 at 2:18 p.m.

My siblings and myself born in the 60s and 70s. Parents bought their house in CP in the 60s. We have all moved away from the neighborhood. We are all college educated, married, with kids. However, our parents still live here and there is nothing like our childhood home, our street, our neighbors. Our neighbors have always been the same people. Regardless of gangs, loud neighbors, neighbors who don't do their lawn, illegals, etc, which you will find in any city in Los Angeles, you will also find people who do and are exactly the opposite. My parents call city services when they see messy neighbors dump an old sofa on the sidewalk. They ask people to curb their dogs. We all cringe at graffiti and gangs. We hate gangs and deadbeats. My parents, and most of the immigrant neighbors have lived here since the 60s, 70s and most if not all are naturalized citizens. We are not welfare recipients or toxic pollutants. Just retired older folks for the most part, at least on our our street.

I feel fortunate to still call this home as I am a better person for being able to differentiate AND associate the people, culture, tendencies in this community with the rest of the world.

I hope to one day live in my childhood home, sit on my porch and watch the world go by amidst my mother's well kept garden.

— LH
August 27, 2010 at 11:51 a.m.

Susan Lopez,

Stop saying that you aren't blaming Mexicans/Immigrants. You are apparently weak. Cypress remains the same because of people like you that talk and talk and don't do anything. Juan was killed by an Avenue. Everyone knows that! Get updated about your community. Other "rich or middle class" neighborhoods pollute too. Even Gringos pollute this world more than we do. And heck immigrants pay taxes to give others government help. Look at your last name. You give it shame by your attitude.

I still think Cypress is a good place, and I love it here. I thank my parents for moving here before I was born. Every immigrant in this community is working hard for better days. So Susan get your facts straight, and think long and hard before you put something in the web that might come back and bite you in the ...

— JDS
July 1, 2010 at 6:33 p.m.

My family lived in CP starting in the 60s until the 90s. We loved our quaint place on Cypress Avenue. I remember walking from Alice to Fig by myself with no problems. My parents were low income factory workers who pushed education and knew not to take me to the Rec Center ( muchos cholos), but instead took me to the old library on Pepper Ave.

I now live in a better part of town thanks to higher education, but I will never forget La Morenita in CP.

— PT
May 25, 2010 at 8:03 p.m.

Lived in Cypress Park early 60's to mid 70's. Attended Loreto St, Nightengale (when it was called a Junior High), Franklin. Some great memories, some sad and not so good ones too. The gang problem caused my family to move out. Unfortunately, the problem does exist otherwise I would have gone back there to raise my children. Most families we knew were hard working, two parent families who respected others. Still miss those days sometimes.......

— A.V.
May 22, 2010 at 5:26 p.m.

Born in 86 and raised in Cypress Park. Aragon, Nightingale, Lincoln HS. I think it's ignorant to say that immagrants don't want to learn English. Yes many of them have been in the US for a long time but if you live in an 80% Mexican neighborhood, patronize only Mexican businesses were ALL of the employees speak Spanish, and work at similiar Mexican owned businesses with other Mexican employees who speak Spanish it's difficult to pick up the language becase you don't have to use it often. As far as the gang problem goes, yes there is a problem but that doesn't mean that the average person who lives there would feel as if they're in danger. The gang problem in all of these neighborhoods makes it dangerous for people involved in the gangster lifestyle. There is a chance that kids may fall into that lifestyle but that usually means that their home base is weak and lacking something. Perhaps a father figure or it could be because this is a blue collar neighboorhood where many parents are working 50 or 60 hours a week to pay the bills. As a result the kids are out on the streets after school with no one to supervise them. The problems are not because of immigrants but because of kids who are born here in the US having nothing to do after school. Police in the area don't do much more than post up speed traps to give tickets. The neighborhood can really benefit from a more comprehensive patrol by the northeast division. That includes residential streets and alleys in the area. It was a good place to grow up, you learn the value of hard work. I went to all the local schools and have gone on to college so it's not as tough to get out of there as some would assume.

— Me
May 18, 2010 at 4:52 p.m.

I been living here in Cypress Park all my life. I agree with some of these people, its not really a quite neighborhood. Always hearing shooting, police passing, lot of gang violence.

Some people same it cool to walk throgh here and its true but some times you get use to whats going on around you. I enjoy living here cause i know alot of people

— unknown
May 10, 2010 at 9:16 p.m.

This is a great place to live full of friendly people! and everyone knows each other or are only 2 degrees apart.

Check out the Cypress Park fan page on Facebook!

— CL
May 8, 2010 at 12:53 a.m.

Does anyone remember the Arellano brothers that lived on Alice? Tryin to locate info for a reunion. Thanks

— Arellano
April 10, 2010 at 8:02 p.m.

I have lived in Cypress Park all 22 years of my life and not once have I had a Gang related problem. It’s not like people paint it out to be you don’t fear walking to the corner store or you don’t see mass amounts of gangsters roaming the streets. I have a lot of pride in Cypress Park and it is NOT an illegal immigrant infested, welfare collecting, and gang ruin community. From what I have seen these 22 years it has a lot of hard working people who care about they’re neighborhood not just bad apples.

— i.i.
March 18, 2010 at 1:25 p.m.

cypress park is a great neighborhood it gives you that welcome home feeling.I was living there since 1993 when i was born but had to move to az.My fATHER AND MY UNCLE owned Mi Tienda Meat Market and Cypress Liquor.It was nice being able to know everyone and never have any problems it was fun.We never had problems with the gangs because they were actually freindly.I remember going to aragon and.nightangle middle school.I remember the days

— C.G
March 2, 2010 at 8:37 p.m.

I grew up in Cypress park and I love my neighborhood. There is so much history here. The Jeffries mansion located on ISabel Street, a rairoad town back in the early 1920's. Like any neighborhood we also have a gang problem. Actually its not as bad as other areas. The media tends to exaggerate. As for Cypress park having alot of gay people living here, it has to be the new comers.

— N.L
February 19, 2010 at 8:44 p.m.

My partner and I moved here 9 years ago and we have been surprised at what a vibrant gay and artistic community Cypress Park and NE Los Angeles are. We have met a ton of people and have become active in a community that wants to desperately get rid of its gang image and improve the quality of life for its residents. I'm thrilled that Yancy opened up Antigua, love El Atacor and hiking in Mt. Washington is great.

— Gay Artist
February 17, 2010 at 6:30 a.m.

THIS PLACE IS A DUMP. BEEN THRU THERE, WOULDNT LIVE THERE.

— LACHILD
January 22, 2010 at 1:56 p.m.

I BELIEVE THAT CYPRESS PARK IS EVERYTHING BUT AND UGLY NEIGHBOORHOOD, I GREW UP THERE FOR HALF OF MY LIFE WHICH WAS MY CHILDHOOD YEARS...IT WAS FUN PLAYING AROUND WITH ALL THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS RUNNING THE STREET WITH NO CARE NEVER EVEN THINKING ABOUT BEIN SHOT...I REMEMBER GOING TO THE LOCAL SHOPS LIKE THE IDELL ST MARKET, BIG SAVERS, THE OLD RECORD STORE THAT IS NO LONGER THERE NEXT TO THE YUM YUM DONUTS, THE LIQUOR STORE THAT WAS ONCE OWNED BY THE CHINO ON IDELL AND AVE 26...NOTHING BUT FOND MEMORIES...S.A. IS RIGHT ABOUT THE OCCASIONAL FIRE WORK SHOW FROM DODGER STADIUM, LORETO HAD GOOD MEMORIES, PLAYING KIKBALL OR TETHERBALL...I LIVED ON ONE OF THE POOREST AREAS WHICH WAS THE PART OF IDELL ST WERE U SEE THE MOST WINOS BUT I STILL LOVED CYPRESS........

— ch
January 20, 2010 at 7:51 p.m.

I am (60 yo white man) new here (both posting on LAT and to CP). My (50 yo Chinese) wife and I recently bought and moved (from South Pasadena) into a home on Idell St.

We're still adjusting to the change from a city where white and Asian families lived in their Craftsman homes with streets canopied with Pepper trees to an area with few trees, mostly latino, trains blairing their horns, and church bells chiming. :)

So far, I find Cypress Park a small, tight LA community where my wife and I have been graciously greeted by many long-time residents. And, we thank you.

Cypress Park IS the old LA with the OLD (not recently arrived) latino neighbors. Neighbors who came to EL LAY many years ago... Neighbors who cringe at the bad rap that outsiders have of their community... Neighbors who yearn to just live in peace...Neighbors who know that homelessness and taggers roam within... Neighbors who simply live...

My wife and I love our neighbors. My wife and strive to be good neighbors too. :)

We've lived in CP 3 months now... I will post more of my experiences and observations, as time goes by.

— Dennis Conner
January 15, 2010 at 6:52 p.m.

I grew up living in Cypress Park went to aragon, nightingale, franklin. I loved aragon as a child back in the 70's still remember some of my teachers but once I went to Nightingale the whole gang scene became real. Then Franklin was no better because I was living in Cypress going to the 43rd side. After I got married I left because I didn't want to raise my kids in that type of environment. I believe it was the best decision because my kids didn't have to experience that. My parents still live there and when I visit them I hear the same gang problems.

— mlrodz
January 1, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.

Susan Lopez,

Its not that immigrants don’t want to learn English it’s simply our whole social structure and public school system is full of …. How can an immigrant family come to this country for a better opportunity, raise their children with the only language they know, and then stick their kids into an L.A. school district that has less than qualified standards? I was born in Cypress Park in 1983 by an immigrant family, I was stuck in ESL (English as a second language) classes up until I attended Nightingale Jr. High but found it upon myself to rise above the gang influences, drug influences, and impoverish environmental factors that pretty much effect every child in the city of Los Angeles and not just within our own community. If you would like to start a community watch program, then I would suggest you to take a leadership roll and begin a campaign for one not just using this LA Times forum to express your frustration. I have graduated from college as most of my Aragon Elementary classmates have but I have seen many of my elementary friends also fall into gang influences, which have either left them dead or in jail. So take a positive attitude towards your community and begin with painting walls, cleaning up the alleys, or even cleaning up your own sidewalk as I have done so for many past summers.

And yes, may the deputy rest in peace but it was not one of our community members who murdered him if you have followed the case but gang members who came into our neighborhood looking to disrupt the peace.

— Alex F.
December 25, 2009 at 11:07 p.m.

I apologize for the typos, but I would like our Cypress Park residents to come together. It is time for us to take back our streets. It is time for us have a collective social conscience of what behavior we will not accept in our community.

Happy Holidays!!

— Susan Lopez
December 23, 2009 at 11:47 a.m.

Dear B.T,

I am glad that you feel our community should come together, but the community is too scared to start a neighborhood watch, or dare to take back our streets. As for the blamming of Mexicans, which I did not state in my posting. I simply stated that many of the older generation do not want to assimilate and learn the English language. Not even every immigrant is hard working, there are a few in Cypress part, who pollute the environment by creating illegal drainage, who dump toxic car oil and building material in the streets and who collect government assistance for never working a day in their life. I welcome the day when I and every other resident can walk Cypress Park safely, but that will take courage, a parntership with the northeast police department and a sense of community among neighbors.

— Susan Lopez
December 22, 2009 at 3:17 p.m.

First, i will like to say i like Cypress Park and love the community. But i do have to admit that it is a community with a history of gang violence. And this is the problem not Mexicans who come and work hard. So, please stop pointing fingers and start becoming a community. Last, lets face reality for what it is and not what we want it to be. Peace the people of Cypress Park.

— B.T.
November 30, 2009 at 10:17 a.m.

I've lived in Cypress Park since 1989. Pretty much im apart of the newest generation in CP. Growing up as a child , there was always been shootings nearby But you learn how to coupe with it because cholos come and go but its no reason to stay scared inside your home. Recently, Ive moved away to go to a UC school but i always come back to visit my family and friends. Because no matter what it is always home. Its where you can take a short distance walk to the Numero Uno supermarket ,King Taco, the CP Public Library, Taylor yard Park and Divine Saviour

— Ammy
November 26, 2009 at 9:40 p.m.

I once thought this was a good neighborhood to live in...now I don't even wish to go anywhere near there. My little brother was shot in CP and I've hated this neighborhood ever since. We need to get those bad kids off the streets before someone else dies!

— Unknown
November 15, 2009 at 5:22 p.m.

I have lived in Cypress Park since 1962. I went to the neighborhood schools: Aragon, Nightingale and Franklin. I moved away in 1974 but I came back in 1975 and bought a home in 1980's I raised a family and have never thought of moving again. The community is the the best. You have small shops and very friendly people. You get a small town feel when walking and shopping around the community. The only problem I have had is with the reporting of Cypress Park being labled as "gangs infested" as the TV or Times claims the community to be. You have gangs in every community; so if you believe that Cypress Park is gang infested, I'm sorry to disappoint you, because I live here and don't feel it is.

— frances saito
August 25, 2009 at 4:48 p.m.

Cypress was once a beautiful quiet and middle class neighborhood. Those days are long gone. Today you will find many immigrants from Mexico and South America, few willing to learn Engish,especially the older generation.

Cypress Park was once a place I called home,now it is a place that is a constant reminder of the loss of Deputy Juan Escalante.

— Susan Lopez
August 14, 2009 at 12:43 p.m.

Hidden urban gem.....playing with neighborhood kids (no xbox, wii, nintendo) just good ole fashion fun. Watching the fireworks from Dodger Stadium....first puppy luv...Loreto, Nightingale, Franklin....good times....

-R.T.D (now known as MTA)

Love the memories....hate the Pain....

God Bless all

— S.A.
August 13, 2009 at 3:46 p.m.

Cypress Park

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Northeast L.A. region of Los Angeles County.
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